31 August 2014

Jack Ma, Wealthiest in China (video)

Found Assets Make Jack Ma China’s Wealthiest : Video - Bloomberg:
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On "Movers & Shakers," Bloomberg's Betty Liu and Matt Miller report on discovered hidden assets that taken into account make Jack Ma China’s wealthiest person. They speaks on Bloomberg Television's "In The Loop." (Source: Bloomberg Aug 28)

Motorola teases Moto 360 smartwatch, new phones for 9/4 event - CNET: "The company plans the unveiling of its eagerly anticipated smartwatch and possibly new versions of its Moto X and Moto G smartphones."

Apple announces special event for Sept. 9: "...It’s widely expected that Apple will introduce new iPhones at the event, which makes perfect sense—Apple has used the September event to launch new iPhones for a number of years now. Getting new products out in the fall sets the company up for a solid holiday shopping season, the busiest time of the year for consumers...."

Amazon: Not an E-commerce Company | stratechery by Ben Thompson: ".... Amazon is not an e-commerce company. No more pointing at the fact that e-commerce is only 6% of U.S. retail, or that Amazon’s multi-sided network of merchants and customer base are the key factors in determining their future success. No, the company is going for something a whole lot bigger, even as their foundation is being slowly watered down by the same Internet that made Bezos feverish nearly 20 years ago."

Google’s Smith Is Top Candidate for U.S. Chief Technology Officer - Bloomberg: "America is close to getting a new chief technology officer: Megan Smith, a longtime executive at Google Inc. and most recently a vice president at its secret lab, Google X...."

Broadcom's WICED Sense Is A $19.99 Developer Kit To Aid In Rapid Prototyping of Internet of Things Apps | The Digital Letter: "....With applications and devices centered around everything from retail, infrastructure, and transport to clinical health, medical devices, and biometric technology, and also to home automation, entertainment, and of course, wearables, the common thought is that soon everything we touch and look at will be connected to the Internet in some way...."

It's Over: The Rise & Fall Of Google Authorship For Search Results: "...In short, proper adoption of rel=author markup was extremely low. Google clearly went to extreme efforts to try and make the connection between author and publisher, even in the face of many challenges. From a broader perspective, this tells us quite a bit about the difficulties of obtaining data from publishers. It’s hard, and the quality of the information you will get is quite low...."

How to fix Google Play errors - CNET: "Thanks to XDA member mohamedrashad, there's a thread with the error codes and what they mean, along with ways to fix each issue. Here's a sample of that list with some of the most common error codes:"

US courts trash a decade’s worth of online documents, shrug it off | Ars Technica: "...PACER has long been criticized as a deeply dated system that already does too little and charges too much for access to things like judicial orders that are important public documents. Its inefficiency spawned a project called RECAP, which worked with the Internet Archive to make PACER documents available for free, instead of the 10 cents per page PACER charges. (PACER actually raised its charge from seven to ten cents per page, all while bandwidth and storage costs plummeted.)..."

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30 August 2014

Google Drones Battle Amazon in the Skies, 5 Fastest Trains, First Robot Astronaut (videos)

Google Takes Amazon Rivalry to the Skies: Video - Bloomberg:
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Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) – Bloomberg’s Paul Kedrosky discusses Google unveiling its delivery drones and Apple set to release the new iPhone on September 9, 2014. He speaks with Betty Liu on “In The Loop.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Google Developing Drones to Handle Deliveries: Video - Bloomberg:
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Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Betty Liu reports on today’s top news headlines on “In The Loop.” (Source: Bloomberg)

The Five Fastest Trains In the World: Video - Bloomberg:
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Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) –- America still lags behind Asia and Europe when it comes to train speed. The fastest train in the U.S. is the Acela Express, which hits speeds up to 150 mph. But internationally, trains operate at speeds faster than 200 mph on a regular basis. Bloomberg Ranx takes a looks at the five fastest trains in the world. (Source: Bloomberg)

How Is the First Robot Astronaut Enjoying Space?: Video - Bloomberg:
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Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) –- Being an astronaut can be an overwhelming experience, so Japanese researchers are using a robot to see if an artificial friend can help lonely spacemen bear the solitude of the cosmos. (Source: Bloomberg)

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29 August 2014

YouTube, Stars, Channels, Talent Development (videos)

How to Turn YouTube Stars into Media Empires: Video - Bloomberg:
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Omnivision Entertainment CEO Rob Barnett discusses YouTube stars and talent development in the digital world. He speaks with Betty Liu on “In The Loop.” (Source: Bloomberg)

How to Build an Audience for a Successful YouTube Channel: Video - Bloomberg:
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RocketJump Founder Freddie Wong and Bloomberg’s Felix Gillette discuss YouTube, short-form digital videos and building an online audience. They speak on "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg Aug28)

Instagram Hyperlapse app lets you create amazing time-lapse videos
Tech Times
Instagram has just launched Hyperlapse, an app that allows users to create professional-looking time lapse videos. The app uses image stabilizing algorithms to make images clearer. (Photo : Instagram). Instagram has just launched Hyperlapse, a standalone ...

Tech Times

Amazon won't change a thing about Twitch: Acquisition accepted by Twitch ...
Tech Times
Amazon has announced that it won't bring changes to Twitch, so everything should stay the same. Furthermore, it appears the Twitch community is quite pleased with the buyout. (Photo : Roja Directa). After it had been announced that Amazon has acquired ...


Samsung unveils smartwatch that can make calls
SEOUL Aug 28 (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday unveiled what it said was the first smartwatch capable of making and receiving calls without a mobile phone nearby, in the South Korean firm's latest effort to find a new growth driver.


Apple to unveil iWatch alongside iPhone 6
Apple will unveil a smartwatch alongside the iPhone 6 on September 9, according to reports. The technology giant is expected to launch the iWatch at a "big" media event next month, Re/code has claimed. The wearable device could utilise the HomeKit ...

Cotap, A WhatsApp For The Workplace, Adds Box, Dropbox, Google, OneDrive And Desktop App | TechCrunch: ".... for a client like a cafe or a hotel, users include not just those in the back office, but those working at the front line of the retail experience. “Think of Cotap on a smartphone as replacing and improving on how a large business might have used a walkie-talkie,” Patterson explains. The Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive integrations that are being announced today are a part of that bigger concept, Patterson tells me, with the idea here being that you can send flyers to staff with information, pictures of lost property, or other communications — as well as the latest marketing strategy...."

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28 August 2014

Twitch DDoS Attack, Alibaba Profit Triples (video)

Alibaba Profit Triples Ahead of IPO: Video - Bloomberg:
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Oberweiss Asset Management Senior Analyst Jeffrey Papp, Bloomberg’s Leslie Picker and Cory Johnson discuss Alibaba’s profit numbers. They speak on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg Aug27)

Twitch hit by DDoS attack right after Amazon announced purchase - Pocket-lint: "This commercialisation of a platform that was built for gamers could be why it's now under attack. The thought of having to sit through lots of adverts or having items to buy thrown at you constantly might be too much for some."

PC market in 2014 a bit less dire than previously thought | PCWorld: "PCs with the older Windows XP OS are being upgraded in larger numbers, IDC said. Chromebook shipments are also growing, particularly in the education sector, which has contributed to the improved outlook."

Can Windows 9 Help Microsoft Win Back Lost Customers? - Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) | Seeking Alpha: "....those who work for a living don't want to be annoyed by apps that crave attention. They don't want to be WOWed by on-screen animations, or stare at screensavers on end. There may be some people who like these distractions. So, the company should give users a simple way to get rid of such annoyances. Another thing is the Windows app store. It's a mess in there. Microsoft's app store is infested with scam. Fake apps turn up frequently in popular searches. Microsoft will have to resolve these issues before people currently using Mac, Chrome or Ubuntu will even consider coming back."

Amazon Muscles In On Google Ad Dollars
Amazon's offering is expected to resemble AdWords, Google's engine that ... But Amazon is also reportedly developing a tool to enable advertising ... David Dorf, senior director of technology strategy at Oracle Oracle Retail, saw ... “Google and Facebook have different views of those shoppers based on ...

Yahoo Tech

9 Things You May Not Have Known About Google Now
Yahoo Tech
Google Now is known mostly as the search giant's Siri competitor. Available on many Android phones and as part of the Google app for iPhone, ...


Apple wearable rumored to debut with iPhone 6 in September
Apple will debut a wearable device alongside the September 9 iPhone ... similar to devices running Google's wearable-specific Android Wear OS.


New Google Nexus Leak Confirms 192-Core, 64-bit Apple Rival
Last September Apple Apple caused a stir when it announced iOS 7 and the accompanying iPhone 5S would support 64-bit operation. The move to ...

Wall Street Journal

Judge Denies Apple Request for Injunction Against Samsung Phones, Tablets
Wall Street Journal
Samsung smartphone Galaxy J SC-02F, left, and Apple's iPhone 5s are seen in ... Apple had sought a permanent injunction against certain Samsung ...

New York Times

California's Embrace of Anti-Theft Technology in Smartphones Puts a Squeeze on Thieves
New York Times
If the history of security technology is any indication, the kill switch could ... Since Appleintroduced so-called kill switch technology for its iPhone in ...

Business Insider Australia

​Google goes public with security audits to ease corporate concerns
Google is taking unprecedented steps to show its cloud, business, and ... Google, along with Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft, and others, has become ...

Cloud Storage Showdown: Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud and More
Mario Aguilar
Dropbox, MediaFire, Microsoft OneDrive, and Google Drive all offer 1TB for ... And if you're a hardcore Apple fan who revels in simplicity and doesn't ...

Time Warner internet outage affects millions of US broadband customers | Technology | theguardian.com: "The FCC is currently reviewing a deal for company to be purchased by Comcast – a cable and internet giant. The deal comes after Time Warner received a $60bn offer from smaller rival Charter Communications, but accepted Comcast’s offer of $45.2bn after Charter threatened to unseat the company’s board of directors."

Why Apple's next iPhone will be bigger than people think: "It's a big year for the iPhone, literally. At a choreographed coming-out party on Sept. 9, the entire tech world expects Apple to show off a device with a 4.7-inch screen, and possibly one with a 5.5-inch screen...."

Twitter Opens Its Analytics Dashboard To Everyone: ".... this page lurking in Twitter’s support base confirms it: the dashboard should now be open to every account that has been open for at least 14 days, isn’t restricted/protected/suspended, and (curiously) that primarily tweets in English, French, Japanese, or Spanish. You can find the newly unlocked analytics dashboard right here...."

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27 August 2014

Amazon Fire Phone #FAIL; LA Schools Suspend iPads

35,000. That’s the maximum potential number of Fire Phones Amazon has sold so far, according to an estimate by The Guardian’s Charles Arthur. (source infra)

There's no hope for Amazon's Fire Phone | VentureBeat | Mobile | by Devindra Hardawar: "The ultimate problem? With the Fire Phone, Amazon ended up serving itself more than it actually served consumers."

L.A. Unified halts contract for iPads - LA Times: "LA schools Supt. John Deasy suspended future use of a contract with Apple on Monday that was to provide iPads to all students in the nation's second-largest school system amid mounting scrutiny of the $1-billion-plus effort. The suspension comes days after disclosures that the superintendent and his top deputy had especially close ties to executives of Apple, maker of the iPad, and Pearson, the company that is providing the curriculum on the devices. And an internal report that examined the technology effort showed major problems with the process and the implementation."Moving forward, we will no longer utilize our current contract with Apple Inc.," Deasy wrote in a memo sent to the Board of Education on Monday...Under the contract approved just over a year ago, Apple had been expected to provide iPads with Pearson as the subcontractor...."

Huawei Is Shaking Up the Smartphone Market - WSJ"WSJ: Have you ever considered using the Tizen operating system [developed by Samsung and backed by Intel Corp. and others]? Mr. Yu: We have no plans to use Tizen. Some telecom carriers are pushing us to design Tizen phones but I say "no" to them. In the past we had a team to do research on Tizen but I canceled it. We feel Tizen has no chance to be successful. Even for Windows Phone it's difficult to be successful. We have no plans to build our own OS. It's easy to design a new OS, but the problem is building the ecosystem around it."

Speed and Spectators Lead to Twitch, a Gaming Nexus
New York Times
The website has quickly emerged as the go-to destination for watching video games, drawing tens of millions of viewers each month. On Monday, that success led to a huge payday for the company's founders, as Amazon said it had reached a deal to buy ...

Daily Mail

Is the universe a 2D hologram? Fermilab intends to find out
An experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory called the Holometer intends to test several theories about the universe, including the holographic principle...


A quick photo primer on Instagram's Hyperlapse app
Instagram's new time lapse toolkit is a ton of fun -- more so if you know the ins and outs of the art form. Here's a best practices guide for snapping sped-up shots through space...

Laboratory Equipment

Cosmic effort provides best view yet of distant colliding galaxies
Behold the best look yet at a massive intergalactic train wreck in progress. It's also a glimpse at what the universe looked like when it was only half its current age...


Is Apple Prepping a Bigger iPad for 2015?
Remember when gadgets used to keep getting smaller? Now they keep getting bigger. Apple (AAPL) is rumored to be bringing out a larger iPhone this fall, and now our colleagues at Bloomberg News are reporting that a larger iPad is in the pipeline, too.


Social media not a vehicle of debate, instead encourages self-censorship: Study
Washington: People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center. The study, done in conjunction with ...

New York Times

Google Acquires Video and Special-Effects Startup Zync
Wall Street Journal
The service operated on Amazon computers, but Google said it would move ... Googlelaunched a push earlier this year to get more developers and ...

Here’s How Amazon Might Take Over Brick-and-Mortar Retail | Re/code"Broadly, they said the world’s largest online retailer aims to make it easy for a wider array of brick-and-mortar shops to sell on Amazon while giving Amazon shoppers another way to receive orders on the same day they are purchased. The move would extend Amazon’s reach far beyond the virtual checkout aisle to the real ones in your neighborhood."

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26 August 2014

Amazon Buys Twitch For $970 Million (video)

Why Amazon's Spending $970M on Twitch: Video - Bloomberg
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Bloomberg’s Cory Johnson reports on Amazon acquiring video service Twitch for $970 million on “Street Smart.” (Source: Bloomberg Aug 25)

A Letter from the CEO - Twitch: "Today, I’m pleased to announce we’ve been acquired by Amazon. We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch."--Emmett Shear, CEO

Amazon Buys Twitch For $970 Million [UPDATE]
Jason Schreier
It's official: Amazon has purchased Twitch, following months of rumors that Google was looking to buy the video streaming ...


Amazon Grows Rapidly, Traditional Retailers Struggle, Should Brick and Mortar Retailers Partner ...
Google Google owns search. Except in one area, product searches. When it comes to product searches many prospective consumers start by going to ...
Amazon Pounces On Twitch After Google Balks Due To Antitrust Concerns - Forbes
Amazon Reaches a Deal for Twitch Streaming Service for Gaming - New York Times
Amazon to Buy Video Site Twitch for $970 Million - Wall Street Journal

CTV News

Apple will replace your defective iPhone 5 battery for free
A "small percentage" of iPhone 5 devices sold between September 2012 and January 2013 have faulty batteries that drain quickly, the electronics ...

Google Launches New 'Slides'
Juli Clover
Google today launched a new Google Slides app for the iPhone to ... Apple and Microsoft are doing a good job of this while Google seems to be stuck ...

The Next Battleground In The War Against Quantum Hacking | MIT Technology Review: "...in practice the equipment used to carry out quantum key distribution has a number of weaknesses that an eavesdropper can exploit to gain information about the messages being sent. Various groups have demonstrated how quantum hacking presents a real threat to “perfectly secure” communication. So in the cat and mouse game of information security, physicists have been fighting back by designing equipment that is more secure...."


Utah Area of Dinosaurs' Footprints Soon To Open For Public
This fall, the discovered fossilized dinosaurs' footprints will be displayed for general public in Utah. In 2009, a local found these fossilized tracks and the continued discovery of the new tracks made this site to have about 200 dinosaur tracks of around 10 ...

BBC News

LG bets on pricey OLED technology as future of TVs
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics Inc. announced two new giant OLED TVs with ultra-high definition screens Monday, sticking with its strategy of using the exceptionally expensive OLED display technology. The South Korean company said it will ...

The News Ledge

Methane bubbling up off the East Coast
Boston Globe
NEW YORK — Scientists have discovered methane gas bubbling from the seafloor in an unexpected place: off the East Coast of the United States where the continental shelf meets the deeper Atlantic Ocean. The methane is emanating from at least 570 ...

CTV News

China Telecom leaks the iPhone 6 on Weibo
An official image of the upcoming Apple smartphone gets accidentally revealed by the Chinese carrier on China's version of Twitter...


China readies home-grown Windows sub for fall launch
The new operating system is expected to launch initially on desktops in October, with support for mobile devices coming later....


Motorola Moto E Smartphone Review
While budget smartphones don't get as much attention in the media as their flagship brothers, they're arguably more important globally. The businesses that manage to harness the entry-level market can see huge gains in sales and market share in key ...


PlayStation Network, Battle.net go down under DDoS
Hackers have taken down the PlayStation Network, Blizzard's Battle.net, and others, as well as grounding a flight carrying the president of Sony Online Entertainment.


VMware's vCloud Air Network Validates Hybrid Services from Partners
Converge Network Digest
VMware introduced its vCloud Air Network -- a collection of validated cloud services based on VMware technology and choice of cloud providers on a local basis. The idea is to be able to provision workloads to the public cloud or move existing workloads ...


Amazon Considers Ad Placement & Sponsored Links: Store Data Could Retailer ...
Latin Post
In an attempt to replicate the successful ad placement system of tech giants such as Facebook and Google, online retail company Amazon is looking at the feasibility of launching its own version of the income-generating system. According to Wall Street OTC, ...

Here Is Yahoo's Native Ad Network | Digital - Advertising Age: "Yahoo is bringing its native ads to other publishers' sites. Last year Yahoo adopted the low-hanging-fruit version of native advertising, a form of ad that aims to mirror surrounding editorial content. Unlike BuzzFeed's sponsored listicles or The New York Times' brand-penned posts, Yahoo's native "Stream Ads" more closely resemble Facebook's Sponsored Stories in that they refashion display ads as content links within its sites' content streams. Now Yahoo is extending these ads outside of its own properties through a content recommendation system that helps publishers promote their own stories...."

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25 August 2014

Uber Opens Up API to Developers (video)

Uber Opening Up API to Developers with Launch Partners: Video - Bloomberg:
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Uber SVP for Business Emil Michael discusses Uber opening up API to developers with multiple launch partners. He speaks with Emily Chang on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg Aug20)

Cheap Windows laptops: One area they can't compete with Chromebooks | ZDNet: ""The affordability and easy maintenance of Chromebooks clinched the deal – we could buy three Chromebooks for the price of a single desktop computer and the district’s small IT team wouldn’t have to struggle to keep up with the repairs and updates on aging PCs.”"

The Microsoft Store: A wretched hive of scams and fake apps | ZDNet: "And remember, Microsoft also gets a cut from every sale made."

How Microsoft will ride Android hardware to save Windows Phone - CNET: "Specifically, Microsoft has tweaked its Windows Phone 8.1 software so that hardware makers can lean on the hardware and reference designs they're already using to build devices for Android-based phones in order to build a Windows Phone device."

Amazon Preps a Challenge to Google's Ad Business - WSJ: "Retailer Developing Ad Sales Program in a Challenge to Google and Microsoft"

BBC News - NSA and GCHQ agents 'leak Tor bugs', alleges developer: "...British and American intelligence agents attempting to hack the "dark web" are being deliberately undermined by colleagues, it has been alleged. Spies from both countries have been working on finding flaws in Tor, a popular way of anonymously accessing "hidden" sites. But the team behind Tor says other spies are tipping them off, allowing them to quickly fix any vulnerabilities...By fixing these flaws, the project can protect users' anonymity..."

Delivery Start-Ups Are Back Like It’s 1999 - NYTimes.com: "Of course, the couriers still need to be paid. “The complicated part is not getting customers, it’s getting the product to the customers"...."

The Ivy League, Mental Illness, and the Meaning of Life - The Atlantic"William Deresiewicz explains how an elite education can lead to a cycle of grandiosity and depression. "

Google Buys Product-Design Company Gecko for X Projects - Bloomberg"Gecko, which is based in Los Gatos, California, will join Google’s X lab, the startup said on its website. The company helps design products for clients including Hewlett-Packard Co., furniture maker Herman Miller Inc. and wearable-device provider Fitbit Inc., according to its website."

Execution of U.S. journalist reveals the changing business of war coverage | Reuters: "... On the evening newscasts at the major U.S. networks ABC, NBC and CBS, the number of minutes dedicated to overseas coverage is less than half of what it was in the late 1980s, Pew reported. But a new crop of smaller and less resourced news outlets, such as GlobalPost, Vice Media and BuzzFeed, are stepping into the breach and reporting from conflict regions. There has also been an influx of freelance journalists who can now report with a smart phone or hand-held camera and post their stories online, all without the backing of an established media organization...."

I will not be returning to Ferguson | Ryan L. Schuessler: "...We should all be ashamed, and I cannot do it anymore. I am thankful for my gracious editors who understand that."

British man sentenced to nearly three years in prison for movie piracy | Ars Technica: "Authorities caught Fast and Furious 6 uploader via his profile on a dating site."

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24 August 2014

Week Review: Google Turns 10, Ballmer Resigns, Apple Soars

Google's stock soars 1293% in first 10 years
Google's (GOOG) rise to power has been so swift and breathtaking, it's shaken up the world order of the advertising industry, disrupted the technology ...

New York Times

Steve Ballmer Quits Microsoft Board, Citing His Outside Duties
New York Times
Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft's former chief, at a fan festival on Monday for the ... for devices made by Microsoft's competitors, like the iPad from Apple.
Steve Ballmer Steps Down From Microsoft Board - Forbes
Steve Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board After Sealing Deal For Clippers - Forbes

How Facebook and Twitter control what you see about Ferguson
Washington Post
Johnson backed up her theory with a Georgia Institute of Technology study of how political content affects users' perceptions of Facebook.

Economic Times

Apple at $100: How much higher it can go
Apple (AAPL) stock finally pulled its head over the $100-a-share mark for the first time on a split-adjusted basis to a record closing price. But savvy ...
New record for Apple stock - CNNMoney
Have Apple's Shares Really Hit An All-time High? - Forbes


316 stocks expected to beat Apple
It's so tempting to buy Apple (AAPL) — everyone else is. But in the twisted reality of Wall Street, the most popular stocks don't necessarily have the ...


Facebook “satire” tag could wipe out the Internet's terrible hoax-news industry
Washington Post
The tag is still a “small test,” Facebook told The Post, and isn't terribly visible on the site. You'll see it only in Facebook's related-links box, which appears once ... proliferate onFacebook, ultimately finding — to quote MIT's Technology ...

Daily Report: Steve Ballmer Resigns From Board of Microsoft
Bits - Business, Innovation, Technology, Society. Search ... Steven A. Ballmer's era at Microsoft has come to a full stop, Nick Wingfield reports.

Google's Singhal Reflects on the Top Search Milestones Since 2004
Lisa Lacy
Google's Singhal thinks the roll-outs of universal search, voice search and the Knowledge Graph are amongGoogle's proudest moments since its IPO.

Google Turns 10
Eddy Elfenbein
The shares are currently at $597, so Google is up more than 13-fold since the ... To describe the share history a bit more fully, Google raced to $373.62 ...


Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 design and hardware
Since their breakthrough several years back, tablets have become an integral part of the consumer electronics market. Millions of people use them for all sorts of tasks, ranging from web browsing to Netflix to writing and more. Versatility and portability have ...

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23 August 2014

Is a Chromebook What You Need? Easily Encrypt Your Email (videos)

Is a Chromebook All You Need? - Video - NYTimes.com: "May. 21, 2014 | 2:23 Molly Wood reviews Google’s Chromebooks, whose wide range of web apps and low price tags have helped the company take on big competitors in Apple and Windows."

Update: Check out the new Tegra K1-powered Acer Chromebook 13  ($279.99 - $379.99)  - Acer Chromebook 13 laptop -- The Chromebook with 13 hours of battery life (features & highlights):

The Acer Chromebook 13 gives you more. Up to 13 hours of battery life keeps you powered from day to night. A faster wireless connection keeps you one step ahead. Full HD display (optional) and anti-glare technology (optional) deliver smooth graphics and enhance all of your favorite videos and photos. Acer Chromebook 13 – more to enjoy. (Battery life may vary depending on model and configuration.) Published on Aug 11, 2014

Easily Encrypt Your Email - Video - NYTimes.com: "Jul. 16, 2014 |  Molly Wood explains how you can use several tools to encrypt your email and lock down your communications."

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22 August 2014

X-47B Drone and F-18 Fighter Jet Take First Flight Together (video)

X-47B Drone and F-18 Fighter Jet Take First Flight Together: Video - Bloomberg:
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Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) –- Earlier this week, the U.S. Navy conducted an historic first: operating manned and unmanned aircraft together from an aircraft carrier. The test was conducted on the USS Theodore Roosevelt and successfully saw an F/A-18 fighter jet and a a bat-winged X-47B drone take off and land in rapid succession. (Corrects cost.) (Source: Bloomberg)

iPhone 6: Doctors Raise Concerns Over Apple HealthKit
The iPhone 6 launch is just weeks away, but there will be much more than just one or two new phones. Of greater importance to most iPhone and iPad ...

Wall Street Journal

Amazon.com Coming to Shanghai's Free-Trade Zone
Wall Street Journal
Amazon, operating in China for a decade and delivering to about 3,000 cities and counties, has been quietly building its presence in the region.

Economic Times

Facebook Messenger gives users more control of privacy options on iOS
The Android and iOS versions of Facebook Messenger offer different ... Several years ago,Apple got into some hot water because of several apps that ...


European Facebook Class Action Suit Attracts 60K Users As It Passes First Court Hurdle
Some developments around the class action suit filed against Facebook in Europe earlier this month over alleged privacy violations: the Austria-based ...
Facebook forced to respond to privacy complaints of 25000 Europeans - ZDNet
Facebook ordered to respond to “class action” European privacy suit - Gigaom


Report: Microsoft to reveal Windows 9 next month
Might Microsoft be ready to reveal the latest version of its Windows operating system? The Verge reports Microsoft is planning an event Sept.


A Video Startup Teaches Apple TV Some New Tricks
AirPlay is Apple's system for beaming stuff from users' phones, tablets and laptops toApple TVs, and then onto actual TV sets. A couple of years ago, ...

The Guardian

Google lobbies to test self-driving cars in Matrix-style virtual world
The Guardian
Google has built a "Matrix-style" digital simulation of the entire Californian road system in which it is testing its self-driving cars – and is lobbying the ...


Google Chrome is now surfable in Cuba
Google Chrome is now downloadable in Cuba -- a country known for limited Internet access. The Web giant announced Wednesday that it made the ...

Twitter details its anti-spam system, BotMaker — Tech News and Analysis: "Twitter has developed a system called BotMaker to deal with its spam problem. Essentially, BotMaker scans messages before they’re posted, after they’re posted, and as part of bulk data analyses in order to determine what’s spam and then deal with them accordingly."

UPS: We’ve Been Hacked | TIME: "The United Parcel Service announced Wednesday that customers’ credit and debit card information at 51 franchises in 24 states may have been compromised. There are 4,470 franchised center locations throughout the U.S., according to UPS."

Can anyone stop Comcast? | The Verge: "..."other options are hardly worth the money," says Bonnie Smalley, who worked in customer service at Comcast and won an award for her work tweeting as @ComcastBonnie. She quit in 2011. "Right now, [Comcast] has little incentive to provide you with decent service. Who are you going to run to when you disconnect your service? Nobody, and they know it."..."

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21 August 2014

Twitter Censorship?


Twitter blocking 'graphic imagery' of James Foley beheading
Twitter says it is blocking accounts related to "graphic imagery" after the Islamic State released a video that shows the beheading of American ...
Twitter removes images of James Foley's death - CNNMoney
Twitter suspends accounts tweeting graphic images of James Foley beheading - Telegraph.co.uk
Twitter Tries to Block Images of Foley Killing - ABC News


Twitter to delete images of deceased family members on request
Policy revamp comes a week after Robin Williams' daughter abandoned Twitter after gruesome images of her late father were sent to her on the social ...
Twitter Will Remove Images Of The Deceased At The Request Of Family - Gizmodo

How Facebook and Twitter control what you see about Ferguson
Washington Post
Social media is controlled by algorithms – a mathematical formula that dictates what you see and when. In the past week, people have noticed ...

Foley video, photos being scrubbed from Twitter
Washington Post (blog)
Shortly afterward, Radio Sawa's Washington correspondent Zaid Benjamin, who seems to have broken the news of the execution, had his Twitter ...
Twitter Is Suspending Accounts For Sharing Beheading Images - TechCrunch

Should Twitter and YouTube remove images of James Foley's beheading, or do we have a right to ... - Gigaom

Daily Mail

Why CSIS' Twitter faux pas was worse than that time the Red Cross got slizzerd
Washington Post (blog)
As police and protesters clashed in Ferguson in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, theTwitter account for the Center for Strategic and International ...


Your Twitter Favorite Button Just Got a Lot More Powerful
If you've noticed tweets from people you don't follow popping up on your Twitter timeline, you're not going crazy. Twitter has updated its help ...
Twitter To Start Showing You Tweets From People You Don't Follow - Search Engine Journal

Twitter Has Changed A Core Function Of How It Works, And Users Are Freaking Out
Jay Yarow
Twitter has opened up the possibility of changing how its core function works. Dan Frommer at Quartz saysTwitter updated the page that defines its ...

Twitter is suspending accounts of people sharing journalist beheading video
Mark Sullivan
Twitter sprang into action today to prevent its users from sharing a graphic and disturbing video of Islamic militants beheading American journalist ...

Twitter to add "tweets from accounts you don't follow" to timelines
Rob Beschizza
So far, this has meant tweets favorited by people you do follow, but the idea is clearly to get users accustomed to feeds made of all sorts of things you ...

Twitter Suspends Accounts of Users Posting Execution Images
Twitter is "actively suspending accounts" of users posting images related to the apparent execution of journalist James Wright Foley, CEO Dick Costolo ...

Why Facebook is for ice buckets, Twitter is for Ferguson
Facebook's aspires to be a veritable news provider, but Twitter remains the hard-news king.


News and ads to appear on Snapchat
The Australian
SNAPCHAT, the mobile app for disappearing messages, could soon be a service for disappearing videos, news articles and advertisements. The start-up has held talks with advertisers and media companies in recent weeks about a service called Snapchat ...

Nature World News

Falcon 9 gracefully lands in SpaceX released video
Tech Times
Commercial spaceflight outfit SpaceX releases new video of successful soft ocean landing of Falcon 9 rocket. Test was third meant to lead to recoverable, reusable launch vehicle. (Photo : SpaceX). Commercial spaceflight company SpaceX has released a ...

Economic Times

Apple shares close at all-time high weeks before iPhone 6 launch
The stock closed above $100, which marks a record for the electronics giant when accounting for June's 7-for-1 stock split. by Shara Tibken · @sharatibken; August 19, 2014 6:00 PM PDT. comments. 0. facebook. twitter. linkedin. googleplus. more. more +.

The New Yorker

Daily Cartoon: Tuesday, August 19th
The New Yorker
Strongbox is a new way for you to share information, messages, and files with our writers and editors and is designed to provide you with a greater degree of anonymity and security than afforded by conventional e-mail. To help protect your anonymity, ...

Tumblr Partner Will Now Scan Photos for Clues About Brand Affiliation"Every day, users post about 130 million photos on Tumblr. Starting this week, the Yahoo-owned media brand will start to parse all those images for clues to users' brand affiliations."

Tech Times

NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity Stalled By 'Hidden Valley' Sand
Huffington Post
This image, taken by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity in August 2014, looks across the northeastern end of sandy "Hidden Valley" to the lower slopes of Mount Sharp on the horizon. | NASA/JPL-Caltech. Share · Tweet. Email. Comment. Share on Google+ ...

Fox News

Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano rumblings prompt orange alert (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
When Iceland's Grimsvötn volcano became active in April 2011, its explosive eruption sent ash plumes into the sky, disrupting flights in northwestern Europe for three days. Bardarbunga is another under-ice volcano.

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