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It’s time Google came to grips with how it enables the surveillance state

Google portrays itself as the sort of responsible internet giant that pushes back against intrusive federal requests for user data and is not a collaborator in the US government’s program to eavesdrop on the internet traffic of pretty much the entire world. But merely by providing ever more ways to …

Biology Shows Us How To Prevent Hackers From Stealing Data

Given that digital information is more central than ever, it's worrisome that the history of data security is littered with failure.<p>Organizations seeking to be better prepared for and more resilient in response to information threats may want to draw on a far larger and older source of lessons on …

Immune System

Snapchat close to raising as much as $100 million at a jaw-dropping valuation

That quality possessed by some which draws all others with its magnetic force. With ‘It’ you win all men if you are a woman and all women if you are …

Debunking the iPhone throttling myth

There’s a lot of hubbub brewing around a blog post from iTweakiOS (since removed) that claims AT&T(s t), Verizon Wireless(s vz)(s vod), and Sprint(s …

Facebook unveils Presto engine for querying 250 PB data warehouse

At a conference for developers at Facebook (s fb) headquarters on Thursday, engineers working for the social networking giant revealed that it’s …

Art of the Snapbrag: the social alchemy behind Snapchat's success

The audience is the message behind today's hottest chat app<p>Tech prognosticators, myself included, love to wax poetic on the virtues of "ephemeral" media — short-lived photos and videos that exist opposite our obsession with permanent digital self-documentation. In a world where we’re eager to …

Boot up: Bing translates, the Bush-Obama spying, iOS7 concept, and more

A burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team<p>Privacy? Screw that. Turn the tables! >> Data Dealer<p>Become a data dealer and …

eBay brings giant touchscreens to New York City storefronts, shop from the street with one-hour delivery

eBay is launching "Shoppable Windows" that will let people buy products and have them delivered within an hour, according to Retuers. The windows are actually giant interactive touchscreens measuring around 9 feet by 2 feet, and will be installed in the street-facing windows of a number of New York …

Thalmic Labs nabs $14.5M for wearable device that unleashes your inner Jedi

Thalmic Labs has built technology that gives regular people super powers– or at least makes them feel that way.<p>The startup has secured $14.5 million of venture capital to accelerate development of MYO– an armband that wirelessly controls your computer, phone, and other digital devices. The wearable …

Amazon and eBay just started a battle for the last major e-commerce frontier

In the past 24 hours, India’s incredibly weird e-commerce market got not one but two votes of confidence. Yesterday eBay said it will enter into a partnership with Snapdeal, an online marketplace in which it is already a big investor. The new deal will see eBay gain access to Snapdeal’s 18 million …

eCommerce

Boxer App Has Some More Ideas About Fixing Mobile Email

Boxer, a new iPhone app for managing email, launches today, with some tweaks that may appeal to some — and to others may seem like just more …

Apps

Mailbox-Rival Taskbox Rebrands as Boxer

While Mailbox has become something of a poster child for what a mobile email client <i>should</i> look like, Taskbox has been offering a fairly powerful hybrid email/to-do list app for more than six months already. Though it was more than a little buggy during its initial open beta phase, Taskbox finally …

Keen On… Stephen Wolfram: Confessions Of The Most Quantified Person On The Planet

Stephen Wolfram, the founder and CEO of the software company Wolfram Research, may well be the smartest and most interesting guy in tech. A PhD in theoretical physics from Caltech at the age of 20, the youngest ever recipient of the MacArthur “genius” fellowship, the inventor of both Mathematica …

New Android Alarm Clock App Warmly Wants To Wake You Up Right

Generally we seem content to be rudely shocked out of sleep, with alarms that blare at us and beep violently, rendering continued sleep impossible. New Android app Warmly, from the Seattle-based Chaos Collective, thinks it might be better if an app wakes you up with gradually mounting sounds that …

Image of 'Flat' Redesign From Early iOS 7 Build Reportedly Leaks

It's been reported for several months that Jony Ive is overseeing a redesign of the user interface in iOS 7, removing signs of skeuomorphism and gloss in favor of a 'flat design'.<p><i>iDownloadBlog</i> has posted what may be the new home screen in iOS 7. While the authenticity of poor-quality photo can not …

If Steve Jobs applied for a job at Apple today, there’s no chance in hell he’d get hired

Not political. Collaborators. People who really don’t care who gets credit. Those are the type of people that Apple looks for in new employees, Apple CEO Tim Cook said recently.<p>In other words, if Steve Jobs was applying for a job at Apple today, he’d probably get shown the door …

What makes Instagram such a steal for Facebook

When Facebook decided that it would spend a billion dollars (though in reality it turned out to be $715 million) to buy Instagram, a San …

This Virtual Reality Treadmill Could Be The 'Holy Grail' Of Video Game Controllers

The omni-directional treadmill will allow gamers to literally "get off the couch" and walk/sprint around games' environments, utilizing a bowl-shaped, low-friction surface and matching shoes. The Omni is set to launch its Kickstarter crowdfunding page on Tuesday, with a promised endorsement from …

Virtual Reality

Asus unveils VivoMouse, 'world's first' mouse and touchpad combination for Windows 8

Asus is launching its latest PC peripheral today: VivoMouse. The name makes it sound like an ordinary wireless mouse, but this particular device features a desktop touchpad with multi-touch support. It closely resembles the look of Motorola's Aura handset, with a metallic body and curved shapes. …

This crafty 4-month-old startup helps you never lose your keys (or kid) again

Losing your keys is awful. It’s probably happened to you at least once in your life, and I bet it frustrated the hell out of you.<p>Four-month-old Moscow-based startup Bunch wants to make it so you never lose you keys again, with a mix of custom hardware and an iOS app. You set a certain distance …

Cheaper iPhone could, paradoxically, increase Apple’s margins

While the markets may worry about the effect of cheaper products on Apple’s still-enviable margins, those concerns may be misplaced in the case of a low-cost iPhone, reports <i>Fortune.</i><p>Not to fear, writes Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty in a note to clients Monday. According to her calculations, a …

A Nexus GPS Would Be Google's iPhone Moment

The consumer GPS industry is an archaic wasteland. Outside of your own cellphone, using in-car navigation either with an external or internal device is a nightmare. My Volvo S60′s in-car navigation is clunky and laggy like a Kindle. Even the most elegant of GPSes have sluggish interfaces that are …

Bell Labs creates a lensless camera that's always in focus

One day, cameras may be able to capture less data but produce images that look just as good as a traditional photo. Bell Labs is the latest to attempt such a feat, and it's doing so while eschewing another major camera standby, the lens. The laboratory has developed a single-pixel camera that only …

Updated Color Palette and Logo

(Left: New look. Right: Old Logo). Jon Wiley and his team updated the look and feel of Google's logo (May 2010).

LinkedIn Upgrades “Who’s Viewed Your Profile” Section With New Look, Better Analytics

LinkedIn has been busy upgrading pieces to its business social network in recent weeks, with updates to its contacts, the release of a new mobile contacts app for iPhone, revamped user profiles, the addition of channels to its news site LinkedIn Today and, most recently, added security via two-step …

Amazon Web Services speeds can vary by up to 200X depending on region

Australia is slow, Singapore is fast, and Europe to Oregon is twice as fast as Europe to California.<p>Increasingly, we rely on “the cloud” to deliver web services. But the cloud is not one amorphous thing, and the cloud is not all equal. As every developer knows, what we generically call the cloud …

Chrome 27 for iOS is Out: Voice Search, Faster Page Reloads

Almost two weeks after releasing Chrome 27 on the desktop and Chrome 27 for Android, Google today announced the release of Chrome 27 for iOS, significantly improving voice search and speeding up page reloads. You can download the latest version now directly from Apple’s App Store.<p>The biggest …

ARM introduces new designs for affordable smartphones, tablets

ARM, the company’s whose chip designs are a mainstay in the mobile world, has introduced a new member of its Cortex family, designed for the mid-tier …