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Uber under fire from regulators and competitors in Chicago

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Uber, a startup that allows you to hail a car from your smartphone, is facing a fresh round of legal trouble, this time in Chicago. The Chicago Tribune reports that regulators have charged the company with a number of legal violations, including assessing a mandatory 20 percent tip and then...
Uber under fire from regulators and competitors in Chicago

Tuesdays with Twitter: Jack Dorsey Justifies His Job Schedule

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(Original Photo: Wikipedia) In a recent New York Times profile of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, a rather interesting piece of information surfaced about Twitter and Square cofounder Jack Dorsey. The Times wrote that Mr. Dorsey’s role at Twitter was diminished “after employees complained that he was difficult to work with and repeatedly...
Tuesdays with Twitter: Jack Dorsey Justifies His Job Schedule

As Software Industry Patent Wars Rage, the Consumer Is Not Without an Advocate

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Microsoft’s recent acquisition of a $1 billion chunk of AOL’s patent portfolio, followed hot on its heels by Facebook’s payment to Microsoft for access to a significant part of that portfolio, is just the latest intrigue in what has become a worldwide intellectual property mêlée between the tech giants. No...
As Software Industry Patent Wars Rage, the Consumer Is Not Without an Advocate
Google gets into market research, turns online surveys into paywall replacements

Big numbers: Square set for $100+ million in revenue this year

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It’s always critical to look behind the bright shiny figure. Today, Square announced that it is processing payments right now at a rate of some $4,000,000,000 per year, or $109,58,904 per day. While that figure is impressive, it’s perhaps even more astounding that Square has doubled its payment processing rate...
Big numbers: Square set for $100+ million in revenue this year
Rumor Roundup: Miley Cyrus Descends on Silicon Valley and Goldman Guys Love Uber

Coming Soon to a Taxi Near You: Square Wants to Replace Taxi TVs with iPads and Apps

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What if instead of a squawking box, capable only of blaring at you from the partition, Taxi TVs looked more like your smartphone and came stocked with apps like Foursquare? Square, the mobile payment company headed by Jack Dorsey, is trying again with a daring proposal for the Taxi and...
Coming Soon to a Taxi Near You: Square Wants to Replace Taxi TVs with iPads and Apps
Optical camouflage technology finds practical use in cars

United Airlines software glitch strands travelers again

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For the third time this year, a computer glitch wreaked havoc on United Airliness flights, delaying thousands of travelers for hours. That's bad news for the beleaguered airline, which faced a similar issue as recently as August, but even worse for road warriors racing to important meetings, conferences, and...
United Airlines software glitch strands travelers again

Off Duty Light Goes Off: Taxi Light System to No Longer Confuse Tourists

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(Photo: Yellow Cab NYC) It’s a secret point of pride for experienced New Yorkers that we know how to properly parse the mystifying taxi light system. It gives us a leg up over tourists, who spend so much time trying to differentiate between the Available and Off Duty lights that...
Off Duty Light Goes Off: Taxi Light System to No Longer Confuse Tourists

In San Francisco, Even Tech Takes Backseat During World Series

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The city's technology scene is caught up in Giants fever....
In San Francisco, Even Tech Takes Backseat During World Series

A Look at George Takei’s Tactics in Engaging a Social Media Following

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George Takei, of original Star Trek fame, has most recently taken the social media world by storm with outstanding engagement numbers from a dedicated fanbase. Originally created in March 2011, Takei’s page now reaches more than 2 million fans. Impressively, Takei receives engagement numbers similar to that of Eminem and...
A Look at George Takei’s Tactics in Engaging a Social Media Following
Will cars help iPad zoom away for good?

Airtime makes an awkward first impression

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Sean Parker’s new video venture launch had A-list appearances but more glitch than glitz — and no word of a business plan [cnnmoney-byline src="By Alex Konrad, reporter"] FORTUNE — Airtime, the new video networking service by Napster co-founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, is supposed to help you branch out...
Airtime makes an awkward first impression

'Can You Turn It Off??' Sergey Brin's Mother-in-Law Flips Out in Google's Driverless Car

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Ms. Wojcicki (Photo: Flickr) At the TED conference in 2011, Google offered driverless car rides to attendees of the product’s launch party. In attendance was Esther Wojcicki, the mother of 23 and Me founder Anne Wojcicki and mother-in-law to Google cofounder Sergey Brin. Though being an in-law to a pair of...
'Can You Turn It Off??' Sergey Brin's Mother-in-Law Flips Out in Google's Driverless Car

Barbra is bullish on Apple

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Barbra Streisand has trained her body to wake up before the market opens in New York FORTUNE -- For his humor column in the current issue of Time Magazine, Joel Stein channels Seth Rogen's character in The Guilt Trip and takes Barbra Streisand on a car ride in which she reveals a...
Barbra is bullish on Apple
Microsoft new Meet Your Match viral videos target iPhone and Android head-on

Execs Abandon Airtime as Sean Parker Resorts to Meaningless Buzzwords

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(Photo: flickr.com/christmas-on-mars) Tech’s golden party boy, who was once portrayed by a mugging Justin Timberlake in a dialogue-heavy Aaron Sorkin flick, has hit a wall with his new startup, Airtime. Sean Parker, (in)famous for cofounding Napster, serving as the first president of Facebook and as a Spotify board member, opened...
Execs Abandon Airtime as Sean Parker Resorts to Meaningless Buzzwords

Technology is king, so why are so many IT departments playing backseat roles?

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Today’s IT departments face an identity crisis. Technology is an integral part of every single business process, and has come to dominate the lives of consumers who are routinely shopping online, downloading information, and browsing the Internet. Yet ironically, in an era when technology rules, IT departments are losing ground...
Technology is king, so why are so many IT departments playing backseat roles?

Aston Martin Hybrid Rapide S completes Nurburgring lap with much fanfare, zero emissions

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Next month, Aston Martin's hydrogen-fueled Rapide S will attempt a new record at the 24 Hours Nurburgring race in Germany. The company's opted to get a head start on headline grabbing, though, taking a prototype vehicle on a zero-emissions lap around the course, with CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez behind...
Aston Martin Hybrid Rapide S completes Nurburgring lap with much fanfare, zero emissions

Radiohead's Thom Yorke hates Apple & Google almost as much as he hates the music industry

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Thom Yorke hates the music industry. When Radiohead released the pay-what-you want In Rainbows in 2007, Yorke’s  goal was nothing less than the complete upheaval of the industry that he was a part of. Unsurprisingly, little has changed. Yorke still isn’t crazy about the music industry, though now it looks like he...
Radiohead's Thom Yorke hates Apple & Google almost as much as he hates the music industry

Tag Management Company Tealium Raises $10.5M From Battery

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Tealium, a startup that allows marketers to manage their website tags without going through IT, just raised $10.5 million in a Series B round of funding from Battery Ventures. Battery partner Neeraj Agrawal, who’s joining the Tealium board, tells me the firm has been making big bets on marketing tech....
Tag Management Company Tealium Raises $10.5M From Battery

We Are One Step Closer to Condom Vending Machines in Taxis

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Mr. Shimmerlik. (Photo: NYU Stern) Last year, the New York City Economic Development Council gave a local business school student a $17,500 grant to fund what was basically the best idea ever: Miniature vending machines, sized to fit snugly in the backseat of a taxi, ready to dispense items that...
We Are One Step Closer to Condom Vending Machines in Taxis

Backed Or Whacked: To Have But Not To Hold The iPad

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Editor’s note: This weekend we’re running a new column called Backed or Whacked by Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research, focusing on consumer technologies, and writer for Engadget. Each column will look at crowdfunded products that have either met or missed their funding goals. The iPad mini stole the show at Apple’s...
Backed Or Whacked: To Have But Not To Hold The iPad

Exclusive: Mobile Payments Heat Up with Intuit’s Donation App Updates

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Intuit's interface for accepting political donations. Photo courtesy of IntuitNot to be outdone by mobile payments competitors Square and PayPal, financial services software company Intuit will release enhancements to its GoPayment mobile application on Monday, allowing U.S.-based fundraisers to accept credit card donations directly from smartphones or tablets. The announcement...
Exclusive: Mobile Payments Heat Up with Intuit’s Donation App Updates

Samsung files for patent on safe taxi service, we hope we never fully test it

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Anyone who often relies on taxi service to get around, as good as it can be, has likely had a driver who was less than courteous -- and in the worst cases, outright scary. Samsung wants to keep passengers safe, and drivers honest, through a just-published patent application for...
Samsung files for patent on safe taxi service, we hope we never fully test it

Celebrating our super-mom users

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These days, moms use technology in a ton of creative and resourceful ways to keep their families running smoothly. As a working mom myself, I use Google Calendar to keep track of our three busy kids and all their different activities, sports and schools. Technology also keeps us connected—I’m always...
Celebrating our super-mom users
Apple's 'Genius Training Student Workbook' goes public as Apple employees get free 50GB iCloud storage

Canon unveils the SELPHY CP900 compact photo printer, allows you to scrapbook from the backseat

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If you literally can't wait until you get back home to print your Grand Canyon photos, you're now in luck. Canon has announced the SELPHY CP900 compact printer that makes on-the-go postcard making a bit easier. Making use of the peripheral's added WiFi capabilities, you'll be able to output...
Canon unveils the SELPHY CP900 compact photo printer, allows you to scrapbook from the backseat

Yahoo Product Org Changes Now Taking a Backseat to Company-Wide Restructuring (Memo!)

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In a memo to his staff today, Yahoo’s Chief Product Officer Blake Irving said that the major planned changes he was making to the unit, which I reported about here, were going to get tabled. That’s due to the larger restructuring being done by CEO Scott Thompson, which he communicated...
Yahoo Product Org Changes Now Taking a Backseat to Company-Wide Restructuring (Memo!)
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