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Friday - September 12, 2014
The Obama administration threatened Yahoo with fines of $250,000 daily if it wouldn't comply with demands to hand over user information to the NSA, Yahoo has disclosed. Yahoo had filed suit against the demands in 2007, citing the Fourth Amendment. "They basically said you must do this thing that you don't want to do or we'll put you out of business," said ITIF's Daniel Castro. [More...]

Friday - September 12, 2014
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Google has taken a strong interest in health technology, and its acquisition of Lift Labs aligns with its goals in that field. Where Lift's efforts will be directed under Google's umbrella is not yet clear, but it already produces eating utensils for people suffering from mild to severe tremors, and it's working on a range of related products, including personal hygiene tools. [More...]

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Friday - September 12, 2014
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The Apple Watch is equipped with Near Field Communication technology, which enables the new Apple Pay mobile wallet. That came as a surprise, since the technology is also in the iPhone 6 -- but it will enable owners of the last two generations of iPhones to use Apple Pay as well. That's a smart tactic when Apple's trying to rope in as many Apple Pay users as it can. [More...]

Friday - September 12, 2014
Verizon in the first half of next year will launch an Internet TV service that offers a selection of custom channels as well as a bundle of content from the Big Four networks, according to reports. Represented in the mobile-minded bundle will be not only content from ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, but also millennials-focused programming from DreamWorks Animation's Awesomeness TV. [More...]

Thursday - September 11, 2014
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Apple's faithful are oozing praise for the big iPhone 6 and bigger 6 Plus, natch, while Android fans predictably are giving them a bruising. Analysts seem on the verge of snoozing. Steve Jobs, however, may be in the throes of unearthly fury. Jobs famously thought Apple had gotten the iPhone's size just right, as in not too big and not too small. And now that perfect iPhone is gone. [More...]

Thursday - September 11, 2014
About 5 million Gmail usernames and passwords have been published on a Russian bitcoin security forum as a text file. Sixty percent of the 4.93 million credentials in the file were valid, claimed the poster, who used the online handle "tvskit." The information reportedly was dumped on several Russian cybercrime forums and shared through a variety of peer-to-peer services. [More...]

Wednesday - September 10, 2014
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Will Ferrell wants gamers to put some of their adrenaline -- and cash -- toward the fight against cancer. A supporter of Cancer for College, which provides scholarships to cancer survivors, Ferrell has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $375,000 -- $10 at a time. Contributors automatically get a shot at winning a trip to San Francisco to play games with Ferrell in a webcast event. [More...]

Wednesday - September 10, 2014
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Net neutrality activists called for Wednesday to be a symbolic Internet Slowdown Day as a way to register discontent with the FCC's proposed rules. Internet performance was not impeded, but thousands of websites used a spinning page-loading icon to alert visitors to the prospect of an unregulated Web that could be blindingly fast for those willing to pay a price but sluggish for everyone else. [More...]

Wednesday - September 10, 2014
Comcast has begun using JavaScript injection to serve ads for its services to devices connected to its publicly accessible Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the U.S. The ads are fleeting, but they can appear roughly every seven minutes. The program reportedly began months ago. "This practice is definitely concerning for multiple reasons," said the Electronic Freedom Foundation's Jeremy Gillula. [More...]

Wednesday - September 10, 2014
Hot on the heels of hackers stealing celebrities' nude photos from their iCloud accounts and posting them on the Web comes news that iCloud users are being targeted again. The Kelihos botnet is sending emails purporting to be from Apple, informing targets they have purchased a film through their iTunes account using a PC or other device not previously linked to their Apple ID. [More...]

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