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Layarshootinggame

Layar, the augmented reality platform, is trying to both foster a new form of content and also bring that content to a wide audience. Now the company has develops its own augmented reality multiplayer shooting game to demonstrate what other people might not be imagining yet. Read more »

PageMillRoad

Stanford has long been an investor in many tech companies through the venture capital holdings in its endowment and technology licensing. But the university also extracts a toll out of the tech industry through its real estate holdings. Read more »

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Though they have demonstrated that they have the capability, tech companies have shied away from deployments of mobile facial recognition, mostly out of privacy concerns. Now Apple may be willing to be first to cross that line with its purchase of Swedish startup Polar Rose. Read more »

NewTwitterreply

In a Q&A conducted with users today from his personal Twitter account, CEO Evan Williams shared his company’s product roadmap details in the wake of the relaunch of Twitter.com. Perhaps most interestingly, he said that Twitter does not plan to release official desktop clients. Read more »

FacebookRottenTomatoes

Facebook today is rolling out its fourth instant personalization parter and the only one since the initial controversial launch in April. New partner Rotten Tomatoes will automatically show users which movies their friends have “liked” across the web using Facebook tools. Read more »

FindTheBestcartoon

Turning big, opaque datasets into online databases you can query is a worthy pursuit. Two new startups I met recently, Semantifi and FindTheBest, promise to reveal the hidden secrets of the web by understanding them semantically. They’re both using human power to format topic-specific web applications. Read more »

YahooiPad

Yahoo today tried to reestablish itself as a technology company with a press event at its Sunnyvale, Calif. headquarters. While that’s an uphill battle in perception as well as execution, the company does indeed have new technology leadership. Read more »

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DavidCohen

Of 39 startups who have participated in TechStars through this spring, six have been acquired, five have failed, and 28 are still active. If nothing else, you have to love that level of transparency. In an interview, founder David Cohen shared more. Read more »

twitterannounce

Twitter today announced a new version of Twitter.com at the company’s first-ever major press conference at its San Francisco headquarters. The new app will embed media in the right pane through deals with 16 photo and video hosts including TwitPic, YouTube, Vimeo and Ustream. Read more »

Kidsusability

While adult Internet users are increasingly “search dominant,” kids navigate the web using bookmarks, remembering their favorite sites, and accessing paid subscription content and games. That’s a finding from a new qualitative usability study on how children use the web by human-computer interaction researcher Jakob Nielsen, Read more »

Zuckerberg2005

Interest in who the real Mark Zuckerberg is has reached an all-time high, given the approaching release of the semi-fictional “The Social Network” in October, a movie about the origins of Facebook made without his consent. Today the New Yorker gives him a lengthy profile. Read more »

Zuckerberg2005

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke freely about the company’s user numbers, revenue and product vision in a October 2005 conversation, shortly after its 5 million user party and just after Facebook Photos had launched. He said Facebook was already making $1 million per month on advertising. Read more »

GoogleInstantfire

In a surprisingly watchable music video parody, Urlesque uses Google Instant to dramatize Billy Joel’s parody-friendly “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” It’s less than two minutes long; it’s cheeky; it’s tech-related; and it’s Friday, so go watch. Read more »

Zynga CEO Mark Pincus

Two stories attempt to deepen the public images of the early days of Facebook and Zynga, but to different effects, with Zynga employees condemning the company for its anti-innovation ethos, and a former Harvard student cleaning up perceptions of the early days of Facebook. Read more »

GoogleInstantposter

Today Google announced a “fundamental shift” in search, where results are displayed before a user finishes typing a query. We’re covering the launch event at San Francisco’s MOMA, and will be updating this post as it proceeds. Read more »

Scientist

ResearchGATE, a social network for scientists aimed to facilitate their collaboration on research, has raised an unspecified amount of money in its first institutional round of funding. The site has amassed 500,000 members in the last two years, with strong contingents from biology and medicine. Read more »

Hewlett-Packard is suing its former chairman and CEO, Mark Hurd, alleging breach of contract and potential misappropriation of trade secrets. Hurd left the company last month, after allegations that he was involved in a number of improprieties related to a human resources consultant the company hired. Read more »

The online personal finance assistant Mint often mines user data for trends and interesting charts to feature on its popular corporate blog. Now the Intuit-owned company is preparing to release the data it’s collected on behalf of its 3 million users. Read more »

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The online personal finance assistant Mint often mines user data for trends and interesting charts to feature on its popular corporate blog. Now the Intuit-owned company is preparing to release the data it’s collected on behalf of its 3 million users. Read more »

Twitter is launching the first native app it’s built from scratch tonight, Twitter for iPad. Aimed at fostering content consumption, the app is designed for new users and power users alike. The iPad app indicates the direction all Twitter-designed apps will be heading Read more »

Twitter is launching the first native app it’s built from scratch tonight, Twitter for iPad. Aimed at fostering content consumption, the app is designed for new users and power users alike. The iPad app indicates the direction all Twitter-designed apps will be heading Read more »

Apple has queued up Akamai to power today’s highly anticipated live stream of of product announcements by CEO Steve Jobs in San Francisco. Contrary to reports the company would use its new data center, the stream will be outsourced to Apple’s long-time CDN partner. Read more »

Apple has queued up Akamai to power today’s highly anticipated live stream of of product announcements by CEO Steve Jobs in San Francisco. Contrary to reports the company would use its new data center, the stream will be outsourced to Apple’s long-time CDN partner. Read more »

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