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Tweet FirstpostBeijing: China will send its first-ever unmanned space probe to the Moon tonight to explore the lunar surface, a major milestone that would also be the Communist giant’s maiden soft-landing on an extra-terrestrial celestial body. The lunar probe will be …China to launch Chang’e-3 lunar probe early MondayXinhuaAnticipation builds for China’s first moon rover missionLivemintWhy China is shooting for the MoonBBC NewsCNN International –TIMEall 169 news articles …read more...

Tweet BBC NewsEarly on Sunday the spacecraft fired its main engine for more than 20 minutes, giving it the correct velocity to leave Earth’s orbit. It will now cruise for 680m km (422m miles), setting up an encounter with its target on 24 September 2014. The Mars Orbiter …Indian spacecraft leaves Earth’s orbit, bound for MarsFox NewsUPDATE 1-India’s Mars mission enters second stage; outpaces space rival ChinaReutersIndia’s first Mars probe leaves Earth orbit for its biggest leapNBCNews.comForbes...

Tweet ForbesNintendo got a big jump on the competition when it released its newest video game console, the Wii U, a year ahead of comparable hardware from Microsoft and Sony. But now that the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are finally on shelves, how can the Wii U …Super Mario 3D World Could Make the Wii U PopularNew York TimesNintendo, Southwest Give Passengers Free Wii U ConsolesPC MagazineADDING VIDEO LINK Nintendo & Southwest Airlines Bring Friends, Families and …MarketWatchComputerandvideogames.com –The...

Tweet HootSuite Media Inc, the Vancouver-based tech startup known for its killer Twitter management app that this blogger uses, has just gained $165 million in funding for its third round of fund-raising. It got the money from a list of partners most notably Accel Partners and Insight Venture Partners. What’s interesting about HootSuite is that it would not exist, let alone do well, without Twitter. It’s products allow you to do everything from effectively respond to Twitter feed conversations, to statistically...

Tweet DraftKings.com fantasy sports startup might have a cheezy website design, but that’s not stopping it from attracting venture revenue. According to Crunchbase, the organization that pays you money for successfully playing fantasy sports raised $24 million. The Series B fund-raising for the Boston-based startup was led by Redpoint Ventures with participation from GGV Capital and Atlas Venture. But what this proves is that fantasy sports online is not just big, but huge business. Regular people like Katie Nolan,...

Tweet The Android app called “Off-Mode” is a much needed device for your Nexus, Samsung, or Google or any Android based smartphone. Off-Mode, which is free to download, will send a text message to anyone who calls you when you’re in a meeting, or driving, or just busy. Texting and driving are not legal in 41 of 50 states in the USA and Washington DC. Yet, on a daily basis, I see drivers with their heads down at stoplights, and you can tell it’s because they’re texting. But then the light changes,...

Tweet Are the curtains closing on social media games? With over 10 million active players daily, Sim Social was one of EA’s (Electronic Arts) most successful social games in 2011. Recently, EA announced that it was shutting down Pet Society and Sim City Social. Their announcement came as a shock, especially after Zynga decided to lay-off about one-fifth (520) of its employees. The impact of these announcements was felt across the gaming industry, and it put a dent on it. With the growing number of mobile developers, are...

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Tweet The Miley Cyrus “We Cant Stop” SF Social Media Tour caused the singing and acting and social media icon to do with the Social Media Industry, what celebs have done with the TV industry in decades past. Then, a celeb would fly to New York City or LA to do the “talk show circuit, and promote their movie or tv show or music. Well, Miley Cyrus did just that on Monday, except that she flew up to San Francisco using the trendy, social media savvy, Blackjet private set service, and visited the following social...

Tweet Tioki.com is not a virtual tiki bar. The Linkedin model is an undoutedly successful one, so would be just a matter of time before someone developed a site that has the same intent, but is focused on one industry, like education. That startup company, backed by Mitch Kapor (Lotus fame) and 500 Startups, has been around for about two years and was founded by Brian Martinez and Mandela Schumacher-Hodge. It’s called Tioki.com and it’s based in Downtown Oakland. What Tioki.com does is allow people in the education...

Tweet Jason Calacanis has an issue, which is unfortunate. In an unnecessary response to my blog post (Jason Calacanis: Ah, Gawker, Mr. C Knows There’s Racism In Tech) pointing to several encounters with me which proved that, contrary to his assertions in Gawker, he does see that there’s a race problem, just chooses to do nothing about it, the creator of the blog network that he then sold to AOL for $25 million elected to visit said blog post and call me a jerk. Now here’s the deal. While I’ve certainly...

Tweet Steve Jobs is no longer of this Earth, and while your response may be ‘He never was, even when he was here,’ the bottom line is Mr. Jobs is no longer around to scream about and wage war against Adobe Flash on the Apple iOS operating system. Given that, and his well documented reasons for preferring HTML5 to Adobe Flash, would Mr. Jobs have done an about-face and hired Adobe’s former Flash guru Kevin Lynch, as was done last month? Yep, Kevin Lynch, the same guy who starred in this parody video in 2009: Jobs...

Tweet Ah, gone are the days when IGDA parties were simple affairs where you had cocktails, met interesting people, and OK, interesting females-in-tech, and here are the days, or at least this week, where we have news of a party that bent what I thought were the unwritten rules of GDC / IGDA events: don’t piss off anyone. UPDATE: YetiZen CEO Wrongly Accused Of Offensive Party – Read By Clicking Here. The last IGDA Party I attended, I interviewed this painter guy from SF: And other than his work, the party was just...

Tweet On January 23rd 2013 this blogger was contacted by Vinay Patankar, the Founder and CEO of a new microvlog app called Vitoto regarding trying out the app, and providing feed back on his product. I sent an email reply, and then took one look at the app, figuring I would blog about it at some point in the very near future. And I say very near future, because the microvideo industry is growing by leaps and bounds. Vitoto was a relatively unknown player in a crowded field that includes Tout, Socialcam, Viddy, Shoutz, Vidoco,...

Tweet AutoReturn, the towing company that has been featured in this space before, is announcing a new cloud-based municipal operations technology called ARIED Online. Here’s the full press release: AutoReturn, the nation’s leading municipal towing management and logistics company, today announced the successful implementation of the company’s cloud-based technology, ARIES Online, as a stand-alone technology offering to the City of Concord. “We are pleased to bring this technology to municipalities around the country...

Tweet Want proof that Twitter’s become the World’s information source? Read on. So this blogger, me, took his common several time a day look at Google Trends for Monday, March 11th and found that sitting right at number one position was “Mother’s Day.” A click on the link for that Google “hot search” revealed content, blogs, and articles, written with “Mother’s Day” in the title. And Google News, which claims to show the news that’s happening in real time,...

Tweet Foursquare, the popular location-based social networ, is broken. This blogger makes such an assertion because someone named JaxonP has managed to fraudulently insert themselves in mayor of Lakeshore Cafe, the popular eatery in the Tresle Glen area of Oakland. Trouble is, he has just 14 checkins in 60 days, whereas I have 36 checkins over the same period. Moreover, I was at Lakeshore Cafe yesterday, and the day before, and many times last week and never saw evidence of this JaxonP, and staff has never seen him or heard...

Tweet This infographic released last fall from the 100 Million Club, the watchlist of the top mobile platforms and handset manufacturers, has some information that puts the size and growth of the industry in perspective. From the publisher: – Smartphone sales penetration continues to accelerate, growing from nearly 30% in Q3 2011 to nearly 40% in Q2 2012 – Nearly 2 out of every 3 smartphones shipped in H1 2012 were Android devices – Despite low device sales, the Windows platform already has over 100K available...

Tweet Stickam Livestream will go out of business on February 28th. That’s the sad but not surprising news from an email just received 10 minutes ago. This blogger joined Stickam in 2005, and placed its livestream blog widget on the older, Blogger version of Zennie62, but never used it; USTREAM provided a better livestream platform for our purposes, and we used it at the 2007 NFL Draft. But when I think of Stickam, I think of Jessi Slaughter. To understand why, and who Jessi Slaughter is or was, read on. Here is the...

Tweet Newsvine is a news aggregator of sorts. What a news aggregator is and does is collect content that the poster considers news. That means when you, the poster, has news content and places it on Newsvine, that ads to its collection – and ads a link back to the original site of the content. Newsvine’s contracted with a service this blogger uses called OnlyWire, where the owner of a self-hosted WordPress blog can configure it to auto-post to as many as 47 different sites – Newsvine is one of those sites....