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Concert Discovery Superstar Songkick Starts Selling Tickets

“The average American goes to one concert per year. If you double that, it has a profound impact on the lives of artists,” Songkick founder Ian Hogarth tells me. The problem is “It’s easier to buy a taxi to the concert than a ticket.” That’s why seven years and 10 million active users later, …

Google dominates top 10 apps, says ComScore

LOS ANGELES — There are over 2 million apps available in the Apple and Google app stores, but 10 get used more often than any others.<p>A new study from ComScore ranks them, and points out that while the favorites are heavily used, most folks rarely bother to add new apps to their phones, even though …

Facebook Launching 'Mentions Box' Device During Emmys

LOS ANGELES — Like a child shaking an Etch A Sketch with both hands, celebrities on Monday's Emmys red carpet will be shaking a new toy created by …

Amazon’s new ad network has a secret weapon against Google AdWords: shopping data

The secret sauce of delivering relevant ads is rich and clean demographic, psychographic, and social data. Google has data on what we search for, Facebook has data on what we like and share, but Amazon’s data may be the best of all for targeting ads. It has data on what we browse and buy.<p>That’s why …

Facebook Talks to Film Studios About Content for Oculus Rift

Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR is seen as a long-term play for the future that naturally includes much more than just video games.<br>It should thus come as no surprise that Facebook is reportedly in talks with executives at all the major film studios (including Disney, Fox, Warner …

From Whale Songs to the Beatles: Computer Analysis of Musical Styles

Dr. Eric Schulman proposed the contention that "the purpose of science is to get paid for doing fun stuff if you're not a good enough programmer to write computer games for a living." I disagree with that statement. Science can be a good reason to do fun stuff also for those who have decent …

Google partners with Barnes & Noble for same-day book delivery

While Amazon expands the cities where its same-day delivery service operates, Google is adding a new partnership for its own Google Shopping Express program. <i>The New York Times</i> reports that an agreement with Barnes & Noble will let people from Manhattan, West Lost Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay …

LeDomaine: Europe's First Google Glass-Equipped Hotel

Situated among rolling hills of vineyards and the sprawling Douro River in Spain, the Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine luxury hotel is a portrait Old World charm. Once a monastery, the sprawling estate is located two hours north of Madrid and has seen its share of history over its 900-year lifespan. After …

One thousand children, one room and a lot of code - welcome to the future

When we ran our first coding event for young people in 2009, it took me three months to find 50 young coders in the whole of the UK.<p>Our event, Young Rewired State’s Festival of Code, offered a free weekend of coding and mentoring at Google’s offices in London. I did find those young coders …

Apple's Beats Music Deal Seen as Key to Bolstering Declining iTunes Revenue Momentum

Apple reportedly is close to inking a deal with Beats Electronics for $3 billion, an acquisition that Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty believes is important if Apple wants to further monetize its 800 million iTunes user base and boost revenue in its increasingly important online services …

The 6 Robots That Will Wash And Feed Us When We're Old

Between 2012 and 2050, the number of Americans age 65 or older is predicted to nearly double from 43.1 million to 83.7 million, according to a U.S. Census report published this month. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the country's graying demographics, combined with …

Facebook removes page glorifying Isla Vista killer

Facebook has taken down a page describing Elliot Rodger, the Isla Vista killer, as an "American hero", after refusing to for more than a day.<p>The page, which described the murderer as making "the ultimate sacrifice in the struggle against feminazi ideology", had been the subject of numerous …

Sony's $700 4K streaming box gets a much needed pre-order discount

4K TVs are still quite expensive and there's still not a lot of stuff to watch on 'em. If neither of those things deterred you from buying one, however, then Sony's FMP-X10 Ultra HD Media Player is probably a good investment. The Roku-esque hardware lets you pull down 4K content like <i>American Hustle</i> …

Amazon leaves mysterious giant orange locker in downtown SF

<b>Update, May 16 at 9:07 a.m. PT:</b> <i>Amazon has confirmed that the locker is a part of a promotion with Nissan. People can tweet the #giantlocker hashtag in exchange for an access code to the locker and collect prizes. One person will win the grand prize inside the locker -- a car. A film crew is on site</i> …

52 percent want quitting their job to be viral event, survey says

Privacy? It's for losers.<p>Respect for your boss? Oh, shove it.<p>Fame? Now that's what I'm talking about.<p>This seems to sum up the cultural ethos that Web has engendered and accelerated. And it's one that seems to be seeping into every aspect of what they used to call real life.<p>It's so prevalent that it …

How can we trust the internet of things?

The internet of things (IoT) promises us a world of intelligent fridges that automatically order groceries from the supermarket, smartwatches that …

Biometric Startup Quixter Demos Pay-By-Palm Tech

NFC for mobile payments has struggled with adoption. Not least because the user needs to have an NFC-enabled phone in order to be able to make these contactless payments — in addition to the retailer itself being set up to accept NFC payments.<p>Well, here’s an alternative payment technology that …

‘None of the Web companies are doing anything’ to protect you, say security pros

Tech giants are struggling to protect your privacy. More to the point, they’re struggling to protect themselves from public criticism.<p>And security experts say the biggest companies of them all aren’t doing nearly enough to safeguard consumers. Instead, they’re piling on the features and benefits to …

The First Emoticon May Have Appeared in ... 1648

The discovery would push back the pre-history of the emoticon by (at least) 200 years.<p>A dedicated poetry reader appears to have discovered a smiley face in a poem from 1648, a find that would extend the pre-history of the emoticon back by about 200 years.<p>Editor Levi Stahl, publicity manager for the …

Behind the Machine's Back: How Social Media Users Avoid Getting Turned Into Big Data

To prevent being tracked by algorithms, we've begun thinking like algorithms.<p>Social media companies constantly collect data on their users because that's how they provide customized experiences and target their advertisements. All Twitter and Facebook users know this, and there is a broad array of …

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Illustrated Movie Characters by Rafael Lima

Awesome Movie Characters.<p>Rafael Lima is a Manaus, Brazil based art director, illustrator, and graphic designer who currently works for Samsung …

MIT Professor: Here's The Good News About How Technology And Robotics Are Changing The American Workforce

On Friday, the pair were in Manhattan for a talk sponsored by MIT's Sloan School Of Management to summarize their findings. We caught up with McAfee for a Q&A.<p><b>Business Insider: What is the story that people may have missed from your book?</b><p><b>Andrew McAfee:</b> People still want to, for good reasons, …

Maybe you don’t need a gig. Wireless might bridge the broadband gap

Not every community needs a fiber-to-the-home network. Not every home needs a gig to their doorstep. In our gigabit crazy era this statement might …

Zuckerberg, tech execs meet Obama

Google’s Eric Schmidt, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and other top tech executives huddled Friday with President Barack Obama to discuss surveillance, just days after Zuckerberg slammed the White House for working too slowly on NSA reform.<p>The executives — including Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and the …

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