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Founder of Russian Social Media Says He Got the Boot

Apr 23, 2014 10:38 am

Pavel Durov, the founder of Russia's most popular social network site, claims he has been ousted by allies of President Vladimir Putin -- who went ahead and took over the site while they were at it. Durov, who ran the mega-popular VKontakte, had reportedly run afoul of the Russian government for... [more]

A key to enjoying massive online photo files may be giving up some control

Apr 23, 2014 10:37 am

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft Research Cambridge, United Kingdom, have found people who have massive online photo collections might actually enjoy their archives more by giving up a bit of control. Their 14-month study showed that people reflected more on past events and... [more]

Remove default applications on Windows 8 systems

Apr 23, 2014 9:09 am

The Windows 8 operating system ships with a set of default applications that are installed out of the box. Apps like Bing Finance, Camera, Photos, or Communication can be used right away as they are placed on the start screen interface by default. Microsoft added more default apps when it... [more]

Jacket works like a mobile phone

Apr 23, 2014 8:40 am

A fire is raging in a large building and the fire leader is sending a message to all firefighters at the scene. But they don't need a mobile phone – they simply check their jacket sleeves and read the message there. [more]

Memory Lane: Traveling through time on Google maps

Apr 23, 2014 8:29 am

Google is now offering trips down memory lane on its digital maps. [more]

Is nuclear power the only way to avoid geoengineering?

Apr 23, 2014 8:29 am

"I think one can argue that if we were to follow a strong nuclear energy pathway—as well as doing everything else that we can—then we can solve the climate problem without doing geoengineering." So says Tom Wigley, one of the world's foremost climate researchers, in the current issue of... [more]

IBM Watson Group to transform the consumer shopping experience

Apr 23, 2014 8:06 am

Imagine having access to your own personal shopping assistant anytime, anywhere. Thanks to a partnership between IBM and Fluid Inc., the ultimate shopping advisor, powered by Watson, is poised to transform the consumer shopping experience. [more]

Amazon to Stream Original HBO Content

Apr 23, 2014 7:55 am

A selection of original series and movies older than three years will be available to Amazon’s Prime subscribers under the terms of a multiyear deal. [more]

WhatsApp says it now has half billion users

Apr 23, 2014 7:47 am

WhatsApp now has 500 million regular, active users around the world, the free mobile messaging service being acquired by Facebook said. [more]

UN study: Cellphones can improve literacy

Apr 23, 2014 7:46 am

A study by the U.N. education agency says cellphones are getting more and more people to read in countries where books are rare and illiteracy is high. [more]

Stealthy Assassin Series Hitman GO Makes a Luscious Board Game

Apr 23, 2014 7:46 am

I can safely say that I never would have imagined turning the Hitman video game series into a luscious dioramic board game for iOS. Lucky for us, that's what Square Enix did with last week's Hitman GO release. Apple featured the game in the App Store, and for good reason: The graphical... [more]

The man who invented Internet lists?

Apr 23, 2014 7:38 am

David Wallechinsky didn't invent what's on the Internet. It just seems that way. [more]

Comparison Shopping: is learning the hard way that people care more about price than brand loyalty.

Apr 23, 2014 7:26 am

Surveys have shown that people will gladly leave a site for another that offers free shipping or a price that is even a few dollars lower. [more]

Faster computation of electromagnetic interference on an electronic circuit board

Apr 23, 2014 7:00 am

As electronic components on electronic circuit boards continue to shrink, problems of electromagnetic compatibility are arising. Such problems include unwanted 'noise' effects due to electromagnetic interference and susceptibility. "Electromagnetic interference is a critical problem for the... [more]

Security and privacy concerns regarding connected vehicles

Apr 23, 2014 6:50 am

( —A majority of Americans, Australians and Britons believe that connected-vehicle technology will make driving safer, but most are also concerned about security and privacy, according to a University of Michigan survey. [more]

Robot scouts rooms people can't enter

Apr 23, 2014 5:46 am

( —Firefighters, police officers and military personnel are often required to enter rooms with little information about what dangers might lie behind the door. A group of engineering students at Arizona State University is working on a project that would help alleviate that uncertainty. [more]

Project Naptha makes text on images selectable in Chrome

Apr 23, 2014 5:25 am

While you can select any text on any website using the mouse or other input methods, you cannot really do that if the text is displayed as an image. That's a problem if you want to copy it, run a search using it, translate it, or use it as a quote in an article that you are writing. I have always... [more]

Finalists named in Bloomberg European city contest

Apr 23, 2014 3:20 am

Amsterdam wants to create an online game to get unemployed young people engaged in finding jobs across Europe. Schaerbeek, Belgium, envisions using geothermal mapping to give households personalized rundowns of steps to save energy. Gdansk, Poland, is proposing to require officials to debate... [more]

Attacks on payment systems trail other cybercrimes

Apr 23, 2014 3:10 am

Target's massive data breach last year caused consumers to panic and drew attention to Internet crime. Yet a new study finds that breaches on retailer payment systems are less common than other kinds of attacks. [more]

Internet TV case: US justices skeptical, concerned

Apr 23, 2014 3:10 am

Grappling with fast-changing technology, U.S. Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet. [more]

Brazil passes trailblazing Internet privacy law

Apr 23, 2014 3:00 am

Brazil's Congress on Tuesday passed comprehensive legislation on Internet privacy in what some have likened to a web-user's bill of rights, after stunning revelations its own president was targeted by US cyber-snooping. [more]

LinkedIn to anchor new San Francisco high-rise

Apr 23, 2014 2:40 am

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says the professional networking site LinkedIn will expand its presence in the city by anchoring a high-rise office building under construction. [more]

Countries convene to plot Internet governance

Apr 23, 2014 2:32 am

A summit on Internet governance kicks off in Brazil Wednesday, aiming for a new global partnership in the wake of revelations on US online surveillance. [more]

Hundreds in Mexico protest telecommunications law

Apr 23, 2014 2:19 am

Hundreds of students and activists marched in Mexico's capital Tuesday to protest a telecommunications law being debated by the Senate that they say will allow the government to arbitrarily censor Internet content. [more]

Microsoft expands ad-free Bing search for schools

Apr 23, 2014 2:15 am

Microsoft is expanding a program that gives schools the ability to prevent ads from appearing in search results when they use its Bing search engine. The program, launched in a pilot program earlier this year, is now available to all U.S. schools, public or private, from kindergarten through the... [more]

Pentagon scientists show off life-size Atlas robot

Apr 23, 2014 2:14 am

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a first-hand look at a life-size robot that resembles Hollywood's "Terminator," the latest experiment by the Pentagon's hi-tech researchers. [more]

Twitter rolls out new profiles for all users

Apr 22, 2014 11:59 pm

I'm not a heavy Twitter user but keep an eye on changes that are introduced to the service. Twitter recently announced a redesign of user profiles. The new feature was rolled out gradually at first, and if you were not lucky, you could not get it early on as there was no option to flip a switch... [more]

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014

Apr 22, 2014 10:05 pm

A Million New Wireless Subscriptions Lift AT&T Revenue, but Profit Is Flat

Apr 22, 2014 7:08 pm

The telecommunications company’s first-quarter earnings were flat compared with the previous year, but its revenue grew 4 percent, to $32.5 billion. [more]

Albany Judge Hears Case Against Airbnb

Apr 22, 2014 7:02 pm

Little ground was given in an Albany court by New York regulators or by Airbnb, the apartment sharing service that is fighting a state subpoena. [more]

Advertising: With a Mouthful, A&W Hopes to Draw Baby Boomers’ Offspring

Apr 22, 2014 6:56 pm

The restaurant chain, which peaked in the 1960s and ’70s, hopes a campaign that includes a 304-character hashtag will attract the younger generation. [more]

The Media Equation: At Stake in the Aereo Case Is How We Watch TV

Apr 22, 2014 6:42 pm

The case has a little bit of everything, including the first big test at the Supreme Court of who owns and has rights to things stored in the cloud. [more]

AT&T earnings unchanged, but revenue grows in 1Q

Apr 22, 2014 4:11 pm

AT&T says its first quarter earnings were unchanged from the first three months of last year, but revenue grew as the wireless business added more than 1 million subscribers. [more]

Video Games: Reviews: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, FarmVille 2: Country Escape and Monument Valley

Apr 22, 2014 2:57 pm

New releases include a portion of the next chapter in the Metal Gear Solid series; a FarmVille 2 with the mobile gamer in mind; and a premium perceptual puzzle game. [more]

Bloomberg invests $5M in solar-powered lamp

Apr 22, 2014 2:11 pm

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation has announced a $5 million investment in an artsy-looking solar-powered lamp designed for use in off-grid populations in Africa. [more]

Top US court wrestles with TV, copyright and 'cloud'

Apr 22, 2014 2:07 pm

A startup that threatens to shake up the television industry with mini-antennas for Internet viewing and recording became the subject of heated debate Tuesday at the US Supreme Court. [more]

Apple Shoots for 'Better'

Apr 22, 2014 1:54 pm

In honor of this year's Earth Day, celebrated Tuesday, Apple is showcasing its efforts to lessen its carbon footprint and become more environmentally sustainable as part of its 'Better' Campaign. The company released new promotional material, including a video narrated by Tim Cook, that outlines... [more]

Bits Blog: Lytro Goes After Prosumer Photographers With New Camera

Apr 22, 2014 1:03 pm

The new Lytro Illum camera offers photographers a range of new features, while still allowing them to refocus a photo after the fact [more]

AT&T joins crowded field with online video plans

Apr 22, 2014 12:40 pm

AT&T and an investment firm run by former News Corp. executive Peter Chernin have formed an online video venture that could rival Netflix and Hulu. [more]

Cyber risks can cause disruption on scale of 2008 crisis, study says

Apr 22, 2014 12:22 pm

Organisations must dramatically improve their response to cyber risks to avoid a new global shock on the scale of the financial crisis that rocked the world in 2008, a study showed Tuesday. [more]

Research shows impact of Facebook unfriending

Apr 22, 2014 12:13 pm

Two studies from the University of Colorado Denver are shedding new light on the most common type of `friend' to be unfriended on Facebook and their emotional responses to it. [more]

Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Aereo Case

Apr 22, 2014 11:46 am

Television broadcasters are challenging Aereo, an Internet start-up that uses arrays of small antennas to stream over-the-air signals to subscribers. [more]

Full power: Alternative energy partnerships flourish in Asia

Apr 22, 2014 11:45 am

As President Barack Obama begins a trip to Asia to coordinate with allies and reconfirm America's strategic pivot to the Pacific, officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) emphasized today the Asia-Pacific Technology and Education Partnership (APTEP) as an example of strong and growing ties... [more]

Popular UK Sports File-Sharing Site Shuttered

Apr 22, 2014 11:35 am

The Sports Torrent Network, a brazenly named file-sharing site, shut down after UK police threatened to put its operators behind bars for up to 10 years. TSTN was a hotbed for illicit broadcasts of European soccer, the National Hockey League, Formula 1 races and more. The site reportedly had... [more]

'Russian Facebook' founder says has left country after being pushed out

Apr 22, 2014 11:31 am

The maverick founder of Russia's top social network, Pavel Durov, said Tuesday he had left the country after being pushed from the company against his will. [more]

SpaceX Brings a Booster Safely Back to Earth

Apr 22, 2014 11:25 am

The successful test of a soft touchdown demonstrates a capability that could cut the cost of space launches significantly.Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, took a step toward making spaceflight less expensive by reusing its rocket boosters during a mission on Friday to the International... [more]

How to log out of Facebook and Google on other devices

Apr 22, 2014 10:39 am

Did you ever check your Gmail messages on a friend's computer only to forget to sign out again? Or your Facebook news stream on a public computer in a library, or forgot to log out of Twitter after you used your account in an Internet cafe? The problem here is that others may access your account... [more]

DealBook: Chernin Teams With AT&T in Online Video Investment Venture

Apr 22, 2014 10:32 am

Peter Chernin, the former News Corporation president, has joined with AT&T to commit more than $500 million to a new investment vehicle focused on online video. [more]

Lytro refocuses with $1,600 camera

Apr 22, 2014 10:19 am

Lytro is trying to make interactive pictures happen -- again -- with a new, higher-end and more powerful camera, the $1,600 Illum. [more]

AT&T eyes high-speed Internet in 100 cities

Apr 22, 2014 9:52 am

AT&T has announced a plan that could see high-speed fiber Internet networks rolled out in as many as 100 cities in 21 metro regions throughout the United States. [more]

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