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Google Loon Project Will Lease Balloons To Wireless Carriers (video)

Google has this week revealed that it will start leasing its balloons that will be part of its new Google Loon wireless connectivity project, to …

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DocSend Is The Analytics Tool For Documents We’ve All Been Waiting For

Meet DocSend, a comprehensive toolbox for your documents. It doesn’t sound sexy, but it could rapidly become a major part of your workflow. A startup successfully raised $20 million by taking advantage of DocSend’s data — it’s <i>that</i> powerful. The company is launching today at Disrupt NY.<p>“When you …

US House committee unanimously votes to rein in NSA, end bulk data collection

The US House Judiciary Committee unanimously voted on Wednesday to rein in the National Security Agency (NSA) and end bulk data collection.<p>In October …

Does The Beats Aftermath Usher The Next Episode For Wearables?

<b>Update</b>: Apple announced the $3 billion deal on May 28th.<p>As Beats potentially prepares to move on to the next episode, there are a few things about the news that should have tech investors’ ears ringing.<p>One, Dre may hate embargoes more than reporters do.<p>But beyond Dr. Dre’s non-announcement …

Alibaba’s Cloud-Computing Unit To Open First Hong Kong Data Center

Alibaba Group’s cloud computing unit, called Aliyun (or AliCloud), said today that its first data center in Hong Kong will launch on May 12. This is significant because it marks Aliyun’s first step toward international expansion. The announcement comes less than a week after Alibaba filed for its …

FDA Approves Segway Inventor's Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

The era of real cyborgs has begun. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave its first approval for the sale and marketing of a prosthetic arm …

Skylens wearable HUD gives pilots augmented vision

Flying by the seat of your pants through a dense fog while trying to land on a runway that’s (hopefully) where you think it is may sound like the …

Forgotten by Dre: How two Beats founders were cut out of the $3.2 billion deal

If you’ve read Walter Isaacson’s <i>Steve Jobs</i> biography, you possibly know the name Ronald Wayne. That’s the investor who dropped out of Apple 12 days into its existence as a company — losing around $35 billion after selling his shares for just $800.<p>In the wake of a reported deal with Beats, we have a …

Square Launches App for Ordering Ahead From Restaurants

<b>Update:</b> Recode reports that as part of its Square Order launch, the company has decided to shutter its Square Wallet check-in and mobile payments app. Square will reportedly support the app for the time being, but it’s already been pulled from the App Store and Google Play.A Square spokesperson …

Apple Reportedly Integrating NFC Technology into iPhone 6

Apple is gearing up to incorporate Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in the iPhone 6, according to a report from <i>BrightWire</i> citing sources familiar with the matter. The report also notes that Apple has struck a deal with China UnionPay to integrate the banking company's services into …

Insurgents say Ukraine region opts for sovereignty

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ninety percent of voters in a key industrial region in eastern Ukraine came out in favor of sovereignty Sunday, pro-Russian …

Taliban launch attacks across Afghanistan

Taliban fighters have opened fire and stormed a government building in eastern Afghanistan in the most serious of a string of attacks across the country, while in Kabul two rockets struck inside the grounds of the city's international airport but caused no damage.<p>Following the attack on Monday, …