Technology

YoVille Renamed YoWorld And Officially Acquired From Zynga By Big Viking Games

TechCrunch - 2 hours 37 min ago
 YoVillians rejoice; your kingdom is saved. Players of the social virtual world game will be excited to hear that their play can continue as YoVille, which was acquired by Zynga a few years ago, will not be shuttered as planned. Instead, it is now the wholly owned property of London, ON-based Big Viking Games, and will be transferred completely (with all game history and profile details intact) to… Read More

Early iPhone Software Engineer’s Bonsai Slice Game Pushes The Limits Of Motion On iPad

TechCrunch - 2 hours 50 min ago
 A large majority of the innovation surrounding the iPhone and iPad has been focused on the touch interface. When the iOS platform was opened up in 2008, a crisp, responsive touch screen was so new and interesting that it’s not surprising it absorbed a large amount of the attention of the developer community. We’ve seen a massive amount of experimentation and cooperative learning around… Read More

Google Glass now available to anyone, may be prepping for public launch (update: not so much...)

Engadget - 3 hours 34 sec ago
Google offered Glass to the public as part of a one day sale not long ago. Now it seems that anyone can order one again without an invite. There's been no announcement so far, no fan fair -- a few Redditors just happened to discover that you can head...

DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

Slashdot - 3 hours 3 min ago
jfruh (300774) writes "Up until three years ago, Meredith Attwell Baker was an Obama-appointed FCC commissioner. Now she's the newly minted CEO of the CTIA, the nation's largest lobbying group for the mobile phone industry. How can we expect regulators to keep a careful watch over industries when high-paying jobs in those industries await them after retirement? One of the most damning sentences in that article: 'More than 80 percent of FCC commissioners since 1980 have gone on to work for companies or groups in the industries they used to regulate.'"

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DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

Slashdot - 3 hours 3 min ago
jfruh (300774) writes "Up until three years ago, Meredith Attwell Baker was an Obama-appointed FCC commissioner. Now she's the newly minted CEO of the CTIA, the nation's largest lobbying group for the mobile phone industry. How can we expect regulators to keep a careful watch over industries when high-paying jobs in those industries await them after retirement? One of the most damning sentences in that article: 'More than 80 percent of FCC commissioners since 1980 have gone on to work for companies or groups in the industries they used to regulate.'"

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DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

Slashdot - 3 hours 3 min ago
jfruh (300774) writes "Up until three years ago, Meredith Attwell Baker was an Obama-appointed FCC commissioner. Now she's the newly minted CEO of the CTIA, the nation's largest lobbying group for the mobile phone industry. How can we expect regulators to keep a careful watch over industries when high-paying jobs in those industries await them after retirement? One of the most damning sentences in that article: 'More than 80 percent of FCC commissioners since 1980 have gone on to work for companies or groups in the industries they used to regulate.'"

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DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

Slashdot - 3 hours 3 min ago
jfruh (300774) writes "Up until three years ago, Meredith Attwell Baker was an Obama-appointed FCC commissioner. Now she's the newly minted CEO of the CTIA, the nation's largest lobbying group for the mobile phone industry. How can we expect regulators to keep a careful watch over industries when high-paying jobs in those industries await them after retirement? One of the most damning sentences in that article: 'More than 80 percent of FCC commissioners since 1980 have gone on to work for companies or groups in the industries they used to regulate.'"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

Slashdot - 3 hours 3 min ago
jfruh (300774) writes "Up until three years ago, Meredith Attwell Baker was an Obama-appointed FCC commissioner. Now she's the newly minted CEO of the CTIA, the nation's largest lobbying group for the mobile phone industry. How can we expect regulators to keep a careful watch over industries when high-paying jobs in those industries await them after retirement? One of the most damning sentences in that article: 'More than 80 percent of FCC commissioners since 1980 have gone on to work for companies or groups in the industries they used to regulate.'"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

Slashdot - 3 hours 3 min ago
jfruh (300774) writes "Up until three years ago, Meredith Attwell Baker was an Obama-appointed FCC commissioner. Now she's the newly minted CEO of the CTIA, the nation's largest lobbying group for the mobile phone industry. How can we expect regulators to keep a careful watch over industries when high-paying jobs in those industries await them after retirement? One of the most damning sentences in that article: 'More than 80 percent of FCC commissioners since 1980 have gone on to work for companies or groups in the industries they used to regulate.'"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Lyft Launches In 24 New Markets, Cuts Fares By Another 10%

TechCrunch - 3 hours 27 min ago
 On-demand ride-sharing startup Lyft is expanding aggressively in the U.S., announcing the launch of service in 24 new markets today. Along with the expansion, Lyft company will be offering free rides to new users in all launch markets, while also lowering its fares by another 10 percent in existing markets. Read More

Ondot Raises $18M To Let You Take Complete Control Of Your Credit Card Via Your Mobile Phone

TechCrunch - 3 hours 27 min ago
 Managing credit and debit cards is still a relatively complicated process. You can control some elements of your cards like accessing your balances and transferring money online, but you can’t turn off cards or set transaction types via the web or from a mobile phone. Ondot Systems, a stealthy company that has raised $18 million in funding, has developed a white-label solution called… Read More

Appsfire Launches ‘Brichter-San’, A Native Pull-To-Refresh Ad Unit

TechCrunch - 3 hours 28 min ago
 Advertising tech company Appsfire is rolling out a new ad unit again! This time, it’s called Brichter-San, and it’s all about taking advantage of the load time when you pull to refresh. These are native ads, but the content is automatically provided by Appsfire. Once again, Brichter-San seems to be mostly about app promotion. After implementing the ad unit, your app will automatically… Read More

Lyft's ridesharing service reaches 24 new cities in a single day

Engadget - 3 hours 28 min ago
Lyft isn't about to be outdone by its rapidly growing ridesharing competition. The on-demand transportation outfit has just launched service in 24 new US cities, all in one day -- enough to give it more American coverage than its rivals, at 60 cities...

Two weeks with Sol's solar-powered laptop

Engadget - 3 hours 28 min ago
When I showed Sol to my family, they all got a bit confused. My dad asked why I was testing a toolbox for Engadget, while my sister took one look at it and said "Bumblebee." If you peek at the images below, you'll understand why: This solar-powered...

Samsung debuts projector-equipped Galaxy Beam 2 smartphone

Engadget - 3 hours 29 min ago
Chances are your phone doesn't have a built-in projector -- and it never will. But there's at least a small subset of the Chinese market that apparently has a need for an entry-level smartphone capable of projecting dim videos and presentation slides...

Open Source Data Store Startup Crate Data Raises $1.5M From Sunstone And DFJ Esprit

TechCrunch - 3 hours 38 min ago
 When big data is more than a buzzword it can soon turn into a huge headache for developers or those charged with managing the storage and access of large and growing data sets. That's the problem open source startup Crate Data has set out to solve. Read More

France Joins Open Government Partnership

TechCrunch - 3 hours 39 min ago
 French minister Marylise Lebranchu announced earlier today at the Paris Conference that France is joining the Open Government Partnership. It’s the logical next step following France’s work on open data and open government. In particular, a small entity called Etalab acted like a startup within the French government to release a new version of Data.gouv.fr. Many open data advocates… Read More

FinancialForce Gets $50M Cash Infusion

TechCrunch - 3 hours 44 min ago
 FinancialForce.com, the ERP provider built on top of Salesforce.com, announced today they have received $50M from private equity investors, Advent International. The investment is actually part of a broader investment in UNIT4, FinancialForce.com’s majority investor. Salesforce.com is also a minority investor. UNIT4 remains the majority stakeholder, even after this investment from Advent.… Read More

Lumina: PC-BSD's Own Desktop Environment

Slashdot - 3 hours 44 min ago
jones_supa (887896) writes "The PC-BSD project is developing a new open source (BSD license) desktop environment from scratch. The name of the project is Lumina and it will be based around the Qt toolkit. The ultimate goal is to replace KDE as the default desktop of PC-BSD. Lumina aims to be lightweight, stable, fast-running, and FreeDesktop.org/XDG compliant. Most of the Lumina work is being done by PC-BSD's Ken Moore. Even though Lumina is still in its early stages, it can be built and run successfully, and an alpha version can already be obtained from PC-BSD's ports/package repositories."

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Leica's T mirrorless camera is built from a solid brick of aluminum

Engadget - 3 hours 54 min ago
Leica's been making cameras for a full century this year, and to celebrate, it's just now getting around to releasing an interchangeable-lens camera that you might actually be able to afford... until you factor in the glass. Priced around $1,850...