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  • Zuckerberg Aims to Set Things Right With India

    55m By Richard Adhikari
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday went into damage-control mode following a tweet from board member Marc Andreessen about India and colonialism. Andreessen was reacting to the Indian telecom regulator's ban on Facebook's Free Basics service. "Another…
  • Pew: More Americans Looking for Love Online

    3:21am By Natalie Campisi
    Online dating numbers are up in the United States, the Pew Research Center said Thursday, based on the results of a recent survey. Today, it's possible for singles from all walks of life to find a date who's compatible with them -- at least virtually -- the…
  • New SourceForge Owners Start Trust Repair

    Thu 2:57pm By Jack M. Germain
    SourceForge on Tuesday announced that it has pulled the plug on its DevShare program amid growing rebellion from software developers and a change of ownership. SourceForge Media announced the termination notice with a promise of other policy changes coming…
  • Amazon Opens Lumberyard to Game Devs

    Thu 2:45pm By Quinten Plummer
    Amazon on Tuesday announced that it has widened its footprint in the game industry, complementing its development studio with the Lumberyard 3D game engine. Based on core components of Crytek's CryEngine, Lumberyard will support development for PCs and…
  • Feds Put AI in the Driver's Seat

    Thu 1:19pm By Richard Adhikari
    The artificial intelligence component of Google's Level 4 autonomous cars can be considered the driver, whether or not the cars are occupied by humans, the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said in a letter released Tuesday. Level 4…
  • Bill Aims to Keep States From Banning Smartphone Encryption

    Thu 3:54am By Richard Adhikari
    United States Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, last week introduced legislation to prevent states from passing laws banning the sale of smartphones with encryption capabilities. The bill aims to shut off attempts by the FBI, NSA and law…
  • Twitter Creates Advisory Panel on Tweet Speech

    Wed 3:23pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Twitter on Tuesday announced the formation of a panel to advise it on speech, abuse and safety issues. The Trust & Safety Council, which has more than 40 members, will be part of a strategy to help people feel safe when they express themselves, said Twitter's…
  • Gadget Ogling: A Personal Padlock, a Grown-Up Desk, and an Informative Mirror

    Wed 1:52pm By Kris Holt
    Tapplock is a padlock that unlocks when you press your finger against a sensor to let it read your print. There are other smart padlocks on the market you can unlock using your smartphone via Bluetooth, though there are a couple of points that help Tapplock…
  • Facebook Warned to Toe France's Privacy Line

    Wed 10:00am By Richard Adhikari
    CNIL, France's data protection authority, on Monday formally gave Facebook three months notice to comply with the French Data Protection Act. A working group of regulators from several countries recommended the action. On-site and online inspections, along…
  • Rosa Is a Real Powerhouse

    Tue 6:58pm By Jack M. Germain
    The Rosa Desktop Fresh R series optimizes desktop usage and targets advanced users and enthusiasts looking for rich functionality. Add to that mix the default KDE flavoring and you have a compelling Linux distro. The typical Rosa user already is familiar with…
  • India Trades Free Basics for Internet Freedom

    Tue 5:38pm By Richard Adhikari
    India's Telecom Regulatory Authority on Monday ruled in favor of Net neutrality, effectively banning Facebook's Free Basics Internet access app. "This is a very important decision for the future of the Internet in India," said Barbara van Schewick, director of…
  • Hacker Posts Stolen Data on FBI, Homeland Security Employees Online

    Tue 3:23pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    The U.S. departments of Justice and Homeland Security on Monday announced they were investigating reports that a hacker broke into government computer systems and stole sensitive information about employees at the agencies. The hacker posted stolen information…
  • Twitter Clobbered Over Timeline Algorithm Plans

    Tue 1:41pm By Richard Adhikari
    Twitter plans to introduce an algorithmic timeline, possibly this week, according to a report last week. The algorithm would organize tweets based on relevancy. Twitter users criticized the idea using the hashtag #RIPTwitter, prompting CEO Jack Dorsey to…
  • New Safe Harbor Pact Offers Temporary Port in Storm

    Tue 10:00am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Through an eleventh-hour maneuver, the United States and the European Union last week avoided action that could have choked the movement of data between the regions and caused financial harm to U.S. companies. It may be only a temporary respite, however. The…
  • Old-Timey Mischief on Display at the Malware Museum

    Tue 3:21am By Jim Algar
    The Internet Archive on Friday cut the ribbon on its online Malware Museum, an online compendium of malware programs computer users in the 1980s and 1990s sometimes encountered. Everything old is new again, apparently. The museum presents examples of the…
  • Keybase Releases Encrypted File-Sharing iPhone App

    Mon 1:43pm By Richard Adhikari
    Keybase last week announced the alpha release of the Keybase app for the iPhone with a cryptographically secure file mount. Users can write data in an automatically created folder in this format: /keybase/public/username. Files written in the folder are signed…
  • Smart Email and the Path to Digital Immortality

    Mon 8:00am By Rob Enderle
    I attended IBM Connect last week, where I checked out one of the most interesting new products you've likely never heard of -- IBM Verse. While there was a lot of discussion about how it better integrated social networking, what really intrigued me was the…
  • Vaio's Phone Biz to Test Windows 10's Reception in Asia

    Feb 5, 2016, 2:42 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Vaio on Wednesday announced Phone Biz, a Windows 10 mobile phone. The device doesn't have a SIM, leaving users free to select their own carriers. The Phone Biz lets users easily access corporate apps, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange, as well as the…
  • Google to Put Self-Driving Cars Through Rainy-Day Paces

    Feb 4, 2016, 4:53 pm By Peter Suciu
    Google on Wednesday announced that it has chosen Kirkland, Washington, as the next location to test its self-driving cars. It picked Kirkland as the third test city to give the cars more experience driving in new environments, traffic patterns and road…
  • Rugged Turing Phone to Run on Sailfish OS, Not Android

    Feb 4, 2016, 2:46 pm By Jack M. Germain
    Turing Robotic Industries this week announced that it has uninstalled Google's Android mobile platform in favor of Jolla's Sailfish OS in its yet-to-appear secure smartphone. The Turing Phone, molded from a single unit of the Liquidmorphium liquid-metal alloy,…
  • Apple Pencils In March 15 for 4-Inch iPhone Launch

    Feb 4, 2016, 8:00 am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Apple is planning an event to unveil a refresh of its iPhone 5s and its Apple Watch, as well as to introduce a new version of its iPad Air, according to a Tuesday report. However, the event date could change, or the company could opt for an online…
  • Fitbit's Alta Is Dressed to Kill

    Feb 3, 2016, 6:26 pm By Quinten Plummer
    Fitbit has unveiled a new fitness tracker that highlights muted colors and fashion-forward design elements. The Alta, priced at $129, has a brushed, stainless steel body that supports interchangeable bands, so that it doesn't stand out for the wrong reasons.…
  • MIT Team Runs Victory Lap in 1st Hyperloop Competition

    Feb 3, 2016, 5:09 pm By Richard Adhikari
    A team from MIT won the best overall design award in the first round of the Hyperloop pod design contest, held last weekend at Texas A&M University. About 120 teams participated in the event. The MIT entry focused on speed, braking, stability and levitation.…
  • T-Mobile Wins OpenSignal Speed Tests

    Feb 3, 2016, 3:12 pm By Jack M. Germain
    T-Mobile's 700-MHz rollout has given its mobile users some of the fastest data speeds in the U.S. market, according to a report OpenSignal released Tuesday. OpenSignal crowdsources data on carrier signal quality from users who have its consumer mobile…
  • Europe, US Cut 11th Hour Safe Harbor Deal

    Feb 3, 2016, 8:00 am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Europe and the United States on Tuesday announced a new Safe Harbor agreement that neutralizes the threat of enforcement actions against domestic companies handling overseas data. The EU-US Privacy Shield aims to protect the privacy of data belonging to…
  • Harvard Researchers Debunk Warnings of Terrorists 'Going Dark'

    Feb 2, 2016, 3:44 pm By Richard Adhikari
    The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University on Monday released a report that questions the so-called "going dark" phenomenon. The U.S. government and surveillance and law enforcement agencies have been calling for an end to encryption…