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"Shadier Than Ever"

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"Shadier Than Ever": Nilay Patel of The Verge (once again) brings up a few good points about the Instagram TOS fiasco. As he points out, the new TOS was actually worded much better than the old one. But the tech press blew it and caused a panic over basically nothing....
"Shadier Than Ever"

Apple's $30bn maps mistake

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Tim Cook's delayed apology over the maps fiasco tells us a lot about the company's attitude and managementA short week after releasing the iPhone 5, Apple's CEO publicly apologises for the maps fiasco and the company's website updates its description of the new service. As the digital inspirations blog found...
Apple's $30bn maps mistake

Ban Removal Could Take PlayStation, Xbox And Wii To China

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Chinese authorities may be considering lifting a longstanding ban on games consoles. An official Chinese newspaper has stirred up much excitement today with the news that China may be about to lift a ban on games consoles it imposed in 2000. The original ban was said to be in...
Ban Removal Could Take PlayStation, Xbox And Wii To China

Cobook, A Slick Address Book App That Doesn’t Upload Your Data

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The mundane Address Book was big news this week due to the privacy fiasco, but here’s a post about an impressive address book app with a different approach to privacy. Cobook is a Mac contact management app that’s simple, powerful and actually fun to use. The software, made by a...
Cobook, A Slick Address Book App That Doesn’t Upload Your Data

Verizon’s new remote access service is a scary look at the future of tech support

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The LG Revolution was never a smash hit for Verizon Wireless, and maybe that’s why Big Red thought no one would notice when a curious new feature was slipped into an over-the-air (OTA) update for the phone last weekend. The update included a so-called “Verizon Remote Diagnostics” tool. The purpose of this...
Verizon’s new remote access service is a scary look at the future of tech support

Twitter's Employees Get $80 Million in BlackRock Cash, Execs Buy Time Ahead of IPO

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We're often told that Facebook's tumultuous initial public offering—not to mention disappointing post-IPO results at social web companies such as Zynga and Groupon—have rejiggered the tech landscape, making investors and founders alike wary of the public markets. And yet, the more things change ... According to multiple outlets, investing giant...
Twitter's Employees Get $80 Million in BlackRock Cash, Execs Buy Time Ahead of IPO

Buried alive: the premature obituaries

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Geoge Soros may have been surprised to read the report of his death, but he joins a proud tradition of people erroneously killed off by the mediaObituaries departments have to be careful with their trigger fingers. They all carry large numbers of stock obits - invariably called "the morgue" (or,...
Buried alive: the premature obituaries

Tracking Women: Now There’s Not An App For That

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Score one small setback for creepiness. Location-based social network Foursquare Labs has cut off access to its technology for an application that made it possible for guys to pinpoint the location of nearby women on a map and view their personal data and photographs. What really raised privacy concerns about...
Tracking Women: Now There’s Not An App For That

Sega Goes Nuclear On YouTube Videos Of Old Shining Force Game

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Sega has a history of being less than friendly to their fans and customers. Recall that they were unable to respond to one customer's concerns about SOPA, other than to ramble on about reboots and hard resets. Then there was their DRM fiasco when an iteration of their popular Football...
Sega Goes Nuclear On YouTube Videos Of Old Shining Force Game

Apple's Next Battleground Isn't TV; It's Web Services

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Apple does hardware and software well, and it’s at the top of its game when it does them together. But when it comes to Web services, the company is a laggard with an ever-lengthening conga line of missteps. There are hands-down fiascos: MobileMe, Ping and Maps. And there are works...
Apple's Next Battleground Isn't TV; It's Web Services

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning (FB, GOOG, MSFT, IBM, AAPL)

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Good morning! New York cops are getting Android phones. They don't make calls, but they do look up criminal histories. Twitter is launching a music discovery app this weekend at the Coachella festival. Apple is going to pay a $53 million settlement over iPhone warranty complaints. Here's a profile of Joe...
10 Things You Need To Know This Morning (FB, GOOG, MSFT, IBM, AAPL)

Jesse's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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Just as with our discussions on the efficacy of rain dances, I am most fascinated by stories of the baffling choices of copyright maximalists which, albeit unintentionally, most definitely promote content piracy/theft [insert Chris Dodd's buzzword of the week]. With that in mind, my favorites list will consist of stories...
Jesse's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week
Everyone has a mobile problem: not just Facebook

UK Continues To Criminalize Bad Taste And Stupidity In Online Postings

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In the wake of the Twitter joke trial fiasco, which saw Paul Chambers dragged through the courts for two years before being acquitted, the UK's Director of Public Prosecutions announced that there should be an "informed debate" about the boundaries of free speech for social media. That really can't happen...
UK Continues To Criminalize Bad Taste And Stupidity In Online Postings

Hide Your Kegs: Supercomputer Watson Headed to College

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And God only knows what else. (Photo: flickr.com/merfam) Did IBM learn nothing from the Urban Dictionary fiasco? The AP reports that the company is now sending Watson to college–specifically, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where the supercomputer will be studying up on both English and mathematics. God knows what kinds of terrible habits...
Hide Your Kegs: Supercomputer Watson Headed to College
Epic shutters Impossible Studios without it ever releasing a game

The Apple Maps Fiasco Wasn't An Isolated 'Mistake'--It Was Apple Being Apple

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Apple swapping out Google Maps for its own inferior product makes it irresistible for me to present an arcane bit of Silicon Valley history that I often recall with a certain relish when enjoying a glass of wine with my young colleagues. In the early 1980s, I had the privilege...
The Apple Maps Fiasco Wasn't An Isolated 'Mistake'--It Was Apple Being Apple

Oprah sends Tweet about love of Microsoft Surface (from her iPad)

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Oh, the irony. Oprah gushed about her love of Microsoft’s new tablet computer, the Surface, with the following Tweet yesterday. Gotta say love that SURFACE! Have bought 12 already for Christmas gifts. #FavoriteThings — Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) November 19, 2012 A great ringing endorsement by a woman who can actually...
Oprah sends Tweet about love of Microsoft Surface (from her iPad)

Apple SVP Bob Mansfield reportedly agreed to un-retire because Scott Forstall was leaving

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Apple’s (AAPL) announcement that iOS boss Scott Forstall was leaving the company reportedly a big win for Bob Mansfield, the newly appointed senior vice president of technologies and former senior vice president of hardware engineering. According to AllThingsD, Mansfield’s motivation for coming out of his two-month retirement was a result of Apple’s decision to give Forstall...
Apple SVP Bob Mansfield reportedly agreed to un-retire because Scott Forstall was leaving

The Web needs to change its password

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The Web needs a new password -- as in an entirely new system for securing information. The Yahoo password fiasco is merely the latest in a series of incidents involving nearly all of the most trusted names on the Internet. Companies such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Google and Facebook have...
The Web needs to change its password

What The Hell Just Happened At Google?

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The search giant was supposed to report earnings after the close of business today. Instead it jumped the gun and shocked Wall Street and Silicon Valley with a huge miss on both earnings and revenues. Then news broke that the announcement itself was a mistake. What the hell is going...
What The Hell Just Happened At Google?
Facebook Launches Verified Accounts and Pseudonyms

HP Gets Feds To Investigate Autonomy Deal

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Hewlett-Packard has made if official. The Justice Department is indeed investigating HP's allegations that Autonomy execs tricked the troubled technology giant into paying way too much for the British software maker. In disclosing the probe in its annual regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, HP has started the...
HP Gets Feds To Investigate Autonomy Deal

ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Netflix

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Unlimited streaming made Netflix the Blockbuster-buster, but the company's value has dropped 75% in the past year after its price hike/Qwikster fiasco. Can original content and overseas expansion reverse the slide? The Basics Netflix began as a mail-order alternative to renting videos from Blockbuster: perfect for folks looking for a...
ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Netflix

WikiLeaks claims it submitted a 100-page dossier to UK Leveson Inquiry on media corruption

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Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has revealed that the UK’s public inquiry into the culture and ethics of the British media has requested a submission on corruption in the UK press, to which it has obliged by submitting a 100-page dossier. Just to recap, last July UK Prime Minister David Cameron appointed...
WikiLeaks claims it submitted a 100-page dossier to UK Leveson Inquiry on media corruption

Copyright reformers pan weak legislation on cell phone unlocking

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A new bill to allow cell phone unlocking is getting low marks from reform groups and online activists. The legislation, introduced by Reps. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), would tell the FCC to force cell phone companies to "permit the subscribers of such services,...
Copyright reformers pan weak legislation on cell phone unlocking

Android users gloating over Apple Maps fiasco

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As iOS 6 users hide their faces in shame today due to the mapping disaster, those using Google's mobile OS are walking with a strut in their step. [Read more]...
Android users gloating over Apple Maps fiasco

Apple Says It Didn't Provide UDIDs to FBI

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Apple now has made an official statement on the UDID AntiSec fiasco we wrote about Tuesday. In a statement delivered to AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski by Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris, the company explained that it wasn’t the source of any UDIDs the FBI may have been stockpiling. “The FBI has not...
Apple Says It Didn't Provide UDIDs to FBI

25 Enterprise Startups To Bet Your Career On

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Enterprise tech has gone from a yawn to an excited scream over the past year. Businesses that sell to other businesses, with their steady revenues and more-predictable growth, are now the darling of tech investors. That means they're good places for employees, too. So if you're gunning for a new...
25 Enterprise Startups To Bet Your Career On
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