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Monday, 05. January 2015

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PlayStation 4 Faces Resurgent Rivals in Xbox One and Wii U

Sales of Microsoft’s Xbox One and Nintendo’s Wii U are improving, eroding what was once a strong lead for Sony’s PlayStation 4.♦






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Sales of Microsoft’s Xbox One and Nintendo’s Wii U are improving, eroding what was once a strong lead for Sony’s PlayStation 4.







SpaceX’s Next Frontier: Landing a Rocket on Earth

On Tuesday, the company hopes to upend the economics of space travel, by landing the first stage of a rocket intact on a barge floating in the Atlantic Ocean.♦






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On Tuesday, the company hopes to upend the economics of space travel, by landing the first stage of a rocket intact on a barge floating in the Atlantic Ocean.






Sunday, 04. January 2015

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How ‘1989’ Edged Out ‘Frozen’ as the No. 1 Album of 2014, and Vice Versa

As streaming grows in popularity, competing album sales metrics that yielded two different No. 1 albums illustrate the music industry at a crossroads.♦






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As streaming grows in popularity, competing album sales metrics that yielded two different No. 1 albums illustrate the music industry at a crossroads.







The Media Equation: Selfies on a Stick, and the Social-Content Challenge for the Media

The tendency to listen to the holy music of the self is reflected in the abundance of messaging and self-publishing services, all of which pose a profound challenge for media companies.♦
The tendency to listen to the holy music of the self is reflected in the abundance of messaging and self-publishing services, all of which pose a profound challenge for media companies.

Ulrich Beck, Sociologist Who Warned of Dangers of Technology, Is Dead at 70

Mr. Beck shot to fame in 1986 with his book “Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity,” which argued that technology had also created new risks in spheres ranging from ecology to finance.♦
Mr. Beck shot to fame in 1986 with his book “Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity,” which argued that technology had also created new risks in spheres ranging from ecology to finance.

International CES: The Internet of Things Hits Homes

Household devices that link together through the Internet are likely to energize this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.♦






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Household devices that link together through the Internet are likely to energize this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.







Bits Blog: For the Indie Writers of Amazon, It’s Publish or Perish

Amazon’s “all you can eat” reading service, Kindle Unlimited, is driving down prices even as it boosts sales. For self-published authors, that’s a cause for concern.♦
Amazon’s “all you can eat” reading service, Kindle Unlimited, is driving down prices even as it boosts sales. For self-published authors, that’s a cause for concern.

North Korea Denounces U.S. Over Its Latest Sanctions

The North reiterated its denial of involvement in the hacking of Sony and said that Washington’s sanctions would only strengthen its resolve to pursue its “military first” policy.♦
The North reiterated its denial of involvement in the hacking of Sony and said that Washington’s sanctions would only strengthen its resolve to pursue its “military first” policy.

Saturday, 03. January 2015

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Corner Office: Maynard Webb, Yahoo’s Chairman: Even the Best Teams Can Be Better

A veteran tech executive says that in general, companies spend too much time on poor performers and not enough on making “A-plus” employees better.♦
A veteran tech executive says that in general, companies spend too much time on poor performers and not enough on making “A-plus” employees better.

More Sanctions on North Korea After Sony Case

The Obama administration doubled down on its allegation that North Korea’s leadership was behind the hacking of Sony Pictures.♦






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The Obama administration doubled down on its allegation that North Korea’s leadership was behind the hacking of Sony Pictures.







Business Briefing: F.C.C. Sets Vote on Broadband Rules for February

President Obama has asked the F.C.C. to put service providers under the same rules as those imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago.♦






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President Obama has asked the F.C.C. to put service providers under the same rules as those imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago.






Friday, 02. January 2015

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Circa Now: What Isn’t There an App for?

A writer spent three weeks trying to improve his life through apps.♦






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A writer spent three weeks trying to improve his life through apps.







Future Tense: The Unending Anxiety of an ICYMI World

The “in case you missed it” sentiment has a way of haunting us. In the Internet age, there is simply too much readable, viewable and listenable data for anyone to stay abreast of.♦
The “in case you missed it” sentiment has a way of haunting us. In the Internet age, there is simply too much readable, viewable and listenable data for anyone to stay abreast of.

Q&A: Sharing Flickr Photos Privately

You can adjust your settings so that only certain people can see your images. Also, syncing files between Macs and PCs.♦






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You can adjust your settings so that only certain people can see your images. Also, syncing files between Macs and PCs.







Bits Blog: Uber Suspends Operations in Spain

In a first in the growing pushback against Uber’s global expansion, a judge’s ruling barred telecommunications operators and banks from supporting the company’s services.♦






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In a first in the growing pushback against Uber’s global expansion, a judge’s ruling barred telecommunications operators and banks from supporting the company’s services.







Bits Blog

Daily Report: Web Freedom Is Seen as a Growing Global Issue

The new year promises further attempts at online censorship, as the web increasingly serves as a platform for civil rights efforts.
The new year promises further attempts at online censorship, as the web increasingly serves as a platform for civil rights efforts.

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Web Freedom Is Seen as a Growing Global Issue

The new year promises further attempts at online censorship, as the web increasingly serves as a platform for civil rights efforts.♦






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The new year promises further attempts at online censorship, as the web increasingly serves as a platform for civil rights efforts.







Bits Blog

A Day With Apple Pay

The success of Apple Pay will in part be determined lies in the hands of the people behind retailers' counters. How are those people doing two months after the service was introduced?
The success of Apple Pay will in part be determined lies in the hands of the people behind retailers' counters. How are those people doing two months after the service was introduced?

Thursday, 01. January 2015

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Bits Blog: Qwant Wants to Be Alternative to Google

A search engine called Qwant is trying to tap into growing anger in Europe that Google holds too much control over how people surf the Web.♦






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A search engine called Qwant is trying to tap into growing anger in Europe that Google holds too much control over how people surf the Web.







Digital Tax Increase to Take Effect in Europe

New rules are coming into force for services like movie streaming and content like e-books on Thursday, but who will foot most of the bill remains unclear.♦






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New rules are coming into force for services like movie streaming and content like e-books on Thursday, but who will foot most of the bill remains unclear.







Bits Blog: Writers Are Mixed Over Amazon Unlimited

Six months after its introduction, Kindle Unlimited is proving controversial and disruptive, just like so many other Amazon innovations.♦






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Six months after its introduction, Kindle Unlimited is proving controversial and disruptive, just like so many other Amazon innovations.







Wheels: Carmakers Take a Hint From Tablets

By adopting tabletlike, touch-screen systems, automakers are integrating smartphones and online services with fewer complicated controls that frustrate and distract drivers.♦






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By adopting tabletlike, touch-screen systems, automakers are integrating smartphones and online services with fewer complicated controls that frustrate and distract drivers.







Reuters Breakingviews: IBM Needs to Spend Cash, Not Return It

Over the last four quarters, IBM has spent more than $23 billion on dividends and buybacks while revenue has shrunk. A better idea is to invest more in the business.♦






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Over the last four quarters, IBM has spent more than $23 billion on dividends and buybacks while revenue has shrunk. A better idea is to invest more in the business.







Gadgetwise: Standouts in Tech: Drones, Virtual Reality, Instant Translation and A.I.

Farhad Manjoo picks four products from 2014 that are bringing the future closer.♦






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Farhad Manjoo picks four products from 2014 that are bringing the future closer.






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