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Fitbit Tops 1M Downloads On Android, Now Works With 44 Android And iOS Devices

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 09:00
Fitbit was a key part of HTC’s One (M8) announcement yesterday, as it’s coming preloaded on devices in select markets, to act as the fitness hub of the new Android flagship. But it’s making strides across all Android devices, with one million downloads total of its free fitness tracking app for Google’s mobile OS. That’s one million in two years, since Fitbit… Read More
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Monument Valley, ustwo’s Sumptuous Escher-Inspired iOS Game, Launches Globally On April 3 — For $3.99

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 09:00
Monument Valley, the much anticipated iPad and mobile game from London app & design studio ustwo (maker of the late lamented antisocial photo-sharing app Rando), will be launching globally on April 3 -- priced at $3.99/£2.49, TechCrunch can confirm. Read More
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iFixit Confirms Why The HTC One M8 Ships With A Stellar Warranty

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 08:17
John Biggs said it best yesterday: "Come For The Styling, Stay For The Warranty". Perhaps one of the best reasons to buy the new HTC One is the screen warranty, which iFixit just confirmed by awarding the new smartphone with a 2 out of 10 on its repairability scale. Read More
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Twitter Recovered Most Of The Tweets That Vanished, Including Ellen’s Oscar Selfie

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:52
Tuesday evening, for the third time in a month, Twitter experienced technical difficulties. It wasn't an outage from high traffic or developmental testing — it was missing celebrity tweets. It sounds flippant, but celebrity presence is a big part of what makes Twitter so popular. Yesterday, for at least twelve hours, several highly trafficked tweets from stars like Lady Gaga, Justin… Read More
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New NYT Now App Marks The Grey Lady’s First Step Into Native Ads On Mobile, Dedicated Mobile Editors

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:52
"All the News That's Fit to Print" was a viable business model for many years for the New York Times, but these days, as newspaper costs rise and readers look elsewhere for their information, the Grey Lady is focused on stepping up its digital game. Read More
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Turkish Court Halts The Government’s Application To Ban Twitter

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:27
Breaking: A Turkish court has granted a motion for a stay of execution of the Turkish government’s application to block Twitter in the country. The decision was taken following appeals to the courts by the Turkish Bar Association, the Journalists’ Association of Turkey and some opposition politicians, reports local tech blog Webrazzi. Lawyers argued that the Telecommunications… Read More
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Global Fintech Investment Boom Is Benefitting London Most, Says Accenture Study

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 07:03
London is benefitting most from a global boom in fintech investment, according to research by consultancy firm Accenture. The firm said the growth of a London fintech cluster is being fueled by the city’s traditional strength in the financial services sector, with some 135,000 financial services tech workers based in the U.K. for entrepreneurs and startups with a financial flavour to… Read More
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Tencent Acquires 28% Stake In South Korea’s CJ Games For $500M

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 06:49
Tencent, the maker of WeChat, has announced that it will pay $500 million for a 28% stake in CJ Games. The transaction will make Tencent the third-largest investor in the South Korean gaming company and help it expand its mobile gaming business worldwide. Tencent is currently China's largest integrated online game company. Read More
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Spacious Wants To Help London Startups Find Office Space — Counts Former PM Advisor Rohan Silva As Chair

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 04:00
Spacious, founded by Tushar Agarwal and Tom Watson last November as part of the Entrepreneur First programme, is an online marketplace for startup office space, initially targeting companies in London. Read More
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Dots Just Got More Addictive With Challenge Mode

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 03:30
Dots, my favorite iOS game for about 2 and half weeks last May, is still going strong nearly a year after launching and is today launching a significant new feature. Challenge Mode. In the past, Dots players had to go through the hassle of taking a screenshot of their dots count or comparing scores over social media. But now, with Challenge Mode, players can face each other in head-to-head… Read More
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Rocket Internet’s PricePanda Launches In Thailand

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 01:24
Rocket Internet has launched its price comparison site PricePanda in Thailand. The site, which is also backed by Tengelmann Group and AB Kinnevik, already operates in eight countries throughout Latin America and Southeast Asia. Read More
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TechCrunch’s Picks: The Top 8 Startups From Y Combinator W14 Demo Day

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 22:20
While today saw Paul Graham officially pass the torch to new Y Combinator president Sam Altman, the bigger buzz at Demo Day was about how most investors thought this was the best batch yet. There were unsexy startups in industries ripe for distruption, deep B2B specialization to meet the needs of specific businesses, and several non-profits out to make the world better, not themselves richer. Read More
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Apple Pledges To Make iOS Emojis More Racially Diverse

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 21:37
Apple has vowed to update its emojis after Miley Cyrus and actor Tahj Mowry complained about the cartoon emoticons' lack of diversity. MTV Act blogger Joey Parker emailed Apple CEO Tim Cook about the issue and got this response from Katie Cotton, Apple's vice president of worldwide corporate communications. Read More
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Confirmed!

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 20:56
In the realm of beautiful acquisition stories, someone posted on Reddit a month ago about a Mark Zuckerberg sighting at Oculus Rift's offices. Today Facebook bought Oculus Rift for $2 billion. Read More
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YC-Backed CareMessage Is On A Mission To Improve Health Literacy By Bringing Mobile Healthcare To The Underserved

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 20:16
It’s no secret that the U.S. healthcare system is in desperate need of change, especially as costs have continued to rise, while the quality of care remains the same. While technology will play a critical role in reversing this trend, many assume that improving outcomes is simply a matter of putting smarter technology in the doctor’s office. However, the problem isn’t a scourge… Read More
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Y Combinator Winter 2014, Batches 3 And 4: Meet Kimono Labs, TwoTap, Abacus And More

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 20:11
Here are the 17 startups that presented in the third batch of companies and the four from the fourth batch that were on the record. Let's go! Read More
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Candy Crush Maker King Prices Shares At $22.50, Puts Valuation At $7B

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 20:10
In the most anticipated gaming IPO of the last few years, Candy Crush Saga maker King priced its shares at $22.50 in an offering that will raise $326 million for the company and value it at slightly more than $7 billion. Shares will trade for the first time tomorrow. That valuation will put King at nearly four times its trailing annual revenue of $1.88 billion. The vast majority of that revenue… Read More
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UK E-Commerce Intelligence Startup Ometria Raises $1.5M Seed Round

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 20:01
The UK's Ometria is another startup that wants to help online retailers make better use of data, and, in turn, compete harder with larger, more data-driven players in the market. Read More
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Facebook Buys A Virtual World

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 19:40
Today, in somewhat of a surprise move, Facebook purchased virtual reality company Oculus VR. The purchase elicited visceral reactions from people dismayed that Oculus sold out so early to snarky comments about what Facebook might do with it. Read More
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Facebook Says It Has 1B Monthly Active Users On Mobile, 200M Actives On Instagram

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 19:37
Following up the announcement that it's acquiring Oculus VR for around $2 billion, Facebook also shared some numbers about its growth, because why not? On the acquisition conference call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that as of last week, Facebook has 1 billion monthly active users on mobile. That's up from 945 million as of the end of its most recent quarter. Read More
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