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FAA to take 'fresh look' at gadget restrictions on flights

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The only thing worse than the Terrible 10,000 Feet is the underlying sense that it's all so unnecessary. Why should using an iPad, Kindle or bag-holding alarm clock be banned during take-off and landing, even with all wireless comms switched off? Nick Bilton from the New York Times has...
FAA to take 'fresh look' at gadget restrictions on flights

Exclusive: New Google+ Study Reveals Minimal Social Activity, Weak User Engagement

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Larry Page recently called Google+ the company's "social spine." If that's the case, then Google's backbone might be much weaker than Page has been letting on, at least according to a new report from RJ Metrics. This week, the data analytics firm provided Fast Company with exclusive new insights...
Exclusive: New Google+ Study Reveals Minimal Social Activity, Weak User Engagement

HP on laptop design similarities with Apple's: it's a struggle as we drive to simplicity

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HP's spent the afternoon here in Shanghai to share some details about its latest products and strategy, and to our delight, there was one session dedicated to "Style Meets Function," during which Vice President of Industrial Design Stacy Wolff talked about his design philosophy and design goals for the...
HP on laptop design similarities with Apple's: it's a struggle as we drive to simplicity

Jony Ive: What Apple is working on now is the ‘most important’ work it’s done

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Apple’s Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, Jony Ive, believes that the projects that the company is currently working on what feels like the “most important and best work” it has done, something that is almost certain to intensify speculation over the release of a future Apple television set or...
Jony Ive: What Apple is working on now is the ‘most important’ work it’s done

Apple responds to iPhone 5 Scuffgate: Scratches and chips are 'normal'

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In an interesting twist to Scuffgate Apple’s marketing boss Phil Schiller has admitted that the iPhone 5′s susceptibility to scuffing is… “normal.” Furthermore, it would seem that Apple is fully aware that the iPhone 5 is easy to scuff — and yet it knowingly manufactured (and sold) record breaking numbers...
Apple responds to iPhone 5 Scuffgate: Scratches and chips are 'normal'

Google’s profit on every Nexus 7 tablet sold: $0

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Google unveiled its first own-brand tablet on Wednesday, and it may end up forcing Android tablet vendors to make big changes to their strategies. The new Android tablet is sleek and its price tag is attractive, but Google Android boss Andy Rubin confirmed one thing the tablet is not...
Google’s profit on every Nexus 7 tablet sold: $0

Kim Dotcom Dismissed As Fraudster By Twitter and Facebook

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Like many famous people and other celebrities online, Kim Dotcom has many tens of thousands of fans and followers. However, not all of these people have his best interests at heart. The problem comes when people do a search for Kim’s Twitter account using Google. Although his own account with...
Kim Dotcom Dismissed As Fraudster By Twitter and Facebook

Facebook Tinkers With Comments To Get Users To Talk To Each Other

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Despite all the refinements Facebook has forced on its change-phobic user base over the years, the social network's commenting system hasn't gotten a lot of updates. That's finally changing as the company tests rated comments - promoted with Likes - and nested replies with a small test batch of users. (Facebook...
Facebook Tinkers With Comments To Get Users To Talk To Each Other

Chirpify turns Twitter into a payment and commerce platform

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Twitter has become a high-powered news, information and interest network but it hasn’t really flexed its potential as a commerce platform. But a new Portland, OR start-up called Chirpify is looking to leverage the exploding Twitter network to create a tool for brands, organizations and users to sell items, take...
Chirpify turns Twitter into a payment and commerce platform
A better Google+ notification experience in email
Twitter makes stock ticker $ 'cashtag' links official, following # and @

The best of Twitter in your inbox

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Starting today, you can discover the best of Twitter in a weekly email digest delivered to your inbox. This summary features the most relevant Tweets and stories shared by the people you’re connected to on Twitter. Stories feature a design similar to the recently updated Discover tab, emphasizing who shared...
The best of Twitter in your inbox

Facebook ‘Missed Irish Data Protection Deadline’, Says Consumer Group. Facebook Objects

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As Facebook has continued its rapid rise, one thing it has not been able to shake off are questions over how it deals with user data and privacy. That issue is getting revisited again today in Europe, where a consumer rights group says that Facebook has missed a deadline, set...
Facebook ‘Missed Irish Data Protection Deadline’, Says Consumer Group. Facebook Objects

Twitter @ reply's original creator uncovered, did it before it was cool

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The @ reply has long been cited as an example of Twitter's organic growth, having birthed from its users rather than a San Francisco office -- but who really started it? After some in-depth sleuthing, early adopter Garrett Murray now credits the ad hoc invention to Richard Andersen, who...
Twitter @ reply's original creator uncovered, did it before it was cool
Google+ is a ghost town, study says

Can you be sexy and have a startup?

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Today I had a Twitter debate with a woman in tech I highly respect; TechCrunch’s editor Alexia Tsotsis. What I respect about Alexia is that she writes truthfully, never pandering to her abusive audience of trolls who judge her for every word she writes. It takes big balls to read endless hater comments...
Can you be sexy and have a startup?
Twitter Now Putting Tweets In Your Inbox With A Weekly Email Digest
Introducing the new compose in Gmail

Frame rate debate rages on with 48 fps projection of 3D Hobbit footage

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With his use of Red cameras, 3ality rigs, and high frame rate 3D technology, no one can accuse Peter Jackson of being stuck in the past. Need more evidence of his anti-luddism? He just gave the first projection of footage from his 3D opus "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"...
Frame rate debate rages on with 48 fps projection of 3D Hobbit footage

Tumblr launches completely redesigned, faster iPhone application

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This slideshow requires JavaScript. The Tumblr blogging service has launched a completely revamped version of their iPhone and iPod touch application. The new Tumblr application is re-built from the ground up and includes a redesigned dashboard interface for organizing blog posts, high-resolution image support, offline mode, and more. The new...
Tumblr launches completely redesigned, faster iPhone application

Cloning Successful Startups

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Jeff Leventhal, the CEO of our portfolio company WorkMarket, emailed me yesterday. He said: i would love to see an avc post about copycats like samwer bros. what do u think of this form of entrepreneurs, etc? I looked back over my archives and I guess I've never addressed this...
Cloning Successful Startups
Social: Twitter's New Rules of the Road Means Some Apps Are Roadkill

“The Most Outstanding Fact.” This might be one the most Earth shattering videos you ever watch.

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Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?” This was his reply:...
“The Most Outstanding Fact.” This might be one the most Earth shattering videos you ever watch.

RIM Employee's OOO Reply This Week Is Both Epic And Inspiring

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RIM is holding its yearly developers conference this week, playing host to over a thousand developers still dedicated to the BlackBerry platform. The company detailed several novel features to BlackBerry 10 scheduled for release in early 2012. And yes, there was this bad music video, too. Anyway, a fellow TC...
RIM Employee's OOO Reply This Week Is Both Epic And Inspiring

43% of US teens say they text whilst driving, despite knowing of the dangers: AT&T survey

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A survey commissioned by US telecoms giant AT&T has found that 43% of teens admit to sending a text while driving, with adults setting a poor example too. The research was carried out as part of the company’s It Can Wait campaign, which seeks to highlight the dangers of texting...
43% of US teens say they text whilst driving, despite knowing of the dangers: AT&T survey

SaneBox Adds Smarter Reminders, Lets You Snooze Emails, Sync Reminders To Calendars

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SaneBox is definitely starting to get my attention. The company, which is focused on solving the very real problem of email overload, has just rolled out a minor, but clever, new feature: reminders that sync to calendars. With the so-called “SaneRemindMe 2.0″ offering, you can quickly defer emails until you’re ready...
SaneBox Adds Smarter Reminders, Lets You Snooze Emails, Sync Reminders To Calendars

Facebook confirms researcher exploited privacy settings to quickly collect user phone numbers

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On Friday, a researcher by the name of Suriya Prakash claimed that the majority of phone numbers on Facebook are not safe. It’s not clear where he got his numbers from (he says 98 percent, while another time he says 500 million out of Facebook’s 600 million mobile users), but...
Facebook confirms researcher exploited privacy settings to quickly collect user phone numbers

★ Forstall Out

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Blockbuster executive leadership change at Apple; Scott Forstall has been shown the door. Here’s the key paragraph: Jony Ive will provide leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) across the company in addition to his role as the leader of Industrial Design. His incredible design aesthetic has been the driving...
★ Forstall Out

Twitter Hashtag Chats Are Ruining My Life. Please Stop

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Having a conversation on Twitter is like gabbing in the front row of a rock concert. You have to yell to be heard, and that annoys everyone around you. Yet for some reason, people engage in hashtag chats on Twitter. Hashtag chats are not only rude, they're unnecessary. There...
Twitter Hashtag Chats Are Ruining My Life. Please Stop

Amazon Offers A New Simulator For Developers To Test Email In Apps

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Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) is the kind of service that Amazon Web Services (AWS) does so well. It automates the manual task of adding email to apps so developers can focus on doing what they do best. Today, AWS added a new way to simulate in Amazon SES what...
Amazon Offers A New Simulator For Developers To Test Email In Apps
× Just a test of the new info bar. What do you think?