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Mobile Technology News, April 24, 2014

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

  • Facebook earnings surge on mobile ads
    Social networking giant Facebook reports better than expected profits, as a surge in mobile advertising helps boost its revenues.
  • Qualcomm shares dip on weak outlook
    Shares in Qualcomm, one of the world’s biggest mobile phone chipmakers, fall 5% in after-hours trading as it issues a weaker than expected growth outlook.
  • Tech Millionare Who Beat Girlfriend 117 Times Ducks Jail Despite Damning Video
    RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence and battery charges last week, dodging 45 felony counts for the videotaped 30-minute beating of his girlfriend.

    Chahal, 31, faces no jail time. He was sentenced to three years’ probation, 52 weeks in a domestic violence training program and 25 hours of community service. The Internet mogul was arrested in August after police responded to a 911 domestic violence call at his San Francisco penthouse apartment.

    His girlfriend told arriving officers that she was unable to breathe and that Chahal had told her four times, “I’m going to kill you,” San Francisco Officer Anh Nguyen told the San Francisco Business Times in March. “She stated she was in fear for her life.”

    Home security footage reportedly showed Chahal beating and kicking his girlfriend 117 times during the 30-minute attack. Prosecutors said Chahal lashed out at his girlfriend upon learning that she had cheated on him with another man during a trip to Las Vegas, according to court documents.

    Soon after Chahal posted his $1 million bail and hired former federal prosecutor James Lassart as his attorney, his girlfriend stopped cooperating with the investigation and refused to testify against him. During a preliminary hearing, Lassart, who is also defending embattled state Sen. Leland Yee (D-Calif.) on corruption charges, did not deny that Chahal repeatedly struck his girlfriend, but insisted the physical damage was overblown.

    In a crippling blow to the prosecution, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Brendan Conroy ruled that the surveillance video could not be used as evidence because police seized it illegally from Chahal’s apartment. The prosecution argued it likely would have been erased if police had waited for a warrant.

    Alex Bastian, spokesman with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, issued a statement after the guilty plea on Thursday.

    “We disagree with the judge’s suppression of the video. The judge’s ruling substantially weakened the evidence we had for prosecution,” Bastian said. “Though it is not the outcome we had hoped for, the case has reached a resolution where the defendant acknowledges guilt, is placed on domestic violence probation and has to take domestic violence classes.”

    According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “The deal also means that Chahal — with no felony conviction — will be allowed to stay on the board of his $100 million-a-year social advertising technology company, RadiumOne, which has been preparing to go public.”

    Chahal, once named one of America’s “most eligible bachelors” by ExtraTV, managed to advance his online-advertising network into its final stages for an initial public stock offering despite his arrest. He also secured a new partnership with publisher Condé Nast in April.

    Chahal sold his first online-ad network, ClickAgents.com Inc., to ValueClick Inc. at the age of 16 for $20.5 million in stock. Seven years later, he sold BlueLithium Inc., which he also founded, to Yahoo for $300 million in cash.

    In 2009, he authored a book about himself called The Dream: How I Learned the Risks and Rewards of Entrepreneurship and Made Millions.

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  • Apple Q2 numbers show lower iPad revenue, growth in China and Japan
    As a part of announcing its second-quarter results, Apple has also posted a detailed breakdown (PDF), exposing further facts. They reveal, for instance, that Apple’s iPad revenues dropped 16.4 percent year-over-year, shifting from roughly $8.7 billion to $7.6 billion. The company has typically seen continuous growth for the iPad, but units fell from just under 19.5 million to 16.3 million. Cook later clarified that inventory changes made the drop seem much more dramatic than it actually was in terms of end-user sales.

  • Apple profits beat expectations
    Technology giant Apple plans a share buyback after it reports profits of $10.2bn, selling a more than 43 million iPhones in the second quarter of 2014.
  • VIDEO: NYPD's Twitter campaign backfires
    NYPD asked followers to tweet a photo of themselves with officers and add the hashtag “myNYPD” as part of a social media campaign.
  • Feds May Be Looking To Bail On Net Neutrality: WSJ
    Net neutrality is not dead. But it may be about to take a big blow to the head.

    The Wall Street Journal has a foreboding scoop that provides details on an early draft of the Federal Communications Commission’s new net neutrality rules. And to put it mildly, Internet activists will not be thrilled.

    According to the WSJ’s sources, the FCC’s plan would restructure the rules that govern online traffic by granting Internet service providers the ability to give some websites “preferential treatment” — i.e. faster traffic — in exchange for money.

    If such rules were imposed, activists fear Internet service providers would make bandwidth-exhaustive websites — think Netflix and Skype — pay more for smoother delivery, which would theoretically mean higher prices for customers in turn.

    According to the WSJ, companies in need of faster connections would have to pay for preferred treatment on the “last mile” of networks that connect to customers’ homes. Such pay-to-play schemes were banned under the old rules.

    In a statement provided to Mashable, which the site described as “vague,” the FCC confirmed that its proposal would offer broadband providers “the ability to enter into individual negotiations with content providers.”

    But there is some good news. The FCC’s proposal will ban Internet service providers from the most outright discriminatory practices, like blocking a legal website that offers a service that the Internet provider also offers. Unfortunately for defenders of the original tenets of net neutrality, these proposed rules will not be enough.

    The commission already hinted at a similar plan back in February after a U.S. appeals court struck down the old net neutrality rules. Back then, the FCC said decisions on whether or not agreements made between content makers and Internet providers were fair would be made on a case-by-case basis.

    In its original incarnation, net neutrality prohibited Internet service providers from engaging in practices that block, stifle or discriminate against (lawful) websites or traffic types on the Internet. However, a January ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down a 2010 FCC order that forced Internet providers to abide by these principles, sending net neutrality into a state of limbo and forcing the FCC to rewrite its regulations.

    Critics argue that the end of net neutrality could have far-reaching effects on U.S. society by stifling innovation, hindering cash-strapped Internet startups from getting off the ground and widening the gap between the the rich’s Internet and the poor’s.

  • Apple touts $45.6 billion in Q2 2014 revenues
    Apple has posted $45.6 billion in revenues in its second fiscal quarter, up from $43.6 billion the same period a year ago. Net profits rose from $9.5 billion to $10.2 billion, or from $10.09 per share to $11.62. The company sold 43.7 million iPhones, an increase from the 37.4 million in Q2 2013. iPad sales came in at 16.3 million units, below a Wall Street consensus forecast of 19.7 million. The company also recorded 4.1 million Macs.

  • Apple touts $45.65 billion in Q2 2014 revenues
    Apple has posted $45.65 billion in revenues in its second fiscal quarter, up from $43.6 billion the same period a year ago. Profits per share rose from $10.09 to $11.62. The company sold 43.7 million iPhones, resulting in a segmental revenue drop from $32.5 billion to $26.06 billion. iPad sales came in at 16.35 million units.

  • Game-maker Zynga in widening loss
    Troubled online game-maker Zynga reports a loss of $61m, as founder Mark Pincus steps down as chief product officer.
  • Environmental Groups Ask U.S. Trade Rep To Drop Complaint Over India's Solar Policy
    WASHINGTON — A group of environmental organizations is calling on the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to drop a complaint over India’s solar power policy. The groups called the complaint “misguided” in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Wednesday.

    “We are writing to express our grave concerns that the United States plans to increase uncertainty in the Indian solar market by asking the World Trade Organization (WTO) to establish a panel to evaluate whether India’s national solar program violates international trade rules,” wrote the 15 groups, which includes the Sierra Club and Greenpeace. “We believe this misguided claim could delay growth of the solar market in India and harm the future of solar deployment at a time when growth of renewable energy has never been more critical.”

    As The Huffington Post reported last month, the U.S. has sought WTO enforcement action against India over a government policy that requires local sourcing for solar energy technology. The two countries have yet to find a bilateral resolution, and the U.S. has asked the WTO to establish a panel to take up the issue. It is included on the agenda for a meeting of the WTO’s dispute settlement body taking place this Friday, April 25.

    The groups note that the amount of solar installed in India grew nearly 100 percent between 2012 and 2013, and that growth “has been driven by India’s national solar mission and accompanying policies.” While the groups said that they understand why the USTR would want to “ensure a fair playing field for U.S. companies,” they argue that using the WTO to address those concerns is “counterproductive” and “will only serve to undermine this growth market by shaking investor confidence.”

    “While it is critical to support and build a U.S. solar industry, the development of our solar industry should not come at the expense of India’s ability to develop its solar industry,” they wrote. The groups said that they see “troubling signs” of climate policy being determined by organizations like the WTO, “rather than on climate science and the real-world necessities of building a green economy.”

    A spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative acknowledged receipt of the letter on Wednesday afternoon.

    “We have received the letter and intend to respond to the writers,” he said. “As a general matter, we will note that countries have available a wide range of policy tools to promote increased reliance on clean energy that are far more effective than local content rules, and that do not unfairly discriminate against U.S. workers and businesses. USTR’s actions are conducive to increased use of solar energy in India as these types of local content rules raise the cost of solar energy, hindering deployment of solar energy.”

  • This Is Shaq's LinkedIn Profile, And It's Hilarious
    When you’re a celebrity of a certain status, having an extensive professional persona online apparently just isn’t worth the bother anymore.

    This at least partly explains Shaquille O’Neal’s LinkedIn profile, which is as honest as it is hilariously succinct.

    shaq linkedin profile

    Though it almost reads like a parody of itself, a representative confirmed to Slate that this is indeed Shaq’s actual LinkedIn profile.

    The basketball star lists his current occupation as being the CEO and president of “Alot of different companies. Inc.”

    A lot of different companies is right: In addition to the usual sponsorship deals surrounding an athlete of Shaq’s standing, SB Nation notes O’Neal owns 55 Five Guys restaurants. “That’s 275 Guys,” the blog points out.

    Under “Experience,” Shaq helpfully explains, “I’m working on a lot of different ventures. My best asset is that I am proven to lead teams to championships. I mean multiple championships.”

  • Underage Teens Are Using Hookup App Tinder; Should Parents Be Worried?
    Earlier this week, a concerned blogger raised the alarm about a troubling statistic: It seems a surprising number of users on the popular dating app Tinder are under the age of 18.

    “While there are plenty of twenty-, thirty- and forty-somethings on the app, there has been a reported rise of teenagers using the app,” wrote Samantha Escobar for lifestyle blog YourTango.com. “In fact, 7 percent of users are between 13 and 17, and that’s … uncomfortable, to say the least.”

    Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen disclosed this stat in February during a conversation with The Guardian about the app’s changing demographics. “Early on, over 90 percent of our user base was aged between 18 and 24,” Mateen said. “Today, that number is about 51 percent. 13-17 year-olds are now over 7 percent, 25-32 year-olds are about 32 percent, 35-44 is about 6.5 percent and the remainder are older than 45.” (Though the company has not disclosed the total number of active users it has, it said in February that it processes some 10 million matches every single day.)

    In her post for YourTango.com, Escobar said she was distressed by the significant number of teen users on Tinder, which has been described as an “app that helps you meet people for sex.”

    “Tinder is an app for adults, and it’s commonly viewed as one that facilitates casual hookups rather than friendships or long-term partnerships,” wrote Escobar. “Basically, it’s not a place children should be allowed on whatsoever.”

    Escobar isn’t the first to express concern over the app’s low age limit of 13.

    Last August, a blog post on the website for parental control software Qustodio said Tinder may be the “worst app ever for teens and tweens” and warned parents to “block Tinder from your child’s devices immediately.”

    “Since the whole purpose of Tinder is to find someone who you can actually meet up with in real-life, you can drill down to a one-mile radius from your location. I imagine that if you were a pedophile, Tinder would be your dream come true,” said the blog post.

    So, just how worried should parents be?

    Rosette Pambakian, a spokeswoman for Tinder, told The Huffington Post that adults and minors cannot interact on the app. “To protect young users, those between the ages of 13 to 17 can only connect with other users in that same age range on Tinder,” she wrote in an email. “Additionally, the only way two users are able to message each other within Tinder is if they mutually expressed interest by ‘liking’ each other, which results in a match. That means that users cannot send messages to other users without mutual consent.”

    Earlier this year, Tinder’s Justin Mateen was quoted as saying, “There’s nothing wrong with 13 and 17-year-olds making friends and connecting with new people on Tinder,” per The Times of London. Speaking with The Guardian in February, Mateen said the app was not designed as a hookup or dating app, but rather as a “social discovery platform, facilitating an introduction between two people.”

    Pambakian also told the HuffPost that there are safeguards in place to ensure the privacy and safety of minors. “The only way a user can access Tinder is through their Facebook profile. Facebook has security measures in place that verify each user’s authenticity,” Pambakian said in her email, adding that the app shows only users’ relative location, not their exact location.

    Still, The Independent notes that these safeguards may not be sufficient. Facebook authentication, for instance, has its limitations, since “any person, of any age, can create an entirely false Facebook page in under two minutes.”

    Though most popular dating and hookup apps and websites — including OKCupid, Match.com, Grindr, MiuMeet and Blendr — only allow users who are 18 and older, Tinder is not the only app in this category that permits users as young as 13. Skout and Distinc.tt, for instance, both allow users who are 13 and older. Teen dating app MyLOL is geared specifically to younger users; it permits users between the ages of 13 and 20.

    In 2012, some parents’ worst fears about these dating apps were heightened when Skout was briefly forced to shut down its social network for 13- to 17-year-olds after three men were accused of raping children they met on the app. The men reportedly masqueraded as teenagers.

    Ultimately, experts say that parents need to educate their children about the dangers of social media sites and apps of all kinds so that they can protect themselves against online predators, cyberbullying and other hazards.

    “Don’t forget to talk to your child about the dangers of apps like [Tinder]. New ones are popping up every day, so it’s nearly impossible to stay ahead of the game. It’s best to educate your child and encourage smart, healthy choices,” cautions the Qustodio blog post.

    Tinder agrees with this recommendation. Pambakian told the HuffPost that it “recommends that all parents know what sites and apps their children are using, who they’re talking to, and how they’re representing themselves.”

    Would you allow your child to use Tinder or similar dating apps? Weigh in below.

  • FCC To Propose New 'Net Neutrality' Rules
    The Federal Communications Commission plans to propose new open Internet rules on Thursday that would allow content companies to pay Internet service providers for special access to consumers, according to a person familiar with the proposal.
  • This Cannon Can Blast A Happy Hour's Worth Of Umbrella Drinks (VIDEO)
    Cannonballs can launch at about 250 meters per second, so a pyramid of cocktail drinks positioned just paces away from a cannon’s mouth won’t put up much resistance.

    But it’s really fun to watch the impact in slowwww motion.

    In a recent YouTube video, the Slo-Mo Guys, Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy, provide a 2,500 frames-per-second view of the grand event with their usual comedic touch.

    While cannons seem like such an antiquated weapon from a bygone era, they can still do damage — and not to just a bunch of umbrella cocktails.

    An accident during a 2011 “MythBusters” segment resulted in a cannonball blasting through a bomb range and into a nearby neighborhood, where it crashed through a home and landed on a minivan.


  • Facebook's Profit Just Beat Expectations Because Of Ads

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook’s earnings nearly tripled and revenue grew sharply in the first quarter, surpassing Wall Street’s expectations thanks to an 82 percent increase in advertising revenue.

    It was the fourth quarter in a row that Facebook beat forecasts as it continues to barrel ahead in mobile advertising at a time when nearly 80 percent of its users are accessing it on smartphones and other portable gadgets.

    The world’s biggest online social network said Wednesday that it earned $642 million, or 25 cents per share, in the January-March quarter, up from $219 million, or 9 cents per share, in the same period a year ago.

    Adjusted earnings, which exclude stock compensation expenses and other costs, were $885 million, or 34 cents per share, in the latest quarter.

    Facebook’s revenue was $2.5 billion, up 71 percent from $1.46 billion in the same period a year ago.

    Analysts, on average, were expecting adjusted earnings of 24 cents per share on revenue of $2.36 billion, according to a poll by FactSet.

    Shares of Menlo Park, Calif.-based Facebook climbed $2.34, or 3.8 percent, to $63.71 in extended trading after the results came out. The stock had closed down $1.67, or 2.7 percent, at $61.36 amid a broader market decline.

    There were 1.28 billion monthly Facebook users at the end of March, up 15 percent from a year earlier. The number of users who log in every day increased 21 percent to 802 million.

    The number of Facebook users who log in at least once a month using mobile devices climbed 34 percent to surpass 1 billion for the first time. Daily mobile users were 609 million, up 43 percent from a year ago.

    Advertising revenue totaled $2.27 billion. Of this, mobile advertising accounted for $1.34 billion, or 59 percent. That’s a bigger share than in the fourth quarter of 2013, the first time mobile accounted for more than half of Facebook’s ad revenue, at 53 percent.

    Facebook held a 6 percent share of worldwide digital ad revenues last year, according to research firm eMarketer, which expects the company’s share to grow to nearly 7 percent this year. Google, in comparison, garnered 32 percent of worldwide digital ad spending in 2013 and is expected to drop slightly to a fraction below that number by the end of 2014.

    On the mobile front, Facebook accounted for nearly 15 percent of worldwide ad revenue and is expected to steal some of Google’s share this year to grow to 22 percent. In comparison, Google’s share was 49 percent last year and is expected to drop to about 47 percent by 2014’s end.

    Facebook also said its chief financial officer, David Ebersman, is leaving on June 1 after five years. He’ll be replaced by David Wehner, currently vice president of corporate finance and business planning.

    “David set us up to operate efficiently and make the long term investments we need, and built an incredibly strong team including Dave Wehner, our next CFO,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement.

    Facebook’s results came the same day the Federal Trade Commission cleared its $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR, a maker of virtual reality goggles. The company also agreed to buy WhatsApp, a mobile messaging service, for $19 billion during the first quarter. The company is largely using Facebook stock to make both purchases.

    Facebook’s valuation and the exorbitant price tags of the deals is raising questions among tech industry experts about whether the sector is in the midst of a bubble not seen since the turn of the century.

    “I’m troubled by the astronomical valuations in tech,” wrote Endpoint Technologies Associates analyst Roger Kay on Forbes.com this week. “Tech isn’t separate from the rest of the economy. Inflation in tech bleeds into, pumps up, infuses other sectors.”

  • A New Day for Gamification, or Is It?
    I’ve been working in the field of gamification since 2007, and I’ll admit, I’m somewhat perplexed that there’s still so much debate about what exactly gamification is, and what it is not.

    As I see it, the definition of gamification is straightforward — it’s about motivating people through data. To be more specific — gamification engines capture the big data that your customers, partners and employees are generating as they’re interacting with online experiences, and use that data to motivate better performance and drive business results.

    But even “straightforward” definitions can be misinterpreted.

    For instance, I’ve heard gamification incorrectly defined as “games created for a business purpose,” and yet, to reiterate, gamification is not about games, and it’s not about creating something new. Gamification is about amplifying the effect of an existing, core experience by applying proven motivational techniques — the kind of tactics that increase high-value interactions with customers, employees and partners — so that companies can drive more sales, stronger collaboration, better ROI, deeper loyalty and higher customer satisfaction.

    A few weeks ago, Gartner released a research note aimed at clearing up some of these misperceptions. In “Redefine Gamification to Understand Its Opportunities and Limitations,” analyst Brian Burke acknowledges that confusion around the definition of gamification leads to missed opportunities to leverage gamification solutions, and on this point, I couldn’t agree more. Over the years, it has become crystal clear that the gamification market can’t continue to evolve unless we’re all on the same page, using the same terms, with the same expectations.

    But does Gartner’s new definition achieve its goal? Does it improve our understanding of gamification’s opportunities and limitations?

    To answer that question, let’s take a careful look at exactly what’s being proposed.

    According to Gartner’s new definition, gamification is “the use of game mechanics and experience design to digitally engage and motivate people to achieve their goals.”

    Here’s what I like most about this new definition:

    • Motivation takes center stage. As Burke writes, “The goal of gamification is to motivate people to change behaviors or develop skills, or to drive innovation.” The amazing thing about human motivation is that if you can tap into it properly, there’s a never-ending supply of it. That’s why I call motivation “cold fusion for loyalty.” And whoever figures out how to harness that energy is going to win.

    But motivation tells only part of the story. To understand gamification, you also need to recognize that it’s purposeful, data-driven and proven. Because those aspects are so essential, here’s how Gartner’s new definition could be made even stronger:

    • Less emphasis on game language. Continuing to use terms like “players” and “play space” perpetuates the notion that gamification is about games. Again, gamification is not about “play.” Burke even goes so far as to note that “gamification is not about fun.”
    • Less emphasis on digital engagement. The important thing to keep in mind is that gamification is data-driven, not necessarily digitally-driven. “Digital” implies that the experience happens completely online, and that’s not always the case. Companies using gamification can motivate physical activity, meeting attendance and many other “analog” behaviors. Technology enables the more efficient capture and distribution of that data at scale, but it isn’t a hard requirement for gamification.
    • More emphasis on business results. Businesses don’t implement gamification because they want to help employees and/or customers achieve their short-term goals. Businesses implement gamification because gamification drives value. Gamification increases high-value interactions with customers, employees and partners, which in turn, helps you improve business performance through more sales, stronger collaboration, better ROI, deeper loyalty and higher customer satisfaction.

    Modifying the definition in these three ways would help companies better understand that gamification is not about games, and that it’s not limited to digital behaviors. Perhaps most importantly of all, they would also understand that the whole idea behind gamification is to deliver business value. How could it not? Gamification enables businesses to motivate customers, employees and partners to engage in high-value interactions -the very interactions that drive more sales, stronger collaboration, better ROI, deeper loyalty and higher customer satisfaction. In fact, Gallup recently found that companies that engage customers and employees experience a 240 percent boost in performance-related business outcomes.

    Burke ends his note with this: “The opportunities are vast, with many yet to be exploited, but before embarking on the journey, a clear understanding of the opportunities and limitations of gamification is needed.”

    Again, I couldn’t agree more. And I’m glad that we’re continuing to refine the true meaning — and the true business value — of gamification.

  • These Reddit Users Get Our Upvote After Helping Man Find Missing Mom
    Reddit helped a man locate his missing mother in New York City on Tuesday.

    Redditor @joshgoldberg89‘s mother, May Goldberg, went missing on Monday after walking out of her Upper West Side apartment in Manhattan. She suffers from severe dementia, he wrote on the site.

    Silver Alert: May Goldberg, 59, last seen 19 West 69 St Manhattan #20Pct on 4/21. Call #800577TIPS w/ info. pic.twitter.com/7cJtdo3kRy

    — NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 22, 2014

    After contacting the NYPD, @joshgoldberg89 wrote a post on Reddit Tuesday, asking local Redditors to keep an eye out for his mom:

    Her name is May Goldberg. She is 59 years old, Chinese, 5’6″ 115 lbs. She has shoulder-length black hair and we believe she might be wearing a white, long-sleeve, zip-up fleece (NY1 article lists alternative clothing that she MIGHT be wearing). She speaks both Mandarin Chinese and English. She walks with a slight limp due to hip-replacement surgery she had several years ago. She has severe dementia.

    We have contacted the NYPD as well as several missing persons/Alzheimer’s associations to assist us with the search. We are currently putting up fliers in the surrounding areas and her information should be broadcast on several local news outlets soon.

    And later that evening, Redditor @geryorama wrote that she was walking in Midtown Manhattan when she spotted May:

    Hi guys. I am so glad May will be shortly reunited with her family. I was walking home from work around 9:30-10PM and I noticed May at East 47th and Lexington Avenue. As I saw Josh’s post in the afternoon she looked very familiar. I quickly pulled out my phone and visited this page to ensure it is indeed her. When I realized it’s her, I approached her, asked for her name, told her that her family is looking for her, and took her to Hyatt Hotel lobby to contact the police. The gentleman and lady at the Hyatt front desk were extremely helpful and they contacted the police. Two police officers arrived within 3 minutes. They identified May and I believe they called for an ambulance. In the meantime, I quickly sent a personal message to Josh via Reddit informing him that her mom has been found and that she is with the police.

    We’ve reached out to the NYPD to confirm the details of @geryorama’s story and will update when we hear back.

    On Wednesday, @joshgoldberg89 expressed his gratitude to the Reddit community:

    MY MOM HAS BEEN FOUND! She is safe, but she is being checked out at the hospital as a precaution. A million thanks to /u/geryorama for finding her on the street and alerting the authorities. The outpouring of support has been completely overwhelming. My family and I send a HUGE thank you to the entire Reddit community. You are amazing. Thank you.

    The Observer spotted a (since deleted) Reddit comment that summed up the feel-good story perfectly: “Reddit took a break from posting cat jokes and misidentifying terrorists today to do something useful.”


    [VIA Reddit]

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