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Netflix-Facebook bill passes U.S. House without email privacy protections

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that will enable Netflix users to automatically share which videos they've watched with friends on Facebook, but which does not include provisions added by the Senate that would have required law enforcement…

Movies & TV

Penguin settles with DOJ over e-book price fixing allegations

One of the two remaining publishers facing legal action over possible illegal price fixing of e-books has settled with the US Department of Justice. Penguin's settlement means that only Macmillan and Apple remain named in the upcoming trial next year.


[Exclusive] Visual curation platform Pearltrees now lets you customize your pages

Pearltrees announced an update to its platform today that will allow users the limited personalization of icons and backgrounds for their pearls.

Social Media

Brazilian tech firm launches ‘iphone’, Apple lawyers brush up their Portuguese

A Brazilian tech firm has just launched a new range of 'iphone' devices in the South American country. Now, does that name sound at all familiar?


Google Music introduces scan and match for U.S. users

After a long wait, Google's music service is finally bringing a scan and match feature to US users. Now all those previously acquired tracks can have a home inside the storage service.


Wunderlist 2: Faster, simpler, and just in time for holiday shopping frenzy

Berlin-based 6wunderkinder finally released the latest edition of its task management app: Wunderlist 2. This time around, the ultra-simplified app makes task management faster than ever.


Iranian computers under attack by ‘Batchwiper’ malware

Iranian computers are apparently targeted by malware that hides on machines until specific dates before it activates and wipes entire hard drive partitions in one fell swoop.


MyMusic, Halo 4 top nominations for the 2013 Streamy Awards

A spin-off from Halo 4 and a YouTube series about the music industry are amongst the web-only shows celebrated in the nominations for the 3rd Streamy Awards.


Skype offers a month of free and unlimited worldwide calling

If you have friends or family around the world and fancy calling them on their landline or mobile phone this Christmas, Skype's offering free calls for a month to a long list of countries.


State of the Web: Newtown, and the shameful rise of the instant lynch mob

The horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, exposed another kind of violence: The rising ferocity of the Internet lynch mob, which turns more innocent people into victims of another sort.

Social Media

London fire department may offer option to tweet emergencies instead of just calling

The UK capital's fire service is considering allowing people to tweet emergencies as it looks at ways of using social media to help improve communication with the public.

Social Media

Hulu Plus hits three million subscriber milestone

Working to improve Hulu Plus on the Web and home theater hardware over the past year, the streaming video company is continuing to attract new subscribers.

Home Theater

Amazon signs an exclusive deal for TNT’s Falling Skies, The Closer

Ideal for fans of science fiction shows and crime dramas, Amazon has inked a new content deal for the benefit of Amazon Prime subscribers.

Home Theater

Amazon names its 10 best-selling books of 2012, and half were originally self-published digitals

Amazon has released its annual list of the ten best-selling books on the site, and a full half started life online as self-published works.


US consumers set new online shopping record this holiday season (and it’s not over yet)

Why waste time battling the crowds at the mall when you can enjoy a (hopefully) stress-free experience shopping online? Well, according to new data from research firm comScore, many American shoppers are doing just that this holiday season.