Ebola Arrives in New York. How Prepared Is the City to Handle It?

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Dr. Craig Spencer, the health care worker who recently returned from Guinea and tested positive for the Ebola virus , is now the first patient to be treated at New York's Bellevue Hospital. But the hospital, as well as city, state and federal officials, have been working for weeks or more to ensure the city is ready to identify and treat Ebola cases This preparation reflects the now-proven fact that the longer the outbreak rages on in West Africa, the more likely it was that a patient would wind up in Western cities, including New York See also: Ebola in NYC: Doctor Tests Positive After Returning From West Africa Read more... More about New York , Us World , Us , World , and Ebola Read more »

EBay Beats On EPS Of $0.68, Misses On Sales Of $4.35B; Shares Fall On Lower Forecasts

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 E-commerce giant EBay, soon to be split into two businesses, today reported its third-quarter earnings. The company reported revenues of $4.4 billion (or, $4.353 billion, to be exact), growing 12% on a year ago, on non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.68. This beat estimates on EPS but narrowly missed on sales (but, yes, beat if you rounded up, as eBay has). Analysts were expecting revenues… Read More Read more »

Alibaba Debuts Baichuan, Its Answer To Amazon’s Developer Services

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 As newly-public Alibaba continues to invest in startups to build out its presence in the U.S., it’s also looking at ways of expanding its ecosystem and platform at home. The latest move was announced this week, as the company unveiled Baichuan – Chinese for “hundreds of rivers”. Taking a page from Amazon — which has built up a large range of services for… Read More Read more »

Google Warns of Design Vulnerability in SSL 3.0

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Google on Tuesday announced that it has discovered a "vulnerability in the design of SSL version 3.0" The vulnerability, which Google announced on its security blog and detailed in a security advisory [PDF link], "allows the plaintext of secure connections to be calculated by a network attacker." See also: What Is Shellshock, How Does It Work and Why Does It Matter? Google's Bodo Möller discovered the issue, along with Googlers Thai Duong and Krzysztof Kotowicz This isn't the first time SSL — the security protocol that the Internet uses for encryption and security — has had issues. Earlier this year, a years-old bug in OpenSSL known as Heartbleed was publicly revealed Read more... More about Security , Ssl , Chrome , Browsers , and Tech Read more »

Facebook’s Internet.org Works With Carriers To Speed Up Networks, Indonesia First

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 Facebook has long been promoting the the idea of free, zero-rated mobile services in emerging countries to drive more Facebook (and wider mobile data) usage. Now, working under its Internet.org initiative, it has crafted another way to promote growth: by working with directly with carriers to analyse and fix their networks, with a recent trial of the work in Indonesia — the… Read More Read more »

Product Hunt Raises $6.1 Million, Adds Former Microsoft Exec to Board

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Product Hunt , the popular new website that showcases the latest tech products has raised $6.1 million. The Series A funding, led by Andreesen Horowitz with participation from Reddit Founder Alexis Ohanian, brings the startup's total funding to $7.1 million Steven Sinofsky , the former Microsoft exec who is currently a board partner at Andreesen Horowitz, will also join Product Hunt's board of directors. See also: 8 Hot Startups That Want to Hire You Founded in November 2013 by University of Oregon graduate Ryan Hoover, the site now has 75,000 email subscribers and gets about 2 million pageviews per month. Beyond the numbers, it has growing influence thanks to its all-star backing, which also includes Y Combinator, Ashton Kutcher and Betaworks, among others Read more... More about Funding , Startups , Business , Media , and Andreesen Horowitz Read more »

Division Furtive Introduces A Line Of Super-Secret High Tech Watches

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 As an International Man of Mystery I’m often parachuted into dangerous places where I only have my wits, my iPhone, my iPad Mini, my protein bars, my suitcase full of clothes, my special travel socks, my hair gel, my toothpaste, some magazines, and my Advil to protect me. Now I hope to have a Division Furtive Type 50 watch. Originally announced in 2012, these odd watches are a mix of low… Read More Read more »

Hardware Battlefield Participants To Receive Exhibition Space At CES As They Compete For $50,000

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 I’m very excited to announce that TechCrunch is now an official media partner at CES 2015, which means big things for our startup competition, Hardware Battlefield. Startups chosen to participate in Hardware Battlefield will now receive exhibition space free of charge in CES’ startup venue, Eureka Park. They will also receive four free exhibitor passes to CES. The winning… Read More Read more »

10 Unforgettable Sports Moments From 2014

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Featuring a Winter Olympics and a World Cup , 2014 was bound to be an epic sports year But it's exceeded all expectations already. No one could have foreseen the drama that unfolded in Brazil, nor could anyone have predicted major off-the-field scandals that rocked both the NFL and the NBA See also: 50 Stunning Sports Photos From 2013 Add to all that a classic March Madness run, a shocker of a Super Bowl , an epic on-camera rant, a car-racing tragedy and more. The result? Our most memorable sports moments of 2014 Scroll through the gallery, below, to relive the ups, downs and drama. We'll keep updating our list as the year runs its course, because with more than two months to go in 2014, there's no telling what else could happen Read more... More about Entertainment and Sports Read more »

Snapchat Wanted MessageMe Before Yahoo Bought It For Up To $30-$40M

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 Earlier today we reported that messaging app MessageMe was getting acquired by Yahoo — which MessageMe has now confirmed on its site, along with the inevitable news that the app is shutting down, effective November 7. Now we’ve also learned some more details. MessageMe had also been courted by Snapchat as well as an app maker out of Europe, Truecaller. And, after… Read More Read more »