- 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...
- GeekWireBill Gates on the future of technology, his biggest regret, and Microsoft’s HoloLens
Bill Gates prefers sauce over rub on his BBQ. He thinks Microsoft’s HoloLens is amazing. And obviously, the Seattle native is rooting for the Seahawks this Sunday. Those are some of the insights that Bill G. himself offered up during his third Reddit Ask-Me-Anything session on Wedn...
- GeekWireThis new Budweiser Super Bowl ad about a lost dog will make you cry (and want a beer)
We’re cheap and easy when it comes to our emotions, and dammit, if Budweiser doesn’t know it. Playing off that adorable lab puppy from last year’s Super Bowl spot, this year they launched “Lost Dog,” and you guessed it, it...
- GeekWireMeet Jane and see how Wilson Sporting Goods makes Super Bowl footballs
Sometimes we see something that’s so old-school wonderful, we have to share. The New York Times has made this delightful video about Jane Helser, the employee with the longest running tenure making footballs at the Wilson Sporting Goods factory in...
- GeekWireBill Gates is working on a ‘Personal Agent’ project at Microsoft
Need help managing your calendar and all the work you need to do? Bill Gates is here to help. In an “Ask Me Anything” question and answer session on Reddit today, Gates revealed that he’s worki...
- GeekWireHumans now have an official date for taking over the world: July 16, 1945
Here we go again: Overstating our 15-minutes of fame in the universe as being monumentally important. Scientists in the Anthropocene Working Group have pinpointed an exact date as to when we “took over&...
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Tiger fight: China and Alibaba face off over fake goods
There's a tiger fight going on in China.
California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat
California health officials on 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.
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.
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.
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 care devices after years of recalls and manufacturing problems.
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.
Tape: Scientist offers to build nuke bomb targeting New York
A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist told an undercover FBI agent he could build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City.
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.
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.
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.
After setting iPhone record, what does Apple do next?
Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been "staggering" and "hard to comprehend." That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and sent the stock climbing more than 7 percent on Wednesday.
Facebook launching Trending Super Bowl for the big game
As Facebook's latest step into sports, the social media giant is launching Trending Super Bowl -- a real-time hub for content from Sunday's game between the Patriots and Seahawks.