Twitter Has Moved Into Its New Office, And It’s Gorgeous
It’s a beautiful day in San Francisco: sunny but not too hot, a nice breeze but not too windy.
So a lot of Twitter employees had lunch out on the rooftop garden of their office.
Broadcast moves beyond the TV set as 17% of consumers get network content on multiple
People who watch a network’s video online also spend 25 percent more time watching that network on their television sets, according to a new comScore study. From the report:
The Antivirus Era Is Over
Two weeks ago today, computer security labs in Iran, Russia, and Hungary announced the discovery of Flame, “the most complex malware ever found,” according to Hungary’s CrySyS Lab.
For at least two years, Flame has been copying documents and recording audio, keystrokes, network traffic, and Skype calls, and taking screenshots from infected computers. That information was passed along to one of several command-and-control servers operated by its creators. In all that time, no security software raised the alarm.
MacBook Pro Retina Display Analysis
I’m in San Francisco until tomorrow morning, but aside from dinner I’ve been spending as much time with the next-gen MacBook Pro as possible. Apple, as always, has done an excellent job of giving users enough reasons to want this thing. There’s the display for those who stare at their computers all day, there’s the significant reduction in thickness and weight for those who want portability in a quad-core machine, and there’s the significant GPU/SSD spec bump for those who crave performance.
IBM, Activision Blizzard latest heavyweights to oppose Xbox import ban requested by Google
Interesting statements on public interest considerations keep showing up on the ITC document system. The two latest submissions were made by IBM and Activision Blizzard, both of which oppose the Xbox 360 import ban Google (Motorola) is pursuing.
IBM, which holds more U.S. patents than any other company and sold more than 2,000 of them to Google last year, explains that the Xbox gaming consoles and accessories “contain components developed by, and a limited porttion of which are manufactured by, IBM in the United States”, so IBM would “suffer commercial harm” in the event of an import ban.
LulzSec Reborn Leaks 10,000 Twitter Accounts
LulzSec Reborn, the so-called redux of disbanded hacker group LulzSec, leaked around 10,000 Twitter usernames and passwords of members who used TweetGif, an animated Gif-sharing application.
The file contained an unusually detailed trove of information on each member: usernames, passwords, real names, locations, bios, avatars, secret tokens used to authenticate TweetGif to pull Twitter data, and even their last tweet. The hackers’ motivations are unclear at this point; an announcement posted on Pastebin merely linked to a destination for people to download the .SQL file.
Verizon Overhauls Its Rate Plans, Focusing on Shared Data
n a major shakeup to how it handles its billing, Verizon Wireless plans to start charging customers almost exclusively based on how much data they are using, rather than on the amount of phone calls or text messages sent.
The plans, known as “Share Everything,” allow users an unlimited number of calls and texts and also allow data usage to be pooled among up to 10 devices on one account. With the move, Verizon becomes the first U.S. carrier to offer the ability for customers to share a bucket of data across multiple devices. AT&T has also said it is working on plans that will allow such sharing, though it has yet to detail its plans.
iOS 6 gives you more features to make the things you do every day even better. It’s coming this fall, and it’s free and easy to upgrade wirelessly on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch — the moment it’s available.
Exclusive: Sprint Touch Wallet slides show carrier is serious about NFC wallet app
Last week we heard that Sprint was developing their own NFC-based mobile wallet application, and today an insider has passed along to us a couple presentation slides to let us know that it’s real. We don’t yet have any specifics about participating financial partners, but based on the screens we see McDonald’s, Barnes and Noble, Macy’s, Target, Best Buy and others look to be on board (or at the very least used as examples) with either loyalty cards, or they’ll accept full payments.
Mobile Money Management App Lemon Launches Digital Wallet, Closes $8 Million Series A
Lemon.com, the company behind the handy cloud-based receipt organizer and spending tracker mobile app, has now expanded its platform to include digital wallet functionality. And it has just landed an $8 million Series A, too. The new funding was led byMaveron, the VC firm co-founded by Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz – an investor specifically chosen because of Starbucks’ success with its own branded mobile payments application. Also participating in the round were Lightspeed Venture Partners,CampVentures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Chamath Palihapitiya’s Social+Capital Partnership and other angels.
Two years after acquisition, CityDeal co-founders leave Groupon
A little over two years after Germany’s CityDeal was acquired by social buying site Groupon in a push into Europe, its co-founders Daniel P. Glasner and Philipp Maginare leaving the company, reports Deutsche Startups (in German).
If you’re interested, this is probably why they’re leaving now.
The news comes mere weeks after word got out that Marc Samwer, the oldest of the three notorious Samwer brothers, left his role as head of international operations at Groupon.