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Blood clots on a chip may mean better life-saving drugs

A device the size of a memory stick could shake up drug testing<p>Emulate, Inc. wants to miniaturize our bodily functions. The tech company is commercializing Harvard-pioneered technology known as Organs-on-Chips — a method of simulating organ systems on tiny microchips — and it now has used the …

Welcome to the rickety, fickle, barely reliable future of television

The dream of live television delivered over the internet has finally been realized. Now it’s time for the nightmares.<p>Customers of Sling TV, the new streaming service from Dish Network that offers a handful of coveted cable channels in the United States at a competitive price, reported serious …

Sling TV

To Mimic Telecom's Rapid Rise, The Cloud Must Remove Barriers To Productivity

We can thank Sam Pitroda for democratizing Indian telecom in 1990s, helping the country become an early adopter of an emerging technology when he introduced public telephone kiosks across India with trunk dialing (STD) and international subscriber dialing (ISD) capabilities at very cheap rates.<p>What …

India's Flipkart Poaches Second Google Staffer In Silicon Valley

India e-commerce giant Flipkart just poached another Google staffer from San Francisco this weekend, this time an engineer that’s been with the company for eight years.<p><i>The Economic Times of India</i> reported Monday that Peeyush Ranjan will join Flipkart’s commerce division next month, making him the …

Startups

Microsoft Launches Pilot Program to Hire Workers With Autism

The company pitched its latest effort to boost the diversity of its workforce as well as to provide opportunities to an untapped talent pool.<p>The technology industry has already been doing pioneering work to help educate children with autism.<p>Now Microsoft wants to see if it can also help on the job …

Amazon's grocery service stops delivering beer and wine

We hope you weren't counting on AmazonFresh to stock up on alcohol for your next big party. <i>GeekWire</i> reports that beer and wine have vanished from the internet grocery service without either a warning or any indication as to whether or not the booze will return. We've reached out to Amazon for an …

Redfin Launches New Collaboration Tool For Home Buyers And Agents

Redfin is launching Shared Search today, a new tool that makes it easier to collaborate with others while you’re looking for a new home.<p>When you’re searching for a new home, chances are you aren’t doing so alone. Chances are you are constantly sharing addresses, online links and other information …

Real Estate

Visit Europe's first 3D-printed home in Amsterdam

Located on the banks of one of Amsterdam’s many canals is a building site with a difference. Architects are hoping to build Europe’s first 3D-printed house, using a 3D printer ten times bigger than an ordinary one.<p>The structure is made of a bio-plastic heavily based on plant oil and reinforced with …

Onion Omega Brings Web Smarts To IoT Hardware Hacking

The Raspberry Pi made experimenting with computing hardware and software more accessible to millions, and now a new project wants to take that concept further with an even smaller developer board that runs full Linux and has built-in Wi-Fi, all on a circuit board just 1/4 of the size of the …

Raspberry Pi

Turkey blocks access to social media and YouTube over hostage photos

Turkey's increasingly hardline government blocked access over the images of an Istanbul prosecutor held hostage - Twitter and Facebook "comply" with court ruling against publishing the images<p>In the <b>latest crackdown on social media</b>in <b>Turkey</b>, the country banned access to <b>Twitter</b> and YouTube after images …

Apple acquires big data company to help improve iCloud

Rightly or wrongly, iCloud is one of Apple’s most regularly criticized products (speaking personally, I’ve never had any major problems with it, but I use Google’s rival service far more.) It seems that Apple is more than aware of the negative feedback, however, because it’s in the process of …

We Heart It, An Image-Sharing App Used By 30M Young Women, Adds Messaging

We Heart It, a visual bookmarking service popular with teenaged girls, is transforming itself into a messaging app with the launch of new feature called Postcards.<p>In a previous era, young girls sat around with fashion magazines and scissors and cut out their favorite inspirational images, turning …

Apps

Microsoft Launches New Azure Backup And Recovery Services

Microsoft today announced new features (in preview) for its Azure Backup service. In addition, the company is launching new functionality for its Azure Site Recovery service into preview.<p>The company is clearly gearing both of these services toward enterprises and notes that they will be especially …

SQL Servers

Facebook Is Eating The Internet

This version of Facebook is one where it is no longer just a single factor in our lives but the overarching context that consumes everything beneath it.<p>For years now there’ve been two competing versions of Facebook. It’s either an app on your phone or it’s your entire homescreen. It’s a big part of …

Amazon Cloud Drive Now Offers Unlimited Storage Tiers

Amazon is today adding a couple of new storage tiers for its Cloud Drive customers with a heck of a lot of files and photos.<p>The Unlimited Photos Plan is… what it sounds like. Prime members and Fire device owners already have unlimited photo storage included with their accounts, but everyone else …

New Zealand used NSA data to spy on rival trade leader candidates

Want to understand why far-reaching, poorly scrutinized spying programs are dangerous? Here's why. <i>The Intercept</i> and the <i>New Zealand Herald</i> have obtained a document showing that New Zealand used the US National Security Agency's XKeyscore surveillance system to spy on other countries' candidates for …

Twitter had 22 top engineers, and all of them were men, says an ex-employee in a sex discrimination lawsuit

Huang's suit lists a number of complaints, including that Twitter allegedly failed "to promote women on the same basis as men are promoted and compensated" and that Twitter allegedly did not "provide women with accurate and timely notice of promotional opportunities."<p>The suit also alleges that …

Platzi, Y Combinator and Building the Future of Education

Platzi’s approach stems from its vision of education. “The way we learn has changed dramatically over the last few years. People never stop learning and are constantly looking for ‘knowledge upgrades.’ In addition, they aren’t looking for academic knowledge; they want to learn from the best …

Light-Up Fabric Could Make Glowing Clothing An Everyday Reality

Flashy threads? That's an understatement<p>The stylish glowing jumpsuits of the Tron-like future have just come a step closer, with the creation of a weavable fabric that lights up. Huisheng Peng and colleagues from Fundan University in Shanghai and UCLA created 1-millimeter thin fibers made from …

Obama, wowed by young scientists, announces new STEM pledges

WASHINGTON (AP) — The small Lego machine inside the White House whirred, and in a moment it was turning the pages of a story book. One page flipped, …

Microsoft Signs 11 Agreements With OEMs To Bring Office To More Android Handsets And Tablets

Microsoft has broadened a previously announced agreement with Samsung to preinstall its software on the latter firm’s hardware it announced today, and landed nearly a dozen separate, similar arrangements with other OEMs including Dell.<p>As a company, Microsoft is pursuing an increasingly …

Business Development

Cyanogen Raises $80 Million With Backing From Twitter, Telefonica and Rupert Murdoch

The round also included other yet-to-be-named strategic partners and was led by Premji Invest.<p>After months of passing around the hat, open Android startup Cyanogen said Monday it has closed an $80 million funding round that includes backing from a number of strategic investors.<p>Among those that took …

Venture Capital

Edgee wants to squeeze a new content format in between tweets and blogs

Ever wanted to share more than 140 characters but didn’t feel like writing up a full-fledged blog post? Take a look at Edgee, a new content creation platform that lets you combine text, images and embeddable media into a standalone page.<p>The Web app is simple enough to use — just name and categorize …

Boeing patents 'Star Wars'-style force fields

A new patent granted to aircraft, defense and security company Boeing is taking its cues from science fiction. Just like the glowing energy shields seen protecting troops, machines and even spacecraft in Star Wars and Star Trek, the design -- named "Method and system for shockwave attenuation via …

Star Wars

Pakistan orders cellphone users to provide their fingerprints

Pakistan is determined to prevent terrorists from using untraceable cellphone accounts to coordinate attacks like that in Peshawar, even if it means eroding civil liberties in the process. The country has ordered cellphone users to have their SIM cards verified through fingerprints, theoretically …

Razorpay Offers Stripe-Style Payments Focused Squarely On Indian E-Commerce Plays

The rise of companies like Flipkart, Snapdeal and Ola have put a spotlight on the e-commerce opportunity in India, where the growth of catchy businesses is being fuelled by consumer demand, improving Internet connectivity and generous VC funding. Now, a new startup called Razorpay — part of the …

Startups

Luxury brands hedge their bets with smartwatches

PARIS (Reuters) - The flurry of technology deals luxury watchmakers announced this week to tackle the Apple Watch threat are more a way to hedge their bets in case the smartwatch market takes off than a strategic U-turn.<p>The Tag Heuer logo is seen at the entrance of their new watch manufactory in …

TAG Heuer