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Samsung plans to launch Tizen smartphones in Q2 and an Android Wear smartwatch later this year (Reuters)

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Reuters:Samsung plans to launch Tizen smartphones in Q2 and an Android Wear smartwatch later this year  —  Samsung executive says Galaxy S5 to outsell S4, sees second quarter rollout for Tizen phone  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's new Galaxy S5 smartphone should outsell its predecessor …

Uber still offering rides in Belgium despite court order

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Despite seized vehicles, a court order and possible €10,000 fine (per pickup!), Uber says its UberPOP ride-sharing service is "still accessible" in Brussels. In its blog, the company complained that the original lawsuit was "filed by Brussels radio...

Lenovo's banking on motion control and Flex-able laptops with latest releases

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Motion control hasn't outmoded the mouse and keyboard yet, but it is finding its way into more and more consumer products. Take Lenovo's upcoming A540 all-in-one desktop, for instance: its one of a handful of the company's products to feature Lenovo...

Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

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An anonymous reader writes "Google has a huge research budget and an apparent willingness to take on huge projects. They've gotten themselves into autonomous cars, fiber optic internet, robotics, and Wi-Fi balloons. But that raises a question: if they're willing to commit to projects as difficult and risk as those, what projects have they explored but rejected? Several of the scientists working at Google's 'innovation lab' have spilled the beans: '[Mag-lev] systems have a stabilizing structure that keeps trains in place as they hover and move forward in only one direction. That couldn't quite translate into an open floor plan of magnets that keep a hoverboard steadily aloft and free to move in any direction. One problem, as Piponi explains, is that magnets tend to keep shifting polarities, so your hoverboard would constantly flip over as you floated around moving from a state of repulsion to attraction with the magnets. Any skateboarder could tell you what that means: Your hoverboard would suck. ... If scaling problems are what brought hoverboards down to earth, material-science issues crashed the space elevator. The team knew the cable would have to be exceptionally strong-- "at least a hundred times stronger than the strongest steel that we have," by Piponi's calculations. He found one material that could do this: carbon nanotubes. But no one has manufactured a perfectly formed carbon nanotube strand longer than a meter. And so elevators "were put in a deep freeze," as[..]

Weev Talks About Life In Prison And His Plans To Open A Hedge Fund, TRO LLC (John Biggs/TechCrunch)

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John Biggs / TechCrunch:Weev Talks About Life In Prison And His Plans To Open A Hedge Fund, TRO LLC  —  Weev, aka Andrew Auernheimer, is free.  The 29-year-old hacker, released from the Allenwood Federal Correctional Center in Pennsylvania last weekend, has spent the past few days celebrating a federal appeals court decision …

How Google's internet-balloon idea got off the ground

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On paper, the notion of balloon-provided internet sounds more than a little ridiculous, but that's just how Google X rolls. Mountain View's far-off research division has recently spilled (some of) its guts to Fast Company, detailing the process for...

Alibaba's growth accelerates, U.S. IPO filing expected next week

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's revenue growth accelerated in the last quarter of 2013, a timely lift for the Chinese Internet company as it prepares to file a prospectus next week for its highly anticipated initial public offering.

Defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox files for liquidation: WSJ

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(Reuters) - Defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has given up plans to rebuild under bankruptcy protection and has asked a Tokyo court to allow it to be liquidated, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the situation.

Halo, Destiny music composer Martin O'Donnell fired by Bungie

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After composing some of the most memorable songs in gaming for Bungie games including most of the Halo series, Myth and Oni, Martin O'Donnell tweeted tonight that he has been terminated "without cause" by Bungie's board of directors. It's still not...

NASA catches a glimpse of Saturn birthing a new moon

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For the first and perhaps the last time ever, NASA's Cassini spacecraft, whose mission is to orbit Saturn, has captured a new moon emerge from the Jovian planet's rings. As you might know, the birth of a moon is an extremely rare event, and in...

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

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An anonymous reader writes "Researchers from Princeton University and Northwestern University have concluded, after extensive analysis of 1,779 policy issues, that the U.S. is in fact an oligarchy and not a democracy. What this means is that, although 'Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance,' 'majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.' Their study (PDF), to be published in Perspectives on Politics, found that 'When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The Rise and Fall of AIM, the Breakthrough AOL Never Wanted (Jason Abbruzzese/Mashable)

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Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:The Rise and Fall of AIM, the Breakthrough AOL Never Wanted  —  When we think about the spectacular collapse of once untouchable Internet properties, companies like MySpace and Pets.com come to mind.  The rise and fall of AOL Instant Messenger rivals them all.

Mt. Gox gives up plan to rebuild under bankruptcy protection, files for liquidation (Wall Street Journal)

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Wall Street Journal:Mt. Gox gives up plan to rebuild under bankruptcy protection, files for liquidation  —  Mt. Gox Files for Liquidation  —  Defunct Bitcoin Exchange Gives Up On Plan to Rebuild  —  Defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has given up its plan to rebuild under bankruptcy protection and has asked …

Samsung executive says Galaxy S5 to outsell S4, sees second quarter rollout for Tizen phone

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SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's new Galaxy S5 smartphone should outsell its predecessor and defy predictions that the South Korean titan's latest model will struggle in a tough market for high-end handsets, a top executive said.

China e-commerce giant Alibaba seen filing for US IPO next week: sources (Reuters)

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Reuters:China e-commerce giant Alibaba seen filing for US IPO next week: sources  —  An employee walks past a logo of Alibaba Group at its headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, in this May 17, 2010 file photo.  —  (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd …

Google Play Still Tops iOS App Store Downloads, And Now Narrowing Revenue Gap, Too (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:Google Play Still Tops iOS App Store Downloads, And Now Narrowing Revenue Gap, Too  —  Android's position as the most dominant smartphone platform worldwide is also having an impact on mobile app download growth, and now, increasing revenue.  Google's app marketplace, Google Play …

China e-commerce giant Alibaba seen filing for US IPO next week: sources

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is expected to file the prospectus for its U.S. initial public offering next week, sources said on Wednesday, moving closer to what could be the biggest-ever listing by a technology firm.

China e-commerce giant Alibaba seen filing for US IPO next week: sources

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is expected to file the prospectus for its U.S. initial public offering next week, sources said on Wednesday, moving closer to what could be the biggest-ever listing by a technology firm.

Netgear adds BitTorrent Sync to its network-attached storage drives (Janko Roettgers/Gigaom)

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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:Netgear adds BitTorrent Sync to its network-attached storage drives  —  Now this is smart: BitTorrent Inc. has teamed up with Netgear to take its P2P-powered Dropbox competitor BitTorrent Sync to the next level.  Owners of a ReadyNAS device can now install apps for Sync directly on that device …

Your StarCraft II Potential Peaked At Age 24

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An anonymous reader writes "StarCraft II is popular among competitive gamers for having the depth necessary to reward differences in skill. A new study has found that your ability keep up with the game's frantic pace starts to decline at age 24. This is relevant to more than just StarCraft II players: 'While many high-performance athletes start to show age-related declines at a young age, those are often attributed to physical as opposed to brain aging. ... While previous lab tests have shown faster reaction times for simple individual tasks, it was never clear how much relevance those had to complex, real-world tasks such as driving. Thompson noted that Starcraft is complex and quite similar to real-life tasks such as managing 911 calls at an emergency dispatch centre, so the findings may be directly relevant. However, game performance was much easier to analyze than many real-life situations because the game generates detailed logs of every move. In a way, Thompson said, the study is a good demonstration of what kinds of insights can be gleaned from the "cool data sets" generated by our digital lives.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Inside Alibaba, China's e-commerce giant with 2X Amazon's revenues, and plans for a $15B IPO (Wall Street Journal)

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Wall Street Journal:Inside Alibaba, China's e-commerce giant with 2X Amazon's revenues, and plans for a $15B IPO  —  Alibaba Flexes Muscles Before IPO  —  Chinese E-Commerce Giant Speeds Toward $15 Billion Deal  —  Jack Ma still has the spartan apartment in the Chinese city of Hangzhou where the former English teacher started Alibaba.com in 1999.

House of Cards S2 Blu-ray goes on sale June 19th for those who prefer a hard copy

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House of Cards may be most famous for leading the charge of Netflix's original streaming content, but the show's producer Media Rights Capital is ready for all avenues. Just like the first season, season two will get a release on physical discs this...

Pioneer says CarPlay firmware update for existing 2014 in-dash systems coming this summer (Jordan Kahn/9to5Mac)

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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:Pioneer says CarPlay firmware update for existing 2014 in-dash systems coming this summer  —  Following reports yesterday that car electronics manufacturer Alpine was planning to launch aftermarket CarPlay units in the fall, Pioneer issued a press release today confirming a firmware update for existing in-dash systems.

GM reportedly working on a lower-cost Chevy Volt

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When it comes to electric vehicles, the Chevrolet Volt is as mainstream a brand as it gets. But despite GM's efforts to make the Volt a top choice among EV buyers, demand for it hasn't been what the company expected since it began production in 2010....

Marketing automation startup Act-On raises $42M, sets sights on IPO (Taylor Soper/GeekWire)

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire:Marketing automation startup Act-On raises $42M, sets sights on IPO  —  In one of the bigger tech-related fundraising rounds that the Portland area has seen over the past year, Beaverton, Ore.-based marketing automation software company Act-On today announced $42 million in new financing.

This is how Samsung thinks about design

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Samsung said it would launch a website that showed off its design chops, and it's delivering as promised. The newly launched Make it Meaningful page dives into the inspirations behind the Korean company's products, complete with an abundance of giant...

Etsy to launch its wholesale platform this summer, will take a 3.5% commission for each order (Nick Summers/The Next Web)

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Nick Summers / The Next Web:Etsy to launch its wholesale platform this summer, will take a 3.5% commission for each order  —  Etsy plans to publicly launch its wholesale program in August, and today revealed how much it'll be charging users for each order.  —  The scheme launched in beta almost a year ago and is designed …

How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

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An anonymous reader writes "Python guru Jeff Knupp writes about his frustration with the so-called 'DevOps' movement, an effort to blend development jobs with operations positions. It's an artifact of startup culture, and while it might make sense when you only have a few employees and a focus on simply getting it running rather than getting it running right, Knupp feels it has no place in bigger, more established companies. He says, 'Somewhere along the way, however, we tricked ourselves into thinking that because, at any one time, a start-up developer had to take on different roles he or she should actually be all those things at once. If such people even existed, "full-stack" developers still wouldn't be used as they should. Rather than temporarily taking on a single role for a short period of time, then transitioning into the next role, they are meant to be performing all the roles, all the time. And here's what really sucks: most good developers can almost pull this off.' Knupp adds, 'The effect of all of this is to destroy the role of "developer" and replace it with a sort of "technology utility-player". Every developer I know got into programming because they actually enjoyed doing it (at one point). You do a disservice to everyone involved when you force your brightest people to take on additional roles.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

China's Baidu launches mobile payment app

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Baidu Inc, China's leading internet search provider, has launched a mobile payment and wealth management platform after its main domestic rivals launched similar products.

Why the IRS wants to be your Facebook friend

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If the fear of an audit wasn't enough to scare you into being honest on your taxes, try this on for size: the IRS might be checking out your Facebook page. The good ol' Internal Revenue Service is reportedly using robots to scope out public social...

Turkey says Twitter agrees to close some accounts, no tax deal yet (Orhan Coskun/Reuters)

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Orhan Coskun / Reuters:Turkey says Twitter agrees to close some accounts, no tax deal yet  —  (Reuters) - Twitter will close some accounts in Turkey but will not for now set up an office there as the government wants, a senior Turkish official said late on Monday after talks over a dispute which saw the government ban the site for two weeks.

New hurricane forecast maps to show flood risk from storm surge

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ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - When the Atlantic hurricane season opens June 1, national forecasters will roll out a new feature: color-coded and broadcast-ready maps to graphically show the potential for flooding from storm surges.

China's Baidu launches mobile payment app

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Baidu Inc, China's leading internet search provider, has launched a mobile payment and wealth management platform after its main domestic rivals launched similar products.

Daily Roundup: Amazon's first phone, Project Ara developer conference and more!

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You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all...

Investors Send Twitter Up 11.4% Following Gnip News, Adding $2.7B To Its Market Cap (Alex Wilhelm/TechCrunch)

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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:Investors Send Twitter Up 11.4% Following Gnip News, Adding $2.7B To Its Market Cap  —  Twitter had a massive day in the markets, soaring more than 11 percent following news this morning that it has acquired Gnip.  —  Gnip is a company that provides other firms with access to social media information streams.

Sony has a 4K TV for every budget (that's at least $2,099)

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Sony has nailed down the final launch details for its newest 4K Bravia TVs, and surprise -- they just might be affordable this year. The "entry-level" XBR-X850B series will start at a relatively frugal $2,099 for a 49-inch model, with prices peaking...

Here's the software that helps Edward Snowden avoid the NSA

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Edward Snowden hasn't escaped the NSA's watchful eyes purely by exploiting lax security -- he also uses the right software. We now know that he communicates with the media using Tails, a customized version of Linux that makes it easy to use Tor's...

Yahoo's growth anemic as turnaround chugs along

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc again posted anemic quarterly revenue growth as the Internet company's advertising business continues to lag its rivals, nearly two years into Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer's comeback effort.

Yahoo's growth anemic as turnaround chugs along

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc again posted anemic quarterly revenue growth as the Internet company's advertising business continues to lag its rivals, nearly two years into Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer's comeback effort.

Apple cannot escape U.S. states' e-book antitrust cases: judge (Nate Raymond/Reuters)

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Nate Raymond / Reuters:Apple cannot escape U.S. states' e-book antitrust cases: judge  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Tuesday lost an attempt to dismiss lawsuits by state attorneys general accusing it of conspiring with five major publishers to fix e-book prices.  —  U.S. District Judge Denise Cote's ruling paves …

Apple, Samsung and more to adopt anti-theft smartphone kill switch

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Apple and Samsung are duking it out in court yet again, but there's at least one thing they (and a host of their smartphone making rivals) agree on: users shouldn't be helpless when their phones are stolen. That's why, starting in July 2015, all of...

Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 8:30PM ET

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It's Tuesday, which is time for the Engadget HD Podcast and we hope you'll join us for the live recording at 8:30PM. No big news to kick off the show this week, but a good quarter for primetime rating will have to do. There is a new wireless box from...

San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

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An anonymous reader writes "We've heard a few brief accounts recently of the housing situation in San Francisco, and how it's leading to protests, gentrification, and bad blood between long-time residents and the newer tech crowd. It's a complicated issue, and none of the reports so far have really done it justice. Now, TechCrunch has posted a ludicrously long article explaining exactly what's going on, from regulations forbidding Google to move people into Mountain View instead, to the political battle to get more housing built, to the compromises that have already been made. It's a long read, but well-researched and interesting. It concludes: 'The crisis we're seeing is the result of decades of choices, and while the tech industry is a sexy, attention-grabbing target, it cannot shoulder blame for this alone. Unless a new direction emerges, this will keep getting worse until the next economic crash, and then it will re-surface again eight years later. Or it will keep spilling over into Oakland, which is a whole other Pandora's box of gentrification issues. The high housing costs aren't healthy for the city, nor are they healthy for the industry. Both thrive on a constant flow of ideas and people.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

New hurricane forecast maps to show flood risk from storm surge

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ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - When the Atlantic hurricane season opens June 1, national forecasters will roll out a new feature: color-coded and broadcast-ready maps to graphically show the potential for flooding from storm surges.

How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

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Velcroman1 writes: "Car stereo salesmen and installers around the country are hoping Apple's CarPlay in-car infotainment system will have a big presence in the aftermarket car stereo industry. The Nikkei Asian Review reports that Alpine is making car stereo head units for between $500 – $700 that will run the iOS-like system Apple unveiled last month, and Macrumors added Clarion to the list of CarPlay supporters. Pioneer is also getting into the game, with support said to be coming to existing car stereo models in its NEX line ($700 – $1400) via firmware update, according to Twice. Given Apple's wildly supportive fan base, its likely that a lot of aftermarket CarPlay units are about to fly off stereo shop shelves. Indeed, CarPlay coming to aftermarket stereo units could bring back what Apple indirectly stole from the industry going back as far as 2006." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google debuts iPhone app for its Helpouts learning and tutorial service (Zac Hall/9to5Mac)

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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:Google debuts iPhone app for its Helpouts learning and tutorial service  —  Google has added yet another app to its collection of iPhone apps today.  This time it's Google Helpouts, which connects users over its Hangouts service to experts knowledgeable in a specific subject for tutoring.

'Hi David': Mulder-Scully Tweet Exchange Excites X-Philes

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U.S. wins more guilty pleas in first counterfeit apps case

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(Reuters) - The final defendants in what the U.S. government called its first prosecution of a counterfeit apps case have pleaded guilty over their roles in alleged schemes to traffic in pirated Android mobile device applications.
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