Interesting Tech

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NASA’s Curiosity rover finds astronauts could farm water on Mars

Written By: admin - Apr• 14•15

NASA’s Curiosity rover has found evidence of a liquid water cycle on Mars, and harnessing this could one day make drinking water for astronauts

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Amazon, Google and More Are Drawn to Home Services Market

Written By: admin - Apr• 14•15

Bringing the efficiency of the web to common household tasks has opened a new door to the home services industry, which is estimated to be worth more than $800 billion.

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Amazon, Google and More Are Drawn to Home Services Market

Written By: admin - Apr• 14•15

Bringing the efficiency of the web to common household tasks has opened a new door to the home services industry, which is estimated to be worth more than $800 billion.

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Two mysterious bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres are not alike

Written By: admin - Apr• 14•15

The bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres continue to baffle scientists as infrared images reveal they have different thermal properties

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Amazon, Google and More Are Drawn to Home Services Market

Written By: admin - Apr• 14•15

Bringing the efficiency of the web to common household tasks has opened a new door to the home services industry, which is estimated to be worth more than $800 billion.

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Spoiler alert! Or how to avoid them

Written By: admin - Apr• 14•15

With the latest Game of Thrones episodes online before broadcast, here’s a few tips if you don’t want to know what happens next.

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Amazon, Google and More Are Drawn to Home Services Market

Written By: admin - Apr• 14•15

Bringing the efficiency of the web to common household tasks has opened a new door to the home services industry, which is estimated to be worth more than $800 billion.

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The shepherd who has transfixed 45,000 people

Written By: admin - Apr• 13•15

Rory meets the sheep farmer who transfixed Twitter

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Bits Blog: Twitter’s Evolving Plans to Make Money From Its Data Stream

Written By: admin - Apr• 13•15

Twitter said it would no longer license its stream of half a billion daily tweets to resellers, a sign that it wants to play a bigger role in how companies use it to glean insights about their customers.

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At the Head of the Pack, HBO Shows the Way Forward

Written By: admin - Apr• 13•15

HBO has restocked its content cupboard with hits, launched HBO Now, its stand-alone streaming service and appears to be taking a victory lap.

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VIDEO: Drone racing in an Aerial Grand Prix

Written By: admin - Apr• 13•15

Drone racers go head-to-head near Los Angeles

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Amazon, Google and More Are Drawn to Home Services Market

Written By: admin - Apr• 13•15

Bringing the efficiency of the web to common household tasks has opened a new door to the home services industry, which is estimated to be worth more than $800 billion.

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A cybercrime wave is coming – brace yourself

Written By: admin - Apr• 13•15

Phones, drones and robots can all be hacked and turned against us. Ex-Interpol agent Marc Goodman warns about the coming crime explosion

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Bits Blog: Twitter’s Evolving Plans to Make Money From Its Data Stream

Written By: admin - Apr• 12•15

Twitter said it would no longer license its stream of half a billion daily tweets to resellers, a sign that it wants to play a bigger role in how companies use it to glean insights about their customers.

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Corner Office: Andy Bryant of Intel: At Work, Don’t Just Check Off Boxes

Written By: admin - Apr• 12•15

The chairman of Intel says people are successful when they have jobs in which they are intellectually and emotionally engaged.

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Wine and glue tape ideal for post-surgery patch-ups

Written By: admin - Apr• 12•15

A simple mixture of two cheap and safe chemicals makes a strong adhesive that sticks to blood or mucus-covered tissues and is reusable like a Post-It note

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Fund-Raising May Value Spotify Above $8 Billion

Written By: admin - Apr• 11•15

If the investment round closes, it will place Spotify firmly in the ranks of some of the most richly valued technology companies, joining the likes of Uber, Airbnb and Snapchat.

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Fund-Raising May Value Spotify Above $8 Billion

Written By: admin - Apr• 11•15

If the investment round closes, it will place Spotify firmly in the ranks of some of the most richly valued technology companies, joining the likes of Uber, Airbnb and Snapchat.

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Bits Blog: Marissa Mayer Shuffles Yahoo Leadership Team

Written By: admin - Apr• 11•15

Yahoo promoted Simon Khalaf, who joined last year when his start-up was acquired, to oversee the company’s home page and main mobile app. But David Karp, the head of the Tumblr blogging platform, was effectively demoted as the company announced he would now report to Mr. Khalaf.

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Bits Blog: Marissa Mayer Shuffles Yahoo Leadership Team

Written By: admin - Apr• 11•15

Yahoo promoted Simon Khalaf, who joined last year when his start-up was acquired, to oversee the company’s home page and main mobile app. But David Karp, the head of the Tumblr blogging platform, was effectively demoted as the company announced he would now report to Mr. Khalaf.

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Smartphone data to give early warning of earthquakes

Written By: admin - Apr• 11•15

Smartphones have sensors that can detect a lurch in one direction – and such movement logged by many people at once might signal a seismic shift

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UK surveillance challenged in Europe

Written By: admin - Apr• 11•15

Rights groups have asked the European Court of Human Rights to rule on the legality of the UK’s large-scale surveillance regime.

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Amazon sues four paid review sites

Written By: admin - Apr• 11•15

Amazon has sued four firms that pay people to produce reviews that then appear on the online retailer’s site.

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Looking into the voids could help explain dark energy

Written By: admin - Apr• 11•15

The influence of dark energy on big empty patches in space could aid us in understanding the expansion of the universe – and predicting its ultimate fate

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France TV5Monde passwords seen on TV

Written By: admin - Apr• 11•15

Staff at TV5Monde are filmed with passwords visible in the newsroom a day after the French TV network suffered a huge cyber-attack.

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Native Hawaiians halt construction of giant telescope

Written By: admin - Apr• 11•15

The Thirty Meter Telescope being built atop Mauna Kea flouts environmental rules and desecrates sacred ground, say native Hawaiian activists

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Smartphone data to give early warning of earthquakes

Written By: admin - Apr• 11•15

Smartphones have sensors that can detect a lurch in one direction – and such movement logged by many people at once might signal a seismic shift

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Intel hit by supercomputer chip ban

Written By: admin - Apr• 11•15

The US government has refused to let Intel help China update the world’s biggest supercomputer over concerns about nuclear research it is being used for.

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China Is Said to Use Powerful New Weapon to Censor Internet

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

The tool, with a few tweaks, could allow Beijing to spy on anyone making a request through a Chinese server.

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Wine and glue tape ideal for post-surgery patch-ups

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

A simple mixture of two cheap and safe chemicals makes a strong adhesive that sticks to blood or mucus-covered tissues and is reusable like a Post-It note

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Bits Blog: Amazon to Sell Predictions in Cloud Race Against Google and Microsoft

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Amazon Web Services, the world’s biggest cloud company, is now selling cheap data analysis and prediction. It’s likely to get baked into all kinds of applications, bringing pain to the old guard.

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Intel Said to End Talks to Buy Chip Designer Altera

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

The collapse of the discussions puts a halt to what would have been Intel’s biggest-ever takeover as it seeks to diversify its business.

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Cybersecurity v human rights in Africa

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Cybersecurity versus human rights in Africa

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Jawbone to start UP3 deliveries

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Jawbone says it will begin deliveries of its top-end UP3 fitness tracker from 20 April, four months later than originally promised.

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Bits Blog: Amazon to Sell Predictions in Cloud Race Against Google and Microsoft

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Amazon Web Services, the world’s biggest cloud company, is now selling cheap data analysis and prediction. It’s likely to get baked into all kinds of applications, bringing pain to the old guard.

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Bits Blog: Ahead of Watch Release, Apple to Allow Customers to Try It On

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

The era of online shopping made “buy before you try” (and ship back if you don’t like it) a typical consumer experience. The Apple Watch, which releases April 24, is probably something you should actually try before buying.

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French Broadcaster TV5 Monde Recovers After Hacking

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

A cyberattack by hackers claiming to support the Islamic State militant group had shut down transmission and wrested control of online accounts.

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Bits Blog: Measuring Social ‘Trust’ to Make Loans

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Vouch Financial is putting a digital-age spin on the old banking concept of using social references to make lending decisions.

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Founder of Satyam, Software Outsourcing Company in India, Found Guilty of Fraud

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Ramalinga Raju and nine others were sentenced to seven years in prison in one of the largest corporate accounting frauds in India’s history.

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‘Mystique-like’ malware killed off

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Polymorphic malware that changes its identity up to 19 times a day to avoid detection while taking control of users’ computers has been deactivated.

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Austria court ponders Facebook case

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

A court in Austria will decide in the coming weeks whether it has jurisdiction to hear a class action privacy lawsuit brought against Facebook.

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The Gap Between Auto Dealers and Social Media

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Carmakers embrace social media and spend millions of dollars on sophisticated marketing campaigns, but many dealers barely maintain a Facebook page.

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Fabric fights off fire and water at the same time

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Flame-retardant fabrics normally degrade when washed, but a water-repelling coating could make your flame-proof suit or sofa self-cleaning

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Control smartphones with a stroke of your hair

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Hairware is a switch woven into hair extensions that can be used discreetly to activate apps

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Satyam Founder Guilty in India’s Biggest Corporate Fraud Scandal

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

An court has pronounced Ramalinga Raju, who led one of the country’s largest IT outsourcing companies, guilty of forging documents and falsifying accounts.

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Looking into the voids could help explain dark energy

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

The influence of dark energy on big empty patches in space could aid us in understanding the expansion of the universe – and predicting its ultimate fate

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Real money trade starts in Warcraft

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

The introduction of a way to use real money to buy virtual cash for World of Warcraft has prompted big changes in the value of game gold.

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The Gap Between Auto Dealers and Social Media

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Carmakers embrace social media and spend millions of dollars on sophisticated marketing campaigns, but many dealers barely maintain a Facebook page.

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Bits Blog: Lyft Hires Amazon Executive as Chief Operating Officer

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

The ride-hailing start-up Lyft appoints a new chief operating officer who worked at Amazon.

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AT&T fined record $25m over breach

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

AT&T has been fined $25m (£17m) over breaches of customer data at call centres in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines.

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Facebook Messenger app for browsers

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

The browser app for Facebook Messenger is separate from the rest of the service to stop users getting distracted.

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Facebook faces privacy class action

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

A class action suit against Facebook, brought by 25,000 users who allege violations of European privacy laws, is due to begin in a court in Austria later.

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Wall St. Is Told to Tighten Digital Security of Partners

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

Only a third of banks were found to require companies they do business with to notify them of a breach. The outside companies include everything from data providers to cleaning crews.

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Bits Blog: F.C.C. Fines AT&T $25 Million for Privacy Breach

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

Customer service employees at AT&T call centers sold customers’ personal information to third parties over a six-month period ending last April.

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Phone Cameras and Apps Help Speed Calls for Police Reform

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

People who support police reform say watchdog smartphone apps are evidence of the power of tech weapons in the fight.

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Zynga founder Mark Pincus to return

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

Troubled game maker Zynga says Mark Pincus will return to lead the company he founded.

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Gadgetwise: HBO Makes ‘Game of Thrones’ Easier to See, if Not Follow

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

The HBO Now app, which lets viewers see the network’s shows without a standard cable plan, represents a big change from just a few years ago.

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ISIS tweets reveal how the group rules its territories

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

A close look at ISIS-affiliated Twitter accounts is giving us an insight into how the group governs the territories it has conquered – and throwing up some surprises

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State of the Art: Dear Diary: My Week Wearing an Apple Watch

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

Spending seven days learning to use, and getting used to, the Apple Watch proved to be a mostly rewarding experience.

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PL video technology ‘in five years’

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

Premier League matches are set for video technology within five years, according to the Dutch FA who are conducting trials.

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Bits Blog: F.C.C. Fines AT&T $25 Million for Privacy Breach

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

Customer service employees at AT&T call centers sold customers’ personal information to third parties over a six-month period ending last April.

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Bits Blog: F.C.C. Fines AT&T $25 Million for Privacy Breach

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

Customer service employees at AT&T call centers sold customers’ personal information to third parties over a six-month period ending last April.

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Apple releases iCloud Photos app

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

A new photo storage app from Apple automatically stores full-resolution images in the cloud and lower quality ones on mobile devices.

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Drones stream live video to YouTube

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

The world’s bestselling drone firm unveils new models that are easier to take off and land and stream footage to YouTube Live.

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Bits Blog: HP Comes to Terms With the Cloud

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

Hewlett-Packard has decided it cannot compete with the likes of Amazon and Google for one of the hottest new businesses. Instead, on the eve of its split into two companies, HP is learning about collaborative technologies, and not just for its customers.

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Intel shows 3D depth camera in phone

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

Intel reveals it can now fit a depth camera into a smartphone, opening the door to 3D selfies and gesture controls.

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Oyster to Sell E-Books Alongside Its Subscription Service

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

The company said that it would sell e-books, letting customers buy titles that aren’t available through its all-you-can-read subscription service.

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Why Obama’s cyber sanctions won’t deter digital crime

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

The US president has declared a national state of emergency over cybercrime, but his plan is unenforceable at best, and could even do real harm

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Bits Blog: HP Comes to Terms With the Cloud

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

Hewlett-Packard has decided it cannot compete with the likes of Amazon and Google for one of the hottest new businesses. Instead, on the eve of its split into two companies, HP is learning about collaborative technologies, and not just for its customers.

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Google purges Chrome extension store

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

Tens of millions of users who visit Google sites use a browser loaded with malicious add-ons, research suggests.

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Bits Blog: HP Comes to Terms With the Cloud

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

Hewlett-Packard has decided it cannot compete with the likes of Amazon and Google for one of the hottest new businesses. Instead, on the eve of its split into two companies, HP is learning about collaborative technologies, and not just for its customers.

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Informatica Agrees to $5.3 Billion Buyout

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

Permira and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board are acquiring the enterprise software company in the biggest buyout of the year.

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Einstein puts a ring on distant galaxy

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

The effects of general relativity, which celebrates its centenary this year, distorted light to create this beautiful ring-like image of a distant galaxy

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Work-Life Balance: Silicon Valley: Perks for Some Workers, Struggles for Parents

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

The technology industry highlights the difficulties that the American economy has had adapting to modern family life.

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Bendy battery promises safety, speed

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

Engineers unveil a flexible aluminium battery which they say could offer a cheap, fast-charging and safe alternative to current designs.

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Vivendi in Talks to Buy 80% Stake in Dailymotion

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

The French conglomerate is trying to revamp the fortunes of the video-sharing website, which has long struggled to live up to its early promise as the next YouTube.

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Microsoft targets autistic workers

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

Microsoft is to hire more people with autism in full-time roles.

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Informatica Agrees to $5.3 Billion Buyout

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

Permira and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board are acquiring the enterprise software company in the biggest buyout of the year.

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Call to investigate YouTube Kids app

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

US regulators have been asked to investigate whether a YouTube app for children breaks rules on advertising to younger people.

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Samsung attacks S6 Edge bend test

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

Samsung criticises a test that suggests its Galaxy S6 Edge phone is at least as vulnerable to bending as Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus.

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Samsung Shows Signs of a Turnaround

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

The beleaguered South Korean manufacturer said that it expected its first-quarter earnings in 2015 to beat analyst forecasts.

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Turkey threatens Google with ban

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

Turkey threatened to ban Google unless it removed links to controversial images of a prosecutor being held at gunpoint.

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Illegal downloaders face exposure

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

An Australian court orders internet service providers to hand over details of customers accused of illegally downloading a US movie.

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EE offers wi-fi call back-up service

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

EE is to begin switching some of its customers to wi-fi enabled calls to help combat mobile signal dead spots.

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Samsung Beats Analyst Predictions Despite Falling Profits

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

The South Korean electronics maker faces pressure from Apple and Chinese rivals, but there are signs it may be on the verge of a turnaround.

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EE offers wi-fi call back-up service

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

EE is to begin switching some of its customers to wi-fi enabled calls to help combat mobile signal dead spots.

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Turkey lifts Twitter block for image

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

Social media restrictions are lifted in Turkey as sites comply with a court order to stop sharing images of a prosecutor being held at gunpoint.

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Turkey acts on hostage image sharing

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

A Turkish court orders net firms to block access to social media sites to stop the sharing of photos of a hostage taken during an armed siege.

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Bits Blog: Publication of New Internet Rules to Prompt Cheers and Challenges

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

The F.C.C. regulations are expected to appear in the Federal Register as early as this week, starting two 60-day countdowns: one until they take effect and the other until a deadline for lawsuits.

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Turkey blocks Twitter and YouTube

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

A Turkish court orders net firms to block access to Twitter and YouTube for sharing photos of a hostage taken during an armed siege.

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The Hackathon Fast Track, From Campus to Silicon Valley

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

Weekend hackathons organized by and for students are surging in size, scale and frequency, for networking, recruiting, pitching and learning.

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Turkey blocks Twitter and YouTube

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

A Turkish court orders net firms to block access to Twitter and YouTube for sharing photos of a hostage taken during an armed siege.

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The Hackathon Fast Track, From Campus to Silicon Valley

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

Weekend hackathons organized by and for students are surging in size, scale and frequency, for networking, recruiting, pitching and learning.

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Google Gmail hit by software glitch

Written By: admin - Apr• 06•15

Gmail users around the world see errors and safety warnings after Google forgets to update a key part of the messaging software.

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‘Revenge porn’ site owner jailed

Written By: admin - Apr• 06•15

The operator of a ‘revenge porn’ website has been sentenced to 18 years in jail in America.

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Online Test-Takers Feel Anti-Cheating Software’s Uneasy Glare

Written By: admin - Apr• 06•15

School administrators say for online learning to be legitimate, the testing has to be monitored. Proctortrack requires the student to sit upright, remain glued to their chair, keep their face fully visible, and a few more.

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Jay Edelson, the Class-Action Lawyer Who May Be Tech’s Least Friended Man

Written By: admin - Apr• 05•15

The class-action lawyer, who specializes in filing privacy lawsuits against technology companies, has raised the ire of Silicon Valley executives.

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Who said the camera never lies?

Written By: admin - Apr• 05•15

Devices that can alter the lighting or even the angle of a shot after it’s taken will alter our relationship with photography

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Wake up and smell the comet: Rousing the Rosetta probe

Written By: admin - Apr• 04•15

Asleep in the dark near Jupiter, a spacecraft is almost ready to make the first ever landing on a comet – if we can wake it. Stuart Clark joins mission control

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Wake up and smell the comet: Rousing the Rosetta probe

Written By: admin - Apr• 04•15

Asleep in the dark near Jupiter, a spacecraft is almost ready to make the first ever landing on a comet – if we can wake it. Stuart Clark joins mission control

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