Dating site Zoosk files $100M IPO after hitting 26M users

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Looks like online dating network Zoosk is making its future relationship with the public stock market public.

Zoosk is aiming to raise $100 million in its initial public offering (IPO). The company will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ZSK, according to the S-1 document it just filed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, and Citigroup Global Markets are underwriting the IPO. Oppenheimer & Co. and William Blair are also joining as co-managers.

The online dating network states in its filing that it has 26 million members, including 650,000 subscribers, across 80 countries. Zoosk defines “subscribers” as users who pay to for access to additional features and products on Zoosk’s site. Members are nonpaying registered users of the site.

The company also states that its number of members grew from 18 million as of Dec. 31, 2012 to over 26 million as…

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Wi-Fi gets yet another boost as Broadcom plans to double its speed this year

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Semiconductor giant Broadcom is announcing today that it is creating new Wi-Fi wireless networking chips that could double the speed of Wi-Fi wireless networks. That means that wireless networks are still evolving as the whole industry is trying to deal with an expected tsunami of mobile data in the coming years.

The new chips will compete with rival products from Quantenna, which announced yesterday that it has created new wireless networking devices that could improve the speed of wireless networks to 10 gigabits a second, or 5.8 times faster than current chips. But Broadcom’s devices are slated to appear this quarter, while Quantenna’s are expected in 2015.

Irvine, Calif.-based Broadcom calls its product the 5G Wi-Fi XStream, and it says it will debut the first six-stream 802.11ac multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) platform. The chip uses the latest tricks to try to cram more data into the wireless airwaves that…

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This might be our first look at the iPhone 6

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I yearn for the days of lipstick-sized candybar phones. Sure, they weren’t smart, but at least they didn’t feel like you were holding a dinner plate up to your head.

Which is a great segue into this latest news item: Apple is getting into the dinner plate business.

Images popped up on Chinese Twitter clone Weibo that claim to show the new iPhone 6 body. And yes, it’s bigger. As rumor has it, the iPhone 6 could be competing with Samsung models with a 5.5-inch screen.

Here’s a look at the sketches and production molds, allegedly captured in glorious color inside a Foxconn plant:

We’ll have to wait until later this year to find out whether these rumors and purported leaks turn out to be true.

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April 14, 2014 · 3:55 pm

Why SocialSafe Users Are Unaffected By Heartbleed

Originally posted on SocialSafe Blog:

The Heartbleed security vulnerability  caused by an OpenSSL issue is affecting many websites and web-based services, forcing users to update their login information. Not only is there the hassle of having to change a lot of passwords, but there’s also the fact that if your details were stolen then the thief would have access to the contents of that account, whether it be emails, social networks, or cloud storage.

SocialSafe users will be pleased to know that because they store all of their backed up social network content on their own machines, there is no SocialSafe Heartbleed risk posed by the OpenSSL issue. Unlike other backup services that are web-based and which hold your backed up content and then require you to login to access it, SocialSafe removes this risk by downloading it directly to your computer, giving you control over your content.

Our key mantra here at SocialSafe has…

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The secret time-saving trick hidden inside every New York City taxicab

Originally posted on Quartz:

Next time you’re riding in a New York City taxicab, try this hack: Even before reaching your destination, you can tap the fare on the television screen and swipe your credit card ahead of time. No need to conduct the transaction if you’re in a rush at the end of the ride.

It’s not quite Uber-level convenience, but it will save a little time and make you feel like a champion New Yorker. The feature, for some odd reason, is completely hidden. Here’s how it works.

1. At any point in the ride, tap the fare on screen

Tap Fare

Try to ignore the food on the cab’s floor.

2. Swipe your credit card


It doesn’t say you can swipe your card, but you can.

3. Select a percentage tip


You can enter an amount instead of a percentage, if you must.

4. Say if you want a receipt


5. Sit back, and enjoy the…

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Step into the IBM time machine: Behold, the 50-year-old System/360 mainframe

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April 7, 1964, might not be a day you remember. But for IBM, it was monumental.

On that day, you see, Big Blue introduced a major new family of mainframe computers called the System 360. The company had already turned itself into a known entity when it came to selling hulking-giant machines capable of taking on workloads with punchcards. But the System/360 changed things.

While it’s far from the hippest architecture today — even IBM acknowledges the importance of cloud computing and mobile devices, which have come to the fore after the PC and the client-server architecture ruled — mainframes have seen their share of pervasiveness. Back then, a select few employees were permitted to operate precious mainframes on behalf of huge companies and academic institutions. And the System/360 enabled administrators to refresh parts of their hardware infrastructure without replacing everything.

The press release announcing System/360 played up technological…

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New Feature: The Old Switcharoo!

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Screen Shot 2014-01-24 at 12.06.28 PMDo you manage multiple brands on Empire Avenue? Tired of logging out, remembering passwords, not to mention the incessant amount of typing?

Suffer no longer! Empire Avenue has implemented a new system to help you manage all of your accounts called Quick Login!

“Well that all sounds great, but how does it work?

To start simply navigate to your Account Settings by clicking on the gear icon at the top right of the screen. From here you should see an option titled “Manage Quick Login“.

From here you can add Usernames that you wish to log into from the account that you are currently logged in as. Adding a Username will send a request to the to the added Username which must be accepted before the Username in question is added to your Quick Login page. Once added, as shown above, you can access each account with…

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