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February 26, 2013

Instagram is still as popular as ever, despite recent controversy

18:54 // 1 year ago
February 4, 2013

So apparently some Swedish guy’s video game did pretty well last year…

  • $232M in profits were generated by Minecraft last year, but Mojang’s founders aren’t looking to go public any time soon according to a new Reuters report. Apparently, despite Notch’s $100 million windfall, these guys want to keep doing what they love without having to answer to new bosses, a major publisher, or outside investors. You can officially consider us jealous.  source
18:41 // 1 year ago
Unsurprisingly, major telecom providers like AT&T and Verizon aren’t big on having to compete with the government for customers who don’t actually need the overpriced services being offered by their companies. Some GOP members have suggested that it would be more fiscally responsible for the FCC to sell the broadcast spectrum, allowing the government to raise billions in new revenue. What say you, dear reader? source

Unsurprisingly, major telecom providers like AT&T and Verizon aren’t big on having to compete with the government for customers who don’t actually need the overpriced services being offered by their companies. Some GOP members have suggested that it would be more fiscally responsible for the FCC to sell the broadcast spectrum, allowing the government to raise billions in new revenue. What say you, dear reader? source

17:02 // 1 year ago
January 30, 2013

Google is donating thousands of Raspberry Pi computers to schoolchildren in the U.K.

  • 15k Raspberry Pi computers will be donated to British children by Google, and the first batch has already been hand delivered by Google’s Eric Schmidt and Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton. For those thinking, “who cares,” let us put it another way — Google just donated the brains of 15,000 semi-functional R2-D2 units to some  lucky British kids. source
16:45 // 1 year ago
January 21, 2013
We thought the case was reasonably handled and we would not have done things differently. We’re going to continue doing the work of the office and of following our mission.
Christina DiIorio-Sterling, spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz • Commenting on what effect, or lack thereof,  Aaron Swartz’s suicide will have on the office going forward. In response to the statement, Swartz’s girlfriend reportedly told the Boston Herald that she was sad to see Ortiz not “taking this moment to reflect on the role of proportionality and judgment in the pursuit of justice.” source
16:03 // 1 year ago
January 20, 2013
thisistheverge:

Microsoft hires designer who presented bold revamp of the company’s brand
Last summer designer Andrew Kim’s vision for “The Next Microsoft” got a lot of traction online — including on The Verge — for its aggressively minimal rebranding of the company across platforms. The next month Microsoft unveiled its actual new logo, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t take note — Kim just announced that he’s been hired by the company, which got in touch after seeing his designs.

That’s right. An unsolicited redesign can get you a job with the company you’re pitching — at least sometimes.

thisistheverge:

Microsoft hires designer who presented bold revamp of the company’s brand

Last summer designer Andrew Kim’s vision for “The Next Microsoft” got a lot of traction online — including on The Verge — for its aggressively minimal rebranding of the company across platforms. The next month Microsoft unveiled its actual new logo, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t take note — Kim just announced that he’s been hired by the company, which got in touch after seeing his designs.

That’s right. An unsolicited redesign can get you a job with the company you’re pitching — at least sometimes.

15:48 // 1 year ago
January 18, 2013
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January 14, 2013
CBS has nothing but the highest regard for the editors and writers at CNET, and has managed that business with respect as part of its CBS Interactive division since it was acquired in 2008. This has been an isolated and unique incident in which a product that has been challenged as illegal, was removed from consideration for an award. The product in question is not only the subject of a lawsuit between Dish and CBS, but between Dish and nearly every other major media company as well. CBS has been consistent on this situation from the beginning, and, in terms of covering actual news, CNET maintains 100% editorial independence, and always will. We look forward to the site building on its reputation of good journalism in the years to come.
A statement from CBS Interactive • Given to Ad Age following the news that reporter Greg Sandoval resigned from CNET after the publication was forced to retract an award nomination for Dish Network’s “Hopper,” which allows end users to skip commercials easily. (CBS and Dish are embroiled in a lawsuit over the device.) Anybody else more than a little concerned by the fact that CBS doesn’t seem to understand why this cast a negative light on the journalistic integrity of CNET? source
16:27 // 1 year ago
January 10, 2013
Apparently the team responsible for the Jeopardy-playing supercomputer Watson had to do some clean-up work after IBM’s AI learned the contents of Urban Dictionary. The Watson devs thought their AI could benefit from seeing the ways in which humans experiment with and redefine various words, though it apparently just confused Watson on the politeness of a few choice words. While the team may not have been fans of the supercomputer’s penchant for swearing, we’re just glad to see humanity one step closer to bringing Bender Bending Rodriguez into the real world. (Photo via CharlieCurve, ht The Atlantic) source

Apparently the team responsible for the Jeopardy-playing supercomputer Watson had to do some clean-up work after IBM’s AI learned the contents of Urban Dictionary. The Watson devs thought their AI could benefit from seeing the ways in which humans experiment with and redefine various words, though it apparently just confused Watson on the politeness of a few choice words. While the team may not have been fans of the supercomputer’s penchant for swearing, we’re just glad to see humanity one step closer to bringing Bender Bending Rodriguez into the real world. (Photo via CharlieCurve, ht The Atlantic) source

15:35 // 1 year ago
January 8, 2013
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