26 August 2011

Facebook is closing its daily deal service; Groupon losing money?

Facebook is closing its daily deal service according to Bloomberg TV; and "Groupon is losing money like there is no tomorrow" said Vivek Wadhwa on the Bloomberg West TV show (August 26, 2011)
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Scientists Discover a Diamond as Big as a Planet
TIME
By Michael Lemonick Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 Back in the 1920s, the great Jazz Age writer F. Scott Fitzgerald published a story titled The Diamond as Big as the Ritz — the Ritz-Carlton hotel, that is, which even in those pre-high-rise days was a pretty ...
Facebook Hits 1 Trillion Page Views? Nope.
WPBF West Palm Beach
By David Goldman NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The news stormed across blogs and headlines this week: Facebook had become the first website to rack up a mind-boggling 1 trillion monthly page views. The tip came from an advertising service called DoubleClick ...
Closest Supernova in 25 Years Is a 'Cosmic Classic,' Astronomers Say
Space.com
Astronomers have spotted the closest supernova in a generation — and in a week or so, stargazers with a good pair of binoculars might be able to see it, too. The supernova, or exploded star, flared up Tuesday night (Aug. 23) in the Pinwheel Galaxy,...
Earth Meteorites Born from Single Asteroid
International Business Times
Suspected but unverified for years; S-type asteroids are confirmed to be the source for most small meteorites that fall on earth, scientists have proved. The analysis of asteroid dust brought by a Japanese spacecraft to earth last year, has confirmed ...
Apple may still challenge cable with TV subscription service
Ars Technica
By Jacqui Cheng | Published August 26, 2011 10:32 AM Apple's iCloud may not have brought us music subscriptions, but the company is reportedly still considering a subscription service tied to TV content delivery. In an article discussing some of the ...
Google to Shut Down Slide Social Apps
PCWorld
By Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Apparently the age of "superpoking" social network friends and throwing sheep at them is coming to a close. Google plans to shut down the social applications developed by Slide, a company it acquired a year ago for US$182 ...
Apple Hires iPhone Hacker Nicholas Allegra (@Comex)
TechCrunch
Apple has just hired yet another member of the iPhone jailbreaking community, Nicholas Allegra, also known as “@comex” on Twitter. Allegra is best known for the JailBreakMe website which made the process of jailbreaking the iPhone as simple as visiting ...
Underground river discovered below Amazon
The Guardian
Covering more than 7 million square kilometres in South America, the Amazon basin is one of the biggest and most impressive river systems in the world. But it turns out we have only known half the story until now. Brazilian scientists have found a new ...
Facebook to Hold Annual f8 Conference in San Francisco, US in September
ITProPortal
Social media juggernaut Facebook is sending out invitations to f8 - the semi-regular developer conference it organises every year, and for which it usually dishes out some of the site's most important features. From Facebook on the f8 conference, ...
The Best Tech for Weathering Hurricane Irene
PC Magazine
With Hurricane Irene barrelling up the east coast, we've collected the technology, services, and apps you'll need to weather the storm. By Hilary Scott Hurricane Irene is headed up the east coast and it doesn't look pretty. ...
Report: Samsung Will Make Third Google Phone, Nexus Prime
PC Magazine
By Sara Yin Did Samsung lawyers accidentally confirm the third Nexus phone? A source sent Geek.com, PCMag's sister site, a copy of the cease and desist letter allegedly written by Samsung America's lawyers, warning someone not to release details about ...
Google+ Hangouts: How People Are Using Group Video Conferencing
eWeek
By Clint Boulton on 2011-08-26 Google+ has been around for roughly two months now, and one of the social network's popular features out of the gate has been Hangouts, the group video conferencing application that lets users host video chats with up to ...
People go social when in trouble, notes American Red Cross
Moneycontrol.com
Social networking may just be a way of enhancing one's social network for some. Well, of course, that is what it is intended to do. But for some, social networking ends up being a life saver. According to a recent survey-based research carried out by ...
Shark sighting closes stretch of San Diego beach until Friday
Los Angeles Times
A two-mile stretch of San Diego beach will remain closed until Friday morning after a lifeguard saw the dorsal fin of a great white shark about 100 yards off Mission Beach, officials said. Once the beach is opened, an advisory warning will remain in ...
UPDATE 1-Sterne Agee ups RIM to buy on new BlackBerry phones
Reuters
Aug 26 (Reuters) - In a rare Wall Street upgrade of Research in Motion (RIMM.O) in the past few months, Sterne Agee raised its rating on the US-listed shares to "buy," saying the BlackBerry maker will gain from its new smartphones featuring the ...
Black Hat Hacker Says Insulin Pump Maker Medtronic Belittles Security Flaw
eWeek
Diabetic security researcher Jerome Radcliffe, who hacked his insulin pump at Black Hat, accused Medtronic of not taking security of its devices or his research seriously. At the Black Hat security conference earlier this month in Las Vegas, ...
Firefox to Stick with Version Numbers After All
Wired News
By Scott Gilbertson Good news Firefox fans, that whole tempest in a teacup about version numbers being removed from the Firefox About dialog was, apparently, a misunderstanding. Firefox will continue to list its version number in the About Dialog box ...
Blackberry PlayBook OS 2.0 leaks and has Exchange ActiveSync but no BES or BB...
SlashGear
Earlier this week we mentioned that QNX using Blackberry smartphones would get access to Android apps. Another interesting tidbit about a Blackberry product has now surfaced. This time it has to do with the PlayBook tablet and a leaked version of OS ...
SINA Faces Strict Regulations
Daily Markets
Chinese micro-blog “weibo” provider, SINA Corp. (SINA) is expected to face stiff regulatory control over Internet content, according to a recent report by Chinese newspaper Beijing Daily. Beijing Daily, which is backed by the Communist Party of China, ...
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Has a Trailer and Matchmaking
Piki Geek
To begin the onslaught of PAX prime 2011 news, this morning we were graced with the presence of an entirely new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive trailer. Valve's new Counter-Strike project announces its existence in the market by showcasing new maps, ...
Google adds voice search on PCs to mapping
CNET
It's an incremental addition to Google Voice Search that the Web search giant announced in June. But the newly announced feature allows users to speak their destinations into a computer's microphone. The idea is to make it easy to, for example, ...
Portal Lead Kim Swift Reveals First-Person Puzzler Quantum Conundrum
Gamasutra
by Mike Rose [Console/PC, Business] The next game from Portal and Left 4 Dead lead Kim Swift and developer Airtight Games has been revealed at the PAX Prime expo, and is set to be released in early 2012. Quantum Conundrum, as revealed by GameSpot, ...
Uncharted 3 PS3 pre-order grabs top 15 Best Buy sales
Punch Jump
By Marcus Lai On August 26, 2011 · In News, Playstation 3, Retail, Systems Pre-order sales for Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception for the Playstation 3 ranked in the top 15 sales at Best Buy Co. Inc.'s online division this week due to strong demand. ...
The Other 2012 Toyota Camry Revealed
Motorward
Yep, that 2012 Toyota Camry we showed you two days ago is apparently the US version. The rest of the world will get a substantially different Camry. It is not official yet, but Toyota Ukraine has published these images of the other Camry, which must be...
Google Explains How It Improves Its Search Algorithm (VIDEO)
Huffington Post
In a video published to the official Google Search Blog Thursday, the Internet giant shed some light on the nuts and bolts of Google Search and the methodology behind its algorithms. "The Google Search algorithm is made up of several hundred signals ...
Rage Gameplay Demo: Gearhead Vault
Gamespy.com
By Mike Sharkey | Aug 26, 2011 The newest gameplay demo for id Software's upcoming post-apocalyptic shooter, Rage, takes us into Subway Town to accept a new mission: assault the Gearhead Vault and steal a powerful new power supply. ...
'Super Monday Night Combat' goes free-to-play
Digital Spy
By Scott Nichols, Gaming Reporter Super Monday Night Combat has been announced by Uber Entertainment as a free-to-play title. The game is a follow up to 2010's Monday Night Combat, which combined DOTA-style strategy with third-person shooter gameplay. ...
Video Find: Hamsters are Back Rolling in 2012 Kia Soul with LMFAO
MotorTrend Magazine
Kia has been marketing its Soul not-quite-crossover with hamsters since 2010, and those hamsters have done it all: driven cars, rapped, even played the drums. With a new round of ads coming for the face-lifted 2012 Soul, however, Kia upped its game and...
Apple Developing 'New Technology' for Delivering Video Content ...
By Eric Slivka
In an article on some of the challenges facing Tim Cook as he steps into his new role as CEO at Apple, The Wall Street Journal briefly notes that...
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