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$2 billion startup GitHub's next mission: Turn you into a programmer

To date, GitHub has racked up 11 million registered users, over 36 million unique visitors every month, $350 million in venture funding, and a $2 billion valuation.<p>With over 21.1 million code "repositories" at last count, GitHub hosts more software source code than any other single service in the …

If body piercings could harvest human energy...

What if you could wear a smartwatch powered by the kinetic energy of your movements, or LED jewels that glow on contact with the warmth of your skin? It's not that far-fetched -- after all, we already have kinetic analog watches, and a high school girl invented a thermoelectric torch last …

Watches

Get ready for virtual reality — here's why it will soon be our norm

Unless you’ve been living in a cave this past year, you’ve probably already heard that Virtual Reality (VR) is coming at us – and fast.<p>Thanks to Facebook’s recent acquisition of VR company, Oculus Rift, for $2 billion there’s no doubt VR technology is going to change the way we work, play, and …

Tricking Facebook's Algorithm

It may be possible to game Facebook's news feed, but the social publishing will still win in the end.<p>We often talk about algorithms like they're people. Algorithms take action. They think. They make decisions. Sometimes they even offend us and we tell them so: "Um, no thanks, Facebook." "Whoa, …

Pioneer DDJ-SX2 lets you scratch and loop in real-time

There may be nothing quite like an old-school turntable, but it’s 2014 — we’re going digital. Pioneer has announced their new DDJ-SX2 Controller, …

Here's How the Feds Are Teaming Up With Hackers to Save Us All from Robocalls

The Federal Trade Commission is at one of the world’s biggest hacker conferences this weekend, where hackers are competing to help save us all from …

Identity Theft

When it comes to market capitalization, Facebook is officially bigger than IBM

For the last week I’ve been keeping an eye on Facebook’s (s fb) and IBM’s (s ibm) market caps. On Monday August 4th, the social media giant passed …

Apple to Introduce iWatch in September Suggests Apple Journalist John Gruber [Updated]

Apple may be planning to introduce its iWatch in September, according to a comment from prominent Apple journalist John Gruber. In a post highlighting the charging functionality of the Moto 360, Gruber suggests Apple will be announcing its "wrist wearable thing next month."<p>It looks like Motorola's …

Exclusive: Tango secondary financing values company at around $1.5 billion

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tango, the mobile messaging company, is arranging a financing transaction that would value its business at around $1.5 billion, roughly one-third more than the valuation it received just five months ago, according to three people familiar with the situation.<p>Tango …

How Facebook orchestrates its network traffic to save energy

Facebook (s fb) on Friday detailed how it uses a custom-made load balancing controller to distribute network traffic across its servers and save the …

China’s Alibaba Is Not Investing in Snapchat

Poof.<p>Alibaba’s interest in Snapchat has disappeared.<p>While there have been persistent reports, including one in Forbes today, that the Chinese e-commerce giant was going to make a big investment in the popular Los Angeles-area ephemeral messaging company, numerous sources familiar with the situation …