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Financial Firms Looking To Linux, Windows 7 As XP Support Dries Up

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 20:07
In an unsurprising move, ATM operators and other financial organizations are beginning to look to Linux as a replacement for their outdated Windows XP installations. That these organizations are deciding to move from XP only now is a testament to the staying power of the OS and a certain conservatism in financial circles. Read More
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Secret CEO Responds To Cyberbullying Criticism

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 20:01
When it comes to cyberbullying in his anonyous sharing app, Secret co-founder claimed "We don't see very much of that, if any" when we spoke on stage at SXSW. Secret's user might disagree, and through these highlights from our fireside chat, you can see Byttow acknowledge the darker side of anonymity. He reveals Secret is considering an 17+ age limit and other barriers to bullying. Read More
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Virtual View App Raises $500K To Bring Augmented Reality Campaigns To The Property Sector

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 20:01
Virtual View App, a London startup that offers an augmented reality publishing platform and app designed specifically for the property sector, has raised $500k in funding. Read More
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Sony’s Advantage

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 18:02
Oculus didn't invent virtual reality — but they sure as hell made people care about it again. As of this week, however, they no longer stand alone in their arena. Sony has decided they want to play the VR game too — and they've got at least one huge, not-so-obvious advantage. Read More
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Fly Or Die: Whisper

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 17:05
Anonymity is all the rage these days, and so we bring our attention to Whisper. This week, we're joined by Leena Rao, who has some mixed feelings about the craze around anonymous social sharing apps, like Whisper and competitor Secret. Read More
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Digital Ocean’s Journey From TechStars Reject To Cloud-Hosting Darling

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 16:00
The cloud hosting service DigitalOcean is one of the big startup success stories of the last year. Earlier this month, the company announced that it had raised a $37 million funding round led by Andreesen Horowitz, just a few months after raising a $3.2 million seed round. Maybe even more importantly, it’s adding customers at a rapid clip and it has now spun up over 1.3 million cloud server… Read More
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Vaavud Raises $375K To Tame The Wind With Your Smartphone

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 15:19
A Kickstarter success has just closed its seed funding round, raising $375,000 to continue its work of measuring the wind using a network of smartphones with a low-cost, electronics-free hardware accessory combined with a mobile app. Danish startup Vaavud‘s new funding comes from a group of angel investors, and according to Vaavud CEO Thomas Helms, it’ll help them expand at a faster… Read More
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So A Breathalyzer For Quitting Smoking And A Patent War Room Web App Walk Into A Bar…

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 15:00
And now, the moment you've all been waiting for. In just mere moments (depending on your reading comprehension level), I will reveal the winners of the TechCrunch DC and NYC Meetup Pitch-Offs, and you'll all kindly pretend like you know who they are already. Of course, you shouldn't know who they are. As a requirement, they're all mostly in stealth or private beta or generally under the… Read More
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Unbabel Launches A Human-Edited Machine Translation Service To Help Businesses Go Global, Localize Customer Support

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 14:48
Today, you can be anywhere in the world in a matter of clicks. Thanks to globalization and the plucky old Information Superhighway, our world is shrinking. Inquisitive globetrotters can pop over to Google Earth, pilot through volcanoes in Hawaii or navigate a few Norwegian fjords and still be home for dinner. Vasco de Gama? Not impressed. The sheer number of people not only coming online but… Read More
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Mixpanel: iOS 7 Adoption At 90%, While Android Kit Kat Remains At Under 10%

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 14:30
Mobile analytics firm Mixpanel has iOS 7 adoption covering the vast majority of Apple mobile devices, with its real-time adoption stat tracker showing between 88 and 90 percent of devices on the latest major revision of iOS based on hourly browsing data. By comparison, you can see that according to its Android device information, only around 8 percent of those using Google’s mobile OS are… Read More
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When Startups And Revolutions Collide

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 14:09
In the last two months, tiny Silicon Valley startups have proven their ability to upset the well-laid plans of autocrats half a world away. Just this week, Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, failed spectacularly at banning Twitter, as local citizens found easy workarounds with tech tools, skirting blocks with tens of thousands of tweets mocking the impotent censors. “I… Read More
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Latest Snowden Revelations: NSA Hacks Huawei

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 14:01
The National Security Administration hacked Chinese networking giant Huawei and apparently gained access to the company's source code, according to documents seen by The New York Times and the German publication Spiegel Online. Read More
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The Rise Of The Euro Mega-Round

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 14:00
Slowly, quietly, but increasingly more noisily, startups originally hailing from Europe but going global have been raising larger and larger funding rounds. The linch-pin in the ecosystem has been financing from London (handily, that's we're holding out Disrupt conference there in October). You can be a startup from the most obscure village in Europe, your developers happily hacking away in some… Read More
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Mobile Platforms, Smartwatches, And Golden Handcuffs

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 13:00
Ask three different smart, knowledgeable people in tech about their views on smartwatches, and you’re bound to receive at least four plausible opinions on the matter. As someone hilariously snarked on Twitter, “even a broken smartwatch opinion will be write twice a day.” Jokes aside, I’ve been getting more excited about smartwatches with the news dribbling out over the past few months and… Read More
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Noora Health’s Training Program For Patients And Caregivers Improves Recovery And Reduces Readmission Rates

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 12:00
If you've ever had a major surgery or medical event, you know that the education around recovery leaves much to be desired. When I had a C-section with the birth of my daughter, the hospital gave me a piece of paper that listed some of the medical issues that could take place if my recovery wasn't going well. But I really had no idea how to handle the recovery--in fact, I made several calls to my… Read More
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Automating Layouts Bring Flipboard’s Magazine Style To Web And Windows

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 11:00
Good layout design frames a story and impacts how you are informed by the content. For example, in the hallways of Sports Illustrated, editors hang up every page of the print edition to be reviewed and manually tweaked before publication. Read More
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Gates Foundation Picks Its Moonshots In India To Reinvent Toilets Globally

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:42
From solar-powered electronic toilets to a prototype that helps recharge mobile phones from urine, and another one that could potentially offer advertising slots while pooping among several revenue generating opportunities, the ideas showcased at “Reinvent the toilet fair” in New Delhi were not short on lofty ambitions: in fact some of them can be best described as “the… Read More
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Let’s End The Search For Mobile TV

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 00:00
Mobile TV has never been a thing. Since the Sony Watchman in 1982, we’ve been excited at the prospect of mobile TV, but no matter how good our devices are, there still seems to be something missing. As recently as this January, Josh Elman noted to John Borthwick that the results of the Homescreen 2014 study show that even now, no one keeps mobile video apps on their smartphone homescreens; we… Read More
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A May-December Media Strategy Could Help Locally Focused Startups

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 21:00
In Silicon Valley, it’s sometimes easy to focus solely on social and other types of cutting-edge, digital advertising when advising startups on their marketing strategies. But these businesses can also amp up customer acquisitions by combining their Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest strategies with old-school, traditional-media marketing campaigns. Read More
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The Sweet Irony Of Popcorn Time

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 18:47
The absolutely lovely irony with Popcorn Time is that it's doing for the distribution of pirated movies exactly what the movie industry needs to do for itself. Read More
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