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Pirate Bay unveils ambitious new software scheme to foil anti-piracy measures

The Pirate Bay has announced a surprising new tool to foil copyright enforcers, moving the entire site to a distributed network accessible only through Pirate Bay's own unique software. The new system builds on open source projects like LibTorrent, holding all potentially incriminating data in a …

Sponsored Data: AT&T will now let companies buy out your data charges for specific videos and apps

Today at CES, AT&T announced a new service called Sponsored Data, offering a way for companies to pick up the tab for data usage whenever particular products or services are being used. If the service is in effect, users will see a "sponsored" symbol in the status bar, and all the data charges will …

Lenovo Unveils Over 15 New Devices For CES

Lenovo is expanding its range of Think and multimode devices, which will be showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. The company has given us a first glimpse of the more than 15 products to be announced over the next few days, and here are a few that have caught our …

‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ were the most pirated TV shows of 2013

• Game of Thrones (HBO) — 5.9 million downloads<br>• Breaking Bad (AMC) — 4.2<br>• The Walking Dead (AMC) — 3.6<br>• The Big Bang Theory (CBS) — 3.4<br>• Dexter (Showtime) — 3.1<br>• How I Met Your Mother (CBS) — 3.0<br>• Suits (USA) — 2.6<br>• Homeland (Showtime) — 2.4<br>• Vikings (History) — 2.3<br>• Arrow (CW) — 2.2

Encrypted chat service Cryptocat for iPhone rejected by Apple

Encrypted chat service Cryptocat has spent the past two years blocking outsiders from reading private conversations, and now it's facing a block of its own trying to get onto Apple's App Store. Developer Nadim Kobeissi took to Twitter today to blast the iPhone and iPad maker for unjustly rejecting …

Microsoft loses top engineer to Google

Blaise Agüera y Arcas, a former distinguished engineer at Microsoft, is joining Google. Agüera y Arcas originally joined Microsoft in 2006 after the software giant acquired his Seadragon startup. He was a key software architect who helped develop and build Microsoft’s Bing Maps service and its …

National Geographic puts more than 500 historic maps on Google

National Geographic and Google are trying to recreate the thrill of cracking open one of the magazine's signature paper maps, but in the digital world. A new project puts more than 500 of National Geographic's 800 historic maps online using Google's Maps Engine platform.<p>"People have collected our …

YouTube set for 'Music Pass' subscription, app code reveals

YouTube looks set to introduce an ad-free subscription service called "Music Pass," according to strings of code hidden in its new Android app, YouTube 5.3.<p>The code, which was excavated by the blog Android Police, apparently reveals these forthcoming options:<p>Background music to keep playing while …

A Chrome OS tablet as the next Nexus 10? I like the sound of that.

Google’s(s goog) Nexus phone got a refresh in October while its Nexus 7 tablet was upgraded with new hardware in July. Oddly, the company’s Nexus 10 …

Mexico Uses Deaf People to Monitor Surveillance Cameras

Google building Spark, a Web-based development tool

Google likes Web apps, but one area where native software remains dominant is programming tools. A Google project called Spark that came to light Thursday could change that.<p>Spark is a Web-based IDE (integrated development environment) that runs in a browser for developers writing Chrome apps, …

Google responds to Microsoft smear campaign with witty retort about wearable computing

Yesterday, Microsoft started selling hats, mugs, T-shirts, and hoodies with a distinct anti-Google message, bearing phrases like "keep calm while we steal your data" alongside the Chrome browser logo. They're the latest wave of Microsoft's long-running Scroogled campaign, designed to frighten …

Norway challenged the world to a chess match... and the Internet trolls won

Remember that crowd-sourced chess match we told you about earlier this week?<p>Norway was going to take on the world — via tweets. Anyone with a Norwegian Internet address could vote on Norway's moves. And anyone else could vote on the world's next move.<p>Well, Norway's Aftenposten newspaper had to pull …

Kwikdesk is Twitter-Meets-Snapchat

If you crossed Twitter with Snapchat you’d probably get something like Kwikdesk – a way of sending messages of up to 300 characters out in to the ether that people can only find if they look for them. After entering your message, you set a delete date of one, 10 or 100 days away and… that’s it.<p>The …

Supreme Court blocks challenge to NSA phone tracking

This morning, the Supreme Court declined to hear an NSA-challenging case brought forward by privacy group EPIC (the Electronic Privacy Information Center). The case would have been the first major NSA case to have been brought before the Supreme Court, targeting the FISA court order for all of …

Sprint, Best Buy give students a free year of talk, text, and data

Hey students, your report card can now earn you a free cell phone plan. Best Buy and Sprint announced Monday that they've teamed up to offer free unlimited talk and text, plus 1GB of data, for one full year to students.<p>It works like this: Head to Best Buy between November 18 and January 4 and buy a …

'Selfie' named by Oxford Dictionaries as word of 2013

<b>"Selfie" has been named as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries.</b><p>The word has evolved from a niche social media tag into a mainstream term for a self-portrait photograph, the editors said.<p>Research suggested its frequency in the English language had increased by 17,000% in the last year, they …

Google v European Commission row: what's the issue over 'vertical search'?

In the dispute between the European Commission's competition group and Google, one issue has remained uppermost, and repeatedly reiterated: that Google should not distort competition by giving preferential treatment to its own "vertical search" businesses when people are looking for organic results.<p>…

Google's Street View maps the watery roadways of Venice

Google's Street View has taken us all the way up (to the Burj Khalifa) and all the way down (to the Great Barrier Reef), so where else is there to go but the world's most romantic city? That's right, the search giant has taken its backpack-worn Trekker units to Venice, letting you explore its …

Google reportedly tried to outbid Facebook for Snapchat with $4 billion offer

Just as the world was getting used to the news that Facebook attempted to buy Snapchat for $3 billion, a new report suggests that Google trumped that offer with a $4 billion bid of its own. <i>GigaOm</i> founder Om Malik first tweeted the rumor before <i>Valleywag</i> filled in the rest of the story.<p><i>Valleywag</i> …

Early Twitter Logos Reveal Alternative Names Smssy and Twttr

While Twitter was still in development, its founders considered naming it Twitch, Friendstalker, Smssy and Twittr.<p>Nick Bilton, columnist and reporter for The New York Times, included these tidbits in his recent book <i>Hatching Twitter</i>, and has now published some early prototypes for the logo on his …

Samsung and Intel find 36 more companies to back Tizen, their Android competitor

Open source Linux-based operating system Tizen is now in partnership with 36 companies including eBay, Konami, McAfee, Panasonic, and The Weather Channel. The deal was announced by the Tizen Association, which says it aims to broaden support for the OS.<p>The operating system is born from the ashes of …

Google Helpouts to provide expert consultations over video chat

Google has announced a new service called Helpouts to help people connect with experts over video chat to solve their problems.<p>A ‘Helpout’ is like a Hangout video chat, but instead of speaking with a friend the user is connected with a purported expert in whatever field they need help with. Google …

Starbucks Launches @Tweetacoffee: Send Coffee Through Twitter Now

Treating a friend to a 380-calorie grande pumpkin spice latte can now be done in less than 140 characters. Yes, you can now send a Starbucks coffee …

Transporter Sync turns your external hard drive into a personal, secure cloud locker

The folks at Connected Data made a splash back in May with Transporter v2.0, and they've just announced their second foray into the wonderful world of cloud storage with the Transporter Sync. Like its slightly larger predecessor, Sync offers Dropbox-like functionality without users having to …

SoundCloud Hits 250m Monthly Active users, Integrates Instagram

SoundCloud now reaches 250 million listeners, CEO and co-founder Alexander Ljung announced today at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe. That’s up from 200 million in July – some sizeable growth in the last few months.<p>To coincide with the milestone, SoundCloud rolled out Instagram integration to its music …

Ara is a Motorola Project to Make Phones as Customizable as Android

If you thought Motorola and its Moto X Maker helped you customize a unique smartphone, then prepare for even more. The Google-owned company has just announced Ara, a hardware platform that is entirely open to customization — essentially letting tinkerers develop their own smartphones.<p>“We want to do …

Why Lego Design Principles Don’t Work On Smartphones

Phonebloks is a new concept for a modular smartphone that would be upgradeable like a desktop PC. Here’s why it’s a designer’s dream and an engineer’s nightmare.<p>By now, you might have heard of Phonebloks, a modular smartphone design concept that is taking the Internet by storm. Created by Dutch …

John McAfee wants to sell you a $100 gadget that blocks the NSA

Part-time fugitive and antivirus software founder John McAfee has a new invention he's working on. After spending some of his time filming a drug-fueled video tutorial to uninstall the antivirus program he helped create, McAfee now believes he can outsmart the NSA. Speaking at the C2SV Technology …