February 24, 2013

Yahoo hopes redesign attracts more users - SFGate


Yahoo may be one of the Internet's most beleaguered companies, but Yahoo.com, its primary landing page, remains one of the Web's most-used sites. It had 119 million monthly visitors in January, up 9 percent from a year earlier, according to comScore.

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Hear, hear! Scientists create human-like ears with 3D printing — RT News


The latest innovation in 3D printing – artificial ears – feel, look and behave identically to human ones. The new product developed in the US could provide patients who are missing all or just part of their ear with a chance at reconstructive surgery.

Cornell biomedical engineers and Weill Cornell Medical College physicians published their study online in the PLOS ONE journal on Wednesday.

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3D Printers Help Build Robohand for 5-Year-Old


Liam Dippenaar couldn't catch a ball with both hands. Holding two objects at once was a feat and, though right-handed, the 5-year-old used his left. Born with Ambiotic Band Syndrome, Liam lacks the instrument critical for most tasks: fingers.

Thanks to two strangers halfway around the world and the magic of 3D printing, Liam is now able to color and write to his heart's content. Ivan Owen and Richard Van As created Robohand, an open-sourced device built with customized prosthetic fingers.

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February 20, 2013

CenturyLink is moving into cable-television business


With demand for residential, wired telephone service on the decline, local phone company CenturyLink is getting into the cable-TV business.


Officials at the company formerly known as Qwest Communications have realized that offerings other than traditional phone service represent their best hope for long-term success, said Ken McMahon, CenturyLink’s vice president and general manager for the Phoenix market.


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Commercial cyber spying offers rich payoff


BEIJING — For state-backed cyber spies such as a Chinese military unit implicated by a U.S. security firm in a computer crime wave, hacking foreign companies can produce high-value secrets ranging from details on oil fields to advanced manufacturing technology.

This week’s report by Mandiant Inc. adds to mounting suspicion that Chinese military experts are helping state industry by stealing secrets from Western companies possibly worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The Chinese military has denied involvement in the attacks.


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The Pebble Smart Watch: A Hands-On Review - Forbes


A hands-on review of the Pebble Smartwatch from Forbes...

I was an early backer of Pebble on Kickstarter and yesterday my Pebble smart watch actually arrived. Geek heaven. I had started thinking about smart watches because I think there’s a big market for them among pilots, especially if they integrated with electronic log books. But first the review!


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No Wonder Apple Wants to Get into the Smartwatch Business | Motherboard


You can't dip one toe in the tech blog waters without getting bitten by an iWatch rumor these days. Apple is working on a smartwatch—even fancy newspapers like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal say so—and Apple bloggers are busy exploring every possible feature set that such a device could boast. Design firms are churning out all sorts of mockups for what the thing might look like, everything from a sleeker-looking iPod Nano to what looks like an electronic KitKat bar. But why?


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Comcast Bets Big on TV, Movies - ABC News


Comcast is buying the rest of NBCUniversal from General Electric, and it’s doing it much sooner than expected. The price of GE’s remaining 49 percent stake in the entertainment giant is $16.7 billion. The takeover consolidates Comcast as a cable distributor and a content provider. The firm decided it made sense to work out a deal with GE now because the improved performance of the NBC broadcast network and cable-TV programming made it more likely the price would rise in the future. Two years ago Comcast bought 51 percent of NBCU. Comcast shares rose more than 7 percent in the pre-market after the deal was announced.

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Go Daddy buys Calif. Web app maker


Scottsdale-based website host and domain registrar Go Daddy Inc. has purchased a mobile Web-development app maker and opened a new office in Sunnyvale, Calif., the company said Monday.

Read more: Go Daddy did not disclose terms of its acquisition of M.dot Inc., which produces a mobile app for small-business website creation and management.


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Dell agrees to $24.4bn buyout- The Inquirer


Dell has agreed a buyout with Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners, valuing the firm at $24.4bn.

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Bashas' supermarket chain hit by cyber attack - East Valley Tribune: Money


Chandler-based Bashas' supermarket chain says it's been victimized by a cyber attack on the stores' online systems, which provided criminals with access to customer payment information.


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February 15, 2013

New focus on security and data portability as Cloud gets overcrowded - Cloud Tech News


As the meteoric rise of the cloud continues, IT leaders are pushing for better standards to address key issues such as security and data portability in the cloud.

Only last month another organisation joined the demand for standards. IBM-backed Cloud Standards Customer Council, www.cloud-council.org, announced its committee members which include Citigroup, Costco Wholesale and Deere & Co as well as launching its working groups covering such topics as: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS); Software as a Service (SaaS); and Platform as a Service (PaaS), Interoperability in the Cloud, Business Patterns for the Cloud, Legal Considerations for the Cloud, Social Business Cloud Standards and industry-related working groups focusing on Cloud Requirements, including: Education, Financial Services, Government, Retail and Telecommunications.

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February 5, 2013

‘Facebook vacations’: Droves of users take breaks of several weeks or more, study finds

Taking a break from Facebook? You're not alone.

More than 60 percent of adult Facebook users say they have taken a break from the social media site, according to a new study released on Tuesday by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. And 27 percent of users say they plan to spend less time on Facebook in 2013.  Read more....  http://yhoo.it/VH10tU

Ride-hailing apps offer new way around town


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- When Hesky Kutscher needed to get across town, he didn't call a taxi. He tapped a smartphone app called Lyft, which allows users to request car rides.

Minutes later, a black hatchback with a big fluffy, pink mustache on its grille pulled up. Kutscher hopped in the front seat and gave the driver a fist bump. Then they cruised over the hilly streets of San Francisco, chatting like neighbors until he was dropped off near Union Square.

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February 1, 2013

Words, copy, content and opportunity | Inman News

The content opportunity in real estate has been obvious for a decade. A well-executed content strategy helps you get found on search engines, engages site visitors, lends authority to your brand, and differentiates you from your competitors.

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