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Your Social Media Activity Could Prevent You From Getting A Loan

By now, you likely already know it’s not unusual for human resource managers to judge you by your Facebook and Twitter presence (in addition to your resume, of course). But it appears a number of small lending companies are using social media as a criteria to determine whether to finance potential …

Facebook Will Retire Sponsored Stories In April

Facebook’s updated platform roadmap for developers shows the company will retire sponsored stories April 9.<p>Facebook first announced the retiring of sponsored stories last June in an effort to streamline its ad products. Social context–which sponsored stories provided by highlighting friends’ …

Snapchat says sorry and finally changes its Find Friends feature

Snapchat finally offered an apology for its recent hack today after confirming that it has changed the way the vulnerable Find Friends feature works.<p>“Our team continues to make improvements to the Snapchat service to prevent future attempts to abuse our API,” the company said in a statement. “We …

Facebook Isn't Actually A Good Way To Judge Potential Employees, Say Researchers

Back in 2012, we learned that Facebook stalking would tell you if a person was worth hiring. Researchers at Northern Illinois University found that they could predict job performance based on just 5-10 minute reviews of college students’ Facebook pages, based on interviews with their employers six …

Marc Andreessen Just Suggested That Snapchat Could Become A $100 Billion Company

It's a lot of money to pass on. But, according to venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, Snapchat has an opportunity to build something much bigger, much more valuable.<p>In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Andreessen was asked about Snapchat's future as a business. Here's his answer:<p>"The bull …

Apple Said to Be Targeting Fall 2014 Launch for 12-Inch iPad Focused on Enterprise

Amid rumors of a larger "iPad Pro" perhaps arriving in 2014 with a larger display in the range of 12-13 inches, Evercore analyst Patrick Wang yesterday released a research report indicating that supply chain sources are indeed supporting the circulating claims.<p>According to Wang's sources, Apple is …

European Trademark Office Says Pinterest Doesn’t Own ‘Pinterest’ – Social News Startup Premium Interest Does

Pinterest raised a $225 million round in October 2013 to help fuel its international expansion, but a recent ruling in Europe could prove to be a hiccup in that strategy. The U.S.-based social networking site has lost a challenge it made to claim the Pinterest trademark in the region, with a …

Magellan's Echo smartwatch now tracks your golf and skiing adventures

Magellan reckons that many smartwatch buyers are fitness mavens, and it's catering to that health-minded audience today with a big upgrade to its Echo Smart Sports Watch. The iOS-compatible wristwear now tracks data for a much wider range of activities beyond running, including golf, hiking and …

Haloband Lets You Control Your Smartphone With A Tap On Your Wrist

The rise of mobile has given me so much: 24/7 connections with friends around the world, information exactly when I need it, the ability to track my fitness and health goals. Unfortunately, it’s also given me a complex about my giant sausage fingers and their constant inability to navigate the tiny …

China's hardware explosion: All devices are getting smart

The concept of the smart device is reinvigorating the hardware industry in recent years. Triggered by this trend, it is no exaggeration to say that the Chinese hardware industry experienced viral growth in 2013, while a spate of new hardware companies mushroomed and both Internet giants and …

Twitter in 2013

It’s been quite a year for Twitter. Out of the most recognizable companies on the Internet, it has arguably undergone the most significant transformation over the past 12 months. From ringing the bell of the NYSE, to making its biggest acquisition, revealing user numbers and other previously …

Snapchat User Name and Phone Numbers Allegedly Leaked Affecting 4.6M

If you’re a Snapchat user, then you might be interested to know that someone <i>may</i> have found a way to save the usernames and phone numbers for 4.6 million accounts. The website SnapchatDB.info allows anyone to simply grab either as a SQL dump or a CSV text file information that the creators claim was …

Basis is bringing sleep analytics to its B1 health tracker band

The Basis B1 is already one of the most advanced activity trackers on the market, with the ability to measure information like heart rate and skin …

Snapchat Tweaks Its “Find Friends” Feature Following Security Hack

Snapchat is tightening security on its app after hackers earlier this week stole 4.6 million of its North American users’ phone numbers and posted incomplete versions of them on a website.<p>“We will be releasing an updated version of the Snapchat application that will allow Snapchatters to opt out of …

Facebook is reading your private messages, new lawsuit alleges

<b>Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (AP/Jeff Chiu)</b><p>“Contrary to its representations, ‘private’ Facebook messages are systematically intercepted by the company”<p>Tim Sampson<p>January 3, 2014 2:02pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on The Daily Dot.<p>It turns out your private messages on Facebook aren't …

Associated Press News

Killer storm: 13 deaths blamed on winter blast as snow piles up

A massive winter storm dumped snow across the Northeast and ushered in dangerously cold temperatures Friday, leaving travelers stranded and cutting a deadly trail across several states.<p>The treacherous conditions have led to at least 13 deaths in the eastern United States, according to The …

Norman Foster unveils plans for elevated 'SkyCycle' bike routes in London

Plan for 220km network of bike paths suspended above railway lines could see commuters gliding to work over rooftops<p>Gliding through the air on a bike might so far be confined to the fantasy realms of singing nannies and aliens in baskets, but riding over rooftops could one day form part of your …

A High-Tech Makeover For The Payphone

An ambitious proposal suggests we upgrade NYC’s payphones with a fiber-optic network of public computers.<p>In the age of cell phones, the idea of a payphone has gotten a bit absurd. Why invest in such an infrastructure when that money could be better spent subsidizing wireless plans for low-income …

NBA Caucus: Bold predictions for the new year

Every week, USA TODAY Sports asks its NBA experts three questions about a hot topic in the league. This week, we address hopes and expectations for 2014.<p><b>Which player are you looking forward to watching develop in 2014?</b><p><b>Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports:</b> Anthony Davis. The New Orleans Pelicans big man has …

What to Expect from Google in 2014

Google performed well in 2013 (read our ‘Year in Review‘), launching a plethora of new and improved products, ramping up its profits each quarter and maintaining its dominance in the mobile OS race. As we enter a new year, our attention turns to 2014 and where Google will focus its efforts …

This headband promises to help you take control of your dreams

Andrew Smiley was sitting inside a huge, ornate dining hall when he began to notice the lights pulsing overhead. That’s weird, he thought. He stood up to get a better look, drawing the eyes of those around him. Suddenly, he knew what was happening, and what to do next: he bolted, diving through a …