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Read our letter to U.S. House and Senate leadership on how our surveillance laws should be changed. Then add your name to show your support. #United4NSAReform
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The latest intel from Germany suggests that Porsche will skip conventional engines with its planned baby Panamera and go straight for the EV.
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I really want to get excited, but I couldn't afford either car so . . . meh?

But damn that would be awesome.
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As more and more details from the Sony Pictures hack seep out into the internet, it's been easy—and to be honest a little fun—to take the voyeur's view. Dumb corporate powerpoints! Passwords in a folder literally called Password! Paul Blart 2 anything! But then you actually look at the full scope of what's out there and holy shit.
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A step forward for the Android Open Source world

There's a hidden gem in Nexus 9, which was announced by a short sentence in the middle of a reply in a long mailing-list thread:

"No proprietary binaries are needed for Volantis. The proprietary vendor binaries are on a separate 'vendor' partition."

Until now, in Android devices, the proprietary device-specific files that live underneath Android itself were stored in the same /system partition as the Android files.

This made sense from the point of view of software architecture, but it had a major drawback in the Open Source world: in order to distribute a functional system image of Android, it was necessary to also distribute those proprietary device-specific files, since those files were aggregated into the same distribution medium.

Starting with Nexus S, those files had been somewhat available, with two caveats: not all files were available for all devices, and the files that were available were controlled by licenses that allowed the most common use cases but didn't give the same freedom that can be expected for Open Source components.

On Nexus 9, things are different: those proprietary device-specific files are stored in a separate partition. As a result, it is now practical to distribute functional versions of the Android system without having to distribute or copy those proprietary files. Therefore it becomes possible to enjoy the freedoms associated with Open Source in a broader range of situations, including (e.g.) commercial distribution.

While Android has always been distributed under Open Source licenses (i.e. in the world of lawyers), this brings it closer to the spirit of the Free Software definition in the real world (i.e. in the world of hackers).

This makes me happy, as this is the conclusion of a task that had been started 3 1/2 years ago with Galaxy Nexus, and in which I had been closely involved when I worked on AOSP. Chances are, this is probably also the last aspect of Android to get released in which I've been closely involved while at Google.

https://groups.google.com/d/msg/android-building/bm3iwCrjO2s/wvtma5pYEEsJ

As usual, I'm not speaking on behalf of any past, present or future employer. Also, I'm not a lawyer, and this is therefore obviously not legal advice.
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"Send us an email at inbox@google.com between 3 and 4pm PT and you'll get your invite by 5pm"
Google's new Inbox is the hot new email app currently in invite-only stage. Although you can get it with a friend's help, here's a surefire way for the rest of us to get Inbox: Send an email between 3 and 4pm PT.
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I want this "chance of rain and sunroof is open" notification! 
Wonderful little study of designing for Android Wear!
1. DISCLAIMER: Tesla Motors Inc. was not involved and did not endorse neither the authors, nor Eleks Ltd. in the experiments and the application described in this article. When our Apple Watch Tesla App spreaded out, we were asked by Google, some Tesla drivers and lots of other folks to perform ...
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...and Comcast is part of the MPAA through NBCUniversal. http://goo.gl/Xr9blD
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Get ready to order FourthMeal with your smartphone. Taco Bell will today announce a new app that lets customers nationwide order food ahead of time and pick up their meal via drive-thru or by...
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I have had taco bell in a long time maybe it's time to go back. 
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