Facebook Launches Rooms, Interests Trump Social

[Oct 23, 2014] Continuing to diversify its app offerings, Facebook just launched Rooms -- a platform for people to connect based on similar interests rather than social ties.

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Tsu, the Social Network That Pays You to Post

[Oct 23, 2014] While everyone is wringing their hands about the effect of advertising clutter and marketing-related privacy concerns on social networks like Facebook, one new contender is trying to cut the Gordian knot with a novel approach. Meet Tsu, the social network that pays you to share.

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Smartphone giant Xiaomi puts citizens' private data beyond the reach of Chinese Government

[Oct 22, 2014] Chinese Apple wannabe Xiaomi says it's spent much of the past year migrating its online services out of its Beijing data centers so that it can better serve customers in international markets.

The Middle Kingdom's smartphone upstart is virtually unknown in the West but is already outselling Samsung in China and has lately moved into Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Taiwan.

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Commodity Data Analytics for Health Care

[Oct 21, 2014] Analytics are expensive and labor intensive; we need them to be routine and ubiquitous. I complained earlier this year that analytics are hard for health care providers to muster because there’s a shortage of analysts and because every data-driven decision takes huge expertise

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Big-screen smartphones reduce appeal of tablets

[Oct 23, 2014] At last Thursday’s Apple event in Cupertino, California, CEO Tim Cook unveiled the newest generation of iPads—the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3. These tablets boast slightly faster processors and an improved camera, but Apple failed to acknowledge the elephant in the room.

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Lufthansa outsources IT infrastructure ops to IBM

[Oct 22, 2014] German airline Lufthansa said on Wednesday it will outsource its IT infrastructure services to US computer giant IBM to cut costs by 70 million euros ($89 million) annually.

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Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office.

[Oct 20, 2014] We were surprised as anyone when The Guardian revealed that, far from being “the safest place on the internet”, the anonymous messaging app Whisper was tracking the location of its users – even when they specifically denied the app access to their location.

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Internet trolls could face 2 years in prison if British proposal becomes law

[Oct 19, 2014] Currently, the Malicious Communications Act allows for the prosecution of users who are sexually offensive or verbally abusive, and there have already been a handful of cases. A pair of 20-year-olds were sent to jail for rape threats sent via Twitter.

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Good Technology buys Austin startup Macheen for $8.3M

[Oct 21, 2014] Good Technology said Tuesday it has acquired Austin, Texas-based mobile cloud application service provider Macheen for $8.3 million and updated its IPO filing.

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