May 2016

Former Yahoo COO slams media coverage of Marissa Mayer as ‘remarkably unfair’ (YHOO)
May 28, 2016

Dan Rosensweig, the CEO of Chegg and former COO of Yahoo, isn't too happy with some of the media coverage Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has received lately.

In an interview with Bloomberg's Emily Chang on Thursday, Rosensweig said a lot of the press reports on Mayer had been “unfair.”

“I think a lot of what has been said has been remarkably unfair,” Rosensweig said. “Unfortunately, some of these things are fair game whether she likes it or not.”

Rosensweig pointed to recent stories about Yahoo's spending over half a million dollars on Mayer's security as examples of unfair coverage, saying it “doesn't really matter” for public investors. Yahoo disclosed in a public filing for its annual shareholder meeting last week that it spent $544,061 on Mayer's security because of “specific security threats that we believed were credible.”

Rosensweig believes the press should instead focus on the bigger story around Mayer.

“She should not be under this kind of attack b..

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Apple spent $1 million on the stairs in the new San Francisco Apple Store (AAPL)
May 28, 2016

Apple budgeted $1 million for the staircases of its new San Francisco flagship Apple Store, reports Curbed, using data from BuildZoom.

The data shows Apple expected to spend $23.6 million building and renovating the store, based on the construction permits it obtained. $19 million of that was slated for the exterior of the building.

Those are just ballpark figures — Apple gave these numbers to San Francisco City Hall before construction actually began, so real costs could be higher.

Here's what a half-million-dollar staircase looks like:
SEE ALSO: Apple Stores are getting their biggest makeover in 15 years

And here's the other one:

Apart from the $1 million staircases, the signage on the exterior of the building was budgeted at $82,000…but the Apple logo itself was only $2,000.

Plus, Apple budgeted $50,000 on the support systems for the gigantic video screen in the new store, which is good, because that screen reportedly cost $1.5 million on its own.

See the res..

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With billions at stake, here are the weirdest moments in Oracle’s massive lawsuit against Google (ORCL, GOOG, GOOGL)
May 24, 2016

Oracle is suing Google for up to $9 billion.

The two were back in court this week, with an all-star list of witnesses.

At issue is Google's use of 37 application programming interfaces in its Android software that came from a programming language called Java that's owned by Oracle.

The software industry is in a tizzy over this case because if Oracle wins and Google has to pay up, it could set off an explosion of lawsuits in the industry.

The trial has been going on for years, across three phases. The jury is currently deliberating.

No matter what the jury decides, the loser will likely file an appeal.

In the meantime, many stars of the tech world were called to the stand and a lot of memorable things happened.

Here's a look at some of those highlights, as well as an overview of what this case is about.
SEE ALSO: Larry Ellison explains why life isn't about money: 'At some point, you can't spend all of it. Trust me, I've tried'

Oracle fir..

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CONFIRMED: Twitter plans to exclude photos and videos from 140-character limit (TWTR)
May 24, 2016

Twitter has confirmed plans to exclude photos, videos and @names from its 140-character tweet limit, giving users more freedom to write longer messages.

The social media platform, founded in San Francisco in 2006, said on Tuesday that the changes will be made in “the coming months,” adding that they'll make conversations faster and more intuitive.

The changes were reported by Bloomberg earlier this month but Twitter declined to comment at the time.

Under the incoming changes, Twitter users will also be able to retweet and quote tweet themselves, allowing people to resurface their previous Tweets and add new commentary to them.

“One of the biggest priorities for this year is to refine our product and make it simpler,” said Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO and cofounder, in a statement. “We're focused on making Twitter a whole lot easier and faster. This is what Twitter is great at – what's happening now, live conversation and the simplicity that we started the service with.”

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Pebble just unveiled two new smartwatches and a special fitness device — check it out
May 24, 2016

Pebble updated two of its popular smartwatches on Tuesday.

The Pebble 2 and the Pebble Time 2 now include two new highly requested features: built-in heart-rate monitoring and fitness tracking.

The company also announced its first non-smartwatch device called the Core, a fitness device that tracks your distance using GPS and 3G data and lets you listen to your Spotify Premium music, all without the need for your smartphone.

We were able to get a hands-on with the new Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, and the Core. Check it out.
Pebble just announced two new smartwatches called the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2. They're updates of the original Pebble and the more recent Pebble Time.

The Pebble 2 is a throwback to the original Pebble. But if the original's small screen and large borders were a turn-off, you'll be pleased with the Pebble 2's larger display and narrower bezels, which gives it a sleeker look and makes the information on the display easier to read.

It'll b..

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11 Stanford students reveal what’s on their home screens
May 24, 2016

It seems there's a new Snapchat or Inbox topping the app store every day.

To see what's hot in the app world, we stopped 11 students at Stanford University on the street and asked them to show us their home screens. We discovered some hidden gems, like a better messenger and an email application that can supposedly do everything you might want.

Here are the apps Stanford students keep at their fingertips.
SEE ALSO: Here's what 23 tech stars have on their home screens

Olivia Bernadel-Huey, human biology major (undeclared)

Class of 2018

Home screen highlight: SubItUp is an employee scheduling software that generates hourly schedules (making it easier on managers), handles shift change requests, and provides employees with remote access to the calendar.

Olivia uses the app to check her job schedule and add or drop shifts as needed.

Simar Mangat, computer science major

Class of 2017

Home screen highlight: Simar is a Flipboard enthusiast. The app aims to “remake the ..

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Viral video star ‘Chewbacca Mom’ got a huge ‘Star Wars’ surprise from James Corden
May 24, 2016

The Force is definitely with Candace Payne. The viral video star appeared on CBS's “The Late Late Show” on Monday night and got some major “Star Wars” surprises.

Payne posted a Facebook Live video of herself laughing uncontrollably while wearing a mask of “Star Wars” character Chewbacca's face in a Kohl's parking lot.

“I only had a few minutes before I had to get my kids from school,” the stay-at-home mom told host James Corden. “I wanted to prove to all my Facebook friends and family that that mask was mine… I knew the moment that [my kids] saw it, they were going to take it from me. And I'm like, 'I didn't buy it for you, little kids.'”

Needless to say, her joy over the mask was infectious. The video got more than 140 million views over a few days, becoming the most-viewed video on the new Facebook Live platform, and the Chewbacca mask sold out at Kohl's. The big box store thanked Payne by sending her a bunch of “Star Wars” gear.

But Payn..

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This helpful tool makes Netflix an easy way to learn a new language (NFLX)
May 24, 2016

Netflix can be a great tool for learning a new language, as can watching foreign movies and TV shows in general. Comparing the subtitles and the audio can help supersize your vocabulary.

But it’s not a perfect system. Let’s say you're an English speaker trying to learn Spanish. You can watch a Spanish movie with English subtitles, and compare the two to learn new words. But there are some words you might not immediately be able to translate from sounds to letters, and these can slip by.

You could also watch a Spanish movie with Spanish subtitles, but then you miss the comparison between English and Spanish.

Lingvo TV, a new Chrome extension, tries to give you the best of both worlds.

The extension connects to Netflix and your phone (through an app), and lets you translate particular words in a subtitle stream into a different language. This means, in the previous example, you could watch a Spanish movie with Spanish subtitles, but translate certain words into English by tap..

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