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Why the iPhone is worse than a BlackBerry

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I love my iPhone. In fact, I’ve loved every iPhone Apple has launched since the first model was unveiled in 2007. Slowly but surely, Apple has introduced new features and eliminated upon almost every major gripe people had with iOS to push the limits of what we expect from...
Why the iPhone is worse than a BlackBerry

Apple seeks industry-wide principles for patent licensing in Europe

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Apple has asked the telecom standards body responsible for patent licensing across Europe to lay down a set of basic principles to define how companies license patents, according to a letter written in November that has emerged today. It its correspondence to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the Cupertino-based firm...
Apple seeks industry-wide principles for patent licensing in Europe

Google reportedly developing Android-powered smart glasses

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Much like flying cars and jet packs, wearable computing is one of those aspirational fields of technology where the current state of the art doesn't deliver the sort of experience that people have imagined for decades. An experimental project that is reportedly under development in Google's labs could raise...
Google reportedly developing Android-powered smart glasses

The current state of Bitcoin: ‘It’s very much growing,’ says Jered Kenna of TradeHill [video]

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With cash and cards becoming obsolete, the banking and payments industry is no exception to innovation from the advent of the Internet. The mobile payments system Square is processing over $4 million in mobile payments per day and just a few blocks away in a warehouse in San Francisco’s startup...
The current state of Bitcoin: ‘It’s very much growing,’ says Jered Kenna of TradeHill [video]

Microsoft again dodges the question of desktop apps on ARM-based Win 8 systems

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It’s been less than a week since we called on Microsoft to make plain its plans for ARM-based Windows 8 computers, in regards to whether they will be able to run normal desktop applications or not. The company has yet to provide a response. To quickly summarize the issue, we...
Microsoft again dodges the question of desktop apps on ARM-based Win 8 systems

The future of online video meetings

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This post is sponsored by Citrix® GoToMeeting®. Attend your meetings from anywhere. Try GoToMeeting today for Free! Interacting with people online has progressed over the years in many ways. Back in the day, chatting with someone over a computer who was thousands of miles away was state-of-the-art. As with...
The future of online video meetings

Sworly is Pinterest for audiophiles, but this copycat has potential

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We’ve seen our fair share of Pinterest clones in the past month, from the most blatant copycat sites that make no effort to disguise what they’re doing, to the sites that are aiming for an even more niche audience than Pinterest itself. Then there are sites like Sworly, which at...
Sworly is Pinterest for audiophiles, but this copycat has potential

Japanese researchers show off 'interactive' plants: real leaves, artificial emotions

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Looking for a little more companionship from your household plants? Then a team of researchers from Keio University in Japan may have just the thing for you. They've developed a rather elaborate system that promises to lets plants react to you and display a variety of different emotions (see...
Japanese researchers show off 'interactive' plants: real leaves, artificial emotions

Patent Peace: Article One Partners Raises $7 Million For Its Patent Research Platform

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You won’t have to go far in Silicon Valley to find someone who will tell you that the patent situation in the tech industry is a mess. While trouble has been brewing for a decade, the last year has been marked by a continuous stream of litigation, and some might...
Patent Peace: Article One Partners Raises $7 Million For Its Patent Research Platform

Introducing the Innovator's Patent Agreement

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Cross-posted on the Twitter Engineering blog.One of the great things about Twitter is working with so many talented folks who dream up and build incredible products day in and day out. Like many companies, we apply for patents on a bunch of these inventions. However, we also think a lot...
Introducing the Innovator's Patent Agreement

Android smartphone activations hit 331m in Q1 2012, says report

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On the same day Google’s head of Android Andy Rubin took a rare foray onto Twitter to rebut claims that he’s leaving Google whilst simultaneously declaring its latest activation figures, a new report from MarketResearch.com indicates that Android smartphone activations passed 331m in the first quarter of 2012. Rubin is...
Android smartphone activations hit 331m in Q1 2012, says report

Apple claimed a staggering 80% of mobile profit in Q4

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Impressive data points from Apple’s record-setting holiday quarter continue to trickle out, and new estimates suggest that the company accounted for a staggering share of mobile profits in the fourth quarter of 2011. Morgan Keegan analyst Tavis McCourt wrote in a research note on Tuesday that Apple took in...
Apple claimed a staggering 80% of mobile profit in Q4

Google Maps Competitor deCarta Benefitting From Google Fees

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Later this morning Google is going to hold an event to update us on the current state of all things Google Maps. This is widely seen as a pre-emptive PR strike of sorts against Apple. Next week Cupertino is potentially going to announce its own advanced mapping service as an...
Google Maps Competitor deCarta Benefitting From Google Fees

Report: Sprint planning to dump Lightsquared as early as next week

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According to Bloomberg, Sprint is considering pulling the plug on its partnership with Lightsquared as early as next week. Philip Falcone's burgeoning enterprise was subject to a March 15th deadline to gain approval for a nationwide LTE network, but that was shot down by the FCC last month. The...
Report: Sprint planning to dump Lightsquared as early as next week

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”

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One of the most widespread misconceptions I encounter when talking to people about the current state of the web is that this is pretty much it. People can’t imagine some service ever replacing Google as the dominant search engine. People can’t imagine some other social network ever replacing Facebook. Yet...
“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”

Tired Of Talk? Here’s What BlackBerry 10 Might Look Like

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Even though we still don’t know when RIM will get around to launching it, CEO Thorsten Heins gave us a few brief glimpses at what BlackBerry 10 would be able to do during his keynote address at the BlackBerry World conference. But what’s that? You missed the keynote? Well,...
Tired Of Talk? Here’s What BlackBerry 10 Might Look Like
Lead Android developer thinks a five-month wait for an update is 'very reasonable'
Feature: Hands-on: getting work done with Google's new Aura interface for Chrome OS

NASA preps J-2X rocket engines for second round testing, SLS creeps closer to 2017 liftoff

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Forty-year old tech taking astronauts into space? Sadly, that's been the current state of our space program. But in the spirit of making one extra, giant leap for mankind, our nation's best and brightest aeronautic minds have been quietly working on a propulsion system designed to power the SLS...
NASA preps J-2X rocket engines for second round testing, SLS creeps closer to 2017 liftoff

So Why Is LinkedIn An IPO Standout?

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Earlier this morning at D10 KPCB analyst Mary Meeker showed a pretty definitive slide about the current state of the public markets with regards to tech companies. “The private market is in a bubble,” Meeker said, “We have a $1 billion fund, and didn’t invest once in Q1 because the...
So Why Is LinkedIn An IPO Standout?
Kiip Inks Its First Intl Deal For Its Reward Network, UK's Yo! Sushi

The State Of Mobile App Privacy Policies

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The Washington, D.C.-based think tank Future of Privacy Forum (“FPF”) released a study this week detailing the current state of mobile app privacy policies as of this past month, June 2012. The report found that many app developers are now responding to the increased pressure from U.S. regulators on this issue,...
The State Of Mobile App Privacy Policies

Chad Hurley on the future of Delicious and YouTube’s place in the new online video landscape

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As The Next Web Conference 2012 approaches, one of the great speakers we’re looking forward to hearing from is Chad Hurley. After cutting his teeth in the startup world as an early employee at PayPal, he brought online video to the masses as co-founder of YouTube, which was sold to...
Chad Hurley on the future of Delicious and YouTube’s place in the new online video landscape

Advertising: the trust factor

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For the vast majority of digital users, trust lies first and foremost in recommendations and opinions from their peersThe digital advertising equation is outlined in the Nielsen graph below. The Global Trust in Advertising survey released in April (summary on Nielsen site and PDF here) underlines one key finding: for...
Advertising: the trust factor

Kiip makes its debut in London with the launch of YO! Sushi rewards

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Kiip, the mobile rewards system is continuing to push business forward as it takes its first steps into Europe with the launch of its YO! Sushi rewards game for London. In case you haven’t heard about the company that is growing at a phenomenal rate and puts its success down...
Kiip makes its debut in London with the launch of YO! Sushi rewards

Would You Buy This Stock? A Technical Look At Apple

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A few weeks ago I asked a simple question – “would you buy this stock”?   The point of the exercise was to get readers to begin thinking about the ways that a simple chart can tell a story about the market’s current state.  As many of you guessed,...
Would You Buy This Stock? A Technical Look At Apple
Tweetbot for Mac: Public Alpha Review

Facebook's Ads Are Terrible, It's Amazing The Company Will Do $4 Billion In Ad Sales -- Analyst

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Skip the Facebook IPO unless you can buy it at the pricing range of $28-$35 , says BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield, in a big report (paywalled). Based on Greenfield's model, he thinks the company will be trading at $41.50 in twelve months, therefore buying the IPO at the high end...
Facebook's Ads Are Terrible, It's Amazing The Company Will Do $4 Billion In Ad Sales -- Analyst

EyeRing finger-mounted connected cam captures signs and dollar bills, identifies them with OCR (hands-on)

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Ready to swap that diamond for a finger-mounted camera with a built-in trigger and Bluetooth connectivity? If it could help identify otherwise indistinguishable objects, you might just consider it. The MIT Media Lab's EyeRing project was designed with an assistive focus in mind, helping visually disabled persons read signs...
EyeRing finger-mounted connected cam captures signs and dollar bills, identifies them with OCR (hands-on)

Twitter’s Innovator’s Patent Agreement says its patents ‘will be used as a shield, rather than a weapon”

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Twitter has announced a fantastic new initiative it’s calling the Innovator’s Patent Agreement, promising to use its engineer’s patents defensively against other companies unless explicitly permitted by the creators of said patents. It says that it will also allow the engineers to retain control over those patents and use them...
Twitter’s Innovator’s Patent Agreement says its patents ‘will be used as a shield, rather than a weapon”
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