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Motorola to make Nexus smartphone; Asus set for tablet, reports say

Google's next Nexus smartphone and large-sized tablet will reportedly be made by Motorola and Asus, respectively.<p>Google is expected to release new versions of its Nexus devices later this year, just as it did in 2012, but reports this week indicate the Mountain View, Calif., company will be …

Apple wins U.S. ban on older Samsung devices in mixed ruling

The U.S. International Trade Commission has sided with Apple in a decision to ban some of Samsung's phones in the U.S.<p>In a mixed ruling Friday, the ITC said some of Samsung's older devices infringe on two of Apple's patents, while finding no violations in four other patents.<p>The ruling is final, and …

Obama touts NSA surveillance reforms to quell growing unease over programs

Barack Obama announced the first public review of US surveillance programs since 9/11 on Friday, in what amounts to the president's first concession that the mounting public concern in response to disclosures by whistleblower Edward Snowden justifies reform.<p>After weeks in which the Obama and senior …

Obama As Zinger-In-Chief

Obama had fun at the mics Friday.<p>WASHINGTON — President Obama dad-joked his way through a press conference Friday, using the rimshot to punctuate tough talk for Russia, Edward Snowden, Benghazi critics, and Congressional Republicans before leaving town on his way to weeklong vacation.<p>Some of the …

Republicans have no clue how businesses work

<b>Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. (AP/Jonathan Ernst/David J. Phillip)</b><p>Entrepreneurs need demand for their product and a suitable safety net if they fail. Which party stands for those?<p>Sean McElwee<p>August 9, 2013 3:52pm (UTC)<p>The Republican Party has alienated many groups with its …

Somewhere in Russia, Edward Snowden Is Smiling

President Obama couldn’t say it — he denied it repeatedly in fact — but Edward Snowden was very much the reason he felt compelled to stand before the …

The General Who Accepted Golden Pens

There are fair hits, and there are unfair hits. In this case, I'm going to come down on the "fair" side. But that will take a bit of explaining.<p>Our generals, and there are a lot of them, are mostly pretty good. A few of them are fecking brilliant. A few of them are also less than what they should …

Digital Seen Surpassing TV In Capturing Our Time

It's finally happening, folks. This year, the average time Americans spend with digital media each day will surpass traditional TV viewing time. That's according to eMarketer's latest estimate of media consumption among adults.<p>The average adult will spend more than five hours per day online and on …

Select eBooks starting at $1 from the Amazon Kindle Store

Amazon Local has a free voucher which affords you the opportunity to buy select eBooks for just $1 each. Titles include: Option to Kill (The Nathan McBride Series) by Andrew Peterson, Perfect on Paper: The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson by Maria Murnane, and many more. In order to qualify for …

Now Microsoft Lowers Price on Surface Pro Too

Following its big recent price cuts on the Surface RT tablet line, Microsoft has now dropped the price for its Surface Pro tablets by $100.<p>As The Verge reports, Microsoft has confirmed that customers in 5 countries – the US, Canada, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan – will pay $100 less for the Surface …

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FBI pressures Internet providers to install surveillance software

The U.S. government is quietly pressuring telecommunications providers to install eavesdropping technology deep inside companies' internal networks to facilitate surveillance efforts.<p>FBI officials have been sparring with carriers, a process that has on occasion included threats of contempt of …

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Motorola unveils Moto X with 2,000 variations, including wood cover

After teasing it for weeks, Motorola finally unveiled its American-manufactured, customizable smartphone: the Moto X.<p>The Google-owned company said users will be able to customize a number of the parts on the Moto X, including various colors and materials such as wood. In total, more than 2,000 …

Who's offering developers cash to secretly promote Samsung?

An Android developer claims a Korean PR agency representing Samsung offered him $500 to mention the company's upcoming developer competition on the community Stack Overflow. In a blog post, Delyan Kratunov details a back-and-forth between himself and marketer John Yoon, the CCO for viral marketing …

Colombia & Venezuela get Telefonica Firefox OS phones today

Today marks the first day of sales in Latin America for two Telefonica-powered phones running Firefox OS.<p>Firefox OS is Mozilla’s web-based operating system. Much like Chrome OS, it favors a web app ecosystem rather than downloaded apps from a single marketplace.<p>So far, the OS has been the subject …