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Now With 2M Users, CreativeLive Lands $21.5M Led By Social+Capital To Bring Free, Live Courses To The World’s Entrepreneurs

Beginning with the likes of Khan Academy and Coursera, over the last two years, a new kind of learning has begun to emerge on the Web, bringing with it the promise of affordable, quality education at scale. Looking to capitalize on this fast-growing opportunity in online learning, Chase Jarvis and …

NSA chief talks surveillance tactics over dinner

When someone dines with Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency, I'd like to know who pays the tab.<p>In a contributing article in Forbes, Stanford Center for Internet and Society Civil Liberties Director Jennifer Granick talks about what it was like to meet the man in charge of …

Firefox for Android gets new 'awesomescreen' interface

Firefox years ago helped unlock the potential of the browser address bar with its "awesomebar," and now its developers hope to do the same thing for mobile browsing by revamping the "awesomescreen" in Firefox for Android.<p>Mozilla has accepted a new awesomescreen design into its early-stage "nightly" …

What Does It Really Matter If Companies Are Tracking Us Online?

A scholar argues that the core issue is protecting consumers from corporations that are developing ever more sophisticated techniques for getting people to part with their money.<p>Say you, like me, went to bed a little early last night. And when you woke up this morning, you decided to catch the …

Bitcoin ATM Makers Open Pre-Orders & Fund Initial Run Of 15 Banknote-Eating Machines

Bitcoin startup Lamassu Bitcoin Ventures, the makers of a Bitcoin ATM which promises to eat your paper (fiat) money and spit Bitcoins into your digital wallet in return, have funded their initial production run of 15 units a few hours after kicking off pre-orders (via their website) — taking the …

'Star Wars: Episode VII' Could Bring Back Emperor Palpatine In Ghost Form

So take with yet another giant grain of salt the latest rumor from Latino Review, where they're hearing that one very major character from "Return of the Jedi" could be making an appearance in "Episode VII." In ghost form.<p>According to their unnamed source, Emperor Palpatine — who was killed by …

'Blue Caprice' Trailer

Kinect app that turns any surface into a touchscreen now available, starts at $149

With several companies developing technologies that can turn any surface into a touchscreen, it should be widely available soon. Those who want to try it out before it's cool, however, should look towards Ubi Interactive's software that combines the talents of Microsoft's Kinect for Windows sensor …

Samsung could beat Apple’s smart watch to market with a Sept. 4 unveiling

Samsung has been teasing some new product releases for a September 4 event called Samsung Unpacked, and the fan site SamMobile, citing an anonymous source, reports that one of the things Samsung will unveil is a “Galaxy Gear” smart watch that will act as a companion to Samsung’s Galaxy phones. …

eBay launches service to tell retailers how you shop

eBay, the online shopping giant, has launched a new service which will enable assistants in bricks and mortar retailers to automatically see detailed information about the shopping habits of individual customers.<p>The scheme is one of a suite of new services eBay is rolling out in an effort to …

Apple Releases New App Store Review Guidelines with Updated Rules for Kids Apps, Gambling Apps

Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines, revising several sections and introducing a number of new rules based on various policies that have been enacted over the last six months.<p>Most notably, Apple has clarified its guidelines regarding apps for children in light of its upcoming …

Whoops - Google botches Indian flag colors on Indian Independence Day

Google will often give its famous logo a makeover in honor of national holidays, and today was no exception. In honor of Indian Independence Day, visitors on Google India’s homepage were greeted with the company’s banner rendered in the colors of India’s national flag.<p>Except that Google didn’t …

Why we’re a long way from computers that really work like the human brain

IBM was in the news last week when it announced it had created “an entire computing architecture based on the brain” (at least, that’s how Gizmodo summed it up). A few days before that, a press release announced that scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich, a research center in Germany, had run …

What Ad Network Problem? Vungle Raises $6.5 Million for Mobile Video Ads.

Public investors aren’t very excited about ad networks and ad technology. But private money is still placing bets.<p>The newest: A $6.5 million A round …

No, Craigslist is not responsible for the death of newspapers

Maybe it’s the rash of newspaper sales recently — including the acquisition of the <i>Washington Post</i> by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and the sale of the Boston</i> …

The Low Cost iPhone: Apple Plays Offense And Defense

For the past several years, Apple has been extraordinarily successful selling very high-margin iPhones in substantial quantities. In return, it has rung up billions in profits. And yet as the company approaches another new spate of product launches, profit growth has turned negative, worldwide …

Voices in Your Head: How Google Glass Lets a Half-Deaf Person Hear

The device’s bone-conduction audio brings new sounds to a hearing impaired person.<p>The technologists, early adopters, and so-called “explorers” who got their hands on the first pairs of Google Glass have been describing the moment they slide on the odd-looking headset for the first time with a kind …

3 takes on why bookstores are dead (and why that might not be such a bad thing)

Bookstores had a really bad week — at least in the world of blog punditry, where three industry figures I admire posted their takes on why bookstores …

Report: Apple releasing iOS 7 GM on Sept. 5 to employees/carriers, developers on Sept. 10

BGR is reporting that Apple is preparing to release the final beta release of iOS 7, beta 6, sometime next week followed by a final Gold Master release ahead of Apple’s expected September 10th iPhone event. It’s not exactly that surprising, as next week would mark two weeks from the release of beta …