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How Net neutrality helped kill the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

12 hours 12 min ago

Comcast's $45.2 billion merger with Time Warner Cable is officially dead, and the companies may have the fiery Net neutrality debate that raged this past year to blame.


What Good Is a Video You Can't See?

13 hours 12 min ago

Soon, thousand of police officers across the country will don body-worn cameras when they go out among the public. I talked to several representatives from privacy, civil rights, and progressive advocacy groups working on body cameras. Body cameras were introduced as a tool of public accountability, but making their videos available to the public might be too fraught, too complex, and too expensive to actually put into practice. Much of the ambiguity around body cameras comes down to this: Despite their general popularity, despite being the only policy change called for by the family of Michael Brown, body cameras are a little weird.


India's Ratan Tata buys stake in Chinese phone maker Xiaomi

13 hours 22 min ago

Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of the holding company of India's Tata conglomerate, has acquired a stake in Xiaomi Technology [XTC.UL], a deal that is likely to bolster the Chinese phone maker's presence in the world's third-largest smartphone market. Financial details of the unspecified stake bought by Tata in Xiaomi, the first by an Indian, were not disclosed in the statement issued by the Chinese company on Sunday. Xiaomi, the No. 3 global smartphone maker, was valued at $45 billion after a December funding round. Tata, a respected business leader who was the chairman of salt-to-software Tata Sons for more than two decades, has previously invested in Indian start-ups, including online retailer Snapdeal.


Nokia denies return to phone manufacturing

13 hours 37 min ago

Finland's Nokia denied reports in Chinese media that it planned to return to manufacturing phones. "Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false," Nokia said in a statement posted on its website. "Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets." However, Nokia has said it is looking into returning to the smartphones business by brand-licensing.


These old school electric bicycles look like a 1950s dream

18 hours 11 min ago

For cycling enthusiasts whose interests fall somewhere between a 10-speed and a motorcycle, electric bicycles are a pretty solid alternative. Vintage Electric claims the bikes can reach a speed of 36 MPH in "Race Mode" with a range of 30 miles and a recharge time of just two hours.


Fall into a hypnotic daze with this CGI aquarium video

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 21:16

Visual artist Oleg Memukhin planned a recent CGI experiment around one of Earth's most hypnotic visuals: fish swimming around in a circle. Using the graphics application Houdini, Memukhin created a school of small, shimmery fish and had them move in sync around any objects placed in their path. In the video above, Memukhin describes the four elements in his "flocking model": cohesion, separation and alignment, obstacle avoidance, and shape animation and flee behavior.


Russian hackers reportedly read some of Obama's emails last year

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 20:15

Last year, some of President Obama's emails were exposed to Russian hackers during a White House computer system breach. Servers that control the traffic to Obama's BlackBerry also remained secure. Obama's personal email account was not affected, rather, much of his correspondence was culled from the accounts of people with whom he communicated frequently. The White House is hit with cyberattacks every day, the Times reports, but this was an advanced, highly targeted attack.


Overcome Agile hangovers with a 'software craftsman' approach

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 18:46

How to make Agile stick: both IT professionals and their employers need a 'software craftsman' mindset that addresses each project with extreme quality and care -- despite deadline pressures.


Hackers temporarily take control of Tesla’s website, Elon Musk's Twitter account

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 17:13

Earlier today, Tesla's Twitter account and website were taken over by some nefarious jokesters. Around 5 PM ET,  a strange tweet popped up on the company's official Twitter account, suggesting the company was no longer in control of what was being posted. The Tesla account name was changed to #RIPPRGANG. The person behind the @rootworx account tweeted several times he was not responsible for the hack, although it was his phone number that was leaked.


Quiksilver designed a wetsuit that looks like an actual suit

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 17:11

If you're a surfer, and you love the feel of salty sea mist on your skin, and the threatening billow of a forming wave, and the rush of gliding on water, but your preferred look is business formal, I've got good news for you. Quiksilver in Japan and the ad agency TBWA\HAKUHODO have designed the True Wetsuit, a wetsuit that looks like an actual suit.


Facebook's Sandberg says she identifies with Ellen Pao

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 16:53

The more powerful and successful a woman becomes, the less she's liked, says the "Lean In" author.


Geeks, gamers and Trekkies most likely to pay with Apple Watch, survey says

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 16:23

Technically Incorrect: A survey asks Americans who they think will most likely pay for items by waving their Apple Watch at a scanner.