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Netflix Blasts ISPs, Calls For “Strong” Net Neutrality And Explains Why It Pays Comcast

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 18:19
When Netflix agreed to pay Comcast as part of a peering agreement in the wake of the legal demise of net neutrality, the landscape of the Internet changed. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings today published an extensive blog post explaining his and his company's views on net neutrality and why it now pays an ISP that it feels should be better regulated. The reason? Because it has to. Read More
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Leap Motion Lays Off 10% Of Its Workforce After Missing On First Year Sales Estimates

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 17:36
Leap Motion won a lot of buzz early on for its motion controller, which is designed to make it possible for users to interact with their computer through gestures alone. The early buzz and pre-order interest led to a lot of growth, with the company swelling to 120 employees at its peak. But disappointing reviews when the hardware actually shipped took some of the wind out of the startup’s… Read More
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Google Wants Everyone To Stop Hating On Glass

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 17:33
All social issues aside, Google Glass is an impressive kit of technology. However, that might not be enough to secure its future. The novel PR campaign that is the Google Glass Explorer program seems to be failing. So much so that Google has started firing back at Google Glass haters with a series of pro-Glass factoids. Read More
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The Ember iPhone Case Improves Your Late-Night Selfies With 56 Built-In LEDs

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 17:22
Model by model, the iPhone is getting better at taking photos at night without making everyone look like spooky-ass ghosts — but you can only go so far with one or two little LEDs. But what about 56 little LEDs? The Ember is an iPhone 5/5S case that adds a crazy bright panel of lights to the back of your handset, along with a battery to keep it all powered. Read More
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Microsoft Read A Blogger’s Personal Email And IMs, Court Docs Reveal

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 17:20
Microsoft caught and fired an employee who leaked confidential software to a French blogger. That blogger then published screenshots of Windows 8 to the Internet before Microsoft's official announcement. The employee also secretly released, without authorization, a tool that could have allowed for the unauthorized activation of copies of Windows, potentially harming Microsoft's ability to derive… Read More
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Stir, A Kinetic Desk Startup From An Ex-Apple Engineer, Raises $1.5M Led By Tony Hsieh’s Vegas TechFund

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 16:49
As the world continues to see more and more everyday objects become "hardware" controlled through operating systems and internet connectivity, an ex-Apple engineer called JP Labrosse is hoping to take that principle and combine it with elegant design to transform the prosaic world of office desks. Read More
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China’s iOS Usage Spiked With New iPhones, But Increase Driven By Older Models, Mixpanel Finds

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 16:29
A new report about the state of iOS usage in China from mobile analytics firm Mixpanel reveals a lot of interesting info about how one of Apple’s most important international markets is adopting its mobile OS. The good news is that iOS usage overall is rising quickly, especially over the past year – but that increase in usage isn’t necessarily coming from the sale of brand new… Read More
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Style Lend Launches Out Of Y Combinator To Be The Airbnb For Women’s Closets

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 16:07
Collaborative consumption marketplaces have taken off in recent years to let people share many of the big ticket items in their lives: houses, apartments, cars. A new startup called Style Lend is gunning to be the go-to site for sharing the big ticket items that are sitting in women’s closets. Essentially an Airbnb for high-end dresses and accessories, Style Lend is a peer-to-peer… Read More
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Qik Is Shutting Down In April, Three Years After Being Acquired By Skype

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 15:45
Qik, a company that was very early on in the stream-live-video-from-your-phone trend that popped up and then quickly faded around 2008-2009, is being retired by its parent company, Skype. Skype acquired Qik back in 2011 for upwards of $100 million. Why the shutdown? To be blunt: Skype got what they wanted out of the deal, so Qik is redundant now. While Skype doesn’t make direct use of the… Read More
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YC-Backed One Degree Is A “Yelp For Social Services” That Helps Low-Income Families

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 15:43
When Rey Faustino migrated from the Philippines to Southern California as an eight-year-old, he saw his family hustle to make ends meets in their new homeland. “I grew up in a working-class family and I watched my family struggle for resources,” he said. “I wanted to make sure that other kids and families didn’t have to go through the same ordeal.” So while completing… Read More
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Google Starts Rolling Out New Version Of Sheets With Offline Editing Support To Everybody

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 15:10
Last December, Google announced a new version of Sheets, its online spreadsheet app that's part of its Google Drive productivity suite. Until now, this new version was opt-in only, but starting today, Google will roll it out to everybody. Read More
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Learnist Refreshes ‘Pinterest For Education’ Site To Add Reading Lists And Improve Board Creation

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 15:06
Pinterest for education startup Learnist wants to provide its users with all the tools needed to create, curate, and share content that can be used to learn a wide variety of subjects. Now, less than a year after launch, it's refreshed its website to make it easier for users to create and save those lessons. Read More
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Facebook Disputes Claims That They Were Aware Of NSA Data Collection Outside Of FISA Orders

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 14:46
The Guardian newspaper made headlines yesterday for a story claiming the tech companies were not entirely truthful about their knowledge of National Security Agency spying. News outlets quickly picked up the accusations from NSA General Counsel Rajesh De that tech companies had “full knowledge” of the controversial surveillance of their users. From the beginning of the NSA scandal last… Read More
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Mozilla’s Australis Design And Improved Sync Come To Firefox Beta 29

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 14:38
A day after releasing the stable version of Firefox 28, Mozilla today launched the first beta version of Firefox 29. While there wasn't all that much interesting in Firefox 28, the latest beta version represents a major step for Mozilla. It includes both the new -- and very Chrome-like -- Australis design, as well as support for Firefox Sync, Mozilla's cloud-based syncing service with end-to-end… Read More
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App Annie’s CEO Bertrand Schmitt Talks Apps, Games, And Bad Flappy Bird Scores

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 14:35
Perhaps you have heard of this thing calls ‘apps.’ As the app industry has grown and matured, its complexity has mushroomed. Making sense of what’s up and what’s down is incredibly hard to do. Over the past few months I’ve started to use App Annie to track the performance of apps in the iOS store. Its tools are a way to cut through the bullshit, and see how an app is… Read More
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Detroit’s Watch Startup Shinola Featured In Aol’s “This Built America” Inaugural Episode

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 14:32
Startups are flocking to Detroit for the cheap space, amazing engineering talent and sheer marketability of the area. Nothing says a company supports "Made in America" stronger than a Detroit address. Shinola is one such company. The company was founded in 2011 and as this amazing video and story produced by Aol Tech Editorial Director Fara Warner shows, started out hand-building watches and… Read More
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Super Model Lily Cole Talks About Impossible, Her Gift Giving Platform

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 14:19
It would seem that Lily Cole set herself, literally, an impossible task. Trying to convince the world that it could go on Impossible.com or its associated iOS app, place almost any kind of wish, from getting French lessons to forming a band, and see that wish fulfilled. But there is more to this venture, which has been slowly emerging, than meets the eye. Cole - better known as a high profile… Read More
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Gmail Traffic Between Google Servers Now Encrypted To Thwart NSA Snooping

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 13:49
Today Google announced that it has enhanced encryption for its Gmail email service, bolstering security to protect customers from prying eyes, especially those of governments. As of today, Gmail will “always use an encrypted HTTPS connection” whenever a user checks their mail, or sends a new missive. According to Google, the expanded protection will ensure that your mail is safe from… Read More
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Brand Advocacy Startup Crowdtap Raises Another $5M

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 13:24
Crowdtap, a startup that connects brands with consumers to spur the creation of promotional social media content, is announcing that it has raised $5 million in Series B funding. The company announced its $7 million Series A back in 2011. When startups raise less money in subsequent funding rounds, it's often interpreted as a sign that they couldn't get more. But in this case, co-founder and… Read More
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Starbucks iPhone App With Digital Tipping And Shake-To-Pay Now Available

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 13:18
The Starbucks mobile app with digital tipping options, previewed last week, has arrived in the App Store. iPhone users can grab it now, and get the new digital tipping option if they’re based in the U.S., plus a feature where you just shake your phone to bring up the barcode baristas need to scan to accept your mobile payment. Other new features include a visual redesign, as well as a new… Read More
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