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Alibaba investors beware: History not on your side

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is about to launch what may prove the biggest initial public stock offering ever. Yet anyone who expects to get rich from buying into China's high-growth story will be betting against history.


Related Topix: Alibaba, Internet, University of Florida, Travel, Asia Travel, Beijing, China Travel, China Travel

Mon Sep 15, 2014

The Bennington Banner

Apple: U2 album accessed by 33 million users

The company issued a statement Monday from Senior Vice President Eddy Cue with the first usage numbers for the surprise "Songs of Freedom" release by the company. Apple gave the album to 500 million iTunes account holders last week during the company's iPhone 6 unveiling news conference.


Related Topix: Apple, Startups, iPod, iCloud


PC confusion to linger on Intel's quick jump to Skylake

Laptop and desktop buying decisions may get confusing in 2015 as Intel introduces PC chips based on two different architectures-Broadwell and Skylake-in the same year, something the chip maker rarely does. Mainstream PCs with chips based on the Broadwell architecture-Intel's fifth-generation Core processors-will ship in the first quarter next year.


Related Topix: Startups, Intel, CPU


NASA inspector blasts asteroid protection program

On Monday, the space agency's inspector general released a report blasting NASA's Near Earth Objects program. The program is set up to hunt and catalog comets, asteroids and relatively large fragments of these objects that pass within 28 million miles of Earth.


Related Topix: NASA, Space


Art from to marketing tool: U2′s freebie continues evolution of music business, LP format

Since U2 stunned the music world by delivering a surprise album at Apple's iPhone 6 unveiling and making it available to a half-billion iTunes users for free, they've gotten an avalanche of publicity. But who's listening to it? The answer is still unclear.


Related Topix: Marketing, Spotify, iPod touch App, iPad App, iPhone and iPad App, iPhone App, iPhone, iPod, Apple, Startups, iCloud


One man trying to bring Broadway into 21st century

When John Travolta shocked theater fans by mangling the pronunciation of Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars, one person saw a gift in the slip - Damian Bazadona. Bazadona, the president and founder of the advertising and marketing firm Situation Interactive, had been hired by Menzel's new show "If/Then" to create some buzz and here it came, one horrible syllable after another.


Related Topix: Theater, Arts, Marketing, Social Software, Wi-Fi


Hong Kong rethinks rules after Alibaba IPO loss

Alibaba's choice of New York over Hong Kong for its blockbuster IPO was a blow for the Chinese financial center. Now, the city's stock market is starting to rethink rules that stopped it from accommodating the Chinese e-commerce giant's unique management setup.

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Related Topix: Alibaba, Internet, World News, China, Emerging Technology, Search Engines

WLOX-TV Biloxi

Exhibition looks at genius of carousel inventor

Coney Island's historic B&B Carousell is among several vintage attractions still thrilling visitors at the famous amusement park today. Mangels was a mechanical and creative genius who enthralled the masses with his carousels, shooting ranges and rides like the Whip and Tickler during the early part of the 20th century.


Related Topix: New York, NY, Coney Island, NY, Inventions, Brooklyn (Portland, OR), Fresh-Meadows, NY

Sacramento Bee Newspaper

Exhibition looks at genius of carousel inventor

This Sept. 8, 2014 photo provided by the Green-Wood Historic Fund shows a wooden horse from an amusment park carousel built by William Mangels in an exhibit of his creations at the the Green-Wood Cemetery, where he is buried, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.


Related Topix: Inventions, Brooklyn (Portland, OR), Brooklyn, NY, New York, NY, New York, Guns, Coney Island, NY


Exhibition looks at genius of carousel inventor

Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping.


Related Topix: Inventions, New York, NY, Coney Island, NY, Hurricane Odile, Hurricane, Weather

Sun Sep 14, 2014


NASA's Mars rover Curiosity finally at Mount Sharp

The space agency announced Thursday that the rover has reached the base of Mount Sharp, its destination since landing two years ago. Officials say drilling could begin as early as next week at an outcrop of rocks called Pahrump Hills.


Related Topix: Space

App enables music artists, fans to collaborate via Web

Drummer Stewart Copeland is using an app called WholeWorldBrand to connect with his fans and to let amateur musicians collaborate with him on a new track. Drummer and founding Police member Stewart Copeland is ready for a jam session in his home studio, which he calls the Sacred Grove.


Related Topix: Snoop Dogg, Rap, Black Entertainment, Ipad, iPod touchiPad App, iPad App, iPhone App, GarageBand, iPod touch App, iPhone and iPad App, 10cc, Pop/Rock

The York Daily Record

Apple's smartwatch: Timely idea or clocked out?

Apple is a habitual party crasher, but can the company's history of arriving late and making a big splash in various gadget categories continue with the Apple Watch? The technology company was a late entrant into many of its most prominent product categories: the iPod wasn't the first digital music player and the iPad wasn't the first tablet. But in most cases, the innovation the company infused into its devices ignited previously dormant markets - - and Apple products became "must haves."


Related Topix: Music Players, Apple, Startups, Watches, Ipad

San Jose Mercury News

Berkeley: Woman falls three stories to escape apartment fire

Firefighters were called to the three-story building in the 3100 block of King Street at 9:01 a.m. on reports of a fire with residents trapped inside a top floor apartment, Berkeley fire Deputy Chief Avery Webb said. Before firefighters arrived, a woman fell while possibly trying to jump from the burning apartment into a nearby tree, Webb said.


Related Topix: Fire

WTVR Richmond

Big solar storm in space has impact here on Earth

A colorful, spectacular showing of the aurora borealis greeted Sok, a CNN iReporter, and others at Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National park on Friday. Thanks to a relatively strong solar storm, those living in northern parts of the United States had a chance to take in the vivid colors that normally can only be seen from extremely high latitudes.


Related Topix: Space, NASA, Astronomy, Science

The Winnipeg Free Press

Thinking big

Bold Innovation Group partners Eric Boisjoli , Stefan Maynard, Jason Myers amd Yvan Boisjoli will launch a photo-sharing social-media platform called Picticipate. Compared with the Apple App Store's candy-shop feel -- all sorts of sweet, cheap fun for less than a buck -- the Shopify app store is more like a tool shop that will help your online retail operation make more money.


Related Topix: Apple, Startups, Internet, iPhone

Sat Sep 13, 2014

The Republic

Indiana inventor's game explores origins of life

His newest invention is a 3-D board game called "Mutation," a clicking, clacking puzzle ball. It's best described as tic-tac-toe on the surface of a sphere, but players are limited only by the rules and games they create.


Related Topix: Games, Board Game, Inventions, Indiana


Companies tied to Spaceport up for space contract

Two of the three companies competing for more than $3 billion to launch space tourism flights have ties to southern New Mexico's Spaceport America. The Albuquerque Journal reported Saturday that SpaceX, Boeing Co.


Related Topix: Space

WMAL-AM Washington

Bill Maher Takes Aim at Minnesota Congressman

Incumbent GOP Rep. John Kline's Minnesota congressional seat is a little less safe thanks to comedian and television host Bill Maher. Maher has decided to target Kline for his "Flip A District" campaign, a midterm election-themed segment on his HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher .


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Republican, John Kline, Stem Cell Research


VMware and Cisco patch vulnerabilities in data-center gear and software

VMware and Cisco Systems released security fixes this week for serious vulnerabilities in networking virtualization and server software typically used in data centers. Cisco patched a persistent denial-of-service vulnerability that could prevent the out-of-band management of Cisco Unified Computing System E-Series Blade servers that are deployed in Cisco Integrated Services Routers Generation 2 .


Related Topix: Science, Computer Science, High Performance Computing


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