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Google satellite photo shows a murder scene, says victim's father

An aerial photo from the "satellite" view of Google Maps may show the body of 14-year-old Kevin Barrera, murdered in Richmond, California in 2009. Kevin's father Jose says he recognizes the body as his son, and plans to petition Google to have the photo removed. The scene in the aerial photo is …

Dropbox reportedly seeking $250 million in funding at a staggering $8 billion valuation

Dropbox hopes to raise $250 million over the next few weeks as part of its latest round of venture capital funding, according to <i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i>. That lofty figure basically matches the total amount Dropbox has accrued since launching five years ago. But even more staggering is the valuation …

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Feedly connects you to the information and knowledge you care about. We help you get more out of you work, education, hobbies and interests. The …

Why Did Snapchat Turn Down Three Billion Dollars?

Eight months ago, Snapchat, the well-known social network whose messages disappear within seconds, like bubbles in soda, raised money for the first time. Investors gave it around thirteen million dollars, estimating its worth, on paper, to be around seventy million dollars. A few months later, in …

After Turning Down Facebook's $3 Billion, Snapchat Reportedly Says No To Google's $4 Billion

Allow me to paraphrase Justin Timberlake as Facebook founding president Sean Parker in "The Social Network" ... $3 billion isn't cool. You know …

Come On, Apple Fans, It's Time To Admit That The Company Is Blowing It

The message was clear:<p>Apple is getting its clock cleaned by Samsung, which is now by far the dominant smartphone maker in the world. (Samsung had 32% of the global market in Q3, the same share as a year ago. Apple, meanwhile, had only 12% of the market, down from 14% a year ago.)<p>Yes, both companies …

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Google reportedly tried to outbid Facebook for Snapchat with $4 billion offer

Just as the world was getting used to the news that Facebook attempted to buy Snapchat for $3 billion, a new report suggests that Google trumped that offer with a $4 billion bid of its own. <i>GigaOm</i> founder Om Malik first tweeted the rumor before <i>Valleywag</i> filled in the rest of the story.<p><i>Valleywag</i> …

John F. Kennedy conspiracy theories debunked: Why the magic bullet and grassy knoll don’t make sense.

Fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, 59 percent of Americans still believe it was the work of a conspiracy. I was once …

Concept imagines a much needed redesign of Apple’s Messages app for OS X

It’s no secret that Messages on OS X, Apple’s IM app that’s integrated with its iMessage service on iOS devices, has long been a frustration for users. The app has received a name change and slightly new look since the iChat days, but it hasn’t improved much in terms of functionality or …

French newspaper shows power of photography by removing all images

A newspaper 'without sound'<p>French newspaper <i>Libération</i> this week removed all images from one of its daily print editions, as part of a statement on the importance of photojournalism at a time when several media outlets are cutting their staff. The November 14th issue was the paper's first to be …

Where I Went Wrong, Third Annual Edition

Happy anniversary to me: I’ve now been writing this here weekly column for exactly three years. Over the last year I have opined, prescribed, and predicted many things. And now, like last year, and the year before, as part of my one-man crusade for greater opinion-journalism accountability, I’m …

The Rise Of The Mobile-Born

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Paul Holland is a general partner at Foundation Capital, helping early-stage startups go from zero to $100 million in revenue. He was previously a senior vice president of worldwide sales at Kana Communications.</i><p>Watching my two-year-old nephew Dashiel interact with his mother’s iPad …

A new SDK and full iOS 7 notification support make me want a Pebble smartwatch

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Kevin C. Tofel/Gigaom<p>After a successful Kickstarter campaign and retail partnership, the Pebble smartwatch is taking …

How Working Remotely Changed My Life (and Can Change Yours, Too)

<i>Justin is the Product Manager for Industry Mailout. He’s passionate about building products that delight customers, and also blogs on justinjackson.ca and tweets via @mijustin</i><p>Working remotely is a hot topic of debate these past years. Many companies are beginning to allow the flexibility to help …

Police Believe Allen Teen Was Texting Before Deadly Crash

<b>COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM)</b> – A preliminary investigation has led one North Texas police department to believe a crash that took the life of a high …

One Photojournalist's View of Mexico's Violent Drug War

Photographer Louie Palu is no stranger to conflict photography. After covering Afghanistan for more than five years, he returned to North America to cover the bloody drug-related crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border. Traveling the length of the border, working on both sides, he covered key cartel …

A week with the iPad Air in three words: Believe. The. Hype.

All tech companies love to hype their shiny new gadgets. Nothing is ever a slightly better version of the last model, everything is a ‘breakthrough’, changes are always ‘dramatic’, performance is always ‘ground-breaking’.<p>Apple is of course the acknowledged master of the marketing arts, so if I’m …

When is the best time to run social campaigns and sell online?

<b>Poorly timed social media and email campaigns mean that retailers are failing to maximise user engagement, according to a study by Yesmail.</b><p>The report …

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube marketers: This is why you never, ever start campaigns on Friday

There are good times to start social media marketing campaigns, and there are absolutely horrible why-on-earth-would-you-choose-that times. How’s a savvy online marketer to know which is which?<p>YesMail Interactive ran a comprehensive three-month study of consumer social engagement with online …

Pebble to announce new software features on Nov. 6

Smartwatch maker Pebble has announced a software event scheduled for 10 AM Pacific on November 6th. Pebble already has an SDK for developers, but they’ll be announcing some upcoming additions to the watch’s software capabilities. The event will stream live on the Pebble website for anyone to …

Bosch’s new laser rangefinder augments reality on your smartphone

Still toiling away with a tape measure like some sort of carpentry-savvy caveman? It’s 2013 – get yourself a laser measure already. Not only are they …

Augmented Reality

McKinney To Get Its Own “Legacy Town Center”-Style Development

McKinney’s town square may have been there first, but in recent years, urban-style developments that mimic the downtown style of living have popped …

7 Reasons Why Facebook “Like and Share” Competitions are not Worth the Risk - Consultancy & Small Business Marketing

The Americans have a phrase which I like to think applies to <b>“Like and Share”</b> competitions on Facebook – they’re <i>“like shooting fish in a barrel”</i>, …

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How to run a (legal) Facebook competition - Blaze Digital

If you are planning on running a trade promotion on your Facebook Page in Australia, you need to ensure your competition is run in accordance with …

Facebook Competition Rule Changes - What You Need To Know

Shares 338<p>Last night Facebook announced changes to it’s Facebook promotional guidelines. My first reaction was that this is good news for small …

Pebble smartwatch review

The Pebble smartwatch is a lot more than just a watch — it’s the latest attempt to turn your wrist into the launchpad for a wearable computing revolution. It’s also the preeminent symbol of the Kickstarter hardware revolution. After 85,000 orders, 10 million crowdfunded dollars, and one or two …