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Yahoo! Just Bought Tumblr for $1.1 Billion

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><i>Update, Sunday 12:44 p.m.</i>: AllThingsD's Kara Swisher reports Yahoo!'s board approved the deal on …

The Tragic Beauty of Google+

Google likes to use the word “beautiful” a lot when describing its own products. That would be grating if it weren’t for one fact: more and more, the …

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei gives first media interview

<b>Ren Zhengfei, the founder of China's Huawei - the world's second-largest telecom equipment maker - has spoken to the media for the first time.</b><p>The interview comes as Huawei has been under scrutiny in countries such as the US over alleged contacts with the Chinese military and the government.<p>Mr Ren …

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Teen girl blocks Twitter plot spoilers to win hackathon

<b>For people watching on-demand content, negotiating social media before they have watched their favourite show can be fraught.</b><p>It inspired American teenager Jennie Lamere to create software designed to stop people finding out the plot lines of TV shows and movies on Twitter.<p>The 17-year-old's code …

Twitter Buys Scalable Computing Startup Ubalo

Twitter has acquired a little-known scalable computing startup called Ubalo, the two companies announced Thursday. The terms of the deal were not …

Newly Surfaced Windows 8 Commercials Are Totally Bizarre

A series of ultra-quirky Windows 8 commercials that have never seen the light of day popped up on YouTube this week, and we guarantee you'll be left …

Who Cares About Facebook? Alibaba Is Now Bigger

Earlier this morning, Yahoo! (YHOO) released its latest 10Q filing.<p>In it, there were several positive details disclosed. However, the biggest one that jumped out was how its investment in China’s Alibaba Group was doing.<p>Recall that Yahoo! owns 24% of Alibaba and will sell half that stake when …

What Kind of Watch Does an Astronaut Wear in Space?

He lives on the International Space Station, but astronaut Chris Hadfield still has to keep Earth time. However, he can't rely on just any watch. …

The Money Shot

The sale of Instagram to Facebook for a cool billion in the spring of 2012 was the ultimate Silicon Valley fairy tale: 18 months from launch to offer. But, for co-founder and C.E.O. Kevin Systrom, it was more of a roller-coaster ride, with several missed opportunities, at least two “aha” moments, …

Microsoft Confirms Windows Blue Update Coming; Says Windows 8 Passes 100 Million Licenses Sold

After months of rumors, Microsoft on Monday confirmed that it is readying an update to Windows 8 for later this year.<p>Code-named Windows Blue, the …

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Adobe Photoshop and Creative Suite to become subscription-only products

Camera shake reduction comes to Photoshop, Adobe upgrades and rebrands entire Creative Suite<p>Adobe is making a major move into the cloud. The company has just announced the next version of its flagship digital editing tools, Creative Suite, and for the first time the new products will only be …

Portable solar socket-Stick it anywhere to harness the power …

<b>Portable solar socket-Stick it anywhere to harness the</b> <b>power of Sun</b><b>!</b><p>Just stick this portable outlet to your window to start using solar power!<br>We have seen a lot of solar chargers in our day. And among all of them, this is the first one we’ve seen that we will definitely run out and buy as soon as it’s made available in the U.S. It’s a portable socket that gets its power from the sun rather than the grid. You plug into a window instead of into the wall. It’s easy.<p>That was the whole point, …

Phone texting 'helps pupils to spell'

<b>Children who regularly use the abbreviated language of text messages are actually improving their ability to spell correctly, research suggests.</b><p>A study of eight- to 12-year-olds found that rather than damaging reading and writing, "text speak" is associated with strong literacy skills.<p>Researchers …

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PayPal considers accepting BitCoin payments

PayPal CEO John Donahoe is considering ways of implementing BitCoins into PayPal’s digital transaction network. He says that he’s watching Bitcoins …

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Why The iPhone Is Falling Behind

Apple haters, Android geeks and misinformed Wall Street analysts will tell you that Apple’s iPhone is falling behind because Apple can’t innovate anymore.<p>I don’t buy the Apple-doesn’t-innovate BS. Apple is super innovative, and their innovation is focused, disciplined and ultimately results in …

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Facebook Blocks Path’s “Find Friends” Access Following Spam Controversy

Facebook’s social graph went missing from yesterday’s update to Path‘s smartphone app, and Facebook now confirms it has restricted Path’s API access. Path can no longer look up your Facebook friends, which prevents it from sending them invitations or suggesting you follow them. The move may be in …

New Google+ Users: Google+ Videos

<b>New Google+ Users:</b> Google+ Videos<p><b>I. Google+ Help Videos</b> (NEW)<p><b>1.</b> About profiles<b><br>2.</b> Add and share photos<b><br>3.</b> Edit your photos<b><br>4.</b> Choose who can send notifications<b><br>5.</b> Reshare and lock albums<b><br>6.</b> Manage albums<b><br>7.</b> Show or hide profile tabs<b><br>8.</b> See who a post was shared with<b><br>9.</b> About +1s<p><b>II. How to use Google+</b><p><b>1.</b> Get started with Google+<b><br>2.</b> Google+: Find People You Know<b><br>3.</b> Google+: Fun with Hangouts<p><b>Circles & Sharing</b><b><br>4.</b> Google+: Sharing<b><br>5.</b> Google+: About Circles<b><br>6.</b> Google+: Reading and Responding<b><br>7.</b> Google+: Mention …

Australian 3D printers on track to print body parts

Australian scientists say they have found a way to grow human body parts using 3D printing technology.<p>The University of Wollongong's Centre for …

Porn Sites Get More Visitors Each Month Than Netflix, Amazon And Twitter Combined

The Internet is for porn. We all know that, but until now we may not have realized to what extent porn dominated the Internet. According to this infographic by new porn website Paint Bottle, porn takes up a huge percentage of Internet bandwidth. In fact, 30 percent of all data transferred across …

Smartphone Used To Scan Data From Chip-Enabled Credit Cards

An anonymous reader sends this news from the CBC: <i>"Using a Samsung Galaxy SIII — one of the most popular smartphones available in Canada — and a free</i> …

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FORTUNE — When I ask people outside Silicon Valley about Google Glass, the company’s big play on wearable computing, I get a similar response: Sounds cool. Looks geeky.<p>“Ugh, I won’t even <i>think</i> about wearing that thing until they ditch the god-awful <i>Back to the Future</i> look,” a friend and casual gadget …

IBM Made A Microscopic Movie (And Star Trek Pictures) With Individual Atoms

Today, IBM released a stop-motion, animated short film called “A Boy And His Atom.”<p>Okay, so they made a stop motion movie. People do that on YouTube all the time. But what makes this a big deal is that the film was animated by precisely manipulating individual atoms themselves.<p>Researchers at IBM …

Apple's iPhone Software Has Flaws, And Just Changing The Design Won't Be Enough

If Apple doesn't do more than just superficially update the way iOS looks, it puts itself at risk of seriously falling behind Google's Android.<p>The new iOS look will be "flatter," supposedly abandoning the familiar design style that made the iPhone a multi-billion success. Instead of glossy icons …

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Google’s Cloud Is Eating Apple’s Lunch

A new front has opened in the smartphone war, and for the first time in many years, Apple is both outnumbered and outgunned.<p>I’m not talking about the phones themselves. iOS is still better than Android, although the gap has narrowed. The next iPhone will doubtless be the best phone in the world …