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3 hours ago Amazon's HBO Streaming Deal Cost More Than $300 Million for Three Years

How much is Amazon paying to get its hands on HBO’s old shows? A lot! But less than some people might have thought.








3 hours ago Is Lyft Coming to Your City? Uber Rival Revs Up Competition
Uber might have Paris, but Lyft has Lincoln, Nebraska. On Thursday, the ride-sharing service announced that it was expanding to nearly double the number of U.S. cities, including many smaller markets like Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Memphis, Tennessee. That puts the company in 60 total U.S.







3 hours ago 5 Facts About E-Cigarettes and the FDA: No, It's Not a Ban
The Food and Drug Administration has proposed extending its authority to e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and other tobacco products. It’s just a first step and not a final rule yet.







3 hours ago After Heartbleed, Tech Giants Team Up to Avoid Redux
The "Heartbleed" bug in a widely used software system rocked the Internet earlier this month, and major tech companies are teaming up to try to avoid a repeat.







3 hours ago Mobile Phones Promote Literacy in Poorest Countries: UN Report
A new report from UNESCO suggests that mobile phones aren't just promoting communication and commerce in the world's poorest countries, they're also encouraging literacy — especially among women. But technical and content barriers remain.







6 hours ago What's Aereo? And Why Is Everyone Talking About It?
The future of TV is being decided by the Supreme Court right now. The tech startup Aereo is being sued by networks like NBC and others for streaming network content without paying licensing fees.







6 hours ago Facebook's $16 Billion WhatsApp Plan to Conquer the World
To understand Facebook’s $16 billion purchase of WhatsApp, zoom out — way out.The social network’s monster purchase of a messaging app with 450 million members (and growing) isn't about conquering mobile. It's about conquering the world.







6 hours ago Obama Gets Kick Out of Soccer-Playing Asimo Robot
It looks like President Barack Obama is courting the robot vote after playing some soccer with Honda’s Asimo.Yes, Asimo (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) has grown up since it was first unveiled 14 years ago as an awkward, stumbling toddler.







6 hours ago Tech Giant Goes Green With Renewable Energy







6 hours ago Extra! Extra! Facebook Launches Real-Time News Wire
Twitter is the go-to social media spot for breaking news, but Facebook wants to change that with a new feature called FB Newswire.







Today Holy Hemihelix! Scientists Discover a Bizarre Twist
Researchers have figured out how to create a natural helix that looks like the tangle in a telephone cord — and that discovery could lead to new kinds of nanocircuitry.The new twist is called a "hemihelix," and it's not really that new.







18 hours ago FCC Proposal Could Be End of 'Net Neutrality': Report
The Federal Communications Commission plans to propose new rules for Internet service providers that would effectively end the concept of "Net neutrality," according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.







18 hours ago Holy Hemihelix! Scientists Discover a Bizarre Twist
Researchers have figured out how to create a natural helix that looks like the tangle in a telephone cord — and that discovery could lead to new kinds of circuitry.The new twist is called a "hemihelix," and it's not really that new.







21 hours ago Apple Profit Beats Forecast, Splits Shares and Boosts Dividend
Apple posted quarterly earnings and revenue that topped estimates Wednesday and announced a 7-for-1 stock split and an 8-percent dividend increase.The news sent Apple stock soaring over 8 percent in after-hours trading in New York.The company reported earnings of $11.62 a share, on revenue of $45.







21 hours ago Facebook's Mobile Ads Surge, CFO to Step Down
Facebook's mobile advertising business continued to accelerate in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social networking company top Wall Street's revenue target.Shares of Facebook were up nearly 3 percent at $63.05 in after-hours trading Wednesday.







21 hours ago Holy Hemihelix! Scientists Harness the Power of a Bizarre Twist
Researchers have figured out how to create a natural helix that looks like the tangle in a telephone cord — and that discovery could lead to new kinds of circuitry.The new twist is called a "hemihelix," and it's not really that new.







Yesterday Google Glass Exec Calls Public Backlash a 'Necessary Symptom'
Google Glass has faced continual criticism over its polarizing design, potential privacy issues and the high price of units — all before the product launches.







Yesterday A is For Apple, B is For Bing's Classroom-Safe Search Mode
Microsoft has announced that its "Bing in the Classroom" program is exiting beta and will now be free to access for any school system. The service allows students to search the Web without being bothered with ads or adult content.







Yesterday Facebook CFO David Ebersman is Stepping Down

David Ebersman -- the CFO who took Facebook public and attracted scrutiny for its rocky initial ride -- is departing the company later this year.








Yesterday Apple Profit Beats Forecast, Splits Shares 7-for-1
Apple posted quarterly earnings and revenue that topped estimates Wednesday, and announced a 7-for-1 stock split.The company reported earnings of $11.62 a share, on revenue of $45.6 billion. Analysts expected the company to report earnings excluding items of $10.18 a share on $43.







Yesterday Zynga Founder Mark Pincus Steps Down From All Operational Roles

Pincus, who founded the social gaming company in 2007, will no longer have employees under his purview.








Yesterday Apple Profit Beats Forecast, Splits Shares and Boosts Dividend
Apple posted quarterly earnings and revenue that topped estimates Wednesday and announced a 7-for-1 stock split and an 8-percent dividend increase.The news sent Apple stock soaring over 7 percent in after-hours trading.The company reported earnings of $11.62 a share, on revenue of $45.6 billion.

Yesterday Facebook Beats Estimates, CFO to Step Down
Facebook's stock first dropped, then rose, after the company reported earnings that beat investor expectations Wednesday.Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman also said he would step down from the company on June 1, to be succeeded by David Wehner, former CEO of Zynga.







Yesterday Facebook Gets U.S. Antitrust Approval to Buy Oculus
Social network giant Facebook Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus VR Inc, a two-year-old maker of virtual reality goggles, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.Facebook said on March 25 that it planned to buy Oculus for $2 billion in its first-ever hardware deal.







Yesterday #MyNYPD: Why It's Impossible to Control Online Conversation
The failed #MyNYPD Twitter campaign is the latest example of a big organization attempting to rustle up goodwill, only to find that the open nature of social media makes it impossible to control the conversation.







Yesterday Scientists Monitor Huge Iceberg That Broke Off From Antarctica
Scientists are monitoring an iceberg roughly six times the size of Manhattan -- one of the largest now in existence -- that broke off from an Antarctic glacier and is heading into the open ocean.







Yesterday Heartbleed Flaw Lurks in Android Apps Downloaded by Millions

Some 150 million downloads of Android mobile apps may be vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug, new security research has found.








Yesterday HBO is Coming to Amazon Fire TV ... Kind Of
Tony Soprano is coming to Amazon Fire TV. The dragons from “Game of Thrones,” however, are taking their sweet time.When Amazon Fire TV launched earlier this month, many critics liked the device, but had two complaints: The voice search did not work for services like Netflix and there was no HBO GO.







Yesterday Google Turns Street View Into a Time Machine

Google Maps added its massive photo archive to Street View, giving users access to a "time machine" that lets them explore a location's past.








Yesterday Internet Speeds Are Rising Sharply, But So Are Hack Attacks
A new "state of the Internet" report shows more people around the world are connected, and they're doing so at faster speeds. But as the Internet grows, so does the number of cyberattacks.