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The 5 Most Shocking Moments From Drake's Scorpion

Music<p>Your trusted destination for top music news, music industry information, and concert details.<p>Pop<p>We love a charitable king!<p>madfitzroth<p>TRL<p>Ariana …

‘Bang With Friends’ Developer Sued by Zynga Over Name

- Jul 31, 2013<p><i>Bang With Friends</i>, the Facebook app that lets you anonymously select which one of your Facebook friends you’d want to do the horizontal …

What Happened After One Of Vine's Most Popular Artists Initiated A Massive Hijack Of His Own Account

One Sunday morning earlier this month one of the most popular and most respected Vine users, Keelayjams, or Kyle M.F. Williams, tweeted away his password and account name, effectively letting anyone use his Vine account.<p>Overnight the account devolved into chaos as people tried to imitate Keelay's …

Should Microsoft keep bashing Apple, Google?

When I think of Microsoft these days I think of a slightly aging mastiff barking at all the other dogs in the park.<p>The other dogs seem prettier and more sprightly. Could this be why the Microsoft mastiff is so angry?<p>It's hard not to imagine that, one day, someone suggested that Redmond should see …

Rumor: Android 4.3 coming to Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, not Android 4.2.2

<i>Galaxy Note 2 vs Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy Nexus</i><p>A new report says that Samsung is already working on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for some of its top devices, with the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 said to make the jump directly to Android 4.3 and skip Android 4.2.2.<p>We will remind you that this is …

Is Hulu lost? Latest nixed sale shows owners have no clear plan

Another sale pulled back, another sign that the web TV service is directionless<p>Hulu's owners have clearly shown they don't know what to do with the web TV service.<p>First they planned to take the company public. Then they explored a sale, only to pull out. Then they put Hulu on the market a second …

Apple sued because its devices display porn

And now for a steamy lawsuit.<p>A lewd, lascivious lawsuit that, though it lacks naughty close-ups, makes up for them in, some might say, naked gall.<p>For here is a legal demand that Apple should sell its products with a built-in antiporn filter.<p>Yes, a Tennessee lawyer is suing Apple because its …

Ciara + Nicki Minaj's Pay Homage to "Scream," Space-Twerk in Their New Video - PAPER

<b>Ciara</b> and <b>Nicki Minaj</b> debuted the new music video for "I'm Out" right before they performed at last night's BET Awards and it's hot, hot, hot -- just what you'd expect from CiCi and Nicki. "I'm Out" clearly takes inspiration from Michael and Janet Jackson video for "Scream," with its futuristic …

'OK Glass, Save A Life.' The Application Of Google Glass In Sudden Cardiac Death

Google Glass has made its way into healthcare. Its use in the operating room and in medical education has been profiled here. Yet the magic of Glass will be found in the applications that can make this “technology” into real-world solutions for health and medicine. It’s a bit like the smart phone …

GE just invented the first “internet of things” device you’ll actually want to own

If you’ve always wanted to be able to check, from anywhere in the world, exactly how many eggs are in your fridge at home, the Egg Minder is for you. Sure, it sounds silly. Do we really need an internet-connected device and companion smartphone app to tell us something so inessential? But it’s no …

Internet of Things

Brit Earns $20,000 Bug Bounty From Facebook

We’ve known for a while that Facebook is happy to pay so-called white-hat hackers for discovering bugs, with a minimum of $500 up for grabs for each flaw discovered. But one UK man has scored $20,000 from the social networking behemoth for reporting a significant bug that could’ve exposed millions …

Throwing shade: how Pixar changed the way light works for 'Monsters University'

Inside the studio's new Global Illumination system<p>Pixar has a long history of building new software between projects (most recently overhauling its rendering software for <i>Brave</i>), but in the run-up to <i>Monsters University</i>, the changes cut particularly deep. As planning kicked in, director of …

A New Shazam Tool Tells Advertisers When Ads Are Most Effective

Shazam introduced a new audience engagement tool today designed to help TV advertisers measure how well their ad campaigns perform based on factors such as the type of show, channel, and day of the week. Beginning today, advertisers who are customers of both Shazam for TV and Nielsen TV Ratings can …

Instagram Will Get Video On June 20

We’ve been working on getting more details on a press event that Facebook is having this week. Earlier, we wrote it could launch a news-reading app, but we have since heard more details that point to something else entirely. On June 20, a source says Facebook will unveil that Instagram, its popular …

Siri Takes Another Beating From Microsoft In Latest Anti-iPad Commercial

More than 600,000 people have viewed this new commercial in the last couple of days.<p>The ads hark back to the days of Apple's "Mac vs. PC," campaign, the long-running and much beloved ads featuring Jon Hodgman and Justin Long as the cool and dorky personifications of Apple and Microsoft, …

Learning lessons from TiVo: Don’t make patents your business

TiVo (s TIVO) has settled its remaining patent infringement lawsuits with Google, (s GOOG) Cisco (s CSCO) and Time Warner Cable, and the company …

Google's Larry Page denies PRISM involvement, says secrecy 'undermines the freedoms we all cherish'

Google CEO Larry Page has taken to the company's blog today to address PRISM, the secret data mining project of the NSA and FBI that came into public focus yesterday. In a letter addressed directly to Google's customers, Page echoes Google's official statement on the matter, insisting his company …

How Celebrities Are Ruining Kickstarter

Tricia Romano on the growing frustration with celebrities using Kickstarter to finance their pet projects.<p>Three years ago, when actress Lake Bell ran …

Facebook's Zuckerberg Calls PRISM Reports 'Outrageous'

One day after news of PRISM surfaced — a program which reportedly enables the U.S. government to tap directly into the central servers of U.S.-based Internet companies — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has released a statement claiming that his company takes no part in PRISM.<p>This statement, pasted …

Google Says Government Has No Access To Servers, Period

After an exposé today in The New York Times placed several large tech companies as having set up secret ‘drop box’ type data stores for the NSA, Google’s chief legal officer David Drummond has fired back a missive. The statement says that the government has no access at all to its servers, through …

NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others

The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top …

Bionic eye promises vision for the blind

World-leading technology that could help restore vision to a large number of Australia's 45,000 blind people is set to emerge from a Melbourne …

A Rare Peek At The Guidelines That Dictate Google’s Graphic Design

A pair of “Visual Assets Guidelines,” posted by one of the company’s senior graphic designers, outline precisely how Google designers are supposed to sweat the small stuff.<p>In April 2011, Larry Page took the reins as Google’s CEO. He didn’t waste any time getting down to business. On his very first …

Graphic Design

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Google can predict a movie's success before release

Google has already proven surprisingly adept at predicting Oscar winners with search data, and now it says it's figured out how to predict box office results too. With between 90 and 92 percent accuracy, Google can tell how much money any picture will make during its first two weeks in theaters — …