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Telegram Hits 35M Monthly Users, 15M Daily With 8B Messages Received Over 30 Days

Telegram, the mobile messaging app that offers secure communications created by VK.com co-founders Nikolai and Pavel Durov, today announced a new milestone in its traction, which has increased considerably since Facebook acquired rival WhatsApp: The app hit 35 million users, and TechCrunch has …

Justice Department lands first ever convictions against mobile-app pirates

Two men accused of operating a popular Android piracy website have pleaded guilty to charges filed by the Department of Justice. This marks the first time the DOJ has secured convictions for the distribution of counterfeit mobile apps. Earlier today, Nicholas Anthony Narbone entered a guilty plea …

What Project Ara and modular phones could mean for the future of mobile customer service

When we first heard about modular phone projects like PhoneBloks, initially mobile tech publications like <i>Android Authority</i>, industry experts and even tech enthusiasts were skeptical about whether such a concept could ever be anything more than just a pipe-dream.<p>Although a smartphone that can have …

Google Glass getting more style from Oakley, Ray-Ban, Luxottica

There should be little reason left to doubt Google's intentions to finally bring Glass forth as a regular consumer product. On Monday, a post on the Glass Google+ page announced a partnership with the massive Luxottica Group (owner of Ray-Ban, Oakley, Vogue Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples, Alain …

Only One of Two Larger iPhone 6 Models Likely, According to Analyst

Apple may only launch one of two larger size iPhones this fall, according to UBS analyst Steve Milunovich. <i>Barron's</i> relays the research note, which is based on Milunovich's "checks" of the supply chain.<p>iPhone 6 rumors have repeatedly suggested that Apple is working on two new sizes for the iPhone. …

'Apple TV Air' Concept Imagines a Simple HDMI Dongle

With rumors of a revamped Apple TV circulating over the past few months, German magazine <i>Curved</i> has been exploring some concepts to help get discussion rolling, beginning earlier this month with a new box similar to the current one but with styling similar to Apple's latest iOS devices and with a …

Apple to Move Production of iPhone Batteries to Automated Lines

Apple is set to begin producing all iPhone batteries on automated production lines starting later this year, according to a report from <i>DigiTimes</i>. The move is being done to reduce manpower demand and to allow the company to shift its supply chain resources towards production efforts on other …

AOL On Launches in the UK

AOL has launched its on-demand video platform, AOL ON, for UK audiences.<p>In a nutshell, ‘On’ brings all the company’s premium video content together under one digital roof, and features a mix of curated and original content. Though it was originally aimed at US audiences only, it has been catering …

HP’s new ink-based enterprise printers are twice the speed and half the cost of laser printers

Hewlett-Packard is introducing several new ink-based enterprise printers that can operate at twice the speed and half the cost of laser printers. These are the big commercial printing machines that keep a whole department humming.<p>“It’s an evolution of a technology that we keep moving upward in the …

Google releases new Chromecast photo collage app

Google has launched a playful new app for Chromecast that lets a group of people create and draw on a collage of photos displayed on a TV. The app is called Photowall, and though it requires an iOS device to get started right now, anyone with a smartphone or a tablet can join in once it's going. …

Tumblr Gets More Secure With Addition Of Two-Factor Authentication

Tumblr today added a very important security feature to its service, with the addition of two-factor authentication – an option available within the blogging service’s “Settings” section as of now. The move sees Tumblr at last joining the ranks of other top tech companies, including Facebook, …

Mozilla Appoints JavaScript Creator Brendan Eich As Its New CEO

Last April, Mozilla announced that Gary Kovacs was stepping down as the organization’s CEO and that it would start looking for a replacement. At the time, Jay Sullivan took over as acting CEO in the midst of a number of leadership changes at Mozilla. Today, after almost a year of looking for a new …

Twitter changes tune, pulls #Music app from Apple App Store

Starting Today, Find NPR Shows And Newscasts On iTunes Radio

You'll have one more place to find public radio content starting Monday: Anywhere you can play iTunes, you'll find NPR.<p>Digital streams of <i>Morning Edition</i>, <i>All Things Considered</i> and hourly newscasts will be available on a new 24-hour streaming NPR station on iTunes Radio.<p>"What you hear today is just …

Samsung says 8-core chip Chromebook 2 should boost performance by 125 percent

The Samsung Chromebook 2 laptops aren’t yet available for purchase, but Samsung is starting to tout the new devices in order to build buzz. The …

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FORTUNE — Despite excitement from the business world, consumers aren’t keen on the latest innovations in retail advertising. A whole new category of technology has sprung up to serve “omnichannel” retailers, who combine online analytics with brick-and-mortar sales. They do that by connecting to a …

Android Upgrades Open A Backdoor To Malware, Researchers Show

Updating software is to malware as flossing is to gingivitis: a basic practice meant to minimize the risk of infection. But a team of researchers has found that for Google's Android platform, operating system upgrades can also serve as a stealthy new method for malware to sneak its tricks past …

Apple Working on Spotify-Like Service and iTunes Android App, Report Says

Apple may have revolutionized the music business with iTunes, but in the face of users' changing music-consumption habits — namely the rise of …

Jony Ive 'Is A Much More Controversial Figure' Inside Apple Than People Realize, Says Apple Author

No matter what you want to believe about Apple, there is no denying that Jobs was the keystone that held Apple together. It was his vision for what consumers would want that led the company's success for 14 years.<p>With Jobs gone, Apple needed someone to fill the void. But Jobs' talents were so …

Time Warner Cable says 'me too,' issues first transparency report

Not to be outdone by its competitors (or future owner), Time Warner Cable has released a transparency report of its own. From January to June last year, the telco obeyed some 12,000 information requests from the government that break down as such. Of the legal requests, 82 percent were for …

Turkey asks YouTube to remove videos accusing government of corruption, Google declines

The Turkish government sent requests to YouTube for the removal of specific videos that it deemed critical of government officials, according to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>. Google refused to comply with the request, saying that there was no legal basis for the removal of the videos.<p>The move by the …

White House testing LG and Samsung smartphones, considering BlackBerry replacement (update)

It's been a rough few years for BlackBerry, but America's highest office remains a dedicated customer -- for at least a few more months. According to a Defense Department spokesman quoted in the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, the White House is currently testing smartphone replacements from other …

Court Case Reveals Businesses' Freedom to Snoop on Customers

In the course of investigating an employee it suspected of stealing trade secrets, Microsoft examined a customer's emails and instant messages.<p>A federal court case filed in Seattle this week revealed Microsoft searched a customer's private email and instant messaging accounts to get evidence that a …

Google hopes to debunk 10 Glass myths

Not everything you’ve heard about Google Glass is true, according to a Google+ post from the company.<p>The Mountain View-based tech giant highlighted some common urban myths — “A tooth placed in soda will dissolve in 24 hours” — before tackling 10 inaccurate beliefs about its smart glasses. The …

Microsoft just exposed email's ugliest secret

Email is more broken than you think<p>If you're hiding something from Microsoft, you'd better not put it on Hotmail.<p>It came out yesterday that the company had read through a user's inbox as part of an internal leak investigation. Microsoft has spent today in damage-control mode, changing its internal …

Obama summons tech CEOs to White House for another NSA discussion

President Obama will meet with the chief executives of several major tech companies later today. <i>Politico</i> reports that the discussion will revolve around privacy and intelligence gathering — much like the first private roundtable Obama coordinated with Silicon Valley's leaders in December. In that …

Artificial Intelligence startup Vicarious grabs $40M from Zuckerberg, Musk, Kutcher, & others

Vicarious, a company that produces artificial-intelligence technology, has closed a fresh $40 million round of funding today that includes a handful of notable investors like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Tesla founder Elon Musk, and actor/investor Ashton Kutcher.<p>Vicarious’ tech focuses on …

Report: Apple considering iTunes Store for Android & on-demand streaming service

According to a new report from <i>Billboard</i>, Apple is considering launching an iTunes Store app on the Android platform to combat declining music sales on the digital platform. The report also says that Apple execs are in talks with high level label executives to discuss debuting an on-demand streaming …

BlackBerry to sell off 3M square feet of space in Canada

BlackBerry's quest for cash has been bolstered by a real estate sale.<p>The embattled smartphone maker announced on Friday that it has agreed to sell over 3 million square feet of space, as well as vacant land, across its home turf of Canada. BlackBerry will lease back some of the space, but didn't …