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ReadWriteWeb is a blog that provides analysis of web products and trends. One of the world's top 20 blogs, ReadWriteWeb speaks to an intelligent audience of web enthusiasts, early adopters and innovators.

ReadWriteWeb was founded on April 20, 2003 by Richard MacManus and is now one of the most widely read and respected blogs in the world. It is written by a team of Web enthusiasts.

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    Beware: Your Supervisor May Soon Read Your Slack Messages

    25th November 2014 18:54

    Slack, the workplace communications tool for group chats, will introduce a new feature for its Slack Plus tier of service on January 1—and employees may not like it very much. Aimed at large companies, Plus has a new "Compliance Exports" feature that could chill any employee chatter: It allows your boss to view your Slack messages, including private direct messages to coworkers, as well as all versions of the messages you’ve edited. See also: Inside Slack: How A Billion-Dollar Email-Killer Gets Work…

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    Sophisticated Malware Regin Linked To NSA, British Intelligence

    25th November 2014 16:17

    When cybersecurity firm Symantec uncovered the sophisticated malware Regin over the weekend, its analysts reported that it was most likely created by a national intelligence agency. Now, new reports suggest that the malware was a tool of the U.S. National Security Administration and British intelligence. See also: Meet Regin, Government-Created Spyware That's Been Active Since 2008Based upon a combination of technical sources and its own technical analysis, a report in the Intercept concludes that a previously disclosed U.S. and U.K. attack on…

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    Gear For The Maker: ReadWrite's 2014 Gift Guide

    25th November 2014 10:39

    Makers and DIY hardware hackers know better than anyone that technology is awesome when you know how to use it. This year, we've made a list of toys for any kind of maker, whether they specialize in drones, 3D printing, or Raspberry Pi. Give the gift of education and creativity this year with one of these awesome kits for doing just about any tech project yourself. Hardware HackingOur pick: Pimoroni Unicorn HAT, $38We saw two new Raspberry Pi models in 2014,…

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    Here Comes the iPhone Safari Browser, Starring … Bing?

    25th November 2014 09:20

    iPhone and Mac users, brace yourself for change: Google’s tenure as the Safari default search engine for Apple’s phones, tablets and computers will expire next year, sources tell The Information. If true, the sudden opening could set off a mad scramble to lay claim to all of your Web searches.The unnamed sources told The Information’s Amir Efrati that Yahoo and Microsoft have already started courting Apple's Eddy Cue, its senior vice president of Internet products and services, as they vie…

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    Turns Out The Samsung Galaxy S5 Tanked Outside The U.S.

    24th November 2014 20:30

    The bleeding in Samsung’s mobile business hasn't stopped, and not even its own flagship could stanch it. The Wall Street Journal reports that, despite its strong start and popularity in the United States, sales of the company’s Galaxy S5 smartphone fell far short of expectations—as much as 40% less than projections pegged.Now Samsung co-chief and mobile honcho J.K. Shin could have reason to fear for his job. The Galaxy S5 reportedly sold 12 million units over its first three months of…

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    "Big Data Ethics" Sound Great, But They Won't Stop The NSA—Or Facebook

    24th November 2014 18:23

    It was worth a shot. At the recent Strata Conference in Barcelona, Hadoop founder Doug Cutting took to the stage to argue for a new era of Big Data ethics."It’s time for us to reflect as we enter this new data age on how we want it to work," Cutting declared. "This is the time when the practices and policies we want will be set for the coming decades."Cutting is right, of course. But he's also too late. By open sourcing Hadoop…

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    Leaked FAA Proposal Forecasts Turbulence For Drone Rules

    24th November 2014 17:14

    Federal guidelines for commercial-drone use may be even harsher than expected, the Wall Street Journal reports.The WSJ apparently got hold of the FAA’s drafted rules through anonymous sources. Among other restrictions, the prospective rules would require drone operators to hold a pilot’s license and would ban drone flights outside of daylight hours.Currently, the FAA requires would-be commercial-drone operators to obtain case-by-case basis approval. Efforts to lift the restrictions have been slow. The FAA has been working on guidelines for the better…

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    8 Things Startups Should Consider Before Entering A Collaboration

    24th November 2014 16:00

    Guest author Scott Gerber is founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council.Partnering with another company can be great for both parties involved—or it can end in disaster. Collaboration can be tempting for a quick sales fix, but do your due diligence first.To learn more, we polled eight members of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) on the questions you should ask before saying yes to collaboration, and the red flags to look out for during early discussions. Their best answers are below.Figure Out…

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    Meet Regin, Government-Created Spyware That's Been Active Since 2008

    24th November 2014 15:05

    Symantec has uncovered yet another sophisticated, malware-based spying tool, dubbed “Regin,” apparently the latest spyware tool created by a national government agency.The company's research, published Sunday, identifies Regin—also known as Backdoor.Regin—as a Trojan virus that exhibits “a degree of technical competence rarely seen” on behalf of its creators. Its purpose appears to be mass surveillance of government organizations, businesses, researchers, and individuals. And it's been on the loose since 2008. Writes Symantec:It is likely that its development took months, if…

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    Download Your Google Data With One Click

    24th November 2014 15:00

    <em>&nbsp;Editor's Note: This post was originally published by our partners at <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/tech/Export-Gmail-Emails-32827675">PopSugarTech</a><a href="http://Editor's Note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugarTech. "></a>.&nbsp;</em>Nothing is truly permanent—especially on the Internet—so Google is working towards allowing users access to e-mails anytime, even long after the company's online services are gone. Google offers a one-click export system to download a copy of your data from Gmail and Google Calendar.Previously, users had to turn to not-always-effective third party backup or extraction…

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    How Starbucks Could Take Wireless Charging Mainstream

    24th November 2014 14:00

    Offering a shot of one-stop convenience, Starbucks began its roll-out of free Powermat wireless charging last week. The Seattle, Wash.–based coffee purveyor equipped roughly 200 stores in San Francisco with the technology, ahead of a nationwide launch next year.I stopped by a location in Levi Plaza to check out the system and see if it lives up to the promise. There could be no in-between: It would either be a cool new convenience or a lame, over-hyped feature. See also: How To…

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    Why The Hortonworks IPO Could Jeopardize Other Big Data Companies

    21st November 2014 18:35

    We're finally going to get a Big Data IPO, with Hortonworks filing its S-1 this month. Yet I'm not hearing much cheering from the people who have the most to gain in the short term: venture capitalists. In fact, over the course of the last two weeks, I've talked with a number of VCs and each of them has expressed the same concern:Hortonworks filed to go public way too early.Given its still shaky financials, the risk isn't merely that Hortonworks…

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    Would-Be TV Disrupter Aereo Files For Chapter 11 Reorganization

    21st November 2014 14:55

    Broadcast TV streamer Aereo filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 Friday. The Boston-based startup has been slowly shuttering for months since its Supreme Court loss in June. The court that Aereo's service, which intercepted airborne television signals for its subscribers with tiny individual antennae and send them to its users online, violated copyright law. “The U.S. Supreme Court decision effectively changed the laws that had governed Aereo’s technology, creating regulatory and legal uncertainty,” wrote CEO and Founder Chet Kanojia. "And while our…

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    You Can Now Send Tweets—And Other Links—In Twitter Direct Messages

    21st November 2014 14:39

    Twitter announced Thursday that users can now share public tweets inside direct messages.If that announcement struck you as a headscratcher—couldn't you do that before?—you're not wrong. You've long been able to include links to a tweet's detail page in a private message on Twitter. But especially on mobile devices, that's been a cumbersome, multistep process.Twitter now makes it a feature that's easily available by pressing down on a tweet for a longer period, which could encourage more people to have…

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    Sweden's Sexism Test For Games Is A Great Idea

    21st November 2014 14:20

    Editor's Note: This was originally published by our partners at Kill Screen. Those social justice warriors known as the Swedes are at it again! Last year, four Swedish cinemas started indicating whether the films they screened passed the exceedingly low bar set by Bechdel Test for female representation.Now Dataspelsbranchen, Sweden’s videogames industry organization, is considering putting a label on future games produced in the country denoting whether or not they promote gender equality. Good on Dataspelsbranchen.See also: Call Of Duty Doesn't…