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Twitter to Acquire Live Video Platform SnappyTV

Twitter has agreed to acquire SnappyTV, a live video platform, to boost its Twitter Amplify program, the company announced early Thursday. Terms of …

Hundreds of businesses in London are about to flip the switch on payments via iBeacons

In Brixton, South West London, hundreds of businesses will soon integrate iBeacons as part of one of the first real-world networks for mobile payments using Apple’s Bluetooth LE iBeacon tech.<p>In Brixton, businesses introduced a local currency in 2009 that eventually switched from paper into mobile …

The Free State Project: A Libertarian Testing Ground For Bitcoin, 3D Printers, and Drones

Long before billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel dreamed up the idea of a floating libertarian island nation, a 24-year-old Yale grad student named Jason Sorens proposed a far more down-to-earth experiment for those who wanted to live the limited government lifestyle: that a critical mass of …

5 Traits of People Who Build Lasting Companies

Adrenaline might get your idea off the ground initially, but it takes a lot more than that to stay in business.<p>Over the last 13 years of writing about tech companies, I've picked up a few things about what it takes to start a company--and build one that lasts.<p>Often entrepreneurs initially are …

Entrepreneurship

The Moon is Now a Wi-Fi Hotspot - D-brief

By Carl Engelking | May 28, 2014 11:53 am<p>Complimentary Wi-Fi is so commonplace that a business advertising its “hotspot” in the window seems somewhat …

Here's Why Leaving Work On Time May Be Bad for You

Drive by some buildings at 5 p.m. and you'll see people streaming out the doors like the floodgates have burst open and every employee has finally been set free.<p>It always makes me wonder: What must it be like to work for companies like those? What must it feel like to so badly want to get away from …

Owe

Forget drones: Microsoft’s plan to bring the internet to the world is all about TV

Google will spend between $1 billion and $3 billion to put 180 satellites in orbit, from where the company can beam the internet down to unconnected parts of the world, the Wall Street Journal reported this morning. That’s in addition to Google’s other high-tech internet missionaries: balloons …

Telecoms

The Winners and Losers at Apple's WWDC Keynote

Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.<p>With 200 million iPads and 500 million iPhones sold to date, Apple can cause some serious waves when it throws its weight around. Here’s a look at who should be cheering after today’s keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference — and who …

Apple dives into 'Internet of Things'

The “Internet of Things” is about to go mainstream, with some help from Apple.<p>On Monday, the company unveiled plans to let people use their iPhones and iPads to control an array of Internet-connected devices in their homes, from door locks to lightbulbs. In doing so, the company brought the …

Skype to get 'real-time' translator

<b>Microsoft has unveiled a "real-time" language translation feature for its internet phone service Skype.</b><p>Chief executive Satya Nadella said the firm would launch a test version of the service, dubbed Skype Translator, for Windows 8 later this year.<p>The move comes as competition in the internet-based …

Star Trek

Google's Project Loon balloon circles Earth in a record 22 days

Google's Project Loon Wi-Fi broadcasting balloons can feasibly circle the Earth in 33 days -- a feat Ibis-167 recently tried to pull off. Jumping onto swift air currents and quickly changing altitudes, Ibis-167 was actually able to beat that time and circumnavigate the globe in a record 22 days.<p>"It …

If you back a Kickstarter project that sells for $2 billion, do you deserve to get rich?

Oculus's backers could have had a 145x return on their donation. Here's why that never would have happened<p>The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset raised $2.4 million on Kickstarter, no strings attached. Those donors weren’t looking for a payout; they wanted to support something they believed in, …

Facebook Joins Google In The Hunt For The Future

We now live in an era when Mark Zuckerberg speed-dials Obama, controls fleets of drones, brokers $19 billion acquisitions in a week, and buys whole virtual worlds. Facebook’s mission has changed. While once it was solely “to make the world more open and connected”, it’s expanded to also “give …