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A timeline of the major milestones and small moments that have shaped the Web since 1989.
Man Drops Himself Into Volcano and Takes a Selfie
Extreme adventurers and filmmakers willingly drop themselves into the Marum Crater, an active lava lake on the summit of the Ambrym Volcano in Vanuatu.
Terrifying Giant Spider Is ... Just a Dog in a Costume
Unsuspecting victims are pranked by an adorable dog in a terrifying giant mutant spider costume.
Twitter Media Boss Katie Jacobs Stanton Wants More Partners in More Countries
Twitter is the operating system of news. News organizations were the first to really understand the value and the power of Twitter. They joined Twitter not just as a place where they could break news, but as a place where they could source news and confirm news. So we spend a lot of time [with news organizations]. We’ve hired people who have worked in the news industry all around the world. They really understand and speak the same language as news organizations to help them make the most of what’s going on. There are people bearing witness to events all around the world, and Twitter is a powerful platform for anybody to source, to break, to consume or to digest news.
NATO agrees cyber attack could trigger military response
NEWPORT Wales (Reuters) - NATO leaders agreed on Friday that a large-scale cyber attack on a member country could be considered an attack on the entire U.S.-led alliance, potentially triggering a military response.
The Stupidity of Computers
With the widely adopted ontologies of social networks, the sorts of analyses done on Amazon products can now be done on people. As with search engines, Facebook keeps analyses of data quite private, even if the data itself is considerably less private. But one social networking site has made some analyses public: the dating site OkCupid. Their OkTrends blog illuminates the correlations they’ve been able to draw from their data, and gives some insight into the possibilities offered by a large database of personal information. Besides offering users a barrage of multiple-choice questions (no semantic understanding necessary!) to help match them with other users, OkCupid allows people to create their own questions to use in matching, compiling in the process an increasingly elaborate ontology of personality, albeit a messy one. Their conclusions about users have included the following: vegetarians are more likely to enjoy giving oral sex; the richer you are, the more likely you are to be looking for casual sex, regardless of what country you live in; the majority of Idaho and Wyoming residents would rather lose the right to vote than the right to bear arms.
How the Next iPhone Could Finally Kill the Credit Card | Business | WIRED
But if, as predicted , the next-generation iPhone includes a chip that makes the device scannable at checkout counters, Apple could catalyze a transformation in how money moves that is at least as substantial as the improvements in how data moves that Cupertino forced upon the telecom industry. At first, an iPhone wallet likely would act as a surrogate for credit cards, a way to store the data of multiple cards but using the phone as the way to transfer that data instead of a swipe. But over time, the point of holding onto any of those cards, which become digital abstractions once they’re on the phone, likely will fall away. Instead, for all anyone with an iPhone is concerned, the way to pay will be Apple.
Tim Cook Says iCloud to Get Extra Security — But Will It Work?
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal , Cook was at pains to point out, as Apple has been saying all week, that this wasn't a "system-wide" attack on iCloud. He didn't directly acknowledge the ease with which an iCloud photo hacking can happen, but he did reveal that iCloud will soon send your devices a notification when a new device accesses it. Two-factor authentication will also be strengthened throughout the service, he said.
Disrupt SF Hackathon – More Prizes Than You Can Hack A Stick At | TechCrunch
Hack and Win! EVO Snap* is giving away a brand new 2014 Honda Metropolitan to the developer who demonstrates the most creative and/or innovate use of the Snap* APIs in their Hackathon creation. Saving gas is a Snap* with this stylish 49cc Honda scooter that delivers up to 100 MPG! Capture the attention of the EVO Snap* team and you could ride off in the comfy saddle of a beautiful Candy Orange/Pearl Black Metropolitan featuring an ergonomic design, modern instrument panel and 22 liters of lockable beneath-the-seat storage. Visit the EVO Snap* booth on-site for details and eligibility requirements.
I dislike the term “Big Internet,” which has yet to aggregate like Big Oil/Pharma/Ag. The Internet is more like Big Data, which is diverse and distributed but growing troublesome as certain platforms get nastier with they machinations. I find it difficult to guess whether the motivation is monetary or some weird gambit for social control. If there is indeed a quiet rebellion occurring, it’s not that “information yearns to be free” as some idiot put it but rather that people want to broadcast and share their opinions and enthusiasms without unnecessary mediation. Early self-organization of the Internet embodied a reckless, unregulated approach to networked content. No doubt hand-rolling, mustache-twirling, Silicon Valley demagogues believe there’s a piece of the action waiting to be grabbed.
Alibaba Seeks $21.1 Billion in IPO of E-Commerce Giant
Sept. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Alibaba Group Holding is seeking to raise as much as $21.1 billion in its initial public offering, in what could be the largest sale of new stock in the U.S. ever. Trish Regan reports on "Street Smart." (Source: Bloomberg)
NVIDIA Sues Samsung and Qualcomm, Tries To Get Samsung Galaxy Devices Blocked From The U.S. | TechCrunch
NVIDIA has just filed patent lawsuits against both Samsung and Qualcomm, claiming the companies are infringing upon its graphics chip patents. The end goal? To block the shipment of Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets until Samsung coughs up patent licensing fees.
Pinterest’s Latest Chrome Extension Lets You Decorate Your New Tab Page With Beautiful Photos | TechCrunch
Pinterest wants to insert itself further into its users’ everyday workflows, so the company has rolled out today a new way to jazz up your Google Chrome web browser with a little bit of “inspirational” imagery. With its second Chrome extension , Pinterest can now insert a full-color Pin onto your New Tab page, which you can click on to be redirected to Pinterest’s website in order to learn more about the photo in question – and then hopefully get stuck there for a while, the time suck that it is.
Twitpic is shutting down after Twitter threatened to block access to its API
After six years of operation, image sharing site Twitpic will be closing its metaphorical doors after a legal trademark battle with Twitter. Twitpic’s founder Noah Everett said in a blog post announcing the news Thursday that it doesn’t have the funds to wage a fight with Twitter, which Everett said is asking Twitpic to abandon its trademark application or lose access to the Twitter API. The blog post doesn’t elaborate on why Twitpic wouldn’t just change its name instead of shutting down entirely.
Apple, Google appeal rejection of $325 million hiring settlement
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four technology companies including Apple and Google blasted a U.S. judge for rejecting a proposed $324.5 million settlement over hiring practices in Silicon Valley and asked an appeals court to intervene, according to a court filing.
Intel’s New Core M Processors Will Bring Thin, Fanless Convertible Notebooks This Holiday | TechCrunch
Intel has launched its Core M processor line at IFA 2014 this year, and is announcing a number of key launch partners that will be shipping Intel M-based convertible notebooks starting this holiday season. The new M chips allow users to build much thinner designs, since they’re incredibly energy-efficient and can run cool enough that they don’t require a heat-fighting fan in the chassis.
China Telecom Posts iPhone 6 Pre-Order Page, But Don’t Trust Its Pics And Info | TechCrunch
China Telecom has a new pre-order page up for the iPhone 6 , despite the fact that it’s still not official, and likely won’t be until Apple’s big unveiling event on September 9. The website depicts high-quality renders of a new iPhone model as viewed from the side. The images are in line with what we’ve seen before, showing an iPhone with contours that resemble the iPad mini and iPad Air, but don’t go believing them to be the honest, authoritative last word.
Inside The Eye-Popping Deal Nevada Offered To Land Tesla's $5 Billion Gigafactory
Everybody always knew that Tesla Motors' Tesla Motors' $5 billion gigafactory would be an expensive proposition for the state that won the deal. Until Thursday, it looked like the price tag would be $500 million, or 10 percent of the total expense.
Dish said to discuss T-Mobile deal with Deutsche Telekom: Bloomberg
Dish has told Deutsche Telekom, which owns about two-thirds of T-Mobile, that it may be interested in a deal after a November auction for wireless airwaves is completed, the report added. ( bloom.bg/1uoZ1YB )
Google Glass Explorer Edition Now Live In The US Play Store With All Accessories
You may remember Google's launch of the Glass explorer program in the UK, which saw the device listed in the Play Store just before I/O . This seemed a little odd at the time, given that the Glass shopping experience in the US has always had its own dedicated checkout process and interface, separate from the Play Store, but bringing the hardware to Google's main store makes sense in the long-run, as the eyeball computer tiptoes toward an inevitable final launch.
The All New Moto X Arrives Later This Month For $499.99 Unlocked | TechCrunch
Motorola is updating its flagship Moto X, and it’s an improvement that makes one of the best deals in mobile even better, even if it doesn’t completely revolutionize what came before. The original Moto X was one of the best phones last year, and despite a change in the company’s ownership from Google to Lenovo, this new Moto X looks to be a worthy successor.
Motorola’s Turbo Charger adds 8 hours of battery life to your Moto X (2nd Gen) in 15 minutes
At $35, the Motorola Turbo Charger isn’t exactly light on the wallet, but could prove invaluable when you’re in a tight spot. The best part about the charger is it’s backwards compatible, meaning it can deliver up to 15 watts of power to larger devices like tablets. You can learn more about Quick Charge 2.0 in Qualcomm’s video below. The Motorola Turbo Charger doesn’t have a firm street date, but you can find it on Motorola’s site via the link below.
6 Things Brands Should Know About Using Instagram’s Hyperlapse
There is a brilliant novelty to this app, and it makes it much simpler to do time-lapse than by traditional means. But consider the job of time-lapse in video and film and how that fits into your brand’s visual storytelling arc. Time-lapse is a transitional element, an interesting way to connect two scenes through the passing of time, but on its own, it may not have the power to carry the narrative. Hyperlapse can make a guy walking into a building look awesome at 12x speed, but in the end, it’s still a guy walking into a building. Brands should look to redefine the element of time-lapse, rather than simply use Hyperlapse to re-create it.
Google tests password generator in Chrome browser - CNET
Password-generating tools like LastPass, 1Password, RoboForm, and others are a mainstay of browser accessories, and are often recommended by security experts because they can help create and manage "strong" passwords. "Strong" refers to passwords that are difficult for hackers and computers to guess. Google's effort, if it makes it into the regular version of Chrome, could encourage other browser makers to build password generators and make the field more competitive.
Technics musters its mojo again for a $53,000 digital audio system, and we tried it
Remember Technics? Younger readers may be familiar with the brand’s iconic SL1200 turntable, which is sill a mainstay in many a professional DJ rig. But long before Technics was re-inventing record players, it was hocking some seriously high-end gear. The Panasonic brand has a succinct and storied past, having turned out some of the most carefully engineered products ever introduced into the high-end audio category. Unfortunately, recent years weren’t too kind to Technics, so Panasonic more or less shuttered its operations roughly four years ago.
Yahoo Acquires, Shuts Down Luminate, An Interactive Image Platform | TechCrunch
Luminate, Inc. (previously known as Pixazza, Inc.) is the worldwide leader in making images interactive serving more than 150 million users each month and 30 billion image views per year. Founded in 2008, with the vision to make ever image interactive on the web, Luminate offers the world’s first platform for image applications. Developed by technologists from Netscape and LiveOps, Luminate’s platform …
The Moto 360 goes on sale today from $249.99
Motorola's much anticipated circular smartwatch, the Moto 360, finally goes on sale today. The base price is $249.99 with a choice between a black or limited edition gray leather strap, but there are also two metal versions — one pictured above — coming this fall for $299.99. If you can't wait for those now, you'll be able to buy a metal band separately for $79.99 later on. Leather straps, meanwhile, will cost $29.99 by themselves.
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Normally that’s impossible. My phone is always either in my pocket or in my hands, because missing an email or a text or a killer snap is just entirely unfathomable. But this morning, I was reading an email on my wrist, and walked out the door without even checking my pockets. That's what the Moto 360 has done to me: I already feel naked without it, but I don’t notice my smartphone so much anymore.
Sprint expands rural roaming program, adding 15 new carriers
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sprint Corp said on Friday it was adding 15 new rural and regional wireless providers to its U.S. roaming program, a move bolstering the company's efforts to cheaply expand its footprint as it fights to stay competitive as a national carrier.
Analyst Expects iWatch In Two Sizes, 128GB iPhone And iPad Air 2 Reveal Next Week | TechCrunch
No word on what exactly it would entail, but this could imply a modest update for the company’s tablet. It’s also still possible that Apple would then hold a separate October event for Mac news, including new hardware and the official consumer launch of OS X Mavericks. In any case, Kuo says that there will be plenty of iWatch news next week, too, with a device that comes in both 1.4 and 1.5-inch screen sizes, and a huge 8GB of internal storage (most Android Wear devices have only 4), plus 512MB of RAM. That would make it a powerful contender, on par with the iPhone 4S on paper.
Exclusive: Marc Newson to Join Jony Ive on Apple’s Design Team
“I’m full of admiration and respect for the extraordinary design work that has been produced by Jony and the team at Apple,” Newson said. “My close friendship with Jony has not only given me a unique insight into that process, but the opportunity to work together with him and the people that have been responsible. I am enormously proud to join them.”
Apple CEO, other execs hit with shareholder suit over ebook conspiracy
Is this video meant to be ironic? The DOJ case was not kosher, the purpose of it was not to protect or avenge consumers, and this video has Steve Jobs telling the press backstage not to worry too much about the fact that Apple will not punish Authors who price their books above $9.99, because the publishers are about to revolt against Amazon’s draconian policies anyway. There wasn’t any collusion to “raise prices” in the nascent eBooks market by Apple, but there was a rather natural hatred from publishers for the control that had been forced on them by Amazon in order to sell eBooks, where Amazon told them what they could charge, and then told them they would get 30% percent of sales, and then charged them for uploading files, charged them for the size of the content they submitted to pay for the Kindle owners “free” cellular data plans. Amazon wants the ignorant masses to believe that because they make it easy and cheap, that they are the good guys, but they make it easy and cheap by cheating content creators, slave labor, and “special” connections.
Samsung CEO outlines his vision of our smart home future
Samsung CEO and President Boo-Keun Yoon has been on stage in Berlin at IFA 2014, using his keynote speech to push his company’s vision of our smart home future. “The technology we see in our homes today is only the beginning,” he said. “The change ahead will be much, much more dramatic. It will come at a speed we can barely imagine.”
For Sale Soon: The World’s First Google Glass Detector | Threat Level | WIRED
Later this month, Oliver says he’ll start taking pre-orders for Cyborg Unplug , a gadget no bigger than a laptop charger that plugs into a wall and patrols the local Wi-Fi network for connected Google Glass devices, along with other potential surveillance gadgets like Google Dropcams, Wi-Fi-enabled drone copters, and certain wireless microphones. When it detects one of those devices, it can be programmed to flash an alert with an LED light, play a sound through connected speakers, and even ping the Cyborg Unplug owner’s smartphone through an Android app, as well as silently booting those potential spy devices from the network.
The Moto X returns: high-end specs, aluminum frame and leather back
Now let's dive into the details, starting with that screen. To be honest, it's not that much bigger than the old one; the 5.2-inch AMOLED display, still in Corning Gorilla Glass, is only roughly half an inch wider than last year's X. But now it sports a 1080p display instead of a 720p one, which makes it a touch more pleasing to the eye. The screen takes up almost the entirety of the phone's face, leaving just a bit of bezel on the bottom and the top, so it gives the illusion of a much larger display. To make room for the larger screen, the phone itself is also just a hair bigger -- it measures 72.4mm wide by 140.8mm tall and it weighs about 144 grams. The new Moto X retains the curved back from the original, but with a slightly slimmer width -- arching from 3.8mm at its thinnest to 9.9mm -- that still cradles nicely in the hand.
Joystiq Streams: Shadow of Mordor brings a Twitch to Sauron's eye
In Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, gamers take on the role of Talion, a valiant ranger whose family is slain in front of him the night Sauron and his army return to Mordor, moments before his own life is taken. Resurrected by a Spirit of vengeance and empowered with Wraith abilities, Talion ventures into Mordor and vows to destroy those who have wronged him. Through the course of his personal vendetta, Talion uncovers the truth of the Spirit that compels him, learns the origins of the Rings of Power and ultimately confronts his true nemesis.
Selling Alibaba: The People Behind the Biggest Roadshow on Earth
Many of the banks forged links with Alibaba years ago. Goldman Sachs was an early investor in Alibaba. Some banks worked on underwriting the 2007 IPO in Hong Kong of Alibaba.com, a business-to-business unit that matches U.S. companies with Chinese factories. Others were involved in the de-listing of that company in 2012. Still others became Alibaba bankers after joining over 20 other banks on lending the Chinese firm $8 billion last year.
Watch An Asteroid Called "Pitbull" Fly By Earth On Sunday
The 60-foot asteroid will pass within 25,000 miles of our planet. But don’t worry, it won’t hit us.
Dell Unveils Laptop-Tablet Hybrid at IFA
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It’s Time For VCs To Run To Their Bubble Bunkers | TechCrunch
If these are the signs of the apocalypse, the good news for founders is that the only people truly being harmed here are the VCs themselves. Founders are huge beneficiaries, and most of these new practices don’t affect the limited partners of venture funds, since these programs are coming out of management fees, carry, or both. Even an equity return policy isn’t likely to skew results much, since the assumption is that the worst companies are probably the ones most likely to return their equity since they didn’t grow and thus don’t see the value of the investment.
Apple Store app updated with all-new design ahead of iPhone 6 launch, finally available to iPad users outside US
The good news for international users is that the iPhone app is now universal, so you will be able to install the app on your iPad. Previously, the older iPad version was not available outside U.S. You will also be able to make one to one reservations on the iPad, which was previously available only on the iPhone.
Apple's rivals hope its iWatch makes 'wearable' work
Media reports have pinpointed 9 September as the date Apple will introduce its long-rumored smartwatch - a wrist device that typically connects to a nearby phone. Expectations are high for the iWatch, which could be the tech giant’s first brand new product after a four-year dry spell during which it faced pressure to create another groundbreaking consumer gadget.
Amazon.com's retail practices in India come under scrutiny: WSJ
The Seattle-based e-commerce company makes its money in India by charging third-party suppliers to use its website to sell some 17 million different products, from books to electronics. Asia's second-largest country is seen as strategically important to Amazon as it tries to ramp up growth and profits.
Don't regret regret
We're taught to try to live life without regret. But why? Using her own tattoo as an example, Kathryn Schulz makes a powerful and moving case for embracing our regrets.
Does money make you mean?
It's amazing what a rigged game of Monopoly can reveal. In this entertaining but sobering talk, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy. (Hint: badly.) But while the problem of inequality is a complex and daunting challenge, there's good news too. (Filmed at TEDxMarin.)
Leave It to Ikea to Show Us How Stupid Apple Is.
Leave It to Ikea to Show Us How Stupid Apple Is.
Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Leak Isn't A 'Scandal.' It's A Sex Crime.
The bigger issue behind all of this, is that hackers that use a website like 4chan have the ability to track down users of devices – in this case mobile phones – and grab the pictures to leak them on the internet. This article defends women because apparently men don’t care if their images get leaked. But what if a simple decent picture of a daughter gets leaked and memed to be sexualized? Would you react then? Would that make you realize how this affects EVERYONE who uses the internet? This article reffers not only to Jennifer but to ALL women across the world who have to go through very uncomfortable situations in the street. Situations that have to do with sexual harrasment. And even if we are not prostitutes and don’t have clothing that would make anyone think we are, we could get treated like one. Why do I say this? Because I am a woman living alone in San Juan the capitol of Puerto Rico, a city that has the highest commute of men and women in the island. I got confused for a prostitute two years ago without giving ANY leads whatsoever, and that night I was wearing clothing that covered my whole body except my arms (from my elbows to my hands).
How To Rewire Your Brain For Greater Happiness
It's important to let yourself linger in the moment of a positive experience--not just because it feels good (though that should be reason enough), but because you're actually helping rewire your brain in that moment. For most people, it's hard to have positive experiences for more than few seconds. Think about how quickly you push away a compliment rather than letting yourself really feel good about it. But brushing aside positive experiences rather than internalizing them literally doesn't allow you to transfer the positive feelings associated from your short- to long-term memory, says Hanson.
How Jenna Lyons Transformed J.Crew Into A Cult Brand
Lyons's whimsical nature can sometimes make her seem like a different species from most folks with a key to the executive floor. And she can hardly be accused of stuffy qualities like propriety or perfection. "Ask my ex-husband how perfect I am," she jokes during one of our interviews. (He might have a thing or two to say about it, too; Lyons's personal life has been tabloid fodder since 2011, when she got divorced and paired up with a woman.) "You're pretty candid," I tell her. "Maybe to a fault," she says. "I might take my teeth out." Yet her colleagues credit her with a keen business mind, and that easy oscillation between her two selves is what has brought her so much success. Libby Wadle, J.Crew's executive vice president of brand (that is, merchandising), says: "Jenna is a designer all day long, but she can have conversations about real estate and parts of the business that many designers will just tune out. She gets all the moving parts and how they connect." When I ask Lyons how going private in 2011 helped the company, she immediately cites the freedom to invest more in IT infrastructure--not the first thing you'd expect to hear from a native creative.
Dare to disagree
Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.
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Nintendo has revealed the UK launch line up and opened pre-orders for its upcoming range of amiibotoys. The NFC-enabled figures of some of the company's most famous characters (and a few obscure outliers) will be available in November for the princely sum of £10.99 each
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