Google pulls funding from conservative group for ‘lying’ about climate change

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Google is to stop funding a major conservative group over its stance on climate change. Speaking in a radio interview with NPR‘s Diane Rehm, Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt said that Google would not be renewing its membership to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), because the group was “literally lying” by opposing efforts to reduce global warming. The right-leaning ALEC, which has received donations from fossil fuel companies such as Exxon Mobil, has fought against the US government’s efforts to pursue renewable energy sources, battled against regulations for coal power plants, tried to get ecological activists classified as terrorists, and questioned climate change research.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says new spaceship campus will be ‘greenest building on the planet’

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Apple is building an enormous new ring-shaped campus for its headquarters in Cupertino, California, the design and overall futuristic qualities of which have inspired the nickname “the Spaceship campus.” Although construction on the campus (actual name Campus 2) has scarcely begun, Apple CEO Tim Cook is already boasting that that the building will be great for the rest of us earthlings who won’t work there. Speaking today at the environmental nonprofit event Climate Week NYC, Cook said “we’re building a new headquarters that I think will be the greenest building on the planet.” (his comments start 1:15 into this video).

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AppNexus Raises $25M From Ad Giant WPP

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Brian O'Kelley CEO AppNexus Ad tech company AppNexus announced early today that it has raised an additional $25 million in funding from ad holding company WPP. As part of the deal, AppNexus is also acquiring Open AdStream, the ad-serving technology from WPP’s Xaxis.
“Open AdStream has been one of the most effective and trusted ad serving platforms in the world for years,” said AppNexus CEO Brian… Read More

Mobile Rewards Startup Lootsie Hires Steve Cho As Its First COO

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lootsie Lootsie, a startup that allows advertisers to present mobile app users with special rewards, announced today that it has hired its first chief operating officer, Steve Cho. Cho previously worked in sales at IBM, and he was most recently vice president of business development at Kiip — which is pretty much in the same business as Lootsie. He said it was “a difficult decision”… Read More

ChoiceFormat: Numeric range formatting

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The Javadoc for the ChoiceFormat class states that ChoiceFormat “allows you to attach a format to a range of numbers” and is “generally used in a MessageFormat for handling plurals.” This post describesjava.text.ChoiceFormat and provides some examples of applying it in Java code.

One of the most noticeable differences between ChoiceFormat and other “format” classes in the java.text package is that ChoiceFormat does not provide static methods for accessing instances of ChoiceFormat. Instead, ChoiceFormat provides two constructors that are used for instantiating ChoiceFormat objects. The Javadoc for ChoiceFormat highlights and explains this:

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AT&T bundles internet, HBO, and a year of Amazon Prime for $39

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Cable packages are looking awfully expensive these days — especially to cord-cutters used to spending $10 a month on Netflix and (for the lucky ones) borrowing someone else’s HBO Go login. So as Recode notes, AT&T is now offering a pretty fantastic bundle meant to lure in those users and eventually convert them into loyal customers. For $39 a month, you get broadband internet, a basic U-verse TV package, and access to both HBO and Amazon Prime. Yes, HBO Go access is included. And on the Amazon side, you’re not just limited to Prime Instant Video; you get a full Amazon Prime subscription, which includes other perks like free two-day shipping, Prime Music, and so on. If you’re already a Prime member, the extra year from AT&T’s deal just…

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Adobe Acquires Photo-Editing Platform Aviary

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aviary Aviary just announced that it has been acquired by Adobe. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Aviary offers a software development kit to developers who want to add photo-editing capabilities to their apps. (Aviary has also created apps of its own, which it says have been downloaded 100 million times, as well as options for advertisers to turn filters and stickers into ads.) At… Read More

Experimental JavaScript compiler shakes up ideas about speed, simplicity

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An experimental new JavaScript compiler could provide useful lessons for the existing crop of JavaScript engines — or for as-yet-undeveloped JIT (just-in-time) compilers for other languages.

The Higgs compiler is written in the D language and is available under the BSD license. It was created by Maxime Chevalier-Boisvert as part of her doctoral research work in computer science at the Université de Montréal.

According to Chevalier-Boisvert, Higgs uses an architecture unlike those of other JIT compilers, such as Google’s V8 — the basis for Node.js — Mozilla’s SpiderMonkey, or Apple’s LLVM-backed FTLJIT project.

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When The Funding Bubble Bursts It Doesn’t Have To Mean Disaster

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grass growing through snow. Hold tight. Wait till the party’s over Hold tight. We’re in for nasty weather ~Talking Heads, Burning Down The House One law of economic physics always holds true: what goes up must come down. Last week, my pal Alex Wilhelm pointed out that winter’s coming to Silicon Valley, not in the form of snow of course, but metaphorically. He was reacting to Bill Gurley’s… Read More

Apple Plans To Shut Down Beats Music

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beatsmusic-shutterstock_132921989 (1) Apple will discontinue the streaming music service Beats Music it acquired in May, according to five sources, including several prominent employees at Apple and Beats. Many engineers from Beats Music have already been moved off the product and onto other projects at Apple, including iTunes. It’s not clear when exactly Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre’s music service will be shut down or… Read More

A fire hydrant for the 21st century: Detours episode 5 debuts Wednesday

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Come along with The Verge for the second season of Detours. We’ve traveled across the country to find the people, groups, and companies that are solving America’s problems in new and unconventional ways. Check in for new dispatches every Wednesday.

The lowly fire hydrant remains an essential lifeline for fire fighters, but there haven’t been significant changes to its design in the past few decades. One retired New York City firefighter designed a new hydrant that could last longer and break down less frequently.

Tune in Wednesday for the full episode.

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Stephen King and JJ Abrams team up for a Hulu miniseries about the Kennedy assassination

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We’re running out of ways to say “Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon are in a digital video arms race.” So we’ll just say that one last time and move on. Just last week, Netflix announced a new show from comedy kingmaker Judd Apatow, And now this week, Hulu has struck a deal with Stephen King and JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions.

Based on King’s 2011 novel 11/22/63, the nine-hour series revolves around a high school English teacher who travels back in time to try and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, Dead Like Me) will adapt the novel for television. No casting and no production date has been announced.

Hulu has been pushing original content for some time — especially its imported shows from…

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MakerBot’s Bre Pettis Launches Bold Machines, A Workshop For 3D-Printed Stuff

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Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 12.21.30 PM After a slightly surprising move away from a managerial role at MakerBot, former CEO Bre Pettis has finally announced what he’s working on: Bold Machines, an “Innovation Workshop” for MakerBot parent company Stratasys. Designed to be a creative skunkworks for the 3D printing company, Bold Machines will design cool 3D prints, work with artists and inventors, and even make movies. Read More

The American family that built the world’s biggest oil empire is going green

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The name “Rockefeller” is basically synonymous with capitalism and oil, ever since family patron John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil in 1870 and went on to become the first billionaire in American history. Now the heirs of that sizable fortunate are doing a 180: the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a philanthropic organization with investments worth $860 million, announced plans today to divest the from the majority its holdings in fossil fuels over the coming years. The fund will begin by reducing its investments in two major polluting energy sources — coal and tar sands — to less than one percent of its entire portfolio by the end of this year, then sell-off any remaining fossil fuel investments “as quickly as is prudent” over the…

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Even Apple didn’t want my iPhone 6 Plus

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I bought a really expensive phone last week. Then I got rid of it.

After the Apple big announcement, I internally debated the merits of a mobile phone that would instantly connect me to a lifetime’s worth of entertainment and knowledge, and a slightly larger version of the same thing. I chose the big one. Like so many bad decisions, I made this one at 3AM in my underpants.

On Friday evening, the colossus arrived. Removed from its slim, minimalistic cardboard home, the iPhone 6 Plus’s size intimidated me. I couldn’t decide how to hold the thing, so I cradled its bottom in my right hand and it’s top in my left, like a vulnerable cranium.

“This is huge!” said my wife, snatching the phone. She held the slab to her cheek, as if to make a…

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