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Microsoft Hotline Helps Entrepreneurs in India Build Tech Startups



Microsoft has offered tech support by phone for decades, from guiding business customers through a tricky Windows installation to making sure grandmas successfully locate Solitaire on the Start menu. But this month, the company launched a new kind of hotline in India to help entrepreneurs navigate the minefield of starting their own business.

In a novel move, Microsoft Ventures, the company’s startup investment and accelerator arm, opened JumpStart, a toll-free number where support…

Syria Will Hold Presidential Elections on June 3



Syria will hold presidential elections on June 3 in a contest that current President Bashar al-Assad is likely to win, extending his regime to a third term.

The Syrian parliament speaker made the announcement about the elections on Monday, according to news reports, while the country is still entrenched in a bloody 3-year civil war that has resulted in approximately 150,000 deaths and has forced millions to flee their homes.

“I call…

The Videophone Turns 50: The Historic Failure That Everybody Wanted



Every day, around 50 million people a day stare at and speak to each other on computer or mobile device screens across the great expanse of the Internet via Skype, Apple’s FaceTime, Google Hangouts or some other video conferencing software.

This voluminous amount of video phoning would have made 19th and 20th century futurists smile and shake their heads, marveling at both how remarkably right and horribly wrong their visual telephone predictions would turn out.

Co-Pilot on MH370 Attempted an In-Flight Call, Report Says



The co-pilot aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 reportedly attempted a call from a mobile phone just before the plane disappeared.

Co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid’s phone briefly connected to a cell tower, according to reports, but was disconnected before the call was able to go through. The news was first reported by the New Straits Times, an English-language Malaysian newspaper

The report cited anonymous sources who claim the…

Baby Judo Match Will Kill You With Cuteness



Self-defense has never been so cute.

In a video uploaded to YouTube last week, two tykes barely old enough to use a sippy cup duke it out in a baby judo competition. At such a young age, the moves involve less Chuck Norris-style sparring and more gentle nudging until one of them falls down.

It’s a tough match to call — if you bow so forcefully that you knock yourself over, does that count as a point for you or your opponent?…

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Facebook Adds Free Voice Calls to Messenger App



After Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $16 billion, some wondered what would happen to the company’s existing messaging app. Now it seems they had nothing to worry about.

The company updated the app Thursday with a major new feature — one that allows users to make free voice calls to their Facebook friends.

The new feature is similar to voice calling built in to other messaging apps such as Viber and WeChat. Users can make phone…

‘The Geography of Small Talk’ Explores Regional Differences



Does where you live affect how you greet people? Short answer: Yes.

The Atlantic used the research of writer Deborah Fallows to explore the relationship between where a person originates and how they start a conversation with a stranger. The film explores greetings all over the United States, including, New York, New Orleans, Honolulu and Anchorage

The short film ends with a call for a much nicer way to greet people, one that…

American Eagle Trolls Internet With Doggie Apparel



Aren’t you tired of not having a chambray crop top for your pooch?

Dogs deserve a chance at style, and thanks to American Eagle they are finally getting their moment in the fashion spotlight. The U.S. clothing retailer announced a new doggie clothing line Monday, called “American Beagle Outfitters.”

The “dogumentary,” as AE has dubbed it, introduces the thought process behind its new line, which creators call “next level” and “beach meets…

SocialPoint Gaming Studio Announces Four New Social Strategy Titles After Topping 50 Million MAUs

SocialPoint, Spain’s largest mobile gaming studio, has today announced plans to release four new games to market.

Unlike the company’s previous “breeding games,” wherein the user would play to create new types of dragons and monsters, SocialPoint is now focused on a new category of gaming they call “MASS”, short for mobile action social strategy. Read More

Obama: All U.S. Troops Could Be Out of Afghanistan by Year’s End



U.S. President Barack Obama told Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday that America will be prepared for a complete military withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

Obama proposed complete disengagement from Afghanistan because Karzai hasn’t signed a bilateral security agreement that would define the relationship between the two nations after 2014

The president asked the Pentagon to draw up two plans: one for…