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Email Marketer Declines To Pay Its DDoS Attacker 1.8 Bitcoin Bribe To Prevent Repeat Attack — Seriously

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 19:27
In about two hours if threats are carried out, email marketing service Mad Mimi (CrunchBase) will be hit with another denial-of-service attack (DDoS) similar to what it endured yesterday, which made its service unavailable for a period of time. The attacker then demanded 1.8 bitcoin as ransom to prevent another assault. Mad Mimi declined to pay the sum, and so, at some time around 6 p.m. PDT,… Read More
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This Demake Of Legend Of Zelda Is Most Fun You Can Have With Colored Squares

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 18:57
It's dangerous to go alone! Go play The Legend Of Zelda, deconstructed and reduced to its component concepts! You are Link, a green square, and your mission is to kill Ganon (probably a dark block). Along the way you'll grab a sword (a brown block) and fight all sorts of monsters, from Octoroks to Moblins (represented by blinking colors). Read More
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One Company Betting On Oculus Rift As The Platform For VR HR Training

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 18:06
The Oculus Rift and its creator Oculus VR have been purchased by Facebook, and that's causing some, including Minecraft developer Mojang, to reconsider their projects for the platform. But others are doubling down on their Oculus investment, including Technology Transfer Services (TTS), a company that designs training software for workforce education. Read More
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Microsoft Azure Matches Amazon’s Price Cuts And Introduces New “Basic” Tier

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 17:46
After Google's drastic price cuts for its cloud computing services, Amazon quickly matched them. Given that Microsoft always promised to match prices, it doesn't come as a surprise that the company today announced its own round of massive price cuts. Prices for compute on Microsoft Azure (previously known as Windows Azure) dropped by up to 35 percent and Microsoft cut storage prices by up to 65… Read More
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OkCupid Offers Firefox Visitors Links To Alternate Browsers To Protest New Mozilla CEO

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 17:45
Online dating site OkCupid is presenting Firefox visitors with something other than the standard home page you’d normally encounter – instead, there’s a lengthy message apologizing for the interruption and explaining that OkCupid opposes the political views of Mozilla’s new CEO Brendan Eich, who made donations to a campaign in support of California’s anti-LGBT… Read More
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Intel Pours $740M Into Cloudera In Exchange For An 18% Stake

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 17:38
Earlier this month, Cloudera announced that it had raised $160 million from a cadre of investors, including Google Ventures. That, as TechCrunch noted, brought its total funding to $300 million. Scratch all that: Cloudera today announced that it has picked up $740 million more from Intel. Read More
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Meetups Are Coming (To Boston And LA Next Week So Buy Tickets Now!)

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 17:00
Brace yourselves, residents of Los Angeles and Boston, for TechCrunch arrives in less than a fortnight. The TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-off will go down in Boston on April 8, and on the even of my 26th name day, April 10, we'll hit up Los Angeles with bells on. Read More
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Inside Jobs: How True & Co.’s Head Of UX Blends Psychology With Technology

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 17:00
The technology industry today has job titles that you don't really find anywhere else. User experience, or "UX", is one of them. It seems like every tech company is hiring in "UX design" and "UX research", but it's hard for outsiders to know what exactly it is that they do. For today's episode of Inside Jobs I sat down with Sarah Harrison, who has built her career in UX at a number of key tech… Read More
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Square Market Partners With Coinbase To Accept Bitcoin

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 16:59
In the sci-fi show Almost Human, everyone has a bitcoin wallet. More and more places to spend bitcoin means that could become a reality, and popular indie merchant mobile payment provider Square is the latest to accept the cryptocurrency. In an announcement today on their blog, which isn’t an April Fool’s Joke pushed early Square assures us, the company notes that bitcoin can be used… Read More
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Google+ Adds Total Content View Counts To Profile Pages

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 16:55
Google made a small but interesting update to Google+ today. Every profile page now includes the total number of times the user's content has been seen by others. This new number is the sum of all of the views of the user's profile, posts and photos since October 2012. It's worth noting that this isn't the first time Google started highlighting these kinds of stats. Google also previously… Read More
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Video Chat Marketplace LiveNinja Raises Additional $500K, Launches Tools For Online Businesses

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 16:44
Video chat marketplace LiveNinja, a former TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Alley participant, has raised an additional $500,000 in new funding, the company is announcing today. The news, which is being announced onstage at The Atlantic’s Startup City Miami event this afternoon, arrives alongside the official launch of the company’s business marketplace, called Katana. The funding comes… Read More
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With A Focus On Big Data Startups, Data Collective Redefines Thematic Investing And Debuts Its Third Fund

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 16:15
You wouldn’t think that big data would be the topic of conversation on this evening, but that’s the subject that brought Data Collective founders Matt Ocko and Zack Bogue together for the first time. Both were at the club for a friend’s birthday party and, upon meeting each other, immediately began geeking out over the possibilities of data dominating the world. This conversation… Read More
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Facebook’s Oculus Buy Will Force A New Social Future

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 15:52
Some reacted to Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR less than enthusiastically, but the announcement is one of the most exciting opportunities for the future of Social VR -- a future where virtual reality will help build stronger online interactions through more expressive communication and shared experiences. Read More
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HTC One (M8) Review: The New Best Android Smartphone

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 15:17
There’s a new contender for Android top dog on the market, and it’s the HTC One (M8), the latest from the Taiwanese firm. This metal-clad unibody slab inherits the good looks of its predecessor, last year’s HTC One (retroactively referred to as the M7), but refines the look and adds a lot of significant software changes, too. It makes the new One a great device, and well worth a… Read More
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After Launching In 135 Markets, Word For iPad Is #1 In 120 Countries

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 15:14
Microsoft's Office suite for iPad continues to dominate the iOS app store days after its release, retaining the top three free slots in the U.S. App Store, with Word, Excel and PowerPoint retaining the top three free slots. Read More
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AppRedeem Launches Smug Messenger, A WhatsApp Alternative That Rewards You For Getting Friends To Join

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 14:22
AppRedeem, the maker of AppTrailers, a service that allowed users to watch teaser videos about mobile applications in the hopes of boosting downloads, is shifting its focus away from app promotion - well, kind of. Today, the company is introducing a new mobile messaging app, Smug Messenger, that's designed to work on any mobile device, including those without a phone number attached, like a… Read More
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Frontback Update Adds Better User Profiles

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:27
Photo-sharing app Frontback just received an update in the App Store. The company revamped user profiles to make them a little more informative. Now, you can see an avatar, the nickname and full name, a user description and a location. You can also easily access followers and following lists. Finally, you can block someone if you don’t want this particular person to see your Frontbacks. As a… Read More
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Microsoft Adds Data About 150M New Entities To Bing

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:24
Microsoft today announced that it has added data about 150 million new entities to Bing's entity engine -- the company's rough equivalent to Google's Knowledge Graph. Over the course of the last few months, Microsoft said today, it has added real estate listings, as well as information about lawyers, doctors and dentists to the service. Bing also added more data about "web actives" -- that is… Read More
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Twitter Buys France’s Mesagraph And UK’s SecondSync To Ramp Up Social TV Efforts In Europe

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:14
Twitter is adding more global firepower to its ambitions to cosy up to broadcasters and TV advertisers: it is buying France's Mesagraph, and it is also acquiring SecondSync in the UK. It is also teaming with with Kantar, the market analytics firm owned by WPP who was also an investor in SecondSync, as part of its string of announcements today to further its global reach with its social TV… Read More
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HHS Secretary Sebelius: HealthCare.Gov “Definitely Saw The Galifianakis Bump”

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:07
When Obamacare passed the 6 million-person sign-up mark, we pointed, with our tongues half-cheeked, to President Obama's Between Two Ferns appearance with Zach Galifianakis. Turns out we were mostly on point. Recently, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius told the Huffington Post that the government "definitely saw that Galifianakis bump." Read More
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