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You Can Explain eBay's $50 Billion Turnaround With Just This One Crazy Story

Between 2005 and 2007, its stock price was cut in half and its market cap shrank by $30 billion.<p>In October 2007, eBay admitted that Skype, a company it had acquired for $2.5 billion two years earlier, was actually worth less than half of that.<p>During the third quarter of 2007, eBay lost money for …

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Ivee Sleek is a voice assistant that controls your connected home via WiFi

By this point, most of us are accustomed to being able to talk to our laptops and phones to get them to do what we want (some of the time, at least). Now, Ivee Sleek is here to give you the same control over all those WiFi-equipped lightbulbs, thermostats and door locks we've been seeing lately. …

Sharks Now Tweet When Approaching the Beach

It used to be that when you wanted to warn ocean-goers about shark-infested waters, the only solution was to send a panicked Roy Scheider running …

How one guy's $24 investment in bitcoins turned into an $886,000 payday

Bitcoins are the digital, peer-to-peer currency now accepted as payment in bars from Berlin to London and many other stores. They were first introduced in 2008.<p>A year later, Norwegian engineer Kristoffer Koch bought about $24 worth on a whim.<p>For years, Koch's bitcoins sat forgotten in his online …

Google Shutting Down Unauthorized Google Voice Apps By May 2014

Google Voice is getting the much needed scrutiny it deserves from the Mountain View-based company. A post written by Google Product Manager Nikhyl Singhal revealed three things that users should be aware of: unfortunately the latest Hangouts app will only work with Google Voice numbers on enabled …

Sprint to make big move, but not here - yet

You're the nation's third-largest telecommunications company, headquartered in Kansas, but are losing customers and being dismissed as an also-ran in the increasingly hot mobile phone market. So where do you unveil your latest whiz-bang products and services designed to get you back in the game? In …

Google Play now drives 25% more downloads than iOS app store, has 50% the revenue

Google Play is continuing its inexorable overtaking of the App Store, with downloads now 25 percent higher, and app revenue that is slowly overtaking Apple’s sales.<p>The reason is exactly the same one that impacts iOS market share: international markets.<p>“The increase in Google Play’s downloads was …

Google Voice to deny access to third-party apps next year

Third-party apps for Google Voice have six months to live. Google said today that it is ending support for apps that "are making unauthorized use of Google Voice" by providing calling and SMS services. "These apps violate our terms of service and pose a threat to your security," said Nikhyl …

Google, Samsung, and others sued over search patents by Apple-backed Nortel group

Google, Samsung, and several other Android handset manufacturers are being sued by Rockstar, a consortium backed by Apple and several other tech companies, over alleged infringement of several search patents acquired by Rockstar from Nortel in 2011. Last year HTC reached a ten-year agreement with …

AT&T said to be mulling Vodafone takeover

AT&T is once again said to be vying for the world's second-largest mobile carrier, Vodafone.<p>AT&T's executives are currently "laying the groundwork" for a takeover of the carrier, which could expand both companies' reach to more than 500 million wireless subscribers, according to Bloomberg.<p>Verizon …

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Mystery Google barge will be invite-only Google X showroom, says report

After a week of intense interest in what Google has been building on barges in the San Francisco Bay and in Maine's Casco Bay, the mystery may well be over: The tech giant is developing a reconfigurable, invite-only showroom for Google X-related projects and products.<p>According to a report from CBS' …

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Google, Oracle Among Tech Companies That Will Help Fix Obamacare Website

WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Experts from top technology and Internet companies including Google Inc, Oracle Corp and Red Hat Inc have joined the Obama administration's effort to fix its troubled HealthCare.gov website, a U.S. official said on Thursday.<p>Individuals from Oracle and Red Hat have …

Man banned from Facebook for liking faggots

Robert Wilkes was blocked from Facebook after a comment about his favourite childhood dish of faggots sparked concerns about homophobia<p>A man was banned from Facebook for being homophobic after posting a comment about his favourite childhood dish which read, ‘I like faggots’, just a week after the …

Motorola phones updating to Android 4.4 KitKat include Moto X, newer Droids

Now that Google's latest mobile OS is officially rolling out, the folks over at Motorola are letting end users know which phones will see Android 4.4 KitKat, and which ones won't. As <i>AndroidCentral</i> points out, digging through the upgrade tool reveals pretty much what you'd expect: all Moto X …

Samsung to confirm KitKat plans 'in due course'

Samsung has said that it will confirm its rollout plans for the latest version of Android "in due course".<p>When asked about its plans to get the …

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Android under attack: rivals unleash nuclear patent hell against Samsung, Google

The mobile patent wars appeared to hit an apex in 2012 when Apple and Samsung slugged it out before a California jury, fulfilling Steve Jobs’ vow to …

Rockstar Patent Consortium Sues Google, and Practically Everyone Making Android Phones

If it seemed as though the already insane world of wireless-patent lawsuits couldn’t become any more complicated — well, yesterday it did.<p>As Google …

Android 4.4 KitKat and Google's quest to take over the world

Can a low-end Android phone be any good? For Mountain View, a billion users are at stake<p><i>"As we get on our journey to reach the next billion people, we want to do it on the latest version of Android." — Sundar Pichai</i><p>At its root, Google’s Android platform has always been about growing the audience …

Only six people managed to enroll in health insurance on Healthcare.gov's first day

Just six people were able to successfully enroll in health insurance through Healthcare.gov, the government's online marketplace, during the first 24 hours it was live. Just 242 people were able to enroll on the second day.<p>That's according to new documents released by the House Oversight Committee, …

Inside Google’s new 1-million-square-foot London office—three years before it’s ready

Google’s new London office, scheduled to open in 2016, will have an open-air swimming pool, an indoor football pitch, a climbing wall and a roof garden from which to watch trains glide out of Kings Cross station towards Cambridge or Hogwarts. Googlers can cycle right into the building and to the …

Bill Gates: The Internet Won't Save the World

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>When Mark Zuckerberg unveiled his intention to provide Internet to the two-thirds of the world …

Waze Data Is Starting To Show Up In Google Maps

Millions of users sharing traffic updates in real time.<p>Back in June, Google spent an estimated $1.3 billion on Waze, a popular crowdsourced driving app. While both companies assured users Waze would remain a standalone app, many speculated the company's most powerful asset — millions of dutiful …

North Korea's new tablet is surprisingly good

North Korea is best known for its crushingly oppressive government and comically inept space program — but new reports suggest that the country may be producing a surprisingly respectable touchscreen tablet. A state-produced device called the Samjiyon has been making the rounds at Asian trade shows …

Andrew Sullivan’s Dish hits 30,880 subs and $791k in revenue, with jump thanks to government shutdown

Andrew Sullivan, who took his popular politics blog the Dish independent and added a metered paywall in January, hoped to pull in $900,000 in …

Google's mystery barge could be a VIP party boat and Glass store combined

After intense speculation, the secret contents of Google's San Francisco barge have apparently been revealed. Local CBS station KPIX 5 reports that multiple sources have confirmed the majority of the barge's space will be taken up by luxury showrooms for the company's upcoming Google Glass headset, …

Patent wars: Tech giants sue Samsung and Google

<b>A group of tech giants known as the Rockstar Consortium is suing Google, Samsung, HTC and others over alleged mobile phone patent infringements.</b><p>Rockstar, jointly owned by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony, is targeting manufacturers of phones that run the rival Google Android …

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