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WordPress updates blog platform with a greater emphasis on photo sharing

Google Play gift cards appear ready for retail, offer $10 and $25 credits

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If you read our earlier coverage on Google finally bringing gift cards and wish lists to Google Play, you will be pleased to know that photos of Google’s new retail gift cards have already started to leak, and will offer marketplace values of $10 and $25. Shots of the gift...
Google Play gift cards appear ready for retail, offer $10 and $25 credits
During next iCloud outage, check Apple's shiny new systems status page
New York Times launches 'Times Haiku' Tumblr, makes poetry out of front page articles

More Layoffs Looming at RIM

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For Research In Motion summer layoffs are becoming an annual event. In July of 2011, the struggling maker of BlackBerry smartphones sacked 10 percent of its global workforce — some 2,000 employees — as “a prudent and necessary step for the long term success of the company.” Now it’s gearing...
More Layoffs Looming at RIM

Scanadu Hikes Price, Beefs Up Specs of Forthcoming Medical "Tricorder"

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As it worked to finalize its smartphone health monitoring attachment, Scanadu decided its planned $150 device wasn’t going to quite cut it. The redesigned Scanadu Scout People wanted more features and the ability to use the Scout on others, not just to measure their own vital statistics. So, the company...
Scanadu Hikes Price, Beefs Up Specs of Forthcoming Medical "Tricorder"

Diablo III digital purchases can be limited for up to 72 hours

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Say what you will about Blizzard, but the company seems committed to trying to protect the sanctity and security of the Diablo III experience, sometimes to the annoyance of legitimate players. The company's latest effort to prevent in-game fraud involves restricting players who purchase the downloadable "Digital Edition" of the...
Diablo III digital purchases can be limited for up to 72 hours

Apple releases Apple Configurator: A free app for schools & businesses to manage mass iDevices

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Following today’s Apple Event, Apple has just released Apple Configurator, an app that “makes it easy for anyone to mass configure and deploy iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in a school, business, or institution.” Apple Configurator is likely of the same variety as what Apple uses in its own stores to reset its...
Apple releases Apple Configurator: A free app for schools & businesses to manage mass iDevices

Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

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Readers react to a proposal for a longer school year and day.    ...
Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

Senate Judiciary Committee Votes That Accessing Your Email Should Require A Warrant

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Well, that went more smoothly than expected. Today, in a markup for reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act in the Senate, the Senate Judiciary Committee very quickly (like 10 minutes after it started) approved an amendment offered by Senators Patrick Leahy and Mike Lee, which would amend the law...
Senate Judiciary Committee Votes That Accessing Your Email Should Require A Warrant

API, ShmAPI: App.net Still Has Many Difficulties To Overcome If It Wants To Beat Twitter

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With Thursday’s Twitter API changes, App.net could not have gotten better news. Suddenly, Dalton Caldwell’s vision of a subscription-based Twitter clone seems quite clever. Yet, when it comes to creating a competitor to such an ubiquitous service, App.net now has to face many challenges. Most of them will be very...
API, ShmAPI: App.net Still Has Many Difficulties To Overcome If It Wants To Beat Twitter
Home Depot-Owned Redbeacon Now Lets You Pay Contractors Online
Basecamp reboots with bold new interface

Uber Stands Up To Resistant Ridesharing Regulators With A New 'Tacit Approval' Policy for Launches

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Private car service Uber has finally laid out its stance when it comes to ridesharing. Today, the company unveiled its first “white paper” entitled Principled Innovation: Addressing the Regulatory Ambiguity around Ridesharing Apps. In this, it says that it will aggressively roll out ridesharing in any market with “tacit approval” from...
Uber Stands Up To Resistant Ridesharing Regulators With A New 'Tacit Approval' Policy for Launches

Amazon's Streaming Music Service Goes Big Screen With Debut Of Cloud Player For iPad

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Only a couple of weeks after announcing Amazon Cloud Player integration with Ford SYNC’s AppLink platform, the company has today updated its iOS application with native support for the Apple iPad. The new application isn’t remarkably different from the previously launched iPhone counterpart, so it’s unclear why it took a...
Amazon's Streaming Music Service Goes Big Screen With Debut Of Cloud Player For iPad

Report: iPad Mini to get its own launch event in October

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While the tech world prepares for a rumored Sept. 12 Apple event, at which the company will reportedly debut the latest iPhone as well as a new iPad Mini, a new report states that the iPad Mini will get its own launch event in October. AllThingsD is quoting sources who...
Report: iPad Mini to get its own launch event in October
Pinterest revises terms of service, removes right to sell your content

Atlassian Expands Its Board, Appoints Former SuccessFactors Chair Doug Burgum As Chairman

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Atlassian, the maker of popular software project management tools JIRA and Confluence, has doubled the size of its board of directors, adding three new members, including a new chairman. Previously, the board consisted of co-founders and co-CEOs Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes, as well as Rich Wong from Accel Partners....
Atlassian Expands Its Board, Appoints Former SuccessFactors Chair Doug Burgum As Chairman
Rock The Post And CrowdHut Are Trying To Solve Two Of Crowdfunding's Biggest Pain Points
Why one company is making all its employees learn how to code

Why Can't The Persistent Hacking Of Yahoo Mail Be Stopped?

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A pesky security hole is proving practically impossible to fix. Users of Yahoo Mail are suffering from persistent hacking attempts, says The Next Web. The Internet firm, the third largest provider of email, behind Microsoft and Google, has plugged two security holes already, but has not managed to fix...
Why Can't The Persistent Hacking Of Yahoo Mail Be Stopped?
Twitter Is Baking Little Favors For Its Advertisers Into Every Change
“Many tens of thousands” $35 Raspberry Pi computers have been ordered (interview)

New iPhone to feature 4-inch display, metal case, smaller dock connector, fall release

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Apple’s new iPhone, which is currently rumored to launch in September or October, is reportedly going to be the first iPhone to have a larger display. Multiple reports have suggested that the new iPhone will feature a 4-inch screen, and iLounge’s Jeremy Horowitz is throwing his weight behind it...
New iPhone to feature 4-inch display, metal case, smaller dock connector, fall release

Twitter's new security plugs only some holes, experts say

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Twitter's long overdue rollout of two-factor authentication doesn't plug every angle of attack and won't guarantee that customer accounts aren't compromised in future, experts have warned. Twitter introduced its secure two-factor option earlier this week after an accelerating number of hijacks against high-profile and corporate users, including The New...
Twitter's new security plugs only some holes, experts say

Disjointed Sony had four different groups developing iPad-killing tablets

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It looks like Sony’s change of leadership was very much a necessary step. According to the Wall Street Journal [subscription], workings at the company were so disjointed that no fewer than four different groups were working on separate projects to develop a tablet to compete against Apple’s iPad. Yesterday, new CEO...
Disjointed Sony had four different groups developing iPad-killing tablets

Four years later, Facebook votes disappear for good

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Facebook’s last user vote has closed, once again with a minuscule turnout compared to the size of the social network in general according to its site governance page. Only 668,872 votes were cast out of the billion active users for a turnout of 0.067 percent. Facebook is now free...
Four years later, Facebook votes disappear for good

Zynga lays off 18 percent of workforce, shifts focus to mobile

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Zynga, the social gaming services company, is laying off 18 percent of its employees in an effort to reduce its cost structure.CEO Mark Pincus announced the layoffs Monday in a note to employees posted on the company's blog. Zynga, as of the end of last year, had more than...
Zynga lays off 18 percent of workforce, shifts focus to mobile

So Not Helping: Chinese Government Publication Lauds Twitter’s New Policy

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We’ve debated this a lot at PandoDaily this weekend, but I haven’t been one of those bloggers chasing Twitter with torches and pitchforks over its controversial move to censor Tweets within certain territories when they receive an official take-down notice. I’ve traveled enough to know that other countries don’t always...
So Not Helping: Chinese Government Publication Lauds Twitter’s New Policy

ITC rules Kodak patent invalid in suit with RIM, Apple

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The US International Trade Commission has ruled that a patent involved in Kodak's lawsuit against Apple and Research in Motion is invalid, according to AppleInsider. In particular an administrative law judge has quashed the 6,292,218 patent, Method for Live View Display and Digital Camera Using Same, on the basis of...
ITC rules Kodak patent invalid in suit with RIM, Apple
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