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Tim Cook: "We Pay All Of The Taxes We Owe, Every Single Dollar"

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We are updating this blog during the live congressional testimony of Apple CEO Tim Cook. More details will be added soon. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook came out firing during his Congressional grilling, declaring, “we pay all of the taxes we owe, every single dollar”. A blistering senate investigation accused Apple...
Tim Cook: "We Pay All Of The Taxes We Owe, Every Single Dollar"
Andreessen predicts the death of traditional retail. Yes: Absolute death
The beauty of Wii U: Nintendo knows how to go all in on a gimmick

The art of the gimmick: an interview with the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne

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The Flaming Lips have never done anything small, from the "Parking Lot Experiments" of the mid-90s to this year's Record Store Day album, "The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends." Set for an April 21st release, the limited edition vinyl record features an odd cast of characters, including Bon Iver,...
The art of the gimmick: an interview with the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne
Augmented Reality Startup Daqri Raises $15M More, Troy Carter Joins Advisory Board

Microsoft Is Accused Of Legally Avoiding Paying Billions In Taxes By The Senate (MSFT)

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Microsoft is being accusing of avoiding paying billions in taxes by the Senate, Bloomberg reports: A U.S. Senate committee memo said Microsoft Corp. used aggressive international tax maneuvers to avoid billions of dollars in taxes over the past three years. The report, released in advance of a 2 p.m. hearing...
Microsoft Is Accused Of Legally Avoiding Paying Billions In Taxes By The Senate (MSFT)

Don't do it! The gimmicks developers use to make their apps stickier

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Self-improvement and learning new things are never easy, and as humans our collective record on follow-through isn’t so good. The cycle is predictable: Most of the time, the initial excitement tapers off and well-intentioned goals end up becoming distant future plans on a to-do list (or plain regret). Because of...
Don't do it! The gimmicks developers use to make their apps stickier

Researchers tout progress with brain-controlled robotic legs

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While some mind-control technologies may not amount to much more than gimmicks, there's also plenty of serious research being done in the field -- particularly when it comes to artificial limbs. So far, the majority of that work has focused on robotic arms, but a team of researchers from...
Researchers tout progress with brain-controlled robotic legs

These Brands Are Doing Amazing Things With Instagram

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In a world that is weary of ad gimmicks, Instagram has provided brands with a creative new medium through which they can reach as many as 50 million users (turned amateur photographers) in an artistic and engaging way. After Facebook's $1 billion acquisition of the startup in April, at this...
These Brands Are Doing Amazing Things With Instagram
Advertising is Hated — and Failing
KPCB’s Bing Gordon: How To Tell Amateur Founders From The Pros [TCTV]

Use your smartphone as a controller in Google's new browser-based game

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Google is well-known for using adorable gimmicks to get users affiliated with its products and technologies. This time, the company is showing off certain aspects of its browser with a game that can be controlled by a smartphone using the mobile version of Chrome. The game is called Super...
Use your smartphone as a controller in Google's new browser-based game

The Bizarre Truth About The Largest Gadget Show On The Planet

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In theory, the Consumer Electronics Show is supposed to set the stage for what to expect in the coming year of gadgets and personal tech. Despite what the CES haters might say, the event still accomplishes that to an extent. But there's also a strange side to CES. While the...
The Bizarre Truth About The Largest Gadget Show On The Planet
Fab's eyes are bigger than its wallet. That's nothing $100 million can't fix

“Provacative” Publisher Creates Book That Lets You Talk Back To The Characters

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So in the interest of supporting unique publishing methods and ideas, I thought it might be interesting to talk about Verdant Books and something they’re calling an “interactive novel.” Now my idea of an interactive novel is Choose Your Own Adventure, but this is something fairly unique. Ok. Here’s the...
“Provacative” Publisher Creates Book That Lets You Talk Back To The Characters

With The Xperia Z And Xperia Tablet Z, Sony Has Finally Found Its Mobile Soul

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There was a time when Sony defined mobile. Its products, along with wares from partner Ericsson, were the very best looking and performing mobile devices. But that was a decade ago. Sony hasn’t been part of the mobile conversation since before Apple crashed the party and it never picked itself...
With The Xperia Z And Xperia Tablet Z, Sony Has Finally Found Its Mobile Soul

Nokia Lumia Windows Phone launch party in Prague [Video]

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Taking note of a number of Lumia 800 launch parties occurring across the world, the Czech Republic has joined in with Nokia putting on a show in Prague on January 26th to celebrate the launch of the 710 and 800 (February 1st). Two hundred journalists, developers and devoted fans were...
Nokia Lumia Windows Phone launch party in Prague [Video]

News.Me’s Little Experiment: Influencers Share the ‘Last Great Thing’ They Saw Online

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Much like Lena Dunham on last night's episode of "Girls," New York technophiles seem to be embracing their "experimental" side. Some side projects are more facetious than others. But a new leisure pursuit from News.me general manager Jake Levine and designer Justin Van Slembrouck released today falls into the more utilitarian...
News.Me’s Little Experiment: Influencers Share the ‘Last Great Thing’ They Saw Online

Editorial: Ouya's success is opportunity missed for Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony

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While today's videogames are bigger, flashier and more impressive than ever, it's hard not to think that the golden era of console gaming is behind us. Back in the late '80s and early-to-mid '90s, when a new console came out every couple of years to cut its predecessors off...
Editorial: Ouya's success is opportunity missed for Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony
Wind, water, fog: the 4D movie experience, never coming to a theater near you

Voyager Mobile intros unlimited wireless plans starting at $19

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Voyager Mobile, an MVNO that resells airtime on Sprint’s network, on Monday announced it will offer unlimited wireless plans for use on its nationwide 3G and 4G networks starting at $19 per month on May 15th. “Voyager Mobile aims to make wireless service much more affordable, putting today’s technology...
Voyager Mobile intros unlimited wireless plans starting at $19

When toasters fly: what will it take for "smart" appliances to take off?

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You’re driving home after a long day at work. You call up your refrigerator and ask it what it suggests for dinner. It says you have just enough ingredients for one of your favorite comfort foods (a medium-rare burger with Swiss cheese, a kaiser roll and ketchup). You tell it to start defrosting the...
When toasters fly: what will it take for "smart" appliances to take off?
Wall Street Journal offers free WiFi in NYC and San Francisco

Wanna learn to code? Here's your chance

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Learning to code is overwhelming. As with any daunting task, it can be difficult to know where to start. Learning code is like dieting: Under all the gimmicks and claims is a core formula to success that requires hard work and determination. Once you get this simple principle, you...
Wanna learn to code? Here's your chance

This man wants to kill QR codes. Can he do it?

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Herbert Bay, co-founder and CEO of KooabaHerbert Bay doesn’t like QR codes very much. He’s not alone of course: the glitchy glyphs, which are generally used as a clumsy way to link physical media to the web, are regarded by many as the ugliest thing seen in black and white...
This man wants to kill QR codes. Can he do it?

"There is a technical term economists like to use for behavior like this. Unbelievable chutzpah."

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"There is a technical term economists like to use for behavior like this. Unbelievable chutzpah." - Edward Kleinbard, a law professor at USC speaking to NYT about Apple's overseas tax situation -- or lack thereof.  One potentially good thing out of all this, Tim Cook will address it directly tomorrow...
"There is a technical term economists like to use for behavior like this. Unbelievable chutzpah."

ANALYST: Relax -- JC Penney's Strategy Is Working Just Fine

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J.C. Penney's (JCP) stock got clobbered yesterday after the company announced the sudden departure of its president, Michael Francis. Yesterday's drop only added to the woes of J.C. Penney's shareholders, who have seen the value of the company nearly cut in half over the last three months. The stock...
ANALYST: Relax -- JC Penney's Strategy Is Working Just Fine
Would you please tell your Internet of things to shut up

Boot up: Google's other killing, fresh LulzSec mystery, malware in Google Play and more

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Plus S4 features (or are they gimmicks?), the Google graveyard, important lessons for startups, and moreA burst of 13 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamGimmick watch: which Galaxy S4 features are actually useful? >> TechRadarBy their count, not that many. (Thanks @beardyweirdy666 for the...
Boot up: Google's other killing, fresh LulzSec mystery, malware in Google Play and more
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