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US outdoes Japan and China for mobile data demand

US outdoes Japan and China for mobile data demand

We are a data hungry country and we have the numbers to prove that. The US is on track to cross the $100 billion mark for revenue stemming from mobile data, according to analyst Chetan Sharma. You can say that it’s finally getting set in stone, that people are moving from the desktop to more mobile options like the smartphone and tablets.

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NSA phone record destruction halted by judge

NSA phone record destruction halted by judge

A U.S. District Judge has halted the NSA's plans to destroy collected phone records, something that has had many up in arms. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, more commonly known as the EFF, sought for the temporary stay on destruction, saying the phone records can serve as evidence in lawsuits that are going against the agency's surveillance practices.

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Facebook to build innovative Data Center Concept in Lulea, Sweden

Facebook to build innovative Data Center Concept in Lulea, Sweden

Borrowing bits and pieces of technology from the automobile industry, Facebook hopes to construct a radical new second building in the city of Luleå, Sweden. This new structure proposes to be the hallmark of new-age production, using modular and lean construction principles. Facebook calls it Rapid Deployment Data Center Concept (RDDC).

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Privacy groups demand Facebook Whatsapp acquisition be halted

Privacy groups demand Facebook Whatsapp acquisition be halted

A privacy advocate group has asked regulators at the Federal Trade Commission to put the kibosh on Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp for a while. It seems they want to get a better idea of just what Facebook intends to do with the private data of WhatsApps existing members. Though WhatsApps has been adverse to collecting data for the sake of advertising, Facebook may not be.

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NBA player and ball movement visualized using sensors

NBA player and ball movement visualized using sensors

The NBA is always out to get more data that it can share with fans to get them more involved in the sport. One of the ways that the NBA is looking to get data that allows fans and teams alike to visualize movement during the game is by putting sensors on players and inside the ball. The images you see here are the visualizations of the data captured by the sensor.

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Verizon prepaid play gets serious with ALLSET PLANS

Verizon prepaid play gets serious with ALLSET PLANS

This week Verizon is stepping up with devices like the Moto G in a prepaid play they’re calling ALLSET PLANS. As the market expands with low-cost, high-quality devices this season, Verizon has decided to make a play for this often-disregarded ecosystem. Working with new plans for each different kind of device, Verizon isn’t going to let the off-contract world leave without them.

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AT&T LTE Roaming expands to 13 additional countries

AT&T LTE Roaming expands to 13 additional countries

As companies the world over trot out new and upcoming offerings at MWC 2014, AT&T has announced a further expansion of its international LTE Roaming network, ushering it in to 13 additional countries. This brings the total countries through which its customers can get LTE roaming to more than 200.

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Facebook must follow Germany’s data protection law, rules court

Facebook must follow Germany’s data protection law, rules court

The Higher Court of Berlin has ruled in favor of a 2012 court finding that Facebook has run afoul of German data protection law, and that it must comply with such legalities. Beyond this, the Higher Court also confirmed that the social network's terms of service and privacy policy contain multiple clauses in violation of the nation's law.

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AT&T DOJ transparency report shows 300k+ government data demands

AT&T DOJ transparency report shows 300k+ government data demands

It’s AT&T up next with their transparency report regarding the United States Department of Justice and the amount of demands they’ve been sent over the past year. These demands are of several different varieties, one category for National Security, another for U.S. Criminal & Civil Litigation Demands. While National Security demands are still stuck in the stacks between zero and nine-hundred and ninety-nine, localized crime searching is a bit more specific.

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Twitter Data Grants introduced to offer select institutes data trove

Twitter Data Grants introduced to offer select institutes data trove

Twitter holds vast amounts of data, information that has been used by multiple entities in the past to do things from mapping racism to helping form profiles on individuals. In an effort to help with research-based initiatives such as these, Twitter has announced a pilot program called Twitter Data Grants.

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Iridium Go! and Globalstar Sat-Fi give mobile hotspots some satellite love

Iridium Go! and Globalstar Sat-Fi give mobile hotspots some satellite love

Getting your notebook or other gadgets online if you've a big budget but no local service - say, perhaps, because you're desperate for WiFI in the desert or a remote jungle - is suddenly easier, with Globalstar and Iridium wading into the super-niche satellite data hotspot market. Globalstar's Sat-Fi and Iridium's Go! each promise the sort of cellular data sharing we're familiar with from mobile hotspots, only tapping into each company's satellite networks for coverage around the world.

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Twitter partners with CNN and Dataminr to zero in on news tidbits

Twitter partners with CNN and Dataminr to zero in on news tidbits

Social journalism has been a growing force as increased connectivity and instant sharing is adopted by larger portions of the Internet. Still, media companies rule the roost, and to make it easier for them to find the bits of news they need from across the Twitter-sphere, the microblogging website has teamed up with CNN and startup Dataminr.