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Here are the 17 Greatest Moments From Lil Jon’s Reddit AMA

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 09:32
We knew Lil Jon was good at making music ("Yeah!" was an instant classic on the mid-2000s bar mitzvah circuit), and that he also did pretty well on Celebrity Apprentice (yep, we watched that). It seems the initial purpose of the AMA was to hype up Lil Jon's new single with DJ Snake, "Turn Down for What," and its accompanying website. It highlights some of Lil Jon's hopes and dreams. It's a beautiful window into Lil Jon's soul, written in all caps.
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Woman Allegedly Assaulted For Wearing Google Glass at Bar

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 09:20
The woman, Sarah Slocum, was at Molotov's on Haight Street showing someone her Google Glass, CBS reports. The witness, Brian Lester, went on to explain that people might have been upset that she was "recording outside of a bar this late with obvious embarrassing behavior going on."
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Verizon CEO says heavy broadband users should pay more for their service

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 09:20
Are you constantly streaming high-definition video, downloading tons of Xbox One games and sending massive files to friends and family? You should pay more for Internet access than your neighbor, who only uses a 10-year-old PC in his living room to read email and occasionally browse the Internet for cat GIFs. This is the position of Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, who said this week that heavy broadband users should have to pay more for home Internet access than those who don’t take full advantage of the service for which they already pay top dollar. Verizon recently made news when it was accused of throttling Netflix in a move that would have danced on net neutrality’s grave mere weeks after a court
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WSJ: Four ways to distance the NSA from phone records that'll be considered by government

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 09:14

 Four ways to distance the NSA from phone records that'll be considered by governmentPresident Obama has his work cut out for him as he tries to restore faith in the US government following the whole NSA spying scandal. He first talked of surveillance reform last year, then in a January 2014 speech ...


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Plex Chromecast Update Lets You Stream Music and Photos

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 09:12

Plex Chromecast Update Lets You Stream Music and PhotosThe Plex media player is one of the first third-party apps to launch for Google's Chromecast, allowing users to stream their video libraries on a big screen. The Chromecast version of Plex previously supported video only, but the patch adds the ability to stream any music or photo content from your Plex library. The app will automatically transcode music files that aren't natively supported, so you don't have to worry about what type of tunes you're importing into your Plex collection.


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Mastercard, Syniverse working on location-based card authentication

Electronista - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 09:12
MasterCard and connectivity provider Syniverse today joined forces to deliver a number of mobile and payment services designed to enhance peace of mind for mobile users when traveling abroad. The two companies are currently testing a technology for an opt-in service that will enable card transactions for users only when they have their mobile device switched on in a specific geolocation, adjacent to the transaction location....
    






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Steven Soderbergh mashes two versions of 'Psycho' into one movie

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 09:11

Steven Soderbergh mashes two versions of 'Psycho' into one movieDirector Steven Soderbergh seems to be a master at quickly throwing together a sharp cut of an otherwise unwieldy movie. Aside from editing his own films, Soderbergh's name has popped up in anecdotes as other directors recall him offering to cut their movies' lengthy early runtimes down overnight to help them gain a new perspective in the editing room. Now, Soderbergh has put his editing prowess into something a bit different: mashing up two nearly identical movies. On his website, Extension 765, Soderbergh has combined Alfred Hitchcock's and Gus Van Sant's versions of Psycho into a single film, which he's titled Psychos.


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Watch classical sculptures stretch and twist into paper Slinkys

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 08:59

Watch classical sculptures stretch and twist into paper SlinkysBeijing-based artist Li Hongbo creates classical busts that wouldn't look out of place at the Met... except that they're made entirely out of paper and bend like a Slinky. For the past several years, he's showed off springy skulls, stretching nudes, and expanding cubes. Last week, production company Kid Guy Collective and the Klein Sun Gallery in New York published a new video showcasing some of his most sophisticated work. The sculptures are carved from thousands of sheets of glued paper that form a flexible honeycomb. ...


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Fingerprint security convenient, but not flawless

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 08:47

The new Samsung Galaxy S5 is examined by a visitor to the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, after its unveiling. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone will be at least the third to have a fingerprint sensor for security but it's alone in letting you use that for general shopping, thanks to a partnership with PayPal.


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Almost free at last: House passes bill legalizing cellphone unlocking

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 08:45
It’s a rare but welcome sight: The United States House of Representatives has passed a commonsense bill by a wide margin. Reuters reports that the House on Tuesday passed a bill that would make it legal for consumers to unlock their cellphones once their contracts have expired so they can be used on other networks, although there is a pretty big catch. According to Reuters, the bill still bans “bulk unlocking,” which means that consumers still wouldn’t be allowed to “sell their old devices to third parties that could unlock phones in bulk.” The language added against bulk unlocking has led some consumer groups to withdraw their support for the bill. Nonetheless, the bill should be a welcome reprieve for anyone
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Hundreds of Millions of Stolen Login Credentials Found Online

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 08:26

Hundreds of Millions of Stolen Login Credentials Found OnlineA security firm says it has found 360 million login credentials, mostly with unencrypted passwords, on black-market websites frequented by online criminals. Alex Holden, chief information security officer of Milwaukee-based Hold Security, told Reuters Tuesday (Feb. 25) that the credentials — username and password pairs —came from multiple data breaches and were collected during the first three weeks of February. Asked Tuesday at the RSA security conference in San Francisco about the figure of 360 million currently available stolen login credentials, security blogger Brian Krebs replied, "There's probably a lot more than that."


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Hacking Laws May Make Security Researchers 'Endangered Species'

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 08:26

Hacking Laws May Make Security Researchers 'Endangered Species'SAN FRANCISCO — The computer-security industry needs to take political action to prevent laws that would make basic research illegal, a prominent researcher said Monday (Feb. 24). "We need legislation that protects security researchers," said Trey Ford, global security strategist with Boston security firm Rapid7. Speaking to an audience of fellow computer-security professionals at the BSides SF conference here, Ford explained that recent interpretations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) of 1986 threaten vital research.


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US, Japan law enforcement examining situation surrounding Mt. Gox

Electronista - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 08:19
While the Mt. Gox "crisis strategy draft" seems to actually be legitimate, further doubt on the future survivability of shuttered BitCoin exchange has been cast by both US and Japanese regulatory agencies and law enforcement. Departments from both countries have either already issued subpoenas, or are starting to look into the facts leading up to and surrounding the recent shutdown, which could cost users and the company itself over $350 million....
    






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These are the Galaxy S5′s next-gen processors

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 08:10
Both Samsung and Qualcomm unveiled new mobile processors that are believed to equip Galaxy S5 variants, including the new Exynos 5422 and the Snapdragon 801, respectively. When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 on Monday, it only revealed that the device sports a 2.5GHz quad-core processor without specifying more details about it. However, when it published a specs infographic for the Galaxy S family, it noted that the Galaxy S5 will be available in two flavors when it comes to CPUs, including a 2.5GHz quad-core model and a 2.1GHz octa-core version. GigaOM says that the 2.5GHz quad-core processor is actually the new Snapdragon 801, as Samsung decided not to use a Snapdragon 800 version in its newest flagship handset – however some
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Kazam wants you to come for the hardware, stay for the service

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 08:10

Kazam wants you to come for the hardware, stay for the serviceKazam has a battle on its hands. The company may have been launched by former HTC execs, but it can only trade on that association for so long. That's something the firm is directly addressing here at MWC, it seems, with the launch of two new octacore handsets -- the Tornado 2 5.0, and Tornado 5.5.


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Aereo granted 14-day stay from shutdown in 10th district

Electronista - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 07:54
Online over-the-air television streamer Aereo has won a very brief reprieve from its shutdown order across six states. District Judge Dale Kimball ruled that "notwithstanding the many factors weighing against a stay, the court, in its discretion, grants Aereo a temporary 14-day stay."...
    






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Of course there already is a Galaxy S5 clone

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 07:25
Even though the Galaxy S5 was only announced on Monday, a clone for the handset has already been unveiled, by Chinese device clone makers Goophone, which will be much less expensive than the real thing. The Goophone S5 will cost just $299.99, and for that price users will get a smartphone that looks almost exactly like the Galaxy S5, and offer almost similar specs. It’s not clear when the smartphone will ship to interested buyers, being currently marked as “out of stock” on the Goophone site. The Goophone will have a 5-inch Full HD display (1920 x 1080 resolution,) 2GHz MTK MT6592 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage expandable via microSD card, 13-megapixel camera with LED flash, 5-megapixel front-facing
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Mt Gox head says in Japan, seeking solution to bitcoin exchange's woes

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 07:19
The head of Mt. Gox, the bitcoin exchange whose abrupt shutdown has shaken the virtual currency, said on Wednesday that he remains in Japan and is working with others to solve the company's problems. "As there is a lot of speculation regarding MtGox and its future, I would like to use this opportunity to reassure everyone that I am still in Japan, and working very hard with the support of different parties to find a solution to our recent issues," Mark Karpeles said in a posting on the Mt. Gox website. The site went blank on Tuesday after weeks of turmoil as Mt. Gox, once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange, suspended withdrawals. Karpeles told Reuters by email on Tuesday that Mt. Gox was "at a turning point for the business" but did not elaborate.
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Beyond Mt. Gox, bitcoin believers keep the faith, see more robust system

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 06:50

Burges, a self-styled cryptocurrency trader and former software engineer from London, holds a placard to protest against Mt. Gox in TokyoBy Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The apparent collapse of Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox isn't bothering Anthony Hope and others who have ditched steady careers in government and finance to build bitcoin companies - and who stand to lose money they have in Mt. Gox. Hope, a former British Treasury official and now head of compliance at Hong Kong-based MatrixVision, says that while Mt. Gox's fate is unclear, its troubles form part of a wider shift as more professional players move into the bitcoin mainstream. "Over the longer term it will be good for bitcoin because over time the entire ecosystem will be made more robust." Steve Beauregard, CEO and founder of Singapore-based GoCoin, is more blunt about Mt. Gox's woes: "It's important in the sense of sweeping away a lot of the early unsophisticated folk who got into this and made a name for themselves, but didn't have the management horsepower to manage a company." Mt. Gox, at one time the biggest bitcoin exchange, abruptly stopped trading this week amid reports on the internet that more than 744,000 bitcoins - worth around $380 million at prevailing rates - had been stolen.


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Best Mobile Tablet of MWC wasn’t even officially present at the show

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 06:30
While many MWC 2014 attendees may have brought their iPads along, Apple did not have an official presence at the show, a regular “habit” for the company. However, the iPad Air, Apple’s latest flagship iOS tablet, won the Best Mobile Tablet award GSMA awards – last year, Google’s Nexus 7 (2012) won the same award. “Precision-engineered to weigh just one pound, iPad Air is 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than the fourth generation iPad, and with a 43 percent narrower bezel the borders of iPad Air are dramatically thinner,” the tablet’s description reads on the Global Mobile Awards site. “iPad Air’s Retina display makes web pages, text, images and video look incredibly sharp and realistic, and the new power-efficient
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