As Twitter preps to go public, a look back at the performance of recent web IPOs (chart)

The most anticipated social media IPO since Facebook, Twitter will be priced at $17-$20 a share when it launches on the NYSE under the symbol TWTR in November. However, a stock’s initial share price doesn’t necessarily reflect how that stock will perform over time. Take a look, for example, at some recent social-mediaish IPOs compared to ...

Curved screen LG G Flex appears in benchmark results, specs revealed

The LG G Flex hasn’t even been officially announced yet, but we now have a good idea of what to expect inside the phone, if some recently surfaced AnTuTu benchmark results uncovered by Android Community are any indication. And it looks like the G Flex will feature some high-end hardware to complement its interesting curved form ...

Hulu names former Disney exec as CFO

Hulu seems to love getting its leadership from its parent companies. Just weeks after it announced Mike Hopkins, a former executive at Fox, would take over as CEO after Jason Kilar left the position in January, the streaming video company has confirmed via blog post that former Disney executive Elaine Paul will join the team as CFO. ...

Is Google building a huge floating data center in SF Bay?

Maybe so. A locked-down mystery structure on San Francisco’s Treasure Island may be the beginning of a new Google data center that could make use of water-based cooling and wave-generated power, as outlined in a Google patent for a water-based data center.” More on that 2009 patent here. Google did not comment. Story posted at: news.cnet.com ...

New Simple.tv pricing, features revealed: DVR for cord cutters will retail for $250

Simple.tv hasn’t said a whole lot about its upcoming second-generation DVR for cord cutters, except for saying that it will go on sale later this year and that the hardware is being manufactured by Silicondust — but a product page on Newegg.com just revealed some key details: The revamped DVR will go on sale on ...

FBI grabs $28 million of Dread Pirate Roberts’ Bitcoin booty – report

Yarrr, that must hurt. Forbes reports that the FBI has located a new stash of 144,000 Bitcoins, currently worth about $28.5M, that belongs to the Dread Pirate Roberts, the mastermind of the online criminal bazaar Silk Road. The agency took down the site three weeks ago, and charged the Dread Pirate (aka 29-year-old Texan, Ross ...

Games for the weekend: Dead Space

Games for the Weekend is a weekly feature aimed at helping you avoid doing something constructive with your downtime. Each Friday we’ll be recommending a game for Mac, iPhone or iPad that we think is awesome. Here is one cool enough to keep you busy during this weekend. Dead Space ($6.99 iPhone, $9.99 iPad) is a ...

Here’s how much Smashwords authors will get paid through ebook subscription service Oyster

In the past couple of months, two ebook subscription services — Oyster and Scribd — have launched. Both aim to be a “Netflix for ebooks,” providing unlimited access to ebooks from a variety of publishers for a set monthly fee. Both Oyster and Scribd have been fairly circumspect about how authors are paid when their ...

First Bitcoin ATM goes live next week: but does it have a purpose?

Virtual currency Bitcoin will tick off another milestone in its remarkable year of swings and scandals next week when the first permanent ATM will open for business in a Vancouver coffee shop. According to Wired, the ATM will go live on Tuesday, allowing anyone to walk up and stuff the machine with up to C$3,000 ...

Obamacare website to work ‘smoothly’ by end of November, White House says

The government has finally set a deadline for fixing the troubled HealthCare.gov.  According to a Reuters report, Jeffrey Zients, the Obama administration’s new point man for the project, said the site would be working “successfully and smoothly” for the “vast majority” of consumers by the end of November. The news comes after a week of ...