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 Facebook does plan to monetize Messenger through payments, but it’s going to take its time to do it right. Regarding Messenger, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on today’s Q2 earnings call that “over time there will be some overlap between that and payments”. He stressed that “The payments piece will be a part of what drives the overall success” of Messenger and… Read More

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 American Facebook users spend way more time on the social network than exercising. Mark Zuckerberg said today on Facebook’s Q2 earnings call that users in the US spend an average of 40 minutes per day, while the CDC recommends Americans exercise 21 minutes a day but only 20% of people meet that goal. Zuckerberg said that the 40 minutes a day on Facebook account for one in five minutes… Read More

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 Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, Eventbrite co-founder Kevin Hartz, early PayPal and AirBnB investor Keith Rabois, Indiegogo co-founder Danae Ringelmann and Re/code founder Kara Swisher were among the 11 speakers whose advice ranged from whether or not you should drop out of school to launch a startup to how to network. Read More

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 Facebook just turned in a very strong quarter, with its revenue and earnings per share both beating analyst expectations. The company reported sequential-quarter user figures that were soft, but Facebook’s stock is now in the green after-hours. Driving its strong financial performance in the period was high average revenue per user, or ARPU. Facebook set records around the world for how… Read More

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 It’s been a whirlwind few months for Vishal Sikka. It began when he suddenly left his job as executive and head of products at SAP at the beginning of May and it has continued as he prepares to take the helm at Infosys on August 1st. When I spoke to him at the end of May, just ahead of the SAP Sapphire Conference,  he seemed at peace with his decision to leave SAP in spite of the… Read More

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 Facebook’s earnings beat projections for the 8th quarter straight with $2.91B in revenue and $0.42EPS in Q2 2014. The service is growing about twice as fast on mobile as the web. Facebook now has 1.07 billion mobile monthly users, and 654 million daily mobile users. That helped it bring in 62% of its ad revenue from mobile. In total, Facebook now has 1.32 billion monthly users and 829… Read More

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 Uber is pretty much everywhere these days, as its on-demand ride service is available in more than 150 cities in 40 countries around the world. But until today, there was one place you couldn’t find Uber — on Windows Phones. It changed that today with a native Windows Phone app. Read More

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 Despite Aereo’s trouble in the Supreme Court, the hope of disrupting the TV industry is still alive in the tech world. A new startup led by Aol and Dish veteran Neil Davis is in the process of raising $50 million to fill that void. The startup is called Kumo, and it’s still in stealth, so details are limited. Read More

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 For the better part of a decade, Amazon has been rolling out e-readers, tablets, and a box that you hook up to your TV while building up a library of content available on all of them. Now they’re hoping they can replace the device you always have on you and spend the most time on: your smartphone. Read More

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 Eric Vishria, who was co-founder and CEO of social browsing startup Rockmelt, is joining early Twitter and Uber backer Benchmark. In doing so, he will be joining Matt Cohler, Peter Fenton, Bill Gurley, and Mitch Lasky as the fifth member of the firm’s partnership. Read More

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 Getting a mobile app discovered, downloaded and then highly ranked is a challenging business - and one that’s now being dominated by larger players, it seems. One company benefiting from that trend is Mobile Action, a one-stop shop for mobile app user acquisition. Now on track for $2 million in revenue this year, the startup has also just raised $805,000 in seed funding from Felicis… Read More

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 Most people, especially in Silicon Valley, are aware that there aren’t enough engineers graduating from college today. By 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor projects that there will be 1.4 million computer science (CS) jobs available, but only enough graduates to fill 30 percent of these jobs. What’s perhaps even more troubling, but frequently overlooked, is that the engineers who… Read More

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 Duolingo, the free language learning service, today announced the launch of Test Center, its digital language certification program. The company is launching this service with an English Proficiency Exam that will rate your language skills on a scale from one to ten, but it expects to expand to other languages as well. For the time being, the certificate is available for free, but the… Read More

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 After some pessimism that a deal couldn’t be reached, there is indication in Washington that the Senate may be able to pass its version of the USA FREEDOM Act (UFA) before the coming August recess. Read More

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 After making the interesting decision to split its business and user experience in half, foursquare has today shown off the new version of foursquare proper for the first time. The new foursquare ditches the old logo and the old color scheme and the old way of using foursquare. This new app is centered around personalization and recommendations. That said, you won’t find much green in… Read More

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 One of the major complaints with Amazon Prime Music, the company’s new streaming music service bundled in with its Amazon Prime membership program, was its lack of song selection, and especially current hits. Today, Amazon is taking a small step towards remedying that problem with an announcement of an expansion of the Prime Music service, which now has grown by “hundreds of… Read More

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 It was only in January last year that UK startup Glow Digital Media, a social advertising platform that sells services to Facebook advertisers to grow their marketing ROI, closed a $1.3 million seed funding round. Investors in the round include Germany’s Project A Ventures and the UK’s Avonmore Developments. It’s Glow Platform product gives advertises tools to create and… Read More

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 Dropbox, now at 300 million users globally, says that there are 4 million businesses today using its cloud-based platform to store, distribute and share documents. But of those, only around 80,000 have opted so far to use Dropbox for Business, the company’s premium enterprise tier launched earlier this year. Today, the startup is making a move to sweeten the deal, unveiling a host of… Read More

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 FiftyThree, maker of creativity app Paper and iPad stylus Pencil, wants more users. To do so, it’s going to make its Pencil hardware available for third-party developers to use with their own creativity products with the launch of an SDK. While Pencil only worked with Paper at launch, it was always the company’s plan to open up to third-party developers, according to FiftyThree… Read More

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 Building a drone’s hardware and software from scratch is tough and expensive, but open source drone kits are inflexible. So to power businesses looking to customize drones for commercial uses from agriculture to industrial inspections, Airware has raised a $25 million Series B led by Kleiner Perkins. The money will fund the launch of Airware’s drone operating system later this… Read More

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 Apple has a new version of OS X coming to Macs this fall, and for the first time ever, it’s giving up to 1 million members of the public the opportunity to test it out in advance – for free, and without requiring they register as a developer, starting this Thursday. The purpose of the advance feedback is to gather feedback and help test the release before its wider launch, and… Read More

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 Virtual keyboard startup Fleksy has launched version 3.0 of its software today, which includes new monetization options via premium themes and content packs. The new themes complement the new design of the app, with alternate color options and a bonus theme available to Fleksy premium users free of charge, and there’s also support for over 700 new emoji for those of you who like to… Read More

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 Tracksmith, a new running apparel company, has raised $1.6 million in its first round of institutional funding to bring modern technology and classic styling to running gear. The company’s mission, envisioned by Matt Taylor and Luke Scheybeler, is to re-connect the sport to its storied past while looking forward to what the sport could be in the future. Taylor, an avid runner who… Read More

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 There is no shortage of tracking apps used by families and loved ones to keep an eye on another, whether it’s to know where they are or for safety concerns. Read More

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 The electronics kit manufacturer littleBits is taking its next steps to make everyone into an engineer and designer — now with the Internet of Things. The company has begun selling its cloudBit and Cloud Starter Bundle for making any littleBits device web-enabled and is announcing a partnership with RadioShack, which becomes the company’s first brick-and-mortar retailer.… Read More

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