- GeekWireCommentary: Bitcoin and the False Dichotomy
You might have asked someone recently, what the heck is going on with Bitcoin? Or maybe you are still wondering what Bitcoin is, or even questioning its relevancy? A lot has changed in the last year in the cryptoworld ? most notably Bitcoin’s...
- GeekWireHendrix, Nirvana, Macklemore: Pandora creates Seattle radio station for the Seahawks
Thanks to the Seattle Seahawks playing in the Super Bowl, Seattle music fans might have a new favorite Pandora station. Now available on the music streaming platform is a “Go Seahawks” station that features tunes performed by artists from the Seattle region. ...
- GeekWireVideos on Facebook get 3B views a day
If it seems like video content is all over your Facebook News Feed, you’re not alone: the company revealed today that videos it hosts get 3 billion views per day. CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed the new statistic on the company’s fourth quarter earnings c...
- GeekWirePeople like the idea of ‘smart guns,’ but feasibility and safety questions loom
The idea of “smart guns” ? firearms with technology to prevent unauthorized users from operating a weapon ? sounds promising on paper, particularly with the recent string of kids shooting other kids with their parents and grandparents’ guns. But whe...
- GeekWireZillow CEO unconcerned by News Corp’s acquisition of Realtor.com
Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff isn’t particularly concerned about News Corp.’s acquisition of Realtor.com operator Move last year. Although Rupert Murdoch’s massive media conglomerate is poised to take a major swing...
- GeekWireZappos tries out surge pay for call center workers
Zappos.com, the online shoe and clothing retailer owned by Amazon.com, is bringing the concept of Uber’s surge pricing to customer service. Sounds a bit usual, and it is, but Fortune has a great behind the scenes report on how the retailer is trying to change the way it pays...
- GeekWireFacebook beats Wall Street expectations with $3.85B in revenue, 1.4B monthly active users
Facebook’s holiday quarter beat analyst expectations with $3.85 billion in revenue, up from almost $2.6 billion during the same period a year ago. The consensus among analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters estimated $3.77 billion in revenue, which is a good sign for the social netw...
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LG Electronics in red in 4Q on plasma TV business closure
LG Electronics Inc. lost money in the fourth quarter due to the closure of its plasma TV operations but its operating income rose thanks to a mobile business recovery.
Nobel laureate Charles Townes, laser co-creator, dies at 99
Charles H. Townes, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who helped create the laser that would revolutionize everything from medicine to manufacturing, has died. He was 99.
California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat
California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity.
FACT CHECK: Both sides in Keystone XL debate bend facts
Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes.
Mobile provider TracFone to pay $40M in federal settlement
The nation's largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone Wireless, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled millions of smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service.
Tape: Scientist offers to build nuke bomb targeting New York
A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for "money and power," according to secret FBI recordings released Wednesday.
Tiger fight: China and Alibaba face off over fake goods
There's a tiger fight going on in China.
Facebook's status update: Profit, revenue beat expectations
For the seventh quarter in a row Facebook beat profit and revenue forecasts, continuing to win more mobile advertising revenue as most users shift to using the site on smartphones and other portable devices.
FDA issues new requirements to improve defibrillator safety
The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it will require makers of heart-zapping defibrillators to submit more data on the emergency devices after years of recalls and manufacturing problems.
Sheriffs expand concerns about Waze mobile traffic app
Sheriffs said Wednesday that Google's popular Waze traffic app is making it harder to nab speeders, adding to earlier police complaints that a feature in the software that lets drivers warn others about nearby police activity is putting officers' lives at risk.
NFL players who started young show more thinking problems
NFL veterans who started playing tackle football before the age of 12 are more likely to have cognitive difficulties after their careers, according to a study published on Wednesday in the journal Neurology.
Huge YouTube bulk makes it tough to catch all terror videos
Internet giant Google said Wednesday that the sheer volume of video on its YouTube website makes it tough to catch all terror related content, complicating the struggle to halt the spread of terrorist propaganda and hostage footage.
Alibaba spinoff likely to increase scrutiny on Yahoo CEO
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is losing a precious security blanket now that she is spinning off the Internet company's prized stake in China's Alibaba Group.
Ex-Los Alamos scientist gets 5 years in nuke spy sting
A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison and three years of supervised release
Ancient Israeli skull may document migration from Africa
Long ago, humans left their evolutionary cradle in Africa and passed through the Middle East on their way to Europe. Now scientists have found the first fossil remains that appear to document that journey, a partial skull from an Israeli cave.