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China broadens crackdown on Google services

When Yi Ran is working on new designs for his Yinshen Clothing company, he often turns to<p>Googleto search for pictures to use as inspiration. "The results are more complete and objective than Chinese search services," says the 30-year-old from Guangzhou.<p>But for the last two weeks, when Yi has tried …

China

Behind the Slides: The Netflix Culture Deck's Rise to Fame

It’s one of the most-viewed SlideShares week after week, has fetched more than 8 million views and has been called, by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, one of the most important documents to come out of Silicon Valley. We’re talking about Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ renowned “Netflix Culture” …

Apple warns Europeans to replace overheating iPhone chargers

Millions could be affected<p>Apple has announced a "replacement program" for European iPhone adapters sold between October 2009 and September 2012 after discovering they may overheat and pose a safety risk. The affected adapter, Model A1300, was packaged in with European sales of the iPhone 3GS, …

Chinese government hackers are coming for your cloud. Heres how to stop them

Putter Panda is coming for the data in your cloud.<p>Panda is thought to be a hacker working for Chinese signals intelligence. More specifically, China’s People Liberation Army, 3rd Department, 12th Bureau, Unit 61486. Panda and the unit was unmasked by ‘Net intelligence outfit Crowdstrike on …

Starbucks' plan to roll out wireless phone chargers is just a big fat ad for Powermat & Duracell

Starbucks plans to roll out wireless smartphone chargers across its U.S. stores, the company shared yesterday.<p>But what looks like an incredible convenience for smartphone touting Iced White Chocolate Mocha drinkers is actually just an ad for Powermat, Duracell, and the firms’ Power Matters Alliance.<p>…

Inside the mind of an iWatch product manager

Apple announced a torrent of new software features at last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, strongly hinting at the upcoming launch of an Apple “iWatch” with frameworks for health tracking and home automation.<p>But as the buzz and speculation around what this iWatch will deliver continue to …

Beats goes after runners, gym goers with new Bluetooth ear buds

Headphone maker Beats Electronics is launching a $200 pair of wireless ear buds that the company says would survive six days of sweaty, hour-long workouts without needing a recharge.<p>Athletes are already among the most prominent users of the earmuff-like, single-side-cord Beats headphones. It’s hard …

Consumer Tech

Study Links Smartphone Apps for Gay and Bisexual Men to STI Risk

Gay and bisexual men who use location-based smartphone apps like Grindr to meet sexual partners are at an increased risk for some sexually …

Google set to launch a health-tracking platform called Google Fit

Not to be left behind by Apple, Google could soon launch its own health-tracking platform for mobile devices. <i>Forbes</i> reports that the search giant is working on a new service, tentatively called Google Fit, which will pull in data from third-party fitness wearables and health apps and combine them …

Google and ESPN partner to put World Cup highlights in search

If you're stuck in a cubicle at work and unable to watch every minute of the World Cup, Google and ESPN will at least help you keep up with the latest highlights. The two companies have teamed up to pair both in-progress and post-match highlights with all search queries related to the huge tourney. …

LinkedIn's workforce dominated by Asian and white men

Almost 60% of U.S. employees at<p>LinkedInare white or Asian men, including about 70% of the executive ranks, reflecting the broader lack of women and minorities working in the technology industry.<p>“Over the past few years, we’ve experienced tremendous growth and have become a truly global company, but …

Selling

Priceline to buy restaurant reservation company OpenTable for $2.6bn

Discount travel company argues that there is opportunity to cross-promote between other brands it owns and that 'travellers are diners'<p>Discount travel and ticketing company Priceline is buying OpenTable, the online restaurant reservation business, for $2.6bn in an all-cash deal that will expand it …

10 Books That Could Change the Way You Understand Modern Cities

Books

Banksy's Street Art Reimagined in LEGO

What would it look like if Banksy's most famous street art pieces were reimagined in LEGO? What would the balloon girl look like and how would the rat on the wire appear? These are the questions photographer Jeff Friesen asked himself when he created his original series <i>Bricksy</i>. As he tells …

Streetwear

National Geographic Travel

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Time Management

Stuart Franklin: how I photographed Tiananmen Square and 'tank man'

The Magnum photographer tells his story of the 1989 protests, from peaceful demonstration to bloody crackdown, the iconic 'tank man' – and how hamburgers gave him his big break<p>• Stuart Franklin captures the Tiananmen Square protests – in pictures<p>At the start, Tiananmen Square had the atmosphere of …

Sir Mix-A-Lot's 'Baby Got Back' Goes Classical, Turns Into A Giant Dance Party

In the spirit of absurd (but most certainly divine) combinations of today, the Seattle Symphony -- under the direction of Gabriel Prokofiev, London-based composer, producer and DJ -- debuted its arrangements of some of Sir Mix-a-Lot's iconic tunes. Naturally, the headliner, and the only song that …

An Oregon Couple Rushed Through Their Wedding Because Of A Wildfire And The Photos Are Breathtaking

So, a wildfire starts burning around you and it's terrifying, sure. But it also makes for a hell of a wedding photo.

Weddings

Vermeer's paintings might be 350 year-old color photographs

<b>Tim Jenison</b>, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the art world: 
How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage …

GoPro prices its IPO: $21-$24 per share

Sports camera maker GoPro revealed today just how much it’s looking to raise in its upcoming public bid.<p>The company intends to sell 17.8 million shares of stock at an estimated $21-$24 per share, according to an amended S-1 filing it submitted today to the U.S. Securities and Exchange …

YouTube Gets a New Tech Boss, From Google

Venkat Panchapakesan is the new head of engineering at the biggest video site in the world.<p>YouTube has a new top techie: Venkat Panchapakesan is the video site’s new head of engineering.<p>Panchapakesan had previously headed up engineering at Google’s Apps group. He fills part of a hole created this …

Google Launches New Platform to Connect Businesses With Customers

Google wants to create a better business directory and, this time, they mean business.<p>On Thursday the tech giant launched Google My Business, a …

Sean Parker's Startup Buys Causes.com To Help Fix U.S. Politics

Tech mogul Sean Parker has bolstered his plan to revitalize American politics through tech with some significant acquisitions announced …

Apple celebrates “stunning” new store opening in Tokyo

Apple stores are iconic throughout the world for the level of design that goes into their construction. In fact, it’s almost like they’re Apple products themselves.<p>Today Apple posted a video to its YouTube channel showcasing the preparation for its new store in the Omotesando area of Tokyo, Japan. …

Amazing

Apple Tax Breaks to Be Probed By E.U.

The European Union opened an investigation Wednesday into the tax affairs of large corporations including Apple and Starbucks that regulators believe …

CEOs of Microsoft, HP, Intel talk future of computing

The chief executives of key tech companies discuss their visions of the explosion of data and the future Internet of Things.<p>The CEOs of three of the largest technology companies in the world talked on Wednesday about their vision of the future of computing and what needs to get disrupted to get …

Dogs

Facebook Gives Advertisers More Access to Your Data. You'll Probably Be Fine With It.

Sure, this is what Facebook said it wouldn't do. But that was in 2011.<p>Facebook is going to give advertisers that want to target its users even more ammunition.<p>The social network will start letting advertisers take information about what Facebook’s users do on the site, mix it with data about the …

Meet the Yahoo Exec Making Flickr Fun Again

Like it or not, any talk about Flickr — one of the world’s first photography social networks — often seems to generate heat.<p>Launching in 2004 as the go-to online venue for professional and advanced photographers — practically the only people who owned digital cameras at the time — Flickr joined …

Google to unify all of its design across all platforms, introducing Quantum Paper

It is no secret that Google has been pushing for designers to get involved in this year’s Google I/O developers conference. The folks over at Android Police think they know why, Quantum Paper.<p>Quantum Paper is the name given to Google’s initiative to design its properties so that they provide a …

Material Design