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  • newListen To The Apprentice’s Vana Koutsomitis Talk Online Dating, And Doing Reality TV
     It’s Valentine’s Day, so what better time to interview Vana Koutsomitis, the self-proclaimed dating expert and finalist of this year’s U.K. version of The Apprentice. Koutsomitis almost certainly qualifies as a serial entrepreneur, having pre…
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  • newImagining Snapchat’s Future
     Snapchat could be used by over 1 billion daily active users in time and substantially accelerate how many videos and photos people share and consume. But there’s more to be done and questions to be answered. Read More
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  • newThe Great Tech Freakout: An Overview

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  • newHow DHL Pioneered The Sharing Economy
     DHL, the international express delivery company, started its business by offering free plane tickets to people on the street. For the trouble of giving up their baggage allowances, passengers were handed a free round trip plane ticket to Hawaii. Fo…
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  • newThe Probable, The Possible, The Delusional
     In 1961, President John F. Kennedy committed before a joint session of Congress that before the end of the decade America would put a man on the moon. This was not an empty political promise to get elected, but a commitment of a sitting President b…
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  • newSeeing Beyond The Hubris Of Facebook’s Free Basics Fiasco
     What Zuckerberg and his U.S. team didn’t understand was that in India you can buy computer tablets and smartphones for as little as $50, and that 100MB of data—which is more than a Free Basics user will consume in a month—costs much less than…
    - 14 hours ago 13 Feb 16, 8:00pm -
  • newWhat New Mobile Hardware To Expect At MWC 2016
     Mobile World Congress, the biggest tradeshow specifically focused on mobile, kicks off in just over a week’s time in Barcelona so here’s a quick rundown of some of the big hardware-focused announcements we’re expecting to land during the best…
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  • newIt’s True, Black Female Founders Receive Basically Zero Venture Capital
     In “The Real Unicorns of Tech: Black Founders Women,” a recent report by #ProjectDiane, you’ll come across several startling statistics like, for example, of all venture deals from 2012 to 2014, only 0.2% (24 of 10,238 deals) went to went to…
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  • newHow To Expand Your Marketplace To LA
     “The theme of LA is diversity.” That is what DoorDash’s Kevin Huang told me in our conversation about how expanding on-demand marketplaces into LA differs from other markets.As an LA-based enterprise and marketplace investor, one of the most…
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  • newWhen Data Goes Bad
     So I know this guy Sulemaan from my Toronto days. Really good guy, despite being a Spurs fan. Sulemaan has a son, Syed, who is flagged as a security risk, a suspected terrorist, every time he flies. Syed is six years old. This is, of course, comple…
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  • newJonah Hill set to host 'SNL' with musical guest Future
    Jonah Hill will host Saturday Night Live on March 5 with musical guest FutureThe Hail, Caesar! star will be hosting the show for his fourth time, following stints in 2008, 2012 and 2014Meanwhile, Future will be making his debut SNL performance, lik…
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  • newKanye West announces on 'SNL' that 'The Life of Pablo' is finally on Tidal
    The album of the life is finally available for allKanye West announced on Saturday Night Live that his seventh studio album, The Life of Pablo, is now available to livestream exclusively on Tidal for the next seven days. Fans may also purchase the a…
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  • newKanye West brings 'Highlights' to 'Saturday Night Live'
    Kanye West brought some "Highlights" to the Saturday Night Live stage this weekend.The rapper performed the new track on NBC's sketch show Saturday with help from a small squad of friends including Young Thug, The Dream, El DeBarge and Kelly Price.…
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  • newErykah Badu styled a fashion show spotlighting mental health
    NEW YORK – Kerby Jean-Raymond knows how to make a statement. It was the young New York designer who caught the attention of the fashion industry when his entire last season was dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement.SEE ALSO: African slave…
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  • newDelightful moderator John Dickerson wins the GOP debate
    Saturday night's Republican debate in South Carolina gave us some of the most heated, fantastically ugly and frankly, entertaining, moments of the topsy-turvy GOP presidential primary to date.Yet it wasn't a candidate who came out the winner after t…
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  • newBen Carson proudly repeats fake Stalin quote at GOP debate, to the delight of the Internet
    In the final moments of Saturday's Republican presidential debate, Ben Carson quoted Joseph StalinSort of"Joseph Stalin said if you want to bring America down you have to undermine three things—our spiritual life, our patriotism, and our morality…
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  • newJohn Kasich rises above the fray as Republicans 'lose the election to Hillary Clinton'
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich sought to stay above the fray Saturday night at yet another GOP primary debate, avoiding ugly and heated fighting and yelling from his fellow Republican presidential contenders.Over the course of the debate, GOP front-runner Do…
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  • newThe pants are coming off in the 2016 presidential race
    The latest Republican presidential debate hit on a wide range of issues: Economics, national security, immigration and who threatened to pull their pants down.After Donald Trump and Jeb Bush squabbled over whose language was more inappropriate, Trum…
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  • newDonald Trump says all Republican candidates who are not Donald Trump are liars
    Everyone's a liar on the Republican debate stage if you ask Donald TrumpWell, everyone except Donald Trump.During Saturday night's presidential debate, Trump declared that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is the "single biggest liar" among the Republican candid…
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  • newDo you even speak Spanish, bro? Ted Cruz responds to Rubio challenge
    Habla español? Claro, que si: Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz canAnd he wants to make sure you know, because rival Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio accused him of not being able to speak the languageSee also: Donald Trump s…
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  • new'Rogue Scientists' Could Exploit Gene Editing Technology, Experts Warn
    A senior geneticist and a bioethicist warned on Friday that they fear "rogue scientists" operating outside the bounds of law, and agreed with a US intelligence chief's assertion this week that gene editing technology could have huge, and potentially…
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  • newApple And AT&T Sued For Infringement Over iPhone Haptic Patents
    Haptic technology company Immersion has accused Apple and carrier AT&T of infringement of three of its patents in the latest iPhone models and Apple watches. Immersion, which claims over 2,100 issued or pending patents worldwide covering various aspe…
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  • newUS Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Has Died
    clovis writes: US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died in his sleep while on a hunting trip near Marfa, Texas. Justice Scalia was a Constitutional originalist and textualist. He did not believe the Constitution was a living document to be in…
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  • newReluctant Wikipedia Lifts Lid On $2.5M Internet Search Engine Project
    The Wikimedia Foundation has finally disclosed details of its controversial Knowledge Engine grant -- and it confirms that Wikipedia is getting seriously into search, despite Jimmy Wales' categorical denial that WMF is "doing a Google." After a Wikip…
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  • newSeeing Beyond The Hubris Of Facebook's Free Basics Fiasco
    Facebook's Free Basics was an ill-conceived effort to bring Internet access to the poor in India. It created a walled garden in which Facebook and the Indian telecom providers selected which websites people could visit. The users of Free Basics would…
    - 11 hours ago 13 Feb 16, 11:00pm -
  • newCERN Engineer Details AMD Zen Processor Confirming 32 Core Implementation, SMT
    MojoKid writes: AMD is long overdue for a major architecture update, though one is coming later this year. Featuring the codename "Zen," AMD's already provided a few details, such as that it will be built using a 14nm FinFET process. In time, AMD wil…
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  • newWould You Bet Against Sex Robots? AI 'Could Leave Half Of World Unemployed'
    Machines could put more than half the world's population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday that artificial intelligence's threat to the economy should not be understated. Vardi, a professor at R…
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  • newBrown CS Department Hiring Student Diversity, Inclusion Advocates
    theodp writes: Brown University's Department of Computer Science is seeking to hire student advocates for diversity and inclusion as part of its new action plan to increase diversity. The new hires, who will also serve as members of the CS Diversity…
    - 14 hours ago 13 Feb 16, 8:36pm -
  • newA New Technique Makes GPS Accurate To An Inch
    A team from the University of California, Riverside, has developed a technique that augments the regular GPS data with on-board inertial measurements from a sensor. Actually, that's been tried before, but in the past it's required large computers to…
    - 15 hours ago 13 Feb 16, 7:45pm -
  • newPotentially Deadly Drug Interactions Found Mining FDA Complaint Bin
    Thousands of people are sent to the hospital each year from adverse drug-drug interactions that are difficult to predict and even trickier to track. To get around the problem, a team of researchers (working with the journalists at The Chicago Tribune…
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  • newOculus wants to help VR avatars look normal when they talk
    Remember all those Hong Kong kung-fu movies with really poor dubbing so the actors' mouths would keep flapping after the words had stopped? That was charming. What's less charming is the possibility of stone-faced avatars poorly mouthing dialogue, de…
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  • newThe FBI teaches teens about extremism with a game that defies logic
    The FBI recently fired up a new site urging teens and other young internet people not to "be a puppet," which in this extremely specific case requires recognizing and understanding violent extremism. Fine! Great! As incidents of extremism continue to…
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  • newSamsung's Gear VR can now take golf fans on the PGA Tour
    It's a little hard to believe that something called the "Waste Management Phoenix Open" is one of the biggest events in golf, but hey — now you don't need to shell out tons of cash to explore the event's signature course. All it takes is a Sams…
    - 9 hours ago 14 Feb 16, 1:45am -
  • newDARPA to unveil its 130-foot unmanned robot ship in April
    DARPA is christening its autonomous robot ship in April, the agency's director, Arati Prabhakar, has revealed at a media roundtable. That's the same submarine-hunting drone defense contractor Leidos began building in 2014, and the same one that will.…
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  • newAIs get a crash course in humanity by interpreting stories
    As it turns out, the key to crafting intelligent machines that won't go rogue and slaughter us all might be some very thoughtful storytelling. Mark Riedl and Brent Harrison from Georgia Tech are trying to mold the way artificial intelligences wrap th…
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  • newBen Heck's FPGA dev board tutorial
    Thanks to a request from the element14 community, Ben chooses a DE0-Nano softcore microprocessor (FPGA) and gives us a tutorial on the basics of low-level digital programming, helping us to see that it's not as scary as it may sound. In particula…
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  • newEngadget editors on the highs and lows of online dating
    Years ago, getting involved in a relationship with someone you met online was a bit of a taboo. Not only was it supposedly for weirdos, but it was also seen as a bit dangerous, since you couldn't tell who was on the other end. These days, however, on…
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  • newHuawei's $80 smartwatch isn't worth it
    You remember that adage about how if you want something cheap, fast and good, you can only get two? I'm too drunk to recall it properly, but Huawei's doing its best to tick all three boxes with the Honor Band Z1. It's a wearable from the company's Ho…
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  • newOne-year timelapse video of the sun shows its dancing corona
    NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory was only designed to fly for five years, but it has celebrated six years of 24/7 solar observation on February 11th. The ultraHD video below the fold is a timelapse that stitches together images the spacecraft captur…
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  • newSpace architecture: Six buildings for the final frontier
    By Cat DiStasioMars has captured the world's attention recently, but space agencies around the globe haven't forgotten that there's a whole slew of other planets out there. And with continued planetary exploration, of course, comes the necessity to…
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Popular Science

  • newIs 'Hamilton' The Musical The Most Addicting Album Ever?
    Atlantic Records Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording Hamilton fans will be the first to tell you that the hit Broadway musical’s score, with music and lyrics by MacArthur winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, and orchestrati…
    - 14 hours ago 13 Feb 16, 8:22pm -
  • How the Apollo Lunar Modules were Smashed for Science
    Each lunar module cost about $149,000,000; adjusted for inflation that’s just under one billion dollars per spacecraft. For all that money, not one was brought home to put on display in a museum. Not only was the Apollo lunar module not design…
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  • Scientists X-Ray Potato Chips In Attempt To Make Them More Delicious
    Photo by Tamara Evans via Flickr, licensed under CC by 2.0 Tasty potato chips When I'm waiting for my dinner to finish cooking, I can't say I often think about how the way I fry it is changing the food's microstructure. B…
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  • Watch DARPA'S Drone Dodge Obstacles, Fly At High Speed
    DARPA DARPA Fast Drone The drone revolution needs fewer pilots. Most small unmanned aerial vehicles need at least one human operating them to fly correctly, with the pilot simply removed. That’s fine for many things, bu…
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  • You Can Now Sense Earthquakes On Your Smartphone CC by SA 2.0 Smartphone Your phone, yes, the one you're (probably) reading this on, can detect earthquakes. All you need is an app.Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce…
    - 2 days ago 12 Feb 16, 7:00pm -
  • New Sea Legs For A Robot Firefighter
    John Williams, U.S. Navy, via Wikimedia Commons Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) In Testing Where there’s smoke, there should be firefighting robots. At least ,that’s the aim of the humanoid Shipboard…
    - 2 days ago 12 Feb 16, 6:37pm -
  • Why Google's Stand-Alone VR Headset Could Be A Game-Changer
    Google Google VR Unlike Google Cardboard, the company's actual VR headset could let the user enter a virtual world without attaching to a PC or inserting their smartphone Current virtual reality headsets like t…
    - 2 days ago 12 Feb 16, 6:23pm -
  • Welcome Three New National Monuments In The California Desert
    President Barack Obama announced today that his administration would add 1.8 million acres of public land to the list of protected national monuments. During his time in office, Obama has protected more than 265 million acres, both on land and w…
    - 2 days ago 12 Feb 16, 5:46pm -
  • Watch: Could We Live On Mars?
    For as long as we've known about other planets, we have dreamed of living off-world. Some scientists argue that one of the best places to establish a human colony could be Mars—but there are some serious obstacles we'll have to tackle before s…
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  • Win Winter With These Jet-Powered Projects
    Illustration by Chris Philpot Snowblower Train Retire the reindeer—and fire up the jet engines. These three vehicles will put your average sleigh to shame.Snowblower TrainWhen winter storms threaten to shut down com…
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Information Week

  • newiPhone 7 Vs. Galaxy S7: Comparing Smartphone Rumors
    Samsung's newest smartphone flagship, the Galaxy S7, will arrive Feb. 21, while the iPhone 7 rumor mill will continue to churn through September. What are the best rumors about each? Here's a brief list.
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  • newAT&T Plans 5G Technology Tests Later This Year
    AT&T is planning to test super speedy 5G technologies by the end of the year in homes and offices in Austin. The 5G testing comes at a time when data-hogging video that can slow networks down accounts for more than half of the data traffic on AT&T's…
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  • newWindows 10 Update Site, IoT Incubation: Microsoft Roundup
    Microsoft this week launched a website for Windows 10 updates, gave Insiders a new preview option, and announced a total of 74 Android device partners.
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  • iPhone Error 53 Prompts Lawsuit Against Apple
    Following on reports of the iPhone Error 53, Apple is being taken to task for bricking the iPhones of consumers who sought out cheaper repairs. Attorneys are asking users to join a class action lawsuit against the company.
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  • How eBay's Kylin Tool Makes Sense Of Big Data
    When eBay needed to gain more value out of masses of Hadoop data, the company created its own an open source tool called Kylin. Now Kylin is an Apache Foundation project.
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  • Google Plans VR Headset That Won't Rely On Smartphones
    The race for dominance of the virtual reality market continues as Google plans to introduce a more sophisticated headset to market. Unlike Cardboard, this new VR headset won't rely on a smartphone, according to reports.
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  • Women Execs Boost Company Profits, Study Finds
    Companies with more women in executive positions correlated with increased profitability, according to a new study.
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  • Google Runs Custom Networking Chips
    Google engineers contributed open source code to the LLVM compile project, revealing the company's use of in-house silicon.
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  • Transforming An Antiquated Business Intelligence Process
    The personal story of how one executive transformed an unused business intelligence system.
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  • 10 Ways To Geek Out Your Valentine's Day
    Valentine's Day is upon us, so it's time to come up with the ultimate plan for that special geek in your life. From cool activities to got-to-have gifts, here are 10 ideas for the perfect geek-tastically romantic day.
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Ars Technica

BBC News - Technology

  • newThe dating apps taking on Tinder
    Valentine's Day drives big audiences to dating apps - but with market leader Tinder boasting 26 million matches daily, is there room for competition?
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  • newVIDEO: Apprentice star reveals DatePlay app
    Combining match-making with games and quizzes, DatePlay is designed to generate "more meaningful matches" than its rivals.
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  • Quake mobile app invites public test
    A new app that turns a smartphone into a mobile seismometer is being rolled out by California scientists.
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  • Paedophiles use Facebook to swap images
    Paedophiles are using secret groups on Facebook to post and swap obscene images of children, a BBC investigation finds.
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  • Streetmap loses Google court challenge
    A website that accused Google of abusing its "dominant position" in the online search market by "driving traffic" to Google Maps has lost its High Court action.
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  • Anne Frank's diary removed from website
    The Diary of Anne Frank has been removed from book repository Wikisource after the site became aware it had fallen foul of copyright law.
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  • GCHQ computer hacking ruled lawful
    Britain's spies are not breaking the law when they secretly hack into computers and smart phones, a tribunal rules.
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  • Women write better code, study suggests
    Computer code written by women has a higher approval rating than that written by men - but only if it is not obvious that the coders are female, new research suggests.
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  • Facebook loses in French nudity case
    The Paris appeal court rules that Facebook can be sued under French - not Californian - law, in what is seen as a test case.
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  • Uber offers £20m 'safe ride' settlement
    Uber wants to settle two lawsuits regarding safety regulation but the sum amounts to around $1 per person.
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Venture Beat

  • newThese 3 things are trying to kill Linux containers
    GUEST: For nearly two years, Linux containers have dominated the world of enterprise IT, and for good reason — among others, they take on issues that virtualization simply cannot within application development and computing at scale and allow for t…
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  • newNice, the high-performance computing company Amazon just acquired, has a heck of a customer list
    Public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) has acquired Nice, a company in Italy with a Web interface for scheduling and monitoring high-performance computing (HPC) workloads. The software must really be something, because it has picked up…
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  • newChris Milk’s startup Vrse is slowly building a collection of the top VR video around
    A few months ago, I found myself in a yard next to a school in Peru. Some Americans had come to give away shoes to students. I saw the students playing soccer, jumping rope, and dancing in their newly acquired shoes. It nearly brought me to tears. I…
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  • newLocate this! The battle for app-specific maps
    GUEST: It’s no longer easy to get lost. Quite the opposite, we expect and rely on maps for our most common Internet tasks from basic directions to on-demand transportation, discovering a new restaurant or finding a new friend. And the battle is on…
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  • newMicrosoft patents a modular PC with stackable components
    Microsoft has patented a “modular computing device” that would enable people to put together the exact PC components they want, allowing for replacement of certain parts rather than forcing people to buy entire new computers when they want upgrad…
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  • newTop dating apps are just waiting to be hacked — analysis
    GUEST: Dating apps are more popular than ever, especially in the run up to Valentine’s Day. According to Pew Research, 38% of U.S. singles may have a dating website or app to thank for their Valentine’s date this weekend. But are these apps secur…
    - 13 hours ago 13 Feb 16, 9:00pm -
  • newHow tech’s big 3 are getting ready to read your emotions
    GUEST: Apple’s purchase of Emotient last month, a California-based firm that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to interpret emotions from facial expressions, signals that big changes are coming to mobile devices. The move means that another tech gi…
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  • newEurope’s new laws could cost you 4% of your revenues
    GUEST: What’s 4% of your company’s global annual revenues? Are you prepared to pay this amount in fines? This is what you might face if you’re not paying attention to new data privacy developments in Europe, as penalties for mishandling Europea…
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  • newBlizzard cofounder Frank Pearce: 25 years of making games isn’t enough
    Blizzard Entertainment is the division of Activision Blizzard that’s brought us games like StarCraft, Diablo, and World of Warcraft, and it turned 25 this week. We ran an interview with Blizzard chief executive Mike Morhaime, who was one of the thr…
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  • newBits are beating atoms: The Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon shuffle
    GUEST: Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon have been dubbed the four horsemen of the tech industry. They are the biggest consumer companies and dominate the discussion through new initiatives such as drones and acquisitions such as Oculus. As our cur…
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  • newThis Week In Techdirt History: February 7th - 13th
    Five Years Ago This week in 2011, we saw some great stuff. David Guetta suggested "beating" piracy by embracing free music; Neil Gaiman explained how he went from fearing piracy to believing it's incredibly good; the Khan Academy was moving to lev…
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  • newAwesome Stuff: Beyond Chiptunes
    My criteria for the projects in these posts is simple: I look for things that make me say "hey, that's pretty awesome," whether or not I'm entirely sure if they need to exist. But once in a while something makes me say "hey, that's really awesome" e…
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  • UK Surveillance Oversight Board Says It's All Cool When GCHQ Hacks Basically Anyone
    This isn't a huge surprise, but the UK's Investigatory Powers Tribunal -- which is a sort of extremely weak "oversight" board, charged with making sure that the GCHQ isn't violating the law, but with no real powers over GCHQ and a history of supporti…
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  • Court Won't Let Government Screw Forfeiture Victim Out Of Legal Fees
    The government has made one last attempt to screw over a victim of an IRS bank account seizure. The screwing began in December of 2014, when the IRS -- despite stating it would not perform forfeitures if there was no clear evidence of wrongdoing --…
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  • DailyDirt: Misplaced Hearts...
    If you haven't planned a romantic Valentine's Day yet, you still have a bit of time left. But if you're not at all interested in this pink and red commercial holiday, then just think about the discounted chocolates you can snag on the 15th. Don't jus…
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  • Congress Passes Permanent Internet Access Tax Ban... But May Enable More e-Commerce Sales Tax
    In 1998, Congress passed the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA), which placed a ban on taxing internet access. The bill was temporary, and every few years had to be extended by Congress to stop attempts to add taxes to the cost of your internet access.…
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  • UK Court Tells Online Mapping Company It's Not Illegal For Google To Also Offer Online Maps
    It's still somewhat strange to me to see how badly some companies react to basic competition. Yes, sometimes that means companies lose, but it doesn't automatically make any and all competition unfair. An online map company, StreetMap.Eu sued Google…
    - 2 days ago 12 Feb 16, 10:03pm -
  • Wikimedia Takes Down Diary Of Anne Frank, Uses It To Highlight Idiocy Of DMCA Rules, Copyright Terms
    We've written a few times about the copyright status of the Diary of Anne Frank lately, mainly because it's pretty clear that the original work was supposed to enter the public domain in Europe on January 1st of this year, as it was 70 years after Fr…
    - 2 days ago 12 Feb 16, 8:42pm -
  • Dish Agrees To Cripple Its Ad-Skipping DVR To Settle Fox Lawsuit
    For years now, broadcasters have waged legal war on Dish network for giving consumers what they want: namely a DVR that automatically skips advertisements users weren't watching anyway. Fox, CBS and NBC Universal all sued Dish back in 2012, claiming…
    - 2 days ago 12 Feb 16, 7:39pm -
  • Our Response To Yet Another Bogus Legal Threat From Australia: Go Learn Some Law
    So... you may recall that, back in December, we received and responded to a ridiculous and bogus legal threat sent by one Milorad "Michael" Trkulja from Australia. Mr. Trkulja had sent the almost incomprehensible letter to us and to Google, making a…
    - 2 days ago 12 Feb 16, 6:36pm -