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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: Homejoy Expands Beyond Cleaning With Beta Test Of Home Services — When Homejoy raised its $38 million round of funding last December, the company did so with a plan to move beyond just offering cleaning services to its customers. It's starting to make good on that plan, with the launch of a beta test for other home services.
Bloomberg: IBM Said to Reject Globalfoundries Offer for Chip Unit — International Business Machines Corp. (IBM)'s talks to sell its money-losing chip-manufacturing operations to Globalfoundries Inc. have ended after the two companies failed to agree on terms, according to people familiar with the process.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Bose Picks A Patent Fight With Apple's Beats Over Noise-Cancelling Headphones — Bose has sued Apple-owned Beats over patents it holds related to noise-cancelling headphones, according to a new report from CNBC. The new suit means that Apple has a brand new patent battleground …
Julian Hattem / The Hill: House votes to allow cellphone ‘unlocking’ — The House on Friday passed legislation allowing people to “unlock” their cellphones and switch from one carrier to another, sending the bill to the president's desk. — The bill won unanimous support in the lower chamber and has been widely backed …
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom: Verizon will start restricting LTE speeds for its heaviest unlimited-plan customers — Verizon's 4G networks soon will start favoring customers who pay for mobile data by the gigabyte over customers who draw deeply from Verizon's unlimited plans. — Verizon Wireless has been trying to coax …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Fixed Raises $1.2 Million For A Mobile App That Fights Your Parking Tickets For You — Fixed, the clever mobile application that helps you fight your parking tickets just by snapping a photo of the ticket with your mobile phone, has now closed on $1.2 million in seed funding.
Paige Thelen / Lyft Blog: Lyft to launch 7pm tonight in NYC, drivers will need taxi commission licenses, company “will pause operations” in Buffalo and Rochester by August 1st — Lyft Launches in NYC — Tonight, after making positive progress with local and state leaders, Lyft will launch in all five boroughs of New York City.
Reed Albergotti / Wall Street Journal: SEC Drops Probe Into Facebook for Pre-IPO Disclosures — Facebook on Thursday said the Securities and Exchange Commission dropped its probe into the company over disclosures about advertising revenue ahead of its May 2012 initial public offering. — The SEC had been investigating whether …
Liz Gannes / Re/code: Lyft allowed to launch in NYC on Friday, drivers will need taxi commission licenses, company will shut down service in Buffalo and Rochester — Lyft Works Out Deal to Operate in New York City — Ride-hailing service Lyft on Friday will begin operations in New York City …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal: Amazon Fire smartphone now available at AT&T — Amazon's Fire Phone Hits Stores, Minus the Fanfare — Amazon on Friday is embarking on its grandest attempt yet to keep customers buying more from its namesake site. — The company will begin selling its new Fire smartphone at AT&T stores without …
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Mark Cuban, the billionaire investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, took to Twitter on Friday to rail against companies that adopt overseas addresses to avoid paying U.S. taxes. He urged investors to sell shares of those companies.
Cuban, who expanded on his remarks in a CNBC interview, echoed comments by President Barack Obama, who yesterday said the practice, while legal, is ethically wrong. By avoiding taxes, Cuban said companies create an unfair burden by requiring the...
The aviation industry as a whole may be at its safest since the beginning of flight, but airline travel still requires a leap of faith for passengers who must trust airlines and regulators to keep them safe.
Thursday's crash of Air Algerie Flight 5017, likely due to bad weather, was terrible news in the wake of terrible news.
See also: Major Airlines Avoid Ukraine Airspace After Crash of Malaysian Plane
The mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March, combined with the d...
In a bid to achieve maximal hipness and happiness, companies, particularly in the tech world, have collectively begun to create bizarre new positions or to attach peculiar names to the same old corporate paper-pushing nine-to-fives. A lot of these jobs have a bizarrely spiritual flavor — “evangelists” and “prophets” — while others try and infuse excitement where there is none — “Jedi” and “heroes.” Much of this might be a way of skirting around the grim reality that life in a cubicle is neith...
Bose has filed a lawsuit against headphone-maker Beats Eletronics, alleging patent infringements centered around noise-canceling technology.
The lawsuit claims that Beats has infringed on five ideas patented by Bose having to do with noise-canceling headphones, in particular the Beats "Studio" and "Studio Wireless" products. CNBC first reported the lawsuit, which can be found in its entirety at the bottom of this post.
See also: With Beats, Apple Has Its Next iPod
Bose released a statement to...
Those of us who need glasses to see a TV or laptop screen clearly could ditch the eyewear thanks to a display technology that corrects vision problems.
The technology uses algorithms to alter an image based on a person’s glasses prescription together with a light filter set in front of the display. The algorithm alters the light from each individual pixel so that, when fed through a tiny hole in the plastic filter, rays of light reach the retina in a way that re-creates a sharp image. Researc...
Sometimes, we just don't know our own strength.
Former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts knows this all too well. His week started off on a high — President Obama presented him with the Medal of Honor on Monday for his outstanding service during a battle in Afghanistan, and then he was invited to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.
Pitts was visibly excited as he began to bash the ceremonial gavel. His first whack was strong, his second was even harder, but his thi...
In our latest Ask a Dev video, web developer Alex Wasner discusses using Apache Cordova to create cross-platform applications via web technologies.
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Consider that you'll be limited to the power of the rendering engine on the platform you're targeting. Plus, with community-driven plugins, you'll be r...
As fighting in Gaza continues between Israeli forces and Hamas militants, users of Instagram and Facebook are getting creative to voice their support for the two sides of the conflict.
See also: Israel Is Losing Control of the Gaza Media War
A campaign on Instagram voices support for the Palestinians with users from around the world taking photos of the hashtag #IStandWithPalestine scribbled on hands holding their passport.
Gramfeed, a website for viewing Instagram photos, shows more than 4...
If you're still pining for a return of Firefly, then you might be able to get your fix in the online game based in its universe.
In an announcement at San Diego Comic-Con Thursday, it was revealed that the the entire main cast of the short-lived show — which only ran for a season on Fox in 2002 — will reunite to voice their characters in Firefly Online. Actor Nathan Fillion, who played Captain Malcolm Reynolds, even appears in the game's first trailer, viewable above.
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They kick butt. They take names. And they look great in spandex.
Now that the god of thunder is officially a goddess, she joins the ranks of many superheroines who have made an impact on the comic book world for several decades, even if their manly counterparts are the ones getting all the press.
See also: 10 Superheroes Who Will Never Score a Movie Deal
These super-ladies may not have big, blockbuster movie deals, but that doesn't mean they can't dish out some cold, hard justice.
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I saw the massive line of interns long before I could see the venue. The young crowd waiting outside Broadway Studios in San Francisco on Tuesday chatted with friends and checked their phones, eagerly awaiting to get inside.Interns line up outside of Internapalooza
Approximately 2,000 interns from around the Bay Area signed up to attend Internapalooza, an industry-sponsored event for Silicon Valley’s interns to meet each other, chat up potential employers, and hear some of the tech indu...
Amazon Web Services is already the 800-pound gorilla in cloud. It offers five times the utilized compute capacity of its next 14 competitors combined and is arguably the fastest-growing software business in history. According to Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, however, this isn't nearly ambitious enough. AWS aims to become an 800,000-pound gorilla.
That's because Amazon isn't in the business of "infrastructure as a service," as the process of setting data services such as storage and computation is...
We knew StackOverflow was different. Turns out it's, well, really different.
The technical Q&A site looks like your standard Web developer hangout. But according to new data from IEEE Spectrum, its community has some unusual technical tastes. For instance, its readers evince a serious interest in the niche-y area of embedded hardware development—that is, programmable systems that typically live inside other gadgets and don't expose a user interface to the average person.
On the other hand, this...
The Platform is a regular column by mobile editor Dan Rowinski. Ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence and pervasive networks are changing the way humans interact with everything.
In Santa Barbara, Microsoft is working on the future of computing. Station Q is a Microsoft Research post staffed with some of the brightest mathematicians and researchers on the planet, working to solve the basic questions of quantum computing.
It makes for an interesting story.
On Thursday, Microsoft published an...
Yammer co-founder David Sacks announced he’s leaving Microsoft on Wednesday, tweeting a thank you and goodbye to his former charges, whom he referred to as his “YamFamily.”
Microsoft acquired the maker of the enterprise social networking and chat tool two years ago for $1.2 billion, and when it did, Sacks was seen as a potentially transformative figure for the legacy technology company. He was even mentioned by outsiders as a candidate to replace Microsoft's outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer last yea...
Pinterest’s tech department is twice as female as Twitter’s, and more so than the departments at Facebook and Yahoo, the numbers show.
On Thursday, Pinterest released its diversity numbers indicating the company’s gender and ethnicity makeup. The release is a followup to Pinterest tech lead Tracy Chou’s Medium post, Where are the numbers?, urging tech companies to reveal their diversity statistics.
See also: The People Who Make Twitter Don't Look Like The People Who Use Twitter
In the release, C...
Chromecast is one of Google's most successful consumer products ever. So it's only natural that the company would like to hitch another wagon to that star—and right now, that wagon is its streaming-music service, formally known by the awful name Google Play Music All Access.
See also: How To Stream Music With Google Chromecast
The occasion is the first anniversary of the TV streaming stick, which prompted Google to offer U.S.-based Chromecast users three free months of Google Play Music’s All A...
So many of our modern health problems stem from issues of abundance: fast food, car-friendly suburbs, and endless couch-borne entertainment.
The cure for these, according to the quantified-self cult of Silicon Valley, is more data! Just collect information about every step we take, every beat of our heart, every toss we take in our sleep, everything we eat and every drop we drink, and all will be revealed.
But what if the abundance of data, too, is part of the problem?Networked weight scales at...
Google wants to help you make decisions using the tool you already use to get directions.
On Thursday, the company launched an Explore feature for Google Maps that lets people discover places like restaurants and local hot spots with a tap of an icon located in the far right corner of Maps.
Like Foursquare’s new flagship application which eliminates the check-in, Google’s Explore feature is designed to help you find out information about places near you, and learns your behavior when you confi...
Demand, meet supply. The world is in dire need of millions of Internet of Things developers within the next few years. The good news? According to a new Evans Data survey, 17% the world's software developers are already working on IoT applications; those in the Asia-Pacific region are particularly active.
See also: The Internet Of Things Will Need Millions Of Developers By 2020
The bad news? This developer population doesn't have a strong history of software and cloud services innovation.Asia-P...
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Canadian court forces Google to remove search results worldwide, as fears of “memory hole” grow originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
Bose sues Beats over patents for noise-canceling headphones originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
AWS in fight of its life as customers like Dropbox ponder hybrid clouds and Google pricing originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
IoT security: lessons from the maritime and airline industries originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
This week in bitcoin: Barry Silbert bets big on bitcoin, even as price falters originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
Play a Microsoft-made HTML5 version of Settlers of Catan in your browser right now originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
How advertisers can keep pace with the changing television landscape originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
YouTube’s music subscription service could be called MusicKey originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
Verizon will start restricting LTE speeds for its heaviest unlimited-plan customers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
Three car technologies that know when you’re too sleepy to drive originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.