Tech news – October 31st 2012:
- Has Social Media Turned You into a Zombie? [INFOGRAPHIC]–
This fun infographic profiles several types of social media zombie — not dead, but not quite alive either, thanks to an over-enthusiasm for the social web.
More About: Social Media, infographics
- Twitter Troll Who Posted Fake Sandy News Apologizes to Internet–
A Twitter troll who tweeted a series of fake news updates on Monday as Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on New York City publicly apologized on Tuesday.
More About: US
- In Storm Deaths, Mystery, Fate and Bad Timing–
In its howling sweep, the storm claimed at least 39 lives, expressing a full assortment of lethal methods.
- Citrix aims to make any Windows app a cloud service – Computerworld–
Citrix is focused on helping enterprises deal with the challenge of running desktops and applications in a new mobile-centric world where tablets and smartphones proliferate.
- With The New iPad, Apple Accelerates; With The iPad Mini, It’s Pedal To The Metal | TechCrunch–
“So why is iPad so phenomenally successful? Well it turns out that there’s a simple reason for this,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told an audience at the Apple e..
- Rockaway Beach before & after–
- Twitter / ComfortablySmug: I wish to offer the people …–
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- For Years, Warnings That It Could Happen Here–
On Tuesday, city and state officials took their first tentative steps toward considering major infrastructure changes that could protect the city’s fragile shores from repeated disastrous damage.
- Official Google Blog: Google’s most advanced voice search has arrived on iOS–
- Disney Buys Lucasfilm, New ‘Star Wars’ Coming in 2015–
Disney announced Tuesday that it is acquiring Lucasfilm LTD, including the Star Wars franchise, for $4.05 billion in stock and cash.
In a press release announcing the acquisition, Disney announced that Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for a release date in 2015 and that “more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.”
On a conference call, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that in addition to Episode 7, episodes 8 and 9 are also in the works. The g… show all text
- Donate to Hurricane Sandy Relief | Beth’s Blog–
Hurricane Sandy has crippled the East Coast is this morning’s New York Time’s headline. But the story is personal for me. I grew up in Atlantic City and my parents still live in the house they’ve owned for over 50 years. Both elderly, they evacuated, although my father is in the hospital (not storm related) so they are safe, dry, and have power. We have no idea about the damage to the house, but coming through social channels, I found photos of my hometown, including the one above of … show all text
- Superstorm Sandy’s toll: Mounting deaths, historic destruction, stranded residents – This Just In – CNN.com Blogs–
Editor’s Note: Superstorm Sandy smashed ashore last night, triggering floods, fires and devastation. Twenty-nine people are known to have died in the U.S. and one in Canada, adding to the storm’s earlier toll of 67. Millions are without power. Floods have hit homes and the New York subway system. Here is the full story and below is the latest news as we learn it.
Are you there? Send your stories and photos to CNN iReport but stay safe.
[Update 2:09 p.m.] From Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley:
Ear… show all text
- LinkedIn: Recruiter Shortcomings Exposed – Social-Hire–
- Hurricane Sandy Takes Down Huffington Post, Gawker, BuzzFeed–
Update: BuzzFeed appears to be back up.
Readers looking for the latest updates on Hurricane Sandy Tuesday morning were disappointed to find some of the top news sites, including The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed and Gawker and its affiliated sites were themselves victims of Sandy.
In a statement on its Tumblr, BuzzFeed blamed DataGram, an ISP that serves the three sites, plus others. The Tumblr quotes a DataGram rep as saying “Basement flooded, fuel pump off line – we got people working on it now. 5 show all text
Tech news – October 29th 2012 to October 30th 2012:
- 7 Fake Hurricane Sandy Photos You’re Sharing on Social Media–
Fake Hurricane Sandy photos flew around Twitter and Facebook on Monday, as users shared jaw-dropping images. Unfortunately, the race to post the most strik
- Scott Forstall Leaving Apple – Business Insider–
There has been a massive shake up in the executive ranks at Apple.
Scott Forstall, the brilliant, but polarizing SVP who leads iOS, is out. As is John Browett who took over Apple’s retail operations earlier this year.
Forstall’s responsibilities are going to be split amongst three long time Apple execs.
Jony Ive, who leads hardware design, will lead Human Interface across the company.
Eddy Cue, who leads Internet services, will take over Siri and Maps.
Craig Federighi, who runs OSX, will also … show all text
- Twitter Blog: Hurricane Sandy: Resources on Twitter–
As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the east coast of the U.S., here’s a roundup of accounts suggested by local and state government officials you can follow to get real-time emergency information, plus tips for using Twitter during a crisis. In the event that power (and the Internet) are down, you can still get alerts from accounts on Twitter using your mobile device through text messaging (SMS):
Receive Tweets via SMS: Even if you don’t have a Twitter account, you can receive Tweets from any T… show all text
- Twitter Gives Away Promoted Crisis Tweets to Red Cross, FEMA–
As Hurricane Sandy batters the Eastern Seaboard, Twitter is offering free promoted crisis tweets to the Red Cross, FEMA, the New York City’s Mayor’s Office and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to help keep users updated on the storm. Other state and local authorities can contact Twitter to join the pro bono program.
The site published a blog post Monday afternoon, including a list of suggested accounts to follow for real-time updates on the Frankenstorm, including state and local govern… show all text
- Instagram users are posting 10 Hurricane Sandy pictures every second | Poynter.–
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom tells us via a spokeswoman: “There are now 10 pictures per second being posted with the hashtag #sandy — most are images of people prepping for the storm and images of scenes outdoors.”
The total… Read more
- Comparing Hurricanes Sandy And Irene — Photos – WSJ.com–
Experts say Hurricane Sandy is wider and stronger than Hurricane Irene, which caused more than $15 billion in damage in 2011, and could rival the worst East Coast storm on record.
- Why we ought to have a Random Penguin | Business blog–
There are many serious things to say about the merger of Random House and Penguin but the aspect that most strikes me is what a wasted opportunity it is to have an entertaining brand name.
As widely noted on Twitter, the decision to call the merged entity Penguin Random House is aesthetically far inferior to the alternative: Random Penguin. Jane Thynne, the journalist and author, summed it up nicely:Penguin Random is clunky. Random Penguin has poetry. Surely a business devoted to writers can … show all text
- Bob Ross Google Doodle Will Make Your Day Sunnier–
Those on the East Coast of the United States who are expecting more than a few “fluffy little clouds” to come their way thanks to Hurricane Sandy may not be aware that the originator of that phrase, painter Bob Ross, would have been 70 years-old on Monday.
However, Google is commemorating the event with a Google Doodle that shows Ross in his prime with his permed Afro, beard and a squirrel on his shoulder.
Ross, the creator and host of PBS’s The Joy of Painting, died in 1995. However, his legend show all text
Tech news – October 28th 2012 to October 29th 2012:
– Matt Petronzio
1. “Favorite” Files for Offline Reading
If you “favorite” images or text documents on your mobile device using the Dropbox app, you can access those files later, even if you’re not connected to Wi-Fi or cellular service.
Click here to view this gallery.Between hosting webpages and emailing files straight to your folders, there’s a lot you can do with Dropbox that you never knew before.
More About: Dropbox, apps, cloud, data storage, features
- Google Is Testing Same-Day Delivery for Shoppers – NYTimes.com–
Google’s same-day delivery service, which has been in development for more than a year, is now live in San Francisco for certain people, and several big retailers are participating. The service propels Google into commerce, as well as competition with rivals like Amazon.com
, eBay and Wal-Mart Stores.
– Stan Schroeder
As Hurricane Sandy moves near the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast, Google is helping those affected prepare for the storm with a dedicated crisis map.
The map tracks Sandy’s path, letting users choose between several layers of information, such as the current location of the storm, forecast track, shelter locations, cloud imagery, public alerts and more.
Google has also launched a special Sandy crisis map for New York City, displaying such info as evacuation zones, evacuation centers and Red Cross emer… show all text
- To Successfully Launch A Product, You Have To Tell A Compelling Story | TechCrunch–
“The art of narration and dramatic presentation, together with a keen sense of the oral epic style, became a characteristic quality of the Russian people.” —Vladimir Propp, Morphology of the Folktale
At the end of a week filled with product launches and press conferences, it’s hard not to compare those marketing events. Without even talking about the products, some were much more compelling than others. And it all comes down to the story that you tell, as a company. Failing at that task will gr… show all text
- Raw Video: Dragon Splashes Down in the Pacific–
- How Will Hurricane Sandy Affect The Internet? [VIDEO]–
Hurricane Sandy might take out power for the server farms for Amazon, Apple and Google, perhaps even taking the Internet with it.
More About: Amazon EC2, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Frankenstorm, Hurricane Sandy, trending
- How a Supreme Court ruling may stop you from reselling just about anything | Ars Technica–
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On Monday, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that pits a major textbook publisher against Supap Kirtsaeng, a student-entrepreneur who built a small business importing and selling textbooks.
Like many Supreme Court cases, though, there’s more than meets the eye. It’s not merely a question of whether the Thai-born Kirtsaeng will have to cough up his profits as a copyright infringer; the case is a long-awaited rematch between content companies seeking to… show all text
- Passbook: Developer Integration the Weakest Link–
Ever since I made the switch to the smartphone three years (and four generations) ago, I’ve always carried around an iPhone. Granted, this doesn’t make me a special snowflake, but for all intents and purposes, I’ve been “that girl” with my phone.
I don’t get every new upgrade or shell out big bucks on peripherals, but I do my best to stay informed and I’m an early adopter (and avid proponent) of many third-party applications that have made my life easier. But, for the first time, I’m experienci… show all text
Tech news – October 26th 2012
- If you missed the Windows 8 webcast, watch the rerun Windows Newsroom: Live Webcast–
– Video, feature stories, images, photos, fact sheets, press releases and other news and content about Microsoft’s Windows operating system.
- Events | Mobile | Big Data | SaaS | Cloud Computing | Software Testing | Performance Testing–
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- Daytrotter: The source for new music from the best emerging bands–
Daytrotter brings you music from today’s best independent bands, recorded live in our studios. Find Daytrotter sessions, live sessions, concert videos and more from your favorite artists.
- Your hashtag for tweeting about the election is
- Yahoo Acquires Stamped–
- LEAKED: Marissa Mayer’s Plans For Yahoo’s Most Important Product – Business Insider–
Tech news – October 25th 2012
- BetaKit » Square Takes First International Step With Mobile Payments Launch in Canada–
Today mobile payments startup Square announced its first international launch in Canada, days after signing a lease for a new office space in San Francisco to house what will be a 1,000-strong U.S. team by the end of 2013. There has been much speculation about when Square would expand internationally, especially since competitors like Europe’s iZettle have been heating up, with that company expanding its $31.4 million in Series B funding this week.
Square’s founder and former Twitter co-founder… show all text
Social media is no longer the domain of solely the left, liberal youth, but instead empower different agendas.
- Why we buy into ideas: how to convince others of our thoughts | The Buffer blog: productivity, life hacks, writing, user experience, customer happiness and business.–
This is a guestpost by Iris Shoor, co-founder and VP Product and marketing at Takipi, more about Iris at the bottom of the post.If you think about it, each one of us has different natural and acquired capabilities. Some of us learn new languages quickly, some are more social than others while some remember the face of each person they’ve come across. These strengths determine how we think and make decisions. Yes, this is probably obvious – different people think in different ways.
And yet the show all text
Google announced today that marketers and advertisers promoting iOS applications can now monitor conversions – meaning app downloads – using Google’s AdW..
- In Cyberattack on Saudi Firm, U.S. Sees Iran Firing Back–
American officials believe a virus unleashed on an oil giant was a return volley in a conflict begun by the United States and Israel with software that targeted Iran’s centrifuges.
Tech news – October 23rd 2012 to October 24th 2012:
(Credit: Dan Farber/CBS )
Just got a third-gen iPad? Apple might be willing to exchange it.
In an unexpected move, Apple refreshed its 10-inch iPad today, leaving many third-generation iPad owners groaning at a suddenly subpar device.
Apple customers like Roger Cheng have (until now) slept soundly knowing that any Apple product purchased is the “latest and greatest” for at least one year. Today, Apple killed that notion.
Considering the fourth-generation iPad offers relatively incremental upgr… show all text
- Marissa Mayer and the art of the earnings call | MediaFile | Analysis & Opinion | Reuters.com–
Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared on PandoDaily.com
. It is republished here with permission.
Conference calls discussing corporate earnings are often like political debates: An hour or so of jargon as dry as dirt. But much like the this year’s presidential debates, Yahoo’s earnings call Monday promised to be worth tuning into, if for no other reason that this was Marissa Mayer’s first and best chance to make her case for reviving the company. And like the debates so far, Mayer did n… show all text
- Zynga CEO Mark Pincus Confirms Layoffs: 5% of Workforce, Potential Closures For U.K., Japan Offices | TechCrunch–techcrunch.com
– Kim-Mai Cutler
Zynga confirmed that it started laying off U.S.-based employees ahead of what is expected to be a weak third-quarter earnings report. In all, 5 percent of the company’s full-time workforce is being let go. As of the second quarter, the company had 3,200 employees so the final tally is probably close to 160 employees.
The key details are that the company is sunsetting 13 games and is significantly reducing its investment in its life simulation game The Ville, which as we reported earlier is being show all text
- The Tablet Pricing Spectrum: Kindle Fire To Nexus 7 To iPad Mini–
As expected, Apple announced its new iPad Mini today. One of the key areas being watched was pricing. For the seriously price conscious, the iPad Mini doesn’t look to be a game changer. Comparative prices below, along with technical specs pitting the iPad Mini against its rivals. Much was… Please visit Marketing Land for the full article.
- Times Must Aggressively Cover Mark Thompson’s Role in BBC’s Troubles | The Public Editor – NYTimes.com–
How can The Times best cover its embattled incoming C.E.O.?
- Obama Drops Social Networks From Cybersecurity Plan | TechCrunch–
Facebook, Twitter, eBay, and PayPal can breathe a sigh of relief: President Obama has apparently conceded to congressional critics on cybersecurity legislatio..
- Paid Blogger | TechCrunch–
Hey.My name is Michael Arrington. For newer readers who don’t know, I founded TechCrunch back in 2005. Last year I was fired and began writing on Un..
- In Mobile World, Tech Giants Scramble to Get Up to Speed–
– By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and SOMINI SENGUPTA
Companies like Google, Microsoft and Intel are scrambling to reinvent their businesses now that the old model — a customer sitting at a PC — no longer applies.
- Twitter Blog: The Final 2012 Presidential Debate–
Tonight, the presidential candidates came together for the last of the debates to discuss foreign policy. And while it was a busy evening with several events competing for viewers’ attention, the political conversation on Twitter remained strong with 6.5 million Tweets sent about the 90-minute debate this evening. Specific moments generating the greatest volume of conversation throughout the night were: –105,767 TPM – 9:45pm EDT – Obama: “We also have fewer horses and bayonets” –102,339 TPM – show all text
Tech news – October 22nd 2012 to October 23rd 2012:
- Yahoo Q3 Beats Expectations In Mayer’s First Full Quarter As CEO: $1.2B Revenue, Non-GAAP EPS $0.35 | TechCrunch–
Yahoo today reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2012, its first full quarter with new CEO Marissa Mayer at the helm. Mayer is back at work full-time after taking a short maternity leave following the birth of her first child, and is expected to speak about the financial results on her first conference call with Yahoo investors as CEO later this afternoon.
In all it was a solid quarter for Yahoo: The company made $1.2 billion in GAAP revenue, down slightly from the $1.22 bill… show all text
- Ancestry.com Was Just Acquired for $1.6 Billion – Technology – The Atlantic Wire–
So genealogy websites are apparently a lucrative proposition, as Ancestry.com
has been acquired by European private-equity firm Permira for $1.6 billion, which is a little over 1.5 Instagrams and about as much as Google paid for YouTube.
- Update: Amazon Web Services Down In North Virginia — Reddit, Pinterest, Airbnb, Foursquare, Minecraft And Others Affected | TechCrunch–
What started as a small issue affecting some instances of Amazon’s Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) in North Virginia became a full-blown outage of AWS in North Virginia. Major services, such as Reddit, Foursquare, Minecraft and Heroku, are down. GitHub, imgur, Pocket, HipChat, Coursera and others are affected.
Reddit experienced hiccups at first when only the Elastic Bloc System was affected, but then seemed to go back to normal for most people. It is now down again.
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- Jenkins, Koci Hernandez, Linch and Roberts elected to Online News Association Board – Online News Association–
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the Online News Association (ONA), the premier digital journalism organization, elected four new members to its Board of Directors and re-elected three incumbents to two-year terms.
The newest members — Mandy Jenkins, Digital Projects Editor, Digital First Media; Richard Koci Hernandez, Assistant Professor New Media, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism; Greg Linch, Special Projects and News App Producer, The Washington Post; and Jim Roberts, Assistant Managing show all text
- Square Signs Lease For New Office In San Francisco to Accommodate 1000+ Employees, Will Move In Mid-2013 | TechCrunch–
Square has just announced plans for a new office in San Francisco. The mobile payments company, which is currently located in the Chronicle Building in downto..
- SAY Media Rebrands ReadWriteWeb As “ReadWrite”, Redesigns, Hires Dan “Fake Steve Jobs” Lyons As Editor In Chief | TechCrunch–
I’m a fan of ReadWriteWeb, always have been, but other than not being able to pronounce the blog’s name, I’ve always appreciated the technical and detailed analysis coming out of the brand. SAY Media agreed and acquired it, and the property has undergone some serious changes. Gone is founder Richard MacManus, but coming in is a new Editor in Chief, Dan Lyons. You know him best as “Fake Steve Jobs.“
Along with a new name for the site, ReadWrite, Lyons told me last week that he wants to bring a n… show all text
- Rapture of the nerds: will the Singularity turn us into gods or end the human race? | The Verge–
- Outlawed by Amazon DRM « Martin Bekkelund–
A couple of days a go, my friend Linn sent me an e-mail, being very frustrated: Amazon just closed her account and wiped her Kindle. Without notice. Without explanation. This is DRM at it’s worst.
Linn travels a lot and therefore has, or should I say had, a lot of books on her Kindle, purchased from Amazon. Suddenly, her Kindle was wiped and her account was closed. Being convinced that something wrong had happened, she sent an e-mail to Amazon, asking for help. This was the answer:
Dear Linn [l… show all text
- BBC News – Pages from Ceefax: Into the archives–
- Video – Breaking News Videos from CNN.com–
President Barack Obama talks to reporters about his upcoming State of the Union Address.
- Lance Armstrong Is Stripped of His 7 Tour de France Titles–
The International Cycling Union on Monday ratified a report on the cyclist by American antidoping officials, and Tour organizers planned to remove him from the record books.
- Tictail Raises $1.6m in Seed Funding to Target the UK Market–
Swedish DIY ecommerce platform Tictail has raised €1.2 million ($1.6m) in seed funding and launched a subscription service so that users can sign up for updates from their favourite stores on the site.
The company’s seed round was led by Balderton Capital and Klause Hommels, members of its advisory board, including Spotify CPO Gustav Söderström and Tumblr COO Fredrik Nylander, have also made personal investments.
Tictail’s main markets at the moment are in the Nordics, Germany and UK. With the … show all text
- Amazon apparently discontinues Kindle Touch in favor of Paperwhite — paidContent–
It appears that Amazon is no longer selling the Kindle Touch, the touchscreen e-reader that preceded the front-lit Kindle Paperwhite. Amazon also seems to have discontinued the large-screen Kindle DX last week.
I’ve asked the company for comment, but the Kindle Touch’s product page lists it as “currently unavailable,” and a link points to “a newer model of this item,” the Kindle Paperwhite. The Touch is also no longer shown in Amazon’s Kindle lineup.
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- Seth’s Blog: No one ever bought anything on an elevator–
If your elevator pitch is a hyper-compressed two-minute overview of your hopes, dreams and the thing you’ve been building for the last three years, you’re doing everyone a disservice. I’ll never be able to see the future through your eyes this quickly, and worse, if you’ve told me what I need to know to be able to easily say no, I’ll say no.
The best elevator pitch doesn’t pitch your project. It pitches the meeting about your project. The best elevator pitch is true, stunning, brief and it leav… show all text