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Get Facebook Home On Any Android Device Now

Facebook Home has been the topic du jour since its release on Friday, but it’s still only available for a small handful of devices. Those with Android phones and tablets that aren’t under the roll-out umbrella have been left out in the cold, until now. TechCrunch reports that MoDaCo founder Paul O’Brien has created a patch of Facebook Home that will work on practically any Android device.

Get Facebook Home On Any Android Device Now

O’Brien’s patch is easy to get on any Android device: Go to your phone’s “Settings” menu to make sure you can download applications from unknown sources, then load the patch from the website on your device and run Home. The patch dupes the app into thinking that the device is whitelisted, getting rid of the roll-out barrier and allowing for free roam on the app. The app works seamlessly with the phone provided that there are zero instances of Facebook’s proprietary apps (including the original app and Messenger) on the phone already. Those with Facebook baked in to the phone already will have to go through the rooting process to get their hands on Home early.

Unfortunately, O’Brien’s patch is not quite perfect. There is a widespread issue with SMS messages not routing correctly through Home, so you would have to send text messages through your traditional home screen. The experience isn’t complete, but it’ll definitely be enough to get your feet wet on Home before it’s available for your particular device.

Download the patch at your own risk here. What do you think of Facebook Home? Let us know in the comments.


Denver Post Highlights Social Media Coverage (And Storify) In Its Pulitzer Win


The Pulitzer Prizes were announced today, and among the winners was the staff of The Denver Post for its coverage of the Aurora, Colorado shootings last summer – coverage in which Twitter and Facebook (and to a lesser extent, Storify) played a big role.

At this point, it’s so obvious that it seems almost silly to note that social media plays a role in how reporters break stories. However, it also appears to be a bigger influence on the Pulitzers, specifically the breaking news category, following a decision in 2011 to emphasize the importance of real-time reporting (in other words, it’s not enough to save the news for the next day’s paper). And indeed, the first winner after the changes, The Tuscaloosa News, included screenshots of its Twitter feed in its submission, and the Pulitzer committee cited its use of “social media as well as traditional reporting.”

The Post’s entry is even more extensive, highlighting 48 pages of Facebook updates and tweets from The Post account and staff from the first 24 hours of coverage.

“The people who follow @denverpost and our reporters and editors knew what we knew — immediately,” The Post wrote.

And the Pulitzer committee specifically cites the newspaper’s “comprehensive coverage … using journalistic tools, from Twitter and Facebook to video and written reports, both to capture a breaking story and provide context.”

The social media package actually opens with a screenshot of The Post’s Storify page, which chronicles four days of tweets from the paper and its staff. Storify co-founder Burt Herman told me that this is the first time his company has had a role in Pulitzer-winning coverage.

(VIA. Tech Crunch)

Thermo Fisher to buy Life Tech for $13.6 billion

(Reuters) – Genetic testing equipment maker Life Technologies Corp has accepted a $13.6 billion cash buyout proposal from scientific and laboratory instruments company Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc in one of the year’s biggest corporate takeovers.

A view shows the headquarters of Life Technologies Corp in Carlsbad

The deal, announced on Monday, values Life Tech at $76 per share and would catapult Thermo Fisher into the hot field of genetic sequencing, where researchers, drugmakers and doctors are uncovering the hereditary factors underpinning diseases to better tailor treatments to patients.

The offer represents a premium of about 12 percent to Life Tech’s market close on Friday.

Life Tech shares were up 7.7 percent at $73.24 in morning trading, while Thermo Fisher rose 3.4 percent to $82.30.

William Blair analyst Amanda Murphy said the deal price was at the high end of market expectations of $65 to $75 per share.

Thermo Fisher expects the transaction to close early in 2014 and immediately add to earnings before special items. It still requires U.S. regulatory and shareholder approvals.

Thermo Fisher will also assume Life Tech’s net debt of about $2.2 billion. In the third year following the deal’s closing, the company said it expected to achieve cost savings of $250 million by consolidating facilities and support functions.

Life Technologies explored a sale after previous attempts by Chief Executive Officer Gregory Lucier to boost the value of the company’s stock and capture more market share from rival Illumina Inc proved unsuccessful.

Illumina had already demonstrated the appeal of gene-sequencing companies that help analyze a person’s genetic blueprint to develop personalized medical treatment. Drugmaker Roche Holding AG had made a $6.8 billion hostile offer for Illumina last year but walked away when the company demanded a higher price.

Thermo Fisher’s products range from basic scientific equipment, such as test tubes, to advanced mass spectrometry equipment used to determine the chemical structure of molecules. It also sells chemicals, agents and antibodies used in the manufacturing and research of biotech medicine, and in recent years has increased its portfolio of products for testing air and water quality and food safety.

The Life Technologies deal would boost Thermo Fisher’s presence in scientific research, genetic analysis and applied sciences. Thermo Fisher has been quite acquisitive in recent years, buying Phadia for $3.5 billion in 2011 and Dionex for $2.1 billion in 2010.

Thermo Fisher has obtained committed bridge financing from J.P. Morgan and Barclays, which also acted as the company’s financial advisers.

Life Tech’ board met on Saturday to review three takeover offers.

Sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday the company chose Thermo Fisher over Sigma-Aldrich Corp, a maker of chemicals for research laboratories, and a private equity consortium consisting of Blackstone Group, Carlyle Group, KKR & Co and Temasek Holdings.

Deutsche Bank Securities and Moelis & Co advised Life Tech.

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz and WilmerHale are legal counsel to Thermo Fisher, and Cravath, Swaine and Moore is legal counsel to Life Tech.

(Reporting by Michele Gershberg in New York, Esha Dey in Bangalore and Susan Kelly in Chicago; Editing by Maureen Bavdek and Lisa Von Ahn)

(VIA. Reuters)

Victoria’s Secret Manager: ‘Our Customers Are Getting Younger And Younger’


A Victoria’s Secret store manager recently revealed that she gets frequent complaints that merchandise isn’t small enough to fit young girls.
“Our customers are getting younger and younger every year,” the woman said in an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. “It’s crazy to see 13-year-olds buying lacy underwear.”

[NOTE: While the woman’s identity was verified by moderators on Reddit, Business Insider can’t independently confirm her identity.]

The manager said that customers frequently complain that they can’t get merchandise in even smaller sizes of the brand’s Pink line for teens.
“We get complaints ALL the time that our merchandise isn’t sized small enough to fit younger girls,” the woman said. “We have middle schoolers and high schoolers who come in and can’t find Pink yoga pants or clothing small enough.”

The brand was criticized recently after an executive said that the brand was ramping up marketing efforts toward teens. The Pink line is technically for college students.

“When somebody’s 15 or 16 years old, what do they want to be?” Chief Financial Officer Stuart Burgdoerfer said at a conference. “They want to be older, and they want to be cool like the girl in college, and that’s part of the magic of what we do at Pink.”

After Burgdoerfer’s comments were reported by Bloomberg News, thousands of parents signed a petition to pull panties printed with “Call me” and “Now or never.”

The store manager said she thinks the brand needs to work harder to accommodate its youngest customers.

“We still sell an array of thongs and ‘sexy’ bras in Pink,” the woman wrote. “College women wear thongs, they wear lingerie…but it’s taboo for teenagers to do so. Our marketing just isn’t reaching the people it used to.”

(VIA. Business Insider)

Jeff Garcia: Get rid of Tim Tebow

From the moment he entered the NFL, Tim Tebow has sought advice on his throwing mechanics from various quarterback gurus.


It’s probably safe to eliminate Jeff Garcia from a list of potential teachers.

The former NFL quarterback, who has spent the past few weeks introducing New York Jets incumbent Mark Sanchez to the West Coast offense, blasted Tebow — a Jets backup — in an interview with USA Today.

Garcia said the Jets should release or trade Tebow before Monday, the start of the team’s offseason program.

“If there’s going to be competition at the quarterback position, it’s not going to come from Tim Tebow,” Garcia told the newspaper in San Diego, where he works as a quarterback instructor. “Having Tebow there [last season] just became a distraction, more of a circus show.

“It’s their decision, but from an outsider looking in, having Tebow there doesn’t bring anything positive. It just brings distraction. For Mark, the main competition is going to be David Garrard and Greg McElroy.”

Tebow said Friday at the Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Gala & Golf Classic at the TPC Sawgrass that he will attend the Jets’ voluntary workouts.

“Yeah, I’ll be there Monday ready to work out and have a great attitude,” he said.

The Jets have been trying to trade Tebow, a nonfactor last season, but no team has publicly acknowledged any interest in the popular backup. If they can’t trade him before or during the draft, the Jets are expected to release him.

The Jets have declared the quarterback position an open competition. Sanchez has held the starting job for four years, but he regressed last season and was benched for the first time in his career.

Looking to add competition, they signed Garrard, who hasn’t played since 2010. They also could draft a quarterback.

“It’s nothing I can control and like I’ve said ever since I was at Nease High School, I really try not to worry about what I can’t control,” Tebow said Friday. “Just try to have the best attitude, have the best effort, a great work ethic and so far this offseason has been a lot of fun. Been my best yet.”

Jeff Garcia- Get rid of Tim Tebow

The new offensive coordinator is Marty Mornhinweg, who is installing a West Coast system. Garcia, one of his former quarterbacks, was hired by Sanchez to teach the basic principles, terminology and footwork required of a passer in the offense.

Sanchez, who lives in Orange County, Calif., has been driving to San Diego about twice a week to meet with Garcia. They do some field work, but most of the time is spent in the classroom.

Clearly, Garcia believes his pupil would be better off if Tebow isn’t around when Sanchez rejoins his teammates next week.

“When you’re a quarterback, you don’t need artificial competition, and it’s not fair to Tim to put him through that,” Garcia said. “If there’s a place for Tim that gives him a chance to be a contributor in an offense with another team, let him go be that guy.”

Information from GatorNation’s Michael DiRocco was used in this report.


Virgin America Performed Best of 14 US Airlines

Virgin America turned in the best performance last year of the 14 largest U.S. airlines, while United Airlines had the worst performance in an annual airline quality report released Monday. The report is based on government data on on-time arrivals, mishandled bags, consumer complaints and passengers with tickets who were denied seats due to overbookings.

Virgin America flight attendants hold model of Virgin America Airbus A320 commercial aircraft in Los Angeles

Here’s how the airlines ranked in 2012, as well as their position the previous year.

1) Virgin America (new to the ranking this year(asterisk))

2) JetBlue (3)

3) AirTran (1)

4) Delta (6)

5) Hawaiian (2)

6) Alaska (5)

7) Frontier (4)

8) Southwest (7)

9) US Airways (8)

10) American (10)

11) American Eagle (15)

12) SkyWest (9)

13) ExpressJet (new to the ranking this year(asterisk))

14) United (12)


(asterisk) In order to qualify for inclusion in the report, an airline must carry at least 1 percent of domestic passengers.


Chinese authorities vow to watch Apple despite apology

Apple may have apologized to Chinese consumers over its warranty policies, but regulators in the country signaled they would keep a close eye on the U.S. tech giant and its approach to customer service.


The company’s apology showed “initial achievement” in reforming its policies, China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) said on its website on Sunday. But despite the apology, SAIC is adopting a “watch and see” policy toward Apple, and will not let up on its oversight of the company.

Last week, the regulator held a meeting with 19 different municipal and provincial SAIC offices specifically to discuss Apple’s customer service policies. At the meeting, the regulator called on the different offices to increase scrutiny of Apple’s product sales and customer service.

SAIC’s close oversight of Apple comes after the country’s state-run media blasted the company last month for alleged unfairness in its warranty policies. Among the complaints included claims that Apple treats its overseas consumers better than those in China, with more favorable iPhone warranty services.

In response, Apple initially stated that its warranty policies were roughly the same across countries. But after facing a battering in China’s local media, the company’s CEO Tim Cook issued an apology, where he outlined changes in its customer service for the country.

The country’s state-controlled media has since backed off from attacking the company. But some experts speculate that China’s higher authorities may have fueled the controversy, as a way to retaliate against the U.S. for disrupting the business of Chinese technology firms.

SAIC has been involved with rectifying Apple’s iPhone repair services at least since last year, according to Sunday’s Internet positing. The regulator’s Shanghai office went as far to press Apple to make changes.