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Samsung Targets The iPad, Surface And Kindle With New Galaxy Pro Tablet Ad

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 08:26
Samsung is never shy about throwing shade on its competitors, and a new ad for its Galaxy Pro series of tablets is no exception. The new video calls out not only Apple’s iPad, but also the Microsoft Surface and Amazon Kindle by name as it emphasizes the things its Android-powered, business-focused devices can do that those other tablets cannot. Personally, my favorite part of the whole thing… Read More
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MachineShop Comes Out Of Stealth With $3M Funding From Customers To Offer Middleware For Internet Of Services

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 08:16
In a world where everything from sensors in your shoe, to refrigerators, television and jet engines are going to be connected on the web to create the Internet of Things, there are many opportunities to help companies deliver focused services. One of the biggest opportunities is to enable the Internet of Services, which will allow tens of billions of devices connected on the web communicate with… Read More
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SmartMio Offers Athletes Wearable Muscle Stimulation Controlled By Your Smartphone

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 08:03
Athletic wearable devices are not anything new, but a new product launching today on Indiegogo has a different take from the myriad activity trackers out there: The SmartMio connected sports muscle stimulator is designed to bring so-called electronic muscle stimulation (EMS) to enthusiast and professional athletes in a small, convenient and smartphone powered package. The SmartMio consists of two… Read More
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Apple Looking Into A Smart Stylus With Light- And Motion-Sensing Powers

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 07:57
Apple has a new patent application published today by the USPTO (via AppleInsider), which details a stylus with a nib that can be extended to take advantage of multi-touch capabilities for a wider brush stroke, and that has built-in light sensors so that it can act as essentially an eye-dropper tool for the real world, capturing colors from physical objects to use in digital painting. The patent… Read More
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Location Pinpointing Startup what3words Adds $1M More To Its Seed To Flog More Map Labels

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:07
Location-pinpointing startup, what3words, which is on a missing to reinvent the postcode has topped up its seed round with a further $1 million. Read More
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KnCMiner Sells $2 Million Worth Of Scrypt Mining Machines In Four Hours

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 04:59
KnCMiner, one of the few cryotcurrency miner companies that tend to ship product, has announced that they sold $2 million worth of their scrypt mining Titan rigs in four hours, a new record for the company. Read More
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Mobile Messaging App & Gaming Platform Tango Raises Massive $280 Million Series D

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 00:26
Tango, the mobile messaging application that allows users to text, play games and make free voice and video calls, is today announcing $280 million in Series D funding, in a round led by China's Alibaba. The landmark round will give Alibaba, a company best known for dominating China's e-commerce landscape, a minority stake in Tango, contributing $215 million. Read More
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Google-Backed Lending Club Brings Peer-To-Peer Lending To Business Loans

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 23:26
Peer-to-peer lending platform Lending Club, a peer-to-peer lending marketplace, is announcing a major expansion today into business loans. Read More
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Accel Partners Raises New Funds Totaling Over $1B, As High-Profile Partners Cut Back Roles

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 23:00
Accel Partners, one of the Silicon Valley’s biggest venture capital firms best known for its early investment in Facebook, has raised two new funds totaling $1.475 billion, Forbes reported earlier today. According to the report, the $475 million Accel 12 fund will focus on early-stage investments, and a new $1 billion Accel Growth 3 fund will invest in growth-stage companies to help them… Read More
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