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turkeytwitterThe son of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan launched a new social media startup today that hopes to compete with Twitter, which was recently blocked in the country.

Cıvıltı, which means “chirp” in Turkish, looks and functions almost exactly like Twitter. It allows users to post messages of up to 140 characters in length, share photos and videos, and follow other users’ activity in their home feeds.... Read More →

 

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The Mozilla Foundation released a new version of their flagship Firefox web browser today that automatically blocks access to all websites affiliated with the gay rights movement.

Firefox Family, which is still in beta testing, was developed for the "traditional values" market in the United States as well as for use in emerging markets such as Saudi Arabia and Uganda, which have strict laws against homosexuality.... Read More →

 

sony_ps4_largeSony CEO Kazuo Hirai announced yesterday that the electronic company will be missing its Nov. 14 shipping date for the PS4 and will be moving the highly anticipated gaming counsel to early 2014.

“We are tentatively looking at February 2nd for a new launch date. I am terribly sorry for the inconvenience and short notice. We know so many of our customers were looking forward to playing the PS4 over the holidays. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have no choice but to delay the launch. It is in the best interest of our company and loyal fans,” Hirai said at a press conference in Tokyo.... Read More →

 

122712hubpmapple_512x288 Apple CEO Tim Cook courted controversy today by claiming that rival Dell should be liquidated.

In an interview with TechCrunch, Cook said if he were in charge of the struggling company he would "shut it down and give the money back to shareholders."... Read More →

 

logoYahoo purchased adult video site xHamster for $400 million today in an effort to extend its brand into youth culture.

The combined cash and stock deal comes just days after it spent $1.1 billion to acquire Tumblr, a social blogging service which is also used mostly for pornography.

In a statement released to the press, Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer explained that while the move may be controversial, it offers the best hope of reversing the declining company's fate.... Read More →

 

tumblr-pollYahoo has begun drug testing Tumblr employees in an effort to reduce operational risk at its newest acquisition.

According to reports, teams of medical personnel arrived at Tumblr's New York headquarters this morning with hundreds of urine cups and orders to test every single employee for banned substances.... Read More →

 

i4Cfz8Ri1.ccThe CEO of smartphone pioneer Blackberry said today that rival platform Android is a "temporary fad" and "not a serious threat" to Blackberry's business.

In an interview with Canada's Globe and Mail, Thorsten Heins claimed that Google's dominant mobile OS is "clearly in a bubble" and its market share will sink to "close to zero" within five years.... Read More →

 

200px-HP_logo_2012.svgHewlett-Packard made a massive, $100 billion offer to buy rival Dell today in an attempt to create the world's largest PC maker.

The surprising move comes amidst a fierce bidding war for control of the company between a consortium of investors led my founder Michael Dell, activist investor Carl Icahn, and private equity group Blackstone.... Read More →

 

jpeglongdrunk-facebook-girls-257x168Faced with continued investor skepticism over its long-term business model, Facebook has quietly started testing a new way of generating additional revenue - charging money to delete old photos.

The new settings, which are currently in beta, ask users to pay $5.00 to delete any photo more than 1 year old from their own Facebook profiles, and up to $20.00 to delete photos of themselves on other people's profiles.... Read More →

 

billgates2012_large_verge_medium_landscapeEven as Microsoft crows about the millions of consumers adopting its tablet-friendly Windows 8 operating system, reports have emerged that Bill Gates - the software giant's founder and largest shareholder - is not among them.

In an interview with French technology magazine Micro HebdoAmerica's richest man says Windows 8 is an excellent operating system, but it's just not for him.... Read More →

 

Daily deals website Groupon announced today that the company has hired its very first full-time accountant.

24 year old Matt Parker, a recent accounting graduate of the University of Wisconsin,  has been brought on board to begin recording Groupon's financial transactions for the brand new bookkeeping department. ... Read More →

 

In an effort to reach out to minority communities, the Republican National Committee released an iPhone and Android application today that helps its members find new black and Latino friends.

The new app - named Darkbuddy - accesses your Facebook social graph and searches friends-of-friends and their friends for minorities. It then presents a list of potential new "buddies" to the user and encourages them to make contact. ... Read More →