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Microsoft tweets 'joke' about raises (really) - 22:47
The official Microsoft developer account decides to make fun of CEO Satya Nadella's recent faux-pas in suggesting women shouldn't ask for raises.
Amazon Q3 loss widens as it braces for rocky holiday quarter - 22:41
The e-commerce company missed Wall Street's expectations and reported a of loss of $437 million.
Microsoft divisions succeed in spite of Nokia losses - 22:40
In its second quarter after acquiring Nokia for $7 billion in April, Microsoft is paying the price for layoffs and a low interest among consumers.
Pandora Q3 profit climbs, despite slower listener growth - 22:31
The Web's biggest streaming-music service delivers a respectable increase in profit, sales and its expectations for both to come. But active-listener growth kept up its slow slide.
This thing uses sound to make any wine taste better - 22:31
Dionysus Technology Concepts launches a crowdfunding campaign for the Sonic Decanter, which promises to use ultrasonic energy to improve your wine in 15 minutes.
RoboGames bots want your help spreading metal mayhem - 22:25
The "Olympics of robots" is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to help produce an independent, rock 'em sock 'em Web-based video series.
Scientists unveil weirdest dinosaur ever seen - 22:12
Paleontologists have dug up the rest of a dinosaur whose long arms were found in the '60s. The rest makes it surely the strangest looking creature ever.
Brainstorming plans to fix democracy and fight zombies - 21:32
This week the CraveCast crew took up the task of remaking democracy in the image of nerds and geeks everywhere, and learned the best way to fight zombies: Make friends with a bear...and hope it doesn't get infected.
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Australian Service Directory Site Oneflare Raises $876,000 For International Expansion - 23:00
 Oneflare, a local services marketplace based in Sydney, Australia, has raised an additional $1 million AUD (about $876,000), bringing its total funding so far to $1.5 million AUD (about $1.3 million). Investors include Les Szekely of Equity Venture Partners, Garry Visontay, of the Sydney Seed Fund and Dr. Jeffrey Tobias of The Strategy Group. The startup says it will use the capital on… Read More
Microsoft Up 3% After Reporting Better Than Expected FQ1 Revenue Of $23.20B, EPS Of $0.54 - 22:11
 After gaining more than 1 percent in regular trading, Microsoft reported its fiscal first quarter 2015 earnings: Revenue totaled $23.20 billion in the period, leading to profits of $0.54 per share. The revenue figure represents a 25 percent year-over-year increase, a large piece of which is due to the Nokia hardware acquisition. Read More
PlayStation 4 Update Coming On 10/28 Lets You Play Games With Friends Who Don’t Own A Copy - 21:57
 Back in August, Sony started teasing a new feature it calls “Share Play.” Though we’re still waiting to see just how well it works, the idea itself is wonderful: once enabled, you can let your friends play your games with you (or by themselves, even) from across the vast Interwebs without them actually owning a copy of the game. Read More
Researchers Want To Send Us To The Moon Using Robots And Oculus Rift - 21:53
 A researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, Daniel Shafrir, and his team want to do something incredible: they want to send a rover to the moon and then let us, the Earthlings, control it and look out of its stereoscopic cameras as it tumbles around that barren alien rock. The researchers are working to win a $30 million prize from Google to beam video back from the moon. The team, called… Read More
With 40 Million Downloads, betaworks-Backed Dots Gets A Refreshed Logo - 21:06
 Dots, the betaworks-backed gaming studio led by Paul Murphy and Patrick Moberg, has today announced a rebranding for the company. The new logo takes inspiration from Charles Eames, according to a Medium post, and uses colors from the first iteration of Dots while incorporating the newer, and more popular, TwoDots game into the company logo. Read More
Surface Revenue, Redux - 21:03
 In about an hour, Microsoft will release the results of its most recent quarter, the first quarter of its fiscal 2015. The company is expected to report revenue of $22 billion, and earnings per share between $0.49 and $0.55, depending on which set of averaged estimates you trust. That will all come shortly. For now, let’s talk about Surface. Read More
Join Me Tomorrow In Krakow - 20:53
 I’ll be speaking at an event held by Geek Girls Carrots Crakow, a group of amazing programmers who are working to bring everyone onto the STEM wagon. The event will be held at Przemysłowa 12 in Krakow, Poland at 7pm. You can sign up here. I’ll also be attending and judging AGHacks, the biggest student Hackathon in Poland. This event will include “DARMOWE JEDZENIE I… Read More
TestFlight Beta Testing Goes Live For All iOS Developers - 20:53
 Apple has pushed its TestFlight Beta testing service live for everyone, the company revealed on its developer news portal today. Registered developers can now invite up to 1,000 beta testers to try out their iOS apps, using emailed invitations sent via the iTunes Connect portal. TestFlight, the beta testing service Apple acquired sometime within the last year, allows developers to build teams… Read More
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Just Call Me 'Gramma'! - 20:19
There are a few reasons I haven't been around NV much of late, but at least a couple of them are related to this piece of news: A bit over two months ago, our precious grandson--and first grandbaby--came into the world. Our daughter and her hubby chose to have a home birth, with …
The Fed is telling Wall Street banks to clean up their ethics or get broken up - Vox - 15:30
Speeches from Federal Reserve Bank presidents tend not to be very interesting, and indeed New York Fed President William Dudley's recent talk on "Enhancing Financial Stability by Improving Culture in the Financial Services Industry" seems to have been titled so as to  …
I wish I'd aborted the son I've spent 47 years caring for: It's a shocking admission - but read on before you judge - 17:16
The pilot had been very patient but, after an hour of the plane waiting on the Tarmac at Heathrow, with my son Stephen refusing to get up off the floor, sit in his seat and buckle up, our bags were removed from the hold and he was carried off the flight, my husband Roy and I wa …
Black People Riot Over Injustice; White People Riot Over Pumpkins and Football - 16:50
It's amazing that more than two months after Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo., no arrests have been made and no trial has been set. That hasn't stopped the protests and outcries of injustice, but there are those on social media who can't understand why people  …
Greg Abbott Refused to Answer Whether or Not He Would Have Supported Ending Bans on Interracial Marriage - 14:18
There are many questions we can be asked that don’t have a simple “yes” or “no” answer to them. But then there are those questions that shouldn’t be difficult to answer, such as whether or not interracial marriage should be legal. The an …
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Pandora Q3 earnings beat estimates, with revenue of $239.6M and earnings of $.09 cents/share despite slower listener growth (Joan E. Solsman/CNET) - 23:00

Joan E. Solsman / CNET: Pandora Q3 earnings beat estimates, with revenue of $239.6M and earnings of $.09 cents/share despite slower listener growth  —  Pandora Q3 profit climbs, despite slower listener growth  —  The Web's biggest streaming-music service delivers a respectable increase in profit, sales and its expectations for both to come.

Mozilla's Webmaker app will make it easy for anyone to create Web apps on their smartphone (Nick Summers/The Next Web) - 22:55

Nick Summers / The Next Web: Mozilla's Webmaker app will make it easy for anyone to create Web apps on their smartphone  —  Mozilla is working on an app for Android, iOS and Firefox OS that gives smartphone users the ability to easily create and share Web apps.  —  It's called Webmaker, after the initiative that Mozilla created to promote Web literacy.

Amazon.com Announces Third Quarter Sales up 20% to $20.58 Billion (Amazon.com) - 22:30

Amazon.com: Amazon.com Announces Third Quarter Sales up 20% to $20.58 Billion  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2014.  —  Operating cash flow increased 15% to $5.71 billion for the trailing twelve months …

Amazon misses with loss of $0.95/share, reports 20% higher YoY Q3 revenues of $20.58B, loses 10% in after-hours trading (Everett Rosenfeld/CNBC) - 22:30

Everett Rosenfeld / CNBC: Amazon misses with loss of $0.95/share, reports 20% higher YoY Q3 revenues of $20.58B, loses 10% in after-hours trading  —  Amazon misses estimates  —  Amazon reported quarterly earnings and revenue that missed analysts' expectations on Thursday.  —  The company posted third-quarter …

Microsoft cloud strength and hardware progress drive record first-quarter revenue (Microsoft) - 22:20

Microsoft: Microsoft cloud strength and hardware progress drive record first-quarter revenue  —  REDMOND, Wash. — October 23, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $23.20 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.  Gross margin, operating income and diluted earnings per share ("EPS" …

Microsoft Up 3% After Reporting Better Than Expected FQ1 Revenue Of $23.20B, EPS Of $0.54 (Alex Wilhelm/TechCrunch) - 22:15

Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch: Microsoft Up 3% After Reporting Better Than Expected FQ1 Revenue Of $23.20B, EPS Of $0.54  —  After gaining more than 1 percent in regular trading, Microsoft reported its fiscal first quarter 2015 earnings: Revenue totaled $23.20 billion in the period, leading to profits of $0.54 per share.

Apple unleashes TestFlight beta for Devs, gives users early access to apps (Nate Swanner/SlashGear) - 21:55

Nate Swanner / SlashGear: Apple unleashes TestFlight beta for Devs, gives users early access to apps  —  Apple has announced their TestFlight Beta program, which allows Developers to seed beta builds of their apps to users, is now live.  Registered Apple Developers can now distribute up to 1,000 copies of their app to testers …

Q&A With Facebook's Josh Miller On Why His Rooms App Isn't Anonymous, It's The Early Web Reborn (Josh Constine/TechCrunch) - 21:45

Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Q&A With Facebook's Josh Miller On Why His Rooms App Isn't Anonymous, It's The Early Web Reborn  —  Is Rooms the anonymous Facebook app people were expecting?  “No. Unequivocally No...because you cannot be anonymous in our app,” Josh Miller tells me.  The Branch founder turned Facebook product manager's …

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Classic Macs turned into modern furniture - 22:31

The Apple Power Mac G5 was a classic computer of the early millennium, but for all of its strengths — besides its gorgeous design, it was the fastest Mac in Apple's lineup when it was released in 2003 — it didn't last: the G5 family was retired in 2006 for the Mac Pro. The rest is recent history.

But what to do with the old models? Designer Klaus Geiger had the idea of turning them into furniture, which resulted in the concepts you see here, part of the cleverly titled "benchma[r|c" project....

Amazon's losses balloon to $544 million in its third quarter earnings - 22:16

Amazon posted its third quarter earnings results today and they were not pretty: the company said it had a operating loss of $544 million, more than twenty times what is lost for the same period in 2013. Its revenues grew to $20.84 billion, an increase of 20 percent over the same period last year, but less than what investors were expecting. In its projections for next quarter, Amazon said it expects the red ink to keep spreading, with losses growing to $570 million.

This quarter includes...

Microsoft's Q1 2015: Surface growing strongly and Lumia sales up - 22:09

Microsoft has published its Q1 fiscal 2015 earnings report, and the company has made $4.5 billion in net income on $23.20 billion in revenue. Revenue has increased compared to $18.53 billion from the same period last year, but net income has decreased 14 percent compared to last year's $5.24 billion. Microsoft's drop in profits is largely related to $1.14 billion of integration and restructuring expenses following the Nokia phone business acquisition.

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donating $100 million to fight Ebola - 21:35

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen will contribute "at least" $100 million to fight the spread of Ebola, he announced Thursday. In a tweet, Allen revealed the new donation amount and urged others to make their own contributions — big or small. "Everybody feels called sometimes to really pursue a certain thing that resonates with them, and this has resonated with me," Allen told The New York Times. "We’re up against an extremely tough opponent here. The exponential nature of the growth of this di...

The Vergecast is live now! - 21:23

The Vergecast is back after two weeks of big news from Apple and Google, so we're going to definitely talk about the two weeks of big news from Apple and Google. Also, Twitter wants to convince developers that it this time it won't pull the football away. Really, it promises. Join Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and David Pierce at 4:30 ET, which is in the future. A future where the only thing missing will be hoverboards — oh wait, we're getting those too.

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Gamergate can't stop being about harassment - 21:22

Yesterday, actress, gamer, and geek icon Felicia Day wrote a piece called "Crossing the Street," about how the Gamergate campaign had made her hesitant to engage with a culture she loves, knowing that anything she says could provoke a flood of angry, condescending abuse. At best. At worst, she could become one of the string of women who have left home, temporarily or semi-permanently, due to threats from people who "doxxed" them and found their home addresses. Day explained why she was partic...

Ello becomes a public-benefit corporation with mandate to not sell ads - 19:46

Ello exploded in popularity last month partly on the grounds that it would remain ad-free and never sell users' data, and today it's putting those promises down in legal writing. Ello says that it has converted to a public benefit corporation, with its charter prohibiting it in "the strongest legal terms possible" from making money by selling ads or user data. It also requires that any company that might purchase Ello in the future follow these same rules. "In other words," the company writes...

Facebook's new Rooms app brings bite-sized forums to your iPhone - 19:00

"We’re not trying to build the next Snapchat — we’re trying to build the next Wordpress."

These aren’t the words you expect to hear from the guy building Facebook’s next big app. Facebook has spent the last two years cloning Snapchat, trying to buy Snapchat, and eventually creating a pseudo-Snapchat. None of these plans have worked, so now it’s building… a blogging platform?

Not exactly. Today, Facebook is launching Rooms, an iPhone app that lets you create tiny message boards for posting tex...

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Who Is Marlins Man? All About the Mysterious World Series Troll - 22:58

If you've watched the first two games of the World Series, you may have a question along these lines: Who is Marlins Man?

And if you don't know him by his nickname, you should know him by sight. Marlins Man is seated right behind home plate for the first two games, decked out in incongruous orange Miami Marlins gear — despite the fact that it's the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals vying for the World Series trophy

After stealing the show during the series' first two games in Kansas...

The Secret Message in Abraham Lincoln's Pocket Watch - 22:23

In the 1850s Abraham Lincoln, then a successful lawyer, purchased a fine pocket watch from George Chatterton, a jeweler in Springfield, Illinois. The mechanism itself was manufactured in Liverpool, England, but the 18-carat case was of the best quality manufactured in America.

Aside from its make, there was nothing special about this particular watch ... until later on, when someone else got his hands on it.

In November 1860 Lincoln was elected the 16th president of the United States. In Janu...

DNA Shows Humans First Mated With Neanderthals 60,000 Years Ago - 22:21

A bone found by chance on the banks of a Siberian river has yielded the oldest modern human genome yet recovered, according to a new study that sheds light on when people left Africa and first interbred with Neanderthals living in Europe and Asia.

The man, who lived 45,000 years ago, was definitely related to both humans and Neanderthals, the study published in the journal Nature reports. His DNA showed that the two human groups first mated around 60,000 years ago.

Project leader Chris String...

What Happened When Felicia Day Expressed Fears Over GamerGate - 22:17

Actress and geek icon Felicia Day spoke out against the Gamergate movement Wednesday night, saying she had been afraid of taking a stand on the movement because of "self-protection and fear" of her public details being leaked.

Shortly after her post went up, reportedly, her fears came true. An anonymous Tumblr user posted her address and email in the Disqus comments under her post — a process known as "doxxing". The comments were apparently deleted by Day, but screenshots were preserved on Tw...

Win a Camera in Our Great Outdoors Photo Challenge - 22:04

Whether you’re exploring your city or forging new paths, awe-inspiring scenery is all around us. For this week’s edition of Mashable's Photo Challenge Guest Series, we’re partnering with Olympus to explore the great outdoors. We want to see your photos of the landscapes that call to you: a crowded city street, a stretch of rural countryside or the ocean waves at dawn, for example.

Olympus, along with landscape photographer and Olympus Trailblazer Alex McClure, will be choosing their favorite ...

CEO Style: How to Dress Like a Boss - 22:02

Like it or not, we live in an image-based society. You can't make it to CEO in your pajamas — unless you're Mark Zuckerberg, that is

Whether you're a salesman or a developer, you have to dress for success. But that doesn't have to mean shirking your personal style. It’s all about finding the right look for both your industry and personality. What’s appropriate for a career in finance, for example, won’t work at a graphic design firm

Being stylish means something different in today’s era of po...

Dressing for Ebola: The 30 Steps Nurses Have to Take - 22:02

Putting on and taking off protective gear for treating an Ebola patient isn't as easy as slipping on a pair of latex gloves. It's a tedious process punctuated by liberal amounts of hand sanitizer.

Nurse Barbara Smith and Dr. Bryan Christensen demonstrated the proper way to wear and remove the full-body garb used to attend to patients suspected of being infected with Ebola. The procedure is the latest in a rapidly evolving series of protective techniques developed by the Centers for Disease C...

25 Celebrity Impressions Crammed Into 1 'Forget You' Cover - 22:00

Christina Bianco is an entire VH1 Divas Live stuffed into one human

The celebrity impersonator stretched her vocals into 25 distinct voices for a frenzied cover of CeeLo Green's "Forget You" during a performance at The Hippodrome in London.

Duffy the Dog Can't Play Fetch, Still Adorable

Kids Cry Tears of Joy When Mom Finds Their Lost Cat

Jessica Lange Sings Lana Del Rey in Spooky 'American Horror Story' Clip

Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Richards Reunite in ‘Comedians in Cars’ Promo Read more....

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The Shame Of Poor Teeth In A Rich World - 22:45
If you have a mouthful of teeth shaped by a childhood in poverty, don’t go knocking on the door of American privilege.
Can William Gibson Predict The Future? - 21:42
He coined the term "cyberspace" before we even knew cyberspace existed. He imagined reality TV years before it was everywhere. And while William Gibson insists that he's the last guy to know what's coming next, predictions he made decades ago keep coming true. Which is a little alarming, actually. Because his new novel is his most dire yet.
How To Save Your Smartphone's Battery Life - 22:07
This interactive guide shows you how to make the most of your phone's ​battery life. Just choose the make and model of your phone from the drop-down menu and learn how to stay juiced.
The Best Lesson You Probably Didn’t Learn In School - 15:06
If you had learned to code in school, you could have made that awesome app by now. Thankfully, Treehouse teaches you everything you need to know without boring you to tears.
Doctor Who Treated Ebola Patient In Africa Checked Into NYC Hospital - 21:42
The patient is a health care worker who returned to the U.S. within the past 21 days from one of the three countries currently facing the outbreak of this virus.
The Exact Wrong Way To Ride The Subway - 20:05
The only thing he got right was having headphones in, just in case there were mariachi bands outside the train too. And in case you need reminding: Please, please do not attempt this stunt yourself.
Lumosity's Brain Games Are Bullshit - 22:45
Recently, a coalition of nearly 70 researchers spoke against Lumosity, signing a letter of consensus posted by the Stanford Longevity Center that lambasted the brain training community for promising a kind of mind power boost that just isn't provable.
There Is No More Room On The Internet For Thoughts About Renée Zellweger - 19:29
A fun way to divorce ourselves from this current media deluge of Zellweger coverage might be to argue, by way of Theseus' paradox, that Renée Zellweger is, on a cellular and metaphysical level, not the same Renée Zellweger from a decade ago.
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Current, future trends and how programmatic ‘makes sense’ for publishers - 17/10
According to trends, programmatic has a bright future in advertising; there could be changes to the way success in online advertising is measured; bot ease startles conference goers; automatic guaranteed needs some clarification, and how sometimes things just make sense for publishers.
A day in ad fraud: Watch those fake clicks fly - 14/10
A video created by Forensiq shows just how quickly just a single infected computer can add to the tally of worthless clicks.
Private markets and the future of viewability metrics - 11/10
Some are already hailing private marketplaces as the "future of programmatic," while others are lamenting their growing pains. There are "big changes" coming in the world of ad fraud. This viewability stuff needs to get sorted out, because there are some killer metrics waiting.
AdTech Is Alive and Well: I’ll Have the Full Stack, Please - 10/10
Reading The Information's piece on Facebook's reported re-introduction of the Atlas ad-serving technology , I wondered - Does the market really need six or more full stack adtech solutions?
Viewability and growth major parts of ad tech scene right now - 03/10
Major talking points this week involved the continued uncertainty around the transition to a viewability standard, the absolute certainty around the growth in spending expected across the programmatic landscape, and what publishers are going to have to be ready for to be successful going forward.
IAB, 4A’s, ANA announce cross-industry organization to fight ad fraud - 30/9
The new collaborative initiative's goal is to to build a trustworthy supply chain, encouraging marketers and media buyers to further invest in interactive marketing.
Risks of buying traffic far outweigh the reward - 29/9
Many companies who would represent or buy your ad inventory have a one-strike-and-you’re-out policy, and there are no "review boards" to petition if your site gets blacklisted from the various marketplaces/networks.
Why would you even consider these lame traffic-acquisition offers? - 29/9
As if you need another reason to steer clear of easy traffic boosts, have you taken a look at some of these services that promise to deliver those massive chunks of “real” users to your website in return for chump change.
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A biomechanical analysis of coitus - 22:22
Objective: To describe male spine movement and posture characteristics during coitus and compare these characteristics across 5 common coital positions. Results: Based on range of motion, the least-to-most recommended positions for a male flexion-intolerant patient are mSIDE, mMISS2, mQUAD2, mMISS1, and mQUAD1 (NSFW).
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13 classic scenes that explain how horror movies work.
Neanderthal and Sapiens, sitting in a tree... - 20:53
"Scientists have reconstructed the genome of a man who lived 45,000 years ago, by far the oldest genetic record ever obtained from modern humans. The research, published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, provided new clues to the expansion of modern humans from Africa about 60,000 years ago, when they moved into Europe and Asia. And the genome, extracted from a fossil thighbone found in Siberia, added strong support to a provocative hypothesis: Early humans interbred with Neanderthals."
Micropower's Quiet Takeover - 20:02
Small-scale, low-carbon generation now produces one-quarter of world electricity (Rocky Mountain Institute)
Who Wears The Pants Around Here? - 19:53
In 1938 Los Angeles, Helen Hulick went to jail for wearing slacks in courtroom. 'Kindergarten teacher Helen Hulick made Los Angeles court history — and struck a blow for women's fashion — in 1938. Hulick arrived in downtown L.A. court to testify against two burglary suspects. But the courtroom drama immediately shifted to the slacks she was wearing. Judge Arthur S. Guerin rescheduled her testimony and ordered her to wear a dress next time.' 'The next day, Hulick showed up in slacks. Judge Gue...
That New Costume Smell - 19:52
If you were a child in the 70s who dreamed of being Boss Hogg or an 80s baby desperate to be a Rubik's Cube, your dream could come true for less than $5. For that was the Golden Age of Ben Cooper and Collegeville Costume. Relive their glory days by perusing some vintage catalogs. Collegeville: 1966, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, 1983, 1992 Ben Cooper: 1973, 1980, 1981 More photos Halco costumes also deserve a mention, though they don't seem to inspire as much nostalgia. Perhaps because they licen...
He looks like a reverse Benjamin Buttons - 19:44
Zach Galifianakis and Brad Pitt share some gum
You probably should play all of these... - 19:39
With thousands of reader suggestions, Kotaku has published a directory of "Classic PC games you must play". The most voted for free games [links go to places you can download games]: Star Control II, Tyrian, Zork, Battle Zone, Myth II, and Daggerfall. Some of the most votes for games that are available for $10 or less:Master of Orion ($5),Quest for Glory ($10), Planescape ($10), Total Annihilation ($6), Heroes of Might and Magic III ($9), Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis ($5), Little B...
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Science Graphic of the Week: Spectacular, Twisted Solar Eruption - 21:31

Like many stars, the sun is prone to sudden outbursts. Erupting from the star's surface, these events sometimes sling globs of charged particles and sun-stuff in Earth's direction. If they're powerful enough, these coronal mass ejections can produce geomagnetic storms that damage satellites and disrupt power grids.

The post Science Graphic of the Week: Spectacular, Twisted Solar Eruption appeared first on WIRED.

Bentley Bolsters Its Racing Reputation With a $337K Beast - 21:28

Most Bentleys indulge their owners with champagne buckets and neck warmers. The GT3-R does it with a “Sport” mode that won't upshift until the engine hits 6,300 RPM.

The post Bentley Bolsters Its Racing Reputation With a $337K Beast appeared first on WIRED.

Facebook and Yahoo Find a New Way to Save the Web’s Lost Email Addresses - 21:00

When Yahoo proposed a plan to reuse mothballed email addresses, a lot of people didn’t like it. WIRED’s Mat Honan called it a “very bad idea,” and with good reason.

The post Facebook and Yahoo Find a New Way to Save the Web’s Lost Email Addresses appeared first on WIRED.

Updating to iOS 8.1: Are Apple Pay, OS X ‘Continuity’ Worth the Trouble? - 20:40

The recent releases of Apple’s latest computer and mobile operating systems – OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1, respectively — have brought to full fruition the features announced at Apple’s September 9th Keynote address. Several features have been hailed as revolutionary, while others have been met with either trepidation or full-on skepticism. I’ve had a chance […]

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Big Data: New Oil or Snake Oil? - 19:53

There are two differing perspectives on Big Data and its value. One is that it is a valuable commodity that flows through an organization powering the engines of new insight and action, the other is that Big Data is no more than a collection of sometimes outrageous claims. Each argument has merit and interestingly, both […]

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Gather Your Friends for Private Chats in Facebook’s New ‘Rooms’ App - 19:00

The Facebook Creative Labs team rolled out Rooms today, a new stand-alone mobile app that's designed to let people create small, topical watering holes on their mobile devices and then invite others to join.

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Android Wear Gets GPS and Music, Plus a Sony Smartwatch - 18:00

In its first big update to Android Wear, Google is giving its wearables OS independence.

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‘Facebook Killer’ Ello Hatches Plan to Stay Ad-Free Forever - 15:00

Upstart social network Ello's has pegged a big part of its appeal on the promise that it will never sell ads to users. Now, it's used a novel legal maneuver to ensure that the company will live up that promise.

The post ‘Facebook Killer’ Ello Hatches Plan to Stay Ad-Free Forever appeared first on WIRED.

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Can We Please Stop Acting Like Public-Cloud Cost Comparisons Matter? - 10:19

Bless the OpenStack crowd for taking the trouble to figure out the exact moment when it becomes cost effective to run your Amazon Web Services workload in a private cloud ($7,644/month, as Brandon Butler reports). If only that number mattered.

See also: Amazon's Cloud Is The Fastest-Growing Software Business In History

After all, public cloud computing has never really been a matter of shaving hard costs associated with compute and storage. Instead, public cloud computing is a matter of develop...

Apple's Glucose Glitch Is Another Sour Note For HealthKit - 10:01

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

Another week, another Apple Health glitch.

This time, it involves one of the most promising aspects of Apple's push into health tracking: blood-glucose monitoring. For people with diabetes, that's a crucial issue, and anything that promises to simplify the task could actually improve their health.

Apple has temporarily yanked the blood-glucose feature from its Health app, according to a post in i...

Hey Microsoft, Tweeting Jokes About Raises Is A Bad Idea - 21:33

Microsoft should probably not make jokes about raises, especially when tweeted using male-gendered pronouns.

On Thursday, the company tweeted out an arguably funny joke, though in the context of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's advice to women about not asking for raises and his recently disclosed $84 million salary, it was entirely tasteless.

Nadella told attendees at a women in technology conference earlier this month that women should trust "karma," rather than ask for raises, even if they thin...

Facebook Takes A Stab At Anonymity With Rooms - 21:17

Mark Zuckerberg once said, "Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity."

Turns out that's not the case after all—two, or three, or any number of identities are allowed in Facebook's Rooms app. Facebook is moving away from the rule that your one and only personal identity must be shared online with friends. 

As people become disenchanted with connecting to parents and work friends with one Facebook profile, applications like Whisper, Secret and, in part, Snapchat, ha...

Kickstarter Shuts Down Another Anonymous-Making Internet Router - 19:45

Days after Kickstarter took down a campaign for Anonabox, the controversial Internet router that allegedly would keep its users anonymous, the company shut down a subsequent project that purported to fill its shoes.

See also: Kickstarter Shuts Down Anonabox Amid Controversy

TorFi, created by University of Michigan law graduate Jesse Enjaian and his friend David Xu, would have been a more honest incarnation of Anonabox. However, honesty doesn't seem to be the solution where Kickstarter was conc...

New Android Wear Update Supports GPS And Offline Music Syncing - 18:02

Google pushed out a major update for its Android Wear smartwatch software that, among other things, supports location-tracking GPS hardware and offline music syncing. All that potentially gives these gadgets useful features that will still work, even if they're not tethered to a smartphone.

That’s a first for the platform, which makes this the biggest—and perhaps most important—software update for Android-powered wearable devices so far.  

Sony’s latest—and unimaginatively named—Smartwatch 3 wi...

Thanks Mark Zuckerberg! Now China Knows We're Stupid - 17:35

China, which has dozens of official languages, is now mocking Americans for being impressed by knowledge of just one.  

"U.S. media wowed after Mark Zuckerberg conducts Tsinghua University Q&A in Chinese," reads a South Morning China Post headline about the Facebook CEO's Wednesday speaking engagement. "Judging by the reaction in the U.S. press, a reader would be forgiven for thinking this was the first time an American had spoken a foreign language," James Griffiths goes on to write. 

The stor...

Charge Of The Tech Brigade - 17:00

What if your work mattered?

That question lingered in the air for me as I walked out of the doors of Brigade Media. 

The rhetoric of changing the world runs like raw sewage down the streets of San Francisco. When you've lived in this town as long as I have, the stink of broken promises no longer even registers on your nose.

I found something different when I walked into Brigade's office in the city's SoMa district, a place that might as well have been zoned for startups. The address was familiar...

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Mircrosoft's quarterly financials positively surprised analysts as the company topped $23.2 billion in revenue. The surprise doesn't end there though. It took three iterations, but Microsoft seems to have gotten in right with…
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For its quarter ending September 30, Microsoft beat analyst expectations with $23.2 billion in revenue.
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Amazon saw big losses again in its Q3 2014 earnings, missing analyst estimates and reporting a whopping operating loss of $544 million.
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Ello has raised $5.5 million in a round led by Colorado's Foundry Group. The social networking site's rapid viral growth moved up the timeline on its fundraising efforts, since it needed the…
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You can now pre-order the Sony Smartwatch 3 which has a GPS radio and, thanks to the latest version of Android Wear, works for location-based apps without a phone. All Android…
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