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The weekend in pictures

A selection of some of the best images from around the world this weekend, from the Fire Bull festival to G20 summit protests

Snapchat made a secret acquisition to power its new video chat

AddLive brings video streaming expertise to the ephemeral app startup<p>To help build and power its new cross-platform video chat service, Snapchat acquired software company AddLive, sources tell <i>The Verge.</i> Snapchat confirmed the deal to <i>The Verge</i>, saying "We are excited to welcome the AddLive team to …

Microsoft renames ‘Windows Azure’ as ‘Microsoft Azure’

In his first public remarks as Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella promised Microsoft is readying itself for a cross-platform future. In addition to actually supporting an open ecosystem of devices and service, that also entails rebranding services so they <i>seem</i> open, too.<p>Microsoft intends to rebrand …

Exclusive: Russian ‘Blackwater’ Takes Over Ukraine Airport

Troops who've taken over two airports in Crimea are not Russian military, but they could be security contractors working for the Russian military, …

Venezuelan activists urge more protests

Venezuelan activists have called for nationwide protests after 41 people were arrested in street battles between government forces and protesters.<p>Leaders of the activist wing of the opposition, legislator Maria Corina Machado and members of the Popular Will party, led by jailed ex-mayor Leopoldo …

The Defense Department’s data strategy: Huge, massive and distributed

Ely Kahn has spent more than a decade working in the national security world, including stints at the Transportation Safety Administration, …

Obama warns Putin against military intervention in Ukraine

WASHINGTON/SIMFEROOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has warned Russia against any military intervention in Ukraine after the country’s new leaders accused Moscow of deploying forces in the Crimea region.<p>A week after Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich was ousted in Kiev, …

Apple TV is Apple’s fastest-growing product

Apple TV generated more than $1 billion in hardware and content sales last fiscal year, CEO Tim Cook just revealed. That makes Apple TV the company’s fastest-growing product, according to estimates by analyst Horace Dediu.<p>Apple has long referred to its set-top box for television sets as a “hobby,” …

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This Is A Food Line In Venezuela

In December, opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez c ompared the country's astonishing inflation rate to Zimbabwe's. Consumer prices have risen 56% since Nicolas Maduro took power in 2013.<p>This line gives you a pretty stunning impression of what that's like — of how many Venezuelans have to get in line …

Court dismisses $2B patent troll claim against Apple for emergency feature in iPhones

A German court has dismissed a $2B patent claim by IPCom against Apple for use of a standard which is a mandatory feature in all cellphones. As we reported earlier this month:<p>The chip is used to identify mobile phones used by the emergency services in order to give them priority access to networks …

What is the most unreasonable thing you've been asked to do at work?

A Smartphone That Tries To Slip You Off The Grid

Mike Janke used to be a Navy SEAL sniper. These days he's taking on the government and corporate America. He's the founder of Blackphone, an Android-based smartphone with privacy as its mainselling point.<p>It's not NSA-proof — in that everything is hackable if you try hard enough. But Janke says it's …

Obama, tech firms to announce software donations to U.S. schools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is set to announce on Friday that private companies have donated more than $400 million worth of software and software licenses to bring more technology to classrooms.<p>President Barack Obama walks after delivering remarks at Organizing for Action's …

Mt. Gox files for bankruptcy protection after losing $473M worth of Bitcoins, has $63M in debt

The rumors were true: Mt. Gox lost a boatload of Bitcoins.<p>The former popular Bitcoin exchange, which shut down suddenly this week to “protect the site” and its users, announced this morning that it is officially filing for bankruptcy protection, the Wall Street Journal reports.<p>In a Tokyo District …