Sony Hackers Threaten “9/11-Style” Attack On Movie Theaters

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 A threatening message from the Guardians of Peace, the group responsible for hacking into and releasing more than a terabyte of Sony’s internal data so far, is alleging an attack on movie theaters that plan to screen Seth Rogen and James Franco’s movie “The Interview.” “The world will be full of fear,” the message, first reported by BuzzFeed, reads. Read More Read more »

Facebook drops Bing, will reportedly debut own search tool on Monday

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Facebook has quietly removed Microsoft-owned Bing as its primary search engine, according to a new report. The social network pulled Bing search from its Graph Search platform, and will introduce on Monday its own search tool that will allow users to find information related to friends' posts and comments, Reuters reported. See also: 6 browser extensions to improve your Facebook experience Facebook was using Bing to produce search results as its in-house search engine, allowing Facebook users to look for more information about their friends. Selecting Bing as a partner was also a way for Facebook to keep rival Google's search engine away from the social network. Read more... More about Search , Facebook , Microsoft , Bing , and Social Media Read more »

Facebook drops Bing in favor of its own search tool

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Facebook has quietly removed Microsoft-owned Bing as its primary search engine, according to a new report. The social network pulled Bing search from its Graph Search platform in exchange for its own search tool that will allow users to find information related to friends' posts and comments, Reuters reported. See also: 6 browser extensions to improve your Facebook experience Facebook was using Bing to produce search results as its in-house search engine, allowing Facebook users to look for more information about their friends. Selecting Bing as a partner was also a way for Facebook to keep rival Google's search engine away from the social network. Read more... More about Search , Facebook , Microsoft , Bing , and Social Media Read more »

The top 12 in tech of 2014

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Narrowing down the top 12 tech products of the year is no small task. The breadth and depth of the consumer technology world gets larger every year, now encompassing such novel categories as wearables, 3D printing and, uh, dongles. And yet, in a year where much of the buzz was centered around these new fields, more mature product categories shined the most brightly. Smartphones, laptops and e-readers saw some truly exemplary devices join their ranks. And among software, the most recent iterations of well-known franchises captured our attention the most. See also: The 25 best films of 2014 reflect on a year of gorgeous cinema Read more... Read more »

Ford’s rebooted Sync 3 system says goodbye to Microsoft for BlackBerry

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Ford announced the next generation of its voice-control "infotainment" car system on Thursday. It seems that Ford is trying to get back in everyone's good graces by tossing the name MyFord Touch and rebranding it as Sync 3 Ford's also ditching Microsoft's software in favor of BlackBerry's QNX operating system, according to reports Sync 3 is Ford's third generation of the interactive, touchscreen car system that's used for things like controlling music and mapping driving routes. Ford promises the connectivity system is faster and easier to understand. The voice recognition software, for one, will answer to more conversational commands. No longer does a driver need an exact address or location name: Say "Detroit airport," and Sync 3 knows what to do. Read more.. Read more »

[Update] Lending Club IPO Shows The Profit Potential For Financial Technology Investments

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 Lending Club’s $5.4 billion initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange is more than just the largest IPO for a U.S.-based tech company this year, it’s also planting the flag for an entire ecosystem of startup companies engaged in overturning the ways in which the world deals with money. “This is not some narrow addressable market, it’s trillions of dollars… Read More Read more »

Fashion And Tech Companies Merge Online And Offline Sales

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 With online sales up 17% and physical retail down 11%, it’s no wonder retailers large and small are increasingly living online. An alternative to simply shuttering the windows, though, is to experiment with new technologies to integrate the showroom, the storefront, and the web. Read More Read more »

Uber Hires The Team Behind Its Spotify Service To Staff A New Mobile Dev Shop In Amsterdam

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 In between raising more money, fighting Lyft and regulators, and denying it will investigate journalists, Uber’s global expansion continues. To spearhead its mobile growth, Uber is setting up a mobile development shop in Amsterdam, led by one of its earliest employees and staffed by a set of new hires: a team of Dutch developers who originally worked on Uber’s Spotify… Read More Read more »