Tom Brant

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Google to Run Exclusively on Renewable Energy by 2017
Google

Google to Run Exclusively on Renewable Energy by 2017

It is ramping up investments in wind and solar power for its data centers.
AT&T's New DirecTV Now the Latest to Enter Streaming Content Wars
DirecTV

AT&T's New DirecTV Now the Latest to Enter Streaming Content Wars

Launching this week, DirecTV Now is poised to be a catch-all solution for TV aficionados who have yet to cut their cord.
Instagram Adds Live Video With a Twist
Instagram

Instagram Adds Live Video With a Twist

The Facebook-owned app is further encroaching on Snapchat's territory.
Snowden Is Not Worried About a Trump Presidency
Donald Trump

Snowden Is Not Worried About a Trump Presidency

But he acknowledges the fight to ensure people's privacy from government snooping won't get any easier under Trump.
Giphy to Offer Tool for Converting Vines to GIFs
Vine

Giphy to Offer Tool for Converting Vines to GIFs

Following the announcement of Vine's shuttering, Giphy wants to enable Vines to live on as GIFs.
Facebook to Loosen Restrictions on Controversial Posts
Facebook

Facebook to Loosen Restrictions on Controversial Posts

Future posts might not be removed even if they violate Facebook's guidelines, as long as they are considered newsworthy.
Rumor: New MacBook Pro to Ditch Regular USB Ports
Apple

Rumor: New MacBook Pro to Ditch Regular USB Ports

USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 would be the sole connecters on the Pro refresh, according to a Japanese blog.
What to Expect at Google's Oct. 4 Event
Google

What to Expect at Google's Oct. 4 Event

Look for new Pixel smartphones, connected home products, a 4K Chromecast and more.
Volkswagen Modified a Beetle to Get Porsche-Like Speed
Volkswagen

Volkswagen Modified a Beetle to Get Porsche-Like Speed

A highly modified Beetle LSR reached 205mph.
Instagram Rolls Out Option to Save Posts as Drafts
Instagram

Instagram Rolls Out Option to Save Posts as Drafts

Posting latergrams just got a lot easier.
British Philosophers Consider the Ethics of a Robotic Future
Robots

British Philosophers Consider the Ethics of a Robotic Future

A standards document offers guidelines on robot-human relationships and more.
How a Blurry Cow Highlights Weaknesses in Google's Face Recognition
Google

How a Blurry Cow Highlights Weaknesses in Google's Face Recognition

The search engine's algorithms accidentally blurred a cow's face in the name of privacy.
The Defense Department Wants to Spin Off the NSA
NSA

The Defense Department Wants to Spin Off the NSA

An independent NSA could free up DOD resources for more cyberattacks, assuming they can find enough programmers.
AdBlock to Sell and Whitelist 'Acceptable' Ads
Marketing Bootcamp

AdBlock to Sell and Whitelist 'Acceptable' Ads

A new platform will whitelist pre-approved ads, boosting AdBlock's revenue.