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RT : Google Chrome will block all NPAPI plugins by default in January, drop support completely...
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18 hours ago
How Netflix Poisoned The Net Neutrality Debate
According to Rayburn, Cogent never publicly disclosed that it was intentionally prioritizing outgoing traffic of its retail customers, in violation of industry practice (and possible contractual responsibilities with its wholesale customers).

And its own policy: Cogent’s website proudly proclaims “Cogent practices net neutrality. We do not prioritize packet transmissions on the basis of the content of the packet, the customer or network that is the source of the packet, or the customer or network that is the recipient of the packet.”

The failure to disclose the practice even as the FCC proceeding spun out of control because of it was particularly damaging. As Rayburn notes, “What Cogent did is considered a form of network management and was done without them disclosing it, even though it was the direct cause of many of the earlier published congestion charts and all the current debates.”
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Sony Pictures Hacked, All Computers Reportedly Unusable
A source within Sony has anonymously confirmed to TNW that the hack and image that have appeared on computers inside Sony Pictures is real. They said that “a single server was compromised and the attack was spread from there.”

According to our source, everyone was going home following the hack: “We’re all going to work from home. Can’t even get on the internet.”

Variety reports that Sony employees have been warned not to connect to the company’s corporate network or to check email. They also added that “Sony’s information-technology departments have instructed employees to turn off their computers as well as disable Wi-Fi on all mobile devices”
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2 days ago
Secret Malware in European Union Attack Linked to U.S. and British Intelligence - The Intercept
The Regin malware, whose existence was first reported by the security firm Symantec on Sunday, is among the most sophisticated ever discovered by researchers. Symantec compared Regin to Stuxnet, a state-sponsored malware program developed by the U.S. and Israel to sabotage computers at an Iranian nuclear facility. Sources familiar with internal investigations at Belgacom and the European Union have confirmed to The Intercept that the Regin malware was found on their systems after they were compromised, linking the spy tool to the secret GCHQ and NSA operations.
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2 days ago
T-Mobile forced to stop hiding slow speeds from throttled customers | Ars Technica
When T-Mobile US customers exceed their monthly data caps, they aren't cut off from the Internet entirely. Instead, T-Mobile throttles their connections to 128Kbps or 64Kbps, depending on which plan they have, for the rest of the month.
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2 days ago
Drone Flights Face FAA Hit - WSJ
The agency also plans to group all drones weighing less than 55 pounds under one set of rules. That would dash hopes for looser rules on the smallest drones, such as the 2.8-pound Phantom line of camera-equipped, four-rotor helicopters made by China’s SZ DJI Technology Co. Similar-sized devices are seen as the most commercially viable drones and have surged in popularity in the last two years.
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2 days ago
Google's New Dashboard Shows You All the Devices Using Your Account
Launched today, this new "Devices and Activity dashboard" buried within your Google account's security settings gives you a full rundown of every single device that has had access to your Google account for the last 28 days, when the last time the account was accessed and where it was accessed from. From the dashboard, you can also manually untether your account from any device, which is a handy feature if you have no means of remote wiping a lost smartphone.
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2 days ago
Technology set journalism free, now new platforms are in control — Tech News and Analysis
In the end, however, journalism will take whatever shape the journalism-consuming public wants it to take. We can try to influence that, but for better or worse the genie is pretty much out of the bottle and operating on its own now. How we handle that is up to us to decide.
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3 days ago
Samsung asks the US government to block NVIDIA's chips
Samsung asks the US government to block NVIDIA's chips
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3 days ago
Jolla’s Open Source iPad Alternative Raises More Than $1M In Two Days’ Crowdfunding | TechCrunch
Jolla’s Open Source iPad Alternative Raises More Than $1M In Two Days’ Crowdfunding
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3 days ago
castAR team ships out first pair of AR glasses, more to follow soon
castAR team ships out first pair of AR glasses, more to follow soon
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3 days ago
Congress Is Irrelevant on Mass Surveillance. Here's What Matters Instead. - The Intercept
RT : The US Congress won't limit the NSA: individuals, courts, and other nations must step up
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3 days ago
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RT : The US Congress won't limit the NSA: individuals, courts, and other nations must step up
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3 days ago
Google break-up plan emerges from Brussels
A draft motion seen by the Financial Times says that "unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services" should be considered as a potential solution to Google's dominance. It has the backing of the parliament's two main political blocs, the European People's Party and the Socialists.
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4 days ago
Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus & iPad Air 2 lose out to Samsung & Surface in detailed color accuracy analysis | 9to5Mac
Its seems likely that Apple has concentrated on the important Red to Green part of the Color Space, which includes both the Skin Tone and Organic Colors. On the other hand, both the iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2 are in last place for the Full Gamut Color Accuracy. This is partly the result of an over saturated Blue primary that distorts almost the entire Blue Region, which accounts for about half of the half of the entire Color Space and increases the Average Color Error, and also partly due to the less accurate bluish White Point.
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7 days ago
Baltimore Police balk when pressed by judge on phone tracking capabilities - Baltimore Sun
City police Det. John L. Haley, a member of a specialized phone tracking unit, said officers did not use the controversial device known as a stingray. But when pressed on how phones are tracked, he cited what he called a "nondisclosure agreement" with the FBI.

"You don't have a nondisclosure agreement with the court," Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams replied. Williams threatened to hold Haley in contempt if he did not respond. Prosecutors decided to withdraw the evidence instead.
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7 days ago
"God View": Uber Investigates Its Top New York Executive For Privacy Violations
Uber said Tuesday that it is investigating its top New York executive for tracking a BuzzFeed News reporter without her permission in violation of what the transit giant says has long been its privacy policy. The company also published its privacy policy for the first time on Tuesday, though it said the policy had always been in effect.
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7 days ago
Apple will soon let third-party products use its Lightning port, opening up new possibilities for accessories | 9to5Mac
Last week at Apple’s yearly briefing for accessory makers in its Made-for-iPhone/iPad (MFi) licensing program, the company unveiled new Lightning connectors and specs for Lightning receptacles that will soon be available for implementation in MFi accessories. The new Lightning receptacle, scheduled to start shipping next year, will allow accessory makers to build new types of accessories that include a port for Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector previously reserved for its own iOS devices (pictured above).
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8 days ago
Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists
A senior executive at Uber suggested that the company should consider hiring a team of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media — and specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female journalist who has criticized the company.
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8 days ago
Open WhisperSystems >> Blog >> Open Whisper Systems partners with WhatsApp to provide end-to-end encryption
The most recent WhatsApp Android client release includes support for the TextSecure encryption protocol, and billions of encrypted messages are being exchanged daily. The WhatsApp Android client does not yet support encrypted messaging for group chat or media messages, but we’ll be rolling out support for those next, in addition to support for more client platforms. We’ll also be surfacing options for key verification in clients as the protocol integrations are completed.
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8 days ago
Why podcasts are suddenly “back” – Marco.org
Podcasts in 2010 were a lot like podcasts in 2007, which were a lot like podcasts in 2004, which are a lot like podcasts in 2014. There’s a lot of tech shows (and a lot of tech listeners), but most of the biggest are professionally produced public-radio shows released as podcasts, with other strong contingents in comedy, business, and religion, followed by a huge long tail of special interests with small but passionate audiences.
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8 days ago
Samsung to launch flexible display, cut smartphone models in 2015 | ZDNet
"In 2015, we will lower the number of smartphone models by one fourth to one third compared to this year," said Robert Yi, senior vice president and head of investor relations at Samsung Electronics, during Samsung Investors Forum 2014.
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8 days ago
Google Keep Lets You Share and Collaborate on Notes
Now, however, not only can you share them with others to view, you can collaborate on them in real-time – so if you and your other-half use shared shopping lists, for example, you can see items being scored off in real-time. The feature will be hitting the Android app today, but is already available on the Web and the Chrome app incarnations.
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8 days ago
Another Court Affirms Google's First Amendment Control Of Search Results
The basic factual allegations asserted that CoastNews ranked at the top of search results on Bing and Yahoo for San Francisco neighborhood keywords but didn’t rank in a comparable position (or remotely near that) on Google. Plaintiff Martin asserted that Google was a search monopoly and that he was harmed (and so were consumers) accordingly. He asked for a jury trial and sought roughly $5 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
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9 days ago
Apple Pay grabs 50% of McDonald’s tap-to-pay transactions, gives retailers hope for future of mobile payments | 9to5Mac
Walgreens, for example, says that since the release of Apple Pay, the number of mobile transactions conducted in its stores has doubled. Whole Foods says it has seen over 150,000 Apple Pay transactions since the iOS 8.1 update was released.




McDonald’s has also seen a rush by customers to give the new tech a try, noting that an impressive 50% of its tap-to-pay transactions since the release of iOS 8.1 came from Apple Pay.
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11 days ago
Google says Play Music subscribers automatically get access to YouTube Music Key starting next week | 9to5Google
Starting next week, as a Google Play Music subscriber, you’ll get free and complete access to the YouTube Music Key beta, a new service from YouTube where you can watch ad-free music videos, and keep the music playing in the background or when you’re offline. The Google Play Music app will also include ad-free music videos alongside select tracks. Stay tuned for more information.
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11 days ago
FCC Asks AT&T for Info About Delayed Fiber Build-Out Because of Net Neutrality | Re/code
Two days after AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said his company would delay building out its fiber network because of uncertainty about net neutrality rules, the Federal Communications Commission has some questions.

Stephenson said the company would build fiber to homes as promised as part of its deal to acquire DirecTV but other investments would be delayed. The agency emailed AT&T Friday asking for more information about that announcement, including “all documents” related to that decision.
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11 days ago
Mobile Pwn2Own 2014: Windows Phone's sandbox resists attack
What we know is that the Apple iPhone 5S was owned via the Safari browser by exploiting two bugs, the Amazon Fire Phone was breached via three bugs in its browser, Samsung Galaxy S5 was successfully targeted via NFC by two different teams (one by triggering a deserialization issue in certain code, and the other by targeting a logical error), and the Nexus 5 was forced to pair with another phone via Bluetooth.
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11 days ago
AT&T Stops Using Undeletable Phone Tracking IDs - ProPublica
The move comes after AT&T and Verizon received a slew of critical news coverage for inserting tracking numbers into their subscribers' Internet activity, even after users opted out. Last month, ProPublica reported that Twitter's mobile advertising unit was enabling its clients to use the Verizon identifier. The tracking numbers can be used by sites to build a dossier about a person's behavior on mobile devices – including which apps they use, what sites they visit and for how long.
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11 days ago
News from The Associated Press
Under new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has worked to overcome its reputation as a clumsy behemoth struggling to keep up with new tech trends and consumer habits. Nadella has cut expenses - and jobs - while pledging to refocus the company on mobile technology and cloud computing. His efforts have fueled a stock surge that drove Microsoft's total market value above $410 billion on Friday. That leapfrogged Exxon's value of $404 billion, which has been dinged by the drop in oil prices.
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11 days ago
Log In - The New York Times
RT : Amazon and Hachette Resolve Dispute ( / New York Times)
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12 days ago
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RT : Harry Reid Moves For Senate Vote on NSA Reform ( / National Journal)
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12 days ago
Keyssa 'Kiss Connectivity' Promises Faster Wireless Data Transfer - Businessweek
RT : Keyssa 'Kiss Connectivity' tech can wirelessly transfer up to 6GB/sec via EHF between devices
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12 days ago
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RT : Keyssa 'Kiss Connectivity' tech can wirelessly transfer up to 6GB/sec via EHF between devices
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12 days ago
Obama net neutrality plan reactions: ISP Sonic supports | BGR
“Sonic continues to adhere to the net neutrality practices implemented since its founding in 1994,” the company explains. “We don’t disadvantage any source or type of traffic. There are no speed tiers and no usage caps. We host content delivery equipment as close to our customers as possible. By partnering with large content sources, we save money on Internet transit while delivering the best performance to our members.”
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12 days ago
Do not clear data for Google Service Framework
Doing this changes the primary ID by which Google knows your device. As far as the servers are concerned, the device was basically factory reset. There are many downstream effects of this, but a big one is that this invalidates the tokens used by any app that uses GCM (which is nearly all the Google apps, and a ton of third-party apps.)
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13 days ago
Comcast loves Obama’s net neutrality plan, except for that Title II part | Ars Technica
"In 2013, the top four ISPs invested a combined $46 billion in the U.S. economy—with Comcast investing $6.6 billion in infrastructure in America, up from $5.7 billion in 2012," Cohen wrote. "This investment has been made possible through the sound application of light touch regulation and it is simply indisputable that Title II would put these significant investments in jeopardy and diminish innovation and job creation as a direct result."

Things were going Comcast's way earlier this year when the FCC unveiled a tentative net neutrality plan that relied upon Section 706, requiring minimum levels of service but allowing Internet service providers to charge websites for faster access to consumers. Comcast supported that plan, but it was heavily criticized by consumer advocates. A final decision isn't expected until next year, but Obama's public support of reclassification will put increased pressure on FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to scrap Section 706 and use Title II instead.
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13 days ago
Exclusive: Apple's enterprise assault gets into higher gear | Reuters
Experts say the company hopes to offset a gradual deceleration in growth - highlighted by iPad sales that have declined three straight quarters - by expanding its footprint in the workplace.
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15 days ago
Microsoft's first Lumia defines Windows Phone's future | The Verge
With no new flagship Lumia devices planned this year, Microsoft is betting on low-end handsets to push Lumia sales and Windows Phone market share, a tactic that Nokia adopted before its phone division joined Microsoft earlier this year. Specifications might be low on the Lumia 535, but Microsoft has made some changes that don’t compromise the experience as much as some other budget Lumia devices. The Lumia 535 comes with a 5-inch qHD display (960 x 540), a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, and 1GB of RAM. While the screen is something you’d normally see back in 2011, viewing angles aren’t as bad as you’d expect even if the pixels are clearly visible.
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15 days ago
$2 Billion and Counting | Spotify Blog
At our current size, payouts for a top artist like Taylor Swift (before she pulled her catalog) are on track to exceed $6 million a year, and that’s only growing – we expect that number to double again in a year.
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15 days ago
Halo video game executive swatted at home, police say | Ars Technica
Washington state local police said an executive for video game maker Bungie was the victim Thursday of a hoax by a caller who claimed he had an assault rifle and was holding the family hostage.

"He wanted $20,000 to release the family," Nathan Elledge, chief of the Sammamish Police Department, told local media.
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17 days ago
Did the government hack a CBS journalist? Maybe. [Updated] | Ars Technica
”the cyber-spies changed the internal clock of my work laptop not once, not twice, but 1,358 times, possibly in an attempt to disrupt any temporal analysis.” She quotes Patel as saying that very few parties have the skill to do this—and one of them is the government.
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17 days ago
Breach Fatigue Sets In With Consumers
A new study out today confirms experts' belief that in the wake of mega breaches at retailers like Target and Home Depot, consumers are reaching a point of "breach fatigue." Conducted by Ponemon Institute on behalf of RSA, the survey report released today shows that consumers really do little to alter their shopping behavior following breaches at their favorite stores. However, their antennae are up and they do have preferences about how online retailers handle security measures such as authentication.
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18 days ago
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RT : FTC ends first case against a "patent troll" with a slap on the wrist ()
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18 days ago
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RT : Taylor Swift Shuns 'Grand Experiment' of Streaming Music (Kory Grow / Rolling Stone)
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19 days ago
Global Web Crackdown Arrests 17, Seizes Hundreds Of Dark Net Domains | WIRED
RT : Operation Onymous busted several contraband markets, arrested 17, seized $1M in bitcoin
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19 days ago
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RT : Operation Onymous busted several contraband markets, arrested 17, seized $1M in bitcoin
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19 days ago
New Online Tool Lets Twitter Users Report Harassment - Digits - WSJ
On Twitter, users have the option to block other users as well as report abusive or harassing behavior directly to the company.

WAM’s form includes fields for reporting specific tweets and individual users, whether the gender-based abuse also includes racist or sexual threats and asks if people feel threatened or fear for their safety. WAM said it will try to get a resolution with Twitter within 24 hours.

The announcement comes amid an intense spotlight on the treatment of women online. A recent Pew survey found that 40% of Internet users in the U.S. said they had been harassed online.
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19 days ago
Working With Words
A classified ad that sounds too good to be true has been running in various publications since 2004. Read the comments!!
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21 days ago
FT interview with Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page - FT.com
Even Google’s famously far-reaching mission statement, to “organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”, is not big enough for what he now has in mind. The aim: to use the money that is spouting from its search advertising business to stake out positions in boom industries of the future, from biotech to robotics.
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23 days ago
With Magazine, CNET Tech Site Makes Jump From Screen to Page - NYTimes.com
The platform is print periodicals, as CNET brings out on Monday a magazine, also named CNET, that carries a cover price of $5.99 and is being sold on newsstands and at stores like Costco, Target and Walmart. The quarterly magazine’s premiere issue, which runs 128 pages and is dated winter 2014, features the rapper and actor LL Cool J on the cover.
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23 days ago
Microsoft stops selling consumer versions of Windows 7 to computer makers | VentureBeat | Business | by Emil Protalinski
The only exception will be business computers running Windows 7 Professional, which will continue being sold for at least another year. The Windows Lifecycle chart for sales below summarizes the important dates we know.
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23 days ago
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