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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new Internet rules that would allow Internet service providers to charge content companies for faster delivery of their services over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes.

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has just published a blog post that expands on a statement he gave last night on the topics of net neutrality and an open internet. Earlier yesterday, The Wall Street Journal issued a troubling report alleging that the FCC will soon propose new rules that effectively spell the end of net neutrality. "There has been a great deal of misinformation that has recently surfaced regarding the draft Open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that we will today circulate to the Commission," he says. "To be very direct, the proposal would establish that behavior harmful to consumers or competition by limiting the openness of the internet will not be permitted." But here again, Wheeler carefully steps around a major aspect of the Journal's report, which claims that under the proposed rules, internet providers will be able to charge companies for speedier access to consumers.

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A new report from Macotakara, a source with a good track record reporting on unreleased Apple products, reveals that the iPhone 6 will be curvier than its predecessors when it comes to the phone’s housing and display. Instead of the rather square lines as seen on current iPhone models, the iPhone 6 will reportedly have curved edges and thus a more rounded display, similar to the Galaxy S3 smartphone released two years ago by Samsung. According to the publication, the design also somewhat resembles an existing metallic bumper design for existing iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 model, made by Japanese company Squair (image above). An earlier report from Bloomberg last year also stated that Apple’s new iPhones would feature curved

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Lyft isn't about to be outdone by its rapidly growing ridesharing competition. The on-demand transportation outfit has just launched service in 24 new US cities, all in one day -- enough to give it more American coverage than its rivals, at 60 cities in total. The expansion mostly covers notable mid-sized urban areas like Jacksonville, Kansas City and Memphis; you can check out the full list below to see if you're covered.

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When I showed Sol to my family, they all got a bit confused. My dad asked why I was testing a toolbox for Engadget, while my sister took one look at it and said "Bumblebee." If you peek at the images below, you'll understand why: This solar-powered laptop does resemble a hardware tool case. And yes, it looks like a Transformer too.

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Chances are your phone doesn't have a built-in projector -- and it never will. But there's at least a small subset of the Chinese market that apparently has a need for an entry-level smartphone capable of projecting dim videos and presentation slides onto a flat surface. The Galaxy Beam 2 sports a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1 gig of RAM and an underwhelming 800x480-pixel 4.66-inch display.

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New rules on "net neutrality" are expected to allow Internet providers to negotiate agreements with content providers on the delivery of traffic to users as long as the deals they strike are "commercially reasonable," U.S. telecoms regulators said on Thursday. In a blog post, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said the rules, which he intends to have in place by year-end, would not change the agency's "underlying goals of transparency." The rules, to be circulated to commission members on Thursday, will include "no unreasonable discrimination among users," Wheeler wrote.

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Casual users are necessary breed of tech consumer. They are the dreamers of the end user crowd -- the "what if" types who think about putting wings on a car or solar cells on their laptops. Their collective tech knowledge is usually based on what they've read on CNET. But they are a double edged sword. They drive designers to make the winged cars and solar laptops, yet they also don't support the process innovation that comes with new designs. Essentially they don't care how it's done -- just do it. So what's the problem with just wanting cool stuff?

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Leica's been making cameras for a full century this year, and to celebrate, it's just now getting around to releasing an interchangeable-lens camera that you might actually be able to afford... until you factor in the glass. Priced around $1,850 (without a lens), the T looks like a camera that you might want to own. Its core is chiseled from a solid brick of aluminum, resulting in a beautiful body (that's equally durable).

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Good news, Apple fans! It looks like Apple’s recent iOS 7.1.1 update has plenty more to offer than just a few bug fixes and Touch ID accuracy improvements. According to some reports, Apple’s latest mobile software update also has a huge positive impact on iPhone battery life. Apple released iOS 7.1.1 for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models this past Tuesday, and the change log was pretty lackluster: - Further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition - Fixes a bug that could impact keyboard responsiveness - Fixes an issue when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled As it turns out, however Apple may have also snuck in some sizable software optimizations, because ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes says that the update has had

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Does the Galaxy S5's plastic chassis look too cheap for your liking? Samsung has teamed up with Swarovski to make a bedazzled cover for the smartphone that is sure to turn heads. The Crystal S5 will launch in South Korea in May and a price has yet to be announced.

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Apple will reportedly launch new versions of its 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air next week. The latest editions of Cupertino's super thin notebooks are expected to feature improved specs over their predecessors, including faster processors and increased storage capacity.

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Once an East Coast kid who dreamed of Rocky Mountain powder snow, Todd Jones worked as a professional skier, helicopter skiing guide, and commercial fisherman before co-founding Teton Gravity Research. In the 18 years since, TGR has grown into the premier action sports production company, capturing everything from skiers on the steepest Alaskan mountainsides to surfers taking on the world’s most dangerous waves, all while pioneering innovative filmmaking techniques, including gyroscopically stabilized helicopter-mounted cameras.

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Twitter's made serious efforts to turn itself into more than just a social network: it wants to be the go-to tool for journalists searching for breaking news. Naturally, it makes sense for Facebook to follow suit as the two continue to play feature tag. Newswire is Zuckerberg & co.'s answer to Dataminr for News. It aggregates shared stories, photos and status updates that might be of interest to journalists and news organizations.

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We’re still months away from Apple’s launch of the next-generation iPhone, but every major report we’ve read suggests that Apple plans on releasing two different versions: A 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch model. Inspired by 9to5Mac’s poll of its readers, we thought that we’d ask BGR readers which version of the new iPhone they’d rather own. Below you’ll find a poll where you can let us know if you’d rather own the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 or if you’d prefer some other option. (Thanks again to 9to5Mac for the idea!)

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The most-liked photo of 2013. That's a bit of advice from Aditya Khosla, a PhD candidate at MIT's prestigious Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. Khosla, who previously came up with an algorithm to help actors tweak their headshots to make them more memorable, has crunched through 2.3 million Flickr photos in order to isolate the factors that make a photo popular. Khosla says his algorithm allows him to predict how many views your photo will get before you even upload it.

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IFTTT, or the app formerly known as If This Then That, just launched a native Android app optimized for phone and tablet-sized screens. IFTTT lets users mash up different services into "recipes" that can do things like automatically download new Facebook photos you're tagged in to Dropbox, send starred emails to Evernote, or call you in response to a text message so you can escape a bad date. You can now use IFTTT to do things like silence your ringtone when you connect to your office Wi-Fi, and turn it back on when you get home.

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Moving a game from one platform to another -- from iOS to PC, from Xbox One to PlayStation 4 -- isn't as easy as it seems. Just change a few button prompts and you're all set, right? Not so much.

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Just a week after introducing its newfangled step-tracking app Breeze, RunKeeper is updating its iOS training software with a new jogging partner. With the latest version, you'll have access to Goal Coach: a motivational feature that helps with ...

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Apple is "closer than it’s ever been" to entering into a new product category, company CEO Tim Cook tells The Wall Street Journal. Apple has been regularly promising to enter into a new product category for some time now, with Cook perennially reiterating that it would happen this year. Now, in a conversation with the Journal, he continues to lay out familiar reasons for the time-consuming development process — "you want to take the time to get it right" — and says that what's coming is going to be "really great." "To do things really well, it takes time," Cook tells the Journal.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Sirius XM topped revenue expectations for the first quarter and subscriptions grew, though earnings declined 24 percent due to a major share repurchase.

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MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia's biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company's shares plummeting.

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Android gamers who've been yearning for XCOM's deep, turn-based tactics just got their wish: 2K has released a version of XCOM: Enemy Unknown for Google's mobile platform. Much like last year's iOS edition, you'll get to fight off invading aliens and build your bases in an interface optimized for touch. This is one of the pricier Android games on the market at $10, but our pals at Joystiq are already fans of the mobile version.

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In an effort to quietly fix a problem created by a recent Google Glass update, Google is rolling out yet another update. Last week, several Glass Explorers found their heads-up displays rendered useless by the XE 16.1 update. The new update is called XE 16.1.1.

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Apple stunned Wall Street on Wednesday when it posted fiscal second-quarter earnings that absolutely crushed analysts’ estimates. The company reported a net profit of $10.2 billion — a second-quarter record — thanks to surprisingly strong iPhone sales, and revenue in the quarter totaled $45.6 billion. Apple also had a pair of huge announcements related to its stock, and plenty more that it covered. Here are the five most important takeaways from Wednesday’s report: iPhone is still a beast Industry watchers were a bit worried going into Apple’s earnings report that iPhone sales might have slowed since anticipation for the bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone phablet is so huge. Not even close. Analysts were expecting Apple to sell 37.7 million iPhones in the March quarter.

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