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Spotify’s second music revolution

Online music service Spotify says the web allows fans and bands to get closer than ever before. Matt Warman reports.







Why Facebook’s about to slow down (and that’s probably good)

John D. Sutter, CNN
By John D. Sutter,
Facebook is switching its 1 billion users to a more secure connection. The downside: Web speeds may be slower.

Facebook is switching its 1 billion users to a more secure connection. The downside: Web speeds may be slower

  • Facebook is moving to HTTPS connections by default
  • That may result in slowed speeds for some users
  • The switch is designed to offer additional security
  • People who are unhappy with the change can opt out





The Obama Campaign Won’t Go Away

The president looks to put his digital arm to use in his second term and beyond.







From the Edge of Space: Felix Baumgartner Prepares for a Death-Defying Dive

Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool / AFP / Getty Images

The Austrian skydiver will step off a mighty high ledge Tuesday morning, nearly 23 miles above the Earth’s surface, in an attempt to clinch the world record for highest skydive. It’s no small feat for the famed stuntman, but he’s already undergone two successful practice missions.










Security Flaw Lets Hackers Steal Twitter Accounts

“People should be changing their passwords,” says a victim whose account was hacked — and even put up for sale. posted

John Herrman BuzzFeed Staff

On Saturday, multimedia producer and Twitter user Daniel Dennis Jones — @blanket, at the time — received a notification that his Twitter password had been reset. This alone would have been cause for concern; at the very least, it would mean that someone had tried and failed to access his account. He quickly found out that the problem was much worse:














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First World Problems Read By Third World Kids

From Haiti. It’s a new TV commercial for Water Is Life.

copyranter a day ago 137 responses


27 Reasons Why A Billion People Should Not Be Allowed To Use Facebook

There are now one billion people on Facebook. It might seem like a good thing, but trust me: it just means more of THIS.

Dave Stopera 2 days ago 697 responses

Does World Of Warcraft Disqualify This Woman From Maine’s State Senate?

Colleen Lachowicz is a State Senate candidate by day, “orc assassination rogue” by night. Or does facing off with troglodytes and balancing a life and a raid schedule make her MORE qualified?

Rosie Gray 2 days ago 72 responses

The Big Debate Loser Was KitchenAid

Their social team tweeted a horribly tasteless non-joke about Barack Obama’s dead grandmother.






As Soon As 1 Samsung Ban Is Lifted..
It Strikes Back With Lawsuit On iPhone 5..







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David Carnoy

Just ahead of Amazon shipping out its highly anticipated Kindle Paperwhite, the Nook GlowLight gets a price chop. by David Carnoy This weekend’s Target circular shows the new pricing for the Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight.
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Raymond Wong

There’s just no getting around it: iPhone 5?s aren’t cheap. For most people, it’ll cost at least $199 with a two-year contract for a 16GB model.
CNET – ?7 hours ago?
In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET’s Marguerite Reardon assesses which version of the iPhone 5 is best for international travelers, and she offers advice about ditching AT&T for Verizon’s iPhone 5. by Marguerite Reardon The iPhone 5 is finally here,
eWeek – ?32 minutes ago?
By Jeffrey Burt | Posted 2012-09-29 Email Print The FCC voted to begin repurposing spectrum from TV broadcasters for wireless networks, which face a broadband crunch due to smartphones and tablets.














The Only Thing You Need To Read About All The New Apple Stuff


I T ‘ S H E R E. Here’s everything you need to know about the new iPhone and iPods.





Showing The iPhone 4S, Telling People It’s The iPhone 5










Jimmy Kimmel talks to people on the street about the new iPhone 5 which was just announced, and shows them the iPhone 4S and gets their thoughts, opinions and comparisons.





Tech Figures Raised At Least $27 Million For Obama Campaign










Leaked fundraising documents show Silicon Valley emerging as a key source of Democratic money and power. Valley money bests Hollywood.





How Many Photos In A Row Can You Post On Facebook Or Instagram?










You have to wait an hour between each post. AT LEAST.










Google Takeover Of Motorola Brings Sweeping Change, Huge Cuts








How You’ll Pay For Stuff With Your Phone

You can already leave your wallet in “your other pants” and still buy a cup of coffee with your phone, if you’re in the right spot. Get ready for the “right spot” to be in 7,000 Starbucks.

Pay With Square

The first time I used my phone to pay for something was the most banal transaction in the entire world: I tapped my free flip phone to a console to buy a train ticket to school a few kilometers away. It was 2007, and I was living in Japan. But I kind of giggled the first time I did it at the Chelsea Cafe Grumpy, in 2012. Partly because I had to tell the barista my name in an oddly contrived way — “put it on Matt” — and partly because that particular Grumpy is (in)famous for banning computers.

Back when “Pay With Square” was called CardCase. Source:

There are few things so obvious in technology that you’re truly able to say it’s a matter of when they will happen, not if. Paying for things with your phone seems to be one of those things, judging by the number of companies that are trying to make it happen. Google, Microsoft, Intuit, PayPal, Venmo, and Square, just to name a few, would like to replace your wallet with your phone. Square has just inked a massive deal with Starbucks that’ll put in over 7,000 stores, where it will process every single credit and debit card transaction. And later this fall, customers will be able to use Pay With Square, the app that’ll let them tell baristas, “Put it on Joe,” without ever pulling their phone or wallet out of their pocket.








Google Vaults Past Firefox In New Browser Stats






Explore the Space Station

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first manned spaceflight, BBC News presents a guide to the International Space Station (ISS), the biggest orbiting platform ever built for humans. The ISS began operating as a giant orbiting research laboratory in November 2000, when the first crew took up residence. Many countries have contributed components to the ISS, which is supposed to be completed some time in 2012 and to remain in operation for at least another three years.

Like a rising sun, space shuttle Discovery rockets into the night sky on the STS-103 mission on Dec. 19, 1999 at 7:50 p.m. EST. The brilliant light creates a reflection of the launch in the water nearby. STS-103 was a servicing mission for the Hubble Space Telescope. It was the 27th flight of Discovery and the 96th mission for the space shuttle program

Over the 30 years of its history, the space shuttle has had an indelible impact on America. The United States’ spaceship of choice for three decades helped build the largest space station in history, revolutionized science with the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, and inspired generations who dreamed of riding the shuttle into the sky.

Now, the same year NASA’s shuttle program reaches its 30th anniversary, its reusable space planes are being retired. [ Most Memorable Space Shuttle Missions ]

“The shuttle for me is nothing less than the father of anything that will fly in the future,” said Italian astronaut Roberto Vittori, who is slated to take his first ride aboard a space shuttle when Endeavour launches on its final flight on April 29 .

Many have echoed this statement, saying the vast knowledge gained from flying the space shuttle for 30 years will significantly influence future generations of spaceships.

Spider-Man: Edge of Time debuts with a new trailer

Beenox, the developer behind Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, returns to the Spider-Man universe with a new game that is not a sequel to its previous game (although it kinda is). The new Spider-Man game will feature an original stand-alone story with two distinct–and playable–Spideys operating in two dimensions. The first will be the main Spidey universe featuring the Amazing Spider-Man, while the second will take gamers to the alternate future of 2099, where Miguel O’Hara is the Spider-Man of the age.

The two dimensions will have what Beenox is calling a “cause-and-effect” relationship, where the choices made in one reality can alter those of another. For example, if a robot is being constructed in the Amazing Spider-Man’s world, but Spidey destroys it, that same robot will never have been finished to plague the 2099 Spidey. If it is not destroyed though, Miguel O’Hara will face off against it in 2099.

In the Marvel universe, different realities exist where familiar characters take on new roles in new settings. In the previous Spidey game from Beenox, four dimensions were utilized: the primary Amazing Spider-Man reality, the Ultimate Spidey dimension, Spider-Man 2099’s world, and the dimension of Spider-Man noir. In the new title, the Amazing Spider-Man teams with the 2099 Spider-Man to prevent a scientist from the 2099 realm from killing Peter Parker.

While this will be the second go-round with Spidey for Beenox, it will be the first game following Marvel’s decision to grant the developer the exclusive rights to develop Spider-Man games. Assuming this game is a success, expect to see a new Spider-Man game every year to two years.