- The French court ordered Twitter to hand over names of racist and anti-semitic tweeters to the French Union of Jewish Students.
- U.N. put the official death toll of the Syrian conflict around 93,000. This number includes 6,561 children.
- MTV has launched a new digital content-creation lab called MTV Other.
- A flying bike built in the Czech Republic had its first successful test flight.
- Lululemon Chairman Dennis ‘Chip’ Wilson sold $50 million in stock right before the CEO’s surprise departure this week.
- Watch out Snapchat, you’ve got a copycat. Clipchat is an app that does the same exact thing… only maybe better?
- Facebook has opened its first international data center in Sweden. It is apparently ”one of the most efficient and sustainable data centers in the world.”
- TV startup Boxee is looking for around $30 million or a buy out from investors.
- Perhaps in an attempt to demonstrate its advertising potential (and potentially gain new revenue streams), Twitter is letting everyone use its data-analysis platform.
- An activist’s parody shows what may happen if the LA Times and a number of other papers are ‘Kochified.’
“Hashtags on Facebook are just a first step. We’ll be rolling out more features in the coming weeks and months that make it even easier to discover and participate in conversations about shared interests on Facebook.”
Hello Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- Greece just became the first developed nation to be downgraded to an “emerging” economy. Its local stock index has fallen 83% since 2007. Ouch.
- Meanwhile, the Greek government ordered state-run broadcast journalists to shut down, but the reporters commandeered a transmitter and refuse to be silenced.
- Want to have lunch with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer? How about a $42,000 lunch? It’s for a good cause…
- Netflix is going to allow for multiple profiles on one account. So now your Law & Order-laden ‘recently watched’ list won’t get tainted by your roommate’s addiction to Arrested Development.
- It wasn’t just early investors that made bank after Google’s buyout of Waze. Local Israeli youth and education charities will get a $1.5 million portion of the startup’s exit fees.
- Uh oh. Pimco says there’s a 60% chance of a global recession happening again within the next five years.
- In Turkey, several TV channels have reportedly been fined for live-streaming the Gezi protests.
- In honor of its 150th anniversary, London’s underground train, the Tube, has mapped its progress… using Legos.
- Hands-free, voice-controlled driving devices are the source of a ‘looming public safety crisis’ …now focus on the road!
- Heads up Washington Post readers, you now get 20 articles for free, but after that, you’ll have to start paying.
- Watch out Nokia, Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 Zoom’s super megapixel and zoom capabilities may lure in photo-fan consumers.
According to a Turkish news site, the country’s broadcasting watchdog, RTUK, has fined several TV channels for their coverage of the Gezi protests. Halk TV, Cem TV, EM TV and Ulusal TV have all been reprimanded for live-streaming content that is “harming the physical, moral and mental development of children and young people.”
“In all stages of a business, but especially in the early stage, the team is over 90 percent of the success. More than the idea, more than the market, the team is what matters the most.”
This week, Apple gave the world its first peek at iOS 7, the software that will power iPhones and iPads starting later this year.
Helmed by hardware guru Jony Ive, the update will bring the most dramatic visual overhaul of Apple’s mobile OS to date. As expected, it embraces a flat aesthetic that allows for layering based on functionality. For example, you can peek behind icons to see your wall paper. So while the UI may be flat, the UX is anything but.
Just how different is iOS 7 compared to the software we’re running now? Take a look for yourself.
“Take big risks and take big challenges. The worst thing that can happen is that you learn.”
We asked Jason Sosa, founder of IMRSV, one of Time.com’s 10 startups to watch in 2013, what advice he’d give to people trying to get a startup off the ground.
IMRSV is the company behind Cara, a software that allows developers to turn any webcam into a real-time video analytics sensor. In a fast-food restaurant, it could track how many people are standing in line. In a house, it could help control the temperature based on who is home. It could even monitor a driver’s attention, alerting him if he falls asleep…
Apple’s WWDC event kicked off yesterday, with Apple announcing a new OS X, a MacBook Air with better battery life, a redesigned iOS 7, among other things. Here are some WWDC resources to help you keep up:
- The best (and the rest) of the announcements from WWDC so far
- Things the new, cylindrical Mac Pro inescapably reminds us of (R2D2, anyone?)
- Oh, and if the new designs look familiar, that’s because they were probably stolen from Google, Twitter and Microsoft
- See how Apple’s designs have changed from iOS 6 to iOS 7, in photos. The new iOS 7 is flat, flat, flat. And speaking of which…
- Why Jony Ive is flattening iOS 7
- But the web is getting better so fast that Apple’s brand new OSes look… broken
- And if you couldn’t get into WWDC, try this alternative
- How to get the best features of iOS 7 right now: “iOS 7 won’t be coming to your iPhone and iPad until this fall, but a lot of its best features are available through third-party apps and jailbreak hacks right now.” (via Lifehacker)
- Apple’s WWDC keynote playlist: A collection of all the songs played before and during the event. (via Mashable)
- iOS 7 gives you the option to block calls and texts from specific numbers (via TechCrunch)
- Apple’s new “kill switch” might just save lives (via TheWeek.com)
We’ll be updating this list as new, great resources come to our attention. Feel free to flag great Apple or WWDC reads for us in the comments. Have you found any?
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Some interior shots of the new cylindrical Mac Pro
Photos by Mark Wilson for Fast Company
We’re covering Apple’s WWDC event live! Follow along.
Now that Google has reportedly agreed to buy Israeli crowd-powered navigation app Waze for $1.3 billion, many other “Silicon Wadi” startups are daring to dream big. Here are some others that could potentially follow in Waze’s footsteps:
- Powermat: Battery drainage is one of the biggest problems faced by consumers as they increase their reliance on smartphones. Enter Powermat, whose wireless power solutions help millions charge their devices between home, car, and office.
- Wibbitz: Wibbitz’s text-to-video platform uses advanced language processing to allow anything published online to be instantly turned into a video clip. Its publisher solution—which boasts a clientele of 50,000 websites and 17 million monthly viewers—will soon be available for iPhone.
- Parko: Recent studies show that city drivers spend at least 20 minutes on average searching for a parking spot. Parko has developed a crowdsourcing solution for parking in a similar vein to Waze’s solution for traffic: It connects motorists looking for a spot with others about to leave one, while its algorithm identifies parking spots without users needing to remove their phones from their pockets.
A flatter, thinner and smarter i0S7? iRadio? New MacBook Pros?
Apple’s expected to reveal a number of juicy, crunchy new things at today’s WWDC event. Here, some things to watch for.
(Also, watch live coverage of WWDC here)