Archive for January, 2013


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This video is stunning. Made by Mark Gee, the real time video shows the moon rising over New Zealand. It’s incredible to see the dark sky be filled with the gigantic glowing orb.

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The godfather of news, Walter Cronkite, had a regular show on CBS called “The 21st Century” that showed off technology of the future.

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It’s been a pretty big news day for Lyft, but let’s make it even bigger. TechCrunch has learned that Zimride, parent company behind the ride-sharing service, has closed a new, $15 million round of funding led by Founders Fund.

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Founded in 2007, Linkwell Health partners with health plans, consumer brands that want to be health conscious, grocery chains and drugstores to offer everyday consumers discounts, coupons and content to help them make healthier choices.

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Gabe Newell, the co-founder of gaming company Valve, has revealed that he views Apple, rather than traditional gaming consoles, as the biggest competitive threat to the Steam Box and other PC-based entertainment solutions looking to enter the…

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On the heels of adding Apple TV integration earlier this month, QuikIO has announced version 2 of its media streaming service and added a convenient iPhone-to-iPhone file sharing feature.

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App.net has given a sizable boost after developer Tapbots made its a spike to App.net sign-ups when it launched in October 2012.

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The latest tablet market share estimates are out, and the last quarter of 2012 was unsurprising another record one, with a total of 52.5 million units shipped worldwide.

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At today’s BlackBerry 10 launch event, BlackBerry, formerly known as Research In Motion, introduced two new phones, the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10, and a new platform optimized for touch computing called the BlackBerry 10.

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The idea of the open cloud has different meanings. There are open infrastructure groups that are working toward federating clouds at the infrastructure level.

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If you’re an independent band, or actor, or clown, or really creative of any stripe, you’re probably looking for a gig. But try as you might, finding that gig is tough.

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Because we’re all just suckers when it comes to anything Marvel, Iron Man and/or Bob Downey (and especially because Iron Man 3 looks so amazing), we can’t help but enjoy watching trailers for… freaking trailers.

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The President announced yesterday that he was in favor of a Startup Visa. Hallelujah.
That led me to go back in time.
The first time I posted about #startupvisa on AVC was September 23, 2009.

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I’d love a user experience expert to chime in on this post. I’ve been watching as more and more technology sites are maximizing the viewport (the viewable region of your device) and I’m not really that impressed.

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A few days ago, I read Nilay Patel’s review of the Pebble smartwatch for The Verge. Like many others, I bought a Pebble on Kickstarter, and I can’t wait to try it out myself.

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Viki, the global video site, has signed a deal with NBCUniversal (NBCU) that sees it license a number of the US broadcaster’s top entertainment programs for distribution across Southeast Asia.

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Aging star could still form planets

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We’ve seen snippets of what’s to come in the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, but we haven’t gotten a good look at the big bad obstacle course — until now.

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BlackBerry 10 OS was fully unveiled today along with the Z10 and Q10 phones that will run it. To help you sort out all the details, we’ve gathered the pertinent facts together in one, handy place. If you need to know about BB 10, this is your place.

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There is a laser-like focus on cool tools and apps these days. Eric Patnoudes encourages you to take a step back and take time to focus on skills.
The post Why It’s Time To Focus On Skills (Not Just Cool Tools) appeared first on Edudemic.

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BlackBerry 10 is out in the wild, but doesn’t mean it will succeed. What can BlackBerry do if BB 10 fails?

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Can the 2014 Cruze Eco-D end Volkswagen’s diesel dominance?

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It’s less than two weeks since Kim Dotcom launched Mega, a new file-storage site, but already the service currently hosts nearly 50 million files, the flamboyant German entrepreneur has revealed. Dotcom says that, of those files, just 0.001 percent…

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On the web, there’s plenty of room to throw a scattershot of ads at people and hope one resonates. On mobile, where there’s reduced real estate, you have to make every pixel count by targeting ads with surgical precision.

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Facebook now has 4,600 employees and it’s hiring at a breakneck pace.
We recently toured Facebook’s rapidly-expanding campus. The recruiting department is so large that it occupies nearly an entire floor of one building.

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Facebook reported its Q4 numbers this afternoon. 
It beat Wall Street analysts’ revenue and profit expectations.
Revenue growth continued to accelerate –  grew 40% y/y, up from 32.80% y/y growth last quarter. 
Operating margins improved, as well.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a revealing observation about his company’s troubled relationship with Google.
“Our relationship isn’t one where the companies really talk,” he told analysts on the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call.

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It’s time to lace up your sneakers and start training: only 54 days until Harry Rosen’s annual Spring Run-Off! The run is taking place March 24th, 2013 in scenic Stanley Park.

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(TrendHunter.com) Even if you’ve never tweeted an ordinary detail about your day, it’s more than appropriate to do so when you’re using these Twitter Sticky Notes. Don’t worry: what you write…

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Twitter will likely become flooded with ads — much as Facebook has been — if it launches its own self-serve advertising mechanism this quarter, as reported by TechCrunch’s Ingrid Lunden.

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Following the today’s announcement of the Blackberry 10, an impressive new phone from RIM (now known as BlackBerry), RIM Europe’s Stephen Bates gave an interview to the BBC’s Radio 5.
Bates, however, wasn’t too keen to answer every question.

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Back in 1997, the US Air Force choose between the F-22 Raptor and the YF-23 for its fifth-generation fighter.
The YF-23 had a greater flight range, giving the fighter the potential to strike much further targets.

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The month of January has been pretty interesting for market observers.
While it’s been a slow grind higher on the S&P 500, nearly every day inching closer to all-time highs, flows into equity funds have been incredible – even historic.

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Nik Wallenda completed a 200-foot high tightrope walk above a highway without wearing a harness on Wednesday. It took him 9 minutes to stroll 600 feet from start to end. 
The stunt took place in Wallenda’s hometown of Sarasota, Florida.

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Bohemia Interactive’s got a third game coming out this year alongside ArmA 3 and DayZ. ArmA Tactics is a strategy spinoff of the company’s military simulator series, and it’s also one of the first games for Nvidia’s new handheld gaming device.

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Facebook now has more mobile users than desktop users, and its revenue has jumped 40 percent over last year. But it’s net income is down 79 percent, causing Wall Street to punish its stock in after-hours trading.

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BlackBerry takes a risk with its latest smartphone design, and breaks some understood conventions of the typical mobile device.

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When Bill and Mara decided to have a geeky wedding, they realized they needed geeky wedding invitations. And what better way to show off their ‘circuits and swirl’ theme than to create a circuit board invitation.

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Apple’s iPad led the charge as total worldwide tablet shipments hit a record of 52.5 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to IDC’s preliminary data from its Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, but its market share continued to…

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After publishing an investigative report on Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s family finances last October, The New York Times was the victim of a prolonged four-month hacking scheme that may have originated from state-sponsored hackers.

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At today’s BlackBerry 10 launch event, BlackBerry, formerly known as Research In Motion, introduced two new phones, the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10, and a new platform optimized for touch computing called the BlackBerry 10.

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The giant turbines could help make offshore wind cheaper.
Siemens installed two colossal offshore wind turbines this week, demonstrating technology that could have a significant impact on the economics of wind power.

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Racking up the most expensive monthly service bills, U.S. consumers that own an iPhone are spending slightly more each month than Android smartphone owners.

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A few days ago, I read Nilay Patel’s review of the Pebble smartwatch for The Verge. Like many others, I bought a Pebble on Kickstarter, and I can’t wait to try it out myself.

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On the web, there’s plenty of room to throw a scattershot of ads at people and hope one resonates. On mobile, where there’s reduced real estate, you have to make every pixel count by targeting ads with surgical precision.

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Apple’s iPad led the charge as total worldwide tablet shipments hit a record of 52.5 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to IDC’s preliminary data from its Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, but its market share continued to…

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7 Up
Reuters: Qualcomm profit beats street, raises guidance; shares rise

and Electronic Arts slashes 201 outlook as industry struggles

and RIM rebrands as BlackBerry; launches nifty devices
Facebook’s Q4 earnings: Can anyone say “mobile”?

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With pristine beach views, warm turquoise waters, and mild tropic temperatures, it’s hard to argue that a Caribbean vacation sounds like a bad idea.
U.S.

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Foot Locker is looking good right now, according to a note from Citigroup analyst Kate McShane. 
Foot Locker’s business has been on the rise this year, thanks in part to a boost in basketball shoe sales.

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(TrendHunter.com) The latest Chris McVeigh LEGO art work is a depiction of an original Apple computer. Chris McVeigh is a notorious author, illustrator and artist. His work is meant to inspire, enlighten and…

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(TrendHunter.com) Electronic waste is often illegally dumped and hazardously recycled in third world countries such as Ghana and Nigeria, but Esource by Hal Watts, a designer and recent graduate of the Imperial…

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(TrendHunter.com) One very good strategy for getting your chatty coworker to stop talking—at least very briefly—is to offer her something to eat. Bla-Bla Cookies packaging captures this technique in a…

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You really have to hand it to Jeff Bezos and Amazon, which seem to continuously defy reality — and gravity. Amazon just announced its fourth-quarter earnings, and if you listen to the press, you’d think it was another home run.

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Fast foodies aficionados, ranch dippers, chip dust finger suckers, ground meat lovers, Mountain Dew drinkers at the skate park, or just people everywhere, listen up.

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Another key member of Zynga’s team has left the beleaguered social game maker. This time it’s chief game designer Brian Reynolds, as first reported on Polygon.

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Once Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his five-man team set off to cross the Antarctic continent during the winter months, the only thing standing between them and the finish line will be 2,400 miles of ice.

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Apple has been granted a trademark by the U.S. government for the design and layout of its retail stores, according to a filing at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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As expected, Cisco sold its home wireless router business, Linksys, to Belkin last week for an undisclosed sum.
With that sale, CEO John Chambers’ dreams to turn Cisco into a consumer tech company have ended.

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The housing market has been improving significantly for nearly a year at this point, but with those upticks in activity across the board in the last several months, it seems that instances of potential fraud also increased.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – American Eagle silver coin sales in January surged to an all-time monthly high as the U.S. Mint resumed sales after huge demand triggered a brief suspension, and gold coins also posted their best performance since July 2010.

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It’s not clear exactly what will change about a new model of Apple TV except for its size, but documents indicate that a new processor and wireless chip are in order.

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Facebook has announced a collaboration deal with global market intelligence firm, the Cleantech Group, to help find new ways that the social network can raise awareness amongst its users about clean energy and to help reduce their environmental…

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Microsoft has posted a service alert to notify users of an issue it is having with processing sign-ins for Xbox Live .
Update (11:15pm ET): The issue has now been resolved. We wish you happy gaming.

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Private company M&A database CB Insights released a number interesting data points tonight in a report focusing on M&A transactions in the technology sector. According to the report, 2,277 private tech companies acquired in 2012.

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Online meeting company YouDazzle has launched its latest service designed to allow anyone to meet online. Called Meet.fm, its goal is to allow anyone create and run their own personalized and information-rich meeting on any computer or mobile device.

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Google on Tuesday announced a massive update to Google Earth’s tour guide feature for desktop, Android, and iOS.

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LG Electronics has announced losses of $428.96 million (468 billion Korean won) for the fourth quarter of 2012 fueled by a price-fixing fine from the European Union and increased TV industry competition.

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Cooliris is continuing to push its photo-sharing app into major international markets after it launched a localized version in Russia in partnership with local Internet juggernaut Yandex.

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Publicly disclosed merger and acquisition activity for private tech companies reached $46.8 billion last year across 2,277 transactions, according to a new report from CB Insights.

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Because a 552 horsepower station wagon apparently wasn’t crazy enough, Audi is giving its M5 killer more power.

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Got a few likes on Facebook you wish your friends couldn’t see? Here’s how to hide them from your friends’ view, without missing out on those pages’ updates in your news feed. More »

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Some have called the 2010 approval of E15 by the EPA irresponsible, but if new tests prove accurate, it’s neither good for the environment nor your car.

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Unsurprising reports about what the next iPad will look like have been coming out, parts showing off an iPad Mini-esque casing for the bigger iPad have been leaked and well, I’m no math expert but one plus one usually equals two.

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Because the court system is an inescapable never ending maze of appeals and paperwork, a ruling doesn’t seem to mark the end of anything.

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Filling up the majority of the available storage on the upcoming tablet, Windows 8 needs a significant chunk of space on both versions of the Surface Pro.

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Two leading biotechnology companies are competing to be the first to implement cheaper, faster processes for producing drugs inside living cells, making it easier to manufacture human proteins, antibodies, and other medications.

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Researchers exploit the strange properties of a liquid metamaterial to watch Minkowski spacetimes leap in out and of existence

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There’s a new Apple TV on the way. Per these FCC documents, the new model is physically slightly smaller and as noted by TheNextWeb, rocks an A5X SoC.

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According to a FCC filing, Apple has a smaller Apple TV in the works. What’s weird is that it’s not that much smaller than the current Apple TV—the small version would be 93.78 square millimeters as opposed to the current version’s 98 square mm.

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Another key member of Zynga’s team has left the beleaguered social game maker. This time it’s chief game designer Brian Reynolds, as first reported on Polygon.

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I often receive email from readers of my Tech Files column who are looking for advice or recommendations. From time to time, I’m republishing edited versions of some of these questions and my answers here on SiliconBeat.

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Unsurprising reports about what the next iPad will look like have been coming out, parts showing off an iPad Mini-esque casing for the bigger iPad have been leaked and well, I’m no math expert but one plus one usually equals two.

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The startup world woke up to some exciting news this morning, with the $10 million cash sale of restaurant dish photo sharing and recommendation app Foodspotting to online restaurant reservation giant OpenTable.

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The startup world woke up to some exciting news this morning, with the $10 million cash sale of restaurant dish photo sharing and recommendation app Foodspotting to online restaurant reservation giant OpenTable.

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One thing your iPhone could be better at: sending secret encrypted messages (aka for sexting and/or illicit relationships). The regular messages app leaves everything hanging out in the open!

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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner was recently grounded across the world because its lithium ion batteries would self-combust in a blaze of glory (aka the batteries melt).

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In the latest development in a long and complicated series of ongoing lawsuits between the two companies, Judge Lucy Koh has found that Samsung did not willfully infringe Apple patents. Last August, a jury ruled in favor of Apple, awarding the…

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The We almost don’t believe this news but it’s to mind blowing not to at least discuss. Rumor has it that Paul Giamatti — yes, THAT Paul Giamatti — is in talks to play The Rhino in Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man 2, according to THR.

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Still wondering what those weird alien character in American Horror Story Asylum were supposed to be like? Well, wait no more. A crop of concept art from the TV series has been released, thanks to artist Jerad S.

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Over the past five years at io9, we’ve explored a lot of strange frontiers, and asked a lot of ridiculous questions.

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Turbo, a Russell Terrier, poses before a press conference
January 28, 2013 by The Westminster Kennel Club to introduce two new
breeds that will compete in the 137th annual Westminster Dog Show in New
York.

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Today on the Dish, Andrew piled
on David Mamet for his veil of ignorance regarding guns, crime and Hobbes.

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A hybrid will help Subaru compete with its main rivals in Japan and the United States, while giving buyers a new and different green choice.

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Vine is in hot water after displaying porn to its users. It’s now doing everything it can to contain all pornographic content on its network. But will it be enough for Apple not to ban the app from the App Store?

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Because Netflix spends so much time tweaking, working and twerking its recommendation engine to spit out more personalized results for you, sometimes the suggestions can get a little bit eerie.

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Quantic Dream collaborator and composer Normand Corbeil passed away last week, leaving behind a legacy of spectacular scores in games like Indigo Prophecy and Heavy Rain.

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Ad exchange adBrite told partners today that it will be shutting down on Feb. 1.
A couple of TechCrunch readers sent us copies of the emails that went out to adBrite publishers and advertisers.

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Google Maps is not only a strong product, it’s a strong platform. With its Map Maker tool, people from around the world can participate in making Google’s maps more detailed, accurate and up-to-date.

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Today Google announced the availability of updated cartography of North Korea in its Maps product.

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These warped chairs, designed by French studio Ibride, have so many hidden features it’s making my brain wrinkle at a rate it’s never scrunched up before.

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