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February 27 2014

23:53
Rain Finally Comes to California — But Is it Too Late?
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An unusual sound was heard Thursday in California — the staccato of raindrops. For the first time in months, rain fell in significant quantities across the parched state. Los Angeles picked up an inch of rain since midnight on Thursday, with higher elevation areas outside the city seeing heavier amounts. Rain also fell in the Bay Area and San Diego, as the first in a series of Pacific storms made landfall.

Heavy rain with embedded thunderstorms is forecast for southern California through Friday, with a second and stronger storm lasting from Friday through Saturday. Heavy snow is forecast for the San Bernardino Mountains as well as parts of the Sierra Nevada, where the snowpack has been running well below average due to a dry and unusually mild season so far. Read more...

More about Storm, Global Warming, Water, Drought, and Us World
23:24
Protestor's Hidden Camera Capture Supreme Court For First Time
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In an unprecedented act, a protester appears to have smuggled a video camera into the U.S. Supreme Court, captured footage of proceedings and posted it to YouTube.

The two-minute video ends with a plug for the website of a campaign finance reform activist group called 99Rise. The video's climactic moment shows a man rising and shouting at the court before being grabbed by guards

"I rise on behalf of the vast majority of the American people who believe that money is not speech and corporations are not people and our democracy should not be for sale to the highest bidder," the protester says. "Overturn Citizens United. Keep the cap in McCutcheon. The people demand democracy." Read more...

More about Activism, Supreme Court, Youtube, Us World, and Us
23:18
Facebook's New Ad Campaign: Couch Skis, Tango, Marathon Running
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Facebook has graduated from chairs to couches.

The social networking giant dipped its toes into advertising in 2012 with an odd ad that declared "chairs are like Facebook" and again in April with an ad set around the dinner table. After a period of inactivity, Facebook is back with a new round of ads that show how real-life experiences can be facilitated via Facebook.

In the ad above, a group of twenty-somethings graft some skis on some old couches for some winter fun. Facebook presumably makes the moment possible. Another video features an older woman and some friends signing up for tango lessons: Read more...

More about Facebook, Advertising, and Business
23:04

Investors Yawn Following Salesforce’s Q4 Earnings Beat With Revenue Of $1.15B, Adjusted EPS Of $0.07

Salesforce reported its fourth quarter and full fiscal-year 2014 financial performance today. In the fourth quarter, the company had revenue of $1.15 billion, up 37 percent year-over-year. On an adjusted (non-GAAP) basis, Salesforce earned $0.07 per share. Read More
23:00
London Poo: UK Streets Overflow With Brown Water
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Londoners, it seems, are having a real crappy evening.

A reported water main burst late Thursday night in a South London neighborhood, causing localized flooding and what one local journalist identified as “sewage” pouring through the streets.

Trying to stem the tide of brown water..https://t.co/RcwHK8oa4s

— Lewis Whyld (@LewisWhyld) February 27, 2014

Lewis Whyld, a "visual journalist" and self-described "innovations specialist" at the London Telegraph, tweeted a series of photographs of what Londoners were calling the #Londonpoo (others: #poonami). "Kennington in Central London going underwater (sewage?!) right now," he tweeted shortly before 8:30pm local time. Read more...

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22:56
Photos: Inside a Mexican Drug Lord's Secret Escape Tunnels
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Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán lived the past 13 years of his life a wanted man.

Since his 2001 escape from prison in the back of a laundry truck, Guzmán, who oversaw the notorious Sinaloa Cartel, knew his capture was always imminent. So when authorities descended on a safe house rumored to be holding the drug lord last week, Guzmán was able to escape through an elaborate interconnected network of tunnels.

Days later, thanks to a wiretap being monitored by DEA agents tracking him just across the border in Arizona, Mexican agents captured him. Guzmán is now being held in the country’s highest security prison, and despite the wishes of the United States, has no plans for extradition to face trial in the U.S. anytime soon, according to The Guardian. Read more...

More about Mexico, Us World, World, Drug Lord, and Joaquin El Chapo Guzman
22:40

Mojang In Talks With Warner Bros. To Make A Minecraft Movie

Mojang game studio founder Markus Persson, who was the main creative force behind worldwide indie game hit Minecraft, revealed via his Twitter account today that his company has been in discussions with Warner Bros. Studios to make a movie based on the popular world-building sim. https://twitter.com/notch/status/439164234099073024 Persson says he “leaked” the info to beat another… Read More
22:35
Time Inc.'s New Head of Digital Has His Work Cut Out for Him
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With its spinoff looming, Time Inc. is preparing for life as a publicly traded company with a new head of digital and a fresh digital ad platform.

For almost a year now, the publisher of titles like People and Sports Illustrated has been preparing to become its own company, separate from Time Warner. The new entity will become one of the larger standalone print media companies, with approximately 138 million consumers across various platforms

The official break between the two companies is expected to come later this year, but Time Inc. has not been waiting to begin its reformation. Read more...

More about Online Advertising, Time Inc, Business, Advertising, and Media
22:33
Twitter-Owned Crashlytics Unveils Beta Testing Tool for App Developers
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Twitter-owned Crashlytics, a mobile company focused on crash reporting technology for apps, is testing a new tool that allows developers to beta test their apps with real users

The "beta distribution tool," as it's called in the company's recent blog post, lets developers ship early versions of their iOS or Android mobile apps to users in order to test for bugs and receive feedback. The distribution tool from Crashlytics is also in beta mode. Interested developers need to apply in order to gain access

In other words, it's a beta version of the tool for apps in beta Read more...

More about Twitter, Beta, Apple, Android Apps, and Tech
22:30
Reddit Moderators Defend Decision to Remove Greenwald's Story
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It's been called "Censorship Fiasco 2: Electric Boogaloo."

News over the past 72 hours has been dominated by the implosion of Mt. Gox, once the world's largest Bitcoin exchange, and a report from Glenn Greenwald on how British intelligence agents have engaged in an extensive disinformation program to mislead Internet users.

Mt. Gox's imminent demise has particularly gripped Reddit communities like r/Bitcoin and r/news following rumors of a $300 million hack that crippled the Japan-based business. Redditors from r/news have also obsessed over Greenwald's latest Edward Snowden leak — only his story has been banned from the default subreddit. Read more...

More about Reddit, Censorship, Leak, Tech, and Apps Software
22:16

Apple Explains Exactly How Secure iMessage Really Is

Millions and millions of people use iMessage every day. But how many people know exactly what happens to a message once you send it? Maybe a handful. Up until now, the vast majority of what we knew about iMessage’s inner workings came from reverse engineering and best guesses. This week, however, Apple quietly released a document that breaks it all down. Read More
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22:03
What app developers must do to stay ahead of competition
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David Noy is CMO of Ginger Software, a language learning and productivity boosting software for ESL and native English speakers. Running a successful software startup is a challenging prospect, requiring constant... Keep reading →
22:00
Shanghai Bans Taxi Apps During the Busiest Times of Day
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People in China's most populated city can no longer use apps to get cabs during rush hour.

The city government in Shanghai recently followed in Beijing's footsteps by banning taxi-hailing apps from7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. local time because they affect the "fairness of the taxi industry," according to CNN. The government's statement on Wednesday about the new regulations also alleged that any privately owned cabs can never use the apps.

The ruling is a blow to corporate investment giants Tencent and Alibaba, which had each backed separate popular taxi apps, according to Reuters. Tencent's Didi Taxi and Alibaba's Kuaidi Taxi dominate the Chinese market, which has garnered around $43 million in investments over the past two years. Read more...

More about China, Apps, Taxi, Uber, and Apps Software
21:45
Most Americans Would Choose Internet Over TV or Cellphones
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If you had to choose, would you rather give Internet access or TV? Email or social media?

According to a new study from Pew Research, 46% of American adults said that Internet would be the most difficult technology to go without, with cellphones a close second and TV in third place. Just a few years ago, Americans were more willing to give up Internet in order to keep TV

Surprisingly, 17% of Americans still aren't willing to give up their landlines, which sheds some more light on last year's report that 71% of U.S. households still use landline phones (as of 2011). Read more...

More about Entertainment, Tv, Internet, Social Media, and Tech
21:42

Groupon’s Stock Rises Following Positive Analyst Comments About Future Growth

Groupon’s stock picked up more than 3 percent in regular trading today following positive analyst comments regarding its future growth potential. Deutsche Bank reiterated a positive rating on the company, which pushed its stock higher throughout the day. It neared a 5 percent gain midday, but pulled back mildly in later trading. Following its most recent earnings report, Groupon took a… Read More
21:39

Amazon in talks to provide a free music streaming service for Prime users

In addition to its roster of television shows and movies, Amazon is reportedly looking to beef up its media streaming offering for Prime users with a new genre entirely: music.

Re/code is reporting that the online giant has been in talks with music labels to provide a free “Spotify-like” streaming service to Amazon Prime users.

The news comes after Amazon said it was considering a $40 increase for its annual Prime subscription in the US. If both accounts are true, then the music streaming service could somewhat make up for the price hike, assuming Amazon will launch a library that’s competitive to Spotify, Rdio, Beats, and the like.

➤ Amazon Talks to Music Labels About a Streaming Service [Re/code]

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21:35
NASA Finds That Spacesuit Near-Drowning Was Avoidable
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A potentially deadly spacesuit water leak that nearly drowned an Italian astronaut during a spacewalk last July was one of the scariest close calls in NASA's spacewalk history. In fact, the spacesuit also leaked during an earlier spacewalk, but went undetected at the time, according to a NASA report released Feb. 26.

The announcement came as NASA released the results of an investigation into the harrowing spacewalk on July 16, 2013, in which water flooded the spacesuit helmet of Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, forcing NASA to abort the spacewalk to get him to safety. In the end, the malfunction was completely unexpected and unlike anything the space agency planned for. Read more...

More about Nasa, Water, Astronauts, Us World, and World
21:30

Surf Air Founder Wade Eyerly Steps Down, Replaced By Former Frontier Airlines CEO Jeff Potter

The Surf Air management team has hit a bit of turbulence, with founder and CEO Wade Eyerly officially stepping down, according to an email sent out to members. He's being replaced by someone who has had experience both in the membership and airline industries -- former Exclusive Resorts and Frontier Airlines CEO Jeff Potter. Read More
21:22

Cool People Play Their Music With An Electric Plasma Spark, Not A Normal Speaker

How do you listen to your music? Headphones you say? Sometimes on an Airplay or Bluetooth speaker? Oh. That’s pretty cool. I just listen to mine on plasma. Dancing electrical sparks that leap between two electrodes and produce a small amount of ozone. No big deal. Just, you know, how cool people do. Actually that’s not how I listen to music, but it could be if I back the ARC Plasma… Read More
21:15

Keen On… Absolute Value: What Really Influences Customers In The Age Of (Nearly) Perfect Information

How do we decide what to buy? According to Itamar Simonson and Emanuel Rosen, the authors of Absolute Value: What Really Influences Customers in the Age of (Nearly) Perfect Information, we used to make buying choices based on brand. It was guesswork, they say. And often we were duped by sexy advertising campaigns that presented bad products in a good way. And then the Internet came along. Read More
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