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Google Leaks Mystery Device Called 'Chromecast', But What The Heck Is A 'Chromecast'?

A link for something called Chromecast has been showing up sporadically today in the “About Devices” page of the “Google Play” support section on Google. We’re not sure whether or not it’s going to be an official moniker for a device or service, but it certainly has a catchy name.<p><b>Update:</b> The …

How Firefox OS plans to kill — not reinvent — the app store

Mozilla has posted another video about Firefox OS. Intended for app developers, the clip explains a bit about how and why distribution will work in a world without app stores.<p>In this world, the mobile web rules, and apps can be found anywhere, through any mechanism, all over the web, all over the …

New Photos Show the Moment Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Was Captured by Police

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A police officer who was there the night Dzhokar Tsarnaev was captured has decided to counter the …

BlackBerry faces questions about U.S. competitiveness

At the company's annual shareholder meeting, one investor calls the U.S. launch a "disaster." BlackBerry says it has learned its lessons from the Z10 debut.<p>BlackBerry investors aren't happy about its progress in the U.S., and let it be known during the company's annual shareholder meeting on …

Mobile

Apple And Amazon End Their Lawsuit Over Using The Term 'App Store'

U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California, on Tuesday ordered that the case be dismissed at the companies' request. This came after Apple issued to Amazon a covenant not to sue, eliminating the need for a related Amazon counterclaim.<p>"We no longer see a need to pursue our case," …

App Store

Fugitive tweets 'catch me if you can'; caught

A woman flees to Mexico, perhaps in the belief that she won't be caught there. Her confidence reportedly spills over into a tweet. It is misplaced.<p>Being a fugitive has its excitements.<p>Why, I try to run away from myself every day, and that can be quite twisted fun.<p>However, should you be on the run …

Crime

France removes disconnection penalty from three-strikes anti-piracy law

The most contentious part of France's three-strikes law has been the suspension clause: one (alleged) piracy offense too many and you're cut off from the internet. The country is backing off from that aggressive policy with a new decree banning disconnections. From now on, judges can only issue …

Gigaom | Barnes & Noble throws out its CEO, but that won’t save the company

Advertisement<p>Barnes & Noble (s BKS) announced late Monday afternoon that its CEO, William Lynch, is leaving after three years in the role. While …

Google logic: why Google does the things it does the way it does

<i>Michael Mace is co-founder of Zekira, and author of Map The Future, a book on how to create better business strategies. He was previously chief</i> …

The Great Wall of Texas: How the U.S. Is Repeating One of History's Great Blunders

Today's immigration debate has an eerie precedent in the mistakes that brought down great empires from Rome to Britain.<p>Reuters<p>Before their empire fell, the Romans built walls.<p>They began by erecting barriers along the border following the death of the Emperor Trajan in 117 A.D., notably Hadrian's …

Google Releases Fix For Major Android Flaw To OEMs, Users Now Waiting On Them To Patch

Google has released a fix to its Android OEMs for the master security hole unearthed by Bluebox Security, according to ZDNet. The publication gained confirmation from Google’s Android Communications Manager, Gina Scigliano<b>,</b> yesterday <b></b>that “a patch has been provided to our partners.” She also told it …

MIT tool connects the dots of your life through Gmail metadata

How much does the metadata gathered in your inbox reveal about you? Quite a lot, judging by what researchers at the MIT Media Lab have managed to accomplish with Immersion. They've built a web app that — once you grant it permission to do so — digs through your email history to piece together a …

As Microsoft Doubles Down On Touch, The Desktop Becomes Even More Of An Afterthought

The Windows 8.1 Preview version has now been out for over a week. One of the highlights of this update is the return of the Start button (but not the Start menu), and after using the new version for a while, it becomes clear that, despite this concession, the old desktop isn’t coming back. All the …

Self Freezing Coke Video By Grant Thompson Has Completely Blown Our Minds

"Grab a bottle of room temperature soda, and start shaking it violently." That's the first bit of instruction on Grant Thompson's incredible self freezing Coke (or any other soda) video.<p>Look guys, we were never big science buffs in school, but that's probably because no one ever presented the …

“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control

SWAT teams raiding poker games and trying to stop underage drinking? Overwhelming paramilitary force is on the rise<p>Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game — but it wasn’t a bookie or a loan shark who killed him. His local government killed him, ostensibly to protect him from his …