First Look Media has forgotten the number one rule of startups
So I wasn’t among the very first hires at ProPublica, but I was in fairly early, not long after their first couple of projects launched…and from my perspective, the kind of office and management structure that had been already been built up was not much different from other well-run traditional newsrooms that I’ve known…and this overhead ended up being a *good* thing despite ProPublica’s startup-like nature, as it gave journalists the support and resources needed to keep long term investigative projects on focus…Things are of course different now, as back then, it was extremely rare for traditional news orgs like the NYT to co-publish with a yet unheard-of outside org. I think that stability was key to ProPublica’s early success in being able to collaborate and co-publish with partners.
Dropbox Integration with Microsoft's Office Apps is Now Live on Mobile
So now if you want to tweak that vital document while on the move without having to think about resyncing the changes to the file stored in Dropbox, then all you need to do is open and edit it directly. The integration works the other way too, allowing you to retrieve files stored in your Dropbox accounts directly from the Office apps. Currently, the functionality supports Office docs, spreadsheets and presentations.
Tiger Global Raises $2.5 Billion For New Deals
Tiger Global Management was founded by Charles Coleman, one of the ‘Tiger Cubs’. Tiger Cubs or Seeds are those hedge fund owners who once worked under or received funding for launch of their individual hedge fund from Julian Robertson, the famous investment guru and the founder of Tiger Management. The firm was established in 2001, and since then, it has successfully returned an annualized return …
Get 25% Off the Retro NES30 Bluetooth Game Controller
The NES30 connects via Bluetooth or USB, and features two additional action buttons as well as two shoulder buttons, so you can play a wide range of games on all the aforementioned supported platforms. Plus, the NES30 supports multiplayer gaming so you can connect two controllers to team up or take on a friend. And with the included rechargeable battery that goes for 20+ hours on a single charge, you can game all day long without running out of juice.
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Mobile Marketplace Carousell Raises $6M Series A Led By Sequoia Capital
Carousell , a mobile app marketplace that lets sellers upload items with a few taps on their smartphones, has raised $6 million in Series A funding led by Sequoia Capital. The Singaporean startup’s existing investors, Rakuten Ventures, Golden Gate Ventures, 500 Startups, and serial entrepreneur Darius Cheung, also returned for this round, which brings Carousell’s total raised so far to $6.8 million.
What's Your Worst Holiday Travel Horror Story?
We all have one of those holiday travel stories. That time you got to the airport and realized you forgot to click the buy button on the ticketing site. That time you stepped onto the train platform and the zipper on your suitcase broke sending all of your sweaters onto the tracks. That time you got on a bus and your carsick neighbor barfed on his shoes.
iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Are Shifting Reading Away From iPad, Study Finds
When Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, it seemed likely that the larger screens on the devices would naturally lead to them assuming some of the functions of the iPad, giving users fewer reasons to turn to their tablets. Now, data from save-for-later reading and video app Pocket finds that indeed, users of Apple’s newest, larger smartphones do spend more time perusing their saved content on their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, even when they also own and use an iPad.
Netflix Alleges These Emails Show Yahoo's CIO Took Kickbacks In His Old Job
Over two or three years, Netflix paid $1.4 million to Vistara for its services, the suit claims, and $2.3 million to Netenrich. At some point along the way, Kail began requiring the companies pay commissions to Unix Mercenary in chunks of around $5,000 to $10,000 at a time. The 12-15% commission rate would mean that Kale took between $450,000 and $560,000, the lawsuit implies. However, the suit only mentions specific payments to Unix of $76,000.
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For Keyssa, Faster File Sharing Starts with a Kiss | MIT Technology Review
When I visited Keyssa’s office, Roger Isaac, vice president of system engineering and Mariel Van Tatenhove, vice president of marketing, demonstrated the company’s so-called “kiss connectivity” by transferring the movie Avatar : a USB 3.0 dongle was connected to a computer dock that contained Keyssa’s chip, and a tablet that also had a chip added to it sat in the dock. The film transferred wirelessly from dongle to tablet via the dock in about 47 seconds—slower than if the dongle was able to operate at full USB 3.0 speed, I was told, but much faster than an unmodified tablet that was simultaneously transferring the same movie from a USB 2.0 dongle that was plugged into it.
This peculiar cup could give astronauts the espresso experience in space - CNET
There's just one thing: the ISSpresso, designed by Italian company Argotec, serves its coffee in a pouch, from which the astronauts are to sip with a straw. Sure, it's a coffee delivery system that does the job, but it's not quite the same as drinking espresso from a fancy little cup.
Steve Jobs Still Wins Plenty of Patents | MIT Technology Review
Who is named on a patent is sometimes just as important as what it says, at least that’s true for Jobs. In 2012, during a lawsuit with Motorola and Google, a Chicago judge had to order Apple’s lawyers to stop referring to a key patent covering swiping and scrolling on touch screens as “the Steve Jobs patent.” Her reasoning: Apple’s lawyers were trying to turn the case into a popularity contest by invoking the beloved Apple founder. (Jobs was the first of 25 inventors named on that patent.)
Twitter plans to collect data on the apps you’ve downloaded to serve more targeted ads
With an upcoming update to its mobile apps, Twitter will begin amassing information on what apps its users have downloaded onto their devices. This data can be collected on both Android and iOS devices – it runs a query for the names of the apps you have installed.
Microsoft Appears To Pre-Announce Its Purchase Of Email Startup Acompli
The chance that Microsoft wrote a blog post about an acquisition that wasn’t far along doesn’t seem high. No point in prepping a post with a URL if the deal isn’t far along, I’d wager. So the Acompli deal is probably iced.
Ideal Gifts: Adobe Ink & Slide Pen-Ruler Set For Digital Artists
I’m one of those people who starts out doing things the most basic, low-tech way — mostly because I hate extraneous objects and clutter. Thus, my initial thoughts surrounding tablet styluses was, who needs ‘em? I have fingers.
What to Do When Apple Deems Your App 'Controversial'
If the controversial or political content is not essential to your app, maybe you should just leave it on the cutting room floor. Satire is cool, but a rejection from Apple isn’t. If you’re not entirely sure about your choice of content, turn to experts for advice.
Identity Wars: Why Apple Pay Is About More Than Payments
There’s been no shortage of attention paid to the launch of the new iPhones, with their array of shiny new features, bigger screens and better hardware. Early reviews seem to indicate that the company has, yet again, come through with another massive success.
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It’s nearly Black Friday, the best day in the year to shop – but we got mixed up and decided to give away some cool stuff instead. Take your pick from our amazing no-purchase-necessary giveaways, or better yet, enter them all for a chance to score big-time this holiday season!
Apple to stop producing iPhone 5c in 2015
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Samsung Takes Eye-Scrolling Technology to Disabled Community
The project, called EYECAN+, uses a sensor mounted below a computer monitor to read a user’s eye movements, with a blink of the eye used to register a click of the mouse to either copy, paste, select all, zoom in or activate another of 18 basic computer functions.
Samsung BusinessVoice: MOOCs Aim To Fill Knowledge Gaps In Secondary Education
For several years, massive open online courses, or MOOCs, have enabled people all around the globe to take free, Ivy League-quality classes from the world’s top universities. Geared primarily toward college students, lifelong learners or continuing professional education , MOOC courses have reached as many as 10 million people worldwide in just a few short years.
As you can see above in the new “one-click search engines” section in Firefox’s search settings, users will be able to easily show and hide these new buttons. Also notice the “Add more search providers…” link: You will be able to expand the default set Mozilla provides for your country. The company mentions the Mozilla Developer Network, Stack Overflow, Yelp, and dictionary sites as possible additions.
The Flash: "Power Outage" Review - IGN
It’s worth noting that three villains actually factored into this episode if you count the brief return of Girder. Again, I wasn’t fond of how the character was handled last week, but he actually fit in well this time. It was fun to see a bit of role reversal at work and Girder now playing the “hero” instead of the one-dimensional bully. His death gave the Girder/Flash relationship closure (as well as letting Barry off the hook for revealing his identity last week). Did the character deserve to be written off so abruptly? Hard to say, but at this point I’m not ready to assume anyone is truly dead on this show. The same goes for Blackout.
Amazon Slashes Kindle Prices For Black Friday
Amazon’s $79 Kindle e-reader will be on sale for $49, and the company’s Kindle Fire tablets are also dramatically cheaper, with the Fire HD 6 going for a mere $79 (versus its usual $99 price tag) and the Fire HD 7 on sale for $109 (versus $139).
Inside The First Audio Library of Alcohol-Addled Speech (Which Just Might Help Stop Drunk Driving)
Between 2007 and 2009, linguistic researchers from the Bavarian Archive for Speech Signals at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the Institute of Legal Medicine in Munich in Germany convinced 162 men and women to get drunk. Some, only a little drunk. But others, the sort of drunk that causes you to slur your speech, or decide it's the right time to play "Wonderwall" to party guests on your guitar—or, worse, get behind the wheel of your car when you really, really, shouldn't. The researchers had each person sit in the passenger seat of a (stationary) car, and recorded their drunken attempts at speech.
Cult of Mac's guide to the best Black Friday deals | Cult of Mac
How do you know what’s actually a bargain and what’s a cheap marketing ploy? Never fear! We’re keeping our eyes peeled for the very best Black Friday deals, and we’ll be adding them to this roundup. This isn’t a roundup for all of the millions of discounted TVs and kitchen appliances out there, just the stuff we think is really worth your attention. Keep this page locked for sweet savings on tech, entertainment and other cool gear.
Why Thankful People Are Happier And Healthier
"We’ve kind of gotten used to those words—thank you—we say them when we don’t mean them, we say them in an obligatory kind of politeness way. But when you really back it up with the narrative, with the details of what happened, how that other person is instrumental to what happened, and how it has really improved upon your life in that moment, you reawaken it. You bring something new to the equation for yourself and the other person, and yeah, it’s that much more powerful," Simon-Thomas says.
Sony to refund Vita customers in FTC settlement over false ads
Sony Computer Entertainment America has settled with the FTC over charges that it produced false and misleading advertisement during the Vita's launch campaign from late 2011 to early 2012. Sony will provide refunds to Vita customers who purchased the device before June 1, 2012 – either a $25 cash or credit refund, or a $50 voucher for select games and services. Sony will email eligible customers after the settlement is finalized.
The FTC alleges that some of Sony's claims about the Vita were misleading, including that the Vita "would revolutionize gaming mobility" by enabling remote play and cross-platform play with the PS3, allowing players to start a game on PS3 and finish it on Vita. Sony is barred from similar advertising practices in the future.
The FTC alleges the following: "Sony claimed, for example, that PS Vita users could pause any PS3 game at any time and continue to play the game on their PS Vita from where they left off. This feature, however, was only available for a few PS3 games, and the pause-and-save capability described in the ads varied significantly from game to game.
Chris Abani tells stories of people: People standing up to soldiers. People being compassionate. People being human and reclaiming their humanity. It's "ubuntu," he says: the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me.
Dinosaur Nerds Are Already Mad At Jurassic World
The trailer for the new movie Jurassic World was released today. It looks fun! But some science-minded folks are already pouncing on the dino-filled movie for inaccuracies.
Assassin's Creed: Unity CEO apologizes for bugs, offers free DLC
Everyone who owns Assassin's Creed: Unity will receive the Dead Kings DLC for free once that launches, Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto CEO Yannis Mallat says in a blog post. The freebie is an apology for the technical issues that have plagued Unity since launch.
"Unfortunately, at launch, the overall quality of the game was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues," Mallat says. "I want to sincerely apologize on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin's Creed team. These problems took away from your enjoyment of the game, and kept many of you from experiencing the game at its fullest potential."
In our review of Unity , we noted that the game was "in dire need of a technical re-tweaking." Today, Ubisoft launched the game's third patch, bringing in more than 300 fixes .
Players who purchased the Season Pass for Unity would have already received the Dead Kings DLC, and they are now entitled to one free Ubisoft game from the following lineup: The Crew, Far Cry 4, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed Black Flag, Rayman Legends and Just Dance 2015 . Ubisoft is discontinuing sale of the Season Pass, the FAQ reads.
The FAA's Drone Rules Are Too Narrow, But They're Better Than Nothing | WIRED
The rules may not take effect for years, the paper reports, and will likely undergo many modifications. But even if the most restrictive version of the rules ends up being passed, Morton thinks it will be an improvement over the status quo, which has made it hard for his company—and many others—to enter U.S. markets. “I’d rather they say you have a pilot’s license than the current lack of regulation,” he says. That said, he does have some misgivings.
Halo: MCC dev pledges to 'make this right with our fans'
343 Industries head Bonnie Ross sent out her "heartfelt apologies" to Halo: The Master Chief Collection players yesterday, following a fortnight of matchmaking malaise. It's far from the first time the studio's said sorry for the Xbox One compilation's online troubles, but it is the first time we've seen the matter addressed on Microsoft's own Xbox Wire blog. In an open letter to fans, Ross reiterated 343's commitment to fixing matchmaking issues, adding that the developer will "make this right" with its audience.
"On November 11 we released Halo: The Master Chief Collection ," Ross said. "The goal being to create a tribute to Halo fans around the world, and to celebrate the Master Chief's debut on Xbox One. With the initial release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection , however, we have not delivered the experience you deserve. I personally apologize for this on behalf of us all at 343 Industries. Our team is committed to working around the clock until these issues are resolved.
"While our team works on continual improvements and towards solutions, my commitment to you is that we will take care of all owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection .
US expresses 'concern' over EU proposal to break up Google - CNET
The proposal, reported Friday, aimed to separate Google's search operations from the rest of the company as one solution to antitrust concerns. The European Parliament doesn't have the power to break up Google, but the motion could apply political pressure on the European Commission, which sets the region's legislative agenda. The Commission itself is investigating Google's competitive practices.
How Apple Becomes A $1 Trillion Company
There is, naturally, some fear that this supercycle for the iPhone can last only so long. Eventually Apple will sell as many iPhones as possible, and it will hit a wall. But Apple has proved that the iPhone is strong product that can continue to grow despite expectations for a drop-off.
Tales from the Borderlands Episode 1: ZerO Sum Review - IGN
While having prior Borderlands knowledge helps add a bit of context to the relationship between Hyperion and Pandora, why Zer0 is so rad, and just who the hell Handsome Jack is and why he’s so notorious, newcomers will be just fine in Tales. This is mostly thanks to how strong of characters Rhys and Fiona are, and how great it is to be able to shade them in with your own unique decisions. Does your Rhys want people to view him as a fearsome murderer, or a genius with a silver tongue? If your Fiona has a clean shot at a target, does she take it, or would she rather get out of a situation with as a low a bodycount as possible? In the quick duration of Zer0 Sum, I fell in love with my versions of these two characters, and I can’t wait to see where they go from here.
Spreading Black Friday Fever to China’s Shoppers
China doesn’t officially celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas, but American retailers are hoping to convert a generation of consumers in the world’s most populous country into year-end binge buyers anyway.
Facebook is bowing to more government censorship requests
According to Motherboard, a law firm that looked at the issue of online content in Pakistan came to the conclusion that removing content from a social network like Facebook might not even be legally required, because Pakistani law — like U.S. law — doesn’t hold network service providers responsible for the actions of their users. One civil liberties group said this more or less confirms that Facebook is “overly compliant,” even when the law is on their side.
Best headphones for Christmas - CNET
It's Christmaaaaas and there's one tech gift that's bound to put a smile on anyone's face: headphones. We all know that the ones that come with phones and MP3 players are rubbish, so why not treat yourself or your significant other to an audio upgrade? Here are our picks of the best you can buy right now.
GoPro is making its own line of drones, report says
The company, known for its high-durability action cameras, is putting together a line of multi-rotor helicopters that carry high-definition cameras, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal . The price tag will be between $500 and $1,000.
Everything You Can Make With Your Thanksgiving Leftovers
The aftermath of any decent Thanksgiving meal is replete with more than enough uneaten food for a second (or third, or fourth) meal. This year, get a little more innovative with your Thanksgiving leftovers than open-faced turkey sandwiches. Snap yourself out of your post-feast foodie haze and check out some of the more ambitious culinary projects you could be undertaking with that half-eaten poultry leg and the huge bowl of mashed potatoes in the fridge. A big bowl of turkey ramen, maybe? Some potato gnocchi? Fried stuffing bites? Pie fries? Your Turkey Day weekend will never be the same. —Shaunacy Ferro
Activision issuing DMCA takedowns on Call of Duty exploit videos
Activision is issuing copyright strikes on YouTube videos that "promote cheating and unfair exploits" within its Call of Duty series, Eurogamer reports .
Gaming network Machinima warned its userbase in an e-mailed newsletter this week that videos showcasing glitches in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare are currently being targeted for DMCA takedowns, and affected accounts will receive copyright strikes. YouTube users who earn multiple copyright strikes risk having their accounts permanently disabled.
"Activision is being particularly vigilant about their Call of Duty videos lately; issuing strikes on videos showing glitches," Machinima's statement reads. "If you post videos highlighting these glitches, your channel may be liable to receive a copyright strike so please be careful."
Activision issued a response to Eurogamer claiming that it intends to curb cheating and unfair play within Advanced Warfare 's multiplayer mode.
"We're excited that so many fans are having fun playing the game and posting videos of their gameplay," an Activision representative wrote. "We love watching the videos ourselves.
Deals with Gold: Defense Grid, Diablo, Valiant Hearts
A sizable collection of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games star in this week's Games with Gold lineup , including standouts like Defense Grid 2, Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition , and Peggle 2 .
The Xbox One versions of Strider, Valiant Hearts, Rayman Legends also see discounts of up to 75 percent off this week. Featured Xbox 360 releases include Resident Evil 4, Super Time Force, Slender: The Arrival , and the Gears of War trilogy.
This week's sale additionally offers deep discounts of up to 85 percent off of Xbox 360 Games on Demand releases like Bully: Scholarship Edition, Crysis, Borderlands 2, Mirror's Edge , and SoulCalibur 5 . Listed sale prices remain in effect through December 1.
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Here's What's Leaving Netflix on December 1 - IGN
It's that time again. No, not Thanksgiving. What follows is the list of movies set to expire from Netflix streaming this Monday, December 1st. So better watch them over the holiday weekend before they're gone (well, until Netflix and the respective studios renegotiate a new licensing agreement and they return).
First 'Game of Thrones' season 5 teaser all about Arya - CNET
With season 5 still several months away, the "Game of Thrones" hype machine has started rolling with the first official teaser trailer from Westeros.
Yahoo or Microsoft may replace Google next year as the default search engine in Safari for iOS
Last week, Mozilla decided to replace Google as its default browser, and instead opted for Yahoo. While small, this was definitely a very important victory for Yahoo over Google. However, it looks like the company has its eye set on something much bigger — becoming the default search engine in Apple’s Safari web browser for iOS devices.
EA Black Friday: Up to 75 percent off 300 games, DLC
Like GameStop , Walmart and Microsoft , EA's digital distribution service Origin will celebrate Black Friday with big discounts on a wide number of items.
Though very recent PC games like Dragon Age: Inquisition maintain their $60 launch prices, slightly older games like The Sims 4 and FIFA 15 are available at $40. Likewise discounted is Titanfall , which can be purchased for $15. The biggest discounts are seen on EA's classic games. The normally $15 Mass Effect is now available at $3.74 while Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 and SimCity 4 are each available for $10. A full rundown of the discounts can be found on Origin .
Though Origin's Black Friday sale is available until December 1, you should keep a close eye on the event once Black Friday rolls around. EA won't commit to anything just yet, but the Origin news feed suggests that even bigger discounts will come on November 28.
Engadget's Black Friday 2014 roundup
Yes, it's once more time for Black Friday -- that beloved (and sometimes dreaded) day when you can brave crowded stores in hopes of scoring deals on gadgets that would otherwise be out of your reach. But who's offering the sweetest bargains? Never fear: we've rounded up some of the better sales you'll find on or around November 28th, including some pretty hefty discounts on 4K TVs, game consoles and phones. Check out the gallery bellow to browse by store and see which shops are worth visiting, and let your fellow shoppers know if you've spotted any other great offers in the comments.
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The Walking Dead: Are Rick and Daryl Unkillable? The Show's Producer Speaks - IGN
As to whether it would ratchet up the tension on the series to allow either Rick or Daryl to meet their end (despite what may or may not happen with Rick in the comics), Hurd said, "The minute that you start speculating what a particular death would mean, you're taking it out of the context of the creative arc of the story and, once again, putting it in this weird, like, we're doing it to make a point. That's never how we approach the writing of the show."