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Local police in US giving families free ComputerCop keylogging software in "Internet Safety" initiative (Dave Maass/Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Dave Maass / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Local police in US giving families free ComputerCop keylogging software in “Internet Safety” initiative — ComputerCOP: The Dubious ‘Internet Safety Software’ That Hundreds of Police Agencies Have Distributed to Families — ComputerCOP in Maricopa County, Arizona
Yelp, TripAdvisor, others, launch "Focus on the User" campaign against Google search results (Greg Sterling/Search Engine Land)
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yelp, TripAdvisor, others, launch “Focus on the User” campaign against Google search results — Focus On User Group Uses Google Algorithm To Attack Map Pack — Yesterday a new anti-Google consortium called “Focus on the User” launched a website that cleverly uses Google's own words …
Startups are very counterintuitive, and you can't always trust your instincts — Before the Startup — (This essay is derived from a guest lecture in Sam Altman's startup class at Stanford. It's intended for college students, but much of it is applicable to potential founders at other ages.)
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
ZenMate Scores $3.2M Series A For Its VPN-Style Private Browsing Service — As consumers become more tech savvy and privacy conscious, it's not surprising to see VCs begin to pay more attention to startups who are focusing on privacy in all its various permutations.
Mark Hearn / 9to5Google:
Dropbox for Android users can now export files to SD cards — After several requests, Dropbox for Android users can now export files to their device's SD card. This new feature will help keep important items like documents and photos accessible whenever offline or switching from one device to another.
Jacob Siegal / BGR:
Verizon and Sprint follow AT&T's lead with new double data offers — Over the weekend, AT&T announced a data plan promotion which would allow customers to sign up for double the data at the same price as their current plans. Not to be outdone, both Verizon and Sprint announced their own promotions …
Lost-Item Tracker Tile Raises $13 Million To Fund International Expansion, Android Release (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Lost-Item Tracker Tile Raises $13 Million To Fund International Expansion, Android Release — Tile, the lost-item tracker that raised millions in crowdfunding wants to give objects a voice by connecting them to the web. To capitalize on the growing demand for Tile's small …
Rachel King / ZDNet:
EMC names former Apple executive Zane Rowe CFO — EMC nabs Apple vet as new chief financial officer — Summary: Also listed as an executive vice president reporting directly to EMC CEO Joe Tucci, Rowe has a long history in both the tech and finance sectors. — EMC has found itself a new chief financial officer.
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
U.S. judge rules in favor of Apple in LTE patent case against WiLan — WiLan says loses LTE patent case against Apple — (Reuters) - Canadian patent licensing company WiLan Inc (WIN.TO) on Wednesday said a U.S. judge had ruled in favor of Apple Inc (AAPL.O) in a litigation case against it.
New York City launches Digital.nyc, a self-updating online hub for the city's tech ecosystem, powered by IBM and Gust (Thornton McEnery/Crain's New York ...)
Thornton McEnery / Crain's New York Business:
New York City launches Digital.nyc, a self-updating online hub for the city's tech ecosystem, powered by IBM and Gust — City launches website to connect investors, techies — Digital.nyc will offer information for startups looking for investors, venture capitalists looking for the next big thing …
Like Amazon, Rackspace patched and rebooted servers to fix Xen hypervisor flaw this weekend (Jeffrey Burt/eWeek)
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Like Amazon, Rackspace patched and rebooted servers to fix Xen hypervisor flaw this weekend — Rackspace Joined Amazon in Patching, Rebooting Cloud Servers — Rackspace, like cloud competitor Amazon Web Services, was forced to reboot some of its servers after patching them to fix …
Google removes news snippets for some German sites after publishers sought cut of ad revenue (Loek Essers/Computerworld)
Loek Essers / Computerworld:
Google removes news snippets for some German sites after publishers sought cut of ad revenue — Google bows to pressure, removes news snippets from German search results — In a move to minimize legal risks, Google has stopped showing news snippets and thumbnails for some well-known German news sites in search results.
At the 11th hour, Verizon decides to cancel its controversial throttling plans (Kevin Fitchard/Gigaom)
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
At the 11th hour, Verizon decides to cancel its controversial throttling plans — Verizon's “network optimization” policy would have restricted speeds for its heaviest unlimited data users when the LTE network was congested. But Big Red is now nixing the controversial plan.
Box Said to Delay IPO Until 2015 Amid Market Volatility — Box Inc., the cloud-storage provider that filed for an initial public offering in March, will postpone its market debut, which probably won't happen until 2015 because of volatile market conditions, people familiar with the matter said.
Sources: Apple Pay to be included in iOS 8.1, scheduled to be released October 20 (Ian Kar/Bank Innovation)
Ian Kar / Bank Innovation:
Sources: Apple Pay to be included in iOS 8.1, scheduled to be released October 20 — Apple Pay to Be Included in iOS 8.1, Sources Confirm — Based on multiple sources close to Apple, Bank Innovation has learned that iOS 8.1 will include Apple Pay, and the current expected timetable for the public release is schedule for October 20.
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
ARM attempts to speed up ‘internet of things’ adoption with new platform — It's the year 2014, and we've yet to have our flying cars and commuter jet packs. But we do have a glimpse of the future with the advent of the “internet of things.” It's essentially the idea of connecting everyday objects …
Rocket Internet prices IPO at top of range at €42.5 per share, valuing company at €6.7B, or roughly $8.4B (Mark Scott/New York Times)
Mark Scott / New York Times:
Rocket Internet prices IPO at top of range at €42.5 per share, valuing company at €6.7B, or roughly $8.4B — Rocket Internet Prices Its I.P.O. — The German technology company Rocket Internet priced its initial public offering at the top of its price range at 42.5 euros a share on Wednesday …
David Harris / bizjournals:
Twitter to invest $10M in MIT social media research lab — Social media giant Twitter will invest $10 million over five years to support the newly launched Laboratory for Social Machines at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with the aim of analyzing various trends across social media.
Facebook to refine process of authenticating names; CPO apologizes to LGBT community (Casey Newton/The Verge)
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook to refine process of authenticating names; CPO apologizes to LGBT community — Facebook clarifies real name policy amid LGBT protests — Drag queens will be able to post under their stage names, the company says — Facebook said today it would build new authentication tools …
Your move, AWS and Microsoft: Google's cutting basic cloud compute prices 10 percent (Barb Darrow/Gigaom)
Barb Darrow / Gigaom:
Your move, AWS and Microsoft: Google's cutting basic cloud compute prices 10 percent — Google's taken another whack at compute pricing; expect Microsoft and Amazon Web Services to respond. — Once more into the fray: Google is cutting price on Google Compute Engine instances by about 10 percent across regions and all types.