Google Takes The Chromecast Beyond The U.S. — To 11 Markets In Europe & Canada

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Google’s USB dongle, the Chromecast, which plugs into your TV so you can stream Google’s browser/OS over your Wi-Fi network to the big screen to watch terrible quality YouTube clips on your HDTV, has launched in 11 more markets.

The Chromecast debuted in the U.S. last July, costing $35. It’s finally now launching elsewhere, with Google expanding availability — mostly to Europe. The additional 11 Chromecast markets are: Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the U.K.

Google is selling the Chromecast via its own Google Play store in the aforementioned markets, and also via retailers including Amazon, Currys PC World, Elkjøp, FNAC, Saturn and Media Markt.

In the U.K. the Chromecast costs £30 from the Google Play store. So it’s not quite as cheap as in the U.S. (as per usual for gadgetry crossing the pond).

In a blog announcing Chromecast’s European (and Canadian) expansion, Google…

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Turkey Blocks Google DNS, YouTube Could Be Next

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The social media crackdown in Turkey continues, as the country has moved to block backdoor access to communications services like Twitter through Google DNS. YouTube, another service offered by the global search giant, might be next after refusing to remove videos alleging government corruption.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government called the ban a “preventive measure” after the service had been used by citizens to spread allegations of corruption within the government. “Twitter has been used as a means to carry out systematic character assassinations by circulating illegally acquired recordings, fake and fabricated records of wiretapping,” the government said in a statement.

After Twitter users found themselves unable to access Twitter beginning Thursday, many turned to Google’s DNS service as a way to circumvent the ban. That proved only a temporary solution, however, as the government has removed access to that service as well.

Of course, there are other…

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The Awesome Easter Egg In Sergey Brin’s Old Resume

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Sergey Brin probably doesn’t need a resume anymore.

Back when he was a student at Stanford, however, it was a different story. You couldn’t just Google him. He had to lay out his achievements in a boring text doc like any other non-19th-richest-person-on-the-planet.

Someone stumbled upon his old Stanford student site (complete with totally awesome 90’s GIFs), and it’s been spreading around all day.

His now decades-old resume details his many projects and publications that lead up to one big project in particular — from developing “parallel algorithms for image processing” to working on “indexing multidimensional data for near-neighbor searches”. You know, the usual stuff.

The best part, though, is tucked away somewhere the casual observer generally wouldn’t think to look: the source. As highlighted by commenter pitchups on HackerNews, his resume contains a bit of fine print visible only within the page’s source code, detailing Brin’s mid-90s objectives:

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Report: Apple Considers Building An On-Demand Music Service To Take On Spotify

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Apple already has iTunes Radio, but it’s hoping to go further in the direction of on-demand music, according to a report in Billboard that cites “three people familiar with the talks” between Apple and music labels.

To be clear, Billboard describes these as “exploratory talks,” so it doesn’t sound like anything is definite. Citing Nielsen SoundScan, the article also points to double-digit declines in iTunes music sales in the United States as big reason for these discussions.

At the risk of stating the obvious, iTunes Radio allows users to listen to a range of Internet radio stations (similar to Pandora), while an on-demand service would allow you to listen to the songs you choose when you choose (similar to Spotify). Apple has been reportedly been developing new mobile ad technology with a focus on iTunes Radio, so a new music service could also be a way to create new…

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Tuition-free education for the world: Shai Reshef at TED2014

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Shai Reshef. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Shai Reshef. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Shia Reshef believes higher education is a right, not a privilege. In January 2009, he founded University of the People (UoP), a virtual, tuition-free institution dedicated to opening up higher education to anyone in the world with a high school diploma and a willingness to learn — “regardless of who they are, where they live or what society says about them,” Reshef says at TED2014.

“We open the gates for every qualified student,” he says. “Any student from any part of the world with any Internet connection can study with us. We don’t use audio; we don’t use video; broadband isn’t necessary.” UoP currently serves students from 143 countries, including Syria, the US, South Africa, Jordan and Nigeria.

The way the university works is this, Reshef says: UoP keeps costs down by forgoing a brick-and-mortar institution and traditional textbooks, and by using volunteer staff…

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$100 Million Payday For Feedburner – This Deal Is Confirmed

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Rumors about Google acquiring RSS management company Feedburner from last week, started by ex-TechCrunch UK editor Sam Sethi , are accurate and are now confirmed according to a source close to the deal. Feedburner is in the closing stages of being acquired by Google for around $100 million. The deal is all cash and mostly upfront, according to our source, although the founders will be locked in for a couple of years.

The information we have is that the deal is now under a binding term sheet and will close in 2-3 weeks, and there is nothing that can really derail it at this point.

Huge congratulations to Feedburner. The company was founded in 2003 and has raised just $10 million in capital over two rounds. Portage Ventures funded their $1 million Series A round in 2004. The $9 million Series B round was closed in mid 2005 (second close…

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