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Google Says It Can Now Launch Up To 20 Project Loon Balloons Per Day — Google's Project Loon, the company's effort to deliver Internet access from balloons that travel around the world in the stratosphere, continues to make strides toward a commercial launch. A few days ago we heard that Google will launch a test with Australia's largest telco provider Telstra next month and today, Google released a bit more info about the state of the project.

Mozilla Partners With Yahoo, Which Will Become The Default Search Engine In Firefox — Starting in December, Firefox will use Yahoo as its default search engine in the United States on mobile and desktop. As a part of this five-year deal, Yahoo will also launch a new search experience for Firefox users in the U.S., which should go live at the same time Firefox makes the switch away from Google.

HackerRank Expands Its Technical Recruiting Platform To Mobile With DroidRank — HackerRank, a technical recruiting platform and former TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield finalist, today announced it is expanding into mobile with the launch of DroidRank. Recruiters could already test for Java skills on the service (in addition to 15 other languages).

Mozilla, EFF And Others Band Together To Provide Free SSL Certificates — Ideally, every time you visit a website, that connection should happen over a secure HTTPS connection so nobody can snoop on your surfing habits when you are using a public network at a coffee shop or at the airport.

New Google Research Project Can Auto-Caption Complex Images — Image recognition has come a long way over the last few years and maybe more so than anybody else, Google has brought some of those advances to end users. To see how far we've come, just try searching through your own images on Google Photos, for example.

Google Brings Autoscaling To Compute Engine — Google continues to build out its cloud computing platform and today the company announced that its autoscaling service for Compute Engine, its infrastructure-as-a-service platform, is now available in beta. Using this new feature, developers can now have Compute Engine automatically spin up new machines based on demand.

Facebook’s Newest Data Center Is Now Online In Altoona, Iowa — Facebook today announced that its newest data center in Altoona, Iowa, is now open for business. The new facility complements the company's other centers in Prineville, Ore; Forest City, N.C. and Luleå, Sweden (the company also operates out of a number of smaller shared locations).

SysCloud Raises $2.5M To Help Businesses Keep Their Google Apps Accounts Safe — SysCloud, a service that offers a comprehensive suite of services aimed to keep companies' Google Apps accounts safe and backed up, today announced that it has raised a $2.5 million Series A round led by existing investor Inventus Capital Partners and new investor KAE Capital.

Amazon Launches Its Fastest EC2 Instances Yet — Amazon today announced its fastest EC2 instances for compute yet. The new so-called c4 instances will feature a 2.9 GHz Haswell processor (with bursts up to 3.5 GHz with Turbo boost) with up to 36 virtual CPUs and up to 60 GiB of RAM. Intel exclusively developed the Haswell processor for Amazon.

Amazon Announces EC2 Container Service For Managing Docker Containers On AWS — At its re:invent developer conference in Las Vegas, Amazon today announced its first Docker-centric product: the EC2 Container Service for managing Docker containers on its cloud computing platform. As Amazon CTO Werner Vogels noted today, despite all of their advantages, it's still often hard to schedule containers and manage them.
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Nov 21, 2014

Heading up to YVR for the Cascadia Summit tonight.

Nov 21, 2014

Google Says It Can Now Launch Up To 20 Project Loon Balloons Per Day

Nov 20, 2014

Yahoo Will Soon Become The Default Search Engine In Firefox

Nov 19, 2014

Far Cry 4 seriously needs more blood dragons...

Nov 19, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: HackerRank Expands Its Technical Recruiting Platform To Mobile With DroidRank by @fredericl

Nov 19, 2014

HackerRank Expands Its Technical Recruiting Platform To Mobile With DroidRank

Nov 19, 2014

Chrome on mobile now has over 400M monthly active users. 100M more than half a year ago:…

Nov 17, 2014

Boy Was Made To Leave Facebook Due To His Wonky Feet. First You'll Be Shocked, Then You'll Be Inspired… #clickbait

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