• Why OKCupid’s Experiments Aren’t The Same As Facebook’s

    Why OKCupid’s Experiments Aren’t The Same As Facebook’s

    OKCupid on Monday wrote a viral blog post where it admitted to experimenting on human beings, comparing tests it runs to improve its dating algorithms to the study Facebook did that took over the news cycle early this month. Today Reuters reported that like Facebook’s experiment, these tests could violate Federal Trade Commission regulations. “But guess what, everybody: if you… Read More

  • Hilton Hotels Now Lets Your Choose Your Room With Your Phone

    Hilton Hotels Now Lets Your Choose Your Room With Your Phone

    Hilton Hotels is taking a page out of the airline playbook, giving users more control over the experience through their smartphone. The hotel chain has recently introduced a way for users to choose their room on their smartphone, and promises to roll out smartphone-powered door keys to the majority of their hotels by 2016. Using the new Hilton HHonors app (yes, that name needs work) or the… Read More

  • Wikipedia Now Accepts Bitcoin Donations With Coinbase

    Wikipedia Now Accepts Bitcoin Donations With Coinbase

    Wikipedia, the decentralized community-powered encyclopedia, is now accepting donations in bitcoin, the decentralized community-powered cryptocurrency. The Wikimedia Foundation partnered with Coinbase to process the donations. Also new today, Coinbase will waive processing fees for all registered non-profits. Today’s news shouldn’t come as a surprise. Back in March, Wikipedia… Read More

  • Credit Karma Rolls Out Free Weekly Credit Reports (Yes Really)

    Credit Karma Rolls Out Free Weekly Credit Reports (Yes Really)

    Online credit monitoring startup Credit Karma is rolling out free credit reports. And no, it’s not a scam. Over the years, consumers have been burned by websites offering “free” credit reports which had more than a few strings attached. After signing up for their free report, these misleading sites would then begin billing the unsuspecting users on a monthly basis… Read More

  • Net Neutrality Comments To The FCC Slow To A Crawl

    Net Neutrality Comments To The FCC Slow To A Crawl

    Comments submitted to the FCC regarding its notice of proposed rule-making on the net neutrality issue totaled 1,101,729 as of yesterday afternoon. An impressive number, but also a nearly unchanged figure. On July 18, the final day of the first period of comment on the proposed net neutrality rules, TechCrunch reported that the FCC had received 1,062,000 comments. After a big week that saw… Read More

  • The Modbook Pro X Turns Your Retina MacBook Pro Into A Graphics Tablet

    The Modbook Pro X Turns Your Retina MacBook Pro Into A Graphics Tablet

    Modbook has been making tablets out of Mac portables for years, combining the Apple computers with Wacom digitizers to let digital artists have all-in-one graphics-creating powerhouses that run full OS X software and come with ample pressure sensitivity. Now, the company’s latest effort incorporates the Retina MacBook Pro, and it’s turning to Kickstarter to fund this effort that… Read More

  • What Is ‘La French Tech’ Supposed To Do?

    What Is ‘La French Tech’ Supposed To Do?

    Less than two months ago, French president François Hollande made a speech in front of the tech community at the Élysée to show his commitment to La French Tech. As a reminder, La French Tech is a publicly funded initiative to promote French startups under a single brand in France and abroad — or at least, that was the plan. For the last few days, sources have told me that the… Read More

  • Pinterest Acquires Icebergs, The Pinterest For Creatives

    Pinterest Acquires Icebergs, The Pinterest For Creatives

    Pinterest has acquired Icebergs, a “Pinterest for creative types,” which offered an online collaboration service that allowed users to organize their projects, including not only images, but also articles, files, videos, and other content, and share that content with others. The Barcelona-based company was founded last year, and had a team of just over a half-dozen in both… Read More

  • Xiaomi’s One More Thing