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Facebook Launches “Out-App Purchase” Ads

What if in-app purchases didn’t have to happen in-app? Rather than indirectly helping developers monetize with ads that drive them installs and re-engagement, Facebook today began letting them sell Facebook desktop game virtual goods straight from ads in the News Feed or sidebar.<p>But an even more …

'Factory wipe' on Android phones left naked selfies and worse, study finds

Hundreds of naked selfies and intimate pictures of both men and women were found on a batch Android smartphones that their owners thought they had wiped, a research study has found.<p>After studying 20 handsets, security company Avast has warned that the "factory reset" function on Android phones …

Chinese State-Run Media Labels iPhone's Location Tracking a 'National Security Concern'

China's state-run media broadcast today labeled Apple's location tracking services found iOS 7 and the iPhone a "national security concern", reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The broadcast cited researchers who said that those with access to the country's location data could gain "knowledge of the …

Behind the Scenes with LinkedIn's Open Source Chief

On a recent visit to LinkedIn’s Mountain View headquarters, I sat down with three of the company’s engineers to talk through different aspects of its business. For the first article in this behind the scenes series, we’ll hear from VP of Engineering Alex Vauthey, who heads up monetization …

China thinks the iPhone's tracking features are a risk to national security (update: Apple responds)

If there's one thing that China has enjoyed doing this year, it's taking pot-shots at the US as a result of the Snowden revelations. After banning Windows 8, allegedly pushing banks to ditch IBM hardware and calling for severe punishments on Apple and Google, the government is now gunning for the …

Mix beats and loop vocals with Propellerhead's Take for iOS

If you saw Reggie Watts' musical set at Engadget Expand (don't worry, there's video after the break), then you probably noticed the table full of gear he needs to construct his loops. Propellerhead -- the Swedish software company behind Reason, not the electronica duo -- is hoping to lighten this …

Chromecast mirroring now runs on nearly any device, via root app

Earlier this week Google officially rolled out support for Chromecast mirroring, at least on select Nexus, HTC, Samsung and LG devices. For most folks, the experience has been pretty solid on officially supported devices, though some of us (especially Android L users) have ran into issues with …

Doggie-Focused Bark & Co. (BarkBox) Raises $15 Million Series B

Bark & Co., the doggie-themed technology company best known for its dog treat-delivering subscription business BarkBox, and more recently, its vet care-on-demand service BarkCare, has just closed on 15 million in Series B funding. The company raised $10 million in inside round led by previous …

Gameover Zeus returns: thieving malware rises a month after police action

Online criminals have tried to revive sophisticated money-stealing software called Gameover Zeus - just as researchers have warned of new threats that use much of the same code and are aimed at UK users.<p>The warnings arrived just over a month after police action sought to take down the linked …

Mind Candy’s CEO takes to YouTube to reveal he’s standing down, and it works brilliantly

Game developer Mind Candy is best known for its uber-popular Moshi Monsters series for kids, even though it has been pushing into additional territories of late. And one could perhaps be forgiven for assuming the London-based company was in rude health, but founder Michael Acton Smith has revealed …

XKit, The Tumblr Client For Power Users, Arrives On iOS

A well-liked Tumblr extension called XKit, which adds more functionality to the social blogging service, has just made its way to mobile in the form of a paid iOS app.<p>Though there have been some reports of flattening Tumblr traffic following its acquisition by Yahoo, the platform today hosts close …

We need to talk about the right to be forgotten

When you search online there's an unwritten assumption that you'll get an instant answer, as well as additional information if you need to dig deeper. This is all possible because of two decades' worth of investment and innovation by many different companies. Today, however, search engines across …

More Millennials Use MySpace Than Reddit: Poll

More millennials are using MySpace than Reddit, according to a new poll from Reason magazine and Rupe.<p>Excuse us while we try to process that information.<p>In a lengthy survey of 2,000 millennials, mostly about political topics, respondents were asked, "Which, if any, of the following social …

Six Things You Should Know About Amazon's Drones

Amazon has asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for an exemption from rules prohibiting the use of drones for commercial purposes. With this request, the company has signaled that they are serious about transitioning the idea of thirty minute Prime Air deliveries from concept to …

Crooks Reanimate A Dead Botnet To Target High-Value Bank Accounts

In something that sounds like the plot of a Hollywood movie, hackers have reanimated an apparently dead botnet called Gameover Zeus even as malware researchers dismantled the previous version of the network.<p>The botnet, essentially a collection of zombie computers that can be activated to perform …

Landscape Mobile Launches Sight, Raises Seed Round To Visually Archive Articles

The good folks at the new Beijing and San Francisco-based startup Landscape Mobile have launched Sight today, an app that makes it easier to organize articles on mobile devices.<p>Copying and pasting on mobile devices is a huge pain in the caboose, and Sight solves that problem by allowing users to …

Instagram Direct Isn’t Dead, The Messaging Feature Has 45 Million Users

Seven months after launching Instagram Direct, 45 million of Instagram’s 200 million users are actively sending or opening Direct messages, the company tells me. This 23% monthly usage rate indicates Direct is far from stillborn. While I haven’t seen or heard of many friends using the ephemeral …

New Religious Emojis Will Include Peace Dove, Om Symbol, Crosses And More

(RNS) In addition to smiley faces, high heels and frogs, Unicode is rolling out a new batch of 250 emojis, among them a set of religious icons.<p>Unicode is the character coding system that gives a unique number for every character, allowing different companies to have access and the support for …

Cryptic Twitter account sparks hunt for hidden Bitcoin

SAN FRANCISCO — There’s a new kind of gold hidden in the hills of this city: A mysterious Twitter account is leading locals on a treasure hunt for Bitcoin.<p>The folks behind @SFHiddenBitcoin, which has been active since July 1, are hot on the heels of @HiddenCash, the Twitter account that made news …

Tinder, A $500 Million Dating App, Used This Pitch Deck When It Was Just A Tiny Startup

Tinder isn't a traditional startup since the majority of it is owned by IAC. But like many young companies, it began as a fledgling idea under another name, Match Box.<p>What was Tinder like when it was first devised in 2012?<p>TechCrunch's Jordan Crook found an early Tinder pitch deck. Here's what the …

Google Seeks Experts' Help With 'Right to be Forgotten' Requests

Google is convening a panel of experts to advise it on how best to comply with a European Court ruling that some people have the “right to be forgotten” by its search engine. In an op-ed published Friday in several European newspapers, Google’s chief legal officer, David Drummond, says the company …