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March 3, 2015

Obama To China: Only The U.S. Can Install Backdoors In Tech Products

In an interview with Reuters, President Obama criticized China’s plans for a far-reaching counterterrorism law requiring tech firms to provide encryption keys and install “backdoors” in their systems to give Chinese intelligence officials access.

The laws “would essentially force all foreign companies, including U.S. companies, to turn over to the Chinese government mechanisms where they can snoop and keep track of all the users of those services,” Obama said. “As you might imagine, tech companies are not going to be willing to do that.”

Indeed, no one in Silicon Valley wants to give Big Brother Beijing backdoor [...]

 
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March 2, 2015

Stream Now TV Is A Killer Platform For Independent Filmmakers And Cord-Cutters

Independent filmmakers and web series creators don’t really have a comprehensive distribution platform to turn to. While YouTube is an obvious choice, it’s a pretty saturated market and it does little to promote new independent creators.

Stream Now TV aims to solve that problem by providing a platform to get indie films and series in front of as many eyes and on as many screens as possible.

The MVP website was launched last June by founder Ron Valderrama. Since then, the company has refined the site and launched a shiny new iOS app where users can enjoy the multitude of independent movies and shows offered by the platform. The service also has a Roku channel [...]

 
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March 2, 2015

Google Is Working On A Payments Service Called Android Pay

Google is working on an OS-level payments service called Android Pay, according to comments made by Sundar Pichai at Mobile World Congress today. It won’t be another consumer-facing service like Google Wallet, however.

“We’re working on something called Android Pay. It’s an API layer in Android, so that all the mechanics of payments can be done in a standardized and consistent way,” Pichai said.

He emphasized that because Google is integrating a payments system at the OS level, it won’t compete with things like Samsung’s new Pay service or Google Wallet.

“At a user level, people love different services… We always [...]

 
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March 2, 2015

Google To Launch U.S. Mobile Network In The ‘Coming Months’

Google’s SVP of products, Sundar Pichai, today confirmed the rumors that the company will become a wireless provider in the “coming months.”

At Mobile World Congress this morning, Pichai acknowledged that Google is working with “existing partners” to create its own mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Previous reports have suggested that T-Mobile and Sprint will be those partners—though Pichai did not confirm this.

He did say that Google has been in contact with Verizon and AT&T about its plans to avoid any conflict with the largest carriers in the United States. “Carriers in the U.S. are what powers most of our Android phones, [...]

 
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March 2, 2015

Twitter Blocks Meerkat’s Auto-Tweet Feature, Potentially Stopping Its Rapid Growth

Following a surge of viral growth, it appears that live video streaming service Meerkat has been handicapped by Twitter.

Hi @dickc! today @ 6:30am @twitter blocked all outgoing tweets posted via @appmeerkat even though we work well within the Api -any idea why?

— Ben Rubin (@benrbn) March 2, 2015

Meerkat allows users to share live video feeds on Twitter. When a stream goes live, it shows up in followers’ Twitter feeds. After it ends, it can’t be replayed. The app pulls in tweets as native comments.

As of today, however, the Meerkat app is no longer tweeting out new streams or comments. These features are what set Meerkat apart from [...]

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Obama To China: Only The U.S. Can Install Backdoors In Tech Products
 
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Google To Launch U.S. Mobile Network In The ‘Coming Months’
 
Twitter Blocks Meerkat’s Auto-Tweet Feature, Potentially Stopping Its Rapid Growth
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