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Ello makes its ad-free promise a legal one, too

(3 days ago)
It's one thing to say your social network will never be like Facebook, it's another to enshrine that promise in legal documents. Ello, a social site whose claim to fame is an anti-ad manifesto, is doing just that by filing to become a public benefit corporation.

Amazon holiday quarter sales forecasts disappoint, shares slide

(3 days ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's sales projections for the crucial holiday quarter disappointed and third-quarter results missed Wall Street's targets, sending the online retailer's shares 7 percent lower.

Microsoft profit dips on charges, while sales jump

(3 days ago)
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Thursday fiscal first-quarter profit fell 13 percent as it took a $1.1 billion charge related to mass layoffs announced in July.

Microsoft is doing great, thanks to Surface Pro 3 and Office 365

(3 days ago)
The cloud has been a solid source of income for Microsoft, and while the company is still in the middle of a huge transition, the future is looking bright under recently appointed CEO Satya Nadella. Today, Microsoft released its earnings for the...

Microsoft Up 3% After Reporting Better Than Expected FQ1 Revenue Of $23.20B, EPS Of $0.54 (Alex Wilhelm/TechCrunch)

(3 days ago)
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:Microsoft Up 3% After Reporting Better Than Expected FQ1 Revenue Of $23.20B, EPS Of $0.54  —  After gaining more than 1 percent in regular trading, Microsoft reported its fiscal first quarter (2015) earnings: Revenue totaled $23.20 billion in the period, leading to profits of $0.54 per share.

Etsy takes a stab at real world sales with free credit card readers

(3 days ago)
Etsy is best known for being an online marketplace of folksy gewgaws and crocheted everythings, but it's making moves to help its sellers do more out in the real world. Case in point: The company just took a page out of Square and PayPal's playbooks...

Apple unleashes TestFlight beta for Devs, gives users early access to apps (Nate Swanner/SlashGear)

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Nate Swanner / SlashGear:Apple unleashes TestFlight beta for Devs, gives users early access to apps  —  Apple has announced their TestFlight Beta program, which allows Developers to seed beta builds of their apps to users, is now live.  Registered Apple Developers can now distribute up to 1,000 copies of their app to testers …

Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

(3 days ago)
Ubuntu 14.10, dubbed Utopic Unicorn, has been released today (here are screenshots). PC World says that at first glance "isn't the most exciting update," with not so much as a new default wallpaper — but happily so: it's a stable update in a stable series, and most users will have no pressing need to update to the newest version. In the Ubuntu Next unstable series, though, there are big changes afoot: Along with Mir comes the next version of Ubuntu’s Unity desktop, Unity 8. Mir and the latest version of Unity are already used on Ubuntu Phone, so this is key for Ubuntu's goal of convergent computing — Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu desktop will use the same display server and desktop shell. Ubuntu Phone is now stable and Ubuntu phones are arriving this year, so a lot of work has gone into this stuff recently. The road ahead looks bumpy however. Ubuntu needs to get graphics drivers supporting Mir properly. The task becomes more complicated when you consider that other Linux distributions — like Fedora — are switching to the Wayland display server instead of Mir. When Ubuntu Desktop Next becomes the standard desktop environment, the changes will be massive indeed. But for today, Utopic Unicorn is all about subtle improvements and slow, steady iteration. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Q&A With Facebook's Josh Miller On Why His Rooms App Isn't Anonymous, It's The Early Web Reborn (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

(3 days ago)
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:Q&A With Facebook's Josh Miller On Why His Rooms App Isn't Anonymous, It's The Early Web Reborn  —  Is Rooms the anonymous Facebook app people were expecting?  “No. Unequivocally No...because you cannot be anonymous in our app,” Josh Miller tells me.  The Branch founder turned Facebook product manager's …

Apple says it is considering "other options" for GT Advanced sapphire plant, and is continuing to monitor sapphire production progress (Juli Clover/MacRumors)

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Juli Clover / MacRumors:Apple says it is considering “other options” for GT Advanced sapphire plant, and is continuing to monitor sapphire production progress  —  Apple to Continue Evaluating GT's Sapphire Production Progress, Looking for New Uses for Arizona Plant  —  Earlier today …

Yahoo's new home page, rolling out next month, emphasizes mail, video, and big-name content (Kara Swisher/Re/code)

(3 days ago)
Kara Swisher / Re/code:Yahoo's new home page, rolling out next month, emphasizes mail, video, and big-name content  —  Wanna See the Latest New Yahoo Home Page, Rolling Out Next Month?  Bokay!  —  I have been a little lax in lifting interesting tidbits out of Yahoo for some months now, mostly because it felt …

German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets

(3 days ago)
itwbennett writes German publishers said they are bowing to Google's market power, and will allow the search engine to show news snippets in search results free of charge — at least for the time being. The decision is a step in an ongoing legal dispute between the publishers and Google in which, predictably, publishers are trying to get compensation from the search engine for republishing parts of their content and Google isn't interested in sharing revenue. The move follows a Google decision earlier this month — and which was to go into effect today — to stop using news snippets and thumbnails for some well-known German news sites. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

(3 days ago)
Frequent contributor Bennett Haselton writes: Facebook threatened to banish drag queen pseudonyms, and (some) users revolted by flocking to Ello, a social network which promised not to enforce real names and also to remain ad-free. Critics said that the idealistic model would buckle under pressure from venture capitalists. But both gave scant mention to the fact that a distributed social networking protocol, backed by a player large enough to get people using it, would achieve all of the goals that Ello aspired to achieve, and more. Read on for the rest. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Facebook's anonymous Rooms is a chat app that feels like the old days

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Facebook's new Rooms app is weird, and it isn't long after installation that you figure out why. You don't log in with your Facebook credentials. Your profile picture appears nowhere. It doesn't tap into your contacts. If Rooms' App Store listing...

Sprint undercuts AT&T, Verizon with $20, 1GB family data plan (Roger Cheng/CNET)

(3 days ago)
Roger Cheng / CNET:Sprint undercuts AT&T, Verizon with $20, 1GB family data plan  —  At $20, Sprint is offering twice as much data as Verizon and more than three times the data as AT&T.  —  The wireless wars over family plans continue, with Sprint once against taking it up a notch.

Hailo's app now lets you pay for cabs you've flagged on the street

(3 days ago)
Hailo reported just last week it was pulling out of North America, where it could no longer effectively compete against its rivals. On this side of the pond, however, Hailo's kicking off its third birthday celebrations with the announcement of more...

Luxe offers parking valets on demand, launches in San Francisco, raised $5.5M in seed funding (Kia Kokalitcheva/VentureBeat)

(3 days ago)
Kia Kokalitcheva / VentureBeat:Luxe offers parking valets on demand, launches in San Francisco, raised $5.5M in seed funding  —  Luxe Valet officially unleashes its blue-jacketed on-demand valets in San Francisco  —  San Francisco Giants fans will be assembling in the city's SoMA neighborhood to watch the World Series games …

We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

(3 days ago)
Frequent contributor Bennett Haselton writes: Facebook threatened to banish drag queen pseudonyms, and (some) users revolted by flocking to Ello, a social network which promised not to enforce real names and also to remain ad-free. Critics said that the idealistic model would buckle under pressure from venture capitalists. But both gave scant mention to the fact that a distributed social networking protocol, backed by a player large enough to get people using it, would achieve all of the goals that Ello aspired to achieve, and more. Read on for the rest. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sony Xperia Z3v review: same great specs as the Z3 but with bloatware and a recycled design (Dan Seifert/The Verge)

(3 days ago)
Dan Seifert / The Verge:Sony Xperia Z3v review: same great specs as the Z3 but with bloatware and a recycled design  —  Sony Xperia Z3v review  —  Sony has a rough time selling phones in the US.  While it has managed to become one of the few Android makers to turn a profit on the backs of its global sales …

NYPD is getting equipped with over 40,000 mobile devices

(3 days ago)
Thanks to a massive $160 million investment, the New York City Police Department is on its way to receive a combination of up to 41,000 smartphones and tablets. Known as the NYPD Mobility Initiative, which will be mostly financed by criminal asset...

Fountain, founded by Mint's Aaron Patzer, lets experts answer your questions, raises $4M (Sarah Buhr/TechCrunch)

(3 days ago)
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:Fountain, founded by Mint's Aaron Patzer, lets experts answer your questions, raises $4M  —  Mint's Aaron Patzer Launches Beta Version Of An On-Demand Answers App With $4 Million In Funding From Shasta And First Round  —  Aaron Patzer, the founder and former CEO of Mint is placing his next bet with the on-demand info space.

Uber launches UberHEALTH pilot delivering free flu shots for one day in NYC, Boston, and DC (Sarah/Uber Blog)

(3 days ago)
Sarah / Uber Blog:Uber launches UberHEALTH pilot delivering free flu shots for one day in NYC, Boston, and DC  —  Bringing House Calls Back with UberHEALTH  —  Flu season is just around the corner and trying to squeeze in your latest immunization this fall may not be on the top of your To Do List.

U.S. senator asks Internet providers to commit to no 'fast lanes'

(3 days ago)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Thursday pressed large Internet providers to pledge that they will not strike deals that may help some websites load faster than others or give similar "fast lanes" to affiliated services.

Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

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relliker writes In the olden days, when monitoring a file system of a few 100 MB, we would be alerted when it topped 90% or more, with 95% a lot of times considered quite critical. Today, however, with a lot of file systems in the Terabyte range, a 90-95% full file system can still have a considerable amount of free space but we still mostly get bugged by the same alerts as in the days of yore when there really isn't a cause for immediate concern. Apart from increasing thresholds and/or starting to monitor actual free space left instead of a percentage, should it be time for monitoring systems to become a bit more intelligent by taking space usage trends and heuristics into account too and only warn about critical usage when projected thresholds are exceeded? I'd like my system to warn me with something like, 'Hey!, you'll be running out of space in a couple of months if you go on like this!' Or is this already the norm and I'm still living in a digital cave? What do you use, on what operating system? Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Travelocity apparently saves the best deals for iOS shoppers

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Like with most everything, online shopping has its pros and cons. One of the best elements of going the digital route, though, is that you usually end up saving more money than at a brick-and-mortar store. Having said that, according to a recent...

Facebook Launches Pseudonymous App "Rooms" That Lets You Create Forums About Any Topic (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

(3 days ago)
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:Facebook Launches Pseudonymous App “Rooms” That Lets You Create Forums About Any Topic  —  It's not quite anonymous, but forums standalone app Rooms is Facebook's first product that allows you to ditch your real name.  Rooms lets you set up a mobile-only in-app discussion space about any topic …

Google bolsters artificial intelligence efforts, partners with Oxford

(3 days ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc is expanding its artificial intelligence initiative, hiring more than half a dozen leading academics and experts in the field and announcing a partnership with Oxford University to "accelerate" its efforts.

Are obese dummies the key to preventing road deaths?

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To accommodate the increasing numbers of overweight drivers, car safety experts are developing an obese dummy.

Ubuntu turns 10 with its latest release

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Don't look now, but one of the staples of the open source world just marked a big birthday. Canonical has released Ubuntu 14.10, officially making this friendlier Linux distribution 10 years old. The company is clearly happy with a low-key...

Android Wear Update Adds Offline Music, Bluetooth Headphone And GPS Support (Darrell Etherington/TechCrunch)

(3 days ago)
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:Android Wear Update Adds Offline Music, Bluetooth Headphone And GPS Support  —  Android Wear is getting its first big update, with features that make smartwatches using Google's wearable operating system more standalone devices, including music syncing and GPS location support.

Google bolsters artificial intelligence efforts, partners with Oxford

(3 days ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc is expanding its artificial intelligence initiative, hiring more than half a dozen leading academics and experts in the field and announcing a partnership with Oxford University to "accelerate" its efforts.

Jawbone Drop Creates Tweet-Enabled Playlists for Your Jambox (Karissa Bell/Mashable)

(3 days ago)
Karissa Bell / Mashable:Jawbone Drop Creates Tweet-Enabled Playlists for Your Jambox  —  Jawbone just made its Jambox speaker an even better party accessory.  —  The company rolled out a new music app, Jawbone Drop, that allows users to manage group playlists with tweets.  —  Unveiled at Twitter's Flight conference Wednesday …

Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

(3 days ago)
jfruh writes If you get into the TSA security line at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, you'll see monitors telling you how long your wait will be — and if you have a phone with Wi-Fi enabled, you're helping the airport come up with that number. A system implemented by Cisco tracks the MAC addresses of phones searching for Wi-Fi networks and sees how long it takes those phones to traverse the line, giving a sense of how quickly things are moving. While this is useful information to have, the privacy implications are a bit unsettling. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Uber brings on-demand flu shots to Boston, NYC and DC for a day

(3 days ago)
If there's one thing on-demand car startup Uber likes more than ferrying people around, it's trying to grab people's attention with kooky promo stunts. Uber for barbecue? Uber wedding packages? Pairing riders with attractive lady drivers? Been there,...

Etsy introduces Square-like credit card reader, which charges sellers 2.75% per transaction, available only to Etsy's Direct Checkout users (Jason Del Rey/Re/code)

(3 days ago)
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:Etsy introduces Square-like credit card reader, which charges sellers 2.75% per transaction, available only to Etsy's Direct Checkout users  —  Etsy Introduces Credit Card Reader to Go Beyond the Web  —  Online marketplace Etsy will start offering free credit card readers to some of its U.S. sellers …

Android Wear's latest update adds GPS support and offline music playback

(3 days ago)
Android Wear, Google's four-month-old wearables platform, is off to a good start. But like all nascent systems, there are still plenty of areas that need some TLC. It's got a lot of features and developer support, but it's practically useless if you...

Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000

(3 days ago)
Dave Knott writes One of the few remaining examples of Apple Inc's first pre-assembled computer, the Apple 1, sold for $905,000 at an auction in New York on Wednesday. The final price outstrips expectations, as auction house Bonhams had said it expected to sell the machine, which was working as of September, for between $300,000 and $500,000. The buyer was The Henry Ford organization, which plans to display the computer in its museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Only 63 surviving authentic Apple 1's were listed in an Apple 1 Registry as of January out of the 200 that were built. The auctioned computer is thought to be one of the first batch of 50 Apple-1 machines assembled by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Steve Job's family garage in Los Altos, California in the summer of 1976. It is also believed to be one of only 15 that still have functioning motherboards. That's a bit more beastly than the original price. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple CEO says to add 25 stores in China within two years: Sina (Matthew Miller/Reuters)

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Matthew Miller / Reuters:Apple CEO says to add 25 stores in China within two years: Sina  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook holds a new iPad after a presentation at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California October 16, 2014.  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company is planning to open 25 retail stores …

Let's look at each game console's line-up of exclusives for holiday 2014

(3 days ago)
Can you smell that? It's the aroma of game lovers' tears everywhere as they realize their bank accounts likely can't sustain buying every title coming out in the annual deluge of fall video game releases. That's to say nothing of the amount of time...

Ello Raises $5.5 Million to Grow Its Ad-Free Social Network (Kurt Wagner/Re/code)

(3 days ago)
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:Ello Raises $5.5 Million to Grow Its Ad-Free Social Network  —  Ello, the ad-free social network that promises users it will never sell their data, has raised $5.5 million in new venture funding, according to CEO Paul Budnitz.  —  The round was led by Foundry Group in Boulder, Colo. …

Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

(3 days ago)
Social media site Ello is presented as the anti-Facebook, promising an ad-free social network, and that they won't sell private data. Today, they've also announced that Ello has become a Public Benefit Corporation, and that the site's anti-advertising promise has been enshrined in a corporate charter. The BBC reports on the restrictions that Ello has therefore entered into, which mean the site cannot, for monetary gain, Sell user-specific data to a third party Enter into an agreement to display paid advertising on behalf of a third party; and In the event of an acquisition or asset transfer, the Company shall require any acquiring entity to adopt these requirements with respect to the operation of Ello or its assets. While that might turn off some potential revenue flows (the company says it will make money by selling optional features), as the linked article points out, it hasn't turned off investors; Ello has now raised $5.5 million from investors. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google plans to make a component store for its modular phone

(3 days ago)
Project Ara is surely one of the most exciting things Google is working on right now -- at least from the ones we're aware of. Better yet, given how young it is, chances are it will only keep getting better and more interesting. While speaking at a...
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