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Google And Microsoft Want Hotels To Stop Blocking Your Wi-Fi

Re/Code is reporting that the two tech giants are arguing against a proposal by hotel groups including Marriott International to use blocking hardware to prevent their customers using cell phones to create personal Wi-Fi hotspots for their laptops or tablets.<p>Hotel groups don't like people creating …

Google v European Commission row: what's the issue over 'vertical search'?

In the dispute between the European Commission's competition group and Google, one issue has remained uppermost, and repeatedly reiterated: that Google should not distort competition by giving preferential treatment to its own "vertical search" businesses when people are looking for organic results.<p>…

Message unread: Silicon Valley's secret, failed bid to save BlackBerry

Could switching to Android and focusing on business have turned the company around?<p>In the summer of 2012, just a few months into the job, RIM (now BlackBerry) CEO Thorsten Heins was trying to guide the company through an ongoing crisis. The stock price had slipped to an eight-year low; BlackBerry …

Google’s Q2 earnings may surprise Wall Street: Clicks and prices are up, not down

Google should have good earnings to report later this week based on paid clicks research from The Search Agency — the largest independent paid search company in the U.S. — as well as data from Adobe’s digital marketing division.<p>In fact, better than Wall Street expects.<p>The Wall Street consensus is …

Advertisers can learn your health conditions from your web activity, study claims

Of all the things the internet is good for, it's clear that looking up medical information is among the most popular activities. But while WebMD and other health-focused sites may seem like a godsend to those of us frantically trying to figure out if our nausea is just due to the bad takeout we had …

Is 15 seconds better than six? Comparing Instagram video and Vine | Financial Times

Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s founder, didn’t mention Vine at all when he unveiled his photo-sharing app’s new video function. But he wasn’t exactly …

Google Fiber Could Reach 8 Million Homes By 2022

How much would it cost Google to become a significant broadband provider and how quickly could that happen?<p>Google’s steps to expand its superfast 1-gigabit-per-second Internet service to Austin, TX and Provo, Utah have prompted financial analysts to fire up their spreadsheets in search of an answer.<p>…

Google puts down Facebook and Microsoft to be named most transparent of them all

PRISM not only challenges our trust in the U.S. government but also our trust in the companies that are secretly supplying the government with our data.<p>In the wake of revelations about PRISM , Google and Facebook are locked in a pissing match over which company is the “more transparent.”<p>News came …

Microsoft Wins Mobile Design Battle, Loses War

In 2006, Microsoft introduced the Zune, its ill-fated portable music player. But the Zune legacy lived on with a fresh approach on interface design that led to the launch of Metro, the interface now prevalent in everything Microsoft does, from its mobile efforts, to its flagship Windows operating …

Google Is Building A New System That Will Make It Virtually Impossible To Find Child Porn On The Web

The company disclosed to <i>The Telegraph</i> that its engineers are working on new technology which will, for the first time, allow internet search engines and other web firms to swap information about images of children being raped and abused.<p>The new database, which is expected to be operational within a …

Google is working on new tech to eliminate all child porn on the Web

Search and mobile superpower Google is working on new technology that would effectively purge all images of child pornography and abuse from most of the Web.<p>Google disclosed new efforts to fight online child exploitation in a blog post yesterday. The company committed $5 million to “eradicate …

With Waze, Google Gets Access To Social Mapping Data — And Possible Patent Legal Heat From Nokia

The Google deal to buy Waze — reportedly for $1.1 billion — is a strong move for both companies to enhance their respective mapping services, and to help monetize them better. But it could also serve as the tipping point for Nokia to turn the screws on getting Google to take licenses for certain …

California man uses iPhone GPS to track down thieves

Smartphone thieves beware. If you steal an iPhone, the owner can track you. That's what a California man did when robbed of his laptop, iPhone and iPad, according to a recent court case.<p>Three men accosted Enner Mendoza, a resident of Anaheim, Calif., last year. They pressed a hard object to the …

Through a PRISM darkly: Tracking the ongoing NSA surveillance story

It was a relatively quiet week for internet news until <i>Guardian</i> blogger Glenn Greenwald dropped a bombshell on Thursday, with a story that showed the …

How Samsung Got Big

The cellphones were stacked up high in the Gumi factory yard and more were coming out every minute. Phones, TVs, fax machines, and other gear shattered as it hit the concrete and Samsung CEO Kun-hee Lee and his board cracked the screens and cases with heavy hammers. Then they lit a bonfire and …

Social Is Not A Destination

There has been much discussion recently about the relatively poor performance of Facebook in the stock market and the increasing focus Google is putting on tying Google+ in its existing services. The two are taking different approaches to social networking: For Facebook, your social network sits on …

Google Music 'All Access' iOS app is coming within weeks

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Just a few weeks after announcing its music subscription service, Google is bringing it to iOS.<p>Sundar Pichai, the senior vice president overseeing Android and Chrome at Google, made the promise today at D11, a tech conference here. Google Play Music “All Access” will …

The Best Facebook Privacy Settings for Kids

Opening a Facebook account is now a rite of passage for kids, but as a parent you want to make sure they stay safe online. We'll help you navigate the maze of Facebook privacy settings.<p><b>There's no set of exactly right</b> privacy settings for Facebook, and you may decide your child needs a more private …

Marissa Mayer, Yahoo!, and the Google effect

When Marissa Mayer took over as CEO of Yahoo!, it was a catalyst for change. Having lost their way long ago, the former champions of search were in desperate need of transformation. With Meyers at the helm, the Yahoo! ship is now changing direction, but to what end? If all their recent moves (and …

Now a majority of doctors use electronic health records — what does this mean for you?

Over half of doctors in the U.S. have now ditched paper-based systems in favor of electronic health records (EHRs), according to data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.<p>The market for EHRs is now estimated at between $6 billion and $10 billion. For this reason, noted …

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An hour on your smartphone each day means Google Glass can't come soon enough

We spend 58 minutes talking on or staring down at our smartphones, each and every day, according to a new survey by Experian. Surprisingly, almost half of that is good old-fashioned communicating via voice and text.<p>And yes, there are significant difference between iPhone and Android owners.<p>iPhone …

Android 4.3, new Nexus device hinted at by alleged Gmail redesign screenshots?

Speculation based on recent Gmail rumors and previous press photos used by the company to promote several Nexus devices seems to indicate that Android 4.3 and/or a new Nexus device may arrive soon.<p>A <i>reddit</i> user posted a series of interesting images (available below) that show press images for almost …

Apple’s Problem Isn’t Skeuomorphism, It’s Services

So iOS 7, it seems, is going to do away with much of the skeuomorphic design that has crept into the operating system and its utilities. Jony Ive, rumor has it, has done away with all the textures and real-world analogs in iOS 7 and has switched to a flat design instead. Good for him, but if that’s …