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  • Bitcoin to get more attention from U.S. consumer bureauc Jul 5, 2014 8:16 AM
    Bitcoin and other digital currencies will get more attention from the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after prodding from a congressional watchdog.

     
  • Eyes on you: Experts reveal police hacking methods Jul 5, 2014 8:22 AM
    Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker’s handbook, using targets’ own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals. “This in many ways is the police surveillance of the now and the future,” said Morgan Marquis-Boire, a security researcher with Citizen Lab.

     
  • Is Facebook really turning us into lab rats? Jul 4, 2014 7:14 AM
    How shocking: Facebook had the temerity to conduct an experiment on its users without telling them. For a week in 2012, the social network reduced the number of posts containing “positive” and “negative” words, tracked their lab rat users’ own posts, and found that their mood was influenced by that of the news feed.

     
  • Google begins removing user data under ‘right to be forgotten’ Jul 4, 2014 6:56 AM
    The Internet may never truly forget, but Google is starting to. The tech giant began filtering out results for some users under Europe’s new “right to be forgotten.”

     
  • Review: Equalizer apps work better than Clari-Fi Jul 4, 2014 7:22 AM
    Bring back the equalizers! That’s my conclusion after trying out Clari-Fi, a new technology from audio equipment maker Harman Kardon. Clari-Fi aims to restore some of the audio signal that is lost because of digital compression in today’s download and streaming formats.

     
  • EU slashes mobile data roaming fees by 55 percent Jul 4, 2014 7:53 AM
    The European Union says the surcharges for surfing the Internet on mobile devices while traveling across the 28-nation bloc will be more than halved.

     
  • SiriusXM fires ‘Opie & Anthony’ host over tweets Jul 4, 2014 4:36 PM
    “Opie & Anthony” radio show host Anthony Cumia has been fired by satellite radio company SiriusXM, which cited his “racially charged” and “hate-filled” remarks on Twitter as the reason.

     
  • Censorship claims as Google cuts search results in Europe Jul 3, 2014 9:30 AM
    Google’s removal of some search results in Europe is drawing accusations of censorship. The U.S. firm has to comply with a strict privacy ruling made in May by the European Union’s top court that enables citizens to ask for the removal of embarrassing personal information that pops up on a search of their names.

     
  • Itasca’s Knowles takes microphone to new level Jul 3, 2014 12:58 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features a new digital microphone that will be going into new smartphones and other devices that will eliminate swiping the screen when turning on and off any calls. The device will also allow you to transfer data just by holding up the smartphone to another device.

     
  • Review: How to follow World Cup beyond live video Jun 29, 2014 7:04 AM
    Every World Cup game is being shown on television and online in the U.S., but many will require a cable or satellite TV subscription, even for Internet streaming. What if you don't have one? Good news: In 2014, there are more apps and other options than ever before. Here's a look at how to keep up on everything to do with the tournament in Brazil.

     
  • Websites can take some hassle out of car-buying Jun 29, 2014 8:00 AM
    Want to take some of the stress and mystery out of the car-buying process? Get on the Internet. Auto Web sites — once filled mostly with reviews and advice — are getting more sophisticated, connecting potential buyers with dealers and offering instant price guarantees.

     
  • NSA fears prompt Germany to end Verizon contract Jun 28, 2014 6:22 AM
    The German government is ending a contract with Verizon over fears the company could be letting U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdrop on sensitive communications, officials said.

     
  • Beach parties in Cannes help Yahoo, Google Jun 28, 2014 9:01 AM
    Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer landed on the French Riviera last week with a posse of space adventurers. Her goal: Convince advertisers that the Internet -- with programming such as a new Yahoo sitcom about an alternate universe -- can be as effective as television for pitching brands.

     
  • Review: Colors come to life in new Samsung tablet Jun 28, 2014 8:12 AM
    The new display technology in Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S tablet brings colors to life and reduces the device’s bulk. The Tab S with an 8.4-inch screen, measured diagonally, costs $400, while a 10.5-inch version costs $500. Both started selling in the U.S. on Friday. AMOLED screens are more expensive than conventional LCD screens, but they produce richer colors.

     
  • Aereo suspends service after Supreme Court ruling Jun 28, 2014 1:59 PM
    The Supreme Court dealt Aereo, backed by Barry Diller, a major setback on Wednesday in ruling that the television-over-the-Internet service operates much like a cable TV company.

     
  • App Watch: FilmOn has much more than broadcast TV Jun 28, 2014 8:25 AM
    FilmOn offers over-the-air TV channels through a website and mobile apps. While Aereo’s monthly service starts at $8, FilmOn is free. But you have to put up with a short video ad before you start watching. You can watch on Windows and Mac computers, iOS, Android and BlackBerry 10 devices and Roku’s streaming player.

     
  • Review: Warming up to tablets with keyboard covers Jun 28, 2014 8:14 AM
    The Lumia 2520 came across as just another Windows tablet when it was released last fall. My attitude changed once I attached its optional, $150 keyboard cover. The tablet itself starts at about $600 and includes 4G LTE cellular capabilities.

     
  • Google’s Nest to buy security startup Dropcam Jun 28, 2014 8:12 AM
    Google Inc.’s Nest Labs is acquiring Dropcam Inc. for $555 million to boost its offerings for the connected home. Dropcam makes in-home cameras that can be checked from a smartphone anywhere in the world.

     
  • Oculus plans to make virtual reality a reality Jun 28, 2014 8:12 AM
    Oculus VR Inc. has a plan for making virtual reality mainstream: Replicate Google Inc.’s success with Android. Facebook Inc. agreed in March to acquire Oculus for about $2 billion, betting that headsets simulating reality would be the future of computing and communication.

     
  • Apple’s larger iPhones said to start mass output next month Jun 28, 2014 8:12 AM
    Apple suppliers in China will begin mass production of its largest iPhones ever next month, according to people familiar with the plans, as the smartphone maker faces increased competition.

     
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