Science Inc.’s Refame Connects Influencers With Advertisers On Vine And Instagram

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refame Startup studio Science Inc. is announcing its latest project — Refame, a marketing platform for social apps Vine and Instagram.
Science’s approach to startups is pretty diverse — it launches new companies, invests in others, and also acquires teams and products. In this case, it’s launching Refame as part of Science Growth Labs, the organization’s division for… Read More

Verizon calls off plan to throttle LTE for unlimited data customers

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Verizon Wireless won’t be throttling the LTE speeds of its remaining unlimited data customers after all. In an eleventh hour reversal, the largest US carrier has just announced that it’s “decided not to move forward with the planned implementation of network optimization for 4G LTE customers on unlimited plans.”

The plan to start slowing down the heaviest users of LTE data on unlimited plans was set to go into effect this month. Verizon stirred a ton of anger and unrest when it announced it would be expanding its network optimization (read: throttling) practices to cover LTE data in July. Apparently all that customer feedback — and harsh criticism from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler — proved overwhelming and convinced Verizon to rethink…

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One week later, how much damage did Shellshock cause?

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It’s been one week since researchers discovered a vulnerability in the Bash Unix shell, exposing millions of devices to remote-code attacks by exploiting the same common chunk of code. By now, patches have been issued and most of the major systems have been secured. The bug even got its own Heartbleed-esque moniker: Shellshock. But there’s still a lot that isn’t clear about the bug, and what went on in the brief window in which attackers could exploit the public vulnerability on unpatched systems. Given a dangerously large window of opportunity, how much damage did Shellshock do?

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Volkswagen put a ridiculous motorcycle engine in its most futuristic car

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What happens if you take one of the most futuristic production cars ever made and tweak it just a little bit to turn it into a beast?

Volkswagen knows the answer: it took its ultra-efficient XL1 and swapped out the 47-horsepower diesel engine for the fire-breathing 1,199cc V-twin out of the Ducati 1199 Superleggera superbike. (Volkswagen Group’s Audi acquired Ducati a couple years ago, so this is the best kind of corporate synergy we’re seeing here.) The car, which weighs under 2,000 pounds,…

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The ‘Angry Birds’ movie is going to sound a lot like ‘Saturday Night Live’

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It feels like we’re well past the point of Angry Birds being a driving force in pop culture, but that isn’t stopping the questionable film based on the franchise from going ahead — in fact, it has a pretty impressive cast. The upcoming film will star Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph and Peter Dinklage, with Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Kate McKinnon, and Tony Hale also featuring in the movie. It’s a cast full of actors with plenty of voice-acting experience among them, but there’s also going to be a strong Saturday Night Live vibe here, as well — Sudeikis, Hader, and Rudolph all starred on the show and worked on it together for several years.

Whether or not the collective talent involved will be enough to make this movie work…

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A New App Called Offtime Helps You Unplug Without Missing Out

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offtime.co Apparently, navel-gazing about how much time you’re spending on your phone is a thing now. We’ve already seen iOS apps like Moment and Check appear to shame you into self-restraint by alerting you to how many minutes you spend staring at your little screen every day, or how many times per day you pull out your phone and take a look. Now, it’s Android’s turn. A new… Read More

Now Verizon is doubling its shared data plans too

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In a nice little example of what happens when there’s actually some competition in a market, Verizon has become the third carrier to double the data it offers in many of its largest family plans. Verizon is now offering 30GB for $130, 40GB for $150, and 60GB for $225, though you’ll also have to pay a per-line fee. That’s identical to what AT&T is now offering, while Sprint’s offerings are currently twice those for nearly the same prices. The promotion runs through the end of October, like those from Sprint and AT&T.

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Introducing ‘The Big Question,’ a new video series about the future

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This month, The Verge is bringing you a new way to look at the future.

We call it The Big Question, an animated video series devoted to the most important questions of humanity’s future. Think of it as a quick tour of the puzzles and wild ambitions that will shape the next few centuries, whether it’s Martian colonies, lab-grown steaks, brain implants or genetically engineered mammoths. Every Wednesday in October, a new writer will take on a new question, starting next week when we look at how scientists might bring animals back from extinction. Below, you’ll find a quick teaser to give you an idea of what you’re in for.

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Facebook clarifies real name policy amid LGBT protests

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Facebook said today it would build new authentication tools to verify accounts flagged for being fake, following a controversy in which members of the LGBT community began leaving the social network so that they could use pseudonyms. “We owe you a better service and a better experience using Facebook, and we’re going to fix the way this policy gets handled so everyone affected here can go back to using Facebook as you were,” said Chris Cox, the company’s chief product officer, in a Facebook post.

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The Windows 10 Technical Preview Expires In 196 Days

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Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 11.41.16 AM Downloading the Windows 10 technical preview? You won’t be able to use it past two weeks after April Fool’s day next year. That’s jolly, because the consumer-facing preview that will follow the current build will be out long before then. But it’s worth keeping in mind: Microsoft is working towards a mid-year release of Windows 10, so the April date is in within that… Read More

Music labels get huge victory in quest to sue Grooveshark out of business

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It appears Grooveshark’s days are just about numbered. The music sharing service has been dealt what could easily amount to a death blow by a US District Court judge, which found that Grooveshark’s own employees personally (and willfully) violated and profited from copyright infringement. It’s been a long saga; Grooveshark has faced lawsuit after lawsuit in recent years. It’s managed to overcome some by striking deals with publishers, but vengeful music labels haven’t given up on sinking the company.

Most recently, Grooveshark had tried to seek protection under the “safe harbour” provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. It took on a Google-like approach when responding to takedown notices by taking down unauthorized files…

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How the monarch butterfly lost its migration

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Some monarch butterfly populations don’t migrate. They live in tropical areas of the world, and don’t get as much press as the North American populations that show up en masse on weather radars. But for scientists who study monarchs, they’re critical to understanding the bugs. They’re the reason that most researchers think that these insects first evolved in South America as a non-migratory species, and only started migrating a few hundred years ago, once they moved into the US. And, if a study published today in Nature is further supported, they’ll also be the reason that we were just plain wrong.

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A trip down the River Styx makes good virtual reality and better performance art

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The Oculus Rift is a thing. Adding physical effects in virtual reality is a thing. Sending people on dark, otherworldly journeys on boats is a very successful thing. But it’s rare to see a video that pulls these elements together so perfectly and dramatically. Above is The Styx, a VR experience that’s emphatically an art installation, not a game. The Styx was developed by art collective Skullmapping for the Belgian Leuven in Scène festival. If you visited when it was shown off there in July, you found yourself entering an exact, scanned version of the room you were in. On your trip to the underworld, you were misted with water from the River Styx, jostled in the boat, and asked for your coin of passage by Charon, ferryman for the dead.

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This is what a $55,000 Kickstarter potato salad party looks like

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This past weekend saw the culmination of a small internet joke that snowballed into a ridiculous viral sensation. Columbus, Ohio native Zach “Danger” Brown wanted to raise $10 on Kickstarter to make a potato salad. He got $55,000 instead. So he used all the extra cash to throw a party, dubbed Potato Stock.

Taters were mashed, mayonnaise was liberally applied, and hundreds of pounds of delicious spuds were consumed. Some local charities got a big cut of the funding. After the hangover…

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