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Rakuten CEO On The $100B Pinterest Round: We Want Pinterest Users To Pin Images And Buy Using Our ID

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Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce giant leading a $100 million investment in Pinterest, will be making two major contributions to the image-based social network as it gears up for its next stage of growth: the funds to take the image-based social network into new international markets, and a business model. First...
Rakuten CEO On The $100B Pinterest Round: We Want Pinterest Users To Pin Images And Buy Using Our ID

There’s a new open source cloud in town. Meet Apache CloudStack

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It looks like OpenStack won’t have the open-source cloud spotlight to itself anymore. Citrix Systems has released its CloudStack software (which it obtained via its acquisition of Cloud.com last year) to the Apache Software Foundation, creating a competitive option to the OpenStack project of which Citrix was an early member....
There’s a new open source cloud in town. Meet Apache CloudStack

Custom clock pays homage to CPU, separates geeks from the squares (video)

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Pop quiz: Can you tell what the device pictured above is? If you answered "a clock that represents the essential building blocks of a CPU while using binary and HEX numerals to display time," then you're certifiably crazy -- and correct. The brainchild of tinkerer extraordinaire Lior Elazary, the...
Custom clock pays homage to CPU, separates geeks from the squares (video)

Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe redefines iPad books with gorgeous 3D and a brilliant interface

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Wonders of the Universe is an incredible feat. It’s an iPad app that packs in a custom 3D rendering engine, tons of video, text and image content from Professor Brian Cox’s Wonders series and a brand new interface that works like nothing else you’ve seen from an ‘interactive book’ before....
Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe redefines iPad books with gorgeous 3D and a brilliant interface

KitApps Launches A Mobile App “Wizard” To Simplify DIY App Development

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It’s a familiar scenario for small business owners: You want your business to have a mobile presence, ideally native on Android and iOS, but you don’t want to pay a developer an armload to build that presence. You would do it yourself (after all, 12-year-olds can do it), but there’s...
KitApps Launches A Mobile App “Wizard” To Simplify DIY App Development
Cloudscaling wants to make OpenStack webscale
Introducing “Mozilla Webmaker:” helping the world make the web

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes first look

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Lego Batman returns – and this time he's got Lego Superman, Lego Wonder Woman and more to back him up in his battle against evilBy now, the rubric for Lego games feels as expected as it is comfortingly familiar. Traveller's Tales takes a high-quality IP, wraps it in Lego bricks,...
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes first look

Kinect in space: Micro satellites to use the Microsoft tech in orbit

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We’ve heard of Kinect hacks before, but this is quite certainly the best one yet: the University of Surrey and Surrey Satellite Technology are building something called ‘STRaND-2,’ a mission to space that will involve two micro-satellites. The twist is that the small space machines will use parts of Kinect technology...
Kinect in space: Micro satellites to use the Microsoft tech in orbit

Nivio brings the Windows desktop to your iPad and Galaxy Nexus, we go hands-on

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Remember the hoo-hah OnLive cooked over some supposedly fast-and-loose Windows licensing? Well Nivio's been quietly rolling out its own, proudly licensed, version of a cloud-based Windows desktop. Its minimum requirement is the ability to handle HTML5, meaning that a Microsoft-powered OS can be used across iPads, Android phones, MacBooks...
Nivio brings the Windows desktop to your iPad and Galaxy Nexus, we go hands-on
Physicists Foretell Quantum Computer With Single-Atom Transistor

Why Your Complaint About Twitter Is Wrong

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I know I usually try to be a thoughtful tech writer, but sometimes, holy shit you guys. Twitter, because of their API, actually was a real-time protocol to connect various services in a novel way. I had debates with my other tech-nerd friends about whether Twitter could be one of...
Why Your Complaint About Twitter Is Wrong

This VC Is Putting More Than $100 Million Into Big Data Startups -- Here's Why

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Ping Li, general partner at VC firm Accel Partners, says that big data is so hot, he's seeing three to five new ideas pitched to him per day. "It's not just the entrepreneurial activity but the inbounds from the broader industry like reporters, analysts, CTOs, CIOs of enterprises. All...
This VC Is Putting More Than $100 Million Into Big Data Startups -- Here's Why

Cadillac promises self-driving cars by 2015

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Self-driving cars this decade? Could be. Super Cruise, a suite of General Motors technologies that lets a car drive itself on some roads, could be ready by the middle of the decade, Cadillac says. It’s now 2012, so that means as little as three or four years from now. This...
Cadillac promises self-driving cars by 2015

IBM launches PureSystems, touts integration, flexibility

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Big Blue’s new family aims to create integrated data center building blocks for infrastructure and applications with “expertise” built in....
IBM launches PureSystems, touts integration, flexibility

Big cloud. Big data. Big networks.

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The shift to the cloud is not only a change in the way IT is organized and delivered but is also the impetus for a new way of building chips, servers, networking and the other building blocks of the computing industry. The cloud allows us to think and do things...
Big cloud. Big data. Big networks.
Saturn may have snagged Pluto's cousin, turned it into a moon
The Guardian launches beta Google TV app in the US
After SeaMicro, why AMD’s next step will be an ARM license

Worlds Collide in a New Fan-Made Live-Action Minecraft Video

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A new live-action Minecraft video loosens the building blocks of our reality....
Worlds Collide in a New Fan-Made Live-Action Minecraft Video

Structure 2012: Super Saver rate expires 5/19

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GigaOM’s fifth annual Structure conference examines how cloud computing is changing the way business is done around the world. Hear from the leaders who are innovating, shaping and defining the cloud computing industry. The shift to the cloud is not only a change in the way IT is organized and...
Structure 2012: Super Saver rate expires 5/19

Google redesigns its Android Developers site as part of ramp up to I/O

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As part of its ramp up to the I/O conference, Google has redesigned its Android Developers site to assist its ecosystem to get the information it needs to build beautiful apps on its platform. In what the team calls a “streamlined, simplified and refocused” design, the site is split up...
Google redesigns its Android Developers site as part of ramp up to I/O

Paul Allen Spends $500 Million To Find Out How The Brain Works

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Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen wants to know how the human brain works and he's spending big bucks to find out. Allen announced a $300 million donation to his research facility, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, bringing the total he's got invested to $500 million. The institute is on...
Paul Allen Spends $500 Million To Find Out How The Brain Works
Fusion-io’s new software development kit gives programmers native access to its flash memory
IBM's quantum bits last 100 microseconds, a new record for quantum computing

Greylock's Latest Hire Tells You A Lot About The State Of The Startup World

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Want to hear from top startups like Fab.com and Lot18? And NY's top investors? Join 800 innovation junkies at the Startup conference on May 3, 2012. Register now.All of a sudden, enterprise software is the hottest thing. Here's today's proof: The newest partner to join VC firm Greylock Partners is...
Greylock's Latest Hire Tells You A Lot About The State Of The Startup World

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donates $300M to solve mysteries of the human brain

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Paul Allen Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is doubling down on his efforts to better understand the human brain, announcing plans today to donate $300 million to the Allen Insitute of Brain Science. That brings total fundraising in the non-profit scientific organization to $500 million, one of the largest philanthropic commitments...
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donates $300M to solve mysteries of the human brain

New Competitive Threat Forces Halcyon Molecular to Accelerate Its Game Plan

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Back in 2009, brothers William and Michael Andregg founded Halcyon Molecular, a genetics company with direction and funding from powerhouses like Peter Thiel, Luke Nosek, and Elon Musk. Their long term mission is a noble one: to figure out how to make people live longer. Their short-term goal, while...
New Competitive Threat Forces Halcyon Molecular to Accelerate Its Game Plan

What Twitter could have been

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I remember when you could go to Twitter.com and see the global firehose on the front page. They had no traffic. The global feed was mostly employees and their friends talking to each other. When Twitter started to get traction, a year or two into their existence, I decided that...
What Twitter could have been

YouTube founders working on a service called Zeen, to let you ‘discover & create beautiful magazines’

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Since YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen’s AVOS company first emerged a year ago when it acquired Delicious from Yahoo, we’ve heard nothing about anything else it may be working on – until now. A splash page for a new service called Zeen has emerged, promising to allow you...
YouTube founders working on a service called Zeen, to let you ‘discover & create beautiful magazines’
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