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Android 4.4.2 removes hidden App Ops privacy feature, EFF grills Google about it

When Google released Android 4.4.2 a few days ago, it removed a hidden privacy feature called App Ops – many of you may know about it, while others may read about it for the first time – which was available on Android since Android 4.3, and now the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) wants it back.<p>…

Google Pulls Privacy Feature it Says Wasn't Supposed to Be in Android in First Place

With the latest update to Android, Google has removed a hidden feature that had been used to allow phone owners to more tightly control which …

Qualcomm Vs. Microsoft: Take Second Prize Or Hold Out For First Prize?

The announcement that Steve Mollenkopf has been elected CEO of Qualcomm takes him off the short-list of candidates for Microsoft CEO. Or does it? What would you do if you were Mollenkopf? Qualcomm’s board? Microsoft’s board?<p>In this particular case, Mollenkopf has been at Qualcomm for twenty years, …

Time Machines: NASA goes virtual at CES

<i>Welcome to Time Machines, where we offer up a selection of mechanical oddities, milestone gadgets and unique inventions to test out your tech-history skills. In the weeks leading up to the biggest gadget show on Earth, we'll be offering a special look at relics from CES' past.</i><p>Our willingness to …

The Shifting Ways In Which We’ll Interact With Mobile Apps

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Semil Shah works on product for Swell, is a</i> TechCrunch <i>columnist, and an investor. He blogs at Haywire, and you can follow him on Twitter at @semil.</i><p>‘Tis the season to reorganize the apps on my iPhone. With iOS 7 and the shift from spotlight search to swipe-down-to-search for apps, I’ve …

Google plans to expand Chromecast in 2014

Look out for an open SDK, international expansion and new devices from Google's Chromecast system over the coming year.<p>The search giant is planning …

Amazon Really, Really Wants to Sell More Kindle Fire HDX Tablets

Amazon seems to be selling a lot of its newest Kindle Fire tablets.* But it would like to sell many more. <br>So here’s Jeff Bezos’s newest pitch: Buy a …

Is this the end of in-flight phone calls?

<b>Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler (AP/Susan Walsh)</b><p>Two federal agencies are squabbling over whether passengers should be allowed to use their cells at 20,000 feet<p>Faine Greenwood<p>December 15, 2013 10:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.<p>There's a …

Amazon takes aim at Netflix, other rivals with 'Betas,' 'Alpha House'

Will you go Prime? That's a question of increasing importance for<p>AmazonStudios as its second original television series, "Betas," gets underway.<p>The show, which premiered last month and continues to roll out new episodes on Fridays, is about a group of young Silicon Valley strivers working to create …

The Wall Street Executive — ‘Lie of the Year’ prize goes to Obama It’s...

It’s probably not the kind of recognition he wanted to receive, but President Barack Obama has been awarded PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year” for …

Silicon Valley's Wearables Pioneer Got Pregnant At 15, Never Finished High-School, And Now Employs 90,000

Silicon Valley is a famously eclectic place but even by Silicon Valley standards, Caroline Dowling had an unusual start in life. The daughter of a truck driver, she got pregnant at 15, and never finished high-school. She went on to do bartending and housework in her native Ireland, before launching …

The EU Has Suspended Trade Talks With Ukraine

EU enlargement chief Stefan Fuele said on Twitter that the words and deeds of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and his government on the proposed trade pact with the EU were "further and further apart. Their arguments have no grounds in reality."<p>Fuele said he had told Ukraine's first deputy …

The feared Fed 'taper' may not be so painful

Business News<p>For all the hand-wringing on Wall Street about the Federal Reserve’s possible winding down of a four-year effort to pump up the economy, you’d think the central bank was considering a ban on helicopter flights to the Hamptons.<p>Take a deep breath. For most of the rest of us, the Fed’s …

Snow in Cairo Is a Winter Nightmare

Egypt is rarely predictable, which is why it wasn't surprising to see snow in the desert this weekend. By Friday morning, social media had gone mad with pictures of an Egyptian winter wonderland, but these photos didn't show the new problems the snow...<p><i>Image by Maha Salem.</i><p>Egypt is rarely …

Gun control is killing people, claim US lobbyists

A year after Sandy Hook massacre, a teenager fights for life following latest school shooting but gun rights lobbyist calls for end to "lethal" restrictions on firearms to mark "Guns Save Lives Day"<p>A prominent US gun rights advocate called for a campaign to overturn state-level weapon control laws, …

Ryan defends budget compromise before final Senate vote set for this week

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan on Sunday defended his compromise budget deal that avoids another potential government shutdown but suggested congressional Republicans will be more demanding of Democrats during the upcoming debit-limit talks.<p>“We as a caucus -- along with our Senate …

Nelson Mandela's 'long walk to freedom ends' as he is buried

Nelson Mandela is buried in Qunu, mourned by more than 4,500 who hail South Africa's "greatest son"<p>The Thembu tribe look to their ancestors for advice in times good and bad. Now, they have the best adviser of all.<p><b>Nelson Mandela was buried on Sunday</b> in a ceremony that was not really like him, a …