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DuckDuckGo search engine blocked in China

China has blocked DuckDuckGo, the privacy-centric search engine. The service has become popular over the past two years in response to the NSA revelations and claims that Google may not be very safe for people trying to protect their privacy. DuckDuckGo founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg confirmed that the block had been established, but it is not clear why the Chinese government is targeting DuckDuckGo.

Google exec seen wearing ‘confidential’ timepiece, Nexus Watch back in rumor business

Once rampant speculation on Google possibly prepping a so-called “Nexus Watch” fizzled out a long time ago, mostly due to Android Wear’s emergence. But a tongue-in-cheek, mystery remark directed by Sundar Pichai at an interviewer on the heels of Android One’s commercial debut is bound to reanimate the rumor scene.

Fresh report reiterates Android Silver setback, no happy end in sight

There’s been a lot of hearsay dispersed in the media these past few months in regards to Google’s wish to tamper with the way stock and near-stock Android-running devices are being marketed and sold. At one point, the Nexus line seemed doomed. Then, it was revived as if by magic.

ESPN fantasy football site crashes on opening night

Sunday marked the first full slate of games of the 2014 NFL season, and other than the Jacksonville Jaguars turning a 17-0 lead into a 34-17 loss, the worst performance of the day was that of ESPN’s fantasy football page. For the majority of the Sunday night game between Denver and Indianapolis, ESPN’s fantasy stats more »

YouTube donation feature now available

YouTube is beginning to roll out a channel donation feature that was first mentioned by the company a few months ago. If a channel decides that it would like to receive donations from viewers, a tip jar feature can be enabled. Videos from channels that have enabled the tip jar will include a small icon that lets viewers know they can donate. The icon is located in the top left corner of a video, and it will open to the donation page when clicked.

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Starfish app lets parents know when they left their kid in the car

You hear it on the news way too often: A parent left his or her toddler locked in the car with the windows up on a broiling hot day, just so the parent can run into a bar or casino or supermarket. What if there were an app that reminded them that they are a terrible parent and they better fix the situation immediately? That’s where an ingenious new sensor/app combo, Starfish, comes in.

Google Authorship is no longer available

It felt like the end of Google Authorship was near when Google stopped showing author profile photos in search results in June, but now Authorship is actually gone. Authorship was added to Google Search in 2011, and the feature showed author information in applicable search results. As it attempts to unify the web and mobile search experiences, however, Google no longer sees a way for Authorship to be beneficial.

Dropbox Pro introduces 1TB of Storage at a competitive price

Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud storage services available on the internet. The company offers various plans to cater to the needs of various types of internet users. Recently, the company announced the updated Dropbox Pro which now comes with 1TB of storage, as well as a few more features for just $9.99 per month or $99.99 a year.

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Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft targeted for fat-shaming apps

In yet another example of how mean-spirited our culture can be, there is apparently a glut of fat-shaming apps available on app stores, no doubt created by some of the most vile brogrammers among us. One organization is saying enough.

Jawbone Up data shows Napa earthquake wake-ups

The recent earthquake near the Napa region of California was a 6.0, which for those of who don’t know, means it was quite large. It isn’t surprising then that people near the Napa region would have been disturbed during their sleep as a result of the earthquake, and data from Jawbone’s UP shows exactly that.

Google Chrome now in Cuba

American sanctions against Cuba remain strong, and as a result, the country has suffered in many ways. Even software downloads in the country are not easy to access, but Google is making progress by offering Chrome to Cuban users for the first time. People in Cuba will now be able to download the Chrome browser through Google’s official channels instead of through alternative means.

SoundCloud introducing ads and revenue sharing

As SoundClound tries to find new ways to monetize its music service, the company has introduced advertisements and service tiers. Certain users will now be able to monetize their content and share part of the ad revenue with SoundCloud. Even for users who are not interested in making money, SoundCloud has announced different tiers of service that open up a variety of features.