French company Iliad wants to buy T-Mobile and ruin Sprint’s grand plan

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We may soon see a bidding war for T-Mobile. French telecom company Iliad has put in a $15 billion, all-cash bid for the company that would give it a controlling stake of 56.6 percent. The news throws a huge wrench into the months-long narrative that Sprint is preparing to buy its smaller competitor. T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom and Sprint have already reached a tentative agreement that would ultimately combine the third and fourth place US carriers, according to previous reports. But Iliad gives T-Mobile another path in taking the fight to its rivals. The Wall Street Journal first reported Iliad’s interest in T-Mobile on Thursday afternoon.

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We are all Glassholes now

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2013 was the year of the Glasshole — the year that technology made one of its most violent entries into our personal lives at bars, restaurants, workplaces, and homes. Public backlash stemmed from concerns about Glass’ clandestine camera, and about fears of being documented publicly without consent. But really, Glass isn’t much different from the cameras we already use. It’s just the most obvious manifestation of our obsession with documentation, the most logical scapegoat for a much larger…

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The NFL Gets Quantified Intelligence, Courtesy Of Shoulder Pad-Mounted Motion Trackers

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Seperation The NFL is making a move to integrate RFID-based activity-tracking tech to give fans, coaches and players more information about what exactly athletes go through during each game. The Zebra Technologies tracker systems will mount to player shoulder pads and communicate with receivers installed in 17 stadiums during the 2014 season. They will provide information about each player’s… Read More

Twitter Acquires Password Security Startup Mitro, Open Sources Its Product

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Mitro_Company_Logo Twitter is acquiring a small password security startup called Mitro for its New York office. Mitro built a way that multiple people can share or control passwords to a single account. The most obvious use case would have been in the enterprise where team members need to share a single password for an account. Twitter isn’t keeping the product and we hear that the team will likely be… Read More

Audi Tests Self-Driving Cars On Florida’s Roads

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Audi_A7_Piloted_Drive_Tampa-2416 Self-driving cars are making their way to Florida. Well, to “connected car” testbeds in Florida, that is. Automaker Audi was recently the first to try out a section of highway in Tampa, Florida which has been designated by the state as a testbed for automated driving. Here, Audi tested an initial version of “Piloted Driving” –  something it calls “Traffic… Read More

Apache Cordova lets developers create Android apps from third-party WebViews

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Help is on the horizon for mobile developers dealing with the nuances of the numerous Android OS versions in circulation — at least if they’re developing Web-style apps.

An upcoming upgrade to the open source Apache Cordova device APIs will accommodate third-party WebViews to help developers get their apps up and running on the various Android versions, says Joe Bowser, a primary lead at Adobe Systems for Cordova on Android. This support comes in version 4.0 of Cordova, which is expected later this year, with Intel’s Crosswalk slated as the first WebView supported.

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Fresh attacks on open source miss the mark

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Despite hefty successes like Hadoop, Linux, and Android, the open source movement has come under intense pressure recently. On the one hand, the New York Times’ Quentin Hardy questions “whether it makes sense to build free stuff at all” given open source’s commercial floundering. On the other hand, InfoWorld’s own Galen Gruman chides “open source mobile efforts” as having “a history of failure.”

In these and other broadsides, the critics miss the open source forest for the trees.

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The drone you should buy right now

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The word drone has a lot of different meanings: military craft, research tool, delivery robot. But for the average civilian, drone means a high-tech toy. Maybe you’ve seen one flying at your local park or caught some viral video footage of a drone swooping through a fireworks display. Even people like Martha Stewart are suddenly penning love letters to their drones. If you’ve ever wondered whether it would be fun, easy, and affordable to own one yourself, we’re here to tell you it’s possible….

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Government Requests For Twitter Account Data Up 46% Since Second Half Of 2013

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Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 8.35.47 AM Early this morning, Twitter released its biannual transparency report, detailing the number of requests from global governments for account information, and content takedown demands. Information requests from governments regarding account information for the first half of 2014 totaled 2,058, up 46% from the second half of 2013, and up 77.87% from the year-ago period. The pace of growth in… Read More

Yelp Tanks Following Better-Than-Expected Earnings Report

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yelp-earnings Yesterday Yelp reported its second quarter earnings, beating on revenue, and announcing that it was profitable in the period, a first for the company.
Its shares rose, and then fell in after-hours trading. Yelp opened down today, and is currently off nearly 12%.
What’s going on? With $88.8 million in revenue, and $0.04 in per-share profit, Yelp more than hit its big numbers. However… Read More

‘Wire’ creator David Simon is making a new miniseries

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David Simon is known for his stark yet nuanced portrayals of race, class, violence, and other issues in America: he’s best known for The Wire but created other critical successes like Generation Kill (set in the 2003 invasion of Iraq) and and Treme (set in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.) The latter ended late last year, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, Simon is moving ahead with another show, this one a six-hour HBO miniseries called Show Me a Hero.

Show Me a Hero is based on a 1999 nonfiction book by former New York Times reporter Lisa Belkin, and it was reportedly just greenlit by HBO. The book follows Nicholas Wasicsko, who became the youngest mayor in America when he won a campaign in Yonkers, New York in…

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