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BT is in talks to buy back O2 (Matt Brian/Engadget)

3 hours 21 min ago

Matt Brian / Engadget:
BT is in talks to buy back O2  —  Following in the footsteps of Take That, S Club 7 and 5ive, BT appears determined to get the band back together.  The company has confirmed to us that it is in talks with European communications giant Telefonia to buy back O2, almost a decade after it sold the operator for £17.7 billion.

Google's Inbox uses open source tools like J2ObjC to reuse 70% of code across Android, iOS, and web apps (Ron Amadeo/Ars Technica)

5 hours 7 min ago

Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Google's Inbox uses open source tools like J2ObjC to reuse 70% of code across Android, iOS, and web apps  —  How Google Inbox shares 70% of its code across Android, iOS, and the Web  —  Launching a new app in the mobile age is hard.  If you want to reach a wide audience …

Anonymous messaging app Yik Yak raises $62M led by Sequoia at valuation in low hundreds of millions, adds Jim Goetz to board (Evelyn M. Rusli/Wall Street Journal)

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 22:25

Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal:
Anonymous messaging app Yik Yak raises $62M led by Sequoia at valuation in low hundreds of millions, adds Jim Goetz to board  —  Year-Old Yik Yak Draws Big Valuation  —  Figure for Anonymous-Messaging App Is Said to Be in Low Hundred Millions of Dollars  —  Yik Yak, the controversial …

Samsung Considering Shake-Up in Management (Wall Street Journal)

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 20:25

Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Considering Shake-Up in Management  —  Co-CEO B.K. Yoon May Assume Leadership of Mobile Division

Tech firms competing for talent spawn "workplace coordinators" to manage lavish employee perks (Rachel Feintzeig/Wall Street Journal)

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 17:05

Rachel Feintzeig / Wall Street Journal:
Tech firms competing for talent spawn “workplace coordinators” to manage lavish employee perks  —  Lavish Perks Spawn New Job Category  —  At Tech Companies, Aim-to-Please Specialists Provide Yoga Classes, Jell-O Shots  —  From Muay Thai classes to Zen meditation rooms …

Symantec uncovers Regin, a trojan likely built by a nation-state, which has spied on businesses and governments since 2008 (Arik Hesseldahl/Re/code)

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 13:50

Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Symantec uncovers Regin, a trojan likely built by a nation-state, which has spied on businesses and governments since 2008  —  Symantec Uncovers Sophisticated, Stealthy Computer Spying Tool  —  Computer security researchers at Symantec say they have discovered a sophisticated piece …

Europeans Have Authority To Seek Google Break Up Though Unlikely To Do So (Greg Sterling/Search Engine Land)

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 12:15

Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Europeans Have Authority To Seek Google Break Up Though Unlikely To Do So  —  Break Google up.  That's the thrust of a “non-binding” resolution the European Parliament is expected to adopt at some point in the near future, according to a report on Friday from Reuters.

Google and Garmin altered directions to the Hollywood sign on behalf of nearby homeowners to keep tourists away (Alissa Walker/Gizmodo)

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 10:10

Alissa Walker / Gizmodo:
Google and Garmin altered directions to the Hollywood sign on behalf of nearby homeowners to keep tourists away  —  Why People Keep Trying to Erase the Hollywood Sign From Google Maps  —  The Hollywood Sign might be one of the most recognizable things on Earth.  In Los Angeles, it's also one of the most visible.

The US Congress won't limit the NSA: individuals, courts, and other nations must step up (Glenn Greenwald/The Intercept)

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 08:25

Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
The US Congress won't limit the NSA: individuals, courts, and other nations must step up  —  Congress Is Irrelevant on Mass Surveillance.  Here's What Matters Instead.  —  The “USA Freedom Act”—which its proponents were heralding as “NSA reform” despite its suffocatingly narrow scope …

How 3-D printing is revolutionizing medicine (Jerome Groopman/New Yorker)

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 04:40

Jerome Groopman / New Yorker:
How 3-D printing is revolutionizing medicine … “I just hope people in the future are, like, ‘What the hell are these things?’ ”  —  BUY OR LICENSE » … BUY OR LICENSE »

How Cheezburger survived 3 years of turmoil to create a platform for remixing funny images (Ben Huh/Backchannel)

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 00:55

Ben Huh / Backchannel:
How Cheezburger survived 3 years of turmoil to create a platform for remixing funny images  —  Rewriting Cheezburger Saved My Life  —  Please You Download It … I want to tell you the entire story of how this app came to be, with all the guts and gore.

Passwords don't just protect data, they reveal our hopes, dreams, secrets, fears, and memories (Ian Urbina/New York Times)

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 21:35

Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Passwords don't just protect data, they reveal our hopes, dreams, secrets, fears, and memories  —  The Secret Life of Passwords … Play Videos  —  Howard Lutnick, the chief executive of Cantor Fitzgerald, one of the world's largest financial-services firms, still cries when he talks about it.

Internal NSA debate led Obama to consider plan to stop gathering US phone records in 2009 (Ken Dilanian/Associated Press)

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 18:10

Ken Dilanian / Associated Press:
Internal NSA debate led Obama to consider plan to stop gathering US phone records in 2009  —  AP Exclusive: Before Snowden, a debate inside NSA  —  1 photo  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Years before Edward Snowden sparked a public outcry with the disclosure that the National Security Agency …

How Twine, a creation tool for text-based video games, brought more diverse voices to gaming (Laura Hudson/New York Times)

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 14:45

Laura Hudson / New York Times:
How Twine, a creation tool for text-based video games, brought more diverse voices to gaming  —  Twine, the Video-Game Technology for All  —  Perhaps the most surprising thing about “GamerGate,” the culture war that continues to rage within the world of video games, is the game that touched it off.

Behind PayPal-owned mobile payments app Venmo, which processed $700M in payments in Q3 2014 (Felix Gillette/Businessweek)

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:40

Felix Gillette / Businessweek:
Behind PayPal-owned mobile payments app Venmo, which processed $700M in payments in Q3 2014  —  Mobile Payment Startup Venmo is Killing Cash  —  Kristen Geil, a writer for an Internet marketing firm in Chicago, heard about Venmo for the first time two summers ago.

The Oral History of The Poop Emoji (Or, How Google Brought Poop to America) (Lauren Schwartzberg/Fast Company)

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 08:05

Lauren Schwartzberg / Fast Company:
The Oral History of The Poop Emoji (Or, How Google Brought Poop to America)  —  Everyone's favorite emoji began in Japan.  But without Google, it may have stayed there.  —  If the story of the poop emoji's rise were told in emojis, it would look like this:

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