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Apple to Hold Press Event in China Hours After Sept. 10 iPhone Event


by Seth Fiegerman. courtesy Mashable In an unusual move, Apple is planning to hold a press event in China several hours after hosting its big media event in the U.S. … Continue reading

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OIAC Report: Reflections on Economic Impacts of Open Internet, Mobile Ecosystems, Specialized Services, and Transparency


courtesy Tech Matters – Having been a member of the Committee for this past year, I’m pleased to share that the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) “Open Internet Advisory Committee” has published its first annual … Continue reading

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America’s Cup: Cheating scandal docks Oracle Team USA two races before main event starts Saturday


– SAN FRANCISCO — Just days before the start of the America’s Cup finals, an international jury on Tuesday found Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA guilty of cheating, expelled a … Continue reading

September 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Microsoft to buy Nokia in $7 billion deal


by Troy Wolverton, courtesy MercuryNews Trailing far behind in the smartphone market, Microsoft has decided to make a drastic move: It’s agreed to buy Nokia’s mobile phone division. As part … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

TOP 10 GAMES FOR WEEK ENDING AUGUST 24, 2013


posted by TiA Staff data courtesy of Nielsen.com — Discover what Americans are watching, reading, playing, browsing, buying and more. These lists are compiled on a weekly, monthly or quarterly … Continue reading

September 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Windows XP’s user share nose-dives


by Gregg Keizer, courtesy Computerworld@gkeizer – Maybe people are listening to Microsoft’s demand that they ditch Windows XP. According to metrics company Net Applications, Windows XP’s user share plunged to 33.7% … Continue reading

September 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Data Storage: Better Hard Drives Ready for Lift-Off


courtesy ScienceDaily – Aug. 31, 2013 — Operating a hard disk drive is as complex as keeping a superfast car on the road. Read/write heads within the hard disk must process … Continue reading

September 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dotcom to Launch Political Party in New Zealand


by George Szalai – Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is working on launching a political party in New Zealand. Dotcom, who is accused by the U.S. of participating in a “mega … Continue reading

September 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lenovo Chief Yang Shares Bonus With Workers a Second Year


courtesy Bloomberg – Lenovo Group Ltd. (992), the biggest personal computer maker, said Chief Executive Officer Yang Yuanqing will share at least $3 million of his bonus with workers for a … Continue reading

September 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Videogame Music Composition Agencies Merge (Exclusive)


by Chris Morris, courtesy Variety – As music composition becomes a more critical part of the videogame industry, consolidation is on the way for the agents who rep those artists. Four … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Is Bitcoin a currency? One Switch reader says no.


by Brian, courtesy WashingtonPost – Internet comments are often somewhat Hobbesian: nasty, brutish and short. So every week we make a point of highlighting some of the more thoughtful and reasoned … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

70% of Americans Have High-speed Internet


courtesy NewsMax – The percentage of Americans with high-speed Internet connections at home has  reached 70 percent, while just three percent still use dial-up to go online, a  study showed Monday. … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments


Why educational technologies should be more like graphing calculators and less like iPads. An Object Lesson. by Phil Nichols, courtesy TheAtlantic – Last year, while cleaning out the basement of my childhood home, … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

HorseConnect, The Social Network For Horses, Bought For $1 Billion


courtesy TheOnion – PALO ALTO, CA—In an exciting development for what many tech insiders are calling the hottest startup in Silicon Valley, HorseConnect, the social network exclusively for horses, has been acquired for … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Facebook says governments in 74 countries have asked for user data


by Matthew Shaer, courtesy csmonitor Facebook has published a report on the number of government data requests issued in the first six months of 2013. According to Facebook, between Jan. … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Microsoft Signs Pact to Cooperate With Activist ValueAct


by Dina Bass & Miles Weiss, courtesy Bloomberg – Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) signed a pact to cooperate with ValueAct Holdings LP, an agreement that could bring an activist shareholder onto the board of … Continue reading

August 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

#DigitalSkeptic: The Targeted Web Ad Is a Lie


by Jonathan Blum, courtesy TheStreet – NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Remember the old advertising saw that half the ads anybody runs are a waste — and it’s just anybody’s guess which half? … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Nintendo Announces the 2DS, Is Basically As Weird As You’d Expect


by Victoria Mcnally, courtesy geekosystem It’s just like the 3DS, except minus a D. – Today Nintendo announced that it will be releasing a new handheld gaming console as an … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ultron 101: Get to Know Your Next ‘Avengers’ Villain


Now that we know who will play Joss Whedon’s Ultron in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” perhaps it’s time to learn a little more about just who Ultron is as a character. The … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Snowden reveals US intelligence’s black budget: $52.6 billion on secret programs


courtesy rt.com – Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has leaked a new top-secret document that for the first time ever publically discloses how the United States spends tens of billions of dollars … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Robot’s face determines user comfort


courtesy phys.org – The majority of participants (60 per cent) preferred the robot displaying the most humanlike skin-coloured 3D virtual face over a robot with no face display (30 per … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Panasonic to demonstrate 64:9 Ultra-Wide Camera System at Integrate 2013


courtesy Panasonic – At the upcoming Integrate exhibition in Sydney this month, Panasonic will preview a unique ultra-wide angle camera system (UWCS) that stitches together the images of four High … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Crowd called to power Hyperloop high-speed transport


by Glen Chapman, courtesy phys.org The Hyperloop project went live on freshly-launched crowdfunding platform JumpStart Fund, which marries crowd-sourcing expertise with crowdfunding. “We believe the world is full of entrepreneurs who have great … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cascade Is An Enterprise Management Platform That Focuses On Boosting Employee Morale


by Catherine Shu, courtesy TechCrunch – Cloud-based enterprise management software Cascade wants to set itself apart by creating happier and more motivated companies. Its two founders, a former banker and a … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Twitter Acquires Social TV Firm Trendrr


The social network previously bought Bluefin Labs and partnered with Nielsen on ratings data. – by Eric Hayden, courtesy Hollywood Reporter Twitter has snapped up another social-media firm that analyzes … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Greylock Commits $100 Million to Investing in the Future of Marketplaces


by Mike Isaac, courtesy AllThingsD – VC firm Greylock Partners announced on Thursday that it will commit to investing at least $100 million in entrepreneurs and companies working on marketplaces, or, … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Hulu Nabs New Original Series From Lionsgate


 Wilfred creators sell 10 half-hours to streaming service    –       by Sam Thielman, courtesy AdWEek  – Hulu has ordered 10 episodes of a new scripted supernatural comedy called Deadbeat from Lionsgate, with … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Tech Deals Apple Facebook Google IPO Mobile Startup


by Pui-Wei Tam , courtesy Bloomberg Atlassian is the rare technology company that was home-grown in Australia. Now it’s getting further away from some of those Aussie roots. The company, which … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones Separate (Report)


courtesy HollywoodReporter The Hollywood couple is taking some time apart, according to People magazine. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are taking some time apart, People reports. Catherine Zeta-Jones Returns to … Continue reading

August 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

L.A. County OKs Disney’s Plans for New Studio Lot Near Santa Clarita


by Ted Johnson, courtesy Variety – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors gave the greenlight to the Walt Disney Co.’s plans to create a studio production center on a … Continue reading

August 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Researcher controls colleague’s motions in 1st human brain-to-brain interface [Video]


by Doree Armstrong  and Michelle Ma, courtesy University of Washington          University of Washington researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, with one researcher able … Continue reading

August 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Once Again, Media Jumps On Violent Video Games Before Knowing The Facts


from the fake-gun,-real-witch-hunt dept – by Timothy Geigner, courtesy TechDirt When it comes to linking violence and video games, there is plenty of stupid to go around. The only unifying … Continue reading

August 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

TiVo Roamio review: A pretty good DVR with a silly name


courtesy TechHive.com http://bcove.me/oilgnsud I have never made a technology purchase that my wife has greeted with more skepticism than the original TiVo digital video recorder. It was 1999 and the idea … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

MIT Students Design ‘Sesame Ring’ to Replace Boston Transit Cards [Video]


by Dhiya Kuriakose/1 hour ago, courtesy mashable The situation is familiar to everyone who has taken public transportation: You rush into up to the turnstile and then spend five minutes ransacking … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Aereo Wins Send Networks on Hunt to Stop Streaming TV


by Don Jeffrey, courtesy Bloomberg – Broadcasters stymied by court losses in New York are turning to judges in California and Massachusetts in their campaign to shut down the Aereo … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Bitcoin lobbyists meet US authorities amid growing focus on digital currency


Bitcoin Foundation says meeting was set up to ‘help regulators and policymakers better understand the Bitcoin protocol’ by Domini Rushe, courtesy TheGuradian Representatives of Bitcoin’s largest lobby group met federal law enforcement … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Tinkerers jump on Elon Musk’s hyperloop plans


by Justin Pritchard, courtesy MercuryNews LOS ANGELES — Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk urged the public to polish sketch plans he released last week for a “Hyperloop” that would shoot capsules full of … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Quadcopter Piloted by a Smartphone


courtesy ScienceDaily – Aug. 19, 2013 — The quadcopter, which was developed at TU Vienna, can negotiate its way through a room completely on its own. It does not need any … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Discovery Bringing Facebook’s ‘I F***ing Love Science’ to Online Video and Science Channel [VIDEO]


by Todd Spangler, courtesy Variety How much more new media can a traditional media company get? Discovery Communications is launching a new online and TV series with a profane interjection … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Baidu Buys Majority Stake in Nuomi


by John Paczkowski, courtesy AllthingsD Baidu’s efforts to extend its business beyond search have led the company to yet another acquisition. Baidu, proprietor of China’s largest search engine, said this … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Microsoft Board in Needle-in-Haystack Hunt for New CEO


by Peter Burrows & Carol Hymowitz, courtesy Bloomberg – Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s next chief executive officer will need the expertise and strategic vision that can help the biggest software maker confront a … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Linux Hackers Rebuild Internet From Silicon Valley Garage


by Cade Metz, courtesy wired.com – Alex Polvi is living the great Silicon Valley archetype. Together with some old school friends, he’s piecing together a tech revolution from inside a two-car … Continue reading

August 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Beyond Monkey Boy: It’s a Steve Ballmer Quote-Tacular!


by John Paczkowski, courtesy AllthingsD – After 13 years as CEO, Steve Ballmer is giving up the top job at Microsoft, announcing plans to retire within the next year. While … Continue reading

August 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Amid Uproar Over NSA’s Surveillance, Malaysia Wants to Expand Its Spying Powers


by Jordan Robertson, courtesy Bloomberg – The spying scandal roiling the National Security Agency in the U.S. may turn out to provide great air cover for other countries wanting to … Continue reading

August 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?


by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic | courtesy Harvard Business Review – There are three popular explanations for the clear under-representation of women in management, namely: (1) they are not capable; (2) they … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire within 12 months


courtesy Microsoft Board of directors initiates succession process; Ballmer remains CEO until successor is named. REDMOND, Wash. — Aug. 23, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Chief Executive Officer … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

‘Boyfriend Tracker’ app raises stir in Brazil


by courtesy komonews RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Brazilians were outraged when they learned their country was a top target of the U.S. National Security Agency’s overseas spying operation, with … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Bitcoin’s Washington problem


courtesy Politico – On paper, the popular virtual currency Bitcoin is the type of entity that traditionally would hire a powerful K Street lobbying firm to protect its interests in … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Sony and Viacom join forces to conquer streaming TV: report


by Matthew Shaer, courtesy CSMonitor – Sony may have struck a deal with Viacom for its forthcoming Internet television service. According to a handful of new reports, Sony has reached … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

America Movil Secures Funding for $9.7 Billion KPN Bid


America Movil Secures Funding for $9.7 Billion KPN Bid by Chris Spillane & Martijn van der Starre, courtesy Bloomberg America Movil SAB (AMXL) said it has secured the funding to finance its 7.2 … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

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