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Etched in Sand

• <b>Author:</b> Regina Calcaterra<p>Regina’s Calcaterra memoir, Etched in Sand, is an inspiring and triumphant coming-of-age story of tenacity and hope. <br>Regina Calcaterra is a successful lawyer, New York State official, and activist. Her painful early life, however, was quite different. Regina and her four …

Serial’s ‘shoestring’ success and the economics of podcasting

An American podcast launched just eight weeks ago on a shoestring budget is attracting one and a half million devoted listeners each week, spurring talk of a coming of age for a medium often scoffed at by advertisers.<p><i>Serial</i> is a sequential, radio-style documentary about a reporter revisiting and …

The 10 Most Important Ways to Simplify Your Life

Airbnb Says It Will Work With NYC To Collect Occupancy Tax And Clean Up Its Service

While Airbnb continues to grow around the world, it’s run into some pushback in certain areas. One of those areas has been New York City, where last summer it saw one of its members fined for violating the city’s hotel laws. (It eventually won that case.) In a blog post this morning, co-founder and …

Amazon picks up comedy pilot co-written by Jason Schwartzman

Amazon may not have impressed with its first slate of pilots, but the retail giant's original content arm is continuing its efforts to turn Prime Instant Video into a destination for exclusive television and film programming. Amazon Studios has ordered three more comedy pilots, and these projects …

Sync.ME adds ‘Widgets’ to Apple’s iOS Contacts app

Sync.ME, a third-party contacts app for iOS with over 8 million downloads, just rolled out an interesting feature that brings new functionality to Apple’s own Contacts app on iOS. As pictured above, the latest version of the Sync.ME app now adds a “Widgets” link within Apple’s Contacts app that …

The Danger And Opportunity Of The Intermediate Metric

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Alex Rampell is the co-founder and CEO of TrialPay. Follow him on Twitter @arampell.</i><p>Are social media companies overvalued? The question is not just a matter of revenue multiples (low or high), but rather whether that revenue is actually generating new sales for advertisers. Google …

Pop Desk | By Native Union

POP Desk is an original retro handset by Native Union, the same guys behind the very popular POP phone. The cool accessory turns your iPhone into a …

VOIP

Aereo to roll out its TV streaming service in four new cities

Despite a few legal entanglements along the way, Aereo continues to spread its cloud-based TV streaming service across the country. The lucky municipals this time around are Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio, Indianapolis, Indiana, and San Antonio, Texas. As with Aereo's other launches, those …

86,000 square miles of Great Britain meticulously recreated in Minecraft

There are those with free time, and then there's Joseph Braybrook. This fine bloke managed to recreate some 86,000 square miles of Great Britain within the Minecraft universe, and moreover, it took but a fortnight to concoct. Further justifying his work as more than goofing off, he used Ordnance …

Amazon debuts Kindle Fire HDX 7- and 8.9-inch tablets, we go hands-on (update: video)

"Today, we're going to show you the third leg of our device business strategy," Jeff Bezos begins. His audience is modest: four people sitting around a table in an Amazon conference room. It's a far cry from the Santa Monica airplane hangar his company rented out for last year's event. Bezos picks …

Feds Rule Most Mobile Medical Apps Don’t Need Regulation, but Some Will

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday issued a series of rules governing which types of medical apps for mobile devices will require government …

Apps

Western Digital refreshes MyBook external HDDs, offers 4TB for $180

If you recently put off snapping up some external storage, consider it good timing: Western Digital has refreshed its whole My Book line. While a 1TB option is now out of the picture, the external hard drives are still available in 2TB, 3TB and 4TB versions, although the Mac varieties are capped at …

Simplee nabs $10M to bring a PayPal-like portal to medical billing

Simplee, a Palo Alto-based startup trying to remake medical billing, has raised $10 million in a Series B round led by the Heritage Group. The round, …

Sprint and Techstars team up for mobile health startup accelerator

Kansas City just added another tech-related feather to its cap: On Tuesday, Sprint (s S) and Techstars announced the launch of a new mobile …

Livescribe 3 smartpen appears in FCC filing, can't wait to digitize your doodles

Now that we've got those naming suits out of the way, it's time to get down to brass tacks. With "brass tacks" involving a new smartpen, in this particular instance. The Livescribe 3 has just made itself known in a public FCC filing today, showcasing a svelte writing utensil whose main purpose in …

“Manga Generator” Uses The Kinect To Put Your Smooth Moves In A Custom Comic

Starring in a comic is cool enough, especially with the large variety of layout options, but the Manga Generator uses adaptive “shader” software to …

Kinect

The best email apps for iPhone

If you still rely on email to communicate with friends and family, then check out our list of the best email apps for your iPhone.<p>Streamline the time …

Apps

Ever feel like you need to decode social media's many acronyms? Our guide to Twitter lingo can help. See the full image here: http://on.mash.to/12QIGwD

Bookless Public Library Opens In Texas

An all-digital public library is opening today, as officials in Bexar County, Texas, celebrate the opening of the BiblioTech library. The facility offers about 10,000 free e-books for the 1.7 million residents of the county, which includes San Antonio.<p>On its website, the Bexar County BiblioTech …

Expedia And Zillow Founder Rich Barton Wants To Fund ‘Power To The People’ Startups

Rich Barton may still be best known for his role as a founder at pioneering web properties such as Expedia and Zillow, but in recent years he has emerged as an investor in some really interesting startups, from mobile-only hotel booking app HotelTonight to neighborhood-focused social network …

With iBeacon, Apple is going to dump on NFC and embrace the internet of things

At WWDC in June, Apple (s aapl) quietly announced iBeacon, one of the more prominent features of iOS 7. Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice …

Estimote

These events can be captured and easily turned into relevant actions. Using data and software automation, a new frontier of real-world apps is …

Doo 2.0 becomes umbrella app for managing cloud-stored documents

With documents being stored across all sorts of cloud services these days – Dropbox, Google(s goog) Drive, SkyDrive(s msft) – a unified management …

The One Reason Every Blogger Should Use Google+

Once again this week I was asked by a colleague why they should care about Google+. This is a person who regularly publishes content, already has a full plate and wanted to be convinced why she should take up another social network. A scenario that’s all too familiar with many people I come in …

Richard Ford, Jonathan Franzen, and Anne Enright Give Ten Candid Pieces of Writing Advice Each

The way people read on the internet has encouraged the provision of "tips," especially presented as short sentences collected in lists. While we here …

Cormac McCarthy’s Three Punctuation Rules, and How They All Go Back to James Joyce

Cormac McCarthy has been—as one 1965 reviewer of his first novel, <i>The Orchard Tree</i>, dubbed him—a “disciple of William Faulkner." He makes admirable …