“Giant” Tetris Played on 29-Story Building

A game of tetris played by hundreds of enthusiasts set a possible world record by playing on a 29-story Cira Centre high-rise building in downtown Philadelphia Saturday.

A tetris like colorful displays appear on the 437-foot building during night thanks to hundreds of LED lights installed on its facade and this weekend the Cira Centre's north and south sides were turned into a 100,000-square-foot screen, with players controlled it with, of course, joysticks.

This building was also the same one where a record-breaking game of Pong were played last year.

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Alibaba Buys Minority Stake In A Chinese Retail Group

Over the years, traditional retailers have been moving into online sales. Now, one of the world’s biggest e-commerce companies is doing the opposite - moving into department stars.

On Monday, Alibaba, China’s biggest e-commerce company, announced that it would invest 5.37 billion Hong Kong dollars, or $692 million, for a stake of at least 25 percent in Intime Retail Group.

The deal is roughly equivalent to Amazon’s buying a stake in Macy’s, Intime operates 36 department stores and shopping centers across China.

Alibaba’s investment in Intime comes as it… Read More

U.S. Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Baidu

A United States court has dismissed a lawsuit by pro-democracy activists against Baidu, the operator of China’s most popular Internet search engine, who complained that the company illegally suppressed political speech.

The lawsuit was brought by eight New York writers and video producers who accused Baidu of creating search engine algorithms, at the behest of the Chinese government, to block users in the United States from viewing articles, videos and other information advocating greater freedom in China.

The suit claims Baidu kept users from seeing the plaintiffs’ work, unlike users of other… Read More

Colbert Report Offensive Tweet Provokes Outrage, Calls To #CancelColbert

A tweet - now deleted - by the promotional account of The Colbert Report produced an outcry of racism against Stephen Colbert and spawned the hashtag of #CancelColbert.

The since-deleted tweet read:

“I’m willing to show the #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”

The tweet was originally a quote from Wednesday night’s show. In Wednesday’s episode, the joke was in the context of Colbert mocking Redskins owner Dan Snyder for responding to complaints about his team name, the… Read More

China And Huawei Denounce NSA Spying

Newly released Edward Snowden documents have revealed NSA operations against Huawei,  the giant Chinese tech company.

Snowden’s documents has shown that since at least 2007, the NSA has been conducting a sophisticated operation against Huawei, hacking into its servers, stealing its source code, and monitoring its employees' emails.

China wants answers.

The Chinese government gave out a statement saying it is "gravely concerned" about the report, and asked the United States to cease its spying operations.  On Monday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei added, "China has… Read More

Google Unveils Android Wear, Software For Smartwatches

Google is finally getting into the smartwatch world.

The search giant on Tuesday introduced Android Wear, a version of Google’s Android operating system software that is designed for wearable computers, mainly the smartwatch.

Google, which entered the smartphone and tablet markets after Apple, now is position to be first in developing relationships with the many software partners.

That means consumers should expect to see Android-powered smartwatches before Apple does. Apple has been known to be developing a watch for some time, but no smartwatch has yet to be released.

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Joyful Frog Digital Incubator Announces $2.1 Million USD Fundraising To Accelerate Tech Startups In S. E. Asia

Joyful Frog Digital Incubator (JFDI.Asia Pte Ltd) today announced that it had secured firm capital commitments totalling SGD 2.7 million (USD 2.1 million) from an international consortium of investors. Anchored by Singapore’s Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL), the investment round is supported by two funds, SpinUp Partners Ltd (Russia) and Fenox Venture Capital (Silicon Valley), with private investors from the Philippines, Vijay Saraff (Thailand), Paul Burmester (UK) and Thomas Gorissen (Germany).

The investment announced today represents the first milestone toward JFDI’s ambition to raise SGD 6 million (USD 4.7 million) to scale up its… Read More

Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto Denies Bitcoin Founder In Verified Letter

Ten days after being “outed” by Newsweek magazine as the mysterious creator of the digital currency Bitcoin, Dorian Nakamoto, has hired a lawyer and issued an unconditional statement denying any involvement in Bitcoin.

The 64 through his his lawyer, Ethan D. Kirschner of Los Angeles ,said in a statement, “I am writing this statement to clear my name.  I did not create, invent or otherwise work on Bitcoin.”

In his categorical denial, Mr. Nakamoto said that he first heard the term Bitcoin last month from his son after Newsweek contacted his son.… Read More

Sprint’s Masayoshi Son Appeals For Merger With T-Mobile

Masayoshi Son, the founder of SoftBank, the Japanese technology and telecommunications giant, wants to change the landscape of American broadband, which he thinks is too expensive and slow.  

In a speech at the United States Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Son said that American wireline and wireless broadband service is currently a monopoly or duopoly. He said this was basically “Pseudo-competition,” and not a real solution to having having competition and lowering prices.  Mr. Son said he wants to help change all this.

Mr. Son’s speech, of course, was partly aim… Read More

Did The “Real” Satoshi Nakamoto Come Out?

Did the “Real” Satoshi Nakamoto come out?  To have a say in the current debate about who the Bitcoin founder is.  After a firestorm of criticism against Newsweek’s cover story of their “outing” of Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto  as the Bitcoin founder, a person claiming to be the real Satoshi Nakamoto posted a response on the P2P Foundation‘s Ning page.

The person posted as Satoshi Nakamoto simply stated: “I am not Dorian Nakamoto.”

The simple and short posting is notable because it uses the same email address… Read More

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