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Firefox Redesigns Its Search Interface Ahead Of Yahoo Switch — Last week we learned that Mozilla had made a pact with Yahoo to switch Firefox's the default search engine in to a yet-to-be launched new version of Yahoo's Bing-powered search experience.

Zendrive Lets Ridesharing And Delivery Companies Know If Their Drivers Are Distracted — Zendrive, a startup that uses smartphone sensors to measure drivers' behavior, today announced ZenFleets, its first paid service. As the name implies, ZenFleets is meant for companies that have a large number of cars on the road at any given time.

Chrome Will Start Blocking All Remaining NPAPI Plugins In January — Starting in January 2015, Google's Chrome browser will block all old-school Netscape Plug-In API (NPAPI) plugins. This doesn't come as a huge surprise, given that Google started its efforts to remove NPAPI plugins more than a year ago. Over the last year, Google went from recommending that developers move away from this old architecture to actively blocking almost all NPAPI plugins.

Google Says It Can Now Launch Up To 20 Project Loon Balloons Per Day — Google's Project Loon, the company's effort to deliver Internet access from balloons that travel around the world in the stratosphere, continues to make strides toward a commercial launch. A few days ago we heard that Google will launch a test with Australia's largest telco provider Telstra next month and today, Google released a bit more info about the state of the project.

Mozilla Partners With Yahoo, Which Will Become The Default Search Engine In Firefox — Starting in December, Firefox will use Yahoo as its default search engine in the United States on mobile and desktop. As a part of this five-year deal, Yahoo will also launch a new search experience for Firefox users in the U.S., which should go live at the same time Firefox makes the switch away from Google.

HackerRank Expands Its Technical Recruiting Platform To Mobile With DroidRank — HackerRank, a technical recruiting platform and former TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield finalist, today announced it is expanding into mobile with the launch of DroidRank. Recruiters could already test for Java skills on the service (in addition to 15 other languages).

Mozilla, EFF And Others Band Together To Provide Free SSL Certificates — Ideally, every time you visit a website, that connection should happen over a secure HTTPS connection so nobody can snoop on your surfing habits when you are using a public network at a coffee shop or at the airport.

New Google Research Project Can Auto-Caption Complex Images — Image recognition has come a long way over the last few years and maybe more so than anybody else, Google has brought some of those advances to end users. To see how far we've come, just try searching through your own images on Google Photos, for example.

Google Brings Autoscaling To Compute Engine — Google continues to build out its cloud computing platform and today the company announced that its autoscaling service for Compute Engine, its infrastructure-as-a-service platform, is now available in beta. Using this new feature, developers can now have Compute Engine automatically spin up new machines based on demand.

Facebook’s Newest Data Center Is Now Online In Altoona, Iowa — Facebook today announced that its newest data center in Altoona, Iowa, is now open for business. The new facility complements the company's other centers in Prineville, Ore; Forest City, N.C. and Luleå, Sweden (the company also operates out of a number of smaller shared locations).
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Nov 27, 2014

Thanksgiving dinner would be so much better if people thought the Pilgrims had feasted on steak frites and cheesecake.

Nov 26, 2014

Firefox Redesigns Its Search Interface Ahead Of Yahoo Switch

Nov 26, 2014

totally makes sense for GoPro to get into quadcopters. Most already have a GoPro hanging underneath them anyway:…

Nov 25, 2014

Zendrive Lets Ridesharing And Delivery Companies Know If Their Drivers Are Distracted

Nov 24, 2014

Chrome Will Start Blocking All Remaining NPAPI Plugins In January

Nov 24, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: Chrome Will Start Blocking All Remaining NPAPI Plugins In January by @fredericl

Nov 24, 2014

@damiansen I didn't say there shouldn't be a license. But it doesn't make sense to have quadcopter pilots train in a regular airplane.

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