Tech News – September 9th 2012 to September 10th 2012
Tech news – September 9th 2012 to September 10th 2012:
- JEFF BEZOS: Amazon’s Not Going To Launch A Smartphone This Year – Business Insider –
- Henry BlodgetThere has been a lot of speculation that Amazon is going to start making and selling its own smartphone.
From time to time, this speculation gets "confirmed."
Last week, for example, one report suggested that Amazon would be rolling out its smartphone at the Kindle launch presentation.
And, in fact, it doesn't sound like Amazon is going to be rolling out a smartphone (or anything else) for the rest of this year.
How do we know?
Because All Things D's Tricia Duryee asked Jeff Bezos about A… show all text
- Google Glass Graces the Runway at New York Fashion Week –
- Lauren IndvikGoogle Glass and Google co-founder Sergey Brin made a surprise appearance at New York Fashion Week Sunday afternoon.
Models walked down the runway at Diane von Furstenberg's Spring/Summer 2013 collection show wearing Glass, the upcoming headset/eyewear device that Google is developing. The augmented reality-enhanced glasses have many smartphone-like functions; users can take pictures, record video, receive messages and check calendars, among other things.
The bands of each pair were modified to… show all text
- Stanford announces 16 free online courses for fall quarter –
The university, which pioneered massive open online courses, unveils two new homegrown software platforms to host the courses. The offerings include a wide range of fields.
- Within Hours, Mitt Romney Takes Back Everything He Said About Preexisting Conditions | Mother Jones –
- The Mobile Payments Fustercluck | TechCrunch –
- Leena RaoIt seems that every week there’s a new company, startup, or financial institution that is launching a new way to pay from, issue rewards, or power transactions from a mobile phone. The question that always lingers in my mind when I see yet another mobile payments service pop up—how many more ways do we need to pay for a physical or digital product via a mobile device?
Matrix Partners’ Dana Stalder, who was the former CTO of PayPal, says that he is introduced to at least one mobile payments star… show all text
- Warby Parker raises $37 million – The Term Sheet: Fortune’s deals blog Term Sheet –
- Dan PrimackEyeglass maker can now see its future a bit clearer.
FORTUNE — Trendy eyeglass maker Warby Parker has raised $36.8 million in new venture capital funding, according to a regulatory filing that indicates the total round could top out at $40 million.
It's a large score by most any VC standard, and massive for a maker of consumer goods (even if it is one that sells via online channels).
General Catalyst Partners appears to MORE
- Meet The Disrupt SF 2012 Hackathon Winners: Livebolt Takes Grand Prize, Auctopus And HeatData Are Runners Up | TechCrunch –
- Chris VelazcoThe night has been a long one for our intrepid crew of hackers, and all their arduous, caffeine-fueled work has led to this moment. A stunning 147 teams have taken the stage here at Disrupt SF to deliver their fast and furious one-minute pitches — that’s more than we’ve ever had before. Still, only three teams will get the chance to demo their projects on-stage once Disrupt kicks off proper, and only one can claim the $5,000 grand prize.
Well, enough with the dramatics — here is your Disrupt Ha… show all text
- Black Swan Farming –
- 34.5% of US Internet Population not using Facebook/Twitter | Jamie Grove –
- Jamie GroveThere are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.
Not too long ago, dailycred posted a little research about using Facebook and Twitter as signup mechanisms – Surprise! People hate being forced to use Facebook. I came across the post via HackerNews.
In summary, dailycred is an account-as-a-service tool that allows developers to add authentication to their apps and sites without rolling their own. Overall, it’s pretty nifty stuff. For the post, they did a little inform… show all text
- Microsoft gives Yahoo name top billing in Microsoft Advertising rebrand | ZDNet –
Summary: Microsoft is rebranding its search marketplace as the "Yahoo Bing Network" and its own online Microsoft AdCenter as "Bing Ads."
- Sign4Baby Celebrates 5 Years Friday September 14 –
- Innovation in Journalism Goes Begging for Support –
- By DAVID CARRDespite receiving positive press attention, Homicide Watch, the Web site that tracked every murder in Washington D.C., is on hiatus and seeking funds to continue.
- Sam the Cooking Guy Whips it up Bargain-Style at East Village Grocery Outlet | –
- San Diego Bargain MamaSam the Cooking Guy, in celebration of the opening of the new Grocery Outlet in East Village, gathered his helpers and prepared five courses, each paired with a different wine. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
- To Smuggle More Drugs, Traffickers Go Under the Sea –
- By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and THOM SHANKERAmerican authorities have discovered models of a new drug-ferrying submarine capable of traveling, unseen from the surface, from Ecuador to Los Angeles.
- Million Cranes for Japan on Vimeo –
- Don’t Let It Go Unheard 09/09 by amypeikoff | Blog Talk Radio –
Weekly live webcast/podcast devoted to discussion of news and politics from the perspective of Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand. Hosted by Amy Peikoff. PLANNED TOPICS: Our "Intervention" for Gary Johnson Voters series continues, with a show focusing on foreign policy.
- Think Again: The Mistaken Bias of The New York Times’s Public Editor | Center for American Progress –
Eric Alterman puzzles over the departing public editor’s mischaracterization of one of the nation’s foremost newspapers as having a liberal bias when most facts indicate the opposite.
- Doc Searls Weblog · Same old blog, brand new place –
- Google Search: A Discussion About The Past, Present And Future With Jack Menzel | TechCrunch –
- Drew OlanoffDuring a visit to the Googleplex last week, I sat down with someone so passionate about search, it’s as if it’s his job or something. Well, it is, and Jack Menzel, Director, Product Management of Google Search, is as excitable as it gets when it comes to talking about his passion.
Who can blame him, though? A lot of people use Google as their default search engine, and that’s no mistake. For almost seven years, Menzel has been laser-focused on making search so simple, that you don’t have to lea… show all text
- Union: Chicago teachers to go on strike – CNN.com –
Chicago teachers will go on strke Monday after failing to reach a contract deal, a union president said.
- A One Year Student Reporting Lab within Homicide Watch DC by Homicide Watch — Kickstarter –
Homicide Watch is raising funds for A One Year Student Reporting Lab within Homicide Watch DC on Kickstarter! Change the way crime is covered. Create a reporting lab within Homicide Watch DC to cover every murder in Washington for one year.
- Obama Gets a Lift on the Trail – NYTimes.com –
- By HELENE COOPERAn Republican Obama supporter throws his muscle around with the president.
- Nasa captures incredible solar eruption on video (Wired UK) –
- Duncan GeereThe team at Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory has captured on video an incredible flare tearing from the surface of the Sun.
The event erupted from the star on 31 August 2012, ripping into space at nearly 1500 kilometres per second. These huge bursts of solar energy are equivalent to around 160,000,000,000 megatons of TNT, and eject clouds of electrons, ions and atoms into space.
By: Duncan Geere,
- Reversal: Amazon Offers Opt-Out of Ads on New Kindle Fire Tablets –
- Charlie WhiteNow you can opt out of those ads on new Amazon Kindle Fire tablets for a one-time payment of $15. This is a reversal from a policy the company revealed the day after the new tablets were introduced.
More About: ads, amazon, kindle fire, trending
- Apple Patent Would Disable Smartphones by Location [VIDEO] –
- Sam LairdApple has been granted a patent that would make your smartphone useless when entering an area deemed too sensitive for mobile photo and video.
The technology, if implemented, would likely be welcomed by many. It could, for example, be extremely useful to Hollywood executives worried about mobile-savvy bootleggers and teachers concerned about less-than-honest students.
But it also has some darker potential implications. Recent political and populist movements — most notably the Arab Spring — h… show all text
- This Is How Facebook Is Tracking Your Internet Activity – Business Insider –
- Samantha FelixFacebook really is watching your every move online.
In testing out a new diagnostic tool called Abine DNT+, we noticed that Facebook has more than 200 "trackers" watching our internet activity.
Skip directly to see our findings >
Cookies … show all text
- Tray | Your Powerful Email Assistant –
- Teaching the F.A.A. That Dogs Don’t Buckle Up – NYTimes.com –
- By NICK BILTONThe Federal Aviation Administration has agreed to study the safety of portable electronics usage on planes during takeoff and landing. Allowing reading devices during those times is gaining the support of the devices makers, airlines and others.
- Alyssa Milano & Milo Raising Funds for St. Jude — Indiegogo –
For Milo’s 1st birthday, we want to help St. Jude provide life-saving services to children. (Photo credit: Michael Doven/Getty Images)
- Time to bet on the stylus, again — Tech News and Analysis –
- Prashant Agarwal, FjordEver since I started in the design game more than 15 years ago, the stylus has been on the verge of death, or on the verge of a comeback depending on who you talk to. Thanks to the tablet, it seems the stylus is having a renaissance. If you do a search on Kickstarter for “stylus” you will find about 31 projects. I personally have backed three of these projects and have purchased a total of 7 different styli in my quest for the perfect iPad companion (my current favorite is the Lunatik Touch Pen… show all text
- Tech’s New Wave, Driven by Data –
- By STEVE LOHRFueled by hardware and software improvements, data-driven discovery is expected to transform a plethora of fields.
- Join the world’s first ever Comedy Hack Day. 3pm ET today! Also, #NEGROSPOTTING!! –
- Life & Work | Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York –
- Quirky’s Founder Calls The $68 Million He Just Raised A ‘Scarlet Letter’ – Business Insider –
- Alyson ShontellBen Kaufman just raised a $68 million Series C round for his invention creation startup, Quirky. But he isn't celebrating or boasting about it.
Instead, Kaufman wrote a lengthy article that cautions entrepreneurs about the perils of raising money for the wrong reasons. He also describes what fundraising really means to him after seven years of founding companies and working with investors.
"In the eye of the public, and specifically the tech community, funding is thought to mean much more that … show all text
- Amazon Doesn’t Want To Be More Like Apple, It Wants To Be More Like Amazon.com | TechCrunch –
- Romain DilletWith the introduction of the $499 8.9-inch Kindle HD with LTE, Amazon now has a device with the same price tag as the new iPad. Of course, the devices are very different when it comes to capacity, connectivity and screen size but the consumers will have no choice but to compare them.
Yet, contrarily to what many have said, Amazon is not trying to be yet another Apple wannabe. The Kindle announcements were not a message for Apple. In reality, Amazon has found its own way in the hardware business… show all text
- Rise And Shine! Scenes From Morning At The Disrupt SF Hackathon [TCTV] | TechCrunch –
- Colleen TaylorIt was a long and trying night here at the San Francisco Design Center Concourse, but after it all, the sun did rise in San Francisco this morning, bringing in a new day for the scores of programmers at the Disrupt SF 2012 Hackathon. Gallons of coffee and hundreds of bagels (the latter were provided by the kind peeps at Cloudflare) fueled the last feverish minutes of work for the hackers putting the finishing touches on their brand new apps.
TechCrunch TV’s John Murillo and I were on hand to fi… show all text
- advise.ly | talk about your career now –
- How Dangerous is Your Couch? –
- By DASHKA SLATEROne woman’s crusade to rid our lives of flame-retardant chemicals.
- No Agenda Live Stream –
- The Weatherman Is Not a Moron –
- By NATE SILVERIn the hocus-pocus realm of predicting the future, weather forecasting is an area of progress. Your own experience may differ.
- Where to Find Great Mobile Design Inspiration –
They say you should never judge a book by its cover: sage advice from back in the day. But now, mobile apps are often judged by their icons and interfaces; all it takes to make a bad …
- A VC: Mobile & Conversations –
- FredOne of the great things about the web is the ability for people located all around the world to be having a public conversation in real time in a single place. We see that in action here at AVC with the Disqus comment system. But it also exists on Twitter, Quora, Stack Overflow, Reddit, Hacker News, and a host of other places on the web. This kind of open public discourse is quite important and leads to greater understanding and ideally a progressive society that moves forward as new ideas and … show all text
- Remembering Bill Home | Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York –
- A lady biker sits on Biden’s lap today at Cruisers Diner… on Twitpic –
- Explore – Should you check your email? A flowchart by the… –
Should you check your email? A flowchart by the brilliant Wendy MacNaughton (previously: I II III) for a Forbes article on how and why to ignore your inbox.
- Live From The TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon Finals! | TechCrunch –
- Matt BurnsA mere 24 hours ago an eclectic group of coders gathered outside of The Concourse at San Francisco Design Center intent on hacking together the next great app. And now after a sleepless night these groups are ready to show off their creation on massive the TechCrunch Disrupt stage.
Join us live as these apps, services and hardware hacks are displayed for the first time. Each group gets 60 short seconds to show off their work and win over the judges. Best of luck to everyone!
The presentations w… show all text
- Spotify Heading to Web, Not Cutting Prices – Peter Kafka – Media – AllThingsD –
- Peter KafkaWaiting to use Spotify on the Web? Hang on a few weeks.
Waiting to pay $8 a month for Spotify’s premium service? Don’t hold your breath.
Yes, as TechCrunch reported yesterday, the streaming music company is getting ready to roll out a version of its service that will work on a Web browser, instead of requiring special software.
But it’s not, as TechCrunch suggested yesterday, preparing to cut the rate for its mobile, ad-free service by 20 percent.
The price cut would have been a biggish deal for show all text
- Do Our Gadgets Really Threaten Planes? – WSJ.com –
- A president sidelined – The Washington Post –
- The Great Geek Sexism Debate –
- Annalee NewitzOver the past few months, three of the most influential conventions in geekdom — Readercon (for science fiction writers), The Amazing Meeting (for skeptics), and DefCon (for hackers) — have been at the center of very public discussions about sexism and sexual harassment in their communities. After all three conventions in 2012, women spoke out publicly about episodes of sexual harassment and humiliation they experienced at the cons. The fallout was ugly — but also awesome. Here's what happened,… show all text
- NY Times’ Jim Roberts: ‘The Pace Of Change Gets Faster And Faster’ | TPM Idea Lab –
- David TaintorJim Roberts, an assistant managing editor at the New York Times, recently spoke to TPM about his years at the Grey Lady, his social media strategy and the impact of the paper's paywall.
What's the most dramatic change you've seen in your 25 years at the Times? I definitely think the transition to digital — it's enormous, it's ongoing. Change is hard. Dealing with disruptive technologies left and right requires a lot of energy, a lot of imagination. And every institution like ours deals with … show all text
- 15 Epic Marketing Fails [Funny] | Unbounce –
- Oli GardnerSometimes it’s so obvious you can’t see what you’re doing wrong.
Every now and then, you need to look at some really bad marketing to know that you’re doing it right. Or just to laugh at the stupidity of advertisers and ad placement people (what are they called?).
So to follow up on our last “bad marketing” post – 13 Epic Marketing Fails – I’m going to expose a few classic faux pas as a warning to be extra careful when you put an ad out to the world.
Ad placement fails: When… show all text
- Know and show what you got – TwentyFeet – TwentyFeet Wiki –
TwentyFeet is an 'egotracking' service that will help you keep track of your own social media activities and monitor your results. We aggregate metrics from different services, thus giving you the full picture of what happens around you on the web – all in one place.
- Players’ Support of Gay Marriage Alters N.F.L. Image –
- By ADAM HIMMELSBACHTwo players in the National Football League, Brendon Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluwe, have lent their support for gay marriage, helping alter the league’s stigma of having a homophobic culture.
- NASA –
Martian Ground Seen by Arm Camera With and Without Dust Cover (Thumbnails) –As the last step in a series of inspections of the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) aboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, this camera's reclosable dust cover was opened for the first time during the 33rd Martian day, or sol, of the rover's mission on Mars (Sept. 8, 2012), enabling MAHLI to take the center image of this set. The other two images presented here for comparison were taken before the cover was opened (left) and after the cover was closed again (right). All three images here are thumbna…
- Northwestern band, the 1st college band to spell out the hash… on Twitpic –
- A Terrifying Way to Discipline Children –
- By BILL LICHTENSTEINMy daughter was one of tens of thousands of students isolated or restrained by teachers.
- Anonymous: behind the masks of the cyber insurgents | Technology | The Observer –
- Carole CadwalladrSince 2008, the internet collective have hacked the CIA, the Sun newspaper, the Church of Scientology and a host of other large corporations, sparking a global police crackdown last year. But who and what are Anonymous? A radical new form of activism – or just bored teenagers? We talk to some of the 'hacktivists' and the experts who tracked them down in the deep web
Spalding railway station in Lincolnshire is not a big place. It takes me about two seconds to scan the platform and spot who I'm l… show all text
- Sept. 8: Conventions May Put Obama in Front-Runner’s Position – NYTimes.com –
- By NATE SILVERWith President Obama having another strong day in the polls on Saturday, the question now is not whether he will get a bounce in the surveys, but how substantial it will be.
- 7 Ways to Boost Your Brand’s Facebook Performance | V3 Kansas City Integrated Marketing and Social Media Agency –
- Shelly KramerWe wrote earlier this week about moving beyond using Facebook for brand awareness and engagement and thinking about how to use Facebook for leads and sales. We manage a lot of brand pages and build communities for clients and so we see a lot of people doing a great job of that—and we see even more people (and brands) doing a less than stellar job.
If all you’re using Facebook for is to blast your audience with brand-centric messages, you’re probably not getting much ROI out of your investment in show all text
- Amazon backtracks, will offer $15 opt-out for ads on Kindle Fire tablets | Tablets – CNET Reviews –
After negative feedback on forced ads, the company reverses course and will allow users to opt-out of 'Special Offer' ads — for a fee. Read this post by John P. Falcone on Tablets.
- Super Scratch Programming Adventure: Fun introductory programming book – Boing Boing –
- Mark FrauenfelderScratch is a graphical programming language for kids that was designed at the MIT Media Lab. To write a program in Scratch, you connect colored code blocks together. The neat thing about not having to type in lines of code is that you don't have to worry about spelling errors. Also, the blocks fit together only if they make computational sense, which helps beginners from making frustrating mistakes. (The inevitable bugs that do occur in Scratch end up being the interesting and educational kind). show all text
- CHARTS: Are You Better Off Than 4 Years Ago? – Business Insider –
- Getting ready… #tedxpresidio –
- Yes, That’s a Tornado in New York City [VIDEOS] –
- Brian Anthony HernandezA tornado touched down in a New York City neighborhood on Saturday as severe storms swept over the East Coast.
Surprised New Yorkers quickly posted videos and photos of the tornado and subsequent damage (see below) on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and other social networks.
The tornado hit the Breezy Point area in Queens, N.Y., shortly after the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning Saturday morning. No serious injuries have been reported, the AP reports, adding that tornadoes used to… show all text
- The Streamy Awards | Fan Submission – The Streamy Awards –
- Spotify Will Launch A Browser-Based Version | TechCrunch –
- Josh ConstineIf you’re wondering why the Spotify desktop software has hardly been updated in a year, it’s because the company is preparing to launch a completely overhauled browser-based version of its streaming music service, multiple sources confirm. Along with moving to the web, the redesign will focus more on discovery, including following the listening habits and playlists of influencers in addition to your friends.
One source even said a lower subscription price for its mobile app could be in the work… show all text
- Babelverse Lands Seed Round Led By 500 Startups For Human-Powered Online Translation | TechCrunch –
- Colleen TaylorBabelverse, the language translation startup that landed the title of “Audience Choice” at Disrupt NYC this past May, has raised a seed round led by 500 Startups along with a group of other angel investors.
Babelverse’s online marketplace provides speech translation services in close to real-time through a worldwide network of human interpreters. Today, Babelverse co-founders Josef Dunne and Mayel de Borniol tell me, its team of nearly 4,000 interpreters spans more than 100 countries and curren… show all text
- SteveStreza.com » So I Made A Mashup, And Then… –
- sycoI grew up knowing how to play music. My parents started me on piano lessons when I was very young, and played violin in middle and high school. When I was in college, I taught myself how to be a human beatbox. Lately, my tastes in music have turned more towards the electronic spectrum; perhaps a fitting choice, given my software engineer background. For years, I've owned a copy of Apple's Logic audio production app (Logic Express 8, and recently upgraded to Logic Pro 9). And while I had played … show all text
- Philip Roth vs. Wikipedia – Salon.com –
When Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Philip Roth, who wrote "American Pastoral" and "Portnoy's Complaint," recently petitioned Wikipedia to correct inaccuracies in an entry regarding his novel "The Human Stain," Wikipedia said no:
I recently petitioned Wikipedia to delete this misstatement, along with two others, my interlocutor was told by the “English Wikipedia Administrator”—in a letter dated August 25th and addressed to my interlocutor—that I, Roth, was not a credible source: “I understand … show all text
- Gillmor Gang: Silver Bullet Theory | TechCrunch –
- Steve GillmorThe Gillmor Gang — Danny Sullivan, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor — handicap the latest entries in the Tablet Stakes. It feels like a game of musical chairs, with three chairs and four tablet platforms. When the music stops, Apple, Amazon, and Google are sitting pretty, with Microsoft missing a business model to finance the Surface.
The iPhone 5 launch next week looms large(r) than life, but all the exciting action is in the 7-inch form factor. Amazon may seem attra… show all text
- Sleuths Trace New Zero-Day Attacks to Hackers Who Hit Google | Threat Level | Wired.com –
- Kim ZetterGraphic showing how the Elderwood gang conducts its attacks. Image: Courtesy of Symantec
It’s been more than two years since Google broke corporate protocol by revealing that it had been the victim of a persistent and sophisticated hack, traced to intruders in China that the company all but said were working for the government.
And it turns out the hacker gang that hit the search giant hasn’t been resting on its reputation; it’s been busy targeting other companies and organizations, using some … show all text
- Amazon Kindle HD Will Allow Users To Opt-Out Of “Special Offers” For $15 | TechCrunch –
- John BiggsIf you’ve been put off by the (arguably obtrusive) Special Offers on the Kindle Fire HD, Amazon has just announced that they will allow users to pay $15 to opt-out of the ads for the life of the device.
An Amazon spokesperson wrote:
We know from our Kindle reader line that customers love our special offers and very few people choose to opt out. We’re happy to offer customers the choice.
The $15 is a one-time payment for owners of the Kindle Fire HD. This will remove ads from the lock screen and… show all text
- Obama to child: Where’s the birth certificate? – POLITICO.com –
ORLANDO, Fla – Now it's President Obama's turn to ask: Where's the birth certificate?
At an unscheduled stop at an Orlando sports bar, Obama came across a table of football-watching table of five adults and five children.
- Obama widens lead over Romney despite jobs data: Reuters/Ipsos poll| Reuters –
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, picking up support following the Democratic National Convention, widened his narrow lead over Republican U.S. presidential challenger Mitt Romney in a new
- The Disrupt SF 2012 Hackathon Is On Like Donkey Kong | TechCrunch –
- Jordan CrookIt’s that time of year again. Pencils are being sharpened, school buses are making their rounds, and hackers are coding to their little hearts’ desire. The Disrupt SF Hackathon has officially commenced, with over 400 hackers in attendance and over 35 different API sponsors, including AT&T, Nokia, Locu and Ford.
Each hacker and/or team gets 24 hours to develop and product, hacking through the night until noon tomorrow. You can be assured that Red Bull and beer will be a sizable part of these cod… show all text
- Amazon Comes To Its Senses — Allows New Kindle Owners To Pay Not To See Ads – Business Insider –
- Henry BlodgetEveryone was bewildered and disappointed to learn that the exciting new lineup of Kindles from Amazon would come with advertisements that users couldn't opt out of.
Amazon, it seemed, had just fired a missile right at Apple by offering excellent iPad alternatives for much less than the iPad.
But then came the news about the ads.
This seemed distinctly un-Amazon-like (Amazon obsesses about delighting customers, not annoying them). And it also seemed, well, icky.
But now, thankfully, comes news t… show all text
- A Mind Blowing Letter from Paypal’s President –
- ZeeIt began in May with a frustrated customer, Andy McMillan, discovering his Paypal had been locked. Nothing new. Frustrating, but usually remediable with a phone call or a couple of emails.
Over the course of several months however, McMillan, organiser of the popular Build Conference, attempted to work with Paypal to remove limitation after limitation on his now two Paypal accounts (Paypal requested he create another). Full details of the hoops and hurdles McMillan had to jump through can be fou… show all text
- Techmeme: Amazon Kindle HD Will Allow Users To Opt-Out Of “Special Offers” For $15 (John Biggs/TechCrunch) –
John Biggs / TechCrunch: Amazon Kindle HD Will Allow Users To Opt-Out Of “Special Offers” For $15 — If you've been put off by the (arguably obtrusive) Special Offers on the Kindle Fire HD, Amazon has just announced that they will allow users to pay $15 to opt-out of the ads for the life of the device. — An Amazon spokesperson wrote:
- Wanda | InvisiblePeople.tv –
- Adrian Gonzalez knows how to spoil a great moment – latimes.com –
Adrian Gonzalez finally comes through for the Dodgers against the Giants but wilts under pressure after the big win.
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- Exclusive: Inside Karl Rove’s Billionaire Fundraiser – Businessweek –
On the final morning of the Republican National Convention, Karl Rove took the stage at the Tampa Club to provide an exclusive breakfast briefing to about 70 of the Republican Party’s highest-earning and most powerful donors. During the more than hour-long session, Rove explained to an audience
- Narratively by Narratively — Kickstarter –
Narratively is raising funds for Narratively on Kickstarter! Narratively is a digital publication devoted to original, true & in-depth stories about New York, with plans to expand to other cities.
- Lunch with the FT: Tim Berners-Lee – FT.com –
Sir Tim Berners-Lee is an intimidating interviewee. It’s not so much the worry about keeping up with the brain that invented the world wide web; it’s that when you Google him (in the circumstances, there seems no shame in this method of research),
- Million Cranes for Japan on Vimeo –
- Members of U.S. Congress Refuse to Address Science Debate Questions « The Skeptical Teacher –
- mattusmaximusAs I’ve written more than once this election season, there is a big effort by Science Debate 2012 underway to get the U.S. presidential candidates – Barack Obama and Mitt Romney – to address questions oriented around science, technology, and engineering as part of their campaign. Thankfully, both campaigns have agreed to address those questions.
By extension, the Science Debate team decided to expand their effort to include key members of the U.S. Congress, including both the House of Repres… show all text
- My Turn in Between the Readers and the Writers –
- By MARGARET SULLIVANA new in-house critic and readers’ advocate shares her approach to the role.
- Game Maker Without a Rule Book –
- By NICK WINGFIELDValve, the uncorporate but influential video game company, thinks it may be onto the next big thing in games: wearable computing.