Glow is in the data business. But unlike many companies in the data science field -- a hot sector in Silicon Valley right now -- Glow's data sets can be intensely personal.
That's because the app helps couples trying to have babies.
To do that, the app -- co-founded by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin -- asks questions you might otherwise discuss only with, well, a fertility doctor: ovulation patterns, emotional distress levels, your morning temperature. The app takes that info, then each day gives you a percentage score, telling you how fertile you are on that certain day. … Read more
Pandora, the Internet's biggest radio service, is the company the recorded music industry loves to hate. Some artists have loudly vilified it, accusing it of paying piddling rates to play their work. Labels' acrimony over the service stoked its efforts to paralyze a bill that would have lowered the royalty rate Webcasters pay, and music publishers have singled out Pandora in an effort to withhold their catalogs. The Recording Industry Association of America has outright lied, Pandora claims, about how its payments work.
BlackBerry founder and former co-CEO Mike Lazaridis is considering another run with his old company.
Lazaridis and co-founder Douglas Fregin, who previously served as vice president of operations, have increased their combined stake in BlackBerry to 8 percent and have engaged Goldman Sachs and Centerview Partners to review a possible acquisition, according to a Thursday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Lazaridis is considering a bid as concerns mount over FairFax Financial's ability to line up backers for its proposed deal to take the company private. BlackBerry, meanwhile, is weighing a breakup as its smartphone business continues to … Read more
Lego fans, rejoice!
This week, bookstores everywhere will begin getting copies of "Beautiful Lego," a new book by Mike Doyle and published by No Starch Press filled to brimming with some of the most stunning Lego art ever seen.
Throughout the 267-page volume, readers are treated to one fantastic Lego work after another. From renderings of Apple's original Macintosh to scenes from Tolkein to faithful recreations of New York's post-9/11 World Trade Center site, "Beautiful Lego" has it all.
As Doyle put it in his acknowledgement, the book (and the art portrayed inside) … Read more
Some of Microsoft's top investors are looking for a turnaround expert to take over the CEO role from Steve Ballmer, according to Reuters.
Citing "several sources familiar with the matter," Reuters reported Tuesday that at least three of the company's top 20 investors are already pushing the board to consider Ford Motor co-CEO Alan Mulally and Computer Sciences CEO Mike Lawrie for the position.
Why these two men?
Both are credited for their ability to resuscitate companies in trouble. Mulally has earned kudos for a restructuring plan that helped return Ford to profitability. Lawrie as former … Read more
Linkin Park embraced the digital age early on. Even prior to changing the spelling of their name (because LincolnPark.com was already taken), founding members promoted their music in online chat rooms when most bands were still relying on street teams.
The eventually Grammy-winning, chart-topping alternative band, best known for such hits as "In the End," "Numb," "Breaking the Habit," "What I've Done," and "New Divide," has used MySpace to promote the "A Thousand Suns" album and has topped 1 billion views on YouTube. Linkin Park remains … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Old enough to remember Paperboy? Now you can relive it in VR with the Oculus Rift.
- Extreme homeless man makeover: What do homeless people really need?
- Adult Swim is making a Mike Tyson cartoon where he solves mysteries with the help of a smart-talking pigeon.
In an indication that Edward Snowden's disclosures about broad government surveillances are having a political impact, the U.S. House of Representatives came within seven votes on Wednesday of curbing a program that vacuums up the logs of all Americans' phone calls.
An amendment that would have ended the National Security Agency's use of the Patriot Act to conduct mass surveillance of Americans' phone call metadata failed by a vote of 205 to 217.
"When you have the chance to stand up for Americans' privacy, did you?" Rep. Justin Amash, a libertarian-leaning Michigan Republican who introduced … Read more
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee are in the middle of proposing a new cybertheft law that would target hackers based in other countries, according to Reuters.
The bill, which doesn't yet have a name, is to be introduced on Thursday by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc). These lawmakers have said that the intent of the law will be to go after hackers from "offending nations" and deliver "real consequences and punishments."
Of those countries said to be cyber spying on the U.… Read more