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 Tech people are probably used to the idea that we’ll have our memories and photos stored online. Sure, we have it in the backs of our mind that it’ll all be on some dusty hard drive somewhere we can access in the nursing home – at least we HOPE that’s the case. At the same time, very few people know how to store something in the cloud for a very long time – other than… Read More

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 So much for trashing the Kindle. Today Samsung is announcing a new app, Kindle for Samsung, created in partnership with Amazon, that will let Galaxy device users using Android 4.0 and up, starting with the Galaxy S5, to buy and read content from Amazon’s catalog of magazines, newspapers and books. Amazon and Samsung are also launching a free book service, Samsung Book Deals, for users… Read More

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 Weibo, the influential microblogging service owned by Sina, has reportedly raised just $285.6 million in its initial public offering, according to Bloomberg. The service's underwhelming IPO, however, should not be taken as a harbinger of doom for other Chinese tech companies that plan to list soon on U.S. stock exchanges. Read More

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 Mobile messaging platform Line, which is gunning for a billion registered users by 2015 and is also reportedly considering an IPO later this year, has added a new feature aimed at boosting engagement on its platform. The feature could also result in it pulling in more revenue via its secondary money-maker, sticker sales. Read More

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 Qapital, a new financial management app developer based in Europe, is preparing to launch in the U.S. and Sweden as it looks to challenge Mint.com's dominance in personal financial management, TechCrunch has learned. The Stockholm-based company aims to help consumers "live large" by "saving small." Read More

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 Quick! That catchy new track is playing over the gym's loudspeaker, and you've been meaning to figure out its name for days. You grab your iPhone. You bring up Siri, and say "Siri, what song is this?" Maybe she'll just sit there. Maybe she'll crack a witty one-liner. Either way, she won't have any idea what song is playing. According to the latest iOS 8 rumors, Apple wants to fix that. Read More

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When Yahoo removed Henrique De Castro as its COO, it wasn't clear how much loot he was going to take with him. The final tally, revealed today in an SEC filing that also detailed Yahoo's board nominations, has the figure: $58 million. Read More

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 Photojojo began as a newsletter for photography enthusiasts to share their latest tricks. Over time, it's evolved into a popular storefront for photo geeks, selling unique but oh-so-useful photography accessories. Now they're trying something new: camera and gadget rentals... but probably not like anything you've seen before. Read More

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 Pinterest's upcoming news event, dubbed "Choose Your Own Adventure," may not be directly related to the company's efforts in the personalization space, but rather the announcement of a consumer-facing travel product, we're hearing. The launch will be aimed at attracting more men to Pinterest's service, which is today overwhelmingly female. Read More

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 Call it Yahoo's version of the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker. The venerable Internet firm today announced a trio of nominations to its board that could round out the sort of folks keeping tabs on its focus. Most interesting among the nominations is David Filo, a Yahoo co-founder. Read More

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 Tremor Video, a video ad company that went public last year, has announced a new product that should take a lot of headache and uncertainty out of running ad campaigns across desktops, tablets, smartphones, and Internet-connected TVs. Cross-screen advertising is a big buzzword (buzzphrase?) right now, but Tremor CTO Steven Lee said that when it comes to running a campaign, there's still a… Read More

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UberConference, the popular conference calling service and former TechCrunch Disrupt Battelfield winner, today announced that it has added screen sharing to its service. The company says this was one of the most requested features it has had since launch, and starting today, it's available for all users, including those who use the free service. Read More

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 Zoosk just filed its S-1 registration statement today, announcing its plans to raise $100 million in an initial public offering. The company, which has offers up a website and apps for daters around the world to find each other, posted a net loss of $2.6 million in 2013 on revenues of $178 million. Read More

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 You don't have to walk alone anymore. Rather than asking your mom, bestie, or significant other to stay on the phone with you while you walk down a sketchy street at night, you can use Kitestring. You punch in your emergency contacts, let it know when you're somewhere dangerous, and Kitestring will text you a little later to see if you're okay. Read More

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 We are in an age of disruption and this is even more pronounced for a large technology company like IBM, but Big Blue finds itself in the position of having to reinvent itself yet again after surviving and even thriving through earlier technology transformations. Let's not forget that IBM was once the king of mainframes, which was a great place to be until mainframes were marginalized by mini… Read More

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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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