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Send A Secret Message You Can Only Decode With A Walk

We’ve all seen industrious bikers and joggers carve out little shapes on Google Maps. Trace is an app that flips this idea on its head. A project led by University of Washington’s Daniela Rosner, it allows you to draw a shape and send it to someone else, like a secret message.<p>And the only way they …

Google Maps

Climate change a UN-led ruse, says Tony Abbott's business adviser Maurice Newman

Mr Newman's column was written to coincide with an Australian visit by the head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, …

Climate

Here's Why Uber Would Spend $3 Billion on Maps

Anne-Christine Poujoulat—AFP/Getty Images<p>Guillaume de Senneville—Demotix/Corbis<p>Sean Gallup—Getty Images<p>Paul White—AP<p>Thomas Peter—Reuters<p>Josep …

France

Judge says you can serve divorce papers through Facebook

How do you end a marriage to someone who's purposefully avoiding your divorce papers? Try Facebook. A Manhattan Supreme Court judge has ruled that a New York woman can serve her divorce summons by messaging her soon to be ex-husband on Facebook. He'll get the notifications once a week on the social …

The 10 things in advertising you need to know today

<b>1. We asked a bunch of advertising execs whether the industry still drinks, has sex, and acts like the cast of "Mad Men."</b> And yes, many people still think they're Don Draper.<p><b>2. This unknown Google exec fought a brutal internal battle, and now he controls a $60 billion business.</b> Sridhar Ramaswamy is …

Advertising

FetchMe, the UK’s version of Magic, will let you request anything (legal) via SMS

FetchMe is a new service based in the UK that allows anyone to order pretty much anything simply by sending an SMS.<p>Yes, of course the requests need to be within the bounds of legality, but the company’s founder Rowan Hand says that pretty much anything else is fair game:<p>FetchMe is for people who …

How can privacy survive in the era of the internet of things?

As more and more devices are connected, there are two futures when it comes to privacy. Which one will we pick?<p>Amazon’s new Dash button, which will order replacement products at the touch of a button, might well usher us further towards the internet of things (IoT), in which a variety of connected …

Internet of Things

Facebook 'worth $227bn to global economy in 2014'

Facebook contributes a significant amount to the global economy by helping to unlock opportunities for marketers, developers and mobile internet companies<p>Facebook was worth $227bn (£150bn) to the global economy in 2014, and supported 4.5m jobs worldwide, according to a new report by professional …

Economic Development

Check out the stunning mural for Apple’s next Chinese retail store

From gorgeous new architectural concepts, to its most ambitious retail store opening plan in years, Apple certainly isn’t slacking off when it comes to its continued expansion into China: a market that Tim Cook has said will one day be Apple’s largest of anywhere in the world, including the …

Silk Road 2.0 founder's 'right hand man' Brian Farrell arrested in Washington

The 26-year-old was arrested on Friday on a charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine in connection with his alleged role as a staff member for the Silk Road 2.0 website<p>US authorities announced charges on Tuesday against a Washington state man, Brian Farrell, who they …

Silk Road

Google wants to limit 'right to be forgotten' requests to Europe

Google's legal chief says the search giant will review what others have to say about its policy, but the company maintains its "strong view" on handling website removal requests.<p>Google continues to restrict its "right to be forgotten" requests to the European versions of its search engine, despite …

Privacy

Messaging Apps Will Be Bigger Than Social Networks In 2015

Venture capitalist Fred Wilson believes "the social media phase of the internet ended" this year. He says messaging apps have replaced social media apps, where families rely on apps like WhatsApp to communicate with each other instead of Facebook.<p>Data seems to support this idea: Based on the …

Apps

Why Twitter Has Its Sights Set on India

Twitter acquired India's ZipDial to help bring in new users.<p>Twitter has planted a flag in India, and the nation’s 1.2-plus billion people are the major reason why.<p>The social network acquired ZipDial on Monday, an Indian startup that uses “missed call” technology as a messaging service for mobile …

India

Snapchat’s chief money man left the company. But why now?

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Gigaom Illustration<p>A week after news broke that Snapchat was charging $750,000 for one day of ephemeral ad placement, …

Google could be about to destroy the language barrier

An update to Google's mobile apps will convert your phone into a universal translater that can take your voice and convert it into recognisable audio in 80 languages, allowing you to have a natural conversation with somone even if you can't speak their language<p>Google will launch a live translation …

Texting Is In Decline

WhatsApp revealed last week that it had more than 700 million monthly users, putting the messaging app in first place among its competitors, including Facebook Messenger and WeChat.<p>But there's also proof that WhatsApp is replacing texting. Thirty billion messages are sent over WhatsApp each day — …

Apps

WhatsApp And Snapchat Could Face UK Ban After Election

UK Prime Minister David Cameron could push for a ban on WhatsApp and Snapchat if he wins this year’s general election. The move would be the result of new surveillance plans proposed in the wake of the terror attacks in France.<p>Cameron, speaking in Paris – in comments quoted by The Independent – …

WikiLeaks: not perfect, but more important than ever for free speech

Just before Christmas, WikiLeaks released its latest round of explosive leaks. The organisation may not be perfect, but it’s more important than ever<p>The secret CIA files appeared just before Christmas. One detailed how CIA operatives could maintain cover, using fake IDs, when travelling through …

Surveillance

Teenagers migrate from Facebook as parents send them friend requests

Comprehensive study has found teens are moving to services like Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp and are not concerned about commercial use of personal information<p>Facebook is 'dead and buried' to older teenagers, an extensive European study has found, as the key age group moves on to Twitter, …

Will Facebook Continue Being Evil in 2014?

Do you think Facebook is evil? You're not alone. More and more people are waking up to the fact that the social media giant isn't really concerned …

iPad Art and Photography app

<b>Pixels.com</b> is an app for viewing and purchasing artwork that uses the iPad’s camera to allow you to see how the artwork will look on your own wall. The app is based on the pixels.com website for artists, photographers and art collectors. Artists and photographers upload their images and pixels.com …

Streetwear

New Facebook App Lets You Put Stickers All Over Your Photos

Facebook may have found a way to make Messenger a little stickier for users.<p>Facebook may have found a way to make Messenger a little <i>stickier</i> for users.<p>The company on Friday released a new app called Stickered for Messenger, which allows users to add stickers to their photos before sending them …

Secret Reboots for Friction-Free Anonymous Chat

Secret was one of the hottest apps of the first half of the year. The ability to send anonymous messages to your friends was delicious at first, leading to a spate of wholly false acquisition rumors, not to mention plenty of malicious backchat about individuals, all spreading thanks to posts on the …

Ondot Card Control brings Find My iPhone features to your wallet

A startup out of San Jose, Calif. is handing card holders protection akin to smartphone antifraud services.<p>"Banks are thinking about this as a slam dunk."<p>Vaduvur Bharghavan, Ondot co-founder and CEO

Technology

Everybody Should Read This Explanation Of Where Money Really Comes From

More and more people are calling for a "ban on banking," but that's not as crazy as it sounds.<p>Under a new regime, there would still be entities called "banks." But they'd have a radically scaled back function. They would primarily serve as places that process payments and hold deposits, but they …

Finance

'Anti-Tinder' Tries To Solve Online Dating's Creepiness Problem

Would you trust a friend to set you up on a date more than a random website?<p>That's the entire philosophy behind Hinge, a new online dating service taking over your friends' iPhones. Billed as the "anti-Tinder," Hinge actually uses a swiping system similar to the famous dating app, but with one …

You Don't Know What Your Kids Are Listening To

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Imagine a new sequel to <i>Back to the Future</i>: parking the Mr. Fusion-powered DeLorean outside a diner in the sparsely populated …

Investing

The six rules of savvy outsourcers

<b>Outsourcing is an essential part of business.</b><p>But it’s easy to blow money on the wrong person for the job. Here’s how you can mitigate your risks.<p>1. …