Aooke and Liquidmetal, a company that builds a particularly flexible alloy (as one may guess from the name), have extended their agreement to provide Apple access to Liquidmetal’s intellectual property until 2014.
‘”At the end of our contract in 2015, we will be ending our relationship with AP and building our own news service in-house,” Huffington Post co-founder and editor in chief Arianna Huffington told staff on Monday in a year-end memo. “At the same time we will be doubling down on original reporting and bringing together a new investigative team.”‘ – Capital New York
Google has finished developing the prototype of its first custom-built, self-driving car. The company plans to use the prototype outside its test track in California next year. It’s unclear when consumers will be allowed, either by Google or by state legislators, to buy a self-driving vehicle for themselves. [Source: Google]
Just in case you ever wondered if social networks were actually just vehicles for brands to disseminate their bullshit through vapid clickbait designed to make you think of them instead of interacting with friends: Apple has created a Tumblr account for iTunes. It’s said to have made an Instagram account for the music service, too. [Source: TechCrunch]
Oracle has acquired Datalogix, a “data-as-a-service” broker, for an undisclosed sum. Datalogix connects online advertisements to offline purchases for many large companies, and will now contribute to the Oracle Data Cloud. [Source: Oracle]
“Frozen: An exceptional woman foolishly allows her mooching family members to keep her from ruling a kingdom of ice in perfect solitude. She is forced to use her unique powers to provide free entertainment for peasants, without compensation. I liked the snowman, when he sang. —One star.” -The New Yorker
Facebook has released a new “lightweight” application that allows consumers to add stickers to their images before sharing them with friends via the Facebook Messenger app. The feature is available first for Android smartphones and soon for the iPhone — a rare sequence, as many new apps debut on Apple’s platform first. [Source: Facebook]