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Decline of Media Freedoms Generating Protests in Hong Kong

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Thousands rallied outside Hong Kong’s government headquarters on Sunday demanding the city’s leader uphold media freedoms amid growing anger towards perceived behind-the-scenes intrusions on local media outlets…”

Full Story: http://news.yahoo.com/thousands-march-hong-kong-against-erosion-media-freedoms-133217188–sector.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory

SOURCE:  Yahoo News

21 Year Old Get’s a $250 an Hour Gig with General Mills

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An out-of-work, 21-year-old tinkerer’s persistence and innovative thinking helped him land an $250-an-hour gig designing a granola-texture analyzer for General Mills Inc. as part of the company’s open-call initiative for inventors…”

Full Story:  http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/morning_roundup/2014/02/young-inventor-general-mills-granola.html?ana=twt

SOURCE:  Bizjournals

Meet the Newest Members of the Silicon Valley Billionaires Club

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What a difference five years can make. In 2009, Brian Acton was searching for a job. After 11 years as an engineer at Yahoo — he was the company’s 44th hire — he’d left in 2007. He’d quit alongside fellow Yahoo alum Jan Koum, and the two spent a year traveling through South America…”

Full Story:  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/meet-silicon-valleys-newest-billionaires-the-yahoo-alums-who-co-founded-whatsapp/

SOURCE:  CBS News

Bluetooth E-Cigarette Lets You Receive Calls & Listen to Music

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Fumbling for your phone while smoking an e-cigarette can be such a drag. With the new Supersmoker Bluetooth e-cigarette, you’ll be able to receive calls right from your e-cig. For 79 euros (or $108), the Supersmoker Bluetooth also acts as a speaker for your music…”

Full Story: https://www.yahoo.com/tech/bluetooth-e-cigarette-lets-you-receive-calls-and-listen-77079339081.html

SOURCE:  Yahoo Tech

LinkedIn Just Became a Little More Like Facebook

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LinkedIn is attempting to become more like Facebook by encouraging all members to generate a steady stream of shareable articles, a perk once available only to well-known business personalities.

The move, which the company hopes will generate more interest in the site, comes two weeks after LinkedIn disclosed that page views slipped for the second consecutive quarter…”

Full Story:  https://www.yahoo.com/tech/linkedin-just-became-a-little-more-like-facebook-77175135247.html

SOURCE:  Yahoo Tech

Google Wants to Protect Your Password with Sound

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Google has purchased SlickLogin, a three-person startup out of Tel Aviv, to help bolster the search giant’s two-step authentication efforts.

Today, if you’re looking to fortify your Google account beyond a single password, the two-step authentication process consists of you first logging in with your password, and then entering a second verification code that’s sent to your phone by way of a text message, a phone call or by using Google’s Authenticator app (which basically turns your phone into one of those number-cycling RSA keyfobs).

SlickLogin would ostensibly automate second stage of this verification. Instead of having to wait for a call or a text message or having to fumble around with the Authenticator app, you’d apparently just place your phone next to your computer.

According to the AFP:

The technology involves sending barely audible sounds through computer speakers and then having the users’ smartphones recognize…

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The U. S. Get’s Ready for Bitcoin ATM’s

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Austin and Seattle will get the first machines later this month, making it easier for consumers to use the virtual currency and benefiting companies that accept it.

Bitcoin automated teller machiness will soon become available in the U.S., potentially increasing the customer base for businesses that accept the digital currency…”

Full Story:  http://www.inc.com/will-yakowicz/first-us-bitcoin-atms-seattle-austin.html?cid=sf01001

SOURCE:  Inc.com