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 Since downloading it six months ago, Knotch, which lets people share their opinions on a wide range of topics using an 11-color "feeling thermometer," has become one of my favorite apps because of its strong community. The startup launched a redesigned version of its iOS app today, along with a new website called Knotch.It. Read More

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YouTube network Maker Studios is taking over management and monetization of a whole bunch of viral video channels that are managed by Jukin Media. The portfolio of content includes Fail Army‘s collection of fails, as well as 30 other viral video channels such as Bad Ads, The Come Up, and FunnyVideosArchive. Together, those channels get more than 400 million monthly views. Read More

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 Online marketplace eBay rolled out a series of changes to its mobile experience across both the mobile web and its native applications today, including its apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows 8. The new apps are now sporting a redesigned look-and-feel, which includes larger images and personalized feeds, while also delivering new features, like the iPad’s in-store pickup option… Read More

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 YoVillians rejoice; your kingdom is saved. Players of the social virtual world game will be excited to hear that their play can continue as YoVille, which was acquired by Zynga a few years ago, will not be shuttered as planned. Instead, it is now the wholly owned property of London, ON-based Big Viking Games, and will be transferred completely (with all game history and profile details intact) to… Read More

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 A large majority of the innovation surrounding the iPhone and iPad has been focused on the touch interface. When the iOS platform was opened up in 2008, a crisp, responsive touch screen was so new and interesting that it’s not surprising it absorbed a large amount of the attention of the developer community. We’ve seen a massive amount of experimentation and cooperative learning around… Read More

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 On-demand ride-sharing startup Lyft is expanding aggressively in the U.S., announcing the launch of service in 24 new markets today. Along with the expansion, Lyft company will be offering free rides to new users in all launch markets, while also lowering its fares by another 10 percent in existing markets. Read More

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 Managing credit and debit cards is still a relatively complicated process. You can control some elements of your cards like accessing your balances and transferring money online, but you can’t turn off cards or set transaction types via the web or from a mobile phone. Ondot Systems, a stealthy company that has raised $18 million in funding, has developed a white-label solution called… Read More

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 Advertising tech company Appsfire is rolling out a new ad unit again! This time, it’s called Brichter-San, and it’s all about taking advantage of the load time when you pull to refresh. These are native ads, but the content is automatically provided by Appsfire. Once again, Brichter-San seems to be mostly about app promotion. After implementing the ad unit, your app will automatically… Read More

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 When big data is more than a buzzword it can soon turn into a huge headache for developers or those charged with managing the storage and access of large and growing data sets. That's the problem open source startup Data Crate has set out to solve. Read More

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 French minister Marylise Lebranchu announced earlier today at the Paris Conference that France is joining the Open Government Partnership. It’s the logical next step following France’s work on open data and open government. In particular, a small entity called Etalab acted like a startup within the French government to release a new version of Data.gouv.fr. Many open data advocates… Read More

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 FinancialForce.com, the ERP provider built on top of Salesforce.com, announced today they have received $50M from private equity investors, Advent International. The investment is actually part of a broader investment in UNIT4, FinancialForce.com’s majority investor. Salesforce.com is also a minority investor. UNIT4 remains the majority stakeholder, even after this investment from Advent.… Read More

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Duolingo, the popular language learning service, launched the latest update of its iOS app today. Version 4.0 includes a number of new features, but maybe most importantly, this update marks Duolingo's entry into Asia. Read More

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 Selfies are so hot that they might already be over (if I’m aware of something being cool it usually isn’t anymore) but you don’t have to just crank out pictures of your mug taken at arm’s length indiscriminately in hopes of finding an angle that plays well on social media. Thanks to MIT PhD student Aditya Khosla (via CSAIL), you’ll save yourself some arm strain with… Read More

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 The Internet connection and automation service IFTTT is launching on Android today, and it offers a deeper set of integrations with the OS than their iOS offering. This, of course, is due to Android’s more laissez-faire attitude when it comes to allowing apps to extend their tentacles into core OS functions. The arrival of IFTTT on Android comes after a longish period of waiting, during… Read More

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 Bitcoin vault Xapo the made news in March after launching an insured, secure repository for big BTC investors. The service, which has gone so far as to bury paper bitcoin keys in underground vaults, has become a big finance darling. Now it's going after the average user by offering MasterCard credit cards directly linked to a Xapo bitcoin wallet. Read More

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 Things move fast in the world of Bitcoin. Two days ago, we saw the launch of the much anticipated MaidSafe distributed computing network. Their aim was to collect around 8 million USD worth of cryptocurrency over a four week period, build excitement and vest interested parties with its new token, MaidSafeCoin, in anticipation of the network’s completion and launch. Read More

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 There are a number of tools to build photo books from your phone today – including apps like Shutterfly, Mosaic, Printic and others, but today Dutch company PastBook is now joining the fray, bringing its online, collaborative photo book maker to the iPhone. While the majority of photo book making utilities share a similar feature set – you select photos from your local gallery or… Read More

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 Facebook has launched FB Newswire, the company announced today, which is a product of a partnership with News Corp-owned Storyful and which promises to offer journalists a repository of verified, real-time content for use in covering breaking news stories. Storyful’s entire raison d’etre was to verify news sources from social sites including FB, Twitter and Instagram, and the FB… Read More

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 There is nothing more appealing to a nerd than space, as decades of television, the buzz around the Mars Rover landing and Elon Musk can attest to. This is probably why modular integrated circuits startup littleBits has partnered up with NASA to create the littleBits “Space Kit.” The kit will cost $189. littleBits is hard to wrap your head around if you don’t actually have the… Read More

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 Wish, a startup that likens itself to “an AdWords for shopping,” has raised $19 million in financing led by GGV Capital and Formation 8. Existing seed investors also participated, including Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang. Additionally, Hans Tung, managing director at GGV Capital joined the company’s board of directors. Read More

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Stitch, a new startup that wants to help salespeople close more deals via a mobile, productivity platform, has raised $3.25 million in seed funding from Google Ventures, SoftTech, Freestyle Capital, Foundation Capital, ENIAC Ventures and angels such as Brad Garlinghouse, Tom Conrad, and Eric Hahn. Read More

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Ticketing service Fandango just announced that it has acquired Movieclips from online video company Zefr. TechCrunch’s Ryan Lawler reported earlier this month that a deal was in the works. Zefr launched in 2009 under the Movieclips name, and it did pretty much what the name suggests — it licensed movie clips from studios and posted them on YouTube. In the years since, its focus has… Read More

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 Tradier’s chief executive Dan Raju has spent the past few years pursuing a singular vision — giving developers a toolkit to build trading platforms and financial services apps that easily integrate with brokerages and stock markets. Now, with $3.1 million in seed financing from Devonshire Investors, an investment arm of Fidelity Investments, Raju says he has the firepower he needs to… Read More

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 Russia’s Internet services giant Mail.ru may currently be wrangling back home over what will happen next at the popular social network Vkontakte, of which it is a 52% shareholder (more on that below). But step outside of that fustercluck, and the company continues to ramp up its strategy to break into markets outside of Russo-phonic territories. The latest move in that camp comes today… Read More

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 Facebook has acquired the motion tracking app for Android and iPhone ‘Moves,‘ the startup announced today via a blog post. The company’s founders say that the Moves crew will join Facebook’s team to “work on building and improving their products and services” and that the Moves app will continue to operate on its own as a standalone experience. Currently, Moves… Read More

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