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Facebook, Microsoft reveal surveillance request figures

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Facebook says it received almost 10,000 US government requests for user data in the second half of 2012Facebook and Microsoft have struck agreements with the US government to release limited information about the number of surveillance requests they receive, a modest victory for the companies as they struggle with the...
Facebook, Microsoft reveal surveillance request figures

New iPhone lock screen bypass bug found on iOS 6.1.3, but appears to only affect non-Siri devices

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Another iPhone lock screen bypass bug has been discovered and this one affects the latest version of iOS: 6.1.3. This version was just released and contained a fix for vulnerabilities that allowed users to skip over the lock pin to access some content. This latest version is actually fairly easy...
New iPhone lock screen bypass bug found on iOS 6.1.3, but appears to only affect non-Siri devices

After decades of discussion, EU votes for unified patent system

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The European Parliament voted today to create a unitary patent system and patent court, after discussing the idea for more than 30 years. The proposal, which passed on a 484-164 vote, may lower the cost of getting a European patent by as much as 80 percent. The unitary patent...
After decades of discussion, EU votes for unified patent system
Australia and Apple can't resolve problems with new iPad '4G' branding
Apple and Greenpeace Trade Blows in Data Center Grudge Match

Aaron Swartz: US attorney says she only sought six-month jail term

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Carmen M Ortiz responds to pressure over death of Reddit co-founder by saying her office acted reasonablyThe US attorney accused of hounding internet activist Aaron Swartz to his death has responded by saying that her office's actions were "appropriate", and that she had only been seeking a six-month sentence in...
Aaron Swartz: US attorney says she only sought six-month jail term

Beloved Mac and iOS RSS reader NetNewsWire set to return after ditching intractable iCloud data syncing

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iCloud data syncing, especially with Core Data, has become the bane of many an iOS developer’s existence. I can’t tell you how many developers have run into major issues implementing sync with Apple’s iCloud, no, really, I can’t tell you as most of them won’t go on the record. But...
Beloved Mac and iOS RSS reader NetNewsWire set to return after ditching intractable iCloud data syncing
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Samsung promises data speeds of 'tens of gigabits per second' by 2020 after making 5G breakthrough

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Some parts of the world, such as China, have yet to launch 4G networks, but already Samsung is promising to deliver high speed 5G wireless data connections to consumers by 2020. The claim comes as the firm announced it had developed its first core technology for fifth-generation networks. The Korean tech giant...
Samsung promises data speeds of 'tens of gigabits per second' by 2020 after making 5G breakthrough
Nokia snubbed as Apple’s nano-SIM card design declared the winner
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Why Apple’s iTunes expansion is only scratching the surface in Asia

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Earlier this week, Apple extended support for its iTunes Store, iTunes Match and iTunes in the Cloud services to 12 new markets across Asia. While the move is undoubtedly a positive one, bringing new services to users in Asia and extending monetisation opportunities for Apple and developers, it is also notable...
Why Apple’s iTunes expansion is only scratching the surface in Asia

Microsoft calls on Google to make 'comprehensive' patent peace in Motorola dispute

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Microsoft’s top lawyer this morning called on Google to end its “engage in serious discussions” toward a wide-ranging patent licensing deal that would end the thicket of litigation between the Redmond company and Google’s Motorola mobile phone unit. The blog post by Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith is the latest...
Microsoft calls on Google to make 'comprehensive' patent peace in Motorola dispute

Skillshare’s Users Are Solving the Company’s Problems

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When your startup focuses on feel-good stuff like sharing, community, giving, teaching, and learning, there’s an unplanned benefit attached: Your sharing, giving, teaching users may end up solving some difficult problems for you. Skillshare is a startup in that position. It’s a company focused on online-to-offline connections, and it’s missing a...
Skillshare’s Users Are Solving the Company’s Problems

IAC Trying to Sell Vimeo, Seeking $300M Valuation

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Barry Diller’s IAC is testing the waters on a partial exit of Vimeo, according to two sources familiar with the situation. The company is hoping to raise a $50 million round of funding in conjunction with a spin off of the hipster online video business. IAC is looking to keep...
IAC Trying to Sell Vimeo, Seeking $300M Valuation

My world is complete: you can now send beer over Twitter

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I once joked that my job consisted of getting paid to ‘goof off online all day and drink beer.’ My boss agrees. But look, there are times of salad, and there are times of famine, but there is never a time in which cold suds are amiss. Never. Period. That in...
My world is complete: you can now send beer over Twitter

Fairfax fight for board seats amid battle for editorial control

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Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart wants three seats on the board and right to hire and fire editors at Fairfax MediaAustralian mining magnate Gina Rinehart has signalled she may accept some sort of editorial charter of independence at the troubled Fairfax Media group, where she is pushing for seats on...
Fairfax fight for board seats amid battle for editorial control

GrubHub adds Uber-like mapping tools to your delivery, so your paunch knows when to expect the eats

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If you are anything like your humble servant, if it wasn’t for GrubHub,you would have died by now of malnutrition. The service, which binds together a city’s restaurants into a single interface, allowing for a unified ordering and payment system, is akin to magic. If you tend to eat at your desk...
GrubHub adds Uber-like mapping tools to your delivery, so your paunch knows when to expect the eats

Netflix coming to HTML5 just as soon as the DRM ducks are in a row

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Netflix users on Windows and OS X currently depend on Microsoft's Silverlight plugin to watch videos. With Silverlight no longer under active development, the company is looking at alternative delivery systems for its app-free, browser-based video delivery. The answer it's picked is, unsurprisingly, HTML5, but as the company details...
Netflix coming to HTML5 just as soon as the DRM ducks are in a row

Microsoft's involvement in Dell buyout proving complicated

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When reports of Microsoft's desire to be involved in Dell's leveraged buyout surfaced, we speculated that the software giant would want to be involved in the PC manufacturer's business and argued that this might be contrary to the very goals underlying Dell's plan to go private. So it has come...
Microsoft's involvement in Dell buyout proving complicated

Samsung Announces Super-Fast Wireless Tech That Will Make LTE Seem Slow

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Samsung Electronics said Monday it had successfully tested super-fast fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology that would eventually allow users to download an entire movie in one second. The South Korean giant said the test had witnessed data transmission of more than one gigabyte per second over a distance of two kilometres....
Samsung Announces Super-Fast Wireless Tech That Will Make LTE Seem Slow

Open for business? Why universities must collaborate on OpenCourseWare

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The digital revolution has begun and successful institutions will be those that use the opportunity to collaborate, grow and widen their influence, says Anka MulderLeading higher education specialists from across the world convened at Cambridge University in April for a landmark global conference on the future of online learning. The...
Open for business? Why universities must collaborate on OpenCourseWare
After Greenpeace Protests, Apple Promises to Dump Coal Power

Google Releases Rosetta Stone for Dart to JavaScript

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If you're interested in Google's Dart as a potential replacement for JavaScript, you might want to take a peek at Dart Synonym. The Web app was hacked together by Aaron Wheeler and Marcin Wichary of Google to "map common JavaScript idioms to Dart." Wichary is best known for his playable...
Google Releases Rosetta Stone for Dart to JavaScript

Microsoft's Role a Sticking Point in Dell Buyout Talks

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Microsoft's Role a Sticking Point in Dell Buyout Talks: Ben Worthen and Anupreeta Das for WSJ: Partly at issue is their commercial relationship. Dell, the world's third-largest maker of personal computers, is one of the biggest channels for Microsoft's Windows operating software. The sides are discussing how Microsoft's investment in...
Microsoft's Role a Sticking Point in Dell Buyout Talks

Business Leaders Want Government Help With Cyber Security (Sort Of)

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The trade group Business Roundtable asked for legislation that increases sharing of information about threats Business leaders went to Washington on Wednesday to ask for help on increasing cyber security against hackers--something the Wall Street Journal points out could help avoid lawmakers' push to regulate private companies' cyber security....
Business Leaders Want Government Help With Cyber Security (Sort Of)

The Role Of Curation In Journalism

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Jay Rosen points us to an article out of France that takes a stab at presenting what a modern internet-era newsroom should look like. The point that I find most interesting, that helped clarify a few different ideas for me, is that it splits "journalism" into three distinct categories, all...
The Role Of Curation In Journalism

The House is likely to vote on and pass a STEM-visa act that is utterly DOA

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More STEM visas? Sounds great, doesn’t it? STEM, the acronomic buzzword that stands for ‘Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, encapsulates the side of education that is often referred to as ‘hard.’ As the holder of a philosophy degree, I take minor offense. I kid. Here’s what’s at stake: The United States needs...
The House is likely to vote on and pass a STEM-visa act that is utterly DOA

RIM may launch BlackBerry 10 in the UAE without BBM Voice, following opposition from operators

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Research In Motion (RIM) could launch its new BlackBerry 10 devices in the United Arab Emirates without its BlackBerry Messenger Voice service, following ongoing talks with telecom operators in the area. BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) Voice was added to the company’s popular instant messaging service, BBM, last month to allow users...
RIM may launch BlackBerry 10 in the UAE without BBM Voice, following opposition from operators
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