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Yep, That’s Rupert Murdoch Wearing an Oculus Rift

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Your eyes are not deceiving you. Even Rupert Murdoch is getting in on the virtual reality headset experience

According to Murdoch’s Tumblr, which is run by 21st Century Fox Chief of Staff Natalie Ravitz, Murdoch and his team visited interactive advertising agency Framestore in New York on Wednesday. (Ravitz describes the Tumblr as “life behind the scenes” for the head of News Corp.) There, the octogenarian chairman of News Corp tried out the Game of Thrones virtual reality experience on the…

How Much of Your Taxes Help People in Need?

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Americans scrambled to meet the IRS’ deadline on Tuesday to file their tax returns. While the annual process can be tedious and hits many where it really hurts (in the pocketbook), there’s a social good silver lining: A chunk of that money went toward helping people in serious need around the world.

ONE, the grassroots campaign of more than 3 million people fighting against extreme poverty and preventable diseases, created a web calculator to measure how much impact your taxes have on the…

YouTube Remains Blocked in Turkey, Despite Court Order

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YouTube remains and will remain blocked in Turkey for the time being, even though a court ordered the government to unblock the video-sharing website on Wednesday

The Turkish telecom regulator, the Information and Communications Technologies Authority (BTK), announced on Thursday that it will not lift the ban until “criminal content” is removed from YouTube, according to various news reports. The BTK is ignoring the court order, so the timeline for lifting the ban remains unclear.

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Canada Freezes Online Tax Filing Due to Heartbleed Bug

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Canada’s tax authority shut down its online tax-filing services on Tuesday night to safeguard taxpayers’ information after the major security bug Heartbleed was exposed.

Canada’s Revenue Agency (CRA) temporarily blocked access to its online tax filing services as a “preventative” measure to “safeguard the integrity of the information we hold,” a spokeswoman told the The Wall Street Journal. The measure was taken as “a precaution until the agency can be sure the risks have been…

Facebook Says Video Ads to Hit News Feed ‘Over the Next Few Months’

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Video ads will come to your Facebook news feed “over the next few months,” the company announced on Thursday.

In a blog post, the company wrote that its 15-second Premium Video Ads are rolling out with an unnamed “select group of advertisers.” The ads will auto-play, but are soundless unless you click on them. Facebook will sell and measure the ads “in a way that’s similar to how advertisers already buy and measure ads on TV,” according to the post from Facebook, which is based on Targeted…

Lithium Technologies Reportedly Reaches Deal To Acquire Klout

Lithium Technologies, which helps companies engage with their customers online, has “signed but not closed” a deal to acquire Klout, according to a report in Recode. The deal is supposedly a mix of cash and stock “in the low nine figures” (namely, a little more than $100 million).

Neither Lithium nor Klout responded immediately to requests for comment — I’ll update this post if they do.

Klout has raised more than $40 million in funding from investors including Kleiner Perkins Caufield &…

Fitness Trackers Are Useless Without Real-Time, Personalized Analysis

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No one has arms long enough to wear all of the activity-tracking wristbands currently on sale or awaiting release. These devices count your steps, measure your sleep and some even monitor your heart rate

But do you know how this information immediately applies to your lifestyle, or what you should do with it?

The services behind these trackers need to invest in immediacy by providing useful information, ideally in real time, so we can optimize our wealth of data into action.

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Planet Labs Raises $52 Million to Map the Earth With Small Satellites

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NASA may be devoting more attention to asteroids these days, but a group of former employees of the agency are focusing on something a little closer to home.

Planet Labs, a San Francisco startup founded by three former NASA physicists, announced Wednesday that it has raised $52 million in a Series B round of funding to launch of a bunch of imaging satellites into orbit and map the earth

Since its founding in 2010, the Planet Labs team has worked…

Microsoft Is Working on a High-Tech Bra

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Microsoft has been steadily expanding into the realm of hardware in recent years with the Surface, the Nokia handset deal and the Xbox One. Now, the tech giant is taking its first tentative steps into the world of lingerie.

The smart bra was revealed in a new paper (.PDF) from a team of five scientists at Microsoft Research, titled “Food and Mood: Just-in-Time Support for Emotional Eating.” The idea is to measure your emotional state via sensors built into the bra, cross reference that with…

Sleep Cycle App Promises No More Sleepless Nights

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You’re up at sunrise. You go to work, come home, go online and visit with loved ones. Somewhere in between, you find time to eat, buy groceries and watch reruns of Seinfeld. Sounds good, right?

You forgot one thing: sleeping.

Ah, sleep. The fickle mistress. It eludes you for so long and then, the moment you absolutely need it to be brief, you oversleep your job interview by six and a half hours. Heads up: You’re doing it wrong.

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