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Lifestyle Subscriptions: The New Trend In The Cloud

<i>Co-written with Brent Leary</i><p>Did the headphones with Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music distract you? While there are obvious benefits in helping Apple expand its “coolness” factor or by acquiring the superior headphone technology and brand, the $3B deal was to address a …

Can Google stop online piracy by halting pirate websites' revenue?

Meneame Comunicacion<p>The power of the internet has freed us from many chains, opening doors we never knew existed. We all once lived in a world where you had to go places to obtain information and content. Of course, so much freedom has also made it (much) easier to steal media. Piracy has since …

Online

Amazon expands middleman role in latest online payments push | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will start managing subscription payments for start-ups and other companies - the latest in a series of quiet moves the e-commerce giant has made into PayPal’s turf over the past year.<p>A box from Amazon.com is pictured on the porch of a house in Golden, …

With $800,000 In Seed Funding, Pie Wants To Take A Slice Of The Enterprise Collaboration Market

Pie, the latest contender in the enterprise collaboration space, competes with services like Slack, which recently raised an impressive $42.75 million, as well as a host of other companies such as Convo, Hipchat, Hall, and CoTap. So how does Pie plan standout from all the collaboration platforms …

Associated Press News

A startup is pushing an alternative to Facebook by showing how much info we really share

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>A social media startup called Five wants to give us a new way of communicating with our friends that’s more akin to a dinner …

Alibaba Acquires UCWeb, Maker Of China’s Most Popular Mobile Browser

Alibaba, already an investor in UCWeb, will buy all remaining shares of the web browser and search company. The two firms announced the merger, one of the most significant among Chinese Internet companies to date, earlier today. UCWeb will join UC Mobile, one of Alibaba’s business unit as Alibaba …

Expedia is now accepting bitcoin for hotel bookings

The travel site Expedia just announced it will begin accepting bitcoin, the virtual currency that approximates cash on the internet, for hotel bookings, making it one of the largest and best-known retailers to do so.<p>Expedia follows Overstock, which announced bitcoin support in January, and Dish …

Google Owns a Satellite Now

To understand the behemoth’s $500 million purchase of Skybox Imaging, don’t look to the sky. The clouds will do just fine.<p>Google will buy the micro-satellite startup Skybox Imaging for $500 million, the company announced today.<p>While the deal isn’t yet closed, it’s a big moment. I mean, <i>Google owns</i> …

Alibaba Unveils U.S. Online Shopping to Compete with Amazon, eBay

Look out Amazon and eBay, here comes Alibaba.<p>The Chinese e-commerce company has unveiled its first direct-to-consumer online shop in the United States, looking to take on Amazon.com and eBay on their home turf.<p>Sign up for top Business news delivered direct to your inbox.<p>The website, 11main.com, …

eCommerce

Google Launches New Platform to Connect Businesses With Customers

Google wants to create a better business directory and, this time, they mean business.<p>On Thursday the tech giant launched Google My Business, a …

Top Google Engineer Says Computers Will Be Like Humans by 2029

In less than two decades, you won't just use your computers, you will have relationships with them.<p>Because of artificial intelligence, computers will be able to read at human levels by 2029 and will also begin to have different human characteristics, said Ray Kurzweil, the director of engineering …

Singularity

Facebook Will Now Tell You Why You're Seeing Those Ads

Facebook is addressing the ick factor related to targeted advertising with a new feature that lets you discover why the company is showing you the …

Facebook Gives Advertisers More Access to Your Data. You'll Probably Be Fine With It.

Sure, this is what Facebook said it wouldn't do. But that was in 2011.<p>Facebook is going to give advertisers that want to target its users even more ammunition.<p>The social network will start letting advertisers take information about what Facebook’s users do on the site, mix it with data about the …

Facebook’s Ad Targeting Will Get Interest Data From Outside Websites And New Options For Opting Out

Facebook says it’s bringing more data into its interest-based ad targeting — specifically data from non-Facebook websites and mobile apps.<p>So even if your profile doesn’t say anything about your love of, say, soccer, and even if you haven’t Liked any soccer-related Pages on Facebook, the social …

Download This! Ziploop App Will Get Rid of All Your Wallet Clutter

Shopping is generally an enjoyable experience, but it does have its downsides: Tracking old receipts, expiration dates, and return policies—not to …

Expedia joins growing list of businesses accepting Bitcoin payments

Bitcoin is seeing a steady increase in its exchange in businesses worldwide, not just because it has a public ledger that indicates it is set up as a …

Bitcoin

Amazon Launches 'Prime Music' Streaming Service with Access to Over One Million Songs

Amazon today officially launched its Prime Music streaming music service, offering Amazon Prime users unlimited, ad-free streaming on over a million songs. The service allows users to play specific curated playlists as well as the ability to add individual songs to a playlist, and offers unlimited …

Facebook rolls out 'I'm a Voter' election feature worldwide

Facebook is to offer versions of its 'I'm a Voter' feature worldwide ahead of numerous high-profile elections<p><b>Facebook</b> is to introduce versions of its 'I'm a Voter' election feature for its global audience ahead of numerous national elections.<p>The feature, which allows users to broadcast the fact …

Amazon, Groupon Among Sites With Worst Password Security: Study

Even after the Heartbleed bug, some of the most popular websites aren't taking password security seriously, according to a study.<p>More than 80 percent of websites that were examined had subpar password security standards, according to Dashlane's Password Security Roundup report published …

Personal Information

Facebook Offering Free Anti-Malware Software to Infected Users

Facebook revealed on Tuesday that it has added free downloads of anti-malware software to its abuse detection and prevention systems for users with infected devices.<p>The service is provided with the help of security software makers F-Secure and Trend Micro. Facebook will recommend one of them based …

Google overtakes Apple as world's most valuable brand

Google has usurped Apple as the most valuable brand in the world after three years at the top, according to a new survey<p><b>Google</b> has been named ahead of <b>Apple</b> as the world's most valuable brand, according to a new survey.<p>Apple's brand value fell by 20pc in the past year to just under $148bn (£88bn), …

List-Worthy

SmellMe: a Chinese social network for pets

Does your pet need a friend? How about several? Chinese social network SmellMe lets your pets have a group of their own.<p>There's a lot of fun to be had by mixing animals and technology, but we're not entirely convinced that a social network would ever catch on -- after all, pets can't even read, let …

Pets

eBay asks all users to change their passwords following cyberattack

eBay has just posted a strange message up on the community homepage and press page of its daughter company, PayPal. The headline is a bit worrying, implying that eBay has possibly had some kind of security or maintenance problem, leading it to request all users to change their passwords. On the …

The future of speech recognition

The landscape of voice recognition software is changing. Take a look at all the new features with the team of developers at Nuance<p>Speech recognition is the feature du jour with Cortana landing on <b>Windows</b> phones joining Siri on the iPhone and S Voice on the Samsung Galaxy S5.<p>Take a look behind the …

Facebook Engagement Is the New Focus Group

Facebook engagement won't necessarily rev a brand's sales, but it does serve one purpose, according to a new report: It acts as market research for …

Pinterest Rolls Out A New “Business Insights” API To Select Marketing Technology Companies

Fresh off the heels of another massive $200 million funding round which values the company at $5 billion, Pinterest is preparing to announce a new initiative that will allow businesses to gain a better understanding of Pinterest trends, as well as an enhancement to its API platform which will aid …

Google tells the SEC it could soon be serving ads on thermostats and other devices (Update: Google says no ad-based Nest)

Those who expressed concern about Google’s acquisition of Nest may have have been right: the company has told the Securities and Exchange Commission that it may choose to serve ads on “refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches, to name just a few possibilities.”<p>The Wall …

Google Could Soon Put Ads Almost Everywhere–Even On Your Face

And on your refrigerator. And in your glasses. And in your car. And…<p>Google’s splashier investments–the self-driving cars, the cyborg face accessories, the “moonshots“–might grab all the headlines. As well they should! But it’s important to remember that the search giant’s more ambitious projects …