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What you need to know about the NSA's secret Verizon surveillance program

“You’re Not Happy and Neither are We”–Lessons From Wahooly’s Crash-And-Burn Launch

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Last week, after around six months of toiling away on product, pimping it to bloggers, and engaging with his startup’s 28,000 beta sign-ups, Wahooly co-founder Dana Severson clicked a button to transfer Wahooly’s files from a development server to a launch-ready server. The process was supposed to take 24 hours,...
“You’re Not Happy and Neither are We”–Lessons From Wahooly’s Crash-And-Burn Launch

LIVE: Sprint And HTC Are About To Announce Their Next Killer Smartphone (S)

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We're live at Sprint and HTC's big press event in New York where the two companies are expected to unveil a brand new smartphone. That new phone will likely be the rumored HTC Evo One, a new device that will run on Sprint's upcoming 4G LTE network. The Evo...
LIVE: Sprint And HTC Are About To Announce Their Next Killer Smartphone (S)

What's a Facebook Ad Exchange? A (Partial) Explainer

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So what is the Facebook Exchange? Here’s the main thing: It’s not Facebook’s attempt to create an ad network that extends beyond Facebook.com itself, and onto the rest of the Web. Lots of people assume that Facebook will do that one day, in the same way that Google has been...
What's a Facebook Ad Exchange? A (Partial) Explainer

How Marissa Mayer Is Re-Shaping Yahoo

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Yahoo's new CEO Marissa Mayer has already made some big changes at the company since taking charge almost two months ago. But, she has a lot more to do if she really wants to succeed. Watch our video explainer to see where Mayer and Yahoo are at and where they...
How Marissa Mayer Is Re-Shaping Yahoo

Google's Explainer-in-Chief Can't Explain Apple

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As Google Inc. battles rivals ranging from Apple Inc. to Internet companies that allege it fixes its search results, Eric Schmidt has become the search giant’s peacemaker and explainer-in-chief. Google’s former CEO and current executive chairman met with lawmakers in Washington last week as the Federal Trade Commission appeared closer...
Google's Explainer-in-Chief Can't Explain Apple

All The Rumors About The iPad Mini

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Apple's been toying around with smaller iPad prototypes – it's just a matter of whether or not the Cupertino-based company wants to release a smaller version of its iPad into the wild. Rumors are flying around the web about the so-called "iPad Mini," but what's certain is that Apple would...
All The Rumors About The iPad Mini

Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson May Get Fired For Another Reason Than Lying

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Activist Yahoo shareholder Dan Loeb recently discovered that CEO Scott Thompson has been lying about his college degree.  Throughout his entire career, which includes stops at PayPal and eBay, Thompson put on his resume that he has a bachelor's degree in accounting and computer science. In reality, though, Thompson only...
Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson May Get Fired For Another Reason Than Lying

Microsoft's Purported Windows RT Firefox Ban: A Quick Explainer

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Mozilla is complaining that Internet Explorer will be the only browser on Windows RT allowed to run in the traditional desktop environment. Here's what that means....
Microsoft's Purported Windows RT Firefox Ban: A Quick Explainer

Copyright Explained Musically

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For those of you who claim that copyright inspires no creativity whatsoever, perhaps you have not seen the following video, PandoHouse Rock: Copyright, explained, a collaboration between PandoDaily and Explainer Music's David Holmes: I usually find these sorts of things to be pretty bad. Copyright isn't something that you can...
Copyright Explained Musically

What Is The iPhone 5's Killer Feature Going To Be? (AAPL)

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Today's Nokia press event got us thinking about innovation. It feels like most smartphone launches today center around what the software can do.  And that's good! It's what people actually see, touch, and use. But Nokia is notoriously awesome at making great hardware, which really showed during its press conference...
What Is The iPhone 5's Killer Feature Going To Be? (AAPL)

A Six-Word Explainer For Zynga's Disastrous Second Quarter (ZNGA)

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The message from Zynga's disastrous second quarter, which sent its stock diving 40 percent, is simple: fewer people are playing Facebook games. Zynga was once one of the hottest IPOs of 2011. But it has faded from the top as gamers move to mobile devices and spend less and less...
A Six-Word Explainer For Zynga's Disastrous Second Quarter (ZNGA)

What you need to know about the world's biggest DDoS attack

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The last week has seen probably the largest distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack ever. It’s being reported in fairly dramatic terms, with the New York Times and BBC talking about the internet getting jammed or slowed down. So what’s actually going on? Here’s a rundown of some key points: A what...
What you need to know about the world's biggest DDoS attack

The Future of Advertising (Will Be Squirted Into Your Nostrils as You Sit on a Bus)

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Dunkin' Donuts' scentastic "Flavor Radio" brings ad targeting to the human senses. The future of advertising stinks. Or, depending on your perspective, the future of advertising smells like delicious, delicious coffee. Earlier this year, in Seoul, Korea, Dunkin' Donuts experimented with a fragrant ad campaign. Engineers employed by the shop's marketing agency,...
The Future of Advertising (Will Be Squirted Into Your Nostrils as You Sit on a Bus)

The Rise Of The Explainer Video

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Editor’s note: Rico Andrade a former executive producer at Transvideo Studios and Picturelab. Follow him on Twitter @andrade_rico. Two years ago, Jason Kincaid wrote a short but influential post titled “The Underutilized Power Of The Video Demo To Explain What The Hell You Actually Do.” He said: During my time...
The Rise Of The Explainer Video

Check Out Rap Genius, The Song Lyrics Site That Andreessen Horowitz Just Poured $15 Million Into

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Andreessen Horowitz just invested $15 million into Rap Genius, a Wikipedia-like platform for explaining song lyrics. While the word "rap" is in the name, the site isn't specific to hip-hop. We took it for a test run with Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues," a song with some absurdly obscure lyrics,...
Check Out Rap Genius, The Song Lyrics Site That Andreessen Horowitz Just Poured $15 Million Into

The U.S. Army's Guide to Pinterest (Really)

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Maybe you’ve had a very, very long nap and missed the last few weeks. So you haven’t heard of Pinterest. No shortage of ways to catch up, including this nice meta-explainer from our corporate cousins at the Wall Street Journal. For the advanced class, check out the site’s attempt to...
The U.S. Army's Guide to Pinterest (Really)

HMRC Tax Calc – consumer app of the week

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Want to work out how much tax you pay and how the government actually spends it? This is the app for youApp: HMRC Tax CalcBy: HM Revenue & CustomsPrice: FreeAvailable on: iPhone and AndroidWhat is it?"A new tax calculator enabling people to work out how much tax they pay and...
HMRC Tax Calc – consumer app of the week

The Facebook Mafia Stirs As Chris Hughes Backs Aggregator Upworthy

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The mission, distilled. (Photo: Upworthy.com) Bad news for the liberally inclined and easily distracted: Today the New York Times offers an inside look at the latest startup looking to disrupt your workday with viral content. Upworthy (which launched in late March) is a high-minded new aggregator designed to share content that is...
The Facebook Mafia Stirs As Chris Hughes Backs Aggregator Upworthy

Explainer: Who's really affected by the new Twitter advertising crackdown? http://bit.ly/9KpsUq

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Explainer: Who's really affected by the new Twitter advertising crackdown? http://bit.ly/9KpsUq

Reddit's explainer series: what do children understand better than you? | Open thread

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Reddit premiered a web series that explains complicated topics to children. Tell us your best bits of pint-sized wisdomIn Syria, people are forced to become garbage men instead of famous pop stars, according to a new web series that explains complicated concepts to children. The YouTube-sponsored series is inspired by...
Reddit's explainer series: what do children understand better than you? | Open thread

NBC's Olympic Web Video Plan: Live, Legal and "Painful"

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Warren Little/Getty Images During the last summer Olympics, NBC wouldn’t show some of the most exciting events live on the Web, because it wanted to protect its ratings for its taped TV highlights. Four years later, the programmer has wised up, and will livestream every single event starting July...
NBC's Olympic Web Video Plan: Live, Legal and "Painful"

4G or Not 4G: A Guide to Cut Through All the "Fast" Talk

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Of all the confusing technology terms used in consumer marketing today, perhaps the most opaque is “4G,” used to describe a new, much faster generation of cellular data on smartphones, tablets and other devices. It sounds simple, but there are many varieties of 4G and conflicting claims. [ See post...
4G or Not 4G: A Guide to Cut Through All the "Fast" Talk

The Onion Explains SOPA And PIPA (As Only The Onion Can)

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Well, it took some time, but with so much disinformation that was spread online about SOPA and PIPA, we really needed someone to cut through the clutter... and who better than The Onion? They've finally done so with their simple SOPA/PIPA explainer that includes some of the finer points of...
The Onion Explains SOPA And PIPA (As Only The Onion Can)

Wikipedia's Big Data Can Be Used To Predict Summer Box Office Hits

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Robert Downey Jr. (Photo: Wikipedia.org) If you turned to Wikipedia for a pre-Avengers deep dive into the Marvel canon or refresher on Harry Potter’s defenses against the dark arts, you are apparently not alone. What’s more, your digital breadcrumbs might be a preview of coming box-office receipts. A team of...
Wikipedia's Big Data Can Be Used To Predict Summer Box Office Hits
RockThePost revamps its crowdfunding platform. But can it compete in a crowded space?

How Twitter Knows So Much About You Before You've Even Signed Up

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If you've been on Twitter for years, like many people in the tech and business world, it's easy to forget what it was like signing up and using it for the first time. The truth is that learning to use Twitter was really hard back then, and many new users...
How Twitter Knows So Much About You Before You've Even Signed Up

LTE can be disabled with a $650 jammer, but not really

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Yesterday, the MIT Technology Review boldly stated that LTE networks can be easily shut down with a “simple jamming trick” utilizing a cheap software-defined radio. However, they are incorrect in believing that the trick shuts down the network, or can shut it down city-wide.To understand the problem, a review of...
LTE can be disabled with a $650 jammer, but not really

How Obama's Open Data Order Could Save Lives, Energy Costs And Make Cool Apps

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Readers may have noticed this morning that their geekiest politically oriented friends are freaking out like teenage girls at a Justin Bieber concert. Today, the big man in the White House signed a rare executive order that all federal data be made freely accessible in a form that can be...
How Obama's Open Data Order Could Save Lives, Energy Costs And Make Cool Apps

Details Of Google Wi-Spy Investigation Show Disorganization And Bad Controls, Rather Than Malicious Spying

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It's been nearly two years since Google revealed that it had been collecting (but not using) some data from unencrypted WiFi networks as it drove around with Google's StreetView vehicles. While the data collection was associated with its efforts to use WiFi networks to help determine location info, it was...
Details Of Google Wi-Spy Investigation Show Disorganization And Bad Controls, Rather Than Malicious Spying
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