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February 14 2014

Google Wants Even Faster Fiber and Other News You Need to Know
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.

Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories. Google Fiber — Google’s Internet technology that offers speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second — just isn’t good enough for the company. According to USA Today, the tech company’s working toward speeds of up to 10 gigabits per secondNBC is reporting Edward Snowden may not have been as honest as he once claimed. The report suggests Snowden gained access to a co-worker’s password by having the co-worker type it into his computer. And, voice-calling and messaging app Viber will be acquired by Japanese retailer Rakuten Inc. Read more...

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February 12 2014

Twitter Testing Profile Redesign and Other News You Need to Know
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you updated on what's happening in the digital world.

Twitter is testing another profile redesign just days after the rollout of its current redesign

Social media marketing company Lithium Technologies could possibly acquire Klout, a company that measures a user’s social media influence

New Firefox users will be greeted with sponsored content, according to a recent announcement by Mozilla, the creator of Firefox

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February 10 2014

Apple to Release iOS 7.1 in March and Other News You Need to Know
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," your daily brief on the digital stories that matter.

Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting developmentsApple’s iOS 7 should be getting an update soon. According to a report in 9to5Mac, which cites reliable sources, the Cupertino company plans to release iOS 7.1 in MarchWindows Phone Central has acquired some internal documents showing off a new feature for the mobile operating system. It’s called Action Center, and closely resembles iOS and Android’s notification centers. And, Edward Snowden used a web crawler to access the NSA files in his leaks, according to a report by The New York Times. Read more...

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February 07 2014

Apple Buys Back $14 Billion Shares and Other News You Need to Know
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.

Apple’s sapphire-manufacturing capabilities just got a major boost. The Cupertino, Calif.'s manufacturing partner GT Advanced has obtained 518 sapphire furnaces, with another 420 on the way, according to 9to5Mac.

In other Apple news, the tech giant scooped up $14 billion of its own shares, according to The Wall Street Journal

And IBM will begin developing self-destructing electronic devices for the U.S. government

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February 06 2014

Sony Sells Its PC Business and Other News You Need to Know
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you updated on what's happening in the digital world.

The incredibly difficult — and incredibly addictive — Flappy Bird is quite the money-maker for the developer behind the arcade-style game. In an interview with The Verge, developer Dong Nguyen says the app earns an average of $50,000 per day — all thanks to in-game advertisements

Amazon has acquired video game developer Double Helix Games, according to TechCrunch.

Sony announced it will refocus its efforts on three businesses: imaging, gaming and mobile. The company has its Sony VAIO brand and PC business to Japan Industrial Partners and plans to spin off its TV business into a wholly owned subsidiary Read more...

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February 05 2014

Apple Hires Sleep Expert and Other News You Need to Know
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you updated on what's happening in the digital world.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced it will make many of its open-source projects available in the DARPA Open CatalogApple’s latest hire might further the rumor of that iWatch everyone’s talking about. According to 9to5Mac, the Cupertino company scooped up sleep researcher Roy Raymann. Russian site HTCFamily.ru posted an image of an upcoming HTC device on its Twitter account, and it looks a lot like the HTC One, only with dual rear cameras Read more...

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February 04 2014

Google Publishes Government Requests and Other News You Need to Know
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you updated on what's happening in the digital world.

Can Microsoft’s Kinect be used for national security? According to Kotaku, a South Korean programmer is using a Kinect-based system to monitor the Demilitarized Zone — the area that separates North and South Korea

Google announced that its Transparency Report now includes all government requests for user information

Lastly, the U.S. Government has a fairly futuristic plan for motor vehicles

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February 03 2014

Windows 8.1 Update Leaks and Other News You Need to Know
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.

Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories. The New York Times reports that Apple is experimenting with a better battery that pulls energy from the air or Wi-Fi signals. The first update to Windows 8.1 has leaked, showing several minor updates, including a new title bar for Microsoft’s Windows 8-style apps. Wireless data got a little bit cheaper over the weekend: AT&T announced a family data sharing plan deal including 10 GB of data for four smartphones for $160. That’s $100 less than a similar plan from Verizon Wireless. Read more...

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January 31 2014

Microsoft's New CEO Frontrunner and Other News You Need to Know
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.

Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories. Amazon Prime subscribers may want to revise their budgets: The company is thinking about increasing subscriptions by between $20 and $40. We’re finally starting to hear rumblings of the probable replacement for Microsoft’s CEO Steve BallmerBloomberg reports Microsoft’s board is preparing to name Satya Nadella as the company’s CEO, who has been with the company since 1992. And Box, a cloud storage company, has reportedly filed for an IPO. Read more...

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January 30 2014

New Top Level Domains Open Up and Other News You Need to Know
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.

Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories. If you missed that coveted .com address you were after, rest easy — some new domains are opening upDonuts, a domain name registry, is slowly opening up access to .bike, .singles, .clothing and more9to5Mac has some interesting new details about that sapphire plant Apple’s been working on. According to documents made public by the Foreign Trade Zones Board, the company is aggressively pushing to open the plant in February. And, Lenovo announced Wednesday its purchase of Google’s Motorola smartphone business for $2.9 billion. Read more...

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January 29 2014

Apple Makes Moves on a TV and Other News You Need to Know
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.

Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories. As 3D printing continues to expand, one company is replacing the plastic used by 3D printers with a stronger material. In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama spoke of social reform, climate change, education and technology. And Apple is no longer referring to its Apple TV as a "hobby"; the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has upgraded the device’s position from a listing under the iPod section to a full-fledged product line Read more...

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January 28 2014

Prescriptions for Google Glass and Other News You Need to Know
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.

Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories. Google is adding glass to glass: The company announced a new line of frame styles that correct your vision. Crowdfunding service Indiegogo has raised $40 million in funding. And Stack Exchange, the network of communities that serves up libraries of questions and answers to experts, is finally coming to mobile

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January 24 2014

Microsoft Releases Q2 Earnings and Other News You Need to Know
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you updated on what's happening in the digital world.

Microsoft’s Q2 earnings are in, and the company brought in a massive $24.52 billion in revenue. Microsoft says it sold 7.4 million Xbox consoles — 3.9 million Xbox Ones and 3.5 million Xbox 360s

Facebook is criticizing a recent Princeton study that claims the social network would lose 80% of its users by somewhere between 2015 and 2017

And lastly, Apple has updated its homepage to commemorate 30 years of the Macintosh computer

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January 23 2014

Snapchat Security Defeated in 30 Minutes and Other News You Need to Know
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you updated on what's happening in the digital world.

Snapchat recently introduced a human verification system to quell non-human signups. It's far from bulletproof, though. Steven Hickson of Steves Computer Vision Blog says he beat the system in about 30 minutes

Apple announced its upcoming software update will fix a bug that occasionally causes home screen crashes

According to The Washington Post, in a 238-page report an independent review board has determined the NSA’s phone data collection program is illegal and should be shut down Read more...

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