Sorry Chromecast users, but you can’t stream live footage from the Playboy Mansion to your living room just yet.
Yesterday, Google released the Google Cast SDK (short for software development kit), which lets developers make their apps compatible with Google Chromecast. (Until now, Chromecast users could only enjoy a select few apps, including Netflix, Pandora, and YouTube.)
Facebook is turning 10 years old today in case you didn’t know. Here’s an interview with Zuck. [Today]
Google has been ordered to move its mysterious barge currently creeping in the San Francisco waters because of lack of permits. [Recode]
When the government asked for user data, Tumblr gave it out 76 percent of the time according to a so-called Transparency Report. [CNet]
Now any website or developer can make their website compatible with Google’s Chromecast. [ReadWrite]
Please stop retweeting this fraudulent Esurance account on Twitter because it’s not going to help you win millions the company is giving out. [BI]
Satya Nadella, a 22-year Microsoft veteran who leads the Cloud and Enterprises unit, is expected to be named CEO of the conglomerate next week. [Seattle Times]
Text your aunt that her Yahoo Mail account has been targeted in a hacking attempt. User(s) should change their passwords. [BBC News]
Rising transportations costs could force Amazon to hike prices of its Prime membership by more than $40. [CNet]
Google’s fourth quarter revenue jumped 17 percent to $16.86 billion so it sounds like they’re going *fine.* [Recode]
There’s a retweet-like button called Reshare hidden in Facebook Paper’s debut. Speculation is that it could soon make its debut. [Verge]
Snapchat has added another 4000 square feet to their L.A. offices, which are located a block from the beach. How nice for them. [The Hollywood Reporter]
the robots are coming
The future is here for the visually impaired. Google announced today that glasses wearers can finally use the $1,500 face computer by clipping them on to specially made prescription lenses with frames created by the company.
Although Glass hasn’t publicly launched yet, Google is selling the frames to Explorers on its website. They cost an extra $225 and come in four BlackBerry-approved titles, including Bold, Curve, Thin and Split. There are also two tinted lens types, but it doesn’t appear Transitions is included.
Google’s recent acquisition of artificial intelligence firm DeepMind didn’t just come at a price of $400 million; the company also had to formally promise to use DeepMind’s technology for good, and not evil.
Ezra Klein is joining Vox Media to start a new website that focuses on “the crucial contextual information.” How thrilling for all of us. [Politico]
Google is shelling out $400 million for artificial intelligence company DeepMind. [Recode]
Revenge porn purveyor Hunter Moore was released on bond set at $100,000. His next court appearance is Feb. 7. [CNN]
“Cabdrivers who are looking for fares are scanning the streets,” a lawyer said. “Uber drivers looking for fares are looking at their phones.” [New York Times]
It’s kind of cute how hard Yahoo is trying to lure former Google employees to work for them. [Recode]
At first, we were excited to hear that Google was finally developing a smart contact lens. At last, we thought, we’ll be able to get all the benefits of Google Glass without looking like a complete and utter ass hat.
But sadly, you won’t be able to use Google’s new lenses for finding the nearest Jewish deli or detecting your whiny girlfriend’s emotions. They’re actually only meant for people with diabetes, and are designed to read the user’s blood sugar by measuring the glucose levels in their tears.
New York could be the latest state in wanting to ban Google Glass from being used while driving if one politician has his way.
Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) announced yesterday he’s introducing legislation that would restrict motorists from using the Internet-connected face computers because it’s “extremely dangerous technology.” In a press release obtained by Betabeat, he referenced the recent case of a California woman who was ticketed for distracted driving as a reason why his law should be enacted in New York.
To cap off a day of tree-themed acquisitions, Google has announced it’s shelling out $3.2 billion in cash for Nest: a company that makes super smart thermostats and smoke alarms.
Nest, which launched in 2011, aims to “take the unloved products in your home and make simple, beautiful, thoughtful things,” according to the company’s website. For those of you that don’t speak startup, that basically means they replace your junky old impossible-to-use thermostat with one that has motion sensors and WiFi connectivity.