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Google Glass User Detained By Feds Talks About Ordeal

While some businesses are banning the high-tech wearable device Google Glass, a theatre owner in Columbus, Ohio, saw enough of a threat to call the Department of Homeland Security. The manager called in unnamed Homeland Security agents to remove a Balkan programmer who was wearing Google Glass …

Report: EA Paying YouTube Content Creators For Positive Video Game Coverage [Updated With EA Comments]

Fresh on the heels of news that Microsoft and Machinima were paying YouTubers to promote Xbox One games comes yet another report, this time via images posted on NeoGAF, that EA (Electronic Arts) is conducting a similar promotional campaign for its roster of next-gen titles.<p>Unlike a traditional ad …

Microsoft’s CEO hunt lingers over earnings report

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Microsoft Corp. is scheduled to deliver its fiscal second-quarter results after the close of trading Thursday, and the …

Facebook will lose 80% of users by 2017, say Princeton researchers

Facebook has spread like an infectious disease but we are slowly becoming immune to its attractions, and the platform will be largely abandoned by 2017, say researchers at Princeton University (pdf).<p>The forecast of Facebook's impending doom was made by comparing the growth curve of epidemics to …

Judge voids two Samsung claims before Apple patent trial even starts

A US judge has just awarded Apple two summary pre-trial judgments, significantly reducing Samsung's chances of prevailing in the second patent clash between the two tech giants. Judge Lucy Koh invalidated a Samsung multimedia-synchronization patent and determined that the Korean company breached an …

Yahoo search gets safer with automatic encryption

Just as Marissa Mayer promised, Yahoo has started plugging security holes ahead of its self-imposed Q1 2014 deadline. From now on, all of your searches done via the internet giant's home page will be automatically routed through a secure server. However, this appears to only be in place for the US …

eBay Inc Reveals Activist Investor Carl Icahn Wants To Spinoff PayPal

eBay Inc. has released its earnings result for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013. Among the most interesting news, activist investor Carl Icahn has submitted notice that he has nominated two of his employees to eBay’s Board of Directors as part of a proposal he has to spinoff PayPal as a …

Microsoft offers overseas data storage in response to NSA concerns

Today, Microsoft announced an unpredecented response to concerns of NSA data access, offering customers in foreign countries the option of having their data stored outside US borders. According to a <i>Financial Times</i> report, the company decided to launch the program after discovering the NSA was using …

Google loses case to patent troll seeking $125 million in damages

Google has been hit by a patent troll. A company that's gone after Apple, Microsoft, Motorola, and Samsung — among other tech companies — has proven in court that Android's push notification services infringe on one of its patents, and it's now seeking damages of $125 million or more. The infringed …

eBay turns in strong 4Q, rebuffs Icahn's PayPal spinoff plan

E-commerce company not enamored of the activist investor's suggestion of spinning off the online payments provider.<p>eBay's fourth-quarter earnings were better than expected, courtesy of mobile volume, PayPal, and solid marketplace results, but the company's outlook for the first quarter was light. …

Investing

TiVo Has Laid Off All But Two Hardware Engineers [Report]

Earlier today, a Wired report noted that the company has laid off five of its hardware engineers. According to Wired's sources within the company, TiVo is effectively abandoning the hardware business. (A company spokesperson later denied that was the case to Harry McCracken at Time.)<p>The report also …

Google Says It Has No Current Plans Regarding Bitcoin

A popular Reddit submission today suggested Google’s payment team was looking to incorporate Bitcoin, naturally sparking a lot of excitement in the virtual currency community. We reached out to Google regarding the claim and learned that it was indeed false.<p>“As we continue to work on Google Wallet, …

My dream smartwatch: Building a perfect wearable gadget from the best bits so far

There's no perfect piece of wearable tech, and everything out there has problems. But here's what I like from what I've seen in 2013 and gotten a peek at in early 2014.<p>Wearable tech has a single large challenge: it's wearable. Many people don't want to wear their gadgets, and if they do, they want …

Wearable Tech

No, the Chinese internet did not somehow get re-routed to a small house in Wyoming

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>If you were reading some of the major tech-news sites on Wednesday — including the <i>New York Times</i> and <i>Washington Post</i> tech blogs …

Sony Alpha ILCE-7R (A7R) review: A compact full-frame ILC that delivers on photos - CNET

<b>The Good</b> <b>Sony Alpha ILCE-7R</b> delivers some of the best image quality we've seen for under $3,000 in a great shooting design and feature set.<p><b>The Bad</b> Disappointing autofocus speed and battery life mar an otherwise lovely camera.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> As long as you don't need fast autofocus or great burst …

Cameras

iPhone 5s Owners Gobbling “Unprecedented” Levels Of Data, Study Finds

Users of flagship smartphones such as Apple’s iPhone 5s and Samsung’s Galaxy S4 are continuing to suck down more data than their tablet-wielding counterparts, according to a large-scale survey of mobile data consumption in 2013 conducted by JDSU (which last year bought mobile data analytics company …

Here Are 24 Countries Where Windows Phone Outsells The iPhone (And Why It Does)

Statistics may say Windows 8 is a flop but, contrary to popular opinion, Windows Phone is far from down and out in the battle for our mobile affections. In fact in many parts of the world sales are rocketing past the iPhone.<p>This month Microsoft broke these areas down country by country and …

Netflix Speaks Out On Net Neutrality

After a week of silence, Netflix finally spoke up on the issue of net neutrality during on earnings call on Wednesday.<p>While calling the end of net neutrality a possible "draconian scenario," Netflix is hopeful public pressure will prevent Internet service providers from charging either customers or …

Coder defeats Snapchat's anti-bot system in less than an hour

Apparently, Snapchat's spot-the-ghost human verification tool isn't all <i>that</i> clever -- Steven Hickson has already written software that circumvents the anti-bot feature. His technique simply finds the best matches between Snapchat's sample pictures and a reference image. It's not flawless, but it's …

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Tesla Goes For Aggressive Pricing In China, Calls It 'The Right Thing'

Tesla has announced pricing for its Model S sedan in China and in a surprise has decided to match its U.S. price, with one caveat. The large-battery version of the car — which appears to be the only one headed for China — will start at 734,000 yuan, or around $121,000. The entirety of that $40,000 …

Facebook's targeted ads set to appear in apps other than Facebook

If you've ever been creeped out by those eerily targeted ads on Facebook, get ready for more of the same in <i>other</i> mobile apps as well. The popular social network has announced today that it's testing a new ads platform with a select few advertisers and partners that will push those ads beyond …

Google Glass And This CBS Affiliate Just Scored The First Super Bowl Touchdown

It seems that Google Glass has scored big at the upcoming Super Bowl. It was revealed today that CBS will be using Google Glass to add one more view to the TV screens of over 100 million network TV viewers.<p>We’ve seen Glass in a variety of settings–from a hospital operating rooms to sky diving. But …

Sony forms genome analysis company in move towards personalized medicine

Sony is forming a new company to focus on genome research with a view towards realizing personalized medicine and healthcare. The venture, currently called P5 Inc, is a collaboration with M3, a medical company in which Sony is the majority stakeholder, and Illumina, a US-based manufacturer of …

GoEuro scores big Lakestar investment as it exits beta and readies for expansion

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Greg O'Beirne (Creative Commons licence)<p>GoEuro, a Berlin startup that offers travel comparison services across a range …

Google's Next Big Battle: A Conversation With Ad Chief Susan Wojcicki

Straightforward and unflashy, Susan Wojcicki doesn’t come off like the most powerful woman in advertising that Forbes and others have labeled her. When we meet outside her office at the Googleplex in Mountain View, she’s dressed in jeans and a simple maroon top and speaks with an almost …

South Korea Reveals Plans for 5G

4G and even LTE-Advanced seem so last generation now that South Korea has revealed plans to build a 5G network. According to Yonhap News, the country’s communications technology ministry will put in 1.6 trillion won ($1.5 billion) and work with local firms through 2020.<p>The 5G network is expected to …

Netflix shares to open higher after strong customer additions forecast | Reuters

(Reuters) - Netflix Inc’s shares were set to open 18 percent higher on Thursday, after the world’s largest video streaming company said it expected customer additions in the U.S. to remain strong, prompting at least six brokerages to raise their price targets on the stock by as much as $55.<p>Netflix …

Independent federal review board calls for NSA to end 'illegal' phone call data collection

Following up on what we've learned about the NSA's various spying activities over the last year, the aptly-named Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is apparently ready to issue a report on the mess. Established in 2004 (but only fully operational since November) within the executive branch …