No, Microsoft Is Not Suddenly 'Defying' A Court Order To Turn Over Emails | Techdirt
Yes, Microsoft is trying to protect its customers' email data (held in Ireland) in this case. And yes, it's an important case. But Microsoft (and a variety of other tech companies that filed amicus briefs in support of Microsoft's position) took that stand months ago. What happened on Friday was a minor procedural effort to move the case along, and didn't represent any big new "heroic" move by Microsoft to "defy" a court order. Nothing to see here, move on. The appeals court is where this case will actually get interesting.
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails to US Government | Paul Thurrotts WinInfo content from Windows IT Pro
Despite a federal court order directing Microsoft to turn overseas-held email data to federal authorities, the software giant said Friday it will continue to withhold that information as it waits for the case to wind through the appeals process. The judge has now ordered both Microsoft and federal prosecutors to advise her how to proceed by next Friday, September 5.
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How big telecom smothers city-run broadband | Center for Public Integrity
“We don’t quarrel with the fact that AT&T has shareholders that it has to answer to,” Bowling said with a drawl while sitting in the spacious wood-paneled den of her log-cabin-style home. “That’s fine, and I believe in capitalism and the free market. But when they won’t come in, then Tennesseans have an obligation to do it themselves.”
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Apple Working With American Express on iPhone 6 Mobile Payments | Re/code
Apple has reached an agreement with American Express to work together on its new iPhone payments system, according to sources familiar with the talks. American Express is one of several partners Apple will need to sign up before it can launch its new payments plan, which sources say it plans to announce at its September 9 product event.
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A failed experiment: How LG screwed up its webOS acquisition — Tech News and Analysis
Eighteen months later, the acquisition looks a lot like a failure. About a third of the webOS team has left LG since the acquisition, including some recent high-profile departures. Others are close to making the jump, as early euphoria has been displaced by disillusionment and frustration. The LG Silicon Valley Lab, as the webOS unit is now officially called, introduced LG’s first webOS-based smart TV at CES in January, but the road to Vegas was rocky, and the device unveiled at the show almost didn’t happen, save for a few lucky accidents.
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Apple tells developers they may not sell personal health data to advertisers | Technology | theguardian.com
The technology firm has told developers that their apps, which would use Apple's "HealthKit" platform on the forthcoming products, must not sell any personal data they gather to advertisers. The move could stave off concerns users might have around privacy as Apple seeks to move into the health data business.
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Google’s Smith Is Top Candidate for U.S. Chief Technology Officer - Bloomberg
Smith, 49, who was most recently a vice president at Google’s X lab, is a top candidate for the role of U.S. chief technology officer, according to people with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified because the process is private.
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Inside Google's Secret Drone-Delivery Program - The Atlantic
The Australian test flight and 30 others like it conducted in mid-August are the culmination of the first phase of Project Wing, a secret drone program that’s been running for two years at Google X, the company’s whoa-inducing, long-range research lab.
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Apple Wearable Won’t Ship Until Next Year | Re/code
It’s not shipping anytime soon,” said one. So when does Apple plan to ship its eagerly anticipated wearable? That’s not clear, but my understanding is that we’re unlikely to see it at retail until after the holiday season — think early 2015.
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Part 1) Apple Events and Shredded White Booklets | 9to5Mac
The process starts weeks before keynote addresses. Apple’s PR/Communications and Marketing teams keep an eye on media reports to determine expectations, leaking information to temper expectations that won’t be matched by the announcements. Executives typically practice for two weeks in Apple’s Infinite Loop auditorium, and senior PR members prepare special white booklets to be handed out to the rest of the Communications group during a lengthy meeting, held about one week prior to the main event.
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RT : Former staff blames LG's failed webOS acquisition on culture clash, infighting and politics
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Microsoft removes 1500 apps from Windows Store, will refund anyone who purchased them - Neowin
During the past couple of weeks, there has been a focus on the fact that Microsoft's Windows Store was full of apps that were misleading or offered no value; they only existed to scam consumers. Microsoft initially responded that they would take a closer look at the situation and is now finally making good on that promise.
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How Social Media Silences Debate - NYTimes.com
Social media, like Twitter and Facebook, has the effect of tamping down diversity of opinion and stifling debate about public affairs. It makes people less likely to voice opinions, particularly when they think their views differ from those of their friends, according to a report published Tuesday by researchers at Pew Research Center and Rutgers University.
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This is Uber's playbook for sabotaging Lyft | The Verge
Uber is arming teams of independent contractors with burner phones and credit cards as part of its sophisticated effort to undermine Lyft and other competitors. Interviews with current and former contractors, along with internal documents obtained by The Verge, outline the company’s evolving methods. Using contractors it calls "brand ambassadors," Uber requests rides from Lyft and other competitors, recruits their drivers, and takes multiple precautions to avoid detection. The effort, which Uber appears to be rolling out nationally, has already resulted in thousands of canceled Lyft rides and made it more difficult for its rival to gain a foothold in new markets. Uber calls the program "SLOG," and it’s a previously unreported aspect of the company’s ruthless efforts to undermine its competitors.
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Steve Ballmer's Road Past Donald Sterling to NBA Clippers' Helm - WSJ
In an atypical glum mood, Mr. Ballmer retreated to his home overlooking Lake Washington and watched 100 episodes of "The Good Wife" in two weeks. Then he busied himself playing golf, giving speeches, studying Hebrew and preparing to teach an M.B.A. leadership course. He and his wife, Connie, decided to spend some of their roughly $22 billion net worth on civic endeavors.
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A New Advertising Format for Re/code | Re/code
Eagle-eyed readers may notice a new feature here on Re/code today. It’s called “Sponsor Content,” and is, for us, a new form of advertising. Known broadly as “native advertising,” this is a category of ad that takes the form of an article written by, or commissioned by, an advertiser. It’s widely used online, but the technique actually goes back well before the Web, when print publications ran articles written by advertisers that were called “advertorials.”
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7 days ago
How did the Napa earthquake affect sleep?
Once awaken, it took the residents a long time to go back to sleep, especially in the areas that felt the shaking the strongest. In fact, 45% of UP wearers less than 15 miles from the epicenter stayed up the rest of the night.
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Study: why bother to remember when you can just use Google? | Ars Technica
people are recalling information less, and instead can remember where to find the information they have forgotten.
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8 days ago
Time Inc. Rates Writers on How "Beneficial" They Are to Advertisers
Here you see an internal Time Inc. spreadsheet that was used to rank and evaluate "writer-editors" at SI.com. (Time Inc. provided this document to the Newspaper Guild, which represents some of their employees, and the union provided it to us.) The evaluations were done as part of the process of deciding who would be laid off. Most interesting is this ranking criteria: "Produces content that [is] beneficial to advertiser relationship." These editorial employees were all ranked in this way, with their scores ranging from 2 to 10.
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15 days ago
Facebook Messenger vs. Google Hangouts: A side-by-side look at permissions | Android Central
Not that we really needed any more evidence, but it's pretty plain to see that Facebook Messenger doesn't declare an inordinate amount of permissions — in fact, Google Hangouts has two more, if you're worried about the plus or minus — not that the number of permissions an app declares is indicative of anything other than the app does a lot of things that requires permissions. Nor does Facebook Messenger declare anything that you wouldn't expect to see in a messaging app.
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15 days ago
Facebook to flag satirical articles to stop users falling for the Onion's jokes - News - Gadgets and Tech - The Independent
Facebook is testing a new feature intended to stop users accidentally falling victim to satirical websites like the Onion, hoping that tagging articles could stop users accidentally believing joke stories.
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Twitter / mashable: Twitter cofounder and Missouri ...
RT : Twitter cofounder and Missouri native Jack Dorsey marches with protesters
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Twitter / mathewi: Watch as the news of violence ...
RT : Watch as the news of violence in Ferguson spreads across the world via Twitter:
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RT : Twitter adds more features for verified users only, including alerts to new verified followers
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Twitter Adds Tools for Verified Users | Re/code
RT : Twitter adds more features for verified users only, including alerts to new verified followers
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16 days ago
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RT : Lawsuit claims Steve Jobs, senior Apple directors hurt company with anti-poaching row
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Lawsuit claims Steve Jobs, senior Apple directors hurt company with anti-poaching row
RT : Lawsuit claims Steve Jobs, senior Apple directors hurt company with anti-poaching row
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RT : Microsoft to deliver Windows 'Threshold' tech preview around late September ()
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Cable Companies Sell More Broadband Than TV | Re/code
RT : Biggest cable TV providers sold more broadband than video subscriptions last quarter ()
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RT : Biggest cable TV providers sold more broadband than video subscriptions last quarter ()
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RT : SmartThings' acquisition by Samsung: "all about scale", but will remain independent
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Why did SmartThings sell to Samsung? | The Verge
RT : SmartThings' acquisition by Samsung: "all about scale", but will remain independent
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RT : Kevin Rose Steps Into Part-Time Role At Google Ventures To Build A New Startup Called North
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Kevin Rose Steps Into Part-Time Role At Google Ventures To Build A New Startup Called North | TechCrunch
RT : Kevin Rose Steps Into Part-Time Role At Google Ventures To Build A New Startup Called North
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16 days ago
U.S. extends deadline for 'net neutrality' comments to Sept 15 | Reuters
RT : U.S. extends deadline for 'net neutrality' comments to Sept 15 ( / Reuters)
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RT : U.S. extends deadline for 'net neutrality' comments to Sept 15 ( / Reuters)
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RT : Apple adds key Vice Presidents, more diversity to executive leadership page ()
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RT : Explainer: How Google's New SSL / HTTPS Ranking Factor Works ()
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Apple Meets With Thai Officials to Discuss 'iPhone 6' Approval Disclosure - Mac Rumors
NBTC secretary Takorn Tantasith earlier this week released the approval information on two "iPhone 6" models A1586 and A1524, reportedly in accordance with guidelines that require the public announcement of approved hardware. The declaration, which he also broadcast on Twitter, contained only the product name and model numbers, but no other details about the iPhone 6 handsets. As noted by several observers, the iPhone 6 approval was the first time a specific device was named in a Tweet by the NBTC secretary, making it an obvious deviation from usual practice.
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The IBM PC: Was it really only 33 years ago? | ZDNet
RT : IBM PC launches 33 years ago today. It's history today but was the cutting edge then.
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21 days ago
I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days. Here’s What It Did to Me | Gadget Lab | WIRED
By liking everything, I turned Facebook into a place where there was nothing I liked. To be honest, I really didn’t like it. I didn’t like what I had done.
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Twitter admits that as many as 23 million of its active users are actually bots - Quartz
In a new filing, the company said that “up to approximately 8.5%” of the accounts it considers active are automatically updated “without any discernible additional user-initiated action.” For instance, accounts like this one:
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21 days ago
Apple's secretive internal training program praises Picasso, has full-time faculty
Apple's secretive internal training program praises Picasso, has full-time faculty
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RT : Amazon halts disc preorders of some Disney titles in an apparent contract dispute
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Disney Disc Preorders Disappear From Amazon | Home Media Magazine
RT : Amazon halts disc preorders of some Disney titles in an apparent contract dispute
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23 days ago
Already Backed With Millions, Startups Turn To Crowdfunding Platforms For The Marketing - Forbes
Already Backed With Millions, Startups Turn To Crowdfunding Platforms For The Marketing
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When PayPal refuses buyers protection against eBay fraud
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SketchFactor app for unsafe areas in racism row
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News from The Associated Press
US bots flagged Ebola before outbreak announced
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23 days ago
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RT : Facebook says permissions it asks of Messenger users on Android stem from rigid Android policy
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23 days ago
Facebook Messenger Privacy Fears? Here’s What You Need to Know - Digits - WSJ
RT : Facebook says permissions it asks of Messenger users on Android stem from rigid Android policy
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23 days ago
Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: HTTPS as a ranking signal
RT : Google Search is starting to penalize sites that don't use HTTPS.
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26 days ago
Russia gives Snowden 3-year residency - CNN.com
RT : Russia gives Edward Snowden 3-year residency, his attorney says.
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26 days ago
Going My Way? Uber Unveils Carpooling As Its Assault On Ownership Continues - Forbes
Going My Way? Uber Unveils Carpooling As Its Assault On Ownership Continues
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26 days ago
Microsoft wants to make a retail splash near Apple’s iconic 5th Ave. cube | 9to5Mac
Microsoft wants to make a retail splash near Apple’s iconic 5th Ave. cube
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26 days ago
Apple, Samsung Agree to End Patent Suits Outside U.S. - Bloomberg
The agreement shows Apple and Samsung may be nearing a conclusion to what has been a drawn-out and occasionally nasty worldwide patent fight, which has sprouted alongside the booming market for touch-screen smartphones. Apple has accused Samsung of copying its iPhone designs, while Samsung has countered that Apple is using pieces of its wireless-transmission technology without permission. Neither side won an overarching decision harming the other’s sales, and judges repeatedly urged the companies to settle rather than play out their dispute in court.
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27 days ago
Nuzzel - Verizon Wireless CEO fires back at FCC over throttling brouhaha
Verizon Wireless CEO fires back at FCC over throttling brouhaha - via
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