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Amazon's streaming war with Netflix is about to claim a new victim: Doctor Who. The Verge has learned that the program, along with the majority of BBC programming, will be vanishing from Prime Instant Video starting February 15th. Amazon's licensing deal with the BBC allows other subscription services like Netflix to carry the same shows at the same time. It's a bit of hardball that could frustrate Amazon's customers in the short term, but demonstrates just how serious the company is about Prime.

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In fact, that snap of the shutter you hear when taking a picture is a wonderful symphony of mechanical engineering at work, and happens so fast that you can't really enjoy it all with the naked eye. Luckily, the Slow Mo Guys have painstakingly chronicled what's happening with the mechanical shutter of a Canon 7D using a very fast (and expensive) Phantom Flex camera, recording various shutter speeds at a mind-boggling 10,000 frames per second. The result shows what happens when you click that shutter button, including the viewfinder mirror lifting while the rolling shutter exposes a portion of the sensor. Slow Mo Guy Gavin Free also shows how the rolling shutter effect can end up creating bizarre and often unwanted effects in both stills and video, something that is thankfully not apparent in this video of melons being detonated, which was filmed using a different shutter technology.

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Apple had a record Christmas quarter after crushing all expectations and setting a new world record for the most profitable quarter ever in the history of any company. While iPhone sales — specifically the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus versions — brought in a significant chunk of revenue and profit, Apple also sold plenty of iPads and Macs during the period. In fact, the company keeps selling lots of OS X computers each quarter, with Apple constantly tweaking their design and performance. FROM EARLIER: New leak may reveal the first case for Apple’s biggest iPad yet While some people may not necessarily notice all the little changes some of these devices go through from year to year, Apple has come a

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For some third party apps, a partnership with Google Now will be a mobile boon. Others won't be so lucky. Time will tell.

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Solar energy is definitely taking off and now researchers may have come up with the absolute best way to generate cheap solar power by installing solar panels in public parking lots. Rooftop solar power is making coal obsolete in Australia The Washington Post reports that solar power proponents are increasingly turning their eyes toward America’s parking lots as the perfect locations for mass solar panel installations. The reasons for this are easy to understand: Parking lots taking up huge chunks of our landscape and absorb a ton of heat in hot weather. Why not put them to good use by installing solar panels over them? The one big issue, the Post says, is that such solar panel installations

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(Reuters) - The head of China's commerce regulator met with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd chairman Jack Ma on Friday to discuss combating fake products, the official Xinhua news agency reported, with the two adopting a conciliatory tone after a row over illegal business on the Internet company's platforms. The meeting took place the same day the regulator, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), backtracked on an earlier report that had excoriated the Chinese online commerce company for not doing enough to suppress counterfeiting on its websites. SAIC issued what it called a "white paper" on Wednesday saying many products sold on Alibaba's websites infringed on trademarks, or were banned, substandard or fake. "The most recent SAIC posting speaks for itself.

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Alexa, Amazon's two-pound assistant in the room, now does more with music services, improves speed and accuracy.

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Two high-level employees at Nest have departed the company this week, The Verge has learned. Sources say that Nest's vice president of technology Yoky Matsuoka, as well as Greg Duffy who co-founded Dropcam, are no longer with the company. Matsuoka was previously the head of innovation at Google, as well as a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington. Duffy joined Nest when Dropcam was acquired for $555 million last June.

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By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp brought back annual performance bonuses for its chief executive and her top lieutenants for 2014 despite falling profits and a tumbling stock price, a regulatory filing showed on Friday. The technology company, which has posted lower revenue for 11 quarters in a row as it struggles to transform itself into a cloud-based software and services company, withheld annual bonuses in 2013 at the executives' own request. The bonuses returned as a feature of IBM's executive compensation for 2014, according to a document filed with securities regulators on Friday, despite the fact that IBM's net profit from continuing operations fell 7 percent last year and its stock shed about 14 percent. IBM CEO Virginia Rometty will get a $3.6 million annual incentive payout for 2014, according to the filing.

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Google Earth probably isn’t your go-to Google app on a day-to-day basis, but it’s a fun tool to mess with when you want to explore a foreign country or take a virtual road trip across the Midwest. What you might not know is that Google has maintained a premium version of the app called Google Earth Pro for years, but as of today, the paid features are now free for everyone. READ MORE: Google explains how its email killer is changing your life “Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from planning hikes to placing solar panels on rooftops,” writes Stafford Marquardt, Product Manager of Google Earth Pro.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber says that if you catch a ride with one of its drivers, your personal and financial data are safe.

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By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge appeared skeptical on Friday about Uber's bid for a quick pretrial ruling that its drivers are contractors and not employees, a critical question facing Silicon Valley's sharing economy. App-based ride service Uber, and smaller rival Lyft, face separate lawsuits seeking class action status in San Francisco federal court, brought on behalf of drivers who contend they are employees and entitled to reimbursement for expenses, including gas and vehicle maintenance. At a court hearing on Friday, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen said Uber's bid for a pretrial ruling its drivers are contractors is a "tough argument" to make, given that the drivers serve Uber's business goals.

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When Google-backed augmented reality company Magic Leap quietly applied for a patent, it did so with dozens of pages of futuristic (and slightly creepy) scenarios: a social media charm bracelet, a gargoyle bursting out of a box in a store, gamified cucumber chopping... As it turns out, Magic Leap's patent art isn't so much its vision of the future as one created by various students and designers. If patents are about originality, does this mean Magic Leap is hurting its claims? In this case, Magic Leap is patenting an optical system that has nothing to do with the interfaces displayed here.

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In the latest trial twist, millions of dollars in bitcoins were found flowing to the laptop of Ross Ulbricht.>

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On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted in favor of a new standard for broadband Internet. From now on, anything less than 25Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream is no longer considered broadband — but there has been one unexpected (and perhaps unwanted) victor as result. As of January 29th, Comcast’s broadband market share is now greater than 50%. READ MORE: Comcast is sorry it called customer an ‘a**hole’ on their bill According to a Comcast filing from December 2014 regarding the upcoming Time Warner Cable merger, the provider noted that it would control “56.8 percent excluding mobile broadband and 44.7 percent including mobile broadband,” reports Ars Technica. So how does Comcast already have a 50% market share on broadband without

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