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Just whose Internet is it? New federal rules may answer that

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler speaks during new conference in Washington. Whose Internet is it anyway? Wheeler says he’s keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the “information superhighway” as a fun way to buy books or check the weather. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON (AP) — Whose Internet is it anyway?


How social media wins the #SuperBowl

How social media wins the #SuperBowlAs social media's prowess continues to grow, advertisers are coming up with more way to capitalize on your dedication to watching the big game.>


Top Android news of the week: Cyanogen, Office and Outlook, LibreOffice coming

Top Android news of the week: Cyanogen, Office and Outlook, LibreOffice comingBig news this week in Android: Cyanogen wants to take Android from Google, Microsoft rolled out Office and Outlook for Android, and LibreOffice to hit soon.


Insomniacs, now you can spray sleep right onto your skin

Insomniacs, now you can spray sleep right onto your skinMist melatonin on yourself until you slowly drift off to dream of a world filled with spray-on love, money and power, too.>


​Five ways Vodafone fudged its global tax report

​Five ways Vodafone fudged its global tax reportMobile giant Vodafone has delivered some real transparency in its latest global tax report. It's a shame it's so twisted and self-serving.


Microsoft gives business users more Windows 10 upgrade details, guidance

Microsoft gives business users more Windows 10 upgrade details, guidanceMicrosoft has shared a few more details about how businesses will be able to get Windows 10 and to keep their users current with feature and security fixes and updates.


Be warned: Google enlists Chrome in push for encrypted Web

Be warned: Google enlists Chrome in push for encrypted WebGoogle has taken its first step to flag ordinary sites like Wikipedia and CNN with a security warning because they are unencrypted, allowing all data transmissions to be viewed by the prying eyes of hackers or governments.>


Doctor Who and other BBC shows are vanishing from Prime in Amazon’s fight for exclusivity

Doctor Who and other BBC shows are vanishing from Prime in Amazon's fight for exclusivityAmazon's streaming war with Netflix is about to claim a new victim: Doctor Who. The Verge has learned that the program, along with the majority of BBC programming, will be vanishing from Prime Instant Video starting February 15th. Amazon's licensing deal with the BBC allows other subscription services like Netflix to carry the same shows at the same time. It's a bit of hardball that could frustrate Amazon's customers in the short term, but demonstrates just how serious the company is about Prime.


This is what’s happening inside your camera at 10,000 frames per second

This is what's happening inside your camera at 10,000 frames per secondIn fact, that snap of the shutter you hear when taking a picture is a wonderful symphony of mechanical engineering at work, and happens so fast that you can't really enjoy it all with the naked eye. Luckily, the Slow Mo Guys have painstakingly chronicled what's happening with the mechanical shutter of a Canon 7D using a very fast (and expensive) Phantom Flex camera, recording various shutter speeds at a mind-boggling 10,000 frames per second. The result shows what happens when you click that shutter button, including the viewfinder mirror lifting while the rolling shutter exposes a portion of the sensor. Slow Mo Guy Gavin Free also shows how the rolling shutter effect can end up creating bizarre and often unwanted effects in both stills and video, something that is thankfully not apparent in this video of melons being detonated, which was filmed using a different shutter technology.


Check out these animations showing the evolution the desktop, laptop and mouse

Check out these animations showing the evolution the desktop, laptop and mouseApple had a record Christmas quarter after crushing all expectations and setting a new world record for the most profitable quarter ever in the history of any company. While iPhone sales — specifically the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus versions — brought in a significant chunk of revenue and profit, Apple also sold plenty of iPads and Macs during the period. In fact, the company keeps selling lots of OS X computers each quarter, with Apple constantly tweaking their design and performance. FROM EARLIER: New leak may reveal the first case for Apple’s biggest iPad yet While some people may not necessarily notice all the little changes some of these devices go through from year to year, Apple has come a


​Google Now and third party apps: One interesting dance

​Google Now and third party apps: One interesting danceFor some third party apps, a partnership with Google Now will be a mobile boon. Others won't be so lucky. Time will tell.


Researchers may have found the most ingenious way yet to generate solar power

Researchers may have found the most ingenious way yet to generate solar powerSolar energy is definitely taking off and now researchers may have come up with the absolute best way to generate cheap solar power by installing solar panels in public parking lots. Rooftop solar power is making coal obsolete in Australia The Washington Post reports that solar power proponents are increasingly turning their eyes toward America’s parking lots as the perfect locations for mass solar panel installations. The reasons for this are easy to understand: Parking lots taking up huge chunks of our landscape and absorb a ton of heat in hot weather. Why not put them to good use by installing solar panels over them? The one big issue, the Post says, is that such solar panel installations


Alibaba meets with China regulator, controversial report retracted

Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, gestures during the session 'An Insight, An Idea with Jack Ma' in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos(Reuters) - The head of China's commerce regulator met with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd chairman Jack Ma on Friday to discuss combating fake products, the official Xinhua news agency reported, with the two adopting a conciliatory tone after a row over illegal business on the Internet company's platforms. The meeting took place the same day the regulator, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), backtracked on an earlier report that had excoriated the Chinese online commerce company for not doing enough to suppress counterfeiting on its websites. SAIC issued what it called a "white paper" on Wednesday saying many products sold on Alibaba's websites infringed on trademarks, or were banned, substandard or fake. "The most recent SAIC posting speaks for itself.


Uber says outside review shows customer data safe, private

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber Technologies says that if you catch a ride with one of its drivers, your personal and financial data are safe — from Uber itself.

Amazon Echo update adds Pandora, iTunes, and Spotify voice control

Amazon Echo update adds Pandora, iTunes, and Spotify voice controlAlexa, Amazon's two-pound assistant in the room, now does more with music services, improves speed and accuracy.


Dropcam CEO leaves Nest; founding VP of technology goes to Twitter

Dropcam CEO leaves Nest; founding VP of technology goes to TwitterTwo high-level employees at Nest have departed the company this week, The Verge has learned. Sources say that Nest's vice president of technology Yoky Matsuoka, as well as Greg Duffy who co-founded Dropcam, are no longer with the company. Matsuoka was previously the head of innovation at Google, as well as a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington. She's leaving to join Twitter.


IBM brings back bonuses for top execs even as profits slide

A man passes by an illuminated IBM logo at the CeBIT computer fair in HanoverBy Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp brought back annual performance bonuses for its chief executive and her top lieutenants for 2014 despite falling profits and a tumbling stock price, a regulatory filing showed on Friday. The technology company, which has posted lower revenue for 11 quarters in a row as it struggles to transform itself into a cloud-based software and services company, withheld annual bonuses in 2013 at the executives' own request. The bonuses returned as a feature of IBM's executive compensation for 2014, according to a document filed with securities regulators on Friday, despite the fact that IBM's net profit from continuing operations fell 7 percent last year and its stock shed about 14 percent. IBM CEO Virginia Rometty will get a $3.6 million annual incentive payout for 2014, according to the filing.


Google Earth’s premium features are now free for everyone

Google Earth’s premium features are now free for everyoneGoogle Earth probably isn’t your go-to Google app on a day-to-day basis, but it’s a fun tool to mess with when you want to explore a foreign country or take a virtual road trip across the Midwest. What you might not know is that Google has maintained a premium version of the app called Google Earth Pro for years, but as of today, the paid features are now free for everyone. READ MORE: Google explains how its email killer is changing your life “Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from planning hikes to placing solar panels on rooftops,” writes Stafford Marquardt, Product Manager of Google Earth Pro.


Uber probed by U.S. judge on driver benefits

Photo illustration of logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street in MadridBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge appeared skeptical on Friday about Uber's bid for a quick pretrial ruling that its drivers are contractors and not employees, a critical question facing Silicon Valley's sharing economy. App-based ride service Uber, and smaller rival Lyft, face separate lawsuits seeking class action status in San Francisco federal court, brought on behalf of drivers who contend they are employees and entitled to reimbursement for expenses, including gas and vehicle maintenance. At a court hearing on Friday, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen said Uber's bid for a pretrial ruling its drivers are contractors is a "tough argument" to make, given that the drivers serve Uber's business goals.


Magic Leap’s futuristic patent art was copied from other artists’ designs

Magic Leap's futuristic patent art was copied from other artists' designsWhen Google-backed augmented reality company Magic Leap quietly applied for a patent, it did so with dozens of pages of futuristic (and slightly creepy) scenarios: a social media charm bracelet, a gargoyle bursting out of a box in a store, gamified cucumber chopping... As it turns out, Magic Leap's patent art isn't so much its vision of the future as one created by various students and designers. If patents are about originality, does this mean Magic Leap is hurting its claims? In this case, Magic Leap is patenting an optical system that has nothing to do with the interfaces displayed here.


Lust! Betrayal! First full trailer for ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 is now official

Lust! Betrayal! First full trailer for 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 is now officialHBO has released the first full-length trailer for the next season of "Game of Thrones," promising, as Peter Dinklage might say, more stabby stabby, sexy sexy.>


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IBM boss gets bonus despite company’s woes

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — IBM boss Virginia Rometty will get a $3.6 million bonus for her performance last year, even though the company's sales and profits declined in 2014.

For Silk Road founder, evidence keeps piling up

For Silk Road founder, evidence keeps piling upIn the latest trial twist, millions of dollars in bitcoins were found flowing to the laptop of Ross Ulbricht.>


Child Mode & Time Education review

Calm and ease children into the end of playtime

AT&T top buyer at U.S. airwaves auction; Dish spends big

An AT&T Logo is pictured on the side of a building in PasadenaWASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - AT&T Inc spent close to half the total in the record-setting U.S. sale of airwaves for mobile data, with Dish Network Corp spending heavily to manage a surprise win at No.2 ahead of Verizon, results showed on Friday. AT&T bid a total of $18.2 billion to win licenses of so-called AWS-3 spectrum. Dish itself did not win any licenses, but had invested in bidding partners SNR Wireless LicenseCo LLC and Northstar Wireless LLC, which bid a total of $13.3 billion. The two companies, backed also by financial firms including BlackRock Inc but with little to no revenue, had applied to receive a discount as small-business entities, bringing their net bid amount to $10 billion.


Google Fit review

Make a healthy change by becoming more active and aware

Comcast just got a major ego boost from the FCC

Comcast just got a major ego boost from the FCCOn Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted in favor of a new standard for broadband Internet. From now on, anything less than 25Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream is no longer considered broadband — but there has been one unexpected (and perhaps unwanted) victor as result. As of January 29th, Comcast’s broadband market share is now greater than 50%. READ MORE: Comcast is sorry it called customer an ‘a**hole’ on their bill According to a Comcast filing from December 2014 regarding the upcoming Time Warner Cable merger, the provider noted that it would control “56.8 percent excluding mobile broadband and 44.7 percent including mobile broadband,” reports Ars Technica. So how does Comcast already have a 50% market share on broadband without


Camera Zoom FX Free review

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Google Now gets cards from Airbnb, Lyft, Pandora and more

Google Now gets cards from Airbnb, Lyft, Pandora and moreInformation and actions from the top Android apps will now show up in Google's personal assistant dashboard.>


US to provide privacy group with memo on surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has agreed to turn over a legal opinion regarding government surveillance and census data after a years-long court fight with a privacy group.

Cassiopeia A: The Surprise Inside an Exploding Star

Cassiopeia A: The Surprise Inside an Exploding StarSupernovas, the violent explosions of massive stars after they have exhausted their nuclear fuel, have long been one of the most fascinating mysteries of the universe. Rather than having uniform layers of ejected material, the new 3-D map found the supernova remnant has frothy cavities that were possibly created by radioactive nickel during the explosion that decays to form iron. In a star that is massive enough, the star explodes in a supernova when it runs out of nuclear fuel, combining lighter elements through fusion reactions until it reaches iron, at which point the star's inner core collapses. A supernova is so violent and bright that many can be observed with the naked eye and are a common occurrence in our universe.


Before Uber revolutionizes labor, it’s going to have to explain these embarrassing emails

Before Uber revolutionizes labor, it's going to have to explain these embarrassing emailsEarlier this week, New York Times columnist Farhad Manjoo predicted that Uber's biggest impact on the world would not be in transforming transportation, but in changing the labor market and the way we think about work. Uber's explosion is the envy of employers everywhere. Uber marketed itself as a technological innovation, not a car company, and classified its drivers as independent contractors — selling them on the arrangement by promising flexible work hours and the freedom to be their own boss. Before this labor revolution can take place, Uber will have to prove its world-changing business model isn't screwing over drivers. Two lawsuits filed by a group of drivers, one against Uber and Lyft (a smaller, rival e-hailing company), filed on behalf of drivers are currently winding their way through San Francisco federal court.


Finding the real Kurt Cobain: a conversation with documentary director Brett Morgen

Finding the real Kurt Cobain: a conversation with documentary director Brett MorgenThe Sundance documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is far from a traditional biopic. Directed by Brett Morgen, the filmmaker behind movies like The Kid Stays in the Picture and the Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane, it eschews conventional narrative in an attempt to bring audiences inside the mind of Cobain through his paintings, personal recordings, journals, and some disturbing home video footage. I sat down with Morgen during the festival to talk about the origins of the project, the absence of Dave Grohl (he appears only in archival footage), and a striking animated sequence which uses Cobain’s recorded recollection of how he lost his virginity and almost committed suicide during his teenaged years. When did you hear Nirvana for the first time?


Watch the trailer for Game of Thrones Season 5

Watch the trailer for Game of Thrones Season 5You may have seen this earlier today in much blurrier form, but now HBO is giving it a proper release. The first trailer for Season 5 of Game of Thrones has just been put up to stream on the show's Facebook page. You can watch the trailer on YouTube above, or you can check it out in the Facebook embed below for slightly better quality video. The series returns on April 12th.


Bitcoin Belongs to the People, Not the 1% Super Rich

Bitcoin Belongs to the People, Not the 1% Super RichBitcoin is without a doubt the best economic invention of my lifetime. Created six years ago by a person (or persons) identified as Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin is a game changer for two important reasons. The first is its practical use. Using Bitcoin, it is possible to send and receive payments anonymously and instantly without any...


The 404 Show 1,599: Sling TV verdict, Trivia Crack and that Kate Upton mobile game (podcast)

The 404 Show 1,599: Sling TV verdict, Trivia Crack and that Kate Upton mobile game (podcast)Bridget Carey and Ariel Nunez help Jeff and Iyaz understand the fine print of a Sling TV subscription, why Trivia Crack is worse than hardcore narcotics and figure out what the deal is with that mobile game Kate Upton is all about.>


AT&T, Verizon get more airwaves: Expect more mobile capacity

NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers may see improved networks after AT&T and Verizon, the two largest U.S. wireless companies, spent billions in the government's latest airwaves auction.

Vine goes child-friendly with Vine Kids app

Vine goes child-friendly with Vine Kids appThe new app from Twitter's 6-second looping video service serves up only clips that have been screened for family-friendliness.>


Bitmoji review

Turn yourself into a personalized emoji to use in any chat message

Tom Hanks, Edward Norton, and Brad Pitt are bringing a Lewis and Clark miniseries to HBO

Tom Hanks, Edward Norton, and Brad Pitt are bringing a Lewis and Clark miniseries to HBOHBO has officially greenlit Lewis and Clark, a six-hour miniseries that will chronicle the pair's exploration of the Louisiana Purchase. Starring Casey Affleck as Meriwether Lewis and Matthias Schoenaerts as William Clark, Lewis and Clark has even bigger names serving as executive producers. Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, and Edward Norton are among seven people backing the miniseries.


BuzzFeed review

Track the Web's obsessions in Real Time

US reaps $41 bn in wireless spectrum auction

The Federal Communications Commission, which revised down its estimate from $45 billion, says the auction that ended Thursday raised the highest amount ever for this type of saleThe US government is getting more than $41 billion from an auction of wireless spectrum, highlighting surging demand for new devices that connect to the Internet, officials said Friday. The Federal Communications Commission, which revised down its estimate from $45 billion, said the auction that ended Thursday raised the highest amount ever for this type of sale and would improve wireless access countrywide. The move adds 65 megahertz of spectrum to "improve wireless connectivity across the country and accelerate the mobile revolution that is driving economic growth and improving the lives of the American people," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said. In a document listing the winning bidders, the FCC said AT&T won bids totaling $18.2 billion and Verizon $10.4 billion.


Marriott withdraws awful Wi-Fi blocking proposal after taking heat from FCC

Marriott withdraws awful Wi-Fi blocking proposal after taking heat from FCCWith the FCC pretty much laughing off Marriott's request for permission to block guests' access to external Wi-Fi networks, the hotel chain has decided to withdraw its petition in a late attempt to save face. "We thought we were doing the right thing asking the FCC to provide guidance, but the FCC has indicated its opposition," Bruce Hoffmeister, Marriott's chief information officer, says in a statement. Marriott filed its petition with the FCC last year, requesting that it be allowed to "monitor and mitigate threats" to its network, even if that meant interfering with guests' devices. The FCC and many others read this as Marriott wanting to block guests' Wi-Fi hotspots and access to other external networks so that they'd be forced to pay for access to the hotel's wireless service.


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