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Shocks terrify survivors of Nepal quake that killed 2,500

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The death toll from Nepal's earthquake soared past 3,300 Monday, and how much higher it would rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster.<p>Reports received so far by aid …

How to reduce the number of ads in Gmail

You can’t stop Google from scanning your inbox or serving you ads, but you can opt out of receiving personalized ads in Gmail. And you can eliminate one prominent ad banner altogether.<p>Google updated its terms of service this week to clarify the manner in which software automatically scans and …

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Google under fire from European media tycoon

<b>The boss of one of Europe's largest media companies has strongly criticised Google in an open letter printed in a German newspaper.</b><p>Mathias Dopfner, chief executive of Axel Springer, says his company is afraid of Google and its power.<p>He also asks in the letter, addressed to Google boss Eric Schmidt, …

Alibaba plans IPO in U.S., not Hong Kong

The largest tech IPO of the year — and perhaps of all time — isn't coming from Silicon Valley.<p>Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce behemoth with more sales than<p>Amazonand EBay combined, has decided to go public on Wall Street after months of speculation that it would list in Hong Kong. The company could …

Piggybacking: Marketing for The Age of The Network Effect

<i>Sangeet Paul Choudary is the author of the blog Platform Thinking. Patrick Vlaskovits is a NYT bestseller author and CEO of Superpowered.</i><p>Welcome to the age of the zero-dollar marketing startup. WhatsApp, and earlier Instagram, have officially become a permanent part of startup lore for having built …

First Heartbleed attack reported; taxpayer data stolen

Canadian police arrest a man they say used the notorious bug to nab about 900 social insurance numbers, along with other possible data.<p>The Heartbleed bug has caused widespread anxiety, sent engineers scrambling into patch-mode, and likely prompted millions of users to re-invent their passwords, but …

Heartbleed Bug

Hate your bank? Here’s why you won’t switch

Consumers tired of rising checking account fees regularly threaten to switch to community and regional banks, but that talk is cheap, experts have …

If Facebook becomes like PayPal these will be the two big winners

Facebook is “only weeks away” from getting regulatory approval to become a payment and remittance processor, reports the Financial Times (paywall). Once the central bank of Ireland—where Facebook’s non-US business is registered and headquartered—approves Facebook as “electronic money institution,” …

FinTech

Facebook’s decision to spin off Messenger is the smartest, safest choice

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Gigaom Illustration adapted from Shutterstock<p>Social media companies are in a bind when presenting on mobile: While …

Samsung's latest smartphone monitors your heart

Korean company's new flagship Galaxy S5 packs a heart rate monitor and will track your motions and monitor your steps<p>• Samsung's last smartphone watched your eyes; its new one will also listen to your heart. The Korean company's new flagship Galaxy S5 packs a heart rate monitor and will track your …

Here's what Tesla Model S drivers are really doing in their connected cars

One of the alluring features of the Tesla Model S electric luxury sedan is its always-on 3G 4G cellular connection and built-in Internet browser.<p>But have you ever wondered what all those wealthy electric-car drivers are actually looking at on their in-car browsers?<p>Now we know. Or at least we have …

Tax-Smart Billionaires Who Work For $1

Minimum wage is going up, but big-time CEO pay seems to be going the other direction. Not overall pay necessarily, but salary. In fact, it’s increasingly common for common-man honchos to <b>volunteer</b> for a nominal $1 salary. And they may not want a cash bonus, either.<p>Stock growth and capital gain is a …

The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Food

Newly engineered foods. A TV show satirizing Big Ag. Farming practices that reduce greenhouse gases. Here are the companies that are cooking up new ideas and changing how we think about our food.<p>1. Beyond Meat<p><b>For rerouting agriculture’s environmental impact.</b> Meat production, which results in …

Yellen Becomes Fed Chair, And Bernanke Heads To Think Tank

Just as Janet L. Yellen was sworn in as the first woman to head the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke announced his next move on Monday.<p>The former fed chief, who saw the country through a recovery from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, will join Brookings' Hutchins Center on Fiscal …

Facebook at 10: Zuckerberg hails 'incredible journey'

From Harvard dorm room to 1.2 billion users, Facebook has come a long way in ten years<p>Tomorrow marks 10 years since Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook from his dorm room at Harvard University. Since then, the site has grown to become a global service with more 1.2 billion monthly active users.<p>“It's …

Social Media

Why Meetings Should Cost Employees Money

The solution for most startup teams are stand-up meetings, an artifact of the Agile development method. A stand-up meeting is what it sounds like: …

Indian feds raid Bitcoin exchange as other traders suspend service

On Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of India sent out a stern warning against trade in Bitcoin and other virtual currencies, stating that the currencies were not approved by the central bank and more ominously that "the traders of VCs on such platforms are exposed to legal as well as financial risks." It …

Here's How To See A Yeti In Yahoo's Weather App for iOS

Every Christmas, there are quite a few people who wish they had one filled with snow. Well, worry no more as Yahoo’s Weather app for iOS has a bit of an easter egg that will not only cause it to snow at your location, but display yetis. Yes, those mythical creatures also known as Abominable Snowmen.<p>…

No big raise for Tim Cook: Apple pays CEO $4.25 million in 2013

With the help of a $2.8 million bonus, the power tech company's CEO pulls in slightly more in total compensation this year compared to 2012.<p>CEO Tim Cook made $4.25 million in 2013 for leading Apple, the company reported Friday in financial documents.<p>Apple noted the figure in its preliminary proxy …

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Free online Android programming course starting next month

An online university will start a free online Android programming course next month, offering interested applicants the first notions needed to create apps for smartphones and tablets running Google’s mobile operating system.<p>Spotted by a <i>reddit</i> user, the eight-week long course offered by the …

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Facebook Privacy Tips

The good news: Birnholtz’s study also found that people who were more familiar with Facebook’s features, like how to manipulate privacy settings, weren’t as shaken by unseemly photos of themselves. Here are four Facebook tips to protect your privacy—and dignity.<p><b>1. Approve photos and posts you’re</b> …

Facebook Isn’t Cool With Teens, But That’s Totally NBD

Yet another study—this one based on ethnographic, not statistical, research—claims that teens are leaving Facebook in droves. But where Facebook is going, it might not need them.<p>Thanks, Mom And Dad<p>As part of a recent European Union-funded study, social-science researchers spent time with 16-to-18 …

MIT Engineers Invent A Cameraless Tracking System That Sees Through Walls

WiTrack, a prototype designed at MIT, can track your movements anywhere in a house, even through walls.<p>In the Iron Man movies, Tony Stark never has to worry about interacting with JARVIS, the artificial intelligence in his “smart home,” by making sure that he stays in proper view of a …

Facebook’s astonishing 2013 resurgence, explained in charts

2012 was a hugely difficult year for Facebook: Its stock price more than halved after a botched IPO, and questions were being asked about whether it could make money as its users increasingly moved over to mobile. But its resurgence in 2013 has been equally remarkable. The company’s share price …

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Researchers report security flaw in Samsung's Galaxy S4

An Israeli security team says a vulnerability in Samsung's Knox security platform enables malicious software to track e-mails and record data communications.<p>Here's some Grinchy news for those of you who put Samsung's Galaxy S4 on your holiday wish list: Israeli researchers have identified a …

Cybersecurity

Google sues to protect Android device makers from Apple-backed patent hell

Advertisement<p>161 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Sergej Khakimullin<p><b>Update:</b> <i>This article produced a torrent of abuse, accusations and even some insight</i> …

The New Rules: Return on Trust - Future Of Work

Imagine a world where you never have to sell anything…<p>Everyday the ideal number of clients with perfectly aligned needs to what you have to offer …

How To Be The Best In The World

LEGO® bricks are the best in the world. Competitors have tried to copy them over the years, but nothing comes close to a real LEGO® brick. So what’s …

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The Day Google Had to 'Start Over' on Android

Google was building a secret mobile product to fend off chief rival Microsoft. Then Apple announced the iPhone, and everything changed.<p>In 2005, on Google’s sprawling, college-like campus, the most secret and ambitious of many, many teams was Google’s own smartphone effort—the Android project. …