Plan to split California into six states fails to get on the 2016 ballot

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The enormous state of California will not be split up into six individual states as part of an initiative that might have made it onto the November 2016 ballot. That proposal failed to get enough votes today, reports The Los Angeles Times, making an earthquake the more likely candidate for creating divisions in the most populous state in the US. The idea was pitched by venture capitalist Tim Draper late last year as a way to give certain regions of the state better political representation. In a proposal to the California Attorney General, Draper said the state had become “ungovernable” due to the uneven spread of “enormous and diverse economies.”

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‘Dragon Quest’ and other classics are the safety blanket of mobile gaming

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The games of our childhood have aggressively been coming to mobile in recent years, taking our hard-earned dollars all over again for a dip in the nostalgia pool. Today, one that hits particularly close to home for me has arrived on iTunes and Android: the original Dragon Quest (or Dragon Warrior, depending on where you played it).

For those that don’t know, it’s a ludicrously simple RPG — but it was my introduction to RPGs and all that goes with them. I spent countless hours exploring that world, leveling up, buying gear, cheating death with herbs, trying to track down metal slimes. Oddly enough, both of my sisters (neither of whom I’d classify as more than casual gamers) both became similarly enchanted with it, and my older sister was…

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Tim Cook says Apple could have made a bigger iPhone ‘years ago’

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company could have made a larger iPhone long ago, but didn’t, choosing instead to wait and make what it now considers a better product.

“We could have done a larger iPhone years ago,” Cook told Charlie Rose in an interview that airs later today on PBS. “It’s never been about just making a larger phone … it’s been about making a better phone in every single way. And so we ship things when they’re ready, and we think that both the display technology here, the battery technology, but all — but everything else and the software.”

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Seed Is Creating A Truly Idiot-Proof Internet Of Things

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seed key hand _lamps2 In the vast panoply of potential home networking protocols, there are only a few worth worrying about. Wi-Fi works well but it can go down and ZigBee and the like are sparsely supported. But Bluetooth Smart is local, secure, and easy to use. And that’s what Seed Labs is using to connect our lamps, our blinds, and even our tea kettles. This Polish startup has built a small chip –… Read More

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks Steve Jobs, Beats, and why TV is stuck in the ’70s

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Apple CEO Tim Cook recently taped a lengthy, two-part interview with Charlie Rose, and the first half of their discussion will air tonight. Thanks to some preview clips that’ve been released ahead of the show, we know at least three topics that will come up this evening: Apple TV, Beats, and Steve Jobs. Much of what you’ll hear in Cook’s responses to Rose isn’t entirely new; Apple’s chief is rehearsed to the point where you can almost predict what he’ll say about a given subject. On TV, Cook said it’s an area Apple continues to have “great interest in” — a common refrain — and reiterated that from his company’s perspective, the entire industry has been left behind and lacked innovation for decades. “If we’re really honest, it’s stuck…

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Microsoft Promises More Surface Pro 3 Inventory Amid Tight International Supply

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screen-shot-2014-08-07-at-9-37-54-am I really need to learn how to bet. Today in a blog post, Microsoft’s Brian Hall promised that Microsoft will get more Surface Pro 3 inventory to the parts of the world where supply of the device is hard to find. The company noted Germany, China, Australia, and Korea as places where it might be difficult to snag one of the devices. What is going on? Microsoft didn’t ship enough of… Read More

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor is worried about drones on her property

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Warning that modern technology could bring us into an Orwellian world, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Thursday said that drones and other advancements have serious privacy implications that Americans need to be talking about and deciding how to keep in check, according to The Wall Street Journal. In particular, Sotomayor is reported to have honed in on drones, which don’t simply enable government intrusion — but potentially intrusion by members of the public as well.

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Come To The TechCrunch Virtual Reality Meetup In LA On Sept 18th

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vr-meetup14 The night before the Oculus Connect conference, TechCrunch is bringing together the virtual reality community for an evening of cool demos, free drinks, and a chance to meet TechCrunch’s writers and VR startups in the space. Register here for the TechCrunch Virtual Reality Meetup.
From 6:30pm to 9:30pm at the The Mondrian Hotel’s beautiful Skybar in West Hollywood, come mingle… Read More

The Gold Apple Watch Could Cost As Much As $1,200

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Apple Watch A jewelry contact familiar with the matter told TechCrunch that the gold, 18-karat version of the Apple Watch could cost around $1,200 when it launches in January. This has been corroborated, based on size and weight, by jewelers familiar with the material Apple is using to make its Apple Watch Edition pieces. It should be noted that this is an estimate and the piece could come in well below… Read More

Tesla Motors will receive $1.3 billion in tax incentives for building its battery factory in Nevada

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It’s been almost a year since Tesla first confirmed its plans to build a battery-producing “gigafactory,” and just over a week since the company revealed it would build that factory in Nevada rather than its home state of California. Reuters has details on why: the company is reportedly receiving some $1.3 billion in tax incentives over the next 20 years to bring its gigafactory to the state. Nevada governor Brian Sandoval signed bills on Thursday that tax exeptions for 20 years worth approximately $725 million dollars. Additionally, the company would save an estimated $300 million on payroll and others taxes through 2024.

It’s a good reason for Tesla to look to Nevada, and it should be beneficial for the state’s economy, which was…

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Twitch chat malware is emptying gamers’ Steam accounts

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F-Secure has uncovered an unusual kind of malware that’s spreading through Twitch’s chat feature, which they’re calling “Eskimo.” The virus starts with a simple phishing scheme, claiming the target has won a phony raffle and offering a bad link to confirm. If users click the link, they’ll be infected with the malware, which logs into the gaming platform Steam and takes control of the target’s account. From there, the program empties the target’s wallet and sells off any valuable items he may have bought or acquired through the service. Users are also reporting that more valuable items were being traded to an account called “Youni,” the owner of which has yet to be tracked down.

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Payments Startup Square Raises $100 Million More

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Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 1.13.56 PM According to a filing obtained by VCExperts, Square has raised another $100 million in capital. The company authorized 6.4 million Series E shares, according to the document, at a per-share price of $15.46.
Square is incredibly well capitalized. The company has raised hundreds of millions of dollars, has a nine-figure credit line, and, now a fresh $100 million traunch to use.
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iOS 8 Won’t Be Able To Forward Texts To Your Computer For A Few Weeks After Launch

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continuity iOS 8 is coming! iOS 8 is coming! As announced during this week’s iPhone 6 event, iOS 8 will ship to everyone with a compatible handset come September 17th.
Most of iOS 8 will ship then, anyway. According to a newly discovered footnote on Apple’s site, one of its key features still needs to cook for a few more weeks. Read More

Drones, Augmented Reality, and Borg Bouquets at Mokena Mini Maker Faire

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This is one of the original homes in the Frankfort/Mokena area, having been first settled in 1841. The area of the farm that the Mokena Mini Maker Faire is on gives us great exposure to the old farm buildings, plenty of space to spread out, and even enough room to house a trebuchet and some other fun thingsOn September 13, Mokena Mini Maker Faire (MMMF) will open its doors for its year one extravaganza. Featuring a drone obstacle course, a 10-foot-tall musical instrument, an augmented reality sandbox, steampunk accessories, a learn-to-solder class, DIY noisemakers (you can take them home!), an Arduino course, watercolor painting, handcrafted Etsy jewelry, 3D […]

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