How Microsoft helped imprison a man for ‘counterfeiting’ software it gives away for free

How Microsoft helped imprison a man for ‘counterfeiting’ software it gives away for free

In a sickening concession to bad copyright law and Microsoft’s bottom line over basic technical truths and common sense, Eric Lundgren will spend 15 months in prison for selling discs that let people reinstall Windows on licensed machines. A federal appeals court this week upheld the sentence handed down in ignorance by a Florida district…
China-based online education companies just launched an aggressive hiring spree in search of U.S. teachers

China-based online education companies just launched an aggressive hiring spree in search of U.S....

Teachers have long supplemented their incomes by tutoring. And there’s perhaps never been a better, or easier, time to do it than right now.  The reason: China-based online education companies are in an apparent race with each other to hire U.S. teachers who’d like to work from home this summer and, using their webcams, “teach…
Acorns launches retirement account product to expand beyond retail investing

Acorns launches retirement account product to expand beyond retail investing

Acorns, the mobile service that’s providing a gateway to investing in the stock market, has completed the master plan it set in motion months ago with the acquisition of Vault by finally launching a retirement account product today. Called Acorns Later, the service is the first Acorns investment vehicle to get the same kind of tax…
Looks like Google is changing Android’s gun emoji into a water gun

Looks like Google is changing Android’s gun emoji into a water gun

Back in 2016, Apple swapped out the graphic used for its gun emoji, replacing the realistically drawn handgun with a bright green water gun. Just a few days ago, Twitter followed suit. And now, it seems, so will Google . The gun emoji on Android will likely soon appear as a bright orange and yellow…
Particle brings an LTE cellular model to market for networked devices working off of 2G and 3G

Particle brings an LTE cellular model to market for networked devices working off of...

Particle, a developer of networking hardware and software for connected devices, has released an LTE-enabled module for product developers. The new device specifically targets folks whose devices were reliant on retiring 2G and 3G networks, according to the company, and includes built-in cloud and SIM support. Even as big telecom companies and vendors move ahead…
Hidden Amazon page drops hints about a ‘Fire TV Cube’

Hidden Amazon page drops hints about a ‘Fire TV Cube’

Rumors have been floating around for a few months now of a new device from Amazon that would mash-up the media streaming capabilities of its Fire TV line with the voice assistant abilities of the Echo. After leaked images turned up showing a cube-shaped device that seemed to fit the bill, people started referring to…
Clouds are complicated, and these fabulous 3D renderings of real weather data prove it

Clouds are complicated, and these fabulous 3D renderings of real weather data prove it

Some people, when they look up at the sky and see a cloud, think “dog” or “fluffy.” And some people think “it’s a waning cumulus with a feathered edge suggesting a pressure system from the north ending in an updraft, which would probably cause turbulence. Also looks a bit like a dog.” Clearly one of…
From Ferraris to flying taxis: Q&A with Lilium’s new head of Product Design

From Ferraris to flying taxis: Q&A with Lilium’s new head of Product Design

Munich-based Lilium, the super-ambitious company developing an electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) jet and accompanying “air taxiâ€� service, continues to hire top talent to make its vision a reality. The latest new recruitment is car design veteran Frank Stephenson, who has previously worked for Ferrari, Maserati and Mini, to name but a few. Considered…
Proxeus wants to be the WordPress of blockchain

Proxeus wants to be the WordPress of blockchain

Can blockchain technology fix the soul sucking tedium and cost of back-and-forth bureaucracy? The Swiss team behind a blockchain-based platform, called Proxeus, believes it can — and that that will be just the tip of what decentralization brings down the pipe, once components such as crypto identities become an accepted (and legal) standard. Blockchain’s big…
Google confirms some of its own services are now getting blocked in Russia over the Telegram ban

Google confirms some of its own services are now getting blocked in Russia over...

A shower of paper airplanes darted through the skies of Moscow and other towns in Russia today, as users answered the call of entrepreneur Pavel Durov to send the blank missives out of their windows at a pre-appointed time in support of Telegram, a messaging app he founded that was blocked last week by Russian regulator…

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