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Holy Hemihelix! Scientists Discover a Bizarre Twist

Researchers have figured out how to create a natural helix that looks like the tangle in a telephone cord — and that discovery could lead to new kinds of circuitry.The new twist is called a "hemihelix," and it's not really that new.

FCC Proposal Could Be End of 'Net Neutrality': Report

The Federal Communications Commission plans to propose new rules for Internet service providers that would effectively end the concept of "Net neutrality," according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

Holy Hemihelix! Scientists Harness the Power of a Bizarre Twist

Researchers have figured out how to create a natural helix that looks like the tangle in a telephone cord — and that discovery could lead to new kinds of circuitry.The new twist is called a "hemihelix," and it's not really that new.

Facebook's Mobile Ads Surge, CFO to Step Down

Facebook's mobile advertising business continued to accelerate in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social networking company top Wall Street's revenue target.Shares of Facebook were up nearly 3 percent at $63.05 in after-hours trading Wednesday.

Apple Profit Beats Forecast, Splits Shares and Boosts Dividend

Apple posted quarterly earnings and revenue that topped estimates Wednesday and announced a 7-for-1 stock split and an 8-percent dividend increase.The news sent Apple stock soaring over 8 percent in after-hours trading in New York.The company reported earnings of $11.62 a share, on revenue of $45.

Facebook Beats Estimates, CFO to Step Down

Facebook's stock first dropped, then rose, after the company reported earnings that beat investor expectations Wednesday.Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman also said he would step down from the company on June 1, to be succeeded by David Wehner, former CEO of Zynga.

Zynga Founder Mark Pincus Steps Down From All Operational Roles

Pincus, who founded the social gaming company in 2007, will no longer have employees under his purview.

Apple Profit Beats Forecast, Splits Shares 7-for-1

Apple posted quarterly earnings and revenue that topped estimates Wednesday, and announced a 7-for-1 stock split.The company reported earnings of $11.62 a share, on revenue of $45.6 billion. Analysts expected the company to report earnings excluding items of $10.18 a share on $43.

Facebook CFO David Ebersman is Stepping Down

David Ebersman -- the CFO who took Facebook public and attracted scrutiny for its rocky initial ride -- is departing the company later this year.

A is For Apple, B is For Bing's Classroom-Safe Search Mode

Microsoft has announced that its "Bing in the Classroom" program is exiting beta and will now be free to access for any school system. The service allows students to search the Web without being bothered with ads or adult content.

Google Glass Exec Calls Public Backlash a 'Necessary Symptom'

Google Glass has faced continual criticism over its polarizing design, potential privacy issues and the high price of units — all before the product launches.

Heartbleed Flaw Lurks in Android Apps Downloaded by Millions

Some 150 million downloads of Android mobile apps may be vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug, new security research has found.

Scientists Monitor Huge Iceberg That Broke Off From Antarctica

Scientists are monitoring an iceberg roughly six times the size of Manhattan -- one of the largest now in existence -- that broke off from an Antarctic glacier and is heading into the open ocean.

#MyNYPD: Why It's Impossible to Control Online Conversation

The failed #MyNYPD Twitter campaign is the latest example of a big organization attempting to rustle up goodwill, only to find that the open nature of social media makes it impossible to control the conversation.

Facebook Gets U.S. Antitrust Approval to Buy Oculus

Social network giant Facebook Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy Oculus VR Inc, a two-year-old maker of virtual reality goggles, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.Facebook said on March 25 that it planned to buy Oculus for $2 billion in its first-ever hardware deal.

Internet Speeds Are Rising Sharply, But So Are Hack Attacks

A new "state of the Internet" report shows more people around the world are connected, and they're doing so at faster speeds. But as the Internet grows, so does the number of cyberattacks.

Google Turns Street View Into a Time Machine

Google Maps added its massive photo archive to Street View, giving users access to a "time machine" that lets them explore a location's past.

HBO is Coming to Amazon Fire TV ... Kind Of

Tony Soprano is coming to Amazon Fire TV. The dragons from “Game of Thrones,” however, are taking their sweet time.When Amazon Fire TV launched earlier this month, many critics liked the device, but had two complaints: The voice search did not work for services like Netflix and there was no HBO GO.

What's Aereo? And Why Is Everyone Talking About It?

The future of TV is being decided by the Supreme Court right now. The tech startup Aereo is being sued by networks like NBC and others for streaming network content without paying licensing fees.

Brazil Conference to Sound Off on Future of Internet, NSA Spying

A global conference in Brazil on the future of the Internet in the wake of U.S. spying revelations might be much less anti-American than first thought after Washington said it was willing to loosen its control over the Web.

Video: Dorian Nakamoto Thanks Bitcoin Community For Donations

Dorian Nakamoto, the man alleged by Newsweek to be the creator of cryptocurrency bitcoin, appeared in a video Tuesday to once more deny the allegations and thank the people who had donated to a fundraiser benefiting his family.

What's Aereo? And Why Is Everyone Talking About It?

Re/code Senior Editor Amy Schatz explains why Internet TV provider Aereo is making waves and what it means for the future of television.

Google Agreed to Pick Up Some of Samsung's Legal Defense in Apple Case

Apple has sued Samsung for infringement of five patents and argued it should have to pay upwards of $2 billion.

Explore the Ship from 'Star Trek: Voyager' with Oculus Rift

Ever dream of flying through the Delta Quadrant on the deck of the USS Voyager?Now you can … kind of.

You, Too, Can Now Get the New Twitter Design

The Twitter redesign, first unveiled earlier this month, is now available to anybody who wants it.

Fan TV's $99 Cable Box Coming to Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable has signed on with an upstart TV set-top box that streams both cable TV and online video.

Aereo App Battles TV Networks in Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Tuesday wrestled with a case that could change the future of television — a fight between the networks and an online startup that relays their shows to customers for a fee.

Syria's Foreign Fighters Use Social Media As Recruitment Tool

A new video posted on YouTube claims to show a British jihadist in Syria touring a militant base and unveiling the austere living conditions of extremist fighters there.“We wanted to show you the basic living of the brothers in this base,” says the man in the video with a distinct English accent.

Shoot First, Set Focus Later: Lytro's New 'Illum' Camera Debuts

Lytro impressed the tech world in 2012 with an ambitious camera that let the user adjust the focus (among other things) after a photo was taken. Two years later, the company is announcing a more powerful, more ergonomic and more expensive follow-up to the original.

WhatsApp Hits 500 Million Users

The mobile messaging app maker WhatsApp, bought by Facebook for $19 billion, hit a big milestone yesterday: It has 500 million active monthly users.


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