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Google Wants Permission to Disclose How Many National Security Requests It Gets

Google’s chief legal officer has asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller for permission to disclose the number of …

Burkina Faso: Beating river blindness by fly-catching

<b>Africa is beginning to win its battle against the parasitic river blindness infection, thanks in no small part to the painstaking work of villagers who catch the flies responsible for the disease.</b><p>The Kou Valley in Burkina Faso is one of the country's most fertile areas; a land of lush paddy fields, …

Facebook Lets Developers Push Ads Based On Users’ App Purchases

Facebook has introduced a new way for developers and marketers to target users with specific adverts based on their existing app purchases and microtransactions.<p>Developers speaking at Mobile DevCon 2013 in London yesterday unveiled a new targeting field buried in the latest SDK for a feature called …

Big Brands Want Ads On Instagram, But Facebook Is Focused On Growth For Now

Facebook says that there are no plans for now to add advertising to Instagram, even though advertisers are approaching them, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said today during the company’s Q1 earnings call. Adding ads could end up stunting Instagram’s rapid growth. He said, more than once during the call, that …

Poutsch Is An Opinion-Gathering Platform For Tracking What The World Thinks

Here’s a startup hoping to fill the gap left by the demise of Facebook Questions: French-Belgian startup Poutsch, now based in New York and exhibiting here at TechCrunch Disrupt NY’s Startup Alley, has built a platform for tracking opinion data by crowdsourcing market research, which is …

Twitter’s Glass App Spotted in the Wild (And, Yes, It’s Probably Real)

Glassheads, alert! You may be able to tweet from your eyes soon enough.<p>Twitter is likely testing its app for Glass, Google’s good old-fashioned foray …

Good Timing: Twitter Will Soon Release a Two-Step Security Solution

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Some Twitter employee — probably several employees, actually — had a pretty rough day on Tuesday, …

Facebook Home Passes 500,000 Installations on Google Play

Facebook’s new Home Android launcher has passed the 500,000 download mark on the Google Play store after a little over a week in the wild, though it continues to accumulate mostly negative reviews and has sunk to an average rating of 2.2.<p>The milestone was noted by Benedict Evans on Twitter.<p>Facebook …

Another Win For Flat Design As Facebook Gives Its F Logo & Other Icons A Flatter, Cleaner Look

Facebook has given its main “f” logo icon a makeover, flattening the design by removing the pale blue bar along the bottom, which gave the icon a reflective sheen/slight 3D effect, as well as moving the position of the f so it now bleeds right off the bottom. The overall effect is a simplified, …

Who’s tracking you online? This app can tell you – and stop them

If you hate targeted ads, the Internet can be a very frustrating place. Online juggernauts like Twitter, Facebook, and Google keep developing …

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Dennis Rodman Will Return to North Korea on August 1

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Dennis Rodman, the pierced and pugnacious former Chicago Bulls star, says he's excited to hang out …

Google deal with EU regulates search results – report

In a sweeping proposed deal with European antitrust regulators, Google(s goog) has agreed to increase the prominence of links to competitors like …

Google Secures YT.be Domain, For Even Shorter URLs

Google has secured a new domain name, YT.be, which it started forwarding to its goo.gl URL shortening service today.<p>Presumably, Google will use the domain name for shortened links to YouTube videos. Today, the company uses another .be domain name to do that, namely youtu.be, as you can tell from …

Twitter’s Music App Launch Reportedly Set For Friday, But Coachella Could Prove Too Chaotic For Marketing

Twitter Music will reportedly launch on Friday, reports AllThingsD citing sources familiar with the matter. Earlier today, music discovery service We Are Hunted confirmed that it had been acquired by Twitter, while Ryan Seacrest tweeted that he’d been playing around with Twitter’s new music …

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Check In, Flame Out: How To Save Foursquare

This hasn’t been a great year for Foursquare. “Check-ins are no longer what they used to be,” as Ingrid Lunden observed last month. There seems to be a general consensus that “Foursquare keeps resembling Yelp more and more…” but that comparison isn’t necessarily flattering, especially since there’s …

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Roger Ebert, the Heart and Soul of the Movies, Has Died

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><i>The Chicago Sun-Times</i> is reporting that its longtime film critic Roger Ebert, whose long battle with …

Google Upgrades Its Google Places Dashboard With Google+ Local Integration

Google has begun a staged upgrade of its Google Places Dashboard — the backend tool that allows local businesses to manage their business information …

Twitter’s Mobile App Now Includes Support For Twitter’s New “App Cards”

Following its announcement yesterday, Twitter has today updated its mobile applications with support for the new Twitter App Cards feature. According to the Twitter app’s page in Apple’s iTunes App Store, version 5.5 of the app brings a number of improvements, including the ability to “help you …

Disney Shuts Down LucasArts Just 154 Days After Acquiring It

Pour one out for the Gold Guy tonight, my fellow gamers. A sage pillar of the industry has fallen.<p>Just 154 days after acquiring LucasArts as part of their larger, $4B acquisition of Lucasfilm, Disney has dissolved the classic video game development company.<p>Beginning today, Disney will continue to …

When It Comes To Social Media, Consumers Tell Brands To Speak Only When Spoken To

It’s every CMO’s worst nightmare: a social media crisis that has taken on a life of its own and is posing a real threat to a brand’s reputation. It could be a negative comment from a dissatisfied customer that’s gone viral on Twitter, an online reaction to a brand action offline, or an accidental …

New Life for Old Brands

Finding new opportunities in reviving classic products.<p>Before it went out of business in 1983, Narragansett was the quintessential beer of New England. During its heyday in the 1950s through the 1970s, Narragansett was the official beer sponsor of the Boston Red Sox. At the start of every …

10 Social Media Time Management Tips for Small Business

Social media is one of those things that small business owners know they need to do, but they are not quite sure how to find the time to do it. Here are the top ten tips for effective social media management:<p><b>1. Have a plan</b>. Find out where your customers and prospects are having conversations and …

Google Cesar Chavez doodle on Easter ignites furor

Twitter is lighting up with tweeps questioning Google's choice of doodle for this Easter Sunday. The main search page today features no mention of the Easter Bunny, brightly colored eggs (which are on full, beautiful display on Bing), or Jesus, but instead commemorates what would have been the 86th …

Google's Secrets Of Innovation: Empowering Its Employees

March was a good month for Google. Its market capitalization breached a record high $260 billion. Since its IPO in 2004, its shares have soared over 900%. The company’s success stems from its continuous innovation and it extraordinary management practices. Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President of …

That Apple Flexible Display For a Future iPhone, Cool And Cute

A couple of days back the US Patent and Trademarks Office published Apple’s application for a wrap-around form factor for electronic devices. It looks like a curvy, future iPhone.<p>I’ve read a number of interpretations of the application, some of them suggesting this is an Apple invention. Clearly it …