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It isn’t surprising to learn that Marc Andreessen, one of Silicon Valley’s foremost venture capitalists and a member of Facebook’s board of directors, is disappointed that Free Basics didn’t fly in India. What is shocking though, is that the founder of celebrated VC firm Andreessen Horowitz (A16Z) thinks that the country would be basking in a brighter economic reality if it remained under British rule and didn’t bother with ‘anti-colonialist’ ideas like net neutrality. Andreessen’s tweet did not go down well with Indians or anyone else for that matter Looks like @pmarca has deleted his ‘anti-colonialism has been economically catastrophic… This story continues at The Next Web

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Chelsea Peretti, the comedian best known for her role on Brooklyn Nine Nine, and the host of the 9th annual Crunchies, opened the show by verbally destroying the wealthy elite attending the event. If you thought it’d be anything less than interesting when Peretti took the stage, her opening salvo put that fear to bed: …excited to be here and host the Crunches — All the glitz and glam of the Oscars without any of the pressure of public interest. Peretti, the sister of Buzzfeed founder Jonah Peretti, and a Bay-area native herself, used her time on stage to take… This story continues at The Next Web

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In a big win for Google’s driverless car program, Reuters reports that a previously unreleased letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the AI Google’s high-tech vehicles can be classified as a driver — a distinction only previously given to humans. “We agree with Google its [self-driving car] will not have a ‘driver’ in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years,” the letter said. This win could cut through tons of red tape for Google and other companies eagerly pursuing our driverless futures, as it would acknowledge AI as having the… This story continues at The Next Web

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As we reported back in January, Twitter seemed to be protecting its elite users from the visual noise associated with ads on the platform. Today, as our own Martin Bryant put it, ‘the party’s over.’ I've just started seeing Twitter ads again too. The party's over. https://t.co/ftADmAHll2 — Martin Bryant (@MartinSFP) February 9, 2016 According to sources a report from Re/code, in September, Twitter started playing around with the idea of increasing engagement with a select group of “VIP” users by not showing ads on the platform. Normal uses would continue to see these ads. In fairness, Twitter didn’t announce an… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’ve ever wondered what happens after winners at award shows give their speeches and walk off stage, GoPro will let you find out at this year’s Grammy Awards. Winners at this year’s ceremony will be handed the Grammycam, a trophy with a GoPro action cam built into the base. The device is designed to livestream the feed onto the Grammy Live internet broadcast, where viewers can watch along the winner’s perspective According to Fast Company, producers will also have the option of incorporating the stream onto the televised broadcast on CBS. Photo via Fast Company With the GoPro-ed trophies, you’ll be able to… This story continues at The Next Web

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I bet just this morning you woke up thinking: “I would really like to play a top down scroller featuring a goat and bad controls that coincidentally happens to be made by the FBI.” To that, I’d give the double response: You have oddly specific thoughts. We’ve got you covered anyway. Yesterday, Gizmodo wrote about the FBI’s new “Don’t Be a Puppet” website, which is a horrible mish-mash of tired cliche and ’90s nostalgia (is that really a Gameboy Classic?). The website is part of an FBI initiative of the same name that aims to help kids better understand time-honored problems, such as… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re really not in the mood to do anything today and would prefer to get sucked down a rabbit hole that involves cookies, clicking, capitalism, Cronenbergian grandmas and the Devil himself, then I humbly give you the newly refreshed ‘Cookie Clicker 2.0.’ The premise is simple: you click the cookie to make cookies, and once you have enough cookies you can let other things make the cookies for you. Running on an army of grandmas, farms, mines, and other means, you can create a vast intergalactic cookie empire of which remains in your sole control. The Javascript game was developed… This story continues at The Next Web

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Most of us may recognize Visual Supply Company as the guys behind popular photo-editing app VSCO Cam. To “add a human element to VSCO,” the team has announced the launch of VSCO Originals, a new set of digital periodicals showcasing original artwork. VSCO first forayed into an original editorial series last fall with the launch of “Venue,” its music blog. This month, it will release eight titles featuring beautiful imagery alongside a short thesis to walk visitors through the gallery. Each feels like a virtual art museum and explores various themes, such as “Cyclopedia,” a title focused on science, history and experiments, “Manifattura,” which focuses on art and… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s a poetic beauty to the Sunlight Foundation’s Politwoops: as politicians try to scrub their Twitter accounts free of any mistakes, the service doggedly unearths them, and finds growing trends among the gaffes. It’s been awesome since its inception in 2012 by the Open State Foundation, and it was a real bummer when Twitter decided to pull the API from the program to keep it from finding deleted tweets. But now, it has revived! The Sunlight Foundation announced today that Politwoops is back in action in the US, just in time for the New Hampshire primary. Now you’ll be able… This story continues at The Next Web

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Many of OS X’s most popular apps were recently revealed to be vulnerable to man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attacks. The vulnerability specifically targets those that use Sparkle — a third-party software update framework — and unencrypted HTTP connections. A security engineer from Vulnsec, known as Radek, said the vulnerability works on both El Capitan and its predecessor, Yosemite. The total number of apps affected isn’t known, but Radek did estimate the number to be “huge.” Some of those confirmed as vulnerable are: Camtasia 2 (v2.10.4) DuetDisplay (v1.5.2.4) uTorrent (v1.8.7) Sketch (v3.5.1) Additionally, security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski told Ars Technica that the ‘Hopper’… This story continues at The Next Web

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Large companies using GitHub now have more support for large-scale operations. For those with at least 10,000 developers, GitHub Enterprise 2.5 has clustering for large installations with multiple instances to allow growing companies to add more users in one spot. IT also sports improved resilience for availability issues when there is heavy load on the CPU and RAM. Developers are also prohibited from deleting or force-pushing to protected branches. GitHub Enterprise 2.5 also has a new look for repositories, and a more streamlined authentication screen. It also supports subversion back to version 1.8 and 1.9. ➤ GitHub Enterprise 2.5 is… This story continues at The Next Web

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Throughout Windows 10’s relatively short life, updates have been steady and regular. What they haven’t been is transparent. To coincide with Patch Tuesday — the day Microsoft’s monthly security patches are released — Microsoft is also creating a Windows 10 update history site. The site will include detailed logs to every Windows 10 update in an effort to improve transparency, starting today. We’re committed to our customers and strive to incorporate their feedback, both in how we deliver Windows as a service and the info we provide about Windows 10. In response to this feedback, we’re providing more details about the Windows 10 updates we deliver through… This story continues at The Next Web

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After teasing the many partners providing hardware-ready PCs, Oculus announced a pre-order date and pricing for a bundle that includes a brand-new PC and the much-hyped Oculus Rift. Each bundle includes a so-called “Oculus-Ready PC,” which is designed to take the high graphical output of the company’s flagship VR device. In particular, that means an Nvidia 900 series GPU designed to take the heavy output that VR requires and other key performance bumps. Additionally, the bundle will include everything that comes with an Oculus Rift pre-order: the device as well as a sensor, a remote, an Xbox One controller and two games,… This story continues at The Next Web

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In the President’s final budget proposal, Obama earmarked $19 billion in spending in an effort to improve cybersecurity in the US. In a time where threats exist everywhere from China, to the Middle East, and even our own back yard, the spending is much needed in order to better secure US citizens and other valuable assets. Part of the proposal sets aside $3.1 billion to upgrade crucial systems that protect some of our most secure data. This should help to fix the same type of systems that were targeted in the OPM attacks that saw hackers walk away with 21.5 million social… This story continues at The Next Web

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Vine for iOS has been updated with 3D Touch support. The app also lets you view Vines posted to an account in different ways. You can choose to see the stream starting from the newest or oldest Vines, or by order of popularity. The 3D Touch option on the app icon lets you jump to the explore tab in the app, or start recording a Vine straight away. The update is a nice one for newer users, and arrives on the heels of Vine’s ‘for you’ feature and Apple Watch support. ➤ Vine [App Store]

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Thanks to a Google announcement today, we’re now one step closer to the death of Flash on the web. The announcement established a timeline for Google to drop Flash ads and go 100 percent HTML5 instead. On June 30, 2016, Google will no longer accept new Flash ads. Older Flash ads can continue to run until January 2, 2017. After that date, Google Display Network and DoubleClick Digital Marketing will be fully HTML5. The move was an expected one, as Google has been trying to nudge its advertisers away from Flash for a while now with tools to “update your… This story continues at The Next Web

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Adobe Muse and Animate have both been updated to help designers create responsive web pages without Flash animation. Animate CC now has Typekit integration for HTML5 Canvas docs, and publishing settings for spritesheets to help ads load faster or for websites with a lot of animation. It also supports HTML5 Canvas templates that can be customized with any code editor. Muse now lets designers create responsive designs that adapt to any screen, and tap into their Creative cloud libraries to access assets. Both Animate and Muse can be updated via the Creative Cloud desktop app. ➤ Two Major Updates: Adobe… This story continues at The Next Web

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Remember Monument Valley? The app Apple voted its best game of 2014 and the one Frank Underwood played all the time in House of Cards? Well it might soon be ordained by Lego and turned into its very own brick set. A series of concepts were uploaded to Lego’s Ideas page – where users can suggest new sets for the Danish company to build – by user Isometry. It features four different levels from the app, a series of stickers that include buttons, windows, doorways and water and of course Ida, Totem and the Crow. My Lego Ideas project is inspired… This story continues at The Next Web

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Losing stuff sucks. Having something stolen is even worse. But technology can help us, and that’s precisely what MetaSensor is trying to do with its first product, the fittingly named Sensor-1. It’s something like a Bluetooth keyfinder – think Tile… on steroids. There’s some fancy technology behind the quarter-sized device, but the concept is simple: attach the device to an item you want to protect, and it’ll alert you when it’s moved outside of a certain ‘safe’ radius. The device is a little larger than a quarter. The device is able to detect changes in both motion and orientation to alert you… This story continues at The Next Web

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In recognition of ‘Safer Internet Day‘ – a note in the calendar none your friends will ever pester you about – Google has announced a couple of new features designed to make your communications more secure. First up is a new notification that informs you if TLS encryption isn’t supported by the receiver, or if you receive a message from a non-encrypted sender. It’ll be denoted in Gmail on the Web by a pop-up notification and a little open padlock icon as it starts to roll out from this week. The other little change for Web users is a question mark icon in place of their… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Web went crazy when Kim Kardashian released her own set of emojis featuring none other than that butt. Well, given limited internet access in North Korea, a designer has decided to help another celebrity Kim out, making a new set of Kimoji for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. You can now recreate, using this handy set of shareable pictograms, that really weird time that Dennis Rodman went to visit. And if you want to give your buddies a schooling on the history of the world’s most secretive nation, you can now burn them with Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung. Given his country’s poor human rights record, you might… This story continues at The Next Web

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Torrents Time has been around for little over a week, but has already received its first cease and desist order from Dutch-based anti-piracy group BREIN. The group alleges that the browser plugin – pegged as the new version of the now defunct Popcorn-Time – is enabling illegal distribution of copyrighted material. Available for all major browsers, Torrents Time is a nifty extension that lets you stream torrents directly through your browser without requiring any additional downloads. Torrents Time is quickly gaining popularity after Kickass Torrents and The Pirate Bay – among other leading torrent sites – have already integrated the streaming feature into their websites. Yet, according to BREIN,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Square’s Caviar branch is now getting into catering. Called Caviar for Teams, the option is meant for large parties (10 to 50 people) who want food delivered. Currently, Caviar is working with over 2,000 restaurants across the US. Orders can be placed up to one week in advance, and offers the ability to split the bill and set a budget for each person in the group. Caviar for Teams also gives you the option of ordering in one shot, or allowing each person to order their own meal via email (that’s where setting the budget comes in handy). The Caviar… This story continues at The Next Web

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The most senior intelligence official in the US has given evidence to policymakers outlining growing international threats posed by insecure IoT networks, increasingly-clever artificial intelligence and ever-sophisticated virtual reality. Although admitting that new technology will help out his staff, director of national intelligence James Clapper said: The consequences of innovation and increased reliance on information technology in the next few years on both our society’s way of life in general and how we in the intelligence community specifically perform our mission will probably be far greater in scope and impact than ever. Devices, designed and fielded with minimal security requirements and testing,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Most music and video streaming services use geo-restrictions to limit access to their services, which creates headaches for international users who want to access (and pay) for the likes of Hulu Plus, HBO Go or Netflix. A solution has been found in Getflix, a smart DNS service that removes the geoblock feature for the US version of Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer and many more streaming media services across the globe. Usually, these services operate with monthly subscription packages. But Getflix is temporarily offering a lifetime subscription for only $69 – that’s a massive 91 percent saving down from $855. A… This story continues at The Next Web

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