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Man with cleaver killed by Paris police on anniversary of Charlie Hebdo attacks

<b>(CNN) —</b> Paris, on edge after weathering a year of jihadist violence, faced a fresh scare Thursday as police shot dead a knife-wielding man on the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.<p>An image of the ISIS flag, printed on paper, was found on the man's body, along with a handwritten note in …

Terrorism

How Google, Facebook And Others Pay Their H-1B Employees

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Kiran Dhillon is a senior editor for FindTheBest, where she tackles big datasets to produce interesting insights.</i><p>Legislative debate regarding expanding the H-1B visa program is heating up in the U.S. Senate. H-1B visas allow foreign workers — specifically those in technical roles—to …

Andreessen-Backed Teleport Launches A Mobile Search Engine For Globally Nomadic Tech Workers

It’s a big hairy vision — knowledge-workers freely migrate around the globe, and city and federal governments compete to lure them.<p>Teleport, a startup founded by early Skype employees around the idea of supporting an increasingly global mobile workforce, is taking another step toward that reality …

Roku’s Boxes Get Better Hardware And New Ways To Find Stuff To Watch

The Roku 2 and Roku 3 streaming boxes are getting refreshed today, with new hardware providing faster movement through the interface as you jump around between channels and apps.<p>There’s also a new input method for those who buy the highest-tier Roku 3: the remote now includes a microphone for voice …

Judge allows divorce papers to be served via Facebook

Want to divorce your husband or wife but can’t give them the papers in person? Just use Facebook.<p>No, apparently this isn’t a late April Fools’ joke. The New York Daily News reports Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper has allowed 26-year-old Ellanora Baidoo to serve her husband Victor …

How games helped make Elon Musk the real-life Tony Stark

Elon Musk owns a space company, an electric car company, and a solar energy company. And he credits video games for getting him started on his path.<p>Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, most famous for hosting <i>Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey</i> and for deciding Pluto isn’t a planet, had Musk on a recent …

Fat Thumb Clicks

Why I Hate Acura<p>Yesterday, this happened on my phone, and I was pissed as hell:<p>Not only is it annoying, but guess what? My experience is <i>actually</i> …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Music streaming service Spotify is close to raising $400 million at an $8.4 billion valuation.</b> The funding is expected to come from sources including Goldman Sachs and Abu Dhabi's sovereign wealth fund.<p><b>2. Apple is in talks with Taylor Swift and Florence and the Machine about its new music</b> …

Skype For Business Begins Rolling Out Publicly Today

Microsoft’s “Skype for Business,” which is designed to replace the company’s older enterprise communication tool Lync, is rolling out publicly today as part of the Office 2013 April update, the company announced this morning. It’s also now rolling out Skype for Business Online to its Office 365 …

Twitter files mysterious trademarks for user identity tracking tools, live news app

Twitter has filed a couple of trademarks today, one for an application programming interface that will help developers identify and authenticate users, and another, an icon, representing a new live news streaming app.<p>Twitter is trademarking the term “The Future of Identity,” which describes API and …

Nokia's next act: A return to smartphones, report says

With the Lumia line now in Microsoft's hands, what's left of Nokia is reportedly planning to get back into the smartphone business as early as 2016.<p>A remnant of onetime phone giant Nokia could be planning to come back to a business the Finland-based company famously abandoned not so long ago: …

How to download a copy of your Google search history

While Google has always made it possible to easily see your search history online, this is different — Google's new tool will send you a downloadable archive of your search history, which can be stored offline.<p>We first saw this trick over at unofficial Google blog Google System.<p>Now, it's important …

Twitter now allows you to accept DMs from anyone — again

Twitter is launching a feature that will let users accept any and all DMs, regardless of whether they follow the sender or not.<p>You may be saying to yourself, <i>wait, didn’t Twitter already launch this feature?</i> The answer is no, not exactly. The company first started testing the setting in October …

PayPal wants to implant passwords in your stomach and your brain

"Natural body identification" could one day replace passwords and other modern methods of identification, claims PayPal developer chief<p>PayPal is working on a new generation of embeddable, injectable and ingestible devices that could replace passwords as a means of identification.<p>Jonathan LeBlanc, …

Google rolls out new U.S. wireless service | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc on Wednesday launched a new U.S. wireless service that switches between Wi-Fi and cellular networks to curb data use and keep phone bills low.<p>The service, Google’s first entry into the wireless industry, will work only on the company’s Nexus 6 phones and be hosted …

Here's How Wi-Fi Actually Works

Most computer users know little about how Wi-Fi works. In fact, one of the only things many do know is that sometimes it doesn’t. But even a little …

Drones will deliver mail in Switzerland this summer

You know which organization doesn't want to fall behind Amazon, DHL and Alibaba when it comes to drone deliveries? The Swiss Post. Yes, Switzerland's postal service wants to deliver small packages using small drones. In fact, it will start using quadcopters developed by a company called Matternet …

Drones

Square to expand cash advance business after doling out $25M in April

Square has been busy building up cash reserves for its small business cash advancement program.<p>The new financing comes from three investors, including Colchis Capital and existing investor Victory Park Capital. A spokesperson for Square says the deal will add hundreds of millions of dollars to the …

Facebook introduces Instant Articles, bringing content from select publishers directly into the News Feed

Facebook today announced the details of its new Instant Articles program to shoot publishers’ content directly into Facebook’s flagship app on iPhone, enabling content to show up much faster.<p>The social networking giant said that it’s launching Instant Articles with nine initial partners: <i>The …

GoCardless Founder Tom Blomfield’s New Startup Is A “Full Stack” Mobile-First Bank

We already knew that GoCardless co-founder Tom Blomfield was working on a new U.K. banking startup, but now, thanks in part to a noisy series of Tweets from investors, developers and the company’s own Twitter account, more details have emerged.<p>Dubbed Mondo, the startup is described as a “full …