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<![CDATA[Photojojo Gets Into Camera Gear Rentals (But Not Just For Fancy Lenses)]]>  Photodojo began as a newsletter for photography enthusiasts to share their latest tricks. Over time, it's evolved into a popular storefront for photo geeks, selling unique but oh-so-useful photography accessories. Now they're trying something new: camera and gadget rentals... but probably not like anything you've seen before. Read More
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<![CDATA[Pinterest’s “Choose Your Own Adventure” Could Be A Travel Product]]>  Pinterest's upcoming news event, dubbed "Choose Your Own Adventure," may not be directly related to the company's efforts in the personalization space, but rather the announcement of a consumer-facing travel product, we're hearing. The launch will be aimed at attracting more men to Pinterest's service, which is today overwhelmingly female. Read More
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<![CDATA[Yahoo Nominates One Of Its Co-Founders, A Stock Guru, And A Former Walmart CEO To Its Board]]>  Call it Yahoo's version of the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker. The venerable Internet firm today announced a trio of nominations to its board that could round out the sort of folks keeping tabs on its focus. Most interesting among the nominations is David Filo, a Yahoo co-founder. Read More
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<![CDATA[Ad Company Tremor Video Now Offers Automated Campaign Optimization Across Screens]]>  Tremor Video, a video ad company that went public last year, has announced a new product that should take a lot of headache and uncertainty out of running ad campaigns across desktops, tablets, smartphones, and Internet-connected TVs. Cross-screen advertising is a big buzzword (buzzphrase?) right now, but Tremor CTO Steven Lee said that when it comes to running a campaign, there's still a… Read More
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<![CDATA[UberConference Adds Screen Sharing]]> Read More
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<![CDATA[Online Dating Site Zoosk Files For $100M IPO, With $178M In Revenues And A $2.6M Net Loss In 2013]]> Read More
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<![CDATA[Kitestring, The App That Makes Sure You Get Home Safe]]>  You don't have to walk alone anymore. Rather than asking your mom, bestie, or significant other to stay on the phone with you while you walk down a sketchy street at night, you can use Kitestring. You punch in your emergency contacts, let it know when you're somewhere dangerous, and Kitestring will text you a little later to see if you're okay. Read More
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<![CDATA[IBM Looks To The Cloud To Fight Disruption]]>  We are in an age of disruption and this is even more pronounced for a large technology company like IBM, but Big Blue finds itself in the position of having to reinvent itself yet again after surviving and even thriving through earlier technology transformations. Let's not forget that IBM was once the king of mainframes, which was a great place to be until mainframes were marginalized by mini… Read More
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<![CDATA[IBM Drops 4% After Its $22.48B Q1 Revenue Fails To Meet Investor Expectations]]>  This afternoon following the close of regular trading IBM reported its first quarter financial results, including revenue of $22.48 billion, GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $2.29, and non-GAAP EPS of $2.54. Those figures were down, on a year-over-year basis, 4%, 15%, and 15%. Investors had expected IBM to earn $2.54 per share excluding one-time items, a figure it met, on revenue of $22.91… Read More
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<![CDATA[Now Facebook Wants You To Share Where You’re “Traveling To”]]>  Serendipitous meetups with friends while traveling make us happy. Facebook wants to be the portal to that joy. So this week it quietly rolled out a new feature that lets you share where you're "traveling to". Facebook's Page mentioned it today, so I asked the company which said after testing, "traveling to" is now available to all users. And it has big potential to bring Facebook valuable data. Read More
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<![CDATA[AT&T May Sit Out 2015 Spectrum Auction Over Rules Dustup]]>  AT&T is not happy with the rules the FCC has proposed for a 2015 spectrum auction that would reserve a piece of the airwaves for sale for smaller providers that lack low-frequency range. The second-largest wireless company in the U.S. is not happy with that. Read More
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<![CDATA[AngelList Unveils Maiden Lane, A $25 Million Fund For AngelList Deals]]>  AngelList is working on a new project called Maiden Lane. Behind this name is a new experiment in startup investment. Structured as a traditional small VC firm, Maiden Lane will only invest in AngelList syndicates or hand some money to active angels on the platform. While technically not part of AngelList, Maiden Lane currently has two general partners, AngelList’s chief operating officer… Read More
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<![CDATA[Instagram Reassigned Inactive “Kathleen” Username To An Employee But Will Give It Back]]>  Is Instagram going around stealing users' account and distributing them to employees? That's the far-out claim from designer Brian Hoff, who says his wife's Instagram account, with the likely much-desired username of "@kathleen" was taken from her control and is now being used by another Kathleen, who also happens to be a current Facebook/Instagram employee. Shock! Horror! Outrage! Read More
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<![CDATA[Google’s New Street View Image Recognition Algorithm Can Beat Most CAPTCHAs]]>  Here is an interesting conundrum for Google: it has created an algorithm that's significantly better at reading street numbers in Street View images, which helps it give you more accurate directions. At the same time, though, it turns out that this algorithm is so good, it can decipher 99 percent of CAPTCHAs (those squiggly text puzzles you often have to solve to prove you are human). Read More
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<![CDATA[Google Camera App Brings Lens Blur Background Defocus To Any KitKat Android Devices]]>  Google has a new standalone camera app available in the Google Play app store, and it can be installed on any smartphones or tablets running KitKat 4.4 or higher. The new app will also be rolling out to other devices in the future according to Google, so that might expand beyond just KitKat to those on other versions of Android. The app offers a 100 percent viewfinder to show you exactly what… Read More
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<![CDATA[Turnkey Mobile Apps Startup AppsBuilder Raises New Cash From United Ventures]]>  AppsBuilder, which has developed a platform to “easily” (they say) develop mobile apps has taken in a $1.5 million round of funding from United Ventures. The investment brings the company’s funding total to $3.5 million. Previous investors included Annapurna Ventures, Zernike Meta Ventures and Angels. The cash will be used to consolidate growth and build business in the UK and US… Read More
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<![CDATA[Talkwheel Raises $1.2M To Visualize Customer Conversations Across The Web]]>  Talkwheel, a startup that aggregates the social media conversation around a company or topic in, yes, a wheel format, is announcing that it has raised $1.2 million in funding. The idea sounds a little odd at first, but founder and CEO Jeff Harris said it solves a major problem for brands. He argued that the traditional linear format for presenting comments and social media posts doesn't really… Read More
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<![CDATA[Instagram Just Got A Whole Lot More Biden]]>  What photo sharing network would be complete without Vice President Joe Biden? The answer is none, which makes Instagram the first network to qualify. The U.S. veep signed up and posted his first image today, though the first pic is actually from his Office staff and not Biden himself, ol’ Joe will be posting his own shots too, and those will be signed by the man himself to distinguish them… Read More
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<![CDATA[Google I/O To Elevate Focus On Design]]>  For Google to win, it needs to attract the best designers to its team and get beautiful third-party apps built for its platforms. Yet, right now it's Google's rival Apple and the iOS ecosystem that are known for their style. So Google tells me it's "doing a really big push around design" at its 2014 I/O conference by adding sessions on Android UX, wearable app design, speech interfaces, and more. Read More
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<![CDATA[Urban Storage Startup Boxbee Raises $2.3 Million From Floodgate, Google Ventures, And Others]]>  About a year ago, Boxbee launched to create a new paradigm for how people use storage in urban settings. Today, it's announcing that it's raised $2.3 million from investors that include Floodgate Capital, Google Ventures, 500 Startups, Techstars, Jason Calacanis, and Ludlow Ventures, to make its storage service available to more users. Read More
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<![CDATA[Bing Home Page Gets Some Of Cortana’s Smarts]]>  Two weeks ago, Microsoft debuted its Cortana personal digital assistant for Windows Phone 8.1, which uses the Bing platform to learn about your preferences and interests. Starting today, the Bing home page, too, will get some of Cortana’s smarts. On the home page, you can now find a set of personalized cards that help you keep track of news, weather, flights and stocks. To get access to… Read More
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<![CDATA[Google’s Cloud Platform Gets Improved Hadoop Support With BigQuery And Cloud Datastore Connectors]]> Read More
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<![CDATA[Oroeco Tracks Spending To Help Reduce Users’ Carbon Footprint]]>  I'm the kind of person who cares about their environmental impact ... but aside from basics like recycling, my ideas about how to do better get kind of fuzzy. That's why a new service called Oroeco is pretty appealing. Since its successful Indiegogo campaign in 2012, Oroeoc tested out an invite-only version of the service and then quietly opened up the website before publicly launching today. Read More
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<![CDATA[ShopLocket And PCH Launch Blueprint, A Media And Resource Site For Hardware Startups]]>  When ShopLocket was undergoing its transformation from an ecommerce provider to a platform designed to support hardware startups from concept to consumer launch, it had a lot of learning to do. Key to making that transition was gathering resources and talking to industry experts to find out best practices and find examples of hardware startups that have successfully made the journey themselves.… Read More
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<![CDATA[Anki Drive Expands Its Robotics Expertise With New Cars, Tracks, And AI]]>  There are a couple of things that differentiate Anki from any other robotics company. First, it's the only one I know of to launch on an Apple keynote stage, with an introduction from Tim Cook. Second, it's one of a select few that's actually advancing the robotics industry by building toys — not industrial equipment. Read More
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<![CDATA[Photo-Sharing App Frontback Comes To Android]]>  Frontback just released the Android version of its popular photo-sharing app. Previously, the app was only available on iOS. But even with just the iPhone app, the app was downloaded one million times over the past eight months. With the new Android release, the company can certainly expect many new users. I’ve been playing with the Android app for the last few weeks, and it’s… Read More
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<![CDATA[Twitter And Tumblr-Focused Analytics Provider Union Metrics Now Does Instagram Too]]>  Union Metrics, the social analytics platform whose most recent claim to fame was being the first to receive Tumblr’s blessing, is today rolling out a similar service for Instagram, as well as introducing a new suite which will pull Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram into one platform. The company had previously been testing the Instagram analytics service in a private beta with around 15… Read More
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<![CDATA[RealtyShares Raises $1.9 Million From General Catalyst To Crowdfund Real Estate Projects]]>  RealtyShares is kind of like a "LendingClub for Real Estate," a providing a platform for crowdfunding real-estate development. And the company just raised $1.9 million led by General Catalyst to make its offering available both to more developers and more investors. Read More
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<![CDATA[Aereo Shows Off Their Rooftop Antenna Farm Ahead Of Supreme Court Ruling]]> Read More
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<![CDATA[Amazon Merges Kindle Personal Documents With Cloud Drive]]>  Amazon announced this morning through an email to its customers that all personal documents archived in your Kindle e-reader library are also now being made available from Amazon Cloud Drive. The files will be placed in a new folder called “My Send-to-Kindle Docs” where you’ll then be able to manage the items as you would any other file, including being able to organize, share or… Read More
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<![CDATA[YouTube Network The Young Turks Raises $4 Million To Expand To New Platforms]]>  Over the years, many people have come to love The Young Turks for its particular brand of progressive politics and news commentary on cable TV and online. Now that it's completely digital, though, the company behind the show is looking to grow the business, with $4 million in new funding. Read More
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<![CDATA[SuperAwesome Rolls Up More Talent, Acqui-Hires Sales And Ad Teams From Kids Virtual World Bin Weevils]]>  SuperAwesome, the European ad network and marketing platform for kids and teens, continues to roll up talent in the space. Read More
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<![CDATA[Google’s Environment Sensing Project Tango Gets A Teardown]]>  Google’s Project Tango prototype smartphone is armed with four cameras to allow it to take stock of its environment and record and use 3D depth-sensing info, and it’s basically just a bunch of cameras and sensor glommed onto a fairly impressive Android smartphone with a quad-core processor and 2GBs of RAM to crunch all that environment data. iFixit got to tear it down and have a look… Read More
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<![CDATA[Mike Judge And The Stars Of HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Will Join Us At Disrupt NY]]>  We've invited Mike Judge to join us at Disrupt, along with Silicon Valley executive producer and writer Alec Berg. We'll also welcome Thomas Middleditch, who stars as Pied Piper founder and CEO Richard Hendricks, as well as T.J. Miller, who plays the surly "incubator" head Erlich Bachman, at the event. Read More
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<![CDATA[Facebook Will Be “Unbundling The Big Blue App” Through Its Creative Labs]]>  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg sat down with The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo to discuss Facebook and its future, and much of the discussion centered on Creative Labs, the new internal initiative at Facebook that’s playing more with products outside the core social networking site, or spun out from that experience. Creative Labs is about “unbundling the big blue app,”… Read More
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<![CDATA[Webedia Acquires Blogging Platform OverBlog]]>  Long-standing blogging platform OverBlog has been acquired by Webedia, a French online media company, for “less than $6.9 million” (€5 million) according to L’Opinion. OverBlog co-founder and CEO Frédéric Montagnon wrote on his blog that it’s been a long and winding road for OverBlog. OverBlog was created ten years ago. As a reminder, the web was very different back… Read More
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<![CDATA[Livefyre Takes A New Approach To Commenting With Web Annotation Product Sidenotes]]>  Online comments are usually cordoned off at the bottom of a page, but Livefyre is hoping to bring them into the content itself with the launch of a new product called Sidenotes. Basically, it's a product that allows visitors to annotate and have a conversation around any piece of content on a web page. Once a publisher has turned it on, little word balloon icons will appear alongside individual… Read More
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<![CDATA[Hello Doctor Is An Easy Way To Save Medical Files]]>  Copies of medical files are often difficult to replace if misplaced, especially if a patient's providers operate in different networks. Hello Doctor hopes to help its users avoid that problem. Read More
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<![CDATA[Better Raises $5M From Chamath Palihapitiya And Mayo Clinic To Be Your Personal Health Advocate]]>  The list of health-related questions we will encounter in out lifetimes is endless. And if there is one thing I have learned about the medical system in the U.S., it's that you need an advocate, or someone with knowledge of the system and healthcare to help you figure out what decision to make. Should you go to the ER for that pain? Is it worth appealing your insurance decision? Do I need a second… Read More
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<![CDATA[BrightContext Acquired By WealthEngine To Bring Big Data To Marketers]]>  As BrightContext co-founder and CEO John Funge told TechCrunch in 2012, “What Twilio is to telephony, BrightContext is to real-time data streams.” It's with that hook that WealthEngine scooped up the company to add BrightContext's real-time analysis capabilities to its chest of marketing and fundraising tools. Read More
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<![CDATA[Samsung Is Keeping Its Options Open With Android Wear And Tizen]]>  Samsung plans on releasing a smartphone powered by Android competitor Tizen this year. Likewise, Samsung is also working on a smartwatch that runs Android, according to a Reuters report. It's bizarro world for Samsung. Read More
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<![CDATA[Superb For iPhone Aims To Take Social Networking To The Offline World]]>  Superb, a new application from the founders of Y Combinator-backed social dining startup Grubwithus, is launching today to people to connect in the offline world. Essentially a “Hot or Not” for local places, users swipe through a list of venue suggestions, including restaurants, bars, museums, parks, and more, registering their interest. Afterwards, they can see who among their… Read More
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<![CDATA[Google’s Modular Ara Smartphone To Launch For The Public In January 2015]]>  Google has been showing off its Project Ara modular smartphone in a lot more detail over the past few days, likely because it’s also hosting a developer conference for the device this week. Ara uses interchangeable modules to deliver a smartphone that can be whatever a user wants it to be, complete with first- and third-party components including sensors, cameras, radio antennas and more.… Read More
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<![CDATA[Me-Mover Step-Powered Stand-Up Bike Gets Funded On Kickstarter]]>  Move over Segway, there's a new stand-up personal transporter in town. Or there will be come August when the first machines are scheduled to ship to Kickstarter backers. More than 200 users of the crowdfunding website have pledged funds to Me-Mover, a Danish project to rethink the bike as a stand-up exerciser on wheels. Read More
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<![CDATA[Wayra U.K. Adds Six More Startups To Its 2014 Mentoring Program]]>  Back in January the Telefonica-backed accelerator Academy, Wayra U.K., announced the intake for its 2014 accelerator program -- naming 13 startups that would be put through their paces during the nine-month mentoring program. Today it's topped up that number with six more startups which will be joining the existing teams in its London-based Academy in May. Read More
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<![CDATA[The London Fintech Boom — TransferWise And Others Hit Record Numbers]]>  Slowly but surely a revolution has been taking place in financial technology, or fintech as we call it these days. These days fintech’s hottest sphere is not in Bloomberg terminals but in disruptive cloud startups, using the Internet as a route around the dedicated lines of the past. Globally, fintech investment has more than tripled over the past three years, according to a recent study by… Read More
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<![CDATA[Finnish Startup HeiaHeia Raises €1.5M To Expand Its Corporate Wellness Platform]]>  HeiaHeia, a Finnish startup offering a social and corporate wellness platform that helps employees live a healthier lifestyle -- and, presumably, perform better at work -- has raised €1.5 million in funding led by Finland's Wallstreet Financial Services. Read More
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<![CDATA[Mt.Gox Will Reportedly File For Liquidation Instead Of Bankruptcy]]>  Mt.Gox has filed for liquidation in a Tokyo court instead of going forward with its plans to rebuild under bankruptcy protection, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The newspaper's sources said that Mt.Gox decided to abandon its previous plan for rehabilitation because it was too complex and unrealistic, but that it still hopes a buyer for the exchange can be found. Read More
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<![CDATA[India’s Snapdeal Acquires Fashion Discovery Site Doozton, As Battle For Online Fashion Heats Up]]>  Online fashion retail is fast becoming the next battlefront for India’s growing e-commerce startups. With two of the biggest Indian e-commerce companies — Flipkart and Myntra — preparing to merge as part of $330 million deal, rival Snapdeal is now pushing aggressively to get its piece of action in the online fashion retailing space. Less than two months after eBay invested… Read More
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