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Once $399 A Year, Google Earth Pro Is Now Free

Lots of people have dabbled with Google Earth to fly around their neighborhood or poke around a 3D version Paris. But how many dropped $400 (per year!) for a Pro subscription?<p>Not a ton, it would seem. At least, not enough for Google to keep counting on it as an income source.<p>Google has just nixed …

Google Earth

55% Off the Code Black Drone with HD Camera

Whether you’re looking to gift or buy your own first drone for some outdoor R/C action, there’s never been a better looking choice than the sleek Code Black Drone.<p>Finished in stunning matte black, the Code Black Drone features beginner and expert flight modes so you can execute simple flight …

Facebook to share ads based on location history with advertisers -- but won't say when

With its brand-new Nearby Friends feature, Facebook is collecting a log of your travels so that it can one day pass that data along to advertisers, CNET can confirm.<p>Facebook trotted out Nearby Friends on Thursday. The optional feature, currently rolling out to US users of the native Facebook …

Goccia Is the World's Smallest Activity Tracker

It’s time for us to face the facts. Bluetooth is holding wearables back. The new Bluetooth LE standard is certainly a step up from earlier power-hungry versions, but the need for a wireless radio just isn’t practical for many types of wearable categories.<p>G-Wearables’ Kickstarter campaign for the …

Hands On With Facebook Nearby Friends [Video]: No More Checkins

Facebook Nearby Friends is based around broadcasting how far you are from friends, not your exact coordinates, and that’s why it could succeed where other location apps have failed. But while we might be comfortable sharing proximity, that doesn’t mean we’re comfortable doing it on …

AT&T thinks increased bandwidth costs are Netflix subscribers' problem

AT&T's swinging back at Netflix CEO Reed Hastings' recent assertion that ISPs (internet service providers) should shoulder the cost of increased bandwidth demands. In a post on AT&T's Public Policy Blog, Senior EVP Jim Cicconi denounced Hastings' desire for a "cost-free delivery" agreement with …

Nearly one in three American households have no choice when it comes to their internet

The above chart comes from a presentation(video) by Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son to the US Chamber of Commerce yesterday.<p>Softbank, which already controls America’s third biggest wireless operator, Sprint, has begun a not-too-subtle campaign to convince America’s regulators to allow it to consolidate …

Telecoms

Pacific Crest Upgraded Apple Based On $299 4.7" iPhone 6

Pacific Crest’s Apple analyst, Andy Hargreaves, raised his rating on Apple from Sector Perform to Outperform based on the iPhone 6 having a 4.7 inch screen and selling for a subsidized price of $299. He also believes that given the low valuation of the shares at 6.5x Enterprise Value/Earnings …

The Gimbal Context Aware Platform is Working Behind the Scenes at SXSW

If you’ve ever been to the renowned SXSW conference, you know that it isn’t a single thing, but multiple interrelated festivals running concurrently. …

Livr: This Social Network Unlocks Features the More Drunk You Get

<i>Update #2 March 07: It seems that our concerns about the legitimacy of this app have been confirmed by a report from Gizmodo. Combine this with a lack of response to our queries and it looks like this is indeed a fake. Sorry if you were looking forward to it, folks!</i><p>Most social networking services …

Why Sprint's push for a T-Mobile merger will likely be in vain

Once Softbank CEO and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son gets a bee in his bonnet, he's apparently a hard man to discourage.<p>Despite the fact that regulators have already expressed their skepticism of a deal between Sprint and T-Mobile to Son and Dan Hesse, Sprint's CEO, Son is not giving up. The Wall …

Amazon’s First 3-D Printed Products Marketplace Is Now Open For Business

Cincinnati-based startup 3DLT, home of the “the first store for 3-D objects,” has gone global with the launch of a new storefront on Amazon. The storefront showcases an array of 3-D printed products, from lampshades to jewelry, and, according to the company’s CEO, John Hauer, is part of a pilot …

3D

Google fighting to stop anti-Glass driving laws, says report

It's not been the finest period for Google Glass.<p>A product that came with an intelligent launch and inspired much fascination has, unfortunately for Google, allowed some people to also consider its consequences.<p>Who would want to be secretly filmed in bars or bordellos? Who would want to look like a …

Apple formalizes iBeacon Bluetooth spec in the hopes of wider adoption

Several companies and organizations have already come forward to test out iOS7's Bluetooth-based iBeacon technology for tasks like shopping and navigation, but it could become a lot more commonplace in the near future. That's because the Cupertino company has quietly released the iBeacon …

Netflix's internet provider claims Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner are causing streaming bottlenecks (update)

In the ongoing he said/she said saga surrounding Netflix streaming potentially being throttled, we've got a new, potentially volatile piece of information: The CEO of the company that provides Netflix's bandwidth (Cogent) straight up says that Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner are causing the …

Comcast CEO: "We reinvent ourselves every couple years"

By Kai Ryssdal<p>November 21, 2013 | 11:15 AM<p>Listen to this story<p>DownloadEmbed<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2013/11/21/business/corner-office/comcast-ceo-we-reinvent-ourselves-every-couple-years/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>Listen To The …

Ask A VC: Comcast Ventures’ Dave Zilberman On SaaS Enterprise Adoption And More

In this week’s episode of Ask A VC, we hosted Comcast Ventures’ Dave Zilberman to talk about mobile enterprise, corporate VCs and much more.<p>Zilberman, who joined Comcast Ventures in 2006 and focuses on enterprise IT investments, talked about the rise of adoption of SaaS within the enterprise, and …

Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ (512GB)

Part Number: 10024048<p>CNET may get a commission from these offers.<p>Quick Specifications<p>Compatibility Mac<br>PC<br>• Color Category black<br>• Type solid state drive<br>• Capacity 512 GB<br>• Hard Drive Type external hard drive<p>Full Product Specifications

Snapdragon processors in (near) space

<i>One of the more than 700 photos taken by the SnapSat.</i><p>Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors can be found pretty much anywhere – even 97,000 feet above …

KnowRoaming's international sticker SIMs begin shipping to backers today

KnowRoaming, the company behind the roaming SIM "stickers" that popped up on Kickstarter last year, has begun shipping its device to the first 500 backers. The $35 pre-order kit, which includes a SIM sticker and a single-use applicator, enables international roaming at rates far lower than what …

How Top-Selling Genius Keyboard SwiftKey Got So Smart

Launching an app is hard to do: SwiftKey mastered it on Android. Now cofounders Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock head into iOS. Here are the lessons they’re bringing with them.<p>Using SwiftKey is like having a psychic best friend who is also a keyboard. With a debut on iOS, the Android-topping app is in …

Apps

Proof 'Flappy Bird' Will Be The End Of Humanity

History will mark 2014 as the year mankind met its downfall: "Flappy Bird."<p>These reviews, taken from the hallowed archives of the the App Store and Google Play, will be the only known records written by survivors of the addictive mobile game that rose to popularity in early February.<p>Let these …

Microsoft: iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, or Galaxy S2 for Lumia 1020 or 1520

Earlier this week, we wrote about a Microsoft Store deal offering to buy your smartphone or tablet for up to $250, and speculated that “device-specific deals” would come later. The first one is already here: you can now get a new Windows Phone (Lumia 1020 or Lumia 1520) in exchange for your iPhone …

How An “Evil Router” Can Help You Build Wi-Fi Devices That Actually Work

“With our dial, and the way the lights respond to touch, we hope that we’re evoking some of that magic again,” he says. “At the same time, Beep is a …

Wireless

Carl Icahn 2.0: an icon of '80s greed is back to shake up Silicon Valley

The wild success and massive cash hoards of today's technology firms are perfect targets for this activist investor<p>For techies scanning the headlines over the past few months, one name has become an increasingly common occurrence: Carl Icahn, the legendary "vulture capitalist," who first made a …

Devicescape’s crowdsourced Wi-Fi network grows to 20M hotspots

Devicescape now has 20 million Wi-Fi access points in its global virtual network – likely including some of yours. The company has built its business …

A second look at the “Nexus is dead” rumor

Tectonic plates are shifting in the world of Android. Forces collide deep below the surface, sometimes causing faint rumbles, and, every now and then, massive earthquakes that affect everyone in one way or another.<p>This year brought us several such earth shattering events: Google bought Nest, an …

Time Warner Cable promises upgraded internet, TV service in response to rival takeover attempt

More reliable service, faster speeds, and more will come to NYC and LA under a new brand<p>Time Warner Cable has long had a rotten reputation, but now that the cable company is facing a takeover from rival Charter Communications, executives are promising that they're working to turn TWC around. A big …