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CISPA Anyone? Exposing Pirates at The U.S. Government

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Since the SOPA and PIPA uproar last year the Internet has become increasingly aware of the U.S. Government’s attempts at meddling with the web. One of the bills currently meeting resistance, after it failed to pass last year, is the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). Despite public protests...
CISPA Anyone? Exposing Pirates at The U.S. Government

Amazon misses in Q2: $12.83 billion in revenue, up 29%, EPS $0.01

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Online retailer Amazon has today released its Q2 2012 earnings. Revenue is at $12.83 billion with EPS of $0.01 . Analysts had expected a mere $0.01 gain per share, down $0.41 from the year prior. The company previously had a strong Q1, showing a 34% increase in revenue to $13.18...
Amazon misses in Q2: $12.83 billion in revenue, up 29%, EPS $0.01

Excel to acquire ShoutOmatic, hopes for "the next big thing in social media"

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Excel, a publicly traded licensing, merchandising, and distribution company has announced intent to acquire ShoutOmatic, a social network of sorts that lets users record short voice status updates. The terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed. As for Excel’s reason for interest in this “ShoutOmatic,” that company states...
Excel to acquire ShoutOmatic, hopes for "the next big thing in social media"

biNu Raises $4.3M, Adds biNu Credits to Monetize Cloud Platform for Feature Phones

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Mobile phone adoption has grown to six billion people globally, with five billion users still in emerging markets, according to a study by the World Bank. Out of that number, only 38 percent are smartphones, which explains the rise of companies like Sydney-based biNu, a mobile social platform that...
biNu Raises $4.3M, Adds biNu Credits to Monetize Cloud Platform for Feature Phones

Mobile ad spending drives slight revenue growth for Marchex

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More spending toward mobile consumers helped Seattle-based online advertising company Marchex, as it reported a slight bump in revenue on its first quarter earnings report. “Momentum across our Call Products drove accelerating growth in the first quarter,” Russell Horowitz, CEO of Marchex, said in a press release. “Advertisers are spending more...
Mobile ad spending drives slight revenue growth for Marchex

Mozilla delays plans to block third-party tracking cookies in Firefox

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Mozilla is delaying plans to start blocking third-party tracking cookies in Firefox by default, according to an announcement. The company states that more work is needed for the anti-tracking feature. "The idea is that if you have not visited a site (including the one to which you are navigating currently)...
Mozilla delays plans to block third-party tracking cookies in Firefox

Mobile Highlighted as Key Risk Factor (and Opportunity) in Facebook Filing

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As we’ve noted a bunch, one of the biggest risks for Facebook going forward is how well it is able to translate its desktop success into mobile. Facebook, it would appear, agrees. In Wednesday’s filing to go public, the social networking giant mentions several times that more than 425 million...
Mobile Highlighted as Key Risk Factor (and Opportunity) in Facebook Filing
Samsung Galaxy S III may be available on AT&T by June 18th, Verizon by June 28th
Twitter also hacked this week, up to 250,000 accounts were compromised
Apple investigating multi-tiered haptics system for iPhone

Store Loses $1.6 Million in Pricing Mixup

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Store Loses $1.6 Million in Pricing Mixup is a post from Chris PirilloOn Friday night, a pricing mixup caused 6pm.com to lose nearly two million bucks. Around midnight, there was a mistake made in the pricing engine that capped everything on the site at $49.95. This only affected merchandise which...
Store Loses $1.6 Million in Pricing Mixup
Ex-Google employees embark on mission to stop Google from tracking users

Apple bashes Amazon and proposed ebook settlement

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In a memo filed with the Southern District of New York this afternoon (embedded below), Apple argues that the Department of Justice’s proposed settlement with three book publishers is unlawful because it requires Apple to change its business model as well. The settlement would require the three settling publishers to...
Apple bashes Amazon and proposed ebook settlement

"Path Does Not Spam Users": Dave Morin Talks About the Hyper-Growth Pains of a "Personal Network"

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Dave Morin, CEO of Path, is adamant that he isn’t doing anything wrong. “Path does not spam users,” Morin told AllThingsD in an interview about the self-proclaimed “personal network” yesterday. “Invites on Path are never sent without a user’s consent — any allegations to the contrary are false.” That’s...
"Path Does Not Spam Users": Dave Morin Talks About the Hyper-Growth Pains of a "Personal Network"

Amazon Expands AutoRip To Include Support For Vinyl, Giving Record Buyers Free MP3s For Their Purchased Tunes

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It’s not a belated April Fools’ Day joke (I think?), but today Amazon announced that it will expand its recently launched service called Amazon AutoRip to support vinyl records in addition to CDs. (Because people buying vinyl clearly want the sanitized digital copy of their tunes? I kid, I kid.) AutoRip, for those unfamiliar, was launched...
Amazon Expands AutoRip To Include Support For Vinyl, Giving Record Buyers Free MP3s For Their Purchased Tunes

Investment banker demands 1% of Apple’s $390m Anobit acquisition fee in finder’s fee lawsuit

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Recently acquired by Apple, forming one of its biggest ever acquisitions, Israeli flash memory maker Anobit has been sued by an investment banker that claims he is entitled to a 1% finder’s fee for facilitating the buyout. According to Globes, Greg Wolf, managing partner for Widebridge Group Ltd, filed a...
Investment banker demands 1% of Apple’s $390m Anobit acquisition fee in finder’s fee lawsuit

Adobe's Flash Evangelist, Kevin Lynch, Jumps To Flash-Hater Apple

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Kevin Lynch, chief technology officer at Adobe, has left the company and is "taking a position at Apple," Adobe has confirmed. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling told AllThingsD that Lynch will join Apple as vice president of technology, reporting to Bob Mansfield, SVP of Technologies. CNBC was first to report the...
Adobe's Flash Evangelist, Kevin Lynch, Jumps To Flash-Hater Apple

Apple to bring the iPad mini to Russia on December 14

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An Apple Premium Reseller in Russia, re:Store has announced that Apple’s iPad mini tablet will go on sale in the country on December 14, a week earlier than it was rumored in local media. Apple has apparently decided to carpet bomb Russian customers with its new products in December, starting...
Apple to bring the iPad mini to Russia on December 14

Apple calls DOJ settlement with publishers unlawful, says trial is necessary

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Back in April, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement with three of the publishers involved in the DOJ’s ebook price fixing antitrust suit against Apple. Hachette, HarperCollings, and Simon & Schuster were part of the settlement, which would allow Amazon to return to its previous wholesale model and...
Apple calls DOJ settlement with publishers unlawful, says trial is necessary

USPS won't ship tablets and smartphones internationally

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The United Sates Postal Service is banning the international shipment of all devices that contain lithium ion batteries starting May 16, it announced in a press release. This includes even small-order batteries in devices like smartphones and tablets, meaning that if you wanted to pick up an iPad or Nokia Lumia...
USPS won't ship tablets and smartphones internationally

Apple's Quick Look Feature Allegedly Infringes Connecticut Patent

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A Connecticut Company by the name of WhitServe has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The company states that Apple's Quick Look feature found in .......
Apple's Quick Look Feature Allegedly Infringes Connecticut Patent

Pandora cranked out over 13 billion hours of music in 2012

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Springing into the new year, internet radio heavyweight Pandora has released some of its major statistics from 2012. The company states that 1.6 billion personalized radio stations were created and that it played over 13 billion hours of music. These hefty stats translate to the service's users listening to...
Pandora cranked out over 13 billion hours of music in 2012

NFC Company ViVOtech Unloads Its Reader Business, Will Focus On Software Going Forward

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In late July, NFC industry news site NFC Times reported that ViVOtech, a software and systems provider which makes everything from smart posters to transaction management infrastructure, was shutting down. The company soon after released a statement explaining that it wasn’t closing up shop, but it was “restructuring its operations.” Today, ViVOtech...
NFC Company ViVOtech Unloads Its Reader Business, Will Focus On Software Going Forward
'Nancy Drew' developer turns to Kickstarter for smartphone and tablet games

Uber officially launches in Amsterdam after a month-long testing period

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Private transport startup Uber has announced its official launch in Amsterdam, its third European city, after a month-long testing period. After Paris and London, Uber is bringing its private driver service to Amsterdam, recognizing the city’s “international and entrepreneurial character,” as the company states in its press release. While bicycles...
Uber officially launches in Amsterdam after a month-long testing period

Kiss Aero goodbye: Latest Windows 8 build reveals minimalistic desktop UI

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It's safe to say that anticipation is high for the upcoming Windows 8 Release Preview, which will become available in the first week of June. While we're still curious to see if Microsoft can better integrate the desktop and Metro environments of its latest operating system, the company has...
Kiss Aero goodbye: Latest Windows 8 build reveals minimalistic desktop UI
Influitive puts the sexy back in B2B marketing with over $11M this year
Future Samsung smartphones to feature flexible displays

Samsung: No, we aren’t building a ‘Samsung Facebook’ social network

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Reports that Samsung is building its own social network — codenamed ‘ Samsung Facebook’ — have been officially denied by the company, which said rumours were “not true” and “groundless.” Colour us extremely surprised. Yesterday, the Korea Times reported that Samsung was to make “a foray into the social network...
Samsung: No, we aren’t building a ‘Samsung Facebook’ social network

Samsung envisions wireless brain implants for medical monitoring

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The United States Patent and Trademark office recently published details surrounding a patent from Samsung regarding a technology that strategically implants electrodes into the human brain called Implantable Medical Devices (IMDs). The South Korea-based company states that an IMD may be implanted into a human body and be used...
Samsung envisions wireless brain implants for medical monitoring
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