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Facebook And Instagram Are Down

Facebook and Instagram are down on the web and on mobile, according to The Next Web. Users are also experiencing problems with Tinder, AIM, and Hipchat, according to Engadget and reports on Twitter (which is still operating fine). The Associated Press reports that the outage is affecting users in the US and Asia. Show More Summary

These Two Charts Explain Why Kleiner Perkins Wanted To Buy This Four-Year-Old VC Firm

On Monday, Fortune reported that Kleiner Perkins’ attempt to acquire the four year old upstart VC firm, Social+Capital Partnership, had fallen through in recent weeks. The report said the deal would have made Social+Capital’s founder...Show More Summary

20 Of The Safest Cities In The World

The Economist's Intelligence Unit has released a ranking of the safest major cities in the world, and Tokyo comes out on top. The capital of Japan is followed by the sovereign city-state of Singapore and Osaka in Japan. The Economist's Safe Index 2015 doesn't simply measure crime, but rather has a wide-ranging view of safety. Show More Summary

New York And Boston Are Ready To Get Blitzed For The Blizzard

People in the path of Winter Storm Juno seem to be turning to alcohol as they get ready for what could be one of the worst blizzards New York City has ever seen. Drizly, an on-demand app for alcohol deliveries, says orders in NYC and Boston are up 477% since 2pm ET compared to a normal Monday. Show More Summary

One Of The Hottest Payment Apps Of 2014 Is Suddenly Slowing Down (EBAY)

Venmo, the popular peer-to-peer payment app that lets pay back your friends for things like cabs and concert tickets easily and instantly, processed almost $1 billion in transactions during the fourth quarter. But its growth is slowing down -- big time. Show More Summary

Apple Needs To Answer This Question For The Apple Watch To Be A Hit (AAPL)

Apple is expected to release the Apple Watch this March, but the company still needs to demonstrate its value to would-be buyers, according to Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster. "W e believe Apple needs to answer 'What is the value of the Watch?'" Munster said in a Monday note. Show More Summary

A Carrier Website Might Have Just Leaked Samsung's Next Galaxy Phone

Samsung isn't expected to officially unveil its new Galaxy smartphones until March, but British carrier Vodafone may have accidentally leaked the name of one unreleased Samsung device. The company is likely to unveil a second version of the Galaxy S6 with a curved display, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Show More Summary

Apple May Be Missing A Huge Opportunity For The Mac (AAPL)

Apple partnered with IBM last year to sell iPads to businesses, but it may be missing a a huge opportunity, according to a recent note by Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster. " We believe that Mac may actually be a bigger enterprise opportunity than iPad," said Munster. Show More Summary

Thousands Of Devoted Fans Camped Out For The Opening Of Apple's Newest Store In China

Apple is making a major push in China. According to recent estimates by UBS, China is becoming one of the company's largest markets for iPhones. The company's ultimate goal is to have 40 stores operating in China by the end of 2016, and to start they're opening five locations in just five weeks. Show More Summary

Here's What Median Rent Will Get You In Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley may be the center of the tech world, but finding a place to live there can be tough. Gentrification brought on by the tech boom has drastically driven up housing prices, so much so that the area has become unaffordable for many. Show More Summary

Microsoft's Surface Sales Are Growing — Up 24% (MSFT)

Microsoft's Surface business is growing slowly but surely. For the calendar fourth quarter of 2014, Surface revenues were $1.1 billion, the company reported Monday. That's up 24%. For the year-ago quarter, Surface revenues were $893 million. Show More Summary

LIVE: Microsoft Beats, But The Stock Is Droppping (MSFT)

Microsoft earnings are out. Revenue: $26.5 billion versus $26.33 billion expected by analysts GAAP EPS: $0.71 versus $0.71 EPS expected. In the release, Microsoft says its EPS includes a $0.02 restructuring chage related to Nokia, so Microsoft would argue it beat expectations on the bottom line, as well as the top line. Show More Summary

How To Get Free Access To Over 4,000 Online Coding Classes — Only For This Week

Whether you’re a first-time coder or an advanced IT professional, you’re going to love this 72-hour free promotion by Pluralsight, the leading online training site for highly technical developers. Starting Monday, Pluralsight has made all of its online courses, roughly 4,000 in total, available for free. Show More Summary

A Startup Thought It Was A Good Idea To Send Me A Massive, Glittery Cardboard Phallus In The Mail

A couple weeks ago,  an expletive-laden Australian website called Ship Your Enemies Glitter went viral. The premise of the website is simple: for $9.99, you can send an envelope full of glitter to someone you don't especially care for. Show More Summary

Police Raided Amazon's Tokyo Headquarters Looking For Child Pornography

Late last week police raided Amazon's Tokyo headquarters and a distribution center to see if sellers were using the company's Japan website to child pornography, Bloomberg reports. Amazon Japan is "fully cooperating" with a police investigation, the company told Bloomberg in a statement. Show More Summary

The Cheap WiFi-Only Phone Service From Cablevision Sounds Pretty Crummy

NYC-based cable TV company Cablevision announced Monday it will offer a WiFi-only data, talk, and text plan for $30 a month, or $10 a month for existing Cablevision Optimum Online customers. The service, called Freewheel, goes live in February. Show More Summary

The Mobile App-Install Ad Is Driving A Boom In Mobile Ad Spend — And Not Just Among Game Makers

The mobile app-install ad — an ad unit that directs users to download a mobile app – arguably offers the most measurable return on investment (ROI) of any major mobile ad format, and has seen a massive rise in popularity among marketers. Show More Summary

Here's What America Would Be Like If The Nazis And Japanese Won WWII

Amazon Studios likely has another hit with "The Man In The High Castle," one of many pilots being screened to Prime members. The show is smart, fun, and polished, and it currently sports a 5-star user rating. Produced by Ridley Scott, the show is based on a 1962 Philip K. Show More Summary

A Pair Of Gay 'Tech Bears' Owns

If former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) officially enters the 2016 White House race, he probably won't be able to use the website The domain is owned by CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater, a self-described "bear couple"...Show More Summary

Actually, Apple Already Made A Watch — In 1995 (AAPL)

Apple released a watch 20 years ago, and it's nothing like the smartwatch that's expected to come out in March. The original Apple Watch, which Jonathan Morrison recently reviewed on YouTube, wasn't sold as a standalone product. Apple offered the watch as an incentive to upgrade to System 7.5, which we'd probably call Mac OS 7.5 today. Show More Summary

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