What Is The Fate Of Apple’s iPhone 5C?

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iPhone5c-front-apps-high-angle With Apple releasing new iPhones next week, the question arises: what will happen to its existing models? With recent releases, Apple has kept older devices around to serve it at lower price points in certain regions. But which older devices are going, which are staying and what will the prices be? Just as a thought exercise, let’s talk this out. What I would conjecture is that the iPhone… Read More

The Economist defends America’s enslavement of Africans

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When The Economist reviewed The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, its anonymous reviewer condemned it, sticking up for America’s legacy of slavery as a means of wealth creation, saying “Mr Baptist has not written an objective history of slavery; almost all the blacks in his book are victims, almost all the whites villains — this is not history; it is advocacy.”
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Remember, Disrupt SF And Hackathon Is At A New Venue This Year

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10517531_10152677085837952_5897351583307261145_n Since the dawning of time, Disrupt SF was held at the San Francisco Design Concourse. But no more! We have a new and improved location for 2014 and consider this a friendly reminder not to go to the old location. This time the show will be held at Pier 48, just south across the 3rd Street bridge by AT&T Park. It’s easy to get to and there is a ton of parking. So remember, Pier 48 and… Read More

Meet the spooky tech companies getting rich by making NSA surveillance possible

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Wildly profitable companies like Neustar, Subsentio, and Yaana do the feds’ dirty work for them, slurping huge amounts of unconstitutionally requisitioned data out of telcos’ and ISPs’ data-centers in response to secret, sealed FISA warrants — some of them publicly traded, too, making them a perfect addition to the Gulag Wealth Fund.

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Getty Images sues Microsoft over new Bing tool for embedding photos

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Thousands of people running small blogs and websites over the years have received threatening letters from Getty Images for using its professional photos without a license, but now the photo service is going after something a little bigger: Microsoft. Getty Images filed a lawsuit this week against Microsoft, claiming that its new Bing “Image Widget” tool constitutes “massive infringement” of copyrighted images. The company has asked a US District Court judge to shut down the widget and award unspecified damages, according to Reuters.

Bing “Image Widget” launched just a couple of weeks ago in beta form. It lets users embed an active slideshow or grid of image search results on their sites just as easily as adding an embedded YouTube…

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New iPhone 6 images appear to show a working device with mobile payments

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There’s been a steady stream of leaks leading up to this Tuesday’s Apple press conference, but now it appears we’re getting our best look yet at the next iPhone. A user on Chinese social media site Weibo has posted a series of photos (via cnBeta) that purport to show a fully-functional, activated iPhone 6. While the authenticity of the photos can not be confirmed, the images do not appear to be tampered. The leaker has also uploaded a brief video demonstrating Touch ID on the device, suggesting the this is, in fact, a legitimate iPhone 6.

The images appear to depict a new iPhone with roughly a 4.7-inch screen. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this device — several earlier part leaks have already given us a good idea of what the…

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What To Expect From Apple’s iPhone Event On September 9

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iphone-event Apple is hosting an event on September 9, and by all accounts it’s going to be a real barn burner. The company is set to announce new iPhones, and this much you can take to the bank, but rumors have also arisen suggesting we’ll see a brand new wearable device of some kind – the great and powerful ‘iWatch’ of legend. Apple will also probably showcase iOS 8, along… Read More

When Old-Economy Jobs Become New-Economy Gigs

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surfer I love the sharing economy because it’s efficient. Got some spare time? Become a TaskRabbit! Spare space? AirBNB it! A car and nowhere to go? Drive for Uber or Lyft! The taxi industry is a regulatory-capture nightmare. Disrupt ‘em ’til they’re dead? Don’t mind if you do! …And yet our 21st-century sharing-economy dream is beginning to look worryingly like… Read More

The Weekender: printing brains and building robots

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Welcome to The Verge: Weekender edition. Every Saturday, we’ll bring you some of the best and most important reads of the past seven days, from original reports, to in-depth features, to reviews and interviews. Think of it as a collection of some of our favorite pieces that you may have missed — or that you may just want to read again.

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Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s apocalypse novel ‘Good Omens’ is being adapted into a BBC Radio drama

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The end of the world is coming soon…to radio. The BBC announced today that it has begun production on an audio drama adaptation of Good Omens, the hit 1990 comedic fantasy novel about the apocalypse from celebrated authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Both authors are onboard to help develop the miniseries, which has already begun recording in a secret location in London, for a scheduled airing on BBC Radio 4 sometime in December. It will span five half-hour-long episodes and one hour-long finale.

Dirk Maggis is directing, a natural choice given he was also the director of the BBC’s well-received radio adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere last year. The BBC also released a full voice cast list for Good Omens today, noting that…

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Apple Dominating Shipping Capacity Out Of China With New iPhones

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Apple-iphone-621-1 According to several sources, Apple has already begun flexing its supply chain muscles by shipping so many units of upcoming devices from its manufacturing facilities to sales outlets that it is causing delays for other manufacturers. Apple shipments via major concerns like FedEx and UPS are said to be ‘incredibly high’ for the holiday quarter, pointing to a massive number of… Read More

Catering Startup Cater2.me Says It Has Served 5M Meals

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cater2 me It’s been more than two years since I last wrote about Cater2.me, a service that connects local food vendors with companies in need of catering. Sounds like the startup has been busy since then — co-founder Zach Yungst told me that it has now served 5 million meals total, and that it’s launching in four new cities, bringing the total to 10. Cater2.me’s goal is to deliver… Read More

11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

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TC-weekly-roundup1 On the eve of Disrupt, we reflect on the top stories from 8/30-9/5. Here are the 11 best stories from the past week. We announced the full agenda for Disrupt SF. We also put together a massive gallery of speakers attending the event. We’re kicking off Disrupt with the Hackathon on Saturday. A bunch of celebrity nude pictures (including Jennifer Lawrence) surfaced this week after… Read More

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