20 May 2013

Yahoo buying Tumblr

Tumblr has never made money--wonder what Yahoo's monetization plan for Tumbler is?

Yahoo Board Agrees to Buy Tumblr for $1 Billion: Report: "The Yahoo board has approved a deal to pay $1.1 billion for the blogging site Tumblr, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. According to the report, the transaction will be made in all cash. Neither Yahoo nor Tumblr released official statements. A Yahoo spokeswoman, contacted by CNBC, would neither confirm nor deny the report. However, Yahoo is hosting a press event on Monday afternoon where it said it will "share something special.""

Heard on the Street: Yahoo Drinks Tumblr of Opportunity - WSJ.com: "Tumblr is actually far larger in terms of users than Facebook was in 2006, hosting more than 100 million blogs. Facebook had just 10 million or so users when Yahoo came waving its checkbook. Back then, Facebook was only just opening up beyond college campuses: Its user base has since grown by a factor of 110. Google bought do-it-yourself blogging tool Blogger in 2003 when the latter had just 250,000 users. Today, Blogger has more than 400 million. Google has also enjoyed success with another user-generated content site: YouTube.

Google Glass and the men's room urinals
CNET (blog)
The debate about Google Glass has extended into the bathroom. For those who've never experienced the joys of a men's restroom -- generally the women of the world -- here's how Glass might change our glorious experience. Nick Bilton of The New York ...

Microsoft Xbox: New console expected to offer a lot more than games
San Jose Mercury News
However, the Xbox is still a key weapon in Microsoft's strategic battle with Google (GOOG), Apple(AAPL), Amazon.com and others for a central place in consumers' lives. "This (the new Xbox) is of massive importance to Microsoft. It is a piece of a ...

Eric Schmidt defends Google's tax affairs following Commons criticism
The Guardian
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has defended his company's financial affairs after a Commons committee branded the internet giant devious and unethical for sheltering its multibillion-pound profits from UK taxes. Writing in the Observer, Schmidt ...

A stretched Samsung chases rival Apple's suppliers
Taipei Times
Overtaking Apple Inc as the world's leading maker of smartphones has stretched Samsung Electronics Co's in-house supply lines, and the South Korean firm is now courting some of its rival's main parts suppliers. After costly courtroom battles over ...

Google Maps leads Chinese man abducted 23 years ago back home
Hindu Business Line
A Chinese man kidnapped 23 years ago at the age of five and sold to a family 1,500 km from his home, has been reunited with his family again, all thanks to Google Maps. 28-year-old Luo Gang from southwest China's Sichuan province, abducted and taken ...

google i/o 2013
CNET (blog)
Google doesn't often share details about the scale on which it operates, but Josh Estelle, leader for Google Translate's front-end and mobile engineering, had a few statistics to share about the service during a talk about it. Estelle, who's worked on ...

Google launches streaming music service
Eyewitness News
Google's new music service amps up the competition in the nascent market for subscription-based streaming music Amazon.com Inc. and Apple are among the Silicon Valley powerhouses sounding out top recording industry executives, according to sources ...

Oh Where, Oh Where Are Apple's Macbook Airs Going?
PC Magazine
Specifically, the company's 13-inch iteration of its popular thin-framed laptop – it's currently sold out at places like Amazon, B&H, MacConnection, and more. What does this mean? Nothing yet; If you're in desperate need of a new MacBook, you can still ...

Google I/O 2013: Things you should know
Daily News & Analysis
The 6th annual Google I/O developer conference on May 15th, 2013 saw over 6,000 developers at Moscone Center in San Francisco, 460 I/O Extended sites in 90 countries, and millions around the world via Google's live stream. Google I/O is an annual ...

CrunchWeek: Google I/O Madness And Square's New iPad ...
By Leena Rao
Ryan Lawler, Drew Olanoff (clad in his Google Glass), and I discussed all things Google I/O, including Larry Page's keynote, Google+'s new photo features, and the latest Google Glass apps and more. We also chatted about Square's new ...
TechCrunch

How Much the Starship Enterprise Costs, Google I/O Goodies, And ...
By Eric Limer
It's been a big, big week. Google I/O hit this week, bringing along a whole bunch of Android updates, if not a new version or any actual hardware. And aside from all that jazz, we've got an ode to Chris Hadfield, (a wild guess at) how much it ...
Gizmodo

Google Glass Is Both Cool And Creepy - Business Insider
By Alexei Oreskovic
Google Glass, a cross between a mobile computer and eyeglasses that can both record video and surf the Internet, is now available to a select few but is already among the year's most buzz-worthy new gadgets. The device has geeks all aflutter but is ... Apple and Samsung are said to be working on other forms of wearable technology. The test version of Glass looks like a clear pair of ....Microsoft's Windows Phone Is Now Bigger Than BlackBerry · Login with LinkedIn to see what your ...
Business Insider

Open Source Code Makes Google Apps a Cinch - The Next Web
By Jon Russell
Google has started to ramp up the selection of apps available for Google Glass after official apps for Facebook, Twitter, CNN, Elle, Evernote and Tumblr were released at Google I/O on Friday, but now there's an easy way for almost anyone to ...
The Next Web

Schooled by Google: How Google Apps is penetrating education ...
By John Koetsier
VentureBeat is engagingly written, not only profiling the companies behind innovation, but also the leading individual players setting those trends. Some of the companies it covers in depth include Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, ...
VentureBeat

Climate change meltdown unlikely but human disaster looms, claims new research
The Guardian
Some of the most extreme predictions of global warming are unlikely to materialise, new scientific research has suggested, but the world is still likely to be in for a temperature rise of double that regarded as safe. The researchers said that warming was most ...


Giant asteroid to buzz past Earth in two weeks
Indian Express
A gigantic asteroid will fly by Earth at the end of this month, making its closest approach for at least the next two centuries. On May 31, asteroid 1998 QE2, believed to be about 2.7 kilometres or nine Queen Elizabeth 2 ship-lengths in size, will sail serenely past ...

Volcano ash 15000 feet high: How Alaska threatens air travel (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
For the second time in a month, a volcano in Alaska's remote Aleutian chain has erupted, spotlighting America's most active portion of the Ring of Fire. Skip to next paragraph. Gallery: Pardon the eruption: Volcanoes around the world. Related stories ...


Microsoft Readying for New Xbox With August Xbox 360 Dashboard Update
PC Magazine
Not news: Microsoft is prepping a successor to its Xbox 360 console, and eager gamers have but two days to wait until the company pulls the big curtain off its new system – whatever it's ultimately going to be called. News: Microsoft hasn't yet abandoned the ...

Navy dolphins make amazing torpedo find - USA Today
USA TODAY
They discovered a rare 19th-century device that is one of only two in existence. navy dolphin. A trainer touches the nose of a U.S. Navy dolphin during a demonstration at the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program facility in San Diego. (Photo: Denis Poroy, AP) ...

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