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Tesla opens 100th Supercharger... in a state where sales are banned

You can't buy a Tesla in New Jersey, but now you can Supercharge one up! Tesla's 100th Supercharger just came online in Hamilton, located just a few miles from the NJ state capital of Trenton. The Garden State's very first Supercharger sports six stalls, and, since it's positioned just a few miles …

Easter egg: DSL router patch merely hides backdoor instead of closing it

Researcher finds secret “knock” opens admin for some Linksys, Netgear routers.<p>First, DSL router owners got an unwelcome Christmas present. Now, the …

AT&T Launches $500M Joint Venture To Invest In The Next Netflix

There’s a new $500 million pool of potential capital floating around earmarked for the creation of over-the-top video services, thanks to AT&T and Chernin Group, who have collaborated on the new venture (via GigaOM). The team-up aims to pool resources from the two companies to “acquire, invest in …

20 Signs Conan O’Brien Is The Technologist We Deserve And Need

5G Will Change the Game Again

Remember when we had 1G back in the 1980s? No? That's because back then so few thought there would ever be something faster and better. And it took a long time to get to 2G, which finally occurred in the 1990s. It took the better part of yet another decade to get up to 3G. For those of you who …

Amazon's smartphone reportedly favors tilting gestures over buttons

After leaking the first photos of a prototype, <i>BGR</i> is back today claiming to have more details about Amazon's upcoming smartphone. That includes a deeper look at the unique gestures and tilt-based user interface made possible by the four infrared cameras on the front of the device. Suffice it to …

LG's next smartwatch will include a screen that never turns off

LG's next smartwatch, the G Watch, looks to stand out from its peers by coming with a display that is always turned on.<p>The company unveiled the "always-on" feature this week with the launch of a new website that provides information for the LG G Watch, which was announced a month ago.<p>The …

Wear OS

Roku FINALLY Releases A YouTube Channel For Most Of Its Streaming Boxes

After what has been seriously <i>way</i> too long, Roku has just launched an official YouTube channel for <i>most</i> of its lil’ streaming boxes.<p>The catch: Roku says the channel is only compatible with “current generation” devices, which they define as any box launched after July 2011. Roku’s model numbering …

Fund this: Impervious offers DIY waterproofing for iPhones

Having seen firsthand the remarkable smartphone-waterproofing protection offered by companies like HzO and Liquipel, I definitely want in on that action. But HzO currently has no end-user option, and Liquipel charges $60 for the process. Plus, you have to ship your phone in for treatment, meaning …

The NYPD Learned A Very Valuable Lesson About Asking The Internet To Use A Twitter Hashtag

A request for pictures of members of the New York Police Department went horribly wrong. WARNING: This post contains graphic photos of alleged police brutality.

Moscow’s War on Social Media Claims a New Casualty

The CEO of Europe’s second-largest social network was sacked this week as the Putin regime’s campaign to silence its internal critics went into …

Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto thanks bitcoin community: 'I want to hug you'

For a guy who said he was sick of all the media attention, Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto sure does seem to like his 15 minutes of fame.<p>On Tuesday, the Temple City man who last month found himself in the midst of a media frenzy after Newsweek called him the creator of bitcoin, appeared in a YouTube video …

Bitcoin

Hipster’s Ludlow And eBay’s Mengerink Are Working On A Startup Called The Happy Home Company

Doug Ludlow, formerly CEO of startup Hipster, is working on something new called The Happy Home Company, and he has convinced former eBay executive Matthew Mengerink to co-found it with him.<p>Hipster, for those of you who don’t remember, was a photo-sharing startup that was probably best known for …

Facebook, Google, Twitter in new scrum over mobile app ad gold rush

At its F8 developer conference next week, Facebook is expected to present plans for a mobile advertising network, and in so doing turn on an additional revenue stream that could mint it billions more in mobile advertising revenue -- but not if Google and Twitter have a say in the matter.<p>A mobile ad …

Digital Advertising

NSA Finally Reveals How PRISM Works, But It's Nothing New

The NSA has finally decided to tell the world how the Internet surveillance program PRISM works, though it's been almost a year since its existence …

Dish reportedly launching internet TV service this summer

How do you fight cord-cutters? Offer an internet streaming service with all of cable TV's best content. It sounds like a bit of a stretch, but it could be happening: the distribution deal that settled Disney and Dish's ad-skipping dispute <i>also</i> gave the TV-provider the rights to stream Disney-owned …

Software Is Dominating Venture Capital Investments In 2014

Just over $4B was invested in software deals by venture capitalists (VCs) during Q1, 2014, four times as much as biotechnology.<p>Software deals netted out 42% of all dollars invested in the first quarter, with biotechnology receiving 11%. VCs invested $816M in IT Services or 9% of all dollars, making …

Associated Press News

Fast Food CEOs Make 1,000 Times More Than Their Typical Workers: Report

David Novak, the CEO of YUM! Brands, which owns Taco Bell and KFC, took home more than $22 million last year after exercising stock options, according to proxy statements. The average full-time fast-food worker, by comparison, would have made about $19,000 on the year.<p>Novak, in other words, raked …

Yum! Shares Pop On Strong China Sales, High Hopes For Waffle Tacos

Yum! Brands made waves in late March when its Taco Bell restaurant chain started serving breakfast — waffle tacos specifically — in an effort to take a bite out of McDonald's morning meal dominance. In a call following McDonald’s first quarter earnings report Tuesday morning, CEO Don Thompson shot …