Apple, Facebook, Comcast, and hundreds of others ask Supreme Court for nationwide marriage equality

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A host of the biggest companies in the world, including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and 374 others have banded together to file an amicus brief in the US Supreme Court stating that all couples should share the right to marry. The brief, which was filed today by law firm Morgan Lewis, actually makes a business case for legalizing same-sex marriage across the country. It claims that the currently muddled and confusing legal landscape surrounding same-sex marriage “places significant burdens on employers and their employees — making it increasingly hard to conduct business.”

The brief argues that the varying state laws around marriage equality makes it harder and more costly for companies to attract and recruit top talent…

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Would You Buy A ‘Smart Band’ For An Apple Watch?

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AplWatch-Hero-Tumble-PRINT Would you shell out money for a ‘smart’ accessory band for an Apple Watch that added additional capabilities? More battery life, perhaps?
The reason I ask is that the Apple Watch has a port that the company has yet to show off. Currently, it’s being used for diagnostics and direct access to the Watch operating system, but it’s feasible that could be used to connect… Read More

Zombie Ridesharing Bill Comes Back To Life In California

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lyft-uber A bill designed to regulate ridesharing companies is back. California Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian has submitted a bill aimed at placing new rules on companies like Uber and Lyft. Assembly Bill 24, however, is incredibly similar to Assembly Bill 612, which failed in committee in 2014. Nazarian notes in a release on the bill that 24 is “similar” to 612, which is understatement. Read More

Apple’s iTunes subscription music service unlikely to debut at March 9th event

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Not that we were expecting it, but 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple’s premium iTunes streaming service will be a no show at Monday’s “Spring forward” event in San Francisco. When it eventually launches, the subscription service will essentially be a do-over of Beats Music — this time under the iTunes brand and built directly into iOS. 9to5Mac says Apple’s annual WWDC keynote is the most likely venue for an unveiling of the product. The new streaming music service could come as part of an iOS 8 software update later this summer, though it could also be positioned as one of the main (and few) big new features of iOS 9.

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Are Drones A Fad Or Here For Good?

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hulahoops Drones are no longer just seen as a tool of the military or a toy that people use to fly around. They’re becoming accepted as a tool that businesses can deploy, and every day more and more companies are being created to build drone prototypes and software to help them fly, detect obstacles and make sense of terabytes of data they collect. This is the golden age of drones, and it is… Read More

Microsoft And Google Collaborate On Angular 2 Framework, TypeScript Language

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0820.Sublime_Intellisense Here’s a partnership that may come as a surprise to many: Microsoft and Google are working together to help make Angular 2 — the next (and somewhat controversial) version of Google’s JavaScript web app framework — better. shield-largeAngular has been using its own AtScript superset of Microsoft’s TypeScript for a while now. TypeScript is Microsoft’s attempt… Read More

Apple’s Streaming Music Service Will Debut In June

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beatsmusic-shutterstock_132921989 (1) Apple’s streaming music service, which will be a totally overhauled version of Beats but with iTunes branding and tighter integration with Apple’s own devices and software, will make its official debut in June, likely at WWDC. A source with knowledge of the company’s current plans tells TechCrunch June 8 is the  target launch date, at least for an official… Read More

Meet The Winners of the Last Pitch Your Prototype Challenge

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Photo: Design That MattersWith the current Pitch Your Prototype challenge submission period now open, let’s take a look at a winning team from a previous round. Design that Matters is a nonprofit founded by a team of MIT students to create tools to help meet basic needs in the developing world. In 2013, they’d developed a barebones phototherapy system […]

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Suicide rate among young men has gone down, but the rate for young women is rising

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Young men between the ages of 10 and 24 are taking their own lives less often than they did 20 years ago, according to a report released by the CDC today. Unfortunately, the suicide rate among young women is slightly higher than it was in 1994. And young people in general are resorting to suicide by suffocation more often than they did two decades ago.

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Chappie could have been the best robot-family-action-drama of the year

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The commercials for Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie want to sell it as a wild ride about eccentric gangsters and fighting robots. And sure, that’s largely what it is, but it’s also a film about humanity’s relationship with AI at the time of its emergence. Chappie is no Her, but its attempts to ask similarly big questions are what make it memorable.

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Twitter Taps Partner Data To Help Marketers Target Their Ads

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twitter Twitter announced a new ad targeting feature today called partner audiences, allowing Twitter advertisers to aim their ads at audiences like “coffee buyers” and “cereal buyers.” The various social media platforms have done a lot of work to expand their ad programs beyond their core sites and apps, but of course it’s useful for data to flow in the direction too,… Read More

Trucker Path Raises $1.5M From Renren To Help Truckers Truck Better

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6329651484_a2cab7e646_o Trucker Path is a mobile app that helps truckers find truck stops, parking spots, rest areas, scales, DOT weigh stations, truck washes and more. At first, this may sound pretty banal, but the company has bigger plans that go far beyond these kinds of map-centric tools. To do so (and to enter the growing Chinese market) Trucker Path has raised $1.5 million from Chinese holding company and… Read More

Microsoft Azure Launches Media Services Premium Encoder, Takes DocumentDB And Azure Search Out Of Preview

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azure Microsoft is making a number of announcements around its Azure cloud computing platform today. Some of these involve previously announced services coming out of preview, including the NoSQL database DocumentDB, its search-as-a-service solution Azure Search and two new virtual machine instance types. But in addition, the company is also launching its Azure Media Services Premium Encoder, a new… Read More

Let’s Face It: The Apple Watch Will Sell More Than A Million Units In Its First Month

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Apple Watch As we approach AW-Day, the naysayers are coming out to put their hand in front of the bottle of champagne that will be used to christen the S.S. Apple Watch. The most prominent of those naysayers was Mark Wilson, a traditionally even-keeled fellow who, in his own way, is pushing the pro- and anti-Apple Watch argument forward. I won’t even debase his post with the term clickbait: he has a… Read More

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