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Unu, Yet Another Android Gaming Device, Ships by November

Are you getting overwhelmed by all the Android gaming devices coming out this year? Well, too bad, because here comes another micro-console and media …

Former Ancestry.com execs to launch new genealogy startup YouWho (exclusive)

Utah is best known for its mountains, Mormon population, and genealogy and family heritage companies. Ancestry.com is the best known of the bunch, and a U.K. private equity fund, Permira, snapped it up for a cool $1.6 billion last year.<p>At the VCIR conference in Park City, Utah, former Ancestry.com …

Google Malaysia Site DNS Hacked, Credit Claimed By ‘Team Madleets’ Hacker 1337

Google’s Malaysian site has been hacked and replaced with a splash screen giving credit to a group called “Team Madleets.” The normal site has been offline for several hours as of late Thursday afternoon and the page lists a series of handles that are ostensibly part of the team responsible. <b>Updated</b> …

Couchsurfing CEO Tony Espinoza steps down, board searches for a replacement

Tony Espinoza has stepped down as the chief executive of Couchsurfing, with the news announced in a blog post today.<p>Director of member experience Jen Billock has been appointed as the interim CEO, as the board begins its search for the replacement. The blog post stipulates that Couchsurfing doubled …

For Twitter, A Hit To Innovation Could Just Be Part Of Growing Up

According to a recent study, when Twitter goes public, the quality of its innovation is likely to decrease. But, argues the study’s author, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.<p>Tech companies preparing to go public have always had a sense that the move could hurt their cultures of innovation and …

Order Management Startup Lettuce Started Out as a Dog Toy company

At first glance, Venice Beach-based Lettuce might seem like a typical venture-backed startup with its sleek order and inventory management iPad app, but the story of the company’s founding is one of the most unusual origin tales I’ve ever heard.<p>Lettuce co-founder and CEO Raad Mobrem actually began …

QSAlpha in talks to bring Quasar IV smartphone to China Mobile

A couple weeks ago we covered a new Indiegogo campaign from QSAlpha, a company aiming to produce a super-encrypted smartphone (along with a software-based platform for standard Android users as well). Despite the fact that the funding phase didn't go so well, the manufacturer recently announced …

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Apple patents mid-air flip technology for protecting phones

<b>As smartphone owners know, even in the world of Gorilla Glass, accidents involving shattered screens still happen.</b><p>Apple's patent application number …

Analyst Believes iWatch Will Feature Home Automation, Be More Than an iPhone Companion

The much-rumored iWatch may be used as a home automation gateway, allowing users to control various functions within their houses, according to a new research note by Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White.<p>As an Apple supplier, our contact offered insight into the "iWatch" and described this …

Apple reportedly halving iPhone 5c production

<b>Apple is said to be halving its daily production of the iPhone 5c, from 300,000 to 150,000 units.</b><p>The report, from Chinese site <i>C Technology</i>, doesn't …

Thousands flee as cyclone heads to India

Officials order residents to evacuate homes as meteorologists warn Phailin is a 'very severe cyclonic storm'.<p>Officials ordered tens of thousands of coastal villagers to evacuate their homes as a massive cyclone that filled nearly the entire Bay of Bengal gathered strength and headed towards India's …

Syrian rebels killed or kidnapped hundreds of civilians, report says

Jihadi-led rebel fighters in Syria killed at least 190 civilians and abducted more than 200 during an offensive against pro-regime villages, committing a war crime, an international human rights group said Friday.<p>The Aug. 4 attacks on unarmed civilians in more than a dozen villages in the coastal …

UK asylum seekers 'told to prove they are gay'

<b>Gay and lesbian people seeking asylum in the UK from persecution abroad are being ordered to "prove" their sexuality, MPs have said.</b><p>In extreme cases claimants had handed over photographic and video evidence of "highly personal sexual activity" in an effort to persuade officials, the Home Affairs …

Obama to GOP: What'll it take?

President Barack Obama and House Republicans clashed in a meeting Thursday afternoon over how soon the government can be reopened, even as the GOP offered to lift the debt limit for six weeks, according to sources familiar with the session.<p>House Republicans told Obama at the White House that they …