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Ofcom outlines plans to remove the hassle of switching broadband providers in the UK

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One of the biggest headaches in moving house is the inherent lag-time between moving in and waiting for that broadband connection to get up and running. It’s perhaps a sad state-of-affairs, but I’d sooner do without a fridge for that first week in a new pad than be without the...
Ofcom outlines plans to remove the hassle of switching broadband providers in the UK
10 cool Kickstarter gifts that have been funded, finished and brought to market

Here's The Biggest Problem In The American Economy

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Several factors have come together to produce a frustratingly weak economy that has persisted in the U.S. for more than a decade: "Globalization" has opened up a vast pool of billions of workers who work for much less than Americans. This, in turn, has resulted in companies shifting formerly middle-wage-paying...
Here's The Biggest Problem In The American Economy

A modern-day visit to the Skywalker homes

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Decades after the original "Star Wars," a Japanese pop culture blog looks at the sad state of affairs at a few movie set locations in Tunisia -- the country that hosted Luke (and Anakin) Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine. [Read more]...
A modern-day visit to the Skywalker homes
Platfora shows a whole new way to do business intelligence on big data

SERIOUS QUESTION: How Are Lower Taxes Going To Fix The Jobs Problem?

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There are two main problems in the U.S. economy: There are too few jobs Most of the jobs pay too little This state of affairs has left the most important customers in the U.S. economy--the formerly financially healthy middle class--starved for spending money. As any business executive will tell you,...
SERIOUS QUESTION: How Are Lower Taxes Going To Fix The Jobs Problem?

Uber Gives D.C. Residents Presidential Treatment

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After running into some early opposition in the nation’s capital, Uber, a technology company that allows users to order a car service from a smartphone app, applied the full-court press in Washington, D.C., on President’s Day. In the video below, the San Francisco-based start-up shows how a few lucky Uber...
Uber Gives D.C. Residents Presidential Treatment
Prismatic's Bradford Cross: First we understand media, then the world

Survey: Hadoop clusters not that big, not changing the world (yet)

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While Hadoop use is picking up among mainstream (read “non-web”) companies, it’s still far from the all-powerful and ubiquitous insight engine its supporters believe it will become, according to a recently released survey from Hadoop-focused startup Karmasphere. Karmasphere interviewed 376 “data professionals” to get its results. Here are some...
Survey: Hadoop clusters not that big, not changing the world (yet)

US Court: Code isn't property, therefore it can't be stolen

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New York's Second Circuit Court of Appeals has decided that computer code cannot be stolen after acquitting former Goldman Sachs programmer Sergey Aleynikov. He'd been charged with property theft and economic espionage which carried an eight year prison sentence, but left court a free man after serving just a...
US Court: Code isn't property, therefore it can't be stolen

Department of Commerce renews VeriSign control of .com registry, demands price freeze

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In many ways, VeriSign has been one of the internet's true arbiters. It's ICANN's official registry operator for .com domains, which lets it determine how (and how much) we pay to get a particularly coveted address. As we're learning, the US Department of Commerce is only comfortable with that...
Department of Commerce renews VeriSign control of .com registry, demands price freeze

Colombia to start testing 700MHz LTE, joins a Latin American trend in 4G

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Those in the US can brag about having the range, indoor friendliness and other advantages of 700MHz LTE, but few other countries have that edge so far: Latin Americans who have any LTE at all usually have to contend with less tolerant 2.6GHz bands. Colombia isn't happy with that...
Colombia to start testing 700MHz LTE, joins a Latin American trend in 4G

KurbKarma: A Social Network, And App, To Find Parking Where And When You Need It

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We have all been there: you are in your car, you need to park, and you cannot, no matter how much you try, find a space. You see cars pulling away, but it’s too far for you to get there before another car swoops in. You see people walking and...
KurbKarma: A Social Network, And App, To Find Parking Where And When You Need It

Donkey Kong hack gives Pauline the central role, 32 years later (video)

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Mario's quest to rescue Pauline in Donkey Kong is one of the most famous in video gaming -- and also a prominent reminder that women in games are often reduced to level objectives. Mike Mika's 3-year-old daughter wasn't happy with this lopsided state of affairs, which led Mike to...
Donkey Kong hack gives Pauline the central role, 32 years later (video)

Report: Free app downloads from Google Play are 10 times higher than the Amazon Appstore in the US

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The number of device installs for free apps in the Google Play store is over ten times bigger than the Amazon Appstore in the United States, according to new research conducted by Distimo. The mobile app store analytics company found that the top 200 free apps in the Amazon Appstore...
Report: Free app downloads from Google Play are 10 times higher than the Amazon Appstore in the US
Skype Updates Its Android App, Now Tablet-Optimized And Upgraded Its SILK Audio Codec

RSA 2012: Security Engineers Seek Prophecy in Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin

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"You can't always get what you want" is literally the theme of this year's RSA Security conference in San Francisco. "With increased speed and cunning, hackers are taking advantage of the openness of today's infrastructures," said EMC's executive vice president Art Coviello, Jr. And exacerbating the problem, he said,...
RSA 2012: Security Engineers Seek Prophecy in Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin

Anonymous Defaces Serbian Democratic Party Site in Protest

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Serbia’s currently ruling party, the Democratic Party, has become a target of Anonymous hackers who are displeased with the organization’s way of managing “the current state of affairs.” “We prepare food. We take away garbage. We work in the factory. We safeguard peace of mind. We are legion! We do...
Anonymous Defaces Serbian Democratic Party Site in Protest

Digital Chocolate Downsizing? Founder Trip Hawkins Out As CEO; Reports Of Layoffs, Marc Metis As Interim CEO

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Some significant changes afoot at social and mobile games company Digital Chocolate: founder Trip Hawkins has stepped down as the CEO of the company. And we have also heard a report — yet to be confirmed directly by the company — that president Marc Metis has stepped up as interim...
Digital Chocolate Downsizing? Founder Trip Hawkins Out As CEO; Reports Of Layoffs, Marc Metis As Interim CEO

AT&T and T-Mobile temporarily share their networks in New York City and New Jersey to shoulder the post-hurricane load

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Communication has been all too spotty across much of New York City and New Jersey since Hurricane Sandy struck the region, and those who can get through on their cellphones have found themselves on particularly crowded networks. AT&T and T-Mobile are providing some much-needed, if temporary, relief: the two...
AT&T and T-Mobile temporarily share their networks in New York City and New Jersey to shoulder the post-hurricane load

Report: Leaked Memo Indicates Hulu CEO Jason Kilar May Be On His Way Out

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An internal memo from web streaming company Hulu purportedly obtained by show business industry publication Variety indicates that the company’s CEO Jason Kilar may be on his way out the door. The three-page memo dated July 2012, which Variety reported on in an article published today, is said to cover...
Report: Leaked Memo Indicates Hulu CEO Jason Kilar May Be On His Way Out
Rhapsody's Rob Reid: 'Copyright law is like doing archaeology in the Mediterranean'

IDC: Apple slipped to sixth in China smartphone share in Q3, Samsung and locals sat on top

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The Chinese smartphone market is a tough nut to crack given its sensitivity to prices and a slew of strong domestic brands. IDC estimates suggest Apple may have learned this the hard way during the third quarter of this year: it slipped from fourth place in local market share...
IDC: Apple slipped to sixth in China smartphone share in Q3, Samsung and locals sat on top

Tablet shipments in India hit 3.11 million in 2012, with Samsung, Apple and Micromax leading the way

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Tablet adoption soared in India during the third and fourth quarter of 2012, with 3.11 million units shipped during the full calendar year, according to new data published today by CyberMedia Research. During the final three months, 1.09 million tablets were shipped throughout the country. That’s a slight dip from...
Tablet shipments in India hit 3.11 million in 2012, with Samsung, Apple and Micromax leading the way

Prince ticks off the music establishment by teaming with an unlikely ally

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Never the stranger to controversy (ha), Prince has ticked off the music establishment in Britain with his plans to give away his new "Planet Earth" CD with a newspaper in the U.K. this Sunday - the paper itself sells for $2.80. If you can get past the sad state of...
Prince ticks off the music establishment by teaming with an unlikely ally

Pinterest launches on Barnes & Noble's Nook tablets alongside an overhauled Facebook app

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Barnes & Noble announced today that Pinterest has launched a dedicated app for many of its Nook tablets, and will come preloaded alongside an overhauled Facebook app for new devices starting today. The Pinterest app is available from the Nook store immediately and should give tablet owners all of the...
Pinterest launches on Barnes & Noble's Nook tablets alongside an overhauled Facebook app

Twitter’s Innovator’s Patent Agreement says its patents ‘will be used as a shield, rather than a weapon”

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Twitter has announced a fantastic new initiative it’s calling the Innovator’s Patent Agreement, promising to use its engineer’s patents defensively against other companies unless explicitly permitted by the creators of said patents. It says that it will also allow the engineers to retain control over those patents and use them...
Twitter’s Innovator’s Patent Agreement says its patents ‘will be used as a shield, rather than a weapon”

The Digital Planets Will Align for News Business

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Let’s pause and look at trends that have emerged over the last few years: How will they affect the digital newsmedia industry? First, we’ll try and list a few undisputed facts. Then we’ll drift towards conclusions bordering the uncharted territory of predictions. It’s worth the risk. The web fuel...
The Digital Planets Will Align for News Business
Android OEMs give Jelly Bean the silent treatment

Apple, Samsung and the 'profit share trap'

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The current state of affairs, writes an analyst from Hyderabad, is untenable. FORTUNE -- In the midst of a loud debate over which matters most in the smartphone wars -- market share or profit share -- Sameer Singh calmly analyzes the situation from the perspective of disruption theory. Writing on...
Apple, Samsung and the 'profit share trap'
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