Amazon shares rally 14% after profit returns

Amazon shares rally 12% after profit returns Amazon returned to a modest profit in the fourth quarter, giving a boost to its shares late Thursday. Check out this story on

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Alibaba Breathes New Life Into Game-Console Maker Ouya

Ouya, the game-console maker that has struggled to gain traction since its record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, has received a new injection of capital from a powerful strategic partner.

Roll on: Seattle pot shop preps 12,000 joints for Super Bowl

The packs are only available for medical-marijuana patients, according to KING5's report — but we have a feeling they'll be passed around in many circles, among the pain-afflicted and healthy alike. The shop says it hopes to make the 12th Pack officially available to recreational smokers by the start of next football season, and that 12th Packs should be available in 26 stores across Washington by game day.

Spotify may be raising another $500 million

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Delhi Uber passenger who alleges driver rape sues in U.S. court

India is Uber's largest market outside the United States by the number of cities covered, and the country's radio taxi market is estimated to be worth $6 billion to $9 billion. The rape allegation triggered protests and reignited a debate about the safety of women in Asia's third-largest economy, especially in New Delhi, which has been dubbed India's rape capital.

Reddit Releases First Transparency Report

Reddit has released its first transparency report for the service, providing insight into the amount of user information requests and takedowns the site experienced in 2014.

Tesla’s P85D Will Get Even Faster Thanks To A Software Update

Tesla Motors, founded by Elon Musk, Marc Tarpenning and Martin Eberhard, is a company that produces a high-performance electric sports car, and is backed by a number of high-profile investors. Introduced in June 2006 to the public complete with a test drive by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Tesla Roadster is able to go from 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds (competitive with Porsche and …

Katharine the great white shark tops 10,000 miles

Katharine the great white shark tops 10,000 miles Pinged off Florida coast, shark might be a snowbird. Check out this story on

Tesla will make the absurdly fast P85D even faster with a software update

It's basically unprecedented for a car's stats to meaningfully improve with an over-the-air update just like the one you get on your phone. Most manufacturers don't yet support comprehensive firmware updates over a cellular connection, but Tesla's been doing it with the Model S for quite some time — it's a lot easier than dragging it into a dealership, obviously. A software update for your Galaxy or iPhone that improves performance is one thing, but a software update that lets you smoke more fools on the drag strip is quite another.

Jolla Tablet returns to Indiegogo with more storage and better battery

As well as improved storage, the updated tablet has been given a slight battery bump (4300mAh to 4450mAh), a fully laminated display, gyroscope and compass sensors. The new tablet also offers support for microSD cards up to 128GB in size, but that comes with a catch. "Due to Microsoft’s licensing limitations," says Jolla, "cards over 32GB that are formatted in Jolla Tablet will not be readable with Windows computers or devices that advertise microSDXC support (cameras/phones/tablets)." This is because Jolla hasn't licensed  Microsoft exFAT for its Sailfish OS .

Project Almanac Review - IGN

It’s as if David and his friends fundamentally believe that they’re living in a movie. As if the truth and consequences of their own very real lives are as ephemeral to them as the now defunct technology that captured his seventh birthday. That notion is reinforced by the steady stream of time-travel movies that they quote and reference as they try and get a handle on what they’re doing; as well as the endless array of YouTube videos they appear to be creating on their phones. They are living in Back to the Future, and everything’s a game. All of that is in line with the form and content of the film. Life can feel like a movie when you’re young, and the found-footage nature of Project Almanac supports that sense of disconnect.

Snapchat's new original series is called Literally Can't Even

Spielberg and Goldwyn, daughters of Steven Spielberg and John Goldwyn, also wrote the series, which is basically about their own lives: They play friends and writing partners who go through breakups, juice cleanses, and other Los Angeles-esque trials of young adulthood.

Amazon sales rise in holiday quarter, shares jump

Net sales leapt 22 percent in North America, compared to 3 percent for everywhere else. Overall operating expenses rose 14.6 percent in the quarter to $28.7 billion. Net shipping costs represented 4.6 percent of worldwide net sales, slightly lower than the previous four quarters.

What Makes A Good Video Game Sequel? - Blog by StandardGamer - IGN

A good video game sequel shakes things up. A good video game sequel changes the established formula set by the previous game by adding a new gameplay mechanic or story element. Every year hundreds of games are released and if each game doesn't do something new or daring, they are likely to quickly pass by. Why would I buy a sequel to a game that doesn't change anything up and is merely just a new coat of paint on an old product?

A Day in a Life of a Product Manager

In terms of day-to-day tasks, product managers reported engaging in both strategic and tactical work. While likely few product managers write code, they often possess technical skills and need to get their hands dirty. Here’s a look at the percentage of product managers that report participating in the following activities on a daily basis:

Google is Using Synthetic Skin For Cancer Reasearch

The Atlantic got a look inside the lab and what it found was that Google is working on an armband that would be able to detect cancer via glowing nanoparticles in the wearers skin. It sounds awesome.

Google Admits Glass Didn't "Have The Impact We Hoped For"

"In other cases, when teams aren't able to hit hurdles, but we think there's still a lot of promise, we might ask them to take a pause and take the time to reset their strategy, as we recently did in the case of Glass. And in those cases where a project doesn't have the impact we hoped for, we do take the tough calls. We make the decision to cancel them, and you've seen us do this time and time again."

Facebook Launches Automated "Place Tips"

Facebook is about to become a more serious competitor to Yelp and Foursquare. Now when you walk into a business, the suitably named “ Place Tips ” feature will pop up recommendations about the business.

Apple updates iTunes with OS X Notification Center widget

The widget lets you see what's currently playing, pause or skip to the next track and, if you're listening to iTunes radio, buy the track with a click. To install the new widget, click on the Notification Center icon (top right corner of the screen in OS X) and click Edit at the bottom.

OnePlus has a new flavor of Android called OxygenOS

OxygenOS will be the name of OnePlus' homegrown mobile operating system, which the company says it will unveil to the world on Feb. 12. In the blog post announcing the name, OnePlus didn't give much detail on how OxygenOS would differentiate itself, only that it would be "open, customizable, and free of bloat and unnecessary features."

Hands on with the Windows 10 preview: What works, what doesn’t

With a few small steps backward and some giant leaps forward, Windows 10 is shaping up as a worthy successor to Windows 7

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The paradox of choice

Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.

Why domestic violence victims don't leave

Leslie Morgan Steiner was in “crazy love” — that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence. (Filmed at TEDxRainier.)

Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?

When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like humans have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as David Epstein points out in this delightfully counter-intuitive talk, we might want to lay off the self-congratulation. Many factors are at play in shattering athletic records, and the development of our natural talents is just one of them.

The opportunity of adversity

The thesaurus might equate "disabled" with synonyms like "useless" and "mutilated," but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity — in her case, being born without shinbones — actually opens the door for human potential.

Watch people lose their minds when subjected to the Tesla P85D's 'insane' mode

When Elon Musk first showed off the Model S P85D, Tesla's high-end all-wheel-drive electric car, he said that his company wanted to reach the kind of acceleration achieved by the world's greatest supercars.  With the help of a dash camera , some unsuspecting victims, and the car's ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.2 seconds, a P85D owner made a super sweary compilation video to show that Tesla was certainly successful in making its newest model shockingly speedy.

NFL's Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski play 'Mortal Kombat' with Conan

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How reintroducing wolves helped save a famous park

Wolves had been absent from Yellowstone National Park for more than 70 years when they were reintroduced in the 1990s – and their return had some surprising benefits.

How giant websites design for you (and a billion others, too)

Facebook’s “like” and “share” buttons are seen 22 billion times a day, making them some of the most-viewed design elements ever created. Margaret Gould Stewart, Facebook’s director of product design, outlines three rules for design at such a massive scale—one so big that the tiniest of tweaks can cause global outrage, but also so large that the subtlest of improvements can positively impact the lives of many.

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Study finds nine car models that could save your life

Study finds nine car models that could save your life Nine car models are so safe they had a driver death rate of zero in a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Check out this story on

CIA and Mossad killed senior Hezbollah figure in car bombing

The United States has never acknowledged participation in the killing of Mughniyah, which Hezbollah blamed on Israel. Until now, there has been little detail about the joint operation by the CIA and Mossad to kill him, how the car bombing was planned or the exact U.S. role. With the exception of the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden, the mission marked one of the most high-risk covert actions by the United States in recent years.

Chris Christie falls off chair

Watch Jen Chung's Vine "Chris Christie falls off chair" taken on 30 January 2015. It has 408 likes.

Tom Hanks, Edward Norton, and Brad Pitt are bringing a Lewis and Clark miniseries to HBO

Lewis and Clark tells the story of America’s first contact with the land and native tribes of the country west of the Mississippi River. The miniseries follows the epic journey of the Corps of Discovery and its captains, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who traverse uncharted territory on a mission to deliver President Jefferson’s message of sovereignty as they search for his fabled all-water route to the Pacific. Lewis and Clark focuses not just on their incredible achievements, but also on the physical, spiritual and emotional toll the expedition takes on them.

Microsoft's HoloLens explained: How it works and why it's different - CNET

Has Microsoft suddenly pushed us into the age of "Star Trek" and "Minority Report"? For those confused about what's actually going on with the company's new head-mounted gadget, here's the rundown.

The Top 100 Most Social CIOs on Twitter 2015 [SLIDE DECK]

Here is the 2015 edition of the Top 100 Most Social CIOs. The ranking was determined by a combination of factors including twitter list memberships, tweet volume, number of followers, and other metrics as tallied by several social media influence scoring providers. On average, these CIOs are members of 180 lists with an average of 5,650 follower. Regarding the 2015 list, I have excluded several former CIOs who appeared on the 2014 list because they are no longer serving as active CIOs.

Lights, camera, Apple: Filming starts for new Steve Jobs biopic - CNET

The film, with a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle, has begun shooting in California. Crew members put the finishing touches on the garage set Friday morning in anticipation of shooting later in the day. The venue, in sleepy Los Altos in the heart of Silicon Valley, also happens to be the actual garage at Jobs' childhood home and the location where he and partner Steve Wozniak started Apple in 1976.

How to build with clay... and community

Diébédo Francis Kéré knew exactly what he wanted to do when he got his degree in architecture… He wanted to go home to Gando in Burkina Faso, to help his neighbors reap the benefit of his education. In this charming talk, Kéré shows off some of the beautiful structures he's helped to build in his small village in the years since then, including an award-winning primary school made from clay by the entire community.

Basically, the world will never be able to top 1980s ski fashion

Actress Charlene Tilton wears matching neon yellow separates. Husband Domenick Allen wears a keyboard scarf, Les Miserables sweater and acid wash jeans. Daughter Cherish Lee wears a visor and soft pink ski suit. They attend the fifth annual Steve Kanaly Invitational Celebrity Ski Classic to Benefit the March of Dimes, Mountain High Ski Area, Wrightwood, California.

Google Fiber rollout confirmed for Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham

Right on schedule, Google has confirmed the next cities to receive its high-speed Google Fiber gigabit internet and TV service. According to a blog post from the company, 18 cities across four major metropolitan areas — Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham — will be the next to receive Google Fiber. This  matches up with recent reports indicating that these cities, which were already on Google's roadmap as potential future fiber cities, would be officially announced this week. Google also noted that it is continuing to explore options for bringing fiber to Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, and San Jose and would have more updates on those cities this year.

Letters of Note: You're off, by God!

June 25, 1973 So My Lumps, You're off, by God! I can barely believe it since I am so unaccustomed to anybody leaving me. But reflectively I wonder why nobody did so before. All I care about—honest to God—is that you are happy and I don't much care who you'll find happiness with. I mean as long as he's a friendly bloke and treats you nice and kind. If he doesn't I'll come at him with a hammer and clinker. God's eye may be on the sparrow but my eye will always be on you. Never forget your strange virtues. Never forget that underneath that veneer of raucous language is a remarkable and puritanical LADY. I am a smashing bore and why you've stuck by me so long is an indication of your loyalty. I shall miss you with passion and wild regret. You may rest assured that I will not have affairs with any other female. I shall gloom a lot and stare morosely into unimaginable distances and act a bit—probably on the stage—to keep me in booze and butter, but chiefly and above all I shall write. Not about you, I hasten to add. No Millerinski Me, with a double M.

Here's the Super Bowl puppy ad you haven't seen

“We thought it was a great way to illustrate what this product does, which is allow people to bypass ATMs,” said Jeremy Seibold, the agency’s creative director. “And so much about this story is familiar, and you think you know how it’s supposed to end. But we didn’t go that way. It’s kind of like, ‘I shouldn’t be laughing at this, but I am.’ That kind of humor.”

Amazon Prime Members Spend An Astonishing $1,500 A Year, Survey Says

Those who sign up for the retailer's free-shipping loyalty program spend an average of $1,500 per year buying stuff on Amazon, according to a new report from Chicago-based market research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners .

It's Apple's fault that the Nexus 6 doesn't have a fingerprint sensor

The decision not to implement a second-rate fingerprint sensor was probably the right one for Motorola and Google. Devices like the HTC One max have shown what the alternative is: a slow and buggy experience that puts users off trying to use the feature at all. Apple's Touch ID fingerprint scanner, on the other hand, is consistently accurate and fast and sits in a more comfortable spot at the front of the device. It might have been nice to see that same functionality in the Nexus 6 as well, but that exclusivity over the best technology in the market is what Apple paid millions of dollars for.

How augmented reality will change sports ... and build empathy

Chris Kluwe wants to look into the future of sports and think about how technology will help not just players and coaches, but fans. Here the former NFL punter envisions a future in which augmented reality will help people experience sports as if they are directly on the field — and maybe even help them see others in a new light, too.

What (Some) Silicon Valley Women Think Of Newsweek

Newsweek’s faceless and sexualized symbol of women in tech is a disservice to these women and countless others. It’s basic and reductive. We have worked so hard to broaden the scope of what we can be, in Silicon Valley, in the world, and here comes Newsweek putting us back in the box with an image that bluntly, sloppily trivializes how painfully that progress was won. As writer Carmel DeAmicis pointed out to another reporter who did not get why people were offended by the image, “Imagine you were killed by terrorists. the feature image on story of yr death: Inappropriate, non?”

Neil Young's PonoPlayer: The Emperor Has No Clothes

There’s another factor at play here, too: Pono is going to extraordinary lengths to acquire  remastered  versions of the songs in its catalog. “If we are looking for a popular master and find it has not been sampled at the highest rate, we try to access it and, with the cooperation of labels and artists, maximize the recapture at the highest resolution,” Neil Young wrote to me. “We reach out to the creators, if they are still with us, to include their knowledge in the mastering. Sometimes they will even supervise it. This is a long process, but we are providing the absolute best available and pushing for improvement in resolution for maximizing the labels/creators’ art whenever possible.”

The Neuroscience Of "Harry Potter"

But the study struggles at a more basic level, too. For one thing, most of us associate getting lost in a book with losing perhaps an hour before we know it—four lines just isn't enough space to simulate the experience. Beyond that, the brain activity spotted in this study arguably speaks much more to the type of passage chosen than to the experience of immersion, per se. Nor does a strong reaction to fearful passages say anything about the value of neutral passages; if every passage were fearful, then eventually the fearful becomes the neutral.

3 clues to understanding your brain

Vilayanur Ramachandran tells us what brain damage can reveal about the connection between celebral tissue and the mind, using three startling delusions as examples.

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61 Lasers have turned this metal super hydrophobic - CNET
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