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BitPay brings one-touch payments to bitcoin with new NFC-compatible checkout app

The new app also includes tipping options and multiple employee logins to make it easier for restaurants to use.

Brendan Jordan Vogues his way to a new YouTube channel [VIDEO]

Brendan Jordan - also known as the fierce kid who vogued his way to the top of viral stardom - is having a busy month.

A supercut of kids dancing to 'Shake It Off' is exactly what you need today

Tastefully Offensive created a supercut of kids dancing to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off."

A man just broke the Guinness World Record for longest golf club

Testing the limits of human achievement, a man used a 20-foot-long golf club to set a new world record.

A 12-year-old Lorde covered Kings of Leon, and it was incredible

On a New Zealand radio show in 2009, Lorde sang a stripped-down rendition of King of Leon's "Use Somebody."

Apparently we'll never get sick of 'Apparently Kid'

The apparently kid is apparently still awesome at the Texas State Fair.

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First Data Debuts Clover Mobile, A Wireless, Tablet-Based Point-Of-Sale | TechCrunch

That system has now sold over 26,000 units, the company says today. Meanwhile, the new system, designed to work wirelessly with a portable, tablet-sized device, is now in pilot testing and will be made available to merchants in 2015. Clover Mobile will allow merchants to place order, take payments, scan inventory, clock in employees, and sync sales data with accounting software, and more. It works as a standalone register, so merchants don’t necessarily need to have the Clover Station product. However, it can be paired with a Clover Station, if the merchant chooses.

How Much Would You Pay For An “Undo” Button On Tinder? | TechCrunch

Tinder is moving forward with a testing plan for Tinder Plus, a new paid version of the app that brings premium features to users and finally starts a revenue stream for the growing IAC-owned dating company.

Internet Arcade puts 900 free coin-op games in your browser - CNET

The Internet Archive unveils a massive library of arcade games playable in a browser to both entertain us and offer a fascinating look into gaming history.

Dropbox and Microsoft form surprise partnership for Office integration

Microsoft and Dropbox are teaming up today to more closely integrate Dropbox into Office. The surprise partnership will benefit Dropbox users who use Office across desktop, mobile, and the web as Microsoft’s productivity suite will soon become the standard way to edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files stored on Dropbox storage. Office for iPad will benefit the most, with an update coming in the following weeks that will allow Dropbox users to link their account directly to the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint iPad apps.

Intel Capital Leads $35M Investment In Social Login Service Gigya | TechCrunch

Gigya , a company that helps online businesses and publishers manage customer log-ins, is announcing that it has raised $35 million in a funding round led by Intel Capital.

For Women, Mentorship Is Key To Getting Over The Mid-Career Hump

Larrain says that discussing goals is critical to being a good mentor. “At the start of any mentoring relationship, I always sit down with my mentee and discuss what their objectives are,” he says. “Mentorship isn’t one size fits all. It's about developing an individualized relationship that helps someone reach the next level, both personally and professionally. So, in many ways, the key to being a good mentor is listening.” This is particularly important for male-female mentoring, since men may not perceive the full range of challenges women on their teams are facing.

BeON Home’s Smart Lightbulbs Aim To Out-Smart An Intruder | TechCrunch

Currently being crowd funded on Kickstarter , the BeON Burglar Deterrent is a set of LED-lightbulbs based on the premise that crime prevention is favourable over crime detection. The smart lightbulbs install just like regular lightbulbs, including working with your existing wall switches, but — thanks to an additional ‘smart’ module — introduce a degree of intelligence. Specifically, the system learns your home’s lighting patterns, which are then replayed when you are away in a bid to create the impression that someone is still home.

Police Finally Arrest The Third And Final Founder Of The Pirate Bay | TechCrunch

Proving that the long arm of the law doesn’t soften over time, the final founder of legendary file-sharing site The Pirate Bay to evade the police has now been caught. Fredrik Neij, known also as ‘TiAmo’, was arrested by border authorities in Thailand after attempting to enter the country from Laos, where he lives.

Online Drug Dealers Are Now Accepting Darkcoin, Bitcoin's Stealthier Cousin | WIRED

The underlying demand for more financial anonymity means darkcoin may soon be adopted by more of the dozens of small marketplaces that now compete in the crypto-economy, says cryptocurrency consultant and privacy advocate Kristov Atlas, who recently performed an audit of darkcoin . While he doesn’t expect the newly dominant Silk Road replacement sites like Silk Road 2, Agora, and Evolution to begin accepting darkcoin any time soon, Atlas argues it could serve as a differentiator for lesser-know sites. “People are becoming increasingly aware of the need for mixing services when they’re using these dark web marketplaces. They’re aware that bitcoin in itself is not completely anonymous,” Atlas says. Darkcoin’s early adopters, he argues, are a sign that it could fill that privacy void. “If you want to find out whether a currency is good, one of the first places you look is people who need to do things anonymously like criminals and drug dealers. It’s a vote of confidence in darkcoin.”

Prime subscribers can now store an unlimited number of photos in Amazon’s cloud

I could have used this years ago when I was looking for a photo storage service online to back up my photos to. I’m a little cautious when it comes to Amazon services ever since they gave us Amazon music years ago to store our music on. I signed up, stored all my music on it, starte buying more digital music from them, then they pulled the rug out from under us. They removed the free 5gb service and gave us like 150 songs or something. So I went to Google Music to store my music.

Where to watch the 2014 election results live online

Want to watch the election results unfold in real time? Then check out our handy guide for live streams of the election coverage from TV networks, newspapers, online services and others.

Tinder’s Sean Rad Demoted From CEO, Will Serve As President And Board Member | TechCrunch

Tinder’s parent company just swiped left on Sean Rad, who will step down as the company’s CEO, according to a report from Forbes . He is to remain with the company and serve as president of the company and will join as a member of the board. But he’s not out yet. Tinder and parent company IAC will soon start looking for a replacement CEO for the growing startup.

A White-hat Hacker Discovered A Dangerous Vulnerability In Three Apple Operating Systems

Flickr/puuikibeach A Swedish white-hat hacker has discovered a serious vulnerability in OS X Yosemite that may extend to previous Mac operating systems as well, reports The Hacker News' Mohit Kumar .

Facebook's Parse now lets you A/B test push notifications for free - The Next Web

Today, Parse is adding a new feature to its platform, Parse Push Experiments. The new tool now lets you easily create A/B tests for push notifications so you can study the analytics data and see what content or timing is most effective.

Movie Industry Yells 'Cut!' on Wearables in Theaters

The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners, which represents 32,000 screens across the U.S., have issued a zero tolerance policy on wearable devices capable of recording video, due to concerns over piracy.

Apple hires new DC lobbyists for competition, IP issues

The specific issues that WilmerHale will lobby on were not disclosed, but a clue can sometimes be found in the personal experience of the individual lobbyists. They are David Ross, who was an international trade counsel at the Senate Finance Committee for four years until 2011 and worked at the office of the U.S. Trade Representative; Neil Potts, who before joining WilmerHale in 2013 was an attorney at a company specializing in international and trade law; and Jonathan Yarowsky, who worked alongside Potts at his previous firm and is now a WilmerHale partner in regulatory and government affairs.

Looking for an architecture for the internet of things? Try DNS.

This week’s internet of things podcast gets deep on how to build a domain name system for the internet of things, but first Kevin and I discuss, Microsoft Band, Nest and home hub upgrades.

Memo Box Predicts When You’ve Forgotten Your Pills | TechCrunch

The interior of the box has been designed to take various types of pills and medicines, including loose pills, blister packs, and small ampules or eye drops. Larger versions of the Memo Box may be created if the crowdfunding project hits a stretch goal. Users will be asked to vote on larger designs that could also accommodate inhalers and insulin pens if more than £350,000 is raised via the crowdfunding campaign.

Best iPhone & iPad Apps From October 2014

From slick expenses-trackers to video-centric coding tutorials, we covered a lot of ground with new iOS apps in October.

Mercedes-Benz' insane new SUV concept is a giant solar panel

German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has debuted a new concept for a hydrogen-powered SUV, and it's pretty crazy. The Vision G-Code is as striking as any concept, with a squat profile and space-age interior, but it's not the car's looks that are interesting here: it's the paint. When the G-Code is stationary, its "multi-voltaic" paint generates electricity in a number of ways. It acts like a giant solar cell, turning the sun's energy into electricity, and also charges electrostatically, harnessing the power of the wind.

The numbers behind Jill Abramson and Steven Brill’s new media venture don’t add up

Jill Abramson, former executive editor of the New York Times, is launching a new journalism startup with media entrepreneur Steven Brill that the two say will pay writers $100,000 or more per article. But many are skeptical of the venture’s economic viability

We Surveyed People About Smartwatches And Their Answers Reveal Why This Market Will Be Small

But there is no killer app, and hence most people don't see the point. Overall a majority of people still don't see the point of these devices. This is the reason 51% of those uninterested in smartwatches gave us for why they wouldn't buy the device. At a distant second, 13% of respondents said they just didn't like wearing a watch. Until consumers see a clear reason why smartwatches will improve their lives and productivity, the smartwatch category will remain small.

Just when you thought they couldn’t get any worse, here come sponsored comments

This saddens me no end, because it blurs that line between an honest comment and hype. The insidious nature of ad and marketing culture now make it possible to shade and confuse the truth, obscure the honest and celebrate the banal. I would like to say “this too shall pass”, but I am getting less and less optimistic and more convinced that our culture is drowning in toxicity. I almost think it would be better to turn off comments completely than to allow yet another forum for public discussion to be poisoned by trolls, greed and agendas – but not really. I guess it’s just time to step up the monitoring and use of the delete button. And I remember when this was all such a good and wonderful idea . . . .

Dasher Teams Up With Venmo To Bring Peer-To-Peer Payments To Its Messaging App | TechCrunch

Dasher’s payments feature may help it stand out from the crowd (for now), but Facebook might be likely to adopt a more Tencent-like approach: get people to pair their cards and then push e-commerce services. That’s all speculative for now, but if you want to play with payments in chat in the U.S., and don’t fancy the trip to China, Dasher is your answer.

Ranking Every Halo Map Ever Made #110-61 - IGN

"Harvest is an interesting one. It's got the whole thing of vehicle routes on the outside and then the running routes on the interior. I think over time having played it a bunch, it's a map that for objective games can have really skewed games, which can happen in almost anything. A coordinated team running vehicles and controlling interior routes can be dominant on that map. That being said, there’s a lot of interesting stuff with the two big outer ramps and then the struggle over the interior hall area with the two jump ramps that go into the center. I’d probably say that was the strongest one from the Crimson Map Pack." -Kynan Pearson

Racially Diverse Emojis Under Development

"There are many other types of diversity in human appearance besides different skin tones: Different hairstyles and color, use of eyeglasses, various kinds of facial hair, different body shapes, different headwear, and so on," the firm said. "It is beyond the scope of Unicode to provide an encoding-based mechanism for representing every aspect of human appearance diversity that emoji users might want to include."

How and where to buy: Note 4 and Note Edge

The Galaxy Note 4 is the newest Note to be offered by Samsung. The Note series has been one of the most successful series of Android phones to be offered. This year Samsung outdid themselves in the form of offering a spec monster. With a Quad HD screen, a top in processor, 3GB of ram, and metal frame Note fans agree this is a worthy successor for a phone know to have all the latest and greatest tech. Here at AndroidGuys we want to let you the user know when and where you can get the hottest products Android has to offer.

Health Insurance Marketplace: Enroll for 2015 Healthcare Coverage

Before you apply for coverage, learn what you need to know about the Marketplace and find out if your income may qualify you to save money on coverage Remember, Open Enrollment for 2015 coverage runs from November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015.

Tom Magliozzi, Popular Co-Host Of NPR's 'Car Talk,' Dies At 77

The Magliozzi brothers grew up in a tough neighborhood of East Cambridge, Mass., in a close-knit Italian family. Tom was 12 years older, the beloved older brother to Ray. They liked to act like they were just a couple of regular guys who happened to be mechanics, but both of them graduated from MIT.

The happy secret to better work

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. (Filmed at TEDxBloomington.)

REVEALED: The Demographic Trends For Every Social Network

BII The demographics of who's on what social network are shifting — older social networks are reaching maturity, while newer social messaging apps are gaining younger users fast.

BlackBerry's Comeback Plan Is Bearing Fruit — So Far

A year or so ago, BlackBerry was competing head to head with Apple and Google for the consumer market. Now, a humbled BlackBerry is focusing exclusively on business customers like Harry. Although critics see BlackBerry as a washed-up brand on its way to becoming the next Palm, the company has successfully completed the first stage of its turnaround plan. Proponents say that if BlackBerry continues to focus on hardcore business customers, it may defy the odds, and pull off a comeback.

Death and the missing piece of medical school

When I became a doctor, I crossed over to the other side of the hospital doors and, although I had grown up with two doctors for parents, everything I saw was new to me. I had certainly never seen anyone die before, and when I did, it came as a shock. That wasn’t because it made me think of my own mortality. Somehow the concept didn’t occur to me, even when I saw people my own age die. I had a white coat on; they had a hospital gown. I couldn’t quite picture it the other way round. I could, however, picture my family in their places. I’d seen multiple family members — my wife, my parents and my children — go through serious, life-threatening illnesses. Even under dire circumstances, medicine had always pulled them through. The shock to me therefore was seeing medicine not pull people through. I knew theoretically that my patients could die, of course, but every actual instance seemed like a violation, as if the rules I thought we were playing by were broken. I don’t know what game I thought this was, but in it we always won.

15 New York City attractions for people who hate people

The Panorama of the City of New York, at the Queens Museum, is New York without all the people, and from a time when there were fewer in general. Conceived as part of the 1964 World Fair, the panorama is built to a 1:1200 scale and today includes every building, street, park and bridge built before 1992. If you've ever wanted to watch a sunrise in a New York without people, replicated through an audiovisual representation, you can do it here. There probably won't be many visitors to this New York besides you.

Why do Americans vote on Tuesdays? - Jacob Soboroff

Since 1845, Americans have been voting on Tuesdays -- but why? In this humorous talk, Jacob Soboroff shares the history of Election Day and shows how voting on a Tuesday affects voter turnout.

Fast Company | Business + Innovation

This installation transports visitors back in time to the space's previous life as a factory through the smells of metal, sweat, and grease.

90-year-old Florida man faces 60 days in jail for feeding the homeless

“On Wednesday at 5:30 we will feed on the beach. When confronted by the police, which I expect will happen, I will present them with a copy of the court order of 1999 which allowed us to feed on the beach, without interference from the city,” Abbott wrote. “It is my hope that they will honor that agreement but it is possible that they won’t, alluding to the new agreement which scrapped the old one, and I could be arrested again.”

How to upgrade democracy for the Internet era

Pia Mancini and her colleagues want to upgrade democracy in Argentina and beyond. Through their open-source mobile platform they want to bring citizens inside the legislative process, and run candidates who will listen to what they say.

So You Want To Fix The Housing Crisis | TechCrunch

The community has since recovered and thrived over the past decade. However, without a concerted regional effort that includes housing development in Menlo Park and Palo Alto, this community may get completely erased or gentrified out. This mirrors what’s happening in the rest of the Bay Area as wealthier primarily white and Asian suburbs refuse to build a commensurate amount of housing to match local population and job growth, creating pressures for the region’s historically black, Latino and vulnerable neighborhoods to face displacement.

Innovation Uncensored San Francisco 2014

Game Changer: A Look Inside Ubisoft’s Immersive Game Experiences (1:00 - 2:30PM)- Thanks to compelling narratives, innovative gameplay, and breakthrough technology, video games these days are true entertainment experiences. At the forefront of this charge, Ubisoft has inspired communities around the world to play, connect, rock out, and Just Dance. During this visit to Ubisoft’s San Francisco office, get hands-on with some of its top video-game franchises and learn about the technology that powers its innovation. Hosted by Lesley Phord-Toy, Producer, Assassin's Creed;Tony Key, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Ubisoft; Jason Altman,Executive Producer, Just Dance Now; Paul Cross,Creative Director, Rocksmith

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The Art of Not Working at Work

What's more, the jobs that are created often come up short on providing fulfillment. Involuntary slacking may first be conceived of as real bliss: “Hey, I don’t have to work!” one of my interviewees recalls. But as the years pass by, most of us will crave some type of meaningful activity. I interviewed an archivist who wrote his master’s thesis while at work and a subway-ticket collector who composed music in his little booth. If you're lucky, these activities may be pursued within the frame of wage labor—but that's very hard to come by. Our economy produces inequalities in income and job security, but also, we should acknowledge, in stimulation and substance.

Yes, I survived cancer. But that doesn't define me

Debra Jarvis had worked as a hospital chaplain for nearly 30 years when she was diagnosed with cancer. And she learned quite a bit as a patient. In a witty, daring talk, she explains how the identity of “cancer survivor” can feel static. She asks us all to claim our hardest experiences, while giving ourselves room to grow and evolve.

Some comedic genius photobombed Kim Jong-un and nobody noticed

On Jong-un's strange little tour through the orphanage that was suspiciously lacking any signs of children and/or carpet stains, he took photos in a bedroom where someone had set up some stuffed toys on a dresser in a corner. Of course, these adorable plushies are in caught in a compromising position. Wink wink.

It’s not just on Ebola that good science must prevail | Nick Cohen

Assorted wackos from religious apologists to postmodern relativists rage against the oppressive ideology of “scientism”. They say its arrogant disciples insist that only truths that stand the test of the scientific method can be believed. They force their doctrines, which cranks always insist are no more “true” than the doctrines of alternative health/religion/intelligent design/Holocaust denial (delete where applicable) on the rest of society, allowing no dissent. One only has to look at the Ebola panic to see the falsity of the myth of the imperial scientist. It cannot restrain a hysterical public and the seedy politicians who egg them on. Neither cares that if Ebola is to be stopped thousands more men and women with the courage of Hickox must go to West Africa, and they may well be deterred if puffed-up demagogues boom they are selfish rather than selfless and try to lock them up to placate popular prejudice.

We Took Ikea's New Automatic, Adjustable Standing Desk For A Spin

Will the Bekant actually improve your life? That's a more personal question. People who love standing desks love them. They point to how they're no longer slumped in a chair all day, and now alert and vibrant at work. My feelings were more mixed. After a couple of days with the Bekant, I appreciated the opportunity to stand and indeed felt healthier than usual. But then after a few hours I also wanted to sit down (I'm lazy). The good thing about the Bekant, which Ikea calls a "sit/stand" desk, is that you can do both. You can keep your office chair and just bring the desk to sitting level if you feel like it.

Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

Dweck: It can be powerful at any age. Being a good parent has become synonymous with giving out ability praise. Parents still think this is the greatest gift they can give to their children, and as a child gets more and more insecure, they give more and more of it. And, by the way, a lot of employers and coaches have said, “My employees cannot get through the day without accolades and validation.” Even professional coaches have said they cannot give feedback without these people feeling that they’ve crushed them. We’ve created several generations now of very fragile individuals because they’ve been praised and hyped. And feel that anything but praise is devastating.

Intel Capital Leads $35M Investment In Social Login Service Gigya | TechCrunch

Gigya , a company that helps online businesses and publishers manage customer log-ins, is announcing that it has raised $35 million in a funding round led by Intel Capital.

“A Spacecraft for All”: The Journey of the ISEE-3.

'Alex From Target' meme turns regular employee into Internet superstar

The related hashtag #AskAlexAQuestion is also trending in the U.S., though the Target employee in question has yet to answer questions from his confirmed Twitter account. Alex, whose last name is currently unknown, gained more than 316,000 followers overnight.

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53 Ahoy, Space Pirates, Spend Your Booty On This Crazy Watch | TechCrunch
54 Hey, Single Ladies: Vote. Control Over Your Body Depends on It.
55 The Surprising Facts About Who Shops Online And On Mobile
56 Why Money and Inexperience Are Escalating Sexism at Startups
57 It's Looking More and More Likely That We Live in a Multiverse
58 SpaceShip Two crash casts doubt on space tourism project, says Branson
59 The growing popularity of global social media campaigns
60 Emoji to Gain Expanded Racial Diversity With Skin Tone Modifier Option in Mid-2015
61 2015 Tesla Model S P85D First Test - Motor Trend
62 Use the power of the Internet to unclutter your life
63 Tinder’s Sean Rad Demoted From CEO, Will Serve As President And Board Member | TechCrunch
64 Secure Messaging Scorecard
65 AT&T’s outdated unlock policies cost it a loyal customer: me [Updated]
66 Jonathan Rothberg’s New Startup Raises $100 Million for Chip-based Ultrasound | MIT Technology Review
67 Bono, Peter Thiel, Eva Longoria join thousands at Web Summit in Dublin
68 The Internet Archive Now Lets You Play 900+ Classic Arcade Games In Your Browser | TechCrunch
69 Big Boo from 'OITNB' stands up to subway preacher's hate speech
70 7 Ways to Staff the Right Social Media Team
71 Bizarre cloud spotted above seaside town, freaks everyone out
72 An App To Redesign How We Vote
73 New Ducati Superbike May Be Smart Enough to Keep You From Crashing It | WIRED
74 IE11 finally passes IE8 to become the world's most popular browser, Chrome flat, Firefox continues to fall
75 16 Blogging Platforms That Won't Distract From Your Writing
76 Humble plants that hide surprising secrets
77 'Folly' prevented nuclear disaster
78 Open Roberta: Google Helps School Kids Program With Robots
79 Acquia Wants To Bring More Intelligent Personalization To Your Website | TechCrunch
80 Alibaba Revenue Lifted by User, Mobile Growth
81 Jonathan Rothberg’s New Startup Raises $100 Million for Chip-based Ultrasound | MIT Technology Review
82 Your Creative Calendar: 61 Things To Do, Watch, Hear, And Read This November
83 Why we need a secular sabbath
84 Posture perfect: How to text and work at a desk without destroying your body
85 Wreck of 17th-century Dutch warship found in Caribbean
86 What It Means to Live in a Holographic Universe - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus
87 Flaw in New 'Secure' Credit Cards Would Let Hackers Steal $1M Per Card | WIRED
88 Forget Apple Pay. The Master of Mobile Payments Is Starbucks | WIRED
89 12 tips to dominate National Novel Writing Month
90 The Backbone Of American Elections: Pen And Paper | TechCrunch
91 Softcard brings NFC payments to Windows Phone
92 Alibaba revenues surge 54% in first earnings report as a public company