Tumblr autonomy should be fostered
Risk manager Agiliance quadruples revenues from financial sector clients
Microsoft hosting event at its headquarters for Xbox video game console.
Yahoo wants to 'make Flickr awesome again,' with 1TB of free storage and a big redesign.
Here's how to get started blogging on Tumblr.
Here are key events involving Yahoo and its performance in recent years.
Opportunity now U.S. leader in long-distance driving off Earth.
Walter De Brouwer hopes his latest tech venture, Scanadu, improves the world's health.
Is Yahoo game to integrate Tumblr, which it views as a game changer?
Bout, Vine, Lapse-It are among top picks for YouTube's comedy stars.
A few simple precautions can help keep your e-mail account safer from intruders.
Yahoo’s deal for Tumblr raises questions about its ability to make money by selling ads, among other thorny issues.
David Karp, 26, whose mother responded to his high school boredom with a suggestion that he try home-schooling, played a role in several start-ups before founding Tumblr.
New services are moving beyond the Facebook approach, with tools to create new content instead of just sharing it.
Supreme Court justices said that courts should defer to regulatory agencies in weighing how they carry out their mandates.
A Congressional inquiry’s findings were remarkable both for the tens of billions of dollars involved and for Apple’s audacity in saying some of its subsidiaries were stateless and beyond any tax authority’s reach.
Apple hardly seems the invincible name it was just one year ago. Faced with slower growth, a badly bruised stock price, and questions about its innovation leadership, the company has plenty of fights on its hand.
Many Tumblr users are already up in arms over worries that their beloved blogging service could lose its hip edge under Yahoo's control.
Yahoo followed its purchase of Tumblr, a cool, hip brand, with a fresh revamp for Flickr, another cool and once beloved start-up that has struggled to retain its luster since it was acquired.
Mobile payments company Payvia announced Monday that it had acquired Mogreet, a Venice mobile marketing start-up.
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This weekend I attended the eighth annual Maker Faire with my son in San Mateo, Calif. The Maker Faire and the Maker Movement have gotten so large, it's easy to take them for granted. In fact, after going four straight years, I almost skipped this year until my son begged me to go.
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Apple used a “complex web” of offshore entities — with no employees or physical offices — that allowed it to pay little or no taxes on tens of billions it earned overseas, according to a Senate investigation unveiled Monday. Read full article >>
In recent years supporters of network neutrality have tried and failed to get Congress to enact neutrality regulations. In 2010, Julius Genachowski, President Obama's choice to lead the Federal Communications Commission, decided to act anyway, relying on a controversial interpretation of existing statutes to justify a new regime of "open Internet" rules. Read full article >>
Chinese hackers who breached Google’s servers several years ago gained access to a sensitive database with years’ worth of information about U.S. surveillance targets, according to current and former government officials. Read full article >>
What does Yahoo see in Tumblr? In a word: youth. That much was clear from Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer’s remarks Monday about her company’s decision to buy the blogging community for $1.1 billion. Mayer talked about how Yahoo’s older and Tumblr’s younger audiences fit together like “Africa and South America.” Read full article >>
Yahoo has concluded that Tumblr, the social blogging service, is worth a whopping $1.1 billion. Will the bet prove a good one? The answer depends on whether the combined company can turn its many millions of users into a interlocking set of services that no competitor can hope to replicate. In short, the question is whether Yahumblr, or Tumbloo, or whatever we want to call it, is more like Google or more like Craigslist. Read full article >>
Mobilewalla ranks cross-training appsHouston ChronicleCopyright 2013 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 4:38 pm, Friday, May 17, 2013 Workout Trainer* (Free): A library of exercises designed to be used anywhere and without special equipment; includes routines to support weight loss, yoga and running.Workout Hero ($2.99): More than 100,000 people use this app to track their daily exercise routines and access blueprints for workouts and diet.Zombie Fitness - Prepper WOD and Survival app with Timers Pro (99 cents): If you follow the plan in this fitness and survival guide, you'll be ready to survive a zombie invasion.GPS Sports Tracker by Skimble* (Free): Use…
AT&T gets into the home security & automation businessHouston ChronicleCopyright 2013 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 10:52 pm, Thursday, April 25, 2013 Houston is one of the first 15 cities where the telecommunications giant will make available starting Friday Digital Life, a customizable home security and automation product that puts it in competition with large, established players in the market.[...] the Water Detection Package, which can sense water leaks in specific locations, adds $4.99 a month and a one-time installation charge to customers' bills.Digital Life relies on the same 3G data network used by many smartphones for the monitoring service, h…
Camperoo matches kids and summer funHouston ChronicleCopyright 2013 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 8:57 pm, Sunday, April 21, 2013 The world's oil capital is home to scores of hopeful entrepreneurs developing new websites, software, medical devices, clean technologies and other innovations. Research at the Texas Medical Center, NASA, local universities and in the energy industry, for example, has given birth to new ventures. Camperoo claims to streamline the process by allowing parents to search for and book camps on one site and helping camps manage their registrations online. Matching uninsured patients seeking discounts with unused eye doctor appointments.…
Mobilewalla ranks apps for stress reductionHouston ChronicleCopyright 2013 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 5:38 pm, Friday, April 12, 2013 Ambiance* ($2.99): An extensive library of soothing sounds increases relaxation and focus.Join this app's millions of users and relieve pressure by kicking a virtual boss.Stress Check by Azumio* (Free): Use your phone's camera technology to monitor your stress levels.Insight Timer* (Free): The gentle sounds of Tibetan singing bowls guide a series of timed meditations.Relaxation Ringtone (Free): Replace your phone's jarring ringtones with these calming tones.
What's a gaming parent to do?Houston ChronicleCopyright 2013 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 3:49 pm, Friday, April 12, 2013 Even the things you don't think about - the few minutes it takes to fire up your console, pop in a game and wait for it to load - become insurmountable obstacles when you have only a few minutes of free time.[...] surprisingly, it's the old-school games that work better for younger children, said David Kaelin, who owns Game Over Videogames, a retro gaming chain in Texas.Kaelin said he's noticed that his kids enjoy original Nintendo Entertainment System games like "Super Mario Brothers."In an article addressed to parents, writer Joh…
Turn eyes to the skies with these appsHouston ChronicleCopyright 2013 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 4:56 pm, Friday, April 5, 2013 Star Walk - 5 Stars Astronomy Guide ($2.99): Point the app toward the sky, and it identifies stars, planets and constellations in your line of sight.Redshift - Astronomy ($11.99): Extraordinary 3-D encyclopedia of explored space objects, including 500 galaxies.Mobile Observatory - Astronomy ($4.49): Sophisticated tool features live sky map and alerts for events worth viewing.Space Images* (Free): View stunning photographs of the universe's wonders, brought to you by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.Sun Surveyor ($6.49)*: Rea…
The best personal fitness gadgetsSan Francisco ChronicleCopyright 2013 San Francisco Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 7:41 pm, Sunday, May 19, 2013 The accompanying iOS app and Nike+ website offer great motivational tricks too.The Fuel score is worthless to anyone who doesn't have a Nike+ product, and isn't always accurate.Can't measure sleep; lacks a rechargeable battery; Android compatibility limited to Samsung Galaxy phones; easier to misplace than wristband models.The new Jawbone Up is comfortable and durable, but limited support means this gadget won't make sense for many phone users.The strap design makes it light and comfortable to wear.Direct syncing…
State unemployment rate drops to 9 percentAssociated PressCopyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 11:19 am, Friday, May 17, 2013 The state's Employment Development Department reported Friday that California's jobless rate is at its lowest point since November 2008, nearly a year after the recession began.The construction industry posted the largest gains last month, while professional and business services and government reported job losses.
EDD cuts back phone help to the joblessThe California Employment Development Department said Thursday that it will no longer staff its unemployment insurance call centers in the afternoons beginning Monday as a result of federal funding shortfalls.Starting May 20, EDD personnel will take calls from unemployed workers from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, Monday through Friday, except state holidays.The current telephone service hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. By directing all available staff to answer phone lines in the morning when the daily demand for telephone service is at its highest, the limited staff will be able to focus on other needs in the afternoon, like processing applications for benefits, answering online questions from claimants, and determining eligibility issues to help get benefits…
Bay Area median home price hits $510,000San Francisco ChronicleCopyright 2013 San Francisco Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 5:22 pm, Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Bay Area median home price hits $510,000Eager Bay Area buyers propelled the region's median home price above a half-million dollars in April - its highest point in almost five years - reflecting a market continuing to rebound, according to a real estate report released Wednesday.During the real estate downturn, bargain-basement foreclosures and short sales helped drag the median down to a low of $375,000 in March 2009.
Best Bluetooth accessoriesSan Francisco ChronicleCopyright 2013 San Francisco Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 8:13 pm, Sunday, May 12, 2013 While in design they may resemble a pair of jumbo hearing aids, the Denon AH-W150 Exercise Freaks are among the better wireless sports headphones available.Lighter and less bulky than other boom-style headsets, the Voyager Legend has superb audio quality and a well-crafted, comfortable design.The Plantronics Voyager Legend big boom microphone isn't for the fashion-conscious, but its superb call audio quality and comfortable fit make it an excellent buy.The SRS-BTX500 is a sleekly designed Bluetooth wireless speaker that offe…
Right from the start, I knew we would have problems in our relationship. We were too much alike, he and I. Type A. Achievers. The kind who love lists and checking things off. The kind who love control.
Hackers could hobble agencies' Internet access, auditors sayServers that host internet service for more than 30 state agencies are vulnerable to a cyberattack, according to a legislative audit released this week.
Company helping clinics address social, environmental influences on healthA doctor might ask for a patient's family disease history, or exercise or smoking habits, but whether they have trouble getting food onto the table or paying energy bills is unlikely to appear on any clinic questionnaire.
John Becker, a veteran of cybersecurity companies, to lead Columbia firmColumbia cybersecurity firm Sourcefire Inc. named John Becker, a longtime member of its board of directors, as the company's new CEO on Monday.
Company says it's committed to Baltimore, undaunted by big competitorsMillennial Media's stock has lost three-fourths of its value since the Canton company went public a year ago as an established force in the mobile advertising market. Ask CEO Paul Palmieri about that, and he'll repeat what he deems wise words from a prominent contemporary.
Md. developers see opportunities, disruption as mobile broadens player baseBig Huge Games in Timonium closed last May, taking nearly 100 jobs with it. Nine months later, a local studio that was launched from the ashes of the video game-maker shut down, too. And Zynga, which created FarmVille and Words with Friends, closed its Baltimore County office several weeks ago.
Thomas Sohmers, 17, of Hudson, Mass., has been working at a research lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since he was 13, developing projects ranging from augmented reality eyewear to laser communications systems. This spring, his mom, Penny Mills, let him drop out of 11th grade. She says she "could see how much of the work he was doing at school wasn't relevant to what he wanted to learn."
Yahoo Inc. lured Marissa Mayer from Google in July to become its fifth CEO in as many years. Her task: Help the Internet pioneer regain its stature after years in a financial funk. In her 10 months leading the company, she has overseen a redesign of Yahoo services and orchestrated several acquisitions, including a deal to buy online blogging forum Tumblr for $1.1 billion.
As a teenager, Tumblr CEO David Karp would canvass the streets of New York City's Upper West Side, offering to build websites for local businesses. After his freshman year of high school, the precocious, computer-savvy kid decided to drop out altogether to devote more time to his passion for technology.
At a time when many high-tech startups in Florida can't seem to raise a dime, a couple of 22-year-old entrepreneurs from Orlando have tapped a six-figure investment they hope will help put their young company on the map.
Alice F. Hayden, 36, is president and co-founder of H2 IT Solutions Inc., a small defense firm in Orlando and a top award winner in the 2013 GameTech/Federal Virtual Challenge. She spoke recently with Orlando Sentinel staff writer Richard Burnett .
Even as U.S. Defense Department contract awards fell sharply last month, a Melbourne-based company hit it big.
Investigators with the Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Department of Justice are looking into possible bribery activity by a Chinese health-care technology operation formerly owned by Harris Corp., the Melbourne-based company said in a recent filing with the SEC.
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court rejected on Thursday the challenge to a controversial law that allows electric utilities to collect money from their customers for nuclear-power plants that won't be built for years — if ever.
TALLAHASSEE — In an unusual, late-night meeting, Florida lawmakers negotiating a state budget unveiled — and quickly agreed to — a new tax break meant to help a California company that recently hired one of Tallahassee's most influential lobbying firms.
Key indicators point to a seller's real estate market this spring. With fewer homes on the market, low interest rates, rising home prices and lower unemployment rates, there will be increased competition for buyers and faster sales for homeowners looking to move. With some planning and understanding of the market, it's possible for both groups to make the most of this evolving marketplace.
If you're a passionate iPadder and love the swish, swipe, tap and pinch of that little glass screen, you're going to love the new, full-size 2013 Cadillac XTS.
Dear Tom and Ray:
The most talked about community in the Pasco county area is Connerton, a Ryland Homes' community in Land O' Lakes, says Tony Crimi, Ryland Homes' vice president of sales and marketing. Ryland Homes is the eighth-largest home builder in the country, with homes in the Tampa Bay area and Sarasota.
Dear Tom and Ray:
Ravinia Courtyard Villas in northwest Hillsborough County has opened Phase II, which includes 70 new home sites, according to Terri Jennings of Prudential Tropical Realty.