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What Steve Jobs Taught Me After I Said “No” To Him

James Green, CEO of the search retargeting company Magnetic, was once hired by Jobs as a VP at Pixar Animation Studios. And, curiously, it was while working for one of his biggest business heroes that Green learned what not to do when leading a company.<p>I worked for Steve Jobs at Pixar Animation …

How to get to the top of Reddit: lessons from the banning of Quickmeme

Reddit, the social news and entertainment site that bills itself as “the front page of the internet,” is meant to be the ultimate democratic web experience. Users submit links to web pages, discuss them, and vote them up and down. The most popular links, climbing gradually from various “subreddits” …

Brit Earns $20,000 Bug Bounty From Facebook

We’ve known for a while that Facebook is happy to pay so-called white-hat hackers for discovering bugs, with a minimum of $500 up for grabs for each flaw discovered. But one UK man has scored $20,000 from the social networking behemoth for reporting a significant bug that could’ve exposed millions …

Man creates 'invisible headphones' by implanting magnets into his ears

A man has implanted magnets into his ears to use as invisible headphones in a remarkable example of DIY transhumanism.<p>Rich Lee, a self-described …

Learn how technology will turn less desirable airwaves into “beachfront” spectrum

When it comes to spectrum debates, like the one happening now in Washington, policymakers and regulators pay a lot of attention to this idea of …

The Next $100 Billion Technology Market?

Just as we are getting our arms around terms like B2B and BYOD, the latest technology acronym emerges — M2M. And this one is big and getting bigger fast. For many of us, M2M (machine-to-machine) is a new concept, but you might be surprised to learn that it is already a $24B market and predicted to …

The Technology That Could Put Apple Back On Top

Apple is in need of a boost for the iPhone. With an update expected in the Fall, most of the attention has focused on the new iOS 7 operating system. No doubt iOS 7 will spur innovation, but people need to see a better phone. The iconic Apple device has slipped behind rivals like Samsung and HTC, …

OS X Mavericks, iCloud and the rise of the populist file system

Tags wasn’t an enormous part of Apple’s WWDC keynote, but the more I think about it, the more implications that it has for the future of the file system on OS X.<p>In fact, it’s something I’ve been thinking about since a panel I was on at Macworld expo earlier this year. The topic was iCloud, App …

Apple continues to grow as top smartphone vendor in US during May

Research firm comScore is out today with its usual report covering U.S. smartphone subscriber market share for the three month period ending in May. Over the last three months Apple has gained in both categories including ‘top smartphone OEMs’ and ‘OS usage’, continuing its lead as the top …

Google Reportedly Working on an Android Gaming System

Ouya's $99 gaming system might not be the only Android console for your TV soon. Google is working on its own gaming add-on for your TV, according to …

Google to IRS: Hand over our $83.5 million tax refund

Google has sued the Internal Revenue Service over a stock transaction dating back to 2004 with America Online.<p>The company filed the complaint in U.S. tax court on Thursday, claiming that the U.S. government owes the search giant $83.5 million. Bloomberg, which was first to report the news, spoke …

Adobe's VP of Experience Design Michael Gough on Paper dependency and the omniscient gadget

<i>Every week, a new and interesting human being tackles our decidedly geeky take on the Proustian Q&A. This is the Engadget Questionnaire.</i><p>In this week's edition of our regular answer sessions, Adobe's VP of Experience Design Michael Gough discusses digital sketching and six-fingered spies. Head to …

Google And Apple May Bring Us A Console War We Didn't See Coming

Last night, the Wall Street Journal brought us news that Google has now set its sights on making its own Android-based video game console. The kicker? This is supposed to be in response to Apple doing the very same thing.<p>Google and Apple video game consoles? Are the Xbox One and PS4 dead already? …

Meet New York's First Internet Tech Startup Billionaire

Shutterstock founder Jonathan Oringer officially became a billionaire today when the company's shares hit a record high this morning, Bloomberg's David de Jong and Max Raskin report.<p>Shutterstock, a stock photo and video site, went public last October.<p>The 39-year-old owns about 55% of Shutterstock. …

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Facebook's outmoded Web crypto opens door to NSA spying

"Realistically, right now, breaking 1,024-bit RSA should be considered well within reach by leading nations. This is unsatisfactory as the default security level of the Internet." <br />--Eran Tromer, professor, Tel Aviv University

Smartphone market share consolidates at top, study shows

The smartphone market leaders are more entrenched, and that's bad news for the underlings, based on a new study from ComScore.<p>ComScore's latest MobiLens report had no shifts in status among the major phone manufacturers and mobile operating systems in the three months ended in May, but the top two …

Google+ catches up to competition, lets you follow favorite websites with new button

It's hard to believe, but while Google+ has had share buttons and +1 buttons, its has never had a follow button that users could embed on their own webpages until today. Facebook and Twitter introduced their respective follow buttons in 2011 — Facebook's was once called a subscribe button. As one …

After Spat Over Apps and Privacy, Bitdefender and Airpush (Mostly) Hug It Out

Sergey Nivens / Shutterstock.com<p>You have a lot of personal information on your phone, and widespread mobile Internet access has given rise to a …

Rolocule turns your iPhone and Apple TV into a Wii-style gaming system (video)

If you've ever wanted to hurl your iPhone through your TV while enthusiastically playing tennis, now's your chance. This week, Rolocule Games launched an iOS app -- Motion Tennis -- that turns your Apple TV into a Wii-esque gaming console. To connect devices to Apple TVs, the game relies on AirPlay …

Apple adds auto-renewable subscriptions for Mac App Store apps in OS X Mavericks

Just like app developers have the ability to sell subscriptions as in-app purchases in iOS apps and Newsstand, they will soon be able to offer the same auto-renewable content through in-app purchases in Mac App Store apps.<p>Mac apps on the latest releases of OS X already support non-subscription …

Brace for Disappointment: iOS 7’s Success May Come at OS X 10.9’s Expense

Apple is hard at work on iOS 7 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch ahead of it preview at June's Worldwide Developers Conference, and the changes …

Has Apple Lost Control of the Narrative? Yep

Apple is getting ready to retake control of the narrative, according to Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes, and doing so could help the company's stock …

Apple Granted a Patent for Invisible Backside Button and Slider Controls for Future iDevices & Beyond

Apple has been working on this type of control since 2006. We first presented Apple's concept of using invisible backside controls for the iPad back …

Leap Motion shows off Windows compatibility

Windows users, rejoice! Leap Motion is coming to a PC near you, and for the first time, you can see what it will be like.<p>Today, Leap Motion released a video showing what its 3D gesture-control system will be like on a Windows computer. That's important, given that it has struck partnerships with …

Loom Is Building A Better iCloud

Barely a month or two after launching the Y Combinator-backed photo-sharing service Popset, the team realized they were solving the wrong problem. Users weren’t struggling to share their photos with groups; they needed tools to help them organize and manage their photo libraries across a variety of …

WibiData gets $15M to help it become the Hadoop application company

WibiData — the big data startup from Cloudera Co-founder Christophe Bisciglia and Aaron Kimball — doesn’t have <i>overly</i> big plans. It only wants to …