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Google will tap into its inner nerd during the upcoming Geek Week (Aug 4-10), which is meant to promote its original content.
The new Nexus 7 tablet has gone on pre-order before Google even had a chance to reveal it.
BBC Researchers have come up with a concept for how to send astronauts to Mars, and then bring them back.
Would you hand over your personal data to the TSA if it got you through airport security faster? 
Heads up all you hopeless e-romantics, a security flaw within the dating app Tinder exposed users’ locations and Facebook IDs for two hours last weekend.
Hmm, is your data safe with Citibike? A glitch exposed the credit card info of more than 1,000 users in April.
Get ready to see lots of promoted tweets during your favorite TV shows, because Twitter is giving a big push to its TV ad targeting feature for brands. 
Apple’s third-quarter earnings show record-setting iPhone sales but declining numbers for the iPad. 
NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s sexting alter-ego has a name, and it is Carlos Danger.
Edward Snowden has been given permission to leave the Sheremetyevo airport, as long as he stays in Russia. 
A Kickstarter campaign has been launched for a Superteddy bear that would be able to chat naturally using Siri-like technology.
Have a great day!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Good morning Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • Google will tap into its inner nerd during the upcoming Geek Week (Aug 4-10), which is meant to promote its original content.
  • BBC Researchers have come up with a concept for how to send astronauts to Mars, and then bring them back.

Have a great day!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

It turns out that no matter how spontaneous we think we are, humans are actually quite predictable in our movements, even over extended periods of time. Not only did Far Out predict with high accuracy the correct location of a wide variety of individuals, but it did so even years into the future.

The data masters behind Far Out know where you’ll be 285 days from now at 2pm.
Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Hello Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

The Ellen Degeneres Show and Nike are among the most successful brands on Instagram.  
North and South Korean websites suffered outages due to a cyber attack allegedly made by the hacker group Anonymous.
A European official has ruled that Google should be treated like a host, not a publisher. Therefore, it is not obliged to remove content produced by others. 
Barnes & Noble is trying to save money by ceasing in-house production of its Nook readers.
Samsung’s cheap plastic casings may be on the way out. They just linked up with a firm that specializes in carbon fiber. 
Reddit is now hosting a linguistic project that maps the various Arabic languages found throughout the Middle East and Africa.
Have a great day! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Hello Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • A European official has ruled that Google should be treated like a host, not a publisher. Therefore, it is not obliged to remove content produced by others. 


Have a great day! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Happy Monday! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
Now you can use Google Street View to see the view from the top of the world’s highest building, the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai. 
Former South African president Nelson Mandela is still in critical condition with a lung infection, says President Zuma.
From our NSA secret surveillance tracker: Whistleblower Edward Snowden was expected to take a plane to Havana today, but at the time of takeoff, he was nowhere to be found. 
Australian lawmakers hold off on plans to track and store phone call and email data after NSA surveillance scandal raises privacy concerns worldwide. 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has its top managers squirming with his plan to restructure the company.
Facebook is working on its own news reader. Watch out for our Google Reader replacement roundup later today.
The FTC is investigating Google’s purchase of the Israeli social navigation firm Waze after consumer groups and tech experts raise concerns.
Have a great week! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Happy Monday! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 


Have a great week! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Happy Hump Day! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • TripAdvisor just bought GateGuru, an app that offers travelers airport info in real-time. 

Have a great day! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

It’s old news by now that the NSA is building a semi-secret data center in Utah which will store data of an unknown sort on a near infinite scale. 
What’s interesting is that the massive data center will not employ analysts, instead it will be staffed by about 100 technicians to keep the power and water flowing and the computers and other equipment humming. 
Here’s more from Fast Company’s secret surveillance tracker.

[Image: From Cryptome.org]

It’s old news by now that the NSA is building a semi-secret data center in Utah which will store data of an unknown sort on a near infinite scale. 

What’s interesting is that the massive data center will not employ analysts, instead it will be staffed by about 100 technicians to keep the power and water flowing and the computers and other equipment humming. 

Here’s more from Fast Company’s secret surveillance tracker.

[Image: From Cryptome.org]

Jawbone, maker of the UP activity monitoring wristband, announced today that it will acquire BodyMedia to bolster its efforts in the wearable technology space.
The UP device currently tracks more than a billion steps and 610,000 hours of sleep every day, but the acquisition of BodyMedia, a company which has been doing similar work in the space since 1999, will open the company up to a swath of new data. Just how much data? Its monitors have collected more than 500 trillion body sensor data points. 
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Jawbone, maker of the UP activity monitoring wristband, announced today that it will acquire BodyMedia to bolster its efforts in the wearable technology space.

The UP device currently tracks more than a billion steps and 610,000 hours of sleep every day, but the acquisition of BodyMedia, a company which has been doing similar work in the space since 1999, will open the company up to a swath of new data. Just how much data? Its monitors have collected more than 500 trillion body sensor data points. 

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