Is this BlackBerry’s First Android Phone?

 For the past month or so, the general thinking around the rumor mill has been that BlackBerry is working on an Android phone. If you can’t beat’em, join’em, right? Now we’ve got a rough idea of what their first Android handset might look like. Posted by the endlessly resourceful Evan Blass (aka evleaks), the photo shows a device that appears to have curves on both halves… Read More Read more »

Court Rules NSA Bulk Data Collection Can Resume

 The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled late Monday that the NSA may temporarily resume its bulk data collection of Americans’ phone records. The ruling revives the NSA program that was halted earlier this month when a certain provision of the Patriot Act expired June 1. The government had sought to reinstate the section by passing the USA Freedom Act on June 2, which curtailed… Read More Read more »

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Defends Status Quo, Rebuffs Attempts To Open Up Spectrum Auction

 FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler rejected calls from T-Mobile and others Thursday to expand the amount of wireless spectrum being reserved for small carriers in the upcoming wireless spectrum auction. In a blog post, Wheeler held that the “current reserve size of 30 megahertz balances the desire to make low-band spectrum available to parties with limited holdings while facilitating… Read More Read more »

Pandora Is Out Of Tune With Songwriters

 I remain puzzled as to why Pandora has chosen to wage an expensive and exhaustive fight against the songwriters that form the very foundation of its business – in courts, in the media and even in the halls of Congress – rather than negotiate with them. It just doesn’t make long-term business sense. Read More Read more »

Using Technology To Humanize Finance

 “Banking is necessary – banks are not.” Bill Gates said this in 1994. It was a bold statement to make at the time, and one that some have associated with the start of a transformation in financial technology. Now, two decades later, we are seeing this revolution unfold before our eyes. Catalyzed in large part by the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, a new financial order… Read More Read more »

Navy plans to double maternity leave to 12 paid weeks

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NORFOLK, Virginia (AP) — In an effort to retain talented women, U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus unveiled a proposal Wednesday that calls for doubling the amount of paid maternity leave that sailors and Marines can take, from six weeks to 12 weeks. Mabus detailed the proposal during a speech at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. See also: America's 12-week maternity policy has nothing to do with families Extending paid parental leave for mothers would require legislative approval, which if Congress agrees to, would ultimately be extended to members of all military branches It wasn't immediately clear how much Mabus' proposal would cost, but Navy officials believe it's a wise investment because women in the early part of their careers in that service are retained at half the rate as men. Read more... More about Military , Children , Parenting , Women , and Gender Read more »

MWC: 10 exciting developments in mobile

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Tipping the Scales on Mobile Payments: A note from Ed McLaughlin, Chief Emerging Payments Officer, MasterCard Across the globe today, the ongoing convergence of the physical and digital worlds is dramatically changing how people interact with their families, friends, and the world around them. Everyone and everything is connected. When it comes to how we pay for things, this seismic digital shift is the most significant milestone since plastic credit cards were introduced 50 years ago. It was crystal clear at this year's Mobile World Congress where we saw new players entering the mobile payments space and veterans doubling-down on their efforts to drive mobile payments ubiquity. Read more... More about Mobile World Congress and Supported Read more »

Ford’s smart e-bicycles point the way with vibrating handlebars

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BARCELONA — Bicycle enthusiasts who are also gadget lovers got their fix of excitement Monday at Mobile World Congress, as Ford brought a pair of smart e-bike prototypes to the show Called MoDe:Me and MoDe:Pro, the bikes connect to your smartphone and offer navigation feedback via the handlebar grips, which vibrate when you need to turn left or right. The bikes can also alert you of any hazards lying ahead or behind, communicate with other vehicles and even charge your smartphone, which is placed in a cradle on the handlebar See also: Visiobike: The E-Bike That Connects With Your Smartphone Both bikes are actually e-bikes, offering electric pedal assistance which is adjustable. When pedaling becomes too hard, the bike makes it as easy as you like, without completely taking over. In terms of specs, both bikes have a 200-watt motor with a 9-amp-hour battery, providing pedal assistance for speeds up to 25 km/h Read more... More about Ford , Mobile World Congress , Tech , Gadgets , and Mobile Read more »

Congress Snipes And Gripes On Eve Of Net Neutrality Vote

 It’s net neutrality eve, putting both Washington and Silicon Valley on collective edge. To some extent. In service to you, I awoke early this morning so that I could tune into a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the issue of net neutrality. However, the discourse was so dull, containing as far as I could tell the precise same talking points that have become rote through… Read More Read more »

The Net Neutrality Quiet Period

 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently in its weeklong ‘sunshine’ period before its February 26 meeting that will see the agency vote on new net neutrality regulations. The sunshine period means that the FCC takes time from taking external meetings on the topics it is going to vote on. Also, missives sent to the FCC during the period do not make it into the… Read More Read more »