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Facebook Takes A Stand With Free Access To Women’s Rights Info In Africa

12486_599509700146266_5829774949269802494_n No one should be denied understanding of their human rights just because they can’t afford a mobile data plan. Now women in Zambia won’t be, as Facebook and Internet.org’s new app gives them free Internet connection for accessing women’s right resources like MAMA  (Mobile Alliance For Maternal Action), WRAPP (Women’s Rights App), and Facts For Life by… Read More

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Microsoft sues Samsung over patent cross-licensing disagreement

Microsoft revealed today that it has sued Samsung in an attempt to enforce a patent cross-licensing agreement the two companies reached in 2011. By Microsoft’s account, Samsung decided to stop paying licensing fees after its smartphones became more successful than expected. Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia appears to be the reason that Samsung cited for not having to pay. With the lawsuit, Microsoft hopes that the court will enforce the contract. We’ve reached out to Samsung for comment on the issue. Microsoft spent years leveraging its patent portfolio against Android phone makers, eventually earning royalties from most of Google’s best partners. ➤ Microsoft’s…

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Verizon leaks HTC One M8 with Windows Phone ahead of official announcement

HTC is expected to announce a Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8 on August 19 in New York. Unfortunately, it looks like Verizon might have spoiled any chance of that being a surprise to anyone. Pocket-lint found an image link of an HTC One M8 on Verizon’s site. The image shows the smartphone touting Windows Phone Live Tiles. So in addition to HTC announcing the phone, expect an announcement that Verizon will carry it. The Android version of the phone boasts a five inch 441 PPI (1090×1020 pixel) display, a Snapdragon 801 quad-core chip, HTC’s dual sensor Duo Camera, the HTC…

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Google+ Photos Could Soon Become A Standalone Service Outside Of Google+

Screenshot_2014-05-19-21-39-23 It looks like it’s time for some good old conscious uncoupling at Google. First, Hangouts started to take its first steps without Google+ earlier this week and today, Bloomberg reports that the company is also planning to separate Photos from Google+. That rumor has been swirling around for a while and it really wouldn’t come as a major surprise if Google decided that the time to… Read More

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Google Now Launcher is now available for all Android 4.1 and later devices

Google today updated its Google Now Launcher app to include support for all devices running Android 4.1 and later. After showing off the launcher on the Nexus 5, Google released a standalone app back in February, but at the time it was only available for Nexus and Google Play edition devices. With the app, you’ll get Google Now right on your home screen. You can use the “Ok Google” hotword to activate voice search. ➤ Google Now Launcher

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Internet Companies Berate Microsoft’s Recent Loss In Email Privacy Case

Yesterday Microsoft lost its appeal challenging the legal standing of a U.S. Government warrant to command access to data stored abroad. The case, in which U.S. authorities demanded email content of stored on servers in Ireland, has attracted considerable attention in the technology industry. Apple and Cisco filed a joint amicus brief in Microsoft’s favor, among others. Microsoft has… Read More

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Facebook is currently down for many users around the world [Update: It's back]

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Facebook currently seems to be inaccessible for many people according to a barrage of tweets and posts to other social media sites. The problems first seemed to start just before 17:00 BST (midday Eastern Time), and naturally, people wasted no time in taking to Twitter. Uptime monitoring services like Downrightnow.com and downforeveryoneorjustme are also showing likely service trouble. How long will it last? Who knows, but we’ve asked the company for an update on the situation. An outage as widespread as this seems to rarely go on too long. Some users are also reporting that Instagram is inaccessible, but it seems to be…

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Facebook Is Down For Many

Zuckerberg Arrington Facebook appears to be down right now for many. If you load the website, you will get an error like the one you can see below. The website has been down for around 10 minutes now.
Similarly, you get a network error in the mobile apps and your content won’t refresh. Some TechCrunch writers could load the website, but when they clicked on something, they got the error message. So if… Read More

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