Facebook Posts Second-Quarter Revenue, Profit Topping Estimates
Facebook Inc. (FB) ’s revenue surged 61 percent in the second quarter, fueled by mobile advertising, sending the stock soaring in extended trading past its all-time closing high.
The Server Needs To Die To Save The Internet | TechCrunch
“Doing what we’re doing is exceedingly hard. Which is why it’s not really been done before. We’re different because we’ve set out to decentralize the Internet. And we’re also different because nothing like MaidSafe does exist. People will say that’s just like that or that but there is no other network in the world where you can privately log in to your own data, without anyone else knowing. And store data and share data – without the use of an intermediary, I’m just not aware of any network that you can do that on,” says Lambert.
eBay's ticket site StubHub says it's the victim of a 'global fraud ring'
StubHub has revealed that it's been the victim of a global fraud operation that's lasted longer than a year. Rather than being hacked, however, criminals obtained user details from other websites and keylogging software, then proceeded to make purchases on the eBay-owned ticket site. Company official Glenn Lehrman has told Reuters that authorities in the US, Canada and the UK will conduct arrests later today, at which point more details will be released. Worried users of the service should relax, for the moment at least, since the company has promised that any unauthorized transactions were spotted and refunded back in 2013.
I Tried Amazon's Fire Phone -- Here's Why I Won't Buy It
Along with Firefly, Amazon is pushing something it's calling "Dynamic Perspective" as a feature that differentiates Fire Phone from the competition. Dynamic Perspective uses sensors to track how you hold and move the phone. This allows some images -- notably on the phone's lock screen -- to appear like they're moving with you, or that your view is changing when you move your head or the phone. But what's more useful is that it gives you one-handed control of the phone. When you're texting or emailing, a twist of the wrist brings up the photo gallery, so you can easily add a photo. When you're in the home screen, a twist one way gives you an easy view of the weather and your calendar, and a twist the other way gives you access to the app store, games, music, videos and, of course, Amazon Prime.
'Father of the internet' Vint Cerf explains how web addresses work
For most of us, browsing the web is pretty easy: type in a domain name , mash the enter key, and well, here you are. Behind the scenes, however, it's a mess of IP addresses, numbers and international stake holders. Part of ICANN's job is sorting all that out and making your web experience simple -- and recently its players have been trying to reduce the US government's influence on the organization. A little unsure how this power shift will effect you? Then read on: Google and internet progenitor Vint Cerf have teamed up to explain what ICANN is, how it's managed and why its global changes are good for the future of the internet. You can see the full video (complete with meme references and funny pictures) after the break.
A Futuristic Megacity Grows In . . . Scandinavia?
Building transit is only the start, and it would require a huge level of cooperation among three countries. Such a region would include about half of all of Scandinavia's population, its two largest airports and its largest seaport, 29 colleges and universities, and no less than "four fabulous opera houses." Now, the trick will be to actually get the thing built and then make sure a rail ticket is way more affordable than Amtrak.
The Epic Fight to Protect Whales From the U.S. Navy | Science | WIRED
It was an terrible and extraordinary event: Beaked whales are the world’s deepest-diving mammals, and these creatures had spent most of their lives in deep undersea canyons. For even one to show up in shallow water would be extremely unusual.
Drone pilot locates missing 82-year-old man after three-day search
A search involving dogs, a helicopter and hundreds of volunteers came to a happy conclusion after a drone owner lent his gadget to the efforts.
The WIRED Summer Binge-Watching Guide: The Wire | Underwire | WIRED
Season 1: Episode 1, “The Target” Confession time. I started “The Target” at least three times, either falling asleep or wandering off before meeting even half of the characters. Someone suggested that I start with a later episode, and sure enough, that time I was hooked. I’ve since gone back and watched this episode, with a higher-level comprehension of who’s who and what’s what, realizing that it’s just as solid as the rest of the season. There’s nothing you can’t pick up by watching later episodes, and not much plot-wise that you haven’t seen in your basic Law & Order episode.
The Nostalgia Machine takes you back to the music of your youth
It's easy to get sucked into a nostalgic listening session, but tracking down the songs of your youth can be tougher than you think -- and "best of" medleys on YouTube will only do so much to scratch the itch. Don't worry, though, as The Nostalgia Machine has come to save the day. Pick a year and you'll see an easy-to-digest list of pop music videos that might just remind you of your high school prom or that big college party. It's definitely not an authoritative source -- what, no New Radicals ? -- but it also covers a few artists that you might not remember until you hear them again, like Mark Morrison or Sonique. Give the Machine a spin the next time you're eager to revisit the zeitgeist of years gone by.
Nigerian Scammers Adopting More Sophisticated Attacks
Sophisticated Attacks by the Uninitiated Palo Alto Networks tracked the attacks, dubbed "Silver Spaniel" by Unit 42's researchers, over the past three months. The attacks began with a malicious email attachment, which when clicked, installed malware on the victim's computer. One example is a remote administration tool (RAT) called NetWire, which allows attackers to remotely take over Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux machines. Another tool, DataScrambler, was used to repackage NetWire to evade detection by antivirus programs. DarkComet RAT has also been used in these attacks, the report said.
Review Roundup: Amazon Fire Phone
Amazon makes a late entrance into the highly competitive smartphone market with the Fire Phone , but early reviews of the device suggest that most users are better off sticking with a competing device. The general consensus among reviewers is that the Fire Phone does not have enough differentiating features over an iPhone or Android-based smartphone.
Fantastically Wrong: The Strange Real-Life Origins of the Fiendish Werewolf | Science | WIRED
In Africa, the supposed transformations were rather more complete. One legend went that a man was able to transform himself into a lion, living for months at a time in a sacred hut in the forest. His wife would bring him food and beer (lions are not known for the brewing skills, after all), in addition to the medicine required for him to turn back into a man. Other shape-shiftings were far more sinister. In what is now Ethiopia, the lowest caste of laborers was said to transform into hyenas and other creatures to plunder graves. “They were reported to act like other folk by the day,” Stewart writes, but at night would “assume the ways of wolves,” killing their foes and sucking their blood and “roaming about with other wolves till morning.”
How Thieves Can Hack and Disable Your Home Alarm System | Threat Level | WIRED
The Swann security system. Swann No matter what the brand or where they’re sold, the two researchers found identical problems: All the wireless alarm systems they examined rely on radio frequency signals sent between door and window sensors to a control system that triggers an alarm when any of these entryways are breached. The signals deploy any time a tagged window or door is opened, whether or not the alarm is enabled. But when enabled, the system will trip the alarm and also send a silent alert to the monitoring company, which contacts the occupants and/or the police. But the researchers found that the systems fail to encrypt or authenticate the signals being sent from sensors to control panels, making it easy for someone to intercept the data, decipher the commands, and play them back to control panels at will.
Facebook Sets Revenue Per User Records Around The World In Q2 | TechCrunch
The charts imply that Facebook is able to pick up more cash per user, even as it expands its user base. That’s good news for the company, as it infers, I think, that regions that perform less strongly than North America have a shot at growing their per-user top line, and thus provide Facebook with revenue potential for some time to come.
Batman: Arkham Knight Pre-Order Bonuses Leak Early - IGN
While we already knew a playable version of Joker's psychotic girlfriend was on the way in Arkham Knight, this is the first time we've heard Red Hood will also join the party, though by the looks of things only if you pre-order at Gamestop .
Google accepts more than half of Right to be Forgotten requests - Telegraph
Google said that it rejects more than 30pc of requests outright, and asks for
more information in a further 15pc, but is currently acceding to more than
half in total. That rate would mean links to 164,000 websites will not be
provided via the Google search engine.
FreshBooks First Venture Round - StartupCFO : Mark MacLeod
Congratulations Mark and @MikeMcDerment. When I first got involved with techstartups in the Autumn of 2004, there were very few SaaS companies. The model was very new and not proven. Freshbooks clearly was a pioneer and many SaaS wannabe’s looked up to them. Creation of The Small Business Web may not have taken place without Freshbooks – a great initiative by Sunir and Freshbooks to bring the global #SaaS companies together, and introduce previously expensive software to SMBs.
The Amazon Fire Phone Is A Shopper’s Delight But Not Much Else | TechCrunch
Most people will find their basic smartphone needs met by the Fire Phone . There’s email, texting, a basic note-taking app, and so on. The screen is 4.7 inches, the same size as rumored for the new iPhone coming this fall. At 720p, it isn’t the highest resolution screen on the market, but most people probably won’t notice — video still looks gorgeous. The camera is fine — at this point, I think most people can’t really tell the difference between photos taken on most high-end smartphones anyway. Inside, the Fire Phone is packing a Snapdragon 800, 2 GB of RAM, and an Adreno 330 GPU. In practical terms, that means it won’t have trouble keeping up with whatever apps or games you throw at it. In several days of use, the Amazon Fire Phone only stuttered for more than a few seconds one time, an issue that was cleared with a restart. Basically, it’s about as fast and reliable as you could hope for.
Live: Facebook’s Q2 Earnings and Conference Call - Digits - WSJ
Facebook 's showed no signs of slowing down, posting revenue of $2.91 billion on profit of 42 cents a share, excluding certain items. Wall Street had expected revenue of $2.8 billion on profit of 32 cents a share. We live-blogged the conference call with analysts.
Twitter’s Diversity Report Is More Of The Same | TechCrunch
Twitter is an online social network and a microblogging service that enables users to send and read “tweets," which are messages limited to 140 characters. Registered users of Twitter are able to read and post tweets via the web, SMS or mobile applications.
Created in March 2006, Twitter is a global real-time communications platform with 400 million monthly visitors to twitter.com and more than …
LG wants you to play games through your phone case
Are you an impulsive gamer? So impulsive that you can't even wait to unlock your phone before you start playing? If so, LG is entirely willing to cater to that (frankly disconcerting) behavior. The company has just launched Puppy Pop , the first game designed to work with the G3's QuickCircle case . It's a clever demo of what that round case window allows, although it's only a game in the loosest sense of the word. All you're doing is matching as many puppy heads as you can before time runs out -- it might do for a quick diversion at the bus stop, but it's not hard to see this wearing thin over time. You can grab the app today if you're curious, although you might want to wait for more substantial titles down the road -- or better yet, unlock your G3 and make full use of the phone you paid for.
Dropbox for Business bolsters security features | ZDNet
Other new features that will be added to Dropbox for Business include being able to search folders through the full-text search function, and and giving its 300,000 app developers access to shared folders via the API as a part of a "long path" of development. It will initially give developers the ability to do some basic management, but ultimately Fushman said developers will be able to "build a collaborative experience on top of Dropbox in a much rich and deeper way".
Japanese Mario Kart 8 ad showcases the Luigi Death Stare
For the first time in HD, Nintendo’s Mario Kart franchise comes to the Wii U console, introducing new racing circuit designs and antigravity karts that will have players driving upside down. Players will also enjoy a variety of series-favorite features, including the return of 12-player online competitive play, hang-gliders, underwater racing and motorbikes.
This Record-Breaking Electric Plane Stomps a Gas-Powered Cessna | Autopia | WIRED
Trumping other EVs is easy. It’s more impressive to see the Long-ESA’s numbers next to those posted by the Cessna and Cirrus aircraft that dominate private aviation. Yates’ aircraft posts a top speed unmatched by the Cessna 172 or 128, thanks to the plane’s light frame and its extra horsepower. The Cirrus SR22-G2 is more powerful and faster, but it can’t climb as fast as the Long-ESA. In five and a half minutes, Yates’ plane can go a lot higher:
Amazon's first phone may Fire up smartphone market
Amazon's first phone may Fire up smartphone market
Amazon.com has sold a gazillion phones through the years but until now the e-commerce giant has never had to sell an Amazon phone. That changes with this week's release of Fire, the first smartphone designed
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Facebook's new stats: 1.32 billion users, 30 percent only use it on their phone
Facebook announced its second quarter 2014 earnings today , and one fact is becoming more and more obvious. Facebook is a mobile company now. It makes 62 percent of its advertising revenue on mobile, a dramatic change for a company that had no mobile ads as recently as two years ago. And of the 1.32 billion people who use Facebook each month, 399 million, roughly a third, only log in with their phones. It's important to note that Facebook's monthly user base has grown 14 percent year over year, while it's mobile user base has grown much more, at 31 percent. Users in the US spend more than 40 minutes per day on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg says.
Sprint gets into the Google Apps resale business - CNET
The move is part of a broader shift by Sprint to focus on business customers -- an area where it is behind larger rivals AT&T and Verizon -- even as its consumer side continues to falter. By going beyond selling simple cellular service add offering apps and services that improve a business's productivity, the company hopes to set itself apart and build stronger relationships.
Microsoft's cloud business is on fire
Nadella touched on another factor driving growth, which is that Microsoft's cloud services have become so related that they are driving growth across services. For example, when a business signs on to Office 365, users move to Azure Active Directory. Once users are already in Azure Active Directory, Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite, where businesses can manage all users including those on iOS and Android devices, looks attractive, Nadella said. That's an example of one way that Microsoft is driving customer sign ups to its cloud services.
Thiel Fellow’s Elegant Sleep Tracker, Sense, Crushes Kickstarter With $120K In A Few Hours | TechCrunch
We created Sense to be simple, uncomplicated and useful. Sense is the first system that combines the insight of your sleep patterns with the data of the environment in your bedroom, including noise, light, temperature, humidity and particles in the air.
With Sense's Smart Alarm, it can even wake you up in the morning at the right point in your sleep cycle, to avoid that groggy feeling we all hate …
Tips On Crafting A Popular Newsletter, From Top Newsletter Authors
Someone with a large following could potentially use the platform to hawk a book or get people to attend a conference, but Kiefer Lee says readers don't particularly like that. "People like getting what they signed up for," she said. "If they sign up for a personal email newsletter, they don't want to be marketed at." Of course, the difference between "marketed at" and self-promotion isn't always clear.
So then what do readers like?
Microsoft Blends 5 Conferences To Create The “Unified Microsoft Commercial Technology Event” | TechCrunch
I confirmed with Microsoft that the decision has no impact on Build, the company’s other developer event. That’s hardly surprising. It would have been odd to see Microsoft lower its load of developer outreach at a time when it is scrambling to grow developer mindshare in certain product categories, and preserve where it already retains buy-in.
10 Ways Retail Companies Can Stay Relevant
Although we all remember the mom-and-pop shops we used before Amazon, retail is becoming an increasingly Web-based industry dominated by a mix of big companies and savvy, online-only startups. But merging old-school brick and mortar with emerging mobile and Web technologies has the potential to take the retail industry to a whole new level.
Here's the first teaser art from the new 'Fight Club 2' comic book series
Comic Book Resources spoke with Cameron Stewart, who's handling interior artwork for the comic series, about the pressures of following up on the cultural phenomenon that Fight Club became. Most people were introduced to Tyler by David Fincher's 1999 film, which presented some challenges while also lending Stewart and Co. artistic flexibility. "The thing I find really liberating about it is that, because it's a sequel to the novel, not to the film, we have a little bit more freedom to play with the visuals," Stewart said. "It's a good thing and it's a bad thing, because the film is so ingrained in popular culture the image of Tyler Durden is Brad Pitt — and we cannot make it look anything like Brad Pitt for various legal reasons."
Building a Twitter we can be proud of | Twitter Blogs
At Twitter, we have a goal to reach every person on the planet. We believe that goal is more attainable with a team that understands and represents different cultures and backgrounds.
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris launching in December
(Xbox One, PS4, PC) Crystal Dynamics is proud to announce Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. This all-new adventure takes place in the Temple of Osiris, hidden deep in the deserts of Egypt. Lara Croft arrives at the temple, hoping to be the first inside, but rival treasure hunter Carter Bell has beaten her to the entrance. They each seek the Staff of Osiris, but they discover more than they bargained for.
Upon entering the tomb, Carter removes the mythical Staff from its resting place and inadvertently triggers a trap cursing them both and unleashing the evil god Set. But the staff also awakens the gods Horus and Isis, the son and wife of Osiris. Now free from their ancient prison, they join forces with Lara and Carter in order to resurrect Osiris, the only god capable of removing the curse.
As Lara and her companions fight their way across the sands and through ancient tombs, they will face gods and monsters of myth and legend. With the fate of the world at stake, Lara must uncover the fragments of Osiris to stop Set from enslaving all mankind.
It's Wednesday, So Here's a Deer Licking a Camera [VIDEO]
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Twitter airs its unflattering diversity numbers when all eyes are on Facebook’s second quarter earnings
It may or may not be true that hiring the top echelon outside your ethnic or social group will help diversify the workplace in general. but at the very least, it would do something about the inbred culture of our corporate hierarchies, which seems to consist of a few socially homogeneous “rockstars” who all hire and overpay each other, while the earning power of everybody who works for them deteriorates, along with the viability of the very enterprises these leaders are supposed to be shepherding. Even if you’re a middle-class white guy who thinks “diversity” is PC nonsense, you should care about the creeping feudalism of your corporate overlords.
Blue Ant PUMP HD Sportsbuds Review: Water-resistant and Rugged
Blue Ant has today announced that its HD Sportsbuds headphones are available in the UK, having first gone on sale in the US earlier in the year. With the promise of ‘wireless’ in-ear buds we wouldn’t have to take out from the start of a training session until stepping out of the shower, we decided a quick review was in order.
Why Duolingo (And Google) Are Entering The Standardized Test Game
For both Duolingo and Google's Android and Chrome platforms, it’s an ambitious move. Von Ahn emphasized that the $20 test is generally ten times cheaper than an in-classroom English certification, and there’s a massive global demand for English-language learning. Savvily, Duolingo is also raising the access bar: The tests, which are shorter than an in-classroom test, can be taken at home and have a price point that’s perfect for the expanding global middle class.
Duolingo Launches Its Language Certification Program | TechCrunch
Another major problem with today’s tests is that they are prone to fraud. Too often, test takers have somebody else who looks a bit like them take the test for them or they actually bribe the proctors. That’s clearly something the Duolingo team took very seriously when it developed its application. When you take the test, the camera and microphone on your phone or laptop record everything you do. After you have completed the test, that video is then watched by a Duolingo proctor who checks that everything is kosher. The video is also attached to your digital certificate, so if somebody else ends up taking the test for you, it’ll be pretty easy to spot by a university administrator or potential employer.
The Fasinatng … Frustrating … Fascinating History of Autocorrect | Gadget Lab | WIRED
Invoke the word autocorrect and most people will think immediately of its hiccups—the sort of hysterical, impossible errors one finds collected on sites like Damn You Autocorrect. But despite the inadvertent hilarity, the real marvel of our mobile text-correction systems is how astoundingly good they are. It's not too much of an exaggeration to call autocorrect the overlooked underwriter of our era of mobile prolixity. Without it, we wouldn't be able to compose windy love letters from stadium bleachers, write novels on subway commutes, or dash off breakup texts while in line at the post office. Without it, we probably couldn't even have phones that look anything like the ingots we tickle—the whole notion of touchscreen typing, where our podgy physical fingers are expected to land with precision on tiny virtual keys, is viable only when we have some serious software to tidy up after us. Because we know autocorrect is there as brace and cushion, we're free to write with increased abandon, at times and in places where writing would otherwise be impossible. Thanks to autocorrect, the gap between whim and word is narrower than it's ever been, and our world is awash in easily rendered thought.
CIO-CMO Marriage Strained, But Can Be Saved
Like any relationship, the one between CIOs and CMOs requires trust and empathy to succeed. According to research from Accenture, there’s still a ways to go for the marriage to become a happy union.
Take A 99-Day Break From Facebook--And Let The World Know
A project encourages us to take a slow step back from the News Feed and evaluate for ourselves whether it's putting us in a bad mood.
Twitter Is Mostly a White Male Company, Diversity Data Reveals
The company's gender gap, in particular, becomes even more pronounced when broken down by expertise. Of Twitter's technology employees, a whopping 90% are men. For non-technical jobs, the split between genders is 50-50. What's more, almost 80% of those in leadership positions are men (and 72% are white).
Rockmelt Co-Founder Eric Vishria Joins Benchmark As Its Newest Partner | TechCrunch
Vishria will be joining a partnership that has one of the best track records among VC firms today, having invested in companies that include Twitter, Instagram, OpenTable, Uber, Zendesk, and Nextdoor. Since being founded in 1995, it’s had 40 IPOs and more than 90 M&A exits. Amazingly, 29 of those exits took place since the beginning of 2011, including 12 IPOs and 17 acquisitions.
This New Wearable Device Says It Helps Lower Stress At Work--We Put It To The Test
"If you're wearing something, you want it to provide value all of the time you're wearing it, not just the 10% of the time that you're walking," says Moraveji. "The business emerged as a wearable that would provide value when you're at the computer, which is a lot of the day, or when you're commuting, or in the car, or all these other places in our lives."
Here's What This Apple Shareholder Thinks About That Apple Quarter...
iPhone sales in China and other emerging markets were pretty good. This is encouraging, because Apple has been getting its clock cleaned in these markets, in part because it only sells high-priced phones. In recent years, however, Apple has pushed some lower-price phones—the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5C—and these are helping drive unit sales. Apple's China sales, which analysts were hyperventilating about, did benefit from the one-time addition of the massive China Mobile as a distribution partner, which won't be repeatable. So, in terms of "same store sales," the numbers weren't as good as they looked. But they were okay. Alas, the strong growth of China and the BRICs reveals that iPhone sales in the US and developed markets was weak. These markets are mature, though, and the iPhone 6 upgrade cycle is coming...
'Lucy' review: dissecting Scarlett Johansson's perfect brain
Given people’s desire to dump money on all sorts of self-improving pills, superfoods, fitness trackers, and life hacks, it’s no wonder that Hollywood has taken to neuroscience’s most persistent myth — the idea that humans only use one-fifth of their brains. Way back in 1996, John Travolta gained access to the rest of his and learned to levitate things in Phenomenon ; a few years ago Limitless ’ Bradley Cooper took a “smart pill” and used his new brain power to get super-rich playing the stock market. Now, with Lucy , France’s most blockbuster-ready director Luc Besson takes a stab at the 100 percent human.