SEC Drops Probe Into Facebook for Pre-IPO Disclosures - Digits - WSJ

The SEC declined to comment on the dropped probe into Facebook’s role in the disclosures. A Facebook spokeswoman said the company was informed only that the SEC had dropped the investigation that concerned the social network’s role. It is unclear whether the investigation into other entities is continuing.

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Apple steals your wallet with future iPhone

Apple's move to partner with credit card firms is good for customers, who can work with trusted entities. It's good for Apple, too, as it means up to 800 million iTunes customers should be able to use its payment system if they have a compatible device. Though it seems likely only iPhone 5S owners will be backward compatible with the full service.

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SDCC 2014: Who Are the Monsters of Godzilla 2? - IGN

Legendary thanked fans for their support of Godzilla at their San Diego Comic-Con panel in Hall H today, unveiling a short video message from director Gareth Edwards (he’s been working on rebuilding things after the destruction in the first film, he joked with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background). But while they had everyone’s attention, Legendary also teased Godzilla 2 -- as well as the monsters we might see in that sequel.

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This iPhone App Lets You Turn Any Photo Into An Emoji

Imoji, posted to the App Store on Thursday , allows iOS users to turn the pictures they take -- or save -- into emojis for iMessage. What’s more, The Next Web notes, users can choose to make a sticker private , or opt to make it public for others to use in their own conversations. That means any user has the chance to create the next ultra versatile emoji (think: clapping hands or poop with eyes ).

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Watson's First Consumer Role: Helping Military Vets Become Civilians

With over 155,000 active military members becoming civilians each year, there are plenty of questions that need answering, and using Waston eases the burden on USAAA employees. According to IBM, the computer can happily answer questions like "How do I make the most of the Post-9/11 GI Bill?"—and its answers will get better over time. And it's probably a slightly—just slightly—more practical application than, say, writing recipes . [ eWeek ]

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What price for free wi-fi?

Smartphone users are always looking for free wi-fi but at what price does it come? Businesses are looking at ways to make the free wi-fi they offer work for them too. It can track our movements through our phones and reveal a great deal about us to those who have something to sell.

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SDCC 2014: Once Upon a Time Teases Frozen - IGN

Let's jump to the big Frozen news. A clip from the Season 4 premiere showed Elsa (Georgina Haig) and Anna (Elizabeth Lail) in a green and lush Arendelle putting flowers at the base of their parents' graves (for those of you playing at home, this means Elizabeth Mitchell will likely not be portraying Anna and Elsa's mother). Elsa and Anna are dressed in costumes similar to those seen in the animated film, right down to the hairstyles. Their sisterly love is already apparent. Elsa says she has a surprise for Anna, and it's for her wedding. Maybe we'll see Anna and Kristoff's nuptials happen on screen?

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Star Wars Rebels Preview: All's Right With the Galaxy

Star Wars Rebels is coming to cable TV in October 2014. We don't have an exact date, and Lucasfilm has requested that those of us who got to see the first (slightly unfinished) episode at Comic-Con not reveal too many of its details to a salivating Star Wars fandom. So I can't term any story on the subject a review.

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A/B Testing Service Leanplum Raises $4.8M Series A Round, Adds Marketing Automation Tools | TechCrunch

Notifications can be sent on specific dates, or when they trigger pre-set event in an app. When somebody abandons a shopping cart, for example, you can send them a discount coupon a few minutes later. Leanplum can do this because it is so deeply integrated in the mobile applications that already use its A/B testing service to test anything from new splash pages to how changing the gravity in a physics-based puzzler changes user behavior. The marketing notification can, of course, also be A/B tested, so you can see how a 15 percent coupon performs compared to a 10 percent one.

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BuzzFeed Fires Editor After Twitter Users Unearth Plagiarized Articles

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JD.com to sell Microsoft's Xbox One in China

BEIJING (Reuters) - JD.com Inc, China's second-biggest e-commerce company by market share, will accept pre-orders for Microsoft Corp's Xbox One games console in China from July 28 to July 30, the firm said on Monday.

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Sunstone Capital Backs Beacon Platform Kontakt.io To The Tune Of $2 Million | TechCrunch

To that end, Niederhofer doesn’t rule out further Beacon-focused investments. “I do believe that killer apps for specific use cases will emerge,” he says. “But I’m keen to invest in the Google, not the Altavista. So we’re going to take our time and let the entrepreneurs figure out what works and what doesn’t. I don’t think it’s the last investment with a Beacon angle that Sunstone Capital will do in the next year or two.”

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An OS X Yosemite beta survival guide

You can't rely on peaceful coexistence and full app support when you install a beta OS, but your existing population of files and folders deserve protection if you decide to try the new system on your machine. Always install the OS on a spare Mac, an external drive, or, at worst, on a separate partition on your Mac. 

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​Amazon reportedly taking on Square with credit card reader - CNET

That's the assumption being made by 9to5Mac , which has obtained internal Staples documents that seem to show an "Amazon Card Reader" will go on sale in the near future for $10 (roughly £6 or AU$11) alongside existing card readers from Square, PayPal, and Staples' own in-house brand.

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SDCC 2014: The Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer is Here - IGN

Straight from its debut at San Diego Comic-Con, here's the trailer for The Walking Dead: Season 5. Also revealed was the show's return date - Sunday, October 12th at 9pm ET/PT.

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Apple said to be buying Google-backed Swell for $30M - CNET

The Swell podcast-streaming app, which learns what you like and don't like, reportedly will be shut down as part of the $30 million deal.

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SDCC 2014: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Release Date Announced - IGN

During the Marvel Studios panel at Comic-Con on Saturday, Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt and director James Gunn appeared via taped segment at the very end of the presentation to announce the release date of Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

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One Family, Two Generations Of Stay-At-Home Dads

When my son, Aaron, was born, I had already opted out of corp. life into restaurants. Long hours but my then wife's schedule as a dentist gave me more time with my son than would've corporate life. When he turned 4, closing the restaurants & taking that year gave me even more time with him. I wouldn't give up those extra hours & days for the world. I only realized how important those extra moments in time were as I returned to the structure of consulting and full time positions taking me around the world with long periods away from him & later from his step-sister (who even now look at & refer to each other as true "brother & sister"). What I find interesting, Charlie, is that in 2014 you "cut back tall brush to forge my own trail" and have. In 1993 I attempted to launch Solo/Parenting - a magazine, cable TV show and website for single parents and couldn't get the funding. Today, I still define my life as, "Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound". You Have.

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How to find your Uber passenger rating.

Uber has rating system for Drivers and Passengers. Both can rate each other.

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Amazon offers 3D printing to customize earrings, bobble head toys

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will offer 3D printing services that allow customers to customize and build earrings, bobble head toys and other items from third-party sellers using a new personalization option on its website.

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Mass Effect 4 focuses on exploring the stars (but don’t call it that)

BioWare shared some of the first concrete details about  Mass Effect 4 — and reiterated once again the “Mass Effect 4″ is NOT the title — during its panel at 2014′s Comic Con International in San Diego. The big takeaway from producer Mike Gamble is that the game is focused specifically on exploration and, to that end, the first  Mass Effect ‘s Mako rover makes a return.

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New York Times Editorial Board Calls For Marijuana Legalization

There are no perfect answers to people’s legitimate concerns about marijuana use. But neither are there such answers about tobacco or alcohol, and we believe that on every level — health effects, the impact on society and law-and-order issues — the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization. That will put decisions on whether to allow recreational or medicinal production and use where it belongs — at the state level.

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Chinese officials visit Microsoft offices in China

China is investigating Microsoft Corp., the company said on Monday, in the latest challenge in what has proved to be a difficult market for the software giant. In a statement on Monday, the Redmond, Wash., company said it was working with officials. "We aim to build products that deliver the features, security and reliability customers...

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SDCC 2014: Ant-Man Footage Screened and Plot Revelations - IGN

The sequence starts in an empty lab as we hear the voices of Douglas' Pym talking to Rudd's Scott about how "superheroes are a goddamn joke" that just cause a lot of mayhem and destruction. But he needs Scott to take on the mantle of Ant-Man to handle "a small job." The camera snakes through the lab over all this until it finds the silver Ant-Man helmet on a table.

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The Pirate Bay Is Now Mobile-Optimized, If That's Something You Want

The Pirate Bay, the infamous peer-to-peer file sharing website, has provided only the finest in illegal torrents for more than a decade, but it's never been known for handsome mobile design. The torrent team has finally come up with a "mobile-friendly" version of its notorious website, in case you've ever wanted to torrent on the go.

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Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit In California Over Alleged Labor Violations Affecting 20K Employees | TechCrunch

“The lawsuit was filed by Brandon Felczer and several other retail and corporate Apple employees (the “Plaintiffs”) beginning in December 2011. The Plaintiffs sought to represent themselves and all other similarly situated Apple employees in California who were not provided timely meal breaks, timely rest breaks, and timely final paychecks according to California’s Labor Code and Wage Orders. Just yesterday, after years of litigation, against Apple’s opposition, and after voluminous briefing and lengthy oral argument, the California Superior Court granted Plaintiffs’ motion and certified the case as a class action, appointing Plaintiffs and Plaintiffs’ counsel (Hogue & Belong) as the class representatives and class counsel on behalf of approximately 20,000 Apple employees. In other words, as of yesterday’s ruling, Apple now faces claims of meal period, rest period and final pay violations affecting approximately 20,000 current and former Apple employees.”

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8 Women Entrepreneurs Share How They Conquered Their Biggest Roadblocks

“Based on my observation of other entrepreneurs and my own personal experience, I've found that success comes from a refusal to give up. Every entrepreneur faces roadblocks, but the ones who succeed are the ones who don't give up at roadblock number 1 and who still refuse to give up at road block number 101. In particular there's a specific kind of determination that I call ‘strategic determination’ which is exemplified by most of the entrepreneurs that I admire. They know that sometimes despite their best efforts they will fail, so they always have a backup plan. They're flexible, adaptable, quick and strategic. If plan A doesn't work, they've got plan B lined up, and then they have Plan C and Plan D.”

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Enterprise Investments Surge To Over $5.4 Billion | TechCrunch

After years of backing headline-grabbing consumer internet deals, it seems that venture capitalists are paying more attention (and more money) to the seemingly staid and stodgy enterprise technology companies (the businesses that sell technology to make businesses work better).

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In Pictures, Palestinians Visit Ravaged Gaza Areas During Cease-Fire

Palestinians sit on debris during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood on July 26 after seeing their homes destroyed in Israel's military operation on Gaza.

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Quality grilled cheese delivered, thanks to algorithms - CNET

Also inside the box is a fan, which blows air over the heat mass, over several holes so that there's constant circulation inside. Sensors placed on the interior of the box measure heat -- so that if the temperature drops too low, it's clear it's time to plug back into an outlet -- as well as humidity. A second fan automatically engages if the humidity gets too high, sucking out moisture. All of this is run by a microcontroller, and The Melt's algorithm, which aims to keep the sandwich tasting as if it had just come off the grill.

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International Police Visit to MH17 Crash Site Canceled Amid Reports of Fighting

DONETSK, Ukraine — A team of international police officers that had planned to start searching for evidence and the remaining bodies at the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine canceled their trip Sunday, after receiving reports of fighting in the area.

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YC-Backed Kamcord Launches An App For Watching Mobile Game Replays | TechCrunch

As reports of Google’s interest in buying Twitch continue unabated , it’s clear there’s an enormous market for video of gameplay. A few players stepped up a couple years ago to tackle the same concept for mobile gaming. Y Combinator-backed Kamcord was one of them. They built a layer that developers could integrate, letting gamers easily record and share their gameplay. After raising $7.1 million at the beginning of May, they’ve grown their share rate by four times.

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Stunning Day-Glo Photographs Show The Hidden Insides Of Sea Creatures

While working as a fisherman in Japan, Iori Tomita started experimenting with turning some of his catch into art. His crabs, fish, and other sea creatures end up brilliantly colored and completely transparent, so you can see each tiny detail of their insides. Tomita then photographs the oddly beautiful results.

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Mapping the Mass of an Enormous Galaxy Cluster | Science | WIRED

You are looking at the most precise gravity map ever made of a distant galaxy cluster. Using the map, astronomers have determined that the cluster is roughly 650,000 light-years across and contains enough matter to make 160 trillion suns.

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Two Americans now reportedly infected with deadly Ebola virus in West Africa

N.C.-based doctor and a mother of two test positive for deadly and incurable disease; situation getting "more and more scary," official says

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Goodbye turbo lag: Audi bringing electric turbos to production

The centerpiece of the RS5 TDI Concept’s drivetrain is a 3.0-liter diesel-burning V6 engine that uses an innovative electric turbocharger to virtually eliminate turbo lag and improve efficiency. Drawing power from a compact lithium-ion battery pack, the electric turbo provides instantaneous boost at low rpm while two large traditional exhaust-driven turbos kick in at higher engine speeds to provide more high-end grunt.

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Bitcoin catches on in tech-savvy Romania

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Is the Motorola Shamu the next Nexus phone?

Android Police’s Liam Spradlin seems fairly confident that a Motorola device codenamed Shamu is in the works, though as yet there’s no concept imagery or any sneak peeks at the design — the main piece of evidence is an entry in Google’s issue tracker system which has been captured for posterity. “We are confident that Shamu is a real device under active development, and fairly confident that it is a contender for the Nexus program, but are just slightly less confident about its specs, simply due to the information at our disposal,” says Spradlin.

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'MythBusters' Star Adam Savage Spent 10 Years Making His 'Alien' Spacesuit for Comic-Con

But why the Alien homage? "The Alien spacesuit, which was designed by Moebius, is one of my favorite spacesuit designs ever, and I'm a spacesuit fanatic," Savage revealed. "I've got a bunch of replicas of real ones and fake ones. I've been working on this this particular suit over the last 10 years. It's the final culmination of a decade of obsession — it was worth every minute of labor put into it to see the responses from all the cosplayers out on the floor."

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What it takes to be a great leader

The world is full of leadership programs, but the best way to learn how to lead might be right under your nose. In this clear, candid talk, Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.

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Innovation By Design Awards 2014

The conference is a forum for the newest thinking in the field of design. Healthy debates among domain experts are mingled with fresh ideas from the forefront of business and culture, featuring luminaries ranging from iconic CBS/PBS newsman Charlie Rose to Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman. Where is design headed? Scroll down to learn more about our lineup of speakers and the day’s agenda. Later that evening, the winners and finalists of our third annual Innovation By Design Awards will be announced. The awards have become the preeminent honor bestowed on innovative solutions in the world of design and business. Winners and finalists are featured on Co.Design as well as in a special design issue of Fast Company magazine.

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Top 10 Jobs With the Highest Work-Life Balance

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

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18 Rejected Emoji Concepts That Make Grinning Piles Of Poop Look Normal

"So I thought it’d be fun to make some of my own. I tried to think of emoji so specific that nobody would ever need them (Goose Experimenting With Black Magick; An Astronaut Looking At Earth From Space, Thinking About His Ex-Wife; Two Worms Pretending To Be One Long Worm). It took about three days to write and illustrate all 100 of them. Was this a bad use of my time? History (and Internet commenters) will decide."

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Why do we sleep?

Russell Foster is a circadian neuroscientist: He studies the sleep cycles of the brain. And he asks: What do we know about sleep? Not a lot, it turns out, for something we do with one-third of our lives. In this talk, Foster shares three popular theories about why we sleep, busts some myths about how much sleep we need at different ages — and hints at some bold new uses of sleep as a predictor of mental health.

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The Majority Of Today’s App Businesses Are Not Sustainable | TechCrunch

Though the app stores continue to fill up with ever more mobile applications, the reality is that most of these are not sustainable businesses. According to a new report out this morning, half (50%) of iOS developers and even more (64%) Android developers are operating below the “app poverty line” of $500 per app per month.

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Good news for electric cars: New battery tech uses peroxide to boost energy density by 7X

The researchers claim energy density of 2,570 watt-hours per kilogram. That’s actually a little less than the theoretical density of lithium-air technology (3,460 Wh/kg, and a current leader in lithium battery developments) but as a sealed design it’s more stable (and therefore safer) than lithium-air.

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Study Shows The Power Of Social Influence: 5 Ways To Avoid The Herd Mentality

Reatailers and sales professionals can definitely use this information to their advantage. It gives credence to the high-pressure pitch that “Everyone’s doing it,” if you want a consumer to buy a particular product. But it’s important to be aware of our natural tendency to adopt the herd mentality when you’re on the buying end of a transaction as well.

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Quantum gas goes below absolute zero

Schneider and his colleagues reached such sub-absolute-zero temperatures with an ultracold quantum gas made up of potassium atoms. Using lasers and magnetic fields, they kept the individual atoms in a lattice arrangement. At positive temperatures, the atoms repel, making the configuration stable. The team then quickly adjusted the magnetic fields, causing the atoms to attract rather than repel each other. “This suddenly shifts the atoms from their most stable, lowest-energy state to the highest possible energy state, before they can react,” says Schneider. “It’s like walking through a valley, then instantly finding yourself on the mountain peak.”

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A Moment In Labor History or STOP CALLING THAT POSTER ROSIE THE RIVETER!

There are so many problems with this article. First, the author seems to suggest that pretty women cannot be symbols of feminism, that somehow that title is only reserved for average looking women. Second, that picture IS Rosie the Riveter, as Rosie the Riveter was not any one person, or something made up by Norman Rockwell. Female riveters of the time were known as “Rosies”. She was first mentioned in a song, and the truth is that the Westinghouse poster was released BEFORE Rockwell’s painting. The poster is not an anti-union poster, but a war effort propaganda poster. It was hung in factories to increase employee morale and had nothing to do with unions. Also, the picture is based on a REAL WOMAN factory woman named Geraldine Doyle, so you are basically insulting her by saying she is not the face of a “true” feminist because she is too pretty. Rockwell based his piece in part on the Westinghouse poster and in part on the Sistine Chapel. Even more, the woman that Rockwell used for his piece was not a factory worker, but a telephone operator. So, accor

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Study: Sleep Deprivation Can Cause People to Develop False Memories

A lack of sleep may cause you to develop memories of events that never actually happened, according to a new study from researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine.

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