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ReadWriteWeb is a blog that provides analysis of web products and trends. One of the world's top 20 blogs, ReadWriteWeb speaks to an intelligent audience of web enthusiasts, early adopters and innovators.

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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    The Surface 3: Microsoft's Best Challenge To The iPad Yet

    31st March 2015 20:03

    On Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled the latest addition to its line of Surface tablet-PC hybrids: the Surface 3, set to ship on May 5. Starting at $499, it’s the most powerful Surface that doesn’t have “Pro” in its name. Best of all, it runs full Windows 8.1 rather than Windows RT, the underpowered operating system that ran on the original Surface and Surface 2. The Surface 3 will also be upgradeable to Windows 10 when Microsoft officially releases the new OS…

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    Why Google Is Tooling Up To Ward Off Rivals Like Dropbox And Microsoft

    31st March 2015 19:27

    Google has pushed out a couple of app updates for Android, as it often does, but there's more going on here than a few code tweaks. The new features introduced today in both Gmail and Google Drive are signs of the pressure the tech giant is starting to feel from competing apps on its own platform.There are plenty of fronts that Google now has to fight on simultaneously, from self-driving cars to video content. But with eyeballs shifting to mobile and…

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    Tesla Might Be Getting Into The Home-Battery Business—Or Something Else Entirely

    31st March 2015 15:00

    When Elon Musk speaks, the tech world listens. On Monday he tweeted that Tesla will unveil a brand new product line in amonth—and it’s not another car:The new product could be anything, but on a recent investor call, Musk commented that the company will soon jump into the home battery business. If that's what Tesla has up its sleeve now, then we could be looking at more than just shiny, newfangled power cells. We may soon have new, easier ways to unshackle ourselves from…

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    Why Apple Had To Take The NoSQL Plunge

    31st March 2015 14:00

    Apple has quietly—and not so quietly—been buying up Big Data companies over the past few years, most recently acquiring FoundationDB but in 2013 also purchasing Acunu, maker of a real-time analytics platform. The intent seems to be to purchase data infrastructure talent—and very particular talent at that.Basically, Apple needed to get into NoSQL database technology in a bad way. These alternatives to traditional relational databases (long known as SQL systems) offer speed and flexibility that older-style databases can only dream…

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    How GitHub Apparently Ended Up In The Crosshairs Of Chinese Hackers

    31st March 2015 00:50

    The big code repository GitHub is currently fighting off a large, prolonged denial of service attack—apparently in part because China or its sympathizers took exception to dissidents who use GitHub to host software for routing around China's Great Firewall.No group has taken responsibility for the attack, but several indications suggest that its perpetrators are retaliating against China's perceived enemies. Some of the main GitHub pages targeted in the attack are repositories that specifically aim to help Chinese nationals get around the…

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    What It Will Be Like To Buy An Apple Watch

    30th March 2015 18:27

    The waiting's almost over for those of you eager to strap an Apple wearable to your wrist, with pre-orders for the Apple Watch starting on April 10 and the device available to buy from April 24. As the on-sale date approaches, we're seeing a pile of leaked information about how the retail experience will work.No walk-in sales, for example, so you'll need an Apple Store appointment to get your hands on a shiny new smartwatch; VIP areas for Apple Watch…

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    10 Things To Know Before Your Startup Does A Crowdfunding

    30th March 2015 16:18

    Guest author Scott Gerber is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council.Crowdfunding is all the rage these days, and it makes sense. There are many potential benefits, such as the prospect of developing an enthusiastic base of early adopters before there's even a product for them to hold.But it's not as straightforward as it seems, and your success will depend greatly on your execution and your industry. To help improve your chances of a successful campaign, I asked 10 founders…

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    Yik Yak's Secret Advantage: It’s Outside The Silicon Valley Bubble

    30th March 2015 14:00

    The two 24-year-old founders of the social app Yik Yak carry themselves cautiously. They leaned back in their chairs during their recent SXSW interview, sporting matching green socks adorned with their yak mascot. They remained very still throughout the one hour conversation, as though they wanted to disappear into the background.This was the first big, live interview that Brooks Buffington and Tyler Droll had ever done, and it happened in front of an audience of about 500 tech enthusiasts and…

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    Here's A New Way To Step Into A Virtual World

    27th March 2015 20:38

    When you strap on an Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset, you're free to look up, down and around. But as soon as you try to explore the virtual world further, you're stuck. You can't interact with your surroundings or walk across the room.New controllers and sensors hitting the market are built to solve this problem, whether by tracking the precise location of your fingers so you can grab that virtual gun or giving you a simple joystick so you can "walk"…

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    Your "Strong" Password May Be Weaker Than You Think

    27th March 2015 14:00

    If you've been relying on password meters to determine how strong your passwords are, we've got some bad news. Their strength measurements are highly inconsistent and may even be leading you astray, according to a new study from researchers at Concordia University: In our large-scale empirical analysis, it is evident that the commonly-used meters are highly inconsistent, fail to provide coherent feedback, and sometimes provide strength measurements that are blatantly misleading.Researchers Xavier de Carné de Carnavalet and Mohammad Mannan evaluated the password strength…

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    Why Facebook Messenger Is A Platform—And WhatsApp Isn’t

    26th March 2015 22:35

    WhatsApp doesn’t want to be a platform. Co-founder Brian Acton, on a panel Wednesday at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, made that very clear. Unlike its sibling service Messenger, which has started courting outside developers and businesses, all that matters to WhatsApp is that the service remain stable, simple and unfettered for its worldwide audience of 100 million monthly active users.That matters to parent company Facebook too, but likely for different reasons. See also: Looks Like Facebook Messenger Is Pulling Up…

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    Oculus Rift Is Coming, And Facebook Wants It To Be Your New Reality

    26th March 2015 20:40

    A wise man once said that reality is "simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain." Oculus, the virtual reality harbinger now owned by Facebook, agrees. And it wants you to believe it too, so you can accept virtual reality as a new form of reality."VR is more than just another platform," Oculus chief scientist Michael Abrash said at the F8 conference Thursday. "In the long run it has the potential to create the whole range of human experience. Virtual reality done right…

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    It May Have A Billion Users, But YouTube Isn't A Sure Thing Just Yet

    26th March 2015 20:24

    Since it launched to the public at the end of 2005 (the very first video is still online), YouTube has come to dominate online video in a way that few businesses manage to dominate anything on the Web. Today, it boasts more than a billion users, who are uploading more than 300 hours of video every minute and generating billions of views every single day.So far, so rosy—but YouTube isn't exactly the home run that these figures might suggest it…

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    How South By Southwest Turned Into A Hardware Show

    26th March 2015 19:28

    Kyle Ellicott is the cofounder of Wearable World, ReadWrite's parent company, and directs Wearable World Labs, a startup incubator.Many of those who have attended South By Southwest Interactive in recent years complain that it's lost focus. Perhaps that's fair: It's no longer the insidery event that crowns new hot social apps like Twitter or Foursquare. And if it's just a big tech spring break dominated by recruiters trying to snap up engineers, why bother going?For me, this year seemed different.…

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    Facebook's First Drone Is Broader Than A 737

    26th March 2015 19:19

    Drones and satellites will soar above the earth under Facebook's plan to bring Internet connectivity to remote corners of the globe. At the F8 conference Thursday, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer revealed images of the company's first such product: the Aquila, a solar-powered drone with the mass of a small car and a wingspan wider than that of a 737 jetliner.Facebook acquired five employees from drone startup Ascenta last March. The team built the Zephyr—a drone that could fly for two weeks…