Archive for March, 2013

I fell for the HTC One in a Tokyo cat cafe

I fell for the HTC One in a Tokyo cat cafe

I started off liking the HTC One. Now, having used it as my only camera while on holiday in Japan this past week, I'm in love with it. HTC has a whole lot riding on the One this year, and one of the more contentious features is the Zoe photography system, blending stills and short videos that are simultaneously captured in what the company says will "bring to life" your photo gallery. Attempts to differentiate from the gush of other Android devices with software customization is something we've seen so often now, it's hard not to be cynical (and simply demand "pure" Android instead), but Zoe has turned out to be a different story.

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Facebook is testing out a new button

Facebook is testing out a new button

It seems like Facebook is just testing out a whole bunch of new features, and it doesn't look like it has any intention of stopping anytime soon. Today, it was discovered that Facebook is testing out a new button on the desktop version of its service. The new button appears on the top right of your Facebook page, right next to your profile link. The button pops up the "How are you feeling" post-a-status screen.

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Adviser recommends MetroPCS shareholders vote against T-Mobile merger

Adviser recommends MetroPCS shareholders vote against T-Mobile merger

It looks like T-Mobile will be facing an uphill battle come April 12th. On April 12th, the shareholders will be voting on whether or not MetroPCS should form a merger with T-Mobile USA. T-Mobile needs the shareholders to vote for the merger in order to complete the deal. It has already received the go-ahead from the Department of Justice as well as the FCC. However, one proxy adviser is looking to make sure the deal doesn't go through.

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Total value of Bitcoin surpasses $1B

Total value of Bitcoin surpasses $1B

The total value of the P2P currency, Bitcoin, has surpassed $1 billion. On Thursday, the exchange rate for the currency surpassed $92, and there is nearly 11 million Bitcoins currently in circulation. It was only earlier this month that the value of a Bitcoin was worth $49. The currency continued to rapidly rise in value, much to the surprise of both Bitcoin users as well as analysts.

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LivingSocial co-founder leaves the company

LivingSocial co-founder leaves the company

LivingSocial's co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Aaron Batalion, has decided to leave the company behind in pursuit of something new. Batalion had been with LivingSocial since its creation back in 2007. Back then, LivingSocial was comprised of only 4 members, a number that grew to about 4,000 today. Batalion doesn't have any idea of what he wants to do next, but that he has an "urge to create".

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Authorities investigate CyberBunker “minister” over cyber attacks

Authorities investigate CyberBunker “minister” over cyber attacks

The authorities in the Netherlands and other countries are currently investigating a man whom they say is at the center of the recent cyber attacks against Spamhaus, an anti-spam group. Sven Olaf Kamphuis, who calls himself the "Minister of telecommunications and foreign affairs for the Republic of CyberBunker", started a war against Spamhaus because the anti-spam group blacklisted two of Kamphuis's companies, CB3ROB and CyberBunker.

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Twitter may generate $1b in ad revenue in 2014

Twitter may generate $1b in ad revenue in 2014

Twitter's ad revenue is expected to skyrocket in 2014. The social network has seen a huge rise in mobile advertisement revenue, and is expected to continue on with that momentum throughout the next year. According to eMarketer, 53% of Twitter's ad revenue comes from mobile advertisements alone. That's a huge percentage, especially considering that Twitter generated nothing from mobile advertisements back in 2011.

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David Hayter will not voice Snake in Metal Gear Solid V

David Hayter will not voice Snake in Metal Gear Solid V

David Hayter, who voiced Snake and Big Boss for the Metal Gear Solid series since 1998, will not be returning to voice Snake in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. In fact, David Hayter will not be voicing Snake or Big Boss in any of the future Metal Gear Solid games from now on. Why? Because according to Hideo Kojima, Konami and him are trying to "recreate the Metal Gear series". He stated, "It's a new type of Metal Gear game, and we want to have this reflected it the voice actor as well.

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Facebook gets approval to build a low-key second campus

Facebook gets approval to build a low-key second campus

Facebook has just received the "go-ahead" to build a second campus in Menlo Park. Menlo Park's city council, minus one member, voted 4-0 to allow Facebook to build its second campus. The new campus will be a 433,555 square foot building located on the other side of Facebook's headquarters. It will be located on 312 and 313 Constitution Drive, just west of Bayfront Expressway.

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