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Facebook to offer free/discounted data for Messenger

Facebook to offer free/discounted data for Messenger

Facebook is working together with 18 carriers throughout 14 countries to bring free or discounted data for Facebook’s messaging services. The free/discounted data will be available for Messenger on Android, Messenger on iOS, and Facebook for Every Phone within the next few months. This will allow people to save money on their current messaging plans, and will also draw in more users from those emerging markets.

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NASA to test data transmission using lasers

NASA to test data transmission using lasers

If you could only choose two things to love, it would probably be space and lasers, right? It's your lucky then, because NASA has announced that it will begin testing new communication and data transmission technologies using lasers starting in October. The system will be called OPALS, or Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science, and it "has the potential to change the way data is transmitted from space to Earth."

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Facebook planning “cold storage” data facility for old photos

Facebook planning “cold storage” data facility for old photos

There are some 240 billion photos taking up precious space on Facebook's servers, with another 350 million photos uploaded every day. Facebook has discovered that not all of these photos get looked at anymore. Many older photos and albums lay dormant because they get pushed aside by newer photos and albums. In order to handle all of these photos, Facebook is planning to launch a data facility specifically for storing older photos on the social network.

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European regulators tell Google to get its privacy policy issues sorted

European regulators tell Google to get its privacy policy issues sorted

Early last year when Google revealed that it would be combining its privacy policy across all its services, many people cried foul, stating that such a move allowed it to gather far too much information about its users. Google contended that the short, simpler privacy policy is something that users prefer, and that having one policy across multiple products and/or services is not uncommon. European regulators quickly jumped on the change, however, and after some back and forth, they still aren't satisfied with how Google has handled the issue.

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Facebook data shows football fan statistics across the US

Facebook data shows football fan statistics across the US

Facebook has a lot of data about us, but that's not necessarily their fault. It's more our faults since we willingly post all sorts of information to our profiles. However, in Facebook's most recent data collection case study, they showed off various regions in the US and what football team had the most fans in a particular region of the country. The results are quite impressive.

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FreedomPop raises $4.3 million in additional funding, lets users share data

FreedomPop raises $4.3 million in additional funding, lets users share data

Wireless provider FreedomPop, which offers free data to smartphone users, has announced additional funding of $4.3 million in order to bolster up its network and provide customers with more features. Case in point: the company announced that users will now be able share data with one another, whether they're friends, family members, or just acquaintances.

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FTC releases long list of mobile privacy recommendations

FTC releases long list of mobile privacy recommendations

As smartphones and the apps we run on them become more and more popular, concerns over privacy are growing as well. The FTC has taken a pretty strong stance on privacy issues throughout the years, and today it delivered a list of recommendations to pretty much everyone involved in the smartphone business. These recommendations give platform holders, app developers, and advertisers suggestions on what they can do improve mobile privacy, and we have to say that there are some pretty good ideas in the report.

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Wolfram Alpha improves personal Facebook analytics tool

Wolfram Alpha improves personal Facebook analytics tool

If you're looking for more detailed insight about your Facebook network, such as your friends and your activity on the site, Wolfram Alpha announced a variety of updates to their Facebook analytics tool, which initially launched back in August. The tool allows users to see analytics on their daily posting activity, as well as friend statistics.

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Scientists encode MP3s, PDF, photograph, and algorithm to DNA

Scientists encode MP3s, PDF, photograph, and algorithm to DNA

Scientists have written MP3 files to DNA, according to a report published in the journal Nature. The data that can be written isn't limited to just to audio files, however, and is achieved using trinary encoding. In this particular experiment, the researchers encoded all of Shakespeare's sonnets, as well as a part of Martin Luther King's speech, a photo, a PDF, and the binary-to-trinary algorithm used for encoding.

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Google Government data requests leap up in late 2012

Google Government data requests leap up in late 2012

This week Google is releasing an new report on what they're able to share about official Government requests for data across the second half of the year 2012. This is not the first report Google has done on such data, this type of report spanning back (in one way or another) to their first in 2010. What we're seeing in this newest report is a rather sizable increase in the number of requests Google is getting from the government, but an ever-so-slight decrease in the percentage of these requests Google ends up filling.

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T-Mobile lighting up LTE network in Las Vegas very soon

T-Mobile lighting up LTE network in Las Vegas very soon

Great news if you're a T-Mobile subscriber, as the company may just be a few short days away from launching its 4G LTE network in Las Vegas. The folks at FierceWireless recently had a talk with a representative of T-Mobile, who said that the original plan was to launch LTE in Vegas during CES 2013. That plan ultimately feel through as T-Mobile needed to make a few last-minute changes to its network, but now the launch should be coming up very soon.

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AT&T allowing FaceTime over cellular for all tiered data customers

AT&T allowing FaceTime over cellular for all tiered data customers

After several months from Apple announcing FaceTime over cellular, AT&T is finally rolling the feature out to all of its tiered data customers. AT&T cites that its testing phase for FaceTime over cellular is complete, and will be enabled for all of its customers, including those on tiered data plans at no additional cost.

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