With YouTube hitting over one billion monthly users back in March, one would assume that the streaming video website leads the way in the category, but it’s actually Netflix that’s number one in streaming video. Netflix has accounted for a third of all internet traffic for the past three years, and today’s latest ratings keep
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A huge quarry, along with tools and a key, used by workers some 2,000 years ago have been discovered during an excavation in Jerusalem prior to the paving of a highway, Israel authorities said.
New submitter Mathieu Stephan writes “Hello everyone! Some people told me that my latest project might interest you. I’m not sure you publish this kind of projects, but here it goes. Basically, it is a small platform that recognizes whistles in order to switch on/off appliances. It will be obviously more useful for lighting applications: just walk in a room, whistle, and everything comes on. The project is open hardware, and all the details are published on my website.” The linked video is worth watching for the hidden-camera footage alone: it would be hard to not keep playing with this sensor.
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T-Mobile USA has been making a big push for pre-paid customers since it launched its Uncarrier plans in March, and it seems to be working — unfortunately, at the expense of more lucrative post-paid clients. While pre-paid revenue bumped to $ 503 million over $ 474 million last quarter, post-paid revenue fell to $ 3.2 billion, a drop of 4.7 percent, and overall revenue dropped by about the same amount to $ 4.7 billion from $ 4.9 billion in Q4 2012. Overall, however, the company did pick up 579,000 customers in total, and claimed its lowest client turnover rate, 1.9 percent, since way back in 2008. Another bright spot has been the addition of the iPhone, as the company has already pushed around 500,000 of the 4, 4S and 5 models out the door since it launched at the Uncarrier event — perhaps due to the very attractive pricing.
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Korean news agency Yonhap News is reporting that there’s been a second major leak of hydrofluoric gas at Samsung’s main chip factory in the city of Hwaseong. Three workers are said to have been injured, with no word yet on how badly. Only three months have passed since the last such accident at the plant, which proved to be fatal and which got Samsung a nominal $ 1,000 fine as well as a telling-off from police investigators — but which evidently didn’t lead to sufficient safety improvements.
Source: Yonhap News
Archaeologists who unearthed the skeleton of England’s King Richard III under a municipal parking lot say they want to dig up a 600-year-old stone coffin found nearby.
And with the conclusion of the last Battlefield Startup presentation, the second day of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013 has come to a close. The day kicked off with a talk between noted New York City venture capitalist Fred Wilson and TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, who recently become a VC himself. The two talked Bitcoins and traded VC stories with Wilson giving tips for pitching a venture capitalist. “Leave your backstory at home,” Wilson pleaded. Arrington quickly nodded and agreed. Mike Abbott then took the stage with Mailbox CEO and co-founder, Gentry Underwood. The two talked about the surprising pains in scaling Underwood’s hot iOS email application. It took engineers 24 hours a day for several weeks to keep up with the initial demand. And then Dropbox scooped up the company. Google’s Seth Sternberg, Director of Product Management for Google+, and Ardan Arac, Product Manager at Google, used the Disrupt stage to announce new Google + features. Simply put, Google +’s visibility is now supersized in Google Search. eBay chief John Donahoe explained to Bloomberg’s chief content editor Norm Pearlstine about how the company screens its acquisitions and how he keeps founders from leaving after the acquisition — a trick that many companies fail to execute after buying a startup. Troy Carter is disrupting the music industry from within. And today he spoke with TechCrunch’s Josh Constine about his secrets regarding managing Lady Gaga’s online presence (she doesn’t use Facebook personally), where celebrities go overboard online, and why he thinks terrestrial radio will be the home of the next big disruption. When should an entrepreneur raise money, who should they raise from… and, well, should they even raise? These were some of the questions discussed on a panel with TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsotsis at Disrupt NY 2013, which included participation from Mike Abbott of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Aaref Hilaly of Sequoia Capital, AngelList’s Naval Ravikant, and Box Group’s David Tisch. At TechCrunch Disrupt NY today, VP of Display Advertising Products at Google, Neal Mohan, Facebook Ad Products Director Gokul Rajaram and Twitter Senior Director of Product Revenue Kevin Weil took the stage to talk about the state of digital advertising — and they each had a unique take on the subject. In a chat with TechCrunch’s Leena Rao, representatives from PayPal, Stripe and Gumroad gave thoughts on the currency that has VCs emptying their bank accounts to invest afresh —
Second screen experiences connected to TV shows haven’t exactly set the world on fire, but NBC will give it another try with a new game show this fall. The Million Second Quiz is being promoted as a non-stop, twelve day trivia game with an “unprecedented level of interactivity” for viewers. In a move that harkens back to our memories of 1 vs 100 on Xbox Live a few years ago, viewers at home can play along and possibly win a spot on the show. While the competition will go on around the clock, the show airs during prime time. It will broadcast live from an “hourglass-shaped structure” located in Manhattan where the four reigning champs will reside as long as they can stay on top throughout the two week competition. Once the million seconds are up, the four champions will face off for a cash prize of up to $ 10 million. We’ll need more details before we can decide if this is more Ultimate Ninja Warrior or Oh Sit! / Splash / Bet On Your Baby (these are all real game shows, we promise), but it’s one to keep an eye out for when the all new shows debut.
Kickstart Seed Fund (not to be confused with crowdfunding giant Kickstarter), has raised $ 26 million for a second fund to invest in Utah-based startups, along with others in the “Mountain West” region of the U.S. Since its launch in 2008, with a $ 8 million fund raised by Managing Director Gavin Christensen, Kickstart has invested in 24 companies, including two exits with Panoptic Security in November of 2012 and GroSocial in January of 2013.
True Ventures Confirms Investment In Second Life Founder Philip Rosedale’s New Startup High Fidelity
Earlier this month, we wrote that High Fidelity, the virtual world startup led by Second Life founder Philip Rosedale, had raised $ 2.4 million of a $ 3.4 million round, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, we didn’t know who had actually made the investment — until today.
Tony Conrad of True Ventures just announced that his firm led High Fidelity’s Series A, and that Google Ventures and various angel investors also participated. The High Fidelity website now mentions Mitch Kapor and Linden Lab (the company behind Second Life) as investors too.
With the new iPad app by the name of Da Vinci’s Demons: Citizens of Florence, you’ll be not just watching the show on Starz, you’ll be interacting with it as well. This app allows you to jump in with content that’s both absolutely free and next-level engaging: panoramic shots of on-set locations, information on 80+
Google’s next generation of Nexus 7 tablets from Asus will be Qualcomm-powered and arrive this July, according to Reuters. If its sources are to be believed, Mountain View is aiming to ship eight million units by the end of the year, showing it has a lot of confidence in the upcoming model. Other leaked info shows it to have more screen resolution, a thinner bezel and an unspecified Qualcomm CPU instead of the current model’s NVIDIA Tegra 3, possibly to save power. There’s no info on pricing or other specs and Google’s not speaking at this point, of course — but if it proves accurate, hopefully the two companies have learned their lesson from the current model’s runaway success and will ramp production accordingly.
The Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium has been almost too patient in developing a standard for for its eponymous technology — efforts began 17 months ago — but it at last has more than good intentions to show for its work. Its just-published HMC Specification 1.0 lets companies build platforms and RAM with 2GB, 4GB and 8GB chips incorporating the stacked, power-efficient technology, all without compatibility jitters from other supporters. The completed spec is a scorcher when living up to its full potential, too. With eight links, a memory cube can reach a peak 320GB/s (yes, that’s gigabytes) of aggregate bandwidth — more than a hair faster than the 11GB/s we often get from existing DDR3 memory.
The Consortium is teasing us with more. Although we’ll have to wait until the second half of the year before HMC 1.0 products appear in earnest, the Consortium already has a next-gen blueprint due in early 2014 that should nearly double individual data link speeds (from 15Gbps to 28Gbps). While we’d like to see the group walk the walk with real products before it talks more talk, there’s still a chance that some memory performance bottlenecks could vanish for a good, long while.
Source: Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium
Cast your memory back to last summer. Sweep away memories of iPhone 5 leaks galore, and you might remember that the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) asked the FCC to reevaluate its radiation limits for mobile phones. Now a few seasons later, the FCC has finally wrapped up a report that responds to the GAO, and there are no changes to its RF radiation levels in sight because it feels comfortable with its current caps. “We continue to have confidence in the current exposure limits, and note that more recent international standards have a similar basis,” reads the report. However, given that its guidelines were adopted in 1996, new research on radiation and the proliferation of mobile devices, the FCC would like some feedback regarding its restrictions. It’s put out a call for comments from concerned parties and even federal health and safety bodies.
Though the freshly-released document didn’t rock the proverbial boat, it made one change worth noting. The pinna (outer ear) is now classified an extremity, which means the FCC allows devices to hit the tissue with more radiation. Feel like poring through 201 pages of regulatory minutiae? Click the source link below for the commission’s full dossier.
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Via: The Verge
Facebook has just received the “go-ahead” to build a second campus in Menlo Park. Menlo Park’s city council, minus one member, voted 4-0 to allow Facebook to build its second campus. The new campus will be a 433,555 square foot building located on the other side of Facebook’s headquarters. It will be located on 312
Seems as if building new, fancy properties is quickly becoming the norm within the tech sector. Following in both Apple and Google’s spacious footsteps, Facebook too will be looking to amplify its California-based headquarters — and now it’s received the OK from Menlo Park authorities to commence turning Frank Gehry’s design vision into a reality. The second campus itself is set to boast nearly 434,000 square feet in total and be built across 22 acres, which will be plenty of space to house anything from a rooftop park to an underground tunnel which leads to Facebook’s existent abode. As for city council members, they seem to be rather pleased by Zuck’s proposed construction, with one Kirsten Keith expressing how she “feels very lucky that we’ll have a Frank Gehry building here.” Well then, cheers all around.
Via: Sky News
Source: Mercury News
As it already warned, ZTE posted its second-straight quarterly loss, due to vastly trimmed margins in emerging markets, as well as contract delays and falling handset sales in China. It made a net loss of 1.14 billion yuan ($ 183 million) in the three months ended Dec. 31, compared with its net income of 991.16 million yuan a year prior. Sales in the fourth quarter also fell 16 percent to 23.5 billion yuan ($ 3.78 billion). This rounds off its first yearly loss, at 2.84 billion yuan ($ 456 million). The company blamed the decrease in profit margin on low-margin contracts in emerging markets like Africa, South America and Asia, as well as its home market of China. ZTE has spent the last 20 years aggressively expanding overseas, but often at the cost of profitability because of its slim profit margins as it undercuts European equipment makers in emerging markets such as India. It recently said it will try to cut costs and make a profit in the first quarter by focusing on developed markets, instead. ZTE has been lagging behind fellow Chinese rival, Huawei Technologies. The former recently announced it will increase its investment in 4G infrastructure, in order to catch up with Huawei, as the two compete for most 4G contracts from the three major carriers in China—China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom.
Boundless Vows To Continue Disrupting The Textbook Market, Even As Second Founder Departs, Litigation Drags On
Since emerging on the scene in early 2012, the Boston-based Boundless has been on a mission to give students of all ages a free, open-source digital alternative to the pricey world of hard-copy textbooks. But when you try to rock the boat, the powers-that-be will likely have something to say about it — especially when thousands of beta testers across 2,000 universities are using free, open alternatives.
ananyo writes “Researchers have imaged an entire vertebrate brain at the level of single neurons for the first time. A team of scientists based at the Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, were able to record activity across the whole brain of a fish embryo almost every second, detecting 80% of its 100,000 neurons. The work is a first step towards mapping the activity of a whole human brain — which contains about 85,000 times more neurons than the zebrafish brain. The imaging system relies on a genetically engineered zebrafish (Danio rerio). The fish’s neurons make a protein that fluoresces in response to fluctuations in the concentration of calcium ions, which occur when nerve cells fire. A microscope sends sheets of light rather than a conventional beam through the fish’s brain, and a detector captures the signals like a viewer watching a cinema screen. The system records activity from the full brain every 1.3 seconds.”
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After a computer glitch sidelined NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity late last month, another problem has it down again.
sl4shd0rk writes “Hot on the heels of last year’s Apple win over Samsung, Apple is geared up for it’s second attempt at knocking Samsung’s alleged copy-cat products off the store shelves. District Judge Lucy Koh asked both parties if they could stay the new case while the first one goes up on Appeal. Apple denied citing a delay would “seriously and irreparably prejudice Apple.” The company “will likely suffer a long-term loss of market share and of downstream sales”. Samsung replied with a statement saying “Apple will be unable to meet its burden of proving infringement without resorting to the same improper ‘representative product’ strategy,” [that shouldn't have been allowed in the first case.] Although some may think this is a good move for business on Apple’s part, some claim the litigation is responsible for Apple’s dipping sales and stock prices as well as Increased visibility of Samsung. In the end however, all this litigation is most likely going to be shouldered on the pocketbook of the consumer’”
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Services on code-sharing site GitHub have been disrupted for over an hour in what started as a “major service outage” because of a “brief DDoS attack.” This is the second DDoS attack in as many days and at least the third in the last several months: Yesterday, GitHub also reported a DDoS incident. And in October 2012, the service also went down due to malicious hackers.
The MIT spin-off had hoped to enable the hydrogen economy in developing countries, but is now at work on a flow battery using “designer molecules.”
MIT spin-off Sun Catalytix has had to put its bold vision of enabling the hydrogen economy on hold. But it still has aggressive technical goals.
Nerval’s Lobster writes “Of late, there’s been a number of crossovers between technology and entertainment, including the rash of creative directors at brands like Polaroid (Lady Gaga), Intel (Will.i.am) and BlackBerry (Alicia Keys). It’s a much rarer thing, though, for rock stars to invest in infrastructure, rather than serve as the ‘face’ of a brand. But that’s exactly what three members of the rock band Live, which sold 20 million albums in its ’90s heyday, are doing as their second act: investing in a company that plans on building a 100-Gbit fiber link across Pennsylvania to four data centers. That company, United Fiber and Data (originally known as United Federal Data), will build out a network between New York City and Ashburn, Virginia — providing a low-latency data pipeline that connects offices in Virginia to data centers owned by Wall Street. Supposedly in the name of security, the network will avoid the traditional I-95 corridor, a more direct route used by many other networks.”
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Apple’s landmark $ 1 billion damages award over Samsung has been partially vacated by presiding judge Lucy Koh, FOSS Patents reports. The judge has orders just north of $ 450 million be struck from the $ 1 billion total, an amount which relates to 14 Samsung products involved in the case, pending a new trial to determine appropriate damages for those specific devices.
In what has ended up being a weird couple weeks for Elon Musk, the Tesla and SpaceX founder should have a better day today after the launch of the Dragon capsule on its second resupply mission to the International Space Station. NASA announced that it had approved the mission back on Valentines Day, mentioning that the space craft will be packed with over one ton of experiments and supplies on board.
Microsoft is about to embark on a second wave of Windows 8 client hardware promotions and user education, an executive said Wednesday.
The patent trial in Australia between Apple and Samsung Electronics has become so complex that a second judge has been assigned to the case.
nbauman writes “A New York Times consumer columnist tracked down the people who run a ‘This is your second and final notice” robocall operation. The calls came from Account Management Assistance, which promises to negotiate lower credit card rates with banks. One woman paid them $ 1,000, and all they did was give her a limited-time zero-percent credit card that she could have gotten herself. AMA has a post office box in Orlando, Florida. The Better Business Bureau has a page for Your Financial Ladder, which does business as Account Management Assistance, and as Economic Progress. According to a Florida incorporation filing, Economic Progress is operated by Brenda Helfenstine, with her husband Tony. The Arkansas attorney general has sued Your Financial Ladder for violating the Telemarketing Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services investigated Your Financial Ladder, but the investigator went to 1760 Sundance Drive, St. Cloud, which turned out to be a residence, and gave up. The Times notes that you can type their phone number (855-462-3833) into http://800notes.com/ and get lots of reports on them.”
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Barbed wire and armed guards aren’t your typical intro to a startup pitch event. But today, San Quentin Prison hosted The Last Mile demo day featuring presentations by seven inmates. The Last Mile hopes that through entrepreneurship, it can prepare convicts for employment and reduce recidivism. Considering these founders have never used the Internet or an app, their business plans were remarkable.
Smartphones and tablets with the emerging Wi-Fi wireless networking technology, 802.11ac, will arrive early in the second half of this year, a Qualcomm executive said.
The second screen has largely asked that you take your eyes away from the action, even if that is to play along in real-time. Visual SyncAR, however, brings that tablet or mobile right back into the thick of things. Developed by Japan’s NTT, the platform uses digital watermarksg that presents a timecode to the app running on the second device, allowing it to display content in sync with whatever is on the primary display. In the video after the break you can see the concept being illustrated with playful examples that interact with the program, but more useful applications include the ability for users to pull up subtitles for public information videos, or overlay sign language. Naturally, there’s also a massive potential for advertisers, who we’re sure would be more than keen to embrace the technology, and ably guide you from their commercial to an online outlet or additional promo material. Especially if they’re selling a cure for all that inevitable arm ache…
The judge overseeing Apple's two lawsuits against Samsung in California has indicated she would like to put the second case on hold pending resolution of the first case, the trial for which ended last summer with a big win for Apple.
The mobile carrier ranks apps not on popularity or “fun,” but on security, data usage, and battery criteria.
When you go to the Editors Picks in the iOS App Store, you assume you’re getting the best. But what qualifies an app to be “best”? Is it sales? Design? Fun factor? Verizon thinks that’s all a bunch of mushy crap that users don’t care about. The mobile carrier has started curating its own best-in-class app lists, using criteria that do matter to its customers: Will this app max out my data plan? Will it kill my battery? Will it get me hacked?
CBS is betting on the growing audiences who will use their tablets as they watch the big game.
More than 100 million people are expected to watch this Sunday’s Super Bowl broadcast, the biggest U.S. television event of the year.
Cuts and a decade of stagnation loom ahead for renewed clean energy funding.
As a result of impending mandatory spending cuts known as sequestration, the first 100 days of President Obama’s second term couldn’t be more different from those of his first. If sequestration kicks in, federal support for clean energy, which received a $ 90 billion jolt from the stimulus package four years ago, is likely to decrease, even though the need for energy breakthroughs to cut carbon dioxide emissions is clearer than ever (see “Solving Global Warming Will Require Far Greater Cuts than Thought”).
sciencehabit writes with this excerpt from Science Magazine “Last November, astronomer David Turner made headlines by claiming that one of the sky’s best known objects—the North Star, Polaris—was actually 111 light-years closer than thought. If true, the finding might have forced researchers to rethink how they calculate distances in the cosmos as well as what they know about some aspects of stellar physics. But a new study argues that distance measurements of the familiar star made some 2 decades ago by the European Space Agency’s venerable Hipparcos satellite are still spot on.”
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Yesterday, TIME Magazine announced the finalists for their Person of the Year award, which included Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Apple CEO Tim Cook, among others. While TIME ultimately chose President Barack Obama as 2012 Person of the Year, Apple CEO Tim Cook was chosen as a runner-up, along with Malala Yousafzai, Mohamed Morsi, and
Happy anniversary to me: I’ve now been writing this here weekly column for exactly two years. Over the last year I have opined, prescribed, and predicted many things. And now, like last year, as part of my one-man crusade for greater opinion-journalism accountability, I’m going to take a moment to go back and look at what I got right … and where I went horribly, hilariously wrong.
OK, then: without further ado, and leaving out posts too recent to be judged or those that didn’t contain forward-looking statements, let’s see what I said over the last 52 weeks, and why…
Eyes In The Skies
I appear to be mildly obsessed with drones and unbiquitous surveillance technology everywhere, so every few months I write about their potential repercussions, the apparent inevitability of a transparent society, and the dire need to ensure that we’re talking about one-way, rather than two-way, transparency. See, for instance:
The first season of Nissan GT Academy has completed and Nissan and Sony have announced that they have teamed up to bring a second season of Nissan GT Academy competition to the US. The Nissan GT Academy is a competition that takes participants who win online races in a Grand Turismo special series and pits
When the world’s gaze focuses on a single televised moment, it’s what’s in the periphery of our vision that unites us. The second screen brings awareness of the millions watching alongside, no matter where they are. It reaffirms our interest and passion, while adding depth and fresh perspective. If you watch the game on delay, or check out the debates online later, you’re missing something special.
Developers tend to think “mobile first, tablet second” because tablets seem like stretched out mobile devices, and mobiles tend to have much higher install bases. The devs reason that if they design for mobile first and then stretch to fit tablet then that’s probably sufficient. Not so much.
An anonymous reader writes “Windows 7 was expected to have Service Pack 2 issued roughly 3 years from its introduction (late 2009). People, including myself, have been asking ‘Where is it?’ and the answer apparently is, ‘It isn’t, and will never be’ which lends itself to the giant pain of installing Windows 7, then Service Pack 1, and hundreds of smaller hotfix patches. Why Microsoft? No go to Service Pack 2 for Windows 7!”
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