Facebook Rebukes DEA For Impersonating Woman Online
The company’s rebuke, delivered Friday in a sharply critical letter to the law enforcement agency, comes after BuzzFeed News disclosed that a DEA agent had created a bogus Facebook account, impersonated an upstate New York woman, and posted racy photos of her and an image of her young son from her seized cell phone — all without her knowledge. The agent used the account to contact suspected criminals.
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The Retina iMac versus the Mac Pro, on paper – Marco.org
The 5K Retina iMac is out, and it looks incredible so far on paper — so incredible that I’m seriously considering selling my new Mac Pro to get the Retina iMac instead. In fact, the case for the Mac Pro for anyone but advanced video editors, 3D modelers, and heavy OpenCL users is now weaker than ever.
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2 days ago
This new “Apple SIM” could legitimately disrupt the wireless industry - Quartz
So far, Apple lists three of the top four US operators—AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile—as partners. In the UK, there’s EE, a joint venture between T-Mobile and Orange. Apple says participating carriers may change.
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4 days ago
Official Google Blog: Android: Be together. Not the same.
First, with Motorola, we developed the Nexus 6. This new phone has a contoured aluminum frame, a 6-inch Quad HD display and a 13 megapixel camera. The large screen is complemented by dual front-facing stereo speakers that deliver high-fidelity sound, making it as great for movies and gaming as it is for doing work. It also comes with a Turbo Charger, so you can get up to six hours of use with only 15 minutes of charge.
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6 days ago
Google announces Android 5.0 Lollipop | The Verge
After an extended testing and preview period, Google has announced the final release of Android L, it's latest version of the world's most popular mobile platform. Android 5.0 Lollipop is debuting on three new Nexus devices — the Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet, and Nexus Player streaming media device — and will be available on the Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Google Play Edition devices in the coming weeks.
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6 days ago
Nexus 6 And Android L Make Early Cameo Appearance In New Android Ad Campaign 'Be Together, Not The Same'
It feels like Android L and the Nexus 6 are set to drop at any moment—you can almost sense the #NexusWarriors gathering at the fringes of the internet, ready to storm all the comment sections everywhere and tell you how great the Nexus 6 is. And maybe it will be, but for now all we have is a taste of what's to come with a leaked copy of Google's new Android ads with the slogan "Be Together, Not The Same." It includes a cameo by what appears to be the Nexus 6 running Android L. Also, I'm pretty sure the phone is rendered to scale with the people in this ad.
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6 days ago
24 Percent of Millennials Say They’re Not Paying for TV – Comscore | Re/code
Meanwhile, not all of comScore’s data is that reassuring. The company says a whopping 24 percent of 18-to-34-year-olds say they’re not subscribing to pay TV. More than half of those folks — 13 percent of the total number polled — say they’ve cut the cord, while 11 percent say they’ve never had a cord, period.
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6 days ago
HBO Says Web Subscriptions Coming in 2015 | Re/code
HBO CEO Richard Plepler, speaking at an investor presentation hosted by HBO parent company Time Warner, said the company will start selling a digital version of its service that won’t require a pay-TV subscription in 2015.
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6 days ago
Sir Jony Ive slams Apple competitors as he reveals the first phone he ever designed | Daily Mail Online
'Steve was the most focused person I've met in my life. 

'It's terrifying that when you really truly focus, it seems a bit illegal. 

'You can achieve so much. 

'What focus means is saying no with every bone in your body to something you know is a good idea but you say no because you're focused on something else.

I remember talking to Steve Jobs and asked why he was perceived as harsh. 

'And I said couldn't we be more moderate? And he said why? And I said because I care about the team. 

'And he said: 'No Jony, you're just really vain. You just want people to like you. I'm surprised at you, because I thought you really held the work up as the most important and not how you are perceived by people.''

'People misunderstand Steve because he was so focused' 
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9 days ago
Tilde.Club: I had a couple drinks and woke up with 1,000 nerds — The Message — Medium
This made sense to me, because I miss it too. The modern social web is a miracle of progress but also a status-driven guilt-spewing shit volcano. (Then again, without Twitter no one would know about tilde.club.) Back in the 1990s—this will sound insane—some of us paid a lot of money for our tilde accounts, like $30 or $40 a month or sometimes much more. We paid to reach strangers with our weird ideas. Whereas now, as everyone understands, brands pay to know users.
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9 days ago
BBC News - Comedy club charges per laugh with facial recognition
A comedy club in Barcelona is experimenting with charging users per laugh, using facial-recognition technology to track how much they enjoyed the show.

The software is installed on tablets attached to the back of each seat at the Teatreneu club.

Each laugh is charged at 0.30 euros (23p) with a cap of 24 euros (£18). Takings are up so far.
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9 days ago
The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women - The Atlantic
If, as the communications philosopher Marshall McLuhan famously said, television brought the brutality of war into people’s living rooms, the Internet today is bringing violence against women out of it. Once largely hidden from view, this brutality is now being exposed in unprecedented ways. In the words of Anne Collier, co-director of ConnectSafely.org and co-chair of the Obama administration’s Online Safety and Technology Working Group, “We are in the middle of a global free speech experiment.” On the one hand, these online images and words are bringing awareness to a longstanding problem. On the other hand, the amplification of these ideas over social media networks is validating and spreading pathology.
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9 days ago
Another Woman In Gaming Flees Home Following Death Threats
Threats and harassment involving people in and around gaming also, sadly, appear to be proliferating and go back some time. For two years, gaming critic Sarkeesian has been dealing with harassment and threats from some who dislike her videos that critique the depiction of women in games. [UPDATE: It should be noted that Gamergate people have complained of harassment as well. The pro-Gamergate reporter Milo Yiannopoulos, for example, Tweeted a photo several weeks ago of a syringe with fluid in it, presumably mailed to him by someone who dislikes him or his work. He mostly appeared to laugh it off.]
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9 days ago
Walgreens Planning for October 18 Apple Pay Launch - Mac Rumors
Apple Pay will be enabled on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices through an update to iOS 8. iOS 8.1, which has already been seeded to developers, includes hidden Apple Pay settings and set up screens. With Apple Pay set to launch on or around the time of Apple's October 16 event, that also means we should be seeing iOS 8.1 at that time as well.
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9 days ago
Trouble at the Koolaid Point — Serious Pony
But the Koolaid-Point-driven attacks are usually started by  (speculating, educated guess here, not an actual psychologist, etc) sociopaths. They’re doing it out of pure malice, “for the lulz.” And those doing it for the lulz are masters at manipulating public perception. Master trolls can build an online army out of the well-intended, by appealing to The Cause (more on that later). The very best/worst trolls can even make the non-sociopaths believe "for the lulz" is itself a noble cau
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13 days ago
Gmail updates for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays - SlashGear
Sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference, like apps that take proper advantage of the extra screen real-estate of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, so consider it welcome news that Gmail has updated for iOS 8. The new app - with the tongue-in-cheek version number of 3.1415926 - answers the big, lingering complaint Gmail users had since the new Apple smartphones were launched, namely that the scaling was still intended for a 4-inch panel. Now, though, you get far more on your screen than you did before.
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14 days ago
Report: Microsoft Sells 100,000 Xbox Ones in China
According to Chinese video games news site 17173, during an interview with the press, Shanghai Media Group vice-president Zhang Dazhong let slip that the Xbox One sold over 100,000 consoles. 17173 says that the number includes pre-sales from when the console first went on pre-order.
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14 days ago
iOS 8 Adoption Stagnates Just Two and a Half Weeks After Launch - Mac Rumors
That marks a very slight increase in adoption over the past two weeks, as back on September 21, iOS 8 was installed on 46 percent of devices. 47 percent of iOS users continue to stick to iOS 7, possibly due to a number of bugs that have plagued the launch of iOS 8.
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14 days ago
Facebook's WhatsApp acquisition now has price tag of $22 billion | Reuters
(Reuters) - Facebook Inc (FB.O) closed its acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp on Monday, with the final price tag rising an additional $3 billion to roughly $22 billion because of the increased value of Facebook's stock in recent months.
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14 days ago
iPad Air 2: Huge leak reveals everything there is to know about Apple’s next tablet - Yahoo News
Other design changes include a redesigned speaker grille, recessed volume buttons, relocated microphones – from the top of the device next to the back camera module and on the side – and a new color option: gold, as previously rumored. Recent leaks have also suggested the same design changes for the upcoming 9.7-inch iPad.
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14 days ago
Google's Software Removal Tool Removes Crapware, Resets Your Browser
In most cases, you probably won't need to use this to fix a simple problem. However, if you frequently find yourself fixing a family member's computer (and they use Chrome), this tool is a handy do-it-all method of clearing out junk and starting fresh. It's no substitute for proper security software, but it can definitely help fix many problems in one fell swoop.
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14 days ago
Government Set Up A Fake Facebook Page In This Woman’s Name
The Justice Department is claiming, in a little-noticed court filing, that a federal agent had the right to impersonate a young woman online by creating a Facebook page in her name without her knowledge. Government lawyers also are defending the agent’s right to scour the woman’s seized cellphone and to post photographs — including racy pictures of her and even one of her young son and niece — to the phony social media account, which the agent was using to communicate with suspected criminals.
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14 days ago
Google Nexus 6 Gets Benchmarked on Geekbench | Androidheadlines.com
So we’re looking at a pretty powerful beast here in the Nexus 6. We should find out next week, all the details of the new Nexus, as well as Android L. This morning, we saw a leak of the back of the HTC Nexus 9. Which didn’t really tell us much, but it did have the “Nexus” logo on the back of the device, which is nice to see. The Nexus 6 is said to have at least 32GB of storage. Now this could mean we’ve got 16GB and 32GB storage options again, or maybe something bigger. I’m hoping for a 64GB Nexus 6. With the QHD display, we’re going to need that extra storage for that content. How many of you are excited for the next Nexus? Let us know in the comments below.
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15 days ago
Apple sapphire crystal supplier GT Advanced files for bankruptcy | 9to5Mac
Many had expected sapphire to feature as part of the iPhone 6, but this did not materialise apparently due to low yields of the material.    Details on underlying arrangements are private, but there is a possibility that Apple’s decision not to use sapphire in the new iPhones was one of the factors that caused the company to file for bankruptcy. Some investors were expecting GTAT to announce debt refinancing plans, but not to the extent of complete insolvency.
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15 days ago
Careful with iOS 8 Private Browsing mode.... : apple
It no longer works as before (at least on my iPad). Previously when you quit private browsing it asked you if you would like to close or keep tabs. It does neither now. When you next return to private browsing mode your last (ahem) tabs viewed are still visible!
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15 days ago
Biggest patent win ever? Microsoft's billion dollar a year Samsung deal | ZDNet
In 2013 alone, Microsoft made a billion dollars from its Samsung Android patent licensing deal alone. In that same year, Microsoft profited from its Android patents to a tune of about $3.4 billion. That's not small change, even for Microsoft. 
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15 days ago
NFL's Deal with Bose Prohibits Players from Wearing Beats by Dre Headphones | Bleacher Report
According to Sporting News' Jasmine Watkins, the league has agreed to terms with Bose that will prohibit players from using any headphones other than Bose—including Beats by Dre headphones—while they are on camera. 
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15 days ago
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RT : 17,000 Macs recruited into malware botnet, with a little help from Reddit ()
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17,000 Macs hit by malware botnet, with help from Reddit
RT : 17,000 Macs recruited into malware botnet, with a little help from Reddit ()
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16 days ago
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RT : Marriott to pay $600K settlement for FCC complaint about jamming guest hotspots ()
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16 days ago
Marriott Settles FCC Complaint About Blocking Rival Wi-Fi Networks | Re/code
RT : Marriott to pay $600K settlement for FCC complaint about jamming guest hotspots ()
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16 days ago
Why the Broadband Industry Is Secretly Furious With Verizon Over Net Neutrality - NationalJournal.com
RT : ISPs secretly angry at Verizon for suing FCC, which opened up net neutrality rules for debate
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16 days ago
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RT : ISPs secretly angry at Verizon for suing FCC, which opened up net neutrality rules for debate
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RT : Apple will go to trial against iPod buyers claiming DRM was used to "lock in" customers
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16 days ago
Apple will face $350M trial over iPod DRM | Ars Technica
RT : Apple will go to trial against iPod buyers claiming DRM was used to "lock in" customers
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16 days ago
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RT : Tim Cook emails employees to reflect on third anniversary of Steve Jobs' death ()
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16 days ago
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RT : Microsoft Says Samsung Owes It $6.9 Million in Contract Dispute ( / Re/code)
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16 days ago
Microsoft Says Samsung Owes It $6.9M in Contract Dispute | Re/code
RT : Microsoft Says Samsung Owes It $6.9 Million in Contract Dispute ( / Re/code)
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16 days ago
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RT : Fresh round of layoffs to cost Sprint $160 million in second quarter ()
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16 days ago
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RT : Twitch, Steam now require disclosure of sponsored content from users ( / Ars Technica)
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16 days ago
Twitch, Steam now require disclosure of sponsored content from users | Ars Technica
RT : Twitch, Steam now require disclosure of sponsored content from users ( / Ars Technica)
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16 days ago
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RT : After legal threat, Google says it removed 'tens of thousands' of iCloud hack pics ()
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16 days ago
After legal threat, Google says it removed 'tens of thousands' of iCloud hack pics | ZDNet
RT : After legal threat, Google says it removed 'tens of thousands' of iCloud hack pics ()
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16 days ago
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RT : Microsoft's Windows 10: More on the 'under the covers' security, Store features ()
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16 days ago
A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering: Why can't Apple decrypt your iPhone?
RT : A technical analysis of the barriers preventing Apple from decrypting iPhones
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16 days ago
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RT : A technical analysis of the barriers preventing Apple from decrypting iPhones
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16 days ago
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RT : Ello plans to charge for features, like a one-time fee of $2 to manage two different accounts
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23 days ago
An audacious plan to fix the Internet's original sin - Fortune
RT : Ello plans to charge for features, like a one-time fee of $2 to manage two different accounts
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23 days ago
iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Bend Test - Consumer Reports News
All the phones we tested showed themselves to be pretty tough. The iPhone 6 Plus, the more robust of the new iPhones in our testing, started to deform when we reached 90 pounds of force, and came apart with 110 pounds of force. With those numbers, it slightly outperformed the HTC One (which is largely regarded as a sturdy, solid phone), as well as the smaller iPhone 6, yet underperformed some other smart phones.
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RT : Motorola Shamu: 5.92" screen, 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution, 498 PPI display, 3,200 mAh battery
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