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How AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast are working together to screw you by "Discontinuing Landline Service"

(TL;DR summary: AT&T is buying entire legislatures to rewrite the laws to allow them to become a fully unregulated company with no wholesale obligations, creating a de-facto monopoly.
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Spec Sheet: comparing the Google Play Store's smartphones and tablets

Spec Sheet: comparing the Google Play Store's smartphones and tablets | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it
A lot of products come out each week — we don't highlight all of them, but all of them make it into The Verge Database. In Spec Sheet, a weekly series, we survey the latest product entries to...
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Oracle who? Fedora & openSUSE will replace MySQL with MariaDB | ZDNet

Oracle who? Fedora & openSUSE will replace MySQL with MariaDB | ZDNet | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it
Both Fedora and openSUSE will be replacing Oracle's MySQL with its open-source fork--MariaDB.
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Twitter reverts nearly all blocking changes after user uproar

Twitter reverts nearly all blocking changes after user uproar | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it
After user backlash over changes made to its "blocking" functionality, Twitter has swiftly reverted to its previous system for handling unwanted followers or viewers of public accounts. Back are...
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George W. Bush to embattled Alabama kicker: You will be stronger

George W. Bush to embattled Alabama kicker: You will be stronger | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it
Cade Foster, the University of Alabama kicker who struggled in the team’s shocking loss to Auburn last week, says he got some high-profiled support, in addition to backing from teammates: A letter of encouragement from President George W.
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Qualcomm Toq review: a brief glimpse at the future of smartwatches

Qualcomm Toq review: a brief glimpse at the future of smartwatches | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it
The perfect smartwatch is deceptively simple: give it a great, always-on, glanceable display. Make it last for days on a charge. And for goodness’ sake, make it look good — it’s on your wrist...
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Record for Worst Congress of All Time So Close Boehner Can Taste It

Record for Worst Congress of All Time So Close Boehner Can Taste It | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it
John Boehner speaks with the quiet assurance of a man on the brink of something big.
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2 million Facebook, Gmail and Twitter passwords stolen in massive hack

2 million Facebook, Gmail and Twitter passwords stolen in massive hack | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it
Two million passwords have been stolen, compromising accounts at Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, Yahoo and ADP.
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Microsoft considers free versions of Windows Phone and Windows RT to battle Android

Microsoft considers free versions of Windows Phone and Windows RT to battle Android | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it
Microsoft is considering making Windows Phone and Windows RT available free of charge to device makers. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge that free future...
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3 ways the super-rich suck wealth from the rest of us

3 ways the super-rich suck wealth from the rest of us | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it
The financial industry has, in effect, created a whole new share of global wealth
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Fox News Paid A Ton Of Money To Keep Its Secrets From Leaking

Fox News Paid A Ton Of Money To Keep Its Secrets From Leaking | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it
We now know what it reportedly takes to keep a fired Fox News executive from spilling the beans on all the juicy inner workings at the network: about $8 million.
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Chick-Fil-A Removing Artificial Dye, High Fructose Corn Syrup

Chick-Fil-A Removing Artificial Dye, High Fructose Corn Syrup | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) — Chick-fil-A says it's removing high-fructose corn syrup from its white buns and artificial dyes from its sauces and dressings as part of a push to improve its ingredients.
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Naked DNA gene therapy used to non-invasively cure heart disease | ExtremeTech

Naked DNA gene therapy used to non-invasively cure heart disease | ExtremeTech | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it
While many patients make an excellent recovery, the body does not readily forget the trauma of this now-familiar procedure.
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By cracking of A5/1 cellphone code, NSA has capability for broad eavesdropping on conversations

By cracking of A5/1 cellphone code, NSA has capability for broad eavesdropping on conversations | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it
The agency’s cracking of A5/1 gives it the means to decode potentially billions of calls and texts.
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Why Taser is paying millions in secret 'suspect injury or death' settlements

Why Taser is paying millions in secret 'suspect injury or death' settlements | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it
On the day before Thanksgiving this year, international stun gun and cop-cam company Taser International, Inc. announced it had given up its fight in two major legal battles over "suspect injury or...
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Software May Be Eating The World, But Open Source Software Is Eating Itself

Software May Be Eating The World, But Open Source Software Is Eating Itself | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it
Nothing sits still for long in the world of open source.
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The NSA is out of control and must be stopped

The NSA is out of control and must be stopped | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it
The National Security Agency is breaking trust in democracy by breaking trust in the internet. Every day, the NSA records the lives of millions of Americans and countless foreigners, collecting...
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Amen!

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Watch a pile of Lego bricks transform into an original Macintosh

This 30 second time lapse video of a Lego original Macintosh being built captures all that is fun about playing with Lego. You see a pile of bricks slowly morph into an object that is instantly recognizable.
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Spotify's Free Mobile Offering: Everything You Need to Know

Spotify's Free Mobile Offering: Everything You Need to Know | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it
Spotify on Wednesday expanded the free tier of its service to all devices, including smartphones and tablets.
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AT&T's gigabit service is $70 if you let it spy on your searches

AT&T's gigabit service is $70 if you let it spy on your searches | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it
AT&T plans to charge $70 a month for it’s gigabit service in Austin if users agree to let AT&T track their searches. This is a relatively new model for an ISP, although it has been tried elsewhere.
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Gotta love the Bell Sisters. They never change!

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For Steve Ballmer, a lasting touch on Microsoft - Fortune Tech

For Steve Ballmer, a lasting touch on Microsoft - Fortune Tech | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it
As Microsoft prepares to announce a new CEO, we ask Steve Ballmer to take a look at the legacy he leaves on the technology company.
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Nerd Vittles » Twofer Tuesday: Incredible PBX for RasPBX on BeagleBone Black and Raspberry Pi

Nerd Vittles » Twofer Tuesday: Incredible PBX for RasPBX on BeagleBone Black and Raspberry Pi | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it

Let’s quickly run down the new feature set for Incredible PBX 4.11.1 on the RasPBX platform. With the demise of Google Voice less than six months away, we thought it was important to begin offering some additional choices. With this build, you’ll have a dozen preconfigured VoIP trunks from the best providers in the business to choose from. Most offer outbound calls in the U.S. and Canada for a penny or less per minute. And many offer DID trunks with unlimited inbound calls for under $5 a month. 


We also wanted to provide a robust collection of Asterisk applications that let you bring up a fully-functional, feature-rich VoIP platform in a matter of minutes. As with all Incredible PBX builds, this release activates the Flite text-to-speech engine as well as Google’s TTS and STT interfaces. The Baker’s Dozen VoIP applications we’ve chosen for this initial release include free CallerID Name lookups for incoming calls, Voice Dialing with speech-to-text (STT) capability as well as Speed Dials, Yahoo News and Weather reports with text-to-speech (TTS) translation of the Yahoo news feeds, Weather Reports by ZIP code from the National Weather Service, MeetMe conferencing by simply dialing an extension, Telephone Reminders and Hotel-Style Wakeup Calls (both accessible by phone or via FreePBX GUI), Today in History, SMS messaging, Wolfram Alpha, and our versatile AsteriDex contacts database. We’ve also integrated the Incredible PBX automatic update service into the RasPBX build.

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Netflix Is Almost as Popular as Cable Among Young Adults

Netflix Is Almost as Popular as Cable Among Young Adults | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it
This chart shows the breakdown of which paid TV services Americans pay for based on their ages.
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Newsweek restarts the presses with return of printed magazine

Newsweek restarts the presses with return of printed magazine | Nerd Vittles Daily Dump | Scoop.it
Started in 1933 and publishing both within the US and internationally for 80 years, Newsweek is one of the best-known weekly magazines around. Its decision to cease print publication at the end of...
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