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Google CIO thinks today's lawmakers aren't the best for making tech policy

Ben Fried says this generation of lawmakers are disadvantaged by not being "native" to modern technology<p>If you're of the opinion that politicians are unqualified to create tech policy, then know that Ben Fried, Google's chief information officer, largely agrees with you.<p>"The current generation of …

Goodbye Ugly Forums! Moot Is A Flexible And Modern Platform For Online Discussion (And It’s Free)

Moot, a startup offering a new take on commenting and forums, is launching today after three and a half years of development with the goal of bringing these key pieces of Internet discussion into the modern era. Unlike many of the options for online discussion that exist today, Moot is designed to …

Iridescent Skins Let You Just Tilt To Change Your iPhone's Color

If you're tired of the iPhone's boring black or white color options, but would also like to avoid a bulky case or letting Colorware have at it with …

Gmail's New Compose Breaks Rapportive, Perhaps Its Most Useful Plugin

The universal deployment of Gmail’s new compose experience seems to have come at the expense of Rapportive, perhaps its most useful plugin. Rapportive connects addresses entered into the “to” field with the intended recipient’s social media profiles, pulling information such as job title, location …

Apple extends lead over Samsung, HTC in U.S. ahead of Galaxy S 4, HTC One launches

Apple is picking up more steam in the U.S. market, grabbing 38.9 percent rival Samsung’s 21.3 percent, according to data released Thursday by comScore.<p>The new statistics cover a three-month period ending in February and set up the next round of smartphone battles between the country’s top …

Tumblr Is Raising Another Big Round Of Funding, Say Sources

We have a pretty good idea why the New Yorker is spending time out west.<p>Tumblr is talking to investors about raising another round of investment, two sources involved these conversations tell us.<p>Tumblr last raised money in 2011, at an $800 million valuation. It's raised $125 million total.<p>Tumblr, …

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Hulu said to receive $500 million bid from former head of News Corp.

The future of streaming video service Hulu has been decidedly hazy lately, and now <i>Reuters</i> is reporting that the former head of News Corp. has entered a bid to purchase the company. According to the report Peter Chernin — who currently sits on Hulu's board — offered $500 million. In March several …

Filipino Social Good Startups Win At IdeaSpace Competition

The results are in for Filipino accelerator IdeaSpace’s startup competition, and the top ten picks have a heavy focus on social projects.<p>A glance at the list reveals a strong emphasis on environmental and health-related projects, especially those that will likely benefit the developing nation’s …

Google Publishes, then Removes, News of Fiber Coming to Austin

A report from VentureBeat yesterday, citing multiple sources, claimed that Google and the City of Austin would be announcing the launch of the Google Fiber gigabit Internet service in the Texan city on Tuesday. This then appeared to be confirmed by the publishing of a blog post on the Fiber site.<p>As …

Microsoft Apologizes, But Refuses to Comment on 'Always On'

I was planning on avoiding yet another controversy started on Twitter yesterday, as it seems there’s a new gaming-related one every few hours.<p>In it, Creative Director at Microsoft Studios Adam Orth kicked things off by saying he “didn’t understand the drama around ‘always on’ consoles” because …

NASA to launch planet-hunting mission with Google-backed satellite

NASA this week announced plans to launch two new projects: a mission to search for new planets, and an International Space Station (ISS) experiment to analyze X-rays emitted from neutron stars. Both are slated to launch in 2017, under the agency's Astrophysics Explorer Program.<p>NASA's Transiting …

Google Fiber Is Coming to Austin, Eventually

So it’s increasingly looking like Austin, Texas, is going to be the second market for Google Fiber.<p>Having yesterday sent out invitations to a bunch …

Google Fiber

This Amazing, Zoomable Universe-In-A-Browser Puts Everything In Perspective

And another one helps you see just how far it is to Mars.<p>From nanoparticles to galaxies, we can understand a lot about how our universe works--but it's hard to keep things in context. Can you really grasp how far you'd have to travel to reach Mars? Or wrap your head around the infinitesimally small …

Apple Is Preparing Such Big Changes To The iPhone Software That Engineers Are Using Special Filters To Hide Their Screens

He says the "word on the street" is that engineers inside Apple who are authorized to carry around new iPhones have a filter on their screen so that the side viewing angles are diminished. (Think about one of those filters people put on their desktop screens at work.)<p>The filter on the iPhone screen …

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Google faces wrath of European regulators over unified privacy policy

When Google(s goog) abruptly unified its privacy policies a year ago, data protection authorities in France reckoned the result broke EU law. The …

The one reason a Facebook phone would make sense

So Facebook is reportedly about to unveil a phone, built by struggling Taiwanese handset maker HTC, that has been modified to put Facebook and its various services in the foreground. Facebook has been working on this for years.<p>The business case for both companies is clear, in theory. Facebook wants …

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