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ISPs

Snapchat messaging app gets its first ad... and it's very creepy

But that’s because it’s a 20-second trailer for horror film Ouija, as company admits ‘we need to make money’<p>Snapchat reportedly has more than 100 million active users of its free photo and video messaging app, but it has never made any money from them. Now it’s hoping to change that by running …

'Sleep startup' Casper dreams of overturning the mattress racket

"Buying a mattress is one of the worst consumer experiences in the world," says Philip Krim. Yet, few startups have really tried to improve it — perhaps because the mattress business isn’t exactly the sexiest industry around. Buying a mattress will never be like buying an iPhone. The archetypal …

Facebook Would Like to Know How You Text

What are your favorite apps for messaging? Facebook would like to know for ... research purposes.<p>If you own a smartphone, you probably send a bunch of text messages. Facebook already knows this — the company just wants to know what your go-to apps are for doing it.<p>Don’t be too surprised if, like my …

How Steve Jobs Undercut Silicon Valley's Greatest Asset: Engineers

Court documents reveal the anti-competitive hiring practices imposed by Apple on other Silicon Valley stalwarts were the norm for years.<p>Steve Jobs is considered one of the greatest innovators of the 20th and early 21st centuries.<p>But in some respects, the Apple founder was also profoundly …

Silicon Valley

Opinion

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Xplore's latest Windows 8 tablet is tough enough for a warzone

When a company sends you a tablet buried under a half foot of sopping-wet turf, you can be reasonably sure that the hardware's going to be sturdier than your average kit. Xplore Technologies makes computing devices for the harshest of environments, including warzones, so we thought we would spend …

Utrip says its artificial intelligence will help you plan the perfect EuroTrip

Utrip could help you plan your dream vacation in Europe.<p>Based on your travel interests and budget restrictions, the startup’s predictive web app spits out fully fledged travel itineraries. The process is quick — the average traveler takes less than a minute adjusting Utrip’s 16 “levers,” chief …

Computer Science

5G Will Change the Game Again

Remember when we had 1G back in the 1980s? No? That's because back then so few thought there would ever be something faster and better. And it took a long time to get to 2G, which finally occurred in the 1990s. It took the better part of yet another decade to get up to 3G. For those of you who …