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Bikanta’s Tiny Diamonds Find Cancer Before It Spreads | TechCrunch

Beyond cancer detection is an even bigger potential here — precise, hands-free surgery. These nanodiamonds may one day be able carry cancer-destroying technology along with it. Unlike conventional nanodiamonds that form into clusters, Bikanta’s nanodiamonds remain separate but stable in liquid suspension, and they can be tightly bound to any targeting agent (e.g. aptamers, antibodies). This means Bikanta could create designer drugs with the diamond material that would effectively detect specific diseases. So, just as the nanodiamond material searches through the body to find molecular abnormalities, it also gets rid of them at that very moment.

Google to prioritise secure websites

"For now it's only a very lightweight signal - affecting fewer than 1% of global queries, and carrying less weight than other signals such as high-quality content - while we give webmasters time to switch to HTTPS," Google's Zineb Ait Bahajji and Gary Illyes said in the blog post.

Jobs - guesty

Developers in Guesty have freedom to create amazing experiences for hosts and guests.

The 11" MacBook Air Giveaway | TNW Deals

Whether in a classroom, office, plane, around the house, and everywhere else, the 11" MacBook Air is the ultimate on-the-go laptop!

Check Out These Never-Before-Seen Posters for Blade Runner, Batman Forever and More - IGN

In anticipation of the book's release, IGN is debuting five unused, never-before-seen posters by Alvin. Check out these exclusive images below (click to enlarge):

Kim Jong-un Visited a Lube Factory, and Of Course It Became a Meme

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.

Powershot 1.5 review: Annotate your screenshots as you shoot them

Memorize the program’s Control-Option-X keystroke—or configure your own—and you’re off to the races. From here, Powershot has you specify the area you’re using for your screenshot, then proceeds to offer a set of tools to draw rectangles, circles, lines, arrows, add text, choose colors for the elements you’re adding, delete steps you’ve taken, export the images to specific folders, and approve or deny the changes you’ve made.

Wikimedia refuses claim to delete a selfie taken by a monkey

Slater hasn’t decided if he will take legal action against Wikimedia, but has contacted a lawyer in the United States that is willing to move ahead with the case. According to Wikimedia, the company received 58 takedown requests related to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act over a two year period and granted a bit over 40 percent of those requests.

Notes From Crazytown, Day Two: How To Fix Everything | TechCrunch

3. Mandatory reporting of security breaches. Just as the CDC is empowered by mandatory reporting of outbreaks of communicable diseases, businesses which suffer cybersecurity breaches beyond some severity threshold should be legally required to report the breach and how it happened. This echoes yesterday’s B-sides keynote; the best way to improve everyone’s online security is through transparency and data-sharing when attacks happen.

I drove the anti-Tesla for a week

Weaning America off its gasoline addiction is hard. If it wasn’t, we’d have done it already. It certainly doesn’t help that great electric cars are tough to make, which means the best ones are expensive. What’s more, charging infrastructure is still in its infancy — you can’t drive anywhere you want with complete certainty that you’ll be able to put electrons back in the tank. Even when you can, recharging is a lot slower than pumping a few gallons of fossil fuel and going on your way.

Huawei experimenting with sapphire crystal screens, flaunts modified Ascend P7

During an interview , Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu has shown off a modified version of the Ascend P7 smartphone, this time with a sapphire crystal screen, and even encouraged people to try and scratch the display with a knife. The standard phone, announced recently, comes with an IPS LCD covered in Gorilla Glass 3. We’re not sure if this indicates the company is planning to release a higher-spec P7 in the future, or just using the phone as a testbed for the technology.

Yelp lied about review policies to inflate stock price, lawsuit claims

2. Intimidation and coercion and bribery: I wrote a review about and experience I had with an $18 salad (with no meat or fish – I’m vegetarian) and the owner contacted me and pleaded that it would hurt his business and the economy was down etc. I said I would soften the review and essentially render it neutral – not positive not negative. After I updated the review sent me a nasty email that was much angrier then the first so I reverted to the original review. He then tried to bribe or ply me with free food which I would not accept.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Illustrated by Renaissance Namesakes

The Ninja Turtles are named after four artists of the Italian Renaissance: Da Vinci, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo. So, what would the turtles look like if Da Vinci et. al. had designed them?

Co-Opinion: How sporty are eSports?

Jess Conditt: Let's lay out the foundation here: I'm a fan of eSports and sports in the same way. I play games from both categories, but I'm far from a professional in any sense (though I shoot a mean three-pointer). When I see sports fans lashing out at eSports players, or saying that these games don't require any sports-like skill, I'm equally surprised and confused. Those who argue that eSports aren't "real" sports are not simply stripping professional players of a title; they're de-legitimizing the time and talent it takes to compete on that level. The word "sport" itself may not matter that much, but the intent of those withholding it does. Many of the arguments feel like bullying, or at the very least, caustic comments from those wary of change. Obviously, eSports require different skills than those needed to play physical sports, but they take skill nonetheless: strategy, quick thinking, fast reflexes, communication, perseverance, creativity, teamwork. I understand that these are not necessarily physical attributes, but I don't think that negates their value. I wonder if "athleticism" is the issue here, rather than whether eSports are, in fact, sports.

PLDT Invests $445M In Rocket Internet To Develop Online Payment Services For Emerging Markets | TechCrunch

Rocket Internet and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) , a telecom operator, announced today that they have entered into a strategic partnership to develop online and mobile payment products. PLDT will invest €333 million (about $445 million) for a 10 percent stake in Rocket Internet , putting Rocket Internet’s valuation at about $4.5 billion.

Sony sued over Killzone: Shadow Fall's 1080p promises

A California class-action lawsuit alleges Sony Computer Entertainment America engaged in "deceptive marketing" of Killzone: Shadow Fall for PS4 when it advertised the game running in 1080p. After launch, Digital Foundry found that the multiplayer portion of Shadow Fall runs in upscaled 960 x 1080 resolution, a step below 1080p – and law firm Edelson PC and plaintiff Douglas Ladore see a case there. The suit, on behalf of Ladore and "all others similarly situated," seeks damages of more than $5 million. It also calls for Sony to more accurately advertise Shadow Fall 's multiplayer resolution. "Sony admitted that it did not in fact design Killzone to display multiplayer graphics in 1080p, but instead used a technological shortcut that was supposed to provide 'subjectively similar' results," the suit argues . "But Sony never advertised and convinced consumers to buy a technological shortcut." Killzone: Shadow Fall (Multiplayer) After the game launched and Digital Foundry's report, Sony producer Poria Torkan addressed Shadow Fall 's multiplayer graphics: "In multiplayer mode, however, we use a technique called 'temporal reprojection,' which combines pixels and motion vectors from multiple lower-resolution frames to reconstruct a full 1080p image.

Lessig’s MAYDAY Reports Donations From Tech Magnates To Get Money Out Of Politics | TechCrunch

Despite the rollout of big donors, the Super PAC doesn’t seem to be following through on its commitment to transparency. On July 23 the Super PAC released what it called an “unprecedented” transparency plan, promising to post the names of all donors giving more than $200 every two weeks, rather than waiting until the FEC filing deadlines. However the PAC has since hedged on that decision, instead only listing the donors breaking the $10,000 mark to protect others’ privacy. As Recode noted, that information is available in the FEC filings , but MAYDAY leader Larry Lessig said a volunteer and his lawyers feel posting that information publicly on its own website was different.

Justpark's New In-car App Helps BMW Mini Drivers in the UK to Find and Book a Parking Space

JustPark , a service for finding and booking parking spaces, has announced that BMW Mini drivers can now find, book, pay for and navigate to a parking space using its new in-car app.

Remote Control Your Friends With Video App Sup | TechCrunch

“It makes what’s on Snapchat look old”. That’s the glowing review one teen gave  Sup, a new app that lets you video stream your life to a friend 10-seconds at a time. But the hook is that they tell you what direction to turn or walk, morphing you into a video game they’re playing. Built by the fled founders of Yahoo acquisitions Stamped and Milewise, and backed by Khosla Ventures, Sup introduces a new mechanic to social media: Interactivity. No more being a spectator of your friends’ lives. Sup hands you the reins.

LegalSifter Demystifies Legal Contracts

Legal contracts are incredibly tough to read if you're not a lawyer. If you're a freelancer who can't afford to hire a lawyer for every single contract you sign, LegalSifter helps make sense of a contract by analyzing the text.

Key Insights: Expert Views on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs

To what degree will AI and robotics be parts of the ordinary landscape of the general population by 2025? Describe which parts of life will change the most as these tools advance and which parts of life will remain relatively unchanged.” 2.) “Will networked, automated, artificial intelligence (AI) applications and robotic devices have displaced more jobs than they have created by 2025?” Here are some of the major points they made.

Stealing Passwords With Google Glass, Smartwatches, Web Cams, Whatever!

Here at SecurityWatch, we often tell readers that they need to keep their smartphones secure with--at minimum--a PIN code. But after this year's Black Hat, that might be enough anymore. Now all an attafcker needs to steal a smartphone passcode is a video camera, or even a wearable device like Google Glass.

Monkey’s selfie at center of copyright brouhaha

Wikimedia, the operation that runs Wikipedia, says that the public, not photojournalist David Slater, maintains the rights to the works. That's because the black macaca nigra monkey swiped the camera from Slater during a 2011 shoot in Indonesia and snapped tons of pictures, including the selfie and others at issue.

Origami robots build themselves and walk away

Origami robots are more than a totally rad party trick (people do origami at parties, right?). They fall into a group of shape-shifting robots that could someday be used in search and rescue missions where shimmying through tight and dangerous spaces is often necessary. An origami robot could be fed through rubble and then assemble itself on the inside of a collapsed building or tunnel to perform a rescue task. The Harvard bots were only able to walk a little more than a tenth of a mile per hour, but they could get faster as the research continues to develop.

Woolfe: Red Riding Hood as you've never seen her before - CNET

"Little Red Riding Hood's origins turned out to be equally disturbing: in some versions she was tricked into eating her own grandma, in others the wolf tricked the girl into bed after ordering her to perform a striptease," Grin wrote. "It's these raw and rather cruel storylines that inspired us while developing Woolfe -- The Red Hood Diaries' plot, its main characters and enemies."

Clear Ear’s Products Are Safe Alternatives To Cotton Swabs | TechCrunch

Ear wax might not seem like a big deal, but for people who are hard of hearing or have issues with their middle ear, a build up of the substance can seriously impact their quality of life. Many people use cotton swabs to clean ear wax, but that can cause irritation and push wax deeper into ears, leading to blockages and infections. Others with more severe buildups depend on regular visits to the doctor.

Tycoon can sue Google over auto-complete, as Hong Kong joins global censorship push

Granted, Google is a private company and can provide any service to the public they want, as long as it abides by the law. Therefore, if it is determined to bit be illegal to defame a person, whether directly or indirectly, for example via a tool under your control/design, then Google must take the necessary steps to remain legal by not defaming a person with their search suggestions. Tough to do and probably impossible feat for Google, yes, but nonetheless, with freedom (of being in business and creating valuable services to society) comes responsibility (of being in compliance with the law of the society).

Kanye West: Will a paparazzi drone electrocute my daughter? - CNET

In a deposition for a lawsuit brought by a paparazzo against him, the next Steve Jobs muses about the effects drones will have on society.

Reddit to brands: You say you want a conversation? Put your money where your mouth is

So what can Reddit offer that gets past these barriers? In effect, what the site offers is a challenge: most brands and advertisers say that what they really want is a “conversation” with their users, but few actually put their money where their mouth is. A promoted tweet or a heavily-moderated discussion on Facebook may serve the purpose, but it’s a bit of a Potemkin village compared to the free-for-alls that happen during some of Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” interviews or emerge in its sub-Reddit communities. As Martin put it in a Q&A earlier this year:

With Newly Announced Expansions, Amazon’s Same-Day Delivery Service Now Outpaces Competitors | TechCrunch

Amazon’s sped-up delivery times offered through this service fit into a larger trend where consumers are demanding instant gratification when shopping online or on-the-go. While mobile apps like Uber have popularized the market for push-button, on-demand services – in Uber’s case, transportation via black cars or taxis – a number of commerce competitors have been testing the waters with same-day deliveries and store-pickups, when delivery is not feasible.

You can now tell the FCC how you feel about AT&T's proposed purchase of DirecTV

The Federal Communications Commission is reviewing AT&T's plan to acquire satellite provider DirecTV, and it wants to hear the public's opinions on the matter. As of today, members of the public can submit comments on the proposed purchase or petitions for the FCC to deny the purchase. The purchase would give AT&T control over around 26 million TV subscribers — an enormous figure that would make it second to only the merged Comcast–Time Warner Cable, should that deal also go through.

Name Your Own Price for the Front-End Master Bundle [Deals Hub]

Web development is a wave you don’t want to miss. Whether you pick up a few skills to build yourself or your friends a website or you turn it into a career, having abilities in the field are vital in this era of technology. If you’ve never touched the topic before or if you’re looking to up your game, the Front-End Master Bundle is a great tool kit of courses for you. You can name your own price for the bundle right now in the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub .

China Cracks Down On Messaging Apps, Blames Terrorism

China blocked some messaging apps and implemented new, tough restrictions on other instant messaging services Thursday. According to Reuters , China told the South Korean ministry it blocked KakaoTalk and Line because terrorists were using them to transmit information on building bombs. Line has 420 million users worldwide and KakaoTalk has 150 million, but data on how many users are in China is unavailable.

Facebook Acquires Encryption Startup PrivateCore

Facebook today announced it has acquired encryption startup PrivateCore , which specializes in protecting servers from malware threats, unauthorized physical access, and malicious hardware devices. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Instant Replay: The Second Coming of On-Demand Delivery

Cherry’s premise was that workers would show up wherever your car was parked, and rinse and scrub it until it sparkled, for $30. “Cherry scared the shit out of us,” Andreessen Horowitz partner Jeff Jordan tells me. “There was a Cherry carwash every hour outside my window.” Ultimately, Jordan suppressed his interest and didn’t pursue the investment. “For us, it was the poster child of ‘That works on Sand Hill Road,'” he says, referring to the Menlo Park, Calif., boulevard where much of the world’s venture capital makes its home.

How we got here: a visual history of US mobile companies

We followed the history of those companies to their early days, highlighting some major events as they become full-fledged companies in their own right. Had the T-Mobile and Sprint merger gone through, we would have been left with only three, each controlling more than 100 million mobile connections.

Would you take a road trip to Anaheim to be first to play Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare?

If you've got an itchy trigger finger and that over-the-counter cream just isn't satisfying it, you might want to check out the GameStop Expo going on September 9 and September 10 at the Anaheim Convention Center. According to a news release from GameStop, it'll feature the first public, playable build of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in North America. So if you want to get a headstart on those killstreaks, this might be a way to go about it. Of course, if you're not particularly interested in Call of Duty: Kevin Spacey Edition Advanced Warfare , there will be plenty of other games at the show as well, including Halo: The Master Chief Collection , Dragon Age: Inquisition , Alien: Isolation and of course, Video Game, Colon, Subtitle . Tickets for the expo can be purchased through GameStop's website. Until August 15, general admission tickets will cost $40, while a VIP pass will run $110. After August 15, the cost of general admission rises to $50, while the VIP jumps to $125. [Image: GameStop]

OperationSAFE is on JustCoz!

“Child trauma camps to be held for Israeli and Palestinian children by @operationsafe ”

How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

Beleaguered Holding Informal Talks To Sell Company, a flash-sale firm turned home design shop and e-retailer, has been in sale discussions with a number of suitors, sources say. Yesterday, CEO Jason Goldberg confirmed the news emailing me:

22 Pictures That Prove We're Living In The Damn Future

22 Pictures That Prove We're Living In The Damn Future

Rich Kid, Poor Kid: For 30 Years, Baltimore Study Tracked Who Gets Ahead

Alexander is one of the authors of " The Long Shadow ," which explored this scenario: Take two kids of the same age who grew up in the same city — maybe even the same neighborhood. What factors will make the difference for each?

5 diseases that are scarier than ebola

Foodborne illness: Pathogens in our food such as E. coli , salmonella, listeria, campylobacter, and norovirus annually sicken one in six Americans, send 128,000 to the hospital, and kill 3,000. Unfortunately, there are no vaccines to stop these bugs, so the best way to prevent their spread is by carefully monitoring the food supply. Unfortunately, cuts to both federal and state budgets have meant that food inspectors are stretched thin. This year, the Obama administration cut 262 positions from the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service . As my colleague Tom Philpott reported , the USDA has proposed new rules that would allow poultry plants to speed up production while decreasing the number of inspectors. And it's not just federal food inspection that's suffering: A report ( PDF ) last year by the National Environmental Health Association found decreasing salaries, high rates of turnover, and frequent staff furloughs at state and local agencies that inspect food. A sobering 60 percent of local agencies reported that they didn't have enough resources to investigate outbreaks.

Visualizing 15 Years Of Acquisitions By Apple, Google, Yahoo, Amazon, And Facebook | TechCrunch

Business insurance provider Simply Business created this infographic, which is only available here on TechCrunch. Each dot’s size represents the price paid for that startup if it was disclosed. Scroll over them for a link to learn more about the deal. The plus and minus buttons in the top right let you zoom in on specific time periods. Select categories at the top to filter for certain types of acquisitions. The Frequency toggle reveals phases when companies did heavy buying. And you can click any of the tech giants’ logos to view a complete list of their full-scale acquisitions (small acqui-hires excluded). Sorry to our mobile readers, but it’s much easier (possible) to navigate this on the web.

Why work doesn't happen at work

Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. In his talk, he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work. (Filmed at TEDxMidWest.)

Here's how we take back the Internet

Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. "Your rights matter,” he says, "because you never know when you're going to need them." Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee.

MythBusters: Watch With Adam and Jamie Live : Discovery Channel

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The discovery of a new language can help explain how we communicate | Al Jazeera America

Hou’s discovery is one of about a dozen sign languages identified for the first time by linguists in the last decade, and more are popping up. Most recently a group of American and Israeli linguists have been studying two new sign languages in Israel, one of which arose only four generations ago in a Bedouin village with an unusually large deaf population. Such “village sign languages,” as they’re called, appear all over the world. There is Ban Khor, a sign language used by about a thousand people in a village in Thailand; Adamorobe, a language in Ghana that shares a number of traits with other West African sign languages, like loose hand shapes and sweeping gestures; and Kata Kolok (literally “deaf language”), which developed in Bengkala, Indonesia, where villagers share a belief in Bhatara Kolok, a deaf god. Linguists are also investigating new sign languages in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico as well as Turkey.


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HTTPS as a ranking signal

For these reasons, over the past few months we’ve been running tests taking into account whether sites use secure, encrypted connections as a signal in our search ranking algorithms. We’ve seen positive results, so we’re starting to use HTTPS as a ranking signal. For now it's only a very lightweight signal—affecting fewer than 1% of global queries, and carrying less weight than other signals such as  high-quality content —while we give webmasters time to switch to HTTPS. But over time, we may decide to strengthen it, because we’d like to encourage all website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the web.

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56 How Design Thinking Transformed Airbnb from a Failing Startup to a Billion Dollar Business
57 Hacker Redirects Traffic From 19 Internet Providers to Steal Bitcoins | Threat Level | WIRED
58 Wireless charger uses ultrasound to power your phone from across the room
59 Vogogo Raises $8.5 Million To Bring Crypto Payments To The US, EU | TechCrunch
60 The New Mercedes-Benz Sedan Can Ward Off Bullets
61 Windows 9 will kill Microsoft's awkward Charms menu, introduce virtual desktops
62 Embrace the remix
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64 6 Fabrics to Keep Fashionably Cool in the Heat
65 Path’s Dave Morin Will Hit Up Disrupt SF 2014 To Talk About How Social Has Changed | TechCrunch
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67 The New Foursquare Is Here, and It's Surprisingly Good [REVIEW]
68 Facebook Just Started Requiring People To Download Messenger For Chat
69 Google Compute Engine Adds New Zones In US And Asia | TechCrunch
70 When Wearable Health Trackers Meet Your Doctor | TechCrunch
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72 If You Can Fold Paper, Why Can't You Fold Robots?
73 5 TED Talks to kickstart your creativity
74 Apple's iPhone 6 line will sport faster Wi-Fi, improved fingerprint reader, A8 chip confirmed (exclusive)
75 10 Digital Comics You Should Read Right Now
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79 How animations can help scientists test a hypothesis
80 IBM Unveils Next-Gen Chip That Mimics Functions of the Human Brain
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87 New Wearable Baby Monitor Is Like a Fitbit for Infants
88 9 Real Architectural Wonders That Inspired Disney Movies
89 InVision Design Tool Raises $21 Million Series B | TechCrunch
90 Google Acquires Emu, An IM Client With Siri-Like Intelligence | TechCrunch
91 Lego Springfield Brings 'Simpsons' Hometown to Brick Life
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