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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Hatchery Launches A Marketplace For Artisanal Food Makers

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Screenshot 2014-07-31 10.30.52 Hatchery launched in October 2013 to bring artisanal ingredients to customers from all over the world. Like many subscription box companies that have come before it, the startup packaged together a bunch of fun ingredients each month and sent it to users as a “Tasting Box.” Today, however, the company is shifting its model to use the Tasting Box as an added marketing tool with… Read More

T-Mobile tops 50 million subscribers, swings to a profit in latest earnings

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T-Mobile’s reinvention has been underway for a few years now, driven by the larger-than-life CEO John Legere and his Uncarrier program. While the company had succeeded in stealing customers from its rivals, namely Sprint, it seemed that strategy was also driving it to heavy losses. That changed this morning, when the company reported its second quarter earnings, and a profit of $391 million that surprised Wall Street analysts.

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Yo Is Trying To Get Parody App YOLO Pulled From The App Store

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Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 10.02.47 AM Yo, the simplified messaging app backed by an optimistic $1.5 million in funding, has apparently had it with the clones. The company is now trying to get the parody app YOLO removed from the App Store by filing a complaint with Apple, claiming copyright and trademark infringement. Yo…YOLO? Surely you can see the potential consumer confusion? According to the complaint, Yo founder Or… Read More

Palantir Acquires App-Making Startup Propeller

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propeller logo In its second announced deal this week, Palantir has acquired Propeller, a startup offering tools for building native mobile apps. Two acquisitions in one week seems pretty ambitious for any company, but as noted in Fortune, it’s particularly unusual for Palantir, a data analysis company that has only made one other acquisition, email startup VoiceGem (or at least, that’s the… Read More

Nordstrom Acquires Men’s Shopping Service Trunk Club

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1396914_661046780594659_594393626_o Personal styling service for men, Trunk Club, has been acquired by Nordstrom for an undisclosed amount. The five-year old Chicago-based startup offers a subscription-based service that’s like having your own personal stylist on demand who picks out top designer labels for you and ships them to your home for free. After signing up, men are interviewed by a stylist about their own… Read More

ScienceLogic Launches App Store To Share Customized Monitoring Apps

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Man in suit flipping app in his hand. ScienceLogic announced a new App Store today that enables customers and third parties to create  and share customized apps for the ScienceLogic platform. ScienceLogic is a cloud service that lets IT pros monitor every aspect of their IT infrastructure whether it’s in the cloud or on premises, getting right down to the data center infrastructure management layer if needed.… Read More

The first detailed Moon photo was taken 50 years ago today

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Until 50 years ago today, we had never seen exactly what the Moon’s surface looked like. As the Space Race heated up, NASA launched the first Ranger probe in 1961, intending to capture photographs and scout the way forward for a human landing. But a rocket on Ranger 1 failed to fire, sending the craft falling back into Earth’s atmosphere with its mission uncompleted. This pattern would continue for three years and five more frustrating missions.

Finally, in 1964, Ranger 7 made it to the Moon. On July 31st, at 9:08AM ET, it returned the image above, capturing the Alphonsus and Ptolemaeus craters (on the right) and the lunar “Sea of Clouds.”  Over the next 17 minutes, it would send back 4,316 images, returning the last one less than 3…

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