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Paging Dr. Robot, the Hospital Assistant with a Human Face

Paging Dr. Robot, the Hospital Assistant with a Human Face

How would you feel if you woke up in the hospital, post-surgery, and hear your doctor talking.  But instead of looking at a human doctor, you are face-to-face with a machine that has your doctor’s face on it, looking back at you, inquiring how you are feeling?  Would you assume that you’re having a sci-fi dream, or think someone’s pranking you?  Believe it or not, we're reaching an era where both of those assumptions would be wrong. Your little doctor-machine is in fact the RP-VITA. The RP-VITA (Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant) is a product borne of the collaboration... more »
Google Submits EU Anti-Trust Proposal, But it's Unlikely to Wriggle its Way Out This Time

Google Submits EU Anti-Trust Proposal, But it's Unlikely to Wriggle its Way Out This Time

Google has just beaten the deadline to submit its proposal on how it plans to conduct its search engine business in future, in the latest round of its ongoing European anti-trust probe. Antoine Colombani, spokesperson for the European Union's Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, confirmed that the regulatory body had received the files, adding that these are “now being analyzed” before any further response can be made. We probably won’t find out what Google has put forward for several days, or possibly even weeks, but the proposal will lay out the terms under which the internet giant is prepared to settle with the... more »
HTC M7 Hits Stores Next Month, Apple Files for 'Human ATM' Patent

HTC M7 Hits Stores Next Month, Apple Files for 'Human ATM' Patent

In today’s mobile news roundup: HTC M7 available on March 8; Apple files for ‘human ATM’ patent; Motorola job posting confirms X-phone; and Nokia gets $1.35B grant to develop Graphene. HTC M7 available on March 7 Rumors about the HTC M7 spread like wildfire when Pocket Lint reported that the company has confirmed a launch event on February 19, 2013 in London. It was rumored that the M7 would make an appearance at CES 2013 but the event came and went and M7 was a no show.  Now, as Mobile World Congress draws near, rumors regarding the launch of the devices gets hyped... more »
Kim Dotcom Dangles $13,500 Carrot For The First Person Who Can Hack Mega

Kim Dotcom Dangles $13,500 Carrot For The First Person Who Can Hack Mega

It’s no secret that Kim Dotcom thinks he’s got this security thing nailed on with his new site Mega, but now the entrepreneur has gone and put his money where his mouth is, offering a €10,000 ($13,500) reward to the first person who can successfully hack into the site. Dotcom has made good on a promise he made last week, when he announced on Twitter that Mega would be offering a cash encryption prize “soon” in response to criticism leveled at the site’s security measures. This was quickly followed up by a blog post on Mega, in which Dotcom dismissed concerns... more »
Is There an iPhone Phablet in the Works?

Is There an iPhone Phablet in the Works?

Despite the reports of a rumored cheaper iPhone being shot down, yet another new rumor has emerged in the world of Apple products. An Apple phablet is rumored to be hitting the markets as early as this June. For those that aren’t familiar, a phablet is somewhere in between the size of a phone and a tablet. These oversized mobile devices are quickly becoming popular globally, and recently have gained massive popularity in the US too. Reports from the China Times, translated by Brightwire, state that a new product named the iPhone Math, will be introduced to the world. This new... more »
NEA VC Bolts Firm to Head Up NYC Startup Incubator Techstars

NEA VC Bolts Firm to Head Up NYC Startup Incubator Techstars

It was announced today that Eugene Chung (@eyc), a venture capitalist at NEA, flew the nest at NEA to head up NYC startup incubator TechStars NYC. On Twitter Eugene describes himself as "Managing Director at TechStars NYC, film director, dreams about solipsism & the singularity".   He is Harvard guy HBS to be specific.  I don't know the guy but he looks like he did some solid work in his short VC career so far.  NEA is a very high quality firm.  So much for super angels trying to be VCs.  It looks like VCs want to be super angels. I have always... more »
Big Data Search Engines are Big Right Now - Stremor Announces Heuristic Engine

Big Data Search Engines are Big Right Now - Stremor Announces Heuristic Engine

Big Data is all the rage right now. Search engines value appears to be polluted with SEO and social networks are booming. Graph search is hot and Big Data is smoking hot. Startups are constantly trying to add Big Data to their pitch deck. Companies looking at a few thousand data points or want to put Big Data and analytics in their business plan to appeal to investors. Stremor Corp, a startup based in Scottsdale, AZ thinks a little bigger. Stremor is announcing a new kind of search engine. They call it a language heuristics engine. Truly the “Holy Grail” of Big... more »
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Fusion-io Falls Victim to its Own Success. Apple + Facebook Will Return as Top Clients

Fusion-io shares plummeted as much as 21 percent on the stock exchange yesterday after it reported financial results for the second quarter of 2012. Fusion-io generated $120.6 million in Q2, a 43 percent increase from a year earlier and a quarter million bucks more than what Wall Street expected. Net profit was $1.7 million, compared with a loss of $5.7 million in the second quarter of 2011, while earnings rose to 13 cents per share (bolting ahead of the eight cents that analysts predicted). Margins grew by over 10 percent to 61.8 percent from 51 percent in the same period 12 months... more »
Facebook Mobile + Graph Search Are Great, but Need Infrastructure Investment

Facebook Mobile + Graph Search Are Great, but Need Infrastructure Investment

Facebook posted its fourth quarter earnings yesterday, showing that much of its growing success is attributed to mobile and advertising.  That's a good sign for Facebook and its investors, who had grown wary of the social network's downward turn in stock prices shortly after launching its IPO.  As Facebook's stock begins to stabilize  investors will need to keep in mind the long-term approach CEO Mark Zuckerberg is laying out for his company, which will require significant investment in infrastructure to support monetization schemes around mobile, search and ultimately advertising. The company’s revenue Q4 2012 totaled $1.585 billion, a 40 percent increase compared... more »
Anonymous Defaces USSC Site in Honor of Aaron Swartz

Anonymous Defaces USSC Site in Honor of Aaron Swartz

On January 24, 2013, supporters of Aaron Swartz, the Reddit co-founder, philanthropist, and hacktivist who committed suicide earlier this month, flocked to the Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies and music that occupies a former church in San Francisco, to pay their respects and continue his fight in keeping the internet free and open. "Aaron Swartz was not a criminal. He was a citizen and a brave soldier in a war which continues today, a war in which corrupt and venal profiteers try to steal and hoard and starve our public domain for their... more »

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