Could Facebook End the Cable Companies’ Chokehold on Broadband Access with Its New Solar Powered Drones?

By: Friday March 28, 2014 12:51 pm

For years the big cable providers — Verizon, AT&T and others — have been justifying massive rate hikes with assurances that they need the money to wire the entire country with broadband. But instead of using the money to bring wireless infrastructure to rural America, which they are legally obligated to do, they’ve spent it [...]

14 Year-Old Finds Federal Government Can Save $400 Million Per Year By Changing Typeface

By: Friday March 28, 2014 11:41 am

File this under things I did not know: printer ink is is nearly twice as expensive as French perfume. Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum costs $38 per ounce, while the same amount of Hewlett-Packard printer ink can cost up to $75.

IBM Develops Algorithm to Predict Where You Live Based on Your Last 200 Tweets

By: Friday March 21, 2014 2:05 pm

IBM researchers have developed an algorithm they claim can determine your home location with 70% accuracy, based on your last 200 tweets. In a paper written by Jalal Mahmud, Jeffrey Nichols and Clemens Drews of the IBM Research Lab in Almaden (PDF), the researchers say their algorithm “uses an ensemble of statistical and heuristic classifiers [...]

New Ubuntu Phone Won’t Truly Be Open Source: Canonical Says Operating System Will Be Open, But Admits Baseband Will Be Closed

By: Friday March 21, 2014 12:11 pm

Many people hoped that the new Ubuntu phone would be truly open source, but according to Privacy International, it’s not to be. Ubuntu has told them that while the operating system will be open source, the baseband will be closed.

As FCC Net Neutrality Deadline Approaches, Netflix CEO Accuses Cable Providers of Degrading Services

By: Friday March 21, 2014 11:17 am

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings accuses the ISPs of allocating insufficient bandwidth to Netflix products, “subjecting consumers who pay a lot of money for high-speed Internet to high buffering rates, long wait times and poor video quality.” Once Netflix agrees to pay connection fees, however, he says “sufficient capacity is made available and high quality service for consumers is restored.”

Twitter Blocked in Turkey, But Activists Keep Tweeting Through Alternate DNS Servers

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 9:40 pm

With almost nightly leaks of new corruption files making his administration look worse than ever, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s vowed to wage war on social media. The battle took a new turn today — as Turkey blocked Twitter on all its major ISPs. But a panel on the #OccupyGezi movement at SXSW revealed that [...]

Bill Gates: In The Future, Tech-Bots Will Take Your Jobs and Ending Corporate Taxes Will Prevent Poverty and Social Unrest

By: Monday March 17, 2014 1:32 pm

Bill Gates, speaking at the American Enterprise Institute, predicted that in the near future technology will progress such that many workers will become superfluous.

NASA Announces First Direct Evidence of Cosmic Inflation After the Big Bang – Should Someone Win the Nobel Prize?

By: Monday March 17, 2014 12:13 pm

NASA announced today that scientists have discovered the strongest confirmation yet of the cosmic inflation theory, which posits that after the Big Bang, “the universe expanded by 100 trillion trillion times, in less than the blink of an eye.”

Edward Snowden Speaks to #SXSW (#SXSnowden)

By: Monday March 10, 2014 4:15 pm

The NSA set fire to the Internet’s future. The people in this room are all the firefighters. –Edward Snowden at SXSW Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower in exile, spoke to the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas today. He appeared via a choppy videostream which was said to be routed through seven proxy servers. Joining [...]

The Bitcoin Diaries Recap: I Survived My Week on Bitcoin

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 1:43 pm

So my week on Bitcoin has come to an end. Overall I would classify it as a success, and it’s clear there are many more options available for Bitcoin purchases now than even a year ago. That being said, the week wasn’t without challenges and these challenges exposed some of the growing pains Bitcoin continues [...]

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