Porsche’s latest sportscar, the 918 Spyder, has broken cover officially, but unlike most of the company’s hard-driving twin seaters, this one relies in part on battery power for its blistering 0-60mph time. The 918 Spyder is actually a hybrid, pairing a 4.6-liter V8 mid-mounted gas engine good for 608HP with a 154HP hybrid module on
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A maximum sentence of 25 years for enabling hackers to vandalize a news website is totally nuts.
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it indicted Matthew Keys, 26, Reuter’s deputy social media editor, for allegedly enabling some members of hacker organization Anonymous to hack and change content on the LA Times’ website back in 2010. The possible maximum sentence he could face if convicted? Twenty-five years in prison.
Seriously, This Again? New, Aggressive Marketing From Microsoft Warns Gmail Users That Google Reads Their Email
Hey Microsoft, 2004 called. It wants its privacy outrage debate back. Microsoft is on the rampage lately, aggressively attacking Google on search, shopping, and email, the latter which is now featured on Microsoft’s infamous “Scroogled” site where – get this! – Microsoft goes after Gmail because Google reads your email to target you with ads! Seriously.
Muslims found an unlikely opening to voice their opposition to mainstream stereotypes, exploiting a social media misstep by Newsweek’s inflammatory cover on Muslim violence. In response to Newsweek’s call to discuss the problem of violent muslim intolerance through the Twitter hashtag #muslimrage, clever users flooded the discussion with (hilarious) parodies, like this gem: “Lost your kid Jihad at the airport. Can’t yell for him. #MuslimRage.”
When I read Spestle‘s pitch for Startup Alley I thought it was either a prank or a goofy place holder for a stealth startup: “Create your own custom seasoning & herb blends.”
But Spestle is real and serious. It’s a service that enables you to create a custom seasoning blend, complete with your own packaging, and sell it online. When someone buys your spice mix, Spestle will make the blends to order, handle fulfillment and cut the creators a check — just like a print on demand service.
RIM’s current CEO Thorsten Heins has been very candid about his company’s plans and past, but he has usually given the impression that the company wouldn’t even consider deviating from its one true vision of a BlackBerry OS future. Although BlackBerry 10 is very much the center of RIM’s universe today, Heins has revealed to The Telegraph that his firm’s eyes did stray briefly — at one point, it “seriously” investigated Android as a platform. The company ended up backing away after deciding a “me-too” strategy didn’t fit the productivity-obsessed BlackBerry crowd, the executive says. RIM decided, like Nokia, that it couldn’t differentiate enough in Google’s ecosystem. There’s still some time to go before we learn whether or not the gamble on the in-house OS pays off. If Heins’ comments still leave you dreaming of what might have been, though, don’t worry: at least a few companies are providing their own visions in a slightly more tangible form.
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What’s the best thing that I (and others) learned at D10 this year? (Other than the fact that Steve Jobs used to own a peacock, of course.)
Onstage at D1o, Google SVP of Advertising Susan Wojicicki revealed, in answering Walt Mossberg’s question about the sad state of ad relevancy, that Google calls its machine learning smart ad targeting technology “Smart Ass” internally. Aside from those self-driving cars, this is probably the coolest thing happening at Google at the moment.
Wojicicki then told Mossberg that a “huge amount” of Google engineers were working on improving “Smart Ass,” “There are all kinds of amazing things on the Web. Advertising is not one of them,” she said. “Display ads are very crude, there is a really high CPM price for the value being extracted.
“Silicon Valley is high school, except it’s only the smart kids, and everyone has a lot of money.” – Kim Taylor, “Silicon Valley” star.
For an industry so reliant on the wholehearted embrace of the future, many technologists and pundits seem so completely resistant to change it’s mind-boggling.
Defending the decision to pick Android as the choice operating system for its mobile handsets, Nordberg posits that it was ‘the best choice they could have made’ considering its rapid growth, but also acknowledges that the company “should have taken the iPhone more seriously when it arrived in 2007″.
Asked whether he would have liked to buy Motorola Mobility rather than Google, he candidly responds:
“Well sure, but before you go shopping you have to become rich. “