Researchers create a more accurate alternative to Wi-Fi for tracking people through walls (Signe Brewster/Gigaom)
Signe Brewster / Gigaom:
Researchers create a more accurate alternative to Wi-Fi for tracking people through walls — Back in June, MIT researchers revealed they had figured out how to use Wi-Fi to track moving objects through walls. Today, the same team announced they have refined their system to be even more precise by switching to radio signals.
Presidential Task Force Recommends Overhaul of Surveillance Tactics of NSA (Siobhan Gorman/Wall Street Journal)
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Presidential Task Force Recommends Overhaul of Surveillance Tactics of NSA — Draft Proposals Would Change Spy Agency's Leadership to Civilian, Limit How It Gathers and Holds Information — WASHINGTON—A presidential task force has drafted recommendations that constitute a sweeping overhaul …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
CrunchBase Reaches Agreement With People+, Announces New Terms Of Service — Following a legal dispute with Pro Populi, the company behind startup database People+, CrunchBase is announcing new terms of service. CrunchBase data will now be available through a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 license.
Vanessa Mock / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Hopes of EU Settlement Suffer Blow — BRUSSELS— Google Inc. 's hopes of settling its high-profile antitrust case in the European Union suffered a setback as rivals and consumer groups blasted its latest proposal for resolving the EU's competition concerns.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Chromecast can now stream videos and music from Google Play's website — Google has been adding more and more ways to play content on a Chromecast, and today it's giving the media streamer a new trick: the ability to stream Google Play music and videos straight from the web.
Google Said to Mull Designing Chips in Threat to Intel — Google Inc. (GOOG) is considering designing its own server processors using technology from ARM Holdings Plc (ARM), a move that could threaten Intel Corp. (INTC)'s market dominance, said a person with knowledge of the matter.
Twitter Reverts Changes To Blocking Functionality After Strong Negative User Feedback (Matthew Panzarino/TechCrunch)
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Twitter Reverts Changes To Blocking Functionality After Strong Negative User Feedback — Update: Twitter has reverted the changes to blocking functionality that it made earlier today. After the changes, an outpouring of negative user feedback appeared on Twitter, blogs and other services.
Michael Sippey / Twitter Blog:
Reverting the changes to block functionality — Earlier today, we made a change to the way the “block” function of Twitter works. We have decided to revert the change after receiving feedback from many users - we never want to introduce features at the cost of users feeling less safe.
Gerry Shih / Reuters:
Twitter backtracks on block feature after users revolt — (Reuters) - Twitter Inc was forced to nix a change to its “block” feature on Thursday after attracting a wave of protest from users who said the new policy empowered perpetrators of online abuse. — The humbling reversal …
Alistair Barr / USA Today:
Amazon said to launch Pantry to take on Costco, Sam's — Pantry is set to launch in 2014 and will let Amazon Prime members buy consumer packages goods that will be shipping in a set sized box with a maximum weight limit, sources say. — SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon.com is working …
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
DirecTV Explores Online Video Service — Product Would Appeal to ‘Price Sensitive’ Young People, Satellite-TV Firm Says … DirecTV is exploring the idea of an online video service that would appeal to “price-sensitive” young people or other customers who have dropped their pay-TV service, the satellite TV firm said on Thursday.
Oculus VR raises $75M from web browser inventor Marc Andreessen's VC firm to launch virtual reality goggles (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat)
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Oculus VR raises $75M from web browser inventor Marc Andreessen's VC firm to launch virtual reality goggles — Virtual reality goggle maker has raised a massive round of $75 million from Netscape founder Marc Andreessen's Andreessen Horowitz venture capital firm to create a consumer version of its product.
Gerry Smith / The Huffington Post:
How Stolen Smartphones End Up In The Hands Of Colombian Cartels — This article is part of a Huffington Post series exploring the global underground trade in stolen smartphones. Previous stories in the series can be found here. — BOGOTA, Colombia — In the capital of a country notorious …
November NPD: PS4 is 'top-selling' console, Xbox One is 'fastest-selling' [Update: Nintendo boasts big numbers, too] (Jessica Conditt/Joystiq)
Jessica Conditt / Joystiq:
November NPD: PS4 is ‘top-selling’ console, Xbox One is ‘fastest-selling’ [Update: Nintendo boasts big numbers, too] — Total video game sales for the US in November were up 7 percent year-over-year, from $2.5 billion to $2.7 million. Hardware jumped 58 percent to $1.3 billion …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
N3twork Wants to Reshape Online Discussions Around Interests — Online forums today look like throwbacks to the Web of the 1990s. Lots of text, lots of page breaks, lots of hard-to-follow conversations. Meanwhile, more modern social media conversations on Twitter and Facebook spring up around hashtags, but they aren't organized.