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Laurence 'Lo' Toney, Poker Chief At Zynga, Departs Struggling Game Company

Dino Grandoni | December 8, 2012 | Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Zynga Inc's executive overseeing its key poker game has quit, hitting the gamemaker in a particularly vulnerable spot as it struggles with a steady employee exodus and falling revenue. The exit of former Zynga Poker General Manager Laurence "Lo" Toney, announced on Toney's LinkedIn profile on...

Anonymous Claims Attacks On Greece Government Websites

Dino Grandoni | December 8, 2012 | Technology
ATHENS (Reuters) - The activist hacker group Anonymous said it had taken down a number of Greek government websites on Monday, on the eve of a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel that is likely to be met by angry protests. Several government websites appeared to go down briefly late...

'Rise Of The Guardians': Sandman Is A Tough One To Create

Kia Makarechi | December 8, 2012 | Entertainment
GLENDALE, Calif. — Within the dimly lit halls of DreamWorks Animation, past the character sketches lining the walls, inside the eccentrically decorated cubicles and offices is where a group of designers, animators and special effects gurus have spent the past four years bringing life to the Sandman. The dream-inducing folkloric...

E-Commerce Taxes Are Good For Small Business: Experts

Nate C. Hindman | December 8, 2012 | Small Business
In this season of non-stop mudslinging and campaign acrimony, there's a hot-button issue on which Republicans and Democrats actually agree. Stranger still, it involves taxes, and a set of bills in Congress that, though stagnant until post-Election Day at the earliest, could end tax-free shopping on the Internet as we...

Retro Radio Shack Commercial Shows Awesomely Huge Phone On The Go (VIDEO)

Priscilla Frank | October 8, 2012 | Arts
Everything was bigger in the 80s: the hair, the shoulder-pads, the attitude... the list goes on. But not even the largest of Thigh-Mastered thighs can compete with the behemoth device that is the early cellular phone. This vintage Radio Shack video calls it "the most powerful transportable telephone system"...

Startup Offers Failed Entrepreneurs A Million-Dollar Signing Bonus

Nate C. Hindman | October 8, 2012 | Small Business
It's hard to hire in tech. How hard? A startup called Twice is offering a $1 million cash and equity signing bonus to anyone who launched a startup through accelerator programs Y Combinator, 500 Startups, or TechStars and now needs another job. Twice is calling it a $1 million "acqui-hire."

Texas School District Reportedly Threatening Students Who Refuse Tracking ID, Can't Vote For Homecoming

Emmeline Zhao | December 8, 2012 | Education
Weeks after Northside Independent School District in San Antonio rolled out its new "smart" IDs that tracks students' geographic locations, the community is still at odds with the program. The "Student Locator Project," which is slated to eventually reach 112 Texas schools and close to 100,000 students, is...

Facebook 'Want' Button Gets Tested With Retailers

Dino Grandoni | December 8, 2012 | Technology
By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is testing a feature that lets users of the social network create "wishlists" of home furnishings, clothing and other retail products, laying the groundwork for what some believe could be an eventual push into e-commerce. Facebook said it is working with...

Study: Facebook Harder To Resist Than Sex

Dino Grandoni | October 8, 2012 | Technology
Researchers at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business say the desire to indulge in Facebook, Twitter and other social-media pastimes is among the strongest temptations we now face -- right up there with sex and cigarettes.

Comcast Contract Workers Allegedly Scare Seattle Residents With Threatening Sales Tactics

Caroline Fairchild | October 10, 2012 | Money
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Comcast contract workers in Seattle are taking bad customer service to a whole new level. Several residents in Seattle have complained that door-to-door cable service salesmen are making aggressive sales pitches that involve banging on doors, using threatening language and refusing to leave, King 5 News reported. Valerie...

Facebook 'Sponsored Stories' Settlement: Social Network Pitches New $20 Million Agreement To Settle Lawsuit

Dino Grandoni | December 8, 2012 | Technology
By Nate Raymond (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has proposed a revised $20 million settlement in a class action lawsuit accusing it of violating the rights of users through its "Sponsored Stories" advertising feature after a U.S. judge rejected an earlier accord. The new settlement agreement, filed Saturday in U.S. District...

MRUniversity Aims To Bring Economics Education To The Masses

Tyler Kingkade | October 8, 2012 | College
Two George Mason University economics professors are teaching on a new campus: in the cloud. Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok have launched MRUniversity, named after their blog MarginalRevolution.com, where they'll enter the booming world of free online education alongside projects like Coursera and companies...

Air Force Plans To Build Flying Saucer Declassified

Lee Speigel | October 9, 2012 | Weird News
At the same time that the Air Force was denying the existence of UFOs back in the 1950s, it was also secretly trying to build its own supersonic flying saucer. A recently declassified document reveals that the Air Force, in 1956, contracted a Canadian company, Avro Aircraft Limited in Ontario...

'Community' Season 4: Danny Pudi On Abed And Troy's Evolving Friendship, Webseries And Life After Dan Harmon

Laura Prudom | October 8, 2012 | TV
Though NBC's "Community" had a tumultuous summer, culminating in creator Dan Harmon's high-profile exit and the introduction of two new showrunners (David Guarascio and Moses Port), we would hate to see backstage drama destroy one of the most original, inventive and outlandish comedies on TV today. When...

World Of Warcraft Hack: Attack Kills Thousands Of Players, Destroys Several Major Cities (VIDEO)

Dominique Mosbergen | October 10, 2012 | Technology
Over the weekend, a veil of death descended upon several major cities, as thousands were massacred and havoc ensued everywhere. Thankfully, however, the murdered masses were soon resurrected, and many have since been spotted slaying dragons and completing quests. Thoroughly confused? You're likely not a World of Warcraft...

Nebula IC 1396, Animated In 3D By Finnish Astrophotographer J-P Metsävainio, Is Astounding (PHOTO)

Ryan Grenoble | October 8, 2012 | Science
There are countless websites devoted to animated GIFs and the typically short, goofy animations they enable. While most of them center on offbeat humor (and lots of cats), an animated GIF created by J-P Metsävainio, an astrophotographer from Finland, may give them a good name once again. Metsävainio...

iPhone Bra: British Man Sues Over University of Washington Students' Bra Patent

Rebecca Harrington | December 8, 2012 | College
Ladies, have you ever wanted to put your iPhone or your ATM card in your bra for safe keeping? Well, two college students at the University of Washington created a bra in which you can do just that. However, the students are also learning that sometimes, a great...

eWise: Instagramming a Lie, Tweeting Toddler

Katy Hall | September 22, 2013 | Technology
What happens when your friends and/or business clients lie to you about their activities or obligations and you catch them via social media? Do you call them out on it and risk losing a friend/client? - Ryan, via email This is why it is...

Jack Dorsey's Role Was Reduced (Again) Because He's 'Difficult To Work With'

Britney Fitzgerald | October 8, 2012 | Technology
Apparently, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey isn't a very fun boss. #Yikes. According to a recent article in the New York Times profiling current Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Dorsey's role the company was reduced (yet again) because he was too difficult and indecisive of a boss. "Mr. Dorsey’s...

Come4.org Porn Site Plans To Donate All Money To Charity, 'Revolutionize Online Porn' (VIDEO)

Meredith Bennett-Smith | October 9, 2012 | Technology
Globally aware online pornography? That's the concept behind proposed porn site Come4.org, a free, not-for-profit, crowd-sourced porn site that would link uploaded porn to a selection of reputable charities and raise money for various causes, CNET reports. Developed by Marco Annoni and Riccardo Zilli, the Milan-based...
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