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 This afternoon following the close of regular trading, IBM reported its first quarter financial results, including revenue of $22.48 billion, GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $2.29, and non-GAAP EPS of $2.54. Those figures were down, on a year-over-year basis, 4%, 15% and 15%. Read More

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 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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 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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 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 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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 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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 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 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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 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 US… Read More

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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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 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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 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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 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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 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. Frontback started as a photo-taking app to capture fleeting moments. A Frontback post is a… Read More

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 Union Metrics, the social analytics platform whose most recent claim to fame was being the first to receive Tumblr’s blessing, is today rolling out a similar service for Instagram, as well as introducing a new suite which will pull Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram into one platform. The company had previously been testing the Instagram analytics service in a private beta with around 15… Read More

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 RealtyShares is kind of like a "LendingClub for Real Estate," a providing a platform for crowdfunding real-estate development. And the company just raised $1.9 million led by General Catalyst to make its offering available both to more developers and more investors. Read More

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A lot has been said about Aereo's technology — so much, in fact, that there are hundreds of pages worth of legal documents discussing the matter as it relates to the law. That said, we thought it would be helpful to take a closer look at how Aereo actually works when it lets customers rent out remote DVR antennas and watch what amounts to live television on any device. Read More

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 Amazon announced this morning through an email to its customers that all personal documents archived in your Kindle e-reader library are also now being made available from Amazon Cloud Drive. The files will be placed in a new folder called “My Send-to-Kindle Docs” where you’ll then be able to manage the items as you would any other file, including being able to organize, share or… Read More

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 Over the years, many people have come to love The Young Turks for its particular brand of progressive politics and news commentary on cable TV and online. Now that it's completely digital, though, the company behind the show is looking to grow the business, with $4 million in new funding. Read More

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 SuperAwesome, the European ad network and marketing platform for kids and teens, continues to roll up talent in the space. Read More

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 We've invited Mike Judge to join us at Disrupt, along with Silicon Valley executive producer and writer Alec Berg. We'll also welcome Thomas Middleditch, who stars as Pied Piper founder and CEO Richard Hendricks, as well as T.J. Miller, who plays the surly "incubator" head Erlich Bachman, at the event. Read More

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