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LinkedIn just announced a major landmark: 300 million members around the world now use the service, with  67% actually coming from outside the United States.

Joff Redfern, VP of Mobile at LinkedIn, told Business Insider that when he joined five years ago, that number hovered around only 50 million members.

Not only is most of LinkedIn’s userbase from abroad (India, Brazil, Great Britain, and Canada are all top contributors, and the company is starting to focus on growth in China), but nearly half of its traffic now comes from mobile. Redfern said that it was only about 8% three years ago, and he expects that LinkedIn will hit its “mobile moment” — when more than half of its traffic comes from mobile — later this year.

That shift aligns with LinkedIn's aggressive multi-app strategy. The company currently has five apps: Its flagship app for phone and iPad, Contacts, Pulse, Recruiter Mobile, and the recently released SlideShare app. 

Overall, this mobile shift is a good sign for LinkedIn. Traditionally, the company has had to work to transform its image from a site that you only use every few years while actively job hunting, to a more dynamic social network that you should be interacting with and updating all the time. By making several different apps with different functions and clear daily uses, the company is increasing members' usage of the network.

On that note, however, that the company is still only revealing its total members, not its monthly active users, which is standard for other social networks. (For example, Instagram announced it had reached 200 million monthly active users several weeks ago.) "Monthly active users" is the metric that describes the  number of people who use an app at least once a month. Total members only describes the number of people who have ever signed up for a service. LinkedIn's MAUs are likely to be much lower.

SEE ALSO: 9 Tips And Tricks For Getting The Most Out Of LinkedIn's Apps

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There is a more interest for the iPhone 6 than any other iPhone we can remember.  Perhaps this is because Apple is reportedly going to make the screen bigger, offering a 4.7-inch version of the phone. The current phone is 4-inches. Apple is also r... Read the rest of this entry »

Zynga CEO Don mattrick

Good morning! Friday is here! Let's start it with news:

  1. Zynga is trying to make a comeback with a mobile version of FarmVille. This is the first major game launch from new CEO Don Mattrick who was previously running Xbox for Microsoft. The real question, we suppose, is why did it take this long to do a mobile version of FarmVille.
  2. Pew did a survey of what people are expecting from technology in the future. 81% of people think we'll be growing our body parts in a lab. 39% expect teleportation.
  3. Microsoft has sold 5 million Xbox Ones. For context, Sony has sold 7 million Playstation 4s.
  4. Jeff Jordan, former CEO of Open Table and now a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, has a blog post on how to be a manager of a hyper-growth company. 
  5. Once again, someone is baffled by the fact that Yahoo's core business might have a negative valuation. Yahoo's stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan appear to be 100% of Yahoo's valuation. Investors don't do perfect sum of the parts valuations.
  6. Dropbox is snapping up little companies to bolster its suite of products. It bought Hackpad, which is for collaborative documents, and Loom, for photo sharing.
  7. Remember camera company Lytro? It made a cool rectangular camera that let you focus on different parts of the photo after the fact. Its main feature has been copied, so Ina Fried asked what it's up to now. The company says its photos are data rich, and about more than focusing.
  8. China's version of Twitter, Weibo, had a surprisingly strong first day of trading. It was up 19% by the end of the day after opening below the IPO pricing, which priced at the low end of its range. 
  9. Facebook launched a new, opt-in, feature that allows you to show your friends where you are continuously, so that you can meet up in real life if you're near each other.
  10. Our theory on what went wrong with Google Glass — the limited release backfired. We could be over thinking this one. It's possible it's just a flawed product, but we think the limited release hurt it quite a bit.
  11. Want more? Check us out on Facebook.

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It took 56 years, but Orson Welles' Touch of Evil is finally available in high-definition. One of most stylized, intense, and frantic films noir to come out of the 1950s, Touch of Evil features Welles - at his most corpulent, sweat-glazed worst - as a corrupt police captain put in charge of investigating a car bomb that kills a couple at the Mexican border. Read the rest of this entry »
When Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Empire an "evil empire," the phrase reflected his conviction that while the East-West struggle was indeed a global geostrategic conflict, it had a deep moral dimension. If Americans did not see the Cold War as he did, a battle between good and evil, Reagan knew that they would indefinitely sacrifice neither the wealth of the nation nor the blood of its sons ... Read the rest of this entry »

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Setting up a satirical or parody Twitter account could land you in jail, according to Peoria, Ill. police.

Police officers raided a home on Tuesday hoping to nab the person behind the now-suspended Twitter account of @PeoriaMayor — seizing computers, phones, and bringing in several people for questioning, AP reported.

"They brought me in like I was a criminal," Michelle Pratt, 27, told the Peoria-Journal Star. "They said they had a search warrant and took all the electronic devices that had Internet access. They said there had been an Internet crime that occurred at this residence."

The alleged "internet crime" was the creation of the fake account months ago that parodied Mayor Jim Ardis, complete with his photo and city email address. At the time it was made, it did not include a parody label, although it was updated to reflect that in March.

Police are investigating the account for impersonation of a public official, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $2,500 and up to a year in jail, Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard told The Star.

Since the account has been suspended, Business Insider was unable to see what types of tweets were posted, but the Star reported it having repeated references to sex and drugs, along with comparisons to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

Twitter allows parody accounts, but requires users to make clear the account is not the real thing.

SEE ALSO: Twitter Restores Popular NY Times Parody Account After Huge Uproar

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A world where teleportation is possible and human organs are primarily grown in labs may only be 50 years away.

At least that's what Americans think, according to a new survey.

The Pew Research Center has published a new study detailing how Americans see the future of technology and science.

Pew conducted a phone poll of 1,001 American adults living in all 50 states between February 13 and 18 to come up with its results. 

Here are some of Pew's most interesting finds:

  • 39% of those polled believe that scientists will have developed the technology to teleport objects.
  • 33% expect that humans will have colonized planets other than Earth.
  • 19% believe that humans will be able to control the weather within the next 50 years.
  • 81% think that people needing new organs will have them custom grown in a lab.
  • 51% believe that computers will be able to create art as well as humans do.

Pew Research also delved into whether Americans are receptive to these types of cultural and technological changes. In general, the majority of Americans (59 percent) thought that technological advancements will lead to a future where people's lives are mostly better, whereas 30 percent expressed the opposite opinion. 

One of the more troubling prospects, however, seems to be the concept of "designer babies." The majority of those polled (66 percent) think it would be a change for the worse if "prospective parents can alter the DNA of their children to produce smarter, healthier or more athletic offspring," whereas 26 percent said it would have a negative effect. 

When it comes to technology that seems more plausible in the near future, such as wearable tech, the majority of Americans weren't as receptive. Most of those polled (53 percent) think it would be a bad thing if "most people wear implants or other devices that constantly show them information about the world around them." Just over a third (37 percent) think this would be a change for the better.

Computerized implants may be a bit far off, but some Americans are already showing their disapproval toward wearable gadgets. Several bars, including a few in San Francisco and Seattle, have already banned patrons from wearing Google Glass due to privacy concerns. 

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Have you ever gotten frustrated after combing through search results that aren't even related to what you're seeking?

Or how about having to repeatedly press the back button in Google Chrome to find that website you saw about eight pages ago?

Google is loaded with tips and tricks that make it easier to search for content and navigate websites.

Even if you've read dozens of tip articles and claim you're a Google expert, chances are there are a few hidden gems you've yet to uncover.

Here are a few hacks that will help you zip around Google Search and Google Chrome like a pro.

Use two periods to set a range in Google Search


When shopping, most people are seeking items within a designated price range. Google allows you to set this range by typing two periods between numbers. This cuts down on the keystrokes needed to perform your search and cuts down words, making it easier for Google to pull up exact results. For example, if you're trying to find a camera between $50 and $100, you'd type "camera $50..$100" as shown above. 

Hold the back browser button to see your history


You don't need to click the back button a million times to navigate back a few pages. Just hover your cursor over the back button and hold the left click button down. This will pull up the last several pages you've visited along with an option to view your full history.

Use the OR operator to search Google


Sometimes you need to quickly find search results that only contain one word in your search query. Without using the OR operator, Google will automatically retrieve results with both terms. For example, if you're trying to search for restaurants in Brooklyn or Queens, use the OR operator to find places to eat in both boroughs. Without it, you'll end up with a search result such as Queens Italian Restaurant in Brooklyn.

Use an asterisk to replace words in Google Search


If you're in a rush or simply can't remember a word in a phrase you'd like to search for, use an asterisk in its place. This will tell Google to fill in the blanks. Of course, with autocomplete you rarely need to type out a full phrase as it is. But there are some instances in which this shortcut could come in handy, such as when you want to find the lyrics to an obscure song.

Use the URL bar instead of going to


You don't need to head over to to search the Web in Google Chrome. Simply type your search query into the same bar you use for entering website addresses.

Browse in Incognito Mode to avoid tracking your history


Google Chrome's Incognito Mode allows you to browse the Web without keeping track of your history. This doesn't mean you're invisible, however. Employers and service providers will still be able to see what you're doing, but the browser won't record your history. This can be useful when you're logging in to a computer you don't regularly use, such as at a friend's house or at the library. It also saves time since you don't have to clear your history after browsing. 

Middle-click a tab in the Chrome browser to close it instantly


It's easy to get overwhelmed with tabs in Chrome. If you've got too many tabs open, you can press the middle button or scroll wheel on your mouse to immediately close a tab you're not using. 

Look for the speaker symbol on tabs


When you've got a million tabs open and can't tell where sound is coming from, keep an eye out for the little speaker symbol on any tabs you've got open. This will tell you if there's a video, song or any other type of audio playing from that website.

SEE ALSO: The easiest way to find buried messages in your Gmail inbox

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Gamers have been awaiting the worldwide release of Blizzard's "Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft," a turn-based card game for the iPad. 

The game came out yesterday, and it's already dominating the charts: It's the No. 1 most-downloaded app in 34 countries, including the US. It's also the No. 1 most-downloaded game in 36 countries, according to App Annie.

Analyst Sterne Agee estimates that the game will bring $30 million in revenue this year

Like Candy Crush Saga, the game is free to play but includes in-app purchases. It hasn't bumped Candy Crush from the top-grossing iPad game charts, but it is in the Top 5 in two countries. Then again, it's only been available worldwide for a day. 

The game debuted on the PC earlier this year, and Android and iPhone versions are on their way in the second half of this year, according to Touch Arcade.

SEE ALSO: There's a San Francisco version of the game '2048,' and I like it even better than the original

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Whether you think bitcoin is an incredible advancement, or just a weird Internet fad, it has been very, very good for a Stockholm-based company called KnCMiner.

That's because KnCMiner makes special computers that "mine" these coins. That's the process that creates the cyber-money. 

There are even bitcoin alternatives. In less than a month, KnCMiner sold $12 million worth of a new special computer, called the Titan, which mines bitcoin alternatives that are based on the cryptographic program called scrypt, co-founder Sam Cole tells us.

Scrypt is responsible for currencies like Litecoin, Dogecoin, Iceland's Auroracoin, even Stalwartbucks, a Dogecoin clone created by Business Insider's own Joe Weisenthal. Dogecoin started as a joke but became a real thing last year, a popular way to give someone a tip.

The company raked in the first $4 million just hours after the machine went on sale, Cole says. And that beats its sales last November, when KnCMiner sold $3 million worth of bitcoin-mining computers in just four days.

Mining these coins involves solving a series of difficult cryptography math problems. The typical home PC doesn't have the computational power to do that, hence the need for specially designed computers. These computers do only one job: mine for coins.

It's become a serious business. A bitcoin-mining machine will set you back about $3,500 to $6,000; the Titan costs almost $10,000. (The team is working on a less expensive version of the Titan, too, that will cost a mere $5,500.)

Cole says the company generated $45 million in sales in 2013. So with 2014 sales so far, KnCMiner has brought in $57 million in about 16 months.

And yes, it does accept payment in bitcoin – and Litecoin, too. These computers are supposed to literally pay for themselves.

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