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DDoS Attacks Take Down What.cd & Major Private BitTorrent Trackers

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It might come as a surprise but at times the owners of some file-sharing sites are subjected to online bullying. Over the years several BitTorrent admins have been the victims of extortion attempts which threaten that unless a particular course of action is taken or even payments made, bad things...
DDoS Attacks Take Down What.cd & Major Private BitTorrent Trackers

Insert Coin: Twig, the tiny iPhone cable that's also a tripod (video)

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In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you'd like to pitch a project, please send us a tip with "Insert Coin" as the subject line. Imagine an iPhone cable that was only four-inches long, doubled as...
Insert Coin: Twig, the tiny iPhone cable that's also a tripod (video)

The Things You Learn When You Send A Freedom Of Information Act Request About What The Gov't Knows About You

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I've been meaning to post this story for a little while, but am finally getting around to it. On a whim, a woman decided to send off some Freedom of Information Act requests to various government agencies to see if they had any information about her. She said she had...
The Things You Learn When You Send A Freedom Of Information Act Request About What The Gov't Knows About You
No surprise: British ISP's block on Pirate Bay isn't curbing piracy

Google wants to kill your bedroom cover-versions, applies to patent melody matching for YouTube

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YouTube has become a treasure trove for rare live editions, outtakes and covers of popular songs -- the latter making stars out of acts like Pomplamoose. However, Google and the recording industry don't feel the same way, but the site's famous content filtering system can only handle exact matches...
Google wants to kill your bedroom cover-versions, applies to patent melody matching for YouTube

Get me the best retail guy around! Wait? You say he’s from Dixons?

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Dixons? The retail chain store in the UK? The dated, dusty and generally dreadful technology store? Oh dear. Let’s be clear, Dixons Travel is pretty excellent. I’ve bought quite a lot from them over the years — indeed I even picked up a £1,400 laptop once on a semi-whim. Dixons...
Get me the best retail guy around! Wait? You say he’s from Dixons?

Convert a Kindle ebook to a different format

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When you buy an ebook from Amazon, it's yours, right? Technically speaking, Amazon is merely licensing the book to you. And the company can, seemingly on a whim, close your account and delete all your books. This isn't likely to happen, but it gives me pause. Indeed, it makes...
Convert a Kindle ebook to a different format

Homemade self-balancing unicycle uses an Arduino to keep upright

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On the whim of a coin flip, Nick Thatcher once decided between building a homemade Segway, or a self balancing unicycle. Even though the powers of fate chose the former, Thatcher's thirst to build wasn't quenched -- he built the one-wheeled scooter anyway. The Raptor looks a lot like...
Homemade self-balancing unicycle uses an Arduino to keep upright

How Will The Web Monetize In 2020?

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Editor’s Note: Murthy Nukala is the founder and CEO of Adchemy, a provider of advertising technology for large brands.  On a whim, I recently purchased a Logitech Keyboard Case for my new iPad. Instead of being just a novelty accessory, the keyboard has fundamentally changed my device usage: I’m using...
How Will The Web Monetize In 2020?

Google searches for criminals in bid to reduce global crime

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Google's pretty much aced searching for your latest whim, so now it's turning its efforts to criminals. Working with the Council on Foreign Relations, the internet giant has been exploring ways of using its technology for the greater good. Yahoo reports that Google Ideas will meet with the CFR...
Google searches for criminals in bid to reduce global crime

How about an iPad instead of flowers for Valentine’s Day?

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An iPad: It’s the gift that keeps on giving! That’s the perspective that Apple has adopted with their most recent newsletter mailing. It echoes the message that Amazon has been advertising recently (see my post from last week) and it’s a compelling story. For anyone who can afford to spend...
How about an iPad instead of flowers for Valentine’s Day?

B&N makes the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight's $20 price drop official

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The Nook's $20 price drop is more than the whim of a few major retailers -- it's Barnes & Noble's new MSRP. Following Walmart and Target's recent discounts, the company's own website is now listing the glowing e-reader at its new $119 price. The reduction is almost assuredly in...
B&N makes the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight's $20 price drop official

Video Game Journalist Out Of A Job For Calling Out Dead-Eyed, Dorito-Hoarding Journalists

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In the great, wide world of journalism, games journalism is a weird animal. Those who “practice” – and practice it well – face a barrage of PR perks, free trips, and angry houses. Access is given and taken away by marketing folks on a whim. There are a few great...
Video Game Journalist Out Of A Job For Calling Out Dead-Eyed, Dorito-Hoarding Journalists

Use Google Apps? Your circles and searches aren’t as private as you think

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Google Apps for Education users beware: Your online activity could be anything but private. In fact, depending on your university’s policy, you could have essentially given your institution the right to store, observe, and use your personal information. Before we dig into just what is going down, doesn’t this fall...
Use Google Apps? Your circles and searches aren’t as private as you think

An African safari on a Web travel deals whim: Smart buy or into the lion’s den?

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It was a few minutes before midnight, and we’d just ordered a fresh round of drinks at a neighborhood bar. It was nearing the hour when bad decisions are usually made, and this one could be our costliest. Read full article >>...
An African safari on a Web travel deals whim: Smart buy or into the lion’s den?

Trickle Down Mobile Economy Is A Big Holiday Opportunity For App Developers

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In many ways, the mobile industry is a trickle down economy. The market is set at the top by the operating system creators: Apple, Google, Microsoft and Research In Motion. Smartphones and tablets are then made from those operating systems by manufacturers like Samsung, Nokia, HTC, Motorola and LG  (plus...
Trickle Down Mobile Economy Is A Big Holiday Opportunity For App Developers
Turns Out The NSA Doesn't Really Want Drop-In Visitors (With Cameras) At Their New Utah Spy Facility

NBC, YouTube pair up for synchronized streaming at London 2012

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If the news that the Olympics is but 141 days away fills you with excitement, then you'll be overjoyed to know that NBC has abandoned Silverlight for YouTube, which is the network's official on-demand partner for the games. All events will be streamed live on Google's backbone (presumably via...
NBC, YouTube pair up for synchronized streaming at London 2012
8 Totally Bizarre Celebrity Apps With No Reason to Exist

NBC Universal Caught Using Infringing Graphic From Apple, Probably Won't Learn Anything

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Copyright infringement is easy. It's so easy that virtually everyone does it sometimes without even realizing—including some of the loudest cheerleaders for stronger copyright enforcement. We've pointed out several examples in the past: France's copyright three-strike agency pirated a font, SOPA sponsor Lamar Smith used an infringing photo on his...
NBC Universal Caught Using Infringing Graphic From Apple, Probably Won't Learn Anything

Inhabitat's Week in Green: self-sustaining homes, wooden wind turbines and the world's first solar-powered nation

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Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green. The planet is in rough shape. A new report from the Renewable Energy Industry Institute found that total levels of global greenhouse gas emissions...
Inhabitat's Week in Green: self-sustaining homes, wooden wind turbines and the world's first solar-powered nation

7 Stories to read this weekend

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It has been almost a month since I penned one of these. I was away visiting my family and as such decided to leave the computer behind. I am back to regular programming. So here are some of the awesome stories I have read in recent days for your pleasure....
7 Stories to read this weekend
Disaster planning. The simplest things can be the most important

Philips hue: the 'world's smartest' LED lightbulb that saves you time during Red Alerts

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Historically, altering the lighting color of a room required draping a gossamer-thin cloth over a lamp or buying a new bulb from the store. Philips has sought to solve that most taxing of first-world problems with the hue, a smartphone-controlled LED bulb that can cycle through shades at your...
Philips hue: the 'world's smartest' LED lightbulb that saves you time during Red Alerts
Whoa, we raised a whopping $89,740 for Rwanda and Charity:Water in September
An over-abundance of apps isn't the same as app burnout

AMD throws 15% of its workforce off the sinking ship

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Bob Dylan once warned that the times are changing, but his lyrics couldn’t have prepared us for a world without AMD, the spunky chip designer that’s kept Intel honest (mostly) and ensured, by way of competition, that processor prices wouldn’t fly through the roof. Now it appears the floor is...
AMD throws 15% of its workforce off the sinking ship

Fancy Car For Sale Outside Zynga Taken Way Too Symbolically

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“You know it’s time to sell when shoeshine boys give you stock tips. This bull market is over.” – Apocryphal, attributed to either Joe Kennedy or John Rockefeller depending on who you ask. An air of caution and circumspection is almost a badge of pride among more seasoned Valley investors,...
Fancy Car For Sale Outside Zynga Taken Way Too Symbolically

CHART OF THE DAY: Instagram's Runaway Growth

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg bought Instagram swiftly over a weekend, seemingly on a whim. But it has proven to be a wise investment. According to ComScore, Instagram accounts for one in five of the monthly active mobile users Facebook now controls. (Note: These numbers do not take into account duplication...
CHART OF THE DAY: Instagram's Runaway Growth

The New Microsoft Office Web Apps: Still Free, Still Almost Good Enough

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With Microsoft's "new" Office Web Apps, released in preview form last week, one thing remains the same: while it's fine for simple content creation, users still risk the frustration of opening an Office document and finding it too complex for Microsoft's minor-league Web app to handle. The new version of...
The New Microsoft Office Web Apps: Still Free, Still Almost Good Enough
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