readers500

26 Flips | 2 Magazines | @readers500 | Keep up with readers500 on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “readers500”

How to become internet famous for $68

Santiago Swallow may be one of the most famous people no one has heard of.<p>His eyes fume from his Twitter profile: he is Hollywood-handsome with high cheekbones and dirty blond, collar-length hair. Next to his name is one of social media’s most prized possessions, Twitter’s blue “verified account” …

Social Media

New Database Reveals Adjacent Hospitals Charging $200,000 Difference For Same Procedure

A new federal database of hospital prices shows a massive disparity in medical costs. “Average inpatient charges for services a hospital may provide in connection with a joint replacement range from a low of $5,300 at a hospital in Ada, Oklahoma, to a high of $223,000 at a hospital in Monterey …

Ghost Will Take Your Boring Blog To The Next Astral Plane

To paraphrase Cracker, I would wager what the world needs now is another content management system like I need a hole in the head. However, I’m pleased to note that I will allow Ghost a pass.<p>Ghost is an open source publishing platform with Markdown compatibility and a real-time preview features as …

Basico Gets $500K To Launch Luxury Apparel Basics E-Commerce Brand For Brazil

When it comes to quickly growing markets, it’s hard to beat Brazil, where an emerging middle class is driving strong demand for all kinds of products — particularly in the e-commerce sector.<p>The latest startup primed to take advantage of this boom is Basico, which just raised $500,000 in seed …

Tapestry, The App To Help Seniors Stay Connected, Raises Further $400k To Bring Its Wares To iOS Ahead Of U.S. Launch

Australian startup Tapestry, which makes an app for Android tablets to help seniors stay connected to family members, has raised $400,000 in new funding in the form of a grant from Commercialisation Australia — capital it will use to extend its wares to iOS (and beyond tablets), add additional …

How To Go From $0 To $1,000,000 In Two Years

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest books are I Was Blind But Now I See and 40 Alternatives to College. Please follow him on Twitter @jaltucher.</i><p>A few weeks ago I wrote a post about how this was the year you had to quit your …

Use These Secret NSA Google Search Tips to Become Your Own Spy Agency

There's so much data available on the internet that even government cyberspies need a little help now and then to sift through it all. So to assist …

We’ve got a Butterfly Labs Bitcoin miner, and it’s pretty darn fast

The loud little box busily decodes money at 5.35 billion hashes per second.<p>Apparently, I'm a Bitcoin miner now, and it looks like I'm actually pretty …

Deadly giant snail found in Houston

Residents of a Houston neighborhood are being warned to stay away from giant African land snails after a woman found one in her garden and snapped a photo of it.<p>The snails, researchers warn, are potentially dangerous to touch, in part because they can carry meningitis. Scientists have warned anyone …

Future iPhone could sport invisible buttons

The iPhone could one day come with buttons and controls that blend right into the background, effectively making them invisible.<p>Granted to Apple on Tuesday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a patent dubbed "Disappearing button or slider" describes how various controls on the iPhone and other …

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

New 'BLOCKBUSTER' APPLE iTHING imminent - billionaire Einhorn

Billionaire investor David Einhorn has upped his shares of Apple through his Greenlight Capital Re reinsurer and is waiting for the fruity firm's …

Crunch, Crunch, CrunchU: Course Registration Is Now Open

That crunching sound you hear is software eating the world, and TechCrunch is always looking for ways to pull a chair up to the feast. For example, we have CrunchBase for startup data and CrunchBoard for jobs, and once upon a time there was CrunchPad, too. Not everything works out, but today with …

Your Skype Account Can Be Easily Hijacked, Says A Guy Who Was Hacked Six Times In One Day

Over the weekend, "Dylan," aka @TibitXimer on Twitter, a self-proclaimed security researcher/hacker, contacted Skype when he discovered his account had been hijacked. Skype asked him a few basic questions and then reset the account.<p>The problem is that those same easy-to-answer questions are what …

Google Glass has been rooted, what are the security issues?

It didn’t take long, it never does, but Google Glass has been rooted. It seems that the process was started by Liam McLoughlin (@Hexxeh) who claimed that root access should be easy as Google Glass supports ADB access in a debug mode – an equivalent of the typical Android “Enable USB Debugging” …

Google Glass Bulletproof lockscreen adds unofficial wearable security

Security concerns around Google Glass and what data access those casually – or nefariously – picking up your wearable might have has prompted the …

Google Glass

DoD to grant Apple’s iOS 6 & Samsung Galaxy devices security approval for widespread use by US government agencies

The iPhone and iPad have already been cleared for use by a number of US government agencies, and in February the US Defense Department confirmed plans to open its networks to 100,000 new devices from Apple and Google by February of next year. Today, The Wall Street Journal reports the DoD is about …

Spyware used by governments poses as Firefox, and Mozilla is angry

Mozilla sends cease and desist letter to maker of FinFisher software.<p>Mozilla has sent a cease-and-desist letter to a company that sells spyware …

Los Alamos National Lab has had quantum-encrypted internet for over two years

Nothing locks down data better than a laser-based quantum-encrypted network, where the mere act of looking at your data causes it to irrevocably change. Although such systems already exist, they're limited to point-to-point data transfers since a router would kill the message it's trying to pass …

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 …

14-Year-Old Discovers iPad Smart Cover Magnets Can Shut Off Implanted Defibrillators

A fourteen-year-old has discovered that the tiny magnets inside the iPad can inadvertently shut off implanted defibrillators if the device is left on the chest, such as might happen if the user falls asleep with the iPad lying on them.<p>Apple builds magnets into every iPad it sells for use with its …

Jim Dalrymple Launches The Loop Magazine for iPhone and iPad

- May 10, 2013<p>Noted Apple journalist Jim Dalrymple, a 20-year veteran of the Apple news scene, and founder of the website <i>The Loop</i>, has launched a new …

Should famous people use Kickstarter? Kickstarter says 'yes'

After high-profile projects by Zach Braff, Amanda Palmer, the <i>Veronica Mars</i> creators, and other celebrities, there's been ongoing controversy over whether such projects are true to the spirit of Kickstarter. Is it ethical to turn to crowdfunding when you could easily get money through more …

Google Maps for iOS auto-dimming is driving users crazy

The latest version of Google's Maps software for Apple's iOS includes an undocumented feature that dims the screen between navigation instructions in order to save the battery, but instead it's driving users batty.<p>The feature was designed to save battery life between navigation directions, …

Here's How Rich You'd Be If You'd Bought Apple Stock Instead Of Its Gadgets

Did you buy an Apple product between those dates?<p>Ever wonder how much money you would have now had you invested in AAPL stock instead of the first iPod when it came out? (That's $399 in 2001).<p>You'd have tens of thousands of dollars (see image).<p>We put 10 of the most popular Apple products of the …

Ouya looks beyond Kickstarter for more funds | Financial Times

Ouya, the open-source games console, has become the first Kickstarter tech project to graduate to a more traditional funding scheme – venture capital.<p>…