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Google takes another step into your living room with its Nexus Player (hands-on) — Google's wanted a piece of your living room for ages, and now -- after two attempts that never really went anywhere =- the search giant seems poised to get it what it wants. Android TV is coming to, well, a TV near you, and we just spent a few brief moments wrapping our heads around Mountain View's vision of television with its new (and Asus-made) Nexus Player.

Google's Nexus 6 is a high-powered handful (hands-on) — It's a little funny to see Motorola finally crafting a Nexus phone after Google sold it to Lenovo, but hey - life is peculiar that way. What's more important is that Motorola has taken its responsibilities as Keeper of the Nexus name seriously, and put together a phone that's as big on power as it is big in your pocket.

Verizon's Droid Turbo is a much-improved Moto X (hands-on) — Verizon's Droid Turbo is a curious little beast: it's a distinct improvement over Motorola's one-time flagship Moto X, but it lacks the sort of geek credentials that have gotten people drooling over the newly announced Nexus 6.

Researchers take a hint from birds to fight airplane turbulence — We've all been there: you're trying to catch a little shut-eye on a flight when boom, out of nowhere, the plane hits a rough patch and you're dramatically roused from your slumber. Thanks to researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, those rude awakenings just might become a thing of the past.

Twitter's doing well now, but its growth days might be numbered — By all accounts, Twitter's doing what it's supposed to: coaxing more people into using its high-speed social snark service... just maybe not as fast as some would like.

Got Google's new Inbox app? Now you can invite three friends! — The jury's still out on Google's new mobile approach to email, but that hasn't stopped people from going a little batty over getting invited to use it (see also: Gmail, Google Wave). In case you were feeling a little weird about begging Google for an Inbox invite, though, you can now just beg your Inbox-using friends for one.

Sundar Pichai takes control of Google's crucial products — Well, we guess congratulations are in order. According to , Sundar Pichai, the senior vice president at Google who used to just be in charge of the Chrome, Android, and web apps teams now basically has control of almost every other Google product division of note. Search? Google+? Ads?

AT&T locks your new iPad's SIM so you can't switch carriers without a new one — Apple's iPad Air 2 launched with a very, very pleasant surprise: If you splurged on an LTE model, you could choose whether you wanted to jump on Sprint's, T-Mobile's or AT&T's networks (along with EE's if you're in the UK), with nary a SIM card swap in sight.

Nintendo's Amiibo figurines function a bit differently than you might expect in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U — Nintendo was dropping Smash Brothers info-bombs left and right last night, but the company also felt compelled to dive a little deeper into how the Wii U version of the game will play with those curious little Amiibos. You know, the Nintendo character-themed figurines that both look adorable and store game information via NFC?

Amazon's acquisitions and experiments are erasing its profits (updated) — In case you didn't know, here's the crazy thing about Amazon: it isn't really known for turning a profit. Just think about that for a second. The company that wants to you sell everything, get it to you by any means necessary and serves as the backbone for a considerable chunk of the internet doesn't usually make money at the end of the day.
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Oct 29, 2014

.@johnbiggs it's the same ghost of poor impulse control that haunts me and @drizzled

Oct 27, 2014

RT @nicole: Jack Ma is saying that the problems with Hong Kong is that the young people don't have hope. #WSJDLive

Oct 27, 2014

RT @alex: Twitter is down a flat 11% after hours. Tough day for them. That is 3 out of 4 public reports that have them down sharply.

Oct 27, 2014

RT @BenedictEvans: Jack Ma: the owner of a Chinese football team got me drunk and persuaded me to buy half of it.

Oct 27, 2014

RT @Tim_Stevens: Genuinely weird and more than a little disheartening to see you all tweeting about Kim K.

Oct 27, 2014

RT @superwuster: On my CV I think I should add "completed Ultimas I-V." At the time that was a pretty serious accomplishment, those games were hard

Oct 26, 2014

So instead of sleeping, I made a full version of the uber-80’s National Aerobics Championship theme song instead.…

Oct 26, 2014

@johnbiggs "Sgaybuchasjkqrnzaljhsad ashkdajsd Social Networking, uhhhh"

Oct 24, 2014

RT @Ohthatflo: also this is a great time to bring up that i did meet sundar pichai earlier this year and MAN IS HE A GRACIOUS MOFO

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