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$1,000 for the cheapest Surface? This latest rumor has Microsoft fanboys feeling downcast

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Consider this the second time that we have heard rumbles concerning the pricing of Microsoft’s Surface line of tablets. Also, consider this the second time that pricing news concerning the Surface has been bad. Today the world of Microsoft reporting is buzzing with the news from a Swedish website that listed prices...
$1,000 for the cheapest Surface? This latest rumor has Microsoft fanboys feeling downcast

Moving? PlaceOfMine is an apartment hunting tool that you need to check out

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Moving is a massive pain in the backside. The actual process of moving your belongings from one domicile to another is difficult, but can be hired out to a certain extent. The process of finding a place to live, however, is much harder to outsource. Apartment hunting, especially in popular...
Moving? PlaceOfMine is an apartment hunting tool that you need to check out

Spotify finally discovers social, recommends new music and more to users (but only for the Web now)

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Digital music streaming and subscription company Spotify today released a new feature called ‘Discover’, in an effort to help its many millions of users around the globe find out about new artists and music they will likely enjoy. The company aims to achieve this by not only leveraging its proprietary recommendation...
Spotify finally discovers social, recommends new music and more to users (but only for the Web now)

Yahoo officially acquires Tumblr for $1.1 billion, promises "not to screw it up"

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Yahoo and Tumblr announced Monday morning that Yahoo has officially acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion in cash. In the release, the companies noted that “Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business. David Karp will remain CEO. The...
Yahoo officially acquires Tumblr for $1.1 billion, promises "not to screw it up"

RIM Posts Smaller Loss Than Expected

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Research in Motion’s struggle to remain relevant in the smartphone market it helped birth remains an iffy proposition. But there are signs developing that the company may be actually pull it off. To wit, the company’s second-quarter earnings which were not nearly as gruesome, as expected. Posting financials after the...
RIM Posts Smaller Loss Than Expected

BBC scraps Digital Media Initiative after spending £98.4m on a revamped archive and production tools

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The BBC has decided to abandon its Digital Media Initiative, after spending £98.4 million (roughly $148 million USD) to try to create a more integrated and digital workflow for its employees. The decision follows an operational review of the project, launched in October last year, which found that the project was...
BBC scraps Digital Media Initiative after spending £98.4m on a revamped archive and production tools
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Acer indefinitely delays its Windows RT tablets, waiting for the results of Microsoft's Surface project

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According to Reuters, Acer has delayed its plans for releasing a Windows RT-based tablet at least until the second quarter of 2013. The company is hanging back, waiting on results from Microsoft’s much ballyhooed, and moderately well-received Surface RT tablet launch. This is a direct, OEM impact of the Surface project: a degradation in...
Acer indefinitely delays its Windows RT tablets, waiting for the results of Microsoft's Surface project

Apple's TV Remote of the Future? It's Already Here, In Your Hands

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It’s possible that one day, Tim Cook will stand up onstage and show off a “real” Apple TV set — an integrated box/screen/entertainment device  – that will replace whatever’s sitting in your living room now. Another possibility: Over time, Apple simply builds an Apple TV set right in front of...
Apple's TV Remote of the Future? It's Already Here, In Your Hands

MARISSA MAYER: Here's Why I Just Bought Tumblr For $1.1 Billion (YHOO)

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Yahoo just bought Tumblr for $1.1 billion. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer explained her move in a Tumblr blog post. It reads:  Tumblr. + Yahoo! = !! I'm delighted to announce that we've reached an agreement to acquire Tumblr!  We promise not to screw it up.  Tumblr is incredibly special and has...
MARISSA MAYER: Here's Why I Just Bought Tumblr For $1.1 Billion (YHOO)

"Tea. Earl Grey. Hot." What Would a Siri API Look Like?

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by Samuel Iglesias It has been widely rumored that Siri will be supporting 3rd party apps. Right now most heavy users of Siri have become accustomed to the multitude of apologies and I-don’t-knows that accompany out-there queries. Examples: “What’s the score of the Duke Carolina game?”  “What are the latest...
"Tea. Earl Grey. Hot." What Would a Siri API Look Like?

Use Your Leadership Presence to Inspire

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In times of crisis people always look for inspirational leaders. What makes for inspiration is subjective, but there is one common element when speaking about leaders who inspire: they have a strong leadership presence. By presence we mean "earned authority." That is, people follow your leadership because you are a...
Use Your Leadership Presence to Inspire

Google’s Plan To Give Chrome OS (And All Web-Enabled Devices) Universal Printer Support

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Google’s ChromeOS is due to come out some time this year, and there are still plenty of questions about how people are going to use a computer that’s based entirely in the browser. One question that came up when the OS was first announced: how are people going to...
Google’s Plan To Give Chrome OS (And All Web-Enabled Devices) Universal Printer Support

The king and queen of location-based services

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Dennis Crowley, co-founder of Foursquare, and Alexa Andrzejewski, founder of Foodspotting, are the hottest people in location-based services. Foursquare has a million users. Foodspotting has 100,000. Both are growing very quickly and getting lots of attention. I sit down with them at the Big Omaha conference and talk with...
The king and queen of location-based services
Photo sharing for realtors: Abodograph connects real estate agents with customers

Greg McAdoo Exits Sequoia Capital

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Longtime Sequoia Capital venture capitalist Greg McAdoo will be leaving the Silicon Valley firm. The VC has made a number of significant investments as a VC over the years, including in Airbnb, DailyBooth and Y Combinator. Said Sequoia’s Doug Leone: “We’re grateful for Greg’s many contributions to Sequoia over the...
Greg McAdoo Exits Sequoia Capital

Firefox 19 enters beta with a native PDF viewer and extra ARMv6 support

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"You can't stop progress," as the old saying goes, and that's just as true in the Firefox project as it is elsewhere in life. To wit: Following Tuesday's official release of Firefox 18 for desktop and Android, Friday saw the launch of its successor--Firefox 19--into beta. There are actually...
Firefox 19 enters beta with a native PDF viewer and extra ARMv6 support

Analysts are bad at their jobs: IDC cuts its Windows Phone forecast by 40% in just 181 days

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We all laugh and grunt about analyst predictions, knowing that a particular market segment might not exist in five years, let alone grow into a $400 billion market. Or was it $315 billion? Not that it really matters when you are in the business of inventing firm numbers from air....
Analysts are bad at their jobs: IDC cuts its Windows Phone forecast by 40% in just 181 days

Webcomic Penny Arcade launches Kickstarter project to go ad-free for a year

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In the old days of the cult webcomic Penny Arcade, the site was part of an ad network. When the dot-com bubble burst, it was left to its own devices and turned to the readers to support the site via donations, which it did for two years. Since then, the...
Webcomic Penny Arcade launches Kickstarter project to go ad-free for a year

Yahoo confirms acquisition of Tumblr, but will run it as a 'separate business'

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Hot on the heels of yesterday's rumors, Yahoo and Tumblr have jointly announced a "definitive agreement" for the former to acquire the latter for $1.1 billion. The agreement makes it clear that Tumblr will be "independently operated as a separate business" with its own branding and line of development....
Yahoo confirms acquisition of Tumblr, but will run it as a 'separate business'

Pinterest launches on Barnes & Noble's Nook tablets alongside an overhauled Facebook app

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Barnes & Noble announced today that Pinterest has launched a dedicated app for many of its Nook tablets, and will come preloaded alongside an overhauled Facebook app for new devices starting today. The Pinterest app is available from the Nook store immediately and should give tablet owners all of the...
Pinterest launches on Barnes & Noble's Nook tablets alongside an overhauled Facebook app

Microsoft confirms ‘millions’ using the Windows 8 release preview, details coming RTM updates

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Today Microsoft confirmed what many assumed, that there are millions of users of the Windows 8 release preview. Previously, the company had made it public that ‘hundreds of thousands’ were using its Mail app on a daily basis. TNW posited that the statistic implied a userbase in the millions. We were...
Microsoft confirms ‘millions’ using the Windows 8 release preview, details coming RTM updates

HTC withdraws Federal Circuit appeal against ITC dismissal of complaint against Apple

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Four months ago, the ITC dismissed a complaint HTC had brought against Apple in May 2010. The original complaint related to five patents. HTC withdrew one, and the ITC did not hold Apple to infringe any of the asserted claims from the four remaining ones. HTC almost immediately appealed the...
HTC withdraws Federal Circuit appeal against ITC dismissal of complaint against Apple

AMD throws 15% of its workforce off the sinking ship

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Bob Dylan once warned that the times are changing, but his lyrics couldn’t have prepared us for a world without AMD, the spunky chip designer that’s kept Intel honest (mostly) and ensured, by way of competition, that processor prices wouldn’t fly through the roof. Now it appears the floor is...
AMD throws 15% of its workforce off the sinking ship

Sorry, Apple Fans, Amazon Is Sucking The Profit Out Of iPads -- iPhones Next?

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Sorry, Apple Fans, Amazon Is Sucking The Profit Out Of iPads -- iPhones Next?: The headline is your typical click-baity BI stuff, but Henry Blodget's post itself is worth a read. Well, aside from this part: Apple is expected to introduce an "iPad Mini" next week, which will compete directly...
Sorry, Apple Fans, Amazon Is Sucking The Profit Out Of iPads -- iPhones Next?

Want to write for Engadget? We're hiring in Europe!

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We know you're out there, dear future Engadget writer, but we need you here with us, where we can touch you, teach you and pay you to write about the all those gadgets you love so much. Professional writing experience isn't strictly necessary, but what we do require is an...
Want to write for Engadget? We're hiring in Europe!

BookRenter raises $10M to challenge Chegg in textbook rentals

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Textbook rental site BookRenter just announced that it has raised $10 million in a second round of funding. Book rental sites promise to help students cut back on their textbook spending. Why spend hundreds of dollars on a book if you’re only going to need it for a few months?...
BookRenter raises $10M to challenge Chegg in textbook rentals

Square Is Trying To Take Magic Mainstream

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Just in case my love letter last November didn’t make it abundantly clear, I’ll reiterate: I love Square. We’re not investors, but I wish we were. I love both the business and the product. And if that level of admiration makes this post biased, then color me conflicted. Apparently well...
Square Is Trying To Take Magic Mainstream

"The Wisdom and Wit of an Irregular Library Regular" (NYT) - http://j.mp/95IzxI

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"The Wisdom and Wit of an Irregular Library Regular" (NYT) - http://j.mp/95IzxI

Can The Crowd Be More Patient?

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One of the most noticeable changes to the VC business over the past decade is the movement of investment allocation from capital and time intensive sectors like biotech and clean tech to capital efficient and fast moving sectors like internet and mobile. This makes total sense if you think about...
Can The Crowd Be More Patient?
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