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Master Thief

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The amazing story of Gerald Blanchard. Thorough as ever, Blanchard had spent many previous nights infiltrating the bank to do recon or to tamper with the locks while James acted as lookout, scanning the vicinity with binoculars and providing updates via a scrambled-band walkie-talkie. He had put a transmitter behind...
Master Thief
Foursquare revokes location API for 'Girls Around Me' app

Thanks to Facebook, Now You'll Know Who's Ignoring Your Posts to That One Group

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Courtesy: Facebook.com Facebook, in an apparent effort to fulfill dreams of becoming the creepiest social networking site, announced today that members of a group will now be able to see who has read their posts to that group. While this feature won’t be on your newsfeed–not yet, anyway–it will make it...
Thanks to Facebook, Now You'll Know Who's Ignoring Your Posts to That One Group

The Biggest Mistake People Make On Twitter

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Note: This post was originally published on Inc and has been reprinted here with permission. If you’re just using Twitter to lurk, you can stop reading now: This advice does not pertain to you. But if you intend to use Twitter for any sort of marketing, whether for yourself...
The Biggest Mistake People Make On Twitter

Cast Returns for The Hangover Sequel

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Weeks after the monster success of The Hangover, Warner Bros and director Todd Phillips began talking about a sequel. Since then we’ve heard rumors that the story might be set somewhere outside of Las Vegas, possibly in Thailand. But while Phillips has promised that all the original cast would...
Cast Returns for The Hangover Sequel
Brighter, sharper, and ad-filled: The Kindle Paperwhite review

New iPhone, iPad and Android Apps for February 2012

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As smartphones and tablets end up in the hands of more people, the volume of apps continues to rise exponentially. We noted that January had the highest download rate of the top 200 iOS apps from the Apple App Store than any month previous. February will likely break that record...
New iPhone, iPad and Android Apps for February 2012

Report: Steve Jobs' widow has bought a house in Sun Valley

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Meanwhile, the Jobs' family home in Palo Alto is undergoing major renovations FORTUNE -- Laurene Powell Jobs has been busy. According to Thurday's New York Post, the richest woman in Silicon Valley (estimate wealth: $9 billion) purchased a house within the last few days in the vicinity of Sun Valley,...
Report: Steve Jobs' widow has bought a house in Sun Valley
Australia fire department says Apple Maps creates 'dangerous' situations

Foursquare Cracks Down on Cheaters

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For those of you armchair mayors who cheat with your Foursquare checkins, your time has come. The mobile social network has announced that checkins outside the immediate vicinity of the venue in question will no longer net points, badges or mayorships.Foursquare is now using your mobile phone’s GPS location...
Foursquare Cracks Down on Cheaters

CloudFlare signs a deal with GlobalSign to (quietly) hasten secure Web pages

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To further its plan of making the Web ever faster, CloudFlare has signed a deal with GlobalSign to shave a couple hundred milliseconds off the loading time of every page that pings the company to authenticate its SSL certificate. In plain English: a chunk of the Web just got a...
CloudFlare signs a deal with GlobalSign to (quietly) hasten secure Web pages

TaT’s PlayBook wireless document-sharing app, you could say it’s astonishing [Video]

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Having spent a lot of time at the booths of various mobile vendors here at MWC, we have seen plenty of devices, but not much in the way of cool software. We just spent some time at RIM’s stand and saw some pretty cool developments from the The Astonishing Tribe...
TaT’s PlayBook wireless document-sharing app, you could say it’s astonishing [Video]

In a suspect move, LightSquared calls for GPS design standards

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In its ongoing fight to launch its nationwide LTE service, LightSquared on Wednesday asked the Federal Communications Commission to impose the first-ever standards on GPS device design, claiming such requirements would allow GPS and its 4G network to co-exist peacefully in the satellite bands. While LightSquared would appear to...
In a suspect move, LightSquared calls for GPS design standards

Seedio turns multiple iPhones into a synchronized loudspeaker

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Seedio is a new app that lets you play local iPhone music across multiple devices. The app uses a Wi-Fi network to beam the track to other iPhones in your vicinity and synchronizes the playback. To use the developer's words, the app emulates "one perfectly synchronized loudspeaker" across multiple...
Seedio turns multiple iPhones into a synchronized loudspeaker

Groupon Now! reaches 1.5 million real-time deals sold in under one year

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Daily deals pioneer Groupon announced today that its real-time, location-based offers service Groupon Now! has reached 1.5 million deals sold in a year from its launch, achieving the milestone less than three months before its traditional deals service. In what will be of little surprise to anyone, Groupon’s 1.5 millionth...
Groupon Now! reaches 1.5 million real-time deals sold in under one year

T-Mobile USA Testing iPhone-Compatible 4G HSPA+ Service at Moscone West

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Yesterday, 9to5Mac reported that an iPhone user running on T-Mobile's network had observed the curious phenomenon of 3G connectivity showing up on his device when in the immediate vicinity of the Moscone West convention center where Apple is holding its Worldwide Developers Conference next week. The user, who frequently passes...
T-Mobile USA Testing iPhone-Compatible 4G HSPA+ Service at Moscone West

Get Ready For The TC Southeast Mini Meetup Tour: July 6 – July 12

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Hot on the heels of the TechCrunch Philadelphia Mini Meetup, I can’t help but look forward to what’s next: a full-scale tour of the Southeast. We’re hitting Savannah, Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, and Greenville, in that order between July 6 and July 12. Yep, it’s going to be quite the road...
Get Ready For The TC Southeast Mini Meetup Tour: July 6 – July 12

VMware virtual machines targeted by "Crisis" espionage malware

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Symantec.com Researchers have uncovered a single espionage malware attack that is capable of infecting multiple platforms, including computers running the Windows and Mac OS X operating systems, Windows-powered mobile devices, and VMware virtual machines. When Ars first chronicled the trojan backdoor known as Morcut last month, we reported that...
VMware virtual machines targeted by "Crisis" espionage malware

Sonar offers on-the-go messaging to friend groups nearby

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Social discovery app Sonar isn’t just about social discovery any more. One year after its launch, the New York-based startup said it wants to be less of a mechanism for uncovering connections with strangers around you and more of a tool for actually connecting with friends and, eventually other contacts,...
Sonar offers on-the-go messaging to friend groups nearby

Fashion apps Pinterize the real world to drive in-store sales

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Fashionistas looking online for clothing inspiration and styles to purchase have more options than they could ever exhaust. But a few emerging fashion-focused startups are starting to use Pinterest-like mobile platforms to drive sales offline. Swirl, a mobile fashion platform that launched out of stealth on Monday, gives shoppers a...
Fashion apps Pinterize the real world to drive in-store sales

Tigers take to the night in order to thrive among humans

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Michigan State University As the human population grows, conflicts with wildlife are becoming more common and more intense. Many conservation models are built on the idea that threatened species, especially large carnivores, cannot successfully use the same habitat as humans. These theories claim that large protected areas are needed...
Tigers take to the night in order to thrive among humans

Foursquare Testing Paid Promotions With NYC Small Businesses

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Foursquare has traditionally been a way for customers to promote their favorite bars, coffee shops and restaurants. Now, those shops will be able to promote themselves to consumers.The four-year-old mobile app company has started allowing a "handful" of local New York City merchants to promote their store listings within the...
Foursquare Testing Paid Promotions With NYC Small Businesses

Foursquare fans rejoice: 'Nearby Friends' is back on iOS and BlackBerry, Android to follow

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There was a minor omission from Foursquare’s recent redesign, with Crowley & Co. opting to erase the popular ‘Nearby Friends’ view. But fret not, the location-based social network has reintroduced the feature with its latest roll-out, letting you once again switch between all your activity and check-ins in your...
Foursquare fans rejoice: 'Nearby Friends' is back on iOS and BlackBerry, Android to follow

Meteor explodes over Russia, injuring hundreds

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As everyone was watching a large body called 2012 DA14, which is heading for a close approach to Earth today, a far smaller body exploded in a spectacular fireball over Russia's Ural region. Although it's not yet clear whether any pieces of the meteor survived to land on Earth,...
Meteor explodes over Russia, injuring hundreds

Microsoft Launches HelpBridge, Lets You Alert Friends And Family When Disasters Strike

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When a disaster happens, chances are you want to get in touch with your loved ones as soon as possible, either to tell them that you’re fine or to make sure they are. To make this easier, Microsoft is launching HelpBridge today, a mobile app for iOS, Android and Windows...
Microsoft Launches HelpBridge, Lets You Alert Friends And Family When Disasters Strike

Singapore-based location ad service Chalkboard closes: “Our progress was not meeting our ambition”

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Location-based advertising service Chalkboard has closed its doors after the Singapore-based firm shut down its service this week, with its founders admitting that the company’s progress hadn’t been in line with its ambitions. Founded by Saumil Nanavati and Bernard Leong (who is involved in the This Week in Asia podcast),...
Singapore-based location ad service Chalkboard closes: “Our progress was not meeting our ambition”

“Problematic Wi-Fi Access”: Apple Bans Augmented Reality App Sekai Camera

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More and more apps are stricken from the App Store as of late, for a variety of reasons. Today, the Apple hammer hit Tokyo-based Tonchidot whose augmented reality app Sekai Camera was removed without warning. The free app, which made its – memorable – debut during TechCrunch 50 in 2008,...
“Problematic Wi-Fi Access”: Apple Bans Augmented Reality App Sekai Camera

Glassmap and Highlight Take on the Next Frontier of Location Sharing: Doing It All the Time

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Remember when everyone in social media said it was time for location apps to go “beyond the check-in”? Well, it’s happening. While early leaders like Foursquare try to evolve to turn check-ins into local intelligence, some new apps like Highlight and Glassmap are going all in on helping people passively...
Glassmap and Highlight Take on the Next Frontier of Location Sharing: Doing It All the Time

FiveStars takes its loyalty program out of the US, landing in Canada in partnership with Rogers

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FiveStars, a startup offering a loyalty card program for local businesses, kicked off its first expansion outside the US today via a new partnership with Canadian telecommunications company Rogers. The new program, which is dubbed Vicinity, will be run by Rogers and powered by FiveStars’ proprietary technology, which integrates with point-of-sale (POS)...
FiveStars takes its loyalty program out of the US, landing in Canada in partnership with Rogers

Foursquare gives merchants new tool to talk to loyal customers

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New feature on checkin service allows businesses to send status updates that may include special promotions and photos to repeat customers already in the vicinity. [Read more]...
Foursquare gives merchants new tool to talk to loyal customers
× Just a test of the new info bar. What do you think?