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Bits Blog: Slack, a Start-Up With an App to Foster Business Collaboration, Is Valued at $1.1 Billion

Oct 31, 2014 8:59 am

A young start-up reaches sky-high valuations less than one year after its debut. [more]


DealBook: Discovery of JPMorgan Cyberattack Aided by Company That Runs Race Website for Bank

Oct 31, 2014 8:45 am

A small Michigan company that runs the website for the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge played a role in helping the nation’s largest bank find the big cyberattack into its computer system this summer. [more]


Talk: Megan Smith: ‘You Can Affect Billions of People’

Oct 31, 2014 8:30 am

The chief technology officer of the United States is bringing a Silicon Valley ethos to Washington. [more]


HP announces Sprout—a truly innovative workstation

Oct 31, 2014 8:30 am

Hewlett-Packard Co has announced the development of a new kind of computer workstation—one that combines the power of a desktop computer with 3D scanning and projection—and adds a second display surface that is actually a touchpad. The workstation, called the Sprout will go on sale next week... [more]


Q&A: 'Interstellar' filmmaker Nolan on his robots

Oct 31, 2014 8:10 am

In his secrecy-shrouded sci-fi extravaganza "Interstellar," filmmaker Christopher Nolan isn't just taking audiences to outer space. He's also sending a couple of robots along for the ride—and they're just not on board to sweep the floors. [more]


Tweet much to gain popularity is an inefficient strategy

Oct 31, 2014 7:51 am

The imbalanced structure of Twitter, where some users have many followers and the large majority barely has several dozen followers, means that messages from the more influential have much more impact. Less popular users can compensate for this by increasing their activity and their tweets, but... [more]


Gadget Ogling: Logged Jogs, Manual Music, Smart Weapons and Skinny Phones

Oct 31, 2014 7:43 am

Welcome to another installment of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, a weekly look at the treats and horrors revealed as manufacturers pull back their curtains. Behind door number one is a selection of updated activity trackers from one of the oldest dogs in the yard, with the other shiny prizes... [more]


Humans are largely the problem in cyber security failures

Oct 31, 2014 7:40 am

When people think about cyber and information security they often think about anti-virus software and firewalls; however, according to an information security expert from the University of Adelaide, organisations would become a lot more secure if employers invested in more security-related... [more]


Pirate Bay founder jailed for hacking Danish data

Oct 31, 2014 7:07 am

A Danish court on Friday sentenced the Swedish founder of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay to 3½ years in prison after he was found guilty of hacking into a private company handling sensitive information for Danish authorities. [more]


Five ways to fight online abuse with good manners

Oct 31, 2014 7:00 am

Online and social media's capacity to enable anyone to communicate their ideas and views is much celebrated. So why do so many people feel nervous about getting involved with online debate? [more]


Leaving the right to be forgotten in Google's hands hasn't broken the internet yet

Oct 31, 2014 6:40 am

When the "right to be forgotten" was established in the European Union, allowing people to have inaccurate and potentially harmful information removed from search engine results, there were concerns it would be misused – for example by those wishing to hide information about them that is in the... [more]


Researchers develop a device for running shoes that prevents injuries

Oct 31, 2014 6:40 am

El Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia (IBV) and the Spanish shoe company KELME have designed a prototype running shoe with an integrated device that improves training management and prevents injuries. [more]


European grid prepares for massive integration of renewables

Oct 31, 2014 6:39 am

Today, the ancient city of Rome welcomed an important new initiative for the large-scale integration of grids and of renewables sources into Europe's energy mix, with nearly 40 leading organisations from research, industry, utilities, transmission systems operators announcing their united goal to... [more]


Method to reconstruct overt and covert speech

Oct 31, 2014 6:24 am

Can scientists read the mind, picking up inner thoughts? Interesting research has emerged in that direction. According to a report from New Scientist, researchers discuss their findings in converting brain activity into sounds and words. Their study, "Decoding spectrotemporal features of overt... [more]


Self-driving vehicles generate enthusiasm, concerns worldwide

Oct 31, 2014 6:20 am

Despite safety concerns about equipment failure, a majority of drivers on three continents have high expectations for autonomous vehicles. [more]


Analysing animal anatomy using augmented reality

Oct 31, 2014 6:00 am

The University of Liverpool's School of Veterinary Science is utilising cutting edge technology to allow students to analyse animals' internal anatomy, using their smartphones. [more]


Hungary Suspends Internet Tax After Huge Protests

Oct 31, 2014 5:45 am

Hungary’s prime minister said the government would suspend a planned tax on Internet use and reconsider the matter next year. [more]


Researcher aims to develop system to detect app clones on Android markets

Oct 31, 2014 5:40 am

Mobile apps have exploded in popularity in recent years, as studies have reported that smartphone owners are spending more time on their apps versus the mobile web. However, users also face increased risks from attackers that clone the codes from legitimate Android apps and repackage them with... [more]


Bits Blog: In China, Internet Czar Is Taking a Blunt Tone

Oct 31, 2014 5:37 am

As China’s Internet czar, Lu Wei has spoken out on rules for regulating smartphones and about taking on foreign Internet companies. [more]


DARPA circuit achieves speeds of 1 trillion cycles per second, earns Guinness world record

Oct 31, 2014 5:34 am

Officials from Guinness World Records today recognized DARPA's Terahertz Electronics program for creating the fastest solid-state amplifier integrated circuit ever measured. The ten-stage common-source amplifier operates at a speed of one terahertz (1012 GHz), or one trillion cycles per... [more]


Disaster expert identifies nine ways robots can protect Ebola workers

Oct 31, 2014 5:32 am

Dr. Robin R. Murphy, Raytheon Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and director of the Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) has identified nine ways robots can protect Ebola workers. Murphy also cautions that military and civilian robots often do not... [more]


You’re the Boss Blog: Small Businesses Assess Their Apple Pay Options

Oct 31, 2014 5:00 am

So far, a payment-processing executive said, businesses fall into one of three buckets: “those who actively want to use it, those who are exploring it and those that want to wait and see.” [more]


Smartest ship on the sea?

Oct 31, 2014 4:31 am

Royal Caribbean unveils a futuristic cruise ship. CNN speaks to the company's vice president about expectations. [more]


Hungary's Orban says will scrap draft internet tax law

Oct 31, 2014 4:08 am

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday said he was scrapping a draft Internet tax law that has sparked mass demonstrations in the central European country. [more]


Avast’s HTTPS Scanning interferes with Firefox and other programs

Oct 31, 2014 2:25 am

Security companies such as AVG, Kaspersky or Avast release new versions of their products each year to the public. The updates do introduce new features from time to time and may also change the interface of the program as well. Avast released its 2015 lineup recently and one of the new features... [more]


Sony's quarterly loss balloons on mobile woes

Oct 31, 2014 2:10 am

Sony's losses ballooned to 136 billion yen ($1.2 billion) last quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company's troubled mobile phone division reported huge red ink. [more]


Co-creator of Android mobile software leaves Google

Oct 31, 2014 2:09 am

Google on Thursday confirmed that an executive behind leading mobile device software Android is leaving the company to create an incubator for hardware startups. [more]


China web users laud Apple boss for coming out

Oct 31, 2014 2:08 am

Apple chief Tim Cook's announcement of his homosexuality was the top topic on Chinese Internet forums Friday, with many users lauding him as a hero—and some joking about his declaration. [more]


Sony Reports Narrower Second-Quarter Loss Than Estimated

Oct 31, 2014 1:15 am

Strong sales of its PlayStation 4 games console reduced the impact of its sluggish smartphone division. [more]


Scientists Pursue Novel Blood Tests for Cancer

Oct 30, 2014 10:00 pm

The inventor of a breakthrough DNA test for Down syndrome says the technology can be used to screen people for cancer.The Hong Kong scientist who invented a simple blood test to show pregnant women if their babies have Down syndrome is now testing a similar technology for cancer. [more]


Tech-industry perks long associated with Bay Area being replicated across LA

Oct 30, 2014 8:30 pm

How does an old-fashioned print-era company - formerly known as the Yellow Pages - attract top talent to its offices as it tries to remake itself as an online local search company? For those who live in hip parts LA, the company now called YP has an answer it borrowed from Silicon Valley: the... [more]


Bits Blog: Andy Rubin, Former Head of Android, Departs Google

Oct 30, 2014 8:24 pm

The Google executive, who was in charge of the company’s robotics group and spearheaded the Android operating system, will start a tech incubator focused on hardware. [more]


Common Sense: Apple Chief Tim Cook’s Coming Out: ‘This Will Resonate’

Oct 30, 2014 7:15 pm

Mr. Cook said the trade-off to his own privacy was worthwhile, “if hearing that the C.E.O. of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is.” [more]


Watch this 3D scanner-printer fail

Oct 30, 2014 6:42 pm

This 3D two-in-one scanner-printer attempts to print an exact copy of an object and fails. [more]


Twitter Appoints Product Chief, Replacing One Named 6 Months Ago

Oct 30, 2014 6:39 pm

Twitter said it had picked Kevin Weil to speed its sluggish efforts to make its social network easier and more compelling for new and old users. [more]


Will Apple Pay be mobile pay's kick-start?

Oct 30, 2014 6:30 pm

If anyone can get us to use our smartphones as wallets, it's Apple. That's what experts think about the recent launch of Apple Pay, the first mobile wallet to work on an iPhone. [more]


Coming Out in Businessweek, Tim Cook Chooses to Play It Low Key

Oct 30, 2014 5:22 pm

Under a headline that did not directly address the issue, Mr. Cook chose to write a sober, conscientious essay for Bloomberg Businessweek that repeatedly used the word “privacy.” [more]


Reddit launches crowdfunding platform Redditmade

Oct 30, 2014 4:50 pm

Reddit launched a crowdfunding tool Wednesday that gives users of the popular online forum a tailor-made alternative to Kickstarter and Indiegogo. [more]


Google execs discuss regulation, innovation and bobble-heads

Oct 30, 2014 4:40 pm

Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg help run Google, one of the world's best-known, most successful - and most controversial - companies. They've just published a new book, "How Google Works," a guide to managing what they call "smart creatives," the technically proficient, innovation-savvy... [more]


Gamers' funding fuels meteoric rise of 'Star Citizen'

Oct 30, 2014 4:10 pm

Chris Roberts' brain spun out a grand vision: a rich, immersive galaxy; exquisite spaceships traversing between infinite star systems with thousands of computer gamers manning the cockpits, racing, dogfighting and defending humanity. [more]


FCC chief proposes opening the pay-TV industry to tech firms

Oct 30, 2014 4:10 pm

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to open the pay-TV industry to technology companies. [more]


LinkedIn reports 3Q loss but sales climb

Oct 30, 2014 3:56 pm

LinkedIn Corp. posted a third-quarter loss on Thursday, but its results were better than expected as revenue grew sharply, sending shares of the online professional networking service higher in extended trading. [more]


New iPad impresses, but not enough to reverse negative tablet sales trend

Oct 30, 2014 3:50 pm

Apple recently released a pair of new iPads, one of which is a real winner. But as snazzy as it is, the new model may do little to change Apple's declining position in the tablet market. [more]


Review: Sharp Aquos Crystal will make you take notice

Oct 30, 2014 3:48 pm

Sharp is not the first company that comes to mind when you think about cellphones, but its new Aquos Crystal is starting to turn some heads with its edgeless screen design. [more]


NY Times narrows loss, sees progress in digital

Oct 30, 2014 2:59 pm

The New York Times Co. said Thursday it narrowed its losses from the same period a year ago, while touting progress in its transition to a digital news operation. [more]


GoPro Profit Beats Estimates on Robust Demand for Cameras

Oct 30, 2014 2:48 pm

The video company reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, driven by strong demand for its action cameras. [more]


Microsoft May Have Launched a Band of Gold

Oct 30, 2014 2:18 pm

Microsoft has made another foray into the mobile health market with the introduction of the Microsoft Band, powered by its new Microsoft Health platform. The band, which is available at Microsoft Stores for $200 as of Thursday, is designed to be worn 24 hours a day. In addition to the usual... [more]


Trailblazers: Tim Cook Is Important Because Firsts Are Important

Oct 30, 2014 2:12 pm

The Apple chief executive’s public announcement that he is gay could have a cascading effect on the culture at other companies. [more]


DealBook Street Scene: Praise for Cook Coming Out From Someone Who Did

Oct 30, 2014 1:48 pm

David Geffen, the 71-year-old Hollywood mogul, was one of the first business executives to come out publicly as gay. [more]


US turns up heat on Takata over air bag problem

Oct 30, 2014 12:40 pm

U.S. safety regulators are now playing hardball with Takata Corp. as they investigate a possibly deadly defect in some of the Japanese company's air bags. [more]


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