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3:44pm

Sat January 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Aaron Swartz, Reddit Cofounder And Online Activist, Dead At 26

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 6:54 am

Aaron Swartz co-authored RSS and founded the company that later became the social media website Reddit.
Boston Globe via Getty Images

He was 14 when he co-authored RSS and later helped found the company that would become the social media website Reddit. Internet activist Aaron Swartz was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment, authorities said Saturday. He was 26.

Update at 7:42 p.m.: Swartz To Be Remembered For 'Technological Virtuosity':

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6:14am

Sat January 12, 2013
All Tech Considered

Why Are Investors In Like With Facebook Again?

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 5:23 pm

Why Is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Smiling? Maybe because someone might be willing to pay $100 to send him a message.
Paul Sakuma AP

If you're a casual observer of the stock market, the last time you tuned in to what was happening with Facebook's stock was probably last May.

In those days after the company's long-anticipated initial public offering, its price was diving daily — exactly the opposite of what many had expected given the hype leading up to Facebook's IPO.

The IPO itself was full of technical problems — many buyers weren't sure if their orders went through. And then there were questions about whether Facebook could figure out how to make money in its fastest-growing segment — mobile.

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1:28pm

Fri January 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Computer Users Should Disable Java 7 Owing To Security Flaw, Experts Say

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 3:43 pm

Millions of computer users who run the most recent versions of Oracle's Java software should disable the product owing to security flaws, says the cybersecurity section of the Department of Homeland Security. The agency says, "Web browsers using the Java 7 plug-in are at high risk."

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4:28am

Thu January 10, 2013

1:28am

Thu January 10, 2013
Digital Life

In Video-Streaming Rat Race, Fast Is Never Fast Enough

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 11:55 am

Tommy Ingberg iStockphoto.com

On average, YouTube streams 4 billion hours of video per month. That's a lot of video, but it's only a fraction of the larger online-streaming ecosystem. For video-streaming services, making sure clips always load properly is extremely challenging, and a new study reveals that it's important to video providers, too.

Maybe this has happened to you: You're showing a friend some hilarious video that you found online. And right before you get to the punch line, a little loading dial pops up in the middle of the screen.

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