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Google France forced to notify visitors of €150,000 privacy policy fine

In France, Google's normally almost text-free homepage now bears a block of text telling visitors that it's been fined for violating national privacy laws. Google's 2012 privacy policy change led to harsh criticism by several European privacy watchdogs, and France's Commission Nationale de …

Russia bans Bitcoin use

Russia's Prosecutor General's Office recently made its stance on Bitcoin abundantly clear. "Systems for anonymous payments and cyber currencies that have gained considerable circulation — including the most well-known, Bitcoin — are money substitutes and cannot be used by individuals or legal …

Racy von Trier film, film on radical Catholics, paired in Berlin | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Danish director Lars von Trier premiered a “director’s cut” of “Nymphomaniac” at the Berlin film festival on Sunday, but stayed away from the media on a day that also saw the premiere of a film about strict Catholicism’s impact on a teenage girl.<p>Cast member Lea van Acken attends …

Let the Games Begin

Inside Flipboard / February 7, 2014<p>Welcome to the 2014 Winter Olympics, which starts today in Sochi, Russia. And not a moment too soon. With a run-up …

Hulu is getting sued over illegally sharing user data with Facebook thanks to judge’s ruling

A federal judge in California ruled yesterday that Hulu will stand trial in a lawsuit that claims the streaming video site illegally shared viewing data about its users with third-party sites.<p>Hulu is facing a lawsuit for allegedly violating the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), a 1988 federal …

Google’s Schaft robot takes top spot at DARPA Robotics Challenge

Built by a Japanese start-up recently purchased by Google, Schaft isn’t what you would call photogenic. It stands 1.48 m (4.8 ft) tall, weighs in at …

Wispy designs from Microsoft partners breeze past Apple

Thin and light laptop and hybrid designs from PC makers are passing Apple on key features. Will PC makers forge ahead in 2014?<p><b>commentary</b> Psst...Microsoft laptop partners are ahead of Apple on critical design metrics like weight.<p>So, how will that play out in 2014? A snapshot of today's lightest, …

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With Modern Makeovers, America's Libraries Are Branching Out

It's not exactly a building boom, but several public libraries around the country are getting makeovers. The Central Library in Austin, Texas just broke ground on a new building that promises such new features as outdoor reading porches and a cafe. In Madison, Wis., they're about to open a newly …

Syria Chemical Weapons Analysis Could Take Up To Three Weeks

AMSTERDAM, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Fully assessing the evidence collected by weapons inspectors investigating last week's alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria could take up to three weeks, the organisation in charge of the investigation said on Saturday.<p>The team, which included nine experts from the …

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PlayStation 4 features voice command capabilities, Sony confirms

PlayStation 4 will feature voice command capabilities through its Eye camera peripheral, Sony confirmed with Polygon.<p>"Sony Computer Entertainment can confirm that PlayStation Camera allows for voice recognition and we will look forward to sharing more details in the lead up to the launch of …

Apple offers credit for upgrading iPhones

Apple quietly began rolling out an iPhone trade-in program Friday, letting owners sell older handsets back to the company in exchange for credit toward a new model.<p>Apple's U.S. retail stores are now accepting devices, said Amy Bessette, a spokeswoman for Apple. The initiative got under way just …

Google shows how Project Loon could ride wind currents to keep balloons evenly spaced

Anyone looking to poke a hole in Project Loon — Google's ambitious project to use balloons to bring internet access to remote regions of the world — would likely point out that you can't keep a balloon in one spot. Google has an answer for that, of course. The Project Loon team says it could use …

Residents Heading Home In Blasted Quebec Town

"A majority of the 2,000 people forced out of their Lac-Mégantic, Que., homes following the massive rail tank-car explosions Saturday morning are being allowed to return home today," CBC News reported Tuesday.<p>But as that was happening, there was still no word about the fate of dozens of their …

Skymouse creates gesture recognition at your fingertips

A new plug-and-play mouse design on Kickstarter follows the movements of your fingertips to control the cursor.<p>More than a decade after its release, geeks still look to the movie "Minority Report" for inspiration on computer interfaces that use gestures rather than laying your hands on physical …

Minority Report

ARM servers get a webscale win with Xen hypervisor support

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>The newest version of the Xen hypervisor will support servers that use ARM-based chips, according to a Tuesday announcement …

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 …

Amazon to fire up new Kindle tablets this year, says report

The lineup would include a new version of the 7-inch Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD as well as a refresh of the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, says Boy Genius Report.<p>Amazon plans to update its fleet of Kindle tablets by launching at least three new models this year, according to blog site Boy Genius …

Kindle Fire

Hulu bidding war reportedly ends, with AT&T and Peter Chernin submitting a joint bid

The fate of Hulu has been uncertain for months as a behind-the-scenes bidding war has run its course, with companies including DirecTV reportedly offering over $1 billion for the video streaming company. Now, <i>Bloomberg</i>'s anonymous sources say another previously rumored bidder has submitted a final …

European watchdogs order Google to rewrite privacy policy or face legal action

Privacy watchdogs in the UK, Germany and Italy have told Google to rewrite its privacy policy in Europe or face legal sanctions, 15 months after the …

Extremist attack in Nigeria kills 42 at boarding school

Nigeria sufffered one of its bloodiest days as terrorists carried out a massacre on 42 children and teachers at a boarding school in the country’s insurgent-plagued north-east.<p>Gunmen thought to be loyal to the al-Qaeda-linked Boko Haram fundamentalist movement descended on the Government Secondary …

After Deadly Clashes, Cairo Is Calmer But Still Tense

(We most recently updated the top of this post at 2:05 p.m. ET.)<p>The death toll from clashes Friday and into early Saturday in Egypt now stands at 36, authorities say. That estimate, released just before 11 a.m. ET, was up from the 30 deaths that had been reported when the day began.<p>More than 1,000 …

The U.S. Already Wants Venezuela to Send Snowden Home

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Edward Snowden is still living out a Tom Hanks movie in a Russian airport, but before Friday evening …

You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake, and neither is your Instagram

What your Instagram uploads say about the city you live in<p>A new research project is using visualization techniques to tell us more about the world using our Instagram uploads. Phototrails explores the "visual patterns, dynamics, and structures" of over 2 million images shared on the popular …

Facebook Makes A Run For FacebookAteMyBaby.com Domain Name

Facebook yesterday filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in an attempt to get its hands on a number of domain names containing the word ‘facebook’.<p>While it does that on a regular basis (as any company should, especially of that size), some of the domains it is …

Major Android App Vulnerability Unearthed

A vulnerability that could affect 99 percent of the world’s Android-powered phones and tablets has been unearthed within the Google-owned platform. Since more than 900 million Android devices have been activated, we’re filing this in the ‘major vulnerability’ folder.<p>Bluebox Security says it found …

Ray Park keen on Star Wars return

<b>With old faces like Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford reportedly on board for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII , other former cast members are</b> …

Star Wars

Mozilla Releases New Firefox Version With WebRTC And Asam.JS Support

Mozilla has released a new version of its Firefox Web browser today that offers support for 3D gaming, video calls, and file sharing. With these integrations, developers will be better able to develop apps that run within the browser without requiring plugins or third-party software to be installed.<p>…