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JR Raphael is a writer as well as a mammal. His stories are syndicated in dozens of publications and frequently clicked on by cats pawing haphazardly at their owners’ phones.

With a reputation as both "a leading voice in the mobile space" and "a guy who makes up quotes about his reputation," JR spends much of his time these days covering Android and other parts of the Google universe. He launched the Android Power blog in 2010 to serve as an unfiltered home for his various mobile musings. The blog has since grown to include a diverse mix of analysis, hands-on impressions, and consumer advice (which, in the spirit of full disclosure, is alarmingly high in unsaturated fat).

Android Power aside, JR is a contributing editor at Computerworld, where he reviews phones, tablets, and other devices; a regular contributor to InfoWorld, where he writes long-form feature stories; and a contributor to several other publications. The Washington Post, NBCNews.com, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek are just a few of the places where his byline has appeared.

JR is a frequent guest on the TWiT Network’s All About Android show as well as Mobile Nations’ Android Central Podcast. He has appeared on ABC World News and been cited in such places as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and USA Today. He was even quoted in Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of Steve Jobs (yes, really!).

Despite his refusal to comb his hair, JR’s work has been honored with numerous awards, including two Emmys, three Murrows, and a smattering of top distinctions from the Associated Press. He has also been honored by the American Moustache Institute, though he’s been advised to keep that one quiet.

In his spare time, JR enjoys blinking, drawing polka dots, and imagining a world with no hypothetical situations.

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Facebook pledges more action to combat hate speech

Following a call to action by several feminist groups, Facebook pledged this week to do a better controlling gender-based hate on the social network.

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In-app payments coming for Chrome Packaged Apps

Chrome is about to support in-app payments for Chrome Packaged Apps thanks to the newly embeddable Chrome Wallet app. The process is currently only open to developers.

Commission suggests hacking and hijacking the computers of suspected IP pirates

If you can't beat 'em, infect 'em with malware and lock down their computer.

Intel Atom will reportedly power Samsung tablet

The forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 will reportedly run on an Intel Atom processor, which would be a big win in the mobile space for the chipmaker.

Trojans

Malware roundup: Tiffany's, Tibetans, iOs are targeted

Upscale retailer and activists attracted pushers of malicious software this week, and an uncommon iOS pest surfaced as well.

Homeland Security warns of 3D printer gun dangers

A bulletin from the U.S. agency to law enforcement agencies says that weapons created from computer files pose a public safety risk.

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Corning says Gorilla Glass trumps sapphire screens, but the truth is more nuanced

Corning claims Gorilla Glass is a better, more durable display material than sapphire—but is it true?

Web suffered 9000 service outages in last five months

Outage Analyzer tracks Internet service and found that there have been 1413 full outages worldwide and nearly 8000 partial outages in the last five months.

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Microsoft may be scanning your Skype messages

Microsoft appears to be peeking into Skype messages for security reasons, according to Ars Technica.

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Chinese hackers resume attacks on U.S. targets

Shame campaign by Obama administration fails to deter cyber bandits.

Facebook, financial firms targeted by online maurauders

Several new and persistent schemes have emerged for spreading malware on popular sites.

laptop deals

Electronics deals are skimpy on the eve of Memorial Day sales

Memorial Day touts the start of summer sales, but bargain-hunters might do well to be patient and wait for a few upcoming events that will bring real deals.

Cybersecurity chat focuses on industry-government collaboration

Threat information sharing has been a sore point between the federal government and private sector for years.

Hackers get busy with Glass at Google's invitation

Running desktop operating system apps on Google Glass may be possible, but not necessarily a good idea, Google warns.

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Testing firm: Internet Explorer tops browsers for malware protection

NSS Labs found that Internet Explorer 10 blocked more than 99 percent of the malicious downloads thrown at it. Google Chrome also showed marked improvement over previous tests.