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Amazon's acquisitions and experiments are erasing its profits (updated) — In case you didn't know, here's the crazy thing about Amazon: it isn't really known for turning a profit. Just think about that for a second. The company that wants to you sell everything, get it to you by any means necessary and serves as the backbone for a considerable chunk of the internet doesn't usually make money at the end of the day.

Facebook's anonymous Rooms is a chat app that feels like the old days — Facebook's new Rooms app is weird, and it isn't long after installation that you figure out why. You don't log in with your Facebook credentials. Your profile picture appears nowhere. It doesn't tap into your contacts.

Etsy takes a stab at real world sales with free credit card readers — Etsy is best known for being an online marketplace of folksy gewgaws and crocheted everythings, but it's making moves to help its sellers do more out in the real world. Case in point: The company just took a page out of Square and PayPal's playbooks by offering free, smartphone-friendly credit/debit card readers to its users.

Uber brings on-demand flu shots to Boston, NYC and DC for a day — If there's one thing on-demand car startup Uber likes more than ferrying people around, it's trying to grab people's attention with kooky promo stunts. Uber for barbecue? Uber wedding packages? Pairing riders with attractive lady drivers? Been there, done that (for better or worse).

Hear the space age unfold on NASA's historic SoundCloud account — If you've ever wanted to cobble together a really wicked EDM track comprised mostly of sound bites from NASA's Mercury missions, well, now's your chance. Everyone's favorite beleaguered space agency has been posting a treasure trove of audio clips that span the space age to its SoundCloud account (just in time to post them in form of Twitter's new Audio Cards), and they're really worth a listen.

Google Earth for Android is now faster, better at 3D exploration — Heads up, Android fans: Google Earth for your phones is about to get a lot better. That's what the folks in Mountain View are promising, anyway -- they've released an update to the app brings with it snappier performance and improved labels for maps (you'll never wonder where Foster City and Redwood Shores begin and end again).

Xiaomi is moving some of its users' data out of China — Xiaomi's a force to be reckoned with in China -- its new phones routinely sell out online in seconds -- but its influence is steadily growing outside its native home. That's why the company's infrastructure has been quietly shifting these past few months, and VP/former Googler Hugo Barra pulled back the curtain on what Xiaomi's been up to.

Samsung's big Galaxy Tab 4 gets the Barnes & Noble treatment — We weren't terribly fond of Samsung and Barnes & Noble's first tablet mashup, but it seems at least a few people were. If you happen to fall into that category, congratulations -- that odd couple has something else that might be up your alley.

Moto 360's latest update brings better battery life and mood lighting — When the Moto 360 last got an update, the painfully handsome smartwatch seemed to get a noticeable boost in battery life. Now, with a new bit of software, Motorola's itching to improve its battery life just a little more... as well as stamp out a few bugs for good measure.

All that money Yahoo spent on mobile is paying off — There's no doubt about it: the future is mobile, and it looks like Yahoo's finally making the pocket-friendly needle move. The company's quarterly earnings dropped not too long ago, in which CEO Marissa Mayer had pointed out that Yahoo's mobile revenue were finally "material," specifically to the tune of $200 million.
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Oct 24, 2014

RT @ansatsu_k: こんにちは!本日、実写版最大の見所の1つ、殺せんせーの映画ビジュアルが公開されました。この、キャラが現実に飛び出してきたワクワク感たるや!こいつがマッハで動くサンプル映像を見た時は、松井先生も担当も、かなりテンション上がりました…!

Oct 23, 2014

RT @kylesethgray: Today: Yosemite users mess with their kext files and destroy their machines. More at 11

Oct 23, 2014

Hardware Battlefield is rad. Do it. “@TechCrunch: Hardware Battlefield Applications Close In A Week by @mjburnsy

Oct 22, 2014

@urbanstrata Ooff, let's just let that particular sleeping dog lie.

Oct 22, 2014

RT @TeenageCrunch: Local Teenager Makes Facebook Post About Politics. Could He Be The Next George Washington?

Oct 22, 2014

RT @TeenageCrunch: Inspring, Innovative Teen Creates To Do List App. Is This The End Of Paper As We Know It?

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