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LinkedIn Adds Trending Content List And A Score For Companies’ Content Marketing Efforts

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:00
LinkedIn is introducing some new tools for businesses hoping to attract a following with their LinkedIn content. First up, there's a content marketing score, which measures the total effectiveness of a businesses' LinkedIn content. It's calculated by taking the total number of unique LinkedIn members who engaged with a companies' Sponsored Updates, Company Pages, LinkedIn Groups, employee… Read More
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Lithium To Acquire Social Influence Scoring Site Klout For $200M

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 22:59
Social customer service company Lithium Technologies will announce on Thursday morning that it has acquired Klout for almost $200 million in cash and private stock, says Fortune. Read More
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Aereo Says A Win For Broadcasters Would Have “Chilling” Consequences To Cloud Computing

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 22:09
Aereo has today filed its response brief with the Supreme Court in a case that will make or break the streaming TV startup. So far, we're in the preliminary stages of this particular case, with the broadcasters filing their initial briefing in March, arguing that Aereo violates Copyrights by retransmitting broadcast signals as a "public performance." Read More
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Yo Instacart, Can I Get Some Shareable Grocery Lists?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 22:09
I suck at grocery shopping, at least compared to some of my friends. One knows exactly what vegetables go into a killer get-the-hell-out-of-bed smoothie. A gymrat buddy can suggest a healthier alternative to every food. And my favorite drunk has the cocktail bar essentials memorized. Some of them already use grocery delivery service Instacart. Now I want them to be able to do the shopping for me. Read More
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Box Unveils First Standalone Product And New API Pricing At Inaugural Dev Conference

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 21:34
Today at its Box Dev developer event in north San Francisco, Box, a cloud file storage and enterprise collaboration company, announced a number of product changes, new pricing schemes, and some new code. Especially in light of its impending IPO, understanding what Box is up to matters. Let’s dig in. Pricing And Growth Financial quibbles aside, Box has grown quickly in terms of product usage.… Read More
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With Revenue Up 2.4X In The Past Two Months, Instacart Lands In NYC

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:48
Instacart, the grocery delivery service popular in Chicago, San Francisco and other locations, landed in New York City today. I spoke to Instacart this morning about the New York City addition, which it described as something of an evolution. Each city is unique in its makeup, design, weather and so forth, but it seems that New York City is more unique than other municipalities. To serve the… Read More
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Digital Ad Company CPXi Raises $30M In Its First Outside Funding

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:06
Digital media holding company CPXi is announcing that it has raised $30 million in new funding. Founded in 2000, CPXi apparently raised no outside capital before this. The current round was a mix of debt and equity, and the money comes from the Business Development Corporation of America. Read More
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Using Analytics, Bloomberg Beta Seeks Out Startup Founders

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:44
By now 350 employees at companies across the country might just be rethinking their day jobs, thanks to an email sent this morning by venture investment firm Bloomberg Beta. The early-stage investor, whose sole backer is Bloomberg LP, tapped those 350 people as the candidates most likely to become founders of startup companies. Bloomberg Beta constructed the list using analytical tools and… Read More
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Buying An Engagement Ring Online Spoiled The Surprise

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:30
Buying an engagement ring online feels like a strange thing to do. It’s up there with buying a car you’ve never test driven or renting a house you’ve never seen in person. But in these technological times, instead of going from large retail chain to local jewelry store to look at sparkly rings, the engaged-to-be create Pinterest boards. Some do this voluntarily because they dream… Read More
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Microsoft And Dell Sign Patent Royalty Agreement For Android And Chrome OS Devices

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:09
Today Dell and Microsoft announced that they have signed an agreement relating to intellectual property, which will see the two companies "license each company’s applicable" patents regarding Android and Chrome OS devices, as well as Xbox consoles. Read More
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Mobile Users, Women Shoppers Fuel India’s E-Commerce Boom

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:42
Among everything else that’s driving e-commerce growth in India, the ease of buying things sitting inside homes, avoiding the hazards of traffic snarls, worsening air pollution and finding a parking slot, will easily rank at the top, no matter how simplistic it sounds. India’s e-commerce industry has seen its most action-packed period over past few months — several hundreds of… Read More
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Twitter Tests More Inviting Profile Designs On Mobile

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:20
Twitter has been testing designs furiously all winter, including a tile-like format for tweets and a Facebook-style profile page on the web. But TNW has spotted an update in the Twitter app (which is being partially rolled out as a test, considering my version of the app doesn't show the change) that brings the same profile look to mobile. Read More
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Twitter Adds People Tagging And Multiple Photo Sharing To Tweets

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:40
Twitter has announced a couple of additions to its image offerings today, including the ability to tag up to 10 people in a photo without using any precious characters up. You’ll also now be able to attach up to four photos to a tweet, and Twitter will automatically craft a collage for you. The people-tagging feature will undoubtedly offer Twitter a way to increase the density of its social… Read More
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Timehop Brings Its Mobile Time Machine To Android

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:30
Timehop, the mobile app offering a way to recall your past one day at a time by displaying your old photos and posts from Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare and Twitter, is now launching its service on Android. The app, for those unfamiliar, is a simple service that lets you look back on what happened on this day last year, and the year prior, and so on. It’s a “this day in history”… Read More
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King Falls 15% On Its IPO Day, Erasing $1.1B In Market Cap

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:23
Today King went public, and immediately was given a raspberry by investors who sent its stock price down throughout the day, hammering the company to the tune of more than 15 percent and $1.1 billion in value. A good flotation this was not. In fact, it was the worst so far this year. Read More
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Google’s I/O Registration Lottery Happens April 8 – 10: May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:23
Google is doing something different with registration for its 2014 I/O Developer Conference this year. The company isn’t doing first-come, first-served this time around, which has resulted in a crazy scrum and a lot of server errors in the past, but instead will open a full two-day window during which anyone can sign up, after which Google will choose randomly from the entire pool of… Read More
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Vice Media’s Shane Smith To Join Us At TechCrunch Disrupt NY

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:15
After years of stagnation, the media industry is in full-fledged evolution mode. Consumption is changing, creation is changing, and even the act of reporting is transforming right before our eyes. And few people seem to have a clearer view of the future of news than Shane Smith, co-founder of Vice Media. Read More
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Build Your Own Makerbot-Inspired Robotic Tattoo Machine

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:51
I actually checked to see if today was April Fool's but, seeing as how it wasn't and seeing as how it would be quite simple to recreate this cool piece of hardware, I figured we could check it out. Basically it's a DIY tattoo machine that uses a Makerbot base with a needle attached to the extruder. To use it you simply strap your arm to the platform (!!!) and wait for the robot to blow some Sailor… Read More
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BlackBerry Sued An Executive Who Defected To Apple

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:41
The story goes BlackBerry senior vice president for software Sebastian Marineau-Mes resigned from his post in late December 2013 after Apple offered him a position as vice president of Core OS. But BlackBerry wouldn't let him go and sued for breach of contract. Marineau-Mes alleged his contract is not a valid and enforceable one. Read More
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A Brief History Of Oculus

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:34
Less than two years ago, Oculus raised 2.5 million dollars on Kickstarter. Yesterday, they were acquired by Facebook for $2 billion. Oculus has definitely generated its fair share of buzz in its short lifespan — yet many people are hearing about them for the first time this week. For them, and for those who might've missed some details along the way, here's Oculus' story so far. Read More
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