Facebook’s $2 Billion Acquisition Of Oculus Closes, Now Official | TechCrunch

Facebook now owns Oculus. The $2 billion acquisition deal  of the virtual reality pioneer announced in March has been approved by regulators and today become official. The FCC’s anti-trust team greenlighted the deal in April. Now it has passed the California Department Of Corporations fairness hearing and will go into effect. The exact price of the acquisition came out to $2,001,985,000.

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Xbox 360 Titanfall pilots will be Marked for Death on July 21

Late is better than never, a rule that will be reaffirmed for Titanfall 's Xbox 360 pilots when the Marked for Death mode sets its sights on the console this week. The Titanfall Twitter account tweeted a July 21 arrival date, which is just enough time to string Monday night plans together with your friends and potential targets. If you've yet to try it, Marked for Death hangs a literal target above one member of each team, leaving the remaining members to protect their singled-out pilot while trying to off the other team's. A marked player's target can always be seen, so pilots have a general sense of where to find their prey. Killing a marked pilot earns a point for your team and places the target above different pilots for the next round. Marked for Death started singling out players a few weeks ago on Xbox One in an update that also added 14 burn cards and Titan insignias.

7 Hilarious Email Signatures to Inspire Your Sign-Off

We mostly use email signatures in a professional manner, from stale quotes to "think of the environment before printing this email." Instead, why not spice up your sign-offs with some humor to get a giggle out of your reader?

Bungie Explains Why 'Destiny' Doesn't Have Cross-Platform Play

The Destiny beta is in full swing on PlayStation, and I’m sure a number of you have a stable of maxed out characters already, making your Xbox friends jealous. Bungie’s genius idea to give each pre-ordering beta participant three separate codes has likely made this a much larger test than anyone was anticipating, and I’ll be curious to see the final numbers when they’re released.

Business Agility Drives Cloud Adoption

"We're really seeing companies that are making big impacts have a lot of involvement from the top," she says. "I think the conversation about technology is one where the companies that are moving fast and really experiencing digital transformation have a CEO that is really embracing it and pushing it. These companies are having a really strategic conversation, constantly, about what they are doing and what they are targeting with their technology. Those companies who say technology is an advantage for them also say that their CIOs don't just have a seat at the table, they're helping to lead the charge."

RadiumOne Issues Not-Quite-Apology For Ousting CEO Who Pled Guilty To Domestic Violence | TechCrunch

After being fired, Chahal vowed that he would seek vengeance against RadiumOne, explaining “ You have left me with no other options but to seek legal recourse. And, now will have to face severe legal consequences individually for this in the court of law.” Today’s statement indicates he’s no longer suing. That could mean that RadiumOne agreed to settle with Chahal. With the company trying to go public, it may have thought it was better to remove uncertainty and quash the legal attack with a cash or stock settlement rather than letting it loom over the IPO.

Report: League of Legends hacker made $1,000 a day

If being a jerk on the Internet is a competition, Shane "Jason" Duffy might be in the champion's running. Police raided the 21-year-old's room regarding a League of Legends security incident in 2011, which Riot eventually addressed in 2012, and Duffy's online activity while on bail earned another visit from police in 2013. In an interview with The Daily Dot, Duffy claimed involvement for brute forcing League accounts, selling character skins from accounts for $200-$800, leaking League of Legends: Supremacy through a Riot employee's Twitter account, and creating a service that could knock League players out of games in exchange for money. Duffy told The Daily Dot in November that his group had scored access to millions of accounts, which he claims were harvested via a senior Riot employee's account. Duffy says that despite Riot noticing a breach and telling staff members to change their passwords, this employee did not, allowing Duffy's group to set up backdoor software on Riot's servers. By the time Riot realized what was happening, Duffy claims they had grabbed information for 24.

How Monsieur Shook Up Disrupt SF With Its Bartending Robot | TechCrunch

In a phone call this week, Monsieur’s chairman Paul Judge told TechCrunch that the company has completed a pilot at Philips Arena in Atlanta, and has been showcased by the National Restaurant Association, which has led to a surge in orders from restaurants and hotels. At the moment, Monsieur has several million dollars of orders in the pipeline in addition to the Kickstarter orders, and is on track to ship upwards of 1,000 units.

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Giant ants are infesting the Saatchi Gallery

The Saatchi Gallery in London is swarming with giant ants. The massive insects are on the ceiling and on the walls. They teem in the corners, their bodies pressed so thickly together that it is almost possible to imagine that they might be guarding a nest. Rafael Gómezbarros' sculptures measure 50 centimeters (20 inches) in length, and are put together from materials like resin, fiber glass, and human skull casts. Entitled Casa Tomada (Taken House), the skin-crawling exhibit is meant to depict the plight of immigrant workers across the world. It is also a tribute to his countrymen whose lives have been affected by the Colombian conflict, which has been raging for half a century now.

Former Autonomy CFO Seeks Rejection of HP Settlement

“The lawyers who spent more than a year documenting the errors and misrepresentations of HP executives in their acquisition and integration of Autonomy have been bought off by the promise of tens of millions of dollars. HP and its executives, who squandered billions of dollars and produced a report whitewashing the whole affair, avoid answering a single question. And the shareholders who have borne the losses get nothing, and learn nothing about what really happened. Three years on shareholders deserve more than this, they deserve answers.”

Best iPhone Camera Apps 2014

One notable feature of VSCO Cam is that while the app lets you shoot with an Instagram-friendly square format framing guide, the app always captures the camera’s full sensor output, which allows you to re-adjust a square crop to your satisfaction after the fact. While this may seem redundant, the truth is that it’s always good to have the option to fine-tune your composition. The app is free, with VSCO earning money through in-app purchases of additional filter presets. These filter presets, like the ones that come with the app by default, veer more towards the subtle than the garish, something that can’t be said for many camera apps. And no matter which filter you choose, you can use a slider to regulate the strength of the effect. You can also make manual post-capture adjustments to essentials like brightness, contrast, saturation, and have some ability to maintain image detail in highlight and shadow areas independently.

The Black Entrepreneur Trying to End Startup Racism Is Almost Out of Cash

Because of its broad-based approach, D.C. Challenge has been successful in attracting at least one potential participant who is not African-American: Erik Kugler, the white co-owner of a local bike shop called Bicycle Space. Kugler, 49, seems to be the team’s most promising prospect of the four groups they met on Wednesday (the remaining three comprised African-Americans); he confidently describes the research he has already done on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, and says he is also considering both platforms to host his campaign for custom, high-end bicycles. Interestingly, Kugler found D.C. Challenge appealing precisely because of its connection to minorities.

BlackBerry Names New COO, Marty Beard, ex-CEO Of Enterprise Cloud Startup LiveOps | TechCrunch

BlackBerry (formerly Research in Motion) is a Canadian designer, manufacturer and marketer of wireless devices and solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. The company is best known as the developer of the BlackBerry smart phone. Blackberry technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity …

Could this battery-powered, Wi-Fi camera show chip startups how to find a market?

The second thing any wireless, Wi-Fi camera has to deal with is the radio. Wi-Fi is a power-intensive protocol, able to send huge data files quickly because it has a lot of capacity. Immedia’s has integrated its image processing chip with the lowest power Wi-Fi chips around and has also tweaked its software so the Wi-Fi radio only sends the video files when the video is done recording. This doesn’t stream data — instead it sends it in a quick, powerful burst and shuts back down to save power.

J.J. Abrams gives first look at 'Star Wars' X-wing fighter - CNET

It's the last week for the Star Wars: Force for Change campaign, which gives "Star Wars" fans the chance to appear as an extra in "Star Wars Episode VII" and meet some of the cast and crew on set. To mark the occasion and plea for additional donations, J.J. Abrams released a special video message from the set, where he appeared next to an X-wing fighter that will appear in the movie.

This Little Box Hijacks Your Chromecast, Rickrolls Your Living Room | TechCrunch

Once a prankster has hijacked the host seat, they could send the Chromecast videos, or songs, or do whatever else you normally might as the legitimate operator. The nasty part: unless the prankster gets bored or goes out of range, there’s no easy way to get the Chromecast back under your control.

An iPad App To Make All Your Selfies Go 3D | TechCrunch

While the app is designed for iPad, a good hacker will be able to rig it for use on any iOS device, including a smartphone. It can technically hook up with any iOS device that has a Lightning dock connector. Occipital is also considering making a sensor to fit specifically on phone cameras so users can make 3D models of any object on the go and then upload that to the cloud to, say, 3D print it at a later date. While Structure Sensor will be required to scan images, users can still download Itseez3D to view sample models.

The Hackable Office Furniture Of The Future Lets You Create Any Office You Want

The company's Metaform Portfolio, a system of stackable blocks, boundaries, work surfaces, and tools designed largely with a strong, lightweight plastic, is intended to allow employees to easily mix, match, and configure their work spaces based on the needs of their current projects. Once those needs change, the workspace can be easily rearranged. That could mean project teams setting up large tables of team meeting spaces that adjoin a whiteboard and later re-arranging the same furniture grouped into small clusters or even in an arc or circle. Later, the space can be put back into cubicles, with sitting or standing desk, when people need to plug away at their individual work.

Netflix ends Q2 with 50 million members, survives price hike without blemishes

So why is this relevant today? Because Netflix announced its first price increase since the 2011 debacle with its last earnings in April . This time around, the company grandfathered existing subscribers into the old price, reducing the risk of mass cancellations. However, the fact that the company also saw 1.69 million new subscribers across its domestic and international markets also shows that the moderate price increase — new members pay $9 instead of $8 per month for the company’s most popular plan — didn’t really discourage many to sign up. Or as CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells put it in their earnings letter to shareholders :

A North Korean Architect’s Crazy Visions of the Future | Design | WIRED

All the creations have an innocent, retro-futurist vibe. They could pass as concept art for the Tomorrowland section of Disney’s theme parks. This isn’t necessarily surprising. As Bonner points out, many of the buildings in North Korea, erected after the destruction of the Korean War, were similarly influenced by the futuristic leanings of that era. And though the idea with this project was to emphasize local materials and traditional techniques, the buildings are a distinctly local product in another sense: the architect who created them has never left North Korea. “The images are likely to have had only a minor influence from the outside world,” Bonner says.

Activist investor pushes EMC to spin off VMware

Elliott Management Corp. has taken a stake of more than $1 billion in EMC Corp. and plans to push the data-storage giant to break itself apart, according to people familiar with the matter.

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.

Apple's eighth annual UK iTunes Festival to kick off in September

Among this year’s featured artists are Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Blondie, and many more. Tickets are, as ever, free, but are available only via contests, either those run by the company’s partners like Global Radio and the London Evening Standard , or by entering ballots on iTunes.

New iPhone 6 Photos hint at light-up Apple logo for Notifications [updated]

These photos have fueled speculation that the Apple logo on the back of the iPhone could light up when you receive new text messages, phone calls, emails or other notifications. It is possible that Apple could extend the feature to developers to implement in third-party apps.

Facebook Explains Why It Wants to Be a Retail Store | Business | WIRED

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg and company started testing a “Buy” button inside the News Feed posts and ads that turn up on the world’s most popular social network, letting users instantly pay for goods and services from other merchants without leaving Facebook. The button provides an added level of convenience for those who spend so much of their time on Facebook already, and it marks the beginning of a new stage in the company’s evolution into a significant money-making machine.

In China, Mobile Becomes Number One Way of Going Online

As mobile becomes the number one way for internet users in China to go online, dissecting what they use the platform for is definitely going to be key for companies to figure out how to retain users, and it seems like we can expect the rivalry between Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent to heat up going forward.

Knicks Star Carmelo Anthony Launches Venture Firm | TechCrunch

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in technology,” Anthony said in a statement. “We are actively looking for ventures with strong leaders creating breakthrough products that resonate with consumers. I particularly have my eye on companies that are involved with wearable technology and connected devices. These will be huge areas for the future.”

Italy gives Google 18 months to change data use practices

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's data protection regulator has given Google 18 months to change the way it treats and stores user data, bringing to an end an investigation that is part of a European drive to reform the internet giant's privacy practices.

New official Star Wars VII video teases full sized X-wing on set

A new J. J. Abrams' Star Wars VII video shows a new version of the X-Wing starfighter. It may look like a Z-95 Headhunter because it doesn't appear to have the classic s-foils that open to give it it's X attack shape, but this official tweet says it's the real thing. So, ladies and gentlenerds, behold the X-wing Mark II!

Meeting Mobile’s Growing Demands and Challenges

We will be discussing these issues and more on Tuesday, July 22nd at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. Please join us to discuss your thoughts, experiences, successes, and mistakes with BYOD strategy. Use and follow the hashtag #BYOD4Biz to join the discussion.

Music data startup Senzari unveils new engine for better music analysis

For example, using the MusicGraph.ai, customers can perform complex types of analysis like triangle counting, in which the system can look at all artists that a user wants analyzed and from there determine how artist A is connected to artist B who is connected to artist C, and so on. From this type of analysis, Bellumio said, a user can learn who is the most connected musical artist of all time (it’s apparently Frank Sinatra, by the way, according to a demonstration of the engine by Senzari).

11 Of The Oldest Living Things In The World

For nearly a decade, photographer Rachel Sussman has been traveling the globe in search of the world's oldest living things. From the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback to Greenland's icy expanses, she captures portraits of life forms so relentless they've managed to survive eons of planetary change. An 80,000-year-old colony of aspen trees in Utah and a 43,600-year-old self-propagating shrub in Tasmania rank amongst Sussman's unlikely subjects, just two of the many plants, fungi and invertebrates catalogued by her lens.

Israel Is Losing Control of the Gaza Media War

"Nothing in those three tweets constitutes either a defense of, or explanation for, the killing of tens of non-combatants," Mason wrote. "But in the space between them, anybody following the Gaza conflict from both sides would have seen tens of independently shot images and accounts of civilian death and the destruction of housing and civilian infrastructure. The incident shows who is winning the social media war over Gaza. It is evidence of a massive change in the balance of power between social media and the old, hierarchical media channels we used to rely on to understand wars."

An Artist Built a Working Microscope Using Only Legos

The microscope has limited power for now, but Merriam says it is possible to eventually build a higher-functioning version. The current version comes with adjustable knobs, magnification and lights — all produced by Lego. The design also uses a lens for a magnification effect in the eye piece.

'Mighty Kacy' Demolishes 'American Ninja Warrior' While Making Show History

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FLIR ONE Starts Pre-Orders For Its iPhone Thermal Imaging Camera | TechCrunch

We got some hands-on time with the FLIR ONE when it was first previewed at CES this year, and the tech was impressive even in that pre-launch state. The FLIR ONE provides a good option for various applications, including finding thermal leaks in homes and commercial buildings, as well as water leaks, and for finding lost pets in the dark, hunting wild game, or just generally creeping out and looking for people in the dark. Both consumers and contractor/surveyors/professionals have reason to get this thing, and FLIR ONE has built-in a few software features to make it more than a one-trick pony, with time lapse, paint and panorama functionality via the official app.

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Is Seven Hours A Night The Optimal Amount Of Sleep?

Not only do different age groups need different amounts of sleep, but sleep needs are also individual. Just like any other characteristics you are born with, the amount of sleep you need to function best may be different for you than for someone who is of the same age and gender. While you may be at your absolute best sleeping seven hours a night, someone else may clearly need nine hours to have a happy, productive life.

Realm: a Refreshing Mobile Database for iOS Developers

If you’re a mobile developer you’ve probably, at one point, had to work with databases to store your app data on a device. Surprisingly, your choice in databases is limited, with SQLite being the most commonly used. It’s surprising because despite the many new databases that have been created over the past decade, none have been focussed on mobile. Bring on Realm : “a mobile database that runs directly inside phones, tablets or wearables.”

Anniversary For iPhone Offers A Moment Of Nostalgia In The Age Of Disposable Photos | TechCrunch

“Imagine you’re out with your friends at a bar and something hilarious happens – one of your friends decides to sing karaoke. You video it with Anniversary and set it for the next morning, day, week, or month,” he explains. “It would be awesome receiving that picture and being able to chat about it, privately, with your friends. We want people to use the app for those types of moments, along with the meaningful ones, like birthday parties, someone’s first concert or first time doing something, or actual anniversaries,” Klein adds.

Quandoo Closes $25M Growth Financing Round To Take On OpenTable | TechCrunch

Quandoo is Europe’s fastest-growing real-time reservation platform for restaurants. In less than 1.5 years, Quandoo expanded into 75 markets across 8 countries and seated more than 1.5 million diners in 4,000+ restaurants. As a technology-enabled market place, Quandoo is equipping its partner restaurants with an industry-leading reservation management system that digitizes a restaurant’s inventory …

Nvidia Shield Tablet: Mobile Gaming Strategy Gains Clarity

Nvidia announced today two new members of the SHIELD family, the SHIELD tablet and the SHIELD controller for gaming. This comes on the heels of the Nvidia SHIELD portable released a year ago.  I think the SHIELD tablet will get a warm reception by the press and gamers for multiple reasons and a much better initial reception than the SHIELD portable first received. Let me explain first why we’re seeing a gaming tablet now.

Why It Took So Long for the World’s Fiercest Supercars to Go Hybrid | Autopia | WIRED

What has changed is recent global regulatory pressure requiring brand-wide efficiency improvements. These requirements pushed Porsche—which has increased production in recent years—to recalibrate its capabilities to make batches of carbon composite chassis, hybrid drivetrains, and all of the 50 electronic control units nestled underneath the 918′s skin. Without plants producing these sophisticated components, “It’d be easy to use heavier and less advanced parts,” Kim says. If Porsche, McLaren, and Ferrari compromised and used preexisting parts, they couldn’t post the superlative performance numbers we’ve been seeing from their hybrids. A mediocre product would be bad for business and reputation.

Every iPhone Has A Security Backdoor

“The problem with this is that these services dish out data (and bypass backup encryption) regardless of whether or not “Send Diagnostic Data to Apple” is turned on or off, and whether or not the device is managed by an enterprise policy of any kind… As a result, every single device has these features enabled and there’s no way to turn them off, nor [contrary to Apple’s statement] are users prompted for consent to send this kind of personal data off the device.”

Shape-Shifting Wings, From Soviet War Planes to Top Gun’s Tomcat | Autopia | WIRED

For each of the different kinds of flying an airplane has to do, there’s an ideal shape and configuration for its wings. Even though bird-like flappability isn’t feasible with struts and steel, engineers since the dawn of aviation have been trying to make wings that change shape.

Artists commemorate the worst computer viruses in history - CNET

"They steal our files, corrupt our hard drives, and destroy our lives. We scan. We block. Do everything we can to prevent infection. Computer viruses. We hate 'em," van de Poel wrote. "Nevertheless, we remain fascinated by their evil plots. This fascination led to a new kind of art collection -- Computer Virus Catalog. The worst viruses in computer history interpreted by artists around the world."

Augmented Retaility | Gadget Lab | WIRED

Instead of building that store, Amazon has created the Fire Phone (aka AMAFŌN), which is only available on AT&T and costs $200 with a two-year contract. In the world of AMAFŌN, everything around you exists to be bought on Amazon. Just point the phone at something that you want to buy, and the phone will do its best to find it in Amazon’s store and dump it into your always-eager virtual shopping cart. The Fire phone essentially decentralizes the entire concept of a retail store. If you’ve ever wondered if Amazon has been planning a brick-and-mortar strategy, well, this is it.

4 Rules to Make Star Wars Great Again

This is a warning cloaked in a love letter. Our shot over the bow aimed at Disney and the team behind the upcoming Star Wars films. This is our chance to redeem Star Wars. JJ Abrams, please don't mess this up. Watch Prescott and Robert talk about what it took to make the "4 Rules" video, including concept art, early renderings, and bad ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7867... Voice your support at www.dearjjabrams.com #dearjjabrams Produced by Sincerely Truman www.sincerelytruman.com

Apple's iPad Still Dominates North America Ad Impressions

A year ago iPads accounted for 83.6% of ad impressions and that has fallen to 78.0%, however it is up from 77.2% in April of this year. From various Chitika data over the past 18 months the iPad’s share has ranged from the high 70%s to the mid-80%s. So far neither Amazon, Samsung, Google, Microsoft or other tablet makers have been able to make a significant dent in the iPad’s usage. If Apple is able to create a meaningful revenue stream from this usage it would generate very good margin revenue.

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