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October 30, 2014
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Apple's sales may lag a bit following CEO Tim Cook's public announcement that he's gay -- but Apple doesn't care. Cook has the full support of the company's board of directors and, it appears, pretty much everyone else in Silicon Valley. As for elsewhere, this could be a valuable lesson for some. "What Cook did is heroic and will immeasurably benefit the human race," said tech analyst Rob Enderle. [More...]

October 30, 2014
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With CVS and Rite Aid abandoning Apple Pay just days after its launch, it may seem that a pitched mobile payments battle has begun. That's not quite true, though. Apple Pay's most formidable competitor is likely to be CurrentC -- backed by a number of retail giants, including Walmart. However, CurrentC isn't much more than a promise at this point. It's not expected to launch for several months. [More...]

October 30, 2014
The U.S. Postal Service didn't adequately follow its own rules last year, when it secretly recorded and shared information about some 49,000 pieces of mail to further criminal and national security investigations, according to an audit report from the Office of Inspector General. Information recorded under the service's longstanding mail cover program is limited to what's written on the exterior. [More...]

October 30, 2014
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki this week said that her team was in the early stages of exploring a new subscription business model. Wojcicki didn't offer any specific details, but she did suggest that one option might include an ad-free service. That would be a big change from YouTube's current advertising-only approach. At some point, people won't want to see ads, Wojcicki said. [More...]

October 30, 2014
OK, I admit it. I both love and hate Apple's new iOS 8 -- and apparently so do many others, based on the online searches for help I've done. I've had a love-hate relationship with iOS for years. There's much about the new iOS 8 to love; however, I hate that updating to it screwed up so many features I regularly use. What's worse is that Apple does not seem to care. [More...]

October 29, 2014
The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday filed a complaint in a California federal court against AT&T, seeking compensation for customers who were told they had unlimited data plans but in reality did not. The legal action stemmed from a practice AT&T began in 2011 of throttling data delivery to customers with unlimited data plans when their data usage reached a specified amount during a billing period. [More...]

October 29, 2014
Xactly continues its pioneering ways by analyzing anonymous data collected by its customers in compensation management. If you aren't familiar with the company's groundbreaking market analysis, you might be in for a treat. Its approach is relatively simple but extremely powerful. With the permission of the data owners, Xactly strips out identifying information and conducts sophisticated analyses. [More...]

October 29, 2014
Facebook reportedly has been meeting with publishers to discuss better ways of collaborating. It apparently wants to implement a more seamless way for mobile users to access news and magazine articles, as well as other content developed for digital sites, directly from their News Feed. Facebook is considering inviting publishers to post their content inside its mobile app. [More...]

October 29, 2014
Twitter shares closed Tuesday at $43.78, down almost 10 percent, even though the company's Q3 earnings report showed monthly active users grew 23 percent. Granted, that was down a tick from the previous quarter's 24 percent growth -- but recall the World Cup was being held at that time, driving user growth explosively. Germany's win saw Twitter use peak at nearly 619,000 tweets a minute. [More...]

October 28, 2014
U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan last week granted broadcasters' request for a temporary restraining order against Aereo. This is the latest setback for the would-be cable-killer service, which was suspended following a Supreme Court ruling this summer. Aereo had utilized small dime-sized antennas to capture over-the-air TV signals and stream the content to subscribers over the Internet. [More...]

October 28, 2014
The push is on for mobile database management tools built from the ground up to run directly inside phones, tablets and wearables. These mobile database solutions are being designed to do what heavyweight open source solutions like SQLite, Cord Data, MySQL and PostgreSQL were not designed to do. Some 4.55 billion people worldwide are using mobile phones this year. [More...]

October 28, 2014
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It can be lonely trekking through the aisles of a big box store looking for a particular item. If you're lucky enough to find help, the employee still might not understand exactly what you want, or know if it's in stock or where to find it. Or the employee could be rude. Enter OSHbot -- Lowe's friendly robot service rep who soon will wander through Lowe's stores looking for customers to help. [More...]

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