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Twitter announces it’s laying off 8% of the company

After reports that Twitter would be laying off staff across the company last week, it’s been confirmed today that the company has let go 336 of its staff.<p>The move comes just a week after Jack Dorsey was made permanent CEO of the company, and is likely an attempt to lean up its staff, which was made …

Millions Watch World Cup Through Pirated Live Streams

While most people watch World Cup matches through licensed broadcasters, there is also a large group of people who resort to unauthorized …

Internet

Calculate your WEI (Windows Experience Index) under Windows 8.1

May 27, '14 Comments [48] Posted in Tools<p>Sponsored By<p>I used to be slightly obsessed with getting a high "WEI" in Windows. The Windows Experience …

Software

Amazon and Twitter's Data Centers Flunk Greenpeace Report

The mammoth data centers that power the internet are greener than they used to be, but two major players – Amazon and Twitter – could do a lot …

Google Explores Super-Speed Internet in 9 More Cities

Google may expand its ultra-high-speed internet service into several other major metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Phoenix, San Jose, Portland, …

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LinkedIn opens its blog publishing platform to everyone

A handful of big-shot professionals have long had the freedom to express themselves through LinkedIn's blogging platform, but most careerists have had to sit on the sidelines. Starting today, though, just about everyone can have their voices heard -- LinkedIn is opening its publishing platform to …

Facebook’s $19 Billion WhatsApp Acquisition, Contextualized

Facebook just announced it’s buying WhatsApp, a global messaging platform with 450 million MAUs, for approximately $19 billion. It’s one of the biggest tech acquisitions since HP bought Compaq for $25 billion in 2001.<p>It means that WhatsApp, which raised a comparatively measly $8 million since its …

Why Facebook Just Paid $19 Billion for a Messaging App

Facebook is buying WhatsApp, agreeing to pay $19 billion in cash and stock for the popular smartphone messaging service.<p>Revealed today in a filing …

Cloud Security Startup Elastica Comes Out Of Stealth With $6.3M From Mayfield

Elastica, a cloud security startup launched in 2012, is coming out of stealth mode with $6.3 million in Series A funding from the Mayfield Fund. The startup is also launching its new apps that offer real-time threat detection and even post-incident forensic analysis.<p>As more enterprises embrace SaaS …

ScottGu's Blog - Announcing the release of AMQP support with Windows Azure Service Bus

For the past five years, Microsoft has been working with a diverse group of companies to develop the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) …

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FORTUNE — Stewart Butterfield hasn’t had a hit since Flickr, the photo-sharing site he sold to Yahoo (YHOO) back in 2005. But with Slack, his newish company’s latest offering, the serial entrepreneur thinks he’s on to something big — a potential replacement to clunky, cumbersome e-mail …

Mozilla Releases Beta of Firefox for Windows 8 Touch

Mozilla has finally released a beta version of its Firefox for Windows 8 Touch browser, which is ready for users to download, test and subsequently share feedback and file any bugs (hat/tip Engadget).<p>The beta has a new tile-based Firefox start screen with one-tap access to Top Sites, Bookmarks and …

Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales: 'It's true, I'm not a billionaire. So?' – interview

<b>On</b> <b>Wikipedia, you're "Jimbo"</b><b>, are you called that in the real world too?</b><p>No. Just Jimmy in the real world. Many many years ago, when I first got on the internet, I was on this mailing list where there was already a James, a Jim, a Jimmy, so I said: "I'll be Jimbo."<p><b>And are you still the self-styled</b> …

Browser-Based Call Center Voz.io Closes $150K Seed Round From Kima Ventures

Barcelona-based startup Voz.io has closed a $150,000 seed round from Kima Ventures. Summann Gandham, co-founder and CEO of Voz.io, says the funding round will “allow us to vigorously pursue business development and user acquisition strategies.” At the same time they’ve launched what they describe …

Why Microsoft Got It Right With New CEO Satya Nadella

Though Bill Gates is stepping down as chairman of the board at Microsoft, we're about to see a company that looks more like Gates rather than …

Netflix's sales are now basically on par with HBO's

Time Warner released numbers for HBO today for the first time, revealing that the network generated $1.3 billion in revenue in the last quarter of 2013, and $4.9 billion for the whole year. Those are the numbers of a very healthy business, and that's why Time Warner decided to publish them, citing …

ScottGu's Blog - Windows Azure: Major Updates for Mobile Backend Development

This week we released some great updates to Windows Azure that make it significantly easier to develop mobile applications that use the cloud. These …

Open Sourcers Build 'Google Search for Big Data'

On the surface, Google's search engine is a simple thing. Type what you're looking for into that Google search box, and you get a list of relevant …

How to setup a Load Balanced Web Farm of Virtual Machines (Linux or otherwise) on Windows Azure (command line)

May 21, '13 Comments [19] Posted in Azure<p>Sponsored By<p>A buddy of mine was thinking to move some of his Linux-based website to Azure. If you're running …

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Twitter Finally Adds Two-Factor Authentication to Secure Your Account

Twitter just announced that it's launched two-factor authentication for accounts. Two-factor authentication uses your password and an additional …

The People of Postgres: Tom Lane

Today, with no fanfare, Tom Lane’s move to Salesforce.com was made public on the Postgres developer wiki.<p>For 15 years, Tom has contributed code to …

Databases

Apple Finally Reveals How Long Siri Keeps Your Data

All of those questions, messages, and stern commands that people have been whispering to Siri are stored on Apple servers for up to two years, Wired …

Setting up Two-Factor Authentication for your Google account AND Microsoft account

April 19, '13 Comments [37] Posted in Tools<p>Sponsored By<p>I use Two-Factor Authentication for my Google Apps account and I use the Google Authenticator …

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How Google Remade the Computer Science Researcher | WIRED

John Wilkes<p>John Wilkes spent a year negotiating his move to Google, and when he finally agreed to join the company, he still didn’t know what he’d be …