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CurrentC forces out CEO following Best Buy's support of Apple Pay

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 6 hours ago

Dekkers Davidson, former CEO of the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), has been forced out following news that partner company Best Buy is supporting Apple Pay. MCX hasn't even released the CurrentC mobile payment flagship service, but things seem tense among senior leadership - and Brian Mooney has been selected as interim CEO.

 

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This is a frightening issue for CurrentC, as it appears to be losing control of the mobile payment system before a launch even happens.

 

"CurrentC appears to be clutching at straws," said Jordan McKee, senior mobile payments analyst at 451 Research, in a statement published by the San Francisco Chronicle. "There's a lot of internal conflict and turmoil on how CurrentC should look when it's deployed. It's a difficult time for them right now."

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Secret founder pulls plug on anonymous mobile communications app

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: 3 days, 7 hours ago

Social chat app Secret is closing, with operations winding down in the next few weeks. The app was used by more than 15 million people and allowed for open communication with a certain level of anonymity that is unavailable on other social networking sites.

 

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"After a lot of thought and consultation with our board, I've decided to shut down Secret," said David Byttow, co-founder of Secret, in a blog post. "This has been the hardest decision of my life and one that saddens me deeply. Unfortunately, Secret does not represent the vision I had when starting the company, so I believe it's the right decision for myself, our investors and our team."

 

Byttow says most of the team has moved on already, and he will help remaining staff find new opportunities elsewhere. The company helped raise $35 million after three successful rounds of venture capitalist funding, with Secret once valued close to $100 million.

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Stanford researchers create robot able to drag 2,000 times its weight

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 3 days, 8 hours ago

Researchers from Stanford University will demonstrate a unique tiny robot that is able to drag an object up to 2,000 times heavier than itself. The "MicroTug" robots were inspired by the anatomical design of geckos and ants, which are able to carry large amounts of weight - and travel in unique manners.

 

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A separate robot is able to carry up to 100 times its body weight, using feet with tiny rubber spikes that can physically bend under pressure.

 

The actual design of the robots is simple, with a processor, motor, battery, wheels, adhesive layer and winch used to make up the powerful MicroTugs.

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President Obama appreciates Japan for anime, emoji's and manga

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 3 days, 8 hours ago

What anime do you think President Obama might like the most? In a video posted by Mashable, the big-wig was seen conducting a speech thanking Japanese people for things that he appreciates.

 

 

Alongside mentioning anime, karate and manga was the commonly-used trend of emoji's was touched upon - nothing about the eggplant though.

 

This lighthearted speech was designed in order to help solidify the political relationship between Japan and America, however we're just here wondering if he likes Sailor Moon or Dragon Ball Z.

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Researchers create 3D printed medical implant that changes shape

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 3 days, 9 hours ago

US medical researchers have created a 3D printed medical device that is able to change shape and help improve breathing as a child grows. Researchers believe the device worked better than they originally imagined, and look forward to a future clinical trial.

 

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The custom biomaterial was used to treat three children suffering from tracheobronchomalacia, a medical issue when airway walls are weak, causing them to collapse after a rough cough or unusual breathing patterns. The 3D-printed splints were tubes - both hollow and porous - that can be attached over impacted airways, giving them increased strength.

 

"This is the first 3D printed implant specifically designed to change shape over time to allow for a child's growth before finally reabsorbing as the disease is cured," said Dr. Glenn Green, associate professor of pediatric otolaryngology at the University of Michigan, and contributing author for the study, in a statement published by Reuters.

The MSI Prestige Series laptops packs a punch for a reasonable price

By: Chris Smith | More News: Laptops | Posted: 3 days, 9 hours ago

If you're interested in a laptop with True Color Technology, MSI is offering up its new Prestige Series models to customers showcasing six different color profiles and boasting the "truest of colors available" as seen in their recent press release.

 

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Bundled with Intel Core i7 processors, a NVIDIA GTX 950M, quality audio and the ability to support three 4K monitors at once, MSI is offering up 15 and 17-inch screened models of beauty coming very soon.

 

Interestingly one of the color modes available is listed as Anti-Blue and sets out to sooth your eyes when partaking in long usage sessions. We've seen this utilized before through things like GUNNAR glasses and the program f.lux, it will be interesting to see how well this in-built works compared to the rest.

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Twitter's Dick Costolo says he's not worried about job security

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 3 days, 10 hours ago

Twitter continues to have a rather brutal week, with the disappointing financial results leading to a 20 percent drop in its market value on Tuesday evening. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo previously succeeded in dealing with user growth problems, but now must find ways to boost revenue.

 

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"I don't think we lost credibility," Costolo said while speaking to Bloomberg Businessweek. "I think we have been very forthright on all our calls and our time with investors about what is happening, what we are doing and how we think about things over the long-term."

 

Costolo also noted that he feels the pressure of leading Twitter: "Of course. I mean, look, anyone who tells you as like a CEO of - of a company with any number of investors, whether it's private or public that says they don't feel any investor - or pressure is lying to you. Of course you do."

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Report: Salesforce interested in fielding takeover discussions

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 3 days, 11 hours ago

Cloud specialist Salesforce has been approached by at least one potential acquirer, and is now discussing the matter with advisers, according to a report published by Bloomberg. It seems like Oracle, led by Chairman Larry Ellison, may want to bring Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff back onboard.

 

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News of a possible takeover helped boost Salesforce's shares up to $78.46, a 17.3 percent spike, during trading on Wednesday. Shares closed at $74.65, up 11.6 percent, with the company initially valued at close to $49 billion.

 

As for possible suitors, it seems Oracle is the front runner and most "realistic buyer," according to Daniel Ives, analyst at FBR & Co., in a research memo. "Oracle is desperate to establish itself as a leader in the cloud, and acquiring the leading cloud company and bringing on board a visionary leader in Marc Benioff would help toward accomplishing this goal."

Plastic surgeon broadcasts procedures via Snapchat to adoring fans

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 3 days, 12 hours ago

Dr Michael Salzhauer has become quite the 'internet celebrity' recently through the power of Snapchat - posing as his alias, Dr Miami, Salzhauer has been using his Snapchat story feature to broadcast videos of what he's been up to in the office.

 

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While most users will post photos of their morning coffee, business lunch or absurd amount of incoming emails, Salzhauer has been showing off his handiwork in the medical sense, describing it as the most fun he's had since medical school.

 

Salzhauer has a cool 124k followers on Instagram and just under 11k followers on Twitter alongside his growing Snapchat fan base.

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