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Microsoft Gets Ready To Launch The Next XBox As Console Gaming Goes Down The Tubes

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SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is set to make a splash this week with the eagerly awaited unveiling of its new Xbox game console, eight years after the last version, as it seeks a larger share of the $65 billion a year global computer gaming industry. But the small device faces...
Microsoft Gets Ready To Launch The Next XBox As Console Gaming Goes Down The Tubes

TEDGlobal 2012: 'The more you give away the more you get back'

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Bruno Giussani explains the theory of 'radical openness' that underpins his strategy for a changing worldFirst there was "open" – open source, open tech, open journalism. And now? Prepare yourself for "radical openness".This, according to Bruno Giussani, the European director of TED, the annual ideafests in California and Edinburgh, and...
TEDGlobal 2012: 'The more you give away the more you get back'

SkySQL, MariaDB to merge

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Two companies offering third-party support for Oracle's open-source MySQL database, as well as the MySQL offshoot MariaDB, have announced plans to merge.SkySQL, which was launched in 2010, said Tuesday it will merge with Monty Program, the company founded by MySQL creator Michael "Monty" Widenius. Terms of the deal, which...
SkySQL, MariaDB to merge

Frazier Healthcare files to raise a $400 million venture fund

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Frazier Healthcare, a  21-year-old venture capital firm with offices in Seattle and Silicon Valley, has filed documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission to raise up to $400 million for its seventh venture fund. The firm was founded by former Immunex Chief Financial Officer Alan Frazier, and now includes general...
Frazier Healthcare files to raise a $400 million venture fund

Square's Card Case rechristened 'Pay with Square,' is first to bring geo-fenced hands-free payments to Android

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You might know Square for accepting payments on your smartphone via a cute dongle, but you're probably less familiar with its second offshoot, Card Case -- a separate app that has enabled hands-free and NFC-free payments at over 70,000+ merchants for more than a year now. That effort is...
Square's Card Case rechristened 'Pay with Square,' is first to bring geo-fenced hands-free payments to Android

State of the Augmented Reality Union from the RWW Mobile Summit

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Last Friday, ReadWriteWeb hosted our second unconference event in Mountain View, California as experts from around the world gathered to discuss the mobile Web and its future. One of the hot topics I was eager to discuss going into the event was augmented reality (AR) - a top trend that...
State of the Augmented Reality Union from the RWW Mobile Summit

Notifications as a Platform: Google's New Field Trip App Pushes Fun Local Facts

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Google today rolled out Field Trip, a new app made by an internal incubator run by John Hanke, one of the creators of Google Earth. The app interrupts mobile users in the course of their daily lives with interesting recommendations and history about places near them. What I find particularly...
Notifications as a Platform: Google's New Field Trip App Pushes Fun Local Facts

New Service Called Deeplink.me Will Let Mobile Users Navigate Through A "Web" Of Apps

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Have you ever wished that you could navigate through the apps on the phone as easy as clicking links on the web? Such a thing may now become a real possibility thanks to a new service from Cellogic, called Deeplink.me. In a nutshell, it’s a bit.ly for mobile app deep...
New Service Called Deeplink.me Will Let Mobile Users Navigate Through A "Web" Of Apps

Outing online sexual predators is a sensationalist stopgap | Sady Doyle

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Gawker and Anonymous exposing individuals is one thing - but can we change the culture in which such behaviour is tolerated?Last week, Gawker's Adrian Chen published a story claiming to unmask "The biggest troll on the web." It's hard to believe that anyone can objectively determine the winner of that...
Outing online sexual predators is a sensationalist stopgap | Sady Doyle
LulzSec hacker pleads guilty in Sony PSN security breach case
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Platypus airboats have a Nexus S for a brain, we go eyes-on (video)

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Here's another extremely cool offshoot of the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute. Platypus LLC build autonomous robotic airboats that can be deployed for a wide range of usages including environmental data and monitoring hard-to-reach spots after natural disasters like flooding. The hull of the boat looks a good deal like...
Platypus airboats have a Nexus S for a brain, we go eyes-on (video)

Philly.com's Newest Source Of Revenue: Sports Betting

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A Hail Mary? The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Philly.com is now turning to sports betting to boost its online revenue. The paper has partnered with Fanduel.com so that its readers can bet on the outcome of fantasy sports games. How it works: Users choose an opponent, as well as how much...
Philly.com's Newest Source Of Revenue: Sports Betting

Week in tech: cheap, tiny Linux computers and another Bitcoin heist

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This week in tech offers the best in unlikely success stories: Sonic.net survived as a rare customer-service oriented ISP, Red Hat succeeds where many thought an open source vendor couldn't, and Nokia's 41 megapixel smartphone camera proves that more millions of pixels can sometimes be just what's in order....
Week in tech: cheap, tiny Linux computers and another Bitcoin heist

AOL Launches Charitable Organization Patch.org To Fund Hyperlocal News Sites

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We recently learned that AOL is pouring money ($50 million to be exact) into Patch, a hyperlocal news platform that operates local news sites for 41 small towns and communities in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and California. Now AOL is launching a charitable offshoot of Patch, called...
AOL Launches Charitable Organization Patch.org To Fund Hyperlocal News Sites
Samwer Brothers' Latest E-Commerce Rocket: Emeza For Luxury Goods And Fashion, With Prices Up To $1,000
LulzSec claims hack of Military Singles dating website, dumps over 170,000 account credentials
Soon-To-Be-Acquired BlueSprig's AirCover Family Locator Is An App That Lets You Track Those Close To You
The best tech writing of the week, November 18
NASA working on X1 exoskeleton to aid astronauts, paraplegics

Customer Service Is Next Job for IBM's Watson

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Remember Watson? The supercomputer that in an elaborate but interesting publicity stunt beat humanity at the game show “Jeopardy” a few years back, and then for a follow-up went on to become a big shot doctor (sort of), and more recently has started to specialize in cancer research now has...
Customer Service Is Next Job for IBM's Watson
Ask Ars: What's the big deal with iPhone UDIDs?
Hector Xavier Monsegur: LulzSec leader, FBI informant, and cyberpunk antihero

London Wasps owner arrested over alleged computer hacking

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Millionaire owner Steve Hayes on bail after being arrested by Scotland Yard police working on Operation TuletaThe millionaire owner of London Wasps rugby club, Steve Hayes, is on police bail after being arrested on suspicion of computer hacking, it has emerged.Hayes was arrested in Hertfordshire in February by Scotland Yard...
London Wasps owner arrested over alleged computer hacking

Why the critics are wrong about mobile advertising

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There’s no disputing we’re hurtling towards a true multi-screen society, and mobile is invariably cited as a problem child in this channel family. The standard argument goes that advertisers won’t invest as heavily in mobile as they do online because mobile ads are simply not as effective. After all, people don’t...
Why the critics are wrong about mobile advertising
Be Great Partners adds four new tech startups to its portfolio

A Tour of Astrobotic Technology's lunar rover lab at Carnegie Mellon (video)

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Things are buzzing late Monday afternoon at Carnegie Mellon's Planetary Robotics Lab Highbay. Outside, in front of the garage door-like entrance, a trio of men fills up a kiddie pool with a garden hose. Just to their left, an Enterprise rent-a-truck backs up and a handful of students raise...
A Tour of Astrobotic Technology's lunar rover lab at Carnegie Mellon (video)

Amazon launches Spanish-language eBook store

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Amazon has created a new offshoot in its Kindle Store dedicated to Spanish-languague eBooks. Appropriately named eBooks Kindle en Español, the site offer just Spanish eBooks and new features that are meant to cater to Spanish-speaking, US-based customers. These include help pages, phone, and e-mail support in Spanish.......
Amazon launches Spanish-language eBook store

The Engadget Interview: Mike Hickey, CEO of Wolfson Microelectronics

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Look at the prevalence of Wolfson's audio chips today, in everything from audiophile DACs to smartphones like the Exynos-powered Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4, and it's hard not to be impressed. Factor in the company's humble beginnings in 1984 as a university offshoot in Edinburgh, Scotland, and...
The Engadget Interview: Mike Hickey, CEO of Wolfson Microelectronics
XBMC 12 Frodo Arrives, Bringing Raspberry Pi And Android Versions, AirPlay Audio For Windows And 64bit OS X Support
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