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Can Pinterest Compete With Google's Search?

Pinterest has created a database of things that matter to humans. And with a programming team that's largely been hired away from Google, the company has begun offering what it calls "guided search."
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Robots & Pop Culture

We consider the role of robots - whether cyborg, android or operating system - in our culture and what they tell us about ourselves.

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Some Loyal Foursquare Users Are Checking Out After Swarm Spinoff

The company's move to break its app in two is costing it the users who loved Foursquare the most. "Why do I need two apps when I had one that provided both services?" asked one user.
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OkCupid Sometimes Messes A Bit With Love, In The Name Of Science

OkCupid, the online dating site, disclosed Monday that they sometimes manipulate their users' profiles for experiments.
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Solving The Scourge That Is Slow Hotel Wi-Fi

Hotels are happy to charge you $300 a night for a stay, but their Wi-Fi speeds are often too slow to stream a movie. Now, two competing sites are trying to solve the problem.
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Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash

The taxi and hotel industries are pressuring Spain to crack down on popular "share economy" apps and websites. Airbnb was recently fined $40,000 for failing to list rentals with a local tourism board.
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Sit Down, Plug In And Travel The World Through Sound

You can travel the world without opening your wallet — or your eyes. Sound Transit, a collaborative website, allows users to immerse themselves in the everyday sounds of faraway places.
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Brothers Exploit Loopholes In Airbnb, Kickstarter

Two brothers rented a condo in Palm Springs and began claiming tenants' rights after 30 days, then threatened to sue the owner for negligence, claiming the tap water damaged their espresso machine.
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It's Boom Times For Pop-Up Shops As Mobile Shopping Clicks

One-click online shopping is changing how we shop. Stores with leases as short as a day are proliferating — meaning a storefront can be a designer clothing store one day and a test kitchen the next.
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'Like' Something? Social Networks Would Like You To Buy It Too, Please

Social networks like Facebook and Twitter are increasingly finding ways to move into e-commerce, adding buttons and acquiring startups that encourage users to buy products on their sites. Hannah Kuchler of the Financial Times discusses the moves with Audie Cornish.

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