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The $1M-A-Month Business Behind Your Favorite Twitter Accounts

If you’re one of the 1.14 million followers of the @HistoryInPics Twitter account, which posts delightfully obscure pictures of historical subjects and events, you may have asked yourself, “Are they making any money off this?”<p>The answer is yes. Quite a bit of money. The account is one of 200 across …

Smart Locks Expected To Be $3.6 Billion Slice Of Smart Home Pie

For years, tech-savvy folks have talked about how the smart phone will replace things like cameras, wallets and the good old TV remote.<p>But that’s not the only everyday item under attack from these digital Swiss army knives. Turns out the latest victim of our iPhones might be our lowly old …

Meet ZenMate, the encryption startup that lets you watch Netflix & keep your privacy

The NSA spying program and the media frenzy surrounding it well and truly brought the subject of online security to the forefront of Internet users’ minds last summer. A blow for the credibility of many large Internet sites, the scandal did, however, provide a publicity boost for services …

Why Do Companies Keep Getting Hacked?

One reason is that security isn’t always a priority for developers in a rush to bring a product to market. Another reason is that humans are stupid.<p>Two weeks ago, a respected crowdfunding site, Kickstarter, was hacked. Snapchat was hacked the week before that. Skype’s social media accounts were …

Striking Images of Ukraine Before and After the Recent Riots

Gizmodo's Jesus Diaz uses Photoshop to merge together photos of Kiev that were taken before and after the recent Ukraine riots, creating devastating images that juxtapose the previous peace of of the city with the destruction and violence that raged after the protests began. Although the visuals …

Europe

WhatsApp ranks 8th in free downloads from App Store

Number of the day<p>Eighth<p>That's how high WhatsApp Messenger ranks among the most-downloaded free applications available on Apple's App Store. WhatsApp, the instant-messaging service that agreed last week to be acquired by Facebook for up to $19 billion, topped Facebook's own Messenger service at No. …

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Nokia X Already Hacked To Run Google Apps

Last week at Mobile World Congress, Nokia unveiled a number of new low-cost Android devices under the “X” moniker that aren’t able to access Google’s services.<p>One of the company’s key points during the announcement of the devices was that they are designed specifically for Microsoft services — such …

Mozilla to enable Click to Play by default for all plugins from March 31

Mozilla announced back in January 2013 that it planned to eventually require all plugins to be ‘Click to Play’ by default, meaning that users will need to click on plugins in-page in order to enable them and view their content.<p>Today, the company revealed it will close the application window for …

Apple's 'iOS in the Car' technology to roll out next week, says report

Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo are aboard for the launch of the operating system, which lets drivers access various iPhone functions through a car's built-in screen, says a report.<p>Apple's "iOS in the Car" operating system, which would let drivers access various iPhone functions through a car's …

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