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PC games are growing, but will that continue after the PS4 and Xbox 720 launch?

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As we near the end of this console generation, the PC has been picking up the slack. Not only are games looking and playing extraordinarily better on the PC these days, but data is showing that the market is growing as well. With 8% growth in 2012, PC games made...
PC games are growing, but will that continue after the PS4 and Xbox 720 launch?
Pacific Crest: Apple's iPhone Business Is Going To Be Dead In The Water (AAPL)

Siri Often Sucks. Will Humans Make Sivi Better?

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Apple's Siri loses a lot in translation. Could human-powered intelligence pick up the slack where virtual assistants fail? Sivi founder Nicholas Seet thinks so. The pitfalls and oddities of our interactions with Siri are the brunt of many well-documented jokes and groans. (No, Siri, giving me directions to Philadelphia...
Siri Often Sucks. Will Humans Make Sivi Better?

Capital One Might Make Charles Barkley Join Twitter

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Charles Barkley might have said that Twitter is for "losers" in the past, but the NBA star turned announcer might be changing his tune shortly after taking on the role of social media friendly Capital One's spokesman, Adweek reports. Capital One svp/brand marketing Marc Mentry said: "I think he's going to...
Capital One Might Make Charles Barkley Join Twitter

Texas man foretells dire outcome: messages 'I need to quit texting,' before driving into ravine

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Despite our love of gadgets, we're not willing to give any slack to people that text while driving, and for one good reason: it's freaking dangerous. You've heard the grim stories before, but few incidents resonate to the heart of the matter like that of Chance Bothe from Texas....
Texas man foretells dire outcome: messages 'I need to quit texting,' before driving into ravine

London's reliance on the tech scene is growing, think tank claims

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London’s Silicon Roundabout certainly gets a lot of attention (and even jealousy), but that focus has until now largely been on what the city and country can do for the tech sector. Now we have some idea of how important the tech sector can be for the city. And it...
London's reliance on the tech scene is growing, think tank claims

HP laptop comes with webcam standard, peek at Chinese factory as bonus (video)

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Most tours of Chinese factories at least give workers a heads-up that they'll be on camera. Not so the exposé that HP inadvertently gave one of its Swedish customers. Reddit user Malplace opened a new laptop to find that a 3-minute webcam video of the factory floor at HP's...
HP laptop comes with webcam standard, peek at Chinese factory as bonus (video)

To-do app Astrid lets you pay other people to do the tasks you want to avoid

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When news of an update to a to-do list app hits our tips email address, it had better offer something different – after all, how much innovation can a checklist of tasks really offer? Thankfully, the latest Android version of Astrid offers a fresh idea – outsourcing the jobs you don’t...
To-do app Astrid lets you pay other people to do the tasks you want to avoid

Bungie.net to stop updating Halo data on March 31st, completing split from the franchise

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If there's one thing that comes to mind when you hear about the game developer Bungie, it's got to be the mega-hit franchise Halo. After the company split from Microsoft in 2008, it is now completing its departure from the franchise: the online portal Bungie.net is going to stop...
Bungie.net to stop updating Halo data on March 31st, completing split from the franchise

Novatel Liberate MiFi for AT&T hands-on

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It's not too often that a mobile hotspot graces our home page, but this one is worth a mention. Novatel is launching the Liberate, a MiFi with a built-in touchscreen, on AT&T in the coming months, and we had the opportunity to play with the new device at MobileCon...
Novatel Liberate MiFi for AT&T hands-on

Spamhaus Declares Grum Botnet Dead, but Festi Surges

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A relatively new botnet has taken up the slack left by the shutdown in July of another major spamming botnet called Grum, according to the junk mail fighting......
Spamhaus Declares Grum Botnet Dead, but Festi Surges
Why Joining Yahoo Is The Best Thing Marissa Mayer Ever Did--For Google

The Pirate Bay now hosting banned 3D printed gun files

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Yesterday, the U.S. State Department demanded the removal of the files from Defcad, claiming they may violate export rules. Now, the peer-to-peer Pirate Bay has picked up the slack. [Read more]...
The Pirate Bay now hosting banned 3D printed gun files

Mobile Miscellany: week of August 20th, 2012

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Not all mobile news is destined for the front page, but if you're like us and really want to know what's going on, then you've come to the right place. This past week was a bit slow, but we've managed to dig up a couple interesting MeeGo tidbits, along...
Mobile Miscellany: week of August 20th, 2012

This Is Just Getting Sad, Larry: Google’s Latest Effort to Prop Up Google+

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Google continues to scorch everything it once considered sacred in the name of propping up the most successful social media site that no one I know actually uses. (Yes, other than you, Scoble.) Danny Sullivan wrote a great piece yesterday about Google now pimping out Google+ on its famously spartan...
This Is Just Getting Sad, Larry: Google’s Latest Effort to Prop Up Google+
The Series A Bottleneck Grows Tighter, Fenwick Survey Shows

Feeling Zynga's Pain, Facebook's Payments Biz Takes a Dive

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Many of Facebook’s earnings numbers were positive when results hit on Tuesday afternoon. Ad revenues are accelerating, and mobile now makes up a notable portion of overall revenues. One number, however, wasn’t so heartening — Facebook’s payments business. Revenues on payments and other fees came in at $176 million in...
Feeling Zynga's Pain, Facebook's Payments Biz Takes a Dive

My Little Pony Roleplay Happens On Twitter. We Blame the Heat Wave.

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“You are not going to believe this.” (Photo: flickr.com/dreamcicle)Oh dear. We’re not entirely sure how to break this to all of you, so we’ll just come right out and say it: We’ve stumbled upon evidence of two My Little Pony enthusiasts basically cybering, on Twitter, via @reply. Yeah. The first...
My Little Pony Roleplay Happens On Twitter. We Blame the Heat Wave.

As the Power Returns, E-Commerce Sites Turn Their Attention to the Holidays

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Technology companies are largely considered resilient in natural disasters. When one server goes down, a redundant one lights up across the country to pick up the slack. And when employees can’t make it to work, they work remotely with a laptop and a broadband connection. Source: Fab.com. Employees at Fab.com work...
As the Power Returns, E-Commerce Sites Turn Their Attention to the Holidays

Nudged by Apple, Twitter's Porn Saga Ends in a Raw Deal for Vine

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We spent last week watching Vine, Twitter’s new video-sharing app, get raked over the coals in the public eye for its so-called “porn problem”; if you searched for certain suggestive hashtags on the service — just think of a few four-letter-words — you’d be privy to some six-second clips of...
Nudged by Apple, Twitter's Porn Saga Ends in a Raw Deal for Vine

MetroPCS enters the VoIP age. Who will be next?

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MetroPCS has been gunning to be the first out of the gate with a voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) service, and this week  it didn’t disappoint. It’s first VoIP handset, the LG Connect 4G, went on sale in Dallas on Tuesday, making it the first carrier to combine its voice, messaging and internet...
MetroPCS enters the VoIP age. Who will be next?

Nokia shuts its biggest store in the world in Shanghai

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Nokia has shuttered its flagship store in China, and is looking to mobile operators and others to pick up the slack....
Nokia shuts its biggest store in the world in Shanghai

Apple’s Call Brings Insights, From China To Appliances

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Apple Inc.’s upside surprises Tuesday showed once again that Wall Street investors and analysts don’t necessarily see the whole picture of the company’s business. The gadget maker’s shares have risen 9.2% Wednesday to $611.52 after Apple said its profits nearly doubled to $11.6 billion in its second quarter, bolstered largely...
Apple’s Call Brings Insights, From China To Appliances

Strategy Analytics: iPad's Loss Is Android's Gain In Tablet Shipments, But Apple Still Ahead At 57% Of Q3 Sales

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With Apple just ending its conference call for its quarterly results, Strategy Analytics has published its numbers on global tablet sales for the quarter. Apple and the iPad remain in the lead with 57% of all shipments, but just as Apple missed sales expectations on the iPad, it also is...
Strategy Analytics: iPad's Loss Is Android's Gain In Tablet Shipments, But Apple Still Ahead At 57% Of Q3 Sales

Sprint Gives LightSquared More Time to Figure Out GPS Issues

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Sprint has agreed to give LTE wannabe LightSquared until mid-March to get FCC approval of its untraditional spectrum, which continues to interfere with GPS signals. - Sprint reportedly is giving LightSquared some slack, agreeing to extend the deadline by which the hopeful LTE 4G company must gain the approval of...
Sprint Gives LightSquared More Time to Figure Out GPS Issues

French court rules Google isn't liable for YouTube bootlegs of TF1 TV shows

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France typically hasn't been kind to Google. Today, though, it's cutting some important slack. A court has ruled that the search firm can't be held liable when YouTube members upload clips of their favorite football matches or movies from local network TF1. As in a case involving Dailymotion last...
French court rules Google isn't liable for YouTube bootlegs of TF1 TV shows
What Flickr Really Needs To Copy From Instagram - And It Isn't Photo Filters

Get it together Groupon, you’re making Chicago look bad

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Groupon is a company that few understand completely. Its meteoric rise, massive initial public offering, accounting quirks, hiring binges and global expansion, coupled with its continued financial losses make it a unique corporation. Being so individual is not in and of itself something bad, or something to be avoided, but...
Get it together Groupon, you’re making Chicago look bad

Microsoft: Facebook's Graph Search is a "unified search experience" with Bing technology

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From Microsoft’s lips, Graph Search is Bing’s new best friend. Moments ago Facebook announced a new search tool, immediately sparking speculation that Bing was on the way out of the social giant. For now, that is not the case. Bing remains integrated into the core Facebook search experience, essentially providing it with breadth:...
Microsoft: Facebook's Graph Search is a "unified search experience" with Bing technology

Microsoft takes income hit prior to Windows 8 launch

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Facing a sluggish PC market and deferring revenue from sales of its upcoming Windows 8 OS, Microsoft reported $4.47 billion in net income for its first fiscal quarter of 2013, a 22 percent decline from the same period a year earlier. The company reported revenue of $16.01 billion for...
Microsoft takes income hit prior to Windows 8 launch
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