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Google's CEO On The Mobile Challenge: 'We're Going To Make More Money Than We Do Now' (GOOG)

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Despite the fact that Google controls Android, the largest mobile operating system in the world, analysts still worry that the company is "challenged" in mobile. Just last week, Heather Bellini at Goldman Sachs laid out the reasons for skepticism about Google's mobile business. Here they are, briefly: Google had 70%...
Google's CEO On The Mobile Challenge: 'We're Going To Make More Money Than We Do Now' (GOOG)

Making The Case In Favor Of Enhanced Campaigns

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There’s been a lot of anxiety and skepticism from PPC marketers around the recently announced enhanced campaigns. One Search Engine Land commenter put it pretty bluntly: While it’s true that certain advanced features – most notably device-level targeting and keyword-level CPC bidding for... Please visit Search Engine Land for the...
Making The Case In Favor Of Enhanced Campaigns

After 2012 launch splash, Windows 8 faces enterprise skepticism

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Among the raft of recent and upcoming Microsoft upgrades, Windows 8 towers in importance but its chances for success remain cloudy among enterprise customers....
After 2012 launch splash, Windows 8 faces enterprise skepticism

Head of Groupon Goods Faisal Masud is leaving to take a new job

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Two months after firing its CEO, Groupon is facing another setback: The executive in charge of Groupon Goods, the part of the company that has provided a bright spot in an otherwise struggling daily deals business, has resigned, sources close to the situation have told us. Faisal Masud, the vice president of...
Head of Groupon Goods Faisal Masud is leaving to take a new job

MYTHBUSTING: Facebook Is Actually Fantastic Marketing Platform (FB)

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Much of the skepticism surrounding Facebook has to do with doubts about its viability as a marketing platform. But let's stop ignoring two crucial facts: Facebook is actually an incredibly valuable marketing platform. John Coleman, CEO of The VIA Agency recently told us that Facebook's "platform" – the free stuff, like...
MYTHBUSTING: Facebook Is Actually Fantastic Marketing Platform (FB)

Atlas launches to reduce the stress of scheduling, helping you organize group meetings on the go

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Back in 2009, Tungle.me launched to help make time management easier. Two years later, it was acquired by then-Research In Motion (now BlackBerry) before being ultimately shuttered. Some may have lamented its loss, but no longer. Atlas Powered is making its public debut on Thursday as a replacement service. While much...
Atlas launches to reduce the stress of scheduling, helping you organize group meetings on the go

Ouya's Kickstarter video game console tops $5M raised so far (exclusive interview)

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The people have spoken. And they want their Ouya. The new video game console company, Ouya, has raised more than $5 million in a crowd-funded Kickstarter project in just seven days, with 22 more full days to go in the solicitation. “We’re inching toward 40,000 backers and that’s exciting...
Ouya's Kickstarter video game console tops $5M raised so far (exclusive interview)

In Yogurtistan, creating a currency that’s valuable online and off

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Cemil Turun is, without a doubt, one of the most ambitious entrepreneurs I’ve interviewed so far. He wants to create a currency that works in both the online and offline worlds. Facing my obvious journalistic skepticism, he hurries to add that his company, Yogurt Technologies, is one of the first six...
In Yogurtistan, creating a currency that’s valuable online and off

Maybe Don't Pay a Doctor to Inject Stem Cells Into Your Face

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Wat. Behold, the greatest Real Housewives of Los Angeles episode that never existed, courtesy of Scientific American: A woman in her sixties went to her doctor, complaining of pain in her right eye. When she opened it, “she heard a strange click—a sharp sound, like a tiny castanet snapping shut.” Can’t...
Maybe Don't Pay a Doctor to Inject Stem Cells Into Your Face

An Angel Investor's Eye-View on the Chicago Start-Up Scene

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Alan Matthews has, by his own count, invested in 14 companies in Chicago during 2012. He's a mostly lone-wolf angel investor who hasn't shacked up with a group like the Hyde Park, Cornerstone, or Wildcat angels. A commodities trader for decades, he's got an independent take on the companies and...
An Angel Investor's Eye-View on the Chicago Start-Up Scene
Software leak shows the likely Facebook phone specs and features

Why it's critical we cover so-called "controversial" science

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Shirt design by WearScience Ars Technica has never been afraid to cover so-called "controversial" issues in science and culture. Here is why we routinely cover them—and why we reject calls for us to be silent on such issues. I put "controversial" in quotes for a reason. Many of the...
Why it's critical we cover so-called "controversial" science

The Pirate Bay admits to North Korean hosting hoax

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You've got to hand it to the IT wizards at The Pirate Bay--they certainly know how to have fun with their infrastructure set-up. Echoing a prank from 2007, the Pirate Bay on Monday claimed the site was now being hosted in North Korea at that government's invitation. News outlets...
The Pirate Bay admits to North Korean hosting hoax

Bogus Stats Again: BSA Puts Out Its Yearly Propaganda About Software Piracy

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For the 9th year in a row, the Business Software Alliance (BSA), an organization that mainly represents Microsoft's interest, has put out its ridiculous "Global Software Piracy Study", which argues that tons and tons of software is being pirated, and if only people paid for it, there would be $63.4...
Bogus Stats Again: BSA Puts Out Its Yearly Propaganda About Software Piracy

The Facebook Imperative

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Editor’s note: This guest post is written by Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. In it, he explains why enterprise software should take its cues from Facebook and become more social. I quit my job at Oracle in 1999 because I couldn’t stop thinking about a simple question: “Why...
The Facebook Imperative

The CD turns 30: The first player and album were released today in 1982

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As a six-times Grammy Award winner with hits spanning almost five decades, Billy Joel needs little introduction. While the composer, pianist and singer-songwriter may have been introduced to the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame back in 1992, the American songsmith lays claim to another remarkable – and unique – accolade. On...
The CD turns 30: The first player and album were released today in 1982

Move Over, Manhattan: The Brooklyn Tech Triangle Claims It’s Bigger and Better

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WTH is a tech engine? (brooklyntechtriangle.com) Looks like DUMBO isn't the only neighborhood eager to flaunt its tech prowess. According to a new site launched last week, DUMBO is just one 'hood that's part of the "Brooklyn Tech Triangle," which also includes downtown Brooklyn and the Navy Yard. A local...
Move Over, Manhattan: The Brooklyn Tech Triangle Claims It’s Bigger and Better

Zynga launches real money betting games in the UK

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Social games giant Zynga announced on its official blog today that the its first real money betting games ZyngaPlusPoker and ZyngaPlusCasino will launch tomorrow in the U.K. As the name implies, ZyngaPlusPoker is an online poker room which offers a variety of games, tournaments and “buy-ins at every level.”...
Zynga launches real money betting games in the UK

Malaria is no excuse for patent trolling, Mr. Myhrvold

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Nathan Myhrvold, CEO of Intellectual Ventures, took issue with GigaOM this week after we expressed skepticism about his company’s plans to hire a “VP of Global Good.” In an interview with tech site Geekwire, Myhrvold said, “I think we do a whole lot more good for the world than GigaOm...
Malaria is no excuse for patent trolling, Mr. Myhrvold
Three reasons to root for RIM

CFO Defends Amazon From Analyst Skepticism

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Investors seem pretty disappointed with Amazon’s fourth quarter results (as of 3pm Pacific, the company’s stock is down 8.6 percent in after-hours training), yet for most of this afternoon’s analyst conference call, that disappointment was largely hidden in the normal stream of numbers and financial terminology. Finally, a few minutes before the...
CFO Defends Amazon From Analyst Skepticism

Chill Aims to be “Front Door of Video,” User Count in 8 Digit Range

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In a dingy converted apartment building off Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, there’s a startup revolutionizing online video discovery and curation. Cough. Buzzword. Cough. Skepticism. I had exactly these reservations, when I first heard the pitch about Chill. Then I took the product for a spin with co-founder Brian Norgard and...
Chill Aims to be “Front Door of Video,” User Count in 8 Digit Range
Verizon prepared follow T-Mobile's lead if ending phone subsidies proves profitable

Is That 2010 Calling? Daily Deals Aggregator Bownty Raises $1.1 Million

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If you can’t beat ‘em, aggregate ‘em. That was my take in late 2010 when a host of daily deal aggregators sprang up at the height of the whole Groupon-clone thing. So you’ll be forgiven if this post reeks of déjà vu for you, too. Bownty, the Denmark-based daily deal...
Is That 2010 Calling? Daily Deals Aggregator Bownty Raises $1.1 Million

That Time Marissa Mayer Stormed Out Of A Meeting After A Blogging Acquisition (YHOO)

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Influential blogger Dave Winer does not believe all the things Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is saying about letting "Tumblr be Tumblr." The source of his skepticism is a meeting he had with Mayer back in 2003. Back then, Google bought a blogging company called Blogger. Winer and his blogger friends...
That Time Marissa Mayer Stormed Out Of A Meeting After A Blogging Acquisition (YHOO)

Next-gen iPads with LTE and an 8" version in testing? Magic WSJ-ball says "yes"

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The Wall Street Journal has gone ahead and called it on LTE support being included in the next iPad, claiming both AT&T and Verizon will carry the 4G-capable device. The publication cites its usual "people familiar with the matter," noting once again that the next-gen iPad—currently dubbed the "iPad...
Next-gen iPads with LTE and an 8" version in testing? Magic WSJ-ball says "yes"

Oracle's Wooing of CentOS Users Raises Questions

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Some members of the business Linux community greet Oracle security claims with skepticism....
Oracle's Wooing of CentOS Users Raises Questions

Findings: Skepticism as eHarmony Defends Its Matchmaking Algorithm

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EHarmony, whose claims that its matchmaking algorithm can help people find their soul mates was criticized by academics, offers a defense....
Findings: Skepticism as eHarmony Defends Its Matchmaking Algorithm

Star Trek’s Dr. McCoy and DevOps 2.0

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“Crazy way to travel – spreading a man’s molecules all over the universe.” — Dr. McCoy, Star Trek, the original series, “Obsession“ Dr. McCoy was always one of my favorite Star Trek characters. Among his many endearing quirks was a healthy skepticism of transporter technology. Being a doctor, he understood...
Star Trek’s Dr. McCoy and DevOps 2.0
NASA confirms ice and organic material lurk in the darkness on Mercury
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