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 A problem that led to Windows Phone app developers seeing declining ad revenue from Google’s AdMob ad network has now been resolved, says Google. Earlier this week, news emerged that a number of Windows Phone developers had see their ad fill rates drop by a significant amount during the month, which greatly impacted their ability to generate revenue using Google’s ads in their… Read More

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 Ordering pizza by tweeting an emoji of slice to Domino’s is not as fun as it sounds. In case you missed it, in a marketing stunt expansion of its “Anyware” program, Domino’s announced earlier this month that it would soon roll out a “tweet-to-order” system that would allow anyone on Twitter to simply tweet the pizza emoji to the @dominos Twitter account to… Read More

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 The real estate market is bouncing back from the recession, which means house flipping shows are back on HGTV and investors are having a harder time finding underpriced properties. RealtyHop, which was developed by the team behind the Y Combinator-backed RentHop, wants to make it easier for investors to find these kinds of properties. For now, the service only focuses on New York, though. Read More

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 Apple is thought to be gearing up to launch HomeKit soon, likely in time for WWDC next month. The software feature for iOS devices would allow control of connected home accessories that fit Apple’s posted requirements and use its developer tools through a central app potentially called “Home,” according to a new report from 9to5Mac. This is the first we’ve heard any kind… Read More

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 The disconnect between American citizens’ desire for privacy and the actions of the U.S. government — and big technology companies — continues. A new survey by the Pew Research Center underlines the extent of the mistrust between citizens, government institutions and tech services — with less than a third (31 per cent) of U.S. citizens expressing confidence in… Read More

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 Microsoft is at it again today, with a new Windows 10 build. The operating system, due out this summer, has reached something akin to an inflection point: Microsoft appears now more focused on smoothing out the code than adding new features to the software. The build is for subscribers of the ‘fast ring’ of the Windows Insider program. On the front, I asked Microsoft if it has… Read More

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 TechCrunch is headed to Grand Rapids to host our first mini-meetup and pitch-off in West Michigan. The doors open tomorrow, Thursday May 21st, at 5:00. Expect the pitches to start around 5:30. Thanks to Start Garden, the event is free and there will be an open bar that hopefully serves some great local beers. I hear the venue is almost at capacity. RSVP here to reserve a spot. Five local… Read More

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 After a brief – but energetic – flirtation with hardware startups, Radio Shack went bankrupt, leaving many creditors in the cold. The hardest hit? Those same hardware startups. According to an open database of creditors, Radio Shack owes the likes of Afinia, Parallax, and LittleBits thousands of dollars. Seeed Studio is owed the most: $806,051.63 Maker Media (MAKE Magazine) is owed… Read More

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 Dropbox shed an executive today. The storage and file-sharing company’s Ilya Fushman is joining Index Ventures as a general partner. Index Ventures led Dropbox’s $250 million Series B round of funding. That round was also participated in Benchmark, Greylock, and IVP. According to startup and funding database Crunchbase, Dropbox has raised north of $1 billion during its life.… Read More

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 The rise of messaging apps has seemingly done two things to many would-be app developers. First: it’s made an unholy number of them build messaging apps because MESSAGING IS THE NEXT BIG THING. Second: it has spawned all manner of gimmicky takes on WhatsApp, Snapchat, etc. each of which purports to “offer something different.” Read More

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 Searching for racist keywords brings up things like the White House and other historically black institutions in Google Maps. The Huffington Post and other media outlets reported yesterday that typing in “nigga house” in Google Maps sends users to the White House. However, searching for “n***** king” also leads to the White House and typing in “n*****” or… Read More

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 Smartwatch maker Pebble seems to be in some trouble. According to sources close to the company, the company is having trouble maintaining its growth and has turned to a Silicon Valley bank for a $5 million loan and $5 million line of credit. Valley VCs have been turning down the company’s requests for new capital. Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky offered no comment. The company, which… Read More

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 Netflix confirms today that it will roll out a new user interface on the web to all users worldwide beginning next month. A number of Netflix customers are already seeing the updated look-and-feel, however, according to various reports. The interface, which was previously demonstrated at CES and Mobile World Congress, brings the design of Netflix’s website more in line with what… Read More

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 Spotify’s press event today wasn’t just about adding video and other content types. The company also revealed that it’s adding new features to improve the experience for anyone who listens to Spotify during their runs. To do that, Chief Product Officer Gustav Söderström said Spotify will now use the sensors on your phone to detect the pace of you run. Then, when you hit… Read More

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 1/ Some personal news … 2/ I will be leaving TechCrunch because I’ve been cast to play a supporting role in “Tweetstorm The Movie 3/ .” Just kidding. Okay, I am stepping down as co-editor of TechCrunch, but not due to the allure of Hollywood or whatever is going on with Verizon. Instead, I will be fulfilling my completely rational, lifelong dream of going to business… Read More

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 Predictive keyboard maker SwiftKey is today flicking the monetization switch for its iOS app, with the launch of a keyboard theme store which it debuted on its Android app last year. Read More

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 Spotify has just unveiled the newest version of the product at a media event here in New York City. Alongside the introduction of new media types, such as podcasts and videos, the service will also serve up playlists that are more personalized and relevant to what you’re doing at the time. “Music is moving away from genres,” said Daniel Ek on stage. “People… Read More

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 Y Combinator-incubated Taplytics is announcing that it has raised $2.4 million in seed funding. The startup launched last year as an A/B testing service for mobile apps, and since then it’s added features around mobile analytics and push notifications. CEO Aaron Glazer said the additions are turning Taplytics into “a full-blown mobile optimization solution.” Read More

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 A friend growing up had a combination of prosthetic legs that replaced the limbs he’d been born without pretty admirably, using a combination of hydraulics and mechanical joints, but without any real smarts and so with considerably limitations (he drove using steering wheel-mounted controls rather than foot pedals, for instance). The prosthetic market has changed quite a bit in the… Read More

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 A new group video reactions app called Gather hopes to add a bit of fun to your digital life. The iOS app lets users post links to online articles and then gathers video reactions from those connected to you on the app. Those with an iPhone already have a sufficient supply of communications tools to choose from – Snapchat, Vine, Facebook Messages or even plain old texting. But even the… Read More

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 San Francisco-based video conferencing company Fuze is expanding its platform today with the acquisition of an online team collaboration platform, LiveMinutes. With the addition, Fuze is no longer focused only on online meetings, but is now also rolling out a new product called Fuze Spaces which allows colleagues to chat, share and comment on files, organize projects, and more via a… Read More

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 This year — like many rapidly growing startups — is a year of major international expansion for Tilt, a startup centered around funding projects that is well on its way to being worth $400 million. Tilt serves as a way for people to raise money ahead of an event happening — such as funding T-shirts for a sorority or raising money for a school charity event. Users commit… Read More

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 Oradian, another European startup offering cloud-based software for micro finance institutions (MFIs) in developing markets, has picked up financing of its own. Read More

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 BetterWorks, a cloud platform that helps companies set and manage goals, announced a new feature today that automatically updates goal progress based on information in Salesforce and Workday. The platform enables employees to set goals in an open fashion so that everyone can understand what others are doing and see how the different pieces fit within the overall goals of the organization.… Read More

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 Former Googler, programmer and entrepreneur, Dan Shapiro, is building a new type of 3D printer. Which actually isn’t a printer at all; it’s a laser cutting machine called Glowforge… Read More

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