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After Growing Revenue 270% Last Year, Personalization Startup Sailthru Raises $19M From Benchmark, Adds Bill Gurley To Board

MetroPCS is Off the Table. What Now, Sprint?

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With its acquisition of MetroPCS, T-Mobile and its parent, Deutsche Telekom, have taken out one tough rival and put the competitive screws to another: Sprint. Earlier this year, Sprint was poised to acquire MetroPCS when the company’s board of directors balked at the deal at the last minute. Though fully...
MetroPCS is Off the Table. What Now, Sprint?
Gravity launches API, ushers in a personalized Web for all

"Shadier Than Ever"

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"Shadier Than Ever": Nilay Patel of The Verge (once again) brings up a few good points about the Instagram TOS fiasco. As he points out, the new TOS was actually worded much better than the old one. But the tech press blew it and caused a panic over basically nothing....
"Shadier Than Ever"

Big data analytics is great but it's no a silver bullet

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A lot of the talk around big data analytics focuses on the sheer amount of data, the speed of inputs and the glitzy visualizations that can result from analysis. But if you focus on all those bells and whistles before really thinking through the problems you need to solve, you’re...
Big data analytics is great but it's no a silver bullet

Ridiculous Timing: Obama Administration Responds To Spying On AP By Pushing Journalist Shield Law That Wouldn't Matter

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There was one odd side note in all of the attention last week to the DOJ spying on the AP under questionable circumstances. Right after being confronted about it, the Obama administration released some talking points about how they support a reintroduction of a reporter's shield law. There have been...
Ridiculous Timing: Obama Administration Responds To Spying On AP By Pushing Journalist Shield Law That Wouldn't Matter

FaceChipz: Internet of Things Meets Social Networking

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Remember POGS? Don't feel bad if you don't - you've just dated yourself, that's all. These round collectible discs were used to play a children's game (also called POGS) back in the 1990's. Thanks to the incredible popularity of these little tokens, collecting POGS became a generation-defining fad for the...
FaceChipz: Internet of Things Meets Social Networking

If They Can't Pass SOPA... Senators Ask FTC To Magically Stop Foreign Software Infringement

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Having failed to pass SOPA, Congress is apparently looking for other ways to keep the big copyright players happy. The latest is a letter sent by 16 senators to the FTC urging the commission to "protect American manufacturers" by cracking down on the fact that foreign companies often use unauthorized...
If They Can't Pass SOPA... Senators Ask FTC To Magically Stop Foreign Software Infringement

Yet Again, Netflix Class Action Shows That Class Action Lawsuits Are Mostly About Making Lawyers Rich

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For years, we've been pointing out that our class action lawsuit system is broken. It makes sense, in theory, that if a large group of people are wronged, they can team up to right that wrong--but in practice it has morphed into a system where a bunch of bottom-feeder lawyers...
Yet Again, Netflix Class Action Shows That Class Action Lawsuits Are Mostly About Making Lawyers Rich

Microsoft believes Windows 8 is so simple to use even an 11-year-old can teach you

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Much has been made about whether Windows 8 is intuitive enough for new users to pick up. Microsoft Portugal is hoping to win you to its side with a new publicity stunt that brings in an 11-year-old to explain the new operating system to prospective buyers. As you can imagine,...
Microsoft believes Windows 8 is so simple to use even an 11-year-old can teach you

Social Fortress Is A Simple (But Powerful) Skeleton Key/Data Security Service For Your Digital Life

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Georgia-based Social Fortress may have started out as a pet project to make communicating on Facebook more privacy-friendly, but over the past two years, its ambitions have grown considerably loftier. After being bolstered by early positive feedback from players in the defense and information security industries, founder Adam Ghetti eventually...
Social Fortress Is A Simple (But Powerful) Skeleton Key/Data Security Service For Your Digital Life

The Psychology of Web Design

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Designers often don’t take the time they should to learn about how basic psychological principles can effect the experience their visitors have on the sites they build. Psychological principles are either looked upon as unnecessary, or too complicated. But the truth is that they’re neither. There aren’t that many concepts...
The Psychology of Web Design

DARPA's "Cheetah" robot sets new speed record of 18mph on treadmill

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Biologically inspired designs are not a new thing in robotics, but the video embedded below is the first time I've ever seen something that looks like it's modeled on a family pet. Development of the Cheetah robot is being funded by DARPA, the US's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency....
DARPA's "Cheetah" robot sets new speed record of 18mph on treadmill

TV Broadcasters Sue Alki David's TV Streaming Service Once Again, To Establish More Bad Precedents

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For many years we've pointed out that the self-promoting Alki David seems to get engaged in a variety of ridiculous lawsuits partly as a publicity stunt to build up his own brand. Nearly everything he does seems to be focused on the publicity value of it -- such as renaming...
TV Broadcasters Sue Alki David's TV Streaming Service Once Again, To Establish More Bad Precedents

Why It's Mathematically Impossible To Avoid Infringing On Software Patents

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In 2008 James Bessen and Michael Meurer came out with a truly excellent book, Patent Failure. It's chock full of excellent information and a pretty wide survey of the research showing just how much patents harm innovation. While I don't necessarily agree with the "solutions" proposed, the key thesis of...
Why It's Mathematically Impossible To Avoid Infringing On Software Patents

Here We Go Again: FBI Wants Backdoors To Snoop On Nearly All Internet Communications

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On Friday, Declan McCullagh over at News.com had the latest reports of the FBI trying to get new laws in place that would require all kinds of internet communication services to include wiretapping back doors, so that law enforcement could tap into them. This isn't a new idea. The FBI...
Here We Go Again: FBI Wants Backdoors To Snoop On Nearly All Internet Communications
T-Mobile tinkers with its tablet, dongle plans; offers overage fee option

Is there a better way to upgrade the internet? BitTorrent's CEO says there is

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If we persist in thinking of the internet as an information superhighway, then we’ll continue to handle congestion by adding more lanes, via expensive upgrades in the core network, at the edge and at the last mile. The end result of our love affair with connectivity is a losing proposition...
Is there a better way to upgrade the internet? BitTorrent's CEO says there is
IK Multimedia announces 'iRig BlueBoard' Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard for iOS & Mac

AT&T offers personalized 'video bills' to explain and soothe in equal measure

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We don't know if this has customers' interests at heart, or if AT&T's call center staff were just sick to the eyeballs of having to explain people's bills to them, but the end result is the same either way. Folks who join AT&T or switch to a new plan...
AT&T offers personalized 'video bills' to explain and soothe in equal measure

Oakley Crosses Over Into Consumer Electronics With 'Airwave', Smart Goggles For The Slopes [TCTV]

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It’s happening, just like Marc Andreessen said it would — more and more companies that have historically operated in the analog realm are crossing over into technology. The latest cool example of this is the eyewear company Oakley. While Oakley has always been closely associated with sports and has...
Oakley Crosses Over Into Consumer Electronics With 'Airwave', Smart Goggles For The Slopes [TCTV]
Valve fed up with lame computer hardware, decides to make its own
The fanless heatsink: Silent, dust-immune, and almost ready for prime time

Four Search Engines Marketers Should Know About

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You’ve heard of search engine optimization on sites like Google, Bing, and now even Twitter; the question is, what’s next? Marketers in the digital age need data and content, and there are lots of innovative tools coming out to organize the vast amount of stuff that’s out there. Here...
Four Search Engines Marketers Should Know About

Android-powered Google Glasses: The augmented reality HUD dream is coming

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It’s about time: By the end of 2012, Google will launch a pair of Android-powered, augmented reality, head-up display (HUD) glasses. Anonymous Google employees, speaking to The New York Times, say that the glasses will resemble a pair of Oakley Thumps (pictured above), will have 3G or 4G connectivity, a...
Android-powered Google Glasses: The augmented reality HUD dream is coming
LibreOffice 4.0 Released Just In Time For Office 365 Refugees

8 Things Developers Want Apple To Introduce At Its Big Conference Next Month (AAPL)

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For iOS developers, there's really nothing like Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. The event, which will be held next month in San Francisco, is where Apple typically announces a bunch of new software and hardware updates. Business Insider surveyed several prominent developers to find out their wish list for features they'd...
8 Things Developers Want Apple To Introduce At Its Big Conference Next Month (AAPL)

This Is My Pencil. This Is My Pencil Pretending To Be A Gun. One Is For Writing. One Is For Mandatory Suspensions.

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A majority of human beings would look at two 7-year-old boys pretending their pencils are guns and say something about "boys being boys" or "someone's going to poke their eye out" and leave it at that. Those who craft and enforce zero tolerance policies see something more sinister. They...
This Is My Pencil. This Is My Pencil Pretending To Be A Gun. One Is For Writing. One Is For Mandatory Suspensions.

Beyonce Meet Streisand: Publicist Tries To Remove 'Unflattering' Beyonce Photos From The Internet

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Sometimes I wonder what sort of qualification you need to be a "publicist." At the very least, you would think that it would help to be familiar with the basics of The Streisand Effect, and making sure that you don't make something worse. Apparently, that's not the case for the...
Beyonce Meet Streisand: Publicist Tries To Remove 'Unflattering' Beyonce Photos From The Internet

Scientists develop composite material to enhance device response time

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Ever feel like your phone is taking an awfully long time to register that swipe to unlock? Well, scientists from Imperial College London and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology are developing a solution that could mean faster response times. By combining polymer semiconductors and small molecules into...
Scientists develop composite material to enhance device response time
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