A federal appeals court has reversed a judge’s order to stop the National Security Agency from collecting phone records, sending the case back to a lower court for further hearings between privacy advocates and government lawyers.
Editor's note: This article first appeared in the print edition of NSFWCORP, now part of Pando. It appears online here for the first time. This stretch of Interstate-5 runs in an absolute straight line for 250 coma-inducing miles through an endless expanse of farmland, orchards, arid dirt, howling winds, spooky rural desolation and clouds of airborne fe […]
San Francisco. Yesterday. On the 17th floor of the Philip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco’s Civic Center yesterday, suggestions of local political corruption were raised in open court. Lawyers for Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow failed to convince Judge Charles Breyer to either drop the case against their client or compel discovery into why the FBI corrup […]
Imagine two of the meanest, dumbest, most disgusting people on earth were taking part in a bare-knuckle boxing match. Would you watch? Would you pick a side? Or would you just take comfort from the fact that two awful people are punching each other repeatedly in the face? A true victimless crime. These are the questions with which we must wrestle as we cons […]
Deep pockets may be an essential element for competing effectively in the exploding on-demand economy. Today, the on-demand cleaning services company Homejoy announced it was closing shop on 31 July, after…
BitTorrent has been pushing hard to bring its Sync technology into the very competitive file sync-and-share marketplace (see BitTorrent releases Sync 2.0, and BitTorrent Sync 1.4 is released). The company has announced, today,…
A sheriff's deputy in Texas has died after being shot multiple times from behind while at a gas station Friday night, according to authorities The uniformed Harris County officer was filling a patrol car with gas at a Chevron in the northwest area of the county when he was ambushed, local police said. After multiple shots, the deputy, who was on duty, f […]
If you've used a Nintendo Wii Remote before, you may already be familiar with navigating the next Apple TV For weeks, reports have said Apple's new TV streaming box will include an upgraded remote that includes a trackpad. But it could also use Wii-like motion controls so you can point and click your way through the interface, according to a report […]
Donald Trump had his latest brush with the media Friday night and sat for an interview with the One America News Network, a conservative news channel. The host? Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The short interview didn’t produce the same kind of fireworks as Trump’s recent back-and-forths with Fox News’s Megyn Kelly or Univision’s Jorge Ramos. Trump and Palin […]
This week, the hosts discuss Amazon's hardware business, the agony of the cable-cutter, and the ethics of using Uber. The post Gadget Lab Podcast: Can Amazon Make Non-Crummy Gadgets? appeared first on WIRED.
(By Joseph Menn, Reuters) – In 2009, Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder of one of the world’s top security companies, told some of his lieutenants that they should attack rival antivirus software maker AVG Technologies by “rubbing them out in the outhouse,” one of several previously undisclosed emails shows. He was quoting from Vladimir Putin’s famous threat […] […]
LinkedIn has acquired the predictive sales and marketing firm Fliptop in an effort to boost development on its own Sales Solutions offering. The professional social networking company says that the integration of the team and technology will take several months. Financial terms have not been disclosed. Fliptop was founded in 2010 by Doug Camplejohn and […] […]
Nexon showed off the first gameplay video from Cliff Bleszinski’s new first-person shooter game Lawbreakers. In advance of the PAX Prime game fan event in Seattle, the trailer from Bleszinski’s Boss Key Productions, the developer, and publisher Nexon shows off the different characters that you can play in the title, which debuts in 2016. Gears […]
From the beginning, HTC’s promise of delivering a consumer-ready virtual-reality headset by the end of the year seemed fantastical (in all senses of the word). How is the Taiwanese company, which announced the Vive early this year, going to release its VR system so quickly?The answer: It’s not. While a few devices will make their way to the public, the broad […]
This post is sponsored by The Wearable Tech In Sport Summit, an event taking place in San Francisco on September 9–10. It reflects the views of the sponsor, not ReadWrite's editors.Athletes today use increasingly complex technologies to enhance performance.We have seen considerable leaps forward in sporting performance as a direct result of technology e […]
This post appears courtesy of the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein.The tech sector has shaken up innumerable industries, and whenever that happens, some enterprising types wonder if there's some opportunity in helping established players st […]
As music fans go mobile, music festivals are following suit. The kids in America are rocking out to T-Swift with a Natty Lite in one hand and a mobile phone open to native festival apps in the other. Schedules, venue maps, artists and vendors are all in the palm of partygoers hands. And festivals are even designing other features specifically to engage the […]
Yesterday on Facebook, a man named Matt Neal sent out a plea. He’s 26, his blood type is B+ and he has a failing kidney. His ask? “One working kidney from a true sneaker head.” His offer? A pair of some of the hottest sneakers on the planet at the moment, Yeezy 350 Boosts. The pair of sneakers is made by Adidas, and designed in collaboration with Kanye West […]
One of the most critical metrics for software companies — but also one of the most difficult to measure — is the lifetime value of their customers (LTV). The lifetime value dictates how a company should spend its marketing and sales dollars. Unfortunately, many early stage startups struggle to measure LTV, because they haven’t been around very long and, con […]
Google is starting to make it easier to find plumbers, locksmiths, cleaners, and other home service workers. It's rolling out a new type of search ad today that'll place listings for these services at the top of relevant search result pages, although only around the San Francisco Bay Area for now. The listings include a phone number for the busines […]
Google's self-driving cars are cautious by design, but in at least one instance, it may be a bit too much. A cyclist posting on a road bike forum says that an encounter between themself and a self-driving car ended up with neither moving more than a few inches for a good two minutes. The cyclist apparently came to a stop at a four-way intersection momen […]
The Wii U is home to some truly amazing games. But as a set-top box, Nintendo's console lags far behind the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Most owners would probably tell you they don't even care; again, it's all about those first-party games. But if you're a frequent Netflix user, you'll be pretty glad to hear that the Wii U Netflix ap […]
When I first set out to fly some hobby drones, I had no idea where to go. I had to scour the web to figure out where I could fly without getting into trouble. Even then, I found precious little info. The FAA’s new iPhone app sounds exactly like what I was looking for.Read more...
Most major cities now have their own versions of open streets events that temporarily transform streets into car-free freeways for the day. Some of these have gotten quite expansive: Each Sunday, Bogóta famously closes about 80 miles of streets. But Paris is hoping to best everyone next month by closing a large, contained portion of its urban core to all car […]
Most of us have grown jaded to the lovely high-res video that drones deliver these days, which is so ubiquitous that it’s being used to recruit pledges to Greek life . Here’s something to restore your sense of wonder. Read more...
Amazon launched a home services directory in 41 cities a few months ago, and now Google is dipping its toe in the water. According to the Wall Street Journal, for those "in and around" San Francisco, searching for terms like lock repair or clogged...
It's been over a month since the New Horizons spacecraft flew as near as possible to Pluto and took the closest photos of the dwarf planet we've ever seen. Now, NASA has decided on its next destination: a small Kuiper Belt object (KBO) called 2014 M...
The Xbox One already has an expensive controller tailor-made for competitive gamers, but Razer believes there's room for another one. Today at PAX, the company announced its new $150 Wildcat controller for Microsoft's latest console. Razer says tha...
Soroush Ghodsi is 13-years-old. It shouldn’t matter. It doesn’t really matter. And yet… I first encountered Soroush when I emailed him about an experimental anonymous Twitter bot called Whisperly, not realising that it was a side-project from such a young entrepreneur. After working on Slik – his *real* company, which lets you search, filter and track compan […]
She may look cranky, but Tardar Sauce — the three-year-old internet meme known the world over as Grumpy Cat — seems content to endure just about any sort of indignity with a tranquil, sweet- natured reserve. After all, it couldn’t be any fun to have this flock of strange humans fussing, poking, measuring and flipping her little frame around in order to colle […]
There are all sorts of tricks you can use in iOS (Accessibility, for example) to view film negatives — the kind you got when you developed a roll of film shot with your analog camera — on your Apple mobile device. But now, a 99-cent app saves some thumb fiddling to let you easily view negatives straightforwardly — if you have a light table. It might seem lik […]