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Google Chrome overtakes Internet Explorer as the Web’s most used browser

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Google Chrome has been long expected to leapfrog Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) to take its position as the Web’s most used browser and, according to data from Statcounter, the momentous change of leadership happened last week. The firm’s latest figures — spotted by Global Nerdy blogger Joey deVilla – show that Chrome’s line of...
Google Chrome overtakes Internet Explorer as the Web’s most used browser

Bump launches Flock so you never have to ask "Can you send me that photo?" again

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I’m a big fan of photosharing apps, and I mean fanatical. I shared my thoughts a while back in a piece called “What are we going to do with all of these photos?” and popular app and company Bump has come up with an answer. The company has launched a...
Bump launches Flock so you never have to ask "Can you send me that photo?" again

How To Get My Attention

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It's an attention economy, and the good people at Jones-Dilworth have built a tool that will help you get some. Totem launches today, a free app that helps anyone build a great press page. Whether you're a giant company, a start-up, or even a solo act, you shouldn't have to...
How To Get My Attention

Apple’s Siri is struggling to master Japanese as DoCoMo’s clone puts it to shame

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Apple added Japanese support for Siri with the release of iOS 5.1 last week, but the virtual personal assistant is reportedly having some issues coming to grips with its first Asian language. Apple’s much heralded service — which has inspired similar product announcements from rivals — isn’t measuring up to Japanese carrier DoCoMo’s...
Apple’s Siri is struggling to master Japanese as DoCoMo’s clone puts it to shame

Windows 8 Is Retina-Ready

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All the talk these days is of the new iPad and its magical screen. Apple isn’t the only one who can do that, you know. In fact, most display makers are looking forward to post-HD resolutions as one of the big selling points of the next generation of displays. Other...
Windows 8 Is Retina-Ready

Mon.ki Is Building A Rapportive For The Web

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Prepare for the concept of the address book to be flipped. Today, a startup called mon.ki is launching a new way for you to discover “who you know” by providing that information to you in the context of what you’re viewing. The product, which they’re calling a “social compass” of...
Mon.ki Is Building A Rapportive For The Web

Want To Hook Your Users? Drive Them Crazy.

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Editor’s Note: This guest post is written by Nir Eyal, a founder of two startups and an advisor to several Bay Area companies and incubators. Nir blogs about technology and behavior engineering at NirAndFar.com. In advertising, marketers reinforce a behavior by linking to the promise of reward. “Use our product,”...
Want To Hook Your Users? Drive Them Crazy.

LEAK: These Guys Got Their Already Got Their Hands On The New iPad (AAPL)

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Vietnamese bloggers at Tinhte.vn have put out an unboxing video of the new Retina display iPad, which comes to us from MacRumors. The video's in Vietnamese, but you hardly need to speak the language to get the gist. The 4G and LTE option is clearly visible, as is the...
LEAK: These Guys Got Their Already Got Their Hands On The New iPad (AAPL)

Andrew Ross Sorkin Tries (And Fails) To Poke Some Holes In Facebook's 'Active Users' Stats

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New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin is trying to whip up some hysteria around the relatively straight laced IPO filing from Facebook this morning. The gist of his column: Facebook says it has 845 million monthly active users, but "active users" doesn't necessarily mean a user is coming...
Andrew Ross Sorkin Tries (And Fails) To Poke Some Holes In Facebook's 'Active Users' Stats
Does your Facebook mobile app suck? Here’s why

U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Gets Open Source, Publishes on GitHub

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I’ve been harping for a while here on TechCrunch about the benefits of open source software. I often quote Canonical’s Technical Architect Allison Randal, who said “Free software is a fundamentally superior model for developing software.” Free and open source software enabled much of the innovation we write about here...
U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Gets Open Source, Publishes on GitHub

Google Steps In To Defend Hotfile From “Overbroad And Ill-Conceived” MPAA Lawsuit

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Cyberlocker services are under attack from every direction: not only are their services looking less and less necessary as more personal file-sharing services (like Dropbox) become popular, but the services they do offer are viewed by the media industry as solely used for evil. In the wake of the Megaupload...
Google Steps In To Defend Hotfile From “Overbroad And Ill-Conceived” MPAA Lawsuit

MSDN Windows Help blog plays on our love of keyboard shortcuts, tells how to navigate Windows 8 like a pro

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If you didn't get the gist of our Windows 8 Consumer Preview run-down, it's a bit clumsy on the desktop front. Fortunately for power-users, the budding operation system is introducing a suite of keyboard shortcuts to help them manage its classic and metro interfaces. We mentioned a few in...
MSDN Windows Help blog plays on our love of keyboard shortcuts, tells how to navigate Windows 8 like a pro

Say hello to Facebook’s DC lobbying team

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Here at TNW we stay away from politics and policy as we can, keeping as close to technology-specific topics and issues as possible. However, the worlds of technology and politics are increasingly intertwined as privacy, Internet regulation, taxation, and other issues rise to the forefront of the minds of both...
Say hello to Facebook’s DC lobbying team

500px’s Terms Of Service Are Kind Of Awesome

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Your access to and use of the Site may be interrupted from time to time as a result of equipment malfunction, updating, maintenance or repair of the Site or any other reason within or outside the control of the company. The company reserves the right to suspend or discontinue the...
500px’s Terms Of Service Are Kind Of Awesome

Video: New iPad in Vietnam

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An unauthorized preview, three days before Apple-sanctioned sales begin Side by side: iPad 2 and new iPad Despite Apple's (AAPL) best efforts to keep a lid on the thing, a pair of Vietnamese bloggers managed to get their hands on a new iPad and post a 4-minute unboxing video on...
Video: New iPad in Vietnam

iKamasutra: A Tale Of Sex, Love, And Apple App Store Rejection

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I’ve seen plenty of apps get yanked from Apple’s App Store in my day, but the news of an app called iKamasutra getting that same treatment really has me scratching my head. I won’t rehash the entire story, but here’s the gist of what happened: Apple pulled the iKamasutra from...
iKamasutra: A Tale Of Sex, Love, And Apple App Store Rejection

Kickstarter Shares The Effects Of Its Blockbuster Season

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February was a big month for Kickstarter. Not only did they have a number of record-breaking projects, but they were shoved into the mainstream consciousness with a flood of traditional news coverage. But there was always the question of whether these thousands of pledges would have any lasting effect on...
Kickstarter Shares The Effects Of Its Blockbuster Season

Fitocracy Finally Exits Private Beta, Celebrates With A New iOS App

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the social fitness mavens at Fitocracy – they’ve been doing plenty of behind-the-scenes work, and now they’re ready to share the fruits of their labor. After spending over a year hunkered down in private beta mode, the RPG-esque exercise tracker and 500...
Fitocracy Finally Exits Private Beta, Celebrates With A New iOS App

Would US Education Be Better If We Replaced Algebra Requirements With Stats & Logic?

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By now you may have heard about the NY Times article from over the weekend in which political science professor Andrew Hacker makes the somewhat contrarian suggestion that the US education system would function much better if we ditched algebra requirements. The whole article is worth reading, but the basic...
Would US Education Be Better If We Replaced Algebra Requirements With Stats & Logic?

Paul Ryan v. Obama: Dueling budgets, from a tech perspective

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How excited would you be to read through several hundred pages of competing budget plans for the fiscal 2013 year of the US Federal government? I thought as much. However, while you might not be interested in the arcana of budgetary bombast and bylines, I have come up with a...
Paul Ryan v. Obama: Dueling budgets, from a tech perspective
Did Patent Foe Yahoo Ask The USPTO To Invalidate Zuckerberg’s News Feed Patent?

Google Takes Its Flipboard Competitor Currents Global

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Last December, Google launched Currents, its attempt at challenging popular mobile apps like Flipboard and Zite. Since then, the company has added about 400 new publishers and over 14,000 self-published editions to its lineup . Until now, though, Currents, which runs on Android and iOS, was only available in the...
Google Takes Its Flipboard Competitor Currents Global

TheOatmeal Fights Back Against Troll Lawyer

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TheOatmeal is a great web comic featuring funny birthday cards, wacky bear sex, and other merriment. It’s drawn by Matthew Inman and is great. Now, however, it’s the target of a decidedly odd – and funny – slander lawsuit. Sadly the post is up and down right now but the...
TheOatmeal Fights Back Against Troll Lawyer

How cloud computing could boost Amazon’s margins

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According to analysts at Morgan Stanley, Amazon’s cloud computing division could be a shining star (even if not too bright) on the company’s long road toward increased profit margins. However, while their forecast isn’t glowing, it also doesn’t account for the evolution of Amazon’s cloud business from pure infrastructure-as-a-service into...
How cloud computing could boost Amazon’s margins

What the Lumia sales results mean for Windows Phone

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Put that pitchfork down, we don’t know anything yet. It’s early here in Chicago, but the news has been running hot since Nokia (Finnish) dropped their earnings. The company’s cash position, its revenues, and the its sales of smartphones have been making headlines. Obviously, this impacts Windows Phone, given the...
What the Lumia sales results mean for Windows Phone

Microsoft plans to pack social power into Dynamics CRM with coming ‘R9′ update

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Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM product, one of its top line highlights, has a second update planned for 2012 entitled ‘R9.’ Dynamics as a product has been posting double-digit revenue gains, something that Microsoft likes to report in its earnings. We reported some weeks past that Dynamics was prepping some rather large...
Microsoft plans to pack social power into Dynamics CRM with coming ‘R9′ update

Google opens up its Biq Query data analytics service to all

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(c) 2012 Pinar Ozger. pinar@pinarozger.com Google sits on masses of traffic and advertising data, and has decided that it should take advantage of its expertise in building the infrastructure to handle those petabytes of information to offer a data analytics service in its cloud. Google’s Big Query product, which debuted...
Google opens up its Biq Query data analytics service to all

Windows 8 Release Candidate + Internet Explorer 10 likely due mid-year

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Just as a heads up, this post is based on leaked information that was current, and confidential, at Microsoft at the very end of 2011. Also, this post leans on the commentary of Mary Jo Foley on ZDNet, and myself. This is not gospel, but it also is certainly not...
Windows 8 Release Candidate + Internet Explorer 10 likely due mid-year

Gaming fans go wild as Blizzard promises long-awaited Starcraft 2 improvements

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The Starcraft franchise has been the crown jewel of competitive gaming for quite some time, starting in South Korea, and then spreading globally following the massive success of Starcraft 2, the latest installment in the series. Starcraft 2, however, is being released in three tranches, the second now racing towards completion....
Gaming fans go wild as Blizzard promises long-awaited Starcraft 2 improvements
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