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Amazon giving away 'tens of millions of dollars' in virtual money with launch of Amazon Coins

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Early Bird Tickets on Sale Amazon launched its first digital currency today with a giveaway: 500 free Amazon Coins for every Kindle Fire customer. The coins, which are worth $5, can be used to buy games, app, and in-app purchases. Kindle Fire customers...
Amazon giving away 'tens of millions of dollars' in virtual money with launch of Amazon Coins

Blog Post: Full-res photo and video backup now available worldwide for Windows Phone 8

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[This post was written by Aaron Sauvé, a senior program manager on the Windows Phone camera and photos team. -KC] One great feature of Windows Phone 8 is its ability to save full-resolution backup copies of your pictures and videos on SkyDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage service. It's an option that...
Blog Post: Full-res photo and video backup now available worldwide for Windows Phone 8
Google Docs goes offline while Drive comes to iOS

Unofficial VLC beta hits Android, no video format is safe

www.engadget.com
VLC is the Swiss Army knife (nope, not you Perian) of media players and it has never baulked at any of the increasingly weird and wonderful formats we've thrown at it -- which is good because now it's available on Android. The unsupported, unofficial beta by user adridu59 is...
Unofficial VLC beta hits Android, no video format is safe

Foursquare - I Wish It Was Better For Me...

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I've been using Foursquare for a few months now, and I'm impressed with the service on many levels. But I have to be frank - the most impressive thing about it - at least in this test group of one - is what it *could* be, not what it...
Foursquare - I Wish It Was Better For Me...

This Stat Reveals The Incredible Potential Of Pinterest - And Why Amazon, Google, Or Facebook Should Buy It

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If online retailers invest the time to develop a presence on Pinterest, the site can become a source of traffic that converts Web users into new customers at an incredible rate. That's according to data from Bloomreach, which helps online stores optimize for social and search. Bloomreach put together a nice...
This Stat Reveals The Incredible Potential Of Pinterest - And Why Amazon, Google, Or Facebook Should Buy It

Alice in Wonderland

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I am a big huge fan of Tim Burton movies. He's right up there with Quentin Taratino and Martin Scorcese. When one of these directors ships a movie, I'm often the first person in line on opening day. So this morning I took off and went to the 11AM showing...
Alice in Wonderland

Improving Education Through Better Teachers

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theodp writes "The teaching profession gets schooled in cover stories from the big pubs this weekend, as Newsweek makes the case for Why We Must Fire Bad Teachers, and the NY Times offers the more hopeful Building a Better Teacher. For the past half-century, professional educators believed that if they...
Improving Education Through Better Teachers

The top 50 Android tablet apps

www.guardian.co.uk
Whether you've got a Samsung Galaxy Tab, Amazon's Kindle Fire or another Android tablet, you'll be looking for some great apps. We've picked some of the bestApple sold 15.4m iPads in the final quarter of 2011, but there is more to the market than one manufacturer and OS. Strategy Analytics...
The top 50 Android tablet apps

ChangeWave: Forget Maps, iPhone 5 Is Still A Major Attraction With Demand At 'Record Rates'; WP 8 And Nokia Still Challenged

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So much for all that Maps thunder and Lightning port issues, and what they might mean for sales of the iPhone 5: a new survey published today by 451/ChangeWave Research reveals that in fact Apple’s latest mobile device is selling at “record” rates compared to past iPhone launches. Its survey...
ChangeWave: Forget Maps, iPhone 5 Is Still A Major Attraction With Demand At 'Record Rates'; WP 8 And Nokia Still Challenged

Amazon adds Windows Phone 8 support to Kindle app, keeps the Live Tiles going

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Amazon's been doing a pretty decent job at blanketing those Android and iOS Kindle applications with the latest and greatest, but the same couldn't exactly be said about its Windows Phone counterpart. Today there's great news for users of Redmond's mobile OS, however, as the Fire maker has announced...
Amazon adds Windows Phone 8 support to Kindle app, keeps the Live Tiles going
Facebook data scientist: Jobseekers with strong social ties online 5X more likely to find work
How To Read Jack Dorsey's First-Ever Tweets

Woman Sues Google Maps After Getting Hit By Car

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A woman from L.A. has filed a lawsuit against Internet leviathan Google, claiming that the walking directions she was given by its Google Maps site led her to walk down a Utah highway, where she was hit by a car. According to the lawsuit, on Jan. 19, the plaintiff...
Woman Sues Google Maps After Getting Hit By Car
Simple Is Now Available To The Public, Cofounder Alex Payne Moves On

Details of Twitter Ad Platform Emerge

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Peter Kafka of All Things Digital has come out with some more details, which he says come from "people who have been briefed by the company", about Twitter's expected advertising platform. According to Kafka, the platform will be primarily search based, distributed via third-party applications and will appear in the...
Details of Twitter Ad Platform Emerge

Harman Kardon trots out five iPhone-matching headsets, keeps you in high Apple fashion

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There's no shortage of iPhone-friendly headsets. Not many are actually designed to match an iPhone's looks, however, and Harman Kardon is counting on that urge to coordinate to draw a few listeners into a new line of very tersely-named headphones and headsets. The more conspicuous resemblances to Apple's creation...
Harman Kardon trots out five iPhone-matching headsets, keeps you in high Apple fashion

Cartoon: Hey, Hollywood! Option this cartoon!

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Ok, did we all get it out of our system yet? The sly digs, the guffaws, the skeptical snorts? CBS is turning a Twitter feed, a Twitter feed, for crying out loud, into a comedy series, and there's been a collective rolling-of-the-eyes out there in medialand. The news that William...
Cartoon: Hey, Hollywood! Option this cartoon!
How Google plans to rule the computing world through Chrome

Microsoft Isn't The Only Tech Company Doing Forced Employee Ranking (MSFT)

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Microsoft has been taking a lot of heat over its employee review process known as "forced ranking" or "stack ranking." But Microsoft is far from the only tech company doing it. We've heard from employees at Dell, Accenture and Deloitte who tell us they've experienced the same sort of thing....
Microsoft Isn't The Only Tech Company Doing Forced Employee Ranking (MSFT)

Moneto's $30 Android mobile payment kit goes on sale, brings contactless payments to four Samsungs

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Not everyone's smartphone has NFC, and of those that do, an even smaller subset have official Google Wallet support. It would seem Mountain View's complacency is Moneto's gain, as the outfit's recently put up for sale its $30 NFC-enabled microSD card -- enabling plebes everywhere sans contactless circuitry to...
Moneto's $30 Android mobile payment kit goes on sale, brings contactless payments to four Samsungs
Verizon's new prepaid plans start at $60 (but you have better options)
Deezer teams up with LG, Samsung and Toshiba to bring its music service to smart TVs

Apple v. Motorola: Tentatively tossed out, bounces back

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The judge left open the possibility that he might change his mind, and that's what he did Judge Posner FORTUNE -- When last we visited Judge Richard Posner's court in the Northern District of Illinois he had issued an order dismissing "with prejudice" the Apple v. Motorola patent infringement case...
Apple v. Motorola: Tentatively tossed out, bounces back

Friend Me ... Now Put a Ring on It: A Third of Recently Married Folks Met Online, Study Says

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Nearly 35 percent of recently hitched people in the U.S. met their spouse online, according to research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Nearly half (45 percent) of those who married after meeting online met through a dating site (with about a quarter of those...
Friend Me ... Now Put a Ring on It: A Third of Recently Married Folks Met Online, Study Says

Netflix offers Super HD streaming to Cablevision, Gogle Fiber users

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Netflix is bumping up the quality of many of its instant streaming titles to what it calls Super HD, but you won't be able to enjoy it unless you are with one of two U.S. Internet service providers. Super HD is basically Netflix's branding for 1080p full HD content....
Netflix offers Super HD streaming to Cablevision, Gogle Fiber users

Why This Startup Thinks It Can Slam Google

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Sivi, a virtual personal assistant, launched today. Its founder calls it the only search engine and task completion service you'll ever need. You can request anything you need, from finding and reserving a reservation at the Apple Genius Bar to researching the best way to clean a mattress. Sivi's "concierges"--online...
Why This Startup Thinks It Can Slam Google

NowThisNews Raises a New Round to Help Bring Pregnant Panda Videos to Your Phone

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NowThisNews, the startup that’s trying to create a video news service for the iPhone generation, has raised another $4.8 million. In addition to earlier investors, who include Lerer Ventures, Oak Investment and Bedrocket, SoftBbank Capital has also put in money into the new round; SoftBank principal Nikhil Kalghatgi will join...
NowThisNews Raises a New Round to Help Bring Pregnant Panda Videos to Your Phone

BlackBerry Z10 Jumps Off to a Record-Setting Start in Canada and U.K.

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BlackBerry’s new Z10 smartphone is a record-setter — in two of the first markets it in which it debuted, anyway. BlackBerry said on Wednesday that the launch of the Canadian and UK launches of the Z10 have been the best of any of its handsets debuts in those regions...
BlackBerry Z10 Jumps Off to a Record-Setting Start in Canada and U.K.

Sony confirms it will be mandatory for PlayStation 4 games to support Remote Play with PS Vita

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Sony is about to give the PlayStation Vita, its struggling handheld video game console, a major shot in the arm through mandatory Remote Play support with all upcoming PlayStation 4 titles. Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios at Sony Computer Entertainment confirmed the feature on Twitter: @mrdawe Yes, it’s true...
Sony confirms it will be mandatory for PlayStation 4 games to support Remote Play with PS Vita
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