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Facebook Posts Earnings Beat as Mobile Soars Past One Billion Monthly Users

And the Wall Street crowd cheers.<p>Mobile first, indeed.<p>In its first-quarter earnings on Wednesday, Facebook announced it now hosts more than one billion users visiting its site on mobile devices every month, reaching yet another mobile milestone for the social network.<p>And in another high point, …

Zuckerberg: More Than 200 Million People Use Facebook Messenger

That's comparable to Instagram's popularity.<p>Yes, Facebook is big on mobile. But messaging on Facebook is pretty big on mobile, too.<p>More than 200 million people are regularly using Facebook Messenger, the company’s mobile texting application for Android and iPhone, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in the …

Vysk QS1 Case Encrypts Phone Calls Against Hackers, Spies

This case will tell hackers to buzz off -- literally.<p>Smartphones, just like computers, are vulnerable to hackers, who target mobile devices with malicious software to access your personal information. There are security apps that can help prevent this, but one San Antonio-based startup thinks it …

NASA Ignites Interest in Space With LittleBits Partnership

The "Space Kit" lets students build Mars rovers, satellite dishes and more.<p>Space is having a bit of a moment.<p>In recent weeks, we’ve witnessed the relaunch of Cosmos, the discovery of an Earth-like planet a mere 500 light years away and the detection of ripples in space-time that appear to be the …

Slower Wireless Subscriber Growth Pushes Down Verizon Stock

The nation's largest wireless carrier reported double-digit growth in earnings per share, but investors reacted negatively to slowing growth in wireless subscribers.<p>Wireless carrier Verizon Communications saw its stock fall in early-morning trading as investors reacted to a 20 percent drop in the …

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25 Creative Packaging Designs That Practically Sell Themselves

We often consider the products we use and their packaging to be two separate things – the product is the thing we want, and its packaging is a piece …

Fake Peoria mayor Twitter account prompts house raid

Police trying to find out who was behind a fake Twitter account set up in the name of Peoria's mayor have raided a home and seized computers.<p>Three people at the home were taken for questioning, as were two others who were met by police at their workplaces.<p>The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that the …

How Heartbleed transformed HTTPS security into the stuff of absurdist theater | Ars Technica

Certificate revocation checking in browsers is "useless," crypto guru warns.<p>If you want to protect yourself against the 500,000 or so HTTPS …

It's Official: 2013 Was the Busiest Year Yet for Cyber Criminals

Bad news: The number of attacks is up. Good news: There are fewer kinds of attacks to defend against.<p>When the history of computer security is written, 2013 is going to go down as something of a watershed year. It was the year of the Target breach that exposed the credit and debit card numbers of …

The state of the internet is under attack (but it’s also faster)

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Akamai<p>Akamai released data Wednesday detailing a plethora of attacks against its clients as well as the increase in …

Net neutrality dead for good? FCC may endorse pay-for-play deals | Ars Technica

ISPs could charge for improved access as long as they don't block Web services.<p>FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed today that proposed rules to …

Your internet is probably slower than advertised

When it comes to internet speeds, "you get what you pay for" is pretty far from the truth a majority of the time. The <i>Wall Street Journal</i>used Ookla's speed-testing data to survey some 800 US cities and 27 ISPs in terms of advertised transfer rates and what customers are actually getting, and the …

How the Internet ruined San Francisco

The dot-com invasion — call them twerps with ‘tude — is destroying everything that made San Francisco weird and wonderful.<p><b>I</b> had the misfortune to live in Manhattan during the '80s, when all conversations turned ineluctably to real estate and the shops and people that made New York interesting were …

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Life after Heartbleed: ‘The Internet will never be 100% safe’

Heartbleed was an abrupt but necessary reminder that when it comes to the Internet, nothing is safe. The massive OpenSSL security hole was discovered …

Brazil Becomes One Of The First To Adopt Internet 'Bill Of Rights'

Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff signed into law a kind of Internet bill of rights on Wednesday.<p>As the AP reports, the law enshrines access to the Web, guarantees neutrality and "puts limits on the metadata that can be collected from Internet users in Brazil. It also makes Internet service …

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Apple Patents A 3D Hologram Display System With Gesture Input

Apple has patented a 3D display system (via AppleInsider) that uses a familiar mirror box-type design, but that works with digital images instead of physical objects like those you might find in novelty stores, and that also incorporates 3D gesture-based input from a user for control.<p>The 3D display …

Mt. Gox crumbles into liquidation, throws Bitcoin legitimacy into question

“I hate gold. But right now, I’d rather own gold than Bitcoins.”<p>This sentiment comes from investment firm Belpoint’s chief strategist David Nelson. In a call today with VentureBeat, Nelson discussed implications of the news that Mt. Gox, once the largest Bitcoin exchange on the planet, has been …

The FCC doesn’t want to destroy net neutrality, but it’s going to anyway

Advertisement<p>16 Comments<p>Credit: Gigaom illustration<p>The Federal Communications Commission doesn’t want companies like Netflix or Viacom to have to pay …

Avalanche kills 12 in single deadliest accident on Mount Everest

A high-altitude avalanche Friday killed 12 Sherpa guides and seriously wounded three in the single deadliest accident on Mount Everest, officials said.<p>Four others are missing, said Madhu Sudan Burlakoti of Nepal's Tourism Ministry, adding that six people were injured in total.<p>A group of about 50 …

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes central and southern Mexico; no immediate word on casualties

A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties.<p>The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake at about 9:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. EDT; 1430 GMT) was …

Comcast and Time Warner Cable could sell millions of customers to Charter

Comcast and Time Warner Cable could offload between 3 million and 5 million customers to Charter Communications, according to a <i>Financial Times</i> report<i>.</i> Executives from all three companies have met in recent days and negotiations remain ongoing, the report says. Selling off a sizable chunk of …

LinkedIn passes 300M users, says mobile is key to goal of 3.3B

The social network for professional schmoozing wants the entire global workforce to sign on to its service.<p>LinkedIn's user base has risen to more than 300 million people across more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, the company said Friday, with 23 million of those members signing on …

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