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Corning says its upcoming glass ‘approaches’ sapphire in scratch resistance

A few months ago, Corning unveiled the latest revision of its signature Gorilla Glass. Yet again, the company claimed to have produced a stronger glass that’s more resistant to common drops and accidents that your smartphone can experience in everyday use. Since it’s still so new, only a tiny list of manufacturers (including Samsung) are using Gorilla Glass 4 at this point, but Corning is already looking ahead to what’s next. Today, as reported by CNET, the company announced Project Phire, a new product that promises to combine Gorilla Glass 4’s damage resistance with “scratch resistance that approaches sapphire.”

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Samsung won’t use the Snapdragon 810 processor in its Galaxy S6 due to overheating, says report

For years now, Samsung has been using a mix of its own Exynos processors — primarily in its native Korea and developing markets — and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips to power its phones, but its next flagship phone may eschew the Qualcomm option. A report from Bloomberg this morning states that Samsung will be “dropping its use of a Qualcomm Inc. chip that overheated during the Korean company’s testing,” with the part in question being the latest and most powerful Snapdragon 810 variant. If leaked pictures of the Galaxy S6 are to be believed, Samsung’s next major smartphone release will be built using an all-metal back, which is likely to have contributed to the thermal challenges the company has encountered in its testing.

LG has already…

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Mt. Gox CEO says he isn’t Silk Road’s Dread Pirate Roberts

Mark Karpeles, the CEO of stricken Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, has denied any involvement in the online black market Silk Road.

Earlier today in the trial of Ross Ulbricht, accused of running Silk Road under the pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts, a DHS agent said under cross examination that Karpeles had been a prime suspect in the investigation before attention fell on Ulbricht. Lawyers for the defense implied, if not outright argued, that Karpeles was the real Dread Pirate Roberts and had wanted to artificially inflate the value of Bitcoin.

“I have nothing to do with Silk Road.”

But Karpeles has outright ridiculed the suggestion in an email to Motherboard. “This is probably going to be disappointing for you, but I am not Dread Pirate…

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China criticizes US and Sony Pictures, says The Interview is ‘nothing to be proud of’

China has given its first hint of its stance on the Sony Pictures hack and The Interview, and Americans will likely be displeased. An editorial in The Global Times, a paper run by the state’s Communist Party, largely sides with North Korea and strongly criticizes The Interview.

The editorial reads, in part, that “any civilized world will oppose hacker attacks or terror threats. But a movie like The Interview, which makes fun of the leader of an enemy of the US, is nothing to be proud of for Hollywood and US society.” It continues, “No matter how the US society looks at North Korea and Kim Jong Un, Kim is still the leader of the country. The vicious mocking of Kim is only a result of senseless cultural arrogance.”

“The vicious mocking…

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Sony says it’s not caving on The Interview, but all of its promotional sites are gone

Despite making overtures that it has not “caved,” or “backed down,” in the face of hacker threats, Sony Pictures appears to have been quietly pulling each and every online promotion for its movie, The Interview. As of Friday evening, the film’s website, Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube channel (plus trailers from Sony Pictures’ channel) have all disappeared without so much as a note that suggests they’d be back.

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Uber restricts God View but needs to come clean on usage policy, says US senator

Uber has responded to concerns over the company’s privacy policy, after it was reported last month that one of its employees tracked a journalist’s location using an internal tool called “God View.” In a letter to Senator Al Franken, the company says employee Josh Mohrer tracked BuzzFeed News reporter Johana Bhuiyan because she was “30 minutes late” to a meeting, and he wanted to meet her in the lobby. Uber adds that Mohrer showed “poor” judgment in using God View to access Bhuiyan’s data, and that he was disciplined “accordingly.”

The letter, published on Franken’s website, comes in response to a letter the Minnesota senator sent in November, inquiring about the company’s privacy policies. In its response, Uber says it has curtailed…

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Google Glass will return in 2015 with Intel inside, says WSJ

2015 will see Google launch a new model of its Glass headset, which will be powered by an Intel chip and offer longer battery life than the current Explorer Edition, according to The Wall Street Journal. Google Glass has already been through a couple of small iterative upgrades — one to add compatibility with prescription lenses and another to double the RAM — but the shift to a new processor could signal a more thorough overhaul of the entire wearable.

Limited battery life and a forbidding, four-figure price tag have militated against Glass’ widespread adoption up until now. With a more modern processor and a refreshed design, it could see consumer interest rekindled, though Intel seems more interested in promoting Glass as a workplace…

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Uber says it has discliplined its manager accused of tracking a journalist

Uber says it’s completed an investigation into one of its managers, who earlier this month was accused of improperly using the transportation company’s tools to track the travels of a journalist. Slate reports that the company has taken “disciplinary actions” against Josh Mohrer, general manager of Uber New York, though it’s currently unclear just what that means. Mohrer reportedly still has his same job at the company, and Uber officials are not making public any of their own findings into the matter.

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Democrats also used secret Twitter profile to circumvent election laws, says report

Earlier this week, the Republican party was discovered to have used Twitter to inform its fundraising groups of polling numbers during elections, potentially infringing on a rule that bars US political parties from “coordinating” with outside elements. But it appears that the GOP wasn’t alone in using Twitter to skirt regulations — according to The Huffington Post, the Democrats also used the micro-blogging service during 2012 elections to provide information on party ad campaigns to groups who weren’t technically allowed to receive the data directly.

The information appeared on the @AdBuyDetails Twitter account, with tweets mentioning a range of data, including the candidate for which the ads were purchased, the target age group it was…

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FTC says two bogus tech support operations scammed $120 million from customers

The Federal Trade Commission has temporarily closed two operations alleged to have tricked customers out of $ 120 million by providing bogus technical support. The commission has brought two cases against the groups, both of whom reportedly offered specious advice and fake security software to computer users, before charging money to “activate” the useless programs.

Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection said that both operations “prey on consumers’ lack of technical knowledge with deceptive pitches and high-pressure tactics to sell useless software and services to the tune of millions of dollars.” One of the FTC’s cases named a group that offered a piece of software known as “PC Cleaner” to consumers, a…

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