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LG G2 Android 4.4 KitKat update postponed to early 2014, at least in France

<b>Update:</b> <i>LG on Sunday posted a message on its South Korean website, advising LG G2 owners that the domestic Android 4.4 KitKat update will begin in December, although the company did not mention actual roll out dates for the handset. Following the local KitKat update, we would expect to see</i> …

Career community Glassdoor raises $50M to ramp up international expansion

Best known for its insightful reports on company cultures, Glassdoor announced today that it has raised an additional $50 million to accelerate its global expansion for job seekers.<p>Glassdoor has built its business by breaking through the wall that usually separates internal company culture from the …

Bing Maps Preview showcases new mapping experience 'built from the ground up' for Windows 8.1

Microsoft's been busy overhauling its Bing Maps experience for Windows 8.1 and, today, the Redmond giant's posted an app preview to its Windows Store. Users running that latest OS build can download the Bing Maps Preview to check out the sweeping, hi-res imagery, from satellite to street view, of …

Bank of America says Bitcoin could become a 'major means of payment'

Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch issued the bank's first research report today on Bitcoin, the virtual currency that approximates cash on the internet, concluding that the currency has the potential to become a "major means of payment for e-commerce" as well as a "serious competitor to …

Fixing the Nexus 5: with a new version of Android, Google tackles the camera

Android 4.4.1 is coming to help you take better pictures<p>Only a few years ago, Dave Burke remembers, cellphone users were just happy to have a camera at all. But expectations have changed. "If you have a smartphone, people want it to take pictures like a DSLR. Even in one year the quality bar and …

Valve engineer invents new game controllers for your tongue and butt

Just about every console maker has revealed details of odd, inventive controllers that they worked on and abandoned, but rarely do we actually get to see what such novel control schemes look like in action. Though they're personal projects, Valve engineer Ben Krasnow has released videos showing off …

Instagram invites press to 'share a moment' at NYC event

CNET today received a mysterious invite -- sent via FedEx, not e-mail -- from Instagram for an event it's hosting next week.<p>The package, wrapped with brown paper and a white ribbon, contained a wooden block, 4 inches long and wide and 1.75 inches thick, covered with a printed Instagram shot and a …

Social Media

Twitter Names Its First Female Board Member

After facing criticism at IPO that its board consisted only of male directors, Twitter has now appointed a female director–Marjorie Scardino. Twitter’s board now consists of eight people, an expansion on its former numbers. Scardino’s new role is effective immediately.<p>From 1997 until 2012, …

Samsung and Fingerprint team up to create safe mobile apps network for kids

Samsung and Fingerprint have inked a deal to create a mobile kids app network for Samsung devices.<p>The service, called the Samsung Kids’ Mobile Network Powered by Fingerprint, will offer safe apps and games with an educational twist for kids ages 3 to 7. The partnership is a big endorsement by the …