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John Oliver Explains The World Cup And FIFA To Americans (VIDEO)

John Oliver is "both excited and extremely conflicted" about the World Cup.<p>Why? Because he loves the tournament - but it's run by FIFA.<p>Take it away, …

The Future of Wearables? Consolidation.

Investors say the space will get more interesting with coming smartwatches and sensors.<p>At the Bloomberg Next Big Thing Summit on Monday, investor Esther Dyson predicted a coming wave of consolidation for the nascent wearables sector.<p>“It’s extremely crowded now,” said Dyson, chair of EDventure …

Google Pays $500M for Satellite Maker Skybox, for Photos and Eventually Internet Access

Those cameras up in the sky can see quite a lot.<p>Google said on Tuesday it had bought Skybox Imaging, a company that provides high-resolution photos using satellites, for $500 million in cash.<p>Google explained the deal as such: “Their satellites will help keep our maps accurate with up-to-date …

Read This When You Actually Have Time: A Guide to Read-It-Later Apps

In the age of digital distraction, read-it-later apps can help you compile all of the stories you want to read when you have the time.<p>If I were to write a memoir anytime soon, I’d call it “The Year of Scatterbrained Thinking.” Or maybe “Brain, Interrupted.” Gone are the days, it feels, of …

Why an Apple App Rule Change Could Be a Big Deal for the Ad Business

You see it all the time: Watch video, get a credit. But it may be going away.<p>If you spend much time at all monkeying around with game apps on an iPhone, you’ve seen them: Offers to gain an extra tank, or a health pack, or virtual coin or sheep or whatever — if you’ll just watch a video.<p>Sometimes …

Lytro Partners With 500px, Opens File Format Letting its Pictures Live More Places

The moves are aimed at allowing pictures taken with the company's light-field cameras to be used in more ways.<p>One of the big challenges for light-field photography startup Lytro has been dealing with the fact that it has to fit into a world that understands photos and video, but isn’t well suited …

Light Raises $9.7 Million for Photography Startup From Silicon Valley Veterans

It seems pretty clear that this is going to be a hardware company. Probably.<p>The former CEO of speech recognition startup Vlingo — which powered the original Siri and was acquired by Nuance — and the former CTO of Flarion Technologies — which developed LTE and was acquired by Qualcomm — are teaming …

Personality Quiz Designed to Freak You Out (Or Not) About How Well the Internet Knows You

Personality quizzes are the lifeblood of the Internet, and this is one of the better designed ones.<p>According to a personality trait analysis of 1,820 words I have used recently in Facebook posts, my most dominant personality factor is neuroticism. I register lowest on the extraversion …

Three LA Boys: Snapchat's Evan Spiegel, Tinder's Sean Rad and Whisper's Michael Heyward

This trio of young LA tech entrepreneurs grew up together, running around Beverly Hills and Pacific Palisades.<p>Evan Spiegel, co-founder and CEO of Snapchat; Sean Rad, co-founder and CEO of Tinder; and Michael Heyward, co-founder and CEO of Whisper have become, in many ways, the young princes of Los …