Roberto Castellon

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EBay considering PayPal spinoff - report

(Reuters) - EBay Inc is considering a spinoff of PayPal, its fast-growing payments unit, as soon as next year, tech news website The Information reported, citing sources.<p>An eBay sign is seen at an office building in San Jose, California May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach<p>Shares of the online …

Dropbox Loses High-Profile Design Head Soleio

The one-named exec posted his plans on Facebook, for which he designed the "Like" button.<p>In a Facebook post tonight, Dropbox’s high-profile head designer Soleio said he was leaving his job at the cloud storage company.<p>“Today marks my last day as a full-time Dropboxer,” he wrote. “I’m transitioning …

Microsoft set to unveil Windows 9 on September 30th

Microsoft is planning to unveil its Windows 8 successor next month at a special press event. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell <i>The Verge</i> that the software maker is tentatively planning its press event for September 30th to detail upcoming changes to Windows as part of a release codenamed …

Judge rejects $324 million settlement in tech hiring case

A federal judge in California has rejected a $324.5 million settlement in an antitrust case targeting the hiring practices at tech giants Apple, …

China’s Alibaba Is Not Investing in Snapchat

Poof.<p>Alibaba’s interest in Snapchat has disappeared.<p>While there have been persistent reports, including one in Forbes today, that the Chinese e-commerce giant was going to make a big investment in the popular Los Angeles-area ephemeral messaging company, numerous sources familiar with the situation …

T-Mobile launches an app to unlock your smartphone

It took T-Mobile just one week to launch a phone unlocking app after President Obama signed the phone unlocking bill into law.<p>Not known for missing a chance to antagonize the excesses of market giants AT&T and Verizon, the launch of the app should be seen as partly symbolic. T-Mobile CEO John …

Meta Watch's 'premium' smartwatch is now available for preorder

The Meta M1 can be had in a variety of colors and band options<p>Smartwatches are everywhere this year, but with few exceptions, the majority of them suffer from a lack of style or design sense. Meta Watch is looking to capitalize on this opportunity with its new Meta M1, a smartwatch that puts …

How Facebook orchestrates its network traffic to save energy

Facebook (s fb) on Friday detailed how it uses a custom-made load balancing controller to distribute network traffic across its servers and save the …

Amazon and Disney are fighting, so you can't pre-order 'Guardians of the Galaxy' on Blu-ray

Neither side has confirmed it, but it looks like Amazon's latest pricing battle (after Warner Bros. and its ongoing battle with book publisher Hachette) is with Disney. That's why you can't pre-order a copy of <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> on DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon right now, even though you can at …

Dances With Google Glass

In June 2013, Google launched a competition on Twitter soliciting bids from people interested in beta-testing its latest foray into wearable high tech. Since 'beta-tester' conjures up visions of bearded geeks in hoodies glued to their Retina displays, some marketing genius at Google coined the term …

Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber

Apple may be planning to introduce its iWatch in September, according to a comment from prominent Apple journalist John Gruber. In a post highlighting the charging functionality of the Moto 360, Gruber suggests Apple will be announcing its "wrist wearable thing next month."<p>It looks like Motorola's …

After Verizon, U.S. FCC quizzing other carriers on data management

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. communications regulator on Friday said he is asking all large U.S. wireless carriers to explain how they decide when to slow download speeds for some customers, after questioning Verizon Wireless about such a plan.<p>U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman …

Google, Barnes & Noble team up to take on Amazon

Google (GOOG) and Barnes & Noble (BN) are teaming up to take on Amazon (AMZN) on its home turf: books.<p>As of this Thursday, book buyers in Manhattan, …

Google Fit Preview SDK arrives to help Android developers build smarter health and fitness apps

Google today released a preview SDK of Google Fit available to developers. The tool provides APIs for apps and device manufacturers to store and access activity data from fitness apps and sensors on Android and other devices (like wearables, heart rate monitors or connected scales).<p>Google warns …

Android 'Fake ID' flaw could leave millions open to attack

But Google says it has already issued a patch, and has seen 'no evidence of attempted exploitation of this vulnerability'<p>Millions of people using Android devices could be left open to attack from malicious apps that appear to come from legitimate developers, due to a flaw in Google's mobile …

BlackBerry to Acquire Germany's Secusmart

Buying the company that locks down the phone calls of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.<p>What’s good enough for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, reportedly one of the most high-profile NSA hacking victims, is good enough for BlackBerry.<p>Wireless device company BlackBerry said it reached a deal to …

First Glimpse of Higgs Bosons at Work Revealed

An extremely rare collision of massive subatomic particles could reveal the nuts and bolts of how the subatomic particles called Higgs bosons impart …

Physics

Mars rover set an off-world driving distance record this week

NASA’s Opportunity rover, still going after 10 years on Mars, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record with 25 miles of driving.<p>The chart above …

Selfie-lovers, Microsoft is making a Windows Phone just for you

Despite revealing that its Nokia purchase cut into its bottom line this past quarter, it looks like Microsoft will be releasing two more Windows phones in the near future.<p>The two phones in question will be one so-called “selfie” phone and one “affordable high-end phone” with a PureView camera, …

11 Smartphone Home Screens From Some Of The Biggest Names In Tech

Homer for iPhone lets you peek at the apps your friends use

Ever had the urge to peek at your friends' phone screens, whether it's to learn about their favorite apps or simply pry into their digital lives? Well, you can now do that without having to either strike up an awkward conversation or get overly nosy. PayPal co-founder Max Levchin and the HVF crew …

Alien World's Size Measured With Unprecedented Accuracy

Astronomers have made the best-ever measurement to date of the radius of an alien world.<p>Using observations by NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes, researchers determined that the exoplanet Kepler-93b is 1.48 times the size of Earth, confirming its status as a super-Earth — a world slightly …

Russia Regains Control of Gecko Zero-G Sex Satellite

Russia's space agency says it's restored full contact with an orbiting satellite containing biological experiments, including one designed to see how geckos have sex and reproduce in zero gravity. The geckos are apparently OK. "The link is established, the prescribed commands have been conducted in …

Space

California officials admit they have incomplete water usage data

When state regulators tried to tally water use across California recently, they didn't exactly get a flood of cooperation.<p>Of the 440 water agencies in the state, only 276 provided water consumption data. And officials in San Diego made a point of formally refusing the request, saying the state's …

Spacewatch: Rosetta's comet springs to life

The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, which awoke in January from 31 months of hibernation, sighted its target, Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko, in March and soon glimpsed signs that the comet, too, is reawakening as it plunges closer to the Sun.<p>By May, the comet's icy nucleus, only some 4km …

Verizon To Slow Down 4G LTE For 'Top 5%' Data Users Starting In October

Verizon Wireless launched a “network optimization” policy three years ago to limit the data speeds of its heaviest 3G data users — subscribers with unlimited data plans whose data usage is in the top 5% of all users. A majority of Verizon’s users have switched over to a data plan that is capped at …

Rocket Internet’s Easy Taxi Raises $40M Series D To Expand In Asia, Latin America

Easy Taxi, Rocket Internet’s taxi calling app, announced today that it has raised a Series D round of $40 million, led by Phenomen Ventures with participation from Tengelmann Ventures, the investment arm of German retail giant Tengelmann Group. This brings Easy Taxi’s total raised so far to $77 …

Hey, Google: Baidu wants to keep humans in the driverless car equation

It could propel a new parlor game: Would you prefer to ride in a completely autonomous self-driving car, like Google is building, or one like Chinese search engine Baidu’s semi-autonomous car?<p>Baidu confirmed today that, like Google, it is trying to reinvent driving. But instead of cars that have no …

Lyft Launching in New York City Following 2-Week Delay

After a two-week legal spat with state officials, ride-sharing service Lyft is finally taking off in New York City Friday at 7 p.m. ET.<p>Unlike in …

New York City