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Facebook profits triple as revenues surge on mobile platform success

Facebook profits tripled to $642m as revenues soared 72% in the first quarter of 2014, with the company continuing to shift its customers – and advertisers – to its mobile platform.<p>Comfortably beating analysts’ expectation the company said Wednesday that it had revenue of $2.5bn (£1.5bn) in the …

Move over Xbox Kinect, Siri might be coming to Apple TV

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Getty Images / Oli Scarff<p>The days of futzing with television remotes are slowly coming to a close as Siri may be …

Starting Today, Google Maps Is A Time Machine

See progress (or decay) on the march, right on your computer screen.<p>Even as Google continues expanding its Maps—going as far as documenting polar bear migrations—the company has to regularly dispatch their Street View cars to places they've already been: cities change, and it takes another lap to …

Facebook earnings surge on mobile advertising - BBC News

Apple announces share buyback as earnings rise

<b>Technology giant Apple reported profits of $10.2bn (£6.1bn) after selling 43.7 million iPhones during the three-month period ending 29 March.</b><p>Apple also announced plans to buy an additional $30bn of its stock back from shareholders and to increase its quarterly dividend by 8%.<p>It also said it would …

Flappy Bird Meets 2048 in Free Hybrid Game - Flappy 48

Two of 2014's most popular, frustrating and cloned games have been spliced together to create a nightmarish flying/maths hybrid called Flappy 48.<p>2048 …

Verizon Traces Half of Cyber Espionage Attacks to East Asia

Almost half of cyber spying attacks can be traced back to East Asia, with most of them aiming to infiltrate data at companies in the US.<p>Cyber …

Apple profits surprise investors as company launches charm offensive

Tech giant Apple chose a bombshell solution to the problem of its struggling share price, launching a full-on charm offensive to win over investors with a financial candy basket of stock splits and huge dividend increases to win back those who may have been disillusioned by the company's lagging …

Apple earnings: $46B in revenue, 43 million iPhones sold

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Flickr/Hakan Dahlstrom<p>Apple had a very good second quarter. The company reported earnings Wednesday that surpassed both …

Facebook’s Q1 earnings beat analyst expectations, CFO David Ebersman resigns

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr/Marcin Wichary<p>Facebook (s fb) released its earnings report for Q1 2014, posting revenue of $2.5 billion — an …

Skylanders Trap Team – the billion dollar series gets a new generation

The business idea was perfect, really. Mix a child-friendly fantasy game based in a magical kingdom with a line of action figures that could be placed on a 'portal' to interact with the on-screen action. Then stand back and watch the money roll in.<p>And boy, has it rolled. Activision's Skylanders …

How black holes shape galaxies

The universe we see is made up of billions of galaxies, each containing anywhere from hundreds of thousands to hundreds of billions of stars. Large …

Education May Help Insulate The Brain Against Traumatic Injury

A little education goes a long way toward ensuring you'll recover from a serious traumatic brain injury. In fact, people with lots of education are seven times more likely than high school dropouts to have no measurable disability a year later.<p>"It's a very dramatic difference," says Eric Schneider, …

Zynga in widening loss as founder Mark Pincus leaves

<b>Troubled online game-maker Zynga reported a first-quarter loss of $61m (£36m).</b><p>That compares to a $25m loss just a quarter earlier and a profit of $4m during the same period last year.<p>Zynga also said founder Mark Pincus, who has already stepped down as chief executive officer, would leave his role …

New York Police Department's myNYPD Twitter fail

Twitter can be a very tricky place, a lesson the New York Police Department has just learned the hard way.<p>The force asked followers to tweet a photo of themselves with officers and add the hashtag "myNYPD" as part of a social media campaign.<p>But the pictures posted were less than friendly.<p>Nick …

'Friendly' drone on dog leash takes off

<b>Drones are becoming more common in our skies, performing a variety of tasks, from taking photos to monitoring crops and potentially even delivering broadband.</b><p>But there are strict rules about their usage, which has led some to come up with innovative ways to fly such vehicles more safely.<p>"I'm using …

Carpooling.Com Adds 'Meet Me Now' Feature

European ride-sharing service Carpooling.com has today launched new features for its mobile apps designed to make it easier for passengers to meet up with drivers.<p>While Carpooling.com focuses on providing longer inter-city travel (the company says the average journey is 125 miles) it still needs to …

Activision brings life to toys in Skylanders: Trap Team (preview)

Activision is announcing the Skylanders: Trap Team video game as the latest installment of a series that has generated more than $2 billion in revenue through a clever melding of toys and video games. The newest version has innovations that change the motto of “bringing toys to life” by reversing …

Google, AT&T, Verizon And Comcast Each Spent More Than $3M In Q1 Lobbying Congress

The dollars flowing into the Capitol from tech companies are showing little signs of abatement: Google spent $3.8 million on lobbying in the first quarter, AT&T $3.7 million, Verizon $3.5 million, Comcast $3.1 million, Facebook $2.8 million, Microsoft $2.1 million, Time Warner Cable $1.9 million, …

The FCC just sold out the Internet

A new government proposal abandons the principle of “net neutrality,” invites Comcast to start charging tolls<p>The New York Times is reporting that the FCC has abandoned any pretense of supporting net neutrality -- the principle that Internet service providers may not price discriminate against …

Amazon's Prime Pantry service lets you ship 45 pounds of groceries for a $6 fee

Amazon's dead-set on killing off the grocery store, with a same-day delivery service and even a Dash gadget for restocking items around the house. Now the retailer's going one step further, taking on Costco and Walmart with a new program called Prime Pantry. If you're a Prime member living in the …

Facebook: Auto-Play Video Ads Will Remain Small Scale This Year

Facebook doesn't expect its video auto-play News Feed ads to make a "material contribution" to ad revenues this year, COO Sheryl Sandberg said on …

Human Gut Has The Surface Area Of A Studio Apartment

Revising an old biology analogy<p>Textbooks (here are just a few) say the surface area of the human gut is about 300 square meters, or about the size of a tennis court. But who will fact-check the fact-makers, hmm? HMMMM? Never fear, two researchers recently revisited this question and came up with a …

Zuckerberg Admits: 'Instagram Is A Few Years From Being An Important Business For Us'

Later in the call, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg corroborated that statement, saying that the company was focusing on consumer growth and moving "very slowly" on monetization.<p>That's why you're seeing hardly an ads on Instagram.<p>Instagram (which Facebook bought in 2012 for $1 billion) just passed 200 …

Apple CEO Tim Cook Lauds Office On iPad, Chides Microsoft For Not Delivering It Earlier

Apple CEO Tim Cook took time to answer a question about Microsoft Office for iPad arriving this past month, and his answer was surprisingly long. “I do see that Office is a very key franchise,” he said, and also added that he “wholeheartedly welcome[s] Microsoft to the App Store.”<p>Cook admitted that …

Instagram's 'Explore' tab now shows photos from people you actually know

Instagram is trying to make its "Explore" section feel more personal, rather than overload users with photos from celebrities they care little or nothing about. Or at least that's the idea, according to <i>TechCrunch</i>. You've likely started seeing more photos that've been liked people you follow on …

Why crowd-funding is set to explode in size over the next few years

Peer-to-peer lenders may be in for boom times. The type of social-driven lending that helped fund flashy startups such as virtual-reality goggles maker Oculus VR could more than double over the next few years, according to research from the Tabb Group. Oculus was scooped up by Facebook for a cool …

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Etsy acquires indie-gadget marketplace Grand St.

Gadgets are probably the last thing you'd look for on Etsy's DIY-heavy marketplace, but that could soon change. Today the NY-based company announced that it's acquiring Grand St., an online retailer focused on electronics with a creative, maker bent (think app-enabled piggy banks and Wifi-enabled …

Google Could End Up Paying For The Samsung/Apple Lawsuit

But this time, Google has a behind-the-scenes stake. It offered to help Samsung cover costs.<p>In testimony on Wednesday, Apple's lawyers showed a video in which a Google attorney confirmed that there were email messages between the search giant and Samsung. In those messages, Google offered to help …