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Could Google Fiber Become Google WiFi? Google Seeks To Test Super Fast Wireless Service.

forbes.com — Four years ago, Google launched a project to bring ultrafast, gigabit-per-second Internet to homes across America. On the one hand, Google wanted to make the Web better for users. On the other, as a business that relied on the Internet for survival, Google needed to understand what obstacles existed to [...]

Global Maker Of Power Tools Adds Wireless Charging

forbes.com — Wireless charging has come to power tools. In October, Bosch began shipping wirelessly charging drills, batteries and chargers to Lowes, Home Depot, Amazon, Grainger, and other distributors. The new kits should be on store shelves by Nov. 1 in both the United States and Europe. Robert Bosch Tool Corp, the North [...]

Google Now Scores Higher Than Siri And Cortana On Massive Knowledge Quiz. An AI Breakthrough? Not So Fast.

forbes.com — Apple's famous artificial intelligence agent is eating some humble pie today. Ask Siri "Who is smarter, Siri or Google Now?" and Siri obligingly links to an article about a recent 3,086-question challenge that ranked Google Now as the top scorer. Unfortunately for Siri, the quiz had some built-in biases.

Twitter Sues U.S. Government For Right To Tell Users That Online Surveillance Isn't That Bad

forbes.com — Twitter filed a lawsuit today defending the principles of free speech. That's a laudatory act, but it's unlikely to win the Internet company much support among people who would like to see more transparency around-and more limits on-government surveillance. At issue is a Transparency Report that Twitter prepared earlier this year [...]

Why Facebook Needs Journalists, Why Journalists Need Facebook, And Why We All Need To Trust Each…

medium.com — Poynter.org, an esteemed journalist training organization, published a piece yesterday about an anxiety-provoking discussion that took place at the Online News Association in Chicago. In it, Alexis Madrigal, deputy editor of the Atlantic, tried, with little success, to get Liz Heron, head of new partnerships for Facebook, to talk openly about Facebook's newsfeed algorithm.

The Story Of The Schiller X1, The World's Most Radically Redesigned Bicycle

forbes.com — Over the last two years, Bill Norris has gotten used to one of the world's richest men conspicuously parking his yacht in front of Norris's home on the Hawaiian island of Lanai. It doesn't help matters that Larry Ellison, the co-founder of Oracle, now owns nearly everything on the island [...]

Research Reveals Danger Of Texting While Driving With Google Glass

forbes.com — Head-up displays like Google Glass were supposed to make it safer for drivers to multitask. Instead of reaching for a phone to send or receive a text, a driver would be able to read projected messages and dictate replies without taking their hands off the wheel. But groups like Consumers Union [...]

The (Awkward) Face of Google Glass

forbes.com — A dentist, a diamond-cutter, or an amateur lobotomist?

A New App From A Software Legend May Mark The Beginning Of Collaborative Consciousness

forbes.com — In the world of science fiction, the theme of a shared consciousness is nearly as common as aliens or flying cars. But you've got a better chance of experiencing it than spotting a Martian in a Mustang. Some respected futurists believe the hive mind could be just a few engineering breakthroughs [...]
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Oct 20, 2014

RT @dakami: time.com/40292/you-cant… Using beer in the fight against cell phones. Well played, Budweiser scientists.

Oct 20, 2014

Hackers attacked Apple's iCloud service in China Reuters buff.ly/1vECjh5

Oct 20, 2014

How to make MOOCS sexy? "You could literally hire James Cameron to make Math 101" sez @pmarca in new @nytimesmag intv buff.ly/1tFFPsQ

Oct 20, 2014

Virginia Police Have Been Secretively Stockpiling Private Phone Records | WIRED buff.ly/1t5uxNE

Oct 20, 2014

@BuzzFeedBen I think my favorite line is "so the future is superstars doing Bat Mitzvahs?"

Oct 20, 2014

Life #Millennial Style--Teen gets pregnant, puts babe up for adoption, tells dad on Facebook buff.ly/ZCVta9

Oct 20, 2014

Bitcoin: Not Just for Libertarians and Anarchists Anymore buff.ly/1omNjPf via @BW

Oct 19, 2014

Buying HBO a la carte may sound good, but @wsj warns TV watching could get a lot more expensive buff.ly/1rTM3Ok

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