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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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The MicrobeScope Uses Your iPhone As A Microscopic Sidekick To Capture Views Of Bacteria In Real-Time

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:59
Here's a Kickstarter project that wants to use your smartphone to extend the powers of something else: a basic microscope -- allowing for real-time videos of microbes doing weird stuff to be captured on your phone and easily shared to your social networks (if you're that kind of person). Read More
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Sony Won’t Use Android Wear, Will Instead Focus On Its Own Android-Based Smartwatch Platform

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:52
Sony isn’t going to be one of Android Wear’s OEM partners, at least not in the foreseeable future. The company’s head of U.S. mobile operations Ravi Nookala told CNET in an interview that it will forge ahead with the Android-based OS that powers its SmartWatch and SmartWatch 2 wearables, rather than jumping ship to Android Wear, Google’s new platform. Android Wear has… Read More
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Content Recognition Company Enswers Launches In North America

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:48
Enswers, a Seoul-based company whose content recognition technology is embedded in Samsung Smart TVs, has launched Enswers America to expand its global business. Founded in 2007 and now an independent subsidiary of Korea Telecom, Enswers provides its technology, which identifies audio, image, and video, to content creators through a software development kit. Read More
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Polish Government Announces $100M Fund To Support Ukrainian Startups

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:48
Poland is to put $100 million (300 million Zloty) into supporting small Ukrainian companies, which will obviously include tech companies by implication, and allow more Ukrainian companies to list on its stock exchange. “We do this to support the new Ukrainian industry, new business and build a new middle class,” sad President Bronislaw Komorowski told Polish newspaper Gazeta… Read More
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Capitaine Train Releases Android App To Book Your Train Tickets On The Go

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:27
Train ticket booking startup Capitaine Train just released its Android app. If you used the iPhone app at some point, you won’t feel lost as the Android app is very similar in design and features. As a reminder, Capitaine Train wants to improve the cumbersome process of booking train tickets online and on your phone. The service works for train tickets in Europe. But instead of using a… Read More
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Cloud POS Startup Vend Raises $20M From Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures And Square Peg Capital

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 07:00
Since being launched just a few years ago, New Zealand-based cloud point-of-sale startup Vend has grown incredibly fast. To keep pushing forward, Vend has raised an additional $20 million in Series B funding from Peter Thiel international investment vehicle Valar Ventures, as well as Australian-based investment firm Square Peg Capital. Read More
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Russian Online Video Market Booming, Becomes Biggest In Europe

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 06:58
New research by puts ivi.ru – a Video On Demand (VoD) provider in Russia of licensed content, both ad-sponsored and paid – as leader of the Russian market. However, the study from consulting firm iKS-Consulting was commissioned by ivi.ru, so we’ll have to take that with a grain of salt. That said, it does come up with a number of points worth noting about the VOD market in… Read More
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Alibaba Still Has Plenty Of Room To Increase Its $150B Valuation, Says YipitData

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 06:44
Alibaba's upcoming public listing is expected to be one of the largest IPOs ever, but there are concerns that the Chinese e-commerce giant's rapid growth is tapering off as merchant spending slows and competition increases. But Alibaba still deserves its $150 billion valuation and may be worth significantly more, according to a new report from research firm YipitData, which tracks every… Read More
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Ebuzzing & Teads Merge To Create Global Video Ad Group, IPO Pegged For 2015

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 06:24
Ebuzzing and Teads, a pair of European adtech companies focused on video advertising, are to merge — setting their sights on an IPO in 2015. The “Ebuzzing and Teads” group is being created in the hopes of building a global online video ad giant with complementary technology offerings that it can continue selling to both advertisers and publishers. The combined Ebuzzing and… Read More
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UK Gym Network PayasUgym Raises Further £1.6M, Plans To Add Fitness Class Comparisons & Bookings

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 04:00
The UK’s PayasUgym, a startup that lets users search for and buy a discounted pass to a local gym, has raised a further round of funding: £1.6 million led by Albion Ventures and MMC Ventures, with participation by existing investors. Money it will use for marketing and to launch new products and services, including adding fitness class comparisons and bookings in the UK. This brings the… Read More
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Adobe Expands Its Marketing Cloud With Predictive Tools, iBeacon Support, And More

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 00:00
As Adobe kicks off its Digital Marketing Summit in Salt Lake City, the company is announcing a number of new features and products in the Adobe Marketing Cloud, its suite of products for digital marketers. It's the kind of announcement that's best outlined with a quick list, and I'll get to that in just a second. When I discussed the conference with Ray Pun, senior product marketing manager for… Read More
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SF Is Actually The New Palo Alto

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 23:03
Lots of pretty writing in New York Magazine writer Kevin Roose's "Is San Francisco New York" and New York Times writer Nick Bilton's response "Why San Francisco Is Not New York," so you should read them both. But before you can cry "East Coast, West Coast" or, probably in this case, "West Coast is the new East Coast is the new West Coast is the new East Coast," remember that pretty writing is… Read More
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A Look Inside Box: Competition, Product Plans, And Unit Economics

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 21:07
While Box was widely expected to be a money-losing shop, the extent of its losses and that it is accelerating surprised some. What the losses mean in the context of Box and its future is a complex question, but one worth answering given that if the company struggles during its flotation, it could close the door for other tech IPOs for some time. Read More
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Hands On With Bellabeat, The App That Lets Moms-To-Be Hear And Share Baby’s Heartbeat

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 20:00
It was just over a month ago that Bellabeat, the startup that aims to be the go-to quantified self app for pregnancies, launched its flagship “connected system” for tracking pregnancies that lets expectant moms hear, record, and share their baby’s heartbeat using just a handheld gadget and a smartphone. It turns out that since then the project has been greeted with enthusiastic… Read More
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Apple’s iPhone 5c Sales Story Is A Complex One

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 18:45
For years, pundits and analysts have been suggesting that the only way for Apple to compete against cheap Android phones, especially in China and throughout Asia, was to produce a cheap iPhone. Well, Apple finally relented (sort of) when it released the cheapish iPhone 5c --only data suggests that the Chinese prefer the higher-end iPhone. Read More
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Researchers Create Diamond “Wires” That Could Power Future Computers

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 18:34
Physicists at Ohio State University have successfully sent an electron “down” a wire made of diamond, a first that could mean new methods of transferring data inside computer chips. As you can imagine, these aren’t wires in a traditional sense in that they conduct electricity. Instead, the physicists were able to pass a magnetic spin effect down the wire “like a row of… Read More
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Sheryl Sandberg: Facebook Refused No-Poaching Agreement With Google

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 18:25
The vast collusion between technology companies to prevent poaching and hiring among themselves, thereby limiting fair-market wages for the workers in question, has a new wrinkle today: Facebook refused to play ball, and we have a statement to that effect. A filing widely reported today includes an anecdote from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, indicating that Google once approached her to propose a… Read More
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Google Teams With Ray-Ban And Oakley Maker Luxottica For Future Versions Of Glass

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 18:23
Google has signed on Italian optical wear firm Luxottica to help it design and build future versions of its Glass face-based computing system, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal confirmed by Google to TechCrunch. The news comes from Luxottica itself, which says it will build new versions of Google’s wearable, which could theoretically be branded under Ray-Ban, Oakley, Miu… Read More
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Hotshot CEO Aaron Levie Will Only Own 4.1% Of Box When It IPOs, Investor DFJ Owns 25.5%

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 17:40
Box CEO Aaron Levie is credited with bringing sexy back to enterprise startups, but the big surprise in Box's S-1 IPO document filed today is that Levie only owns 4.1 percent of the company. Meanwhile, Draper Fisher Jurvetson owns 25.5 percent. The numbers reveal Levie sold off much of his startup to raise the $414 million that funded Box's rise to become an enterprise brand name. Read More
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