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Why So Many Podcasts Are Brought to You by Squarespace

Or Mailchimp, or Audible, or LegalZoom

It’s by now a trope of modern listening: The soothing tones of Ira Glass or Sarah Koenig subside and make way for a sponsor mentioning promotional codes for online stamps, boxes of all-natural snacks, or tools for building a website. In the upper echelon of …

Advertising

Edward Snowden: NSA reform in the US is only the beginning

Edward Snowden has hailed landmark shifts in Congress and the US courts on NSA surveillance but cautioned that much more needs to be done to restore the balance in favour of privacy.

He also warned this was only the beginning of reform of the NSA, saying there are still many bulk collection …

Edward Snowden

Microsoft is building a Pushbullet competitor that intelligently shares your clipboard across devices

Microsoft is quietly testing an app that intelligently synchronizes your clipboard across iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Windows PC.

The app, called OneClip, is like Pushbullet in many ways, making it easy to access files across devices with little setup, and may mean Microsoft plans to compete …

Microsoft Windows

Android Developers: What to expect from I/O 2015

Google I/O, for those who do not know, is a software developer-focused conference held annually by Google at the Moscone center in San Francisco, …

Google

Gold Apple Watch Editions arrive for regular customers with new box, gold pairing screen

Nearly a month after the Apple Watch officially went on sale, gold Edition models have begun arriving for non-celebrity customers who placed the earliest online orders. As expected, the Apple Watch Edition’s white external packaging is nearly identical to the cardboard box for the stainless steel …

Apple Watch

Amazon to begin paying corporation tax on UK retail sales

Amazon has become the first technology company to abandon controversial corporate structures that divert sales and profits away from UK in the face of a clampdown imposed by George Osborne.

From the start of this month the online retailer has started booking its sales through the UK, meaning …

Amazon

Florida says former Uber driver is an employee, threatening its business model

Uber promises big things for its drivers, from plenty of work to flexible hours, and even discounts on vehicles that can be used when drivers aren't on the clock. However one thing that is not promised when someone becomes an Uber driver is the legal consideration of being called an "employee" …

Florida

Aria module will bring gesture control to Android Wear and Pebble Time

We’ve seen multiple different approaches to smartwatch design over the last few years, with some companies like Pebble taking the button control …

Aria

iOS 9 & OS X 10.11 to bring ‘quality’ focus, smaller apps, Rootless security, legacy iPhone/iPad support

For the first time in several years, Apple is changing up its annual iOS and OS X upgrade cycle by limiting new feature additions in favor of a “big focus on quality,” according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s operating system development plans. We first reported in February that …

Security

6 things to consider when choosing a streaming-music subscription

Need help getting started with all-you-can-stream services like Spotify and Beats Music? This primer fills you in on the questions to ponder before …

AC/DC

Leaked Sony-Spotify Contract Reveals Inner Workings of Streaming Music

Five big revelations that look at how your streaming music sausage gets made

Somehow, Verge managed to get a copy of the top-secret contract between music-streaming service Spotify and Sony, the major record label that owns music by Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey and One Direction. …

Entertainment Industry

Brit Morin, the Martha Stewart of Silicon Valley, just raised $23 million for her DIY site

Brit Media, best known for its lifestyle site Brit + Co., has raised $23 million, according to a form filed Thursday with the SEC.

A spokesperson for founder and CEO Brit Morin confirmed the round with Business Insider.

Brit + Co. features articles, recipes, and tutorials for skills like knitting, …

Silicon Valley

Why emotion and personal connection are the key to wearables

There is a fair amount of perceived innovation in wearable technology that is actually static reproduction of what’s already out there — with many recycled ideas lacking in originality, foresight and plausibility. So how do you break into that market and do it successfully?

You have to look beyond …

Emotions

Logjam Bug Targets Encrypted Web Data

Researchers this week disclosed an online vulnerability affecting all modern Web browsers, and more than 8 percent of the top 1 million …

The new tech changing airport security

Queuing to be searched at the airport is a major downside of going on holiday. What is the airline industry doing to improve it? Katia Moskvitch investigates.

A young woman approaches airport security in a pair of stiletto boots, designer sunglasses, and a big wide belt that matches her fashionable …

Security

Playboy Launches A Safe-For-Work App

Playboy's app strategy: Less nudity, more articles.

For Playboy, the latest mobile app effort really is about the articles. The iconic media brand, which is in the middle of a digital-era makeover, launched a safe-for-work app this week aimed at a general audience. These days, Playboy is banking on …

Internet Marketing

Google's Project Fi invites won't roll out to everyone til mid-summer

Google has started sending invites out for its own MVNO phone service, Project Fi, but some people who've registered are going to have to wait a while longer. In an email sent out to users who'd indicated interest, Google warns that it may take until "mid-summer" for each request to be …

Google

Facebook's instant articles arrive to speed up the News Feed

Facebook today is rolling out "instant articles," quick-loading stories from publishers including The New York Times and BuzzFeed that load on Facebook’s flagship app 10 times faster than before. The articles, which are hosted on Facebook’s servers, are well designed and create a genuinely better …

Facebook

China’s military has declared war on Western thought on the internet

China’s military says the internet has become its main ideological battlefield and that it should build a “Great Wall” online to protect the country’s citizens from “hostile Western forces.” A strongly worded editorial (link in Chinese) published in the People’s Liberation Army Daily on May …

Asia

This Startup Turns Your Old Car Into a Smart Car

Automatic Labs wants to turn ordinary cars into smart cars that can automatically track business expenses, switch on home heaters, and split the cost of gas evenly between passengers

A San Francisco startup wants to turn ordinary cars into smart cars that can perform functions like tracking business …

Startups

Too many platforms may make the Internet of Things a confusing place

It’s a world of sensors, folks, or it’s quickly becoming one. Even the tiniest gadgets will someday get an IP address. A common platform is needed to collect and make sense of all of the data those devices gather, and a lot of companies are already getting in line to take the job — maybe too many.

I …

Internet of Things

Storehouse Now Lets You Tag Friends In Stories

Storehouse, the iOS-centric app for sharing stories from your photos and videos, now lets you tag friends in stories using the familiar ‘@-mention.’

In a world (read this in the trailer guy’s voice) where daily average users has become a better indicator of traction for social apps than everybody’s …

Instagram

Microsoft is rolling out a ton of new features for Outlook.com

Outlook.com is getting a big revamp today. Microsoft is slowly rolling out a huge preview update for the email service.

There are a ton of new features. First off, as we reported a few days ago, Microsoft’s Clutter tool that separates your non-essential email from your most important emails will now …

Microsoft PowerPoint

The worst thing about the iPhone is about to be fixed

It’s huge for public transportation users

Your iPhone is about to get way more useful for navigating around big cities.

Apple’s upcoming iOS 9 update will add public transportation data to the default Maps app, according to 9to5Mac. The company will reportedly unveil bus, subway and train directions …

iPhone

Google maps just got way better

Improved traffic data could make driving less of a nightmare this holiday weekend.

Google is rolling out some new improvements to Maps in time for the traffic-heavy Memorial Day weekend. Users will be able to get more details about traffic conditions after entering a route.

For example, Maps might …

Google Maps

Oculus Connect 2 Will Give Developers What They Need For Consumer Rift Launch

Oculus is hosting its second annual primary developer conference between September 23 and 25, the company announced today. The big show, called ‘Connect 2′ in keeping with the original event last September, will feature keynote presentations from Oculus execs Michael Abrash, John Carmack and …

Rift

This Mousepad Costs $60, Needs to Be Plugged In

Razer announces the Razer Firefly mousepad.

Razer today announced a new premium mousepad that needs to be plugged in to fully function, as it comes equipped with LEDs along three of its sides.

Called the Razer Firefly, this "hard gaming mouse mat" features customizable lights along the left, right, …

Chroma

There’s a new problem with SSL called “Logjam”, here’s what you need to know

It seems like we just got over the Heartbleed vulnerability, but there’s another major flaw with SSL called “logjam” that affects a number of fundamental Web protocols.

The bug affects an algorithm called the “Diffie-Hellman key exchange” which allows protocols such as HTTPS, SSH, IPsec, SMTPS to …

SSL

Redesigning Overcast’s Apple Watch app

New Now Playing screen, and the menus when you tap the “Now” and “Up Next” artwork.

Despite moving to a single-main-screen interface, the new app has …

Apple Watch