1. an optical phenomenon, by which the image of some object appears displaced above, below, or to one side of its true position as a result of spatial variations of the index of refraction of air and light.
Horace Dediu / asymco: Measuring the iTunes video store — It's been five years since we had an update on TV show downloads and six years since we've had an update on movie downloads from Apple. In Q3 2008 Apple announced 200 million TV show downloads and in Q2 2007 2 million movies.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters: Yahoo rejects fears hackers will exploit old user IDs — (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc on Wednesday downplayed concerns that its plans to recycle inactive user IDs could leave users exposed to hackers, saying only 7 percent of those IDs are tied to actual Yahoo email accounts.
Steven Musil / CNET: LinkedIn suffers site outage due to ‘DNS issue’ — The business networking site's home page is replaced by a domain sales page for about an hour. — LinkedIn is battling a DNS issue that took the business social networking site offline for an hour Wednesday night.
Joshua Kopstein / The Verge: A startup looks to stop fraud with a new method for ‘fingerprinting’ phone calls — Pindrop Security is using acoustic analysis tech to stop social engineering — One of the most cherished and time-honored traditions of computer security conferences like Def Con has been the Social Engineering contest.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD: Cumulus Networks Comes Out of Stealth With Linux for Data-Center Networks — Startup Cumulus Networks popped out of stealth mode today to announce that it has created a version of the Linux operating system for building out software-defined networks in the data center.
Eliza Kern / GigaOM: Rockmelt brings its social news app to Android — Rockmelt, which started out as a social web browser and has pivoted to produce apps for social news instead, is bringing its product to Android on Wednesday. — The company was known for its social browser that had tabs for chat and features …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Blackboard Co-Founder Michael Chasen Raises $12.75M Series A For SocialRadar, A New Take On Location-Based People Discovery Apps — If you thought the “ambient location” craze has passed, prepare to be surprised. A company called SocialRadar is announcing today that it has raised $12.75 million …
Avi Schneider / GeekTime: EMC acquires Israeli storage startup, Scale IO, for $200-300M — 3:30PM Jerusalem, Israel - Israeli startup, ScaleIO, a leader in enterprise data and elastic converged storage, has been purchased by enterprise data giant, EMC, for a reported purchase price sitting somewhere between $200-300M.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web: Microsoft gives a sneak peek of Office Web Apps real-time co-authoring across Windows, Android, and iOS devices — Microsoft today released a sneak peek of how Office Web Apps real-time co-authoring will work across Windows, Android, and iOS devices. Unfortunately, the company still …
Ashley Feinberg / Gizmodo: Best Buy Is Recalling Thousands of MacBook Pro Batteries Over Fire Risk — Best Buy is recalling 5,100 third-party replacement MacBook Pro batteries after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 13 separate cases in which the batteries caught fire, at least one causing serious injury.
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider: Groupon Founder Andrew Mason's Music Album Will Drop On iTunes And Spotify Later This Month — When Andrew Mason left his role as CEO of Groupon, he was uncharacteristically serious about his next move. — He said he'd be moving to California, joining Y Combinator, and working on a music album.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch: Lytro Enables Its Camera's Hidden WiFi Chip, Launches A Companion iOS App (With Animated GIFs!) — It sure doesn't seem like many people have bought Lytro's crazy light-field camera (the one that lets you focus your photos after you take them) — but if you're one of those who did: go plug that thing in. […]
Jordan Devore / destructoid: Microsoft to drop Xbox One DRM, region locking — [Update: It's true. Microsoft has reversed its policies. There's only a one-time system setup that requires an Internet connection — no daily check-ins. Discs work like they have in the past — they'll need to be in your console's tray — so trade-ins aren […]
Josh Lowensohn / CNET: Intellectual Ventures sues Motorola Mobility, again — IV launches another lawsuit against Google-owned Motorola Mobility over patents, the latest in series of lawsuits in recent months. — Intellectual Ventures is coming back for seconds in another lawsuit against Google-owned Motorola Mobility.