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Betaworks Follows Digg Purchase With Instapaper Acquisition Betaworks Follows Digg Purchase With Instapaper Acquisition

Betaworks, the company behind Bit.ly, news.me, Chartbeat, and now Digg, has added Instapaper to is portfolio. Instapaper has served as a nice complement to news readers like Google Reader (or whatever you’re using these days). It’s great for when you …

Increase Employee Productivity With A BYOD Policy Increase Employee Productivity With A BYOD Policy

For many years, businesses supplied their employees with a phone to keep personal and work information separate. With the advent of more sophisticated smartphones, these policies are all but obsolete. Some employers may stick with the old policy of mandating …

Facebook Acquires Cloud Platform Parse Facebook Acquires Cloud Platform Parse

Facebook announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Parse, a cloud-based platform for cross-platform apps. It lets developers create create rich social apps integrated with Facebook across platforms like iOS, Android, HTML5 , etc. The two companies …

NJ Train Explosive: “Terrorist” Just Had Fireworks
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A New Jersey man was arrested a week before the Boston bombings for carrying homemade explosive devices onto a New York-bound train, and rumor quickly spread that he was a terrorist. However, 27-year old Mykyta Panasenko said they were simply …

Twinkies Return, Along With HoHos and Ding Dongs

Last year Hostess Brands, Inc. went bankrupt, shutting down all of its factories. Fans of snack treats such as Twinkies and HoHos were dismayed as the cakes left store shelves. Now it appears that collectors who hoarded boxes of Twinkies …

Zuckerberg’s FWD.us Immigration Reform Group Snags Bill Gates, Sean Parker, and More Zuckerberg’s FWD.us Immigration Reform Group Snags Bill Gates, Sean Parker, and More

Mark Zuckerberg’s immigration-focused political advocacy group is getting the help of a few more tech heavyweights. Today, FWD.us announced a couple of new members: Microsoft founder BIll Gates, current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft EVP Brad Smith and Sean Parker, …

Pinterest Adds New Features And Brings Back A Few Old Ones Pinterest Adds New Features And Brings Back A Few Old Ones
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In early January, Pinterest began testing its new look, which started rolling out to everyone in mid-March. Reactions have been mixed. Now, they’ve made some additional updates. “As we’ve rolled out our new look, we’ve heard from our community about …

Katt Williams Sentenced For Evading Police

Katt Williams was sentenced on Thursday for his charge of evading police back in November, when he led them on a “low-speed chase” in California on his three-wheel motorcycle. Williams pleaded no-contest and was sentenced to 180 days in jail; …

38 Die In Mental Hospital; Fire Investigation Underway

38 people died in a horrific fire at a mental hospital just outside Moscow on Thursday night, officials say. The cause is believed to be a short circuit in the wiring. Of the victims, 36 were patients and two were …

Check Out The First Gameplay From Hearthstone: Heroes Of Warcraft

At PAX East, Blizzard announced that it’s working on its first new, original Warcraft game in almost a decade. The game – Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – is a collectible trading card game that pits players against each other using …

Beyond: Two Souls to be Screened at Tribeca

The Tribeca Film Festival is wrapping up this week, and Sony has a bit of a surprise for gamers who also love movies. The publisher has announced that it will be screening footage from the video game Beyond: Two Souls …

Anonymous Defaces NAMBLA Web Site As Part Of #OpAlice Anonymous Defaces NAMBLA Web Site As Part Of #OpAlice
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Anonymous has a history with child predators. The hacktivist group frequently targets them during its operations, but it’s now launching a massive attack on numerous Web sites as part of a new operation. Anonymous announced today that it has taken …

Amazon Sales Up 22% To $16.07 Billion For Q1, Profit Down Amazon Sales Up 22% To $16.07 Billion For Q1, Profit Down
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Amazon reported its Q1 earnings today with sales up 22% to $16.07 billion. Operating cash flow was up 39% year-over-year to $4.25 billion for the trailing twelve months. Free cash flow was down 85% to $177 million for the trailing …

Punky Brewster Backed By Google Ventures, Advised By Randi Zuckerberg Punky Brewster Backed By Google Ventures, Advised By Randi Zuckerberg

Soleil Moon Frye, commonly known as the girl who played Punky Brewster, has a startup called Moonfrye, and it has attracted $2.5 million in funding from GRP Partners, Greycroft, Daher Capital, and Google’s investment arm, Google Ventures. The company is …

HIV Vaccine Fails Clinical Trial, Vaccinations Stopped

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that a clinical trial of an experimental HIV vaccine has been halted, following a report from a safety monitoring board. The independent data and safety monitoring board found during an interim …

Rayman Legends Brings Some Challenge To The Nintendo Download

Ubisoft revealed this morning that the highly anticipated Rayman Legends will launch across the Wii U, Xbox 360 and PS3 on September 3 in North America. Until then, Wii U owners can get their hands on a new “demo.” Nintendo …

Latest Google Enhanced Campaigns Webinar Focuses On Mobile Strategy Latest Google Enhanced Campaigns Webinar Focuses On Mobile Strategy

Since introducing Enhanced Campaigns earlier this year, Google has regularly been conducting webinars to help advertisers get acquainted with the changes, and to help them optimize their campaigns. Google has uploaded a new webinar specifically on optimizing mobile strategy: This …

Facebook Does More to Coax Pages to Promote Posts Facebook Does More to Coax Pages to Promote Posts
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If you operate a Facebook Page, you may have noticed a couple of subtle changes Facebook has made to the look of the pages for admins. These changes are a clear attempt to coax page owners into promoting their content, …

Carnival Ship Evacuated After Explosion

A Carnival cruise ship had to be evacuated after two fuel barges in Mobile, Alabama exploded late Wednesday night. Officials say three people were seriously injured in the blast and are in critical condition. Investigators are still trying to determine …

Bing Rebrands Bing Business Portal As Bing Places For Business Bing Rebrands Bing Business Portal As Bing Places For Business
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Bing announced the launch of Bing Places For Business today. Essentially this is just a rebranding of Bing Business Portal at a new destination: bing.com/places. Bing senior product manager Ginny Sandhu says, “We know time is in short supply when …

Sorority Girl Email Author Resigns

Last week Gawker published an email from an executive board member of the Delta Gamma sorority at the University of Maryland. The ‘deranged sorority letter,’ as it became known, was meant to whip chapter members into shape when it came …

CISPA Is Kind Of Dead, But Not Really CISPA Is Kind Of Dead, But Not Really
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Last week, a cry rang out from privacy advocates everywhere as the House overwhelmingly passed CISPA. Those same advocates soon gathered up their forces for a fight in the Senate, but it looks like the Senate got to killing CISPA …

Twitter for Mac Finally Gets an Update (Seriously!) Twitter for Mac Finally Gets an Update (Seriously!)
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If you thought Twitter had forgotten about the ol’ Twitter for Mac app, think again! Sure, it hadn’t had an update for over a year – but that’s all in the past. Today, Twitter launches a significant update to the …

Edward Norton Fight With Pap Could Go To Court
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Edward Norton should know that the first rule of Fight Club is, you don’t smack a photographer. They don’t like that. The 43-year old actor reportedly smacked the hand of a paparazzi on Tuesday as the man was trying to …