Even the engineers at Intel aren't immune to the latest Internet trends.
Oh Internet, are there no bounds to your silliness? It sure doesn't appear that way, with the newest fad sweeping through cyberspace being the Harlem Shake. Variations of the meme are racking up millions of hits on YouTube, and everyone seems to be doing it, possibly even your grandmother. Intel uploaded its own version of the Harlem Shake featuring an engineer in full costume and a dude with a horse head who comically strolls casually by as if it's just another day in Santa Clara.
Performance based earn-out payments over the next three years could make this deal worth $155 million.
Opera Software today announced that it has acquired Skyfire Labs, a rival in the mobile browser space, in a deal that could be worth as much $155 million when all the checks are written. The Norwegian browser maker agreed to pay $50 million in cash and stocks upfront (including $8 million in cash on the Skyfire balance sheet), and will also make performance based earn-out payments over the next three years that could ultimately value the deal at $155 million.
Slacker relaunches with a brand new look and support for BlackBerry 10.
Facing stiff competition from the likes of Pandora and Spotify, popular streaming music service Slacker just reinvented itself with a new look and simplified interface. Its name stays the same, but that's about all you'll recognize (visually) following a major facelift that's supposed to make it easier to discover music with highlighted stations, personalized picks, and exclusive content from Slacker's "expert curators."
Opera is pulling its Presto browser engine and replacing it with WebKit.
Opera Software today put the world on notice that its Presto rendering engine will be making a disappearing act. Going forward, Opera will make a "gradual transition" to WebKit, as well as Chromium, for just about every upcoming browser release for smartphones and computers, the Norwegian browser maker announced today. The engine replacement was mentioned as an aside to the fact that Opera's collection of browsers across all products now boast 300 million users.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates won over the Reddit crowd by answering a plethora of questions.
Bill Gates is a rock star on so many levels. Yes, he co-founded Microsoft, built his net worth to tens of billions of dollars, and now spends his days doing philanthropy work through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, all of which are admirable in their own right. It would be easy for someone in his position to be an egotistical jerk who's disconnected from the public at large, but instead, this is the same guy who once did the Robot next to Jerry Seinfeld, made us crave churros in another Vista ad, and more recently (as in, yesterday) answered a boatload of questions on Reddit.
Bing falls to fifth place in the search engine wars, according to data from comScore qSearch.
Google tends to be the go-to search engine in the United States and in many other parts of the world, but in Russia, Yandex is top dog. On a global scale, Yandex is now officially more popular than Microsoft's Bing, so says the latest search engine data from comScore qSearch. Bing slipped to fifth place with a 2.5 share of the search market, falling slightly behind Yandex at 2.8 percent.
A family-owned adult DVD store claims Amazon is trying to shut it down.
Oh, the injustice! The owners of AdultWoot.com, a small, family-owned online store that sells adult themed DVDs (read: pornography) for under $5 a pop, claims Amazon is the one playing dirty by trying to shut the site down using underhanded tactics. Why would Amazon go out of its way to shutter an online porn shop? Simply put, Amazon owns Woot.com, an online deal site it acquired last year, and it doesn't want customers thinking the two sites are in any way related.
Teenage girl plans to buy "stuff" with the $200 she'll receive for quitting Facebook.
An interesting story about a 14-year-old daughter who convinced her dad to pay her to suspend Facebook for five months is making the rounds. Paul Baier, a research consultant in Boston, posted an image on his blog of the contract he and his daughter signed. Under terms of the agreement, little Baier will receive $50 upfront for deactivating her account, and another $150 at the end of June when the contract expires.
It took Facebook less than a decade to accumulate over 1 billion users.
Facebook, the world's largest social playground with over a billion participants and growing, celebrates its 9th birthday today. It was on February 4, 2004 that Mark Zuckerberg and his partners launched "Thefacebook," the original name of the Harvard-only service before Zuckerberg droped the "The" from the title at the recommendation of Justin Timberlake Sean Parker, or at least that's how it was portrayed in the docu-drama The Social Network.
A ghost town no more, Google+ is home to hundreds of millions of active users.