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Android beat Windows Phone, and Bill Gates really regrets it

If you go back a few years and checked out the most dominant operating system on the planet, it was Windows with absolutely no competition. Microsoft steamrolled literally everyone else in the PC space, including Apple. But then the smartphone happened, and Microsoft kinda sorta didn’t really live up to the name that they had […]

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California advances bill offering protections to gig economy workers

Gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft have fought hard to avoid treating workers as full-fledged employees, but they might not have much choice in California before long. The state Assembly has passed a bill, AB5, that would require businesses to…
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House Democrats will introduce bill to reinstate net neutrality rules

Now that the Democrats have the majority in the US House of Representatives, net neutrality is back on the table. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has revealed that Democrats will introduce a bill to restore Obama-era net neutrality rules on March 6th. T…
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Texas bill would make it illegal to throttle data in disaster areas

The revelation that Verizon (Engadget's parent company) throttled California firefighters' data is prompting new legislation… in Texas. State Representative Bobby Guerra has submitted a bill that would make it illegal for wireless carriers to "imp…
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US senators propose new bill to keep ZTE on a leash

Last year, the US Senate abandoned its attempts to block the President's deal with ZTE that effectively ended trade sanctions against the Chinese firm. That doesn't mean American lawmakers stopped keeping a close eye on the company, though. A group o…
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Bill Gates remembers Paul Allen: ‘I will miss him tremendously’

Yesterday, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen passed away at the age of 65 following a battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and today, Bill Gates shared a few thoughts on the man he says changed his life. "When I think about Paul, I remember a passionate…
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California’s net neutrality bill is a step closer to becoming law

Now that the FCC has undone net neutrality protections implemented under the Obama Administration, one response has been to implement tight regulation at the state level. Tonight in California's State Assembly lawmakers passed SB 822 by a vote of 61…
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NYC bill could force Airbnb to turn over its hosts’ info

The New York City Council voted in support of regulation that would force Airbnb, HomeAway and other short-term rental services to hand over about hosts using their sites. State law already prohibits rentals of most apartments for less than 30 days u…
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‘Right to repair’ bill introduced in California

An all-too-common occurrence for smartphone owners, or any electronic device for that matter, is breakage. This is why we see so many cases made available to protect items that cost several hundred dollars. Despite efforts to avoid damage it seems inevitable and when it happens, device owners are not left with many choices when it […]

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House passes contentious anti-online sex trafficking bill

Sex-trafficking victims, prosecutors and state attorneys will be able to sue websites that host ads and content linked to the sex trade under the bill the House has just approved. The bill called "Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Traffick…
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NSA surveillance expansion bill moves to House for a vote

Intelligence officials might not get the permanent surveillance powers they're looking for, but they could get some key concessions all the same. The House Intelligence Committee has passed the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 in a partis…
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The U.K.’s first-ever ‘plastic’ £5 bill has really upset vegans

When the Bank of England released its first-ever “plastic” bill in September, it proudly highlighted its many security measures aimed at deterring counterfeiters. But this week a revelation about the new bill appears to have upset a number of vegans….

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Sprint customers can now pay for Napster with through their Sprint bill

Sprint is making it easier for customers to pay for Napster — now customers of both can pay for Napster through their Sprint bill. The change will be a much bigger deal for Napster than Spotify or Sprint.

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A new bill will force companies to place a backdoor in their devices to undermine their own encryption

The Feinstein-Burr anti-encryption bill, also known as the Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016, has officially surfaced. Here’s everything you need to know about the bill, which is still a draft at the moment.

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Senators behind encryption bill know how the FBI hacked the iPhone

The FBI isn’t ready to tell Apple or the general public how it cracked the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, but it’s disclosing that information to Senators — notably two behind an bill that would force companies to comply with court orders.

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Pay your credit card bill using the Amazon Echo

Too busy whipping up a soufflé to check your bank balance online? You can now ask Amazon's Echo devices to give you the info, thanks to a partnership with Capital One. You just need to say "Alexa, ask Capital One for my Quicksilver card balanc…
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Weekly Rewind: iPhone sales slow, Google beats Go, Bill Nye wants electric NASCAR

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories.

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Senate blocks NSA reform bill and Patriot Act extensions

The USA Freedom Act aimed at addressing the NSA’s bulk collecting of phone call metadata was approved by the House of Representatives ten days ago, but blocked by the Senate tonight (live video stream here). The Section 215 provisions of the Patriot …
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