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Microsoft is rolling out a custom version of Bing this week tailored specifically for classrooms. School administrators can enable an ad-free version of Bing with always-on SafeSearch — Microsoft's web security and adult content filtering — and daily literacy lesson plans. A pilot program kicked off last August and more than 4.5 million children in more than 5,000 schools have been using the special version of Bing ever since. Today’s roll out means any school in the US can sign-up to enable Bing in the Classroom. Microsoft clearly wants schools to move off Google

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The US Justice Department is beginning a big initiative to commute the sentences of some inmates serving drug convictions with overly long sentences. Announced this morning, the initiative will allow non-violent inmates who have served at least 10 years of a long drug sentence that would have been shorter if given today to apply for their sentences to be reduced by the president. "Some [defendants], simply because of the operation of sentencing laws on the books at the time, received substantial sentences that are disproportionate to what they would receive today," deputy attorney general James Cole said at a press conference announcing the initiative. "Even the sentencing judges in many of these cases expressed regret at the time at having to impose such harsh sentences."

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We're not sure there was ever much doubt, but the US government has given the thumbs up to Facebook's $2 billion purchase of Oculus VR. The Federal Trade Commission examined the deal and found that it would not violate American antitrust laws. Now with most of the regulatory hurdles cleared, the focus can shift to the practical implications of the deal.

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Google Maps’ Street View has always been known for its gorgeous and immersive 3D panoramic images, but now it looks like the feature is about to go 4D. A new Google Maps feature announced on Wednesday will give you the option to look at some locations’ entire histories in Street View so you can see how they’ve changed and evolved over the past few years. You can access this “way-back machine” for Google Maps by clicking on a new clock icon that appears on the lower left-hand side for some Street View images. So for example, you can watch the construction of the Freedom Tower in New York as it happened or you can see how a communities have rebuilt

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Social network giant Facebook Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus VR Inc, a two-year-old maker of virtual reality goggles, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. Facebook said on March 25 that it planned to buy Oculus for $2 billion in its first-ever hardware deal. Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said at the time that the proposed transaction reflected his company's desire to bet on "the platforms of tomorrow." The deal was on a list of several proposed transactions that have been cleared by the U.S. Department of Justice and FTC. The Oculus buy was one of several high-profile purchases by Facebook, which recently won antitrust approval to acquire Whatsapp, an instant messaging service for smartphones, for $19 billion.

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Americans no longer have to splurge on the high-end Galaxy Tab Pro or Note Pro if they want a modern Samsung tablet -- the more affordable Galaxy Tab 4 range is headed to the US. WiFi versions of the Tab 4 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 should hit shelves on May 1st at respective prices of $200, $270 and $350. Travelers craving cellular data can expect LTE variants from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon sometime this summer.

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Earlier this week, we shared data from used gadget trade-in site Gazelle that showed iPhone users, for the most part, appeared to be largely uninterested in switching to Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. But as it turns out, a similar and perhaps more comprehensive study from a different trade-in service paints a very different picture. UK-based gadget trade-in comparison website CompareMyMobile says it surveyed everyone who used its portal to trade in smartphones between February 24th when Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5, and April 11th when the new handset launched. “A new feature we’ve applied to the site now tracks what devices consumers have upgraded to,” CompareMyMobile co-founder Ashley Turner said. “Through this we can get a fantastic insight into the

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AOL doesn't just want short clips of newsy content on its online video platform, AOL On. That's why our parent company has signed a non-exclusive deal with Miramax to screen some of its movies on the service. The first flicks from the agreement will go up on April 30th, with "tens" of films from the catalog being made available on a rotating basis each month.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday said a federal law limits how much money victims of child pornography can recover from people who viewed their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet.

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Apple is always working on ways to make both Apple TV and Siri more useful and now it looks like the company is planning to bring them together at some point. 9to5Mac reports that new code found in the iOS 7.1 software development kit indicates that Siri is going to get integrated with Apple TV in a future release. Apple is reportedly planning a major overhaul of Apple TV to help keep it competitive with popular gaming consoles that double as video streaming devices such as the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 and also with low-cost streaming dongles such as Google’s Chromecast. Adding the ability to run Apple TV through voice commands would be a first for the set-top

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Hell hasn't quite frozen over, but it got a bit chilly today (Apr. 23) when Amazon announced that a big chunk of HBO's back catalog will be available for unlimited streaming to subscribers of the $99/year Amazon Prime program. HBO has been playing extremely hard to get online. The HBO GO app, now on many major streaming boxes such as Apple TV and Roku (and soon coming to Amazon's Fire TV), provides unlimited access to HBO, but only to people who also have a cable subscription.

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"Our major aims were usability, friendliness and a more humanistic design. We wanted something with a pleasing feel ... and better grip. If we used metal, [we felt] the designs felt heavy and cold," explains Senior Product Designer Dong Hun Kim, pointing to why Samsung still plays in polycarb.

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Even if the result didn't live up to expectations, Netflix deserves some credit for realizing the dreams of Arrested Development fans and bringing the show back for a fourth season. With that chapter closed (for now), the company is set to continue its relationship with creator Mitch Hurwitz. According to Deadline, it's managed to sign a multi-year deal with Hurwitz, which will see him both create and produce new shows for the streaming service. “It is incredibly inspiring to get to produce for Netflix, a company that not only doesn’t resist change, but is leaps and bounds ahead of everyone in forging it,” Hurwitz said in a statement. Netflix has spent huge chunks of cash to guarantee itself exclusive rights to content, but rarely pursues lengthy deals with showrunners.

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Despite all the supposed leaks and rumors, we still have absolutely no idea what Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 will look like. Yes, we have read reports from a number of solid sources that appear to all paint a similar picture. We have also seen schematics and case molds leak that could be the real deal. Until we see the finished product unveiled on stage this fall, however, nothing is certain. A recent note to clients sent by shockingly reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo likely covers most of the bases as far as what we can expect Apple to launch later this year. According to Kuo, Apple is putting the finishing touches on a redesigned iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display, 1,334 x

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Microsoft revealed earlier this month that the Start Menu will return to Windows 8. While Microsoft is keeping the timing for its return vague, sources familiar with the company’s plans tell The Verge that the Start Menu will likely be available in a second update to Windows 8.1 currently scheduled for August. Microsoft’s Terry Myerson, head of Windows and Xbox software, demonstrated an early prototype earlier this month of what the Start Menu will look like once it’s available. Myerson also revealed that Microsoft will allow Windows 8-style "Metro" apps to run in the desktop environment inside their own windows.

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Science-fiction adventure hero Flash Gordon may be heading back to the big screen for the first time in decades. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Twentieth Century Fox has picked up the rights to Flash Gordon and is having writers behind the script for Star Trek 3, J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, create a screenplay for the comic book series' new adaptation. The film's producer will reportedly be John Davis — who previously was a producer on Predator and, more recently, Chronicle. Bourne Ultimatum writer George Nolfi reportedly wrote the film's treatment for Payne and McKay to work off of. The Reporter says various studios have been trying to create a new Flash Gordon series for some time now, but this one appears to have the pieces in place that should keep it moving.

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Not to be confused with the HTC One, the startup known as OnePlus has unveiled its first smartphone. The OnePlus One appears to be quite the Android powerhouse, sporting a 2.5-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU on the inside and a 5.5-inch 1080p Gorilla Glass display on the outside. Based on the unsubsidized pricing ($299 for 16GB model), the OnePlus undercuts the unlocked Nexus 5 by $50.

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If you have Amazon Prime, you officially no longer need your roommate's mom's neighbor's HBO Go password. "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under," "Deadwood" and many other HBO classics will be made available to subscribers of Amazon Prime on May 21, the two companies announced Wednesday. HBO signed a deal with Amazon to make its archive of television programs available for streaming for Prime customers. This is the first time HBO content has been available on an online-only streaming service. The main catch is that only shows that have been out for three or more years will show up on Amazon

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Samsung users aren't interested in the company's branded messenger, voice-activated search, or app store Samsung Hub, according to a new report. Samsung users vastly prefer Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and the Google Play store to their Samsung counterparts. They spent an average of seven minutes a month using Samsung apps, according to the market research firm Strategy Analytics. That's compared to 11 hours on Facebook alone.

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In the seven years since Google launched Maps, it's collected a ton of imaging and location data, which we've only been able to see in its most recent form. That's about to change, however, after the company announced ...

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Apple has released a new iPhone 5s TV ad that it shows the various things the iPhone can help with during the day. It also pitches the device as a tool ready to help out with content creation of any sort. During the short 90-second commercial, Apple shows off various apps on the iPhone 5s, including one that can help users measure their heart rates by using the main camera. Without actually taking any hits at Samsung, which just launched the Galaxy S5 with a dedicated heart rate sensor on the back, Apple is subtly suggesting that its latest iPhone model doesn’t need an extra piece of hardware to do what the brand new Galaxy S5 can do. Even though it’s only showing the app for a few

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SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's Congress passed a bill guaranteeing Internet privacy and enshrining access to the Web on the eve of a major conference in Sao Paulo on the future of Internet governance that's expected to draw representatives from some 80 countries.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Trips down memory lane are now available on Google's digital maps.

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Two U.S. astronauts will step out into space at 9:20 a.m. for a two-and-a-half hour spacewalk on Wednesday. Steve Swanson and Rick Mastracchio will install a backup computer on the exterior of the International Space Station, and remove a broken one. This is the fifth spacewalk for Swanson. It's the ninth for Mastracchio. Mastracchio is EV 1, and his suit has red stripes.

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HBO's always been stingy about who gets to stream its cherished TV assets but on May 21st, some of the network's vintage material will get a wider release. The company has signed a deal with Amazon to bring its ...

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