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A Powerful Particle Accelerator The Size Of A Speck Of Glitter

On the way to tabletop particle accelerators<p>This little chip may be hardly the size of a speck of glitter, but don't underestimate what it can do. It's actually a particle accelerator that is able to boost electrons at a rate 10 times greater than a conventional accelerator, all in a …

Google went down today. The Internet went bananas.

We wouldn’t normally write about a mere few minutes in down time, but when it’s Google, it’s notable.<p>Google.com, Google’s search product (you may have heard of) went down between 23:52 and 23:57 BST according to Search Engine Land. Not since 2009 has Google Search experienced any downtime.<p>Hard …

ICANN: No dotless domains for you, Google

Contrary to popular thinking, Google doesn't always get its way when it comes to all things Internet -- at least, not if the latest pronouncement from ICANN is any indication.<p>The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the organization in charge of a major overhaul of Internet …

Alibaba Invests in ShopRunner as It Readies Face-Off with Amazon

Chinese ecommerce juggernaut Alibaba has paid $75 million for a minority stake in two-day shipping service ShopRunner, according to separate reports from The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times on Friday.<p>When contacted by The Next Web, an Alibaba spokesperson declined to comment on the reports, …

The spat between Microsoft and Google is getting ugly

Google and Microsoft have been engaged in a protracted series of battles, using negative PR, cooked-up conferences, and pulling support on services for months on end. Both sides were at it again this week.<p>Microsoft struck first with an update to its long-running “Scroogled” campaign over the …

Nvidia Has No Knowledge of GTA V on PC

Statement made in error.<p><b>UPDATE:</b> In a statement this morning, Nvidia has said that the below statement on its investor call was made in error.<p>"This …

Is Voyager 1 really out of the solar system?

It's 36 years since Voyager 1 was dispatched in 1977 on a mission to send back images of Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere and volcanic eruptions on one of its moons, Io. Then it was due to travel on to Saturn to examine that planet's intricate system of rings and moons. But after travelling more than …

Kepler Spacecraft Disabled; "Exciting Discoveries" Still to Come

NASA officials announce that the Kepler spacecraft is damaged beyond repair.<p><b>The Kepler spacecraft, which has revolutionized our understanding of the vast number of exoplanets beyond our solar system, has been damaged beyond repair, NASA officials said today.</b><p>The space agency reported the end of the …

Wikileaks Just Released A Massive 'Insurance' File That No One Can Open

Anti-secrecy organization Wikileaks just released a treasure trove of files that, at least for now, you can't read.<p>The group, which has been assisting ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden after he leaked top-secret documents to the media, posted links for about 400 gigabytes of files on their Facebook …

Earth in crossfire on NASA hazardous asteroid map

If you've been watching the skies for the spectacle of the Perseid meteor shower over the past few days, you've probably thought about some of the larger rocks up above.<p>A few are downright scary compared to shooting stars. This graphic from NASA shows the orbits of more than 1,400 Potentially …

Google patents 'pay-per-gaze' eye-tracking that could measure emotional response to real-world ads

Advertisers spend heaps of cash on branding, bannering, and product-placing. But does anyone really look at those ads? Google could be betting that advertisers will pay to know whether consumers are actually looking at their billboards, magazine spreads, and online ads. The company was just granted …

Flash-based PlayStation 3 goes on sale in the U.S. for $199

Sony has begun offering its flash-based PlayStation 3 for sale in the United States for $199.<p>The console, which boasts 12GB of flash storage, is now listed for sale at Sony's U.S. online store. It made its North American debut last week when it went on sale in Canada. An offering in the U.S. was …

Behind The Scenes At Homejoy, A Cleaning Startup That Says It’s Really A Tech Company

If I were ranking startups based on how much I value their services, Homejoy would place pretty darn near the top — every month or so, one of their cleaners comes by my apartment and in two or three hours it becomes more sparkly than I’ve ever been able to make it. All for just 20 bucks an …

The under-the-radar VC firm that invested in Alibaba before Yahoo

GGV Capital isn’t a household name in the venture capital world. It wasn’t involved in the most high-profile startups of recent years, like Facebook or Groupon. Yet GGV saw the potential in the Chinese Internet scene before most of its peers, and one of its biggest payoffs could come soon in the …

How can we design an internet of things for everyone (not just alpha geeks)?

Despite the influx of new products and considerable excitement around the Internet of Things, from a design and innovation point of view, we are in a …

Bitcoin developers say critical Android flaw leaves digital wallets vulnerable to theft

In a blog post the developers of Bitcoin have announced the discovery of a critical weakness in Android that leaves Bitcoin wallets subject to theft. The vulnerability affects every Bitcoin wallet app for Android, including popular options like Bitcoin Wallet, blockchain.info wallet, BitcoinSpinner …

Firefox for Android Beta gains new features and improvements

It's been a busy couple months for the folks over at Mozilla. The company rolled out a new logo, launched the first Firefox OS handset and shipped version 23 of its popular web browser. Still, Mozilla shows no signs of slowing down -- it just announced a new version of Firefox for Android Beta, …

Food Delivery Hits The Web, But Restaurants Pay The Price

Two big restaurant delivery websites — Grubhub and Seamless — have announced a merger. Together, they'll allow diners in 500 cities the convenience of ordering from thousands of restaurants with just a few clicks on their computer. For restaurants, the costs of being on these websites can be hard …

Bitcoin companies subpoenaed as New York financial regulators dig for answers

New York financial regulators are asking the Bitcoin industry tough questions as they mull new guidelines to try and rein in virtual currencies. The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports that the New York Department of Financial Services has issued subpoenas to roughly two dozen companies connected to …

More Than 100,000 People Eager to Die on Mars

The Mars One project, an effort to establish a human colony on Mars by 2023, will have plenty of civilian astronauts from which to choose for its …

North Korea Now 'Makes' Android Smartphones

After recently finding out that North Korea has a self-manufactured Android tablet, it should come as no surprise that the isolated country is apparently producing its own smartphones too, despite the fact that ordinary citizens in the country don’t have access to the Internet.<p>The latest thing that …

As Pirate Bay Launches Anti-Censorship Browser, Has It Lost Its Way?

Nobody is more surprised than the administrators of the Pirate Bay that the site has lasted this long. But it’s made it to the end of its first decade, and celebrated by releasing a free web browser designed to circumvent site blocking.<p>The site, which provides torrent files allowing users to share …

Judge rules that LG's $300 million US headquarters won't be an eyesore

Despite strong opposition from local groups, LG has gained approval to build its new US headquarters on the banks of New Jersey's Hudson river. After initially having its decision to build its $300 million headquarters approved, LG faced a pair of lawsuits challenging the plan, claiming it would …

How Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley Lost The Narrative To Yelp’s Keith Rabois

The hype cycle flipped on Foursquare this year, thanks in part to ongoing criticism from one of its fiercest competitors.<p>Last year, if you believed the hype, Foursquare was said to be bleeding cash and talent. It was struggling to generate revenue. And, worse yet, it faced growing public skepticism …

Sheryl Sandberg sells $91m of Facebook shares

Sheryl Sandberg, second in command at Facebook, has sold $91m (£59m) of her stock in the company, which has climbed above its flotation value for the first time.<p>The sale on Friday emerged in a <b>regulatory filing</b> after Facebook shares hit $38.50, up on their $38 IPO price.<p>It represented only around …

Meet YouTube’s Michael Bay

You can get a lot of people to watch your video on YouTube. But that doesn’t mean you’ll make a lot of money.<p>So what do you do if you’re one of …

Wattpad Launches New Self-Publishing Crowdfunding, First Revenue Model For The Social Network

Wattpad, the Toronto-based social network based on writing and reading, has just announced a new crowdfunding platform called “Fan Funding” which offers authors on its network the chance to leverage their huge followings for raising capital towards creative works. It’s like a Wattpad-housed …

Bitcoin for Android hit by bug

Android’s Bitcoin apps have been targeted by a random number generation bug, which steals the internet currency from users’ wallets.<p>Bitcoin said in a statement on Sunday that the component of Android responsible for generating secure random numbers “contains critical weaknesses, that render all …

Freelander PX2 review – quad core, 3G, 7 inch tablet

There are plenty of seven inch tablets on the market and all the big Android manufacturers have an offering including Samsung, Google, Asus and of course Amazon. However with the new Nexus 7 costing $229 an up, there is room for something cheaper. The Freelander PX2 is a seven inch Chinese designed …

India launches first home-made aircraft carrier

India has launched its first home-made aircraft carrier in the latest of a series of defence initiatives to project itself as the dominant Indian Ocean power.<p>The successful development of INS Vikrant, which was unveiled at the Indian naval shipyard in Cochin, Kerala on Monday, means India has …