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New Gmail Experiment Displays Promotional Emails In An Image-Heavy Grid View

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:00
Last year, Google launched its new inbox for Gmail, which automatically organizes messages from social networks, deals and offers, receipts and other messages into a set of folders. Today, it is pushing this idea of specific inboxes for certain messages a bit further. For promotional messages like deals and offers — the kind you get from Airbnb, Etsy, TripAdvisor and others — users… Read More
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Apple Improves App Store With Related Search Suggestions

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:49
Apple quietly introduced a new “related search” suggestion feature on the iTunes App Store, which began rolling out yesterday to iPhone users on iOS 7 devices. The addition involves showing a user who is searching for a particular keyword in the App Store other search terms that may also be useful. For example, a search for “calendar” may offer similar suggestions like… Read More
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Bizible Partners With Optimizely To Improve A/B Testing For Sales Teams

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:27
Marketing analytics startup Bizible just announced a new feature allowing users to integrate Optimizely with Salesforce.com. Bizible CEO Aaron Bird said this integration is the first of its kind for Optimizely. By giving sales teams A/B test data, they should get a much more sophisticated understanding of which efforts are paying off in actual sales. Read More
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Noesis Raises $30 Million Finance Fund For Energy Efficiency

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:18
Taking a page from the SolarCity playbook, the hosted energy efficiency software and services company Noesis Energy has raised a new $30 million fund for energy efficiency project financing. Read More
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Fitbit Partnership With HTC Gives It A Leg Up In The Fitness Tracking Space

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:17
Smartphone manufacturers are increasingly focusing on health and fitness as part of their platform offerings, but HTC didn’t build its own homegrown health tracking solution with the new HTC One (M8). Instead, it partnered with category leader and successful startup Fitbit, the SF-based company that builds wearable trackers like the Fitbit Force and Flex, preloading their software on all new… Read More
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Meet The HTC One ‘M8′, Available Today With Google Play Edition Shipping Soon

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:14
HTC has revealed its HTC One (M8) smartphone, the gorgeous, if somewhat inelegantly named Android flagship and successor to last year’s original HTC One, the best-selling phone in HTC’s history. The device is debuting in ‘Gunmetal Gray,’ a finish we got a look at in a video leak yesterday, ‘Glacial Silver,’ and ‘Amber Gold,’ with a unibody all-metal… Read More
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Restaurant Recommendation Startup Chefs Feed Launches Android App And Names New CEO

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:00
After launching an iOS app a few years ago, chef-led recommendation startup Chefs Feed is coming to market with an Android version. And, to help grow its business, Chefs Feed has hired former Zinio co-founder and CEO Rich Maggiotto to take over as its chief executive. Read More
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Honey Introduces A Universal Cart For Online Shoppers Where Savings Are Automatically Applied

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:24
Honey, the useful web browser add-on which automatically finds and applies promo codes to your orders when shopping online, is today launching a new version of its service (aka "Honey 2.0") that introduces a universal shopping cart. The feature is designed to allow consumers to buy from multiple stores in one online shopping session, then use your saved billing and shipping information to… Read More
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Rumr, Group Messaging With An Anonymous Twist, Launches On iOS And Android

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:00
Say hey to rumr, a new messaging app that's vying to draw your attention away from all the other ways to say hey already in play. Rumr has been in the works for around half a year, raising an $800,000 seed back in October, led by Khosla Ventures' Ben Ling. It's launching today on iOS and Android. Read More
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HP: That Big 3D Printing Announcement In June? Never mind!

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 09:59
Remember last week, when HP CEO Meg Whitman casually mentioned the company’s plans to make a “big technology announcement” about 3D printing some time in June? Whoops! Looks like she spoke a bit too early. While HP is still looking to make some mysterious 3D printing announcement, they’re quietly backpedaling on the whole “in June” thing. The good news: whatever… Read More
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eBay Fires Off Another Anti-Icahn Missive To Convince Shareholders To Hold On To PayPal

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 09:59
As eBay's May 13 annual stockholders' meeting approaches, the e-commerce giant has published another letter to shareholders to drive home its opposition to activist investor Carl Icahn, his belief that PayPal should be spun off, and the appointment of two Icahn-backed board members. Read More
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Spotify Focuses On New Users By Giving College Students Half-Off Their Premium Subscription

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 09:33
Spotify is making a land grab. In a space that's continues to fill up with competition from small startups and incumbents alike, Spotify is trying to acquire as many new users as possible with the launch of a 50 percent discount for college students. Read More
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In 18K Schools And Counting, Clever Confirms $10.3M Raise From Sequoia, Paul Graham, As It Looks To Build The Next Big Learning Platform

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 09:27
Clever launched out of Y Combinator in 2012 on a mission to help K-12 schools unlock student data, keep it up to date and safely share that data with developers. In other words, Clever’s technology enables schools to make student data more accessible and, in turn, help developers reduce the amount of work they have to do to build killer applications from that data and deliver it back to… Read More
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Watch HTC’s New One Unveiling Live At 11 AM ET

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 09:07
HTC will be showing off their new One smartphone at 11 AM ET in NYC today, but you can also follow along live and see the thing yourself via live streaming video. If you want to check it out as it happens, tune in at HTC’s event streaming page right here. The HTC One is pretty much a known quantity at this point; A 5-inch display, high-quality brushed stainless finish, dual rear camera,… Read More
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Online Freight Network Freightos Raises $4.6M Series B

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 09:04
Freightos, the Israel-headquartered startup that operates an online freight network to bring efficiencies, such as realtime quotes, to the freight industry, has raised $4.6 million Series B funding. The round was led by Aleph and ICV, with follow on investment via OurCrowd, the equity-based crowdfunding platform. It brings the total raised by the company to $6.3 million. Read More
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Porch Offers Detailed Reports About A Home’s Past Improvement Projects To Realtor.com Users

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 09:00
Since its launch last year, Porch has amassed a huge database of historical records about home improvement projects and other work done at homes all across the United States. On its own website, it is only making this data available on a neighborhood level, but thanks to a partnership with Move's Realtor.com, prospective homeowners can now request a detailed report about any of the homes listed on… Read More
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Fleksy Keyboard Goes 2.0 On Android, Bringing Badges That Extend Free Trials And Unlock Themes

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 09:00
A virtual keyboard with a gamification element? That’s what Fleksy’s Android software just became, thanks to the big version 2.0 update of its app that just went live. The update offers a ‘Badge’ system to reward use, similar to the one you’d find in Foursquare and other apps. Fleksy 2.0 also introduces ‘My Fleksy Cloud,’ a syncing feature that unites… Read More
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Tactile Raises $11M To Help Workers Sync Their Personal And Professional Data

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 09:00
Tactile, a new enterprise company that wants to help workers brings together all their customer information into one app, has raised $11.2 million in Series A funding from Accel Partners and Redpoint Ventures. Read More
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Forter Raises $3M From Sequoia To Prevent E-Commerce Fraud

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 09:00
Forter, an Israeli-based start-up that has developed a one-of-a-kind fraud solution for e-commerce merchants, has raised $3 million in Series A funding from Sequoia Capital. Read More
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New HTC One Will Get A Google Play Edition, HTC Itself Confirms Via Play Store App Description

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 08:12
The all new HTC One, which is often referred to as the M8, will have a Google Play Edition as expected, according to new information from an unlikely source ahead of its official unveiling. The Play Edition M8 is referred to by name in an official app description of HTC software released to Google Play. Google is making a number of its apps available to the Play Store ahead of its new flagship… Read More
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