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Taiwan-based mobile phone chipmaker MediaTek plans US expansion to challenge Qualcomm (Ben Fox Rubin/CNET)

11 hours 14 min ago

Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Taiwan-based mobile phone chipmaker MediaTek plans US expansion to challenge Qualcomm  —  Meet MediaTek, the brains powering your next budget smartphone  —  The Taiwanese company, which supplies mobile chips in Asia, is gearing up for an expansion into the US.  That could mean more affordable smartphone options.

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11 of 14 projects in Sundance Film Festival's experimental showcase use virtual reality (The Verge)

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 11:10pm

The Verge:
11 of 14 projects in Sundance Film Festival's experimental showcase use virtual reality  —  How virtual reality ate the Sundance Film Festival  —  The future of independent film may not be film at all  —  The most buzzworthy feature of 2015's Sundance Film Festival isn't a film at all …

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What 1,000 attendees at Product Hunt's happy hour show about tech culture and the company's future (Carmel DeAmicis/Gigaom)

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 8:15pm

Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom:
What 1,000 attendees at Product Hunt's happy hour show about tech culture and the company's future  —  Over 1,000 people showed up to Product Hunt's massive happy hour  —  The Product Hunt happy hour crowd in the outdoor half of 620 Jones  —  Credit: Taken by Carmel DeAmicis for Gigaom

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California DMV stops making Uber drivers get commercial license plates; policy review pending (Carolyn Said/San Francisco Chronicle)

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 5:25pm

Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
California DMV stops making Uber drivers get commercial license plates; policy review pending  —  DMV to reconsider commercial plates for UberX, Lyft drivers  —  In an abrupt U-turn, the California of Motor Vehicles late Friday night retracted its finding that drivers for ride-hailing services like Uber …

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How Bahrain's government used FinFisher spyware to target a political activist (The Verge)

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 5:00pm

The Verge:
How Bahrain's government used FinFisher spyware to target a political activist  —  A Spy in the Machine  —  In November 2005, during the dead of night, five black cars pulled up in front of the home of Moosa Abd-Ali Ali.  The doors opened, and a group of men stepped out.

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Music artists who refuse YouTube's aggressive Music Key terms lose all YouTube monetization options (Mario Aguilar/Gizmodo)

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 2:05pm

Mario Aguilar / Gizmodo:
Music artists who refuse YouTube's aggressive Music Key terms lose all YouTube monetization options  —  Why Google Is Strong-Arming Artists Into Signing With YouTube Music Key  —  Cello rock n' roller Zoë Keating is really upset that Google is trying to force her to sign over the rights …

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Behind Jawbone's transition from making earpieces to wireless speakers to fitness trackers (Adam Lashinsky/Fortune)

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 11:00am

Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Behind Jawbone's transition from making earpieces to wireless speakers to fitness trackers  —  Jawbone: The trials of a 16-year-old can't-miss startup  —  The first thing you notice about Hosain Rahman, CEO of the much-buzzed-about gadget maker Jawbone, are his wrists.

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UK's House of Lords plans to debate revised "snooper's charter" surveillance bill Monday (Patrick Wintour/Guardian)

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 6:40am

Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
UK's House of Lords plans to debate revised “snooper's charter” surveillance bill Monday  —  'Snooper's charter': four Lords in bid to pass changed version before election  —  Cross-party group's last-minute amendments spark concern over scope of access to data intelligence agencies would get

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