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Will Waze Be Facebook’s Next Instagram?

As has been widely reported and according to sources we have confirmed it with, Facebook is indeed in serious talks to buy Waze for $1 billion, the …

Mobile

YouTube Unveils Paid Subscription Channels

Google Inc.’s YouTube video service on Thursday unveiled its long-awaited paid-subscription channels, which allow some video creators to charge …

Kickstarter: We Don’t Have Anything Against Celebrity Projects (cc: Zach Braff)

The founders of Kickstarter today rallied behind celebrities who have been criticized for hijacking their open platform to serve a more privileged …

A Waze Buy Would Put Facebook on Yet Another Collision Course With Google — This Time in Mapping

Buying crowdsourced mapping program Waze would do more than just give Facebook another service to offer mobile users of its social network.<p>Adding …

Social Media

Google Ordered to Answer Apple’s Android Questions in Samsung Case

A U.S. magistrate judge has granted Apple’s request for an order forcing Google to reveal the search terms it’s using to compile the Android …

Samsung

Salesforce Acquires Bookmarking Startup Clipboard for More Than $10M

Salesforce has acquired Clipboard, a social bookmarking service that had built interesting hooks for saving rich Web content across devices, both …

Andreessen Horowitz

Confirmed: Lots of Folks Are “Forgetting” to Turn Off Their Phones Before Takeoff

Sure, everyone hears the announcements to turn off all electronics before takeoff.<p>But not everyone listens. And it’s not just that one guy you see …

Mobile

Cyberthieves yank $45 million in sophisticated ATM hack, make Ocean's Eleven look trivial

It has the makings of a film -- but the fallout from one of the world's most sophisticated ATM heists is very real. <i>The New York Times</i> is reporting that a massive team of criminals worked in concert in order to grab some $45 million in a matter of hours over the course of two operations. The sheer …

Tesla Model S gets Consumer Reports' top score, suggests it's easy being green

While we largely enjoyed our time behind the wheel of the Tesla Model S, we clearly didn't have as much fun as <i>Consumer Reports</i>. The often stringent outlet just gave the EV sedan a 99 out of 100 rating, which makes it not just the publication's highest-ranked electric car, but its highest-ranked …

Four Reasons Why Apple Might Not Be Interested in Waze

When rumors circulated earlier this year that Apple was mulling a bid to acquire social navigation app outfit Waze, the company quickly and …

Apps

3D-printed firearm plans downloaded 100,000 times, State Department steps in

That didn't take long -- just days after its first test fire, the Liberator, a 3D-printed pistol designed by Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson, has caught the attention of the federal government. It's hardly a surprise: the arm's blueprints were downloaded more than 100,000 times since going …

X-RHex Lite robot leaps across gaps in a single bound (video)

Move aside, Sand Flea, you're not the only jumping robot in town. The researchers over at the University of Pennsylvania have taught their little six-legged X-RHex Light to make leaps and bounds as well, making it one of a few bots to both run and jump effectively. While it can't spring as high as …

The Engadget Interview: Tesla's Elon Musk promises more Superchargers, better service, cheaper EVs that don't suck

"It doesn't help to have a car that's cheap, but that sucks." This isn't the sort of direct language that you typically hear from a CEO these days, but this is exactly the kind of material you can expect from Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk. Over the course of our conversation, Musk (who earlier …

Google's updated security roadmap details increased friction, reliance on hardware

A lot has changed in the security realm since 2008 -- remember Alicia Keys' recent attempt to convince us her Twitter account was hacked, when we all know she still uses an iPhone even as BlackBerry's Creative Director? Pranks aside, the consumer world alone has been overrun with mass data hackings …