21 November 2013

Google Wallet Prepaid Debit Card

"The Google Wallet Card is a physical prepaid debit card that allows you to access your Wallet Balance in the real world, at ATMs, banks, and wherever MasterCard® Debit is accepted. If you're in the US, and you have already verified your identity, you can request a Wallet Card from the desktop site at wallet.google.com, or from the mobile app. Once you receive and activate it, you'll be able to pay with the Wallet Card at online and physical stores that accept MasterCard® Debit, and make cash withdrawals at ATMs or banks." source: https://support.google.com/wallet/answer/3529204

Google unveils prepaid debit card
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc  will offer a prepaid debit card that will allow consumers to purchase goods at stores and to withdraw cash from ATM machines, the Internet company said on Wednesday. The card, which is only available in ...

Russia's Richest Man Wants to Be Your Email Provider: "American Internet companies, beware: The Russians are coming. Today, Mail.ru plans to launch My.com, a suite of communication and entertainment applications designed for mobile devices. Users will get an @my.com email address (not to be confused with Apple's defunct Me.com) as well as free instant-messaging services and online games."
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Microsoft releases SmartGlass Xbox One app for Android, iOS ...
PCWorld (blog)
Microsoft released its second-screen SmartGlass app for its upcoming Xbox One game console on many platforms on Tuesday, which may be a bit more of a ...


Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer conducts his final shareholders meeting
Washington Post
Steve Ballmer wrapped up another duty as he heads closer to the end of his 13 years as Microsoft's chief executive: his final annual shareholder's meeting.

Washington Post

Google's New Tools Show How Deep Glass Will Embed in Our Lives
Google's Timothy Jordan shows off Glass performing an on-the-fly translation of ... Google announced a few new features to its Glass software developers kit on ...

Ars Technica

Google asks India to embrace transparency in Internet use
India Today
Asserting that Internet freedom will help attack corruption, Google'sExecutive Chairman Eric Schmidt has asked India to embrace "transparency and openness" ...

Christian Science Monitor

Google strengthens its SSL configuration against possible attacks
Google replaced the SSL certificates for its online services with new ones that use stronger, 2048-bit RSA keys, making encrypted connections to its sites safer ...

Google Settles Privacy Suit with 37 States for $17 Million
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The lawsuit stemmed from Google's use of tracking cookies on Apple'sSafari Web browser from June 2011 to February 2012, when it had led users to believe ...

CIO Today

Apple's Clean Energy Infrastructure And Why You Can't Plan The ...
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Google Debuts Nexus Wireless Charger in the US and Canada for $49
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Nexus Wireless Charger now available on the Google Play Store in the US and ... At the same time,Google has also brought the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 to Hong ...
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Apple TV update adds Yahoo Screen and PBS apps - Engadget
Matt Brian
Yahoo's been working hard to include support for Apple services in its Screen iOS app, now it's gone one better and launched its video-discovery app on.
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Carriers Reject a 'Kill Switch' For Preventing Cellphone Theft - NYTimes.com: "Mr. Gascón said that, based on e-mails he had reviewed between a Samsung executive and a software developer, it appeared that the carriers were unwilling to allow Samsung to load the antitheft software. The emails, he said, suggest that the carriers are concerned that the software would eat into the profit they make from the insurance programs many consumers buy to cover lost or stolen phones. “Corporate profits cannot be allowed to guide decisions that have life-or-death consequences,” Mr. Gascón said. “This solution has the potential to safeguard Samsung customers, but these emails suggest the carriers rejected it so they can continue to make money hand over fist on insurance premiums.”"

The Federal Communications Commission chairman, Tom Wheeler, said the agency will move the nation’s century-old network of circuits, switches and wires toward an Internet-based system.--
F.C.C. Chairman Calls for Transforming the Technology Used by Phone Systems - NYTimes.com: "“This is what I call the Fourth Network Revolution,” Mr. Wheeler wrote. “History has shown that new networks catalyze innovation, investment, ideas and ingenuity. Their spillover effects can transform society — think of the creation of industrial organizations and the standardized time zones that followed in the wake of the railroad and telegraph.” The transition from the old system, known as time-division multiplexing, to Internet protocol communication, or I.P., is both symbolic and substantive. Millions of Americans already have I.P.-based telephone service, which transmits packets of data and carries larger amounts of that data than is possible with the old system."

Google Delivers Giant Packs of Toilet Paper, Just in Time for the Holidays | Wired Business | Wired.com: "Target was an inaugural partner with Google Shopping Express. The addition of Costco means Google now has the third and fourth largest U.S. retailers on its platform (Walmart is number one; Kroger is number two). Together, Target and Costco had more than $140 billion in U.S. sales last year, far exceeding Amazon’s. For Google, joining with these brick-and-mortar stalwarts is a much quicker way to scale up selection compared to building warehouses and buying inventory itself, as Amazon does. This leaves Google free to focus all its energy on perfecting the logistics of same-day delivery — the kind of number-crunching at which it excels. Google may never beat Amazon at its own game. But selling toilet paper by the case could give Google the practice it needs to become a particularly pesky antagonist."

DNA indicates Eurasian roots for Native Americans, new study says
Washington Post
The genetic analysis of a 24,000-year-old arm bone of an ancient Siberian boy suggests that Native Americans have a more complicated ancestry than scientists had previously realized, with some of their distant kin looking more Eurasian than East Asian.

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