• Microsoft Pulls The Trigger On 2,100 More Layoffs

    Microsoft Pulls The Trigger On 2,100 More Layoffs

    As expected, Microsoft hit go on a number of layoffs today, letting 2,100 people go, including 747 people in the Seattle-Redmond area, where the company is headquartered. The firings come as a second wave of the layoffs that were previously announced. Out of 18,000 expected cuts, 13,000 were pulled off nearly immediately. Today’s 2,100 brings the total number to just over 15,000… Read More

  • WomanServants Will Let You Order Around Hot Girls For $125 Per Hour

    WomanServants Will Let You Order Around Hot Girls For $125 Per Hour

    Editor’s Note: Yesterday, we ran a story about a new startup called ManServants, which facilitates the rental of “hot men” for $125. As most of the commenters note, the service is incredibly sexist and has no place in a society striving for gender equality. To examine my thoughts towards the service I took the original post and swapped every instance of a gendered noun. Read More

  • Regular Facebook Users Are More Likely To Fall For Phishing Scams

    Regular Facebook Users Are More Likely To Fall For Phishing Scams

    Researchers at SUNY Buffalo have found that habitual Facebook users — those who are on the site more frequently than their peers — were more susceptible to phishing scams. How did they figure this out? By asking them about their habits and then surreptitiously creating a fake friend who then asked them for private information, including their student ID number and date of birth. Read More

  • Facebook Gets More Twitterish By Showing Timely And Trending Posts Immediately

    Facebook Gets More Twitterish By Showing Timely And Trending Posts Immediately

    Facebook wants to steal discussion of real-time events from Twitter and stop being perceived as a slow social network. So today it announced News Feed changes that will surface posts that mention Trending Topics sooner and higher in the feed. It will also look at when people like and comment on posts from friends and Pages so it can stop showing posts about real-time events hours later… Read More

  • Nine Alternative Keyboards For iOS 8

    Apple’s new mobile world order, iOS 8, ushers in support for third party system wide keyboards for the very first time. We’ve rounded up a selection of alternative keyboard contenders — some with storied histories already on the Android platform, others hoping for a big break on iOS… Read More

  • Technology And The Challenge Of Democracy

    Technology And The Challenge Of Democracy

    Information is more available and accessible than ever before, and we are witnessing the power of the crowd to respond to news events with greater impact. As technology continues to play a larger role in our everyday lives, we must ask ourselves what ultimately is the responsibility of technology when it comes to the dissemination of information? Read More

  • Postmates Hires Former Yodlee, Google Wallet Exec Peter Hazlehurst As COO

    Postmates Hires Former Yodlee, Google Wallet Exec Peter Hazlehurst As COO

    On-demand delivery startup Postmates is growing fast, expanding from serving five markets around the beginning of the year to being in 16 by next week. To help out with a rapidly expanding operations team, the company has hired former Yodlee and Google exec Peter Hazlehurst as its new COO. Read More

  • Screamy Is A Little Box That Screams When Your Drone Is Lost

    Screamy Is A Little Box That Screams When Your Drone Is Lost

    If you’re lucky enough to live in a place where your drone can fly free among the trees and bushes and, more important, you’ve lost your drone in those selfsame trees and bushes, Screamy is for you. It’s a tiny box that connects to your drone via the control module and allows you to signal when the drone is down, a sort of MedicAlert bracelet for your quadcopter. It’s up… Read More

  • Meta 1 Augmented Reality Glasses Are Dragging Us Into A VR Future

    Meta 1 Augmented Reality Glasses Are Dragging Us Into A VR Future

    Meta — which recently presented at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 — today began to ship the final version of its Meta 1 Developer Kit (which includes the AR glasses). The 1,500 members of the company’s Pioneer Developer Program will be the lucky (and patient) recipients of the glasses and the accompanying SDK. I say patient, because this shipment is the culmination of… Read More

  • Shippo Raises $2 Million To Provide A Shipping API For E-Commerce Businesses

    Shippo Raises $2 Million To Provide A Shipping API For E-Commerce Businesses

    A startup called Shippo wants to provide those online retailers with a lower-cost alternative to their existing shipping practices. It does this by hooking into existing e-commerce solutions like Shopify, as well as by providing an API that can be used by retailers to simplify and automate the process of shipping items. Read More