Good news, everyone: The race for the biggest smartphone is over



BARCELONA — After years and years of smartphone manufacturers racing to fit a larger screen into a ever-shrinking case, we finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s about 5 to 5.5 inches wide

And it happened just as Apple gave in and joined the fray

On Sunday, Samsung showed off not one, but two flagship smartphones — the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge — and they both have a 5.1-inch screen. HTC’s One M9, launched on the same day, has a 5-inch screen

The screen size on both devices is exactly the same as on their predecessors, the Galaxy S5 and the One M8, respectively — and it’s the first time Samsung has gone this route Read more…

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WebOS Shambles Back From The Grave In LG’s Latest Smartwatch

LG-G-Watch-Urbane-LTE LG has officially announced the Watch Urbane and the Watch Urbane LTE, two handsome wearables that they had previously announced at the end of February. Why should you care? Well, primarily because the Urbane LTE are bucking Google and instead are running webOS and is a fully-featured phone with NFC and a bigger battery. It’s almost as if WebOS, like the old man in the wagon, is calling… Read More

Craig Brittain (Revenge Porn King) Sues For Use of Image

retroworks writes “Washington Post reporter Caitlin Dewey leads with, “Revenge-porn impresario Craig Brittain is learning the hard way that karma is a real witch.” The report states that the Federal Trade Commission has settled a complaint against Brittain, whose defunct site, “Is Anybody Down” was accused of unfair business practices. From the article: “The site paid its bills by soliciting women’s nude photos on Craigslist and/or from their exes, publishing the photos without the women’s permission (and often with their names and phone numbers attached), and then charging fees of $200 to $500 to take the photos down.” Brittain agreed to destroy the image and never operate a revenge porn site again. However, On Feb. 9, “Brittain filed a takedown request to Google, demanding that the search engine stop linking to nearly two dozen URLs — including a number of news articles, and files on the case from the FTC — because they used photos of him and information about him without his permission.” Ars Technica explains. “In this instance, fair use and general First Amendment principles are on Google’s and the media’s side.”

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Google Taking Over New TLDs

bobo the hobo writes: In the corner of the internet where people care about DNS, there is a bit of an uproar at Google’s application for over a hundred new top-level domains, including .dev, .lol, .app, .blog, .cloud and .search. Their application includes statements such as: “By contrast, our application for the .blog TLD describes a new way of automatically linking new second level domains to blogs on our Blogger platform – this approach eliminates the need for any technical configuration on the part of the user and thus makes the domain name more user friendly.” They also mention limiting usage of .dev to Google only: “Second-level domain names within the proposed gTLD are intended for registration and use by Google only, and domain names under the new gTLD will not be available to the general public for purchase, sale, or registration. As such, [Google’s shell company] intends to apply for an exemption to the ICANN Registry Operator Code of Conduct as Google is intended to be the sole registrar and registrant.”

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Plan for futuristic Googleplex raises hopes, fears



From search to mobile to self-driving cars, Google’s futuristic ambitions seem limitless — and that attitude now also applies to commercial real estate.

The tech giant on Friday unveiled an ambitious proposal that reimagines its Mountain View, Calif. headquarters, long known as the Googleplex, into a utopian sprawl across 500 acres north of Highway 101

According to the 225-page document, Google teamed up with Danish architect Bjarke Ingels for the new campus design, which groups Google employees into glass, canopy-like structures the size of a city block

The additional 2.5 million square feet of office space would be enough for 12,000 more Google employees. Read more…

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Google Reverses Stance, Allows Porn On Blogger After Backlash

mpicpp writes In a reversal, Google says that porn will continue to be allowed on its Blogger site. Google said it has received a big backlash after deciding earlier in the week that bloggers will no longer be able to “publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity.” The ban was to have taken place on March 23. Instead, Google said that the company would simply double down on its crackdown of bloggers who use their sites to sell porn.In July, Google stopped porn from appearing in its online ads that appear on Blogger. And in 2013, Google decided to remove blogs from its Blogger network that contained advertisements for online porn sites. “We’ve had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities,” wrote Jessica Pelegio, Google’s social product support manager, in a post on Google product forums. “So rather than implement this change, we’ve decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn.

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13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

TC-weekly-roundup This week’s news featured more than just runaway llamas and a Twitter debate over an optical illusion dress. The FCC passed new net neutrality regulations, photos and videos of two new smartphones leaked online, and the new Pebble smart watch flew past its Kickstarter goal. These are our best stories of the week (2/21-2/27). Read More

Google backpedals on its Blogger porn ban just 3 days later



Days after announcing that it would begin cracking down on sexually explicit content on its Blogger platform, Google has reversed its decision

The changes, which would have forbid public access to sexually explicit blogs, were slated to go into effect next month. But the policy change generated substantial backlash. Major criticisms pointed out that some users had been posting non-commercial pornographic content for years; to many, the move seemed too sweeping and random

Google posted on its product forum on Friday:

Hello everyone,

This week, we announced a change to Blogger’s porn policy. We’ve had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities. So rather than implement this change, we’ve decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn.

Blog owners should continue to mark any blogs containing sexually explicit content as “adult” so that they can be placed behind an “adult content” warning page. Read more…

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One woman is trying to pressure Google to bury revenge porn



A federal bill that would force third-party websites such as Google to remove revenge porn may also pressure the search giant to alter its algorithm so such photos and videos are nearly impossible to find

At least, that’s what Mary Anne Franks, who helped draft the federal law, is hoping. Franks began drafting laws against revenge porn in 2013, after she met Holly Jacobs, a victim of revenge porn who is also on a mission to make it illegal. Franks and Jacobs are now executives at the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, which aims to build laws to prevent cyber harassment.

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Google Expands Its Safe Browsing Service To Warn More Users And Webmasters Of Malware

mp2xy337QU Earlier this week, Google announced that it has expanded its Safe Browsing service, which prevents users from going to known malware sites. Chrome, for example, now shows you a warning before you visit a site that harbors known malware (instead of just popping up a warning when you are about to download it). Similarly, Google Search will now pop up a warning when you’re about to go to… Read More