Tech news – September 30th 2012

Tech news – September 30th 2012

Tech news – September 29th 2012

Tech news – September 29th 2012

Tech news – September 28th 2012

Tech news – September 27th 2012 to September 28th 2012:

Tech news – September 27th 2012

Somehow I between all my bookmark syncing things got duplicated. Better than deleted to be sure but it was a mess. This extension saved me a bunch of time.
1) Disable Chrome bookmarks sync on all browsers (if you can't do this then book marks make keep coming back for a while until things settle out. This extension will help you keep fixing things until they do).
2) Install "SuperSorter" chrome extension
3) Move all toolbar folders under "Other Bookmarks"  (this part is critical. The extension doesn't seem to see folders outside of the "Other Bookmarks" folder).
4) Run the sort & dedupe multiple times until no more changes – now all the dup folders are merged and deduped.  You have the union of all distinct bookmarks.


Clean up your bookmark mess! Sort bookmarks recursively, delete duplicates, merge folders, sort automatically, etc.

Tech news – September 26th 2012 to September 27th 2012:

  • Ripping Off The Bloody Band-Aid | massive greatness by MG Siegler
    It’s really not that hard to understand. Nor is it evil. Nor is it perfect. Nor is it the end of the world. It is what it is. And my bet is that, as usual, the outrage will be relatively short-lived.
    I’m talking, of course, about the Maps situation in iOS 6, and the Google/Apple war of words over it.
    Over the course of the past few weeks, we’ve seemingly heard all possible sides of the story. Apple blind-sided Google. No they didn’t. Apple was open to negotiating about maps, but Google wasn’t. …  show all text

  • NFL, referees reach agreement; refs back on field Thursday –
    The NFL and NFL Referees Association agreed Wednesday night to an eight-year deal, the league announced, and refs will return to the field for Thursday night's Cleveland Browns-Baltimore Ravens game.

  • People are up in arms
    People are up in arms about Amazon being awarded a patent for their affiliates program. While I agree that this is stupid, what is

  • Reddit Users Attempt to Shame Sikh Woman, Get Righteously Schooled
    – Lindy West
    A Reddit user going by the handle "european_douchebag" posted a surreptitious photo of a Sikh woman with the caption "i'm not sure what to conclude from this." The user's apparent confusion stems from the fact that the woman—bound by her religion not to cut her hair or alter her body—has an abundance of dark, untrimmed facial hair. The mind of european_douchebag was SO INCREDIBLY BLOWN by the fact that women have hair on their bodies—and, yes, faces—and that some women are bold, self-assured, a…  show all text

  • Looking for the ‘Next Big Thing’? Ranking the Top 50 Start-Ups –
    Venture capitalists are still investing in flashy Internet start-ups, but the Next Big Thing is more likely to be a maker of humdrum Internet plumbing for businesses.The Wall Street Journal's annual ranking of the top 50 VC-backed companies shows a crop of contenders that are focused less on Web consumers than in the past.

  • RIM Employee’s OOO Reply This Week Is Both Epic And Sad | TechCrunch
    – Peter Ha
    RIM is holding some sort of developer conference this week somewhere in North America. It’s unclear what they actually announced or revealed because everyone keeps talking about this dumb music video. (If you’re having a bad day, you should really watch it. But be warned, your ears will bleed and you may want to gouge your eyes out before/during/after.)
    Anyway, a friend of TC forwarded the following out of office reply from a RIM employee. I’m only sharing because it’s quite possibly one of the…  show all text

  • Airbnb Is Raising A Big Third Round, Aiming For A Valuation North Of $2B | TechCrunch
    – Alexia Tsotsis and Eric Eldon
    It’s the darling of “sharing economy” startups, Y Combinator and a good portion of Silicon Valley’s top investors, and a symbol of consumer web startups moving beyond entertainment to solve real life problems. Now we’re hearing short-term room-renting site Airbnb is also something else — one of the very few name-brand startups raising a massive new round of funding these days.
    We slipped this rumor into a panel discussion at Disrupt a couple weeks ago, actually, but we’ve been busy collecting m…  show all text

  • Operation Unlike Is A Go: Page Fan Counts Are Dropping Because Facebook Is Deleting Fake Accounts | TechCrunch
    Some Facebook business Pages lost tens of thousands of fans today, but they shouldn't fret. Facebook has confirmed with me that it's currently purging fake accounts and Page Likes as it implements site integrity improvements announced last month. You can see the evidence on Pages like Zynga's Texas HoldEm Poker whose fan count dropped by 96,000 today after steady after long steady growth.Illegitimately created accounts are being deleted, and Likes gained from malware, compromised accounts, or d…

  • Transit App Embark Sees 100K Downloads, 1.3M Trips Planned Since Apple’s Release Of iOS 6 | TechCrunch
    Apple's changes in iOS 6 are already proving plenty beneficial for some of its developers, including mass transit app-maker Embark. The San Francisco-based startup has seen 1.3 million trips routed through its app since Apple decided to ditch Google Maps in favor of its own solution, which lacks integrated transit mapping options. Embarks' suite of apps, which serve customers across 12 U.S. and international transit systems, have also been downloaded over 100,000 times since iOS 6 arrived, repr…

  • Rapping in colour | The Stream – Al Jazeera English

  • – Startups – Chris Sacca of Lowercase Capital – TWiST #291
  • Twilio’s Biggest Partnership Yet: AT&T Will Resell Its Cloud Telecom Apps And API | TechCrunch
    – Josh Constine
    Twilio’s business is getting a huge boost today, as AT&T has just announced it will resell the startup’s voice and SMS API and apps as the “AT&T Advanced Communications Suite.” Businesses can buy survey tools, ad-hoc workgroup messaging and calling, appointment reminder services, or build directly on the Twilio API.
    The partnership has been a year in the making and will get Twilio in front of a big potential client base of AT&T SMB and enterprise customers. Along with its $34 million in funding,  show all text

  • Steve Jobs, Romantic – O’Reilly Radar
    – Doug Hill
    “… the season Wherein the spirits hold their wont to walk the fruitful matrix of Ghosts …”       — Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    Steve Jobs died a year ago October 5th, and we can expect his ghost to appear in any number of recollections and assessments as the anniversary approaches.
    I’d like to talk here about a spirit that Jobs carried within himself. It’s a spirit he relied on for inspiration, although he seemed at times to have lost track of its whisper. In any event, what it says can tell us a l…  show all text

  • Cisco Acquires Wi-Fi Location Data Analytics Startup ThinkSmart | TechCrunch
    Cisco has made an interesting acquisition today, announcing the purchase of ThinkSmart Technologies, a company that delivers location data analysis using Wi-Fi technology. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.ThinkSmart's technology enhances a wireless network infrastructure with location analytics for service provider and enterprise customers. The startup's location analytics collects information on movement within a venue including time of day, traffic patterns and dwell times. Cisc…

  • Facebook Integrates With Dropbox To Power File-Sharing Within Facebook Groups | TechCrunch
    – Colleen Taylor
    Facebook announced today a new integration with personal file storage company Dropbox. Now, people can share files to Facebook Groups using Dropbox’s cloud-based storage system.
    Dropbox’s Chris Varenhorst writes in a blog post announcing the integration:
    “Today we’re psyched to announce that you can share stuff from Dropbox right inside Facebook Groups! Now you can share notes with your study group, add the latest game schedule to your basketball team’s group, or post a birthday video to your f…  show all text

  • Cloud Expo Silicon Valley: Address Your Big Data Needs with the Cloud | Cloud Computing Journal
    As data continues to grow at unprecedented rates, businesses are struggling to keep up with storage needs and requirements. A new type of cloud has emerged that helps manage information – Cloud 2.0, which puts the control of cloud hosting environments into the hands of business professionals. Now, companies can focus on their core business instead of on their IT delivery model – while still achieving control, flexibility, reliability and cost efficiency. In his session at the 11th International…  show all text

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