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'Sirius' Is the Google-Backed Open Source Siri

Sirius wants to be the Linux of virtual assistants.<p>​Sirius, a Google-funded open source program similar to Apple's Siri or Google's Google Now voice recognition application, could finally democratize the virtual assistant.<p>RIght now, virtual assistants are a game for the big kids of the tech …

7 Things Great Leaders Always Do (but Mere Managers Always Fear)

Are you a great leader or a mere manager? Here's how to tell the difference.<p>When I think about the difference between <i>great leaders</i> and <i>mere managers</i>, I think back to a day when I put my foot in my mouth.<p>I was working as a lawyer for a giant government bureaucracy then. One of my bosses had a fancy …

Leadership

An App To Share Civic Complaints Gains Popularity Where The Government Hasn’t Been Listening

In a country known for corruption issues, urban residents in Brazil are flocking to an app that lets them share what they care about directly with city officials.<p>Brazil is a country plagued by problems of rampant corruption, political and otherwise, but that doesn’t mean politicians completely …

Brazil

The world's largest photo service just made its pictures free to use

Getty Images is betting its business on embeddable photos<p>If you go to the Getty Images website, you'll see millions of images, all watermarked. There are more than a hundred years of photography here, from FDR on the campaign trail to last Sunday's Oscars, all stamped with the same transparent …

Asus' new Chromebox takes another shot at the desktop, for $179

Samsung's Chromebox hasn't exactly taken the world by storm — either because it's overpriced, underpowered, or simply not the form factor people want for Chrome OS. More likely, it's a combination of all of those factors, and not coincidentally Asus is trying to tack at least two issues in its own …

Ribbon Takes On Square Cash, PayPal & Others With A Peer-To-Peer Payments Service That Lets You Send Money For Free

Payment company Ribbon, which to date has offered a merchant-facing tool that allows its users to set up a quick-and-easy checkout page on their own sites or share checkout links via social media, is today getting into the business of peer-to-peer payments, too. We first spotted this service while …

Exclusive: Watch Steve Jobs' First Demonstration of the Mac for the Public, Unseen Since 1984

It’s January, 1984. Steve Jobs, nattily attired in a double-breasted suit, is demonstrating Apple’s breakthrough personal computer, Macintosh, before …

How to Take Your Publishing Brand International in 2014

<i>Mick Rigby is the CEO Yodel Mobile, where he brings more than 20 years of experience as a strategist in advertising and marketing.</i><p>We’ve almost reached the tablet-to-PC tipping point where the cheaper, more portable tablet form factor is becoming the de facto device for browsing and consuming online …

Play-i Raises $1.4M From The Crowd For Toy Robots That Make Programming Kid-Friendly, Comes To Stores Near You Next Summer

If we’re going to prepare future generations for an increasingly technical world (and workforce) ahead, then we need to teach them computer science and engineering. To some, that may sound like a no-brainer, but to the American educational system, where nine out of ten schools don’t offer …

Kickstarter bans project creators from giving away genetically-modified organisms

Kickstarter is clamping down on genetically-modified organisms following the success of a project to genetically engineer glowing plants for use as additional lighting in people's homes. Earlier this week and without explanation, the crowdfunding website quietly altered its guidelines for project …

Tumblr Fixes Security Bug In iOS, Asks Users To Change Passwords

Tumblr, the David Karp-founded, Yahoo-owned website, has fixed a security flaw it found on its iOS app. Very little information was given about the bug, but the firm suggested users change their passwords immediately.<p>This was posted yesterday on the staff blog.<p>Important security update for …

Microsoft says it freed at least 2 million PCs from Citadel botnets

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that it took down 1,400 Citadel botnets with the help of the FBI, and now Ballmer and Co. have divulged just how big of an impact the effort had. According to Richard Domingues Boscovich, the firm's Digital Crimes Unit assistant general counsel, the operation …

Hello Doctor Helps Patients Navigate Complex Medical Conditions

<b>A missing link in the personal management of health information</b><p>I’m confused.<p>That’s one of the most important insights around patients and caregivers who find themselves lost in the complexities of healthcare. Ths is espically true when the condition is complex or confounded by multiple issues or …

Say Goodbye To Ugly Newsletters, Stamplia Launches Its Email Templates Marketplace

Stamplia, launching today from French startup Kiwup, is an email templates marketplace where web designers can sell HTML templates for newsletters, transactional emails and signup forms, and in turn let companies focus on the messaging of their email campaigns rather than design.<p>“The current …

Google's conversational search goes live with latest version of Chrome

After revealing it at I/O 2013 only days ago, Google's new conversational voice search function is up and running on Chrome 27. If you've got that version, you'll now get a spoken response on top of a web page display when using the voice search function (the microphone in the main search window), …

Splinter.me wants to replace your resume and offer career guidance

There are plenty of startups out there trying to revolutionize the job-seeking or hiring process, from TalentBin and Path.to to Silp, Somewhere and …

Natural language comparison service Versus IO scores $2.8M in funding

In the development of natural language processing, the semantic web and so on, e-commerce provides a rich breeding ground. Companies such as Amazon(s …

Skift Seals $1.1M Seed Round

Skift has raised a healthy $1.1 million seed round, as the travel intelligence and news startup looks to take on new hires and develop its myriad of tools and services.<p>The brainchild of PaidContent founder Rafat Ali, Skift officially launched last July offering a mix of news, insight, data and …

Being A Google Intern Is So Funny, Hollywood Made It Into A Comedy

"The Internship" is about two older guys who become interns at Google.<p>Naturally, it's filled with techie humor.<p>We first saw a clip of the movie on Google's jobs site. In that scene two unemployed dudes, Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) interview with Google over Google Hangouts, which …

Udacity Will Offer Masters Degrees in CS From Georgia Tech

In yet another groundbreaking online education deal (between Udacity and Coursera, there are at least two per week!), Udacity will now offer masters …

Udacity and Georgia Tech Introduce Online CS Masters Degree

Georgia Tech has announced a partnership with Web-learning startup Udacity that sees the two organizations team up to offer its first online master of science degree, which will run as an entirely Internet-based program.<p>The degree is for computer science, and AT&T is also onboard to help cover …