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Microsoft: We have the right to search your Hotmail account (updated)

An ex-Microsoft employee was recently arrested for allegedly leaking company secrets, all because Redmond found evidence against him in his contact's Hotmail account. Hold on, is it even legal for the company to go through someone's account without permission? Well, according to Microsoft, it sure …

Podcast: Meet Skynet, an open source IM platform for the internet of things

Chris Matthieu, the creator of Skynet, a communications platform for the internet of things hopes his creation doesn’t turn out like its namesake. …

Tens of millions of file servers are out there — let’s make them useful again

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Leo Leung, the VP of product at Oxygen Cloud.</i><p>File servers have been an IT building block for decades, and more than 27 million of them are still in service. The problem is they’ve stayed the same with regard to file sharing. As Enrico Signoretti, noted storage …

A next-gen battery is coming soon to the power grid

2014 seems poised to be the year that next-generation battery technologies become more widely available for the power grid. On Tuesday a …

Geeksphone Gives Specs for Revolution Android/Firefox OS Smartphone

Geeksphone, the startup that released the first Firefox OS developer smartphones, has released the first official images and more detailed specs for its new Revolution handset.<p>The device is notable because it will allow you to “seamlessly” switch between Android and Boot2Gecko, more commonly known …

Can India Create A $100B Software Products Industry?

So far, India’s over $100 billion IT industry has been built mostly on software services and back office projects delivered by TCS, Infosys and Wipro for the likes of Citibank and GE, who have been outsourcing non-core work to save costs over the last two decades.<p>Now, the newly formed software …

Samsung announces availability for 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro and new Tab Pro tablets

Samsung introduced its new line of Galaxy tablets back at CES, but it’s getting around to availability and pricing information only now. The new line …

10 Things to Know About Satya Nadella, Microsoft's New CEO

So it’s official: More than five months after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced his intention to retire, he has a successor. Satya Nadella, the …

There Will Be A New Nintendo Console, But When?

In all this recent discussion between Nintendo, investors and fans in the wake of their lackluster performance over the past year, one bit of information seems to have gotten lost. Nintendo all but confirmed that they will indeed be making a new console in the future, one fashioned after learning …

How Fab Fired Everybody, Started Selling Steaks, And Then Turned Itself Around

With the firing of over half their workforce, the last year was a tough one for Jason Goldberg and company. Here’s his vision for a slimmer, more nimble Fab.<p>Last July Fab raised $150 million at a billion-dollar valuation, but by the fall the flash sale company cut itself from 700 to 300 employees. …

Google, Cisco sign deal to avoid future patent squabbles

Google and Cisco have formed a new agreement to ward off potential patent trolls.<p>The agreement gives each company a license to the other's patent portfolio and covers a wide range of products and technologies, Cisco said in a news release on Tuesday. The deal was set up as a countermeasure to the …

Firefox 27 Arrives with Simultaneous Social API Notifications

Mozilla today officially launched Firefox 27 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Additions include Simultaneous Social API notifications, SPDY 3.1 support, and more languages on Android.<p>Firefox 27 has been released over on Firefox.com and all existing users should be able to upgrade to it …

Microsoft's new CEO is Satya Nadella

A veteran server and enterprise guy takes the top spot<p>It's official: Microsoft’s search for a new CEO is over. Following recent speculation, the software giant is indeed appointing Satya Nadella as its new CEO to replace Steve Ballmer. The 46-year-old Nadella will take over immediately, allowing …

North Korea's Official 'Red Star' Operating System Borrows Heavily From OS X

Screenshots from the latest version of North Korea's home-grown "Red Star" Linux operating system reveal a striking resemblance to OS X, as shown in a new report from <i>IDG News Service</i>. The new look seen in version 3.0 of the software replaces the Windows-inspired design of version 2.0.<p>If imitation …

Asus' new Chromebox takes another shot at the desktop, for $179

Samsung's Chromebox hasn't exactly taken the world by storm — either because it's overpriced, underpowered, or simply not the form factor people want for Chrome OS. More likely, it's a combination of all of those factors, and not coincidentally Asus is trying to tack at least two issues in its own …

DARPA publishes all its open source code in one place

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, sponsors a lot of technology through grants to universities and private labs, with projects running the gamut from robots to electroencephalography caps, to software and new programming languages. A lot of that knowledge is open source, but …

Facebook file-sharing app Pipe shifting from Flash to WebRTC

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Legendary hacker group CCC files complaint against German government over surveillance

The Chaos Computer Club (CCC), one of the oldest hacker collectives in the world and still Europe’s largest, has filed a criminal complaint against …

Why 2014 could be the most interesting year in technology in a long time

<i>Join Quartz technology, science and health editor Christopher Mims, Re/code co-executive editor Kara Swisher, and Wall Street Journal technology columnist Farhad Manjoo in a video chat this Wednesday January 8 at 1 p.m. ET. You can submit questions on Twitter with the hashtag #techin2014, on our</i> …

Consumer Tech

Game Console Shipping With SteamOS + Android

Back in October I wrote about an Android gaming console looking to support SteamOS. That development gaming console, iConsole.tv, is now shipping out …

Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

Lasrick writes <i>"Mark Gubrud has another great piece exploring the slippery slope we seem to be traveling down when it comes to autonomous weapons</i> …

Linksys WRT54G reborn, with 802.11ac and more

Linksys is resurrecting the hackable Linksys WRT54G router in a new WRT1900AC model, with dual-band 802.11ac, a dual core CPU, and open source Linux …

Godot Game Engine Going Open Source

A game engine similair to Unity called Godot is going to be open sourced under an MIT license, this tool looks seriously promising.<p>QuoteHi guys! I’ll …

LG Chromebase all-in-one desktop hands-on

The company's first attempt at Chrome OS is also the first ever all-in-one device with Google's operating system<p>We've seen Chromebooks, and even …

Google

Samsung explains why making a hit smartwatch is insanely difficult

The Galaxy Gear didn’t exactly light the world on fire, but you should have some sympathy for Samsung — it turns out that making a hit smartwatch is …