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9 Limiting Thoughts That Will Stop You From Starting A Business

Many people would like to set up a business and fulfill their dreams. Not so many actually decide to try, though. Thousands of projects stay in …

Facebook Is Now Worth $190 Billion

Facebook is worth more than Amazon. Following yesterday’s earnings report, Facebook shares hit an all-time high in after-hours trading at $75. Price has been very stable this morning as well, confirming yesterday’s pop. Shares opened at $75.96 a share, then set a new record at $76.74. Now, shares …

Facebook and Uber reportedly in talks to put car hailing in Messenger

<i>Recode</i> reports that Facebook and Uber are in extremely early talks about the possibility of integrating Uber's car hailing service directly into Messenger. Mark Zuckerberg has personally spoken with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick about the idea, according to <i>Recode's</i> sources. But such a plan is "nowhere …

Language Learning App Lingua.ly Lands for iPhone

Lingua.ly‘s language learning mobile app is now available to download for the iPhone, following its release on Android back in April this year and its launch on the Web just a few weeks back.<p>The company said that in the month following its Android launch, the app attracted more than 100,000 …

Chromecast turns one: why this small streaming stick became such a big deal

One year ago today, Google(S GOOG) surprised the world by announcing Chromecast, a small dongle that makes it possible to stream YouTube, Netflix(S …

Pirate Bay launches Mobile Bay so you can browse torrents on your smartphone

As far as websites go, the Pirate Bay is nothing to gawk at. The peer-to-peer file sharing site is pure function, no fuss. You want Adobe Photoshop for free? You go to Pirate Bay, usually on your desktop or laptop.<p>But you no longer have to feel chained to a computer interface as Pirate Bay just …

Instagram's Snapchat competitor Bolt leaks

Snapchat's meteoric rise made one thing abundantly clear -- the market would soon be flooded with copy cats. The next major player to try and drink Snapchat's milkshake might be Instagram. A banner introducing Bolt, a service for "one tap photo messaging," appeared at the top of the company's …

New app CitizenMe helps you control your online identity

Companies like Google and Facebook know quite a bit about you. Their services, which we use for free, have to monetize somehow. Advertisements are …

Social Media

An Early Uber Investor Says The Company Could Be Worth A Lot More Than $17 Billion

Last month, NYU finance professor Aswath Damodaran's wrote a post saying Uber isn't worth $17 billion. His basic premise was that the global market for taxi and car services would have to be three times his estimate — about $300 billion — in order to justify that valuation.<p>Gurley, however, says …

Venture Capital

Six Things You Should Know About Amazon's Drones

Amazon has asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for an exemption from rules prohibiting the use of drones for commercial purposes. With this request, the company has signaled that they are serious about transitioning the idea of thirty minute Prime Air deliveries from concept to …

Is IBM Making Plans For The End Of Silicon?

As chips get smaller, chipmakers investigate new methods and materials.<p>Since the computer age began, microchips have consistently been shrunk to smaller and smaller sizes. Moore’s Law, articulated in 1965 by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, predicts, fairly accurately to date, that the number of …

Nanotech

Apple Placing Unprecedented Amount of iPhone 6 Orders, First Batch Estimated at 68 Million Units

Taiwan's <i>Business Weekly</i> (Google Translate, via <i>GforGames</i>) reports that Apple has placed an extraordinary amount of orders for the iPhone 6 ahead of its launch this fall, which is said to be twice as large when compared to orders for the iPhone 5 in 2012.<p>The paper also states that Apple's first …

IBM to invest $3B in R&D for next-generation chips

IBM is going to pump $3 billion over the next five years into a research and development plan that advances its chip smarts as the company addresses …

Jobandtalent raises $14M for recruitment platform

Jobandtalent, a recruitment site designed to better match jobhunters with jobs, just raised $14 million in Series A funding.<p>The site uses linguistic analysis to help job seekers find job opportunities they wouldn’t normally be presented with. The Jobandtalent algorithm evaluates job ads and résumés …

The iPhone 6's 'unbreakable' sapphire screen

Extreme bending and scratch tests shows how unbreakable and unscratchable the iPhone 6's sapphire front panel proves to be.

Bill Gates Backs Birth Control With Wireless On-Off Switch

First Bill Gates brought us a better condom. Now, the billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft founder is taking birth control to an even more amazing level.<p>Gates is backing a long-lasting implantable birth control device that can be turned on and off with a remote control. With this device -- a …

Tag Heuer Introduces World's First Self-Charging Phone

What happens when one of the world’s leading watchmakers sets its sights on mobile? You get a $12,000 “infinite-power” phone that runs on light.<p>Why, you might be asking, would Tag Heuer—known for its opulent chronographs, Brad Pitt ads, and general bling—suddenly venture into the mobile world with …

New app uses AT&T's sponsored data to sidestep monthly limits on apps, games, and surfing

Back in January, AT&T announced its "Sponsored Data" program, which lets app developers and brands pick up the tab for data send to your mobile device without it counting towards your monthly data plan. It's a very transparent way for AT&T to make money off companies that can afford to pick up the …

An Occupy-Inspired App That Helps Groups Make Actual Group Decisions

There are no great tools for making decisions collaboratively online. Inspired by the hand gestures used at Occupy protests, Loomio aims to fill that gap.<p>If you’ve ever tried to make a tough decision with a group of people online, then you’ve most likely done one of two things. You may have had a …

LG Display unveils flexible TV panel that can be rolled up to 3cm

LG Display has come up with a new flexible TV panel that people can roll up just like a newspaper.<p>The South Korean company on Thursday unveiled two 18-inch OLED panels -- one that's rollable and another that's transparent. This means televisions using this type of technology can be easily hidden on …

The Power Of Manipulating Emotion: Facebook, Storytelling, And What Moves People To Take Action

There was a fascinating report this week about how a media company is measuring methods to successfully manipulate the emotions of its audience, causing them to take action, and perhaps part with their money.<p>No it’s not Facebook.<p>The company is Participant Media, the media company that produces both …

This App Wants You To Forget Your Friends After You Make Them

Introducing Sobrr, the app that wants to facilitate your ephemeral friendships. It's basically a Snapchat for the relationships you make while you're out on the town.<p>Sobrr allows you to make "24-hour friendships" that erase themselves in that amount of time unless both parties agree to continue the …

Apps

Someone Is Leaving Hidden Bitcoin Wallets All Over San Francisco, Including At Mark Zuckerberg's House

The Hidden Cash treasure hunt phenomenon has gone digital.<p>In May, someone started hiding envelopes of cash all over San Francisco, and now someone is leaving bitcoin wallets around the city, sending people on a digital scavenger hunt.<p>The hunt is appropriately called @SFHiddenBitcoin.<p>The wallets are …

San Francisco

BBM Messenger Is Finally On Windows Phone In Open Beta

If you thought that BlackBerry’s messaging service landed on iOS and Android several years too late, its (late) arrival on Windows Phone takes it to the next level. BlackBerry teased the launch of its BBM messaging service on Windows Phone back in February, and now users can finally get their hands …

TSA ban on uncharged phones isn't as stupid as it sounds

The Transportation Security Administration has found yet another way to make traveling terrible: Passengers boarding US-bound flights at some foreign …

Get an HP Pavilion 17.3-inch laptop for $299.99

When is a laptop not a laptop? When it's designed to spend most of its time in one place, like a desktop. In other words, when it's too big for travel, but great for when you want a spacious screen and keyboard.<p>Today only, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the refurbished HP Pavilion …

Behind the Scenes with LinkedIn's Open Source Chief

On a recent visit to LinkedIn’s Mountain View headquarters, I sat down with three of the company’s engineers to talk through different aspects of its business. For the first article in this behind the scenes series, we’ll hear from VP of Engineering Alex Vauthey, who heads up monetization …

SwiftKey Prediction Keyboard Users Jumps 54 Percent After Software Goes Free

Back in June of this year SwiftKey, the developers behind the virtual keyboard designed for Android devices, that enables users to type faster and …