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Now Facebook Wants You To Share Where You’re “Traveling To” E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 07:30
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10271402_10152674084901729_5747556492863438191_o Serendipitous meetups with friends while traveling make us happy. Facebook wants to be the portal to that joy. So this week it quietly rolled out a new feature that lets you share where you're "traveling to". Facebook's Page mentioned it today, so I asked the company which said after testing, "traveling to" is now available to all users. And it has big potential to bring Facebook valuable data. Read More
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Google Misses in Q1 With Revenue Of $15.42B, EPS Of $6.27 As Its Cost-Per-Click Fell 9% E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 07:12
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Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 12.42.22 PM Following the bell, Google reported its first quarter financial performance, including revenue of $12.20 billion excluding traffic acquisition costs (ex-TAC), $15.42 billion including those costs, and earnings per share of $6.27. Analysts and investors had expected Google to earn $6.40 on revenue of $12.25 billion (ex-TAC), or $15.54 billion including traffic costs. Read More
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When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 07:06
All Tech Considered >> 
Parents often complain that smartphones keep their kids distracted from conversation. What happens when it's the other way around, when kids can't get their smartphone-glued parents' attention?
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AT&T May Sit Out 2015 Spectrum Auction Over Rules Dustup E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 06:29
TechCrunch >> 
Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 11.12.19 AM AT&T is not happy with the rules the FCC has proposed for a 2015 spectrum auction that would reserve a piece of the airwaves for sale for smaller providers that lack low-frequency range. The second-largest wireless company in the U.S. is not happy with that. Read More
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AngelList Unveils Maiden Lane, A $25 Million Fund For AngelList Deals E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 05:54
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Angel AngelList AngelList is working on a new project called Maiden Lane. Behind this name is a new experiment in startup investment. Structured as a traditional small VC firm, Maiden Lane will only invest in AngelList syndicates or hand some money to active angels on the platform. While technically not part of AngelList, Maiden Lane currently has two general partners, AngelList’s chief operating officer… Read More
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Instagram Reassigned Inactive “Kathleen” Username To An Employee But Will Give It Back E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 05:45
TechCrunch >> 
instagram-iphone Is Instagram going around stealing users' account and distributing them to employees? That's the far-out claim from designer Brian Hoff, who says his wife's Instagram account, with the likely much-desired username of "@kathleen" was taken from her control and is now being used by another Kathleen, who also happens to be a current Facebook/Instagram employee. Shock! Horror! Outrage! Read More
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Google’s New Street View Image Recognition Algorithm Can Beat Most CAPTCHAs E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 05:45
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2014-04-16_0915 Here is an interesting conundrum for Google: it has created an algorithm that's significantly better at reading street numbers in Street View images, which helps it give you more accurate directions. At the same time, though, it turns out that this algorithm is so good, it can decipher 99 percent of CAPTCHAs (those squiggly text puzzles you often have to solve to prove you are human). Read More
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Google Launches Chrome Remote Desktop On Android, Allowing Mobile Access To Your PC E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 05:24
TechCrunch >> 
png;base646e1719b5125131fd Google this morning launched a mobile client application called “Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android” (whew!) which allows for remote access to your Mac or PC from your Android device, whether smartphone or tablet. The new app is an extension of Google’s previously launched Chrome Remote Desktop screen sharing service, which allows you to share your desktop’s screen… Read More
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Google Camera App Brings Lens Blur Background Defocus To Any KitKat Android Devices E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 05:14
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IMG_0105 Google has a new standalone camera app available in the Google Play app store, and it can be installed on any smartphones or tablets running KitKat 4.4 or higher. The new app will also be rolling out to other devices in the future according to Google, so that might expand beyond just KitKat to those on other versions of Android. The app offers a 100 percent viewfinder to show you exactly what… Read More
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Turnkey Mobile Apps Startup AppsBuilder Raises New Cash From United Ventures E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 04:53
TechCrunch >> 
bricks AppsBuilder, which has developed a platform to “easily” (they say) develop mobile apps has taken in a $1.5 million round of funding from United Ventures. The investment brings the company’s funding total to $3.5 million. Previous investors included Annapurna Ventures, Zernike Meta Ventures and Angels. The cash will be used to consolidate growth and build business in the UK and… Read More
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Talkwheel Raises $1.2M To Visualize Customer Conversations Across The Web E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 04:25
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talkwheel screenshot Talkwheel, a startup that aggregates the social media conversation around a company or topic in, yes, a wheel format, is announcing that it has raised $1.2 million in funding. The idea sounds a little odd at first, but founder and CEO Jeff Harris said it solves a major problem for brands. He argued that the traditional linear format for presenting comments and social media posts doesn't really… Read More
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Instagram Just Got A Whole Lot More Biden E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 04:24
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Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 10.27.36 AM What photo sharing network would be complete without Vice President Joe Biden? The answer is none, which makes Instagram the first network to qualify. The U.S. veep signed up and posted his first image today, though the first pic is actually from his Office staff and not Biden himself, ol’ Joe will be posting his own shots too, and those will be signed by the man himself to distinguish them… Read More
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Google I/O To Elevate Focus On Design E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 04:00
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Glass Design For Google to win, it needs to attract the best designers to its team and get beautiful third-party apps built for its platforms. Yet, right now it's Google's rival Apple and the iOS ecosystem that are known for their style. So Google tells me it's "doing a really big push around design" at its 2014 I/O conference by adding sessions on Android UX, wearable app design, speech interfaces, and more. Read More
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Urban Storage Startup Boxbee Raises $2.3 Million From Floodgate, Google Ventures, And Others E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 04:00
TechCrunch >> 
Boxbee image for TC_small About a year ago, Boxbee launched to create a new paradigm for how people use storage in urban settings. Today, it's announcing that it's raised $2.3 million from investors that include Floodgate Capital, Google Ventures, 500 Startups, Techstars, Jason Calacanis, and Ludlow Ventures, to make its storage service available to more users. Read More
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Bing Home Page Gets Some Of Cortana’s Smarts E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 03:35
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2014-04-16_0918 Two weeks ago, Microsoft debuted its Cortana personal digital assistant for Windows Phone 8.1, which uses the Bing platform to learn about your preferences and interests. Starting today, the Bing home page, too, will get some of Cortana’s smarts. On the home page, you can now find a set of personalized cards that help you keep track of news, weather, flights and stocks. To get access to… Read More
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Google’s Cloud Platform Gets Improved Hadoop Support With BigQuery And Cloud Datastore Connectors E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 03:13
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Google has long made it possible for its users to run Hadoop -- a framework for storing and processing large amounts of data -- on its Cloud Platform. Until now, however, the only way to get in and out of Hadoop on Cloud Platform was through Google's Cloud Storage service. Starting today, however, Google also makes it possible to run Hadoop jobs against data in its BigQuery SQL and Cloud Datastore… Read More
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Oroeco Tracks Spending To Help Reduce Users’ Carbon Footprint E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 03:05
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oroeco I'm the kind of person who cares about their environmental impact ... but aside from basics like recycling, my ideas about how to do better get kind of fuzzy. That's why a new service called Oroeco is pretty appealing. Since its successful Indiegogo campaign in 2012, Oroeoc tested out an invite-only version of the service and then quietly opened up the website before publicly launching today. Read More
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ShopLocket And PCH Launch Blueprint, A Media And Resource Site For Hardware Startups E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 03:00
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Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 11.09.40 AM When ShopLocket was undergoing its transformation from an ecommerce provider to a platform designed to support hardware startups from concept to consumer launch, it had a lot of learning to do. Key to making that transition was gathering resources and talking to industry experts to find out best practices and find examples of hardware startups that have successfully made the journey themselves.… Read More
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Anki Drive Expands Its Robotics Expertise With New Cars, Tracks, And AI E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 03:00
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Anki DRIVE - Crossroads (3x4 view) There are a couple of things that differentiate Anki from any other robotics company. First, it's the only one I know of to launch on an Apple keynote stage, with an introduction from Tim Cook. Second, it's one of a select few that's actually advancing the robotics industry by building toys — not industrial equipment. Read More
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Photo-Sharing App Frontback Comes To Android E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 02:20
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Frontback Android Frontback just released the Android version of its popular photo-sharing app. Previously, the app was only available on iOS. But even with just the iPhone app, the app was downloaded one million times over the past eight months. With the new Android release, the company can certainly expect many new users. As a reminder, Frontback started as a photo-taking app to capture fleeting moments. A… Read More
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