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LinkedIn’s Ultimate Plan Is To ‘Map Out The Underpinnings Of The Global Economy’

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/future-of-linkedin-video-2012-11

LinkedIn has come along way from being just an online resume tool or a social network, with its news updates and discussion features.

At our IGNITION conference this week, we heard about the company’s most ambitious plans yet from its CEO Jeff Weiner

LinkedIn wants to become a sort of an economic tool that will be able to “map out the underpinnings of the global economy.”

“Imagine a digital representation of every economic opportunity in the world — temporary or full-time jobs,” Weiner told Business Insider editor-in-chief Henry Blodget. “Imagine all the skills required to obtain those roles would be digitally represented.”

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Thursday, November 29th, 2012 news No Comments

Imagination Technologies snaps up CPU designer MIPS in an attempt to wrestle ARM

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/06/imagination-technologies-scoops-up-chip-designer-mips/

Imagination Technologies snaps up CPU designer MIPS in an attempt to wrestle ARM

Looks like we can kiss goodbye to any lingering politeness in the rivalry between these two UK chip houses, because the smaller one has just embarked on a cheeky expansion. Having been known mainly for its PowerVR graphics processors, not least in many Apple products, Imagination Tech could potentially push into the CPU arena too, through its $60 million acquisition of MIPS Technologies. Just Like ARM, MIPS designs low-power RISC processors for consumer electronics, but it has generally focused on smaller chips for devices like routers and TVs rather than smartphones and tablets. In addition to a portfolio of 82 exclusive patents, a squad of 160 MIPS engineers will now be transplanted to Imagination, where they’ll no doubt be debriefed and reassigned to conquering the world. Meanwhile, in some sort of flanking move, ARM has paid a far higher sum of $170 million to gain access to a number of other MIPS patents.

[Thanks, Michael]

Imagination Technologies snaps up CPU designer MIPS in an attempt to wrestle ARM originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 06 Nov 2012 06:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 news No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5944045/google-developer-hints-at-possibility-of-an-internet-without-site-log+ins

Google Developer Hints at Possibility of an Internet Without Site Log-insToday in a post on his personal blog, Google developer Tim Bray wrote elliptically of a project he’s working on that could—if he means what I think he means—radically change our experience of using the Internet—for the better.

Logging in is annoying and slows you down. My job these days is mostly about reducing that pain, ideally to zero by eliminating it. Google really wants this to happen.”

Logging in is annoying. Between your various online banking passwords and user names, Amazon, eBay, every social network you belong to, Netflix, however many accounts you have with online retailers like ShopBop or Sephora or Petco or where ever—it can be a sort of nightmare trying to keep track of all your passwords and user names.

Sure, it isn’t sooo bad, now that more sites will ask if you’d like have them remember your password for future visits. But still.

What an Internet free of log-ins would look like, exactly, it’s difficult to imagine. Just how literally does Google want to execute this plan? At this point, it’s all speculation off an early-stage project. But if Bray’s post is any indication of where Google is in fact headed, we certainly have something to look forward to. [BGR]

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Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 news No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5943574/samsung-throws-down-the-gauntlet-with-fiery-new-iphone-5-vs-galaxy-s-iii-ad

Samsung Throws Down the Gauntlet with Its New iPhone-Bashing Ad Not too long ago, Samsung faced a big loss against Apple in court, and now, it’s just sat through the announcement of the new iPhone, which sold out its preorders in a matter of hours. What’s a rival manufacturer to do? That’s easy; if you’re Samsung, you attack.

Samsung has crafted a pretty aggressive ad comparing Apple’s flagship iPhone 5 to its own Galaxy S III. You can guess who comes out on top. While the lion’s share of the ad’s criticisms are fair—the S III does have NFC while the iPhone 5 doesn’t, and the same goes for removable battery and microSD storage—the bit referring to Apple’s new connector comes off as a bit snide. But you didn’t expect this to be civil, did you?

Adorned with the clever (admit it, it’s clever) tagline “It doesn’t take a genius,” the ad is due to roll out a bunch of newspapers tomorrow, where it will doubtlessly reach the sort of people who still read newspapers. Clearly Samsung isn’t about to take anything lying down, and who could blame them? The question is, will it work? [CNET]

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Sunday, September 16th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Microsoft’s Windows Division Generated Less Revenue Than Its Servers Division (MSFT)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-microsoft-revenue-by-segement-2012-7

Here’s an incredible chart from Microsoft’s last earnings report that didn’t get the sort of attention it deserves. The Server and Tools division generated more revenue than the Windows division in the last fiscal year.

The Windows division is still much more profitable, earning $11.5 billion compared versus $7.4 billion for Servers & Tools. And one of the reasons Windows generated less revenue than Server & Tools is that Windows 7 is at the end of its run.

However, this chart is illustrative of a two big trends for Microsoft. First, while Vanity Fair wants to call it a lost decade for Microsoft, it clearly wasn’t all lost since it built a third huge new business division. Second, while people worry about the future of Windows, and whether or not it gets disrupted by iOS and Android, the truth of the matter is that Microsoft is more than just Windows.

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Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 news No Comments

Facebook Just Opened The Door To A Social Commerce Function That Could Be MASSIVE (FB)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-just-opened-the-door-to-a-social-commerce-function-that-could-be-massive-2012-7

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Facebook has created an option within its OpenGraph source code for social commerce that, in addition to allowing users to create a “Want” button, allows users to indicate that they bought something in the same way that they can “like” video or news articles, according to blogger Tom Waddington.

Poking around in Facebook’s OpenGraph code, he found options for a “product.purchased” option along with the aforementioned “Want” button. Waddington says:

The source code from the stream story gives a few more clues as to Facebook’s strategy for products. The Want/Unwant action link even includes ‘socialcommerce’

It’s clear that Facebook are working on a new OpenGraph representation of products.

It appears that product wants and purchases will be accessible similar to other user actions – music, news and video.

Here’s a screengrab of what it might look like:

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As we explained earlier, a “Want” button coupled with some sort of social commerce action would be sort of Holy Grail for advertisers who currently do not have a way of figuring our users’ shopping desires on Facebook.

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Friday, July 6th, 2012 news No Comments

Most Product Reviews On Amazon Are Crap

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/you-probably-shouldnt-take-amazons-reviews-at-face-value-2012-6

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Those glowing reviews you see on Amazon.com aren’t all they’re cracked up to be, according to a study performed last year. 

Tech entrepreneur Filip Kesler and Cornell professor Trevor Pinch, found that more than 80 percent of the reviews on the site were positive all because 85 percent of prolific reviewers receive free stuff to review. (Hey, everyone loves a freebie.)

“Amazon’s top reviewers do receive some sort of direct material reward, however small, for their endeavors,” wrote the authors. 

This was particularly true in the book realm. Reviewers in the top 1,000 rank told the authors they received a large number of Advance Reading Copies (ARCs) of books from small agencies and self-published authors. Those in the top 500 rank said they received even more, and so it went up the totem pole.

One member of Amazon Vine, the site’s members-only review program, described how his rank attracted more freebies in the study: 

“I started getting offers at about rank 800 (Classic Rank). When I got to 500, the offers increased, but I did not get many until I got to about 250. Under 150, it increased some more. At that point is was an average of one offer per week (not including Vine). When my New Rank appeared, placing me in the 50s, I started getting several offers per week, mostly for books.” 

For consumers looking for a deal and great products, it might be better to go the old-fashioned route, i.e., asking family and friends for suggestions. 

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Monday, June 25th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5891696/the-united-states-congress-is-laughably-and-horrifyingly-vulnerable-to-user-error

The United States Congress Is Laughably (And Horrifyingly) Vulnerable to User ErrorUS Congresswoman Lois Capps found out the hard-and-super-embarrassing way that the House of Representatives doesn’t allow take-backs. Capps was the only person in congress to vote against championing the release of a Christian minister in Iran—a bill she co-sponsored—because she pressed the wrong button during the vote. And then wasn’t allowed to fix it.

It’s hard to feel too too bad for Rep. Capps, since you should probably be paying attention during a vote on a bill you co-sponsored. But shouldn’t we maybe install some sort of ARE YOU SURE mechanism to the decisions our national leaders make? [The Tribune via The Daily What]

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Friday, March 9th, 2012 news No Comments

Google tests the ‘do not track’ waters with a Chrome extension

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/24/google-tests-the-do-not-track-waters-with-a-chrome-extension/

Keep My Opt-Outs

Well, that didn’t take long. One day after agreeing to implement a do not track button as part of a new consumer bill of rights, Google has given the people what they want… sort of. Keep My Opt-Outs is a Chrome extension, developed by the Mountain View team, that will prevent advertisers from using your browsing history against you. Presumably, this function will get built straight into the browser one day but, for now, you have to go dig it up in the Chrome Web Store — far from an ideal solution. Still, a tepid step into the shallow end is better than no step at all. You can install the extension yourself at the source.

Google tests the ‘do not track’ waters with a Chrome extension originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 24 Feb 2012 16:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Friday, February 24th, 2012 news No Comments

Hospitals Are Using Confidential Medical Records To Target High-Paying Patients

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/hospitals-are-using-confidential-medical-records-to-target-high-paying-patients-2012-2


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Hospitals are increasingly milling their patients’ confidential medical records to target their promotional mailings for services, reported Phil Galewitz of USA Today.

It’s not illegal, but the practice doesn’t sit well with consumer advocacy groups who point out that many health care providers are choosing to ping patients with better insurance coverage.

That creates a sort of indirect discrimination, as hospitals make it harder for consumers with less insurance to learn about services they may very well need.

To target the ads, hospitals determine the likelihood that patients would need certain services based on age, income and insurance status. Hospitals have said they target patients with private insurance because the companies tend to pay higher rates than government-backed plans like Medicare and Medicaid.

The mailings also advertise a variety of tests, such as screenings for cancers and cholesterol, which are generally more expensive.

As record numbers of Americans go without health insurance, hospitals targeting consumers who are more capable of shelling out money for services has been an inevitable outcome, along with soaring health insurance premiums (Read why the rich are building their own hospitals.)

To make matters worse, employers are also reducing health insurance benefits in the workplace.

As we recently reported, one in five Americans are experiencing difficulty paying off their medical debt, while 25 percent have considered filing for bankruptcy because of rising medical bills. 

Though targeted mailings might place others without insurance at a disadvantage, hospital officials insist they target patients who pay more to make enough profit to serve everyone.

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