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Net neutrality: Republicans to strike back against Obama's 'internet grab'

Later this week, a Jumbotron will arrive outside the Washington DC offices of the Federal Communications Commission. The giant screen being erected by internet activists at OpenMedia will broadcast messages calling on the regulator to keep standing up for strong rules to protect an open internet. …

Net Neutrality

See 30 of the Best Photos Short-Listed in the Sony World Photography Awards

Nominated in the Arts and Culture category. Adrian Jaszczak's work on an artistic gymnastics tournament in Poland.<br>Adrian Jaszczak—2015 Sony World …

Cricket Wireless ups data allotments in basic plans

Cricket Wireless, a prepaid wireless service owned by AT&T, announced that it’s upping the data allowance for its basic plans.<p>The carrier’s “Basic” tier will move from a monthly data allowance of 1GB to 2.5GB, while its $50 “Smart” tier will increase from 3GB to 5GB of monthly data. There’s also a …

Months after ‘God View’ fiasco, Uber is updating privacy policies

Months after entrepreneur Peter Sims aired his grievances about Uber tracking his whereabouts as a party trick, the company is releasing an independent audit of its privacy policies.<p>Uber tapped security-focused law firm Hogan Lovells to independently review its privacy practices. This audit is a …

Romney could have announced 2016 on any outlet on Earth. He chose Medium

Medium just had a moment. Former Republican nominee Mitt Romney just announced he would not be running for president in 2016 on the new writing platform of Twitter cofounder Ev Williams. With wild speculation consuming the press for days, Romney could have announced this decision on any news …

New Apple and IBM enterprise app delivers a lot of utility

Apple and IBM are planning on partnering on a dozen new enterprise apps this quarter, and 100 this year. The first of them, aimed at utility workers, will be announced next week.<p>VentureBeat has learned that the app, which the two huge corporations developed for a major U.S. utility company, was …

Apps

Without broadband under Title II, Verizon will get off scot-free for ‘supercookies’

Revelations this week that Verizon Wireless secretly used “supercookies” to track customers’ browsing habits underlines a less-talked about benefit of the FCC’s potential reclassification of broadband as a Title II public utility — consumer privacy protection.<p>With broadband defined as a Title I …

Net Neutrality

Want a new tech job in 2015? Here’s what to look for

If you asked your friends about their 2015 goals, I bet that a new job is on the list for most of them. For many professionals, the beginning of the year brings a new impetus to take stock of career goals, compensation, and satisfaction. Companies, too, are preparing for a major influx of new …

Tech Industry

The iPhone may be starting to steal Android’s lower-income customers

When I was working in Tajikistan, a desperately poor country, my driver had an iPhone. He’d saved extensively to afford it, and prized it as a status symbol. And when things got tight, he didn’t trade it for a cheaper, equivalent Android model — he traded it in for an older iPhone.<p>Apple has begun …

Mobile

The Pirate Bay is back online after almost two months

The Pirate Bay, widely known as the most popular file-sharing website on the planet, is back online after the longest outage it has ever experienced. Anyone visiting thepiratebay.se domain today will be welcomed with a functioning site, as if nothing had ever happened almost two months ago.<p>On …

Peer-to-peer

WhatsApp’s highly anticipated calling feature shows up for some users

There have been lots of reports that WhatsApp will roll out free voice calling to India in 2015. However, there’s been no confirmed timeline for when that might happen.<p>Late last night, images of WhatsApp’s new voice calling feature appeared on Reddit. It’s not clear how many people have access to …

Apps

Why some of tech’s greatest minds are still missing the Internet of Things picture

I did not attend the annual Consumer Electronics Show two weeks ago, but I eagerly read about the prototypes for new consumer gadgets and services that debuted there. From all accounts, the Internet of Things was a major theme of the show. Yet, to my dismay, the coverage I saw coming out of the …

Internet of Things

Building data science teams: The power of the technology stack

A factor that is frequently overlooked when setting up a data team is the selection of the technology stack. Often, this decision is delegated to the first hire in data science. Due to a lack of information about the right technologies, those in charge avoid making a decision. There is a case to be …

How to build a world-saving startup

Here’s a depressing fact — most startups fail. That’s not just for web startups, but all startup businesses of any kind.<p>If you’re a do-gooder, it’s even harder.<p>Social good startups have the odds stacked against them. Most companies focus specifically on the bottom line, but social good startups are …

Startups

Jeff Bezos’ brilliant advice for anyone running a business

If you want to build a successful, sustainable business, don’t ask yourself what could change in the next ten years that could affect your company.<p>Instead, ask yourself what <i>won’t</i> change, and then put all your energy and effort into those things.<p>That’s the advice of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, …

Customers

The Backed Pack: A universal remote control, a wearable stress detector, and a DSLR triggering system

<i>Each week, our friends at Backerjack bring us updates on some of the most successful gadget crowdfunding campaigns.</i><p>NEEO<p>Neeo (shown above) combines some of the best features of a mobile app-based smart home automation system with those of a universal remote control. It also adds a few features that …

Home Automation

This iPad Mini case does a magic trick — it ‘grows’ an actual keyboard

I never describe anything as magical, but this gadget might be the closest to it I’ve seen so far.<p>Tactus Technology, a company that announced $13.5 million in new funding last spring with strategic participation from original design manufacturer Wistron Corporation, is now taking preorders for its …

Coke ad injects the Internet with sugar, and Weight Watchers slams fast food

The two best ads of Super Bowl 2015 were strangely related. Both were about health and tech, in a way — two of our favorite topics these days. The ads appeared just minutes apart in the Super Bowl broadcast, and they played off each other in some weird ways.<p>Coke’s ‘Make it Happy’ ad<p>One ad sent the …

Weight Watchers

Accenture unveils its vision for five big tech trends in 2015

Global consulting company Accenture offers a lot of advice to its customers about important business trends, so the company has to stay up to speed on technology. And that’s why it’s revealing its five big tech trends for 2015.<p>The Accenture Technology Vision 2015 says that every business is now a …

Internet of Things

Raspberry Pi 2 gets 6X more processing power, 2X more memory in same credit card-size $35 package

The Raspberry Pi Foundation unveiled the second version of its single-board computer for hardware hobbyists. The Raspberry Pi 2 will have six times the processing power of the original and twice the amount of main memory, but it will still cost just $35 and come in the same credit card-size …