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Microsoft consortium to install new undersea cables between US, UK, and Asia

Microsoft consortium to install new undersea cables between US, UK, and Asia

Microsoft has announced that it is shelling out some big money to run some new undersea cables to connect data centers in North America with data centers in Ireland. The software giant also has plans to lay undersea cables to connect networks in Asia as well. Reports indicate that Microsoft has been making big investments in undersea cabling over the last few months.

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Appeals court rules NSA surveillance program illegal

Appeals court rules NSA surveillance program illegal

In March, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the NSA, claiming their surveillance program was overreaching and illegal. Today, a Federal Court of Appeals has agreed with that assertion, finding the NSA’s practice of data collection “exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized”. This decision comes well after Edward Snowden began leaking documentation highlighting just how deep and intrusive the NSA’s domestic surveillance program is. In the ruling, Circuit Judge Gerald Lynch wrote “such an expansive concept of 'relevance' is unprecedented and unwarranted”.

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HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ inspires real compression algorithm Piper Pied

HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ inspires real compression algorithm Piper Pied

In the HBO comedy Silicon Valley, Richard and his team, Pied Piper, accidentally create a lossless compression algorithm, whipping all of the big tech companies of the fictional world into a frenzy over the potential in the inadvertent discovery. Today, at the Disrupt New York Hackathon, a team of siblings, Nancy Ghaly and Peter Ma debuted their own lossless compression algorithm. Taking inspiration from the HBO series, the duo named it Piper Pied. The real-life Piper Pied is a compression algorithm that identifies people's faces and compresses the data around them.

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Slack says they’ve had no government requests for data

Slack says they’ve had no government requests for data

News of government requests for data is oftentimes troubling to read. Companies who transmit data typically fall under the watchful gaze of officials who may want to know what some citizens are up to, where those companies get legal requests for all kinds of data, including who we may have spoken with. Slack, the enterprise-focussed chat service, says they’ve not had a single government request for data of any kind. For such a widely used conversation platform, that’s hard to believe.

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DataMan Pro is the app every iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus) owner should have

DataMan Pro is the app every iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus) owner should have

DataMan isn’t new; it was launched in 2013. At the time, the app was a clever way to watch your data usage, but there were also a lot of people on legacy unlimited plans, or not using much data. With smartphone media consumption at a high point, and carriers edging us away from those precious unlimited data plans, DataMan is still as relevant as it ever was. In fact, you might need DataMan more now than you did when it was launched.

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AT&T loses bid to have FTC lawsuit dropped

AT&T loses bid to have FTC lawsuit dropped

AT&T’s attempt to have a lawsuit brought forth by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) dismissed has been swatted away. The FTC sued AT&T for throttling customers who had unlimited data plans late last year, saying AT&T was being deceitful in bringing unlimited plans that down-shifted the download speeds after a certain point. AT&T was attempting to use their classification as a common carrier for voice service as legal grounds for the dismissal. Judge Edward Chen of the US District Court in Northern California wasn’t having it.

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Infinit brings their file transfer software to iOS & Android

Infinit brings their file transfer software to iOS & Android

Email, cloud storage links, AirDrop, NFC — file storage transfer is a pain. Though effective most of the time, those methods aren’t effective all the time. There’s a better way (I promise). Already available for OS X and Windows, the Infinit file transfer service is also going to be available for iOS and Android, starting today. With a few taps, you can take your files — any size or type — and shuffle them to other devices. The transfer doesn’t compress file sizes, and once initiated, can’t be killed by loss of signal.

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T-Mobile’s new coverage map shows real coverage in (almost) real time

T-Mobile’s new coverage map shows real coverage in (almost) real time

No matter where you go in this world, you’ll undoubtedly be curious about your coverage. Visit the carrier website, and buried deep in the sitemap lies a coverage map. An often out-of-date map that probably stretches the truth a bit about their coverage. Even in 2015, your coverage is a bit of a 'guesstimate'. T-Mobile is changing that, today unveiling a more accurate map of their coverage that depends on real-time feedback from actual customers, not assumed cell tower saturation.

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T-Mobile brings Data Stash to prepaid customers

T-Mobile brings Data Stash to prepaid customers

As their latest ‘uncarrier’ event approaches, T-Mobile is shaking things up in prepaid. Now, qualifying Simple Choice prepaid plans can take advantage of T-Mobile’s Data Stash, which lets users bank unused data for use later on. That also means T-Mobile prepaid customers via Simple Choice will get that impressive 10GB Start Stash, which is like a digital nest egg for data. Prepaid data stashing is set to start on March 22, so expect to have your 10GB stash ready for you at that time.

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Google hires Twitter’s data guy

Google hires Twitter’s data guy

Google just hired one of the most important people at Twitter to join their team as Trends Data Editor. Not that Simon Rogers is going to make or break a company like Twitter, but the ability to do what he did for Twitter - and what he'll be doing for Google - is really, really is an important role. Especially for the public, seeing how events explode in a virtual way, seeing that sort of thing clearly, and easily - that's what Rogers does.

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Verizon to improve San Francisco LTE speeds with ‘small cells’

Verizon to improve San Francisco LTE speeds with ‘small cells’

The typical transmitters used by mobile carriers are built to cover large areas, but in turn are expensive and require lots of space. "Small cells" are the exact opposite. They are small transmitters that only cover a radius of 250 to 500 feet, but the trade off is that they are cheaper to build and maintain, and their size means they can be installed in places and remain inconspicuous. In the coming months, Verizon will be installing 400 of these small cells in San Francisco in order to improve its 4G network speeds.

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Imgur rolls out ‘Topics’ to help you find photos faster

Imgur rolls out ‘Topics’ to help you find photos faster

Imgur has made some changes lately, with the most exciting being their move away from a tiered Pro offering to a completely ad-based experience, wherein all Pro services were offered up for free. The service is still a firehose, though, with popularity and tagging being your best bets for finding what you want. To better help you navigate Imgur, there is now a new feature called ‘Topics’, which could lead you to the pics you want to find quickly.

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