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Gartner: Free apps dominate market, iOS App Store accounts for 25% of all downloads

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If you'd just put down Angry Birds Space for a moment, maybe we could tell you that mobile apps are kind of a big deal. How big of a deal? How's about 45.6 billion downloads just this year -- that's a serious amount of birds lost in space! All...
Gartner: Free apps dominate market, iOS App Store accounts for 25% of all downloads

UK Judge Attracts Libel Tourists With $775k Award To New Zealand Cricket Player Over Defamatory Tweet

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The UK has become famous for its overly aggressive libel laws and how they lead to libel tourism, with people from other countries running internet libel cases through the UK to take advantage of the favorable laws. Add to that the rise of Twitter, and questions about Twitter libel, and...
UK Judge Attracts Libel Tourists With $775k Award To New Zealand Cricket Player Over Defamatory Tweet

iPhone 5S to reportedly come with 12-megapixel camera, improved low light mode

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. Tinhte.vn is reporting this afternoon that Apple’s next-generation iPhone (assumed to be dubbed the iPhone 5S) with include an all new 12-megapixel camera as well as an improved night shooting mode. Interestingly, MacRumors notes that the report originates from “Wonderful Saigon Electrics in Binh Duong, which specializes in providing...
iPhone 5S to reportedly come with 12-megapixel camera, improved low light mode
Foreign hackers steal more than a terabyte of data per day in ongoing cyberwar

If You're Excited About The iPhone 5, You Need To Read This Description Of What It Is Like To Make Them

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A reporter for a Shanghai newspaper spent a week working in a Foxconn factory helping to build iPhone 5s. He described the working and living conditions as a "nightmare," and he couldn't quit soon enough. The reporter's story was translated by MicGadget, and you can read the whole thing...
If You're Excited About The iPhone 5, You Need To Read This Description Of What It Is Like To Make Them
Report claims Google smartwatch with Glass-like UI, updates to Gmail & Maps coming soon

Google's 'transparency report' doesn't reveal everything

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Google's Transparency Reports, released every six months, are interesting not just for what they reveal about government requests for Internet user data, but also for what they do not reveal. Transparency reports are basically a biannual compilation of requests Google receives from governments around the world for Internet user...
Google's 'transparency report' doesn't reveal everything

China's Huawei and ZTE deemed security threat by US Congress

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A congressional investigation has labeled Chinese telecommunications equipment firms Huawei and ZTE as threats to national security and will advise government departments and US companies to steer clear of their products, The Wall Street Journal reports. The House Intelligence committee report, which sums up a year-long investigation, is set to...
China's Huawei and ZTE deemed security threat by US Congress

More Than Human? The Ethics of Biologically Enhancing Soldiers

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Our ability to "upgrade" the bodies of soldiers through drugs, implants, and exoskeletons may be outstripping the ethical norms of war as we've understood them. If we can engineer a soldier who can resist torture, would it still be wrong to torture this person with the usual methods? Starvation and...
More Than Human? The Ethics of Biologically Enhancing Soldiers

Google said to be testing same-day delivery service from local retailers

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As if Google didn't have enough on its plate, it seems the Mountain View company is adding yet another feather to its cap by entering the delivery business. As originally reported on TechCrunch and then confirmed by Reuters, the search giant is apparently working on a same-day delivery service...
Google said to be testing same-day delivery service from local retailers
Verizon’s leaked roadmap shows Galaxy S3, HTC’s Note competitor, and new Motorola devices
Apple Partner Foxconn Reportedly Ramps Up Hiring To Prep For Next iPhone Launch This Summer

ESPN Could Be Coming To Your Apple TV Soon (AAPL, DIS)

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ESPN and Apple are holding talks about bringing the network's content to the Apple TV, Bloomberg reports. The app would give ESPN subscribers access to streaming web content. Bloomberg's report doesn't say what kind of content the app will run though. For example, ESPN's iPad app lets you stream the...
ESPN Could Be Coming To Your Apple TV Soon (AAPL, DIS)

Ofcom says UK broadband speeds are on the rise

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National average up An Ofcom report has found that average broadband speeds in the UK have risen by 22 per cent since the end of 2010. The average speed nationally was measured at 6.2Mbit/s in November/December 2010, but rose to 7.6Mbit/s in just 12 months. In addition, 58 per...
Ofcom says UK broadband speeds are on the rise

Samsung reportedly set to sell its first Tizen-based smartphone in 2013

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The world will finally see the fruits of Tizen, the open sourced mobile operating system that has support from Samsung, DoCoMo, Vodafone and others, in 2013, according to a report from Japan’s Daily Yomiuri which says Samsung’s stop-start commitment will get serious next year. The newspaper cites sources from Japanese operator...
Samsung reportedly set to sell its first Tizen-based smartphone in 2013
FCC plans powerful nationwide Wi-Fi. Also, rainbows and ice cream for everyone

REPORT: New iMacs Will Also Get High Resolution Retina Displays (AAPL)

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Following the news that Apple plans to release a redesigned line of MacBooks with high resolution displays, ABC now reports new iMacs with better screens are coming too. The display will likely be similar in resolution to the "Retina display" found on iPhones and the new iPad.  ABC's report doesn't...
REPORT: New iMacs Will Also Get High Resolution Retina Displays (AAPL)

Pew: 8% Of U.S. Online Adults Now Use Twitter Daily

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According to the latest data from the Pew Internet & American Life project, 15% of online adults in the U.S. now say that they have used Twitter in the past and 8% told Pew that they do so on a typical day. Overall Twitter usage has actually remained pretty stable...
Pew: 8% Of U.S. Online Adults Now Use Twitter Daily

FTC privacy report stops short of new Web regulations

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Federal Trade Commission privacy report doesn't call for new privacy laws targeting Facebook, Twitter, or Google. Instead it takes aim at third-party "data brokers." [Read more]...
FTC privacy report stops short of new Web regulations

Twitter Hacker, Document Leaker, Arrested in France

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The AFP is reporting that the person who leaked internal business documents from Twitter Inc. to the blog TechCrunch last July is also the same person who compromised the Twitter accounts of Barack Obama and other celebrities last year. A 25 year old who went by the name "Hacker Croll"...
Twitter Hacker, Document Leaker, Arrested in France

USTR Special 301 Report Doesn't Even Mention Germany Trampling Fair Use

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Last week, when the USTR's infamous Special 301 Report (pdf) came out, one of the things that I was most interested in was how the USTR would treat Germany. After all, back at the beginning of March, Germany's lower house, the Bundestag, passed a somewhat watered-down, but still troubling, bill...
USTR Special 301 Report Doesn't Even Mention Germany Trampling Fair Use

Mandiant's China Hacking Claims Draw Criticism

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Maybe it wasn’t China. Maybe it was, but suppose it wasn’t. That’s the reaction of at least one computer security consultant to yesterday’s blockbuster report from the security firm Mandiant accusing a unit of China’s People’s Liberation Army of carrying out a series of hacking attacks against companies in the...
Mandiant's China Hacking Claims Draw Criticism
FCC points to rogue Google engineer over Street View Wi-Fi snooping

Apple in Talks to Bring 'WatchESPN' App to Apple TV

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Bloomberg briefly reports that Apple and Disney are in talks to bring sports network ESPN's WatchESPN application [App Store] to the Apple TV set-top box.ESPN subscribers with AppleTV would gain access to the network’s Internet service on their TV sets. Bratches, the network’s executive vice president of affiliate and advertising...
Apple in Talks to Bring 'WatchESPN' App to Apple TV

Huawei complains about US spying allegations, implies McCarthy-style victimhood

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"We must remember always that accusation is not proof." So begins a document just published by Huawei, heavily quoting a 1954 US Senate report that condemned McCarthy and his anti-Communist hysteria. The document is a prelude to Huawei's forthcoming public testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee,...
Huawei complains about US spying allegations, implies McCarthy-style victimhood
SpaceX wants to build a commercial spaceport in southern Texas

★ Sharing the Stage

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Back in February, MG Siegler, among others, noted a remarkable milestone: Last quarter, Microsoft brought in $20.89 billion in revenue. Apple brought in $46.33 billion. Put another way: Apple’s iPhone business alone is larger than all of Microsoft’s businesses combined. You’d be on solid ground arguing that the iPhone is...
★ Sharing the Stage

Samsung Official Reportedly Denies 20% Processor Price Hike For Apple

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Apple may not be getting squeezed by a Samsung pricing change as previously reported, according to new info from Seoul-based newspaper The Hankyoreh. The paper received word from an unnamed Samsung official who said that pricing is set at the outset of every year, and remains fairly inflexible throughout, meaning...
Samsung Official Reportedly Denies 20% Processor Price Hike For Apple

Amazon Developing Not One But Two Smartphones -- WSJ

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Adding more fuel to the “Amazon is building a smartphone” rumors the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported today that the company is developing two smartphones and an audio-only music device. Though the report doesn’t say this these devices will likely carry the Kindle brand. The WSJ... Please visit Marketing Land...
Amazon Developing Not One But Two Smartphones -- WSJ
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