Rebel Leader in Leaked Audio: We Just Shot Down a Plane
Ukrainian officials say that new leaked audio includes a phone call between a pro-Russian rebel leader and a Russian intelligence agent discussing the shoot-down of the Malaysia...
Amazon's First Fire Phone Ad Is All About the Content
Amazon has rolled out its first ad for the Fire Phone.
OK Go - The Writing's On the Wall - Official Video
Pre-order the new album, Hungry Ghosts (Oct 14) now at http://bit.ly/okghosts and get this song and 3 more as instant downloads. Buy the EP now on iTunes: ht...
The Slap - Point of Impact
What started out as kind of a parody ended up something much more interesting. Read on for my full thoughts. I recognized immediately the problem: it would b...
JIBO: The World's First Family Robot
CROWDFUNDING NOW at http://www.myjibo.com Meet JIBO! See what JIBO can do, and how he can fit in and is helpful in all sorts of families and in many differen...
If you were raised to hate, would you choose tolerance? (Book trailer)
"Everyone has a choice. Even if you're trained to hate, you can choose tolerance. You can choose empathy." An astonishing true story of an American boy train...
20 Strangers Undressing Each Other Is Awkwardly Sexy
A video showing 20 strangers undressing each is so awkwardly sexy that it may leave you feeling a bit exposed yourself.
Microsoft Ending its Short-Lived Tenure as Android Phone Maker
“We plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows,” CEO Satya Nadella wrote in his memo announcing the job cuts. Despite the use of the word select, Microsoft clarified it doesn’t plan to make future Android-based Nokia X phones.
Nerd Breakfast With Bloomberg: Media Mogul Opens R&D Lab in SF
But Bloomberg is a global company, and as we have grown over the past decade and expanded our ambitions, our tech needs have grown, too. To remain on the cutting-edge, we need to be able to hire the most talented developers from Silicon Valley and its surroundings — and be part of the R&D conversation happening in the community there. The new office we’re opening, which shares a building with Yelp, will eventually employ nearly 100 developers who will help further our core mission: Providing the most reliable up-to-the-second news and information on markets and the people and events that move them.
Live-blogging Google's earnings call with Wall Street: ad prices, Play and more. - Digits - WSJ
Google reported second-quarter net rose to $3.42 billion, or $4.99 a share. Revenue exceeded Wall Street’s expectations, climbing 22% to $15.96 billion. Excluding certain expenses, Google would have earned $6.08 a share.
Facebook Launches ‘Mentions,’ The Exclusive FB App For Playing The Fame Game | TechCrunch
Basically, it sounds like an app that provides a distilled version of Facebook focused on high-level review of social activity, and on media sharing, updates and interaction. Come to think of it, it sounds like what Facebook would be without ads, social gaming invites and ploys, BuzzFeed quizzes and the rest of the noise that can clutter up the experience. Facebook’s goal with the app is clearly for the celebrities on its network to drive even greater engagement from the rank and file, and making that happen means paring down the experience overall.
Google Earnings Show A Company Adapting To A Mobile World
In its second quarter earnings report Thursday, Google reported healthy revenue — 22 percent over last year, higher than expected – but lower earnings per share than analysts expected. The company’s longtime business chief, Nikesh Arora, also announced he is stepping down to take a lead role at Japanese technology conglomerate Softbank Softbank .
Facebook launches 'buy' button to let you purchase products in posts - Telegraph
Shoppers can click a “buy" button to purchase items in adverts or
other posts without leaving the social network.
How Two Ex-Googlers Turned A Crappy Messaging Service Into A $100 Million App
Bader eventually realized the no-color rule was untenable if not draconian; the resulting app itself looked as if the team basically forgot to design it. But the exercise in simplicity worked to rid clutter from the service and forced Bader to distill the experience down to its essentials. His OCD approach is the reason Secret doesn't allow users to select different fonts, and why Secrets are arranged in a symmetrical feed. "I've been very against letting people decide where to put the text [in a Secret message], " Bader says--when you open a new post and type a message, it's always center justified, so readers can scroll through their feeds without having to dart their eyes around looking for content. It's design decisions like this that have made Secret into the cleanest anonymous-sharing experience, especially when compared with competitors like Whisper, which offers more flexible interactions that are far clunkier (and frankly uglier). Most actions in the service take no more than one click, giving the app as a whole a feeling of "weightlessness," according to Bader.
Sims 2 players get expansion-stuffed upgrade as EA ends support
The Sims 2 is the sequel to the best-selling PC game of all time. This highly anticipated simulation is based on a proprietary 3D engine which allows for new facial expressions and body gestures. With the ground-breaking introduction of genetics, players control their Sims over a lifetime and pass their Sims' DNA down from one generation to the next. Virtually create and play your own sitcom by choosing one of five different aspirations for your Sims' lives: Popularity, Fortune, Family, Knowledge, and Romance. These aspirations in life cause your Sims to have unique wants and fears. Will you give your Sims a long successful existence or leave their life in shambles?
Businessman Creates Tesla 'Charging Road' From Beijing to Guangzhou
The inspiration for Zong's idea resulted from a simple problem he faced after picking up his Model S in Beijing. A Model S can travel a total of 500 kilometers (311 miles) on one charge, which would make the journey from Beijing to Guangzhou impossible without charging stations along the way.
Sim City 4: Deluxe Edition | Cult of Mac Deals
“Overall I was very impressed with SimCity 4… [It] really is a major evolutionary step in the series. To be honest, I wasn’t convinced that it was that much different until I played it for a while, but like an onion, there are just more layers to unwrap — but at least with SimCity 4 you won’t be crying the entire time.” (9.2/10) – IGN
eBay earnings beat expectations
Although Mr Icahn said he still thought a sale of the business was a good idea, he was mollified by eBay's decision to act on his recommendation to appoint David Dorman, a founding partner of investment firm Centerview Capital Technology, as an independent director on its board.
Yahoo Exec Accused Of Sexual Harassment Files Defamation Counter-Suit | TechCrunch
On Friday Shi filed a suit against Zhang in a Santa Clara county court , asserting that Zhang coerced her into having sex on multiple occasions against her will. Shi claims the incidents occurred in February 2013, shortly after Zhang was hired as a principal software engineer at Yahoo and while Zhang was staying with her at her temporary Yahoo housing unit in Sunnyvale. Prior to working at Yahoo, Shi had worked for Alike, a Seattle-based startup Zhang founded and had been acquired by Yahoo.
New video of mysterious giant Siberian hole filmed by investigation team
Watch new footage of the mysterious giant hole that opened up in Siberia as a scientific expedition—with the country's Emergencies Ministry represented—reaches the remote site and looks inside. An explosion below the ground is currently thought to be the most probable explanation—but the date and cause remain unknown.
Rafting America's Most Difficult River
But you will live through Cherry Creek. "Most advanced" does not equal "most dangerous," the latter being more a factor of local geology and the ability of the guides and outfitter to manage the inherent risk. Compared to, say, West Virginia's Upper Gauley (another contender for the mostest rafting river in the country), most of Cherry Creek's rocks don't point upstream, creating dangerous conditions that can trap swimmers under water. Additionally, All Outdoors runs a tight ship, complete with super experienced guides — the most junior of which has been guiding the river for nine consecutive years — and a guide boat, that runs ahead and waits at the bottom of each rapid, there to rescue anyone that falls out.
PSY Taps JamCam To Crowdsource “Hangover” Music Video | TechCrunch
JamCam is a fun little Vine-style app that lets you create short mobile videos that are automatically paired up with the music you’re listening to. The company has been quiet for a while, but has recently launched a contest where users can contribute a bit of video to PSY’s newest song, “Hangover.”
Google’s Q2 Revenue Of $15.96B Beats, But Its Non-GAAP EPS Of $6.08 Disappoints | TechCrunch
Today after the bell Google reported its second quarter financial results, including net revenue (ex-TAC) of $12.67 billion, and $6.08 in non-GAAP earnings per share. Google gross revenue for the period came in at $15.96 billion
Oculus is reportedly building its own VR motion controllers
One of the biggest challenges for virtual reality right now is finding the best way to control the experience. And though it's still early, a wave of third-party creators has already cropped up building everything from gloves to treadmills that immerse you in VR. However, it looks like Oculus may just be creating a solution of its own. According to CNET , Oculus is developing its own motion controllers to work alongside its Rift VR headset. There aren't any details about what form the controllers will take — or when they'll be available — but they'll reportedly utilize the Rift's camera to track the position of your hands.
Samsung Level headphones finally arriving in the United States, Beats competition heats up
Of course, options are good. For consumers looking for new headphones, of many different varieties, Samsung may have you covered. The Level headphones were introduced for international release not too long ago, but they’re finally coming to the United States in three different models. That includes a pair of over-the-ears (Samsung Level Over), on-the-ears (Samsung Level On), and in-ear (Samsung Level In). There’s a lot of stark colors here, from white to beige, so the Level headphones will certainly stand out. There are also black-hued models as well.
Welp, There Go Your Dreams of Android on a Nokia Phone
It's a damn shame too, because as strange as the Nokia X was, it teased a strange but interesting new world where Microsoft might just push its services, taking the barebones of Google's operating system and slathering it in offerings of Skydrive and Outlook and Bing while still being able to offer compatibility for the full suite of Android apps. Combined with Nokia's awesome hardware, it made for a weirdly compelling Frankenstien of a device.
Twitter Acquires CardSpring To Power In-Tweet Ecommerce And Offers | TechCrunch
Twitter could use CardSpring to enable card-linked offers . For example, you could get a discount offered in tweet from a merchant that would ask you to enter your credit card number (or perhaps one day pull it from a card you have on fil with Twitter). When you make a purchase at that merchant later, online or offline, CardSpring would recognize your card number and apply the discount. It would then report back to the merchant with analytics on the performance of the offer. These online-to-offline promotions could make Twitter more relevant to local businesses who want to drive brick-and-mortar sales, not just retweets and follows.
Smartphone displays smart enough to sense your spit. Seriously - CNET
Plenty more needs to be studied. In the meantime, Lapointe and his fellow researchers are working on patenting the temperature sensor and authentication system, and they're looking for industry partners to continue developing the technology. With a focused effort, there's a chance those two tools could be integrated into smartphones within a year. "We are at the point where people are starting to care about it," said Evans, of Corning," and potentially pay money for it."
What is CI and why use it?
First of all, what does C.I. stand for? It means Continuous Integration. Continuous Integration is at its root a practice where you merge the work of all your developers several times a day. Each integration is verified by your automated tests and built (when it needs to be, for compiled languages mostly).
Johnny Winter, blues guitarist, dies aged 70 - Telegraph
As well as being a fine musician, he also helped revive the careers of friends
and blues musicians John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters through Grammy-winning
collaborations. Winter produced three Waters albums – Hard Again (1977), I’m
Ready (1978) and King Bee (1981) as well as 1979′s Muddy “Mississippi”
Waters – Live. Asked once what Waters was like as a bandleader? he replied: "Muddy
was very strict. If he didn't like something, he would tell the guys."
Copyright Office Deems Aereo Not A Cable Company | TechCrunch
Aereo is a New York City-based technology company that allows consumers to access live broadcast television on Internet-connected devices through use of its remote integrated (cloud-based) antenna/DVR technology. Using Aereo’s technology, consumers can pause and rewind any program that they are watching live, or save a program for future viewing.
A cable or satellite television subscription is …
New Spy Laws Raise Deep Concerns in Australia
"There are provisions for the protection of whistleblowers elsewhere in commonwealth legislation, which are unaffected by this proposal," he said. "Under the existing legislation, it's a criminal offence for an officer of a national security agency to disclose intelligence material to a third party, but it's not an offence for an officer to copy or wrongfully remove that material."
Nokia X Android Devices To Run Windows Phone | TechCrunch
Nokia , (you know, Microsoft ‘s mobile division), launched the Nokia X2, a low-cost Android handset last month. Yes, Android. This was the second device in the product line and a curious one at that. Because Android.
The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 4 Release Date - IGN
Telltale has also released a new trailer for the game, showing off some of the horrors that await us Amid the Ruins. By the looks of things, the studio is really going for broke in ratcheting up the tension ahead of the final chapter in the season. Check the trailer out below, and be sure to keep your eyes on IGN for our review.
Live-blogging Google's earnings call with Wall Street: ad prices, Play and more. - Digits - WSJ
The next question is about search and discovery – the deep linking. Arora says Google is working on app indexing, and the company’s business is about making sure people can find stuff, and making sure advertisers can connect with people. Google is tackling the fact that people now are searching across devices. Arora made a point that the company thinks about the consumer experience first. As for the revenue in this space, Google said its no different — we make money by helping people find stuff, and from helping marketers get their services across devices. But he stresses taking the long view here. It’s early days.
Google planning to support Android Wear custom watch faces with new API
With just a few weeks since the unveiling of the Android Wear SDK, we’ve already seen a number of terrific apps optimized for Android Wear. One of the main questions we’ve heard from you is, “will you support third party custom watch faces?” The answer: yes, for sure! Customization has helped Android thrive, and the same will be true for Android Wear. And to make sure that you’re able to create the richest experience possible, we’re hard at work on a custom watch face API.
Despite a history of dismal failures, hyperlocal news continues to attract believers
Hyperlocal news has attracted — and ultimately disappointed — hundreds of entrepreneurs over the years, including the CEO of AOL, but that hasn’t stopped former Project Thunderdome head Jim Brady or the founders of Brooklyn’s Corner Media from betting on their success
Microsoft layoffs: Thursday's the day
That is an even deeper cut than the 10 percent expected by some insiders; post-Nokia, Microsoft had about 125,000 employees. And this is much larger than the roughly 5,800 people cut back in 2009. To cover these costs, the company said it expects to take a pre-tax charge of $1.1 billion to $1.6 billion over the next four quarters, including $750 million to $800 million to cover severance and benefits for affected employees.
Microsoft expected to announce thousands of job cuts on Thursday
Many of the cuts are expected to come from the Nokia unit, which Microsoft acquired in April for $7.2 billion, pushing up Microsoft's headcount by a quarter to 127,000. Microsoft said when it struck the deal to buy the Finnish phone maker that it would cut $600 million per year in costs within 18 months of closing the acquisition.
Chrome 37 Beta Arrives with DirectWrite on Windows
How Google’s New Font Tries to Anticipate the Future | Design | WIRED
But there remains a gap. While so many typefaces have been designed to render beautifully, very few have been designed to perform beautifully. Which is why Google has spent the last year and half sweating over a sweeping overhaul of its UI font, Roboto. This new version is designed to scale across an entire universe of products, from smart-watches to TV’s. It is the star in Google’s ambitious plan to redesign its entire product ecosystem—a visual and interactive language they’re calling Material Design. “UI’s are crafted from images and type,” Matias Duarte, Android’s head of design tells WIRED. “But the idea of having a typeface that’s thought out as a UI typeface—that’s not been done before.”
Amazon Expands its Mobile Ads API to Support iOS Devices
At the same time, Amazon is also expanding ad serving to users in Spain and Italy across Android and iOS. This means the Amazon Mobile Ad Network now serves ads to users in six countries (the US, the UK, Germany, and France being the other four).
No signal? GoTenna has a messaging gadget that will work in the middle of nowhere
Thanks for commenting. Question: Are there any other lower frequency bands that could be used for this kind network other than MURS? Talking to goTenna, they said they had a hell of time getting the FCC to sign off on the device and had to give assurances it wouldn’t be used for multi-hop, or any kind of point-to-multipoint data setup that depends on a base station or repeaters. The way Perdomo described it works similar to paging network sending out it’s messages multiple times in short intervals.
Send, request money using the Google Wallet app - CNET
The availability of sending money using your Wallet account isn't a new offering from Google, since it's been possible by using your Gmail account for quite some time now . But streamlining the process within a mobile app does make the process easier for users. Instead of having to remember the finite details of filling out address fields, you can now tap on a couple of buttons within the Wallet app and the money, or your request for cash, is on its way.
In addition to Nokia X Android phones, Microsoft is ending Asha, Series 40 handset lines
Amid 18,000 job cuts and the elimination of Android-powered handsets , Microsoft is also putting two other Nokia product-lines out to pasture. The Verge received an internal memo written by Microsoft’s Jo Harlow , who leads the new Smart Devices and Mobile Phones group, with the news: Nokia’s Series 40 and Asha handsets will be no more, with both products joining the Nokia X Android phone in an 18-month maintenance mode. That means the low-cost handset market will become more important for Windows Phone as that’s where these products are aimed: $50 or less. The company isn’t out of top-drawer handset ideas though: The memo says to watch for “other high-end products that we will be announcing very soon.”
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Pro tip: Upgrade from Gmail.com to Google Apps
If you're a professional, and you still use a Gmail.com address for work, you should upgrade from Gmail to Google Apps. The benefits extend beyond branding. For Google Apps customers, Google eliminates ads in Gmail and provides support to Apps administrators by phone and email. Healthcare professionals concerned about HIPAA compliance should upgrade, since Google will sign a Business Associate Agreement with Google Apps customers .
London Celebrates The Monty Python Reunion By Putting A 50-Foot Dead Parrot In Potters Field Park
To celebrate the achievements of the Monty Python crew, UKTV channel Gold--which will air the final performance of the reunion on Sunday--contracted with sculptor Iain Prendergast to create a 50-foot fiberglass version of the famous “Norwegian Blue” parrot. The parrot, which is famous for being dead from the moment it was sold, was placed on Monday at Potters Fields Park in South London, near Tower Bridge. This is both a fine reminder to tune in on Sunday to the broadcast and an outstanding opportunity to inspire countless visitors to declare in increasingly frantic tones that “This parrot is no more! It has ceased to be! It’s expired and gone to meet its maker! This is a late parrot! It’s a stiff!" Because if there’s anything that you need to commission a 50-foot fiberglass sculpture to get people who know every word to famous Monty Python sketches to do, it’s to recite the funnier bits of those sketches to anyone within earshot.
CRM and Cloud Computing To Grow Your Business - Salesforce.com
Customer relationship management (CRM) is all about managing the relationships you have with your customers. CRM combines business processes, people, and technology to achieve this single goal: getting and keeping customers. It's an overall strategy to help you learn more about their behavior so you can develop stronger, lasting relationships that will benefit both of you. It’s very hard to run a successful business without a strong focus on CRM, as well as adding elements of social media and making the transition to a social enterprise to connect with customers in new ways.
What are you revealing online? Much more than you think
JG : Right now in the U.S. it’s essentially the case that when you post information online, you give up control of it. So there are terms of service that regulate the sites you use, like on Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest — though those can change — but even within those, you’re essentially handing control of your data over to the companies. And they can kind of do what they want with it, within reason. You don’t have the legal right to request that data be deleted, to change it, to refuse to allow companies to use it. Some companies may give you that right, but you don’t have a natural, legal right to control your personal data. So if a company decides they want to sell it or market it or release it or change your privacy settings, they can do that.
The systemd integration finally allows the X server to run without root privileges, something in the works for a very long time. The non-PCI device improvements mean System-on-a-Chip graphics will work more smoothly, auto-enumerating just like PCI graphics devices do. As covered previously, GLAMOR (the pure OpenGL acceleration backend) has seen quite a bit of improvement, and now works with Xephyr and XWayland.
A Look At Tesla's Cheapest Car, The Model 3
The Model 3 will be Tesla’s third generation battery-powered electric car. During a meeting last March with the California Public Utilities Commission, Musk revealed that the car and its battery would be 20 percent smaller and could go 200 miles on a single charge. He said it would be half the price of the $71,000 Model S.
Tech Entrepreneur Priya Haji, Founder And CEO Of SaveUp, Has Passed Away At 44 | TechCrunch
Priya’s nickname was ‘Firecracker’, a name that her mother gave her because her birthday was on the 4th of July. At SaveUp we fed off her energy and passion to build something that helped the world. From her non-profit work at Free At Last to her ventured-backed companies World of Good and SaveUp, Priya was always striving to help people in everything she did. She was a courageous leader and colleague, but first and foremost a friend.
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Marsha Blackburn (R-TN): Why One Congresswoman Wants To Block Fast, Cheap Internet In Her District
The consumer watchdog group Free Press has made the opposite argument. Citing data from the public-private partnership Connected Tennessee, the organization reports that “constituents back in Hickman County in the center of Blackburn’s Tennessee district struggle to get fast and affordable Internet services (as) only 38 percent of Hickman residents have access to broadband services, far below the Tennessee statewide average of 58 percent.” The group argues that if the FCC preempts the 20 state laws limiting municipal broadband, it would help address some of those access shortfalls through entities like EPB.
3 Years Later, Google+ Drops Its Dumb Real Name Rule And Apologizes | TechCrunch
A Google project headed by [Vic Gundotra](http://www.crunchbase.com/person/vic-gundotra) and [Bradley Horowitz](http://www.crunchbase.com/person/bradley-horowitz), Google+ is designed to be the social extension of [Google](http://www.crunchbase.com/company/google).
Its features focus on making online sharing easy for users.
- "Circles," think social circles, akin to [Facebook's](http://www.crunchbase.com/company/facebook) …
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