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Apple Should Be More Transparent About Security
 It seems that Apple has gotten embroiled in a security scandal of one sort or another every few months. It dodged Heartbleed but was hit by the very embarrassing ‘goto fail’ bug. It was called out for not adequately documenting the uses of diagnostic tools that could have been used to collect data from user devices. Late last year researchers showed off a method for… Read More
Apple’s Two Factor Authentication Doesn’t Protect iCloud Backups Or Photo Streams
 One of the common bits of advice you’ll see people giving you around this celebrity picture hack is to enable two-factor authentication on your accounts — including Apple’s. That’s good advice, but it wouldn’t have protected any of these celebrities and it doesn’t protect the other accounts that are compromised by hackers that are able to obtain an Apple… Read More
TechCrunch Disrupt SF Starts With Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
 TechCrunch Disrupt, a thrice-yearly event where they drag me, the founder of TechCrunch, out like Lenin’s embalmed body to show I’m still around, is but a week away. And if anything will shock me back to life, it’ll be Travis Kalanick, the controversial CEO of the controversial startup (if a company can still be called a startup after raising $1.5 billion in venture… Read More
Associated Content Founder Luke Beatty Is Now In Charge Of AOL’s Tech Blogs (Including This One)
 So I guess TechCrunch has a new boss. As first reported by Re/code’s Kara Swisher, and confirmed by AOL, Susan Lyne is stepping down from her role as CEO of AOL’s brand group, which includes sites like Engadget, Joystiq, and, yes, TechCrunch. Read More
Less Than 1% Of Comments Sent To The FCC Opposed Net Neutrality
 A newly released study executed by the Sunlight Foundation of hundreds of thousands of comments submitted to the FCC by the public found that the vast majority spoke in favor of net neutrality. The group estimates that “less than 1 percent of comments were clearly opposed to net neutrality.” There is wiggle room in the data, given that some people are not clear writers, and could… Read More
The Road To Disrupt: Bitcovery And Hammer & Chisel
On this week’s Road To Disrupt, we’re back with Bitcovery and Hammer & Chisel and revisit their on-stage Startup Battlefield presentation at Disrupt SF 2013. Read More
3DHubs Raises $4.5 Million To Make Local 3D Printing Global
3DHubs, a 3D printer matching service, has raised a $4.5 million Series A to help bring their local 3D printing system to the world. The service, which allows you to find and order 3D prints from printers in your area, is similar to other services like MakeXYZ and 3DLt but is already available overseas. Founded by former 3D Systems employees Brian Garret and Bram de Zwart, the site was one of… Read More
Google Partners With UCSB To Build Quantum Processors For Artificial Intelligence
 Google today announced that it is expanding its research around quantum computing and that it has hired UC Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) John Martinis and his team — one of the most prolific research groups in this area — to work on new quantum processors based on superconducting electronics. Researchers in Martinis’ lab were among the first to use this technique back in 2008. Read More
Announcing The Disrupt SF Hackathon Judges And API Workshops
We’re less than a week away from this year’s Disrupt Hackathon, and are delighted to announce the judges & API workshops. I, along with TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Editor, Sam O’Keefe, will be your Hackmaster and host for the weekend. Judges In years past, our judges have served as combination of part-bloodhound, part-iron curtain, separating the wheat from the… Read More
Microsoft Partners Said To Test Windows 9 Ahead Of Public Release
 Microsoft is expected to release a technical preview of Windows 9 on September 30. So if you were looking forward to getting your paws on the code, you have only four weeks left to wait. That is, if you are not a key Microsoft partner. According to NeoWin’s Brad Sams, Microsoft is currently providing some partners with access to the operating system ahead of the public. That’s not… Read More
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Falling like dominoes: Red-state govs expanding Obamacare
The arithmetic is becoming unavoidable, even for Republican governors in red states who hate "Obamacare."
Friends Suspect Pregnant Bay Shore Woman Was Victim Of Revenge Killing
BAY SHORE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A pregnant woman gunned down outside her Long Island home Saturday night may have been targeted by an enemy of her husband, friends say.
Syria: ISIS Rebels, Assisted by Israel, Jordan and the U.S., Detain UN Peacekeepers in Israeli-Occupied Golan Heights
The United Nations says 43 of its peacekeepers have been detained by “armed elements” fighting in the Golan Heights, the Associated Press reports. DEBKAfile, an Israeli intelligence asset, reports the ISIS and al-Nusra effort to wrest control of the border a …
Guns, ammunition seized during child porn sting | Local News - WCVB Home
PLYMOUTH, Mass. —A 24-year-old Plymouth man is facing federal charges for possessing and distributing child pornography. By Fred Hanson/The Patriot Ledger
USDOJ: Maryland MS-13 Member Pleads Guilty inViolent Racketeering Conspiracy
aryland MS-13 gang member pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as the La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, and acknowledged his involvement in attempted murder and extortion in furtherance of MS-13. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Ca …
FBI — International Fraud Scheme Now Targeting Houstonians
  FBI Houston August 29, 2014 Special Agent Shauna Dunlap (713) 936-7638
Interview: Monte Beauchamp on His Collection 'Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World
  An index of other interviews and reviews I've done is here Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World by Monte Beauchamp is impressive and fascinating. Rather than just tell short biographies of the 16 cartoonists featured, it instead has other cartoonists draw th …
Fourth Grade Teacher Sentenced to 10 Years for Enticing and Coercing a 15-Year-Old Girl During Sexually Explicit Online Chats
ALEXANDRIA, VA—A fourth grade teacher from Charlottesville, Virginia was sentenced today to ten years in prison, followed by ten years of supervised release, for enticing and coercing a 15-year-old girl to engage in sexually explicit online chats. Dana J. Boente, U.S. Atto …
World War II: The timeline to war
What were the events that led up to the outbreak of the Second World War? September 3, 2014, is the 75th anniversary of Britain and France declaring war on Germany following its invasion of Poland. See gallery
Obama and Cameron to tell Nato allies to increase defence spending
Barack Obama and David Cameron will tell their Nato allies to increase defence spending in a showdown at this week’s summit in Wales.  The US president and the Prime Minister will call on European leaders to do more to defend the continent from its growing threats b …
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UK government warns of legislative action if search engines don't stop linking to pirate sites (Andy/TorrentFreak)

Andy / TorrentFreak: UK government warns of legislative action if search engines don't stop linking to pirate sites  —  UK Govt. Warns Google, Microsoft & Yahoo Over Piracy  —  Developments over the past 12 months have sent the clearest message yet that the UK government is not only prepared to morally support …

Apple, Nordstrom in Talks to Partner on Payments (Ian Kar/Bank Innovation)

Ian Kar / Bank Innovation: Apple, Nordstrom in Talks to Partner on Payments  —  Department store Nordstrom is reportedly in talks to be one of Apple's early merchant partners when the company unveils its new payments platform soon, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions.

Elcomsoft Phone Password Breaker, a law enforcement tool popular on hacker forums, downloads full iCloud backups given stolen credentials (Andy Greenberg/Wired)

Andy Greenberg / Wired: Elcomsoft Phone Password Breaker, a law enforcement tool popular on hacker forums, downloads full iCloud backups given stolen credentials  —  The Police Tool That Pervs Use to Steal Nude Pics From Apple's iCloud  —  As nude celebrity photos spilled onto the web over the weekend …

SoftBank's humanoid robot Pepper will go on sale in US within a year, coming to Sprint stores (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg: SoftBank's humanoid robot Pepper will go on sale in US within a year, coming to Sprint stores  —  SoftBank to Sell Robot in U.S. Stores Within 12 Months  —  Billionaire Masayoshi Son will start selling his humanoid robots named “Pepper” at Sprint Corp. (S) stores in the U.S. by next summer …

A look inside the hacker networks dealing in stolen celebrity data (Nik Cubrilovic/New Web Order)

Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order: A look inside the hacker networks dealing in stolen celebrity data  —  Notes on the Celebrity Data Theft  —  An interesting aspect of information security is how periodically it collides with other industries and subcultures.  With more information than ever being stored and shared online …

Greg Wyler, satellite executive and founder of 03b Networks, has abruptly left Google (Jessica E. Lessin/The Information)

Jessica E. Lessin / The Information: Greg Wyler, satellite executive and founder of 03b Networks, has abruptly left Google  —  Abrupt Exit for Google Satellite Exec  —  One of the leaders of Google's effort to build a constellation of Internet-beaming satellites, Greg Wyler, has left the company, according to two people familiar with the situation.

Drug Market 'Agora' Replaces the Silk Road as King of the Dark Net (Andy Greenberg/Wired)

Andy Greenberg / Wired: Drug Market ‘Agora’ Replaces the Silk Road as King of the Dark Net  —  For two and a half years, the Dread Pirate Roberts and his Silk Road black market ruled the Dark Web.  But last year's FBI's takedown of that narcotics smorgasbord opened the underground trade to competitors.

Office for iPad adds monthly in-app subscriptions; $6.99/month for Office 365 Personal, $9.99/month for Office 365 Home (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)

Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Office for iPad adds monthly in-app subscriptions; $6.99/month for Office 365 Personal, $9.99/month for Office 365 Home  —  Microsoft adds monthly in-app subscription option to Office for iPad  —  Summary: Microsoft Office for iPad users now have the option to subscribe to Office 365 monthly and from inside Word, Excel or PowerPoint.

Veritas Capital Agrees to Acquire BeyondTrust for $310 Million (Alex Sherman/Bloomberg)

Alex Sherman / Bloomberg: Veritas Capital Agrees to Acquire BeyondTrust for $310 Million  —  Veritas Capital, the New York-based private-equity firm that targets companies providing government services, has agreed to buy BeyondTrust Software Inc. for $310 million.  —  BeyondTrust, based in Carlsbad, California …

Concur shares soar amid reports of potential sale to SAP, Oracle (Taylor Soper/GeekWire)

Taylor Soper / GeekWire: Concur shares soar amid reports of potential sale to SAP, Oracle  —  Shares of Concur are up nearly 16 percent in after-hours trading following a report from Bloomberg noting the company's interest in a potential sale.  Bloomberg notes that the Bellevue-based travel expense company is working …

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Estar: The Ultimate Android App to Master Your Battery Life

It's not always easy to tell which apps are affecting your battery life the most.

A new Android app from Purdue University researchers, Estar, aims to fix this problem by identifying your most power-hungry apps and providing more energy efficient alternatives.

See also: Save Battery Life With These 7 Lite Versions of Your Favorite Apps

Upon launching, Estar provides two options: "install energy efficient apps" or "stop power hungry apps." Selecting the first directs you to recommendations of ...

Russia Versus Australia in Political Twitter Battle Over Borders and Genders

SYDNEY — Russian and Australian officials had a Twitter battle over genders and borders on Tuesday.

The social media prodding began after Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made it clear that she would push ahead with a plan to exclude Russian President Vladimir Putin from the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia in November, according to The Australian.

See also: Everyone Wants To Live in The Land Down Under, Here Are Some Tips

The official Twitter account of the Ministry of Foreign Affa...

Live From the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Launch Event

BERLIN — It’s a big day for Samsung. The Korean manufacturer is readying to launch its much-hyped Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, along with plenty of other gadgets, on Wednesday at the IFA 2014 tech conference in Berlin. The Mashable team will be bringing you all the updates you need to know in real time.

Samsung hopes to take on larger-sized smartphones — even the rumored (and bigger) 5.5-inch iPhone expected to launch next week — in the months leading up to the holiday shopping season.

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Vibrating Smart Ring Brings Notifications Center to Your Finger

While smartwatches and bracelets are finding a foothold in the wearable-tech space, another device is also starting to heat up: smart rings

Following up on its sleek smart bracelet released in 2013, MOTA has unveiled a smart ring that takes up less space on your body, but still promises the same kind of smartphone-notification interactivity

See also: The History of Wearable Tech, From the Casino to the Consumer

Officially announced at Berlin's IFA consumer-electronics show, the MOTA SmartRing...

Shakespeare Meets Top 40 Music in 'Pop Sonnets'

William Shakespeare, meet 2014 pop music. That's the premise behind music Tumblr Pop Sonnets from blogger Erik Didricksen. Didriksen channels Shakespeare's eloquence by rewriting modern day pop music, putting an English Renaissance twist on some of your favorite summer jams

See also: 19th-Century Authors Perfectly Mixed With 21st-Century Rappers

The Bard of Avon himself would be proud as a simple hook like Ariana Grande's "I got one less problem without you" becomes something as eloquent as "...

Hosts Sue Airbnb to Protect Their Private Info From New York Attorney General

An anonymous group of roughly two dozen New York Airbnb hosts, who call themselves “New Yorkers Making Ends Meet in the Sharing Economy," sued the San Francisco-based company Tuesday to prevent their private information from being released to the state's attorney general

The group claims the release would be a violation of their privacy, according to the lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court.

Airbnb, an online marketplace for people to list and book unique accommodations, provided non...

DNA Evidence Frees 2 Men Imprisoned for 30 Years

LUMBERTON, N.C. — A North Carolina judge overturned the convictions Tuesday of two men who have served 30 years in prison for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl after another man's DNA was recently discovered on evidence in the case.

Superior Court Judge Douglass Sasser ordered the immediate release of Henry McCollum, 50, and Leon Brown, 46. The half brothers were convicted in the 1983 slaying of Sabrina Buie in Robeson County. Both are mentally disabled.

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The Celebrity Photo Hack Goes Far Beyond iCloud

The cache of stolen celebrity photographs, including nudes of stars Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, may have only surfaced on Sunday, but evidence suggests the thefts are bigger than just iCloud and could go back years.

That bolsters Apple's claim that the thefts are not the result of a system-wide attack on Apple's servers but instead targeted, malicious attacks on celebrities and their associates.

See also: After Celebrity Photo Hack, How Safe Is the Cloud?

At this point, it still isn't c...

Apple Investors Shrug Off iCloud Hacks

The hacking over the weekend of iCloud accounts for Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and about 100 other celebs didn't faze Apple investors

At the close of trading on Tuesday — the first day back since the incident came to light — Apple's stock was up about 1%. The news that Apple was teaming up with Visa and MasterCard for an iPhone wallet appears to have overshadowed any potential blowback from consumers about the safety of iCloud.

Apple has maintained that iCloud's security is not to blame. N...

The Top 10 Reasons Apple Rejects Apps From the App Store

For many developers, the most stressful part of launching a new app is waiting for Apple's approval. This critical final step can delay an otherwise precisely timed release or present other last-minute hurdles for developers who have already spent weeks or months on development.

Though Apple already has a detailed set of guidelines for developers, the company explained common issues with App Store submissions in a new post on its site for developers.

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The Dying Russians
Why are Russians dying in numbers, and at ages, and of causes never seen in any other country that is not, by any standard definition, at war?
Amnesty International: ISIS Carrying Out Ethnic Cleansing
The militant group Islamic State, which has seized large areas of northern Iraq in recent months, has "carried out ethnic cleansing on a historic scale," according to a report released on Tuesday by the monitoring group Amnesty International.
I Ate With A Food-Shaming Fork For A Week
I am sitting in a restaurant tucked away on a quiet street in Tribeca, stabbing at overpriced Brussel sprouts with a neon green “smart fork” approximately four times the size of a regular fork. Bankers in cuff links have already gathered around the bar, their voices inching closer to maximum douche level with every Negroni, and I am trying to do my best impression of a normal human, pretending that using a comically oversize utensil to hoover vegetables into my mouth is a thing I totally do o...
It’s Time To Get A New Watch
Time is money, but that doesn’t mean your watch has to be. MVMT has great watches for great prices.
When Is The Actual Expiration Date On Your Milk?
Confusion stemming from the date printed on the packages of food and when to actually dispose of it is a serious problem in the United States: Reportedly, around 90 percent of Americans throw out food prematurely.
How To Keep Photos Of Your Naked Body Off The Internet
If you've been conscious at any point during the past 48 hours, you've probably heard about the slew of raunchy celeb selfies making their way around the internet. It didn't have to be that way; despite all appearances, you can keep your naked body off the Internet. Here's how.
Pilots Of The Pacific Graveyard
Along one of the world's busiest and most treacherous shipping lanes, fifteen men risk life and limb on a daily basis to guide colossal cargo ships to safety.
John Oliver And Cookie Monster Host The Nightly Vocabulary News
John Oliver and _ookie Monster investigate the _ase of the missing letter "_." A tragedy for all _lowns, _orgis, and _ookie lovers indeed.
The Supreme Court Cites Nonsensical Internet Facts
Recent Supreme Court opinions have cited “facts” from amicus briefs that were backed up by blog posts, emails or nothing at all.
The Secret History Of The Tomato
Incredibly, the very tomato we all know, love, and identify so deeply with summer is a relatively new development. Before Alexander Livingston came along, tomatoes were "small, hollow, tough, watery" fruits.
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a "professional interloper" among bronies
I Was the Weirdest Person at BronyCon 2014 Outside of BronyCon where the roles are reversed—where they're odd for liking My Little Pony and I'm normal for ignoring it—the bronies are in a constant struggle to receive the respect that they're so happy to give out. For all their kindness, they're rewarded with ridicule and abuse. [...] In one of the moments when I'm quietly berating myself, I recall another theme from the bullying panel earlier that day—the comforting mantra that bullies only ...
"Eating and walking is a false economy, time-wise"
How to eat: burritos "It may be categorised as 'street food', but eating a burrito while walking is hazardous. We've all been there: you take a bite from one side of the burrito, which leaves a quivering 'lip' of rice-loaded tortilla on the other, and, like a slow-motion shot in the world's most boring action film, it falls to the ground or down your shirt, before you can whip your head down and around to snaffle it to safety. Then there is the issue of leakage from the bottom of a too-loose...
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Lost treasures of Baseball -The Dauvray Cup -Shoeless Joe's Confession -The McGreevy Collection of Baseball pictures -Eddie Grant's plaque from the Polo Grounds -Bill Mazeroski's home run ball from the 1960 World Series -An eight-foot tall statue of Babe Ruth
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The Dying Russians
The Dying Russians In the seventeen years between 1992 and 2009, the Russian population declined by almost seven million people, or nearly 5 percent—a rate of loss unheard of in Europe since World War II. Moreover, much of this appears to be caused by rising mortality. By the mid-1990s, the average St. Petersburg man lived for seven fewer years than he did at the end of the Communist period; in Moscow, the dip was even greater, with death coming nearly eight years sooner.
If nothing else, Grover Norquist had a great time at Burning Man
In a year that saw increasing awareness of how the wealthy are coming to Burning Man in catered and chaperoned camps (costing up to $25K a head), Grover Norquist at least sounds like he had a memorable time and even got his fingernails painted in dayglow colors.
The life I love is making music with my friends
All Roads Lead to [still-living country music legend*] Willie Nelson: "In a time when America is more divided than ever, Nelson could be the one thing that everybody agrees on." Summer from hell got you down? Let the man who (in the words of Kris Kristofferson) plays like Segovia and phrases like a jazz singer remind you that there is still goodness (and magic) in the world. Check out a selection of videos from the official Willie Nelson youtube channel (suggested first stop: his 1982 live ...
Ruin Jam 2014
"Ruin Jam is a game jam celebrating the nonexistent demise of video games, inspired by a lot of current events and a certain blog post. It's open to anyone and everyone who has been, is being, or plans to be accused of ruining the games industry. All Ruiners are welcome to contribute to the death of video games, provided that they adhere to the spirit of the jam." So far, I particularly like Quing's Quest VII: The Death of Videogames!
Whatever Happened To The Metrosexual?
"In reconsidering the metrosexual, we must first distinguish between the metrosexual's imagined and actual properties. Like hipsterism, metrosexuality is an insult more readily slung than substantiated. According to canon, David Beckham is the ur-metro. Although Beckham initially goes unmentioned in the word's first printing (in 1994), the word's progenitor, Mark Simpson, introduced American readers to metrosexuality through the British football star in 2002, when he called Beckham a "screami...
The Original Tea Partier Was an Atheist
Politico: "Young called his creed 'the religion of nature' and 'the religion of nature's God.' And he made abundantly clear that, in his own mind, this radical philosophical religion was the axis on which the Revolution turned. For him, the project to free the American people from the yoke of King George III was part of a grander project to liberate the world from the ghostly tyranny of supernatural religion." "At the decisive Boston town meeting of Nov. 29, 1773, while ships loaded with carg...
How To Protect Yourself In The Cloud

The massive iCloud hack that exposed photos of female actresses stored in their personal Apple accounts, has left many—including myself—scrambling to change their passwords.

Some speculated that the hack was due to a vulnerability in Apple’s Find My iPhone feature, with which hackers used a “brute force” attack to guess the passwords on celebrities’ accounts, The Next Web reported. 

Apple has since denied those reports, instead claiming it was a “very targeted attack” on usernames, passwords, a...

For Once, The Entire Internet Isn't Blaming The Victims Of This Nude Celebrity Photo Leak

The latest batch of nude celebrity photos leaked on the Internet once again reminds us that the Internet is anything but friendly to women. Despite an avalanche of slut-shaming, victim-blaming headlines and social chatter, though, there are scattered signs that some people are starting to assign blame where it belongs—on the perpetrator(s) of these felony crimes and the bystanders who enable it.

Oh, and comedian Ricky Gervais.

“Celebrities, make it harder for hackers to get nude pics of you fro...

Google Copies ReadWrite, Dumping "Enterprise" For "Work"

Google is dumping the tired "enterprise" label for its business products, renaming them Google for Work.

Gosh, where have we heard that one before? Oh, right—here on ReadWrite, where, two months ago, we switched our coverage of business tools from the section formerly known as Enterprise to a new section known as ... yes, Work.

We can only applaud Google's change. Google has always championed bringing consumer-friendly software like Gmail and Google Docs into the work world. 

The Google Enterpri...

How Big Data Reveals The Secret Life Of Cities

Data At Work profiles data scientists working at the cutting edge of Big Data.

Suppose data scientists could track how people move through cities and towns as easily as e-commerce sites track them online?

Don't answer that. It's already happening—thanks, at least in part, to a startup called StreetLight Data.

StreetLight founder and CEO Laura Schewel was working on a doctorate in energy engineering at UC Berkeley when she had the “ah-ha” idea of using data from cell towers, traffic-data aggregat...

Why So Few Women Are Studying Computer Science

University students around the country are packing up their cars and making the annual pilgrimage to dorm rooms or sparsely-decorated apartments to kick off the school year. They’re pounding the concrete in Ikea for last-minute bathroom accessories, and hugging their parents goodbye until fall break.

The university experience prepares young adults for future careers. It teaches them required skills, and introduces them to peers who may one day become coworkers.

For one field in particular, th...

Vine Stars Are The New Boy Bands

If you're still reeling from the idea that YouTube stars can cultivate teen fandemonium comparable to 90's era boy bands—get ready, because it's happening again. 

Vine stars—the niche, digital media celebrities who have gained popularity over fleeting, six second clips—have caught on like wildfire amongst teen girls. 

The Jack and Jack Digitour tourbus

Meet Jack and Jack. Jack Gilinsky, 17, and Jack Johnson, 18, are two teens from Omaha, Nebraska, who garnered fame by creating humorous six-secon...

Letting Robots Make Decisions Also Makes Human Workers Happier

Despite everything we've learned from science fiction, giving robotic workers more control may be the key to human happiness in the workplace, an MIT study suggests.

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) conducted a study in which three workers—two humans and a PR-2 humanoid robot (pictured above)—completing an engineering task together. There were three conditions to the study: manual, or totally human organized; autonomous, or totally managed by the robot; and semi-a...

Meet The Open-Source Startup That Wants To Automate Your Next App

Some people watch TV in their spare time. Others play basketball. Mitchell Hashimoto, overachiever that he is, started an open-source project.

And not just any project. In 2010, Hashimoto used his spare time to turn his college dorm room into Vagrant, a popular developer tool that makes it easy to build complete development environments. With a marketing plan straight out of Open Source 101 ("open source the code, blog and tweet about it and wait for word of mouth to take over"), Vagrant now g...

Apple Is Walking Into Payments Naked

The drumbeat of reports that Apple is entering the payments business is growing louder and louder. The company has deals with Visa and MasterCard, Bloomberg reports, and American Express, says Recode. 

An announcement should be just a week away: The company has invited journalists to an event in Silicon Valley on Tuesday, September 9.

So are we that close to using our iPhones as wallets?

Adam and Eve and the Serpent. (Photo by <a href="">mikecogh...
The Secret To Hiring Great Developers Is Hiding In Plain Sight

Everyone wants to hire more engineers, including you, driving software salaries through the roof. Unfortunately, it's very likely that you don't have the slightest clue how to recruit well.

Take heart. While your ability to spot real talent in an interview may be weak, open source makes it relatively easy to see who can actually code, and who simply knows how to answer useless, abstruse questions. 

Engineering Success

Finding great technical talent is important. In fact, in a world increasingly ...

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There’s now a virtual reality headset designed specifically for an LG mobile phone
Reports indicate that Samsung will release a headset compatible with its phones tomorrow, but a mysterious company called Vortex appears to have beaten it to the punch with a headset made for an LG phone.

There’s now a virtual reality headset designed specifically for an LG mobile phone originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Connected insoles, jewelry and more. We really need wireless power.
The more gadgets I collect, the more I long for freedom from the power cord. Charging the internet of things is a pain point that I hope wireless power can solve.

Connected insoles, jewelry and more. We really need wireless power. originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Sprint drops prices, doubles data on Boost prepaid plans
Without the distraction of a pending merger, Sprint is now focused on the competition. One of its prepaid arms, Boost Mobile, is cutting its monthly prices by $5 per plan while simultaneously increasing data caps.

Sprint drops prices, doubles data on Boost prepaid plans originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Google is trying to build its own quantum computing processors
Google is teaming with a group of UCSB researchers, which has already demonstrated success with a new type of quantum architecture, to design and build its own quantum computing hardware. Google says it will continue its research with D-Wave Systems' quantum computing system, too.

Google is trying to build its own quantum computing processors originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Uber expands carpooling to entire city of San Francisco
Despite some initial execution bumps, Uber is expanding its carpooling feature to the public.

Uber expands carpooling to entire city of San Francisco originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Apple: “Certain celebrity accounts” were compromised by a targeted attack
Apple has released an official statement in response to the hack that released several private celebrity photos on the internet.

Apple: “Certain celebrity accounts” were compromised by a targeted attack originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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When John Oliver says “fight for Net Neutrality” the US listens: new study parses 800,000 FCC comments
Can big data tools sway the outcome of a debate? The Sunlight Foundation has applied machine learning to the FCC debate to show popular sentiment. But it's unclear if the impact of the report does much more than offer new insight into how advocacy groups work "get-out-the-comment" process.

When John Oliver says “fight for Net Neutrality” the US listens: new study parses 800,000 FCC comments originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Announcing Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman at Structure Connect 2014
Don’t miss Gigaom’s first-ever Structure Connect conference, which will be all about building the Internet of Things.

Announcing Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman at Structure Connect 2014 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Dish’s internet TV service likely to be called Nutv
Dish is getting ready to launch its internet TV service, with a brand and a couple of existing apps that will be repurposed to target an audience of cord cutters.

Dish’s internet TV service likely to be called Nutv originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Goodbye, Google Enterprise; hello, Google for Work
The Google rebranding is meant to advance the notion that users use the same tools at home and on the job. But another factor could be that Microsoft still reigns supreme in "enterprise" accounts.

Goodbye, Google Enterprise; hello, Google for Work originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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