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ReadWriteWeb was founded on April 20, 2003 by Richard MacManus and is now one of the most widely read and respected blogs in the world. It is written by a team of Web enthusiasts.

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    Facebook "Deeply Troubled" By Fake DEA Facebook Account

    20th October 2014 20:31

    FacebookFacebook complained that the federal Drug Enforcement Agency committed a “serious breach of Facebook’s terms and policies” when it set up a fake Facebook account and impersonated a criminal suspect in order to communicate with other criminals, the company wrote in a letter to the DEA on Friday.See also: The Feds Think It’s OK To Impersonate You On FacebookThe letter is a response to a lawsuit filed by Sondra Arquiett who was arrested in 2010 following a joint investigation with…

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    Where You Can Check Out Apple Pay Today

    20th October 2014 20:02

    iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users that update to the new iOS 8.1 mobile software, released Monday, will be the first to check out Apple’s new Apple Pay mobile payments system.The 27 retailers listed on Apple's site spans hundreds of thousands of locations, which should give curiosity seekers numerous options to road test the new tap-to-pay features. These include: BloomingdalesChevronDuane ReadeFoot Locker (and its House of Hoops, Kids and Lady branches)Macy’sMcDonaldsNikeOffice DepotPanera BreadPetCoRadio ShackSubwayToys 'R UsWalgreensWhole FoodsOne notable omission is…

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    Apple iOS 8.1 Is Here—But Should You Download It?

    20th October 2014 19:04

    As promised, Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 8.1, is now available for download. Eager iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users can grab the latest software on their devices by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update, or via iTunes on the desktop. Whether they should, however, is another matter. Here are a few things to consider:Reasons to upgrade to iOS 8.1: You want to try out Apple PayYou miss your Camera RollYou need iCloud photo libraryYou need fixes for…

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    Google's Gmail App Is Ready To Start Managing Your Other Email Accounts

    20th October 2014 18:47

    Google's Gmail 5.0 app will finally provide Android users with one email management application that streamlines all their different accounts. According to a video obtained by Android Police, the Gmail app expected with Google's Android Lollipop mobile operating system will let users read and answer email from non-Gmail accounts such as Yahoo and Outlook. It doesn't say whether it will manage other accounts as well.If the Gmail app will manage a variety of outside email accounts, the new app could finally…

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    What's Apple Going To Do With All Its Loose Ends?

    20th October 2014 18:13

    Thank goodness Apple didn't announce more devices. It would've ruined everything. To judge by its two most recent public events, Apple has three big priorities right now: Its supersized iPhones, the forthcoming Apple Watch and Apple Pay, its new mobile payments system that just launched. If nothing else, that became utterly clear last Thursday when CEO Tim Cook and other executives spent the first 30 minutes of its iPad presentation reiterating announcements they'd already made a month earlier.Of course, Apple is…

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    Spotify Will Let You Share Your Account With Family And Friends

    20th October 2014 15:53

    Now you have Spotify’s blessing to share your account with family and friends.Under Spotify Family, users will receive 50% discounts for up to five additional people on their premium subscription. The new offering will cost $14.99 for two users per month, $19.99 for three, $24.99 for four, and $29.99 for five. A single-person premium subscription costs $9.99 per month, so adding additional users to the account costs about $5. See also: Free Music Or Not, Spotify Still Has a Paid-User…

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    8 Ways to Prepare for Your Startup's Next Board Meeting

    20th October 2014 15:30

    Board meetings can be incredibly stressful, but you can alleviate some of that stress by preparing ahead, familiarizing yourself with key talking points and of course, anticipating important questions about your company's progress.Since it's an activity we all have to face at some point, I asked 8 founders from YEC about the most important thing they do to prepare for upcoming board meetings:Test Your EquipmentA lot of people know to do your homework on the guests you have attending the meeting…

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    Flickr Co-Founder Caterina Fake: Making Art And Technology Work Together

    20th October 2014 15:00

    ReadWriteBuilders is a series of interviews with developers, designers and other architects of the programmable future.Entrepreneur, designer and artist Caterina Fake was one of the early pioneers of the Web. She was one of the first online graphic designers and a blogger before people thought it was normal to post personal information online.Fake has spent her career creating services that change the way we use the Web—photo-sharing service Flickr, acquired by Yahoo; decision-making website Hunch, acquired by eBay; and now…

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    Apple iPad Sales Continue To Tank, Though The iPhone Is Doing Great

    20th October 2014 10:58

    Apple needs a serious update to its iPad line more than ever. True, it announced a perfunctory set of upgrades last week (although that included the utterly minimalist refresh of its iPad mini). But in the wake of miserable iPad sales for its July-September quarter, you have to be wondering if that's anywhere near enough. See also: Don't Bother Buying The iPad Mini 3Quarterly iPad sales clocked in at 12.3 million units, a 13% decline over the year-earlier quarter. Over the…

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    Developers Are Adopting Java 8 In Droves

    20th October 2014 09:59

    Warning: serious programming geekery ahead.With the release of Java 8 back in March 2014, the developer community was primarily excited about two things. One was support for lambda expressions, also known as anonymous functions, which (in Cay Horstmann's admirably simple definition) are blocks of code you can pass around in a program for later execution—or, if you prefer more formal terms, "a way to represent one method interface using an expression." Second was Java 8’s embrace of the multicore world. See also:…

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    How "Gamergate" Death Threats Forced A Game Developer From Her House

    17th October 2014 20:55

    Editor's Note: This piece was originally published by our partners at xoJane. Brianna Wu They threatened the wrong woman this time. I am the Godzilla of bitches. I have a backbone of pure adamantium, and I’m sick of seeing them abuse my friends.The misogynists and the bullies and the sadist trolls of patriarchal gaming culture threatened to murder me and rape my corpse, and I did not back down. They tried to target my company’s financial assets and I did not back…

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    Here's What Your Startup Shirt Says About You

    17th October 2014 17:00

    Silicon Valley Street Style is a weekly feature that looks at the intersection of fashion, technology and taste.Only in Silicon Valley can a simple design set against cotton blend say so much. Youth, ease, confidence, arrogance, membership, laundry day … the startup shirt is a free piece of wearable, washable advertising that can reflect upon the wearer any or all of these qualities. It's like a sandwich board you can wear to the gym.And yet, there's never a data nerd around…

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    Twitter Brings Audio To Your Stream With Soundcloud

    17th October 2014 15:23

    Twitter launched a new feature for viewing and listening to audio cards directly inside your Twitter stream Thursday. Product Manager Richard Slatter wrote that the new feature will be called Twitter Audio Cards, and will allow you to listen to music or audio while you continue to browse Twitter. “With a single tap, the Twitter Audio Card lets you discover and listen to audio directly in your timeline on both iOS and Android devices,” he wrote on the blog. Slatter…

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    Why The Internet of Things Has To Be Open Sourced

    17th October 2014 15:00

    In a world increasingly shaped by software, developers are market makers. Nowhere is this more true than in the burgeoning Internet of Things market. See also: The Internet Of Things Will Need Millions Of Developers By 2020Currently riddled by a mess of competing proprietary standards, the winner in the Internet of Things will be the one that goes furthest to make developers' lives easier. Sourcing DevelopersThough VisionMobile estimates put the total Internet of Things developer population at 3.2 million today, only a…

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    Four Things I Learned While Writing A Book About Super Mario Bros. 2

    17th October 2014 14:00

    ReadWrite editor's note: This post was originally published by our partners at Kill Screen.Kill Screen editor's note: Our long-time writer Jon Irwin recently published a book documenting the artistic history and legacy of Super Mario Bros. 2. It’s available now, via Boss Fight Books. We asked him upon its release what he learned digging so deep into a single game.Out of all the sequels in the Super Mario series, the longest-spanning, most consistently popular and highly acclaimed game franchise in…