Posts Tagged ‘the-original’

Scores of Music Services Stream Into Crowded Field

December 24, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The number of music-streaming services is set to explode next year, as record labels have warmed up to the idea of renting consumers access to a vast collection of tunes, rather than selling them individual albums or songs. Dozens of companies — from household brands to music-focused startups — plan to begin offering new services in 2014, according to companies that they have hired to help launch and operate them. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Robots’ New Challenge: Pentagon Boot Camp

December 22, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

They have been portrayed by Hollywood as deadly Terminators. They have been vilified as future automaton armies, hunting humans without conscience. But these imposing robots, their makers say, are just here to help. If all goes as planned, machines named THOR, Valkyrie and Atlas will rush in where humans fear to tread, rescuing earthquake victims and turning off potentially catastrophic radiation leaks. To help developers come up with the rescue robots of the future, the Defense Department has embarked on a multimillion-dollar campaign. Competitors squared off Friday on a Nascar racetrack in Florida, where they engaged in a kind of slow-motion robot contest for survival—and for more Pentagon money. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Mark Zuckerberg Donates $1 Billion to Silicon Valley Community Foundation

December 20, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The recipient of Mark Zuckerberg’s latest $1 billion philanthropic contribution is a Silicon Valley institution that primarily feeds other nonprofits working in education, health care and the environment. But neither the head of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation nor Mr. Zuckerberg would say much about how the new grant will be used. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Centerbridge Won’t Proceed With Deal to Buy LightSquared

December 17, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

LightSquared Inc. said Tuesday that Centerbridge Partners LP has backed out of a tentative deal to buy the company out of bankruptcy, although the wireless venture is pursuing a transaction under similar “architecture” with existing stakeholders. Centerbridge left the deal “for economic and noneconomic reasons,” a LightSquared lawyer said at a hearing Tuesday in Manhattan bankruptcy court. Centerbridge didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Sprint Preparing a Bid for T-Mobile US

December 13, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Sprint is working toward a possible bid for rival T-Mobile US people familiar with the matter said, setting the stage for a giant telecom merger that if permitted by regulators would leave the U.S. wireless market dominated by three big companies. Sprint is studying regulatory concerns and could launch a bid in the first half of next year, the people said. A deal could be worth more than $20 billion, depending on the size of any stake in T-Mobile that Sprint tries to buy. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Aereo Welcomes Supreme Court Intervention in Fight With TV Broadcasters

December 13, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Online television startup Aereo Inc. said it would welcome the Supreme Court’s intervention to resolve a legal fight with broadcasters, who argue its service violates their copyrights. Several major broadcasters asked the Supreme Court in October to take up the matter. The broadcasters, including Walt Disney Co.’s ABC, Comcast Corp.’s NBC, CBS Corp. and 21st Century Fox are appealing a lower-court ruling in favor of Aereo, whose backers include Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Spy Game: NSA Said to Snoop on World of Warcraft

December 9, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

With all the revelations from Edward Snowden’s cache of documents, one might be left wondering, “What’s left that the NSA hasn’t been monitoring?” That list is getting shorter, as the New York Times, ProPublica and The Guardian published Monday a piece about how the NSA has been spying on World of Warcraft, the popular multiplayer online game made by Activision Blizzard, among other Internet games. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Unpacking Twitter’s Secret IPO Memos With the SEC

December 8, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Twitter has released secret correspondence with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the months leading up to its initial public offering. These memos were kept out of view until today. Overall, the SEC’s feedback provides an interesting look at what it deemed Twitter needed to disclose before going public. On several occasions the SEC pushed Twitter to offer more information. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Amid Drone Talk, Amazon Has Real Robots

December 7, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Amazon got a lot of ink for its sci-fi drone delivery idea this week, but a more real and immediate robot effort underway in the Seattle retailer’s warehouses could save it as much as $916 million a year, according to one analyst. Amazon’s rollout of robots from a company it bought called Kiva Systems — which can shuttle shelves full of merchandise to warehouse workers rather than the other way around — may help pare 20 percent to 40 percent off the typical $3.50 to $3.75 cost of fulfilling a typical order, says Shawn Milne, a Janney Capital Markets analyst in a research note. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Viral Video: Annoying "Friday" YouTube Phenom Is Back With — Wait for It — "Saturday"

December 7, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Rebecca Black vaulted to fame with the viral YouTube hit, “Friday,” the catchy-but-irritating song that eventually petered out. For those who were glad it was gone in favor of the next Web phenom, I am sorry to tell you that Black has taken things 24 hours ahead and is back with, yes , “Saturday.” Hopefully, Sunday will be a day of rest. Here’s the video: And, in case you were not annoyed enough already, here is the original “Friday” song:

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