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Google Drive monthly plans cut to $1.99 for 100GB, $9.99 for 1TB and $99.99 for 10TB - The Next Web

The 100GB tier has been dropped from $4.99 to $1.99 per month, while the 1TB option has been slashed by $40 to $49.99. Google is also offering some larger storage options, starting at $99.99 per month for 10TB.

T-Mobile to Upgrade 2G Network to 4G LTE by 2015

"Right now, T-Mobile covers 96% of Americans, and over the past year, we've completely shattered records with the fastest 4G LTE deployment the U.S. wireless industry has ever seen," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile, in a press release. "Our competitors want you to believe our network doesn't measure up. But that just isn't true. And American consumers are going to see right through the spin and half-truths when given the facts."

Watch this drone stun a man

Chaotic Moon Studios shows off a drone that can remotely stun a person, but its creators say it has applications beyond law enforcement.

Worldwide, Many See Belief in God as Essential to Morality

There are also significant divides within some countries based on age and education, particularly in Europe and North America. In general, individuals age 50 or older and those without a college education are more likely to link morality to religion. For example, in Greece, 62% of older adults say it is necessary to believe in God to be a moral person, while just 29% of 18- to 29-year-olds agree. In the U.S., a majority of individuals without a college degree (59%) say faith is essential to be an upright person, while fewer than four-in-ten college graduates say the same (37%).

Why Bill Gates Isn't Worried About Washington Dysfunction

Politically, everything in the nation’s capital was just as gloomy. Everyone from the president to congressional backbenchers had abysmal job approval ratings. Everyone complained about “gridlock,” but everyone was making it worse. The Raymond Tusks of the real world were cramming big business bucks down Washington throats. The Russians were up to no good. Hadn’t we gotten past that?

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"[Fiction] has to have a truth at the core of it," Martin told The Wall Street Journal . "You’re still writing about people, you’re writing about the human condition. I often quote Faulkner, who said in his speech after winning the Nobel Prize that ‘the human heart in conflict with itself’ is the only thing worth writing about. And I’ve always agreed with that. It’s true no matter what genre you’re writing in, even if there are dragons in it or it’s about a private detective or a western gunslinger, it’s still ultimately about the human heart in conflict with itself or it’s not worth reading."

A Crash Course In Leadership For 20-Something CEOs

To foster long term respect––with their people, their clients, and their management team––20- and 30-something CEOs need to inspire, rather than terrify. This isn’t being “soft.” The tone you set will reverberate through the culture of your organization. I remember a time when a client was upset with how a particular situation had been handled. Losing my cool or raising my voice with the team responsible wasn’t going to do anything to help the issue at hand.

The era of Facebook is an anomaly

I don’t think people are quitting Facebook. There’s quitting Facebook and there’s just not making it the heart and center of your passion play. I’m of an era where I grew up and the notion that "You’ve Got Mail" was exciting. Everything about email — we would race home after school and be like, "What’s on email" and this is great. It was like little gifts from the heavens. My relationship to email is not like that these days. That doesn’t mean that I’ve left email, but it’s not a place of passion, even when awesome things like a birth announcement come in. That’s awesome, but that doesn’t make me love email. That makes me love my friend who just had a baby.

Larry King Talks Dirty to You in Jason Derulo's New Video

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Google Needs To Double Down On HTML5, And Soon

Given Google's dominance of the mobile operating system market, it's easy to forget that  Google sits atop a $50 billion advertising business that depends upon its ability to index content and advertise against that content. In a mobile world that is more fixated on apps than the web, however, Google has a problem, as The Wall Street Journal's Rolfe Winkler highlights:

Apple, Microsoft, Google and Cisco use cash to buy Treasuries

Those tech companies have more than $100 billion in U.S. bonds, according to a report released Thursday by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a not-for-profit, privately funded reporting outfit in London. Due to U.S. tax laws, much of that cash is held in overseas subsidiaries -- and it is likely that some of that cash is being used to purchase U.S. bonds.

As Desktop Declines, Mobile Search Boosts Google Revenue - Digits - WSJ

Google ’s revenue from search ads on U.S. computers fell for the first time last year and will decline another 7% this year, according to a new report, but overall U.S. advertising revenue will continue to rise due to the rapid growth of the mobile ad market.

This list is brought to you by 25 years of the world wide web

When Tim Berners-Lee penned a memo to his boss at CERN in March 1989, he was looking for a better way to manage information about complex evolving systems. He proposed an interconnected network of information that would improve communication at the facility, but there was no way of knowing what a tangled web we would weave. That memo would eventually spawn the world wide web and the various memes, crowdfunded gadgets and user-generated porn sites that it made possible. Hell, you wouldn't be reading Engadget if it weren't for Sir Berners-Lee. In homage to that great network of information that we all know and surf today, we present you with 25 things made possible by the big ole' W3.

Are Facebook's 'Move Fast and Break Things' Days Over?

On Thursday, an exec at Facebook offered what may be the strongest statement yet suggesting that the company is also tweaking the "move fast" portion of its strategy.

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"For as long as a single man is forced to cower under the iron fist of oppression, as long as a child cries out in the night, or an actor can be elected president, we must continue the struggle." - Hillary Flammond (Lucy Gutteridge)

Obama May Have Ordered a Cyberattack Last Year

President Barack Obama asked the Department of Defense last June to perform a cyberattack, according to the nonprofit organization Federation of American Scientists (FAS).

LeBron James' Phone Problems Are a Samsung PR Nightmare

NBA player LeBron James, a celebrity spokesperson for Samsung who has been featured in a variety of Galaxy device ads, had a mini-meltdown on Twitter this week when his Samsung phone deleted all of his data.

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Zuckerberg Called Obama to Express Frustration with US Government

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg today posted on the social network to share his thoughts about the Internet, why it’s important to keep it secure, and how angry he is with US government surveillance. Just a couple days after news surfaced that the NSA posed as Facebook to infect computers with malware, Zuckerberg says he called Obama himself and wasn’t pleased to learn the broader problem won’t be solved quickly.

Europe Pushes Ahead with Plans to Make All Phone Chargers the Same

The European Parliament has today decided to go ahead with a plan to introduce common charger rules for smartphones and other portable devices that would see the end of proprietary charger designs.

This Cheap, Strong Cardboard Standing Desk Will Let You Ditch Your Deadly Office Sitting

Now, with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for a $65 Chairigami standing desk, Rotholz is partnering with a manufacturer in Massachusetts to scale up production. But in order to make the desk suitable for mass production, Rotholz had to come up a new design. All of his past pieces have been made out of triple-wall cardboard, which is difficult to die cut. The standing desks, in contrast, are made out of single-wall cardboard that has been doubled up in certain places.

Bill Gates Says Microsoft was Willing to Acquire WhatsApp

Rolling Stones today published an extensive interview with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, in which the man himself reveals a few interesting tidbits. It turns out Microsoft was also interested in WhatsApp and Gates has a lot of praise for Zuckerberg:

Zuckerberg Phones Obama for Answers About NSA Spying | Wired Enterprise |

When you’re Mark Zuckerberg, you can do things a little differently from everyone else. Worried about a pesky construction project next-door? Drop $30 million and buy up a four-pack of your neighbor’s homes. Worried that the NSA’s widespread surveillance may …

8 Reasons Why You Should Definitely Take That Lunch Break

It's not easy to squeeze in a lunch break, but it's often necessary for our health and sanity. Here are eight things you can do on your break that will help you maximize your productivity at work.

This Interactive Map Shows How Satellites Are Searching for Flight 370

With no leads for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight after six days, more satellite imaging companies are pitching in to aid the search.

Our 4K Future — The New TV Standard Is Here And It Will Roll Out Much Faster Than HD

BII In a new report from BI Intelligence , we forecast that 4K — also known as 4K Ultra HD — will roll out much faster than most industry analysts are predicting. Two factors will speed up the rollout: the price of 4K-capable TVs and the fast availability of 4K content on Internet video services.

I Wore the Navy's Oculus Rift, and It Showed Me the Future of Warfare

When we think of the future of the military, we think of bigger and better weapons. Laser canons and the like. But what about the people operating those lasers? How can a behemoth like the Navy ready its future sailors for the high-tech combat of tomorrow? Believe it or not, with an Oculus Rift.

See Through the Sour Wine

We don’t know exactly what this bystander had seen. Presumably he had at least heard that Jesus worked wonders. Thousands had eaten when there wasn’t any food. Real people who once could not walk, or see, now could. Whether witnessed or heard, this bystander knew the dying man on the tree had a reputation for the miraculous. And here, in the intensity of Jesus’s passion, just before he breathed his last, the bystander wanted to squeeze him just one more time for some good glitz. He didn’t really think Elijah would come, but maybe. Jesus had done some amazing things. But now, the bystander didn’t really hope for his rescue, he wanted his dazzle. He didn’t want a suffering Savior, he wanted a spectacular stunt. He didn’t want Jesus, he wanted his show.

From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers–and beyond

Libraries loom large in the public imagination, and are generally viewed very positively: 90% of Americans ages 16 and older say that the closing of their local public library would have an impact on their community. This means that many people have a stake in the future of libraries, and as the digital age advances, there is much discussion about where they are headed. To help with that conversation, Pew Research has spent three years charting the present role libraries play in Americans’ lives and communities, in the hopes that this will set the foundation for discussions of what libraries should be in the future. The first stage of our research studied the growing role of e-books, including their impact on Americans’ reading habits and Americans’ library habits . Our second stage explored the full universe of library services , as well as what library services Americans most value and what they might want from libraries in the future. This typology completes our third and final stage of research, which explores public libraries’ roles in people’s lives and in American culture writ large—how they are perceived, how they are valued, how people rely on them, and so forth.

Who Should Name the Craters on Mars, You or Astronomers? - Wired Science

To really check everything out, I wanted to go through both naming processes. Because the IAU process takes much longer than would be possible in time for my deadline, I turned to Uwingu. I chose two small craters overlooking the epic Valles Marineris canyon system. (I wanted my craters to have good views.) For the first one, my order-loving brain wanted to follow the approved IAU conventions. Large Martian craters are named for famous scientists or science-fiction authors who have contributed to mankind’s ideas of Mars and anything under 60 kilometers is named after a town on Earth.

Volkswagen: 'The Car Must Not Become A Data Monster'

The Walmart brand is fundamentally built on trust. It’s a place people have gone for many years, where they know they’ll save money. Our philosophy is pretty simple: When we use data, be transparent to the customers so that they can know what’s going on. There’s a clear opt-out mechanism. And, more important, the value equation has to be there. If we save them money or remind them of something they might need, no one says, “Wait, how did you get that data?” or “Why are you using that data?” They say, “Thank you!” I think we all know where the creep factor comes in, intuitively. Do unto others as you want to be done to you, right?

7 Things You Need To Know About iOS 7.1

Many users have complained that the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5S stops working well after a few months of use. This is partly a hardware problem, but also a software issue. In iOS 7.1, Apple has improved the Touch ID software to be more accurate, leading to quicker response times fewer rejections. Let us know in the comments if the update to Touch ID improves the performance on your iPhone 5S.

The Truth About Speed Reading

Speed reading has long been a skill peddled by supposed experts, and recently a slew of cheap apps claiming to teach the technique have put it back in the spotlight. So, let's take a look at the claims of speed reading and if it's really possible to read 1,200 words a minute.

Chelsea Clinton To Silicon Valley: Hey, You're Supposed To Be Changing The World

"Technology has the potential to revolutionize the way development measures, reports and analyzes the success and failures of its work,” Clinton said. “I know that the work we’re doing [at the Clinton Foundation] has impact because we’re obsessed with tracking data and results."

'Soft Electronics' Makes Wearable Computing Something You'd Actually Wear

Neidlinger designed a series of Mood Sweaters for the Wearable Technology Fashion Show, which are designed to help people with sensory processing disorders wear their feelings on the outside; the sweater is designed to change color to reflect the wearer’s mood. But since they’re netted with LED lights and conductive thread, they are currently dry-clean only. 

Your Work: More than a Paycheck

David Greusel is founding principal of Convergence Design, a Kansas City-based architectural practice. While with other firms, David was the lead designer for Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, and PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. As a design professional, Mr. Greusel has more than 30 years of experience in every major role in architectural practice, including management, marketing, design, and technical aspects of projects. His work has been published in both trade and professional journals, and has received design recognition at the local and national level. As a speaker, has presented or co-presented at more than 100 regional, national and international conferences in the past ten years.

Alternative to Traditional Cellular Networks Makes a Virtue of Wireless Interference | MIT Technology Review

Perlman says pCell takes a different approach: it embraces signal interference. In his vision, base stations smaller than your typical satellite TV antenna are placed wherever it’s convenient (such as on the roof or the side of a building), and their signals purposely overlap. Those overlapping signals, Perlman says, combine constructively to create a sort of personal cell, a centimeter in diameter, that moves with you as you move around the network. The signal doesn’t diminish as each additional user joins the network. Overall capacity can grow by adding more access points.

VLC Player Comes to Windows 8 After Months of Delays

VideoLAN, the company behind the popular open source media player VLC, rolled out the long-awaited beta version of its VLC for Windows 8 app on Thursday.

Grad Student's Robot Fish Can Escape Prey Like the Real Thing

The fully self-contained, autonomous robot features a rigid, 3D-printed head that contains the power source, computer, motors and sensors. The back-end of the body is made primarily of silicon (with a 3D-printed tail) and, according to Marchese, who built the swimming bot with a team of developers and programmers at Massachusetts Institute of technology, it's where they store all the natural movement parts. That construction, it turns out, also mimics the physiology of a real fish, with its brain contained in the rigid bony area up front and all the soft, pliable and movable material (mostly muscle) responsible for the fish's undulating motion in the back.

OMGPOP Cofounder Living 'the Life' 2 Years After Zynga Acquisition

Forman: People were like, "You gotta invest in stuff." At first, I was like, I want to listen to peoples' pitches and I want to be on the other side of the table in those types of situations. And then I realized that that whole life is sh*tty and those people should kill themselves. I care more about my own problems and my own ideas... If you invest in stuff, all that does is, outside of money, it takes up your time. You're thinking about this thing that is not yours and you can't have direct control over and you don't really have any impact on whether it succeeds or fails. I just thought that I'm just going to try to make as many things as I can that I want to before I die.

Microsoft Starts Giving Away Windows Phone OS in India | Wired Business |

In India, according to a report by the Times of India , the software giant is now letting smartphone makers use its Windows Phone operating system at no cost, hoping to expand the reach of the OS. In a world where Google’s Android mobile operating system is available free of charge — letting hardware manufacturers more easily build smartphones and tablets, particularly in parts of the world where the market is still developing — this move only makes sense for Microsoft, and it’s part of a larger shift by the company towards free OS software.

The 15 Most Fascinating Filmmakers and Stars at SXSW | Underwire |

AUSTIN, Texas — Wedged between a tech conference and the music festival as it is, the South by Southwest Film Festival is in an odd position. It draws in the arty/indie types like most film festivals, but unlike, say, Sundance, it has a much bigger appetite for camp and comedy. (And a fair amount of horror, too.) In between all the screenings we’ve tried to cram in while in Austin, we also took time to sit down with some of our favorite filmmakers and stars to get the goods on their upcoming movies—and anything else they wanted to talk about. Expand the gallery to read their stories.

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Microsoft Announces Office 365 Personal, Limited to Two Devices

Microsoft today announced Office 365 Personal, a new subscription offering for the company’s productivity suite in the cloud. Designed for the individual, it is limited to just one PC or Mac, plus one tablet, and will be available this spring for $69.99 per year or $6.99 per month.

Target Knew About Its Massive Hack—It Just Didn't Do Anything to Stop It

As the hackers inserted more versions of the same malware (they may have used as many as five, security researchers say), the security system sent out more alerts, each the most urgent on FireEye's graded scale, says the person who has consulted on Target's probe. The breach could have been stopped there without human intervention. The system has an option to automatically delete malware as it's detected. But according to two people who audited FireEye's performance after the breach, Target's security team turned that function off… Target had done a months-long test of FireEye that ended in May and was rolling out the technology throughout the company's massive IT system. It's possible that FireEye was still viewed with some skepticism by its minders at the time of the hack, say two people familiar with Target's security operations…

Anyone Can Learn To Code: A Case Study

Eventually, Wade stumbled on Coding Together , a Stanford computer science course offered through the Apple Store. The course had enough material for one semester—Wade blitzed through it in a day. Three days later, he had enough of an understanding of how to code in C++ to begin working on his app. 

Raspberry Pi Gets A Sound Card: 3 Ways To Use It

The audio add-on board fits directly onto the Raspberry Pi’s P5 pins. It features an onboard microphone and a Wolfson audio processor that supports high-res audio up to 24-bit / 192KHz. The board also hosts four 3.5 mm jacks—one for a headset/boom mic combination, one for mic input, one for connecting to devices like iPods and phones, and one for connection to amps or speakers. 

Microsoft adds personal Office 365 subscription | PCWorld

Microsoft will continue to offer Office 365 Home Premium, but will tighten the name to just Office 365 Home when the Personal Edition becomes available, the company said. The name change also reflects the fact that Office Home is, in fact, designed for a home, with licenses for up to 5 PCs or Macs, plus an additional 5 mobile devices such as phones or tablets. Office Personal, naturally, is for those without additional family members. Whether one chooses Office Personal or Office Home Premium, however, Microsoft will still offer them 60 minutes of free international Skype calls per month and 20 GB of OneDrive storage.

Amid Bullying & Threats Of Violence, Anonymous Social App Yik Yak Shuts Off Access To U.S. Middle & High School Students | TechCrunch

“Certain things should always be kept out of children’s hands,” Mendez tells TechCrunch. “Kids are at a different developmental level than adults. Physically, the frontal lobes of their brains aren’t fully developed. That’s the part of their brain that helps them recognize future consequences from current actions. At the same time, their hormone levels are escalating. Middle school and high school are some of the toughest years where kids begin having self doubts and bullying starts becoming more violent,” she says.

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52 Everyone Wins With Copyright Takedown Notices — Except the Public | Wired Opinion |
53 Hands-on with VLC's beta Metro app: Already better than Windows 8's Video app | PCWorld
54 Microsoft Launches Bing Image Match Feature
55 Colin Powell, pioneer of the selfie?
56 Bracing For Obamacare, 1 In 3 Health Facilities Adding Doctors
57 Microsoft, Nook redo deal; no Microsoft e-reader in the works
58 The era of Facebook is an anomaly
59 How The Oculus Rift Can Help NASA Find Life On Other Planets
60 Pebble Smartwatch Shipping To 500 Kickstarter Backers, Starting Today
61 25 things you may have forgotten about the internet
62 Facebook TV: Video ads now interrupting your News Feed
63 Amazon Jacks Up The Price Of Prime To $99
64 Iron Man’s Audi R8 e-tron gets less fictional, to be offered on customer request – UPDATE
65 We Mapped Our Boss' Office With This Slick New 3-D Camera - Wired Science
66 Touring the Sony Archives in Tokyo: Walkmans, robot dogs and a golden guinea pig
67 Delighting in the Greater Adoption
68 Crowdsourcing via the Smartphone Lock Screen | MIT Technology Review
69 What Would An Internet Bill Of Rights Look Like?
70 ValveSoftware/vogl
71 The Vergecast is live today at 1PM PT / 4PM ET!
72 This GIF Shows How Impossible It Is to Find a Plane in the Pacific
73 A Close Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool | Wired Opinion |
74 A tour of the Petronas Towers of Kuala Lumpur
75 One more thing: Opera mashes up Steve Jobs, Shakespeare
76 Google Drive's reduced rates make cloud storage even more affordable
77 Pinxter
78 'Godzilla' director Gareth Edwards on how to make monster movies that matter
79 ShopRunner: Amazon Prime fee hike will 'drive' away customers
80 Be your own light show in app-controlled CuteCircuit clubwear
81 Science Graphic of the Week: Bombogenesis, the Most Extreme Weather This Winter - Wired Science
82 Eating food off the floor may be OK, scientist says
83 The White House Has Been Covering Up the Presidency's Role in Torture for Years - The Intercept
84 "Tastes Like Happiness": Why Chocolate Fried Chicken Might Be The Future Of Fast Food
85 Disney is releasing an EDM album with remixes from Avicii and Kaskade
86 T-Mobile's tech chief: I want to decimate Verizon's map ad campaign
87 How Apple's iOS 7.1 finally quelled users' motion sickness
88 Amazon raises the price of Prime to $99/year, citing increased fuel and transportation costs
89 World's Biggest LeBron James Fan Explains His Massive Tattoo
90 It's a 'Star Wars' snack! Admiral Ackbar cupcakes aren't a trap
91 A Room That Wrecks Your Perspective, From a Master of Light and Space | Wired Design |
92 Apple OS X Mavericks Server Training - A Definitive Guide | Cult of Mac Deals
93 A Snap-On iPhone Gadget That Adds Physical Camera Controls | Gadget Lab |
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95 New Study Finds Global Warming Likely to be Greater Than Estimated
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