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  • Zynga founder Mark Pincus gives up day-to-day duties

    Posted April 23, 2014 - 8:08 pm

    Mark Pincus, who founded Zynga in 2007 and gave up his CEO title less than a year ago, is now giving up all his operational duties at the company.
  • FCC will seek input on latest net neutrality proposal

    Posted April 23, 2014 - 8:01 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will take public comments before moving forward with a new set of net neutrality rules that sparked controversy when they were leaked in a news report earlier Wednesday.
  • Report: US FCC to allow payments for speedier traffic

    Posted April 23, 2014 - 5:30 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will propose new net neutrality rules Thursday that will allow broadband providers to charge companies like Netflix for preferential traffic management, according to a news report.
  • Facebook sales leap, amid a growing mobile ad business

    Posted April 23, 2014 - 4:56 pm

    Facebook reported a nice 72 percent boost in sales for the first quarter, as the company continues to make strides expanding its advertising business on mobile devices.
  • Brazil's global Internet conference includes call to end spying

    Posted April 23, 2014 - 4:51 pm

    Participants in a Brazil-hosted conference on Internet governance laid out an aggressive agenda, with some calling for a policy statement that would condemn Internet surveillance, support net neutrality regulations and create programs to close the digital divide.
  • IE6: Retired but not dead yet

    Posted April 23, 2014 - 12:58 pm

    Microsoft may have retired Internet Explorer 6 last week, but it's still keeping track of the ancient browser's user share on a death watch-like website that's been running for more than three years.
  • It's the little things that matter in Amazon Redshift upgrade

    Posted April 23, 2014 - 8:31 am

    Amazon Web Services has increased the number of simultaneous queries its hosted data warehouse Redshift can handle, improving performance in cases where many small queries are now forced to wait.
  • Bing for schools out of pilot stage, promises ad-free search

    Posted April 23, 2014 - 3:42 am

    Microsoft is throwing open an advertisement-free version of its Bing search engine to all eligible kindergarten to 12th grade schools in the U.S., after completing the pilot stage of this program that was first run in five large public school districts.
  • Brazil's senate passes Internet legislation ahead of NETmundial conference

    Posted April 23, 2014 - 1:30 am

    Brazil's Federal Senate has passed a proposed Internet law that aims to guarantee freedom of expression and privacy to the country's Internet users, and also requires foreign Internet service providers to fall in line with the country's rules.
  • Dorian Nakamoto thanks Bitcoin users for donations

    Posted April 22, 2014 - 10:06 pm

    The cash-strapped man Newsweek magazine named as the creator of Bitcoin has thanked supporters who donated over US$23,000 of the virtual currency to him.
  • Reddit demotes technology subthread after posts were deleted

    Posted April 22, 2014 - 7:36 pm

    Reddit has removed from its front page the popular r/technology subreddit after what it called bad editorial choices by the page's moderators.
  • Google will push mobile app installs in search and YouTube

    Posted April 22, 2014 - 2:41 pm

    Mobile users of Google's search and YouTube service will soon see more targeted ads that take them straight to the installation pages for advertisers' mobile apps.
  • Salesforce at 15: Industry disruptor wards off midlife crisis

    Posted April 22, 2014 - 2:37 pm

    Salesforce.com recently celebrated its 15th year in existence, and as the SaaS (software-as-a-service) vendor races toward US$5 billion in revenue its influence on the industry is being felt more than ever. At the same time, some signs indicate that Salesforce.com is having a few growing pains, as well as showing some trappings of the mega-vendors it once mocked with its "End of Software" marketing campaign.
  • Aereo argues that ruling against it could hurt cloud storage business

    Posted April 22, 2014 - 2:14 pm

    If the U.S. Supreme Court rules that streaming video provider Aereo violates the copyrights of TV networks, it may also put cloud storage services at risk, the company's lawyer argued Monday.
  • AT&T lays out plan for gigabit Internet dominance, setting up Google Fiber showdown

    Posted April 22, 2014 - 8:49 am

    The wave of next-generation Internet speeds is coming, as Google Fiber and AT&T's U-Verse with GigaPower networks lead the charge. These fiber-optic networks offer blazing data speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second; what's more users on these networks can download huge files like HD movies in a matter of seconds as opposed to the minutes it takes on traditional networks.
  • With "Baidu Inside," the Chinese firm takes aim at hardware market

    Posted April 22, 2014 - 3:00 am

    Printers, air quality monitors, and weighing scales aren't exactly in the realm of Baidu, China's largest search engine. But that's starting to change under a new company initiative that seeks to bring Baidu technology to smart devices, including household appliances.
  • Where R U now? iPhone texts come to Glass

    Posted April 21, 2014 - 2:16 pm

    Google Glass-wearing, iPhone-toting techies who can't be bothered to look at their smartphones for texts can instead peer into a different screen out of the corner of their eye.
  • Aereo court case: Consumer control over TV vs. broadcaster copyrights

    Posted April 21, 2014 - 12:46 pm

    The ability of television viewers to control and watch programs may be at stake when the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a copyright infringement case brought by TV networks against Aereo, a service that streams over-the-air television online.
  • Even the most secure cloud storage may not be so secure, study finds

    Posted April 21, 2014 - 9:12 am

    Some cloud storage providers who hope to be on the leading edge of cloud security adopt a "zero-knowledge" policy in which vendors say it is impossible for customer data to be snooped on. But a recent study by computer scientists at Johns Hopkins University is questioning just how secure those zero knowledge tactics are.
  • Most but not all sites have fixed Heartbleed flaw

    Posted April 21, 2014 - 8:40 am

    The world's top 1,000 websites have been patched to protect their servers against the "Heartbleed" exploit, but up to 2% of the top million were still vulnerable as of last week.
  • Google’s smart contact lenses could aid the visually impaired

    Posted April 21, 2014 - 6:00 am

    In today's accessible technology roundup: Google wants to embed cameras in contact lenses, Apple gets a patent for a new GUI for touch devices to improve accessibility and a hacker develops a virtual cane for the blind
  • NTT launches browser-to-browser chatroom with avatars

    Posted April 21, 2014 - 5:24 am

    If you don't mind being represented by a feline avatar, NTT Communications has a quirky video chatroom just for you.
  • Activists want net neutrality, NSA spying debated at Brazil Internet conference

    Posted April 21, 2014 - 3:28 am

    A campaign on the Internet is objecting to the exclusion of issues like net neutrality, the cyberweapons arms race and surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency from the discussion paper of an Internet governance conference this week in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Google invites Glass wearers to brave LA's beaches

    Posted April 18, 2014 - 7:56 pm

    Users of Google Glass will get to meet and compare their techie headgear this weekend at a spot where appearance is everything.
  • Experts: Avoid big mistakes with Oracle's Exadata

    Posted April 18, 2014 - 4:14 pm

    Although Exadata is Oracle's most popular and mature "engineered system," some customers implementing the database machine are making mistakes that prevent them from getting the most performance out of the expensive product, according to a veteran of many Exadata projects.

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