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Microsoft May Be Readying A New Service Called Sway
 A day after news that Apple has turned on its own content delivery network, it has emerged that Microsoft has registered some domain names that use the term CDN — pointing either to Redmond also readying some kind of new CDN service, or possibly a service that will be based around a CDN. Jamie Zoch at Dot Weekly has discovered that Microsoft has registered the domain, along… Read More
CrunchWeek: Andrew Mason’s New App, Diversity In Tech, And Twitter’s Big Quarter
 It’s a warm, relaxed Friday, making it the perfect moment for an episode of CrunchWeek. This week Ryan Lawler, Cat Zakrzewski, and myself sat to discuss the biggest news from the week. What happened? Former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason’s new app touched down, an interesting diversity report from eBay sat amidst a cadre of predecessors, and Twitter’s massive recent… Read More
Facebook Takes A Stand With Free Access To Women’s Rights Info In Africa
 No one should be denied understanding of their human rights just because they can’t afford a mobile data plan. Now women in Zambia won’t be, as Facebook and’s new app gives them free Internet connection for accessing women’s right resources like MAMA  (Mobile Alliance For Maternal Action), WRAPP (Women’s Rights App), and Facts For Life by… Read More
Y Combinator Mixes In Smoothie Startup LivBlends
 It really didn’t make sense to me why Y Combinator’s Sam Altman let a smoothie delivery service go through his startup incubator. Were the Fresh Mint Immunity and Cafe Mocha Energizer flavors delicious? Yes. But I scratched my head at how the next Jamba Juice had anything to do with tech. Read More
Eaze Promises Pot Delivery Anywhere In San Francisco
 Several states are starting to ease up on marijuana use, or even outright legalizing it. Washington, DC recently decriminalized weed. Like they do in California, people still need a card to take a puff but it’s 100% legal without written permission in both Colorado and Washington State. While many states offer dispensary services, a new SF-based startup, Eaze, promises delivery right to… Read More
Co-Founder Kathy Chan Steps Back At 137 Ventures, Becomes An Operating Partner At Khosla
 137 Ventures, the secondary investment firm that recently raised (naturally) a $137 million second fund, is announcing that co-founder and partner Kathy Chan is stepping back from her full-time role at the firm, although she will continue to be involved as a advisor. Chan will be spending most of her time at Khosla Ventures — a spokesperson for Khosla confirmed that she has joined the… Read More
Google+ Photos Could Soon Become A Standalone Service Outside Of Google+
 It looks like it’s time for some good old conscious uncoupling at Google. First, Hangouts started to take its first steps without Google+ earlier this week and today, Bloomberg reports that the company is also planning to separate Photos from Google+. That rumor has been swirling around for a while and it really wouldn’t come as a major surprise if Google decided that the time to… Read More
Flappy Bird Returns As A Multiplayer Game… But Only For Amazon’s Fire TV
Unlocking Your Cell Phone In The U.S. Is Officially Legal Again
 For the past 2 years, unlocking your cell phone without your carrier’s permission has, for absolutely ridiculous reasons, been illegal in the United States. Not anymore! Read More
Looks Like HTC Is Building A Windows Phone Version Of Their Best Android Phone
 Word around the ol’ rumor mill was that HTC was working on a version of their flagship HTC One (M8) that ran Windows Phone instead of Android, and leaks straight off of Verizon’s own servers seem to confirm it. Read More
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What Happened When A Gorilla Saw The Man Who Raised Him, 5 Years Later.
After raising a Gorilla in an English zoo, Damian Aspinall ventured out to the jungle where it was released to try to catch a glimpse of him, five years later. Not expecting the Gorilla, “Kwibi”, to recognize him, he was in for a major shock when they crossed paths. …
Articles: Does 'No Impeachment' Fulfill Alinsky's Rule #4?
Here is how the impeachment/no impeachment gambit would work:  Valerie, Barry, and the crew hatch the idea to accuse the Republicans of wanting to impeach Obama, and then they float the rumor that the allegation is just the left’s way of trying to divert attention b …
Florida Judge Says He May Delay Congressional Elections Due To Illegally Gerrymandered Maps
Last month, a Florida trial court held that the state’s gerrymandered congressional maps — maps that enabled Republicans to capture 17 of the state’s 27 U.S. House seats despite President Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney on the very same day — viol …
A Scathing Letter To Speaker Boehner From A Republican
Mr. Speaker, feel free to pursue your folly but please understand that this registered Republican won’t send a dime to or cast a vote for any candidate that endorses this travesty.”
Turns out that lawsuits have rules
"I'm pretty excited about the GOP lawsuit against the administration because it turns out they are coming into my little world of trial law.  There are rules and case law here that govern how to deal with ridiculous law suits like this one". They even provide for getting rid …
Gaza Live: Timeline of news reports confirms Israel violated 3 day ceasefire first as tank fired and killed 8
Contrary to Israeli rumors Israel not Hamas violated the 72 hour ceasefire. The event of killing of 5 Israeli soldiers one soldier captured by Hamas happened before the ceasefire. This was on Thursday
Dozens Of Democrats Line Up On House Floor To Stand Up For Children At The Border
“I stand with those children at the border and I stand for due process,” Rep. Al Green (D-TX) said on the House floor Friday morning, evoking the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I don’t stand for a fast track adjudication that mimics due process …
Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray: Climate Costs Are Too Damn High!
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chair of the Senate Budget Committee, sent a strongly worded letter to her colleagues on Friday urging them to address climate change as an economic imperative. "Climate change is real and its impacts pose serious threats to our country," …
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Signs Clinic Protection Legislation
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law on Wednesday afternoon a bill designed to increase public safety and access around abortion provider facilities, following the Supreme Court’s buffer zone ruling last month. The bill, known as An Act to Promote Public S …
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43Tbps over a single fiber: World's fastest network would let you download a movie in 0.2 milliseconds (Sebastian Anthony/ExtremeTech)

Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech: 43Tbps over a single fiber: World's fastest network would let you download a movie in 0.2 milliseconds  —  A research group at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), which was the first to break the one-terabit barrier in 2009, has today managed to squeeze 43 terabits per second …

Amazon Appstore Expands to 41 New Countries and Territories, Including Egypt, Indonesia, Singapore, and Turkey (Peter Heinrich/Amazon Developer Services)

Peter Heinrich / Amazon Developer Services: Amazon Appstore Expands to 41 New Countries and Territories, Including Egypt, Indonesia, Singapore, and Turkey  —  Now available in 41 additional international locations, the Amazon Appstore has expanded its global presence to 236 countries and territories.  Publishing your Android app …

PlayStation Now is a glimpse at the future of gaming - for a price (Ross Miller/The Verge)

Ross Miller / The Verge: PlayStation Now is a glimpse at the future of gaming — for a price  —  The technology works, but the business model doesn't  —  “Honey, can you turn off Netflix?  I'm trying to play Twisted Metal.”  —  In my life, I never thought I'd utter those words.

H-P to Pay $32.5 Million to Settle Claims of Overbilling USPS (Anna Prior/Wall Street Journal)

Anna Prior / Wall Street Journal: H-P to Pay $32.5 Million to Settle Claims of Overbilling USPS  —  Justice Department Claims Computer Giant Didn't Comply With Pricing Terms of Contract  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. has agreed to pay $32.5 million to resolve allegations that the computer giant overcharged the U.S. Postal Service …

12 Years After Its Debut On Hacked Xboxes, XBMC Changes Its Name To Kodi (Greg Kumparak/TechCrunch)

Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch: 12 Years After Its Debut On Hacked Xboxes, XBMC Changes Its Name To Kodi  —  Back in 2002, a small group of developers whipped together an app that was meant to turn a hacked Xbox into a full-fledged media player, capable of playing all sorts of video and music content that the Xbox couldn't handle out of the box.

Beats and Apple Dispute Reports of Layoffs (Andrew Flanagan/Billboard)

Andrew Flanagan / Billboard: Beats and Apple Dispute Reports of Layoffs  —  Apple and a source close to Beats are disputing the characterization in recent reports that a significant round of layoffs is taking place at Beats, saying there have been no layoffs (save for about five performance-based terminations) …

New Twitter experiment provides definitions for some hashtags (Elliot Bentley/Wall Street Journal)

Elliot Bentley / Wall Street Journal: New Twitter experiment provides definitions for some hashtags  —  Twitter Testing Easier-To-Use Hashtags  —  Twitter appears to be testing a feature that will better organize its chaotic world of hashtags.  —  The new feature, seen by The Wall Street Journal in the Twitter app for iOS …

Formerly Nexus-only Google Now Launcher out for all Android 4.1+ devices (Andrew Cunningham/Ars Technica)

Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica: Formerly Nexus-only Google Now Launcher out for all Android 4.1+ devices  —  Replacing the home screen on a Droid Razr Maxx HD.  —  When KitKat was released on the Nexus 5 last year, it included a new application launcher that we spent quite a bit of time on in our review.

Mobileye closes first day of trading up 48% after raising $889.7M in IPO (Automotive News Automaker)

Automotive News Automaker: Mobileye closes first day of trading up 48% after raising $889.7M in IPO  —  Mobileye shares surge 48% after $890 million IPO  —  Collision avoidance software firm profits from auto safety technology push  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) — Shares of Mobileye NV soared in their market debut today …

Dong Nguyen releases "Flappy Birds Family" with two-player mode, exclusive to Amazon Fire TV (Michael McWhertor/Polygon)

Michael McWhertor / Polygon: Dong Nguyen releases “Flappy Birds Family” with two-player mode, exclusive to Amazon Fire TV  —  Flappy Bird is back, and now you can play with friends  —  The creator of Flappy Bird has made good on his promise to bring the incredibly popular mobile game back, this time with a two-player option.

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Spock Impersonator Logically Decides Not to Prosper in Porn

Spock-themed porn would have been highly illogical.

Instead of boldly going where surely many men have gone before, Spock impersonator Roy Ives has turned down a feature role in a Star Trek inspired Swedish porn film entitled The Vulgar Vulcan.

See also: 12 Logical Tips to Party and Prosper Like Spock

The 70 year old from Kitts Green, Birmingham in the U.K. bears an uncanny resemblance to Leonard Nimoy, the original Mr. Spock, from his well-groomed eyebrows to the timbre of his voice.

I'm re...

Bill Murray to Voice Lovable Bear Baloo in Disney's 'The Jungle Book'

Bill Murray will voice the lovable bear Baloo in Disney’s live action-animated hybrid The Jungle Book, the Walt Disney Studios announced Friday evening. Murray's casting comes on the heels of news that Christopher Walken will play King Louie, while Giancarlo Esposito will voice Akela.

SEE ALSO: 10-Year-Old Will Make His Acting Debut as Mowgli in Disney's 'Jungle Book'

Murray will reprise the role made famous by Phil Harris, the actor and musician who sang the 1967 animated feature's most belo...

Obama: Attendees Will Be Screened for Ebola Before U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

President Obama announced Friday that African leaders attending a summit in Washington, D.C., next week will be screened for Ebola.

At least 729 people have died and more than 1,300 people have fallen ill from the viral disease in the worst outbreak ever, primarily affecting Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

See also: Here's Why It's Safe to Bring Ebola Patients to the U.S.

"We're making sure we're doing screening as [they leave from their home airports] and some additional screening here," ...

10 Chilling Stories to Tell Around the Campfire

It was a dark and stormy night, the hook was still on the door handle, the monster was you the entire time — you know the drill.

It's become a lot harder to scare people these days, thanks to the Internet, improved CGI and a film industry that allows Human Centipede to become a trilogy. But Reddit has proved that words can still do the trick

See also: 10 Spooky Videos That Will Give You Nightmares

If you're going camping and need some nightmare fodder, look no further than Reddit's amateur ho...

Misty Copeland Proves Ballerinas Are Strong as Sports' Toughest Athletes

It's likely not going out too far on a limb to assume most sports fans don't associate ballet with the grit, strength and determination lauded in games like football, soccer and basketball

But the sports apparel brand Under Armour, which just signed a deal with ballerina Misty Copeland, turns that notion on its head in the one-minute spot embedded atop this post

See also: Sports Media Misogyny: What Is Fans' Problem With Female Commentators?

Copeland began ballet at the relatively late age o...

Satellites Capture Wildfire Smoke Reaching Fragile Arctic Ice

It's the height of the Arctic melt season — do you know where your ice is?

While Greenland and the Arctic sea ice cover have shown no signs of shattering melt records once again this year, satellite images taken on Friday and during late July provide indications that both land and sea ice will once again wind up well below average by the time the melt season ends in late September.

See also: Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Annual Peak, But Falls Far Short of Average

New satellite imagery from NASA an...

A Quidditch Documentary Is Flying Into Theaters Soon

Brooms up!

The world is finally getting a glimpse at the magical trailer for Mudbloods, a documentary about the UCLA Quidditch team's fight to make it to the Fifth Annual Quidditch World Cup, held in New York City.

Image: BOND/360

See also: 15 Magical Harry Potter Cocktails to Charm Your Palate

Potterheads will recognize Quidditch as the sport created by J.K. Rowling and popularized in the Harry Potter series. Several students have managed to turn the game — which involves flying brooms, Bl...

Typo iPhone Keyboard Gets a Redesign, But BlackBerry Influence Remains

After a brush with litigation, iPhone case creator Typo has come back swinging with a new keyboard design that it claims differs from its first attempt, which was accused of getting just a bit too much inspiration from BlackBerry.

A San Francisco court granted a preliminary injunction in March that Typo, which was cofounded by TV producer Ryan Seacrest, could no longer sell its product on the grounds that it too closely resembled the physical keyboard on BlackBerry phones.

See also: The 10 Mo...

The People Fighting for LGBT Freedom in Uganda

Uganda’s Constitutional Court struck down the Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014 on a procedural technicality, unanimously ruling that the bill was passed in Parliament without a quorum. While this does not mean that Uganda has de-criminalized homosexuality — sexual minorities remain illegal under the 1950s penal code — it still represents a massive coup for LGBT activism in Uganda

These photos were taken in January 2014, just a couple weeks after Parliament first passed the bill. Then, the LGBT ...

A Couple in Massachusetts Legally Changed Their Middle Names to 'Seamonster'

Sea monsters are more than a figment of the imagination for one couple in Massachusetts.

A man and woman in Holyoke, Massachusetts, made an unusual request last week to the state of Massachusetts: To change their middle names to "seamonster."

See also: How to Change Your Name Without Ruining Your SEO

Melanie Ann Convery and Neal James Coughli officially changed their names to Melanie Seamonster Convery and Neal Seamonster Coughli on Thursday; the couple's initial appeal went viral after it w...

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The Lobster Goes Mainstream
This tasty crustacean has accrued stratospheric snob appeal over the years. Now, thanks to record hauls and plunging prices, it's showing up in downright democratic dishes. Tacos, anyone?
Lacrosse Players Do More Drugs Than Other College Athletes
On top of marijuana use, lacrosse players also had a clean sweep across the substance board, also taking top honors in cocaine use, tobacco use, synthetic marijuana use and alcohol use.
Flappy Bird Is Back, And Now You Can Play With Friends
The creator of Flappy Bird has made good on his promise to bring the incredibly popular mobile game back, this time with a two-player option.
Syrian Defector: Assad Poised To Torture And Murder 150,000 More
Congress was shocked Thursday when a Syrian defector recounted how he documented Assad’s killing of over 11,000 innocents. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg, according to "Caesar."
888,246 Ceramic Poppies Flow Like Blood From The Tower Of London To Commemorate WWI
To commemorate the centennial of Britain’s involvement in the First World War, ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper conceived of a staggering installation of ceramic poppies planted in the famous dry moat around the Tower of London.
Thousands Of Inmates Serve Time Fighting The West's Forest Fires
As wildfire season rages in California, firefighting help is coming from an unexpected place: prison. Thousands of low-level offenders have become a crucial component of how the state battles wildfires.
Lil Wayne Sued For Allegedly Not Paying For Private Jets
According to an aircraft rental company, Lil Wayne has been flying around the globe for free — and there's only so long you can say "stick this jet on the tab."
Ritalin Kid
People downplay the severity of this chemical imbalance, and as I get older and struggle with the link between my ADD and my addictions, the flippancy people have about ADD is beginning to piss me off.
Poll Shows Most Americans Don't Really Get How Obamacare Works
A new poll found that most people don't understand how Obamacare works. Under the health care law, a consumer choses one of several private health insurance plans, and the government might subsidize the premium.
The Next Mars Rover Will Have Better Lasers And X-Ray Vision
NASA announced today that its next Mars rover will have advanced cameras, more sophisticated lasers, and the ability to see underground as it explores the Red Planet starting in 2020.
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Putting a Price on Data For Big and Small Sports
Companies are putting more and more into sports technological data each day.
Why MBA's still matter to the startup world
Interview with Rick Vanzura on the importance of education in the age of the “microwave millionaire” and “right now” culture.
Social and streaming indicted in the case of the disappearing cable subscriber
Is it time for me to slip them a pill, and cut cable? It may very well be. And I'm hardly alone in this "cut the cord" home economics decision.
3 reasons your business website needs a thriving online forum
Are you an up-and-coming blogger? Or perhaps an established one who’s looking for ways to bring in more revenue from your website?
Cyberbullying: Are you just as brave in person?
Cyberbullying: Your biggest challenge is going to be to control yourself to only pay attention to the items that are issues and not intrude entirely in your kids lives.
'Weird' email marketing subject lines can increase your open rate nearly 50%
Have you ever seen a seductive email subject line that drew you in completely?
Big risk marketing: You lose 100% of the races you don’t enter
Companies like Virgin America, IKEA, and AT&T, and brands like Old Spice and Hydroxycut are betting big and winning big in marketing.
Scientifically proven email techniques to make you look more professional
Email marketing continues to be an effective medium for reaching audiences. In order to keep your email campaigns looking professional, consider the following tips and strategies.
5 steps to living a Jetsons-style, automated life
Never before now has it been easier to control your environment and delegate mundane tasks to electronics, apps and other remote options.
How to use Google Adsense for site analysis
Google Analytics is a great free tool to track site performance, and analyze visitors and their behaviors. It provides robust data to gauge traffic and audience.
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Muckety maps "the connections of the rich and famous." Favorites: Why the U.S. hasn't punished Russian oligarchs Our map to the George Washington Bridge Goldman Sachs & the world banking system The lofty connections of Helena Bonham Carter Muckety Founder Discusses Journalistic Entrepreneurship muckety and the network boundaries problem
Where's The Juice? Commercial Speech versus Truth in Advertising
In June of this year, POM Wonderful won "a round in a food fight with Coca-Cola" in the case about how a fruit juice blend is labeled. It's a case of commercial speech, to which John Oliver opined that "in Coke's defense, they only mislead us about what was in their juice. For years, POM Wonderful has mislead us about what is in pomegranates". Generally speaking, as long as the labeling isn't incorrect or harmful, it can make bold claims, to a point. For instance, you can't claim your cereal ...
"We're both so happy! Say that we're happy."
"One of the most exhilarating cinematic works of the Czechoslovak New Wave is Vera Chytilová's 1966 film, Daisies, the story of two young women who declare the world is spoiled and rotten, and so make a pact that they will be too." -- Katarina Soukup, "Banquet of Profanities." "In a 1966 interview, Chytilová described Daisies as a 'philosophical documentary in the form of a farce,' a 'bizarre comedy with strands of satire and sarcasm.'" -- Bliss Cua Lim, "Dolls in Fragments." [IMDb; Pinterest...
Beyond "tea, Earl Grey, hot" and Soylent green
MIND MELD: Food in Science Fiction versus Fantasy This week we asked about Food and Drink in SF. Food and Drink in science fiction sometimes seems limited to replicator requests for Earl Grey tea and Soylent green discs. Why doesn't do as much food as Fantasy? Does Fantasy lend itself more to food than Science fiction? Why? This is what they had to say... Contributors include Laura Anne Gilman, Sherwood Smith, A.M. Dellamonica, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Bradley Beaulieu, Leah Petersen, Fran Wilde...
The Putter
A putter is a 'putter together of scissors.' This short documentary by Shaun Bloodworth follows the work of Cliff Denton, who works at Ernest Wright & Sons of Sheffield, one of the last remaining hand manufacturers of scissors. More from the BBC, with Eric Stones, the other Master Puttertogetherer at the factory.
The Abortion Ministry of Dr. Willie Parker
"The protesters say they're opposed to abortion because they're Christian," Parker says. "It's hard for them to accept that I *do* abortions because I'm a Christian."
A Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire
A Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire is an OpenLayers map that uses a new geographical dataset constructed from the award-winning Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World (previously), along with several other sources. You can search for sites by place name or zoom in and click sites to get more information about them. It includes tagged data from virtually every known location in the ancient world, and was implemented in 2012 by Johan Åhlfeldt. The geographical dataset can also be used a...
story of your life
My Cousin is Not a Hero: "But it's not fiction, it's real life. It's the night of his dad's funeral and we're standing there together, and neither of us is a hero. Neither of us is on an epic journey... Our plot points are weird ones, and our stories don't add up to some amazing narrative of personal growth and enlightenment — but they do matter, because they're ours." Wait But Why: Life is a Picture, But You Live in a Pixel Jack sees his life as a rich picture depicting an epic story and ass...
A tandem jump, an accident, and a bond that will last forever.
There are thousands of things that can go wrong during a sky dive. Usually, Dave Hartsock packed his own parachute. He could just about do it with his eyes shut: straighten the lines, roll the canopy, fold in the outside, press out the excess air, then crease it into a package and carefully place the fabric in the deployment bag. That was for solo jumps, though. Leading tandem sky dives was different. The canopies were so big, and the pressure so great to move one load of customers after anot...
Visualizing contagion
Vax: Gamifying Epidemic Prevention "Players are tasked to prepare for an outbreak by vaccinating a network that resembles human social networks. After distributing vaccines, an infectious outbreak begins to spread and the player is tasked to quell the epidemic by quarantining individuals at risk of becoming infected." The creators are Ellsworth Campbell, a PhD student in the Salathé Group at Penn State University, and graphic designer Isaac Bromley. Additional scenarios are currently under co...
You Don't Need To Be An Engineering Genius To Start A Billion-Dollar Company

Nearly 10 years ago, Excite founder Joe Kraus, now an investor at Google Ventures, declared "there has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur." Kraus was talking about the economics of startups—the cheapness of servers, networks, and other raw ingredients of computing.

A decade later, Andreessen Horowitz investor Sam Gerstenzang has one-upped Kraus. In a recent blog post, he argues that it's not just costs that are at historic lows. So, too, is the level of competence required to engin...

Google To Europe: Sometimes It's Not So Easy To Forget

Turns out there are a lot of people who want the Internet to forget about them—whether they deserve it or not.

In May, a European court ruled that Google must remove "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant" search results when an individual in the E.U., or potentially outside the region, asks it to. In a letter to European regulators, Google reported that as of July 18, it has received 91,000 requests to remove 328,000 URLs from search results under this newly created "right to be forgot...

What Yo's $1.5 Million Buys: Legal Huffing Against Yo Parodies

Yo is a parody of a chat app in its own right. But the one-click messaging app isn’t amused by parodies of Yo.

Yo founder Or Arbel has sent complaints to Apple petitioning to have Yo clones YOLO, Yo, Hodor!, Oi, and others removed from the App Store. The letter, from Yo's sorta-fake corporation, Life Before Us LLC, reads in part: “This is a direct clone of our app Yo and based on the terms of agreement in the iTunes app store, it should be removed.”

It’s true that most Yo parodies are near-exac...

6 Ways To Clear Hurdles As An Entrepreneur

Diane Wang constantly hears stories about adversity. The founder of (which eventually became Amazon China), now CEO of China e-commerce site DHGate, says she's flooded with correspondence from people telling her how her business helped them break barriers and realize their dreams.

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For instance, there was the young Chinese woman from a poor background who used DHGate to sell her clothing designs, which eventually allowed her to move to Paris to study fashion design. Similarly...

The Future Of Shopping: When Apps Shop With—Or For—You

ReadWriteShop is an occasional series about the intersection of technology and commerce.

E-commerce is already pretty much woven into our daily lives, but only in a limited, one-way sort of interaction between user and website. Which has some future-of-shopping types wondering: What happens when your shopping apps stop waiting for you and instead come to you with offers? Or stop just taking orders and start proactively making suggestions or giving you advice?

In fact, they're not just wondering...

Zambia Gets Free Facebook Access! (And Internet, Sort Of)

Facebook wants to make sure everyone on the planet can access knowledge, job opportunities—and, of course, create Facebook accounts—through Internet access provided by the social network.

The company announced the app on Thursday, a way for people in developing countries to use free data and access Facebook, Google search and other online resources. Through a partnership with telecom provider Airtel, the app will be available for free, initially rolling out in Zambia....

Why I Switched To Adblock Plus (And You Should, Too)

It's been years since I last saw a Google ad. I know they're supposed to fill the white space to the right of my search results, but for years I've used two different ad-blocking extensions to my browsers: Adblock and Adblock Plus. While both do an excellent job of de-cluttering my browsing experience, only one seems to be committed to doing so in an open fashion.

Why Block?

It may seem obvious why blocking ads is a very good thing, at least for users. (And, as an aside, it may seem ironic that...

LinkedIn’s Publishing Platform Now Open To 15 Million People

LinkedIn's publishing platform, which started as a small experiment available to just the "influencers" the professional network deemed worthy, is now available to millions of its members.

See also: LinkedIn Has Quietly Rolled Out A "Follow" Button To Millions Of Users

Roughly 15 million people now have access to LinkedIn’s publishing tools, the company stated in its second-quarter earnings press release on Thursday.

With LinkedIn’s publishing platform, anyone can share their professional expert...

LinkedIn Has Quietly Rolled Out A "Follow" Button To Millions Of Members

A gigantic change is quietly sweeping through LinkedIn. Millions of members now have a "Follow" button, a feature that promises to transform how we think about our interactions on the professional network.

ReadWrite has found, and LinkedIn has confirmed to us, that a far broader set of users can now broadcast their activity to followers who don't need to formally connect with them to see what they're doing.

This shift is more profound than it may first sound. It makes LinkedIn less like a work-...

Why Download One Facebook App When Eight Will Do?

It's now officially a trend. Big social-media companies are now so dead-set on getting you to use their apps that they're taking a sledgehammer to them, busting up perfectly serviceable software into collections of mini-apps they hope will have a better chance of catching your eye.

Foursquare, Facebook and LinkedIn are just a few of the companies that have recently pulled apart their main apps in order to spin off once-core features as standalone offerings. The standby Foursquare service is no...

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Looks like Amazon’s CIA cloud is live
The CIA cloud, the subject of a heated contract battle between IBM and AWS, is now online, according to a DefenseOne report.

Looks like Amazon’s CIA cloud is live originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Welcome back anarchist hackers: Noisebridge reopens after cleaning house
Noisebridge has not closed once in its seven year history. It closed down for all of July to bring the space up to code. It is also raising funds to make equipment repairs.

Welcome back anarchist hackers: Noisebridge reopens after cleaning house originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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What recipe search tells us: The coasts eat healthy, but inland, we like our bacon
Sorry, St. Louis. You're the unhealthiest major city in the country based on Yummly's analysis of recipe search data. The healthiest? Of course it's frigging San Francisco.

What recipe search tells us: The coasts eat healthy, but inland, we like our bacon originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Struggling nuclear company Areva drops solar division it acquired from startup Ausra
Ever wondered what happened to Valley solar startup Ausra, which nuclear giant Areva acquired in 2010? Well, it's not good news.

Struggling nuclear company Areva drops solar division it acquired from startup Ausra originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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The Google Now launcher is available for almost all modern Android phones
On Friday, Google opened up its Google Now Launcher to any Android device running 4.1 and up.

The Google Now launcher is available for almost all modern Android phones originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Wikipedia’s new apps are good for you, but they’re even better for the developing world
Wikipedia released slick new apps for iOS and Android last week with features that will end up being very useful for first-time smartphone owners in developing nations.

Wikipedia’s new apps are good for you, but they’re even better for the developing world originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Sorry, Sprint, T-Mo. The FCC isn’t letting you collude in the upcoming spectrum auction
Sprint and T-Mobile were reportedly looking to circumvent corporate anti-collusion laws by forming a joint venture to bid in the upcoming incentive auction. The FCC, though, has gotten wise to their plans.

Sorry, Sprint, T-Mo. The FCC isn’t letting you collude in the upcoming spectrum auction originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Airbnb closes its rumored $475M round
Airbnb has officially wrapped up its long-rumored $475 million Series D, according to its SEC filing on the matter. No investors from private equity firm TPG or smaller firm Dragoneer Investment Group, which were previously reported to be leading the round, were mentioned. VentureBeat scooped the […]

Airbnb closes its rumored $475M round originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Season 4 of The Killing goes live on Netflix
The Killing may have been too depressing for network TV, but thanks to Netflix, the dark and brilliant crime drama is now back for a short final season: All six episodes of season four went live on Netflix Friday. The Killing is not a newbie on Netflix: […]

Season 4 of The Killing goes live on Netflix originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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With the launch of its CDN, it’s clear Apple is just as webscale as Facebook or Google
Apple's content delivery network shows how dedicated the Cupertino company is to digital products -- giving them the same care and attention as its physical ones.

With the launch of its CDN, it’s clear Apple is just as webscale as Facebook or Google originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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