Bits and Bytes
02 BlackBerry: The company has sold their Texas office. Price unknown. They only bought the 460,000 square foot property in 2009.
03 Box: This cloud storage provider will allegedly have over $200 million in revenues this year, and they're looking to IPO soon.
04 comScore: These analysts have published their latest U.S. mobile market figures: Smartphone penetration is at 66.8%, Apple has 41.6% smartphone market share, Samsung has 26.7%, and everyone else is under 7%.
05 Facebook: They're going to hold a conference called F8 on April 30th. The F8 conference hasn't been held since 2011, so this is kind of a big deal.
06 Germany: The government says all the money they plan on making from selling spectrum to wireless operators will be used to improve the country's wired broadband infrastructure. Don't you wish it was the same story in other countries?
07 Google: Sundar Pichai says Chromecast sales are now in the "millions" (note the lack of a concrete number) and that it'll soon go on sale in "many more countries" during the next few weeks.
08 Google: The company will release an SDK in two weeks that's based on Android and is meant for "makers of wearable devices, such as smartwatches." No further details have been shared.
09 HTC: There will be a "Google Play Edition" version of the company's flagship phone that'll be unveiled on the 25th. Also, this is a photo of the official first party case. LG launched a very similar looking case in Korea for the Vu3.
10 Indonesia: Once a BlackBerry stronghold, both LINE and KakaoTalk are rapidly stealing market share. The former has 20 million users in the country, the latter has 16 million. Both are heavily promoting their respective services, with LINE being bundled on all the smartphones Samsung sells there.
11 Instagram: Omnicom has agreed to spend $100 million on image and video ads on Instagram during the next 12 months.
12 Mixpanel: This analytics firm says 19.31% of all iPhones in use are the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 5 is 32.65%. The iPhone 4s is 23.94%. The poorest performing iPhone is, unsurprisingly, the iPhone 5c, which makes up 6.34% of all active iPhones.
13 Motorola: Buy a Moto X in the USA with your college email address, get $60 off. Total price: $339.
14 Mozilla: They've given up trying to make their personal identity platform, Persona, become a thing.
15 MyScript: One of my favorite Android apps, which I like to believe is the best calculator available, has been updated with a new UI.
16 Nokia: Nokia Canada has uploaded a two minute video to YouTube that attempts to address the Windows Phone "app gap" problem.
17 Pebble: Pebble 2.0, which includes an App Store, is finally available for Android.
18 Samsung: A factory in the Gyeonggi Province of South Korea that was making components for the upcoming Galaxy S5 suffered a fire on Sunday. Everyone was safely evacuated, and Samsung says the fire will not impact the device's international April 11th launch date.
19 Samsung: The company has launched a new free streaming music app that's U.S. only called Milk. It's powered by Slacker Radio and it only works on a handful of Galaxy phones. This review is extremely comprehensive. Spoiler: It's not bad.
20 Samsung: Vince Hudson is Samsung Mobile USA's new VP of Marketing Strategy. He comes from Procter and Gamble, where he's worked for the last 20+ years.
21 Secret: This app will allegedly get $10 million in funding at a $40 million valuation. Google Ventures is leading the funding round.
22 Sprint: The WSJ published a lengthy article on SoftBank's CEO kicking ass and taking names over in the U.S. with Sprint. Key data point: 1,000. That's how many SoftBank employees Masayoshi Son is relocating to the United States to get Sprint back into shape.
23 Television: 54 years old. That's the new median age of American broadcast television watchers.
24 Tencent: The company that makes WeChat has bought 15% of JD.com in order to compete with Alibaba, which is often called China's Amazon.
25 Tumblr: The company that Yahoo! spent $990 million to acquire last year has just launched dial-a-blog. You call a number, leave a message, it gets posted to your Tumblr.
26 Twitter: $36 million. That's how much Twitter paid IBM for roughly 900 patents back in December 2013.
27 Twitter: £1 million ($1.67 million) a week. That's how much Twitter is making in the UK.
28 USA: "The average monthly revenue per user across all U.S. wireless customers has recently reversed a long-running decline and rose 0.9% in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, according to research from MoffettNathanson."
29 Vine: $2,000. That's how much 16 year old Lauren Giraldo gets paid to "re-vine" a Vine video to her 2.4 million followers. This Business Insider article is essentially a collection of stories of how people are using Twitter's six second video sharing social network to make a living.
The Real World
30 Canada: Craig Hutchinson met a girl. He liked her a lot. She wasn't so sure about the relationship. Solution? He poked holes in his condoms in order to get her pregnant. And she did. Craig now faces 18 months in jail and he'll forever be classified as a sex offender.
31 China: What has China's president accomplished during his first year? This BBC article goes through everything, but the most important data point is 50,000. That's how many government officials have been punished for being corrupt (10,000 of them were fired).
32 De Beers: The company that's synonymous with diamonds has an R&D lab called "Element 6" (Carbon is the 6th element on the periodic table) which manufactures synthetic diamonds to be used in all sorts of applications. The BBC details a few of those applications, and the process of how "fake" diamonds are manufactured.
33 Dubai: What does the inside of the world's most expensive ($300 million) yacht look like? This three and a half minute video shows you.
34 Finland: If you send your child to a daycare that teaches them about practical everyday life, should you be upset if one of the things they learn is how to clean a toilet?
35 France: "Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has had his phone tapped for the past year on the orders of judges investigating alleged campaign donations from Libya." You can order phone taps on the president?!
36 France: The quantified self movement is responsible for an increased number of accidents in the French Alps. People are installing apps to see how fast they're skiing, which makes them just want to go faster and faster, which in turn results is more broken legs and concussions.
37 Kenya: Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya's President, has agreed to cut his salary by 20% and is urging ministers to take a 10% pay cut in order to tackle government spending. Roughly $4.6 billion of government funds is spent on paying government employees, whereas only $2.3 billion is spent on Kenya's actual development.
38 Malaysia: Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, heading to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, took off at 16:41 GMT on Friday. The plane has gone missing, 239 people are presumed dead, and the search for answers continues. I wish I had more to report.
39 Mexico: Nazario Moreno, a drug dealer known as "The Craziest One", was supposedly killed in 2010. Yet police found him on Sunday in the Mexican state of Michoacan. The officers asked Señor Crazy to come with them peacefully, he did not, so they shot and killed him.
40 North Korea: Elections are taking place in North Korea. Kind of. Once every five years, parliament's 637 members run, unopposed, and the people get to write either "yes" or "no" on a piece of paper. During the 2009 election, 100% of the people voted "yes".
41 Space: Koichi Wakata is now the new commander of the International Space Station. He's the first Japanese astronaut to hold this post.
42 USA: Using a sample size of 525 people, scientists at Georgetown University have discovered that they can use the measurements of 10 different types of fat in a person's blood to determine, with 90% accuracy, whether or not they're susceptible to Alzheimer's disease.
43 Venezuela: The official death toll from the Caracas protests has hit 21.
44 World: Chiquita Banana has merged with Fyffes. The combined entity, known as ChiquitaFyffes, is worth roughly $1 billion and will sell "about 160 million boxes of bananas annually."
45 World: Researchers have long suspected that diseases give off certain smells. At the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, four dogs are successfully sniffing out ovarian cancer with a 90% success rate. The next step is to isolate various "odor signatures" and create electronic noses that can be widely deployed. Said electronic noses are made up of "hundreds of carbon nanotubes, each with a strand of DNA attached."