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NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's first-quarter earnings and revenue grew sharply, surpassing Wall Street's expectations thanks to an 82 percent increase in advertising revenue.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Zynga Inc co-founder Mark Pincus will relinquish the last of his operational duties at the social gaming company starting Wednesday, taking on an advisory role as chief executive Don Mattrick pushes through a restructuring plan. Pincus, who remains chairman of the board, has decided to move on from his operational role as chief product officer, Zynga said in a statement. He has been stepping back from a company that once dominated gaming on Facebook with "Farmville" but is now losing users to mobile game developers. ...

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MOSCOW (AP) — The founder of Russia's leading social media network — a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg — has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company's ownership.

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After existing Open Internet, or net neutrality, regulations were struck down in court earlier this year, it appears the FCC is ready to come back with new ones. Re/code reports Chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed they will be on the table at an agency meeting May 15th. While that report indicates the rules will be the same, but justified under a different part of the law, the Wall Street Journal's sources say that new rules will be proposed tomorrow, with at least one notable change.

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The top U.S. telecommunications regulator on Wednesday said he was unconvinced by AT&T Inc's threat to sit out next year's major auction of wireless spectrum over proposed restrictions on its participation. AT&T, the second biggest U.S. wireless carrier, last week said it may choose to skip the so-called incentive auction of valuable airwaves scheduled for next year if the Federal Communications Commission adopts rules that reserve some of the spectrum for smaller nationwide carriers. "I find it hard to believe that somebody who has advocated so forcefully about why is it absolutely essential that they have spectrum like this would pass on the opportunity," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told reporters on Wednesday. "I have a hard time envisioning this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for this kind of beachfront spectrum being something that people throw up their hands and walk away from." Wheeler's plan, which the FCC is expected to vote on at a May 15 meeting, would reserve up to 30 megahertz of spectrum in each market for bidding only by carriers that control less than one-third of low-frequency airwaves there.

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Dutch Student Auctions Off His Most Private Online Information to the Highest Bidder

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Modifying the definition in these three ways would help companies better understand that gamification is not about games, and that it's not limited to digital behaviors.

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Soon you might be able to simply ask your Apple TV to start playing 'House of Cards' rather than fumbling through a series menus. Code found in iOS 7.1's software development kit indicates that Siri is one its way to a new device, likely Apple's set-top box. In the operating system's documentation, the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad are represented by "1" and "2."

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing.

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Watch Dogs is already one of the most hyped game releases of the spring, but Ubisoft’s clever marketing campaign might convince a whole new crowd to check the game out. Digital Shadow is a website being run by Ubisoft which allows Facebook users to see just how vulnerable their information could be to an outside source. By allowing the site to access your account, Digital Shadow will let you know within seconds which contacts you regularly interact with, which words you use most often in status updates and when you’re active on the social network. The more frightening breaches appear at the bottom of the page. Digital Shadow can not only pinpoint your location on a map — it also estimates your salary and

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The commissioner of the New York Police Department was unruffled by the ugly photos of police violence that flooded Twitter yesterday in response to a tweet from the agency. "I kind of welcome the attention," Commissioner Bill Bratton told the New York Daily News. "We really broke the numbers yesterday." Just before 2PM, the @NYPDnews account tweeted, "Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Soon, #myNYPD became one of Twitter's top trending topics.

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Android and iOS Capture Windows, Blackberry, and Basic Phone Buyers Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) released results of its research on mobile phone operating systems for the calendar quarter that ended March 31, 2014. This analysis features findings about consumer trends in mobile phone operating systems from January-March 2014. CIRP finds that Google's Android operating system had a somewhat greater share of mobile phone activations than Apple's iOS in the quarter. Android accounted for 53% of mobile phone operating system buyers, while iOS was at 42% (see chart). ...

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The Federal Communication Commission's proposal for new net neutrality rules will allow internet service providers to charge companies for preferential treatment, effectively undermining the concept of net neutrality, according to The Wall Street Journal. The rules will reportedly allow providers to charge companies for preferential treatment so long as they offer that treatment to all interested parties on "commercially reasonable" terms, with the FCC deciding whether the terms are reasonable on a case-by-case basis. The goal of net neutrality rules is to prevent service providers from discriminating between different content, allowing all types of data and all companies' data to be treated equally.

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If the latest development in culinary social media catches on, the trendiest restaurants may no longer be restaurants. A growing number of apps and websites are taking the traditional chef-diner relationship ...

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Marketplace editor Margarita Noriega, who's faved over 59,200 tweets, says favs "really began as a method of communicating through FavStar.fm, which appears to have been established in 2009." She continues,

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By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The FBI has warned healthcare providers their cybersecurity systems are lax compared to other sectors, making them vulnerable to attacks by hackers searching for Americans' personal medical records and health insurance data. Health data is far more valuable to hackers on the black market than credit card numbers because it tends to contain details that can be used to access bank accounts or obtain prescriptions for controlled substances. "The healthcare industry is not as resilient to cyber intrusions compared to the financial and retail sectors, therefore the possibility of increased cyber intrusions is likely," the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a private notice it has been distributing to healthcare providers, obtained by Reuters.

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Video games now have more online spectators than traditional sports. Crazy, right? It's crazy.

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We know that Apple released iOS 7.1.1 earlier this week to fix a wide range of bugs and it turns out those bugs might be much more serious than we realized. Ars Technica reports that Kristin Paget, a former Apple whitehat hacker who now works for Tesla, has been ripping into her former employer for allegedly leaving its users wide open to some potentially serious hacks in the weeks between the releases of iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1. Per Ars, Paget found that some of the vulnerabilities “gave attackers the ability to surreptitiously execute malicious code on iPhones and iPads without requiring much or any interaction from end users.” To make things even worse, Paget said that Apple patched the same vulnerabilities in OS

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During the primetime broadcast of "The Voice" and the NBA playoffs Tuesday night, Apple unveiled a new, lengthy advert for the iPhone 5S, its high-end smartphone. It's a fun spot, featuring several musicians covering the opening to the popular 1988 song "Gigantic" by Pixies, while artists demonstrate the various artsy things you can do with the iPhone. But the song choice is rather interesting for a button-up company like Apple, given the song's sexually charged lyrics. Fans have speculated for years about whether or not the lyrics describe a couple having sex, with someone else watching. ...

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If you've missed a few episodes of the Cosmos revival or maybe just want to fill the universe-sized hole in your media rack, the series hits Blu-ray and DVD this summer. Come June 10th (two days after the final ...

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Next Tuesday, Samsung will unveil the latest addition to its camera phone lineup, the Galaxy K, complete with new branding and a fresh look. We have seen a single image of the device in a previous leak, but it was difficult to determine the proportions of the device. Thankfully, new photos have appeared on Baidu showcasing the slim design of the Galaxy K, along with its 10x optical zoom lens fully extended. The Galaxy K is expected to feature a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 720p display, hexa-core Samsung Exynos 5 processor, 2GB of RAM, 20.2-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera and Android KitKat 4.4.2. A mid-range device through and through, the Galaxy K is still a marked upgrade over its predecessor. Looking back, the Galaxy

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NEW YORK (AP) — Fans of classic HBO shows like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" will soon have access to those series and more through Amazon Prime in the first online streaming deal signed by the cable network.

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If you're on Facebook, you probably have at least one former high school classmate who seems to never stop overloading your News Feed with crazy political rants or unnecessarily personal life updates. Perhaps you've thought about unfriending this person, or even gone ahead and pulled the trigger. To those of you, we say: You are far from alone. In reality, it appears former high school friends are unfriended more than any other group on Facebook, according to a recent study by Christopher Sibona, a doctoral student at the University of Colorado Denver. ...

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Having worked in the IT industry for over 20 years, and been the only female in the room on many occasions, I can say with some certainty that we haven't yet resolved the challenge of attracting an equal balance of men and women into the industry.

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Keeping with the tradition of obtaining talents that have no use besides being awesome, YouTube user Emil Axelsson appears to have learned to "play" the Super Mario theme song using only fingersnaps. We have no idea how he does it, how long it took him to learn or if it's even real (to be honest), nor do we really need to know*. We are just so happy we got to witness this godly feat. Dare we say the best version yet? For more Mario theme song fun, here's an acapella version, a dubstep remix, a beatbox version and, you know,

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