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Facebook quarterly income climbs 72 percent in a year to $642 million

04/23, 8:46pm

Facebook today reported financial results for the quarter. The company posted $2.5 billion in revenue beating analyst expectations, with an operating margin of 43 percent. Net income hit $642 million, with earnings per share of $0.25, an over 70 percent gain in profit in a year. Notably, mobile daily active users increased to 609 million, an increase of 43 percent from 2013.

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DoubleTwist MagicPlay adds AirPlay support to Google Play Music

04/23, 4:23pm

Google Play Music on Android can be used to stream music through AirPlay devices, thanks to a release from doubleTwist. MagicPlay: AirPlay for Android, downloadable from Google Play and works with the existing doubleTwist Player, will act as a bridge between Google's Cast API for streaming to the Chromecast and AirPlay, granting the music service AirPlay support.

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Google partnering to form $250 million residential solar lease program

04/23, 2:12pm

Google has announced a plan intended to boost solar energy adoption to residences in the US. In parallel with purchasing up to 407MW of wind energy from Iowa utilities, Google is parterning with SunPower Corporation, to create a $250 million fund to finance the purchase of residential rooftop solar systems and offer them to consumers at a cost said to be lower than monthly energy bills.

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Google Maps adds option to view older Street View image collections

04/23, 12:17pm

Google has updated its online Maps service by adding the option to view earlier Street View imagery. Users of Google Maps can, in a number of locations, use previously-collected Street View photographs to explore an area, and be able to compare recent shots of the location with those from the same place dated from as far back as 2007.

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iOS 7.1.x code points to Siri support on Apple TV

04/23, 11:12am

Code contained in iOS 7.1 and 7.1.1 suggests that Apple is planning to bring Siri to the Apple TV. A PLIST file for Assistant -- an internal Apple name for Siri -- includes the Apple TV lineup under its collection of supported devices. Notably, though, no Apple TV to date has included the microphone that would be needed for Siri.

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Amazon signs deal for HBO content on Prime Instant Video, Fire TV

04/23, 10:27am

Subscribers of Amazon Prime will be able to enjoy classic HBO shows in the near future, the retailer has revealed. At the same time, Amazon has announced HBO Go will be added to the company's Fire TV, allowing the streaming media box to show recently-broadcast programs as well as its archive of over 1,700 shows, original films, and specials.

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Samsung Galaxy K shown at full zoom in leaked photographs

04/23, 9:14am

Two more photographs of Samsung's alleged Galaxy K smartphone have surfaced, showing how far its zoom lens protrudes out of the back. The pair of images found on Baidu has the phone held inside a clear polycarbonate casing, with the lens extending outwards in three segments, spanning a larger distance on its own than the smartphone body's thickness.

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Briefly: WhatsApp hits 500M active users, Sprint domestic unlocking

04/23, 7:39am

WhatsApp has hit a milestone of half a billion active users, the messaging service has announced. The 500 million-user figure is 50 million more than it reported in February, when it also announced it was being acquired by Facebook for a total of $19 billion in cash and shares, with the service now seeing 700 million photographs and 100 million videos being shared between users every day.

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Briefly: New Sony Smartwatch 2 app, SMS and IM merge on Hangouts

04/23, 12:03am

Sony has announced an update for its Android-based Smartwatch 2, adding a customizable watch face editor. Various widgets can be selected that include date, weather, calendar, Bluetooth, notifications, and more, with third-party developers welcomed to create new content. The Smartwatch 2 now has a built-in calculator app featured in the new update, as well as improved Gmail and Facebook apps. Featuring six new wallpaper options, the watch offers a new low-light double tap function that increases the display's brightness by thirty percent when touched. According to Sony's blog post, new options and further developments are on the horizon.

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Briefly: Withings updates Pulse Tracker, Bitcasa adds Chromecast

04/22, 6:51pm

Withings has announced that its Pulse activity tracker has been updated with new sensor capabilities with the release of the Pulse O2. Able to measure the user's blood oxygen level, the Pulse O2 features a new bracelet mount for wrist wearing. By measuring one's oxygen saturation level, the Pulse O2 can determine how efficiently the user is breathing during activity. The Pulse O2 is priced at $120, and is now on sale through Withing's online store. Existing Pulse users can adopt the new features by downloading a free firmware update.

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Testimony: Google providing indemnity to Samsung in patent lawsuit

04/22, 6:22pm

Google attorney James Mccoun testified today that the search engine giant agreed to defend Samsung at least in part against some of the claims against it in the ongoing Apple versus Samsung trial. Apple played pre-recorded testimony from the attorney who confirmed emails that Google would provide some level of indemnity over four patents held by Apple if Samsung was sued, or would possibly take over defense of the claims.

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Fan TV signs deal with Time Warner Cable, opens for pre-orders

04/22, 5:27pm

Fan TV, a set-top box from Fanhattan and designer Yves Behar unveiled last year, has signed a deal with Time Warner Cable, and has opened up for pre-orders. The device, which combines a number of streaming services in a similar way to the Roku and other media streamers, aims to streamline the viewing experience for users, and will be offered to Time Warner subscribers in the future.

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The Chernin Group, AT&T partner for media streaming effort

04/22, 4:13pm

AT&T is partnering with The Chernin Group, with the latter pouring $500 million into an effort to distribute Internet-based video services. What exactly AT&T and Chernin will produce as a result isn't clear, but premium services like Netflix are suspected. The terms of the deal have not yet been announced.

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Amazon smartphone rumored to use tilting gestures for navigation

04/22, 2:34pm

Amazon's rumored smartphone will take advantage of its 3D interface by allowing users to tilt for more information, according to a report. Tilting the device is said to trigger various functions within apps, rather than navigating menus by swiping or tapping the screen, with the touch-free gesture controls also claimed to extend into the phone's main interface.

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Escalating privileges Linksys, Netgear router bug not fully patched

04/22, 2:12pm

A security flaw in some Linksys and Netgear routers discovered this winter, thought to be patched, has only been slightly hidden. Instead of the router listening and obeying command packets on port 32764, now the command must be prefixed by a specially crafted packet, which reactivates the flaw, and allows for remote command and seizure of afflicted routers.

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