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The science behind Netflix's first major redesign in four years (Josh Lowensohn/The Verge)

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 23:25

Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
The science behind Netflix's first major redesign in four years  —  Back in March, a developer named Renan Cakirerk wrote a small piece of code that made a big impact on Netflix.  Cheekily named “god mode,” it addressed one of the most annoying aspects of trying to use Netflix in your browser …

Instagram sends "Highlights" email digests to re-engage users, its first promotional emails (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 21:25

Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram sends “Highlights” email digests to re-engage users, its first promotional emails  —  An Aging Instagram Tries To Win Us Back With Email “Highlights”  —  Four and a half years is a lot of pretty pictures.  Instagram isn't as young as it used to be, and it doesn't want long-time users to slip away from its app.

What could launch at Google I/O 2015: Android M, Chromecast 2, standalone photos product, more (Ron Amadeo/Ars Technica)

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 18:35

Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
What could launch at Google I/O 2015: Android M, Chromecast 2, standalone photos product, more  —  Google Tracker 2015 (I/O edition): Android M, Chromecast 2, and lots more  —  SPOILER ALERT!  We recap upcoming Google projects that could launch at I/O 2015.

Amazon to stop funneling Europe sales through Luxembourg amid pressure from regulators, increasing its tax burden (Mark Scott/New York Times)

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 18:10

Mark Scott / New York Times:
Amazon to stop funneling Europe sales through Luxembourg amid pressure from regulators, increasing its tax burden  —  Amazon to Stop Funneling European Sales Through Low-Tax Haven  —  In the continuing battle between European and American tech companies, score one for Europe.

An exclusive early look at the new standalone Google Photos app on Android (Liam Spradlin/Android Police)

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 14:45

Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
An exclusive early look at the new standalone Google Photos app on Android  —  An Exclusive Early Look At The New Google Photos App  —  We've been hearing for a very long time - virtually ever since Vic Gundotra left Google+, with more rumors springing up recently - that Photos …

Chrome for Android goes almost "entirely open source" (Tom Maxwell/9to5Google)

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 12:35

Tom Maxwell / 9to5Google:
Chrome for Android goes almost “entirely open source”  —  Launched in September 2008, Google's Chrome browser is now dominant in its share of the desktop web browser market, with approximately 1 in 4 Internet users interfacing with the web using the browser.

AOL's MapQuest Inks UI Deal With Mapbox As It Prepares To Overhaul The Product (TechCrunch)

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 10:55

TechCrunch:
AOL's MapQuest Inks UI Deal With Mapbox As It Prepares To Overhaul The Product  —  AOL, which is in the process of getting acquired by Verizon for $4.4 billion, says it has no plans to divest itself of its content operations (which include TechCrunch) as part of that deal.  But it's not leaving them on autopilot, either.

Young Saudis increasingly rely on mobile apps and social media to circumvent conservative strictures (Ben Hubbard/New York Times)

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 03:45

Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
Young Saudis increasingly rely on mobile apps and social media to circumvent conservative strictures  —  Young Saudis, Bound by Conservative Strictures, Find Freedom on Their Phones  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Life for many young Saudis is an ecosystem of apps.  —  Lacking free speech, they debate on Twitter.

NSA bulk phone records collection to end despite USA Freedom Act failure (Spencer Ackerman/Guardian)

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 23:50

Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
NSA bulk phone records collection to end despite USA Freedom Act failure  —  Even as the Senate remains at an impasse over the future of US domestic surveillance powers, the National Security Agency will be legally unable to collect US phone records in bulk by the time Congress returns from its Memorial Day vacation.

BlackBerry to Lay Off Undisclosed Number of Employees in Device Business (Ben Dummett/Wall Street Journal)

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 21:00

Ben Dummett / Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry to Lay Off Undisclosed Number of Employees in Device Business  —  Arm focused on development of smartphone software, applications to be affected  —  BlackBerry Ltd. said Friday it is laying off an undisclosed number of employees in its device business including those focused …

Social+Capital raises $600M in third investment fund, confirms Kleiner Perkins was interested in acquiring them (Leena Rao/Fortune)

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 17:05

Leena Rao / Fortune:
Social+Capital raises $600M in third investment fund, confirms Kleiner Perkins was interested in acquiring them  —  Is Social+Capital's Chamath Palihapitiya the future of venture capital?  —  Here's an irony of Silicon Valley startup culture: While many new tech companies are conceived …

Amazon to begin paying corporation tax on UK retail sales (Simon Bowers/Guardian)

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 13:20

Simon Bowers / Guardian:
Amazon to begin paying corporation tax on UK retail sales  —  From the start of this month the online retailer has started booking its sales through the UK, meaning resulting profits will be taxed by HMRC  —  Amazon has become the first technology company to abandon controversial corporate structures …

Inside the labs where Netflix tests the latest TVs for its Recommended TV program (Josh Lowensohn/The Verge)

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 09:15

Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Inside the labs where Netflix tests the latest TVs for its Recommended TV program  —  Inside the labs where Netflix is trying to make televisions suck less  —  In a nondescript room in the center of Netflix's headquarters, you can walk into a small, paper white chamber called the Shu.

Google Maps rolls out traffic alerts and alternate routes (JC Torres/SlashGear)

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 05:10

JC Torres / SlashGear:
Google Maps rolls out traffic alerts and alternate routes  —  Memorial Day is just around the corner and for some, nay many, that means a lot of traveling.  And when traveling is involved, especially by land, then headaches and tempers caused by traffic are as well.

Senate blocks USA Freedom Act and extensions to key provisions of Patriot Act, will reconvene May 31, just hours before expiration (Erin Kelly/USA Today)

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 01:05

Erin Kelly / USA Today:
Senate blocks USA Freedom Act and extensions to key provisions of Patriot Act, will reconvene May 31, just hours before expiration  —  Senate blocks extension of Patriot Act provisions  —  WASHINGTON - Three key sections of the Patriot Act are set to expire on June 1 unless the Senate resolves …

Paypal's One Touch payment service now works with e-commerce platform Bigcommerce and in native mobile apps without Paypal's app installed (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:45

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Paypal's One Touch payment service now works with e-commerce platform Bigcommerce and in native mobile apps without Paypal's app installed  —  PayPal's Instant Checkout “One Touch” Now Works With Bigcommerce, No Longer Requires PayPal's App  —  PayPal's instant checkout service called OneTouch …

Fontinalis Partners, co-founded by Ford executive chairman William Clay Ford Jr., invests in Lyft's Series E (Johana Bhuiyan/BuzzFeed)

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:40

Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed:
Fontinalis Partners, co-founded by Ford executive chairman William Clay Ford Jr., invests in Lyft's Series E  —  Executive Chairman Of Ford Invests In Lyft  —  Fontinalis Partners, a firm co-founded by William Clay Ford Jr., is participating in Lyft's Series E funding.  —  Noam Galai / Getty Images

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