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Secret Snapchat Filing Suggests Major IPO on Its Way

Initial public offering could be valued at between $20B and $25B—maybe more

(Newser) - Two years ago, Alibaba stunned the tech world, and the stock market in general, with the biggest initial public offering ever valued at $168 billion . Now Snapchat—technically Snap Inc. , as of September—looks to want in on the mega-IPO game: Sources tell Reuters the company has confidentially filed for... More »

Westboro Baptist Church Gets In on Pokémon Go

With its usual offensive messages against LGBT community

(Newser) - The new Pokémon Go game that everyone's obsessing over isn't all fun and games: In Missouri, four teens were busted for using the app to lure victims they could rob , and now the Westboro Baptist Church is tapping into it to spread its own message, USA Today ... More »

Taliban App Yanked From Google Play for 'Technical Issues'

Says the Taliban; Google's being a little more cryptic

(Newser) - The Taliban has been taking pointers from the Islamic State's online presence, keeping its social media accounts and website updated and fresh, and even launching a new app through the Google Play store last week. But that app—called "Pashto Afghan News—Alemarah," per the Guardian —... More »

Apple's 1st Original TV Series Will Be About ... Apps

Also Will.i.am is involved somehow

(Newser) - Experts have predicted Apple is on the verge of challenging Netflix and Amazon in the world of original digital programming, the Washington Post reports. One source even tells the New York Post that Apple "has been having discussions all over Hollywood." But when the tech giant finally spilled... More »

Tech's 'Unluckiest Guy' Loses Big in Startup Sale

Chris Hill-Scott traded SwiftKey share for a bike in 2008

(Newser) - Somewhere out there, there's a bicycle that was traded for what turned out to be a multi-million dollar stake in a tech startup. The crazy tale involves the company SwiftKey and one of its founders, Chris Hill-Scott. Before the Swiftkey app tallied 300 million downloads and became a favorite... More »

How a 20-Year-Old Saved 4K Pounds of Uneaten Food

Maria Rose Belding's MEANS Database connects pantries with donors

(Newser) - There are 48 million Americans who, at some point each year, may be unable to get enough food. Meanwhile, a third of the country's food goes to waste . This isn't as easy an issue to solve as it sounds—something Maria Rose Belding realized while volunteering at a... More »

Popular App Called 'Privacy Nightmare' for Facebook Users

The most-used-words app might be looking at more than words

(Newser) - In just a few days, more than 16 million people used a new app that creates a word cloud out of their most-used words on Facebook. They really shouldn't have done that, KFOR reports. An article published Sunday on Comparitech calls the app—from Korean startup Vonvon—a "... More »

This Company Will Break Up With Your Partner for $10

The Breakup Shop thinks 'everyone deserves to be single'

(Newser) - There is now a service for everything—and yes, that extends to the very personal act of breaking up with your significant other. Founded by two brothers in Canada who love their idea enough to market it but not enough to give their full names, The Breakup Shop will send... More »

2 Kids Claim They're Launching 'Tinder for Fighting'

If the 'Fight Club'-style Rumblr isn't a hoax (and it probably is)

(Newser) - The Internet is already getting pummeled with Fight Club jokes with the announcement of what may be the strangest app to come along in some time: Rumblr, "an app for recreational fighters to find, meet, and fight other brawl enthusiasts nearby," per its website . The beta version of... More »

Gmail App Will Now Write Emails for You

Smart Reply offers quick responses from 'deep-learning' network

(Newser) - Do you dread replying to emails, especially while on the go? Google's Inbox by Gmail app has a crafty new feature that could eliminate the task by writing responses for you. The Smart Reply feature is basically like auto-suggest but for phrases rather than words, reports Buzzfeed . The feature... More »

Hugely Popular App Lets You Tap a Cactus

'Money, love, power, whatever you want—tap it'

(Newser) - A $10 app has become so popular it's now ranked among the top 10 paid entertainment apps on iTunes, reports FeedsWatcher , and it consists of nothing more than an image of a cactus that, when tapped, emits emojis—a dollar sign, leaf, tongue, briefcase, etc. The folks at Blimps... More »

One Country Is Rapidly on Its Way to Losing Its Cash

Sweden is on track thanks to its adoption of IT and toughness on crime

(Newser) - There have been discussions of all financial transactions going digital for years, but only recently has it started to look like an eventual reality. Though CNN Money reported in June that Denmark looked to be closest to becoming cashless, alongside Sweden and Norway, researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of... More »

Yahoo Mail: We're Killing Passwords

Email service will now use push notifications on mobile devices to sign users in

(Newser) - Yahoo Mail is turning 18, and it's marking the occasion with a big move: no more passwords. The company announced Thursday it's dumping what one Gartner security analyst calls the "antiquated" process of punching in a password to access messages and replacing it with a push notification... More »

App Allows Others to Rate You Like a Restaurant

And Peeple isn't sitting well with everyone

(Newser) - Your reputation may be about to get a lot more public. New app Peeple, launching in November, will let users 21 or older review basically anyone—friends, coworkers, exes, you name it—as long as they use their real name. You can't opt out and anyone with your cell... More »

Apple Suffers First Major Attack on App Store

Something called XcodeGhost is to blame

(Newser) - Apple has suffered its first major attack on the App Store and yesterday confirmed that it had removed the offending apps. Apple says hackers modified the tool, called Xcode, that developers use to create iOS apps. Developers who mistakenly used the counterfeit XcodeGhost created apps that had the malicious code... More »

App Catches Alleged Burglars Red-Handed

But the burglary was stopped by a real-life neighbor

(Newser) - A New York resident may have had a fancy app to alert him when his apartment was being burglarized, but it was old-fashioned neighborly behavior that kept the suspected thieves from cleaning him out. The New York Post reports Danny Wheeler was at work when an app called Canary alerted... More »

Porn App Snaps User's Photo, Demands Ransom

Welcome to so-called 'ransomware'

(Newser) - If you've used Adult Player, sorry to hear it: It's an Android porn app that takes a photo of you with the phone's front-facing camera, immobilizes the device, and demands a $500 payment via a locked ransom screen to fix the phone and delete the photo. This... More »

Women Sleep More, Wake Up Feeling Worse

The alarm-clock app Sleep Cycle delves into sleeping habits

(Newser) - For women who sleep long hours but wake up cursing the day, there's an app for that—or at least an app that corroborates your experience. The alarm-clock app Sleep Cycle gathered stats on one million users across 50 nations over nine months, and found that women aged 16... More »

Fart Apps Banned From Apple Watch

Looks like company's aiming for 'elegant' image

(Newser) - Fart jokes are available on 3,000-year-old Sumerian stone tablets but apparently not on Apple's latest piece of 21st-century technology. The developer of Fart Watch , a whoopee cushion-inspired app that boasts it can "turn your Apple Watch and iPhone into a remote-controlled fart machine," tells Cult of... More »

New Social App Triggers 12 Police Investigations

Burnbook members post threats anonymously, police say

(Newser) - Think Facebook gets nasty? Then check out Burnbook, a popular app where users are anonymously posting gossip about colleges and high schools—and creating serious trouble, Vocativ reports. Just this month, Burnbook posts have triggered at least 12 police investigations involving high school students, including alleged gun threats, bomb threats,... More »

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