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Bits: Facebook Removes Dating Ads Featuring Photo of Dead Girl

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:57:58 -0700

The social network apologized for ads placed by a dating service that featured photos of a Canadian girl who committed suicide in April after she had been cyberbullied. [NYT Technology] [Read More]

Administration Presses Ahead With Limits on Emissions From Power Plants

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:51:54 -0700

The first federal carbon emission limits will be announced Friday proposed rules that opponents consider part of President Obama's war on coal. [NYT Science] [Read More]

Nintendo's Yamauchi dies aged 85

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:48:55 -0700

TOKYO (AP) -- Hiroshi Yamauchi, who ran Nintendo for more than 50 years and led the Japanese company's transition from traditional playing-card maker to video game giant, has died. He was 85. ... [AP Top Technology News] [Read More]

Misgivings About How a Weed Killer Affects the Soil

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:37:42 -0700

Some farmers are examining their soil, and finding cause for concern after years of using glyphosate to kill weeds in their fields. [NYT Science] [Read More]

Hiroshi Yamauchi, Who Helped Drive Nintendo Into Dominance, Dies at 85

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:20:01 -0700

At 22, Mr. Yamauchi became president of his family's playing-card company and later steered it into the growing game business, developing hits like Donkey Kong and the original Mario Brothers franchises. [NYT Technology] [Read More]

California adopts ride-hailing service regulations

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:17:33 -0700

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Web-based ride-hailing companies will have to make sure drivers undergo training and criminal background checks and have commercial liability insurance under rules approved Thursday by California regulators. ... [AP Top Technology News] [Read More]

The Texas Tribune: Texas, Where Oil Rules, Turns Its Eye to Energy Efficiency

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 18:28:13 -0700

A diverse coalition is racing to institute a plan to increase energy and water efficiency upgrades that supporters say could help Texas improve its conservation record. [NYT Science] [Read More]

Bits Blog: Joy Covey, Former Amazon Executive, Dies at 50

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:47:26 -0700

Ms. Covey, who was the retailer's first chief financial officer, was killed Wednesday when her bicycle collided with a delivery van in a remote stretch of Silicon Valley. [NYT Technology] [Read More]

Don't Help Injured Baby Raccoons Alabama Edict Angers Those Who Love Them

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:43:33 -0700

The state conservation agency has told raccoon protectors in Alabama to stop rehabilitating the animals, a decision that has angered many. [NYT Science] [Read More]

Planet good for another 1.75 billion years, scientists say

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:41:11 -0700

Earth could continue to host life for at least another 1.75 billion years, as long as nuclear holocaust, an errant asteroid or some other disaster doesn't intervene, a new study calculates. [FOXNews] [Read More]

DealBook: Huge Payday for Chief Executive Who Is Leaving Nokia

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:40:09 -0700

Nokia disclosed that Stephen Elop is expected to collect about 18.8 million euros as he prepares to leave the company in the wake of Microsoft's takeover of its handset business. [NYT Technology] [Read More]

Candace Pert, 67, Explorer of the Brain, Dies

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:49:07 -0700

As a Johns Hopkins graduate student, Dr. Pert helped discover a key to brain chemistry. She went on to become a neuroscientist and a major proponent of alternative medicine. [NYT Science] [Read More]

Nokia's Elop to get $25 million as part of Microsoft acquisition deal

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 15:54:05 -0700

Outgoing Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is set to get $25 million in salary and stock as part of the deal via which Microsoft is acquiring Nokia's handset business. [ZDNet News] [Read More]

NASA rover finds no hint of methane in Mars air

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 15:28:52 -0700

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- NASA's Curiosity rover hasn't discovered any signs of methane in the atmosphere of Mars, a finding that does not bode well for the possibility that microbes capable of producing the gas could be living below the planet's surface, scientists said Thursday. ... [Associated Press - Space] [Read More]

Wall Street Journal, All Things D to part ways

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 15:01:50 -0700

The Wall Street Journal and All Things D, the technology website led by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, are parting ways at the end of the year. ... [AP Top Technology News] [Read More]

Apple's iPhone 5c bet: Mass market without lowest pricing

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:51:05 -0700

Tim Cook and Apple management have said repeatedly that they don't do cheap. It's unclear whether that bet ultimately backfires [ZDNet News] [Read More]

Sharing, With a Safety Net

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:50:04 -0700

A privacy bill for young people passed by California's Legislature has put the state in the middle of a debate over how to protect those who share without thinking. [NYT Technology] [Read More]

HP unveils four new Android-powered Slate tablets

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:46:04 -0700

The offerings include the Slate 7 Extreme, a version of Nvidia's Tegra Note, and the Slate 8 Pro with an ultra-high-resolution screen. The Slate 7 HD and Slate 10 HD come with two free years of T-Mobile data service. [ZDNet News] [Read More]

Bits: Despite Early Criticism, Apple's iOS 7 Quickly Gains Traction

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:39:07 -0700

Despite harsh criticism from some designers, developers and journalists about iOS 7, Apple's redesigned mobile operating system, people are downloading the software in droves. [NYT Technology] [Read More]

Four privacy settings you should enable in iOS 7 immediately

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:37:05 -0700

If you downloaded and installed iOS 7, there are a few privacy settings that are turned off by default that you should enable right away. [ZDNet News] [Read More]

News Summary: New consoles not on sale in Japan

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:26:18 -0700

GAME SHOW STARS: The Tokyo Game Show this year has two big stars, Sony's PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One, the first new home consoles to go on sale in seven years. ... [Associated Press - Technology] [Read More]

'Years' before Google Glass arrives in Europe

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:25:05 -0700

There's no European Explorer program on the agenda, but Google's Moonshot team is giving Europe's lawmakers a sneak peek. [ZDNet News] [Read More]

Bits Blog: Tech Titans Form Biotechnology Company

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:09:10 -0700

Calico, a new start-up focusing on aging and illness, is run by Arthur D. Levinson, the former chief executive of Genentech, and financed by Google. [NYT Technology] [Read More]

Bits Blog: Grand Theft Auto V Muscles Its Way to Sales Record

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:07:45 -0700

The video game has beaten sales records for the edgy and violent adventure series, earning more than $800 million in sales for its first day on store shelves. [NYT Technology] [Read More]

HP Leaps Across Finish Line With First Gesture-Enabled PC

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:00:11 -0700

HP on Thursday announced the first computer integrated with 3D motion control technology from Leap Motion: the HP Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition. Priced starting at $1,050, the 17.3-inch device will be available for preorder in the U.S. starting Oct. 16. It's 'designed for people who are looking for a new notebook... [TechNewsWorld] [Read More]

Sony Aims to Sell 5 Million PS4 Consoles Within 5 Months of Launch Date

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:59:14 -0700

Reuters reports that Sony Corp is aiming to sell 5 million PlayStation 4 Game consoles within a short duration of 5 months, after its first release date. The launch of the new PlayStation will coincide with the release of Microsoft's Xbox One. Previously, Sony sold 3.6 million PS3 consoles from November 2006 to March... [Digital Media Wire] [Read More]

Pandora Wins Federal Court Case that Will Lower Royalties It Pays to Some Songwriters

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:54:39 -0700

Digitalmusicnews reports that Pandora today announced a victory in a federal court case that will lower the royalties it pays to some songwriters. According to sources, Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan ruled that publishers and songwriters will not be able to strike separate, market-driven... [Digital Media Wire] [Read More]

Not surprisingly, ads aka promoted pins are coming to Pinterest

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:49:40 -0700

Pinterest announced Thursday that ads -- or 'promoted pins' -- are coming to the site. CEO Ben Silbermann promised they'll be 'tasteful.' [GigaOM] [Read More]

Google makes Quickoffice free on iOS, Disney brings 'Infinity: Toy Box' to iPad

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:45:26 -0700

Google has made its Quickoffice suite free on iOS for users with Google accounts, and Disney has released an iPad companion app for its Disney Infinity console game. [Apple Insider] [Read More]

iOS 7 Lock Screen Vulnerability Discovered, Gives Access To Photos And Social Sharing

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:44:59 -0700

Vulnerabilities in Apple's iOS lock screens have become a fixture of new iOS releases over the past few years. And iOS 7 is not exempt, as a new method for bypassing the passcode on a lock screen has been discovered by idle hands and reported by Forbes' Andy Greenberg. The lock screen bypass method involves sliding up... [TechCrunch] [Read More]

Early Amazon CFO Joy Covey Dies In Bicycle Collision With Minivan

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:44:17 -0700

Former Amazon CFO Joy Covey has reportedly died in a bicycle accident on Skyline Boulevard in San Mateo County. CBS SF Bay Area reported that the accident occurred as the result of a collision with a white Mazda MPV minivan ... [WebProNews] [Read More]

SMS May Be Fading, But Businesses Are Still Texting Customers

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:41:26 -0700

Text messaging is two decades old, and many consumers are ditching texting for messaging applications like Snapchat and WhatsApp. But even as consumer interest wanes, businesses are embracing SMS to communicate with customers. Enterprising 160 Characters The signs are pretty plain: last year, text message usage ... [ReadWriteWeb] [Read More]

Hackers eager to crack fingerprint scanner on iPhone 5S

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:41:13 -0700

BOSTON (Reuters) - Hackers are gearing up for Friday's release of the iPhone 5S, aiming to be the first to crack the device's first-ever fingerprint scanner, a security feature that Apple Inc hopes will set the new model apart from the competition. [Reuters - Technology] [Read More]

HP offers support for Apple iPads

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:40:12 -0700

Is your iPad out of warranty? Hewlett-Packard wants to help. HP updated its SmartFriend support service on Thursday and will now troubleshoot problems with Windows, Android, Chrome OS, OS X and iOS products, according to a fact sheet describing the service. 'HP is expanding its HP SmartFriend service to provide 1:1... [PCWorld] [Read More]

Pinterest Promises Users It Won't Mess Up the Site With Ads (Oh, and It's Going to Do Ads)

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:35:38 -0700

What will Pinterest's ads be like? Different and prettier and nicer. [All Things Digital] [Read More]

Nokia's Elop getting $25 mil in Microsoft deal, time for house shopping

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:35:14 -0700

Talk about a relocation bonus. Nokia today announced that its former chief executive, Stephen Elop, will receive $25 million at closing if Microsoft completes its acquisition of the Finnish phone giant. Elop would also then return to work at Microsoft. Some think Elop - former head of Microsoft's... [Brier Dudley (Seattle Times)] [Read More]

How much methane on Mars Zero. Findings a setback in search for life

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:33:00 -0700

The most high-fidelity search for methane on Mars has turned up none, a result that significantly reduces the chances of finding microbial life on the Red Planet. [Los Angeles Times - Science] [Read More]

15Five, The Employee-Manager Feedback Network, Launches 2.0 With Like Buttons, Private Messaging And More

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:32:59 -0700

15Five , a startup backed by the likes of 500 Startups and Yammer's David Sacks that provides a platform to help the working world communicate better with its managers, has had a dose of its own medicine. Taking feedback collected from its users since its exit from beta in August 2012 , the company is today rolling... [TechCrunch] [Read More]

Sprint, T-Mobile join Verizon in snub of Canada airwaves

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:31:29 -0700

TORONTO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US Inc confirmed on Thursday they will not participate in Canada's upcoming auction of prized wireless spectrum, joining larger rival Verizon Communications Inc in shunning the market. [Reuters - Technology] [Read More]

First Laptop With Leap Motion Sensor

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:31:15 -0700

The HP Envy 17 Leap Motion notebook has the namesake high precision motion tracking device embedded right into the laptop. [ABC News: Technology] [Read More]

Nokia's Stephen Elop to Get $25.4 Million Payout, Most of the Money Coming From Microsoft

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:30:52 -0700

The giant paycheck, due upon closure of the Microsoft-Nokia deal. [All Things Digital] [Read More]

Cox ends its internet TV trial in Southern California

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:30:08 -0700

Cox is shutting down its Flarewatch service, ending an experiment to offer a TV subscription over the internet. We talked to a Flarewatch user about his experience. [GigaOM] [Read More]

Pokemon returns with a whole new dimension

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:29:47 -0700

When it comes to video games, you'd be hard pressed to find a series that attracts the same level of fandom as Pokemon. [MSNBC - Top Headlines] [Read More]

Branding Brand Rides M-Commerce Wave To $9.5 Million Series B

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:28:28 -0700

You may not be familiar with the m-commerce vendor known as Branding Brand , but you've likely encountered its work. The company, which is today announcing a $9.5 million Series B, powers the mobile e-commerce sites and apps for over 200 of the top retailers worldwide, including names like American Eagle... [TechCrunch] [Read More]

Google Makes Its New Flat Logo And App Launcher Style Nav Menu Official, Will Roll Out Over The Next Few Weeks

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:26:53 -0700

Google just got a refreshed flat logo and the black navigation bar is gone. Earlier this morning, we reported that Google's new App Launcher style navigational menu was just weeks away from launch. Turns out, it is much closer to launching, as the company just made the change official. Gone is the black bar that runs... [TechCrunch] [Read More]

US FTC lacks data breach authority, says accused medical lab

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:25:12 -0700

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has no jurisdiction or legal authority to bring a data breach complaint against an Atlanta medical laboratory, the lab said in a response to FTC charges. The FTC, in an administrative complaint in August against small cancer-screening lab LabMD, acted in a way that was 'arbitrary,... [PCWorld] [Read More]

Look At All The Bugs And Glitches Tumblr Users Have Found In iOS 7, Apple's New iPhone Software (AAPL)

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:24:00 -0700

iOS 7, the latest update to Apple's software for its iPhones and iPads, is rolling out this week and while everyone is excited to see the way the new operating system looks and feels, some people have noticed that parts of it still need a few tweaks here and there. And they've been collected on a Tumblr blog called... [Silicon Alley Insider] [Read More]

YouTube Memo Explains How Offline Videos Will Work

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:22:44 -0700

YouTube announced yesterday that mobile users will be able to download videos for offline viewing come November. In the announcement, YouTube didn't bother explaining the actual logistics of its new offline video program, but a memo sent out to partners ... [WebProNews] [Read More]

Pope Francis: Church cannot be 'obsessed' with gays, other bans

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:22:00 -0700

Pope Francis said the Catholic Church should not allow its bans on gay marriage, abortion and contraception to dominate its teachings, but must be more welcoming. [Chicago Tribune - Technology] [Read More]

FDA, NIH Team Up For Tobacco Regulation Program

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:21:56 -0700

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that they have partnered to fund 14 new Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science. The agencies will put up $53 million for the program, ... [WebProNews] [Read More]

California Now First State To Make Ride-Sharing Legit

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:21:10 -0700

California's Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted unanimously today to regulate the ride-sharing industry. It will now be covered under a new business category called 'Transportation Network Companies.' BREAKING: California becomes first state in the nation to regulate ride-sharing services, after unanimous... [ReadWriteWeb] [Read More]

Pinterest Ads Are Coming, CEO Promises They Will Be Tasteful and Useful

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:20:16 -0700

Pinterest is finally going to start experimenting with ads. CEO and co-founder Ben Silbermann made the announcement today on the Pinterest blog, promising that the new promoted content with be both tasteful and useful. Pinterest is where you keep your ... [WebProNews] [Read More]

Agilent Splits HP DNA Again

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:20:00 -0700

With a bold three-year plan, Agilent will split into a separate $3.9 billion life science and $2.9 billion traditional T&M company. [EETimes News] [Read More]

Google's digital wallet app for iPhone is out

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:18:10 -0700

Google is bringing its digital wallet to the iPhone in its latest attempt to upstage Apple on its own popular device. Thursday's release of the Google Wallet app represents a challenge to the Passbook program that Apple has built into the iPhone's operating system. [MSNBC - Top Headlines] [Read More]

Kamcord Brings In-Game Screen Recording Tools To Android

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:17:12 -0700

Just about every time I've spoken to Kamcord founder Matt Zitzmann in the year since the company launched, I've asked one question toward the end of our conversations to gauge the team's progress: 'Have you guys figured out Android support yet?' Every time the answer has been 'no.' [TechCrunch] [Read More]