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Mac OS X Lion Passwords Are Super-Easy to Hack (and Change) by Any Local User [Security]

You're constantly hearing about how you need to make sure to use a secure password, but what are you supposed to do if a hacker can just change your password without even cracking it? That's what users with physical access to your computer can do on OS X Lion right now. More »


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Kyle Wagner

September 19th

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Google posts guide to prep Honeycomb apps for Ice Cream Sandwich

Google posted a guide on its Android Developers website on Monday that should help developers prepare Honeycomb applications for the new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system, which will run on smartphones as well as tablets. That means Honeycomb developers will need to make their applications compatible with displays smaller than those found on various Android tablets. Creating an Ice Cream Sandwich compatible version of an application is important to reaching a larger audience, too. “Optimizing for handsets can be tricky if your designs currently use all of a large screen to deliver content,” Google explained in a blog post. “It’s worth the effort, though, because Ice Cream Sandwich brings the Honeycomb APIs to handsets and you’ll significantly increase the user-base for your app.” Read on for a link to to the Android developer site, where you can read an in-depth guide to adding smartphone support to Honeycomb apps. 

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Todd Haselton

September 19th

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Watch Surgeons Remove Glowing Cancer Cells From a Patient’s Ovary [Video]

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Kristen Philipkoski

September 19th

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Inspired By ‘Minority Report,’ Immersive Labs Raises $810K For Digital Display Recognition

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New York TechStars 2011 alumnus Immersive Labs is announcing its $810K in seed funding today, led by investors Dave McClure, Robert Semmens, Windquest Group, Teddy Schiff and followed on by Quotidian Ventures, Andy Keller, Simon Gelfand, Jay Weintraub, Peter Krupp and Mac Harman. Along with the new funding, the company is also announcing Justin Holmes joining the team as CTO and Jill Miller joining the team as EVP.

Immersive Labs is working on futuristic advertising displays like those in the well known book and film Minority Report, which tailor advertising to the individual viewer. Immersive Labs’ digital signs use cameras and facial recognition technology to determine viewer characteristics like gender, age, distance and time spent viewing the ad in order to then serve up the advertising that would be most relevant (see the demo video below).

The targeting technology has shown an over 60% increase in viewer attention time during pilot tests, according to CEO Jason Sosa.

Immersive Labs plans on using the money to bolster its development team, and hopes to have the technology ready to hit the Los Angeles and New York markets by the fall — Which is kind of scary, come to think of it.


Company: Immersive Labs
Funding: $848k

Immersive builds advertising technology for digital signs that enables retailers and advertisers to deliver tailored messages to customers in real-time. This technology is a combination of anonymous facial detection (e.g., gender, age, distance, attention time and gazes) sophisticated machine learning based optimization, as well as strategies specified by the marketer.

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Alexia Tsotsis

September 19th

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Daily Desired: This Flashy Bicycle Is for Fashionistas [Desired]

Yes, bikes are efficient transportation, but city people also love their bikes because they look cool. What you ride is a style choice. Wanna really stand out? The Mixie Straight Edge is a fashion-forward collision of urban bicycle trends. More »


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Mario Aguilar

September 19th

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Source: Facebook To Launch Read, Listened, Watched, And Want Buttons

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The cat is out of the bag that Facebook is going to launch something big at its developer conference f8 this week. We’ve heard about the social music services that could be debuting in a few days, but as the New York Times conveyed this past weekend, Facebook is planning for ways to surface personal content better. And we’ve heard from a source that Facebook will introduce new buttons on the wall that will begin introducing some granularity to the “Like” concept. We’re told these new buttons are “Read,” “Listened,” “Watched.” The network will also soon launch new social commerce buttons like “Want” following the introductions of the aforementioned buttons.

It’s important to qualify that this is from a source (and not from Facebook) but from what we hear, Facebook users will be able to click Read, Listened, Watched on content in their news feed. And soon, “Want” as well.

And it’s unclear what will happen to the Like button and how these new buttons will affect the Like button. And we don’t know what Facebook will do with this data, but there is so much the network could do with the data from these buttons.  It seems pretty obvious that ad targeting would be a huge opportunity as well as the capability of delivering a more personalized experience for users. Not to mention that brands, retailers, entertainment companies and other businesses will be able to gain segmented data around the Like.

If all of this is starting to sound a bit like Facebook’s infamous Beacon project, it shouldn’t be too surprising — from what we’ve heard a key part of these new Facebook features is to provide Beacon-like functionality in terms of auto-populating News Feed stories based around intent and actions. But they’ll do so without the advertising and privacy ramifications. At least for now…

The introduction of these new, granular buttons would certainly add more depth to content surfaced by media sharing apps as well as from retailers, which is in line with previous reports of what’s being launched. We’ll keep you updated on what else we hear is in the pipeline for f8 (and we know what’s not being announced: Project Spartan).

Update: Liz Gannes is reporting that the motto for f8 will be “Read. Watch. Listen.” — that sounds exactly in line with the buttons we’ve heard about.


Company: Facebook
Website: facebook.com
Launch Date: January 2, 2004
Funding: $2.34B

Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 500 million users. Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004, initially as an exclusive network for Harvard students. It was a huge hit: in 2 weeks, half of the schools in the Boston area began demanding a Facebook network. Zuckerberg immediately recruited his friends Dustin Moskowitz and Chris Hughes to help build Facebook, and within four months, Facebook added 30 more college networks. The original idea for the term...

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Leena Rao

September 19th

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This Drone Is Better at Catching Than You [Video]

If someone handed you a tiny plastic container and challenged you to snag a bunch of ping pong balls midair, do you think you could get 'em all? I know I couldn't! But this self-perfecting robot sure can. More »


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Sam Biddle

September 19th

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Facebook’s Spartans Ready For Battle, But War Won’t Come At f8

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Facebook’s f8 is quickly approaching — by all accounts, it’s going to be massive. Ten days ago, I laid out some of what we were hearing would be coming. Now it’s time for one important update — for something not coming: Project Spartan.

Facebook’s HTML5 app project (which will not be called Spartan at launch) is ready to go. But the latest word is that Facebook is worried that the project is so ambitious and the ramifications of it will be so large that there’s some concern that it may overwhelm some of their other big announcements at their event. The fact is that they have so much coming that they don’t need to announce it just yet.

Originally, developers were told to have Spartan projects ready to go by July. But the scope of the project expanded to include not only mobile Safari, but Android and desktop browsers as well. Then the plan was to launch at f8, and Spartans (that is, Project Spartan developers) were going to be a part of the lower-key f8 hack event the following day.

Now it looks like Facebook will have another event a week or two after f8 dedicated to Spartan, we’re told. A separate event will also give more time for key Spartan partners to present. Right now, those include companies like Zynga and others big players, we hear. It will likely be a giant HTML5 love-fest.

But again, don’t worry about f8. All indications are that the amount of stuff coming will be overwhelming. Everyone knows about the music launch, but we’ve been hearing about something else that will be bigger. Stay tuned.

Update: And here we go: we’re hearing Facebook will use f8 to launch new buttons for “Read” “Listened” “Watched” and “Want”. This is all about populating data in the Newsfeed around actions and intent. Think: Beacon, without the controversy (or so Facebook hopes).


Company: Facebook
Website: facebook.com
Launch Date: January 2, 2004
Funding: $2.34B

Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 500 million users. Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004, initially as an exclusive network for Harvard students. It was a huge hit: in 2 weeks, half of the schools in the Boston area began demanding a Facebook network. Zuckerberg immediately recruited his friends Dustin Moskowitz and Chris Hughes to help build Facebook, and within four months, Facebook added 30 more college networks. The original idea for the term...

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MG Siegler

September 19th

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Motorola’s next Android tablet spotted, 7-inch display possible

Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha has noted his company’s intentions to launch a 7-inch tablet a number of times, and images of the device may have just broken cover. This is my next leaked a photo of a white tablet on Monday that, if compared to the size of the unknown phone in the background, appears to sport a 7-inch form factor. A Motorola Mobility logo is slightly visible on the top-left of the tablet and there are two I/O ports on the bottom, presumably microUSB and HDMI-out. It is possible this is an Android Honeycomb tablet, although that is still unconfirmed. It is also still unclear when the tablet will be announced, if ever, or what kind of hardware it packs under the hood.

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Todd Haselton

September 19th

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You Won’t Believe This Video Is Not Real Slow-Motion [Video]

A year ago, BASE jumper Jeb Corliss defied death by jumping off a mountain in Switzerland wearing only his wing-suit and five GoPro cameras. A few days ago he processed some of his video through Twixtor. The crystal-clear results are insane. More »


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Jesus Diaz

September 19th

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