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Smartphone kill-switch bill passes California assembly - PCWorld

August 7, 2014 - 2:09pm

The Recorder

Smartphone kill-switch bill passes California assembly
PCWorld
A bill requiring that all smartphones sold in California contain a “kill-switch” that allows users to disable them if stolen was approved by the California Assembly on Thursday morning. The bill had previously been approved by the state's senate although it will ...
Smartphone 'kill switch' bill clears California AssemblyLos Angeles Times
California Assembly OKs smartphone 'kill switch' billSan Jose Mercury News
Bill to Require 'Kill Switches' on Cell Phones Passes Through AssemblyKFBK
The San Luis Obispo Tribune -SFGate (blog)
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Microsoft To Open Fifth Avenue Store? - InformationWeek

August 7, 2014 - 2:03pm

New York Daily News

Microsoft To Open Fifth Avenue Store?
InformationWeek
Microsoft wants to open a store on NYC's Fifth Avenue, says report -- just weeks after CEO Satya Nadella said retail stores are a "supporting" part of his strategy. Apple-IBM Deal: 9 Moves Rivals Should Make. (Click image for larger view and slideshow.).
Microsoft Looks to Open NYC Retail Store on Fifth Ave.DailyTech
Microsoft In Talks For Store Location On Fifth Ave -- Right Next To AppleDaily Caller
Microsoft may open first store in New York CityCNET
ValueWalk -ZDNet -International Business Times
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Parenting in the 21st Century with Sproutling - Mind Of The Geek

August 7, 2014 - 1:54pm

Daily Beast

Parenting in the 21st Century with Sproutling
Mind Of The Geek
Having a child changes your life for the better and the worse. The good outweighs the bad, of course, but as any parent will tell you, forget the days of ever not having a worry again. And when they're an infant, it's even worse. The overwhelming fear of what ...
In case you missed the crying, wearable tells you your baby is madSFGate (blog)
Preorders kick off for Sproutling, a 'Nest' for your child's nurseryApple Insider
Sproutling Opens Pre-Orders For Wearable Baby Monitor That Makes Your Life ...TechCrunch
The Mary Sue -VentureBeat -Wall Street Journal (blog)
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Apple's ambitions are being curtailed by US and Chinese rivalry - Telegraph.co.uk

August 7, 2014 - 1:37pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Apple's ambitions are being curtailed by US and Chinese rivalry
Telegraph.co.uk
A new war is raging between the US and China. There are no missiles flying, not even the cold threat of a nuclear strike. Instead, the battle lines are being drawn in cyberspace. The two superpowers have long regarded each other with mutual suspicion, ...

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Microsoft to issue many Windows patches - ZDNet

August 7, 2014 - 1:25pm

Microsoft to issue many Windows patches
ZDNet
Microsoft has released their advance notification for the August 2014 Patch Tuesday updates. There will be a total of nine updates issued next Tuesday, August 12, two of them rated critical. Special Feature. Windows 8 in Business. Microsoft has painted bold ...

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Facebook buys PrivateCore to strengthen network security - Gigaom

August 7, 2014 - 1:16pm

Gigaom

Facebook buys PrivateCore to strengthen network security
Gigaom
Facebook plans to use the security startup's vCage technology to protect its data centers from malware, unauthorized access and malicious hardware. Security - generic. photo: Andrea Danti/Shutterstock. Facebook said Thursday that it's acquiring PrivateCore ...
Facebook snaps up server security start-upCNNMoney
Facebook buys server security startup PrivateCoreZDNet
Facebook Inc (FB) Snaps Up Server Security Firm PrivateCoreValueWalk
VentureBeat -Reuters -SlashGear
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New Computer Chip Is Designed to Work Like the Brain - New York Times

August 7, 2014 - 1:01pm

New York Times

New Computer Chip Is Designed to Work Like the Brain
New York Times
Inspired by the architecture of the brain, scientists have developed a new kind of computer chip that draws no more power than a hearing aid and may eventually excel at calculations that stump today's supercomputers. The new processor, named TrueNorth, ...
IBM Unveils Chip Simulating Brain FunctionsWall Street Journal
Brain-Inspired IBM Chip Puts Traditional Computers To ShameNBCNews.com
IBM creates new SyNAPSE chip to further cognitive computingZDNet
Wired -VentureBeat -MarketWatch
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Which Is the Bigger Seller: Chevrolet Volt, or Tesla Model S? - Wall Street Journal (blog)

August 7, 2014 - 12:32pm

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Which Is the Bigger Seller: Chevrolet Volt, or Tesla Model S?
Wall Street Journal (blog)
If you're looking for a plug-in electric car, who are you going to call: GM , or Tesla? One may have all the momentum in terms of branding and public perceptions. But another is leading in U.S. sales, according to numbers from Autodata. As the WSJ's Jeff ...

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Falling TVs! Vizio Recalls 245000 Flat Screens - NBCNews.com

August 7, 2014 - 10:58am

NBCNews.com

Falling TVs! Vizio Recalls 245000 Flat Screens
NBCNews.com
Vizio is recalling nearly a quarter of a million TV sets because they are at risk of falling over. So far, 51 sets have already fallen flat on their screens, according to Vizio. Thankfully, nobody was hurt. (No word on how many Netflix binges were interrupted).
Vizio 39- and 42-inch E-series TVs recalled due to tipover concernsConsumerReports.org
Vizio TV under recall (Photo: Consumer Product Safety Commission)WLTX.com
VIZIO Recalls to Repair Televisions Due to Risk of Tip OverFOX43.com
WQAD.com -- Quad Cities News & Weather from WQAD -WBAL Baltimore -Business Clarksville
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Carriers' remote control software continues to put some mobile devices at risk - PCWorld

August 7, 2014 - 10:52am

Carriers' remote control software continues to put some mobile devices at risk
PCWorld
Vulnerabilities found in remote management software that carriers insist be installed on smart phones and other mobile-enabled devices they sell are likely to put many devices at risk of compromise for some time to come. Dangerous security flaws were ...
Secret Controls Can Be Used to Hijack Cellphones, CarsTom's Guide
Black Hat: Hidden controls open 2 billion mobile devices to exploitationSC Magazine
Secret Vulnerabilities in Phones, Laptops, Cars Could Affect BillionsPC Magazine
MarketWatch
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Uber and Lyft Introduce Ride-Sharing Service - NBCNews.com

August 7, 2014 - 10:49am

NBCNews.com

Uber and Lyft Introduce Ride-Sharing Service
NBCNews.com
Lyft and Uber, two popular San Francisco-based car-sharing services, have announced new carpool options for their mobile apps. Both features allow passengers to share cars with strangers along the same route. By opting for the free carpool features on ...

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GM to debut next version of slow-selling Volt hybrid in January - Reuters

August 7, 2014 - 10:14am

Reuters

GM to debut next version of slow-selling Volt hybrid in January
Reuters
DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co (GM.N) said Thursday it will show the next-generation of its slow-selling Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric car in January. Company officials did not disclose details on the pricing or driving range of the 2016 Volt, which will ...
Second Generation Chevrolet Volt to Bow at 2015 Detroit Auto ShowDailyTech
Next-gen Chevy Volt to debut at 2015 Detroit auto showAutomotive News
2016 Chevrolet Volt To Debut at 2015 Detroit Auto ShowEdmunds.com
Detroit Free Press -Green Car Reports -MLive.com
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Google Updates Play Music and Search Apps for Android With New Features - NDTV

August 7, 2014 - 10:11am

NDTV

Google Updates Play Music and Search Apps for Android With New Features
NDTV
Google on Wednesday updated its Search and Play Music apps for Android with new features. The Google Search app has been updated to version 3.6. The update is said to enable deep linking of apps through search and could possibly allow "Google to ...

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Buy Windows 7 OEM – Before it's too late! - Expert Reviews

August 7, 2014 - 9:37am

Expert Reviews

Buy Windows 7 OEM – Before it's too late!
Expert Reviews
Every Windows product has what Microsoft calls a lifecycle, and despite Windows 8.1's unpopularity, Windows 7 is not having its consumer life extended as a result. With the release of Windows 8 back in October 2012 the clock started ticking for Windows 7 ...

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Google Search starts penalizing websites that don't use encryption - PCWorld

August 7, 2014 - 9:09am

Google Search starts penalizing websites that don't use encryption
PCWorld
Websites that aren't encrypting connections with their visitors may get a lower ranking on Google's search engine, a step the company said it is taking to promote better online security practices. The move is designed to spur developers to implement TLS ...

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The latest, cheapest services from Uber and Lyft will upend transportation even ... - Washington Post (blog)

August 7, 2014 - 7:53am

The latest, cheapest services from Uber and Lyft will upend transportation even ...
Washington Post (blog)
Uber and Lyft, as they tend to do, made parallel announcements this week: The two companies, widely (and not quite accurately) synonymous with "ridesharing," are testing big new services that look, well, a little more like actual ridesharing. Uber unveiled ...

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China Tightens Restrictions on Messaging Apps - Wall Street Journal

August 7, 2014 - 7:35am

Wall Street Journal

China Tightens Restrictions on Messaging Apps
Wall Street Journal
China for the first time placed restrictions on instant-messaging services—an increasingly popular platform in the country for discussion and debate. Beijing said the restrictions were instituted to "help build a clean cyberspace" and safeguard national security.

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UPDATE 2-China imposes new restrictions on instant messaging tools - Xinhua - Reuters

August 7, 2014 - 7:20am

New Vision

UPDATE 2-China imposes new restrictions on instant messaging tools - Xinhua
Reuters
(Adds Tencent comment). By Paul Carsten. BEIJING Aug 7 (Reuters) - China will force real-name registrations on users of instant messaging tools and require public accounts wishing to publish or reprint political news to seek prior approval, state media said ...
China tightens controls on Internet messaging apps...New Vision
China tightens censorship on mobile messaging appsFinancial Times
China moves to tighten control over mobile information sharingMontreal Gazette

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Twitch to block unlicensed audio ahead of rumoured Google buyout - Irish Independent

August 7, 2014 - 5:40am

Twitch to block unlicensed audio ahead of rumoured Google buyout
Irish Independent
Frank Whelan. Published 07/08/2014 | 11:29. 0 Comments; Share. Twitch Logo. Twitch, the game streaming service, is set to block third-party copyrighted audio in all video on demand, including in-game and ambient music. Share. Go To. Comments.

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Google lowers search ranking of websites that don't use encryption - Computerworld

August 7, 2014 - 5:20am

Google lowers search ranking of websites that don't use encryption
Computerworld
IDG News Service - Websites that aren't encrypting connections with their visitors may get a lower ranking on Google's search engine, a step the company said it is taking to promote better online security practices. The move is designed to spur developers to ...

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