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Facebook Now Lets You ‘Save’ Stories on Your News Feed

Facebook Now Lets You ‘Save’ Stories on Your News Feed

So you’re on Facebook, skimming pictures of your friends’ kids* and clicking on viral content built specifically to be skimmed on Facebook, and you find something you’d actually like to see again. How can you do that? It seems odd that Facebook hasn’t offered a solution for this one before, but now they have: The ...

Report: Yahoo Acquires Flurry, a Mobile Analytics Firm, for $300+ Million

Report: Yahoo Acquires Flurry, a Mobile Analytics Firm, for $300+ Million

Yahoo has made no secret of its ambitions and advances in mobile, earlier this month reporting 450 million monthly active users and search and display mobile ad revenues growing 100%. In CEO Marissa Mayer’s words, Yahoo is a “mobile first company.” Now, sources say that Yahoo has closed in on an acquisition that could ...

Facebook Becoming a Retailer is its Logical Next Step

Facebook Becoming a Retailer is its Logical Next Step

There’s a new internet retailer on the world’s smartphones, tablets, and PCs. It’s called Facebook. Last week, Mark Zuckerberg and company started testing a “Buy” button inside the News Feed posts and ads that turn up on the world’s most popular social network, letting users instantly pay for goods and services ...

How to Create Google Now Reminders in Your Browser

How to Create Google Now Reminders in Your Browser

One of my favorite parts of Google is getting instant responses from search results — it massively simplifies currency conversion, for one thing. So it’s interesting to see that the company now lets you create Google Now reminders right from its search box, as the Google Operating System blog explains. The feature works ...

The Internet of Things is About Far More Than Just ‘Things’

The Internet of Things is About Far More Than Just ‘Things’

Internet of Things is the current hip phrase of technology evangelists, geeks and all kinds of clairvoyants. If, according to tech blogs and websites, 2013 was the year of big data, then 2014 certainly is the year of Internet of Things. New projects, big funding rounds, the general hype and excitement are everywhere. And ...

Are 3D Printers the Future of Libraries?

Are 3D Printers the Future of Libraries?

In the small town of Fayetteville in northern New York, you'll find the local library in an old furniture factory dating from the turn of the 20th century. The refurbished building retains hints of its industrial past: wooden floors, exposed beams, walls lined with carefully labelled tools. But instead of quietly perusing ...

Microsoft Announces Plans to Lay Off 18,000 Employees

Microsoft Announces Plans to Lay Off 18,000 Employees

The biggest group affected by Microsoft's July 17 layoff of 18,000 people are the 12,500 former Nokia employees who joined Microsoft as part of the Nokia handset acquisition. That leaves another 5,500 Microsoft employees, out of its current workforce of close to 130,000, who are being let go. Who are these individuals? ...

Facebook is Letting Some Users Buy Stuff on Their Newsfeeds

Facebook is Letting Some Users Buy Stuff on Their Newsfeeds

Facebook is try out letting you pay for ecommerce purchases from other businesses without leaving its site or app. For now it won’t be charging the few small and medium-sized businesses in the US to test this new Buy button on their News Feed Pages posts and ads. When I asked if Facebook would be charging businesses for ...

Report: Yahoo Isn’t Ready to Merge With AOL

Report: Yahoo Isn’t Ready to Merge With AOL

Is Yahoo, which will reap billions from an early investment in Alibaba when the Chinese e-commerce giant goes public this summer, going to pursue an often-rumored merger with AOL? Matchmakers have speculated about the possibility of a merger between Yahoo and AOL for the last couple of years. The rumor mill recycled the ...

Bing, Like Google, Gives Europeans the ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

Bing, Like Google, Gives Europeans the ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

Microsoft has started accepting requests from users in Europe who want to remove search links from Bing under a recent “right-to-be-forgotten” ruling by Europe’s top court. The company has asked European residents, who want Microsoft to block search results that show on Bing in response to searches of their names, to ...