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Staples to close 225 stores

Staples will close 225 stores in North America by the middle of next year as the office supply retailer tries to trim costs in the face of weaker sales.<p>The store closings will come to about 12% of its stores in North America. The closings build upon the 40 stores it closed in the region in 2013. …

Amazon reports record breaking 'Black Friday'

Amazon said customers ordered four million items on "Black Friday" the highest in its 15 year history.<p>The largest online retailer in Britain, Amazon, said that record breaking sales on "Black Friday" were the highest in its 15 year history.<p>The announcement came less than 48 hours ahead of "Cyber …

Grasping for a Vine: Video for Instagram Will Be Sole Reveal at Facebook Event Thursday

Instagram plans to release a video product this Thursday at a press event at Facebook’s headquarters, according to multiple sources familiar with the …

Dots Updates iPad App For Improved Full-Screen Gaming

It was but two weeks ago that Dots, the highly addictive connect-the-dots-style betaworks-backed game, migrated the app to the iPad and added multiplayer support. Today, however, the company has a brand new update that may address some of your woes on the iPad.<p>The update lets users zoom to 1.5X or …

The dark side of the SkyMall catalog

If you've taken a US flight in the last couple decades, there's a pretty good chance you've encountered the ubiquitous SkyMall catalog. It's like the in-flight version of a train wreck — you know there's almost nothing in the pages that should interest you, but you can't look away. But despite the …

Why Halo Is Now More Important To Microsoft Than Ever

Microsoft is in a rough spot. There’s no need to rehash in great detail exactly why that is, but the long and short of it is that the PS4 came out of E3 looking like the preferred system of audiences and critics over the Xbox One.<p>The high price/used game/always on policies of the Xbox One put it at …

The NSA surveillance fallout should be a turning point for the tech industry

One of the many petitions circulating on the Internet in the wake of leaks about the US government's massive surveillance programs is aimed at major …

Why Amazon is like the cable company of the future

This week, Amazon announced plans to bring online grocery shopping to Los Angeles with a new service called Amazon Prime Fresh. For $79, Amazon Prime already gives customers two-day shipping and access to thousands of streaming movies and TV shows. But for a $299 annual fee, Prime Fresh members can …

eCommerce

With Waze, Google Gets Access To Social Mapping Data — And Possible Patent Legal Heat From Nokia

The Google deal to buy Waze — reportedly for $1.1 billion — is a strong move for both companies to enhance their respective mapping services, and to help monetize them better. But it could also serve as the tipping point for Nokia to turn the screws on getting Google to take licenses for certain …

U.S. Patent Office Says Apple's Rubber Banding Patent Claim Is Valid

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office returned a power weapon to Apple’s patent arsenal this week, reversing an April ruling that invalidated key …

Patents

Has Amazon Really Figured Out How To Screw Small Businesses Out Of Their Google Rankings?

The news site describes the process as "black hat" search engine optimization (SEO) that places Amazon search results above legitimate results for the actual businesses people are searching for.<p>That's a serious charge. But that's not quite what is going on.<p>In fact, we're not sure that the Dot has …

Netflix builds a tool for jumping between Amazon clouds

Netflix (s nflx) clearly has learned from its Christmas Eve outage, which involved the failure of Amazon (s amzn) Web Services’ Elastic Load …

Petition for Verizon to go contract-less gains steam

Verizon Wireless customers and, in some cases, critics have been signing a petition at a torrid pace, asking the company to go contract-less.<p>The petition on Change.org now has approximately 94,000 signatures, roughly 56,000 supporters shy of its goal of 150,000. The petition, created by "longtime …

HTC One Now On Sale Across The U.S., Now We Find Out If HTC Has Done Enough

The HTC One, the Taiwanese company’s flagship smartphone device, goes on sale today across the U.S. at retail stores including AT&T, Sprint, Best Buy, Walmart Target and more, as well as online via those retailers, HTC itself, Amazon and beyond. The phone has already been highly praised by early …

Google’s Next Group of Gadgets Will Blow You Away, Says Eric Schmidt

Google chairman Eric Schmidt is spending a lot of time on the road right now — he’s got a new book to promote — but he has popped into Google’s …

Apple wins patent for iOS app folders and 'jiggle mode'

Apple has finally won a patent for a system that lets iOS users more easily organize their apps.<p>Granted today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the patent dubbed "Device, method, and graphical user interface for managing folders" describes the method used by iOS to let users create folders …

Mailbox email app for iPhone removes reservation system following scaling improvements

The Mailbox for iPhone email application no longer has a reservation system, its developers announced today. The developers say that improved scaling contributed to this.<p>Good news! Mailbox is now available without having to wait in line. After 10 weeks of around-the-clock hard work, our engineering …

Evernote launches Accelerator program to help out developers

If you’re an app developer that builds app around Evernote’s API and platform, the company wants to help you out. If you’re lucky enough, the company …

Apps

Tech News & Analysis - Wall Street Journal

Dow Jones, a News Corp company<p>News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information …

Mozilla Will Debut Firefox OS in Five Countries in June

Mozilla, the nonprofit foundation behind the Firefox browser, is bringing its engineering acumen to bear on a new mobile operating system, Firefox …

Software

The More Mobile Devices You Have, the More Valuable Mobile Content Becomes

Smartphones aren’t simply transforming the manner in which media is delivered and consumed; they’re transforming its value, as well. This according …

Mobile

Facebook’s Chat Heads Come to iPhones, iPad With App Update

You can’t get Facebook Home on your iPhone. But very soon you’ll be able to get one of the most buzzed-about features from Facebook’s new mobile …

Facebook

Can a 24/7 Medical App Save Your Life? Better Thinks So.

Imagine this scenario: You’re flying across the world for a business conference, and something goes wrong — with your health. You’re in a foreign …

Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability

• <b>Author:</b> Steve Krug<p>This is the eBook version of the printed book. If the print book includes a CD-ROM, this content is not included within the eBook version.<br>Five years and more than 100,000 copies after it was first published, it's hard to imagine anyone working in Web design who hasn't read Steve …

LinkedIn Beefs Up Recruiter, the Company’s Biggest Revenue Driver

Ask any tech trader on the Street — LinkedIn is consistently crushing it every earnings season. Question is, how does the one tech company …

Recruitment

Yep, LinkedIn Acquires Newsreader Startup Pulse for $90 Million

LinkedIn announced on Thursday it has acquired mobile news aggregation startup Pulse, as Kara Swisher reported last month that it would, signaling …

Profit