wednesday afternoon

wednesday afternoon

Greek Athlete Kicked Off Olympic Team For Tweet

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Voula Papachristou, Greece’s triple-jump champion, was barred from competing in the London Olympic Games by the Hellenic Olympic Committee after an offensive tweet on Monday. She tweeted, “with so many Africans in Greece, at least the West Nile mosquitos will be eating food from their own home.”  The Democratic Left, one...
Greek Athlete Kicked Off Olympic Team For Tweet

PSA: Kindle iOS app users should not update to version 3.6.1

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This one's coming straight from the horse's mouth. Amazon is acknowledging a "known issue" with version 3.6.1 of its Kindle app for iOS -- the company is recommending that current users avoid the latest update, which hit the App Store today. According to TUAW, the new version may completely...
PSA: Kindle iOS app users should not update to version 3.6.1
Microsoft Gives Windows Azure Amazonian Facelift

Simplify: Square's Hyper-Focused Hack Week, Where Function Meets Fancy

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SquareIt’s a Wednesday afternoon before everyone leaves for Winter break, and I’m sitting inside a San Francisco tech company office, watching an engineer take sandpaper to a banana. No, it’s not some fruit-centric start-up. This is Square, the micro-payments company aimed at changing the way people make transactions. I’ve stopped...
Simplify: Square's Hyper-Focused Hack Week, Where Function Meets Fancy

How Boxee Saved Our Thanksgiving (But The Jets Ruined It)

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Due to the fact that we are homeless in NYC on account of Sandy, the Gotham Gal decided to take her Thanksgiving on the road this year, out to our beach house on the east end of long island. It was a great idea and starting on wednesday afternoon, our...
How Boxee Saved Our Thanksgiving (But The Jets Ruined It)

This high-resolution imaging technology takes you inside the human body like never before

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The UW's Richard Johnston I spent a good portion of my Wednesday afternoon hanging around the University of Washington’s new startup incubator, a 23,000 square-foot facility in Fluke Hall with room for up to 25 startup companies. After listening to remarks from UW president Michael Young (watch full video here)...
This high-resolution imaging technology takes you inside the human body like never before

AMD acquires SeaMicro to grab share of microserver market

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AMD has made a $334 million bet on the energy-efficient "microserver" market. On Wednesday afternoon, the company announced that they have reached a $334 million agreement, to purchase SeaMicro, a successful microserver manufacturer. Launched in 2007, SeaMicro quickly gained attention for their ability to combine cheap, low-end processors that could...
AMD acquires SeaMicro to grab share of microserver market

After Sandy, communications slowly improve

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Some wireless and wired communications services downed by Hurricane Sandy have been restored over the past 24 hours, but FCC officials said Wednesday afternoon that several serious outages remain in New York, New Jersey and some other hard hit areas....
After Sandy, communications slowly improve

Judge denies assertion of revived Oracle patent but Google still needs to take a license to it

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After Oracle's '702 patent was brought back to life by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, emerging stronger than ever from the ex-parte reexamination proceedings, the parties had a genuine dispute over whether Oracle could still assert it at the upcoming patent trial, i.e., Phase Two of the overall...
Judge denies assertion of revived Oracle patent but Google still needs to take a license to it

And, bam! Here's Google Compute Engine

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Drum roll, please. Google Compute Engine is now available to everyone, not just those who pay $400 per month for Google Gold support. (Update: Actually, it turns out folks can sign up for GCE starting at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday.) Notably, Google will offer its resources in sub-hour increments...
And, bam! Here's Google Compute Engine
Streaming the Olympics: How YouTube and NBC do it

Bitcoin is not a real currency, just some 21st-century cowrie shells

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The 'cryptocurrency' has more in common with gold than with fiat currencies which can provide extra liquidityThe rollercoaster ride of Bitcoin's valuation has, after a couple of months of being pulled up the roller, hit the "coaster" part. Now is the time where the people on board have to decide...
Bitcoin is not a real currency, just some 21st-century cowrie shells

VIDEO: O2 boss says 'sorry' to customers

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Ronan Dunne, Chief Executive of O2, has apologised to customers for the disruption caused by an outage to the firm's mobile network, which began on Wednesday afternoon....
VIDEO: O2 boss says 'sorry' to customers

Microsoft Kills Independent Website Due to Leaked Documents

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Due to DMCA complaints filed my Microsoft, whistleblower website Cryptome [link to a backup version of the site] has been disabled by its ISP, Network Solutions. The complaints were due to the fact that Cryptome published a 17-page Microsoft Global Criminal Spy Guide. Microsoft claimed copyright infringement; Cryptome's editor refused...
Microsoft Kills Independent Website Due to Leaked Documents

BajaLibros, a big Spanish-language ebookstore, comes to the US

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BajaLibros, an Argentinian digital book store that sells Spanish-language ebooks throughout Latin America, has launched in the United States. But there is already a lot of competition for the Spanish-language ebook market here. BajaLibros is owned by Grupo VI-DA, an Argentinian digital media group. The bookstore says it sells over...
BajaLibros, a big Spanish-language ebookstore, comes to the US
Testing Boxee TV: First impressions, screenshots and unboxing video

John McAfee deported to US after week spent in Guatemalan detention

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Software pioneer fled to Guatemala from Belize after being named as a person of interest in the murder of his neighbourJohn McAfee's wish to return to the United States appears to have been granted after officials in Guatemala said the eccentric software pioneer would be deported to his home country.McAfee...
John McAfee deported to US after week spent in Guatemalan detention

Samsung might have just outed the Galaxy Note II ahead of its official debut

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This image above is one that we’ve seen for quite some time now. We first saw it emerge earlier this year alongside early Galaxy S III reports, but the Galaxy S III ended up launching as a very different beast. Now we’re seeing the photo emerge once again, but...
Samsung might have just outed the Galaxy Note II ahead of its official debut
Samsung expects Galaxy S III sales to top 30 million in 2012

O2 network crash leaves mobile users without service

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Thousands of customers affected across the UK after unexplained outageThousands of mobile users across the UK have been unable to send or receive calls or texts after O2's network crashed.The network said the problem was not affecting all of its 23 million UK customers, but confirmed that at least "thousands"...
O2 network crash leaves mobile users without service

Adobe Subscription Shift Happens Faster Than Expected

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Results from Adobe Systems Inc. on Wednesday afternoon whipsawed investors, who were at first concerned about the software maker’s disappointing forecast but later assuaged by the company’s report of a faster-than-expected shift to a subscription model. Shares of Adobe fell as much as 3 percent in after-hours trading on Wednesday...
Adobe Subscription Shift Happens Faster Than Expected

Path deletes contact data, updates app

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The company behind the journaling app Path announced Wednesday that it has erased all the data that it obtained from users’ address books, in a swift response to user backlash. Path announced the decision in an unequivocally apologetic blog post Wednesday afternoon titled “We are sorry.” Read full article >>...
Path deletes contact data, updates app

Apple Announces Winner of App Store's 50 Billionth Download Contest

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Apple today announced the winner of its "50 Billion App Countdown" promotion that saw the company pass that milestone on Wednesday afternoon. Word game Say the Same Thing from the band OK Go was the milestone download, with Brandon Ashmore from Mentor, Ohio making the winning download. Ashmore will will...
Apple Announces Winner of App Store's 50 Billionth Download Contest

Facebook says ticker symbol will be FB, annual revenue $3.7 billion

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Facebook Inc. finally filed its long-awaited S-1 on Wednesday afternoon and revealed lots of juicy details about the company. The social media giant also disclosed its ticker symbol, FB, but did not say whether it would be listed on the Nasdaq or New York Stock Exchance -- it could be...
Facebook says ticker symbol will be FB, annual revenue $3.7 billion

GeekWire Summit final details: Special guest and party tickets

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 Digital music Dave Dederer has joined the lineup for the GeekWire Summit.  We’re expecting a capacity crowd of more than 400 folks this Wednesday afternoon for the first-ever GeekWire Summit & Anniversary Party. And with speakers like Hulu CTO Richard Tom, entrepreneur Ray Ozzie and University of Washington computer scientist...
GeekWire Summit final details: Special guest and party tickets

Apple, Motorola should just play nice and pay royalties, suggests judge

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Apple's quest for an injunction against Motorola for alleged patent infringement could have "catastrophic" results, according to a federal judge. The comments came up during a Wednesday afternoon hearing in Chicago, where Judge Richard Posner listened to arguments from Apple as to why an injunction is necessary to prevent Motorola...
Apple, Motorola should just play nice and pay royalties, suggests judge

YouTube users now watch 6 billion hours of videos a month

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People are now watching more than 6 billion hours of video a month on YouTube, the Google-owned video service announced on its blog Wednesday afternoon. That’s  twice as much as just a year ago: In May 2012, YouTube announced that its viewers were watching three billion hours of videos a...
YouTube users now watch 6 billion hours of videos a month

On February 8th, 2004 Facebook had a whopping 650 users

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Now that Facebook is all grown up, it’s nice to take a stroll down memory lane every now and then. Thanks to a tweet from Matthew Keys, we’re reminded of just how far Zuckerberg’s company has come since its early days. In an article on The Harvard Crimson, dated February...
On February 8th, 2004 Facebook had a whopping 650 users

USPTO Preliminarily Rejects Apple's 'Pinch-to-Zoom' Patent

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Another Apple patent is in the spotlight tonight, after the United States Patent and Trademark Office has preliminarily rejected all 20 claims of Patent No. 7,844,915, or the so-called "pinch to zoom" patent. Patent '915 deals with technology that discerns whether a user is scrolling with a single finger or...
USPTO Preliminarily Rejects Apple's 'Pinch-to-Zoom' Patent

Lawmakers to Examine Verizon Spectrum Plan

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Lawmakers plan to closely examine Verizon Wireless's $3.6 billion proposed purchased of airwaves from cable companies and its marketing alliance with Comcast at a hearing Wednesday afternoon....
Lawmakers to Examine Verizon Spectrum Plan
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