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Wikipedian at War: Jimmy Wales Sets His Sights on Homeopathy

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(Photo: Blogger) Homeopathy, an alternative form of medicine employed by free-spirited aunts everywhere, has just made a very potent enemy. On his newly-minted Quora blog, Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales voiced his disapproval for the method, which has been systematically proven to be an ineffective pseudoscience. While suffering from a cold,...
Wikipedian at War: Jimmy Wales Sets His Sights on Homeopathy

"Six Strikes" Anti-Piracy Scheme Starts Today, With Mystery Punishments

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Today the MPAA and RIAA, helped by five major Internet providers in the United States, will start to warn BitTorrent pirates. The parties launched the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) and agreed on a system through which copyright infringers are warned that their behavior is unacceptable. After five or six...
"Six Strikes" Anti-Piracy Scheme Starts Today, With Mystery Punishments
Google cloud grows up with more support options

Rupert Murdoch Announces The News Corp. Divorce: The Full Memo

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Here’s Rupert Murdoch’s official “internal” announcement explaining the News Corp. split. The important stuff: Murdoch will remain CEO of both the publishing business and the entertainment business. Chase Carey will be COO of the entertainment business. No details on the leadership of the publishing business. (Inside News...
Rupert Murdoch Announces The News Corp. Divorce: The Full Memo

Any Investor Who Watched Mitt Romney Answer This Question Would Short His Stock Immediately

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One of the most telltale signs that a company is about to blow up is when its CEO gets indignant at anyone who dares question his detail-free assertions that the numbers will work. Alarmingly often, these CEOs are trying to cover up ugly or inconvenient details by intimidating analysts...
Any Investor Who Watched Mitt Romney Answer This Question Would Short His Stock Immediately

Treehouse launches jQuery courses and is giving away 5,000 accounts to students

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Treehouse, the video-focused tech education hub which recently launched WordPress, Android and iOS courses, is growing its library yet again with today’s launch of jQuery courses. As developers already know, jQuery is a wildly popular framework that sits atop JavaScript, serving as both an easy way for beginners to start using...
Treehouse launches jQuery courses and is giving away 5,000 accounts to students
Five and a half reasons why I still love Facebook

Could we use open-source tools to improve politics?

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The philosophy behind open-source software has been used to create an operating system and a pretty powerful crowdsourced encyclopedia, among other things, so could adopting that same approach change the way that politics and government work for the better? That’s the idea media theorist Clay Shirky has proposed in a...
Could we use open-source tools to improve politics?

Rachel Sterne and Jakob Lodwick Got Married This Weekend (But Not to Each Other)

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Mr. Lodwick, Mr. Watts, and Ms. Cantrell (Photo: Instagram/Mike Bodge) Love must be in the sticky, humid, sweltering air this season. After three Facebook mafia nuptials in a succession, New York techies are taking their turn at the altar.< The New York Times covered Rachel Sterne‘s East Hamptons wedding to LiveStream...
Rachel Sterne and Jakob Lodwick Got Married This Weekend (But Not to Each Other)

Murdoch to staff: Ignore the naysayers

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One of the most important elements of any major corporate move is pitching it to the staff. News Corp.Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch called in some top execs for meetings earlier this week to talk about splitting the company; here’s how he’s explaining it to everyone now that it’s official...
Murdoch to staff: Ignore the naysayers

Tim Bray, internet trailblazer, seeks to eliminate usernames and passwords

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Tim Bray, the Googler most famous for his prior role in editing the XML language, has set his eyes on a new challenge: eradicating usernames and passwords, at least as we know them today, from the Internet. Bray, who landed at Google in 2010 as an evangelist for the...
Tim Bray, internet trailblazer, seeks to eliminate usernames and passwords
"I was an iPad skeptic"
Three reasons to root for RIM

HUGE FACEBOOK ADVERTISER: The Skeptics Are Dopes -- It Will Be Worth More Than Google

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The head of the vast global marketing firm Havas thinks that investors just don't get it with respect to Facebook. Specifically, he thinks Facebook will be worth more than Google. Why? Because Facebook's revenue opportunity is much bigger than "advertising." Here he is, Havas CEO David Jones, quoted in...
HUGE FACEBOOK ADVERTISER: The Skeptics Are Dopes -- It Will Be Worth More Than Google

Bitcoin virtual currency stages epic comeback, hits new all-time high of $32

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After bottoming out at under $2 last November, the Bitcoin crypto-currency has staged a comeback. Mt. Gox, the currency’s largest exchange, has hit a new high, passing the $32 mark for its US dollar exchange rate, as noted by Bitcoin Magazine. The previous record of $31.9099 was set on June...
Bitcoin virtual currency stages epic comeback, hits new all-time high of $32

Researchers make unsuitable parts work as solar cells, could lead to cheaper panels

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Harnessing the power of the sun is a tricky business, but even the past few weeks have seen some interesting developments in the field. In this latest installment, researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California have figured out a way of making solar cells...
Researchers make unsuitable parts work as solar cells, could lead to cheaper panels

The Highs and Lows of Human-Powered Flight

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On March 19th 2012, YouTube user jarnosmeets80 uploaded the a video to YouTube entitled "Flying like a bird | part 14/14." In it, a man donning a set of homemade wings and a helmet with a GoPro attached achieves what many wishful-thinkers, scientists and millennia of wingless bipeds have...
The Highs and Lows of Human-Powered Flight

Did Google Just Kill Ogg Theora?

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Ever since we broke the news earlier this week that Google is going to open source its VP8 video codec at its Google i/O event next month, speculations have been abounded as to what this means for Ogg Theora, the video codec of choice of open source advocates and free...
Did Google Just Kill Ogg Theora?
Bunchball launches Nitro 5.0 with focus on enterprise gamificaiton

DailyDirt: Life On Other Worlds

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The origin of life is a pretty enormous mystery. There are several theories for how life might have come about, but it's difficult to design experiments to narrow down these options. In the meantime, researchers continue to look for clues and evidence for life that didn't originate on our planet....
DailyDirt: Life On Other Worlds

Wanna learn to code? Here's your chance

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Learning to code is overwhelming. As with any daunting task, it can be difficult to know where to start. Learning code is like dieting: Under all the gimmicks and claims is a core formula to success that requires hard work and determination. Once you get this simple principle, you...
Wanna learn to code? Here's your chance

Amazon May Have Had A Bad Earnings Miss, But It's Still Revolutionizing Retail

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Yesterday, Amazon announced it had missed estimates for sales, earnings and forward guidance.  CEO Jeff Bezos attributed the losses to a massive investment in daily-deal site LivingSocial that didn't pan out. Amazon shares tumbled and skeptics argued that Amazon selling the Kindle at-cost and offering free shipping to certain members...
Amazon May Have Had A Bad Earnings Miss, But It's Still Revolutionizing Retail
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Just Vehemently Denied Giving The Government Direct Access To Facebook Servers

What the Facebook Skeptics Know

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What Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter on Thursday called “media hype” about Facebook’s lockup expirations, I would call market transparency. Thanks to the intense media scrutiny Facebook has received, retail investors now know more about the company than perhaps those on Wall Street would like. They know that more than...
What the Facebook Skeptics Know

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"

Right to Repair: A boost for the consumer -- but for the car thief, too

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Automotive Right to Repair bills would give independent repair shops access to the technical background necessary to affordably maintain cars with their dozens of microprocessors and complex software. They say. But be careful what you wish for. Just as Right to Repair gives you more and cheaper places to repair...
Right to Repair: A boost for the consumer -- but for the car thief, too

Hulu to Boost Spending on Content This Year by 67%

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By William Laudner Television streaming service Hulu will ramp up its spending to create and acquire content to $500 million this year, a 67% increase, Chief Executive Jason Kilar said Tuesday. Bloomberg Jason Kilar, chief executive officer of Hulu The increase in content spending underlines Hulu’s efforts to gain scale...
Hulu to Boost Spending on Content This Year by 67%

Zou Bisou! Netflix Says It Brought a Million New Viewers to Mad Men

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Mad Men is in its fifth season and the AMC show is more popular than ever. This year’s debut episode attracted 3.5 million viewers, up more than a million from last’s season’s 2.4 million average. You’re welcome, says Netflix content boss Ted Sarandos. Sarandos, speaking at a panel at the cable...
Zou Bisou! Netflix Says It Brought a Million New Viewers to Mad Men
BII REPORT: How Native Apps Still Reign Supreme Over HTML5

HTML5 Ready for Prime Time: Don't Believe the Hype Cycle

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Is HTML5 a distant dream or a here-and-now lifeline for the mobile Web? A recent report from research firm Gartner predicted that this collection of next-gen Web technologies is still five to 10 years from becoming a suitable basis for businesses. But developers are moving forward apace, and HTML5-enabled apps...
HTML5 Ready for Prime Time: Don't Believe the Hype Cycle
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