Microsoft gifts @messenger to Facebook as MSN Messenger retires

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Microsoft’s MSN Messenger service, also known as Windows Live Messenger, is shutting down after 15 years, and the software maker is passing the torch to Facebook. In a brief tweet, Microsoft has revealed it’s gifting the @messenger Twitter account to Facebook later this month for the social network’s own Messenger service. Of course, Facebook and Microsoft have long been buddies (not AIM buddies) so the exchange is the perfect gift for an old friend.

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Executives At Disrupt Say The Future Of Healthcare Depends On Testing, Sensing, And Communication

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e-health1 From Theranos on Monday to a panel of esteemed startup chief executives on Wednesday, the discussion around healthcare at this year’s Disrupt has been about the ways in which new diagnostic and communication tools are transforming delivery and accessibility for patients. “Healthcare is something that’s been done to us,” Livongo chief executive (and former Allscripts… Read More

OneDrive now supports 10GB files with faster syncing and Dropbox-like sharing

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Microsoft is rolling out some welcome improvements to its OneDrive cloud storage service today. While the company doubled its free OneDrive space in June and offered 1TB to Office 365 subscribers, Microsoft is letting OneDrive users take full advantage of the storage increases by allowing files up to 10GB to be uploaded to the service. It’s a highly requested change, and it doesn’t matter if you’re using desktop or mobile clients or even the OneDrive website — 10GB files are supported everywhere.

Updates rolling out over the coming weeks

Alongside the upload changes, Microsoft is increasing the number of files than can be downloaded or uploaded to OneDrive at the same time on PCs and Macs. “In internal tests, this parallel syncing…

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Seriously, how much did Bungie pay Paul McCartney to write this song for ‘Destiny’?

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In Augustthe New York Times reported that Paul McCartney, the lead singer of Wings, had written and recorded a song for Destiny, the spiritual follow-up to the Halo series, developed by Bungie and published by Activision.

Play for pay isn’t new for Paul McCartney. In fact, the musician has a talent for turning contractual obligations into catchy tunes, like “Live and Let Die” and “Wonderful Christmas Time.” The Beatles’ only performance in Kansas City happened on a scheduled off day because the band couldn’t refuse the ridiculous amount of money thrown at them by Charles Finley, the owner of the Kansas City Athletics, who went from an offer of $60,000 to $150,000 — at the time, the single highest payment for a single performance. The…

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Want to visit the set of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII?’ Join a flight school

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FlyMAC, reportedly “South of England’s Most Popular Flying School,” has found a pretty clever way to bring in new business. Seen above is one-half a Millennium Falcon and what appears to be a new X-Wing, albeit covered up. A 20-minute trial flight is £61.00 (about $99) going up to £143.00 (about $232) for an hour of snooping. So… who’s ready to get a pilot’s license?

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Twitter To Raise Up To $1.5B In Debt Offering

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Wall Street Twitter wants more cash. The company announced two $650 million debt offerings in a filing today, each with a potential $100 increase provided that the sales are oversubscribed. Assuming full tip, including the $100 million boosters, Twitter will raise up to $1.5 billion with the two offerings. Half the debt will be due in 2019, and the other half in 2021. The company famously raised… Read More

Microsoft Makes Scaling WordPress On Azure Easier

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2536017020_a4fbe5b8c1_o Almost a quarter of all sites on the web today run WordPress (including TechCrunch), but it’s not the easiest content management system to scale up for high-traffic sites. A bit of basic caching goes a long way, but to run a very large site — or to manage a huge visitor spike from Reddit and similar services — you need a bit more than a cheap virtual private server. With… Read More

Allscripts Founder Glen Tullman Launches Livongo Health At Disrupt, Backed By General Catalyst

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glen-tullman Diabetes affects 29.1 million people in the U.S. — including the son of Allscripts founder and former chief executive Glen Tullman. When Tullman was looking to launch his next startup, he wanted to create a technology that would touch millions, and from his own experience he knew how broken the system of care for diabetes patients was. So, working in tandem with investors at the… Read More

Apple Pay was this week’s most revolutionary product

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If you’ve paid any attention at all to the mobile payments space, you’ll know that one of the most notable pieces of news recently is that the consortium of carrier oligarchs trying to create a payment system rebranded from ISIS to Softcard so that it wouldn’t be associated with the militant group. The irony is thick enough to spread with a spatula, but that’s just the frosting on top of the multi-layered shit cake that has comprised the mobile payments industry so far.

Paying with your phone…

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San Francisco Fire Department rescues drone from a tree

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Today in news that is very San Francisco: the local fire department’s list of provided services now apparently includes drone rescue. Unmanned aerial vehicle enthusiast Eddie Codel pointed out this amazing scene on Twitter, in which a team of five firefighters work together to dislodge a drone from a tree.

The rescue took place in July, but SFist notes that lately San Franciscans have been losing drones all over town. Enthusiast forums are filling up with complaints about “flyaways,” the favored term for vehicles that stop responding to commands and declare…

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FCC net neutrality debate passes Janet Jackson’s nip slip in total comments

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It’s official: Americans care more about the internet’s future than Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction.” If you add up the initial round of comments and ongoing responses, the FCC has now received over 1,477,301 public comments regarding Tom Wheeler’s net neutrality proposal, according to Politico. That’s enough to beat the previous (though very murky) record of 1.4 million; all of those comments were focused on the infamous Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show incident involving Jackson, Justin Timberlake, and a nip slip. But that controversy was never part of any rule-making docket; so in that respect, the net neutrality fervor has no equal. The FCC is currently accepting replies to the initial wave of comments on net neutrality, with…

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