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This May Be The Best Look Yet At The New iPhone
 It’s happening. Apple’s invitation to a September 9 event has officially gone out. At least one next-gen iPhone will be unveiled in a few short days. However, new photos have emerged on Chinese site WeiFeng that appear to show components that match up almost identically to previous leaks for a 4.7-inch iPhone. If these numerous leaks are to be trusted as the real deal, and we are,… Read More
Facebook Search Now Lets Some Mobile Users Look Up Friends’ Old Posts By Keyword
 Facebook is testing an expansion of its search product, introduced last year as “Graph Search,” on mobile devices, according to a report from Bloomberg. The change, which is currently only visible to a smaller subset of Facebook users, allows users to retrieve friends’ old posts via keyword, as well as content from pages they followed. This feature was previously introduced… Read More
Here’s An Affordable Mid-Range Electric Bike Conversion Kit To Speed Up Your Commute
 Micah Toll’s Barak Electric Bike Conversion Kit turns ordinary bikes into electric ones. Read More
Taking Massage-On-Demand Nationwide, Zeel Rolls Out In Miami, LA, and SF Bay
 It’s a year later than they had initially planned, but Zeel is finally expanding its massage-on-demand service beyond New York to more cities in the U.S. — rolling out in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Miami. It’s the next step toward creating what Chief Executive Samer Hamadeh says is at least a billion-dollar business. “We believe we’re creating something that… Read More
Nokia’s Here Maps Its Future On Samsung With Its First Android And Tizen Apps
 Opera may have taken some of the wind out of the Nokia brand’s sails with the news that its browser will be replacing Nokia’s on the now-Microsoft-owned, winding down, feature handset business. But today the Finnish company that has remained after the Microsoft handset sale had some interesting news of its own: it’s tying up with Samsung for two new versions of its Here… Read More
Mikael Hed Steps Down As CEO Of Wavering Angry Birds Maker Rovio, Pekka Rantala Steps In
 A changing of the hoodie at Rovio, the Finalnd-based creator of the catapulting Angry Birds series of casual games that has seen its profit fall by more than half in the last year: its CEO Mikael Hed is stepping down, and he is passing on the reigns to Pekka Rantala, who had been chief commercial officer, and before joining Rovio was CEO of Finnish drinks maker Hartwall and also spent many… Read More
Plasticity Labs Raises $2.1M To Boost Employee Morale
 Plasticity Labs, a company that uses data analytics to measure workplace morale, announced that it has raised $2.1 million led by Fibernetics Ventures. The funds will be used for sales and development. Plasticity was founded in 2012, three years after co-founder and CEO Jim Moss, a former professional lacrosse player for Colorado Mammoth, fell ill with swine flu and was also diagnosed with… Read More
Tencent, Baidu And Wanda Form $814M Joint Venture To Take On Alibaba
 Chinese Internet giants Tencent and Baidu are teaming up with conglomerate Wanda to form an RMB 5 billion (about $814 million) e-commerce joint venture in a bid to challenge Alibaba’s dominance. Wanda, a real estate and movie theater chain group, will hold a 70 percent stake, while Tencent and Baidu will each hold 15 percent. Read More
Cocktails, Wireless Power And The Giant Disrupt Battlefield Stage
 Presenting at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield is always an adventure, even with months of preparation. From last-minute hardware issues to the occasional tear, you never know what can happen when you combine cocktails, wireless power and a massive audience. Read More
Google Challenges Amazon For Drone Supremacy
 Need a tube of toothpaste, but don’t want to wait? Google wants to drone that to you, the Mountain View-based technology giant announced today. Google follows Amazon in announcing that it is building consumer delivery-facing drone technology. Amazon previously disclosed that it is working to build drones that can deliver small parcels to shoppers. The two companies have differing… Read More
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Anti-vax: CDC conspiracy theory sweeping the social media; No, There Still Is No Connection Between Vaccines and Autism
I'll be happy when this conspiracy theory goes away. I've interviewed two authors of books on this topic here and here
Mayor: Adult Illegal Aliens With 'Graying' Hair Enrolled in Public Schools | CNS News
The mayor of Lynn, Mass. says that some of the illegal aliens from Guatemala who are enrolled in her city’s public schools are adults with graying hair and “more wrinkles than I have.” “They are not all children,” Judith Flanagan Kennedy told report …
Things you used to believe
On this Friday, let's bring a little sunshine to some of these dark news. What are some things you use to believe that you don't anymore? It can bee good or not so good things. Me? I use to believe that the Atlanta Braves were going to have more than one championship/rings!  …
How expensive is dating across the United States?
This interactive map tracks the cost of dinners and movies across America. Simply hover your cursor over the image to see prices and stories from millennial readers. A word on our method: we stuck to AMC Theaters for comparative purposes. While we tried to choose reasonable re …
SEC Announces $300,000 Whistleblower Award to Audit and Compliance Professional Who Reported Company's Wrongdoing
Whistleblower Came to SEC After Reporting Internally and Company Failed to Take Action Washington D.C., Aug. 29, 2014 —  The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced a whistleblower award of more than $300,000 to a company employee who performed audit and co …
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Code/red: Apple Wearable Won't Ship Until Next Year (John Paczkowski/Re/code)

John Paczkowski / Re/code: Code/red: Apple Wearable Won't Ship Until Next Year  —  // HAPPENING TODAY  — Beloved cryptographer Hal Finney is being cryopreserved following his recent, tragic death from ALS  —  Look Daddy!  Santa Gave Me an iWatch Raincheck  —  So that new wearable device Apple is introducing on September 9?

Mikael Hed Steps Down As CEO Of Wavering Angry Birds Maker Rovio, Pekka Rantala Steps In (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Mikael Hed Steps Down As CEO Of Wavering Angry Birds Maker Rovio, Pekka Rantala Steps In  —  A changing of the hoodie at Rovio, the Finalnd-based creator of the catapulting Angry Birds series of casual games that has seen its profit fall by more than half in the last year …

Nintendo unveils 'new' 3DS and 3DS LL video game consoles, coming to Japan on October 11 (Nick Summers/The Next Web)

Nick Summers / The Next Web: Nintendo unveils ‘new’ 3DS and 3DS LL video game consoles, coming to Japan on October 11  —  Nintendo is maintaining its tradition of slowly developing handheld gaming consoles with lighter, sleeker and more powerful redesigns.  Today, the Japanese company announced two new 3DS models, simply called the “new” 3DS and “new” 3DS LL.

JustFab raises $85M at what sources say is a $1B valuation (Michael Carney/PandoDaily)

Michael Carney / PandoDaily: JustFab raises $85M at what sources say is a $1B valuation  —  JustFab has closed an $85 million round of funding, the company's co-founder and co-CEO Adam Goldenberg confirmed to Pando today.  The round was led by new investor Passport Special Opportunity Fund, and included participation …

Nokia announces HERE maps for Android, launching exclusively for Samsung Galaxy smartphones with offline access (Paul Sawers/The Next Web)

Paul Sawers / The Next Web: Nokia announces HERE maps for Android, launching exclusively for Samsung Galaxy smartphones with offline access  —  Samsung unveiled its new new smartwatch yesterday, the Tizen-powered Gear S that's capable of making calls and going online without relying on a smartphone.

iOS search app "In-App Search" provides deep link results that launch inside apps, supports 33 iPhone apps at launch (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: iOS search app “In-App Search” provides deep link results that launch inside apps, supports 33 iPhone apps at launch  —  In-App Search Is An App That Searches In Your Apps  —  Are users itching for a better way to search through the information contained within their mobile apps, bypassing the web and traditional search?

Apple reportedly working with Dutch company NXP to include NFC in iPhone 6, possibly iWatch (Mike Beasley/9to5Mac)

Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac: Apple reportedly working with Dutch company NXP to include NFC in iPhone 6, possibly iWatch  —  Apple is reportedly planning to include NFC in the iPhone 6 for secure wireless payments using chips sourced from a Dutch company called XNP, the Financial Times reported today.

Former staff blames LG's failed webOS acquisition on culture clash, infighting and corporate politics (Janko Roettgers/Gigaom)

Janko Roettgers / Gigaom: Former staff blames LG's failed webOS acquisition on culture clash, infighting and corporate politics  —  A failed experiment: How LG screwed up its webOS acquisition  —  webOS was supposed to become LG's way forward in the smart TV space, and the team behind it was to bring change to the company.

Data on 97K Bugzilla users posted online for about three months (Adam Greenburg/SC Magazine)

Adam Greenburg / SC Magazine: Data on 97K Bugzilla users posted online for about three months  —  The email addresses and encrypted passwords of about 97,000 users of the test build of bug tracking system Bugzilla - specifically landfill.bugzilla.org - were posted publicly online for roughly three months beginning around May 4, according to a Wednesday post.

China's Wanda, Tencent, Baidu to set up $814 million e-commerce company: Wanda (Paul Carsten/Reuters)

Paul Carsten / Reuters: China's Wanda, Tencent, Baidu to set up $814 million e-commerce company: Wanda  —  Wang Jianlin, chairman of Chinese property developer Dalian Wanda Group, sits in a meeting room as he arrives for the launch ceremony for the Qingdao Oriental Movie Metropolis on the outskirts of Qingdao, Shandong province September 22, 2013.

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Hungry Squirrel Battles Bird Feeder, Loses

If you don't think squirrels are the cutest animals on earth, you should probably leave now. This video from GoPro is for squirrel lovers only.

A curious squirrel went up the bird feeder to grab a handful of seed. Unfortunately, it didn't end up quite the way the squirrel planned. The little guy stretches, reaches and ultimately falls to the soft grass — but not before taking quite a bit of the delicious seed with it.

Just goes to show, you gotta fall in order to sucseed sometimes.

Good Sam...

Iceland Investigating Two Volcanoes After Overnight Eruption

The Icelandic Meteorological Agency lowered its aviation alert from code red to orange on Friday morning following an eruption on Thursday night

The lava from the Bardabunga and Askja volcanoes in Iceland came out of a gap, or fissure, in the ground about halfway between the two volcanoes, and numerous earthquakes were observed on Thursday night into Friday morning. This indicates the continued movement of molten rock, or magma, underneath the surface.

See also: Largest Tremor Yet Jolts Area ...

Volcanic Star of New Pixar Short Just Wants Somebody to Love

Only the thoughtful minds at Pixar could make a sputtering volcano seem sweet and lovable

Its latest short, Lava, stars a lonely volcano situated in the middle of the ocean. A preview for the upcoming short shows the smiling mountain sweetly pining for someone to love.

See also: The Pixar Theory: Every Character Lives in the Same Universe

Yahoo Movies reports that that Lava will make its debut before Pixar's upcoming feature-length film Inside Out, set to hit theaters in June 2015.

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Nintendo Unveils New 3DS Handheld in Japan With Second Analog Stick

A new 3DS with a second analog stick and more powerful CPU is coming to Japan in October, Nintendo announced in a live stream on Friday, though no Western release information was given.

The New 3DS and larger New 3DS XL will come with an additional, smaller analog "nub" above the face buttons on its right side. The face buttons have been colored to match the old-school SNES controller colors. There will also be two new shoulder buttons on the handheld's backside that sit next to the current L...

For the Second Time This Week, a Flight Diverted Due to Reclining Seat Scuffle

This is getting ridiculous: An(other) outburst over a reclined seat caused an American Airlines flight, on its way from Miami to Paris, to divert to Boston.

It is the second known incident this week in the United States, according to authorities.

See also: The Internet Goes to War Over Reclining Airline Seats

In Wednesday night's incident, passenger Edmund Alexandre became upset after a woman reclined the seat in front of him, the Suffolk County district attorney's office said

Alexandre, who ...

Putin Gives Ominous Warning in Remarks on Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said that Crimea is "indispensable to Russia," reminding listeners that "Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations."

"This is a reality, not just words," Putin said

Russia annexed Crimea in March after residents there held a referendum in which 93% voted to join Russia

See also: Putin's End-Game: Expansion or Self-Destruction?

"I think recognition will take a long time, and this seems strange to me," Putin said during a Q&A with students at ...

A Man Vacuumed a Subway Platform and Then Ate From It

Talk about believing in your product.

In this advertisement from Bissell Canada, the company that manufactures the Bissell Symphony line of vacuums, a senior brand manager cleans a patch of subway platform in Toronto and eats from it. The faces of the onlookers says it all

Who knows? Perhaps disgust makes you more inclined to purchase their cleaning product.

Stephen Hawking Reminds Us What Ice Bucket Challenge Is All About

Slam Trunk: Basketball-Playing Elephant Throws Down at the Zoo

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UK Raises Terrorist Threat Level to 'Severe'

The UK has raised its terrorist threat level from "substantial" to "severe," reflecting growing fears that British citizens who have traveled to the Middle East to fight with rebel groups could be plotting attacks back home.

The UK's Home Secretary Theresa May announced the change on Friday, saying that a terrorist attack against Western targets was "highly likely," though no specific intelligence suggested that an attack was "imminent."

See also: What the World Is Doing to Fight the Islami...

Study: Jolts of Electricity to the Brain Can Improve Memory

A new study from Northwestern University suggests that a non-invasive electrical current to the brain can improve an individual's memory.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is a noninvasive procedure that sends low-level electric current to a region of the brain just under the skull, which is connected to the hippocampus.

See also: Hollywood Myth, Busted: Humans Use Far More Than 10% of Their Brains

The study showed that remembering things requires several regions of the brain to coop...

How to Succeed in Coding While You're Still Young

In our latest Ask a Dev video, our first guest host — iOS developer Michael Sayman — discusses how to get started in coding when you're young and lack resources

Sayman began making money off his first iOS app when he was just 13 years old. Now, at age 17, he has one of the most popular apps in the App Store, a photo-guessing game called 4 Snaps

See also: 9 Things We'd Change About Snapchat

Sayman says that you should first look around to get ideas of what you could build, then dive into the ...

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Seven Days And Nights In The World's Largest, Rowdiest Retirement Community
Boasting 100,000 residents over the age of 55, The Villages may be the fastest growing city in America. It’s a notorious boomtown for boomers who want to spend their golden years with access to 11 a.m. happy hours, thousands of activities, and no-strings-attached sex, all lorded over by one elusive billionaire.
There Are Two Volcanoes Freaking People Out All Over The World Right Now
Two volcanoes half a world apart are causing havoc today: Several flights have been diverted around an eruption in Papua New Guinea, and authorities in Iceland briefly put aviation on highest alert (again) due to a temperamental Mount Bardarbunga, which has been rumbling for the past week.
UK Terror Threat Level Raised To 'Severe'
The UK's terror threat level has been raised from "substantial" to "severe" in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria, Home Secretary Theresa May says.
What Exactly Is The Dew Point?
If you just read the words “Dew Point” and assumed it’s the time of day you can finally crack open a Mountain Dew, you are wrong.
What We Learned This Week
This week we learned why you don't piss off Bill Gates, people will pay more for a cooler than a smartwatch, and Tony didn't die at the end of "The Sopranos."
Ants Form A Daisy Chain To Maximize Their Strength And Take Home Dinner
Teamwork makes it dreamwork! All for one and one for all! Nice job everyone, you'll sleep well tonight.
Ebola Virus Mutating Rapidly As It Spreads
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has already killed more than 1,400 people — including five of the co-authors of the study decoding the virus. The paper is dedicated to their memory.
MSN Messenger Is Finally Shutting Down After 15 Years
Microsoft’s MSN Messenger, or Windows Live Messenger as it’s now known, will be fully retired on October 31st. The software maker originally announced its plans to shift users over to Skype last year, but Microsoft kept the service running in China. After October 31st Chinese Messenger users will need to use Skype, bringing an end to 15 years of the service.
Chief Executive Of Rovio, Maker Of 'Angry Birds,' To Step Down
Rovio, the Finnish gaming company behind the popular "Angry Birds" franchise, said on Friday that its chief executive, Mikael Hed, would step down at the end of the year.
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Japanese slugger attempts to hit 186 mph fastball
Former Nippon Pro Baseball home-run king Takashi Yamasaki tries to hit a 186 mph (300 km/hour) fastball from a pitching machine. Skip to 3:29 for the fun part. (SLYT, Japanese)
Yes Sir!
"Until a person has experienced career-harming bias...they simply don't believe it exists." Why Aren't Women Advancing At Work? Ask a Transgender Person.
Pen Paper Ink Letter Massive Review Index
Pen Paper Ink Letter is a pen and paper blog maintained by Heath Cates. Currently holding Ink Week, its best feature is a massive index of product reviews, from the blog itself and other blogs. My personal favorites are fountain pens, ink, and paper, but he also reviews other kinds of pens, pencils and erasers, and even accessories. So if you have a writing implement addiction and want something simple, specialized, or vintage, there's probably a review of it in the index.
Praise The Machine
IBM's 1939 Corperate Song Book.
Unpredictable, undocumented, fleeting interactions with strangers
Somebody: A new app by Miranda July (previously) allows you to send somebody a message... sort of. When you send your friend a message through Somebody, it goes — not to your friend — but to the Somebody user nearest your friend. This person (likely a stranger) delivers the message verbally, acting as your stand-in. Watch the Somebody movie.
No, You Can't Pay The Interest In Catnip
To entice new homeowners, Russia's biggest bank is running a special promotion which adds unusual perk with its mortgage - a cat. The promotion is linked to a Russian superstition that it's good luck for a cat to check a home out first before the owners move in. But since not everyone has pets, Sberbank has assembled a team of ten loaner cats, owned by bank employees and volunteers, who be delivered to customers' new homes the day they move in to scope it out for a couple hours. There's ev...
Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind
Researchers at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital are reporting that xenon gas has the potential to become a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other memory-related disorders.
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Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles in 1971
Coding for Journalists 101
So a little while ago, I set out to write some tutorials that would guide the non-coding-but-computer-savvy journalist through enough programming fundamentals so that he/she could write a web scraper to collect data from public websites. The intro webscraping resource at ProPublica, built around the example case of the their Dollars for Docs project (previously), first appeared up as a series of tutorials on author Dan Nguyen's blog: Tutorial 1: Go from knowing nothing to scraping Web pages....
The origins of that stereotypical Chinese nine-note riff
Kat Chow, with NPR's Code Switch, put together a short piece on the history and the prevalence of the well-known nine note "stereotypical Asian theme." As described in a 2005 Straight Dope forum question: You know, the one that goes dee dee dee dee duh duh dee dee duh. Featured heavily in braindead Hollywood flicks made by clueless directors who want to give a scene an "oriental" feel. Also a variation of it can be heard in David Bowie's "China Girl." One point of entry goes back to the 1889 ...
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What Sort Of Man Shares Playboy? (He Friends His Mom On Facebook)

Playboy relaunched its website on Wednesday, and one thing's for sure. This isn't your grandpappy's gentleman's magazine. 

Well, obviously. It's on the Internet—as opposed to a moldy box in the garage or hastily stuffed under your mattress where you shamefully hope Mom doesn't find it. As such, Playboy.com is ready for its Facebook close-up, fully clothed and safe-for-work (or SFW, as the kids say). Just in case you want to share its family-friendly content on any social network where Mom migh...

Friday Fun: Build Your First Chrome Extension

Google Chrome is the most popular Web browser in the world. Part of its appeal comes from its ability to let you fully customize your browsing experience with a slew of extensions. Extensions are small, lightweight programs that personalize your Chrome installation with new features.

You’ve probably already downloaded an extension or two. But did you know it’s almost as easy to build your own? Chrome extensions are written in a relatively beginner-friendly language—JavaScript—and require only...

How Twitch And YouTube Are Making Video Games A Big Business

Mark this moment: Watching people play video games has become a big business, with Amazon, Google, Disney, and others vying for a piece of the action.

Call it livestream gaming: Top players record themselves playing popular titles and delivering commentary—or compete against each other in big, live, arena-style events. 

By turning video games from a solitary living-room obsession into shared events, livestream gaming is letting advertisers tap into a hard-to-reach demographic of mostly young me...

Why Doesn't Your Government Run Like This?

Imagine your company got a 90% approval rating on its latest app. You'd be rich, right? Now imagine that your government got a 90% approval rating on anything, like passport approval or paying a parking violation or ... well, anything.

No, really. Stop laughing.

In the UK, a slew of changes to how technology is delivered has upended decades of dissatisfaction with government services. So much so, in fact, that one recent service upgrade netted a 90% approval rating from citizens.

What's going on...

Samsung's New Gear S Smartwatch Looks Great

On the heels of this year's Gear 2, Gear Neo and Gear Live, Samsung just announced Thursday another new smartwatch. And this one's a looker. But is it a doer? That's another question entirely.

The Gear S, announced Thursday, features a curved, two-inch AMOLED screen that should offer beautiful visuals (and does, at least in Samsung's marketing photos). And because the screen isn't just another flat slab of glass, it lends the whole watch an uncharacteristically fashionable appearance—one simil...

Our Growing Obsession With Screens Is Killing Our Brains

Paperback readers, rejoice! It turns out reading books on e-readers doesn’t give your brain the same experience as those paper books gathering dust on your bookshelf.

A new study by European researchers found that recollection of plot points and story lines were “significantly” worse for readers who read on a Kindle versus a paperback book, the Guardian reports.

Fifty readers were given a mystery book to read; half were given a Kindle, and the other half, a paperback. The researchers, led by A...

Apple Confirms: It's Holding An Event On September 9

Apple confirmed that it will be holding a special event on September 9 in its hometown of Cupertino, Calif. 

The company's coy teaser, "Wish we could say more," leaves us wondering what we can expect here. If rumors hold true, we'll see new iPhones (which may include NFC mobile payments), iOS updates and even the long-awaited and hotly-debated Apple wearable device. 

Ahead Of The iWatch, Apple Has Given HealthKit A Workout

ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self.

When Apple first unveiled HealthKit, its software for weaving together fitness apps, wearables, and iPhones, there were more breathless exclamations than you'd find in your average SoulCycle workout.

I was quick to deflate the hype around HealthKit, pointing out that the skimpy specs and documentation Apple released this summer showed that it was geared around fairly specific medical tasks, like...

Twitter Unveils A New Time-Waster: Tracking Your Popularity

You can now go back through your entire Twitter history to see how many people actually see your tweets, thanks to Twitter’s now publicly available Twitter analytics dashboard. (Check it out here.)

Favorite

Originally reserved for advertisers and verified users, Twitter is making the dashboard available to everyone who uses the service.

The dashboard lets you see how many people saw your tweet; how many interacted with it by favoriting, replying, clicking on a link or retweeting; and the “engage...

Dropbox Antes Up In The Cloud-Storage Price War

Cloud storage platform Dropbox announced today that it is offering a terabyte of storage for $9.99 a month, the same terabyte storage price set by competitors Google Drive and Microsoft’s One Drive.

This is just the latest move in the great cloud computing war of 2014, as these three heavy hitters engage in a race to the bottom for the consumer’s storage gigabyte. In March, Google announced a terabyte for $10 a month and 10 terabytes or more for $100 a month

Apple, meanwhile, plans to release ...

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Tesla teams up with China’s wireless carrier Unicom for charging network
Tesla finally announced its strategy for building out an electric car charging network in China: a domestic partner in the second largest wireless carrier.

Tesla teams up with China’s wireless carrier Unicom for charging network originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Two reasons now might finally be the right time for iPhone to gain NFC
Every year, we hear the rumor that the next iPhone will get NFC support and this year is no exception. However, there are two important differences that could mean the time is right for NFC in the iPhone 6.

Two reasons now might finally be the right time for iPhone to gain NFC originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Is VMware OpenStack an embrace of open source — or an attempt to extinguish it?
Hint: It doesn't really matter. VMware's move shows that, despite its problems, OpenStack is driving private cloud discussion in enterprise IT shops.

Is VMware OpenStack an embrace of open source — or an attempt to extinguish it? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Meet Obama’s new “piracy czar,” same as the old czar
The U.S. is about to get a new czar to oversee piracy and intellectual property. If the country must have a czar, why can't the person look at other IP-related problems besides just enforcement?

Meet Obama’s new “piracy czar,” same as the old czar originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Samsung teams up with Nokia to bring a new mapping app to Galaxy phones
Nokia's Here maps application will become available on the Samsung Galaxy Apps store later this fall.

Samsung teams up with Nokia to bring a new mapping app to Galaxy phones originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Sponsored post: Money, payments and commerce for the mobile generation
Coming September 8-9th, The Money Event is the intersection where MOBILE meets MONEY. Including mobile operators and platforms as well as mobile chip manufactures and security companies, join 40,000+ industry professionals for networking, top-tier presentations and demonstrations.

Sponsored post: Money, payments and commerce for the mobile generation originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Etsy sees hope for small retailers in fight over internet fast lanes
How does the FCC's controversial plan for internet fast lanes affect small retailers? Plenty, according to Etsy. The handcraft site is afraid fast lanes will harm its sellers, but believe that momentum is shifting its way.

Etsy sees hope for small retailers in fight over internet fast lanes originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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MSN Messenger to shut down in China, its final stronghold
It may have disappeared in the rest of the world last year, but MSN/Windows Live Messenger still hung on in China -- until now.

MSN Messenger to shut down in China, its final stronghold originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Here’s why Apple bought Beats: By 2019, streaming will account for 70 percent of digital music revenue
Digital download revenues are continuing to decline, and in five years, more than two-thirds of all digital music revenue will come from streaming services, according to a new report.

Here’s why Apple bought Beats: By 2019, streaming will account for 70 percent of digital music revenue originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Hortonworks gets more serious about real-time data with Kafka integration
Hortonworks has added Apache Kafka to tis Hadoop software platform as a technical preview. Kafka isn't the most popular tool in the world, but it's widely used among large web companies, making it a useful add-on for luring customers of that ilk.

Hortonworks gets more serious about real-time data with Kafka integration originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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