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eBay will ask you to change your password today after an attack

eBay has announced today that users of the popular service should change their passwords immediately due to a cyber attack that compromised a database containing encrypted passwords. A press release sent out by the company stresses that only non-financial data was affected.

Hastily investigating the matter, eBay found no evidence of any unauthorized access to financial or credit card information, but we strongly urge all readers to pop into their accounts and make the change regardless.

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Google overtakes Apple to become the most valuable brand in the world

Google is now the most valuable brand in the world. According to global market research agency Millward Brown, Google's brand value increased by 40 percent in a single year to $158.84 billion, edging out Apple's $148 billion, which saw a decline of 20 percent. Google has been making its way up the list steadily after overtaking IBM to take the second spot last year.

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Netflix bringing its streaming goodness to more Europeans later this year

Netflix is about to spread its wings and fly to several new European countries as part of a sizeable expansion plan later this year. Without being too specific on when, the streaming video service announced that Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg are the lucky six.

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Luxi for All: This Kickstarter project wants to bring a real light meter to mobile

Professional photographers who use a light meter can now use their phones instead to get proper exposure information thanks to the Luxi Kickstarter campaign. Luxi, which was previously available for iPhone, is now expanding the campaign to support Android and iPad tablets.

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Major iWork for iCloud update brings increased collaboration and larger file sizes

Apple has rolled out an update for its web-based iWork suite in iCloud. The update brings a number of new features across all three applications, including Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. As part of the update, users can now collaborate with up to 100 people, up from 50 prior, as well as work on larger file sizes, up to 1 GB each. Users can also create 2D and interactive charts in all three applications as well. There are also additional features for each of the three apps.

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Twitter no longer mulling SoundCloud acquisition

We had reported that Twitter is considering making a bid to acquire German music service SoundCloud, but now it appears that the social network is no longer interested in a deal.

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The Fitbit channel on IFTTT lets you automate based on your activity

One of the leading fitness bands out there, Fitbit, now plugs into the service that plugs into everything else, IFTTT. Between these two, you can set up handy if-this-then-that tasks that automagically kick in with the right triggers. New Fitbit triggers include daily activity summary, daily goals achieved (steps, distance, calorie burn, etc.), and sleep data. On the action side, outside applications can now log heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose, and weight from connected channels into the Fitbit service. Examples of IFTTT recipes include sending you an iOS notification if you don't meet your daily exercise goal, or logging sleep data in a Google Docs spreadsheet.

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Verizon to flip the switch on nationwide HD Voice VoLTE in a few months

Verizon has just announced their plans to start rolling out voice over LTE, also known as HD Voice and VoLTE. The system should be rolling out over the next couple of months, and enable high-quality audio calling provided both users are in an area with a VoLTE network and are using supporting handsets. They'll be using AMR-wideband to deploy HD Voice. Verizon promises this upgrade will also include the ability to instantly hand off to a video call, and will eventually lead to improved file transfer size, group messaging, and location sharing.

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Apple lawyers claim Samsung lawyer's 'jihadist' comparisons are making talks difficult, Samsung says Apple's being difficult

Apple and Samsung were revealed to be in fresh settlement talks to put these billion-dollar lawsuits behind them, but it turns out that talking smack about each other over the past few years whilst being engaged in said lawsuits has made things, shall we say… difficult. In fact, judging by the tone of statements issued by both lawyers to the court that ordered, one might think they don't even want this to work and just want to spend the next decade litigating. Anything's possible, we suppose.

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Watch all the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games from your iPhone and iPad

This morning the BBC has announced its plans for domestic coverage of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and it's good news for mobile watchers. Via the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport apps for smartphones, tablets and Smart TVs as well as on the web you'll be able to watch live and on-demand coverage of every minute of action from the games.

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