“I have gotten a lot of Arabic spam,” he says. “Investment opportunities, you-can-make-money-now deals, those sorts of things.”
Powertel bought for $5.8 billion: Only half the 100 million mobile phones in the United States are Web-enabled, but foreign telecom companies are poised to change that.
“There were music players before the iPod, but the iPod was the first one to get it right,” says Stowe, the CEO of Cycle Computing, a Greenwich, Connecticut-based startup that uses Chef to manage the software underpinning the online “supercomputing” service it offers to big businesses and academic outfits. “Before this, there were ways of configuring servers and managing them, but DevOps has gotten it right.”
The young Facebook founder is emerging as one of the country’s most generous philanthropists and a leading activist for school reform, and AltSchool appears to fit into his vision. Through his education-focused non-profit, Zuckerberg has contributed a large portion of a new $100 million round of venture funding to AltSchool. The round, which AltSchool announced today, also includes existing investors such as Andreessen Horowitz and Peter Thiel’s Founder’s Fund, as well as eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of the late Steve Jobs. The investment brings AltSchool’s total funding to $133 million. But more importantly, it means AltSchool has been anointed by the top minds in Silicon Valley as the best hope for the future of education.
But Jed McCaleb, founder and CTO of file-sharing network eDonkey, and Sam Yagan, president of the company, don’t have to wonder whether the Hatch bill will affect their business. They already know that if SB2560 passes they’ll be one of the first against the wall.
Sooner than that, though, is the Surf Ranch Pro in Lemoore, which kicks off tomorrow. It’s the eighth stop on the WSL’s Championship Tour. Nike-owned Hurley is sponsoring it, and the event will be broadcast exclusively on CBS, straight from the lagoon into your living room. On the day I visited there in August, a crew was already building scaffolding for the giant jumbotron.
The next Mac version will be called High Sierra, suggesting that it’s a refinement of the current version, Sierra. Apple typically makes major updates to its Mac software every other year. It is coming out this fall and will be a free update.
To be sure, Obama’s campaign is still relying on old-school political campaign tactics. Obama is outspending the Clinton campaign on television advertising in both states. In the last two weeks, his campaign has spent $5.1 million on television advertising in Texas alone, and $2.4 million in Ohio. Clinton has spent $3.2 million in Texas and $1.3 million in Ohio.
“At Virgin stores, interactive spaces make as much revenue per square foot as a conventional store,” he said. “Our customers expect us to be innovative and make their trip worthwhile. People can easily buy CDs online or even in their local supermarket.”
The company, D-Squared Solutions of San Diego, has countered that the government’s allegations go too far and that its ads are “no more harmful than roadway speed bumps or television commercials.”
United NewVentures buys Mypoints: United NewVentures, a UAL subsidiary that manages United Airlines’ Internet initiatives and investments, will acquire online direct marketer MyPoints in a deal worth about $112.5 million, the two companies said.
“The company-wide layoffs are part of broad restructuring in response to market conditions,” a company spokeswoman said. “We’re going to focus on our core businesses: website, print publication and conferencing.”
Philip Wise, who runs the venerable TheForce.net, said his relationship with Lucasfilm also has survived some tense moments. He admits to sometimes wondering if he should have thrown his energy into Lord of the Rings, whose producers offered fan sites an enviable amount of access.
MSBlaster had also been programmed to use the infected computers to launch a denial-of-service attack against Microsoft’s Windows Update website on Aug. 16. The site is used by millions of Microsoft customers each week to update their computers with the latest patches.
The World Wide Web was conceived by Tim Berners-Lee; he published a paper proposing it in March of 1989. The following year he worked to implement the idea in code, making the first website in December of 1990. The first popular Web browser didn’t come until 1993 when Marc Andreessen and the team at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications released Mosaic. The following year Andreessen started Netscape and released the Netscape Navigator browser in 1994.
It turns out that a glimpse of flesh strongly influences our perception of Erin/Aaron. When the pictures only showed a face, they had lots of agency. But when we saw their torso, we suddenly imagined them as obsessed with experience. Instead of being good at self-control, they were suddenly extremely sensitive to hunger and desire. Same person, same facial expression, same brief description – but a hint of body changed everything.
If that sounds vague to you, you’ve got plenty of company in Washington. There’s nothing wrong with ambitious, long-term thinking, especially about how to bring the war on terrorism to a successful conclusion. But “community-based solutions” can mean everything from after-school programs to moderate Islamic rap to viral videos. It’s tempting, U.S. officials say, for security bureaucrats to repackage their routine outreach efforts with Muslim community leaders as CVE in order to placate the White House. Measuring the success of CVE is difficult. So is tallying the money spent on it. Inside the government, CVE advocates lament that Washington talks a lot more about CVE than it actually does; and critics contend that CVE is all messaging and no substance. There’s also an unmistakeable air of political correctness to it, with practitioners defensively insisting that their focus stretches beyond Muslim extremism.
The audience also failed to react to the witty new iMac ads showing the machine dancing and bouncing around like Pixar’s famous animation of a Luxo lamp.
Questions about how much law enforcement can participate in criminal behavior and disguise their identity in covert operations are not new in the offline world. “But there’s more urgency now because of the ways in which [online investigations] are becoming more complex, and we continue to have very little oversight,” she says. “What sort of oversight should there be when the FBI decides to impersonate real people, real institutions—particularly the media—and when it actually participates in the very illegal activity that it’s trying to stop? Should we really leave law enforcement to police themselves? That’s the question.”
Gilmore referred to his own experience when Southwest Airlines refused to let him fly in 2002 without identification, and a recent blog post by travel expert Edward Hasbrouck, chronicling his near-arrest for trying to figure out if the person checking identification at Washington Dulles International Airport was an airline or federal employee.
The full-content version of the New York Times is now available on the iPad, and it’s free.
“We just kind of closed our eyes and jumped off a cliff, because we realized it was something we wanted to do,” said Dyer, NewsOK’s general manager. She said the decision stemmed in part from pressure from advertisers who wanted to know more about the site’s readers before paying for online campaigns.
To the chagrin of baseball fans accustomed to hearing games on the Web for free, major league baseball started charging for online audio feeds for the first time this season.