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New Details On Tactus’ Funding

Tech Crunch - Tue, 2014-04-22 23:26
 On the heels of its announcement with Wistron last week, Tactus chief executive Craig Ciesla stopped by TechCrunch to talk about its future plans. Ciesla said that the company raised $13.5 million in its Series B round, with ThomVest as the lead investor, with Ryoyo, Wistron and other undisclosed strategic and financial investors participating. Ciesla says that the company is using the money to… Read More
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New Details On Tactus’ Funding

Tech Crunch - Tue, 2014-04-22 23:26
 On the heels of its announcement with Wistron last week, Tactus chief executive Craig Ciesla stopped by TechCrunch to talk about its future plans. Ciesla said that the company raised $13.5 million in its Series B round, with Thomvest Ventures as the lead investor, with Ryoyo, Wistron and other undisclosed strategic and financial investors participating. Ciesla says that the company is using the… Read More
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Meet The New CrunchBase

Tech Crunch - Tue, 2014-04-22 23:25
 Since it was first launched in 2007, CrunchBase has been an invaluable source of information about major companies, startups, investors, and executives in the tech ecosystem. Today we're proud to introduce CrunchBase 2.0 -- a more beautiful, easier-to-use, and more powerful version of the database that the tech world has come to depend on. Read More
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Extra Butter x ICNY "ACES" Star 3M Reflective Socks

Hyperbeast - Tue, 2014-04-22 22:41

In celebration of the upcoming space suit-inspired "ACES" Saucony Grid 9000 from Extra Butter, the Big Apple's ICNY has teamed up with the sneaker spot for a matching pair of reflective socks. Matching the lining and laces of the kicks, the blue socks boast a reflective all-over star print that will shine bright when it comes in contact with direct light. Crafted right in ICNY's Brooklyn studio, the "ACES" socks are set to be available exclusively from Extra Butter's 125 Orchard St. storefront beginning this Thursday, April 24.

Click here to view full gallery at Hypebeast.com

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7 Ways to Use Social Media to Boost Your Small Business

Social Media Today - Tue, 2014-04-22 22:40
Even after everything is in place, you may not see big results right away. Don’t let that worry you. As NuSkin explains, you need to understand that “your business is a building process and you may not have all the momentum you want immediately.” A social media strategy is one that pays off over time.

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The Earth’s Magnetic Field Keeps This Desktop Jupiter Globe Spinning

Gizmodo UK - Tue, 2014-04-22 22:30
Jupiter is not only the largest planet in our solar system, it’s also arguably the most stunning. Those massive storms—including that enormous red eye—produce quite an atmospheric show. And as a cheaper alternative to a giant telescope, this tiny desktop-sized version of Jupiter lets you stare in awe at the gas giant when you probably [...]
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Star Trek And The Politics Of Silicon Valley

Tech Crunch - Tue, 2014-04-22 22:30
 Let’s get outside of the San Francisco bubble for a little while (trust me, there is oxygen here). I realize in a world saturated with protesters who have all the sophistication and menace of a shipful of Pakleds, it may seem like a protest in front of Kevin Rose’s home is the Biggest News in the Universe. It may seem doubly so when said protesters are demanding $3 billion in latinum, and your… Read More
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New Policy All But Bans The Intelligence Community From Speaking To The Press

Tech Crunch - Tue, 2014-04-22 22:25
 A new policy put in place this March effectively bans members of the U.S. intelligence community from speaking to the media, even when discussing unclassified matters. The new rules have sparked outcry from many outside the government, given that the policies as detailed in the directive further clamp down on interaction between the public and intelligence denizens. Read More
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Xappmedia Raises $3M For Interactive Audio Ads

Tech Crunch - Tue, 2014-04-22 22:22
 Xappmedia is announcing that it has raised $3 million in seed funding for its recently launched audio advertising platform. The first part of a Xappmedia spot can sound like a regular ad, but then it offers a call to action. For example, an ad for a flower company could begin with a promotional spiel, but then ask users whether they want to find out more, or buy flowers, or whatever — not by… Read More
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Roku FINALLY Releases A YouTube Channel For Most Of Its Streaming Boxes

Tech Crunch - Tue, 2014-04-22 22:21
 After what has been seriously way too long, Roku has just launched an official YouTube channel for most of its lil’ streaming boxes. The catch: Roku says the channel is only compatible with “current generation” devices, which they define as any box launched after July 2011. Roku’s model numbering system is super confusing*, so just know that if your Roku came out in the… Read More
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NYPD social kicks off #mynypd hashtag, it backfires

Adland - Tue, 2014-04-22 22:07

The social media account for NYPD thought it was a good idea to start the #mynypd hashtag, asking the public to post photos of themselves with the NYPD. The responses weren't what they expected, with people posting pictures of themselves getting arrested and all sorts. File under: Really, you didn't see that coming? Prediction: opening for social media manager at NYPD soon.

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Die große Zoo-Parade By Judith Drews ~ Fun new...

Not Cot - Tue, 2014-04-22 22:07
Die große Zoo-Parade By Judith Drews ~ Fun new Animals, ABCs, and Counting kid's book from Gestalten.
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Electric Zoo returning to Randall's Island this year w/ drug-sniffing dogs, patdowns, & plainclothes security (also music)

Brooklyn Vegan - Tue, 2014-04-22 22:04

by Wyatt Marshall

Fans at Electric Zoo 2011 (more by Leia Jospe)

Electric Zoo may be going to Mexico, but it turns out the EDM fest will also be returning to NYC over Labor Day weekend (Aug 29 - 31) at Randall's Island. But things will be a little different this year thanks to the two drug-related deaths (not to mention one reported case of sexual assault and 31 arrests) which cancelled the third day of the 2014 edition.

The Wall Street Journal reports the safety measures at Electric Zoo this year are pretty all-encompassing. The new security measures will include drug-sniffing dogs stationed at every entrance, plainclothes security officers that specialize in narcotics, thorough patdowns, and more. "Amnesty bins" will be placed at the gates, where concertgoers can get rid of whatever they shouldn't be bringing in without punishment before going in. Oh, and to get in, concertgoers will need to watch an online anti-drug PSA delivered by electronic musicians in order to activate their wristbands. The new safety measures are coming in the wake of festival organizers Mike Bindra and Laura DePalma selling their promotion company, Made Events, to the conglomerate SFX Entertainment.

The festival will also be several hours shorter and start later in the day in order to reduce sun exposure.

While the line-up hasn't been announced, tickets to Electric Zoo 2014 go on presale on April 29.

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This Insane Interactive Album Shows You Every Single Note

Gizmodo UK - Tue, 2014-04-22 22:00
Electronic music duo George and Jonathan dropped their new record, III, overnight in the form of an interactive website that shows you a visualisation of every single note that’s played on the record. It’s hypnotic. Most of the record plays as a 3D viz of what seems to be the entire timeline of each song [...]
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3D-Printed Osteoid Cast Could Speed Up Bone Healing by Nearly 40%

Inhabitat - Tue, 2014-04-22 21:59

We’ve seen 3D-printed lamps, chairs, houses and even self-replicating 3D printers, but Deniz Karahasin’s mindbending Osteoid cast looks like something from a sci-fi movie. The designer has created a concept design for a custom cast that could speed up bone healing by nearly 40 percent using 3D printing and ultrasound technology.


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It’s virtually certain that the IPCC needs to dump its “very likely” crap

Gristmill - Tue, 2014-04-22 21:59

It’s hard to understand what the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is yammering on about.

The IPCC — which has released its latest climate assessment in three huge installments — uses confusing language to describe how certain it is about its findings. This could be misleading the public into thinking scientists are less certain than they really are about global warming, according to a new study.

Consider this statement from the first installment of the IPCC report, which came out in September: “It is very likely that the number of cold days and nights has decreased and the number of warm days and nights has increased on the global scale.”

By using the phrase “very likely,” the scientists mean that there’s a 90 to 99 percent likelihood that the statement is true. But when normal people read “very likely” in a statement like that, they think the IPCC’s scientists are just 55 to 90 percent confident in it, according to the new study, which was published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Here are the seven main descriptors that IPCC report authors are told to use, and what percentage of certitude they’re meant to communicate:

Nature Climate Change

The researchers behind the new study showed a series of IPCC statements containing these terms to 1,304 people from 25 different countries. The people were asked to judge the scientists’ confidence levels — and they got it very wrong.

“In all samples,” the researchers wrote, “people interpreted the probabilistic pronouncements of the IPCC regressively” — meaning they would underestimate high probabilities and overestimate low ones. The biggest misinterpretations came when the word “very” was used.

The researchers say people would better understand if the IPCC used numbers to express its confidence levels.

This isn’t the first time that the IPCC’s approach to communicating certainty has been found to be flawed. Similar findings were published in 2009 and in 2011. And an independent review of the IPCC pointed out this problem in 2010. But the IPCC persists in using this misleading gibberish. And if that weren’t bad enough, the panel still doesn’t understand how to effectively use the internet.


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LEGOLAND Florida Becomes Nation’s First Theme Park to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy on Earth Day

Inhabitat - Tue, 2014-04-22 21:57

In honor of Earth Day, LEGOLAND Florida just become the first theme park in the U.S. to be completely powered by renewable solar energy. The 150-acre theme park teamed up with Tampa Electric to go off the electric grid for the entire day – an eco-friendly action that’s equivalent to removing three cars from the road for one year or planting six acres of trees. After Earth Day, LEGOLAND Florida will use renewable energy to permanently power the Imagination Zone, a section of the park that showcases seven of the most visually impressive LEGO models in the world.



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Apple Leads the Way with Environmentally Friendly Initiatives on Earth Day

Inhabitat - Tue, 2014-04-22 21:54

Apple dove headfirst into this year’s Earth Day celebrations, from changing the color of its logo’s leaf section to the revamp of its Environmental Responsibility website. Although some may chalk up Apple’s push for green as a calculated corporate move, there’s no denying that the Earth is better off with Apple on its side. Not only will these initiatives reduce the toxins found in the electronics industry, but the efforts of the influential Cupertino behemoth could also inspire similar efforts by major companies all across the world.



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