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YouTube exposes hundreds of private emails in Fan Funding beta mix-up

The private email addresses for hundreds of YouTube video creators were made public this week when the Google-owned company temporarily forgot to lock down the beta sign-up form for its upcoming Fan Funding feature.<p>"For a short time yesterday, email addresses and channel names of creators using our …

Amazon gives 30 Android apps away for free

The Amazon app store is hosting an app giveaway for Android users.<p>Even if you don’t have a Kindle Fire, you can still take advantage of this giveaway.<p>This generosity isn’t surprising from Amazon, considering the company already gives away a free app from its app store every day. But now it’s giving …

The Demise of Aperture and iPhoto: What Does it Mean?

The shoe has finally dropped. Apple confirmed today that it’s ditching Aperture, its photo management tool, and iPhoto, its consumer photo editing app, in favor of Photos, a brand new desktop and iOS duo slated for debut in 2015.<p>It all makes sense. While Aperture has undergone some fairly high …

At Google I/O, developers are all in

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Google faithful are riding high going into the second day of the Google I/O developer's confab.<p>Google spent around two and a half hours yesterday revealing its plans to dominate screens large and small, from new Android Wear-powered smartwatches all the way up to yet another …

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The Elephants In The Google I/O Room: Glass And Plus

Google’s two-and-a-half-hour keynote address at its I/O conference today was filled with developer news. A new design language for Android, cross-platform concessions, watch apps, a health platform and much more was shown off.<p>But even a stretch of presentations that had one attendee asleep in his …

Unlike Google Glass, Android Wear probably won’t get iOS support

When Google(s goog) introduced Google Glass, the wearable display only worked with Android phones and tablets. It took some time, but last December …

Tech Retrospect: Everything Google I/O

Amid the summertime marathon of developers conferences, Google certainly brought it on this week at I/O.<p>"It" wasn't new hardware; we didn't see much on that front. "It" was new features and cool, new ways for the Android mobile OS to improve your life.<p>Getting the most buzz is Android Wear, a new …

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The big takeaway from I/O: Google has finally evolved as a product company

After covering Google’s I/O developer conference this week, one thing is clear: This isn’t the same Google that created Google+.<p>Instead, the conference showed us just far Google has come in delivering products you’d actually want to use. And, in most cases, you can also see how those products …

Google Hangouts Will No Longer Require A Plugin For Chrome Users

Has your distaste for one-off browser plugins kept you from using Google+’s group video chat service, Hangouts? That’s okay. I feel you. Plugins are the worst. What is this, 1999? Want me to install Shockwave, too? Hell, give me a couple sketchy browser toolbars while we’re at it. BONZAI BUDDIES …

Apple updates Final Cut Pro X and other pro tools

On the same day that Apple said it would drop further development of professional photo-editing tool Aperture, the company has announced a variety of enhancements for other key professional tools.<p>The tech giant today released upgrades to its video editor Final Cut Pro X, motion graphics creator …

The NSA just posted its first full transparency report

The National Security Agency has posted its first full transparency report. Posted on the official agency Tumblr, the report breaks out the total number of orders for 2013, broken out into FISA orders, National Security Letters, and government requests for business records. The office of the …

31 Essential Science Fiction Terms And Where They Came From

There are so many words and phrases that we use in science fiction—and even science—without giving it much thought. But where did we get terms like …

Kerry hands dire warning to Iraqis over future

BAGHDAD (AP) — Warning of the "existential threat" posed by Sunni militants, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the U.S. is prepared to take …

Iraq crisis: Key oil refinery 'seized by rebels'

<b>Sunni rebels in Iraq say they have fully captured the country's main oil refinery at Baiji, north of Baghdad.</b><p>The refinery had been under siege for 10 days with the militant offensive being repulsed several times.<p>US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Irbil, northern Iraq, for a second day of talks …

Beirut suicide car bomb: Lebanon's capital shaken

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1087000/1087365_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1531758871_fcf7b4bcaf705fe43e6427126d6d9a0c<p><b>A security officer was killed when a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb near a Lebanese army checkpoint in the capital, Beirut.</b><p>The blast, which …

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Kerry assures Iraqis of U.S. support if they unite against militants

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Iraqi leaders Monday as radical Sunni militants continue their march toward Baghdad during the country's tensest time since the U.S. withdrawal of troops in 2011.<p>"The future of Iraq depends on decisions made in the next few days and weeks," Kerry said after …

Bloomberg: Two iPhone 6 models will go into mass production in July, will go on sale at the same time

Last night we noted a report from a Taiwanese news outlet which claimed in part that Apple would be putting the next-generation iPhone into production in July. Now, Bloomberg has confirmed that the company will indeed be starting production on two different models of the upcoming smartphone next …

Big Ideas Gets a Bit Bigger

Inside Flipboard / June 23, 2014<p>We’ve got a special place for people aspiring to make the world better: it’s called Big Ideas. This category, which …

Michelle Obama, Undercover Eater, Visits Chipotle, Baskin Robbins, Starbucks...

"We try to sneak out as much as possible," First Lady says about secret visits to DC eateries and stores...Video<br>"My secret's out," First Lady Obama …

Cops can access your connected home data

Your lights are off and your doors are locked, but if you've got a "smart home" system, you may be offering cops a window into your house.<p>Smart home technology is the latest craze among big tech and telecom companies, which are rolling out products that allow people to remotely control things like …

Shadow network hits speeds up to 100 times faster than Google Fiber

Moto G on T-Mobile 3G in Portland, OR<p>What do you consider to be fast internet? 10 megabits per second? What about 100mbps? We’ve heard that LTE-A service in South Korea is pushing upwards of 400mbps, and that Google Fiber clocks in up to 1Gbps, but is that good enough? We are learning that certain …

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Stalker: A creepy look at you, online

While you were having a latte and hunting for a Tinder date on your local coffee shop's open Wi-Fi, you were giving away your personal information.<p>Want to know how much? Stalker will tell you.<p>Stalker is a tool created by security firm Immunity Inc. to demonstrate the hazards of connecting to …

Comcast is turning your home router into a public Wi-Fi hotspot

If you're a Comcast cable customer, your home's private Wi-Fi router is being turned into a public hotspot.<p>It's potentially creepy and annoying. But the upside is Internet everywhere.<p>It's been one year since Comcast (CMCSA) started its monster project to blanket residential and commercial areas …

What to Expect at Google I/O 2014

Android, wearables, and more.<p>This week San Francisco will be home to Google I/O, an annual developers conference where the company discusses the …

Microsoft to MacBook Air owners: We'll pay you $650 to switch to a Surface Pro 3

Microsoft is moving beyond marketing and good product design to generate sales: It’s now buying itself marketshare with its new promotion geared to MacBook Air owners.<p>The Windows publisher is giving customers up to $650 in Microsoft store credit if they trade in their Macbook Air laptops (select …