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With 239M users, Go Launcher dev Sungy Mobile preps for a big $80M IPO

You probably haven’t heard of Sungy Mobile, but chances are you will soon enough.<p>Not only is the Chinese company one the most successful Android app developers, but last week it quietly filed its F-1. Sungy Mobile’s goal? To raise $80 million when it goes public — presumably within the next few …

Isaac Brown, The Boy Who Feels No Pain

While there are many parents who might believe that Isaac Brown’s condition that keeps him from feeling pain is a blessing, his parents, Carrie and …

CDC Says The End Of Antibiotics Is Upon Us, Infections Are Just Too Strong

Could patients fighting off powerful infections soon be left without a cure? That is the strong message being sent by associate director of the …

Google could have a floating data center in Maine, too

As CNET reported Friday, it looks very much like Google has been building a floating data center made from shipping containers on a barge in the middle of San Francisco Bay. But it may not be the only one of its kind.<p>Google has not responded to multiple requests for comment. But the project in San …

Researchers beat fiber optic broadband speeds using visible LED light

High speed data is already being transmitted by visible light to the moon, so why not in your living room, too? After the Fraunhofer Institute showed off 3Gbps speeds with LED lights, researchers from five UK universities have managed to transmit data at 10Gbps using micro-LEDs with a technique …

Local utilities and Google may be America’s only hope for cheap broadband

If you’re an American hankering for the day when your internet access is cheap or even free, keep waiting. The Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation released a new study on Oct. 28 concluding that broadband consumers in the US pay much more than their peers around the world. And …

Telecoms

Google Hangouts updated with SMS support, animated GIFs and auto enhance for video calls

Google's Vic Gundotra announced some improvements to Google Hangouts today, including support for SMS, animated GIFs and location sharing. While support for animated GIFs is sure to send the BuzzFeed faithful into a tizzy, it's SMS integration that's the truly major news. The feature was rumored to …

Here’s why Motorola’s Project Ara for modular phones exists (and could succeed)

Want to build your own phone with modular blocks of functionality? That may not sound appealing until you think of the possibilities. You can upgrade …

Next-gen drone technology buzz for U.S. Special Operations at AUSA

The Annual United States Army Meeting land warfare exhibition was the stage for many companies vying to win the opportunity to place their tech in U.S. Special Operations.<p>As the event drew to a close, the scoreboard was clear: Those betting on Boomerangs, Flyers and Pumas to be at the forefront …

Samsung Fined In Taiwan For Defaming HTC

Samsung has been fined NT$10 million ($340,000) in Taiwan, where it violated fair trade rules by running an Internet campaign that praised its devices while slamming those of rival HTC.<p>The Associated Press reports (via Businessweek) that Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission fined Samsung for “defaming …

Carl Icahn urges $150B Apple buyback in letter to Tim Cook, increases investment to $2.5B

Following an announcement yesterday from billionaire investor Carl Icahn that he had sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook and would post the full letter online today, Icahn’s new website has now officially launched with the full text of the letter. In the letter on Icahn’s new website called the …

47 Percent of Twentysomethings Say They Check Up on Exes Online

Implicit finding: the other 53 percent are lying.<p>Keeping tabs on past loves has a rich history in literature, from Romeo camping out under a teenage girl's balcony to Jay Gatsby buying a mansion across the water from his married ex. Fortunately for today's "stalkers"—as we're wont to call it, …

Nintendo says sayonara to the original Wii

Nintendo on Monday pulled the plug on the original Wii, a modest end to the best-selling console of the current generation. The company hinted at the move earlier this month, and it has officially followed through with a simple posting of the words "seisan shuuryou," or "production ended," on its …

Retrogaming

Google launches new anti-DDoS service called 'Project Shield'

Google has announced a new suite of tools for activists and non-profits at their Ideas conference in New York today, including tools for evading web censorship and oppressive regimes. The biggest focus has been on DDoS attacks, a kind of brute-force action that can easily take down a small site …

Nokia leaks Lumia 1520 details on Chinese online store: 20MP PureView camera, Snapdragon 800 processor

Looking for more evidence that Nokia's about to unleash an oversized Windows Phone? You've got it: the company's official Tmall store (an online marketplace in China) recently published a product page for the fabled Lumia 1520. There's no images to speak of, but the listing agrees with the …

Chinese billionaire arrested for crossing 'red line' of political activism

BEIJING – In a crackdown on dissent ahead of a crucial Communist Party gathering next month, Chinese authorities on Sunday formally arrested a billionaire venture capitalist who has turned his wealth toward supporting human rights issues.<p>The detention of Wang Gongquan, who was held on suspicion of …