Monthly Archives: May 2015

Glose Brings Its Social Ebook Reader To Android, Adds Free Excerpts

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Glose Brings Its Social Ebook Reader To Android, Adds Free Excerpts

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Glose is a brand new take on ebook reading for phones and tablets. Yet, until today, one thing was crucially missing — Android support. Today, the company is launching its app on Android phones and tablets. It is also adding free book excerpts for its entire catalog.

“Things are going well,” co-founder and CEO Nicolas Princen told me. “We basically doubled our catalog, our user base is constantly growing. We started with four big publishers, and today we have around 600 publishers.”

As a reminder, reading a book on Glose is nothing like reading a book in the Kindle or Oyster apps. Glose is a collective experiment — you can discuss quotes with your friends and see your friend’s annotations as inline comments. In other words, you get an augmented edition of your books.

Non-fiction books can greatly benefit from these features, and a few university teachers are already trying…

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Hundreds of people who want to hire hackers just got outed

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Hundreds of people who want to hire hackers just got outed

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In February, an Alabama woman named Terri went on a hacker-for-hire website called Hacker’s List, and posted a job she needed done.

“I need to get information off an iPhone6, mainly texts (current and deleted if possible and the call log),” she wrote. “Or get into their email account … Thanks so much!”

When Terri made the request on Hacker’s List, which had been written about in the New York Times the month before as a way to “get some espionage done,” she probably didn’t realize that the request would later be publicly associated with her name, phone number and address.

Hacker’s List is like a Craigslist job board, but for hackers. Since it launched in October, thousands of people have put in requests — some of which were probably for legal hacking tasks, but many of which weren’t. People who worried their significant others were cheating posted requests for a hacker to break into Facebook accounts, get Gmail…

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What No One Tells You About Emma Watson, New UN Goodwill Ambassador

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Actress Emma Watson is more than just a celebrity Emma Watson: What no one tells you about her. Photo Source: By derivative work: Tabercil (talk). CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

If you haven’t heard the update yet, you may be surprised that the newest UN women’s goodwill ambassador is actress and model Emma Watson. The announcement came on July 8 about Watson’s new role in the organization that strives to achieve gender equality. Shock over the choice of 24-year-old Watson may certainly be the response if you know her best (or perhaps solely) as spunky Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie series. However, the British actress also has a lot of volunteer work in her portfolio that no one seems to tell you about, which has helped to earn her the current UN honor. Here is more about her charity work:

Emma Watson’s Role in Hurricane Sandy

While the tragedy of Hurricane Sandy will never be forgotten, it is…

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The New York Times And Its Faustian Pact With Facebook

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The New York Times And Its Faustian Pact With Facebook

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Editor’s note:Tom Goodwin is senior vice president of strategy and innovation at Havas Media.

Quality news content providers are between a rock and a hard place. The second-worst decision they could ever make is to give their content for free for Facebook to host, but probably the very worst one is not to.

It all feels a bit like the music in 2006 doing deals with streaming services, it offers them a chance to reach more people, to put music in the hands of people who perhaps would never pay for albums, but at the same time risks devaluing the content, almost intrinsically because access is made more easy.

Newspapers like the New York times are like many legacy companies facing the deeply unfair reality that they tooled up and invested for another age. Like taxi medallion owners, stores like Borders or Blockbusters or manufacturers like Kodak, they’ve…

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Microsoft Picked A Name For The Smartphone-Friendly Build Of Windows 10

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Microsoft Picked A Name For The Smartphone-Friendly Build Of Windows 10

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Microsoft has a grip of Windows 10 versions on tap, it revealed today, most importantly noting that the smartphone-friendly build of the operating system will be called “Windows 10 Mobile.”

The software company has made repeated mentions of the idea that Windows 10 is a single platform, capable of serving any number of device form factors. That’s true, but the company has tuned the operating in a number of ways. (For an early look at Windows 10 Mobile in action, head here.)

Here’ the breakdown:

  • Windows 10 Home: Windows 10 for your parents.
  • Windows 10 Mobile: Windows 10 for your friend who has a Windows Phone.
  • Windows 10 Pro: Windows 10 for business folks.
  • Windows 10 Enterprise: Windows 10 for, ahem, the enterprise.
  • Windows 10 Education: Volume-purchasable build for schools.
  • Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise: Those enterprise devices aren’t going to manage themselves!
  • Windows 10 IoT Core: Windows 10 for ATMs…

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