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Escape from PRISM: how Twitter defies government data-sharing

The company has a reputation for fighting back against government information requests. But how long can it hold out?<p>When the list of prominent internet companies participating in a semi-secret government surveillance program called PRISM leaked, most of the world’s massive tech firms were not on …

A Look Back On Symbian On The Eve Of Its Demise

This summer the veteran Symbian platform, which started life back when handhelds weren’t phones but PDAs, will quietly pass into development history. Or at least its primary supporter over the years — Nokia — will cease producing any new handsets running the OS (or so says the FT). Unsurprisingly …

Smile! Hackers Can Silently Access Your Webcam Right Through The Browser (Again)

You know those people who put tape over their laptop’s webcam to keep digital peeping toms at bay? They’re not crazy.<p>A new proof of concept is making the rounds today that demonstrates how a hacker can snap pics off your webcam, right through the browser, with no consent required.<p>Well, technically, …

Music licensing group BMI sues Pandora, deems radio station purchase a 'stunt'

Music licensors didn't waste any time in characterizing Pandora's acquisition of an FM radio station as an underhanded attempt to cheat performers out of royalties, but the rhetoric has now hit the courtroom, as Broadcast Music Inc. has filed a lawsuit against the streaming service in the New York …

Facebook to kill off Sponsored Results, streamline its advertising efforts

Facebook ads are about to become a <i>tiny</i> bit less obtrusive: the social network just announced that it will stop showing Sponsored Results this July. These ads have appeared alongside brands, groups and more in searches since August of last year, but Facebook made the decision to cut the program …

Yahoo reportedly fought court order before joining PRISM

The Web company was the unidentified petitioner challenging an order to help the U.S. government spy on foreign users, sources tell The New York Times.<p>Yahoo reportedly challenged a U.S. government order to help it spy on foreign users before ultimately failing and becoming part of the PRISM, the …

Surveillance

Pandora buys FM radio station in a wily move to fight music labels

You might think that the biggest threat to Pandora right now is the just-announced iRadio, but Apple's upcoming music service isn't nearly as dangerous to Pandora's bottom line as record companies are. Pandora has been caught in a long and protracted battle to ensure that it can continue to get …

What Android Has That iOS Has Not (Yet)

Android is open and customizable. iOS is closed, designed for ease. But iPhone users are maturing, demanding more personalization, and Apple might give it to them at WWDC. At D11, Tim Cook said “I think you will see us open up more in the future, but not to the degree that we put the customer at …

'Quit Google, Facebook' suggests tech expert as surveillance scandal deepens

A best-selling author and technology expert has said that web users should boycott internet giants like Google and Facebook if it is confirmed they …

Android Lost helps you recover your lost phone or wipe data from it

Android Lost is an easy to use app which allows you to find your phone or to remove sensitive data from it in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.<p>The app is easy to use, and the web interface provides a lot of useful features, without much of a learning process necessary. Of …

Android News

What role did Google’s Play Store play in Viber’s Saudi Arabian blockage?

Advertisement<p>15 Comments<p>Last week it emerged that the Skype(S msft) and WhatsApp rival Viber had found its service blocked in Saudi Arabia because it …

iPhone 4 sales could be blocked in US after Samsung 3G patent victory

Samsung has won a surprise victory in a patent battle with Apple that could see the iPhone 4 and 3G-capable iPad 2 banned from sale in the US.<p>The …

JamStar Is A Cool Free App That Teaches You To Play The Guitar

I’ve seen plenty of guitar apps in my lifetime – enough for two lifetimes, in fact – but JamStar, an app by an Israeli programming house, has almost won my heart.<p>The premise is simple – you tune your guitar and then play notes or chords. The app (which runs on a phone or your browser) senses your …

Facebook's *Ping* Noise Has 4 Notes: F, A, C, and E

The man behind Facebook's audio explains how it was created.<p>You know that little ring on Facebook that sounds off when you get an incoming call? Here, it sounds like this:<p>Well, that's not an off-the-shelf sound effect. It is the <i>Facebook</i> ping, and it was very well considered.<p>We know this because …

Facebook verifying celebrities, journalists, and brands

Just like Twitter, Facebook starts signaling authentic public-figure Pages and accounts with a little blue check mark.<p>Facebook said Wednesday that it has begun to verify the Facebook Pages and profiles of public figures.<p>"Today we're launching verified Pages to help people find the authentic …

Celebrity Gossip

Twitter for iOS and Android updated with tweet preview, easier photo sharing

There doesn't seem to be much broken that needs fixing on Twitter for iOS or Android, for that matter. Which is why the latest update to hit the App Store and Google Play deals mostly in minor UI tweaks. Now, Twitaholics that bump up the Twitter app on both mobile platforms will enjoy a cleaner …

Facebook’s stock is dropping because Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t sound enough like Jeff Bezos

Facebook’s stock price is at a six month low, and it’s all Mark Zuckerberg’s fault—just not in the way you think. Let’s start with the usual sell signals: missed targets, bad management, dodgy acquisitions. For Facebook, none of those apply. And as for Facebook’s last quarter, the company managed …

Mark Zuckerberg

With new Android app, language-learning startup Duolingo looks to double users

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Android(s GOOG) users with aspirations of learning another language have a new app to check out. About six months after …

How one Irish woman made $22bn for Apple in a year

Cathy Kearney, an accountant in the Irish city of Cork, appears to live a fairly modest home life. A graduate of the local university, her home for …

Google Admits It Spams The Hell Out Of You In New Gmail Commercial

Got so many Google+, YouTube, Google Offers, and Zagat emails you want to scream? Google’s got you covered. No, it’s not sending you less spam. It’s organizing your spam into tabs! Google’s blatant attempt to cross-promote its bevy of services in the video for the quite possibly awesome new Gmail …

Google Apps Admins Finally Get An Android App To Manage Their Users, Services And Devices On The Go

Google has continuously made its Google Apps Admin Console for IT professionals who manage large Google Apps for Business, Education and Government deployments more powerful. But one thing it never offered these administrators was a mobile app to manage at least a subset of the Admin console’s …

Facebookers, beware: That silly update can cost you a job

Study shows that companies have rejected 1 in 10 people between ages 16 and 34 because of something the person shared on social media.<p>Little did Ashley Payne know that the festive photo of her holding both a pint of beer and a glass of red wine would lead to her losing her high school teaching …

Employment

Server Sales Are Down As Cloud Apps Abound At The Expense Of IBM, Enterprise Giants

Gartner Research reports worldwide server sales are down 5 percent for the first quarter of the year, with IBM, HP and other members of the top five taking the biggest hit. Server shipments declined 0.7 percent.<p>But the drop in server sales is not at all surprising. Cloud apps are popping up by the …

Report: Apple picks Pegatron to build low-cost iPhone, not longtime partner Foxconn

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> is reporting that Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, which has been Apple’s biggest and most important …

Apple says it only makes one phone because the iPhone is already perfect

In its current state, the iPhone is Apple’s diligent attempt to create the Platonic ideal of smartphones, says mobile analyst Horace Dediu. This was Dediu’s observation regarding a question asked of Tim Cook: why does Apple only make one model of smartphone, as opposed to competitors like Samsung, …

Batteries

Pinterest review: A must-have app for avid pinners - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Pinterest mobile app</b> looks and feels just like its Web site, which makes pinning and browsing on the go a breeze.<p><b>The Bad</b> Cannot change cover photos for boards. Pinch-to-zoom on photos would be nice.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> The near-perfect Pinterest mobile app rocks at just about all of your …

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