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PRISM: Here’s what you need to know about the US Internet monitoring scandal

The US tech scene has been shaken with allegations that authorities are monitoring US and international Internet users on Facebook, (...)

2013-06-07
Audioboo adds Twitter Cards integration, will now play sound files directly on your timeline

The social sound platform Audioboo will now play back audio files stored on its service directly within Twitter, thanks to its new (...)

2013-06-07
Electric Car, Powered by Social Media, Rolls Across the USA

An electric car fueled by social interaction completed a 1,000 mile-plus journey from Kansas City, Mo., to Washington, D.C., on (...)

2013-06-07
Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Dropbox and Yahoo deny participation in US government spying program PRISM

Shortly after reports of PRISM surfaced — a program which reportedly enables the US government to tap directly into the central (...)

2013-06-07
Facebook announces plan to simplify ad products, eliminating 13+ ad units by the end of 2013

Facebook has announced a new initiative to greatly simplify its advertising products, which will result in half of its ad units shuttered (...)

2013-06-07
Valkee lands $9.7m to improve your mood and wellbeing with its bright light headset

In an effort to build a headset device that can brighten your days by stimulating your brain with light, Helsinki, Finland-based health (...)

2013-06-07
A Rare Peek At The Guidelines That Dictate Google’s Graphic Design

A pair of "Visual Assets Guidelines," posted by one of the company’s senior graphic designers, outline precisely how Google (...)

2013-06-06
A Spoon That Doubles As An iPad Stylus

Because the iPad is the perfect cookbook, until you’re actually cooking. Sometimes it’s a fine line between genius (...)

2013-06-06
Play The Part Of A Nefarious Data Dealer And See Our Privacy-Free Future Up Close

You would probably be shocked to find out how much marketers and companies know about you from the information you put on the Internet. (...)

2013-06-06
A Hot Water Bottle That Pokes Fun At America’s Gun Obsession

Design student Francis North offers an ironic take on "Happiness Is A Warm Gun." It’s a famous anecdote among Beatles (...)

2013-06-06
Facebook for Android gets better post sharing settings, multi-photo messages, new favorites tray for Home

Facebook today updated its native Android app with new features for all users as well as those using Facebook Home. You can download (...)

2013-06-06
How Facebook’s Entity Graph evolved from plain text to the structured data that powers Graph Search

Software engineer Eric Sun has revealed the evolution of Facebook’s Entity Graph, a complicated data set which maps the social (...)

2013-06-06
Apple, Google, Microsoft and 6 other companies reportedly feeding NSA, FBI info through data sharing pact

Today the Washington Post reported that through a $20 million program known as PRISM, a number of US-based Internet companies have (...)

2013-06-07
Selfish, Extravagant (Or Not?) Tech Billionaire Sean Parker Paid Millions So His Wedding Could Destroy The Environment

The Napster cofounder’s $10 million wedding involved constructing fake ponds, bridges, and stone walls in a grove of protected (...)

2013-06-06
Human Editors Are Returning To Music

The music-software industry is starting to realize that the greatest power of “discovery” isn’t robots or algorithms, (...)

2013-06-06
Comedy Central’s New Stand-Up App Cracks You Up With Curation

The just launched CC: Stand-Up App offers comedy lovers an embarrassment of riches with tons of performance clips, as well as algorithms (...)

2013-06-06
A Surreal Recipe “Book” Made Of Tenuously Balanced Ingredients

You’ll find no Photoshop in this remarkable food photography. Just toothpicks, glue, and a whole lot of patience. Pizza (...)

2013-06-06
How Technology Helped Track A Wandering Cat

When Caroline Paul’s kitty reappeared after a long month away, she decided to figure out where he had been spending his time. (...)

2013-06-06
The 4 People You Need For An Awesome Network

How many of these types do you know? How can you tell if a project is going to be successful? Look at the people involved--and (...)

2013-06-06
Mister Rogers Gets Remixed Again

After the wild success of last year’s "Garden of Your Mind" video, PBS Digital Studios has released another mashup of auto-tuned (...)

2013-06-06
How Pink And Blue Became Gender-Specific

It actually wasn’t until the 1940s that the colors became set in stone. Pink is for girls. Blue is for boys. Of course (...)

2013-06-06
Art That Exposes Weird Glitches In Google Maps

See what happens when the Google Maps algorithm auto-updates its satellite images. The cartography world has likely seen more (...)

2013-06-06
Lessons In Humility From A Hollywood Survivor

M. Night Shyamalan, director and cowriter of the new Will and Jaden Smith movie After Earth, on how he gets through when the stakes (...)

2013-06-06
Monsanto Declares Defeat In European Market

What made the agri-giant decide to stick to its focus on the U.S.? Despite the recent bumper crop of GMO labeling legislation (...)

2013-06-06
Now Coca-Cola’s Made A Bottle Of Ice. Ice, Baby!

Melts in your hand and in your mouth. Thirsty beachgoers in Colombia may now avail themselves of the ultimate in chilled beverages--and (...)

2013-06-06
Now This Is A Hard-Hitting Anti-Drinking And Driving Spot

Men get a nasty surprise in the toilet. No, nastier than that. When it comes to anti-drinking and driving ads, we’ve seen (...)

2013-06-06
Google: Search hits, YouTube views are key predictors of a movie’s box office performance

Google has released a white paper that shows a proportional impact on a movie’s box office success based on the number of searches (...)

2013-06-06
IC tomorrow gave nearly $1.5m to UK startups last year, but you’ve probably never heard of it

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB), despite having the word technology in there and its goal being to “stimulate innovation”, (...)

2013-06-06
Twitter updates its Windows Phone 8 app with arty photo filters, Vine playback and Lens app support

Twitter updated its Windows Phone 8 app today with a number of new features aimed squarely at photographers, including artistic filters, (...)

2013-06-06
Twitter enters a lucrative ‘strategic partnership’ with WPP, 2 months after its Starcom deal

Back in April this year, Starcom Mediavest Group entered into a media partnership with Twitter, giving it access to the social media (...)

2013-06-06
mySugr diabetes management app heads to the US, adds Tim Ferriss to advisory board

mySugr Companion, the Austria-based startup that helps diabetes sufferers manage their condition, has launched its app in the US, (...)

2013-06-06
How A Guerrilla Art Project Gave Birth To NYC’s New Wheelchair Symbol

In 2009, Brian Glenney and Sara Hendren kicked off an art project to generate discussion on the ubiquitous International Symbol (...)

2013-06-06
Tips For Leaving Your Creative Comfort Zone, From A TV Creator Who Went From Blue-Sky To Gritty

Jeff Eastin has had a huge hit with USA’s White Collar and now he’s spearheading a much darker new drama, Graceland. (...)

2013-06-06
Y’all Vs. You All: Mapping The Linguistic Peculiarities Of American English

These heat maps of the U.S. break down how people use language and pronounce words differently in different parts of the country: (...)

2013-06-06
“Now You See Me” Harvard-Educated Magician And Puzzle Maker On Magic As Storytelling

Now You See Me’s magic consultant, David Kwong, reveals how helping the cast master with real sleight-of-hand moves helped (...)

2013-06-06
Empowering A New Generation Of Tech-Savvy Women By Teaching Them To Code

Skillcrush is trying to democratize the world of programing by helping women (and a few men) learn HTML, CSS, and Ruby on Rails--and (...)

2013-06-06
This Mind-Controlled 3-D Printer Generates Creatures From Your Kid’s Brainwaves

What kid hasn’t dreamed of making the fantasy creatures in their mind into real-life objects? Creative director Bryan Salt (...)

2013-06-06
Dick Tech Billionaire Sean Parker Paid Millions So His Wedding Could Destroy The Environment

The Napster co-founder’s $10 million wedding involved constructing fake ponds, bridges, and stone walls in a grove of protected (...)

2013-06-06
“Let’s Try This Again” By Jesus Christ And Other Books That Don’t Exist But Should

Graphic designer Tyler Adam Smith is a masters of branding student at The School of Visual Arts. Now he’s taken to his imaginary (...)

2013-06-06
Look Inside Donald Judd’s Home, Studio, And Muse

Donald Judd believed fiercely in the idea that art should be installed permanently. 101 Spring Street was the place where he put (...)

2013-06-06
Consuming Health-Related News Could Make You Sick (If You Believe It)

Did you know the Wi-Fi in your office is making you sick? Are you feeling sort of gross all of a sudden? Just kidding. You’re (...)

2013-06-06
“Now You See Me’s” Harvard Educated Magician And Puzzle Maker On Magic As Storytelling

Now You See Me’s magic consultant David Kwong reveals how helping the cast master real sleight-of-hand moves helped authenticate (...)

2013-06-06
Ex-Reuters editor Matthew Keys’ new project: A breaking news site to supplement existing media

Matthew Keys, the former deputy social media editor at Reuters who was fired over alleged collaborations with the Anonymous Group, (...)

2013-06-06
Microsoft becomes latest tech company to enter Myanmar after partnering with a local IT firm

Microsoft has officially entered the Myanmar market, forming a partnership with a local IT firm as it seeks to grow its presence in (...)

2013-06-06
Revealing The Hidden Paths To Malibu’s Secretly Public Beaches

Beachfront home-owners in Malibu like to pretend that they own the beaches in front of their mansions. That’s not true. A (...)

2013-06-05
Points Is A Smart, Robotic Street Sign That Takes You Where You Want To Go

A new intelligent, rotating street sign parses tweets, check-ins, RSS feeds, and other online data sources to point you to the most (...)

2013-06-05
Turn Your Foursquare Check-Ins Into A Beautiful Map

A new service called Etch convert print your Foursquare data into a beautiful poster. The inspiration: none other than data-viz (...)

2013-06-05
Why Use A Plastic Water Bottle When You Could Drink From Something Much More Classy

S’well is trying to marry sleek style with social substance, and put an end to our plastic crisis. With the average American (...)

2013-06-05

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