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Flappy Bird is Positive Omen for Asian Chat App Firms

The hype around Flappy Bird, that crazily addictive iOS and Android that surfaced out of nowhere, may be driving you insane whether you play it or not, but its success is great news for Asia’s mobile messaging firms. It may seem strange to draw parallels between a humbly created app and billion …

Google Experience launcher renamed to Google Now launcher

The Google Experience launcher has so far been left as an exclusive to the Nexus 5, unless you decided to side load the APK file yourself, but a new update suggests that we could be edging closer to a release for other devices too.<p>Through yesterday’s update to Google Search, it seems that a new …

Android News

Take a trip down memory lane to Google's first data center

Google's eighth employee, Urs Hölzle, shares his experiences at the company's first data center, back when it was less a data center and more a tiny closet surrounded by competitors.<p>Before Urs Hölzle became Google's first chief engineer, he took a tour of the company's server room at the …

Silicon Valley

Sony sells its VAIO PC business, is splitting TV arm into a separate company

Sony said it was "addressing various options" as recently as yesterday when it came to its VAIO PC and laptop arm, and while announcing its financial results for Q3 2013, it's apparently come to a decision. Amid reforming its TV arm (and splitting it into a standalone entity by June 2014), it's …

Apple pulls last remaining Bitcoin wallet app from App Store

Blockchain, the most popular Bitcoin wallet app, has become the latest casualty of Apple’s apparent crackdown on Bitcoin apps. The app was removed from the App Store yesterday without explanation.<p>Apple had previously removed BitPak and Coinbase, leaving Blockchain the only remaining Bitcoin wallet …

Cryptography experts pen open letter against NSA surveillance

The pressure on the US government to reform the NSA’s surveillance programs is growing. Apple, Google, and Microsoft all called for change last month alongside a petition from international authors calling for an end to mass surveillance. President Obama announced big changes to government …