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July 29, 2014
OkCupid has admitted carrying out psychological experiments on its users. Because OkCupid doesn't really know what it's doing, it needs to experiment to see what works and what doesn't, cofounder Christian Rudder wrote in a blog post. Every Internet company needs to test different things with users, and website visitors are subjected to "hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That's how websites work," he argued. "When this story came out, I almost thought 'it's a publicity stunt,'" said Quinnipiac professor Sang Nam. [More...]

July 29, 2014
bubblews
Social networks are desperate for user interaction -- that's how they earn the big advertising bucks. However, the ones who do all the interacting typically aren't in the financial loop. Bubblews has come up with a novel idea: Give the content creators a share of the ad revenue. The plan might just have legs, as many social networkers are ready to try something new, a recent Harris Poll suggests. [More...]

July 29, 2014
A new way to extend battery life would allow smartphones to last three to four times longer on a single charge, Stanford University researchers have found. A team led by Yi Cui, professor of materials science and engineering, has developed pure metal anode prototypes, which differ from the lithium-ion batteries seen in most devices. "I think this is very promising," Cui said. [More...]

July 28, 2014
Skully Helmet design
When you're more aware of what is around you, when you can listen to your tunes and use GPS so you don't get lost and can stay in touch more easily, your stress level goes down. Without this stuff, you're trying to ride while you juggle a phone or GPS system, worry about what you're missing when your phone vibrates on your waist, and could get surprised by something coming up fast behind you. [More...]

July 28, 2014
If the Linux world has anything akin to royalty, Linus Torvalds surely must be its monarch. So what could be more natural than for the Linux-loving masses to want to see where he works and lives? Fortunately for FOSS fans, none other than the Linux Foundation has stepped up with an answer to that desire in the form of a video showcasing Torvalds' home office. Think it's tidy? Think again. [More...]

July 25, 2014
Google is seeking 175 volunteers from whom it will collect bodily samples in an effort to create their biochemical fingerprints and establish the baseline for a healthy body. The Baseline study, to be run by Google X labs, will seek to connect traditional clinical observations of health, such as diet -- or habits, such as smoking -- with molecular-level changes. [More...]

July 25, 2014
The Apple deal with IBM has shown us a whole new side of Tim Cook -- the gushing, hype-laden, excited-but-still-vague Tim Cook who says things like "kindred spirit," "fit together like a puzzle," "huge opportunity," and "radical step for enterprise." Who peppers his speech with words like "profound," "complementary," "landmark" and "thrilled." Holy macaroni. [More...]

July 25, 2014
steam box living room
One of the reasons the console approach is more successful for running games on Linux is the developer can integrate the hardware and the software. There is no worry about users choosing different drivers and dealing with all of the complexities that exist in typical PC specs, noted Gavriel State, CTO of TransGaming. "The Steam Box will be more relevant to Linux desktop users." [More...]

July 24, 2014
Like many other tech companies, Twitter is largely made up of white, male employees, pointing to a lack of diversity in the industry. The company revealed statistics about its organizational demographics, noting that almost 60 percent of Twitter's U.S. employees self-identify as white. Of Twitter's global workforce of around 3,000, 70 percent are male, and only a tenth of tech workers are women. [More...]

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