SF Parking App Warned By SF City Attorney Open-Sources Its Code

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Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 12.25.46 PM Parking app Sweetch has open-sourced its code this morning in an effort to solve the parking crisis in San Francisco. The free, open-source project, called Freetch is open to any developer willing to work on solving parking problems for the city. City Attorney Dennis Herrera called out Sweetch and other parking apps earlier this week in a cease-and-desist letter it sent to MonkeyParking.… Read More

You can see 17 minutes of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ in IMAX 3D on July 7th

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Guardians of the Galaxy promises to be a very different Marvel film, featuring a cadre of fresh heroes and a surprising number of funny moments, if the trailer is any sign. With an August 1st release date, Guardians set to be Marvel’s big film of the summer, and it wants to start getting fans excited already: on July 7th, fans will be able to see 17 minutes of the film, in 3D, at 150 IMAX theaters across North America. Tickets are free, and all in attendance will receive what Marvel’s calling a “limited-edition collectible” poster for the film, which you can see below. If you’re interested in tickets, you can request them at SeeItFirst.

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Verizon employee who stole and sold over 900 phones sentenced to 27 months in jail

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James Hopkins stole over 900 phones and other devices from Verizon Wireless and sold them for quick cash while he worked at the company as a business account executive. Now he’s going to jail for mail fraud. Hopkins, who earned $272,290 through the constant and prolonged thievery, was sentenced to 27 months in prison at a New Jersey US District Court this week. Hopkins worked under the telecom giant at an office in Pennsylvania.

“From February through November 2009, Hopkins placed numerous orders for Verizon Wireless cellular telephones, handheld devices and accessories in the names of existing Verizon Wireless customers without their knowledge,” US Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement Tuesday. After placing the false orders,…

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Widespread outages leave Verizon customers without upgrades and online payments

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Verizon Wireless is suffering widespread downtime across the country. The outages aren’t affecting calls or data service, but customers are reporting that the carrier’s online systems have been unavailable for well over 24 hours. Complaints about the disruption continue to flood Twitter; subscribers are currently unable to make online bill payments, and the carrier’s upgrade / activation system also appears to be inaccessible as a result — at least in some areas. (Trying to purchase an iPhone upgrade through Apple, for instance, returns an error message.)

Calls placed to Verizon Wireless retail stores confirm that the carrier is dealing with major problems at the moment. Customers can’t activate new phones or upgrade devices in-store at…

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Facebook Home’s original development team has reportedly disbanded

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Facebook ambitious plan to take over your smartphone hasn’t panned out, and apparently, the original team behind it has moved on. According to The New York Times Bits blog, Facebook has disbanded the team that was initially responsible for developing Facebook Home, an Android skin that it released last year, which overhauled a phone to display Facebook photos on its lock screen and provide easy access to chat messages and status updates. Bits doesn’t say that work on Home has necessarily ended for good, but it suggests the chances of it moving forward aren’t very high either.

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The NSA just posted its first full transparency report

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The National Security Agency has posted its first full transparency report. Posted on the official agency Tumblr, the report breaks out the total number of orders for 2013, broken out into FISA orders, National Security Letters, and government requests for business records. The office of the Director of National Intelligence said the report was part of a larger push for transparency within the agency, and would continue in the future. “We are releasing information related to the use of these important tools,” the office said, “and will do so in the future on an annual basis.”

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Xbox One achievements and game clips coming to Xbox.com next week

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It’s been more than six months since Microsoft launched its Xbox One console, and the company is now planning to refresh its Xbox.com service to bring some much needed features to the web. While Xbox.com has worked for Xbox One owners to sign in and view profiles, it has never been optimized for the new friend features, achievements, game clips, and activity feed. That’s all changing next week with a big feature update that includes some visual tweaks to the site.

The regular Xbox One activity list will be viewable from Xbox.com, alongside a new profile page that lists game clips that have been uploaded or saved. Xbox Live achievements will also be viewable, with options to compare achievements between friends. Visually the site looks…

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Modern Meadow Raises $10 Million To Make Bioprinted Leather

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Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 10.48.38 AM In the future your sexy black biker jacket may be bioprinted. The New York-based Modern Meadow was originally known for its work in producing bioprinted meat – meat that is cultured in a vat and not grown on a cow – but just raised a $10 million Series A to begin printing cultured leather, a biomaterial that can be used in clothing and other applications. The company has $12.5… Read More

Shopping App Wish Raises $50 Million

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wish Wish, a social shopping site and mobile application, raised $50 million in new funding in a round led by Founders Fund, with participation from existing investors Formation 8, GGV Capital, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, Legend Capital and others. In April, the company announced $19 million in funding from the same investors, minus Founders Fund. However, that round actually happened in… Read More

A New App Called “Moment” Shows You How Addicted You Are To Your iPhone

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Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 10.05.33 AM Some of us jokingly say that we’re addicted to our iPhones. A newly released app called “Moment” will show us just how true that statement may be. Designed to promote a healthier balance between our real lives and those lived through the small screens of our digital devices, Moment tracks how much you use your phone each day, helps you create daily limits on that usage,… Read More

Apple To Cease Development Of Aperture And Transition Users To Photos For OS X

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img_0059 With the release of OS X Yosemite later this year, Apple will cease the development of its ‘pro’ photo editing app Aperture. Users of that program will be transitioned to Photos, a new app that was introduced during the WWDC keynote and that will be released next year. Photos integrates many of the advanced photo editing features that were previously found in Aperture and will… Read More

Backed By Science Inc., FreeGameCredits.com Offers Exactly What Its Name Suggests

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freegamecredits Startup FreeGameCredits.com doesn’t have the problem of an ambiguous name — just as you’d guess, it allows mobile game developers to run promotions offering in-game credits. The company is announcing today that it has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from Los Angeles-based “startup studio” Science Inc. It’s also launching its first promotion… Read More

US Gov Releases First NSA Transparency Report

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5635864242_8880e8831f_o This morning the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) released a report detailing its use of various legal authorities in 2013 to execute surveillance, and the number of targets impacted by each method. The move was hinted at in March of this year, when NSA Deputy Director Rick Ledgett said that the government was “actually working on a proposal right now to be transparent and to… Read More

Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion, Compressor and MainStage Pro Apps

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In what is surely a release timed (at least partially) to reassure pro users that they are still paying attention to them, Apple has released updates to its Final Cut Pro X, Motion, Compressor and MainStage apps. Earlier today, Apple announced that it was discontinuing Aperture, its pro photo editing app, in favor of the Photos app in the upcoming OS X Yosemite release. As a part of the apps… Read More

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