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CHART OF THE DAY: The Reason Yahoo Bought Tumblr (And The Reason To Be Skeptical)

All Things D's Peter Kafka summed up Yahoo's $1.1 billion acquisition best, saying on Twitter, "Resist urge to attach Big Ideas to Yahumblr. Yahoo is a declining company trying to buy growth. Might work, might not. Full stop."<p>This chart of Tumblr's traffic illustrates that growth. As you can see, …

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Google Checkout for web merchants to be retired on November 20th

Although Google Checkout was rolled into Google Wallet at the end of 2011, it's still been an option for folks who peddle their wares online to collect payments. Come November 20th, however, the service will officially shut down. While Page and Co. recommend US-based merchants switch to the …

Swiss group builds insect-inspired camera system with 180-degree vision

There's a race underway to bring insect-like compound eyes to micro drones. Curvace, a research group from Switzerland, is the latest to announce a compound eye invention with its Curved Artificial Compound Eye (CACE) prototype, made up of a strip of small cameras. Curvace is competing with a bug …

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Five ways to boost your Android phone's battery life right now

These apps keep your handset going longer between charges and can help smooth out performance overall.<p>If you've ever caught yourself scanning a room for outlets, or worrying about how long you can eke out a charge on your phone, then this collection of battery-saving Android apps is for you.<p>These …

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LG's 5-inch 'unbreakable' bendy plastic phone screen on show

LG has long been our go-to gadget maker for bonkers phones, with its see-through phones, ultra-wide phones, slo-mo phones and even an …

He quit school at 15. Now aged 26, he's been offered $1.1 billion by Yahoo!. Meet Tumblr's founder, David Karp: http://ow.ly/lbURZ. (Photo by Bloomberg)

The world's best multi-day treks...without high altitudes

Love trekking but suffer from altitude sickness? Or do you just want to want to enjoy a good trek without worrying about acclimatising? Altitude sickness, which usually kicks in around 2500-3000 metres (8200-9850 feet) and higher, affects some (but not all) of us, no matter how healthy you are.<p>And …

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Waitress's $1,000 Tip From Stranger Funds Dream Vacation To Italy (PHOTO)

We've all had moments at work and thought, "I need a vacation." And fortunately for one over-worked waitress, a dream vacation just became reality, courtesy of a stranger's kindness.<p>Per the Tumblr of "Casual Cynic," a photo of a restaurant receipt shows a $60.42 charge for the diner's meal. Below …

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has changed his position on gay marriage, saying it should now be legalised http://ow.ly/ldYeW Last September Rudd voted against legalising same-sex marriage - but he says he has changed his mind after a conversation with a friend who came out as gay. In a blog post he wrote: ''He then tells me that one day he'd like to get married to another bloke. And by the way, 'had my views on same sex marriage changed?'" ''Finally,'' he writes, ''as someone who was raised for the most important part of his childhood by a single mum, I don't buy the argument that I was somehow developmentally challenged because I didn't happen to have a father. ''The loving nurture of children is a more complex business than that.'' *Don't forget you can *like* our page at http://www.facebook.com/theageAustralia