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Why Google thinks it's worth taking on Amazon's cloud service

It's also commonly thought that cloud infrastructure is a low margin business and this one reason is why Amazon is doing so well.<p>Ecommerce is notorious for low margins and since Amazon typically reports profit margins in the -1 to 2%, it makes sense for them to use their expertise to create …

A $1.5M Kickstarter Project Fails, Leaving Most Backers Without Their 3D Printer

Pirate3D Inc raised nearly $1.5M on Kickstarter in 2013, promising a 3D printer that anyone can use. A total of 3,520 backers pledged money to the project including 3,389 who pledged over $300 to eventually get a printer. But as of now, 60 percent of the orders have still not been fulfilled and it …

London mayor says Uber is 'systematically' skirting law

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has said that Uber is breaking the law by allowing its drivers to virtually tout for business on London’s roads.<p>Writing in The Telegraph, Johnson says that the company is essentially disregarding Transport for London (TfL) regulations that govern private hire …

Autonomy founder Mike Lynch sues HP for $160m over fraud claims

HP has accused Mike Lynch and Autonomy's chief financial officer of accounting fraud that forced it to write down the value of the deal by $8.8bn<p>Mike Lynch, the founder of Autonomy, has sued Hewlett-Packard for more than $160m over the allegations of massive fraud it has levelled against him.<p>He …

Experian hack exposes 15 million people's personal information

Hack of one of the largest data brokers and credit agencies in the world affects T-Mobile USA users who applied for credit checks, company says<p>Experian, one of the largest credit agency data brokers in the world, has been hacked. Some 15 million people who used the company’s services, among them …

Hitachi says it can predict crimes before they happen

What if the future of law enforcement doesn’t involve faster, more forceful responses to crime—but rather, a surefire way to predict it?<p>Hitachi, the Japanese tech giant that makes everything from elevators to security systems, seems to have faith in the latter. It announced today (Sept. 29) that …

Amazon unveils new on-demand delivery service, Flex

Amazon is taking aim at delivery services like Postmates today with the launch of a new program called Flex.<p>According to the website, Amazon Flex is …

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See Where China Is Spending Billions on American Businesses

As Chinese President Xi Jinping hopscotched across the U.S. on his first state visit, he tried to reassure American companies that China is open for …

Google increases Android app size limit on the Play store from 50MB to 100MB

Google today announced a change that should help Android developers who are building more complex apps and games: The size limit allowed on Google Play has been increased from 50MB to 100MB. While it’s possible to build an Android app or game of any size, the Play store has a cap.<p>This limit serves …

Obama's Chief Data Scientist Reveals How the Government Uses Big Data

Dhanurjay “DJ” Patil is the first ever Chief Data Scientist for the United States government, and he says the key to success is getting that data</i> …

iPad: $1.50 per year

If you fully drain and charge your iPad every other day it will use about 12 kWh of electricity per year.<p>Source: Electric Power Research Institute

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NASA preps Orion heat shield for its first flight aboard the SLS

The Orion capsule's heat shield survived its test flight back in December just fine. In fact, Orion Program Manager Mark Kirasich says it "met every expectation" during reentry, enduring temperatures that reached 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Thanks to the data NASA gathered from the same test, though, …

Big Tech Rolls Out Red Carpet for Indian Prime Minister, Lobbies Behind Closed Doors

Modi, the Valley's cause célèbre.<p>Tech adores him. He poses for photos with (then-) Twitter CEOs, and can shoot selfies on Twitter over the firewall in China. Silicon Valley execs sing his praises here and when they visit his country. When he comes to town, he commands meetings with corporate chiefs …

Lyft Moves Customer Support Team To Nashville To Combat High-Priced SF Market

Peer-to-peer ride-sharing startup Lyft informed 20 members of its San Francisco-based customer support team this week it will be relocating them to Nashville, Tennessee.<p>Lyft is building out its new customer service headquarters in Nashville, where overhead such as rent and salaries are cheaper. It …

Google wants to make your living room devices smarter

Google has already staked out spots in your living room with its Nest thermostat, Chromecast video-streaming device and Android TV software. Now it wants more.<p>On Tuesday, the Mountain View, California, company is expected to unveil a music-streaming device, akin to its Chromecast video-streaming …

Samsung Pay a hit in South Korea in run-up to U.S. launch, company says

Samsung said Thursday that its mobile payment platform reached $30 million in transaction volume a month after it was launched in South Korea.<p>The news comes as Samsung Pay is scheduled to launch in the U.S. Monday to compete with the likes of Apple Pay and Google's Wallet and Android Pay.<p>Neither …

Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor for Apple and Android by Withings

Price: $129.95That bulky setup for blood pressure monitoring will not be required anymore if you have the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor by …

Record Label Cuts Ties With Besieged Pharma CEO Martin Shkreli

You may have followed the unfortunate social media saga of hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli, who was the subject of a New York Times story last …

A $3 billion tech company with no outside investors is planning a big IPO

Last year, a report placed the value of the 13-year-old profitable company at $3.3 billion, with no venture funding — only Accel Partners, T. Rowe Price Group, and Dragoneer Investment Capital managed to buy into Atlassian via secondary share sales.<p>Even more noteworthy is that Atlassian has relied …