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Ubuntu is now available for download on the Windows Store

Microsoft announced at its Build 2017 developer conference earlier this year that Ubuntu would be heading to the Windows Store, and now the popular Linux distro is available to download.<p>Ubuntu — like SUSE Linux and Fedora, the other two forthcoming Linux distros heading to the store — runs in a …

Linux

Google will stop scanning your Gmail messages to sell targeted ads

Google will stop its long-standing practice of scanning the contents of individual Gmail users for advertising purposes, the company announced in a blog post today. The practice, something Google has done nearly since the launch of its email service, allows the company to digest the contents of …

Targeted Advertising

Microsoft’s design video features a completely redesigned desktop and email app

Microsoft introduced its new Fluent Design System today at Build, which it believes will usher the company into the future with a whole new look and feel for its products. The design language focuses on five areas: light, depth, motion, material, and scale. In between talk of what all these choices …

Samsung still thinks high-end flip phones are a thing

What better way to bring back early 2000s nostalgia than with a chunky flip phone? Samsung is rumored to bring a new version of the high-end folding W2017 to its home country of South Korea, according to ET News (via The Investor).<p>It seems strange that just weeks after launching the premium Galaxy …

A notorious leaker just posted what could be the best look at the iPhone 8 yet

The French gadget leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, who goes by OnLeaks on Twitter, posted a rendered video on Tuesday that he says depicts the upcoming iPhone based on a factory computer-assisted design schematic, or CAD.<p>Here's the video:<p>OnLeaks is known as one of the more reliable sources for inside …

Mobile Technology

SpaceX plans to start launching high-speed internet satellites in 2019

Last November, SpaceX asked the FCC for permission to launch 4,425 satellites to provide high speed internet around the globe. While current satellite internet can be slow and high-latency, the Elon Musk-founded company promises its proposed service will be much better thanks to custom satellites …

Google Maps, Amazon, and eBay quietly stopped supporting Apple Watch

Need more proof that smartwatches are doomed? Several internet giants, including Google, Amazon, and eBay, quietly dropped support for Apple Watch in …

Yik Yak, once valued at $400 million, shuts down and sells off engineers for $1 million

After taking in $73.5 million in funding<p>Yik Yak, an anonymous messaging app for college students, announced today that it would finally be shutting down. The app first launched back in 2014 as a way to discreetly communicate with others nearby, and it took off quickly for its gossip-centric role in …

Tim Cook reportedly threatened to remove Uber from the App Store in CEO meeting

Uber has long been the suspect of user tracking allegations on iOS, with the company itself addressing the problem as recently as last year. A new wide-ranging profile from The New York Times, however, offers more detail on Uber’s location tracking habits, and how they almost got the app banned …

Tim Cook

Plastc goes bankrupt without delivering all-in-one card

Plastc, the company behind an effort to create a single card to replace multiple credit and bank cards, has gone belly up without delivering its product.<p>Plastc raised more than $9 million in preorder sales, according to a Magnify Money blog. But its 80,000 early backers learned Thursday that the …

The future of uTorrent is browser-based (and it's coming soon)

With 150 million users, uTorrent is still the most popular torrent client in the world. It’s surprising. Most of its best features came from an update five years ago, when the service unveiled version 3.0. Since, growth has stalled, and new feature releases have been all but nonexistent.<p>Founder …

iPhone 7S Leak Delivers The First Bad News

There are many reasons to be excited about Apple’s upcoming iPhone overhaul (variously named the iPhone 7S, iPhone 8, iPhone Edition, iPhone X and even just ‘iPhone’ in different reports), but Bloomberg has now delivered news of the first sucker punches…<p>In a new report Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman …

PayPal teams up with Android Pay for mobile payments

PayPal is joining forces with Google’s Android Pay mobile payments platform, the companies announced this morning – an effort aimed at allowing PayPal to expand its footprint both within mobile applications as well as at brick-and-mortar retailers. The partnership will see PayPal becoming available …

You can now sign into a Microsoft Account without a password

Just a smartphone app required<p>Microsoft Account holders can now use just their smartphone to sign in. Microsoft is enabling a new phone sign in option as part of the company’s iOS and Android Microsoft Authenticator app. While you’ve been able to use the app for two-factor authentication requests …

Apps

Snap prepares to sell its soul as it attempts to turn a profit

Millenials, be careful what you snap, because Snapchat is about to offer advertisers more information on your whereabouts.<p>Snap Inc is set to roll out a new tool for advertisers called “Snap to Store.” This tool collects info and provides data to show advertisers which campaigns were successful. The …

Uber is now banned in Italy for unfair competition

While Uber is fighting Waymo at home, the American company is also having issues abroad. As Reuters reported, an Italian court has ordered Uber to stop all activities in all of Italy. The court says Uber represents unfair competition for taxi drivers.<p>In particular, the court in Rome says that Uber …

Transportation

Android beats Windows to become the internet's most used operating system

Google has cracked yet another impressive milestone as last month Android reportedly topped Microsoft’s Windows to become the new most used operating system on the internet.<p>According to research from web statistics firm StatCounter, Android accounted for a larger chunk of overall internet usage …

AOL and Yahoo plan to call themselves by a new name after the Verizon deal closes: Oath

That new name is Oath, sources tell Business Insider.<p>In a deal that was announced in July, Verizon will acquire Yahoo's core internet business for about $4.8 billion in cash.<p>Yahoo will be merged with Verizon's AOL unit under Marni Walden, the executive vice president and president of product …

Advertising

Telegram introduces voice calls, touting end-to-end encryption

Telegram is the latest messaging app to get a major new feature, but unlike Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber, Hike and countless others, it isn’t cribbing from Snapchat. That’s because Telegram is introducing voice calls.<p>Admittedly the company is a little late to the audio-calling party, but …

Privacy

Samsung takes aim at movie projectors with a 34-foot 4K screen

The newest generation of Samsung's 4K televisions stretch its bright, vibrant QLED tech into bigger and bigger screens, topping out at the 88-inch Q9 the company introduced at CES in January. Clearly, these giant TVs are aimed at the home theater market. But the tech giant isn't content with …

Congress just cleared the way for internet providers to sell your web browsing history

Resolution is now off to the president’s desk<p>Internet providers now just need a signature from President Trump before they’re free to take, share, and even sell your web browsing history without your permission.<p>The House of Representatives passed a resolution today overturning an Obama-era FCC rule …

Net Neutrality

SoundCloud gets a $70 million lifeline

A new debt round.<p>After looking for an investor or a buyer, SoundCloud has settled for a lender: The music service has raised a $70 million debt round.<p>The new funding comes after SoundCloud has spent many months looking to raise $100 million or more, or sell the company. Business Insider first …

'Snapchat' Is The Most-Searched App Store App

Snapchat’s stock price might be down a bit since the company IPO earlier this month, and there are some very definite naysayers who are calling it a flop. And the company has some clear user growth challenges.<p>But Snapchat is still number one for searches on the iOS App Store.<p>According to data that …

Would Twitter's Proposed Premium Offering Effectively Lead To 'Two Twitters'?

Twitter confirmed yesterday that it is exploring what amounts to a premium user tier through a subscription fee-based version of its Tweetdeck application which would provide power users with a wealth of advanced features to absolutely maximize the reach of their tweets. What does this mean for the …

Google reportedly removing Hangouts’ SMS messaging to make it a better Slack rival

Google is removing the ability to send and receive SMS messages from its Hangouts service in May, according to an email sent to its G Suite administrators. The email, posted in its entirety on Reddit, says that Google will cut the option from the app on May 22nd, and will prompt users to find a new …

GameStop to shutter 150 retail stores following disappointing holiday sales

The gaming industry as a whole has enjoyed success as of late but those good fortunes haven’t been passed along to the nation’s preeminent video game …

Uber suspends self-driving car program after Arizona crash

(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] put its self-driving cars back on the road on Monday, voicing confidence in its autonomous vehicle program three days after one of its cars was involved in a crash in Tempe, Arizona.<p>Uber wrapped up a brief investigation and cleared its autonomous cars to …

San Francisco

Google Has Declared Symantec “Harmful” To Internet Security

It’s rare Google outright goes to war on a company. Especially not a company as big and well-known as Symantec. But Google has done precisely that, in a move that’s surprised the IT community and is about to make life miserable for a fair chunk of the internet.<p>Google has publicly said it no longer …

LastPass security flaw could have let hackers steal passwords through browser extensions

A LastPass security vulnerability could have allowed malicious attackers to steal users’ passwords, a researcher revealed this week.<p>A hacker could have accessed “obviously bad” LastPass commands<p>On Monday, Google researcher Tavis Ormandy reported the vulnerability in the popular password management …

Security