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Xiaomi plans to expand sales to 10 new markets, but the US isn't one of them
Looking forward to the day you can buy a Xiaomi smartphone in the US? Keep waiting. The company's founder announced the first ten countries in Xiaomi's international expansion today, and the United States didn't make the cut. A shame, perhaps, for...
4/23/2014 9:41:00 PM
How To Plan Your Summer Vacation on Pinterest
The snow is melting, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and the birds are breaking into song. At least, that's what you imagine may be happening if you're stuck inside your office Yep, it's time to put in that summer vacation request — and start surfing Pinterest for ideas on where to go and what to do. See also: 10 DIY Projects to Refresh Your Apartment for Spring Pinterest's recent introduction of Place Pins may not have been intended entirely for this purpose, but they're becoming useful tools for planning getaways. Place Pins include extra details like location and contact information, along with a wanderlust-inducing photo Read more...More about Travel, How To, Pinterest, Mobile, and Lifestyle
4/23/2014 9:38:49 PM
THE ROAD TO 300 MILLION: Photos Of LinkedIn's Epic Journey (LNKD)
LinkedIn recently announced a major milestone: The professional network now has 300 million members around the world. But those millions didn't come easy. After LinkedIn launched in 2003, it took the company almost a year and a half to win 500,000 members. In April 2004, the startup's tiny crew assembled in a room in Palo Alto, California, to celebrate the occasion with a photo. Since then, LinkedIn employees have gathered to commemorate every milestone. At first, it was every million. Then the numbers started flying by — every 5 million new members, every 10 million. Today, 67% of users come from outside the United States, and milestone photos are taken from all around the world. LinkedIn shared an exclusive collection of historical photos from its archives with Business Insider, and those photos tell quite the story.
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4/23/2014 9:25:00 PM
2014 NFL Schedule: More Flex Games Means More Fun
The NFL released its 2014 schedule on Wednesday evening with a twist: the league can "flex" games into primetime earlier than ever this season. Beginning in Week 5, the NFL can decide to move any Sunday matchup from a mid-day kickoff over to the more coveted (and lucrative)
Sunday Night Football
primetime slot. The league can only do this twice between weeks five and 10, but that's twice more than in years past. Beginning with Week 11, which is when flex scheduling usually starts, the league can flex any Sunday game into the Sunday night slot. See also: Why Does This NBA Player Have Emoji Tattoos? Read more...More about Nfl, Entertainment, and Sports
4/23/2014 9:24:53 PM
The Return Of Reddit’s /r/Technology Is “Certainly Possible”
A whole "department" of Reddit was demoted this week, with the /r/Technology subreddit being removed from the Reddit homepage and the default subreddit subscription feed. Earlier today I spoke to Reddit General Manager Erik Martin about the process of demoting subreddits as a form of punishment for mismanagement. Side note: I know Martin from back in the day when Reddit had only one developer.… Read More
4/23/2014 9:13:44 PM
Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module
netbuzz (955038) writes "A band called netcat is generating buzz in software circles by releasing its debut album as a Linux kernel module (among other more typical formats.) 'Are you ever listening to an album, and thinking "man, this sounds good, but I wish it crossed from user-space to kernel-space more often!" We got you covered,' the band says on its Facebook page. 'Our album is now fully playable as a loadable Linux kernel module.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.
4/23/2014 9:08:00 PM
Facebook first-quarter revenue grows 72 percent on rising mobile ads
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's mobile advertising business accelerated in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social networking company top Wall Street's financial targets.
4/23/2014 9:07:18 PM
Purportedly 'leaked' iPhone 6 case compared with iPhone 5s, Nexus 5 and Note 3 in video
A video published on Wednesday compares a case supposedly built to wrap Apple's next-generation iPhone with Google's LG-made Nexus 5 and Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 phablet, offering new perspective on the device's possible size.
4/23/2014 9:07:04 PM
Episode VII Will Be Most Expensive Star Wars Ever, Says Disney
Early filming has begun on the still-untitled Star Wars Episode VII, Disney chairman Alan Horn has confirmed — and for the first time, the movie has an estimated budget, give or take $25 million "These large tentpole kinds of movies on the expensive side are in the neighborhood of $175 [million] to $200 [million]," Horn told Bloomberg TV in response to a question about whether "Marvel kind of money" would be spent on Episode VII See also: Star Wars Episode VII to Use Film, Be More Like Original Trilogy "We need to give the audience, essentially, a full meal in return for their affection and devotion and love for these properties," Horn added. Read more...More about Disney, Star Wars, Lucasfilm, Entertainment, and Film
4/23/2014 9:01:19 PM
Digispark Pro, The Bigger Smaller Dev Board
There has recently been a huge influx of extremely small dev board based on the ATtiny85. This small 8-pin microcontroller is able to run most Arduino sketches, and the small size and low price of these dev boards means they have been extremely popular. The Digispark was among the first of these small boards, and now the creator is releasing a newer, bigger version dubbed the Digispark Pro. The new board isn’t based on the ‘tiny85, but rather the ATtiny167. This larger, 20-pin chip adds 10 more I/O pins, and a real hardware SPI interface, but the best features … Read the rest
4/23/2014 9:00:59 PM
Dish will reportedly reveal its Internet-TV service this summer
Every company in the market wants to provide its own online TV streaming service, but Dish might be the first to give consumers a real offer. Bloomberg reports that Dish Network is looking to bring an Internet-TV service to the United States this summer, a set of live-streaming channels that will be accessible through connected devices such as smartphones and tablets. Disney signed onto the service last month, and A&E, Turner Broadcasting and CBS have reportedly been in talks with the provider as well. Some content providers have reportedly decided that certain conditions must be met before they will jump on board. For them to join, two of the four major networks (ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC) must be part of the service, along with
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4/23/2014 9:00:04 PM
Why Does This NBA Player Have Emoji Tattoos?
You might be renowned among friends for always having the perfect emoji for any text-messaging situation — but we guaranteed your emoji game isn't as strong as Mike Scott's Scott plays for the Atlanta Hawks. He's no NBA superstar, averaging under 8 points per game after being picked in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft. But Scott's been the talk of this year's playoffs, at least among digitally-minded fans, thanks to his unusual tattoos — rendered in emoji Given that the Hawks aren't exactly mainstays of national TV during the regular season, many of us are meeting Scotti's emoji ink for the first time this week. For stretches during Tuesday night's Hawks game against the Indiana Pacers, Scott's emoji tattoos seemed a hotter topic among fans and media on Twitter than the actual game did Read more...More about Nba, Enter
4/23/2014 8:36:20 PM
Facebook's mobile focus is paying off
It's clear that when Facebook said it was going to be a mobile-first company back in 2013, it meant it. It's now surpassed 1 billion active mobile users a month, which is about a 34 percent increase compared to a year ago. Sure, a lot has happened in...
4/23/2014 8:26:00 PM
U.S. judge denies Apple's move to hold off e-book antitrust trial
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge denied a bid by Apple Inc on Wednesday to hold off a trial in a case brought by state attorneys general accusing the company of conspiring with five major publishers to fix e-book prices.
4/23/2014 8:25:20 PM
iPad luring in new users: over 2/3 of Apple's iPad buyers were new to iPad
Over two thirds of people registering an iPad in the last six months were new to iPad, while over half of those registering iPhone were new to iPhone, Tim Cook revealed, highlighting the attraction and loyalty effects Apple is observing in its products.
4/23/2014 8:17:03 PM
Moving your apps to the cloud gets easier as Amazon adds Docker support
The biggest public cloud provider is finally waking up to one of the hottest enabling technologies around for shipping applications to the cloud. Today public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services announced support for open-source technology called Docker on Elastic …
4/23/2014 8:15:55 PM
Apple expands buybacks by $30 billion, OKs 7-for-1 stock split
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has approved another $30 billion in share buybacks till the end of 2015 and authorized a rarely seen seven-for-one stock split, addressing calls to share more of its cash hoard while broadening the stock's appeal to individual investors.
4/23/2014 8:10:33 PM
Kindle for iOS finally gets X-Ray Smart Look-Up
Amazon's Kindle app is a wonderful alternative to Apple's iBookstore, and its latest update has introduced two incredibly useful new features. The most basic improvement is quick access to a book's table of contents in the app's left-hand navigation...
4/23/2014 8:00:00 PM
Man With the Most Teslas Says Cold Weather's No Problem
Although the Tesla has won its fair share of fans in both the automotive and tech communities, there still remains a bit of skepticism around its ability to truly replace gas cars Some of that skepticism is focused on the car's reliability in cold weather conditions, a topic controversially covered by the
New York Times
last year in a review that pegged performance issues with the Model S, in part, to cold weather NYTimes article about Tesla range in cold is fake. Vehicle logs tell true story that he didn't actually charge to max & took a long detour. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 11, 2013 Read more... More about Cars, Auto, Automobiles, Tesla, and Electric Cars
4/23/2014 7:59:35 PM
In Policy Shift, F.C.C. Will Allow a Web Fast Lane
Planned new rules would allow an Internet provider to negotiate separately with content companies and charge them for priority service.
New York Times
4/23/2014 7:58:32 PM
WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users
redletterdave (2493036) writes "In just two months since Facebook dropped $19 billion to buy WhatsApp, the five-year-old mobile messaging app on Tuesday announced its its active user base has grown to more than half a billion people. This is not the first time that an app has seen a major pop in users after it was acquired by Facebook: When Facebook bought Instagram in April 2012, the service boasted some 30 million users. In one month after the deal, Instagram gained 20 million new users. By July, Instagram grew to 80 million active users. WhatsApp seems to be having a similar growth spurt, gaining roughly 25 million users each month since the Facebook deal was announced." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
4/23/2014 7:52:00 PM
Twitter Hit With Avalanche of Spam From Hacked Accounts
The security failure may be linked to a breach at the social network We Heart It
4/23/2014 7:51:06 PM
Apple resets the clock as investors await next big thing
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc just bought itself some much-needed time.
4/23/2014 7:48:06 PM
Bits Blog: Zynga Founder Leaves Daily Role at Struggling Game Maker
Mark Pincus, the founder of Zynga, is leaving the once-hot social gaming company as its new leader seeks to turn around the company.
New York Times
4/23/2014 7:47:42 PM
Net Neutrality Advocates Angered by FCC’s Planned New Rules
Open Internet advocates are calling foul on new rules that would allow broadband companies to strike special deals for preferential treatment
4/23/2014 7:45:50 PM
Android apps vulnerable to Heartbleed have been downloaded 150 million times
Patching up Android to make sure it’s not vulnerable to Heartbleed is one thing. Patching all vulnerable Android apps, on the other hand, is quite another. Re/code draws our attention to a new study from research firm FireEye that claims there have been around 150 million downloads of Android apps that are vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug. And to make matters worse, the researchers say that the assorted “Heartbleed detectors” you can now find in the Google Play store will do little to help you root out vulnerable apps you’ve downloaded. “Android apps frequently use native libraries, which either directly or indirectly leverage vulnerable OpenSSL libraries,” the researchers write. “Therefore, even though the Android platform itself is not vulnerable, attackers
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4/23/2014 7:45:44 PM
Facebook Profit Tripled in First Quarter
The company reported 1.28 billion monthly users, most on mobile devices, and easily exceeded analysts’ expectations for revenue and profit.
New York Times
4/23/2014 7:45:02 PM
Sketchy new rumor point to possibility of rounded edges, curved-glass display in iPhone 6
A new rumor from Mac Otakara (via AppleInsider) indicates that the next-generation iPhone could sport curved edges in place of the squared edges found on every model of the iPhone since the iPhone 4 debuted in 2010. To facilitate this, the display glass would also be slightly curved, although probably not to the degree of some […]
4/23/2014 7:42:07 PM
Apple’s Profit Still Climbs, but Pressure is Growing
The increase was small compared with huge growth the company had even just a few years ago. Apple also announced a stock split and expanded its buybacks.
New York Times
4/23/2014 7:40:19 PM
Amazon to Stream Original HBO Content
In a deal believed to be worth at least $300 million, Amazon is forming an alliance with HBO.
New York Times
4/23/2014 7:36:07 PM
Declara’s social enterprise network is making teams smarter — and now it’s $16M richer
“Learning needs to be a constant discovery where formal learning taught in schools can be combined with informal learning, which is accomplished through everyday social collaboration,” said Ramona Pierson, Declara's founder and chief executive.
4/23/2014 7:30:32 PM
This Cheesy Video Was The First Upload On YouTube 9 Years Ago Today
Once upon a time, nine years ago to be exact, the world hadn't yet heard of keyboard cat. Nobody knew what the evolution of dance was, and nobody cared about Charlie biting anyone's finger. The very first video on YouTube was uploaded on April 23, 2005, by Jawed Karim, one of YouTube's founders, and there's no chance the video would've gone viral today. The 18-second-long video is titled "Me at the zoo." A man stands in front of elephants at the San Diego Zoo, and describes their trunks. My how far we've come. The video has been watched more than 14 million times. In 2013, in protest of Google forcing people to have a Google+ account in order to comment on the video, Karim changed the video's description to say "
I can't comment here anymore, since I don't want a google+ account."
As of this writing, the
Silicon Alley Insider
4/23/2014 7:30:23 PM
Google Could End Up Paying For The Samsung/Apple Lawsuit (GOOG)
Apple is in the process of suing Samsung over its Android devices again. Again, the suit centers on patents. Apple is seeking $2 billion in damages, reports Bloomberg. But this time, Google has a behind-the-scenes stake. It offered to help Samsung cover costs. In testimony on Wednesday, Apple's lawyers showed a video in which a Google attorney confirmed that there were email messages between the search giant and Samsung. In those messages, Google offered to help cover Samsung's legal expenses and maybe even damages fees, reports Paul Thurrott on the Windows IT Pro blog. According to the emails, this kind of help (known as indemnification) is covered by Google's "contractual obligations" to Samsung, the hardware partner that sells the most Android phones, Thurrott reports. This is the second time Apple sued Samsung over its Android phones.
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4/23/2014 7:25:46 PM
U.S. regulators to propose new net neutrality rules in May
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are expected to vote on May 15 on a new set of so-called "net neutrality" rules aimed at making certain that broadband providers do not slow down or block consumers' access to legal Internet content.
4/23/2014 7:24:00 PM
Daily Roundup: Samsung's love of plastic, Siri for Apple TV and more!
You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all...
4/23/2014 7:21:00 PM
Tech CEO Who Allegedly Hit His Girlfriend 117 Times Avoids Jail And Plans A $100 Million IPO
RadiumOne’s founder, Chairman and CEO Gurbaksh “G” Chahal, appears to be the perfect tech entrepreneur. His first startup sold for $40 million to ValueClick. His next startup, BlueLithium, was acquired by Yahoo for $300 million in cash. Oprah once gushed that the good-looking entrepreneur was single. Now, his ad-tech company is reportedly planning to raise $100 million in an initial public offering. But there have been much less-flattering reports about him. Previously, we wrote about his mixed reputation in the technology industry. Sources our Henry Blodget spoke with described him as "a fraud," "a freak show," and "a great marketer!" But that's nothing compared to what's happening now.
On Aug. 5, 2013, security footage allegedly surfaced of Chahal
Silicon Alley Insider
4/23/2014 7:20:00 PM
Instagram's Explore Tab: Now Tailored to You
Instagram has made a small but significant change to its app that makes photo and video discovery a more personal experience. The company has tweaked the algorithm that determines what posts appear under the app's Explore tab — so that the tab displays photos and videos specifically suggested for each user. Previously, the Explore section only displayed posts that were popular among all Instagram users See also: Fall in Louvre With These 14 Museums on Instagram The algorithm now also looks at photos and videos that have been liked by people you follow. "We’re always looking to update the types of photos and videos you see in Explore to better tailor it to you," an Instagram spokesperson told
. "We'll show you a variety of content that people you follow have liked, as well as content that is trending in the
4/23/2014 7:15:54 PM
Gillmor Gang Live 04.23.14
Gillmor Gang - Dan Farber, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Michael Arrington, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording has concluded for today. Read More
4/23/2014 7:11:31 PM
Redditor Tracks Down A Man's Missing Mother In The Middle Of New York City
It was Reddit to the rescue after an older woman named May Goldberg wandered from her apartment on Central Park West in Manhattan on Monday afternoon.Goldberg had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's, and her son Josh was desperate to find her. He contacted police, news station NY1, and the West Side Rag blog, reports The Daily Dot. But he also took a chance on the Internet and posted to Reddit's r/NYC community under the name joshgoldberg89. He shared the following photos of his mother: Within 7 hours of posting the photos, a Redditor named geryorama had a good update to share with the thread. "I was walking home from work around 9:30-10 PM and I noticed May at East 47th and Lexington Avenue," geryorama commented. Geryorama continued: As I saw Josh's post in the afternoon she looked very famil
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4/23/2014 7:06:00 PM
NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires
An anonymous reader writes "A NYPD community outreach campaign designed to show images of citizens with cops turned ugly quickly when a deluge of images depicting police brutality came in. From the article: 'The responses soon turned ugly when Occupy Wall Street tweeted a photograph of cops battling protesters with the caption "changing hearts and minds one baton at a time." Other photos included an elderly man bloodied after being arrested for jaywalking.' Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says, 'I kind of welcome the attention,' of the #myNYPD project." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
4/23/2014 7:03:00 PM
Vevo launches a completely redesigned iOS app, emphasizing discovery and playlists
Last month we were given an early look at music video service Vevo‘s new iOS app, and now it’s gone live with a complete redesign across iPhone, iPod touch and... Keep reading →
4/23/2014 7:00:49 PM
Vevo Releases New iOS App With A Real-Time Feed And Live Vevo TV Streams
Music video distributor Vevo just launched an “>update to its iOS app today, providing users a new, regularly updated home page, as well as access to the company’s live, programmed music channels. The new version of the app, which the company showed to some reporters at SXSW, follows a major redesign to its website that Vevo launched last fall. Read More
4/23/2014 7:00:32 PM
The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 23, 2014
It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's...
4/23/2014 7:00:00 PM
10 Careers Barbie Should Tackle in Her Movie Debut
Come on, Barbie, let's go filming. Sony Pictures and Mattel announced plans today to bring Barbie to life in her first-ever live-action movie. The blonde bombshell has already compiled an impressive résumé over her many years on the toy shelf. With careers ranging from photographer to United States President, a release for the film confirms that Barbie's Renaissance woman characteristics will be showcased in the comedy, "utilizing her personal and professional skills to inspire change in the lives of everyone around her." See also: 7 Outrageously Expensive Barbie Dolls While waiting for production to begin later this year, we decided to take a look back at some of the career highlights Barbie accomplished over the past 55 years. Read more...More about Lists, Movies, Sony, Mattel, and Barbie
4/23/2014 6:54:58 PM
The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Rules Will Brutalize The Internet
The FCC will propose new net neutrality rules that at once protect content from discrimination, but also allow content companies to pay for preferential treatment. The news, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, would in fact create a two-tiered system in which wealthy companies can "better serve the market" at the expense of younger, less well-capitalized firms. Read More
4/23/2014 6:53:27 PM
Funding Daily: A deluge of deals
Get all the tech funding news of the day delivered straight to your mailbox! Sign up for Funding Daily and never miss a deal. Here are the day’s funding stories: Pure Storage puts away $225M The flash-storage mob has returned. …
4/23/2014 6:53:24 PM
Doctors want to fix you with 3D-printed tissues made from water droplets
Doctors dream of using 3D-printed tissues to patch up injuries, but current techniques tend to kill a lot of the cells used in the process. Thankfully, researchers at Oxford University spin-off OxSyBio have found a gentler way to build these...
4/23/2014 6:53:00 PM
Venezuela Arrests U.S. Citizen for Arms Dealing, Tweets He Is a 'Mercenary'
Venezuelan authorities have arrested an allegedly heavily armed American citizen on Tuesday, accusing him of being a "mercenary," according to multiple news reports. Todd Michael Leininger, 32-year-old U.S. citizen from Florida, is accused of attempted murder and arms dealing. Venezuelan authorities arrested Leininger after a raid on his house in San Cristobal, the capital of the state of Tachira, close to the Colombian border, where they found three rifles, two handguns, ammunition and eight military camouflage uniforms, according to the
. See also: Riot Gear: How Protesters Around the World Suit Up Read more...More about Venezuela, Us World, Us, World, and Venezuela Protests
4/23/2014 6:40:39 PM
Brazil passes an internet bill of rights enshrining net neutrality and privacy
While the world has been deciding who governs the internet, Brazil has been busy establishing internet rules of its own -- and they may just set an example for everyone else. The country has passed a bill of rights that goes some length towards...
4/23/2014 6:34:00 PM
Samsung lures developers to smartwatches with $1.25 million in cash
By all accounts, consumer responses to smartwatches have not exactly been enthusiastic so far. Big gadget makers will continue to push smartwatches and other wearables as growth in the smartphone market continues to slow, but without compelling functionality and solid ecosystems, those efforts will be exceedingly difficult. To address the latter point, Samsung has decided to dangle a pretty massive carrot it hopes developers will chase. As noted by SamMobile on Wednesday, Samsung is now trying to lure developers by offering $1.25 million in prize money as part of a big app contest. Complete details are not yet available, but the contest will aim to encourage developers to make apps for Samsung’s Gear smartwatches. For those interested in the challenge, it looks
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4/23/2014 6:30:33 PM
Can Herbalife cure a brain tumor? ABC investigates
Nearly 600 independent distributors of Herbalife were disciplined last year for making medical claims when selling the firm's products, ABC News reports.
4/23/2014 6:30:00 PM
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6' may sport curved edges, display glass
A report on Wednesday claims Apple's next-generation iPhone may employ a curved chassis design and accompanying display glass, a vast departure from the substantially squared-off design used on existing Apple handsets.
4/23/2014 6:29:00 PM
Zynga Founder Leaves Daily Role at Struggling Game Maker
The once-hot social gaming company said that Mr. Pincus decided to give up all operational responsibilities, though he will remain Zynga’s chairman and largest shareholder.
NY Times bits
4/23/2014 6:20:32 PM
Tim Cook: Angela Ahrendts to join Apple next week, thanks outgoing CFO Peter Oppenheimer
During Apple's quarterly earnings conference call, chief executive Tim Cook said he looked forward to welcoming Angela Ahrendts as the company's new retail and online leader next week, while offering public thanks to outgoing chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer.
4/23/2014 6:19:46 PM
F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane
Dega704 (1454673) writes in with news of the latest FCC plan which seems to put another dagger in the heart of net neutrality. "The Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that allow Internet service providers to offer a faster lane through which to send video and other content to consumers, as long as a content company is willing to pay for it, according to people briefed on the proposals. The proposed rules are a complete turnaround for the F.C.C. on the subject of so-called net neutrality, the principle that Internet users should have equal ability to see any content they choose, and that no content providers should be discriminated against in providing their offerings to consumers." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
4/23/2014 6:17:00 PM
Zynga's Pincus withdraws from operations amid turnaround
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Zynga Inc co-founder Mark Pincus is relinquishing the last of his operational duties at the social gaming company starting on Wednesday and retreating to an advisory role as Chief Executive Officer Don Mattrick pushes through a restructuring plan.
4/23/2014 6:10:47 PM
FCC Proposal Would End Net Neutrality as We Know It
The FCC has announced that it will propose Internet regulations that would allow online content providers to negotiate for preferential treatment from Internet service providers, potentially undermining the principles of net neutrality. A Federal Communications Commission statement obtained by
on Wednesday leaves open the possibility that companies could pay Internet service providers (ISPs) to get better access to consumers. Net neutrality regulations previously required that all Internet traffic be treated equally, but those rules were struck down by a U.S. court. See also: Netflix CEO: We Paid Comcast Because of No Strong Net Neutrality Read more...More about Net Neutrality, Fcc, Business, Media, and Tv
4/23/2014 6:07:23 PM
Buffett: I've voted for bad pay plans
Warren Buffett said company directors rarely oppose compensation plans and he has voted for measures he didn't like.
4/23/2014 6:07:00 PM
Carpooling.com adds Meet Me Now feature to make it easier to catch your ride
European ride-sharing service Carpooling.com has today launched new features for its mobile apps designed to make it easier for passengers to meet up with drivers. While Carpooling.com focuses on providing longer... Keep reading →
4/23/2014 6:02:25 PM
Bits Blog: Some Setbacks for the Sharing Economy
San Francisco sued two landlords who allegedly evicted tenants to cater to tourists; New York State is investigating Uber for price-gouging during storms.
New York Times
4/23/2014 6:01:32 PM
Siri Could Be Coming to Apple TV
Game of Thrones
." This could soon be a reality, according to recent reports that suggest Apple may be bringing its digital assistant to the Apple TV. A line of code found in Apple's iOS 7.1 software development kit indicates Apple may have plans to add Siri functionality to its set-top box. See also: Amazon Fire TV vs. Apple TV vs. Roku 3 vs. Chromecast The code, which was first reported by
includes references to an "assistant," Apple's code name for Siri, according to
, under features listed for the Apple TV. Screen caps of the code, which is reportedly in files for both iOS 7.1 and 7.1.1, list 'assistant' as one of the properties that will be included in device family "3," which is Apple's designation for the Apple TV line Read more...More about Gadgets, Apple, Siri, Apple Tv, and
4/23/2014 6:00:21 PM
New York City Flood Risk Has Risen 20-Fold Since Late 1800s, Study Says
The odds that New York City will be flooded by a storm, such as a winter nor'easter or a summer hurricane, is now at least 20 times greater than it was 170 years ago, a new study found. It pinned part of the blame on a rising sea level, but also found that other factors are playing a role in escalating the flood risk. The study, accepted for publication in the journal
Geophysical Research Letters
, found that a combination of long-term sea level rise, the destruction of wetlands and dredging of waterways as well as possible shifts in storm tracks and strength may all be sharply boosting the risk of dangerously high storm tides. Read more...More about New York, Us World, Us, World, and Hurricane Sandy
4/23/2014 6:00:10 PM
One of Activision's top moneymakers gets a new entry in Skylanders: Trap Team
Like taxes, iPhones and, well, Madden, you can count on a new Skylanders game every year. If you're unfamiliar with the franchise, that may just be a symptom of not being around kids -- the toy / video game series is a dominant force in the kids...
4/23/2014 6:00:00 PM
Black Mirror, Black Hole: Kill Your Television
Would you believe that some people think the internet is a time waster? Well, not at this particular address of course, but we can think of some other sites that are absolute rabbit holes without so much as a rousing game of croquet at the bottom. If you need help achieving what Tim Ferriss dubbed a Low Information Diet, there are browser extensions that will block your access to sites that keep you from getting things done. [Ivan's girlfriend] has taken this time management tack seriously and even created a simple web page that states “Don’t Waste Your Time!” that … Read the rest
4/23/2014 6:00:00 PM
Samsung is stealing away iPhone owners, but that's only half the story
With the release of Samsung's Galaxy S5, there is bound to be a whole lot of people upgrading their current devices to the new Android flagship. CNET recently ran a story on the number of iPhone owners switching teams for the Galaxy S5, citing stats...
4/23/2014 6:00:00 PM
State of the Art: App-Controlled Hearing Aid Improves Even Normal Hearing
As they work more closely with our mobile computers, devices that once simply fixed whatever ailed us will begin to do much more.
New York Times
4/23/2014 5:59:30 PM
The FCC Will Lay Out New Rules On Thursday That Could Destroy Net Neutrality
The Federal Communications Commission announced that it is set to propose new rules on Thursday for governing Internet access. Specifically, the new rules would allow companies to pay for direct access to customers. For example, a company like Netflix could pay an Internet provider to ensure that its video streams are fast and smooth. Broadband providers would need to act in a "commercially reasonable" manner, which would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The proposed rules also say Internet providers won't be able to restrict access to companies that don't pay for such direct access. As The Wall Street Journal points out, companies that rely on broadband connections, such as Netflix, ESPN or Skype, could pay broadband providers to make sure that the content reaches customers without disruption. In a statement, the FCC wrot
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4/23/2014 5:58:00 PM
Why India's stock market may keep outperforming China
China's economic growth may trump India's, but the mainland's stock market will likely keep playing second fiddle to the subcontinent, analysts say.
4/23/2014 5:57:00 PM
Tim Cook Had A Really Interesting Answer For Why iPad Sales Appear To Be Stalling
Apple's iPad sales for last quarter fell far below expectations. It sold 16.35 million of them, but analysts were expecting about 19 million. On the surface, 16 million sounds like a lot of iPads, but growth in Apple's iPad business has flatlined. In fact, growth was negative for last quarter. So, what the heck happened? On a call with analysts this afternoon, Apple CEO Tim Cook did his best to explain. For last quarter in particular, he said the company reduced its iPad channel inventory compared to the same quarter last year, so sales were actually in line with the high end of Apple's internal expectations. Speaking on the iPad business as a whole, Cook made some really interesting points to remain bullish. First, he said the iPad is Apple's fastest-growing product in the company's history. Apple has sold 210 million of them
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4/23/2014 5:56:00 PM
Mobile Game Attempts To Diagnose Alzheimer's
the_newsbeagle writes "Currently, the best way to check if a person has a high likelihood of developing Alzheimer's is to perform a PET scan to measure the amount of amyloid plaque in his or her brain. That's an expensive procedure. But a startup called Akili Interactive says it has developed a mobile game that can identify likely Alzheimer's patients just by their gameplay and game results. The game is based on a neuroscience study which showed that multitasking is one of the first brain functions to take a hit in Alzheimer's patients. Therefore the game requires players to perform two tasks at the same time." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
4/23/2014 5:50:00 PM
Google, AT&T, Verizon And Comcast Each Spent More Than $3M In Q1 Lobbying Congress
The dollars flowing into the Capitol from tech companies are showing little signs of abatement: Google spent $3.8 million on lobbying in the first quarter, AT&T $3.7 million, Verizon $3.5 million, Comcast $3.1 million, Facebook $2.8 million, Microsoft $2.1 million, Time Warner Cable $1.9 million, Oracle $1.5 million, Apple $1.1 million, and Amazon $830,000. Read More
4/23/2014 5:49:27 PM
Here's The Funniest Exchange Between Facebook's Outgoing CFO And Sheryl Sandberg (FB)
Facebook CFO David Ebersman is resigning on June 1, 2014, the company announced on Wednesday. The news reminded us of this funny public exchange between Ebersman and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in February in which Sandberg insulted him. Ebersman was asked by the Goldman Sachs interviewer about how he decides to pay for Facebook's new projects because that stuff "costs money." Sandberg interrupted, saying, "David never asks us about that. He's always like 'No.'" The audience laughed and the question was posed again. Ebersman said with a smile: "I have to digest Sheryl's insult first." The audience laughed again. Seems like every executive and everyone in finance could relate to this kind of conversation. To be sure, on the earnings call with analysts on Wednesday, Sandberg had nothing but praise for Ebersman. And we also have to po
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4/23/2014 5:49:00 PM
Play With Your Food for Our Snapchat Challenge
Playing with your food doesn’t have to be a dinnertime faux pas. Add a little flavor to your Snapchat game and craft your cuisine into an unforgettable snap for this week’s
Snapchat Challenge Whether it’s bringing your lunch to life or snapping a sandwich selfie, we’re expecting some delicious doodles. Send us sweet and savory snaps for this week’s food-themed challenge, and we’ll feature our favorites on
. See also: Next Up to Bat for Major League Baseball? Snapchat
Image: Snapchat Dasha Battelle
How to Enter the Challenge
If you haven’t already, add "Mashable" on Snapchat. Send us your snaps by
Monday, April 28 at 5 p.m. ET.
Be sure to select 10 seconds for your snap, as we’ll need time to absorb your
4/23/2014 5:45:40 PM
Apple Sales Numbers Show iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling
For the first time, analysts, investors, and the public widely expected Apple to post a drop in iPad sales numbers during its second quarter earnings today. And the numbers didn't lie: The public is not gobbling up iPads like they used to.
4/23/2014 5:43:06 PM
Apple's New Retail Chief Will Start Next Week
Angela Ahrendts, the former CEO of Burberry, will take over as Apple's new SVP of retail next week, the company announced during an earnings call on Wednesday. Apple first announced hiring Ahrendts to fill the role more than seven months ago. At the time, the company said she would join in the spring of 2014, though recent reports raised questions about whether her exit would be delayed to collect an additional bonus from Burberry. See also: Why Would the UK's Top-Paid CEO Leave for a Job at Apple? Ahrendts is credited with reviving Burberry's brand and rethinking the shopping experience online and offline, making the latter more technologically advanced as well Read more...More about Apple, Retail, Business, and Angela Ahrendts
4/23/2014 5:39:46 PM