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Why did the Galaxy S4 falter and what does the Galaxy S5 need to reignite the love?

In this Friday Debate, we look back at one of the biggest Android devices from 2013 and to its successor, due to make its debut on Monday. Although highly anticipated and predicted to break sales record, the Galaxy S4 was received with less enthusiasm that the S3 and the S2 before it. It wasn’t a …

Samsung Galaxy S5 might come with a fingerprint sensor

Folks excited to buy a Galaxy S5 so they can authenticate with their eyeballs and feel like Ethan Hunt might be in for a disappointment. According to <i>Sammobile</i>, Samsung's upcoming flagship will come with a fingerprint sensor -- one that's embedded on the home button à la iPhone 5S. If this report is …

Apple’s 2014 Supplier Responsibility Report Earns Greenpeace Praise On Conflict Materials

Apple has released its annual Supplier Responsibility report, detailing its monitoring of supply partner labor practices, compliance with regulations and Apple’s standards of business, the environmental impact of its product components and more. Apple highlighted its ongoing education investments …

Brain Pickings Gets Made for Flipboard

Inside Flipboard / February 11, 2014<p>Maria Popova is one of the Internet’s finest hunter-gatherers. Powered by a curious mind and a deep appreciation …

Hunter Gatherers

Facebook’s Sandberg And Ebersman Say They’re Not Planning To Flood The News Feed With Ads

Judging from recent earnings reports, Facebook’s mobile ad strategy is paying off, but CFO David Ebersman said that doesn’t mean you’ll see an ever-increasing number of ads in your News Feed.<p>Ebersman and COO Sheryl Sandberg spoke this evening at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, …

Pebble engineer explains why its Android app isn't ready yet

iOS users have been enjoying the new Pebble app store for the past week, but the Android version of the app is still MIA. Sure, you can download the beta if you sign up to be a developer, but if you'd rather wait for the final product, it's still in the works. What gives? Pebble engineer Kean Wong …

New Research Claims Bing Is Censoring China Search Results Globally

It is pretty commonplace for foreign media firms to censor sensitive content in China, given the country’s stringent Internet controls. However, the latest research from Chinese Web monitoring service GreatFire claims that Microsoft’s search engine Bing is censoring China-related information not …

Windows Phone 8.1 leak reveals new messaging and storage settings, and more

Up until now, the most we'd heard about the next rumored update to Microsoft's Windows Phone OS centered on two features: Cortana, the company's Siri-like digital assistant, and Action Center, its native notification center. Today, however, we have a clearer idea of where Windows Phone 8.1 could be …

Twitter Testing Major Profile Redesign That Looks a Lot Like Facebook

Twitter is testing a major profile redesign that's very reminiscent of Facebook and Google+.<p><i>Mashable</i> assistant features editor Matt Petronzio spotted …

Barnes & Noble lays off Nook engineering staff

As Barnes & Noble continues to shuffle its ranks internally, the future of its Nook e-reader division seems all the more uncertain. <i>Business Insider</i> now reports that the company has laid off much, if not all, of its Nook engineering staff.<p>In a statement sent to BI, a B&N spokesperson confirmed that …

Report: Nokia to release its first Android phone this month

Nokia is getting ready to take the wraps off of its first Android-powered(s goog) smartphone, according to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>. The Finnish device …

Google refuses to pay French privacy fine, forced to post admission of guilt (update)

France and Google are playing a delicate game of brinkmanship in the courts of Europe, and it still isn't clear who'll come off worse. France fined the search company €150,000 ($200,000) last month as a penalty for failing to tell French citizens exactly what happens to their personal data. Google</i> …