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Just 12 Days After The Yahoo Acquisition, Tumblr's Creative Director Is Out The Door

Bijani applied for a job at Tumblr five years ago this month - to a job posting that was out of date. But because he had a reputation for making excellent themes for VIP members on the site, he was given the job after just one meeting with David Karp, the creator of the platform.<p>Bijani announced …

Why Google is saying adios to some of its most ardent app developers

It’s too hard to pay developers in Argentina for Android apps, so Google isn’t going to anymore.<p>Last Friday, Google began sending letters to developers in Argentina announcing that, as of this summer, all paid mobile apps will be unpublished. Here’s an excerpt that explains the gist of it:<p>Due to …

Google Wallet

Your Quantified Self data would be a goldmine for scientific researchers – if only they had it

Health researchers are able to access and analyze your electronic health data, insurance claims and other kinds of traditional health information. …

Mozilla coder: Chrome violates Google's own Blink principles

With a project called Portable Native Client now making its way into Chrome and potentially onto the Web itself, Google is violating its own principles for its Blink browser engine, a Mozilla programmer said Friday.<p>Portable Native Client, or PNaCl, is a Google technology to let Web apps run …

Software

LAPD faces off with Call of Duty statue in game studio raid

In this day and age, perhaps it's not the best idea to erect a life-size statue of a gunman and place it in the front window of your office.<p>Yet this is precisely what the Los Angeles Police Department confronted late Thursday night when officers stormed the building of game studio Robotoki. The …

Call of Duty

In His Own Words: Why Steve Jobs Decided to Create the iPad

- May 31, 2013<p>Despite initial criticism (albeit brief) when the iPad was first released, there can be no doubt that the device has been insanely …

“Nerd Circus” Steam Carnival Reaches $100,000 Kickstarter Goal

Steam Carnival, the STEM-plus-art educational circus that performed earlier this week at <b>D11</b>, has met its $100,000 fundraising goal on Kickstarter. …

Mars-bound astronauts will print food & tools, NASA says

NASA will transport 3D printers to space so astronauts can print tools — and potentially even food.<p>NASA’s chief administrator Charles Bolden discussed the role of 3D printers during a recent press tour of the Ames Research Center. According to <i>ComputerWorld,</i> Bolden believes the technology could be …

Google push for faster zero day fixes hits a wall: Other companies

Google has undertaken what some might call a Sisyphean effort: to get technology companies to patch publicly unknown security vulnerabilities, referred to as "zero day" exploits, more quickly.<p>In a blog post published Wednesday, two Google security engineers advised their counterparts at other …

Information Security

Teardown of New 16 GB iPod Touch Reveals Few Internal Changes

With Apple's new 16 GB iPod touch becoming available today, the teardown experts at iFixit have taken the device apart in an effort to determine how it differs internally from its larger-capacity siblings. The 16 GB model lacks the rear camera and support for Apple's Loop wrist strap, so iFixit …

Judge: FBI Doesn't Need a Warrant to Access Google Customer Data

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>In what looks very much like a blow to that whole Constitutional thing about due process, a federal …

Anonymous Twitter Account Hacked By Rival Group 'Rustle League'

Your Anon News, a subset of the hactivist collective Anonymous, had its Twitter account hacked early Friday morning by a rival group of hackers.<p>The little-known "Rustle League," a group that the U.K.'s Vice has characterized as Anonymous' "dedicated trolls," got access to the account at around 2:30 …

IE10 Passes IE7 and IE6, Firefox Up but Chrome Down

The browser war continues into the middle of 2013. May saw the second full month of IE10 availability on Windows 7, as well as the release of Firefox 21 and Chrome 27. The latest market share numbers from Net Applications show only Chrome lost share last month.<p>Between April and May, Internet …

The New Google Maps Is A Social Network In Disguise

The new version of Google Maps, which debuted at Google I/O and will be rolling out via an invitation system in the coming weeks, is another leap forward for the cartographical gold standard. The design is cleaner and all screens—desktop, Android and iOS—now benefit from Google Now cards that pop …

The future of video monetization is unlike anything we’ve seen yet

Today, 89 million people in the U.S. will watch 1.2 billion online videos.<p>By 2016, online video viewers are expected to double to 1.5 billion. Naturally, companies are looking for a way to monetize this influx of activity.<p><i>The New York Times</i> recently announced plans to allow non-subscribers to view …

Social Is Not A Destination

There has been much discussion recently about the relatively poor performance of Facebook in the stock market and the increasing focus Google is putting on tying Google+ in its existing services. The two are taking different approaches to social networking: For Facebook, your social network sits on …

Ubuntu founder credits Android and iOS for reversing Microsoft's dominance

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has just crossed off one of the biggest goals of his operating system's development: removing Microsoft's dominance in the PC market. While it wasn't Ubuntu that made the difference, Shuttleworth doesn't seem to mind which OS ultimately changed the market. He's …

The New “Handmade” (Part Three)

Consumer interest in 3D printing is booming, thanks to increasingly affordable printers, crazy stories about 3D-printed candy, human ears and handguns, all of which are impressive technological leaps. But 3D printing is fueling artists’ creativity, too, whether those artists are formally trained …

How Facebook Could Turn Home Around With Expanded Integrations

Facebook constantly evolves to help people better connect with one another. Company CEO Mark Zuckerberg expounded recently that Facebook was no longer constrained to the browser and instead was not only mobile-first, but “mobile-best”. While that journey may have been rather difficult, in no way …

Google and competition: Google and competition: as users we can give our own verdict

Back in February, I wrote for Comment is free about the Google investigation being undertaken by the European commission. I emphasised the importance …

Maybe It’s Time For Apple To Go Back Behind The Curtain

Like most people, I was following Tim Cook’s talk at the D11 conference with great interest. And while it generated a lot of headlines, it became apparent quickly that not much was actually being said. Just to make sure, I went back and watched the entire interview. One thing stuck out above all …

Bitcoin Is Sacrificing Its Soul To Survive

For the digital currency to survive, must it sacrifice its soul? Can it thrive if it does?<p>To be sure, there are important differences between bitcoin and Liberty Reserve. Where Liberty was effectively a black box for transactions, controlled by a single entity, bitcoins are traded on a peer-to-peer …

Why you should always read the small print from Facebook

Please imagine you were to spend Saturday enjoying a little reading on the beach and then, perhaps, a couple of drinks.<p>Please imagine you decided to waft down to Northern California's Half Moon Bay and wandered into an establishment called Sam's Chowder House.<p>You may or may not have been with …

Gigaom | Netflix wants to spend up to 15 percent of its content cash on originals

Advertisement<p>Netflix (s NFLX) wants to spend up to 15 percent of its entire licensing budget on the production of original content within the next …

Calculating The Long-Term Value Of A Bitcoin

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Joshua Seims is an angel investor and entrepreneur based in San Francisco. He is currently building a company that provides secure storage of bitcoins. Follow him on Twitter @jseims.</i><p>A big question that’s debated in the Bitcoin community is “How much will Bitcoins be worth in the long …

Yahoo Shuts Down Mail Classic, Forces Switch To New Version That Scans Your Emails To Target Ads

Starting the week of June 3rd, tomorrow, Yahoo is discontinuing Mail Classic. It’s requiring all Mail users to switch to the new version of Mail and accept a TOS/Privacy Policy update that lets it scan emails to “deliver product features, relevant advertising, and abuse protection”. You can opt out …

Boot up: iPads are PCs (Microsoft says), patent trolls unmasked, Denmark's snoopers, and more

A quick burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team<p>The future is killer devices connected to amazing cloud services >> …

Microsoft Ponders Major Restructuring, Amid Renewed Wall Street Focus on Stock

According to sources close to the situation, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is working on what is likely to turn into a significant restructuring of the …