Please Don't Block Our Ads. Here's How to Block Ads in iOS 9 Before you start downloading, there is one very important thing to understand: By blocking ads, you are depriving content publishers (like us, hello!) of advertising income and insights into what readers want. Wired

Welcome to hell: Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook and the slow death of the web You might think the conversation about ad blocking is about the user experience of news, but what we're really talking about is money and power in Silicon Valley. And titanic battles between large companies with lots of money and power tend to have a lot of collateral damage. The Verge

Let the iOS 9 ad block wars begin! Advertisements, in case you haven't noticed, are what make the World Wide Web go round. Online ads fund everything from Facebook to Google gets 90% of its revenue from online ads, and the better part of its mobile ad revenue comes directly from iOS. Fortune

Peace Ad Blocker Pulled & CNET Fights Back The revolution in ad blocking that was ushered in with iOS9 has seen its first pushback. The Peace ad blocker that topped the Apple App Store charts has been pulled, while CNET introduced messages blocking the blockers. Marketing Land

Marco Arment pulls ad-blocking app Peace, the top paid app for 36 hours, citing the unfairness of indiscriminate ad blocking Just doesn't feel good --- I've pulled Peace from the App Store. I'm sorry to all of my fans and customers who bought this on my name, expecting it to be supported for longer than two days.

Neil deGrasse Tyson chats with whistleblower Edward Snowden The two card-carrying members of the geek community discuss Isaac Newton, the difference between education and learning, and even how knowledge is created. They also dive into the Periodic Table and chemistry, before moving on to the more expected subjects of data compression, encryption and privacy. Star Talk Radio

Google Is 2 Billion Lines of Code---And It's All in One Place How big is Google? We can answer that question in terms of revenue or stock price or customers or, well, metaphysical influence. But that's not all. Google is, among other things, a vast empire of computer software. We can answer in terms of code. Wired

Intel Invests $67M Into 8 Chinese Companies, Including Segway Owner Ninebot Fresh off a $60 million deal with Shanghai-based drone maker Yuneec, Intel is continuing to ramp up its investment in Chinese tech startups after the U.S. firm revealed it has pumped $67 million into eight companies in the country. TechCrunch

Microsoft Edge will soon be able to make Skype audio and video calls without a plugin According to the Skype team, later this year when Object RTC is fully enabled in Edge, users will be able to make audio and video calls within the browser without the use of plugins. The Skype and Edge teams are also working on bringing this functionality to Skype for Business. Winbeta

Cyclist reaches 85.71 mph on way to human-powered speed world record Aboard an enclosed recumbent bicycle in Nevada today, Canadian Todd Reichart has claimed the world record for human powered speed. The annual World Human Powered Speed Challenge draws cyclists from around the world seeking to push the limits of pedal-powered motion, but it was the 33-year-old who left the competition in his wake to clock a top speed of 85.71 mph (137.9 km/h). Gizmag

Former AT&T Employees Sued for Fraudulently Unlocking Phones Many of these unlocked phones were then resold, allowing those involved to make some cash on the side and pay off the AT&T employees involved in the unlocking. PCMag

Asus launches $229 Zenfone 2 with 4GB of RAM, 16GB storage For the most part, the new model is just like the $199 version, except it has twice the RAM. Other features include a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G LTE, dual SIM card slots, a microSDXC card reader, a 13MP rear camera, and a 5MP front-facing camera. Liliputing

The Bitcoin Community Disagrees on What Happens Next What is Bitcoin? Is it property, something to be owned? Is it a currency, something to be spent? Or is it a commodity, defined by Webster's Dictionary as "any useful thing," and/or "anything bought and sold; any article of commerce." Bloomberg

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10547 We are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10547 to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring. As usual, this build includes bug fixes and improvements over Build 10532 and also includes some new things for you to try and send us feedback on what you see. Windows Blog

Scientists Develop an Ultrathin Invisibility Cloak A 3D illustration of a metasurface skin cloak made from an ultrathin layer of nanoantennas (gold blocks) covering an arbitrarily shaped object. Light reflects off the cloak (red arrows) as if it were reflecting off a flat mirror. SciTechDaily

Microsoft built its own Linux operating system Yes, really. Microsoft has indeed released a Linux-based operating system. Don't get too excited about trying it out, though. This isn't some kind of attempt by Microsoft to steal desktop Linux share from the likes of Ubuntu, Mint, and Fedora. It's not an OS that's built for computers. It's "a cross-platform modular operating system for data center networking," and it's made to run in Microsoft's Azure cloud environment. Geek

Konami ceases triple-A console production on all but PES - report Konami has ceased all triple-A console game production on everything but Pro Evolution Soccer and there are currently no plans for a big new Metal Gear game, while worldwide technology director Julien Merceron has left the company. Eurogamer