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Federal Court Shuts Down Aereo’s Attempt At A Comeback
 In an eleventh hour attempt to save its business following the Supreme Court’s ruling that it was illegal, Aereo changed its tune and claimed to be a cable provider in a court filing last
There Is One New Book On Amazon Every Five Minutes
 In an interesting post, writer Claude Nougat estimated the total number of books on Amazon – about 3.4 million at last count (a number that could include apps as well) and then
Movie Theaters May Be Getting More Interactive, Thanks To Audience Entertainment’s SDK
 You may soon be doing more twisting, turning, and jumping around when you go to the movies, if startup Audience Entertainment succeeds in launching a new type of in-theater interactivity. The
Unscaling The Trillion-Dollar Power Industry
 Throughout the history of the power industry, the answer to all of our problems has been to “get bigger”. Due to economies of scale, utilities have concentrated on building larger and larger
PonoMusic Raises More Than $6M In Equity CrowdFunding In One Week
 Neil Young’s startup PonoMusic became the fourth-most funded project on Kickstarter back in April, when it raised $6.2 million on a goal of $800,000. Read More
This Robot Butler Tried To Get Me Drunk
 The merry TechCrunch band took a trip to Cupertino this week to kick it with a small robot called Botlr made by robotics startup Savioke.The little android,
Salesforce Beats In Its Fiscal Q2 With Revenue Of $1.32B, EPS OF $0.13
 After the bell, Salesforce reported its fiscal second quarter financial results, including revenue of $1.32 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.13. The company beat estimates in the fiscal 2015 quarter,
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Find Out Which Apps Are Draining Your iPhone's Battery
A new app called Normal tells you which other apps to kill in order to save your battery life.Unlike other apps that tell you whats zapping
Sony May Be Releasing Perfume Bottle Selfie Camera
Taking a selfie is almost an art form nowadays — but one electronics company may make it a thing of beauty.Images that surfaced on Asian social
Report: Tesla OS Update Could Let You Start the Model S With an iPhone
Tesla did away with the need for gas, and now, according to a new leak, its planning to throw away the keys.The newest Tesla Model S
Welcome to Google Street View, Indonesia
Google launched Street View in Indonesia on Thursday, allowing users to see panoramic cityscapes and underwater views of the countrys striking coral reefsWith a population of
Walmart Slashes iPhone 5C Price to 97 Cents
Walmart has drastically cut the prices of the iPhone 5C and 5S, suggesting an upcoming debut of the iPhone 6 (which, granted, Apple hasnt even announced
Spotify Serendipity Maps People Playing the Same Song at the Same Time
Spotify already tells users what their friends are listening to. Now its expanding that idea to international proportions, thanks to a new tool.Serendipity records where and
Those Free AOL CDs Were a Campaign for Web Domination. It Worked.
For his day job, Brian McCullough is the CEO of ResumeWriters.com and has founded several companies in the online careers space. He started the Internet History
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A localized Candy Crush lands in China, available via Tencent’s mobile QQ and WeChat services
A localized version of Candy Crush has finally landed in China today, paving the way for millions of Chinese users to get addicted to the immensely popular game. Mobile game-maker King partnered with Chinese internet giant Tencent earlier this year
Google’s self-driving cars will get a steering wheel and pedals for testing in California
There was a lot of buzz when Google revealed prototypes of its self-driving cars in May, which come without a steering wheel, accelerator and brake pedals. Now, however, new rules in California concerning the testing of autonomous vehicles state that the
Apple removes Secret from the App Store in Brazil because it breaches local free speech law
Earlier this week, Brazil issued a court order to have anonymous sharing app Secret delisted from the App Store and Google Play store in the country. Apple has followed the instructions after it made the app unavailable in Brazil, 9to5mac reports. Brazilian
Camu for iPhone puts an elegant spin on social photography
Social networking video apps really need to be unique to gain traction in today’s crowded mobile market. Camu, released today by Sumoing, the makers of Repix,
5 weak words copywriters and bloggers should avoid (and what to use instead)
This post originally appeared on the Crew blog. When I first began writing, I was unsure of myself. My
Google Voice Search for Android now lets you speak up to five languages, limit of one language (...)
Google today updated its Google Search app for Android with support for handling multiple languages at once in voice search. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play. You could use voice search in multiple languages (more
3D bird sound visualization is electrifying
Sometimes the sound of chirping and singing birds can be enough to inspire a feeling of peace and tranquility. But for Australian multimedia artist Andy Thomas — who specializes
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Genentech CEO Disses Wearables, but Expects Cancer Strides Soon
Genomics and other tech tools could help drive down the soaring cost of drug approval, says Ian Clark.
Ouya Scores Xiaomi Partnership to Take Games to China
Ouya looks to new territory to gain some elusive traction.
LinkedIn Product Head Deep Nishar Departs Business Network
Moving on ...
YC’s Jessica Livingston Was Hit On by a VC on the Way to This Interview
One patting on the butt is one too many.
Former Nokia Exec Kerris Joins Advisory Board of Datifex
Richard Kerris, the former CTO of Lucasfilm and more recently the VP and head of developer relations at Nokia and at Hewlett-Packard’s webOS division before that, has joined the advisory board of Datifex. The Toronto-based startup aims to combine Hollywood-style
Meet Oculix, a Hacked-Together Netflix for Oculus Rift
A cool result from an internal Hack Day, but Netflix isnt making any promises yet.
“Cinematic Virtual Reality” Startup Jaunt Raises $27.8 Million
Palo Alto-based startup Jaunt, which is developing hardware and software to let people film and produce movies in 360-degree virtual reality, said today it had raised $27.8 million in new funding. On top of a previous $6.8 million round, that
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Firechat’s new update makes it easier for Burners to chat their friends in the WiFi-less desert
FireChats -- the group chatting application that works without cell service -- latest version is out just in time for this years Burning Man.Firechat’s new update makes it easier for Burners to chat their friends in the WiFi-less desert originally
Delivery drones will need to recognize when they are not fit to fly, and this algorithm could help
MIT researchers have developed a way to help drones predict how much fuel it has and the condition of its hardware. It also allows them to compute possible routes in advance to best handle problems.Delivery drones will need to recognize
Chef brings on agile guru as VP of engineering
Chef, the company that provides commercial support for the open-source Chef configuration management and deployment tool, on Wednesday said noted agile development bigwig Jez Humble has joined the company as VP of engineering. Humble is the co-author of the book Continuous
Netflix hack changes colors of living room lights based on the movie you’re streaming
This is pretty cool: A few Netflix engineers integrated the streaming service’s connected TV app with Hue connected light bulbs from Philips to change the colors of your living room light based on the movie you’re watching. This is similar
Should Twitter and YouTube remove images of James Foley’s beheading, or do we have a right to(...)
After the beheading of journalist James Foley by the terrorist group ISIS, social-media platforms like Twitter and YouTube are cracking down on the sharing of images and video of his death. But should they be the ones who decide what
With this new $10 antenna, you have no excuse not to try over-the-air TV
Want to stop paying $100 for TV a month, but still have access to live television from networks like ABC and CBS? This new antenna promises a cheap fix.With this new $10 antenna, you have no excuse not to try
Say so long to vCheese and hello to vCloud Air
VMware plans to rebrand vCloud Hybrid Services as vCloud Air, sources said. The news leaked in advance of VMworld 2014.Say so long to vCheese and hello to vCloud Air originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
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Flipboard's Mike McCue On The Future Of Media: The Complete Interview
On August 13, I sat down with Flipboard CEO Mike McCue to talk about the future of media at our latest ReadWriteMix event. I didnt expect us to dive right into medias past. McCue told me he drew inspiration from
Facebook Still Thinks It Can Make Apps Work More Like The Web
It’s still impossible to use mobile applications the same way people use Web browsers. Apps each live in their own silos, and unless they’re produced by the same company—like Foursquare and Swarm—bouncing between them the way we bounce between browser
What The Tweet? Your Illustrated Guide To New Twitter Jargon
Twitter has a problem: New users just dont know how to use it. To help newbies sign up and start tweeting, the company has made a number of recent changes. Redesigned profiles, a giant World Cup marketing push, and rejiggering the
Baby, You Can Crash My Simulated Car
Sure, some day Google may well drive us around. But today we drive ourselves, assisted by roughly 60 to 100 sensors per car, a number expected to mushroom to 200 per car by 2020, or 22 billion in-vehicle sensors worldwide. While
Why FitStar Decided Its Workout Algorithm Needed To Shape Up
If Dave Grijalva were a drug dealer, Id say hes getting high on his own supply.In fact, Grijalva is the CTO and cofounder of FitStar, a San Francisco-based fitness-app developer. Take one look at this tall, buff, bearded dude, and
Guess Who’s Bringing Gigabit Broadband To Google’s Backyard?
It’s rather ironic that, apart from a small Stanford neighborhood, Google’s own home region cant take advantage of the company’s super high-speed Google Fiber Internet access. No matter. AT&T is stepping in to fill the gap.See also: The Genius Of
Verizon's Planned App Store Is The Dumbest Idea A Carrier Has Had In A While
Reporting from the world of terrible ideas, The Information claims Verizon Wireless is scheming to a new Android app store to compete with the Googles own Play Store. The carriers scheme is currently at an early stage, according to reporter Amir Efrati, who adds
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Hamburger Helper
Businessmen like Ray Kroc and Dave Thomas have secured their places in the annals of the fast food industry. But what about Harry Holly? He invented the hamburger patty molding machine in the kitchen of the burger restaurant he opened
QUOTE: Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and…
Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and productivity. Teresa Amabile of Harvard Business School studied the daily routines of more than 230 people who work on projects that require creativity. As might have been expected, she found that
PHOTO: Just took an Uber Black Car to the office…
Just took an Uber Black Car to the office today and noticed that they round down the price and make it clear on the receipt. $21.00 is definitely more luxurious than $21.71. Nice touch.
Hybrid : How we took Basecamp multi-platform with a tiny team
Yesterday we announced the official Basecamp app for iPad. Just like our other apps for iPhone, Android, and Kindle it’s a hybrid—a native wrapper around a mobile web core. We’ve written about this setup before but today I wanted to
Our favorite recent reads on the web
Each week, Know Your Company asks everyone at Basecamp a few questions, including one that helps us learn more about each other. Last week’s prompt was “What’s one great read on the web you’ve come across in the past month?”
Why we don't speak up at work
A few weeks ago, a friend told me he was thinking about quitting his job.He said it was because of communication breakdowns between him and his boss. Small moments of poor communication had snowballed into a deeper, gnawing frustration for
The Distance goes tiki
I first noticed the Hala Kahiki about a year ago driving north on River Road through the Chicago suburb of River Grove. I glanced at its colorful exterior and quirky signage and wondered, “What’s the story there?” The wonderful thing
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Postmortems, sans finger-pointing: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast
Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed. You can download this individual episode via this link.When you’re dealing with complex systems, failure is going to happen; it’s
Building pipelines to facilitate data analysis
In every data analysis, you have to string together many tools. You need tools for data wrangling, visualisation, and modelling to understand what’s going on in your data. To use these
Four short links: 21 August 2014
Dat — an open source project that provides a streaming interface between every file format and data storage backend. See the Wired piece on it.Smithsonian Crowdsourcing Transcription (Smithsonian) — 49 volunteers transcribed 200 pages of correspondence between the Monuments Men
Not just the government’s playbook
Whenever I hear someone say that “government should be run like a business,” my first reaction is “do you know how badly most businesses are run?” Seriously. I do not want
Four short links: 20 August 2014
Machine Learning for Plant Properties — startup building database of plant genomics, properties, research, etc. for mining. The more familiar you are with your data and its meaning, the better your machine learning will be at suggesting fruitful lines of
The Drupal API turns a CMS into a true enterprise application
Contributing author: Ben SchluterDrupal is well known as a Content Management System (CMS) — famously used by the White House and elsewhere. At the company where I work, Achieve Internet, we
Four short links: 19 August 2014
Robot Cars with Adjustable Ethics Settings (Wired) — no user-servicable virtues inside. In an important sense, any injury that results from our ethics setting may be premeditated if it’s foreseen.Face-Tracking with Projection Mapping: Weird (BoingBoing) — amazing video of real-time
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Today in APIs: Chain Lands New Funding to Expand Bitcoin Platform Offering
Chain landed $9.5 million in new funding that will allow it to expand its enterprise bitcoin infrastructure. Plus, Hailo launches public API on the same day Uber launched its API.
Addepar and HackerRank Host Record-Breaking Hackathon
Addepar, an interactive investment analysis solution provider, teamed up with HackerRank to host a record-breaking hackathon. The eight-hour global event attracted 3,800 coders and developers to tackle eight challenges.
WhitePages Opens Contact Graph API and New Developer Portal
WhitePages is opening up developer access to its huge graph database of people and businesses. Their new platform is called the WhitePages PRO Contact Graph and accessed via a RESTful web service called
Everyone API Puts Valuable Telephone Data at Developers' Fingertips
Having a better knowledge of who it is that marketing efforts are being aimed at is imperative for the success of any product or application. Telephone data that provides accurate information, such as
USA.gov Releases Corporate Consumer Contact API
USA.gov has just released an API that allows programmatic access to a curated list of contact information for consumer-related corporations.
ProgrammableWeb's API Conference Is Coming To London
Earlier this year (May 2014), ProgrammableWeb ran its first every API conference in San Francisco. Called APIcon, I billed it as an API conference that was for the API community by the API community.
Today in APIs: ProLiteracy to Host Hackathon
Proliteracy group announces hackathon in Syracuse September 13, 14. Digital rights activists to hold Wikipedia hackathon in Bogotá and Mexico City. Plus: more on Ubers new API and FDA releases a new device
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