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VCs just poured $15.5M into these toy robots

Earlier this morning, news broke that Orbotix, the robotic toy maker behind Sphero and Ollie, is allegedly raising a new round of about $20 million dollars.<p>Here’s the real deal.<p>The company is raising $15.5 million as its fourth full institutional funding round, Orbotix cofounder and chief …

An App To Share Civic Complaints Gains Popularity Where The Government Hasn’t Been Listening

In a country known for corruption issues, urban residents in Brazil are flocking to an app that lets them share what they care about directly with city officials.<p>Brazil is a country plagued by problems of rampant corruption, political and otherwise, but that doesn’t mean politicians completely …

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Microsoft wants you to help improve Kinect 2.0's voice recognition

Using the Xbox One's Kinect for voice commands is <i>still</i> pretty hit-or-miss for many, and Microsoft knows it. With the console's next update, Redmond is adding an option for speech data collection as a way to crowdsource the sensor's improvement. Writing on his blog, Xbox's Major Nelson says that the …

Microsoft Takes Pity On Windows XP Users And Fixes A Big Scary Bug For Them

Security researchers FireEye warned the public about the bug last week saying that hackers were using it to break into computers, particularly in the defense industry, financial services industry, government and at energy companies.<p>Microsoft warned people about the bug, too, and reminded everyone …

How Brazil Has Leapt Ahead Of The U.S. With An Internet Bill Of Rights

One of the largest Internet markets just signed landmark legislation guaranteeing net neutrality, a limit to the data advertisers can collect on users, and limits on government surveillance on the Internet.<p>Brazil is one of the biggest foreign markets around for Facebook and Google–and it’s one of …