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'Their Business Strategy Is Terrible:' Fired Zynga Employee Takes to Reddit for Tell-All AMA
Facebook's Graph Search Would Make Online Dating Unbearably Awkward

After A 15-Minute Coffee Meeting, An Investor Offered This 21-Year-Old Founder $500,000

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Josh Miller is the 21-year-old CEO of a buzzy little startup called Branch. He recently raised a big seed round of financing, $2 million, from top-tier angel investors like TechStars' David Tisch, Foursquare investor Rick Webb, and Twitter cofounder Evan Williams. Like many founders these days, Miller has been hit...
After A 15-Minute Coffee Meeting, An Investor Offered This 21-Year-Old Founder $500,000

Automated calls, fraud and the banks: a mismatch made in hell

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Computers that make calls to check for credit or debit card fraud are infuriating - and they don't even make your money secureMy wife tells me that I make a rather comical sight when I start shouting at the radio. I must have been the picture of sheer hilarity this...
Automated calls, fraud and the banks: a mismatch made in hell

10 Best Android apps this week

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Field Trip, Zeebox, Awareness HD for Etymotic, Sky Motion, Puss in Boots and moreThe flow of notable new Android apps quietened down a bit on the Google Play store this week, which is why this post has dropped down to a list of 10 rather than 20 - see the note...
10 Best Android apps this week

Another train ticket complaint arrives

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Buying online brings a fine for failing to print all the email pagesBack in June, I used the TheTrainline.com website to buy a £17 ticket from Sheffield to Leamington Spa. I was sent a booking confirmation email, read it, followed the link and printed my ticket. Or so I thought.When...
Another train ticket complaint arrives
Facebook Is Quietly Ramping Up A Product That 'Kills Us' Says Yahoo Source (FB, YHOO)

The Next CEO Of Microsoft Suddenly No Longer Works At Microsoft

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“Floored.” “Wow.” “Wild.” Those are some of the reactions within Microsoft tonight upon hearing that Windows and Windows Live President Steven Sinofsky would be leaving the company “effective immediately“. Those are the reactions because nearly all Microsoft employees found out about the news tonight alongside the rest of us. Microsoft and...
The Next CEO Of Microsoft Suddenly No Longer Works At Microsoft
Meet Luna Loupe, Author of Some of the Most Bizarre Erotica Amazon Has to Offer

Sink Or Ship Holds Your Wallet Hostage To Ensure Your Projects Ship On Time

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Procrastinators of the world, unite! There are projects that need finishing, now! Or, well, eventually. Maybe not today — I mean, come on, Supertroopers is on TNT tonight. Plus, you’ve spent this long working on it — what’s one more weekend spent figuring out how to make it SoLoMo...
Sink Or Ship Holds Your Wallet Hostage To Ensure Your Projects Ship On Time

Bitly CEO Peter Stern Bounces for 'Other Interests'

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Peter Stern, Bitly’s (now-former) CEO (linkedin.com) Sometimes Silicon Alley can make your head spin: Out of the blue, in a terse blog post, Bitly just announced  that CEO Peter Stern has resigned in order to “pursue other interests.” Say what? The announcement, which clocked in at a mere 61 words,...
Bitly CEO Peter Stern Bounces for 'Other Interests'

Exclusive: Facebook Cuts Off Access to Voxer Over Competition Concerns

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Facebook is facing allegations from a small rival that the service is acting decidedly antisocial. Mobile communications service Voxer tells AllThingsD that Facebook has cut off access to the company’s social graph over competitive concerns. Voxer CEO Tom Katis told AllThingsD that the company got an e-mail on Thursday saying...
Exclusive: Facebook Cuts Off Access to Voxer Over Competition Concerns

Blizzard getting ready to ban Diablo III cheaters

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That sound you hear is Blizzard hoisting its mighty Diablo III banhammer and getting ready to bring it down in a mighty swing. Out of the blue yesterday, the publisher posted a stern warning that it will start suspending and banning Diablo III players "found to be cheating or using...
Blizzard getting ready to ban Diablo III cheaters

Triumphs in Trolling: Scammer Gets Punked by a Tech-Savvy Mark

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Internet edition. (Photo: MTV) In recent days the FTC has announced a crackdown on a particularly pernicious type of scheme: Scammers who call you up, out of the blue, purporting to be from “Windows Technical Support.” They tell you your computer is lousy with viruses, talk you into giving them remote...
Triumphs in Trolling: Scammer Gets Punked by a Tech-Savvy Mark

Gee, We Wonder Who Might Want to Cyber Attack South Korea

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Hackin’ Even as Guccifer goes on a tear, releasing Hova’s credit reports and Hillary Clinton’s emails, our friends in South Korea are having some computer problems of their own. Earlier today (in the middle of the afternoon, Seoul-time), computer networks at two of the country’s banks and three TV stations...
Gee, We Wonder Who Might Want to Cyber Attack South Korea

I Fought the eBay and…It Was a Draw?

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As some of you may know, I’ve been in the process of selling off my single issue comics for the past few months. It’s been a slow process, but I put up about 2-3 auctions each week on eBay consisting of groups of comics that go together. Basically I put...
I Fought the eBay and…It Was a Draw?
Samsung beats Nokia to the punch with Windows Phone 8 -- but does it matter?

Imo.im Tries to Turn Instant Messaging Utility Into Instant Social Discovery Network (Video)

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Mobile messaging apps are so hot right now. imo.im was both ahead of that trend and continues to ride it out. After launching on the Web five years ago to help people manage all their instant messenger accounts, Imo added synchronized mobile apps and group messaging features, and now is...
Imo.im Tries to Turn Instant Messaging Utility Into Instant Social Discovery Network (Video)
Is your workforce happy or burned out? TinyPulse lets employers know the real mood

What's In A Name? $1M, If You're Called MobileApps.com. And At Least One Big Fish May Bite, Says CEO

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The market for mobile apps is booming — but not, it seems, for MobileApps.com, one of the many app aggregating marketplaces that have been set up in the last several years to ride that wave. The Singapore-based site that used to sit at that address has closed down after “failing...
What's In A Name? $1M, If You're Called MobileApps.com. And At Least One Big Fish May Bite, Says CEO

AppGratis CEO explains what led to App Store removal, says that the service will go on

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AppGratis CEO Simon Dawlat has published a blog post explaining exactly what led to the app’s removal from the App Store. The removal was indeed centered around the violation of two of Apple’s App Store rules, especially one limiting promotions via push notifications. Dawlat says that AppGratis had been rejected...
AppGratis CEO explains what led to App Store removal, says that the service will go on

Security Manager's Journal: Spam makes a comeback

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Out of the blue, phishing attacks previously caught in the spam filter are getting through to employee inboxes....
Security Manager's Journal: Spam makes a comeback

A Farewell Ahoy — Thanks For Everything, TechCrunch

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It isn’t easy to feel sad when you’re standing in front of a 14-foot ape who’s wearing a polo shirt, a backwards baseball cap, and, for reasons only its designer could explain — no pants. And yet, there I was. Actually, “sad” would be an understatement. I was downright...
A Farewell Ahoy — Thanks For Everything, TechCrunch

Social commerce startup Fab buys Indian tech startup and longtime partner True Sparrow

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New York-based social shopping firm Fab.com has acquired Pune, India-based True Sparrow, a technology startup that shares a lot of common history with Fab’s founding team. A cash-and-stock deal with earn-out provisions based on future financial performance, The Economic Times of India asserts that this marks the first time a...
Social commerce startup Fab buys Indian tech startup and longtime partner True Sparrow

Get Ready for Your Close-Up Silicon Valley: Kym McNicholas Is Joining PandoDaily

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Kym McNicholas is joining PandoDaily. If you know her, you are thinking one thing right now: How the hell did tiny, little PandoDaily pull that off? If you are one of the ten people who watch “Why Isn’t This News?” this is the announcement I referenced last week, when I...
Get Ready for Your Close-Up Silicon Valley: Kym McNicholas Is Joining PandoDaily

Seriously, What Is Even Going On: Last.fm Hacked Too

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Last.fm staffers on a happier day. (flickr.com/lastfm) Did every single cybersecurity professional on the Internet go on vacation this week? We’re starting to wonder, because not 36 hours after breaches at LinkedIn and eHarmony comes word of another at Last.fm. Can’t we trust anyone to keep our information secure? Apparently not. Earlier today, Last.fm...
Seriously, What Is Even Going On: Last.fm Hacked Too

With an SSD, backups are more important than ever

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Welcome to the dawn of the SSD age. Solid-state drives now offer great performance at affordable prices, which is why more and more users are choosing them in new PCs and adding them to older ones. I'm a big fan myself, but I want to share a cautionary tale....
With an SSD, backups are more important than ever

Nokia Responds To Consumer Criticism About Lumia 900 Without Windows Phone 8

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Nokia's slick Lumia 900 smartphone has received rave reviews from critics and designers alike. And with a massive multi-million-dollar marketing push from AT&T, the Lumia series is arguably Microsoft's best bet for pushing its Windows Phone operating system up against iPhones and Androids. There's just one problem. As was revealed...
Nokia Responds To Consumer Criticism About Lumia 900 Without Windows Phone 8

SkyDrive 3.0: Microsoft gave up fighting Apple's 30% cut and removed option to buy additional storage

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Microsoft on Wednesday released SkyDrive 3.0 for iOS out of the blue. Last time the app was in the news, we had broken the story that Apple was stopping Microsoft from pushing out an update in the App Store because the company doesn’t pay a 30 percent cut of the...
SkyDrive 3.0: Microsoft gave up fighting Apple's 30% cut and removed option to buy additional storage

AT&T Can Foist Its Data Plans On You, Whether You Use It Or Not

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Our most recent posts on AT&T share something of a theme in that they're about what they won't enable you to do. For instance, you can't inform them of a security hole or you'll face years of prison time. Likewise, we learned recently of their plans to limit what you can...
AT&T Can Foist Its Data Plans On You, Whether You Use It Or Not
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