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Microsoft Adds Data About 150M New Entities To Bing

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:24
Microsoft today announced that it has added data about 150 million new entities to Bing's entity engine -- the company's rough equivalent to Google's Knowledge Graph. Over the course of the last few months, Microsoft said today, it has added real estate listings, as well as information about lawyers, doctors and dentists to the service. Bing also added more data about "web actives" -- that is… Read More
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Twitter Buys France’s Mesagraph And UK’s SecondSync To Ramp Up Social TV Efforts In Europe

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:14
Twitter is adding more global firepower to its ambitions to cosy up to broadcasters and TV advertisers: it is buying France's Mesagraph, and it is also acquiring SecondSync in the UK. It is also teaming with with Kantar, the market analytics firm owned by WPP who was also an investor in SecondSync, as part of its string of announcements today to further its global reach with its social TV… Read More
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HHS Secretary Sebelius: HealthCare.Gov “Definitely Saw The Galifianakis Bump”

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 13:07
When Obamacare passed the 6 million-person sign-up mark, we pointed, with our tongues half-cheeked, to President Obama's Between Two Ferns appearance with Zach Galifianakis. Turns out we were mostly on point. Recently, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius told the Huffington Post that the government "definitely saw that Galifianakis bump." Read More
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Major League Baseball’s “At Bat” App Gets Updated To Support Expanded Instant Replay

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:42
It's opening day for the first Major League Baseball season to feature "expanded instant replay," a system that allows reviews of umpires' calls through video footage. And today the MLB is also releasing an update to its official app, MLB.com At Bat, that supports the new system. The league added a limited form of instant replay in 2008 for reviewing home run calls, but this will be a major… Read More
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Outlook Web App For Office 365 To Get Smart Clutter Filter, OneDrive For Business Integration

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:37
Microsoft today announced a number of forthcoming updates to the Outlook Web App for Office 365 at its Exchange Conference in Austin. Jeff Teper, Microsoft's corporate vice president of its Office Service and Servers group, said that the overall strategy here is to embrace "cloud-first, mobile-first communications." Read More
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Google’s Pokémon Challenge Asks You To Prove You’re The Very Best, Like No One Ever Was

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:32
Do you want to be the very best? Like no one ever was? Google wants you to prove it. At least, they would in a world where April Fools jokes were real and companies weren't allowed to tug at our heart strings with pretend commercials for games that we'd actually totally play... Read More
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Amazon Greenlights Six More Original Shows, Renews “Alpha House”

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:22
Confirming and expanding on news scooped by Variety earlier this month, Amazon this morning officially announced its plans to greenlight six more of its Amazon Studios’ pilot shows, which are now being given full seasons. The new shows, which include The After, Bosch, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, Mozart in the Jungle, Transparent and Wishenpoof!, will come to… Read More
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Microsoft Promotes Scott Guthrie To Head Of Cloud, Phil Spencer To Lead Xbox, Confirms Stephen Elop Will Run Devices

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:14
This morning Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella announced that Scott Guthrie is now the executive vice president of its Cloud and Enterprise group, Phil Spencer will run its Xbox work, and that, when the Nokia acquisition closes, former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will pick up the title of executive vice president of the Devices group. Read More
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How To Play Quake (Again) On Your Raspberry Pi

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:57
A month ago, the folks at Raspberry Pi announced that they now had access, thanks to Broadcomm, to an open driver for the BCM21553 cellphone processor chip. This meant that DIYers now had complete access to the board and would be able to access the onboard Raspberry BCM2835 chip (a similar chip to the BCM21553) with an open source driver - as long as someone ported it over from the BCM21553. Read More
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Twitter Poaches Googler (And Son Of Viacom CEO) Philippe Dauman Jr To Lead Commerce Partnerships

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:51
Twitter has not yet officially launched commerce services -- where users would be able to buy products that are advertised in Tweets -- but it continues to build out the infrastructure it will need to have in place for when it does. The latest development on that front is that it has hired away Philippe Dauman, Jr from Google to lead commerce partnerships. Dauman, who had been at Google for the… Read More
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Rdio Adds Chromecast Support For TV Music Streaming

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:30
Streaming music service Rdio has added support for Google’s Chromecast media accessory, the company announced today. What that means is that you’ll be able to send your Rdio music from your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Chrome for Mac and Chrome for Windows to your Chromecast-connected TV or HDMI display wirelessly. Using Rdio’s existing remote feature, you’ll also be able… Read More
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Fly Or Die: Secret

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:05
With last week's episode focusing on Whisper, we thought it only fair to take a hard look at its biggest competitor, Secret. Welcome to another episode of Fly or Die. Read More
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Mobile Q&A App Jelly Now Lets You Ask Location-Based Questions Routed To Nearby Users

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:03
While the shine and novelty quickly wore off Twitter co-founder Biz Stone's mobile Q&A app Jelly, the company has continued to iterate on its product - the picture-based search service that lets you ask your friends and extended network the kind of questions where the injection of a personal opinion is valued more than a list of links to click, as on Google. Today, the company has rolled… Read More
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iPhone 6 “Air” Concept Imagines A Return To The Glass Back Design

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:06
A new take on the yet-to-be-announced iPhone 6 from an independent designer provides a look at what we might expect from a thinner, larger-screened, next-generation device. This latest one is the most recent in a spate of design takes by Martin Hajek on potential future Apple products and is commissioned by French blog NWE based on recently leaked sketches, which may or may not be authentic.… Read More
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With $2 Million In New Seed Funding, Classtivity Rebrands As ClassPass To Add Variety To Your Workout

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:00
ClassPass, an NY-based company focused on bringing value to athletes and local gyms, has today announced a $2 million seed round from an assortment of angel investors, including Fritz Lanman, SV Angel, Hank Vigil, Blake Krikorian, Gordy Crawford, Owen Van Natta, Vivi Nevo & Keith Nowak, Kal Vepuri, and Dave Tisch. ClassPass originally launched out of TechStars NY as Classtivity, looking to… Read More
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Voxer’s Push-To-Talk Messenger Debuts A Redesigned, Speedier Version 3.0

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 09:54
Voxer, makers of a push-to-talk mobile messaging service, is rolling out a significant upgrade today of its iOS application (version 3.0) with the introduction of a redesigned user interface, speed and battery life improvements, plus new features, including read receipts and unlimited data storage. The company, for background, has long stood out among competing mobile messengers because of its… Read More
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With New AudioEngine, Findaway World Plans To Power Audiobook Stores On Mobile And The Web

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 09:30
Findaway World was founded back in 2006 with the aim of selling MP3 players preloaded with audiobooks. (One of its more noteworthy customers: The US Army.) Today, the company is kicking off a new digital strategy in earnest with the launch of its AudioEngine. Findaway World isn't trying to compete directly with an audiobook store like Audible, said co-founder and CEO Mitch Kroll. Instead,… Read More
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PasswordBox Partnership Lets The Nymi ECG Wristband Log You In Anywhere On Mobile

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 09:26
The Nymi armband from Toronto-startup Bionym is edging closer to reality, and a new partnership announced today helps make it more clear how it’ll be useful to everyday consumers. Bionym is teaming up with PasswordBox to make it possible to authenticate your mobile logins using your heart rate automatically, for super fast access to sites, devices and services. PasswordBox is a login locker,… Read More
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Square Debuts New Software Partner Platform, Integrates With Xero For Seamless Merchant Accounting

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 09:00
After announcing a partnership with Intuit QuickBooks last Fall, Square is debuting a new integration with rival accounting software Xero. Similar to the announcement with QuickBooks, this API deal allows for the mobile payment service to feed data from transactions into their financial books on Xero. Read More
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Healthcare.gov Crashes On The Last Day To Enroll Before The Deadline

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 08:35
Healthcare.gov is down for maintenance at the most inopportune time. Users are reporting not being able to access the U.S. government's healthcare marketplace on the last day before the deadline. Technical problems due to scheduled maintenance is to blame. Read More
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