27 May 2013

Marissa and Yahoo - Shop til you drop

The Yahoo buying spree continues . . . .

Yahoo Submits Bid for Hulu - Peter Kafka - Media - AllThingsD: "Add one more name to the Hulu bidding derby: Yahoo, which just announced plans to buy Tumblr for $1.1 billion, has made an offer on the video website as well. The Web giant submitted a bid for the video site  . . . "


Yahoo Acquires Gaming Infrastructure Startup PlayerScale | TechCrunch: "Another day, another acquisition by Yahoo. Yahoo said this morning it’s acquired PlayerScale, a California-based startup that makes software infrastructure for cross-platform gaming. Financial details haven’t been disclosed."


Report: Apple Prepping Low-Cost iPhone, iPhone 5S
PC Magazine
It seems all anyone can talk about heading into this long Memorial Day weekend is the triumphant return of Arrested Development and Apple product gossip—the latter fueled by new rumors about a low-cost iPhone, the "iPhone 5S," and the fifth-generation ...

HTC One Google edition: It's real and coming in summer
CNET
HTC will sell a Google Edition version of its flagship One smartphone with the stock Android operating system, CNET has confirmed. Word of a version of the phone without its trademark Sense user interface popped up earlier Friday on Geek.com, with a ...

Google Translate says 'Hola!' to Chrome
CNET
The latest Chrome beta for Android integrates Google Translate support directly into the browser, just like it does with its desktop counterpart. Google Translate lands in ...

Tesla Motors' cut out the middleman approach could spell trouble in North Carolina
Fox News
RALEIGH, N.C. – Tesla Motors is fighting a bill in North Carolina that would effectively ban the company from selling its electric cars in the state, pitting it against auto dealers who say the car maker has an unfair advantage selling directly to consumers online.

Lost Apollo 11 moon dust found in storage
Fox News
Vials of moon dust brought back to Earth by the first men on the moon have been found inside a lab warehouse in California after sitting in storage unnoticed for more than 40 years. The samples — collected by Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz ...

The Social Media Advertising Ecosystem Explained
San Francisco Chronicle
The media constellation has become increasingly fractured. The Web produced the initial fissure, but mobile created new cracks in the landscape. Today, no single medium earns more than 45% of our media consumption. How can you ...

Gmail Overhaul Might Be On the Way
Mashable
Despite rolling out a major overhaul a little over a year ago, Google could be preparing to redesign the Gmail experience on iOS, Android and the desktop. Reports of a new look for the Android client came from the eagle-eyes at Android Police — who noticed ...

AT&T adds 61¢ 'Mobility Administrative Fee' for users
Register
US subscribers to AT&T's mobile network are getting an extra 61¢ "Mobility Administrative Fee" on their bills beginning in May. That's not a lot of money for individual users, but it adds up to over $40m a month in additional revenue for AT&T – around half a ...

Collapsed I-5 bridge gone from Google Maps — almost as quickly as it fell
NBCNews.com
"As soon as the local news picked up on the bridge collapse, someone used the Map Maker tool to go into Google Maps to edit it to reflect the bridge collapse," Google spokesperson Sierra Lovelace explained toNBC News. "The community that reviews the ...

Why did our ancestors start walking upright? Ancient terrain may hold clue
Christian Science Monitor
Being four-legged has its perks. As a quadruped, your center of gravity is lower, there's less wind resistance when you're running, and, best of all, you can use your hind foot to scratch your ear. Skip to next paragraph. Related stories ...

New Computer Attacks Traced to Iran, Officials Say
New York Times
SAN FRANCISCO — American officials and corporate security experts examining a new wave of potentially destructive computer attacks striking American corporations, especially energy firms, say they have tracked the attacks back to Iran.

Hulu Suitors Line Up
Wall Street Journal
Yahoo Inc. submitted a bid on Friday to acquire Hulu, according to a person familiar with the matter, as the Internet company tries to add more high-quality online video that can appeal to advertisers. Ignored and scorned by peers for years, but now suddenly ...

Google hit with fresh probe into online ads
Irish Independent
US authorities have launched a new inquiry into Google's advertising methods, amid accusations that the company breaches anti-trust laws there. Also in this section. Charity warns of lost tax revenues · Raiffeisen chief Stepic offers to quit as offshore probe ...

Google Maps Galapagos Islands
Fox News Latino
Google users will soon be getting a free trip to Ecuador's remote and famed Galapagos Islands, home to world's largest tortoise and the location that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. No, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company is not chalking ...

Apple Store further drops refurbished 4th-gen iPad, iPad mini prices
Apple Insider
Apple on Friday slashed prices for certified refurbished fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini models, with savings going up to nearly $150 in some cases. iPad mini Refurb. The price drop, first spotted by TUAW, comes over two months after Apple first started ...

Beware the coming of the Google Glass photographer
CNET
The folks at Grovo paint a terrifying picture of a future dominated by obnoxious, Glass-wearing photophiles. Eric Mack. by Eric Mack. May 25, 2013 6:00 AM PDT Follow @ericcmack. Somehow, this advanced technology seems like a step backward at times.

Cave Paintings Found In Mexico: 5000 Ancient Works Depict Humans, Animals ...
Huffington Post
Mexican researchers announced a remarkable find this week: nearly 5,000 well-preserved cave paintings scattered across 11 different sites. The 4,926 paintings were found in Burgos, in the mountainous northeastern state of Tamaulipas, in Mexico, reports ...

Astronomers measure the Big Bang's strange and elusive extragalactic ...
Science Recorder
A team of astronomers are beginning to unravel the mysteries of the universe by studying some of the oldest known light: extragalactic background light (EBL). A newly published report by Alberto Domínguez, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of ...

Rocket lifts off with US military communications satellite
Reuters
By Irene Klotz. CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida | Fri May 24, 2013 9:47pm EDT. CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - An unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday to put a multi-use, broadband communications ...

Amphibians declining in the US, report says
Los Angeles Times
Amphibians are disappearing in the United States at an unexpectedly brisk pace. More disturbing, according to a report this week from the U.S. Geological Survey, the more rare the species of toad, frog or salamander, the higher the risk of decline.

Graphic: What New Yorkers Need to Know about New Bike Share
Wall Street Journal
New York City officials plan to launch the long-awaited bike-sharing program on Memorial Day, nearly a year after it was first slated to open, and amid the launch of similar systems in cities around the world. The New York program bears the name Citi Bike, ...

Haswell chip primer: How Intel pinches power
CNET
Intel's Haswell processor is first and foremost about power savings. Here's how the chipmaker got a serious battery life boost. Brooke Crothers. by Brooke Crothers. May 24, 2013 4:37 PM PDT Follow @mbrookec. Haswell chip layout. (Credit: Intel) ...

Google may build wireless networks in emerging markets, WSJ says
CNET
Google is reportedly going into the cellular business in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia in an effort to connect more people to the Internet. It may not just be fiber ...

Apple's Jony Ive To Dump Skeuomorphic Design In iOS 7
Forbes
This isn't a great surprise to be honest. The gossip coming out of Cupertino has for years been saying that Jony Ive really doesn't like skeuomorphic design: whatever the opinions of Steve Jobs and Scott Forstall. Given that the latter two are now gone (for very ...

Report: Google Eyes Map Maker Waze
PC Magazine
Google is "in talks" to acquire Israeli mapping start up Waze to "prevent the company from falling into the hands" of rival Facebook, Reuters reported on Friday. The news agency cited two unnamed sources as saying the search giant was eying the developer ...

Google's request to ban Microsoft's Xbox 360 declined by United States
Northern Voices Online
Google's request to ban Microsoft's Xbox 360 was declined by United States government. This must have given Microsoft an occasion to smile and laugh. Despite being in market for almost eight years now, it seems that the problems for the most successful ...

Volcanic Eruption in Alaska Causes Flight Cancellations, Ash Covers Towns
Latinos Post
A volcanic eruption in Alaska is causing flight delays and traces of volcanic ash to fall on nearby communities as a plume of ash reaches 22,000 feet. Pavlof Volcano erupted last weekend, with volcanic tremors continuing well into Monday. Sand Point and ...

Microsoft New Sculpt Mice Allows Access To Start Menu Without Having To ...
Headlines & Global News
Microsoft announced Thursday it will debut a pair of Sculpt mice that will come equipped with a Start button, according to Paul Thurrott. Unlike the normal timetable for new hardware following a launch, the two mice are expected to hit stores in about one ...

Spark EV Joining The Under-$20K Electric Club
EarthTechling
You wouldn't yet call them cheap, but the downward slide of electric car pricing is continuing apace. The latest evidence: GM said on Thursday that it'll slap a $27,495 sticker on its 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV when it goes onsale in California and Oregon this ...

Tackling that La Jolla stench
San Diego Gay & Lesbian News
SAN DIEGO -- Mayor Bob Filner announced late Friday that a complete plan for implementing the solution to the odor in La Jolla caused by bird guano is being put in place this Memorial Day weekend. The mayor, working closely with San Diego City ...

UFO over historic barn? Photo captures strange object in Calif. sky
Examiner.com
A photographer claims to have captured a UFO over a historic barn in Santee, Calif., the Huffington Post reported on May 23. The pictures are sure to pique the interests of UFO buffs everywhere, and they'll probably spark some debate between believers and ...

Ring Nebula's true shape revealed: A distorted jelly doughnut
Los Angeles Times
Looks can be deceiving, especially when it comes to nebulae. From here on Earth, the well-studied Ring Nebula looks like a fiery, slightly misshapen ring with fuzzy edges and a hole in its center. But using data collected from the Hubble Telescope, and ...

This week's games news
The Guardian
Games currently doing the rounds include Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS) in which Nintendo's corpulent simian mascot deals with surprisingly harsh punishment in a stereoscopic remake of his 2010 outing; Fast & Furious: Showdown (Xbox, PS3, PC ...

17-year Brood II cicadas Not to Be Seen Everywhere
French Tribune
Not a long time has passed when the presence about 17-year Brood II cicadas was the only discussion taking place among experts. However, it is now been revealed that some of the areas will be able to witness plenty of cicadas and other areas will not be ...

Teens build electric car powered by Twitter, Facebook posts
Yahoo! News (blog)
Converting old gas-powered cars to run on electricity has become easy enough that Minddrive, a Kansas City non-profit, has made such conversions part of an after-school education program for inner-city teen-agers. For this year's project, Minddrive decided ...

Hisense Sero 7 Pro is a $149 tablet with Nexus 7 topping specs, we go hands-on
GSMArena.com (blog)
The Hisense Sero 7 Pro Android tablet, together with the entry-level Sero 7 LT slate, is the Chinese manufacturer's first effort designed with the lucrative US market in mind. Priced at the highly acceptable $149.99, the Jelly Bean slate offers better spec sheet ...

Planets On Memorial Day: See Jupiter, Mercury, Venus In Night Sky
Huffington Post
By: Joe Rao Published: 05/24/2013 05:59 PM EDT on SPACE.com. A trio of bright planets is shining together in the sunset sky, a must-see night sky sight for stargazers this Memorial Day weekend. Three planets — Jupiter, Venus and Mercury — can be now ...

US teenager's touching doodle wins Google contest
Newstrack India
New York, May 25 (ANI): A teenager's poignant drawing of her 'best day ever,' when she was 10-years-old and her father returned from his 18-month deployment in Iraq, bagged the first spot in the 2013 'Doodle 4 Google' contest. Sabrina Brady's drawing was ...

HP updates desktop lineup with new Intel Haswell and AMD chips, starts at $290
Digital Trends
With AMD launching its 2013 lineup of APUs earlier this week, and Intel just about ready to make its Haswell processors official, it's a good time to be shopping for a new computer. Consumers looking for a new desktop with all the performance improvements ...

Can NASA still find strange and amazing planets now that Kepler is gone?
Science Recorder
NASA's $600 million Kepler space telescope has gone offline following an internal failure during an attempted maneuver. Kepler specializes in finding exoplanets, or planets that exist outside of our solar system, and has found more than 2,700 potential ...

Top 10 New Species of 2012: Glow-In-The-Dark Cockroach, Snail-Eating Snake ...
IBTimes India
Scientists from the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University (ASU), US, have announced a list of top 10 species of 2012. [From top left] Green lacewing, hangingfly fossil, glow-in-the-dark cockroach,Lesula monkey, harp sponge, ...

Google: Weak XMPP support, capabilities led us to proprietary tech in Hangouts
ITworld.com
May 25, 2013, 6:49 AM — Google is feeling the heat over its decision to build its new Hangouts IM and audio/video chat product with proprietary technology that doesn't support server federation via the XMPP industry standard, but the company is defending ...

The Terabyte Standard | John C. Dvorak | PCMag.com: "And by the way, you can be sure people will use this storage for more than just photos. Even if the system checks to make sure these are just photos then steganography systems, which embed data into photos, will be employed. I personally do not think that this Yahoo announcement received the kind of applause that it should have. This is a major change in the way users will perceive their free cloud backups. It's a big deal. Google, Microsoft, and every other cloud service provider will change their model. This Yahoo decision is going to fundamentally change everything. That's what was overlooked here."

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