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Mark Zuckerberg Will Join LinkedIn, Dropbox Founders At "Dreamer" Hackathon To Reignite Immigration Reform

Mark Zuckerberg will join the founders of other top tech companies who are part of his immigration reform advocacy organization FWD.us at a "dreamer" hackathon, to advise undocumented youth on tech tools and projects to advance the prospect of reform, at LinkedIn's headquarters in Mountain View, …

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Apple’s claims about the security of its iMessage service might not be totally true

Remember when Apple said it couldn’t read your iMessages? It turns out that isn’t necessarily true.<p>Apple, it appears, <i>could potentially</i> read texts sent via its iMessaging service, according to a presentation given by security researchers at Quarkslab on Thursday (Oct. 17) titled “How Apple Can Read …

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eBay CEO on “Cautious” Holiday Outlook: We Didn’t Mean to Sound So Negative

Asa Mathat / AllThingsD.com<p>EBay’s stock price is down more than five percent since the close of market on Wednesday — the day that eBay reported its …

Google Tests Prompting Gmail Users to Sign Into Chrome

Google has started testing a new “Sign in to Chrome” prompt that shows up when users of the company’s browser sign into Gmail. Google has confirmed this is a test, but wouldn’t go into any details. A Google spokesperson instead gave TNW a boilerplate statement: “We’re always experimenting with new …

Wolfram Alpha Launches Problem Generator To Help Students Learn Math

If you’re studying math or science, you are probably pretty familiar with Wolfram Alpha as a tool for figuring out complicated equations. That makes it a pretty good tool for cheating, but not necessarily for learning. Today, the Wolfram Alpha team is launching a new service for learners, the …

More iPhone 5c Supply Chain Rumors

Has Apple reduced orders for its new iPhone 5c? A growing chorus of reports suggests that it has.<p>Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal reported …

Newly discovered asteroid flies past Earth

Asteroid made a "close" approach to planet but there is next to no risk of it hitting.<p>A newly discovered asteroid flew "close" to Earth this week and is likely to return in 2032, NASA has said.<p>However, the US space agency added there was almost no risk of the 410m-wide rock hitting the planet.<p>The …

How Google's record stock high compares to other tech giants

Google's stock price broke $1,000 for the first time today, as investors continue to be impressed by the company's steady growth in search advertising. The 13 percent stock surge, which came a day after a stronger-than-expected earnings report from the company, doesn't make Google the most valuable …

Dell’s Days as a Public Company Will End With a 13-Cent Dividend Payment

Computing giant Dell is running up against the last few days of its existence as a public company. Soon to be privately held as the result of a $25 …

Michael Jordan Fires Back at Robert Pera, Calls 1-on-1 Challenge 'Comical'

Michael Jordan thinks Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera is a funny man.<p>Asked about Pera challenging him to a game of one-on-one for charity, Jordan called the wager comical, according to the <i>Charlotte Observer</i>'s Rick Bonnell.<p>“I think that’s comical,’’ Jordan said. “It didn’t make any sense. Why …

Face value: digging through Google's clumsy new terms of service

Users raised hell when Instagram made a similar move, so why didn't Google learn its lesson?<p>On Friday, anyone signed into a Google account was greeted with a banner across the top of the page announcing the company’s terms of service had changed. Google was clearing the path for Facebook-style …

Losing $200 Million Is Only A Small Wrinkle In The Plan Of Urban Outfitters' Billionaire CEO

Misreading the fashion tea leaves has cost Urban Outfitters billionaire Richard Hayne roughly $200 million in little more than a month, as unsettled investors pillared the stock. Nevertheless, analysts say, Hayne’s plans to turn the company around doesn’t seem to be unraveling.<p>What put Urban …

Ping, Now Called Hop, Launches An App That Makes Email Feel More Like Real-Time Mobile Messaging

Ping, a mobile messaging app that turns emails into real-time conversations, is relaunching today under the new name of “hop.” (It seems that PING Golf may not have cared for the original name too much). But the name isn’t the only thing getting a makeover since the app’s reveal only a month ago – …

Redesigned Google Play Store for Android revealed in leaked images

Android users may soon see a redesigned Google Play Store, judging by newly leaked screenshots of an unreleased update. It's not what we'd call a drastic overhaul, but Google seems to be transitioning away from its current overlay menu system in favor of a slide-out navigation drawer. The company …

Loonie ends higher on boost from U.S. debt legislation

The Canadian dollar closed higher Thursday while the greenback fell after U.S. lawmakers passed legislation that averts a potential default and reopens the American government following a partial shutdown.<p>The loonie ended up 0.38 of a cent at 97.15 cents U.S. after the Senate and House of …

LG G Pad 8.3 comes to BestBuy for $350 Nov 3

Make room, Nexus 7. Customers looking for another affordable LG Android tablet on the smaller end of the range can now pick up the LG G Pad 8.3.<p>First seen this September at IFA in Berlin, LG wasted little time releasing it to Korea before starting to stock it on BestBuy's online and retail shops …

Hasselblad slaps some wood, $10,000 price tag on Sony's new A7

Let's imagine you've already crashed a Rolls Royce into a pool, flown to the moon and bought that "I Am Rich" iPhone app. What else are you meant to do with your cash? Well, thankfully, Hasselblad is willing to take around $10,000 off your hand in exchange for the Hasselblad Solar. In every other …

Trailerpop, An App That Makes Movie Trailers A Game, Looks To Tap Video Advertising

Because games are the overwhelmingly most actively used and lucrative category in the two major app stores, it’s no surprise that apps from other categories have tried to employ gaming mechanics to boost engagement.<p>Trailerpop is an app that’s trying to re-invigorate video advertising by turning …

Nokia eyes possible smartwatch launch, patent application suggests

Apple and Samsung aren't the only major companies getting into the smartwatch business, a new patent applications hints.<p>The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Thursday published a patent application for a "multi-segment wearable accessory" filed in August 2012. The application covers a …

The Makerbot Digitizer Is Nearly Magic

When I was a kid I was amazed by advances in technology. I went to a friend’s house when I was in fifth grade and his father had a PC – an IBM PC, I believe – with a built-in hard drive. We loaded King’s Quest and Colossal Cavern in seconds and he even had a menu of apps that you could select by …

The Classics: Roland SP-808 Groove Sampler

It wasn’t so long ago that electronic music production was the work of pioneers. Giorgio Moroder and Don Lewis synthesized monstrous Moog mainframes in the disco era; Roger Linn kick-started hip-hop in 1988 with the Akai MPC60. But making music on a computer was a dream just beginning to come true …

Dribbble Adds Team Pages to its Influential Design Platform

Dribbble is expanding its hugely influential portfolio site and marketplace for graphic designers today with a new feature called Teams, which gives design agencies a place to show off the work of their employees.<p>Team pages are separate from traditional accounts and can be used to promote the work …

Turkey Revealed Israeli Spy Ring To Iran: Report

JERUSALEM, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Turkey deliberately blew the cover of an Israeli spy ring working inside Iran in early 2012 and dealt a significant blow to Israeli intelligence gathering, according to a report in the Washington Post on Thursday.<p>Officials in Ankara, speaking on condition they not be …

Oracle Buys Compendium, A Content Marketing Startup, To Build Up Its Arsenal Against Salesforce

On the heels of Oracle‘s $871 million acquisition of Eloqua in December 2012, today the CRM giant is sailing into another acquisition in the cloud-based marketing space. It has bought Compendium, a six-year-old startup that, out of Indianapolis and largely bootstrapped, has managed to build up a …

Facebook loosens privacy restrictions for minors amid cyber bullying concerns

Facebook will now let teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 share their posts with everyone on the Internet.<p>The new policy will give teens the choice of switching their settings so their posts can be accessible to the general public. That option already has been available to adults, including …

China’s newest whistleblowing activists are the angry mistresses of corrupt officials

Hell hath no fury: 15% of whistleblowers who reported cases of Chinese government corruption via the internet over the past year were the unhappy mistresses of party officials.<p>That figure, from an analysis (link in Chinese) by the Legal Daily, a publication run by China’s Ministry of Justice, comes …

Facebook for BlackBerry 10 Gets Resharing, Group Chat, Preview Links

BlackBerry today released Facebook version 10.2.2 for BlackBerry 10 smartphones. You can download the new version now directly from BlackBerry App World.<p>Here’s what’s new:<p>Share updates from your friends or pages on your wall, on a friend’s wall, in a group, in a list, or in a message.<br>• Do more with …

Big data startups have a new place to go for guidance and cash: Data Elite

There are now plenty of venture capital firms and funds dedicated to big data (or data, generally), and even a few incubators focused on nurturing …