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10 Things You Need To Know Today

<b>Alibaba's Record-Breaking IPO May Already Be Covered</b>. "Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has received enough orders for its record-breaking initial public offering to cover the entire deal within just two days of its launch, people familiar with the IPO process said on Wednesday," reported Reuters' …

Desperate Dallas Cowboys May Have Hit a Home Run with Signing of Rolando McClain

Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Rolando McClain remains a hard nut to crack.<p>He's back to playing football after sitting out last season in semi-retirement.<p>But whether he's fully committed to the life of a football player remains to be seen. It's a day-by-day process for McClain, a former …

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Flipboard Buys Photo and Video App Ultravisual, as It Preps for New Fall Products

A pretty picture is worth ... well, the online content distribution company is not saying!<p>Flipboard has purchased Ultravisual, a small Brooklyn-based app maker that offers elegant photo and video creation and collaboration software for Apple’s iPhone iOS.<p>Terms of the deal for the seven-person …

Researchers say your Mobile Carrier's Network isn't all that Secure

Gee, even the tools that update your smartphone’s operating system over the air have holes that hackers can slip into.<p>It’s estimated that as many as two billion handsets are vulnerable, and in some instances, security patches haven’t even been released.<p>The open mobile alliance device management …

Intel turns server chips into data sources at its latest Xeon rollout

In unveiling the latest versions of its Xeon server processors today, Intel amped up the excitement by announcing new monitoring capabilities made possible by new in-chip sensors.<p>Leading up to the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco later this week, Diane Bryant, senior vice president and …

Big-screened phones are taking bigger bites out of the handset market, study says

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Ahead of Apple’s expected release of two iPhones with bigger screens, a fair question to ask is how many people actually want …

The Feds Explain How They Seized The Silk Road Servers

Last month, Ross Ulbricht—the alleged Silk Road mastermind who is facing trial in November for multiple drug and ID fraud charges—filed a motion arguing that his Fourth Amendment rights had been violated in the government’s seizure of the Silk Road servers and subsequent searches. In response, the …

Sprint and T-Mobile fight to buy back your old devices

With the new iPhone making its debut later and other phones coming out in the next few months, you're probably already looking for the best way to trade in your old device for a new one. Sprint and T-Mobile both want your business really badly, it seems, so now they're trying to one-up each others' …

Cops using controversial database to identify search and seizure targets

The <i>Washington Post</i> has reported that a network called "Black Asphalt" is used by police officers as a (possibly illegal) aid in seizing drugs and cash during roadside stops. The site was created by a counterterrorism firm called Desert Snow, and has been tapped by as many as 25,000 police officers, …

Intel's Edison launches at IDF, and it's still tiny

Back in January, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich teased us with Intel Edison -- a tiny computer with a 22nm chip, on-board WiFi and Bluetooth and the footprint of an SD card. It was designed to be a lightweight and low-power development platform to help usher in the Internet of Things and the next …

Smart high-beam headlights won't blind oncoming drivers

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon created an experimental headlight that tracks other vehicles and blanks out the bits of light that would normally blind them in traffic.<p>High-beams are the bane of nighttime driving. You're just toodling along, minding your own business, when you round a corner and get …

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure on New iPhone-Only Rate Plans

One option lets customers rent -- rather than buy -- the latest iPhone for $20 per month.<p>Even though Sprint will be selling the same iPhone 6 as all the other carriers, CEO Marcelo Claure sees the new iPhones as a chance for the company to stand out.<p>The company is launching a host of new plans to …

The FCC wants tougher net neutrality rules for mobile devices

When the FCC crafted its first set of net neutrality rules, it treated the mobile internet as a young space that needed less regulation to thrive; it only asked that carriers disclose what they were doing and avoid blocking apps. Thatdirective may have been fine in 2010, when high-speed LTE barely …

Tim Cook: Steve Jobs' DNA Will Always Be the Foundation of Apple

Following today's media event that saw Apple revealing two new iPhones, a wearable device, and its payments initiative, Tim Cook did an exclusive one-on-one interview with ABC News' David Muir.<p>In a clip of the interview shared by ABC News, Muir asks Cook if he was thinking about Steve Jobs' during …

Stephen Elop wants to put the 'entirety of the Microsoft experience' in your hands

"Our new CEO is taking us through a transformational phase," said Stephen Elop of Satya Nadella, Microsoft's recently crowned leader, to a rapt crowd at CTIA earlier today. In a talk given during an afternoon keynote session, Elop wanted to convey to the audience of wireless industry press and …

Jony Ive discusses Apple Watch design in new ABC News interview clip

Earlier this week, ABC News teased an exclusive look at Apple’s newly-revealed product lineup. Today, the network put the first clip from that segment online, giving viewers a peek at an interiew with Tim Cook conducted right after the press event. Now ABC anchor David Muir has posted another clip, …

Apple Pay Officially Announced, A Secure Way to Pay Using Your iPhone

We’ve seen a handful of rumors and leaks hinting at the launch of a mobile payment system from Apple in the iPhone 6. And, it turns out they were …

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To Succeed in Germany, Uber Needs to Grow Up

How should Uber go about conquering the world? Currently, it seems to operate on the “invade first, ask questions later” model.<p>This became a problem for the company last week, when the taxi-hailing company found its app blocked by a German court due to a violation of the country’s Passenger …

iPhone 6 and 6 plus: Apple goes thinner, bigger and faster

Apple has announced two new, larger iPhones as it aims to meet consumer demand for larger “phablet” smartphones.<p>The iPhone 6 and iPhone Plus have bigger screens, fingerprint sensors and mobile wallet services for allowing smartphones to be used like contactless debit and credit cards.<p>The new …

Peer-To-Peer Airport Car Rental Startup FlightCar Raises Another $13.5M Led By GGV Capital

FlightCar wants to enable its users to rent out their cars at airports all around the country, and today is announcing that it has raised an additional $13.5 million to help fund that expansion. The new financing comes from GGV Capital, whose managing partner Hans Tung will be joining the company’s …

FlightCar nabs $13.5M to employ your car instead of parking it at an airport

A parked car at an airport is an untapped resource, and startups love untapped resources. One startup, FlightCar, puts your unused car to work while you travel, and it has just scored $13.5 million to continue doing so.<p>CEO and co-founder Rujul Zaparde recalled to VentureBeat that he was sitting …

Apple Watch: Does anyone need a smartwatch?

<b>In his trademark black turtleneck, blue jeans, and trainers, Apple co-founder and chief executive Steve Jobs convinced consumers, time and time again, that they desperately desired a product for which they had never previously felt a need.</b><p>On Tuesday, his successor Tim Cook took to the stage at an …

Apple launches iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Apple Watch

Apple announced its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones alongside the much-anticipated Apple Watch in an event in California<p>Expectations were high - and <b>Apple</b> did not disappoint its fans by announcing not only two new <b>iPhones</b>, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, but the much-anticipated Apple …

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Sprint rolls out a special plan for the iPhone 6: $50 a month for unlimited use

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Tom Krazit/Gigaom<p>Sprint thinks the new iPhone 6 is a special device, so it’s offering a $50 unlimited plan not …

Security researcher says many of his iOS ‘backdoor’ vulnerabilities are fixed in iOS 8 GM, but not all

Jonathan Zdziarski, who flared up the initial round of iOS surveillance claims a couple of months ago, is now reporting that some of these flaws have been rectified with iOS 8. Apple said that these services were used for debugging purposes, and had no connection to government agencies. It then …

See how the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus fit in your hand right now

Apple Stores across the globe will have plenty of new big-ass iPhones on display tables in less than 10 days, but if you can’t wait to see how well the gigantic iPhone 6 Plus will fit in your hand, you can print out these printable scale models of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to get a feel for the …

Apple to Collect Fee From Banks for Every Purchase Made with Apple Pay

Apple will collect a fee from banks every time consumers use the company's new Apple Pay payments solution, reports <i>Bloomberg</i>. Citing three individuals close to the matter, the report notes that Apple struck individual deals with each bank it has partnered with. Those banks include JPMorgan Chase, …

Ted Cruz Floats Shutdown Standoff

Ted Cruz AP<p>Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Tuesday suggested Republicans include a provision that would effectively deport some young undocumented immigrants in a crucial spending measure.<p>Cruz's comments raise the possibility of another government shutdown.<p>The continuing resolution Cruz would pair with …