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  • The Microsoft Engine That Nailed The World Cup Is Predicting Every NFL Game — Here Are Its Picks…

    22 October 2014, 9:10 am by: Tony Manfred

    Microsoft Cortana had a solid Week 7, correctly predicting 11 of 15 NFL games. It's now 69-37 (65%) on the year. Cortana is a Windows Phone virtual assistant that's using an algorithm from Bing Predicts to pick every NFL game. The system correctly predicted 15…
  • A 3D Printing Company Is Crashing After Slashing Guidance (DDD)

    22 October 2014, 8:52 am by: Myles Udland

    Shares of 3D printer maker 3D Systems were down 11% in pre-market trading on Wednesday after the company slashed its revenue guidance on Tuesday night. In the third quarter, 3D expects revenue to come in between $164-$169 million, below Wall Street…
  • Marissa Mayer Fires Back At Her Critics (YHOO)

    22 October 2014, 8:50 am by: Jay Yarow

    After taking a beating from loud, critical shareholders, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer used last night's earnings call to offer up a spirited defense of her decisions as CEO.  In her prepared remarks, Mayer addressed, almost on a point-by-point basis, criticisms of…
  • How 3 First-Time Founders Turned One-Third Of Their Employees Into Millionaires — And No One Found…

    22 October 2014, 8:40 am by: Alyson Shontell

    On May 19, Google acquired a startup for $120 million in cash and stock, making it one of the largest New York exits of 2014. One-third of the company's 70 employees became millionaires. Everyone kept their jobs. And the founders are leading Google's Android…
  • 5 Apps That Will Do Chores For You

    22 October 2014, 8:32 am by: Matthew Stuart

    We all have annoying tasks to tackle during the day  – call the cable company and be on hold forever until you get someone on the phone, or look for parking in a busy neighborhood. Here are 5 great apps that can do the heavy lifting for you. Produced by…
  • Uber Drivers Across The Country Are Protesting Today — Here's Why

    22 October 2014, 8:10 am by: Maya Kosoff

    Some Uber drivers are unhappy with the company. Several times this year, drivers have organized and protested the company's practices, in cities like New York, Santa Monica and San Francisco.  But the next step for the drivers is a multi-city protest on Oct.…
  • Mobile, Social, And Big Data — The Convergence Of The Internet's Three Defining Trends

    22 October 2014, 7:30 am by: Marcelo Ballve

    The world is swimming in data.  Smartphone-based computing had led to much more internet-based activity, and more opportunities to collect location data. The consumer stampede into social media means that the tastes, preferences, and frustrations of billions…
  • Let's Face It: The UK Is A Much Better Place For Financial Tech Startups Than The US

    22 October 2014, 7:29 am by: James Cook

    At TechCrunch Disrupt London on Tuesday, three of Europe's biggest names in financial technology discussed why the city of London — particularly compared to places in the US — makes such an attractive prospect for startups that offer financial services.…
  • 10 Things In Tech You Need To Know This Morning (YHOO, HPQ, EMC, MSFT, GOOG, AAPL)

    22 October 2014, 5:06 am by: James Cook

    Good morning! It looks set to be a rainy day in New York. Here's the tech news you need to know today. 1. Yahoo beat expectations in its Q3 earnings. Revenue was up 1% from Q3 last year. 2. Uber drivers around the world will be protesting today. They are…
  • Everyone Likes The iPad Air 2, But It Still May Not Be Worth Buying (AAPL)

    21 October 2014, 9:26 pm by: Sam Colt

    Last week Apple unveiled the iPad Air 2, and the reviews are out: it's great, but not revolutionary. Re/code's Walt Mossberg, one of the world's most influential technology columnists, was impressed with the iPad Air 2 but disappointed with how similar it is…
  • Here’s One Reason Why Apple Is Not Giving Up On The iPad Despite Its Dropping Sales (AAPL)

    21 October 2014, 8:39 pm by: Eugene Kim

    Apple’s iPad sales dropped again in the September quarter, selling a total of 12.3 million, or 13% less year-over-year. That means iPad shipments have declined every quarter in 2014 on a year-over-year basis, according to BI Intelligence. Yet, Apple CEO Tim…
  • The 11 Most Popular Apps Employees Use At Work

    21 October 2014, 8:38 pm by: Julie Bort

    In the olden days, like in 2006 (before Apple introduced the iPhone), the apps that employees used for work were the apps their companies gave them. No longer. Today employees and IT departments work together to choose apps. Sometimes employees simply buy the…
  • Marc Andreessen Slams Paul Krugman's Attack On Amazon

    21 October 2014, 8:22 pm by: Julie Bort

    Paul Krugman thinks Amazon is bad for America. He came out swinging in a recent column over Amazon's war with book publisher Hachette. Super investor Marc Andreessen has jumped in with a little sarcasm aimed at Krugman. That might be considered odd, since…
  • EMC Is Hosting A Special News Conference Thursday (EMC)

    21 October 2014, 7:11 pm by: Julie Bort

    EMC will be announcing its quarterly earnings Thursday and along with that, it is hosting a special press conference at 9:30 a.m. ET. We've just been invited to dial and listen. EMC typically releases earnings before the opening bell. But its routine…
  • This Phone Has No Frame Around Its Display, But It's Missing A Few Other Things, Too

    21 October 2014, 6:31 pm by: Dave Smith

    Bezels are ugly. They exist to protect the edges of the display, but we, as smartphone owners, want the screen in all its glory — as much of it as possible. Bezels just get in the way, mostly. That’s where Sharp’s latest smartphone, the company’s first…
  • Pinterest Is Continuing To Roll Out More Ads — Here's What It Looks Like For Businesses

    21 October 2014, 6:27 pm by: Jillian D'Onfro

    It looks like Pinterest is one step closer to rolling out its ads product to all businesses, as it continues to add new ones to the Promoted Pin beta test that it first launched in May.  Pinterest launched Promoted Pins with only a small group of advertisers,…
  • The Real Allure Of Superintelligent Machines Isn't Scientific — It's Erotic

    21 October 2014, 6:23 pm by: Ajai Raj

    Why are we so taken with the idea of machines that can think like we can? Perhaps, one futurist suggests, this fascination is rooted not in scientific curiosity but in sexual urges, even romantic longing. Modern science fiction fans are not the only ones…
  • San Francisco's 2015 Michelin Ratings Are Out — And There Are 2 New 3-Star Restaurants

    21 October 2014, 6:06 pm by: Julie Zeveloff

    San Francisco has two new Michelin three-star restaurants, doubling its number of top-ranked restaurants. They are Benu, an Asian fusion restaurant, and Saison, which serves French cuisine. Three stars is the highest possible Michelin rating, and is awarded…
  • 21 Tech Products That Teens Love

    21 October 2014, 5:57 pm by: Steven Tweedie

    If you're curious what the next "Snapchat" will be, there's no better place to look than teens and the products they're using. Luckily, the folks over at Product Hunt have curated a collection of the apps and websites that teens are using, creating a list for…
  • Scientists Describe Their Work In Emoji And The Results Are Hilarious

    21 October 2014, 5:39 pm by: Kevin Loria

    Academic research is not written for the average reader. The level of precision demanded by that work calls for a specialized vocabulary — some would call it jargon — that makes it often incomprehensible to a non-expert. While there's a legitimate case to…
  • Here's What 'Terminator' Gets Wrong About AI

    21 October 2014, 5:24 pm by: Ajai Raj

    In a lot of science fiction, artificial intelligence systems become truly intelligent — as well as extremely dangerous — once they achieve self-awareness. Take the "Terminator" series. Before becoming self-aware, Skynet is a powerful tool for the US…
  • Steve Ballmer On His Relationship With Bill Gates: 'We've Dusted Up Many Times' (MSFT)

    21 October 2014, 5:12 pm by: Julie Bort

    Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer appeared on "CBS This Morning" talking about his new job as owner of the L.A. Clippers. One thing that strikes us: how obviously happy he is. He had the whole staff of CBS cracking up. It reminds us of the other former CEO…
  • Bloomberg Drops Huge Cash, Poaches Business Insider's Joe Weisenthal To Host New TV Show

    21 October 2014, 4:44 pm by: Nicholas Carlson

    Joe Weisenthal, executive editor of Business Insider, is leaving the company. Weisenthal is going to Bloomberg, where he'll host a TV show and develop a news site about the markets. He has been with Business Insider for six years. When he joined in the fall…
  • How To Watch This Week's Incredible Solar Eclipse

    21 October 2014, 4:35 pm by: Jessica Orwig

    A partial solar eclipse, like the one happening this Thursday, will not be visible from across the entire US again until the year 2023. Since the next one is nearly a decade away, you'll want to get the most out of this one. Here are five ways you can have fun…
  • MARISSA MAYER STOPS THE BLEEDING: Yahoo Beats Expectations With Q3 Earnings (YHOO)

    21 October 2014, 3:57 pm by: Nicholas Carlson

    Yahoo just reported third quarter earnings and the news is that, for now, Marissa Mayer has stopped the bleeding. Yahoo beat expectations on both the bottom and top lines. After traffic acquisition costs, revenues for the quarter were $1.09 billion, a 1%…

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