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is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

Mozilla Launches Cloud FX Firefox OS Smartphone in India

The Cloud FX , developed by Intex Technologies, sports a 3.5-inch display, a 1GHz processor and a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera. The memory is expandable up to 4GB and it supports a dual-SIM setup, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. Mozilla has packed in various data monitoring features and several languages are supported out of the box, including Hindi and Tamil. It will be sold to consumers exclusively through

Hundreds Remember James Foley at Hometown Church

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

4 Wants To Open A New Front In The Battle For Search | TechCrunch

For the nearly the last ten years, Mike Farmer has been trying to unseat Google from its perch as the king of search. Now, four years in to his second search startup, Farmer thinks he may have found the next leap forward.

5 is the new home for women. We discuss careers, relationships, parenting, products, and more. Take what you want and leave the rest.

TiVo Releases A $49.99 Over-The-Air DVR For Cord Cutters | TechCrunch

Much of TiVo ‘s growth in recent years has come from partnerships with cable and satellite companies, which have made its DVRs available to their subscribers. But with the release of a new, cheaper over-the-air DVR, the company is going after the cord cutter set.

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet, for the week of August 24, 2014

Don’t worry, this isn’t another brand of fix-a-flat-style ooze. Instead, Patchnride is more like an oddly-shaped syringe that inserts a patch directly into your tire at the source of the leak. We haven’t had a chance to test it out for ourselves just yet, but according to the device’s creators, it can permanently patch a hole in just a minute or two, meaning repairs can be performed on the fly whenever they happen — no more walking your bike home when you get a flat. Here’s how it works: Once you’ve tracked down the puncture, the next step is to insert Patchnride’s spike directly into it and press the start button. This will release a small amount of quick-drying adhesive into the inner tube, at which point you push a slider forward to insert a special patch into the tire. After that, pull the tool out out and press down on the repair site for a few seconds to set the adhesive. When you’re finished, just pump the tire back up and continue on your way.


Because as much as we love the command prompt, the rest of the world looks at it like some kind of ugly relic from the early '80s. On top of that, more often than not programs need to do more than just one thing, and that means giving options, which previously meant either building a GUI, or trying to explain how to supply arguments to a Console Application. Gooey was made to (hopefully) solve those problems. It makes programs easy to use, and pretty to look at!

Items Making a Buck Off The Ice Bucket Challenge | TechCrunch

We’ve definitely hit peak Ice Bucket Challenge. There’s now a whole market for items around the campaign meant to raise awareness for ALS that went viral the last couple of weeks. A bunch of online stores are selling costumes, chotchkies and whatever else to capitalize on the campaign that asks people to dump a bucket of ice over their heads or donate to the ALS Association. Here are just a few items making a buck off the challenge to help cure Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Radical New Theory Could Kill the Multiverse Hypothesis | Science | WIRED

The implications are enormous. Without supersymmetry, the Higgs boson mass seems as if it is reduced not by mirror-image effects but by random and improbable cancellations between unrelated numbers — essentially, the initial mass of the Higgs seems to exactly counterbalance the huge contributions to its mass from gluons, quarks, gravitational states and all the rest. And if the universe is improbable, then many physicists argue that it must be one universe of many: just a rare bubble in an endless, foaming “multiverse.” We observe this particular bubble, the reasoning goes, not because its properties make sense, but because its peculiar Higgs boson is conducive to the formation of atoms and, thus, the rise of life. More typical bubbles, with their Planck-size Higgs bosons, are uninhabitable.

Remedy Bets That Google Glass Will Find Its Sweet Spot In The Medical Industry | TechCrunch

While Google Glass has generated a healthy debate over privacy, etiquette and whether the device will ever gain broader acceptance in society, there are some obvious specialty use cases for Glass.

Back to school tablet guide 2014

It’s really expensive, but it’s also the best compact tablet around. Apple’s choice of apps is polished and the iPad Mini 2 is a smooth performer with great battery life. If you want a portable companion to take to lectures, capture notes, and for reading when you’re out and about, then this tablet will serve you well. It’s also great for entertainment in the form of movies, TV, and games for your down time. You could save $100 by opting for the original iPad Mini, but you’ll lose some processing power and the high resolution screen.

Coolpad Abandons Gold Phone Casing Amid China’s Anti-Graft Push

Apple ’s gold iPhone 5S has been selling like hotcakes in China since its launch in September last year. To address Chinese consumers’ preference for the color, Coolpad has spent several months to make dozens of gold-colored metal casing prototypes for its flagship smartphone due for launch later this year, said Sean Chen, director of industrial design department at Coolpad.

Google Who? Amazon Reportedly Nears $1 Billion Deal for Twitch

"Amazon has the same deep, shared vision of where the games industry is going, and saw the same trends that we did. We saw a cultural fit between the two companies, and they saw what we were doing and wanted to help us do it faster," Twitch CEO Emmett Shear told Mashable .

Gaza-Based Journalist Launches "Rubble Bucket Challenge" To Support Palestinians

Al Aloul makes it clear the purpose of this challenge isn't to ask for aid. It's solely to show support for Palestinians. Since the campaign launched Friday, it's received more than 2,500 likes on its Facebook page, but only a few photos of people pouring rubble over their heads have been shared on Twitter. For those considering showing their support, remember to take precaution because demolition waste can be hazardous when inhaled.

Y Combinator, Alsop Louie Would Score Big in Twitch-Amazon Deal

Total venture funding: $42 million, give or take. It’s unclear how shares were transferred from to Twitch (as well as another spinoff,, but it’s safe to say all investors did very well, with earliest investors Y Combinator and Alsop Louie and largest stakeholder Bessemer doing the best of all.

Homeless Youth Accepts Miley Cyrus' VMA Award With Touching Speech

This time, though, Cyrus wasn't making headlines for twerking. She used her Moonman-win to shed light on the problem of homeless youth in America. After Miley was announced as the winner for Video of the Year, she ushered her date Jesse to the stage to accept the award.

T-Mobile now offers a 2GB talk, text, and data plan for $45

However, unlike on T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan, which offers unlimited data at slower speeds once you’ve gone over your 4G LTE data limit for the month, the Simple Starter plan will simply cut you off from data entirely once you’ve gone over the 2GB limit. Users who prefer to have the guarantee of unlimited data can get unlimited talk and text with 1GB of 4G LTE data and unlimited data at lower speeds for just $5 more with the entry-level $50 Simple Choice plan package.

Google Drive Blog: Your iPhone & iPad are ready to get to work with new apps for Docs, Sheets, & Slides

You suddenly remember you need to add "buy milk" to your grocery list, but don't have a pen or paper in sight. You’re on the subway with no reception and need to update your soccer club spreadsheet before you get to practice. You desperately need to make edits to your marketing strategy PowerPoint before you present, but you only brought your iPad to the meeting. We've all been in binds like this before, but the good news is, now there's a way out. With today’s launch of the Slides app for iPhone & iPad and updates to the Docs and Sheets apps, we’re delivering on our promise to make it possible for you to work with any file, on any device, any time. You can now create that grocery list, edit that spreadsheet, and update that slide deck with no problem. Here's the lowdown on what you can now do with Docs, Sheets, and Slides: You can truly get stuff done from any device—your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Android tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Any change you make on any of these devices is saved automatically, so you can pick up right where you left off any time, anywhere that you can sign in.

Motorola reported to launch Skip 2.0, a Bluetooth key fob that unlocks your phone

Last year, Motorola debuted Skip with the Moto X: An NFC clip to unlock your phone. This year, it appears the second edition of Skip will be a Bluetooth key fob for even more features.

VMware plays nice with OpenStack, unveils a VMware-powered data-center-in-a-box

Virtualization giant VMware plans to announce Monday that its lineup of tools for the data center will soon be compatible with the OpenStack open source cloud framework. The company will also announce that it is backing new “datacenter-in-a-box” appliances using third-party hardware integrated with VMware’s VSAN and other software, and it rolled out these new products during its morning keynote at VMWorld 2014.

Patent reveals how Twitter could protect users from malware on the mobile Web

From there, Twitter’s patent describes a method for assessing the “probability of the webpage being malicious,” after which it is “classified as malicious or non-malicious.” Finally, Twitter describes how visitors of the site, the site’s developer, and the “distributor of the webpage” (perhaps the user who tweeted the link) will be alerted if the site has been classified as malware.

Where to watch the U.S. Open 2014 live online

Tennis fans are looking to New York this week, where the top stars of the sport will face off against each other in the U.S. Open, the fourth and final major tennis championship of the year. And like every year, most of the matches are going to happen when most of us have to sit in the office. But luckily, the tournament gets once again streamed online, available to watch without a TV, and even without paying for cable.

Microsoft cuts prices on Surface 2 line by $100

Microsoft’s Surface devices haven’t sold well since their initial introduction, but that hasn’t stopped Redmond from trying to cut out a slice of the tablet/hybrid device market for itself. Earlier this year, the company introduced the Surface Pro 3, which includes improved specs, a larger, higher-resolution display, and much more. However, rumors indicate that Microsoft was also set to unveil a mini version of the Surface , which the company decided to pull at the last minute.

Where was Ferguson in my Facebook feed?

Ultimately, a social network full of journalists will probably result in a different picture of the world than one full of friends and family. But there is still much that the public research community does not know about how these different variables work together. Given the kind of differences that occurred on the Ferguson story, the implications are highest for those who identify a service like Facebook as their primary news source if the measure is the delivery of hard news. The data suggest that this describes a tiny portion of the U.S. population. But that could change as younger generations — at home on the social web — engage with the outside world through these kinds of networks.

Whopper of a Burger King deal: A side of free smartphone - CNET

Burger King offers a free Android smartphone with your chicken fries, but the fine print shows it's business as usual. Crave's Amanda Kooser digs in.

How An Earthquake Will Mess Up Your Sleep: A Jawbone Chart

That’s what a fascinating new Jawbone graphic suggests. Sunday morning’s 6.0 magnitude earthquake had a measurable effect on Northern California residents’ sleep — but there was a noticeable difference between people who live in Napa, near the epicenter of the earthquake, and people who live in Santa Cruz about 100 miles away.

John Akers, IBM Former Chief, Dies at 79

John Akers, who led International Business Machines Corp. as its longtime dominance of the computer industry began to wane, died Friday. He was 79 years old.

Twitch confirms sale to Amazon for $970 million to Acquire Twitch SEATTLE-August 25,, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Twitch Interactive, Inc., the leading live video platform for gamers. In July, more than 55 million unique visitors viewed more than 15 billion minutes of content on Twitch produced by more than 1 million broadcasters, including individual gamers, pro players, publishers, developers, media outlets, conventions and stadium-filling esports organizations. "Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month – from The International, to breaking the world record for Mario, to gaming conferences like E3. And, amazingly, Twitch is only three years old," said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of "Like Twitch, we obsess over customers and like to think differently, and we look forward to learning from them and helping them move even faster to build new services for the gaming community.

Blue Ivy Steals Mommy Beyonce's VMA Spotlight

Recording artist Jay-Z (behind, wearing hat) and daughter Blue Ivy Carter (C) present the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award to honoree Beyonce (R) onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.

Hubspot files IPO paperwork to raise $100M to grow its marketing software biz

HubSpot’s long-rumored IPO is now official as the company files the documents to the SEC.

James Bond 24 Seeks Next Iconic Henchman - IGN

The filmmakers behind James Bond 24 are reportedly looking for 007 to face off against a giant powerhouse of a henchman in the vein of Oddjob and Jaws.

Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced For 28 Years For Selling Kids to the Prison System

Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old. Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution. His "kids for cash" program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.

34 What Should a 4 Year Old Know?

I went to the World Book list for pre-school and I was shocked at some of what I saw. I’m old enough that when I started school there was no public kindergarten (say nothing about public pre-school!). In first grade our names were taped to our desks as a model for us to follow in writing our names on our papers because most kids didn’t yet know how to print their names. My mother who taught in the 1930’s said that she sometimes had kids who came to her who didn’t yet know their colors in first grade. What shocked me most is that one of the pre-school “skills” is asking to go to school. Where does the child in the homeschool family fit into that scenario (even my granddaughter’s mother didn’t go to school until she attended some college classes in high school). I think the list in the original article was much more appropriate. I’ve watched in recent years as first grade skills have gravitated down towards kindergarten, and increasingly towards pre-school. While some kids are ready to read early (both mine were reading at above a third grade level by 6 and 1/2, so I am familiar with precocious readers), not all kids are and what’s happening is that increasingly more kids are getting labeled as learning disabled when all that’s going on is that they are on a different developmental timetable than some other kids.

Edible Chocolate LEGOs Exist

If you've ever been told you weren't allowed to have dessert until you cleaned up your toys, well, you can now clean up your toys by having dessert. You can eat your toys. Eating your toys will clean up your mess. Your toys are the dessert. That'll show 'em, right?

News Feed FYI: Click-baiting | Facebook Newsroom

One way is to look at how long people spend reading an article away from Facebook. If people click on an article and spend time reading it, it suggests they clicked through to something valuable. If they click through to a link and then come straight back to Facebook, it suggests that they didn’t find something that they wanted. With this update we will start taking into account whether people tend to spend time away from Facebook after clicking a link, or whether they tend to come straight back to News Feed when we rank stories with links in them.

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.)

Apple May Give You A New iPhone Battery For Free

Several charities accept old phones for donation, though it's worth remembering that these groups likely won't physically give your old phones to people in need. Rather, they work with phone recyclers and sell your donated phones to them. A nonprofit group called Cell Phones for Soldiers will take your "gently used" phone and sell it to recycling company ReCellular. It will then use the proceeds to buy calling cards for soldiers. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence works with another recycling group in a similar manner. About 60 percent of the phones it collects are refurbished and resold. The money goes toward supporting the coalition. The remaining 40 percent of the phones are recycled, according to the group's website. It pays for shipping if you are mailing three or more phones. There are a few more suggestions from New York's Department of Environmental Conservation at: .

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Virtual Reality

J: Absolutely. This gets to my last book about that stuff. To my mind, there are a few proposals that are on the table that are interesting. The one that I’ve been trying to push the hardest was the origin point for networking when it started — Ted Nelson’s idea of the universe of micropayments. The thing about micropayments is they have to be really universal or else there are only tiny pockets of people who get anything and everyone else gets frustrated and pissed off. It has to be big enough to really send some benefits around to everybody. That’s a hard gap to leap over to get to that point. Facebook has a very tough road to hoe here because they have no background in this stuff. Neither does Oculus. They are kind of starting from scratch, but I certainly wish them the very best success. What they can do is create a system where anybody who wants to can set up a super easy system for micropayments and then add to it. They might see this exploding economy that generates a lot of economic growth, a lot of profit, and a lot of distributed benefits for their users.

Ask an expert News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip - Lifehacker

Are you a budding entrepreneur, or maybe thinking of turning a hobby into a business? Starting your own business is an intimidating prospect of financial risks and planning, but can be a potentially rewarding and life-changing challenge. Say hello to Ramit Sethi, financial expert, best-selling author , and occasional … » 5/05/14 12:00pm 5/05/14 12:00pm

28 Mistakes Startups Make When Pitching To Investors

Entrepreneurs from early stage startups have to pitch to investors to raise financing, and many entrepreneurs are inexperienced or terrible at making the presentation. As a venture capital and angel investor who has heard many pitches, I’ve compiled a list of mistakes and things to avoid if you are an entrepreneur seeking angel or venture financing.

Burger King in Talks to Buy Tim Hortons in Canada Tax Deal

Burger King Worldwide Inc. is in talks to buy Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc., a deal that would be structured as a so-called tax inversion and move the hamburger seller's base to Canada.

3D-printed vertebra used in spine surgery

Surgeons in Beijing, China, have successfully implanted an artificial, 3D-printed vertebra replacement in a young boy with bone cancer. They say it is the first time such a procedure has ever been done.

Stonehenge Rock Source Identified

But for decades, researchers agreed upon at least a few things. In 1923, geologist Herbert H. Thomas pinpointed the source of one type of the stones, known as dolerite bluestones, to a rocky outcropping known as Carn Meini on high ground in the Preseli Hills of western Wales. He became convinced the other bluestones (made from other types of igneous, or magmatic, rock) came from the nearby location of Carn Alw. That, in turn, lent credence to the theory that Stonehenge's builders transported the stones south, downhill, to the Bristol Channel, then floated them by sea to the site.

The Plan to Build a Massive Online Brain for All the World’s Robots | Enterprise | WIRED

If you walk into the computer science building at Stanford University, Mobi is standing in the lobby, encased in glass. He looks a bit like a garbage can, with a rod for a neck and a camera for eyes. He was one of several robots developed at Stanford in the 1980s to study how machines might learn to navigate their environment—a stepping stone toward intelligent robots that could live and work alongside humans. He worked, but not especially well. The best he could do was follow a path along a wall. Like so many other robots , his “brain” was on the small side.

Secret Libraries of London

The Marx Memorial Library  holds tens of thousands of books, newspapers, and pamphlets covering Marxist and Scientific Socialist thought, and the general history of the working class. The building that houses the library used to be the headquarters of various radical organizations like the London Patriotic Society, as well as the publishing centre for leftist newspapers. A large fresco-style mural by Viscount Hastings, a protégé of the Mexican artist Diego Rivera, decorates the wall of the first-floor reading room. Entitled "The Worker of the Future Clearing Away the Chaos of Capitalism," the mural depicts events and major people in the history of the British Labour movement. While in exile, Lenin worked in the building from April 1902 to May 1903, editing and printing the journal ISKRA (The Spark) , which was smuggled into Russia. This little office is well-preserved and open to the public.

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48 Niche Founders (Plus Vine Star Robby Ayala) Talk Marketing, The Risks Of Social Media, And More | TechCrunch

“One of the decisions we made in the begining was not to represent anyone,” he said. “We’re not a talent agency, we do not have formal ties with any of the creators in our network, other than that we provide them software and we work with them on a campaign-by-campaign basis. So for us, when someone on our network, there’s some faux pas or they slip up or they do something unprofessional, that doesn’t mean that we are cutting ties with them, it just means hey, maybe we’re not going to work on campaigns with them in the near future.”

How to get your ideas to spread

In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.

Study: Humans Are Happier When We Have Robot Overlords

In their experiment, MIT researchers brought together 24 humans to work alongside a two-armed Willow Garage PR2 robot in building Lego kits. Containers were filled with Lego parts that the robots could access, but they were not doing the building; the robots were adjacent to humans who could take the parts out of the bins to build with. But no two workers — robot or human — were permitted to be in the same area at the same time. (Workers couldn't go into the bin area when a robot was busy there.)

51 This might be the most dangerous selfie ever taken - CNET
52 San Francisco Open Exchange Aims To Be The E-Trade Of Bitcoin | TechCrunch
53 What to do when your government collapses
54 Breaking A “Pay-It-Forward” Chain Isn’t Being A “Cheap Bastard.” It’s Good Economics.
55 Going Deep With David Rees | National Geographic Channel
56 13 Inspiring Quotes about Design
57 GoPro Fetch Lets You Film from a Dog's Perspective
58 Who Wants to Watch Other People Play Video Games? Millions on Twitch
59 The government shouldn't regulate smartphone kill switches
60 Why it makes sense for Amazon to buy Twitch
61 Three Congressmen Are Red-Taping SpaceX to the Ground
63 Amazon Expands Its Children’s Programming Lineup | TechCrunch
64 Amazon Prepares Online Advertising Program
65 8 TED Talks on how we make choices
66 How to Play Fantasy Football and Remain a Decent Human Being
67 The Haves and Have-Nots of Ferguson
68 DoorDash Food Delivery | Jobs
69 Open Journalism
70 Malaysia Airlines Is Burning $2 Million Every Day as Flights Go Empty
71 Meet Gavin Andresen, the Most Powerful Person in the World of Bitcoin | MIT Technology Review
72 Meedoc, The Video Conferencing App For You And Your Doctor, Raises $1.5M Seed Round | TechCrunch
73 YouTube Was Twitch's Natural Suitor. Here's Why Amazon Bought It Instead
74 #Love: My Biggest Digital Faux Pas | TechCrunch
75 How E-Commerce Is Finally Disrupting The $600 Billion-A-Year Grocery Industry
76 The Robots That Will Change the World Are Already Among Us - OpenMind
78 Calif. governor signs smartphone 'kill switch' bill into law - CNET
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80 How to Develop the Hireable Skills You'll Actually Need After College
81 What Are the Best-Kept Secrets for Startup Success?
82 HTC One M8 for Windows Phone review - CNET
83 Home | Newsletters | MIT Technology Review
84 Gallery: Taking a look back at some choice Sierra gaming moments
85 Building Trust with First Time Subscribers, Leads & Customers
86 Six alternative web browsers you should know about
87 Want to Go Viral? It’ll Take a Lot More Work Than You Think | Opinion | WIRED
88 The 15 Best Blogging Platforms on the Web Today
89 Top 4 Viral VMA Moments: Ladies Night With Beyoncé, Miley and More [VIDEOS]
90 This is what Tesla owners are doing while you sleep
91 'Thigh bone' on Mars? NASA explains an unusual find - CNET
92 Finally A Smarter Lightbulb That Doesn’t Require An App To Control It | TechCrunch
93 Airbnb Turns Over Data on 124 Hosts in New York City
95 Traveling for Thanksgiving? Buy Your Flight This Week
96 Netflix data didn't feed House of Cards' success, 'the bliss of ignorance' did
97 Microsoft Bringing Reddit To Xbox One With 'ReddX'
98 China Has A New High Def Imaging Satellite In Orbit
99 Tech Elites Aren’t Ruining Burning Man. They Get Their Hands Dirty, Too. | TechCrunch