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Verizon will buy AOL for $4.4 billion

Verizon, it has just been announced, has agreed to a deal to buy AOL for $4.4 billion. That's a price of $50 per share, and the transaction is expected to be completed this summer. The American mobile giant describes this as a "significant step in building digital and video platforms to drive future growth." Having AOL's digital content and advertising expertise is seen as a major asset in advancing Verizon's strategy to monetize LTE wireless video and other over-the-top video services. Even so, it's amusing that the first key AOL asset mentioned in the press release is the enduring (eternal?) subscription business that has kept it in business for so long. Beyond that, there are significant brands in online publishing such as The Huffington Post (which AOL  acquired in 2011 for $315 million ),  Engadget , and TechCrunch .

Nanoscale Semiconductors Offer a New Approach to Artificial Photosynthesis | MIT Technology Review

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, say that by combining nanoscale materials with bacteria, they have opened the door to a new way of designing systems that could efficiently turn carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight into useful organic compounds—similar to what plants do through photosynthesis. Down the road, they say, the system could become a commercially viable way to produce high-value chemicals like drug precursors used by the pharmaceutical industry, or to store renewable energy in the form of liquid fuels.

Verizon has likely already hung a ‘For Sale’ sign on The Huffington Post

In fact, there’s an argument to be made—as Dennis Berman does at the Wall Street Journal —that the Verizon bid for AOL says more about Verizon’s difficulties than it does about any intrinsic value that its target might have. Paying $50 a share for AOL is so far above any realistic value for that company that it feels more like a Hail Mary pass than a strategy that comes out of some consistent vision of the company’s future.

Ditch Your Bike for These Futuristic Electric Wheels

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Second Quarter CIOs

Martha and her team at Heller Search Associates specialize in recruiting CIOs, CTOs and other senior technology executives across multiple industries. Martha is the author of the book, The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership. Prior to founding Heller Search, Martha was Managing Director of the IT Leadership Practice at ZRG Partners, a global executive search firm. Before establishing her career in executive search, Martha was Founder and Managing Director of CIO magazine's CIO Executive Council, a professional organization for CIOs. She continues to engage with CIO audiences through her monthly column in CIO magazine, as author of's Movers & Shakers blog, and as author of You and Your CIO, a blog on Martha has presented on the CIO career at numerous CIO magazine events, the CIO Executive Summit, MIT's emerging technology conference, SIM, the United Nations Forum on Women and Technology, and many academic executive programs. Martha is also on the judging panel for CIO's prestigious CIO 100 award.

SideCar rolls out medical marijuana delivery in SF - CNET

Max writes about venture capital in addition to the biggest startups in the world, while seeking out the next gee-whiz technology to come out of Silicon Valley. He joined CNET News from The Wall Street Journal, where he contributed stories on commercial real estate, architecture, big data and more. He's also written for LA Weekly, Slate and American Lawyer Media's The Recorder, where he covered legal battles in Silicon Valley. Max holds degrees from Georgetown University and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He's based in San Francisco. See full bio

7 With AOL sale, Yahoo and others look more interesting

With AOL sale, Yahoo, others look more interesting Verizon's bid for AOL brings into play some interesting possibilities across the digital playing field, experts say. Check out this story on

What Verizon Buying AOL Is Really About

And there are other potential advantages to a Verizon-AOL tie-up. One is that the more data Verizon has — it already has ways of gathering its own , as a carrier of so many services — the more data that can be thrown into AOL’s ad targeting system, which launched in April and is called One. This could allow Verizon to compete directly with Facebook’s own third-party ad targeting system, Atlas. And Facebook’s stated shift toward focusing on video would only make the competition more intense.

Verizon and Sprint to pay $158 million for cramming charges on customers' bills

Verizon and Sprint are paying a combined $158 million to settle investigations into unauthorized charges placed on their customers' phone bills. The practice is known as "cramming," and with today's announcement, the Federal Communications Commission has now made cramming settlements with all four major wireless carriers — AT&T settled in October  for $105 million , and T-Mobile settled in December  for $90 million . Of today's $158 million, $90 million will come from Verizon and $68 million will come from Sprint.

Disrupt NY: Meet the next generation of tech companies

On May 4-6, 2015, hopeful tech entrepreneurs gathered at Disrupt NY 2015, looking for financial support and recognition. We talked to some to find out who they are and what they hope to do.

Tim Cook: Apple is in talks with Alibaba and Chinese banks to launch Apple Pay in China

Cook also talked about Apple’s new environmental initiatives in China that will see the company team up with local electric companies in the country to generate up to 80 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy every year. He said that Apple’s aim is to make its product in the most environmentally cleanest way possible and this starts not from the manufacturing, but right from the raw materials required for the product.

Forget Social Media! Build Your Very Own Website

Sure, my site costs more than the sum total of all my social-media accounts, but it’s a lot more permanent and I’m in the driver’s seat. If I want to change a photo or text, or even change out the entire design—I’m just a click or two away. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go share the link to my beautiful, new website on Facebook and Twitter.

There's Too Much Empty Space When Men Are Photoshopped Out Of Music Festival Lineups

Okay, Skate and Surf Festival 2015 happens to be the most egregious offender of the bunch, but other contenders scarcely fare much better. Of the 166 acts featured at Coachella, the monster multi-weekend festival in California, only 26 had anybody identifying as a woman on hand. Wherefore art thou, Lilith Fair!

Jennifer Lewis

At January’s Consumer Electronics Show, Jennifer Lewis , a biological engineering professor at Harvard with 10 patents to her name, unveiled a potentially revolutionary new technology: the world’s first 3-D printer capable of spitting out fully functional electronics. While most current models print plastic-based filament—which is fitting for trinkets and prototypes—Voxel8’s uses a conductive silver ink that can be printed right into a USB drive or quadcopter drone, for example, and that can be filled in around microchips inserted by hand. The first generation of Voxel8 printers will arrive at universities and industrial labs for research purposes by the end of the year, but Lewis envisions a future in which anyone involved in the DIY movement can print his or her own computer parts or robotic toys at home. "We ultimately want to mass-customize electronics," she says.

Gordon Moore is still amazed at how Moore's Law shaped the tech industry

Since retiring from Intel, Moore and his wife founded the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The foundation concentrates on funding and otherwise promoting basic research in areas where the Moores feel the United States has fallen behind. And it’s not just semiconductors; the foundation invests in marine biology “to understand all the little buggers in the ocean,” Moore said. It also works to avoid preventable medical accidents, such as the shot of insulin Betty Moore once received by accident—it was meant for a diabetic patient in the same room.

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BitTorrent's messaging app Bleep is so secure that it doesn't even have a cloud

Bleep is all about user privacy. While other apps maintain that data transmitted through their service is safe because of end-to-end encryption, the data is still stored on the apps’ clouds (the back-end computer servers that power an Internet service). Bleep doesn’t have a cloud. This means that when you send a message from Bleep it goes directly to the recipient and BitTorrent has absolutely no way of accessing any of that data.

Mozilla Launches A New Firefox Version Without DRM Support

Almost exactly a year ago, Mozilla announced that it would (very reluctantly) implement the HTML5 DRM specs into Firefox. Today, the organization officially launched HTML5 DRM support with the release of Firefox 38. In addition, however, Mozilla also announced the launch of a separate Firefox download that won’t automatically install Adobe’s technology for playing back DRM-wrapped content in the browser.

Fishing boats seen from space look like a galaxy on Earth - CNET

You might mistake a new photo captured by European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti for being another in a series of views out into the wide universe. Taken from the International Space Station and featured today, Tuesday, the image shows an elongated cluster of bright lights, spread out across a black background. Though they look like stars, the lights are from fishing boats seen against a dark sea.

Google Shopping Leader Decamps for Jawbone

The head of Google’s commerce businesses is leaving for consumer gadget maker Jawbone, a move likely to raise questions about the Internet giant’s same-day delivery service Google Express.

No relief: Major 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal again

Tuesday's earthquake, which the U.S. Geological Survey says is an aftershock of the earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, struck near the town of Namche Bazar near Mount Everest. It was shallow and had a magnitude of 7.3 according to the USGS. The earthquake on April 25 had a magnitude of 7.8.

Extreme selfie fans get their own drone, no flying experience required

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Samsung launches Artik chips for the Internet of Things - CNET

Young Sohn, the Samsung Electronics president and chief strategy officer in charge of Menlo Park, Calif.-based Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center, said the Artik line of processors combines hardware and software to help companies quickly and easily build Internet-connected devices. Alex Hawkinson -- CEO of SmartThings, a smart-home startup Samsung bought last year -- also unveiled the SmartThings Open Cloud to make it easier and faster for device makers and other companies to quickly create apps for the products.

Apple's push into China is crushing Samsung

Over the last few months Apple has heavily invested in China and it’s starting to hurt Samsung.

Agents of SHIELD Executive Producer Teases the Season Finale's Battle with the Inhumans - IGN

Jeffrey Bell: In many ways, this season has been centered around Skye. Not just the rise of her getting powers and transforming into, really, the first super powered person as part of our team, but in the middle of that [there] has been a real pull between her surrogate family with Coulson and May and finally finding out who her real family is, her mom and her dad. She's had to deal with the fact that dad is perhaps a little off balance – [laughs] who am I to judge? – and the fact that mother is not just alive but the head of this group that calls themselves Inhumans. Suddenly, it's everything a girl could want except as we learned in episode 220, mom's not as quite as loving as I think Skye had hoped. But she doesn't know that yet. We know that, but Skye doesn't know that yet. So going in, she's really well poised to be torn between these two factions while we know the truth about her mom.

Blue Apron is cooking up a $100M funding round on a $2B valuation

Blue Apron is a new concept in grocery delivery, built around incredible cooking experiences. We offer a once-a-week subscription service where we deliver all the fresh ingredients you need to make 3 meals, in exactly the right proport... read more »

Twitter Paid Over $86 Million for Periscope and Niche

The Periscope purchase also included earn-outs, or stock options offered to Periscope employees that vest over the next four years. Both acquisitions include $38 million in earn-outs but, again, it’s unclear what portion of those options were part of the Periscope deal versus the Niche deal.


Objects in real life don’t just start and stop instantly, and almost never move at a constant speed. When we open a drawer, we first move it quickly, and slow it down as it comes out. Drop something on the floor, and it will first accelerate downwards, and then bounce back up after hitting the floor.

UVA dean files defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone for rape article

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Android One launches in Europe with a decent and affordable smartphone

Today Google announced that it has officially expanded Android One to Turkey. The launch represents the program's debut in Europe, and brings the total count (so far) to seven countries. Android One, which Google unveiled last September, aims to spread affordable smartphones throughout the developing world. The devices run a close-to-stock version of Android, though up until now the hardware has been somewhat underwhelming.

6 drivers that determine your revenue model

Revenue models can vary based on: (i) your industry; (ii) your product or service within that industry; and (iii) what your direct competitors are doing. And most importantly, you need to assess whether your revenue plan passes the sanity check for your business and prospective investors.

Got an iPad at work? Duet Display turns it into a second monitor for Windows | ZDNet

With the server app running on your laptop, you simply connect your iPad to a computer using a USB cable. The Duet software will then recognize the iPad as a second monitor. You can use your computer's mouse to interact with Windows apps on the iPad or you can simply use the tablet's touchscreen.

Nvidia turns on 1080p 60 FPS streaming for its Grid cloud gaming service

To help with the increased server load, Nvidia is launching new Grid data centres in the US, Europe, and Asia later this year. If, however, that doesn't help with your connection speed, or if your bandwidth drops due to other (totally selfish) members of your household jumping on Netflix, Nvidia promises that its QoS algorithm will drop the resolution down dynamically without interrupting gameplay. For the moment, that means dropping down from 1080p to 720p (which requires around 9Mbps), and then down to 540p from there.

Erect a Monument to Freedom by 3D Printing This Bust of Edward Snowden

A few weeks ago, two artists carefully placed a bronze bust of Edward Snowden atop a vacant war monument in a Brooklyn park. It was quickly removed, of course, by police, who fined the artists $50 each for trespassing. But now anyone can bring a Snowden statue to their city—the artists have shared the 3D printing files.

Linda Boff

The first is that nothing substitutes for great content, so we try superhard to bring together both content and context. We try to figure out how each piece—whether a six-second Vine or a funny infomercial—works the way it should in the medium we’re using. What works on Vine works differently from what works on Snapchat, which is different from Medium. We think about user experience. It sounds a bit trite, but it’s very true that as an industry we need to remember that there’s someone at the other end we want to reach. And gone are the days where it’s all about the creative. It’s really important, but [you also have to figure out] how, where, and when people have the opportunity to bump into that content.

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Where the Digital Economy Is Moving the Fastest

Private equity and venture capital money have been concentrating in certain markets in ways that mimic the electronic gold rush in Silicon Valley. During the summer of 2014 alone $3 billion poured into India’s e-commerce sector, where, in addition to local innovators like Flipkart and Snapdeal, there are nearly 200 digital commerce startups flush with private investment and venture capital funds. This is happening in a country where online vendors largely operate on a cash-on-delivery (COD) basis. Credit cards or PayPal are rarely used; according to the Reserve Bank of India, 90% of all monetary transactions in India are in cash. Even Amazon localized its approach in India to offer COD as a service. India and other middle-income countries such as Indonesia and Colombia all have high cash dependence. But even where cash is still king, digital marketplaces are innovating at a remarkable pace. Nimble e-commerce players are simply working with and around the persistence of cash.

Gallery: New art carved from old books

Left: One piece of the four-part “Americana 54 Two” (2013), which features four snake heads eating their tails, made from an entire set of Encyclopedia Americana. Right: “Saturation Will Result” (2011), which shows an encyclopedia springing from its static book form to become something more fluid. Says Dettmer, “Books can’t really adapt, so I’m suggesting the idea of something washing through the books and erasing as it goes.” Images courtesy of the artist and Kinz + Tillou Fine Art.

7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free

None of these cities are planning—yet—to go completely car-free. And it's possible that may never happen; it's likely that future cities will have at least a small fleet of self-driving electric cars on hand that can eliminate some of the current challenges around parking, congestion and pollution. But it's also clear that urban planners are finally recognizing that streets should be designed for people, not cars.

Fast Company | Business + Innovation

The billionaire former New York mayor is funding urban innovation, in the hopes of finding new solutions to the problems that plague cities around the world.

Every day this week is a palindrome

We're already a full day into a week-and-a-half of palindromes. From May 10 through May 19, each day, when read in the U.S. style of month/day/year, will be a palindrome.

Rand Paul Appoints Bitcoin-Friendly Overstock CEO To Tech Counsel

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has appointed CEO Patrick Bryne to his tech counsel, a group that includes Michele Weslander Quaid of Google, and Brandon Hudgeons of Schoox and will help shape the presidential candidate’s tech platform.

What's so funny about mental illness?

Diseases of the body garner sympathy, says comedian Ruby Wax — except those of the brain. Why is that? With dazzling energy and humor, Wax, diagnosed a decade ago with clinical depression, urges us to put an end to the stigma of mental illness.

Exclusive: The UK Has Just Unearthed New 'Top Secret' Colonial-Era Government Files | VICE News

The registers will likely be of interest to historians as documents in their own right. But Dr. Mandy Banton , who worked for 25 years at the National Archives as a Colonial Office records specialist, told VICE News that they might also provide evidence of still more colonial-era documents that the British government has long since destroyed.

Zombie roaches and other parasite tales

In this fascinating, hilarious and ever-so-slightly creepy talk, science writer Ed Yong tells the story of his favorite parasites — animals and organisms that live on the bodies (and brains!) of other organisms, causing them to do their bidding. Do humans have them too? Maybe ...

Dieter Rams: If I Could Do It Again, "I Would Not Want To Be A Designer"

Is there anything else you’d like to talk about that we haven’t covered so far? Well, I’m not very active in the design field anymore. I have only a few things to do, mainly in the furniture sector, because I have certain commitments. But I am still very interested in what’s happening, and it is my wish that we really do deal with our surroundings more consciously in the future. That is really my wish, because I believe it contributes to living with one another more peacefully. That’s why, if I had something to do in this world again, I would not want to be a designer. Because I believe, in the future, it will be less important to have many things and more important to exercise care about where and how we live.

The truth about lies: a recommended reading list

“Keyes, who coined the term ‘post-truth era,’ argues that our modern society is awash in a type of lie that is neither truth nor fiction, but more akin to ‘casual dishonesty.’ An older book that is still relevant today and was way ahead of its time.”

The View from the Front Seat of the Google Self-Driving Car

Rear-end crashes are the most frequent accidents in America, and often there’s little the driver in front can do to avoid getting hit; we’ve been hit from behind seven times, mainly at traffic lights but also on the freeway. We’ve also been side-swiped a couple of times and hit by a car rolling through a stop sign. And as you might expect, we see more accidents per mile driven on city streets than on freeways; we were hit 8 times in many fewer miles of city driving. All the crazy experiences we’ve had on the road have been really valuable for our project. We have a detailed review process and try to learn something from each incident, even if it hasn’t been our fault.

'The X-Files' revival officially has a premiere date

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54 There's an incredible amount of detail in this 10,000-brick Lego Millennium Falcon
55 Why Billionaires Don't Pay Property Taxes in New York
56 Exclusive: Apple Pursues DNA Data | MIT Technology Review
57 Maximize Your Creative Energy – Smashing Magazine
58 Why is biodiversity so important? - Kim Preshoff
59 Life lessons from big cats
60 Cuba Has a Lung Cancer Vaccine—And America Wants It | WIRED
61 Why bother leaving the house?
62 CRISPR Patents Spark Fight to Control Genome Editing | MIT Technology Review
63 My 12 pairs of legs
64 How I use sonar to navigate the world
65 LG Watch Urbane, a dressier smartwatch? Hands-on from Barcelona
66 Tesla’s Home Battery Is Built for a Solar Boom | MIT Technology Review
67 How to expose the corrupt
68 Is Your Twitter Profile Hurting Your Job Chances?
69 Frequent tanner shares graphic selfie of her skin cancer treatment
70 7 Tips to Improve Your Social Media Posts
71 Reg Saddler on Twitter
72 Hands-on: The Touchjet Pond projector is like a giant Android tablet you can take anywhere
73 The Best Smartwatch For Every Wrist
74 Want To Reduce Stress At Work? Try Commuting By Bike
75 For $19, this USB stick turns almost anything into a button
76 Learning on Twitter
77 Nintendo at E3 - E3 - Electronics Entertainment Expo Wiki Guide - IGN
78 Inspiring timelapse captures every day of a rescue puppy's life
79 Analyst Says iPhone 6s Will Have A Luxe Rose Gold Option
80 This is Saturn
81 There's only 1 month left to submit your work for the 2015 Mashies
82 How a Darth Vader selfie showed the worst side of social media
83 Mystery radio signals that baffled astronomers for years came from the staff microwave
84 readies its takeoff by wringing inefficiency out of buying and selling
85 Ranked: The Most Bike-Friendly States in the US | WIRED
86 The Verizon deal is the beginning of the end for the AOL brand
87 European Hardware Accelerator Woos Chinese Investors
88 MikMak Is The Smartphone-Based Reinvention Of The Infomercial
89 Rocket Internet’s Carspring Is A Marketplace For Pre-Owned Cars
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