HTC job cuts: make that 2,300 + 600


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We already know from earlier this month that HTC is planning to layoff 15 percent of its workforce (about 2,300 employees) in its cost-cutting efforts, but over the past 24 hours there’s been more — albeit smaller — bad news on the jobs front.

The struggling Taiwanese smartphone maker (it must be getting tired of being referred to as that) announced plans to cut an additional 600 jobs across two of its factories on its home turf, according to local media reports Monday.

The numerous reports cite the source of the news as the local governments of the two Taiwan municipalities.

HTC has previously said it aims to reduce operating expenditure by 35 percent as part of a global programme of business realignment. At the same time, it continues to diversify its product line with an ongoing push into new technologies like virtual reality.

Some 200 jobs are to go from its Taipei-based plant, with 400

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Halo 5’s intro looks like a Linkin Park video from 2002


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Halo 5 isn’t out until late October, but as one of the biggest video game franchises on the planet, it has to keep fans happy. That presumably explains why Microsoft decided to release the introductory cinematic for the Xbox One exclusive in early September, a slick three-and-a-half minute cut-scene that tracks Mike Colter’s Spartan Locke and a CGI version of Nathan Fillion with a strangely shiny face as they leap out of a spaceship and battle through a vanguard of covenant forces. The action is fast, fluid, and not at all indicative of what you’ll be doing in the actual game, but particularly striking is how much it resembles the video for Linkin Park’s song “Pts.OF.Athrty.”

There’s the same golden sunset, the same snowy setting, and…

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Japan’s Line rolls out a cute Android launcher because it’s not cute enough already


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All I can hear in my mind is Japanese teenagers (mostly girls) giggling and pointing at how cute Line’s new icons and skins are in the Android launcher that the company just announced today — called Line Launcher.

For example, there’s a battery app featuring a very adorable white bunny rabbit looking pretty pleased with himself, and a phone boost app with a cute brown bear and yellow duckling sitting side by side, looking very cute indeed.

“Line Launcher is a smartphone skinning application which allows users to customize their home screens with ease,” the company said. “Users select and download themes comprised of wallpaper, icons, widgets and more, and then utilize simple steps to transform their entire phone all at once.”


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LinkedIn’s messaging tool gets new chat-like interface, support for emojis, stickers, and GIFs


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If you’ve ever received messages on Linkedin, chances are that it wasn’t the greatest experience in the world. It’s just not conducive to communicating with people like existing tools like Facebook Messenger, Skype, etc. But that’s all changing now and hopefully for the better. LinkedIn is rolling out a new messaging experience where the tool has been redesigned and not only supports photos and documents, but now emojis, stickers, GIFs, and more.

This new messaging experience should now be available today to those English-speaking members on iOS, Android, and desktop Web. Other languages should be added in “the coming weeks.”

Prior to today, LinkedIn’s messages feature appeared antiquated. But in an effort to perhaps show that it can meet the needs of its users, the professional social networking company has rebuilt the service “from the ground up”. The new design is billed as being cleaner and have a

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LinkedIn’s messaging tool gets new chat-like interface, support for emojis, stickers, and GIFs


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LinkedIn messaging experience 3


If you’ve ever received messages on Linkedin, chances are that it wasn’t the greatest experience in the world. It’s just not conducive to communicating with people like existing tools like Facebook Messenger, Skype, etc. But that’s all changing now and hopefully for the better. LinkedIn is rolling out a new messaging experience where the tool has been redesigned and not only supports photos and documents, but now emojis, stickers, GIFs, and more.

This new messaging experience should now be available today to those English-speaking members on iOS, Android, and desktop Web. Other languages should be added in “the coming weeks.”

Prior to today, LinkedIn’s messages feature appeared antiquated. But in an effort to perhaps show that it can meet the needs of its users, the professional social networking company has rebuilt the service “from the ground up”. The new design is billed as being cleaner and have a

LinkedIn messaging experience 2
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IDG Ventures Closes on $120 Million for Its Third Fund


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original IDG Ventures, an early-stage venture firm that was among the first VC outfits to plant its flag in San Francisco instead of Silicon Valley, has raised $120 million for its third and newest fund, according to cofounders Phil Sanderson and Alex Rosen. The two longtime VCs came together with a third partner, Pat Kenealy, in 2008; their previous fund closed with $100 million. IDG Ventures is… Read More

IDG Ventures Closes on $120 Million for Its Third Fund


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original IDG Ventures, an early-stage venture firm that was among the first VC outfits to plant its flag in San Francisco instead of Silicon Valley, has raised $120 million for its third and newest fund, according to cofounders Phil Sanderson and Alex Rosen. The two longtime VCs came together with a third partner, Pat Kenealy, in 2008; their previous fund closed with $100 million. IDG Ventures is… Read More

Qualcomm’s new mobile chip will learn how to identify malicious apps


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In recent months it seems like machine learning has been primarily used to make nightmarish eye-riddled hellscapes and misidentify Star Trek planets as waffle irons. But we’re not just teaching machines to identify patterns for our own amusement — they could make also make our lives easier. Qualcomm’s new Smart Protect technology could be one such example. The chip maker today detailed the new feature, available on its upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor: a hardware-based anti-malware solution that Qualcomm says will monitor the behavior of apps on a device, detecting and classifying any that are deemed suspicious or anomalous.

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U.S. weighs sanctioning Russia as well as China in cyber attacks


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Washington (By Arshad Mohammed, Matt Spetalnick and Mark Hosenball) — The United States is considering sanctions against both Russian and Chinese individuals and companies for cyber attacks against U.S. commercial targets, several U.S. officials said on Monday.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said no final decision had been made on imposing sanctions, which could strain relations with Russia further and, if they came soon, cast a pall over a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping in September.

The Washington Post first reported the Obama administration was considering sanctioning Chinese targets, possibly within the next few weeks, and said that individuals and firms from other nations could also be targeted. It did not mention Russia.


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Former federal agent Shaun Bridges admits $820,000 bitcoin theft in Silk Road probe


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A Bitcoin (virtual currency) logo is pictured on a door at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris. Reuters / Benoit Tessier


We’re seeing the latest example of what happens when someone in a position of power is tempted by the proverbial low-hanging fruit.

For 33-year-old former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges, that moment presented itself in the form of $820,000 worth of bitcoins that he decided to send to his personal account during his part in the investigation into online drug marketplace Silk Road.

Bridges pleaded guilty Monday to charges of money laundering and obstruction of justice in a federal court in San Fransisco. The admission comes just two months after another former federal agent, Carl Force, also pleaded guilty to charges of stealing bitcoin during the Silk Road investigation (among other charges).


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Federal Agent Pleads Guilty To Obstruction And Money Laundering In Silk Road Case


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Silk Road U.S. Secret Service special agent Shaun W. Bridges of Laurel, Maryland, pleaded guilty today before the U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California to obstruction and money laundering that occurred during the Silk Road case. He will be sentenced on December 7, 2015. “Mr. Bridges has now admitted that he brazenly stole $820,000 worth of digital currency… Read More

Mobile + web apps: It’s all about the blend


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Business users shift multiple times a day between computers and mobile devices, so it’s not surprising that the winning business applications have figured out how to seamlessly blend the experiences by relying on persistent underlying data living in the cloud. There was a time when I thought mobile-only or Web-only would be effective in enterprise cloud applications, but increasingly I have seen adoption take off when the company has thoughtfully blended the two use cases.

Benefits of the blend

I’ve been working closely with Insightly for the last two years – Emergence Capital is an investor – and I have watched its usage take off over the last six months. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that signups and engagement exploded once the company rolled out substantial upgrades to its iOS and Android mobile apps. Until early 2014, the company was built primarily for Web users, and while Insightly

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Having a Clear Call to Action Can Drive Real Results


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As a member of the Google Analytics team, I regularly field questions at events or on our social channels about how online and offline activity can drive results, and what metrics have value. As no two businesses are the same, it’s critical to determine the status of your company and find if your activity can bring impact to results that matter, be they clicks, leads, registrations, opportunities or real revenue. When the goals are determined, and you have stakeholder buyin, then you can start your work. (See: Measure What Matters Most)

Among the most common questions I see are those around driving visitors to a specific call to action. Most websites have many different routes for visitors to take, and the many choices can be overwheling. But in some other cases, only one outcome is required, and all efforts should be taken to get the user there.

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Samsung Gear 2 Takes Circular Path—Back To Tizen


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When it comes to gadgets, round shapes are the new black, especially for smartwatches. If there’s any doubt, just check out Samsung’s latest update to its smartwatch lineup, announced Monday.

See also: Maybe Samsung Is Starting To Think Wearables Through More Carefully

Taking a cue from the Moto 360 and other wearable gizmos—the LG G Watch R and Watch Urbane, and the Huawei Watch, to name a few—Samsung cut the corners off of its smartwatch’s previously boxy shape with the new Gear 2. 

But unlike those Android watches, it’s what’s on the inside that separates this device. And what’s inside shows off Samsung’s latest bid to separate itself from Google by powering it all with the Tizen operating system. 

Rounding Off Tizen 

Samsung has been touting its open-source Tizen software for everything from TVs to phones and wearables. Here, the Gear 2 follows suit. While it will still

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Meerkat now lets you poll viewers, search by hashtags, and share photos from your camera roll


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Meerkat has introduced polls for viewers on iOS and Android.


Live streaming app Meerkat today rolled out a bunch of new features, including the ability to share pictures from your phone’s camera roll during a stream and a new search of all streams by hashtag.

And now it’s easy for people streaming live to poll people who are watching.

“That means you can write, ‘poll, space, and then whatever question you want,’” Meerkat cofounder and chief executive Ben Rubin during a Meerkat stream in which he announced the news.

The updates, including the “Show & Tell” photo-sharing feature, are now live on iOS and Android.

Live streaming apps like Meerkat and Periscope have become popular in recent months. Now people making streams can do more to create a special live experience for any friends, family members, and even strangers who are watching.


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