Instagram is not the only company being offered a $1 billion acquisition deal. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is said to be closing in on the deal with David Karp, CEO of Tumblr.
Details were leaked earlier Thursday via AllThingsD. A later report in AdWeek, via its own sources, cited $1 billion as the figure currently under discussion. Tumblr and its 107 million microblogs would add another 15 billion pageviews a month to Mayer's hoard.
We're still a long way more to go to cure Alzheimer's but the scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have developed a drug that may just reverse memory deficits and slow the disease. In elderly mice that is.
Google and NASA are teaming up to create a laboratory to develop the future of artificial intelligence using quantum supercomputers.
The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab, basesd at NASA's Ames Research Center in California, will be home to a quantum computer from D-Wave Systems. The researchers will study how quantum computing might advance machine learning.
One of Apple's patent filed back in 2011 could dramatically improve the way your iPhone takes pictures. Instead of wirelessly connecting the phone to external flashes, the patent sees the iPhone connecting and controlling flashes on other nearby iPhones.
A subterranean telescope may have just caught a glimpse of humanity's first "cosmic neutrino" left over from the Big Bang.
Known as the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, the $279 million telescope is located under the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica. IceCube has been searching for evidence of the cosmic neutrino via an array of thousands of sensors under the ice.
Apple released the newest version of iTunes with a couple of improvements. Version 11,0.3 will have an update to MiniPlayer in the form of a lovely new design. The MiniPlayer itself is relatively new, first appearing in iTunes 11.
Water and electricity aren't the best of friends. So when Antonin Fourneau combined both in his installation, it sounds like a death trap more than an art installation. But his work, Water Light Graffiti, is really beautiful.
We have to thank the 1973 Michael Crichton sci-fi film Westworld for the image blurring digital effects of today. Crichton wanted to create what looked like a blurred digital machine and he first turned to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. But the $200,000 price tag was a bit too much. Instead, John Whitney Jr did the job for him. Here's the story:
Before Skynet gets real, we'll have this geeky interpretation of the Terminator's hand in Lego instead.
A Polish Lego savant piotrek839 created this life-size Terminator arm that's powered by twelve separate Lego Technic motors and has some of the most complex engineering and gearing we've seen, in a Lego creation. Check it out in the video below:
Don't have a beer bottle opener? No sweat. Because you don't need one. With the right amount of leverage, you can use anything to open a bottle. This video shows you all the awesome ways you can do so. Of course, like everything else, these things take practice. [Clip Nation via The Awesomer]
Vine has made video limited to 6 seconds now, and its kind of hard to film an ad in 6 seconds, right?
The Kids Table Comedy poked fun of Vine's limitations by showing what would happen if Vine wanted to make a commercial about Vine using Vine. 6 seconds not enough? [The Kids Table Comedy via Laughing Squid]
Yes, Glass can be useful. But like every gadget misuse, you can cause some problems of your own. If you thought taking a picture of someone you don't know with your phone was rude, then Glass has bigger problems than that.
Yahoo will be integrating tweets into the news stream on Yahoo.com. According to Marissa Mayer, who delivered the news in a blog post , the company views tweets "as [an] important information source for many of our users.".
Google Glass is getting more apps. They are from Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and CNN and more. In a "Developing for Glass" session during its I/O conference yesterday, Google announced several big name apps for its Glass.