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Google whiffs on earnings, but the stock is up about 4% after-hours

Google just announced its Q1 earnings, reporting slight misses on both EPS and revenue.

Here are the numbers:

Revenue: $17.26 billion versus $17.5 billion expected• 
: $6.57 versus $6.63 expected

Revenue is up 12% year-over-year.

The stock was up as much as ~4% after-hours, despite the misses. We saw …


Apple Watch App Store Goes Live With 3000+ Apps

Ahead of the Apple Watch’s retail debut, Apple showcases a handful of recommended apps.

The Apple Watch hasn’t yet shipped, but already developers have created thousands of apps to run on it. And ahead of the device’s arrival at market tomorrow, Apple has crowned a handful of must-haves among the …

Apple Watch

Dropbox’s Collaborative Note-Taking Service, Dropbox Notes, Heads Into Beta Testing

Earlier this month, Dropbox was spotted testing an early version of an online note-taking service dubbed “Project Composer,” which appeared to have roots in the company’s 2014 acquisition of collaborative docs startup HackPad. Now Dropbox is rolling out this new service into private beta as …


Michelle Obama: Tech industry to train, hire 90,000 military vets, spouses over next 5 years

MANASSAS, Va. – Michelle Obama says the technology industry has committed to hiring or training 90,000 military veterans and spouses over the next five years.

The first lady also says the private sector has far exceeded her husband's goal of hiring 100,000 veterans and military spouses.

Less than …

Michelle Obama

Scientists fully decode a pair of mammoth DNA genomes

A team of Harvard Medical School geneticists have deciphered the complete genomes of not one but two individual woolly mammoths. The results, recently published in the journal Current Biology, are already providing valuable insights into how the species initially died out.

Wooly mammoths appeared …


Honda's incredible new private jet took 30 years to develop and is designed to look like a woman's shoe

Honda, a company most famous for its award-winning line of automobiles, motorcycles, and home improvement equipment, is entering into some very unfamiliar territory — private jets.

After nearly 30 years of development, the HondaJet marks the company's entry into the $23 billion-a-year general …


Insurance companies ready to use drones to evaluate claims


It is currently illegal in the United States to fly drones for commercial use. However, in 2012 the Federal Aviation Association Modernization and Reform Act enabled the Secretary of Transportation to grant exemptions to approved companies that requested to use them. The first was granted …


Europe's looking into tighter controls for America's tech titans

Almost all of the world's biggest tech companies are American, a fact that's got the European Union slightly worried. So worried, in fact, that the EU has started looking into forming a regulatory body with the power to monitor companies like Google and Facebook, ensuring that they don't abuse …


Twitter Highlights serves up the day's best tweets

Unless you're constantly checking Twitter, there's a very good chance you're going to miss something cool. To help keep you from missing those very important tweets, Twitter introduced Highlights for Android. The feature notifies you up to twice a day about tweets Twitter believes are relevant to …


Xbox revenue dips 24 percent thanks to Xbox One price cut

In the three months leading up to March 31, 2015, Microsoft reported a 24 percent drop in revenue from its Xbox division compared with last year, attributing much of the decline to sales of an "increased mix of lower price Xbox One" consoles. Microsoft cut the price of the Xbox One from $500 to …

Xbox One

Project Elysium Wants to Virtually Bring Back Your Dead Relatives

In one of the weirdest uses for VR, Australian indie studio Paranormal Games is developing a virtual reality game that will reunite players with dead …


Pentagon seeks to shed 'dreary' image to attract Silicon Valley talent

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter sought Thursday to begin repairing the Pentagon’s relationship with the technology industry, reminding Silicon Valley about the fruits of innovation that came from closely working with the government.

In a speech at Stanford University, Carter announced a number of …

Silicon Valley

Switzerland will be testing out drone delivery this summer

This summer, one of Switzerland's biggest logistics companies is trying its hand at drone delivery. The drone company Matternet announced this week that it will be partnering with Swiss Post and its parent company Swiss WorldCargo for a drone delivery pilot project this summer, serving as a last …


Acer unveils smartphone with huge battery and new line of wearables

After it got done announcing a small army of inexpensive Windows convertibles and laptops today, Acer turned its focus to smartphones. The company unveiled a brand new Android phablet, the Liquid X2, and it contains one of the largest batteries we've yet seen in a phone. Rated at 4000 mAh, the …


Microsoft's Surface sales are on the upswing once again

After a very slow start, Microsoft's Surface finally seems to be hitting its stride. The company made $713 million from Surface sales last quarter, a 44 percent jump over last year, according to its latest earnings report. And yes, it's attributing much of that to the Surface Pro 3, which also saw …

Microsoft Surface

Use Flynx to load websites in the background on Android

Queue up the sites you want to read from your social streams with Flynx for Android.

Reading through your social streams probably results in a bit of …


YikYak now lets you connect to your main community while you're away

YikYak owes much of its popularity to college campuses, where it functions as an anonymous, mostly-in-good-fun message board for sharing memes and in-jokes with fellow students. But what happens after the school year comes to an end? YikYak answered that question today with "Basecamp," a new way to …

Summer Vacation

First lady: Tech industry to train, hire 90,000 veterans

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — Michelle Obama says the technology industry has committed to hiring or training 90,000 military veterans and spouses over the next five years.

The first lady also says the private sector has far exceeded her husband's goal of hiring 100,000 veterans and military spouses.

Less …

First Lady

The Operator App Wants To Make Online Shopping Less Like Online Shopping

From Uber cofounder Garrett Camp and former Zynga exec Robin Chan, the new Operator app matches online shoppers with sales reps.

The Internet has changed how we shop: We have more options, more information about those options, and we never have to interact with another human in order to complete a …

Online Shopping

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge screen costs $200-$260 to replace, and isn’t covered under warranty

The curved glass display on Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone could cost between $200 and $260 to replace, and the replacement screen is not covered under warranty.

The glass of the Edge’s display is curved downward on both sides, while the screens of most smartphones are flat.

Samsung says it …


Pioneering social music app maker Smule raises $38 million

Smule, the maker of pioneering social music apps like Ocarina, Magic Piano, and Sing! Karaoke, has raised $38 million in new funding.

The new round — a combination of equity and debt funding — was led by Adam Street Partners, while existing investors Bessemer Ventures and Shasta Ventures also …


Fatal Blunder Was Apparent in Aftermath of Drone Strike in Pakistan

WASHINGTON — The first sign that something had gone terribly wrong was when officers from the Central Intelligence Agency saw that six bodies had been pulled from the smoldering rubble instead of four.

For weeks, drones operated by the C.I.A. had watched the movements of four men around a compound …


New deadly strikes in Yemen despite rebel demands

Sanaa (AFP) - Saudi-led warplanes launched more deadly strikes in Yemen despite a demand by Iran-backed rebels for a complete halt to the raids as a condition for UN-sponsored peace talks.

The military coalition has declared an end to the first phase of its operations against the Huthi Shiite rebels …

Middle East

Latest on Baltimore police-custody death: Protests wind down

9:45 p.m.

At 5 p.m. Thursday, before any other protesters had arrived, Noah Smith stood in the middle of Mount Street, silently holding a sign in front of 50 police officers guarding the Western District police station in Baltimore.

At a quarter of 10, after all the other protesters had left, Smith …


Petraeus sentence: 2 years probation; $100K

Gen. David Petraeus, once a widely celebrated military leader who oversaw operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and was touted as a potential presidential candidate, was sentenced to serve two years on probation and to pay an $100,000 fine on Thursday for sharing classified information with his …

David Petraeus

Mediterranean migrant deaths spur EU leaders to act

At emergency summit convened after 800 perished at sea, nations commit to triple resources for border patrol operation.

European Union leaders have committed extra ships, planes and helicopters to save lives in the Mediterranean at an emergency summit convened in Brussels after hundreds of migrants …


Bali Nine: Indonesia orders 'execution preparations'

Indonesia has ordered preparations for the execution of two Australian drug smugglers on death row.

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the leaders of the "Bali Nine" group of heroin smugglers, were sentenced to death in 2006.

A spokesman for Indonesia's attorney general said that prosecutors had been …


South Africa's Johannesburg marches against xenophobia

Thousands of people are marching in South Africa's main city, Johannesburg, to demand an end to a wave of xenophobic attacks.

Both locals and immigrants are taking part in the march, with some placards saying: "Welcome foreigners".

South Africa's army was deployed to flashpoints on Monday to prevent …


Dynamic China looks to dominate Asia

Next month, western leaders will be conspicuously absent from President Putin's military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the allied victory in the Second World War.

President Obama and EU leaders are staying away from the Red Square commemoration to express their outrage at Russia's role in …


China to Crack Down on Strippers at Rural Funerals

"Such illegal operations have disrupted local entertainment markets and corrupted social mores," Chinese authorities said

(BEIJING) — Chinese officials are launching a campaign to crack down on stripteases and other lewd shows that have become popular at funerals in some rural areas, the Ministry of …