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Will Miami Heat break up 'Big Three'?

MIAMI -- For Pat Riley and the Miami Heat, this was always about establishing -- and maintaining -- a dynasty.<p>That was the priority during a …

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There's confidence in Washington that peace talks with the Taliban will begin in the coming days.<p>They were supposed to begin Thursday in Doha, Qatar, but a blazing diplomatic row between Washington and Kabul got in the way.<p>The government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai was incensed over the way …

Incredible Flood Damage Across Northern India

7-Eleven Cracks Down on Franchisees After Federal Authorities Seize 14 Stores

The corporate office of 7-Eleven told its 5,600 franchise owners of the chain's convenience stores on Thursday that it was requiring an internal …

Bike-Sharing Programs Roll Into Cities Across The U.S.

It's a good time to be a cyclist in America.<p>New York kicked off a new bike-sharing program this week, with Chicago and San Francisco both close behind. Those cities are expected to launch similar systems this summer.<p>The sharing programs are all check-in, check-out systems, with automated stations …

Why Facebook Cofounder Chris Hughes And Google Are Giving Cash Directly To The Poorest

Here’s a radical idea: Instead of providing services or training to the world’s poorest, how about giving them cash instead?<p>GiveDirectly, a U.S.-based nonprofit operating in Kenya, is doing just that, and it’s won the support of the likes of Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes and Google. Last Thursday …

Maine likely to enact law requiring warrants for cell phone tracking, provided it can come up with $234,000

Maine may become the first state to enact law requiring law enforcement agencies obtain a warrant before tracking cellphones and other forms of GPS-capable hardware. The bill, LD 415, passed Maine’s House 113 to 28. The Maine Senate already passed the bill 20 to 15.<p>LD 415 would institute a …

Why would-be marijuana moguls have their work cut out for them

When you think economic opportunity, do you think of a heavily regulated, highly-competitive consumer goods sector where prices are set to drop? No? Maybe we should dial back the excitement around the potential of the US marijuana industry.<p>With the legalization of recreational marijuana in the …

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US and China to discuss cybersecurity at high-level diplomatic meetings

The scourge of military and commercial hacking is to become the subject of high-level diplomatic talks between the US and China, in an apparent …

Hulu bidding war edges up to $1B with DirecTV offer (report)

Anonymous sources say a behind-closed-doors bidding war for Hulu is heatedly playing out with bids of up to $1 billion form big-name players like Yahoo, Time Warner, and now DirecTV.<p>HUlu’s current owners are the Walt Disney Company, Fox News parent company News Corp, and Comcast. Rumor’s of the …

Promotions on iPhone Start to Pile Up

Just when the new iPhone will arrive remains to be seen, but those willing to buy the current models can do so at pretty hefty savings.<p>Last week, …

The New Google Maps Is A Social Network In Disguise

The new version of Google Maps, which debuted at Google I/O and will be rolling out via an invitation system in the coming weeks, is another leap forward for the cartographical gold standard. The design is cleaner and all screens—desktop, Android and iOS—now benefit from Google Now cards that pop …

Tweeting through tear gas: violence in Turkey unfurls on the web as thousands protest (updated)

A peaceful park sit-in turns into a nationwide protest against the government<p>Riots continue to rage across Istanbul today, where a small and peaceful protest over an urban redevelopment plan has transformed into a violent demonstration against the Turkish government and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip …

You can now tip Bitcoin to other users across Reddit using a cool new hack

Remember Bitcoin? The currency has fallen from the public eye in the past month, following sharp gyrations in value that saw its dollar-price fall below $100 per; the currency is currently valued at $128.34 per coin.<p>Among its fans and believers, the good ship Bitcoin sails on. To that end, folks …

How Samsung Got Big

The cellphones were stacked up high in the Gumi factory yard and more were coming out every minute. Phones, TVs, fax machines, and other gear shattered as it hit the concrete and Samsung CEO Kun-hee Lee and his board cracked the screens and cases with heavy hammers. Then they lit a bonfire and …

Twitter's Lead Generation Card gives brands your info with just the click of a button

Twitter Cards are meant to enhance a user's -- er, advertiser's -- tweets with relevant links and photo previews. Three such cards currently exist, but today the social network introduced a new one: the Lead Generation Card (marketing speak, much?), which essentially lets users accept discounts and …

Lenovo avoids the PC decline once again as HP and others slump

Lenovo's PC business has seen positive growth yet again, with quarterly shipments of its computers up 0.4 percent year-over-year. The growth comes despite what Lenovo cites as an 14.2 percent decrease of the industry as a whole over the same period. The Chinese manufacturer also reported 10 percent …

Scanner patent troll targeted in 'groundbreaking' attorney general lawsuit

A patent troll threatening legal action against small businesses over their use of basic office products like scanners has become the subject of a "groundbreaking" lawsuit of its own. On Wednesday, Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell became the first state attorney general to file a suit …

MediaFire promises streaming of stored music and video on its iOS and Android apps

MediaFire says its cloud storage service now has 30 million users, but it seems that only a minority of those are using its Android or iOS interfaces -- so far, the former has seen less than 500,000 downloads. One extra feature that might boost the utility of these is the forthcoming addition of …

Why the HTC One Lacks a Micro SD Slot

According to technical reasons we are not clever enough to be able to argue with, the version of the HTC One sold in the US lacks an SD card slot due …

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Shazam for iPad now tags music and TV shows without user input

If you own a smartphone, you've more likely than not used Shazam. The app, which identifies songs by "listening" to their audio fingerprint, was one of the earliest and best ways to wow friends in the days when iPhones were still new to the mobile market. These days Shazam contains a hodgepodge of …

How Cloud Integration Is Defining The Future Of CRM

The future of customer relationships depends more on context than transactions. And this trend is accelerating, driven by the integration of social media into customer relationship management (CRM), rapid gains in usability of CRM and integration applications, and the global growth of the API …

Tencent targets growth for its WeChat service as it opens an office in Malaysia

Tencent, the Chinese Internet giant behind the popular WeChat messaging service, today revealed that it plans to open a new branch office in Malaysia.<p>Posheu Yung, Vice President of International Business at Tencent, told the Malay Mail in a local media roundtalk that the strong WeChat user base in …

WibiData gets $15M to help it become the Hadoop application company

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Christophe Bisciglia (left) and Aaron Kimball (right)<p>WibiData — the big data startup from Cloudera Co-founder …

Broadcom to bring 5G WiFi to the masses with entry-level combo chips

As we've mentioned before, 5G WiFi, aka 802.11ac is a <i>good thing</i>, unless you hate speed and range. After launching its integrated BCM4335 chip on flagship handsets like Samsung's Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One, Broadcom has announced new 5G WiFi combo chips for lower-end smartphones, PCs, notebooks and …

Microsoft’s Cheap Shot At The iPad Actually Points Out Exactly Why Windows 8 Tabs Suck

Being behind in a market sucks, and it’s understandable to want to lash out at the top dog, as Microsoft has shown it’s willing to do with Google in search and email, and now with Apple in tablet computers. A brand new Windows 8 ad pits the iPad against Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablet, in an attempt …

Mailbox launches an iPad app, but Gmail poses a greater threat than ever

In early February, Mailbox hit the App Store and impressed millions with its refreshing take on email visualization and triage. An epic waitlist added fuel to the fire, since most people had to wait weeks to gain access to the cloud-powered email app. Mailbox’s impact was so forceful that Dropbox …

Smartphone biz gets a taste of identity politics, courtesy of JLo

Viva Movil will need more than an entertainment superstar to become the smartphone shopping destination of choice for Latinos.<p>There she was, greeting the Las Vegas audience at the CTIA Wireless show on Wednesday with that trademark million-dollar smile. Meet Jennifer Lopez, actress, singer, and …