CUPERTINO Calif. -- In the early days of Facebook, when schools with competing services would get the jump on the burgeoning social network with a unique feature or interesting addition, the company would go into what CEO Mark Zuckerberg called lockdown, where the team wouldn't leave the house until the problem was addressed. It still persists to this day, within reason.
Facebook doesn't lock people in the office, but it comes "as close to that as we can legally get," Zuckerberg said to an eruption from the crowd.
Zuckerberg spent his time with Y Combinator founder … Read more
A federal jury found on Wednesday that billionaire Mark Cuban did not partake in insider trading -- putting an end to a 5-year-old lawsuit filed against him by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
"I am glad this happened to me," Cuban told The Wall Street Journal. "I am glad I am wealthy enough to stand up to the SEC."
The SEC filed the suit in 2008 against Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and former Yahoo and Broadcast.com executive, for allegedly relying on confidential information when he sold his stake in search engine Mamma.com … Read more
While computer programming and coding are becoming more common K-12 class options, these subject matters are still a mystery to many students. A nonprofit called Code.org is trying to change that by enlisting a star-studded entourage of techies to help with its new "Hour of Code" campaign.
The goal of Hour of Code is to introduce computer programming to 10 million K-12 students in the US during Computer Science Education Week. The event happens December 9 to 15.
SciMark Drives for Mac is a basic diagnostic tool that can measure the performance of drives on the operating system in order to see how fast they can perform at single and multithread requests. To run this software you need to have Mac OS X 10.8 installed on a machine with at least 4GB of memory.
SciMark Drives for Mac comes with a Readme file that offers some basic information about the application. To initiate the system tests, you just click on the file labeled "scimark_drives_macosx," which opens the OS X terminal where the application runs diagnostics … Read more
Here's food for thought: Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth believes that Apple intends to merge the Mac and iPhone.
"Apple was sending what we think is a very clear signal that it will converge the iPhone and the MacBook Air," Shuttleworth said in an interview with UK-based PC Pro, published Friday.
The creator of the Ubuntu operating system expanded on what he believes Apple was thinking when it announced the 64-bit A7 processor:
People are saying yes, mobile processors are catching up with the desktop. When Apple announced the iPhone 5s, it called the processor "desktop-class," … Read more
It's all about the timing.
On the one hand, you offer a loud piece of news that oh, no, people can't keep themselves private from Facebook's Graph Search anymore.
On the other, there emerges a whisper that you've bought four houses around your own in order to secure a little more, well, you know, seclusion.
Yes, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly dug deep into his jeans, found $30 million, and exchanged them for four houses adjacent to his own in Palo Alto, Calif.
Amazon has purchased TenMarks, an online math tutoring service, the companies announced Thursday.
Dave Limp, Amazon's vice president of Kindle, said in a press release that TenMarks is a good match for Amazon. With this acquisition, Amazon will focus on developing education content and applications.
"Amazon and TenMarks share the same passion for student learning. TenMarks's award-winning math programs have been used by tens of thousands of schools and Amazon engages with millions of students around the world through our Kindle ecosystem," he said in the release.
TenMarks offers personalized online math instruction and practice, including … Read more
So many complex minds claim that they can solve the alleged budget crisis.
One report, though, may have an insight which many have overlooked.
It seems that America isn't much good at math. You know, the adding, subtracting, and multiplying thing? We're terrible.
You might think, though, that dividing is still a strength. No, it is not. At least if you believe the latest report (PDF) from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. (Thank you, Quartz, for discovering this gem.)… Read more
There's a moment, 30 seconds into the original trailer for Alfonso Cuarón's movie "Gravity," when the light piano music sharply drops off and you watch in a mixture of awe and utter terror as Sandra Bullock's character is sent head over heels, away from the image of Earth, strapped to a disintegrating arm of metal and flying toward the blackness of space.
"My first reaction was that the cinematography was of spectacular realism," said Mark Uhran, who retired last year from NASA as a director in the International Space Station (ISS) … Read more