How carriers' greed for additional revenue streams almost sabotaged the smartphone kill switch (Issie Lapowsky/Wired)
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
How carriers' greed for additional revenue streams almost sabotaged the smartphone kill switch — How Greed Almost Sabotaged the Smartphone Kill Switch — About one third of robberies in major cities across the country involve the theft of a mobile phone, according to the Federal Communications Commission.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Hands-on with Ubuntu Touch 14.04: Coming along, but miles to go — We install it so you don't have to. Seriously, you probably shouldn't. — The last time we installed Ubuntu Touch on anything was about a year ago, shortly after the release of Ubuntu 13.04.
Toshiba's U3 MicroSD cards are fast enough to handle 4K video, still tiny and easy to lose (Les Shu/Digital Trends)
Les Shu / Digital Trends:
Toshiba's U3 MicroSD cards are fast enough to handle 4K video, still tiny and easy to lose — MicroSD cards have become so ubiquitous that even some digital cameras are now using it. That's fine and dandy if speed isn't a concern, but if you're snapping lots of photos and you need your camera to keep up …
Facebook courts advertisers to target likely World Cup viewers, a first for a TV event (Cotton Delo/AdAge)
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Facebook courts advertisers to target likely World Cup viewers, a first for a TV event — Facebook to Sell Huge Audience of World Cup Fans to Advertisers — Test Could Be Extended to Other TV Events Like the Super Bowl — How Advertising Performs in a Social Media World
Welcome to the spectrum-dome: FCC lays groundwork for its controversial incentive auction (Kevin Fitchard/Gigaom)
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
Welcome to the spectrum-dome: FCC lays groundwork for its controversial incentive auction — This spring is shaping up to be a very contentious season for almost everyone that has a stake in the country's wireless airwaves. The Federal Communications Commission on Friday released …
Sam Altman and Marissa Mayer co-hosting Obama fundraiser for DNC at Y Combinator HQ on May 8 (Carla Marinucci/SFGate)
Carla Marinucci / SFGate:
Sam Altman and Marissa Mayer co-hosting Obama fundraiser for DNC at Y Combinator HQ on May 8 — New! Obama to hit Y Combinator headquarters in Mt. View on May 8 — President Obama will hit the Mt. View headquarters of Y Combinator, the hot Silicon Valley start-up funder and incubator …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Beats Bites the Bullet, and Starts Selling Subscriptions From Apple's App — Apple has a crazily powerful digital store, used by hundreds of millions of customers. But if you want to sell something there it will cost you: In almost every case, Apple keeps 30 percent of the purchase price on whatever its users buy.
Exclusive: Nike fires majority of FuelBand team, will stop making wearable hardware (Nick Statt/CNET)
Nick Statt / CNET:
Exclusive: Nike fires majority of FuelBand team, will stop making wearable hardware — The sportswear company has decided that only software has a future in the company's technology vision. That means cutting the FuelBand, and those who helped make it.
Apple reaching out to developers who didn't win WWDC lottery, offering chance to buy unclaimed tickets (Mike Beasley/9to5Mac)
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Apple reaching out to developers who didn't win WWDC lottery, offering chance to buy unclaimed tickets — If you didn't get a chance to buy a WWDC ticket in the lottery last week, you might just get another chance soon. Developers who won were given until April 14 to buy a slot at the conference …
Facebook not currently using location data from Nearby Friends for ads, will in the future (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook not currently using location data from Nearby Friends for ads, will in the future — Facebook ‘Nearby Friends’ Will Track Your Location History To Target You With Ads — Facebook says it's not using its new Nearby Friends feature to target ads yet, but after I asked why it's tracking …
YC's new president suggests several solutions to key issues in employee stock compensation (Sam Altman)
YC's new president suggests several solutions to key issues in employee stock compensation — Employee Equity — Startup employees often do not get treated very well when it comes to stock compensation. New ideas float around occasionally, but lawyers are usually averse to trying new things …
Heartbleed status scan: 0.52% of top 10K sites, 2% of top 1M sites still vulnerable (Daniel Cid/Sucuri Blog)
Daniel Cid / Sucuri Blog:
Heartbleed status scan: 0.52% of top 10K sites, 2% of top 1M sites still vulnerable — HeartBleed in the Wild — As most of you probably already know, ten days ago security Researchers disclosed a very serious vulnerability in the OpenSSL library, which is used to power HTTPS on most websites nowadays.
Comcast and Time Warner may sell 3-5M subscribers for up to $20B to Charter before merger (Tom Cheredar/VentureBeat)
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Comcast and Time Warner may sell 3-5M subscribers for up to $20B to Charter before merger — Ahead of its TWC merger, Comcast may sell 5M subscribers to Charter — Comcast and Time Warner Cable are in discussions with smaller cable provider Charter to sell up to $20 billion worth of assets, according to a Financial Times report.
Wall Street Journal:
TPG-Led Group Closes $450 Million Investment in Airbnb — Funding Values Home-Rental Site at $10 Billion — A group led by private-equity firm TPG has finalized an agreement to invest $450 million in Airbnb Inc., valuing the home-rental site at $10 billion, according to people familiar with the situation.
Certificate Revocation Lists increase sharply in size in the wake of Heartbleed, hogging bandwidth (Kim Zetter/Wired)
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Certificate Revocation Lists increase sharply in size in the wake of Heartbleed, hogging bandwidth — Heartbleed Bug Sends Bandwidth Costs Skyrocketing — The exposure of the Heartbleed vulnerability last week had a number of repercussions, one of which was to set off a mad scramble …