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Netflix, YouTube make up more than half of ‘downstream’ Internet traffic in North America

Netflix and YouTube made up more than half of all “downstream” Internet traffic in North America for the first time, while use of the BitTorrent protocol to access pirated material fell in the U.S. for the first time, suggesting a Read More →

Facebook warning users who were affected by Adobe’s security breach

We’ve all been cautioned against using the same password for multiple online accounts. Here’s a good example of the risks therein: Facebook and some other online companies are warning users that their accounts may have been compromised by a recent Read More →

Android snares more than four-fifths of smartphone market

Despite Apple's cachet for coolness, Google's Android operating system continues to grab increasing share of the smartphone market. Android accounted for 81 percent of smartphone shipments during the third quarter of this year - the first time it has owned more Read More →

Quoted: S.F. mayor Ed Lee on tech workers in his city

"At the end of the day, tech workers are not robots: they feel, they think, they have values." — Ed Lee, mayor of San Francisco, talks to New York Times Magazine about the tech industry and what it has Read More →

Off topic: Kurt Vonnegut letter, PG-13, ancient and modern archery, ‘Get Lucky’ parody

"Make a face in your mashed potatoes. Pretend you're Count Dracula," replied Kurt Vonnegut to a group of high school students who wrote him, urging them to "experience becoming." On the rise of violence in films Read More →

Report: Despite problems, Apple Maps wrested iPhone users from Google

One might think after all the bad press it endured, Apple's maps program would be completely flop, but the reality is quite different. Read More →

Angry birds on Twitter: Randi Zuckerberg’s Veterans Day book promotion ruffles feathers

Randi Zuckerberg has been busy — reality TV, production studio — since leaving her position as a marketing manager at Facebook, her brother's company, a few years ago. Her latest move is ruffling some feathers on Twitter today:

Intel honored for helping members of the military

Santa Clara chipmaker Intel has won two awards for its efforts in hiring members of the National Guard and Reserve. The company on Friday won the Extraordinary Employer Support Award for sustained support of the National Guard and Reserve Service. The Read More →

Quoted: on Instagram, witnesses, crime and more

"We will get you in time." — from a post by Instagram account rats215. The account — which the Philadelphia Inquirer reports has outed more than 30 witnesses to crimes since February — became inaccessible late last week. The Read More →

Off topic: Conflict food, word maps, not so wonderful reviews, werewolf syndrome, Twitter bios

Conflict food — it's what's for dinner at a Pittsburgh restaurant. Etymology maps show the words for apple, bear and more in different European countries. "Small children will punch you in the back" and other bad TripAdvisor Read More →
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