Just a day after announcing Data Science courses with Cloudera, online educator Udacity has added a completely new facet of learning to its programs: paid training courses. Beginning January 2014, users will be able to take tech-focused, on-demand online courses developed by Cloudera, Google, and other companies in the Open Education Alliance. Unlike Udacity’s free programs, users will gain access to tutor-like Udacity Coaches and advisory help to schedule classes. The courses only result in certificates, not a degree as many were speculating, but its job-focused bent may be a better fit for Udacity’s platform overall.
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Perhaps in an effort to gain a little more buzz (and holiday sales), Laptop Magazine reports that Intel will be opening a series of pop-up stores this month, starting in New York City’s Nolita neighborhood on November 23. Intel has yet to disclose exactly what will be shown off in the stores, but the company has already stressed that the locations will be temporary — they are all set to shut down on January 14 of next year. It may be just a publicity stunt, but it’ll be interesting to see how another computer company does retail.
While the stock gods may have smiled upon Twitter, textbook rental website Chegg saw no such luck Wednesday, tumbling off more than 20 percent from its IPO price on its first day trading, according to Forbes. With an initial price of $12.50, the stock peaked in immediate trading only to fall into a steady decline and close at $9.68 at the end of the day — a total drop of 22.6 percent. It’s a big blow to the company and to the tech IPO boom overall, which has been eyed by many wary analysts for its instability.
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Today’s lunch read from the Wall Street Journal dropped a big bombshell, stating that Snapchat turned down a Facebook proposal for an acquisition — to the tune of $3 billion. That figure, which is three times higher than what the social media giant paid for Instagram, was shooed away because, according to “sources,” Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel won’t consider investment or acquisition until early 2014. Of course, these closed-door deals have not (and likely will not) be confirmed by either party, but it does give a glimpse into the lengths Facebook will go to stay young and fresh for teens — or Snapchat’s desire to be seen as valuable.
After raising $41 million in debt financing to produce a “smarter” Foursquare with a more robust ad platform, Foursquare has a casualty of its dramatic change: Head of Product Alex Rainert announced via his blog that he is leaving the company. AllThingsD reports that the longtime employee will not be replaced. Instead, CEO Dennis Crowley has split up Rainert’s work between Ad Product exec Noah Weiss and Marketing VP Jon Steinback. Rainert assures the departure won’t shake up the product, which continues to expand this month to more iOS users.
This year has seen many product refreshes for Apple (a aapl) — including the super high-end Mac Pro — but the Apple TV system has been suspiciously absent from the proceedings. But it’s coming soon, if an analyst report spotlighted by 9to5Mac is on target. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that in 2014, Apple TV will use an A7 chip, but that the long-term goal is a set-top box in 2015 or 2016. Both products are reasonably predictable — the A7 upgrade is an easy one to make, and Apple already has patents for a set-top box in place — so it’s worth keeping in mind.
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It appears that there’s one last hitch in Fab’s final transition to become a design-focused ecommerce hub. After big layoffs in the summer, then again in the fall, followed by the departure of co-founder Bradford Shellhammer, Fab might also be losing Chief Operating Officer Beth Ferreira, according to Bloomberg. The shakeups seem to be tied to over-expansion during the company’s two-year rapid growth period. CEO and co-founder Jason Goldman has yet to make any personnel announcements, or hinted towards adding fresh blood to the C-suite, but this news still isn’t too fab for Fab.
Everyone is well aware of how much late-night binge-watching has affected our television viewing habits, but Brian Stelter is pointing out in the New York Times that it’s popular for kids, too. Disney is capitalizing on the binge-watching trend by releasing some series early before they hit live TV, a possible boon for kid loyalty in the digital era. What’s more, kids often watch the same one episode over and over. Is it true? Just ask my three-year-old niece: she has demanded to watch the Alice in Wonderland episode of PBS show Super Why every day for the past two weeks.
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Sundays have been a relative wasteland for postal services since the free mail service was instituted in 1863. But according to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon has developed a partnership with USPS to furnish Sunday deliveries, beginning with New York and Los Angeles. Beginning November 17, Sunday deliveries will be eligible for any Amazon shipments and will soon expand to cities like Dallas, New Orleans, and Houston. London will also get Sunday delivery, albeit without USPS involvement.
Yesterday may have been a boon for Twitter, opening on the NYSE with a stock price of $45.10 (well above its IPO price of $26) and a cool $1.8 billion in cash from the transaction. But while bullish buyers drove the stock price as high as $50 yesterday, the stock’s second day drew to a close at $41.65 — a 7.24 percent drop. Blame it on the lack of profits, which has led analysts to downgrade the stock.
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A contract uncovered by the New York Times shows that the C.I.A. is paying AT&T more than $10 million per year to access the company’s phone records for aid in counterterrorism efforts. The CIA, which is forbidden by law from from spying on Americans, is accessing phone records of foreigners under a voluntary contract with AT&T. Some of the records represent calls into or out of the U.S., raising the possibility that the agency is indeed engaged in domestic spying; AT&T claims, however, it “masks” the records of Americans.
Apple’s free OS update, Mavericks, has gone along fairly swimmingly — except for Gmail users who use the desktop Mail app for communications. But the bugs that caused improper syncing and general problems are now fixed, as TechCrunch reports that the Cupertino company’s latest patch will solve those woes. “Mail Update 1.0″ is a patch, released today, that improves syncing with Gmail and works better with custom mail settings, along with miscellaneous stability fixes for the OS itself. The patch itself is bare-bones, but will do the trick to remedy those atrocious email-related migraines.
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Just a month after the original SilkRoad shut down, SilkRoad 2.0 has emerged in its place, according to VentureBeat. The new SilkRoad is helmed by a new Dread Pirate Roberts, and offers the same underground black market experience with added security to boot. Meanwhile, the old Dread Pirate Roberts, Ross Ulbricht, is in the middle of answering charges of drug trafficking, money laundering and hacking. But it shows that when it comes to Tor, one Dark Web resource will always rise in the shadow of an old one.
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Time to say a bittersweet goodbye to the video store. Dish Network has announced that it will be closing the remaining 300 Blockbuster franchise stores, as well as the company’s DVD by mail service, by early 2014, MarketWatch reported. The 28-year-old company has finally finished its slow decline after filing for bankruptcy in 2010 and undergoing debt acquisition by Dish Network in 2011. Blockbuster is slated to live on as a Dish On-Demand video service, called Blockbuster@Home, which is currently available for eligible subscribers — overdue returns and bad summer jobs are not included.
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Less than a week after announcing their partnership, Lavabit and Silent Circle have taken to Kickstarter for their latest initiative, the Dark Mail Alliance, TechCrunch reports. The group is seeking exactly $196,608 to fund their Dark Mail protocol as well as a compatible client, and backers have already donated nearly $45,000 as of this writing. The campaign also sheds some light on what Dark Mail actually intends to be – a “newly developed messaging protocol… designed to provide end-to-end encryption of both the message itself and the email in transit.”
In designing the upcoming next-gen console, the Xbox One, the team at Microsoft factored in influences from the living room, the players, and even their own hardware. Read more »
Indie developers will see some of their costs shrink to develop for Xbox Live, as ID@Xbox now offers free access to the Unity game engine. Read more »
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If you’ve been interested in activity tracking but have yet to spring for a wristband that will do so, Nike’s free Nike+ Move app will give the iPhone 5S Fuelband functionality. The app, which was shown onstage at the iPhone 5S debut, uses the phone’s M7 coprocessor to convert movement into NikeFuel — the company’s metric for representing users’ activity. Users can track averages, “win” hours by engaging in more activity, track walking and challenge friends. For those who prefer the wristband, the app also pairs with the forthcoming Fuelband SE to make activity tracking more social with training groups.
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In yet another amendment to its S-1, Twitter has raised the price range of its shares from $17-$20 to $23-25. The bump would allow Twitter to raise around $1.75 billion, and boost the company’s value from $10.9 billion to $14 billion. This is still a long way off of Facebook’s introductory IPO share price of $38.00 (currently, that stock is trading around $49), but the increase does jive with the company’s previous amendment that signaled increasing revenue in Q3. The company is expected to list its shares on Thursday.
The Globe and Mail reports that Blackberry’s deal to be acquired by Fairfax has died, and CEO Thorston Heins will leave the company as it attempts to raise new funds. Read more »
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