The next generation Moto 360 smartwatch is coming to China September 8

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Lenovo’s second generation Moto 360 smartwatch will be officially unveiled in China September 8.

The company posted a teaser image of the new device at its Weibo website to announce the date.

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A reliable leaker yesterday posted some new photos of the next generation of Moto 360 Android smartwatch, notably some nice-looking Sport models.

Not much is known about the guts of the new 360, but we can clearly see that the button on the side is now in a new position. We also don’t know for sure if the new watch is compatible with the new Android Wear app for iOS.

Hat tip: Phonedog


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Google revamps Search and Now cards for mobile with new gestures and categories

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Google has released a visual update for not only Search but also its Now cards on mobile. In a blog post, the company explained that this enhancement is aimed at better relating to the way people find information.

now-09012015Starting today on mobile, users will see a simplified way of searching. What will happen now is that when you come across images, videos, news stories, and other content, you can swipe and tap to access it. No longer will you have to specify a filter to pull up the information. Conduct a search of the Mars Curiosity rover and you’ll see the results page be segmented by categories: news, Tweets, apps, images, etc — with most of them allowing you to swipe to view more.

If you’re an Android user, Google has also updated its “home page” of its Google app. Now cards will be organized by category in a predictable fashion to help you get the most out of your day. The company says that over the course of time, Now cards will shift and change size to highlight the more important ones.

This visual update coincides with the debut of a new Google logo.

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Wikipedia blocks hundreds of promotional ‘sockpuppet’ user accounts

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The Wikimedia Foundation, the organization behind omnipresent online encyclopedia Wikipedia, has revealed that almost 400 user accounts have been blocked by volunteer editors.

The accounts in question relate to “undisclosed paid advocacy” — people who were paid to promote a certain agenda in Wikipedia articles. In addition to removing 381 accounts, editors also ditched 210 articles created from scratch by these accounts.

It can be difficult to pinpoint when an article has been created by so-called “sockpuppets,” but by looking at edits made across a number of articles, it’s possible to identify patterns and make some assertions.

“Most of these articles, which were related to businesses, business people, or artists, were generally promotional in nature, and often included biased or skewed information, unattributed material, and potential copyright violations,” Wikimedia said in a blog post. “The edits made by the sockpuppets are similar enough that the community believes they were perpetrated by one coordinated group.”

Wikimedia’s terms of use specifically prohibit:

…engaging in deceptive activities, including misrepresentation of affiliation, impersonation, and fraud. As part of these obligations, you must disclose your employer, client, and affiliation with respect to any contribution for which you receive, or expect to receive, compensation.

However, it’s worth noting here that not all paid editing contravenes Wikipedia rules — some PR firms have signed an agreement with the Wikimedia Foundation that assert they will adhere to the paid-editing guidelines, while other public organizations such as universities have employees that update information on the encyclopedia. Disclosure is key.

Wikipedia has a long history of black-hat editing, dating back to its beginnings. Perhaps the most high-profile case in recent times came back in 2013, when the Wikimedia Foundation sent a cease-and-desist to Wiki-PR, an agency set up specifically for paid edits. Around 300 accounts were shuttered as a result of that case.


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On-demand Alcohol Delivery Startup Saucey Drinks To $4.5 Million In Seed Funding

Saucey Los Angeles-based on-demand alcohol startup Saucey has delivered good times in a bottle since 2013 but held off raising VC funding till now. The service just pulled in $4.5 million in seed money to make its platform more efficient. Saucey origins begin with three buddies who worked together and liked to imbibe after a long day. Founders Chris Vaughn, Daniel Leeb and Andrew Zeck were… Read More

New Venture Capital Firm Announces Market-Focused Investment Strategy, Portfolio and First Fund

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White House hires Facebooker Josh Miller as its first digital product director

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Days ago Branch cofounder Josh Miller left Facebook with little explanation. Now we know what he’s doing next.

The young founder revealed on his personal blog today that he’s immediately starting a new role a the White House’s first Director of Product. There, Miller explains that he hopes to expand the White House’s existing digital “portfolio,” which so far includes its website and the the “We the People” petition service.

Now, I’m moving on to something new while also returning to an old problem that means a lot to me. Today, I start in a new role at the White House serving as their first Director of Product. I’m as giddy, wide-eyed, and determined as ever. The White House has many digital products – from WhiteHouse.gov to the We the People Petition site. It’s a dream to be able to add to and improve this portfolio.

In order to do that, my plan is to lean on the product ideals that I learned during the last four years building Branch and working at Facebook. Wouldn’t it be great if your government had a conversation with you instead of just talking at you? The Obama Administration has already responded to 255 online petitions that had collectively gathered more than 11 million signatures. Imagine if talking to the government was as easy as talking to your friends on social networks? White House officials have started to regularly host Q&As on Twitter. These initiatives represent amazing progress, and there’s so much more good work to be done. I’m excited to apply what I’ve learned in the technology industry to the ideals of our democracy. As a mentor of mine likes to say, “It’s gonna be great!”


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Amazon Prime Instant Video Now Lets iOS And Android Owners Download Titles For Offline Viewing

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