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Senator McCaskill grills FAA chief over 'arbitrary' electronic device restrictions

Senator Claire McCaskill (D, MO) has long spearheaded a campaign against the Federal Aviation Administration's rules banning the use of portable electronic devices on consumer aircraft, and in a Congressional hearing held last week, McCaskill stepped up her rhetoric. As the senator questioned (but …

Windows 8.1 set to bring back the Start button

Microsoft is preparing to revive the traditional Start button it killed with Windows 8. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to <i>The Verge</i> that Windows 8.1 will include the return of the Start button. We understand that the button will act as a method to simply access the Start …

RIP Mike Culbert, iOS And Newton Pioneer

We’ve received direct word and noted on Twitter that that Mike Culbert, a longtime Apple hardware engineer, has passed away after battling cancer. According to his friends, he was a “brilliant engineer, a wonderful human being.” He will be missed.<p>We’ve received direct word and noted on Twitter that …

Your Privacy Is Our Priority: Microsoft Launches New Online Privacy Awareness Campaign

With “Don’t Get Scroogled,” Microsoft went for shock and awe in its fight against Google by arguing that the search giant can’t be trusted with your personal information. Today, Microsoft is launching a far more restrained campaign: an online safety and security resource center, a privacy quiz and …

Seven Questions for Workday CEO and Greylock Partner Aneel Bhusri

Aneel Bhusri<p>Few people in Silicon Valley wear as many hats as Aneel Bhusri. Currently known primarily for his role as co-CEO of Workday, the …

Another Win For Flat Design As Facebook Gives Its F Logo & Other Icons A Flatter, Cleaner Look

Facebook has given its main “f” logo icon a makeover, flattening the design by removing the pale blue bar along the bottom, which gave the icon a reflective sheen/slight 3D effect, as well as moving the position of the f so it now bleeds right off the bottom. The overall effect is a simplified, …

How To Build A Political Social Network That Actually Works

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Lucas Dailey is a UX designer and chief innovation officer at political social network MyMaryland.net.</i> <i>You can follow Lucas on Twitter @lucasdailey.</i><p>My political social network startup died last year, and I eulogized it in a public post-mortem here on TechCrunch. The experience (and the …

Hey Apple, What The Next iPhone Really, Really Needs Is A Much Better Keyboard

What the next iPhone really <i>really</i> needs is not an even bigger screen, flatter icons, flexible widgets or live tiles, or even crystal-ball-gazing cards. Or Facebook Home. That list is just garnish compared to the biggie: the iPhone needs a better keyboard. The iOS keyboard remains the most offensive …