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Google to host hackathon for the 'next phase' of Google Glass

Google is inviting developers to come help it out with its next phase of<p>Google Glass. The tech giant sent out invitations to developers on Wednesday to join the company for a two-day hackathon aimed at the new release of the Glassware Development Kit, according to 9to5Google.<p>"We'd like to give you …

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Just a month after shutdown, Silk Road 2.0 emerges

<img src="http://cdni.wired.co.uk/138x138/a_c/ars.png" alt="Ars Technica" style="float: right;"/><p>About a month ago (October, 2013), notorious Tor and …

Programmer Robert McNally Put Together An Awesome Presentation On What Bitcoin Really Is

Some former gold bugs certainly think so.<p>And its value has skyrocketed in recent months.<p>But many readers at this point are probably wondering ... what exactly is Bitcoin?<p>Robert McNally, an iOS developer at parking payment startup QuickPay, gave the following presentation to last year's Hackers' …

The tech industry’s woman problem: Statistics show it’s worse than you think

One of the most frustrating things about the tech industry’s woman problem is the paucity of reliable data on the number of women working in technical roles. Now, thanks to a public Google spreadsheet created by Tracy Chou, a software engineer at Pinterest, we have data on how many women engineers …

GoCoin Wants To Help Bitcoin Go Mainstream In Asia And South America

As Bitcoin starts to gain traction as an alternative payment method, the role of a middleman to facilitate the purchase of goods and services across the world bought with the virtual currency becomes more important.<p>GoCoin, a US- and Singapore-based company, is entering this space as it seeks to …

The Xbox One Resolution Saga Showcases An Underlying Next-Gen Frustration

Another day, another announcement that the resolution of an upcoming Xbox One launch title isn’t what everyone was hoping it would be. Dead Rising 3 has been revealed to be native 720p and locked at 30 FPS.<p>The game can now be added to the list many of Microsoft's launch games that are some mixture …

Bitcoin value goes up, now accepted in China

<b>(123dartist/Shutterstock)</b><p>“If James Bond, Sergey Brin and Paul Volcker…designed their ideal currency, it might look a lot like bitcoin.”<p>Olga Kharif<p>November 7, 2013 1:38pm (UTC)<p>Bitcoin’s price hit a record at $261 on the Bitstamp online exchange, driven by wider acceptance of the virtual currency.<p>The …

Apple’s challenges in ensuring fair treatment of workers in complex supply chains

<i>Bloomberg</i> has a lengthy piece illustrating just how great a challenge it is for Apple and other multinational companies to ensure the fair treatment of workers in complex supply chains.<p>When one of Apple’s suppliers like Flextronics wins a new contract, it needs to take on additional workers – lots …

It’s the end of Walmart—and mass-market retail—as you know it

For a long time, having the best supply chain was enough. This is how Walmart became the powerhouse retailer it is: by building the largest, broadest, most efficient system for moving products across the United States. Then along came advanced analytics, which allowed companies to determine what …

Startup Pack opens up competition to win Web marketing tools worth more than $5,000

The not for profit organisation Startup Pack has opened up its third competition that offers fledgling companies the chance to win Web marketing tools worth more than $5,000.<p>It’s the third time that the company has launched an initiatve like this, and Startup Pack for Marketers promises to give 500 …

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 review: A must-have tablet for Amazon Prime members - CNET

<b>Editor's note (September 18, 2014):</b> <i>Amazon refreshed the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 with a 2014 version. Check out our hands-on review and back to CNET soon for a more in-depth look at the upgrade.</i><p>Like its<p>smaller brother, the HDX 7, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 shoots toward the top of the tablet …

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Twitter Prices IPO Above Estimates At $26 Per Share, Raising $1.82B At Valuation Of Up To $18B

Twitter will start trading at $26 when it goes on sale, according to an announcement made today by the company on Twitter. That’s on the low side of expected pricing but still above the new official range that Twitter released yesterday.<p>At $26 the proceeds of the sales of 70 million shares of …

Why Apple’s New Sapphire Manufacturing Agreement Is a Big Deal

Martin Hajek<p>Earlier this week, Apple announced a multiyear alliance with GT Advanced Technologies that will see the company manufacturing sapphire …

Secret Service Agent Turns on Obama, Runs for Congress

Dan Bongino, a 12-year veteran of the Secret Service once defended President Obama with his life, but now says "the fog of scandals in the Obama …