Grab Your Cameras, We Are Little Brother

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 Dystopian futures have always imagined governments oppressing us with surveillance. Under the all-seeing, all-hearing eyes and ears of Big Brother, free will is curtailed and only “approved” behavior is allowed. Edward Snowden revealed this was no conspiracy theory, and we wouldn’t have to wait for the future. We’re already being watched, our liberty sacrificed for… Read More Read more »

Elon Musk Testing ‘X-Wing’ Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones For Landing

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 Let’s face it: Elon Musk is probably a time traveller sent back to help us leave earth behind and achieve the next phase of human evolution. The inventor and entrepreneur issued a minor tweet storm today, in which he detailed a new SpaceX program to test the function of “X-Wing” style grid fins that could help spacecraft navigate upon re-entry after delivering personnel or… Read More Read more »

Square Register, Sans Hardware, Now Works Globally On Android And iOS

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 Last week, when Square started pre-orders for new chip-based card-reading hardware to upgrade the current mag-stripe equipment, we noted that it seemed like only a matter of time before the company would finally turn on more international services, where the newer chip-based system reigns supreme. Now it looks like that’s just what Square has quietly started to do. Updated Square… Read More Read more »

Update: Jolla Crowdfunds $380K+ To Build An iPad Alternative

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 Finnish smartphone startup Jolla has revealed the next step in its hardware journey: it’s making a tablet, albeit The Jolla Tablet will be crowdfunded. So this is mostly a pitch for pre-orders right now, with the price-tag starting at $189 for the first 2,000 pledgers. Read More Read more »

Nigerian army says it has regained Chibok, where schoolgirls were kidnapped

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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — The Nigerian army has regained control of Chibok, the northeastern town where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Islamic extremists more than six months ago, army officials said The army wrested back control of Chibok from the Islamic militants of Boko Haram on Saturday, Nigerian army spokesman Brigadier General Olajide Olaleye told the Associated Press. See also: Survivors of Boko Haram Kidnappings Tell Their Stories "Chibok is firmly in the hands of the Nigerian army." Olaleye said. "Chibok is free. Secured." He encouraged Chibok residents to return to their homes. Read more... More about Kidnapping , Us World , World , Boko Haram , and Nigerian Schoolgirls Read more »

Facebook is cracking down on ‘overly promotional’ posts from brands

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Facebook announced that it intends to crack down on "promotional content" from brands, citing feedback on Friday from users who complained about too much hucksterism in their News Feeds. Such content was showing up in the form of status updates from brands that consumers had Liked at one time or another. Starting in January, updates with a promotional bent won't show up in users' News Feeds as much, thanks to an algorithm tweak See also: 10 Reasons Why I Ignored Your Resume Facebook defines "promotion" in three ways: Posts that solely push people to buy a product or install an app Posts that push people to enter promotions and sweepstakes with no real context Posts that reuse the exact same content from ads Read more... More about Facebook , Advertising , Business , and Marketing Read more »

Zuck made a sweet anniversary video for his wife and put it on Facebook, naturally

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You know what they say: The one-year anniversary is the paper anniversary, 10 years is the aluminum, 11 years is the Facebook tribute video Mark Zuckerberg , king of the romantics and Facebook CEO, wished his wife Priscilla Chan a happy 11-year anniversary on Thursday, marking the day they met. The one-minute video highlights the couple's pictures together and ends with the line: "Thanks for being a friend." See also: Facebook 'Say Thanks' videos turn your friendships into movies Zuckerberg and Chan met in 2003 at a Harvard University fraternity party and married on May 19, 2012 Post by Mark Zuckerberg . Read more... More about Facebook , Viral Videos , Marketing , Social Media , and Videos Read more »

New England Patriots regret thanking racist Twitter account

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On its mission to be the first NFL team to 1 million Twitter followers Thursday, the New England Patriots experienced a jaw-dropping fumble While the team thanked fans for their support, there was one racist account that shouldn't have been included in the gratitude fest See also: Lorde and Diplo got into a Twitter feud over Taylor Swift's butt After removing the tweet, which thanked @IHATENIGGERSS for following the team and included a Patriots blazer with the handle emblazoned on the back, the Patriots apologized for the "regrettable" tweet We apologize for the regrettable tweet that went out from our account. Our filtering system failed & we will be more vigilant in the future. — New England Patriots (@Patriots) Nov 13 2014 Read more... More about Watercooler , Sports , and Patriots Read more »

Be warned: That Facebook ad you clicked on may be for counterfeit goods

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Think twice before buying those shiny — yet extremely cheap — Ray Ban glasses advertised on Facebook . There's a chance they're fake At least, that's the conclusion of a new study by two cybersecurity researchers who examined more than a thousand Facebook ads and found that almost a quarter of those promoting fashion and luxury goods are for counterfeit items such as Ray Bay sunglasses, Louis Vuitton bags, and Ralph Lauren polo shirts. See also: Facebook Fan Pages Spam Is a $200 Million Business At first sight, the ads look legitimate and lead to websites that look like real ones, the researchers warned, potentially tricking average Facebook users into believing they're buying real products without realizing the danger. Read more... More about Ads , Counterfeit , Counterfeits , Advertising , and Social Media Read more »

RelayRides Challenges the Sharing Economy | OneLap

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 Sharing economy companies like RelayRides are a lot harder to build than they appear. They’re similar to peer-to-peer product marketplaces, but transactions are based on temporary usage rather than an exchange of physical ownership – which adds significant complexity. Scheduling, insurance, dispute resolution and pricing are some of the elements that need to be considered. For… Read More Read more »