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New Africa: how a software entrepreneur became 'the Bill Gates of Ghana'

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Herman Chinery-Hesse left America to return to his parents' country with only a computer and some big ideas...He was born in Ireland, studied in America and worked in Britain. But when Ghanaian Herman Chinery-Hesse decided to build a software company, he was determined that it would be in Africa."I didn't...
New Africa: how a software entrepreneur became 'the Bill Gates of Ghana'

Aha! Google Buzz Is A Black Hole — Its Traffic Must Be Inferred

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My bad — maybe. Earlier today, I reported that Google Buzz, Google’s new social sharing service, was sending less traffic than FriendFeed, a service which has been a ghost town in recent months. It turns out there’s probably a good explanation for this. You see, in January, Google started defaulting...
Aha! Google Buzz Is A Black Hole — Its Traffic Must Be Inferred

Stephen Hawking sucks opera singer into black hole (in an ad)

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The famed thinker appears in a well-known series of auto insurance ads in the U.K. You'll love his fiendish laugh. [Read more]...
Stephen Hawking sucks opera singer into black hole (in an ad)

Probing The Matrix: Is our universe simulated, and if so... by who?

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Interpreting the universe as a computer simulation is perhaps the inevitable byproduct of living in the computer age. The question today is not whether we live inside a simulation, but rather — what does it want, and what compromises with regard to the welfare its inhabitants might have been made...
Probing The Matrix: Is our universe simulated, and if so... by who?

Picture of the Day: A Galaxy Ejects Its Black Hole

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Picture of the Day: A Galaxy Ejects Its Black Hole

NASA preps black hole-hunting space telescope for launch next month

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Scientists will soon have a new tool at their disposal in their search for black holes and a greater understanding of what NASA describes as "the most energetic and exotic objects in space." The space agency announced today that it has begun preparing its Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array --...
NASA preps black hole-hunting space telescope for launch next month

Facebook: The Last Great Company of the Desktop Age, Playing Catch-Up in a Mobile World

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Mobile is half of #FB, but it’s a revenue black hole — Evan Hansen (@evanatwired) February 1, 2012 “Facebook was not originally created to be a company,” Mark Zuckerberg writes in the company’s IPO filing. It also wasn’t created to be a part of the mobile web. Facebook for iOS....
Facebook: The Last Great Company of the Desktop Age, Playing Catch-Up in a Mobile World

Google Ventures leads $10M investment in firm that measures mobile ads

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As more consumers use smartphones to help them shop, advertisers are growing worried about how they will reach those customers. Unlike web sites, which allow brands to target specific users, mobile phones are a relative black hole when it comes to gathering consumer data. This situation has led a start-up...
Google Ventures leads $10M investment in firm that measures mobile ads

TastemakerX Rewards Music Snobs (and PandoDaily Readers With Pre-Coachella Beta Invites)

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TastemakerX is a virtual stock market that rewards you for discovering a band first. It’s the music snob equivalent of having a double digit ID number on Facebook. It’s the app equivalent of James Murphy’s assertions in this awesome song. It taps into that obnoxious “FIRST!” mentality that the Internet somehow...
TastemakerX Rewards Music Snobs (and PandoDaily Readers With Pre-Coachella Beta Invites)

Report: Troubled Doom 4 being retargeted for next-generation systems

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Nearly five years after it was officially announced and nine years after the release of Doom 3, we've heard precious little about the development of Id Software's Doom 4. It seems that silence has masked a troubled development cycle that has been restarted at least once and is currently...
Report: Troubled Doom 4 being retargeted for next-generation systems

The end of Earth, the end of us, and the end of the universe

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Humanity is obsessed with history. I don’t know why, but for the most part we would much rather lose ourselves in reverie than contemplate the future. Even when we do think of the future, it’s nearly always constrained to our future, usually just a handful of years hence. It is...
The end of Earth, the end of us, and the end of the universe
The curious case of the hidden black hole
More On The Planet 'Nibiru' That We're Supposed To Smash Into Tomorrow...

British Library starts archiving UK webpages

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Every public tweet and Facebook entry in the UK could eventually be archivedMaterial on 1bn webpages from nearly 5m .uk websites, plus public tweets and Facebook entries, are to preserved for the historical record at six libraries in the UK and Ireland.The archive project, aimed at preserving a digital record...
British Library starts archiving UK webpages

OneSpot raises $1.5 million to redefine Web banner advertising using rich-media and social

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The world of advertising is constantly searching for new ways to reach consumers. One of the well-used mediums has been banner advertising — you know, those things that pop up every once in a while that people often ignore? Some have called them the “brand awareness Black Hole” and advertisers...
OneSpot raises $1.5 million to redefine Web banner advertising using rich-media and social
Apple has quietly created a massive $117 billion hedge fund

Bing rolls out architectural improvements to boost the speed of its spatial data tools

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Today Bing announced that its Spatial Data Service tools have been revamped, from the bottom up, to run on a new architecture that will speed its processes, while giving a special eye to enterprise-level clients in the process. Spatial Data Service provides the ability to run ‘geospatially algorithmic searches.’ Essentially,...
Bing rolls out architectural improvements to boost the speed of its spatial data tools

Nerdy New Mexico: Voyage through the Land of Engeekment

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Welcome to Nerdy New Mexico. CNET Crave blogger Amanda Kooser hits the road to track down a space chimp, the site of the first atomic bomb explosion, and a little place in the mountains called the Black Hole. [Read more]...
Nerdy New Mexico: Voyage through the Land of Engeekment

Notable: Harvard Didn't Try To Claim Ownership Of Facebook

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With the big Facebook IPO dominating the tech news, the folks over at the Boston Globe have highlighted a point that hasn't received much, if any, attention. Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook (with the vestigial "the" as a prefix) while he was a student at Harvard. Many universities these days claim...
Notable: Harvard Didn't Try To Claim Ownership Of Facebook

The Black Hole: Los Alamos lab surplus store surprises

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If Los Alamos National Lab had a garage sale, it would look like the Black Hole, a surplus store full of musty old equipment. Crave's Nerdy New Mexico tries to figure out what all those twiddly knobs are for. [Read more]...
The Black Hole: Los Alamos lab surplus store surprises

Black hole clocks fastest wind ever recorded by NASA

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Born from the collapse of a massive star, a recently detected stellar-mass black hole is breaking high-speed records. [Read more]...
Black hole clocks fastest wind ever recorded by NASA

What Yelp Has to Say For Itself

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Local business review site Yelp held a press phone call this morning to discuss major changes it's making to its site and business. Faced with class action lawsuits by business owners alleging they've been extorted by Yelp, the service has decided to make filtered-out reviews publicly visible and has removed...
What Yelp Has to Say For Itself

Yesware sync and reminder tools aim to help close deals

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Yesware’s goal in life is to help sales people close deals by tracking and gauging the efficiency of their email communications with customers. Is the message opened? When and how many times? Yesware sheds light on what too often becomes a black hole. Now, it’s adding two new features to...
Yesware sync and reminder tools aim to help close deals

How To Turn (Not Provided) Into Useful, Actionable Data

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We’ve all seen it, lurking in our Analytics reports, nearly always at the top, sucking a huge chunk of data into a black hole of uncertainty and uselessness. Not provided was predicted as having a single-digit impact on sites. In my research, I’ve found it to have upwards of a...
How To Turn (Not Provided) Into Useful, Actionable Data

Warning over digital 'black hole'

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Valuable data about key aspects of modern Scottish life is being lost in a digital archive "black hole", it is warned....
Warning over digital 'black hole'

RIM is a ship heading for the rocks of a breakup

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The announcement by Thorsten Heins that the company will lose money this quarter suggests that there is no clear path for the BlackBerry maker to return to healthHere's what I think: RIM is heading for the breakers' yard, as surely as a ship that has reached the end of its...
RIM is a ship heading for the rocks of a breakup
'Black Hole' photo series lets the paint fly by way of centrifugal force

Apple's 'black hole' ecosystem will drive market share past Android, Yankee Group says

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Early Bird Tickets on Sale In a global smartphone market that Android has been expanding at a breakneck pace, a bright spot for Apple has been increasing market share in the lucrative U.S. domestic market. A new report from the Yankee Group says...
Apple's 'black hole' ecosystem will drive market share past Android, Yankee Group says

4 signs that your startup is ready to pivot

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This is a guest post by entrepreneur Bernard Moon An important factor for new entrepreneurs is the ability and willingness to change your business model or product mid-stream.  Most successful startups have pivoted, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. It’s a humbling experience to admit your original...
4 signs that your startup is ready to pivot

Wonga Extends Its Payday Loans To Small Businesses In UK

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Wonga.com, the successful but controversial payday loans provider, is extending its credit service to small businesses in the UK. The move is a smart one given the current economic climate. Banks have been lambasted for not lending to small businesses – Wonga is simply going to try and fill in...
Wonga Extends Its Payday Loans To Small Businesses In UK
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