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Melissa McCarthy already stole the show during Super Bowl weekend*

First came her impression of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, which ended in spraying reporters with soapy water from a water gun:<p>And when the Super Bowl begins, Melissa McCarthy will be onscreen again in this ad for Kia. In the ad, the comedian goes out to protect the trees, whales, ice …

Melissa McCarthy

32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

And all you have to do is read them!

Books

6,000 mobile developers: Android most popular, iOS most profitable, Windows Phone most ‘next’

Clever Product Design: Dino Makropoulos' Portable, Kickback-Free Ultimate Edge Guide Circular Saw Attachment

Inventor Dino Makropoulos, who has spent years working on his Eurekazone Track Saw system, has recently developed a pair of new product designs that …

Amazon challenges Facebook Gifts with its own social gifting service

Ecommerce titan Amazon has launched Amazon Birthday Gift, a new service that lets you and your friends chip in to give Facebook connections Amazon gift cards.<p>Amazon gift cards are popular for birthdays and holidays because they let people buy from Amazon’s humongous selection of stuff. It’s …

Fixing the patent system: government and industry push for reform

Contributors:<p>Share Tweet<p><b>Share</b> Fixing the patent system: government and industry push for reform<p>share tweet Linkedin Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email<p>In the US it’s estimated that lawsuits from patent assertion entities, commonly called "patent trolls," have cost the US economy some $300 billion in lost …

With ExactTarget Acquisition, Salesforce.com Has Spent Close To $3.5 Billion To Get Into The Chief Marketing Officer’s Suite

Salesforce.com added more marketing power to its arsenal today with the purchase of ExactTarget for $2.5 billion. It is the company’s largest acquisition to date, second to Buddy Media, which it bought last year for $689 million. In 2011, the company purchased social-monitoring platform Radian6 for …

Salesforce.com Makes Its Biggest Acquisition Yet, Buys ExactTarget for $2.5 Billion

Salesforce.com just announced that it will make its biggest acquisition yet: It will spend $2.5 billion to acquire the cloud marketing company …

Social Marketing

Microsoft’s busy day: Restructuring rumors, Azure rising, and the more business-friendly Windows 8.1

As far as Mondays go, Microsoft has had a pretty busy one. Between rumors of an imminent restructuring, more changes to Windows 8, and some minor — but significant — additions to its cloud product, the company is starting off June with news that means as much to its short-term future as it does to …

Divvy Is Photo Consumption And Sharing Done Right

There are dozens upon dozens of apps interested in your photo creation and sharing habits, but very few focus on the consumption of photos. Meet Divvy, an iOS app that lets you combine all of your social feeds (for now Facebook and Instagram) into one collective photo stream.<p>You can filter between …

Apple makes a final push for iRadio music deals ahead of WWDC

Apple’s Pandora-killer cometh — finally?<p>After being rumored for months (and reportedly suffering from plenty of delays), Apple is making a big push to settle licensing deals for its Internet radio service in time for its Worldwide Developers Conference next week, both the New York Times and CNet …

Plan your great American road trip

Roadtrippers, a new trip-planning website and app, can pinpoint the country’s most majestic bypasses, plus tell you where to eat and stay along the way.<p>Somewhere in the United States, there are places waiting to be discovered this summer -- jagged mountain peaks, roadside diners with heaps of …

Downton Abbey Has Gone To The Dogs (And Cats)

Now imagine the show, about the inner workings an aristocratic family and also the help, if it starred dogs and cats! Kim Parkhurst, who runs the …

Downton Abbey

Cracking Kinect: the Xbox One's new sensor could be a hardware hacker's dream

Will a higher-resolution camera lead to more inventive DIY creations?<p>One of the biggest upgrades to Microsoft's recently unveiled Xbox One console is the new and improved Kinect: the device now features a higher fidelity sensor, a larger field of view compared to the original, and better skeletal …

Apple Has More Game-Changing Tech in the Works, Says CEO Tim Cook

Asa Mathat / AllThingsD.comLast year, Apple CEO Tim Cook spent a lot of time answering questions about how Apple would be different from what it was …

Amazon spreads net wider by federating Facebook and Google (and Amazon) identities

Good news for developers who use Amazon(s amzn) Web Services and want to make those apps available to millions of Facebook and Google users: Amazon …

One platform: how the Xbox One could change everything at Microsoft

More than a box, a key to your home<p>Now that the dust has settled following Microsoft's unveiling of its Xbox One, all that remain are questions over the future of the console and the platform that underpins it. How do used games work? How does the online requirement work? What's the future of indie …

Jony Ive’s new look for iOS 7: black, white, and flat all over

With the grand unveiling of Apple’s next operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch approaching, sources have provided detailed descriptions of what users and developers alike could expect from the software’s fresh look.<p>As we reported in April, Apple Senior Vice President of Industrial …

Google Glass, What's Not To Like? Quite A Lot Actually

As a marketing case study, GoogleGlass has been an act of genius. From the moment Glass was announced it was positioned as the must-have accessory for the new class of daredevil entrepreneurs. When a Glass wearer wasn’t solving the world’s hardest problems, he was jumping out of airplanes or …

Plywood Accents Show Potential of Undervalued Material

Plywood, long considered a material best hidden in any finished space, has been slowly making its way into the mainstream material handbooks of …

Avant-garde

Google's conversational search arrives with new Chrome

Google is enabling a more naturally spoken question-and-answer interface to its search service for people with a new version of Chrome.<p>Google demonstrated conversational search at Google I/O a week ago, a style of search designed to be more like natural human speech than the technically constructed …

Hotel Ninjas launches its ‘Salesforce.com for the hospitality industry’ (exclusive)

For hotels, a technology glitch can result in unhappy tourists and millions in lost revenue.<p>Hotel Ninjas, a Barcelona-based startup with a vision to be the Salesforce.com for the hospitality industry, is launching this week. Cofounder Avi Meir said he was inspired to start the company after …

Flickr gets revamp — with 1 TB of photo storage free — and Yahoo gets new NYC office

Yahoo (s YHOO)’s already had a busy Monday, what with that little $1.1 billion Tumblr acquisition, but the company had a few more announcements to …

IBM's Watson Now A Customer Service Agent, Coming To Smartphones Soon

IBM’s question-answering Watson supercomputer is building quite the résumé. First it won a much-publicized showdown against the two greatest Jeopardy! champions of all time, then it went to medical school and emerged as a budding oncologist. Now Watson has a new job–as a customer-service agent with …

250 million tablets will be sold in 2013

Tablet computers are growing so fast that it looks like 2014 or 2015 will be the year sales of tablets eclipse sales of PCs.<p>Here are NPD Displaysearch’s projections for sales of tablet and notebook PCs (multiply the left scale by 1,000). Pay attention to the blue bars.<p>NPD Displaysearch<p>Now compare …

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