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Tech News From the Middle East: March Roundup

The first Egyptian Y Combinator startup HoverChat (formerly Ninja SMS) graduated and is going strong.  The name change wasn’t the only new feature, but perhaps the most interesting is their in-app store, where there’s been over 125 thousand items purchased in-app in the first month.  What’s also interesting is that users have consistently increased their SMS output by up to 50% in some countries after installing the app.

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Startups and the State: How Eastern Europe Backs Entrepreneurs

Having a healthy level of entrepreneurship in their country is a great thing for governments, not least because it can be a significant source of tax income. However, to reap the fruits you first need to sow — or, relating to governments, to help aspiring startup founders to build their businesses.

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Secret US-made 'Cuban Twitter' to go under government microscope - CNET

According to the AP , the social network, known as ZunZeneo, was established by way of an elaborate network of shell companies and was financed by a foreign bank to limit the chances of it being traced back to the US. Once ZunZeneo was operational, USAID targeted young Cubans for over two years, the report claims. The service was similar to Twitter in its communication features, and was going to be used as a tool to establish dissent against the Cuban government before its plug was pulled in 2012 due to lack of funding, according to the report.

4 20 best iPhone and iPad apps this week

It's time for our weekly roundup of the best new iPhone and iPad apps and games to have emerged on Apple's App Store. This week's selection includes monsters, calendars, scanning utilities, Family Guy photo-snaps, Mr Tickle, beautiful puzzler Monument Valley, and the quietly-launched new game from Candy Crush Saga publisher King. As ever, prices are correct at the time of writing, but may have changed by the time you read this. (Free + IAP) means in-app purchases are used within the app. Want more apps? Browse previous Best iPhone and iPad apps roundups on The Guardian. And if you're looking for Android apps instead, browse the archives of the weekly Best Android Apps roundups. APPS Sago Mini Monsters (£1.99) Sago Sago is the preschool-focused sister studio to acclaimed children’s apps developer Toca Boca, and its latest app continues its colourful, playful run of form. Aimed at toddlers, it helps them create, colour and feed a monster, before saving snapshots of their favourites. iPhone / iPad Fantastical 2 for iPad (£6.99) On iPhone, Fantastical 2 is one of the best third-party calendar apps: an alternative to Apple’s default iOS datekeeping app.

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Europe Votes For Net Neutrality In No Uncertain Terms

Overturning net neutrality is not about denying anyone access to the Internet, but rather about being able to differentiate service levels. If users are actually charged for usage, that may discourage using too much. If net neutrality is taken off the table, all users, both consumers and businesses, will select their service levels based on what they need and are willing to pay for – whether that’s massive amounts of TV streaming or just basic email use. For the service providers, enforcing net neutrality means the over-the-top players have been able to make money off the existing backbone (Internet) that regulation has provided. There are limits that we are easily beginning to hit due to streaming, growth of mobile, and the impending tsunami of Internet of Things. When limits are reached the only way to apportion a scarce resource is to charge by use and demand.

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Online Services Go Offline in China - Digits - WSJ

The two biggest Internet players in China–Alibaba and Tencent Holdings – are getting more aggressive in their efforts to connect their online services with China’s traditional retail and service sectors. Both Alibaba and Tencent, a giant in online games and social networks, offer their own electronic payment systems that also handle mobile transactions, and they are looking for ways to get people to make mobile payments while shopping at brick-and-mortar stores, going to restaurants and movie theaters or using public transportation. In China, where traditional retailers and other offline services aren’t tech-savvy and don’t always provide the most convenient services, there is a lot of room for Alibaba and Tencent to step in and fill the void.

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Bryan Cranston to Pen Memoir About His Career and Breaking Bad - IGN

“Walter White taught me a lot—some of it useful, some of it dangerous,” said Cranston in a statement today. “With this book, I want to tell the stories of my life and reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting Breaking Bad."

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T-Mobile CEO Fires Back After Losing BlackBerry Sales Arrangement | TechCrunch

And, if you own any BlackBerry that works on our network and also want the fairness and freedom that comes with being a T-Mobile customer, you can bring in your BlackBerry any time and enjoy Un-carrier benefits like no annual contract, unlimited everything with no overages on our wicked-fast network, no hidden device costs, no upgrade wait – and international roaming at no extra cost. And, don’t forget, you get to enjoy your BlackBerry with all of these Un-carrier advantages on America’s fastest nationwide 4G LTE network. In fact, to show our appreciation for all current consumers so passionate and loyal to all things BlackBerry, we’re offering a $100 credit toward any new device, including the BlackBerry Q10 or the Z10. And this offer is good through the end of the year. So you can take your time.

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Not Android, not iOS: One of these others will win the mobile war

The smartphone market in the rich world is maturing. The growth is in the emerging markets and, increasingly, as hardware prices go down and connectivity goes up, the growth will be coming from poor countries. Cell phone ownership (albeit of the dumbphone kind) is already very high in sub-Saharan Africa; if Google's Project Loon doesn't make cheap wireless high-speed internet ubiquitous some other technology will; and some time soon the equivalent of a second-generation iPhone will be as cheap in poor-country-salary hours as a cell phone is today.

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China's Weibo Sets IPO Range at $17-19

Weibo , the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, has released a pricing range for its upcoming IPO that would peg shares between $17-19, valuing the company between $3.5-$3.9 billion, The New York Times reports .

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A Beautiful Super 8-Inspired Camcorder With Modern Smarts | Gadget Lab | WIRED

Mind you, this fully digital, 1080p camcorder doesn’t just resemble a Super-8 camera. It’s actually built around the same specifications, with a ⅓-inch-type sensor that’s about the same size as a frame of 8mm film.

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Expo Notes: What's new with 1Password | Macworld

Recently, at Macworld/iWorld 2014 , iMore's Rene Ritchie had a chance to catch up with Dave Teare —co-founder of AgileBits, the vendor behind 1Password—and to hear about what's new with the app, including version 4.5 for iOS (redesigned for iOS 7) and the app's appearance on Android.

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Silicon Valley Is Super Obsessed With HBO's 'Silicon Valley'

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

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Under the Skin Review - IGN

A large portion of the film is then spent following Laura through the streets of Glasgow as she smiles and flirts and asks the men she meets for directions. We don’t know what she’s looking for, but Laura clearly does, and when she finally identifies her target and offers him a lift in her van, Under the Skin briefly takes a turn for the erotic.

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This Crazy Liquid Blob Is Actually The House Of The Future

This 'biodegraded aesthetic' challenges ( putting it culturally and psychologically correctly) not just the definition of "house". It can be an environmental organic bio processor that can do much more than harmonize systems that function the way the human complex does. Like the analog of the canopy of tall trees is to Gothic Churches this metaphor must also push the envelope to become a habitable sustainable energy generator that provides it inhabitants with the support needed for healing, growth and development. If it does not do this, in my opinion, it would be another form for form sake adventure of the many we have seen that do not deliver the total sustainable experience people need.

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My low paying, early morning, exertion requiring job

Since I left college and started working for myself, finding structure in my day to day life has become very important. The biggest change I’ve made has been adjusting my schedule: in the middle of last summer, I switched to an early morning wake up (between 5:30 and 7am, optimizing for 6 hours of sleep). Unfortunately, despite the promises of proponents of this approach, my body has not adapted well to the shift: every day, getting out of bed is one of the hardest things I do [1]. Having an early morning job provides a concrete task that I need to get up and do, making the mental battle of escaping my blankets much easier.

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GrubHub debuts on NYSE with a big spike in share price

GrubHub raises $200 million as it debuts on the New York Stock Exchange. The Chicago company is the largest portal for online food takeout and delivery orders in the U.S.

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Sitedrop Turns A Dropbox Folder Into A Visual Workspace Where You Can Collaborate With Others | TechCrunch

Everything in Sitedrop is folder-based, so you can manage these workspaces the same way you manage your files on your desktop, and you can control whether or not others can upload files to your site, or only view those you’ve already shared. The sites can also be password-protected for privacy purposes, and once logged in, users can collaborate on the content via additional tools for favoriting items and commenting. You can even drag links to webpages into your Dropbox, which Sitedrop will then render online.

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Secret App Down For Hours, Silicon Valley Goes Back To Work | TechCrunch

Secret is a new way to share what you’re thinking and feeling with your friends. Write anything that’s on your mind, free of judgment. Make your words stand out by adding a photo or color backdrop. Customize further with blur, textures, and moods. Comment on your friends’ posts with a new and unique avatar for each conversation. When friends like your post, it spreads to their friends. The …

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Google pays $1.4M to Italian privacy regulator over Street View car markings

In a statement on Thursday, the Italian regulator said Google has not only paid the fine, but also adopted recommended measures in Italy, including: putting big signs or stickers on the Street View cars to identify them as such; putting a notice of which locations will be visited on its website three days ahead of the filming; and publishing similar notices through “at least two newspapers and… through a local radio station for each region visited.”

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A Playful New Brand Identity For Ikea

It is not easy being a student graphic designer, there is too much eye candy and really 'cool' identity systems. The biggest hurdle for a student is separating 'cool' design from effective design. As far as this is concerned, Ikea has had no problem adapting and has appealed to a huge customer segment. This identity seems a little shallow and made for/by someone in their early 20's. I would suggest that Joe be very proud of the exposure his work has and consider that 80% of design should be concept and research and that execution makes up the remaining 20%–not the other way around.

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Google Shows A Glimpse Of How Its Modular Phone Moonshot Is Progressing | TechCrunch

Google has released a video (embedded below) showing a glimpse of what’s going on behind the scenes at Project Ara, one of the hardware shunkworks projects coming out of its Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP). The ATAP group is also working on a 3D mapping handset which Google showed off in February, called  Project Tango .

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Google Night Walk

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Seamless.com Owner GrubHub Surges After $192 Million IPO

GrubHub Inc., which lets hungry city dwellers order food online, surged in its trading debut after raising a higher-than-expected $192 million in an initial public offering.

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Ortiz: Obama Samsung Selfie Was No Marketing Stunt

Ortiz told The Boston Globe on Thursday that the selfie was spontaneous. “I don’t understand where that stuff is coming from," he said. “That was one of those things that just happened. I gave him the jersey, and the photographers were going to take their pictures and I thought, really at the last second, maybe I should snap a shot with my phone while I have the chance ... It had nothing to do with no deals.”

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Samsung's Ativ SE Windows Phone now available for pre-order from Verizon

After  multiple leaks , the Samsung Ativ SE is now official. As expected, the device arrives with Windows Phone 8, a 5-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel camera, and an unspecified 2.3GHz quad-core processor (most likely the Snapdragon 800) with 2GB of RAM. It also has a 2,600mAh battery, 16GB of storage, and microSD card expansion.

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Dropbox Promotes Sujay Jaswa to Financial Chief Ahead of IPO - Digits - WSJ

As Dropbox has grown in value, Mr. Jaswa has sought to curb the potential market for its pre-IPO shares, which he believes can get employees too focused on day-by-day changes in valuation. “When you ask people what’s the worst thing about being a public company, what they tell you is the morale of the team is dictated by the stock price,” said Mr. Jaswa, who previously worked as a McKinsey consultant and in corporate development at Cisco Systems Inc.

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I had my DNA analyzed, and all I got was this lousy story

My regular physician or local hospital didn’t deliver the diagnosis. Instead, a doctor from Turkey contacted me on Skype to go through a detailed analysis of my DNA. Because of some family history with early onset Alzheimer’s and an interest in what’s becoming an emerging field, I sought out some direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing within the last six months. Turns out that these days, it takes nothing more than some money and a mailed spit sample to get a routine DNA exam; a brief glimpse at fate is then conveniently sent to your inbox.

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Enterprises Embrace Inflexibility Instead Of Change | TechCrunch

At the AIIM Conference this week in Orlando, it struck me that companies are remarkably inflexible when it comes to adopting new technologies, but the crowd at AIIM wasn’t alone. Perhaps nothing exemplifies this better than the brouhaha over the Windows Start button, a feature which, by the way, dates back to Window 95 — as in 1995.

30 The ugly truth about SkinneePix – the selfies app that makes you look thinner

They do say don’t knock something til you’ve tried it, so I handed over 69p to iTunes in order to have a poke around the app and see what it’s really like. As it boots up the camera, it flashes up a little message which range from "Good hair day!" to "Make me look good".

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Turkish court orders partial lifting of YouTube ban

ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish court on Friday ruled that a blanket ban of social-media website YouTube violated human rights and ordered most of the restrictions be lifted, citing a top court ruling this week that scrapped a similar ban on microblogging site Twitter.

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Can VCE Be the Apple of the Converged Enterprise Cloud?

Apple wouldn't be where it is today if it hadn't redefined consumer electronics. VCE could very well do the same to the enterprise cloud market. First, it just has to convince companies to 'think different.'

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Opower prices IPO at high end at $19 per share

At $19 per share, Opower’s founders will each own shares worth over $100 million (at the time of the IPO). With this IPO, Opower is showing that young tech entrepreneurs can tackle meaningful problems like energy efficiency and climate change and still achieve the Silicon Valley dream of financial success. Valley venture firm NEA backed Opower early on, and its shares are worth $170 million at the time that IPO starts trading. Kleiner Perkins and Accel backed Opower later in its life and their shares are worth $43 million at the time of the IPO.

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How the U.S. Built the World’s Most Ridiculously Accurate Atomic Clock | Science | WIRED

After steady improvement since atomic clocks were invented in the 1950s, researchers think they are reaching the limit of accuracy with the technology. Any clock that is more precise would begin to feel subtle effects explained by Einstein’s theory of relativity. Clocks experience a gravitational warping from massive objects. The Earth, an extremely massive object, causes clocks closer to its surface to run slower relative to those above it. Cesium atoms in fountain clocks actually experience time differently at the top of the 3-foot chamber than at the bottom. An extremely precise measurement device would be confused by this slight difference, making its time keeping inaccurate.

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Absurd Creature of the Week: This Eel Fires Extra Alien Jaws Out of Its Throat | Science | WIRED

But I’m older and more sensible now and happy to report that I’m over my fear of jaws that come out of jaws. I know because I can watch the incredible GIF above without suffering a conniption fit. That’s a moray eel, and that white bit you see emerging from its throat? It’s a second set of jaws that fire forward and pull prey down its gullet, just like in Alien … or so people who have seen the whole movie tell me.

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Kingsoft Subsidiary Cheetah Mobile Files for IPO on the NYSE to Raise $300 million - TechNode

So the acquisition of Conew was seen as a strategy of Kingsoft to fight against Qihoo who disrupted the China’s Internet security market by making its paid security service for free. So were the next moves by the new Conew. Like Qihoo, the combination of Conew and Kingsoft’s anti-virus business would offer their services for free, develop a web browser Cheetah and expand overseas.

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How Silicon Valley fought for gay rights - Telegraph

One explanation for this track record of acceptance is geography. Silicon Valley encompasses San Francisco, home of the American gay rights movement and centre of liberal activism in the United States. It is perhaps no surprise that the city's history has had a profound influence on the ethos of technology companies based there.

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Power spreadsheet jockeys will probably find Excel for iPad less than excellent

For casual users, the iPad version of Excel is probably fine. But for experienced spreadsheet hands for whom macros have become lingua franca, it comes up short.

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Opower IPO: Opens up strong, starts trading at $25 per share

Opower started trading at $25 per share Friday morning, giving it a big pop from its $19 per share price last night.

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Google's Nest Stops Selling Its Smart Smoke Alarm For Now Due To Faulty Feature

“We’re enormously sorry for the inconvenience caused by this issue,” reads the letter from Fadell. “The team and I are dedicated to ensuring that we can stand behind each Nest product that comes into your home, and your 100% satisfaction and safety are what motivates us. Please know that the entire Nest team and I are focused on fixing this problem and continuing to improve our current products in every way possible. If you don’t want to keep your Nest Protect smoke alarm, we will give you a complete refund.”

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How Steve Jobs' Passion Shaped Pixar Into an Oscar-Winning Studio

I've always thought that Pixar was like a well-loved stepchild for Steve— conceived before he entered our lives, maybe, but still nurtured by him in our formative years. In the decade before his death, I watched Steve change Pixar even as Pixar changed him. I say this while acknowledging that no segment of one's life can be divorced from the rest; Steve was, of course, always learning from his family and from his colleagues at Apple. But there was something special about the time he spent with us—enhanced, counterintuitively, by the fact that Pixar was his sideline. His wife and children, of course, were paramount, and Apple was his first and most heralded professional achievement; Pixar was a place he could relax a little and play.

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5-year-old Ocean Beach exposes Microsoft Xbox vulnerability

OCEAN BEACH - A young Ocean Beach boy is in the spotlight after he discovered a back door in to one of the most popular gaming systems in the world. When 5-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel is playing his Xbox, his feet don't touch the ground. But something he did has made the smartest guys at Microsoft pay attention. “I was like yea!” said Kristoffer. Just after Christmas, Kristoffer's parents noticed he was logging into his father's Xbox Live account and playing games he wasn't supposed to be. “I got nervous. I thought he was going to find out,” said Kristoffer.        In video shot soon after, his father, Robert Davies, is heard asking Kristoffer how he was doing it. A suddenly excited Kristoffer showed Dad that when he typed in a wrong password for his father’s account, it clicked to a password verification screen. By typing in space keys, then hitting enter, Kristoffer was able to get in through a back door. Kristoffers' father, who works in computer security, was one proud papa.

43 Re/code Gets Into Wearables: Meet the Re/watch

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Health IT Soars With Castlight Health IPO

Castlight Health, which has been at the forefront of price transparency, went public today. Investors poured in, sending the stock up from an IPO price of $16 a share to nearly $40, which values the company at more than $3 billion. Health IT investors and entrepreneurs who have been eagerly waiting for a liquidity event got it in spades. Castlight is a barometer for the industry. Asked whether the prospect of a bubble weighed on his shoulders, Giovanni Colella, Castlight’s chief executive and a founder replied:  “We’re focused on building an iconic company.”  One big winner: Bryan Roberts, a venture capitalist at Venrock, and a co-founder, who bolsters his reputation as the most successful digital health investor .

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Nest Protect Smoke Alarm Flaw Halts Sales

Nest ID'd a potential flaw in the gadget's Wave feature, which lets users turn off the alarm with a wave of a hand.

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Unsurprisingly, Microsoft Is Bullish About Developer Reaction To Its New Tools | TechCrunch

What’s fun is that we’ll be able to vet market reaction independently: If development rates pick up, and more apps are released for Microsoft’s platforms, its bets succeeded. If we see a flattening, or even decline, Microsoft will have failed. Furthermore, a minor incline is not enough. Microsoft needs to greatly increase the pace at which developers build and release apps for its greater Windows platform.

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This Robot Playing Threes Is Better Than You

Walt Destler created the AI code, and developer Matthew Wegner created the robot while procrastinating work on Team Colorblind’s upcoming Aztez game. It looks like the Team Colorblind Twitch stream is normally used for streaming game development, so there’s no telling how long this robot will be around.

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Advertisers Spend Much More With Facebook But Twitter Performs Better - Digits - WSJ

That’s the conclusion of a new research report issued by Resolution, a social and search advertising focused agency under the Omnicom umbrella. Based on an analysis of 20 clients’ social media activity in 2013 representing $37 million in ad spending, Resolution found that Twitter ads generate clicks at a significantly higher rate than Facebook. As a result, the firm found, advertisers are significantly dialing up their Twitter ad spending.

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Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and LG Nexus 5 Compared As They Pose Side-By-Side

The real winner in this battle though is the Nexus 5. At 5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 in (137.9 x 69.2 x 8.6 mm) and 4.59 oz (130 g) it is noticeably smaller and more portable than its rivals, yet still sports a 5in display. While all these devices are substantially larger than the 4in iPhone 5S at 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 in (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm) and 3.95 oz (112g) the Nexus 5 can still be used one handed with a stretch. If you have large hands the S5 may just about creep into that category, but the significant extra height of the M8 – due to the large bottom bezel – means few will be able to stretch their thumb to the top left of the screen.

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This Is What the Internet Looks Like as a Subway Map

The centrality of the nodes within the network has been calculated using the PageRank algorithm. The rank is important as it highlights those geographical places where the network is most influenced by power (e.g., potential data surveillance) and weakness (e.g., potential service disruption).

51 Hillary Clinton Meets 'Strong and Brave Young Women' of Pussy Riot
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55 George W. Bush finally reveals his paintings: 'I'm not a great artist'
56 Microsoft Goes After iOS, Android With Universal Apps
57 Yelp Lets You Search With Emoji
58 After Split, T-Mobile Offers BlackBerry Users $100 Credit
59 What Investors Are Saying About Amazon's Fire TV -- And Amazon
60 Khan Academy
61 Completely Surreal Photos Of America's Abandoned Malls
62 Signs of underground ocean found on Saturn moon
63 Optical illusions show how we see
64 Under-$10 Kitchen Gadgets You Won't Believe You Ever Lived Without
65 Report: Google+ Brand Posts Get Twice the Engagement of Tweets
66 The 15-Minute Social Media Audit Everyone Can Do
67 The TheTechNewsBlog Daily
68 Reason.com
69 How to Take Better Pictures with Your Smartphone's Camera
70 Laugh Your Head Off at Whimsical 'Game of Thrones' Deaths
71 THE INTERNET OF EVERYTHING: 2014 [SLIDE DECK]
72 Death in 'Game of Thrones' Never Looked So Beautiful
73 Your Nest Smoke Detector Could Have A Dangerous Glitch
74 .NET Compiler Platform ("Roslyn")
75 How to Cope With Information Overload
76 7 Things You Should Never Say to Your Employees
77 McDonald's 'Temporarily' Shutters All Its Restaurants in Crimea
78 The 72 Worst Internet Sayings, Ranked
79 Statoil | Partner Webcast | MIT Technology Review
80 The Final Four: Your Cheat Sheet and Rooting Guide
81 2 Red Sox Fans Who Met on Twitter Got Married at Fenway Park
82 David Letterman May Have Lost Some Battles, But He Won the Late-Night Wars
83 $1,000-a-day miracle drug shocks U.S. health care system
84 Websites Must Use HSTS in Order to Be Secure
85 Mozilla's Gay-Marriage Litmus Test Violates Liberal Values
86 How to Actually Succeed on Google+
87 Rogue alcoholic court reporter kept writing ‘I hate my job’
88 U.S. Military Drone Crashes Near Elementary School in Pennsylvania
89 5-Year Old Kid Finds A Security Exploit On The Xbox One, Gets A Researcher Credit | TechCrunch
90 U.S. gets new, hyper-accurate atomic clock
91 Why Is Facebook Page Reach Decreasing? More Competition And Limited Attention | TechCrunch
92 https://app.box.com/s/q9k6f7e21265olkpxrzq
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95 Human Rights Groups Call for End to Surveillance Tech That 'Crushes Dissent'
96 United Nations Simulates Violent Land Mines via Apple iBeacons