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How carriers' greed for additional revenue streams almost sabotaged the smartphone kill switch (Issie Lapowsky/Wired)

12 hours 51 min ago

Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
How carriers' greed for additional revenue streams almost sabotaged the smartphone kill switch  —  How Greed Almost Sabotaged the Smartphone Kill Switch  —  About one third of robberies in major cities across the country involve the theft of a mobile phone, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

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Hands-on with Ubuntu Touch 14.04: Coming along, but miles to go (Andrew Cunningham/Ars Technica)

13 hours 31 min ago

Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Hands-on with Ubuntu Touch 14.04: Coming along, but miles to go  —  We install it so you don't have to.  Seriously, you probably shouldn't.  —  The last time we installed Ubuntu Touch on anything was about a year ago, shortly after the release of Ubuntu 13.04.

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Toshiba's U3 MicroSD cards are fast enough to handle 4K video, still tiny and easy to lose (Les Shu/Digital Trends)

14 hours 11 min ago

Les Shu / Digital Trends:
Toshiba's U3 MicroSD cards are fast enough to handle 4K video, still tiny and easy to lose  —  MicroSD cards have become so ubiquitous that even some digital cameras are now using it.  That's fine and dandy if speed isn't a concern, but if you're snapping lots of photos and you need your camera to keep up …

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Facebook courts advertisers to target likely World Cup viewers, a first for a TV event (Cotton Delo/AdAge)

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:55pm

Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Facebook courts advertisers to target likely World Cup viewers, a first for a TV event  —  Facebook to Sell Huge Audience of World Cup Fans to Advertisers  —  Test Could Be Extended to Other TV Events Like the Super Bowl  —  How Advertising Performs in a Social Media World

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Welcome to the spectrum-dome: FCC lays groundwork for its controversial incentive auction (Kevin Fitchard/Gigaom)

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:50pm

Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
Welcome to the spectrum-dome: FCC lays groundwork for its controversial incentive auction  —  This spring is shaping up to be a very contentious season for almost everyone that has a stake in the country's wireless airwaves.  The Federal Communications Commission on Friday released …

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Sam Altman and Marissa Mayer co-hosting Obama fundraiser for DNC at Y Combinator HQ on May 8 (Carla Marinucci/SFGate)

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 9:36pm

Carla Marinucci / SFGate:
Sam Altman and Marissa Mayer co-hosting Obama fundraiser for DNC at Y Combinator HQ on May 8  —  New!  Obama to hit Y Combinator headquarters in Mt. View on May 8  —  President Obama will hit the Mt. View headquarters of Y Combinator, the hot Silicon Valley start-up funder and incubator …

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Beats Bites the Bullet, and Starts Selling Subscriptions From Apple's App (Peter Kafka/Re/code)

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 8:30pm

Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Beats Bites the Bullet, and Starts Selling Subscriptions From Apple's App  —  Apple has a crazily powerful digital store, used by hundreds of millions of customers.  But if you want to sell something there it will cost you: In almost every case, Apple keeps 30 percent of the purchase price on whatever its users buy.

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Exclusive: Nike fires majority of FuelBand team, will stop making wearable hardware (Nick Statt/CNET)

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 8:00pm

Nick Statt / CNET:
Exclusive: Nike fires majority of FuelBand team, will stop making wearable hardware  —  The sportswear company has decided that only software has a future in the company's technology vision.  That means cutting the FuelBand, and those who helped make it.

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Apple reaching out to developers who didn't win WWDC lottery, offering chance to buy unclaimed tickets (Mike Beasley/9to5Mac)

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 7:15pm

Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Apple reaching out to developers who didn't win WWDC lottery, offering chance to buy unclaimed tickets  —  If you didn't get a chance to buy a WWDC ticket in the lottery last week, you might just get another chance soon.  Developers who won were given until April 14 to buy a slot at the conference …

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Facebook not currently using location data from Nearby Friends for ads, will in the future (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 7:05pm

Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook not currently using location data from Nearby Friends for ads, will in the future  —  Facebook ‘Nearby Friends’ Will Track Your Location History To Target You With Ads  —  Facebook says it's not using its new Nearby Friends feature to target ads yet, but after I asked why it's tracking …

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YC's new president suggests several solutions to key issues in employee stock compensation (Sam Altman)

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:15pm

Sam Altman:
YC's new president suggests several solutions to key issues in employee stock compensation  —  Employee Equity  —  Startup employees often do not get treated very well when it comes to stock compensation.  New ideas float around occasionally, but lawyers are usually averse to trying new things …

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Heartbleed status scan: 0.52% of top 10K sites, 2% of top 1M sites still vulnerable (Daniel Cid/Sucuri Blog)

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:00pm

Daniel Cid / Sucuri Blog:
Heartbleed status scan: 0.52% of top 10K sites, 2% of top 1M sites still vulnerable  —  HeartBleed in the Wild  —  As most of you probably already know, ten days ago security Researchers disclosed a very serious vulnerability in the OpenSSL library, which is used to power HTTPS on most websites nowadays.

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Comcast and Time Warner may sell 3-5M subscribers for up to $20B to Charter before merger (Tom Cheredar/VentureBeat)

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 5:05pm

Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Comcast and Time Warner may sell 3-5M subscribers for up to $20B to Charter before merger  —  Ahead of its TWC merger, Comcast may sell 5M subscribers to Charter  —  Comcast and Time Warner Cable are in discussions with smaller cable provider Charter to sell up to $20 billion worth of assets, according to a Financial Times report.

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TPG-Led Group Closes $450 Million Investment in Airbnb (Wall Street Journal)

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 4:00pm

Wall Street Journal:
TPG-Led Group Closes $450 Million Investment in Airbnb  —  Funding Values Home-Rental Site at $10 Billion  —  A group led by private-equity firm TPG has finalized an agreement to invest $450 million in Airbnb Inc., valuing the home-rental site at $10 billion, according to people familiar with the situation.

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Certificate Revocation Lists increase sharply in size in the wake of Heartbleed, hogging bandwidth (Kim Zetter/Wired)

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:55pm

Kim Zetter / Wired:
Certificate Revocation Lists increase sharply in size in the wake of Heartbleed, hogging bandwidth  —  Heartbleed Bug Sends Bandwidth Costs Skyrocketing  —  The exposure of the Heartbleed vulnerability last week had a number of repercussions, one of which was to set off a mad scramble …

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