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Marriott is no longer fighting for permission to block WiFi hotspots

Marriott wants you to know that it's completely <i>done</i> trying to block guests' personal WiFi connections -- it has even given up convincing the FCC to give it permission to do so, a spokesperson told Engadget. The company already announced that it won't be keeping people from using their own MiFis and …

Outlook Illustrates Microsoft's New Mobile Strategy

When your market share is firmly in the niche territory, when your handset business is focused on the low-end low-margin space, and when your mobile operating system is going to be quietly pushed aside for a grand unified vision, how do you stay relevant in the mobile space?<p>Software.<p>That appears to …

Windows Phone

Amazon's Echo lets you control iTunes, Pandora and Spotify with your voice

If you accepted an invitation to buy Amazon's Echo speaker, you've noticed that the device didn't have a vast musical vocabulary at first -- you could tell it to play iHeartRadio or Prime Music tunes, and that's about it. You'll have a better time of things from now on, though. Amazon is rolling …

Postmates launches its one-hour delivery service on the web

Delivery startup Postmates made major moves on the web today with the launch of online ordering.<p>VentureBeat first revealed Postmates’ plans back in December; the feature, we’re told, had been on the table for quite some time, but was only seriously prioritized last month. Starting today, Postmates’ …

Google Earth Pro Is Now Available For Free

Today Google has announced that Google Earth Pro is now available for free. Google Earth Pro used to cost $399 per year. Google Earth is a geospatial software application that displays a virtual globe, which offers the ability to analyze and capture geographical data. Google Earth was created after …

Google Earth

Jack Dorsey’s first tweetstorm shows Twitter listens when it’s convenient

If you were on Twitter this morning, you may have seen Twitter co-founder and chairman of the board, Jack Dorsey do his very first tweetstorm. That is, a bunch of tweets in a row with labels, sort of like what a blog is supposed to be.<p>Dorsey’s first tweetstorm appears to be his way of showing …

Social Media

Diversity in tech takes center stage at 'Superwomen Summit'

For all its cutting edge innovation and talk of egalitarianism, Silicon Valley remains an industry rife with issues.<p>Just ask Cathryn Posey, a senior …

The Pirate Bay comes back online seven weeks after police raid

A phoenix has replaced the iconic pirate ship atop The Pirate Bay today, celebrating the site's rise from the ashes. The torrent site's servers were raided by Swedish police forces over seven weeks ago, and has been offline ever since. But today, The Pirate Bay lives once more.<p>At the time of the …