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Jimmy Buffett just asked Spotify for a raise

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:44

Jimmy Buffett just asked Spotify for a raiseThe music business ain't what it used to be, Jimmy Buffett says — and he's hoping to make more from the streaming-music business than he currently is. Buffett stepped to the microphone today at the inaugural Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, where Spotify founder Daniel Ek was speaking, and asked whether the money he makes from presumably thousands of streams of "Margaritaville" and other hits will grow any time soon.

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Up close with GE's insane moon landing-inspired sneakers

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:38

Up close with GE's insane moon landing-inspired sneakersThis summer, JackThreads announced a partnership with GE to make hightop sneakers commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Moon landing. Designed by boutique sneaker house Android Homme (no relation to the operating system), the metallic silver shoes were released in hyper-limited quantity — just 100 pairs — via JackThreads' site and sold out immediately. Being a sneakerhead myself, I purchased a pair.

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The ultimate ATM heist still works, has netted hackers ‘millions of dollars’

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:25

The ultimate ATM heist still works, has netted hackers ‘millions of dollars’In early January, and then again in March, reports detailed some smart ATM attacks that allowed hackers to steal money from malware-infected ATMs without requiring any access to the credit or debit cards used by customers. Instead, hackers managed to steal cash directly from the bank, after taking over the machines with special programs. This ultimate heist appears to still be working, The Register reports, as hackers are still using the practice that has netted them “millions of dollars.” FROM EARLIER: The latest malware innovation: Infect ATMs and have them pump out cash Such attacks were sighted in Mexico first, but apparently more ATMs around the world belonging to an unnamed financial institutions have now been infected with the malware.

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Video: Intelligence Squared U.S. debates the Fourth Amendment

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:18
The award-winning debate program Intelligence Squared U.S. returned to the National Constitution Center for a no-holds barred debate on Tuesday night about phone records and the Fourth Amendment. Watch the full video here.
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China military calls for stronger cybersecurity, domestic software: state media

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:12

A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in ParisBEIJING (Reuters) - China's armed forces will ramp up their cybersecurity and speed domestic development of software, state media said on Wednesday, as the world's largest military seeks to shore up potential technological weaknesses. The statement underscores China's increasingly vocal concern over the Internet and cybersecurity, which it sees as dominated by Western powers and values. "Information security must be considered an underlying project in military battle preparedness," the official People's Liberation Army Daily said. ...

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WSJ: Apple is ‘surprised’ that it may have bankrupted its own sapphire supplier

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:00

 Apple is ‘surprised’ that it may have bankrupted its own sapphire supplierBy far the most surprising Apple-related news to break this week was the bankruptcy filing of GT Advanced Technologies, the company that was tapped as Apple’s primary supplier for sapphire displays for the Apple Watch and other future devices. The Wall Street Journal now reports that Apple said on Wednesday that it was just as surprised to learn about the news as anyone else, even though the company might have been primarily responsible for its bankruptcy. RELATED: Why your iPhone might never get a sapphire display “We are focused on preserving jobs in Arizona following GT’s surprising decision and we will continue to work with state and local officials as we consider our next steps,” Apple said in a regulatory

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The Grid hopes polished publishing will rekindle website creation

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:51

The GridFor $96 per year, the startup promises customers an adaptable, customizable, refined website for those who need more than a Facebook profile page.>

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New iPads, Mac system expected at Oct. 16 event

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:46
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has sent invites to an Oct. 16 event during which it's expected to show off new iPad models and an update to its Mac OS system.
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Alleged iPad Air 2 images leak online

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:44

Apple's iPad AirPhotos of an alleged iPad Air 2 prototype show the tablet sporting a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, says 9to5Mac.>

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What Prince Ea Wants You to Know

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:36

What Prince Ea Wants You to KnowSo here we are in 2014, and Charles Dickens' most famous words haunt the present day. In many ways, this is the best of times; the brightest minds have revolutionized the way in which we heal from illnesses, share information with each other and live our lives. All of that considered, humanity has truly encountered its worst of times. Western...

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AT&T to pay $105 million for 'cramming' extra charges into customer bills

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:27

AT&T to pay $105 million for 'cramming' extra charges into customer billsThe US government is slapping down AT&T for allowing extra charges on customers' phone bills with what it calls the "largest cramming settlement in history." The news was announced on Wednesday in a joint press conference held by the FCC, the FTC, and all state attorneys general, who worked together on the resolution. That resolution concerns what's known as "mobile cramming," in which third parties can pass charges along to phone companies for spam SMS messages or things like daily horoscopes and "fun facts. ...

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‘It’s been way too long': Apple’s major iPad event officially set for October 16th

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:11

 Apple’s major iPad event officially set for October 16thThe rumors were true: Apple juts sent out invitations for its next media event which will take place on Thursday, October 16th at its Infinite Loop Campus in Cupertino, California. The event will begin at 1 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT and is expected to feature the next iPad Air and a new line of Mac computers. FROM EARLIER: iPad Air 2 leak: High-quality video gives us our most detailed look yet at Apple’s new tablet As usual, Apple didn’t include any specifics regarding the event on the invitation, but recent leaks and reports have made it overwhelmingly clear that a new iPad will be the highlight of the event. The next iPad is expected to feature Touch ID functionality, a redesigned

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A 10 Month Social Experiment: What I Gained When I Lost My Phone

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:03

 What I Gained When I Lost My PhoneMany thought I was credulous to think that in 2014 I could live without a cell phone. Mine was a fluke accident, that morphed into a social experiment. Yet despite my conscious choice, the fact that I lacked the most idolized technological device was nonetheless uncouth. I was pitied mostly. Considered economically disadvantaged even, because I...

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Apple's next event is October 16th: 'it's been way too long'

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:03

 'it's been way too long'Apple announcements are coming fast and furious this fall. Fresh off the huge launch of the iPhone 6 lineup and the Apple Watch, plus the considerably rockier launch of iOS 8, the company has announced another event for October 16th. This time we expect to see new iPads, new iMacs, possibly new MacBooks and MacBook Airs, and the official launch and rollout of Mac OS X Yosemite.

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How to improve Google+ immediately

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:00

How to improve Google+ immediatelyDavid Besbris, who replaced Vic Gundotra as Google’s head of social media, gave an interview to Recode in which he discussed the future of his company’s moribund social network. Google’s photo product is a complete gem: unlimited photo backup, with incredible search, and some spectacular "auto awesome" features that turn your photos into delightful little GIFs, among other things.

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