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Aereo may be remembered as the most highly disruptive service in the technology space that the masses couldn't find a need for. Now, it'll also be remembered as a company that couldn't battle its way beyond a brutal court decision that effectively made its core service illegal to offer. For those needing a refresher, Aereo offered up an online stream of free, over-the-air network television channels. The argument was that if these stations were given away for free using an antenna, why should it be wrong to transit that same signals using modern technology (the Internet) instead? Evidently, the... Read more...
Californians who want to complain on Yelp about a bad experience dealing with a business are free to do so without fear of being fined. That wasn't always the case -- businesses have gotten into the dubious habit of inserting non-disparagement clauses into contracts to prevent peeved customers from leaving a negative online review, but such practice is now outlawed thanks to what's known as the "Yelp Bill." The official name is Assembly Bill 2365, but that's a bit boring, don't you think? Whatever -- Shakespeare taught us that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, and in this case, the... Read more...
The state with the fastest average broadband speed enjoys service that is nearly twice as fast as the state with the with slowest average high-speed connection. That's according to data contained in Akamai's "State of the Internet" report. Broadview Networks, an IT and cloud services provider, took that data and put together a rather neat map of the United States showing average Internet speeds by state. States that appear green have the fastest average Internet speed, and the darker the green, the faster the speed. On the opposite end of the broadband spectrum, states that appear red have the... Read more...
People have a tendency to get ticked off if you mess with their heads, especially without their permission. Facebook, the world's largest social network, found this out the hard way when it revealed that it had altered nearly 700,000 user feeds to study people's emotions. Not cool, but are these types of studies necessary in order to build a better online experience? Online dating site OkCupid seems to think so. "OkCupid doesn’t really know what it’s doing. Neither does any other website. It’s not like people have been building these things for very long, or you can go look up... Read more...
The U.S. government might not negotiate with terrorists, but it is willing to use social media as a tool to engage in conversation with jihadists and their sympathizers online. Why bother? The U.S. government hopes that it can convince potential terrorists to go in another direction. It's an ugly world the government's stepping into, but can it work? "We are actually giving al Qaeda the benefit of the doubt because we are answering their arguments," Alberto Fernandez, coordinator of the State Department's Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC), tells CNN. "The way I see it... Read more...
Assuming you were already born, do you remember what you were doing 25 years ago? Tim Berners-Lee, a name you've likely heard many times before, was busy inventing the world wide web some two and a half decades ago. These days he's the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which oversees the web's continued development, and a lobbyist for a sort of bill of rights for freedom of speech on the Internet. Berners-Lee couldn't have envisioned how big and instrumental the Internet could become to our daily lives, nor could he have predicted the level of government spying that takes place online.... Read more...
Props go out to Reddit, the popular social news and entertainment website comprised of user-submitted content, for deciding to donate 10 percent of its advertising revenue in 2014 to charity. In keeping with the spirit of the community, Reddit's users will be the ones who determine which 10 non-profits receive a slice of the pie. "Whether it's a large ad campaign or a $5 sponsored headline on Reddit, we intend for all ad revenue this year to benefit not only Reddit as a platform but also to support the goals and causes of the entire community," Reddit stated in a blog post. Reddit users will be... Read more...
Nintendo said it's planning to disconnect its Wi-Fi Connection service for Wii consoles and DS handhelds on May 20, 2014. That means no more online play, matchmaking, or leaderboards for many Wii, Nintendo DS, and DSi games. In addition, users will no longer be able to share their own generated content, exchange in-game items, or download free add-on content or downloads such as new levels or in-game items. "We at Nintendo sincerely thank our fans for their continued support of our company’s legacy systems. Your enthusiasm for games made for these systems speaks to their longevity, and the... Read more...
If you're of the opinion that electronic books (e-books) are poor substitutes for the feel and smell of a physical paper-bound novel, fear not, books made out of trees are still long for this world. However, if you're willing to trade those amenities for the luxuries of technology, such as being able to hold thousands of novels in the palm in the hand, the future looks bright. Head over to Texas and you'll spy a glimpse of the future, one that would have been a foreign concept a decade ago. Over in Bexar County is a place called BiblioTech, the nation's first and still the only bookless public... Read more...
When something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Such was the case when some lucky fliers discovered Delta's website was serving up some super cheap flights. By cheap we mean a mere $35 from Raleigh, North Carolina to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and $40 for a roundtrip flight from New York to Los Angeles. Roundtrip first-class tickets from Los Angeles to Hawaii were being sold for $200. The low price fares, some of which were 90 percent below regular ticket pricing, were the result of a website error, which Delta Air Lines corrected within a couple of hours, the Los Angeles Times reports.... Read more...
Do you hear that noise? It's the sound of stocks changing hands, and today that's good news for Twitter. Why? Twitter's stock is currently trading at around $52 per share, up nearly 6 percent since the opening bell, and that's after gaining 9.3 percent on Monday. Shares of Twitter hit a new high of $52.58 just a little earlier, and if the excitement doesn't wane, it could close at a new high at the end of the trading day. The sudden surge in stock price and interest in Twitter by investors is mostly the result of the microblogging service announcing a tailored ad program last Thursday. Twitter's... Read more...
If you stop a random stranger on the street and ask that person what a Bitcoin is, you might get a confused stare. Try asking that same question a year from now and maybe every person you ask will say, "It's a digital currency that's decentralized and uses cryptography to use control transactions to prevent double-spending." Or they'll simply tell you it's a digital currency. Either way, Bitcoins are growing too large to ignore. Bitcoins have nearly doubled in value in the just the last month alone, going from $125 at the start of October to around $310, depending on where you look. The virtual... Read more...
We're being bombarded by gadgets and mobile electronic devices that offer persistent online connectivity, and if you're a parent, that means having to decide when to allow your child to have access to certain gear, like computers, tablets, smartphones, handheld gaming devices, and so forth. Every family is different and therefore there's really no correct answer, though a recent survey by Microsoft does reveal some interesting insight into how other parents are dealing with the digital age. According to Microsoft's survey, 94 percent of parents allow their kids to use at least one online service... Read more...
Dropbox helped popularize the idea of saving everything to the cloud, and by being one of the first services to offer seamless integration with the desktop and mobile devices, it has a distinct advantage in name recognition. It also faces stiff competition these days from a number of competitors like SkyDrive (Microsoft), SugarSync, and Google Drive, to name just a few. The key to staying one step ahead -- or least remaining in the race -- is to keep introducing new features, and that's what Dropbox has done. It's not a major feature addition, but with the latest update, Dropbox will automatically... Read more...
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