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 Indexeus.net looks like it could have been a Y Combinator project. With a slick design, snappy copy, and a bitcoin-based payment system, it looks unusually legit. But what the site is hiding is the produce of hundreds of hacking efforts from around the web. I’ve left out the link because it’s unclear if the site may deliver malware now or in the future. You can type it in if… Read More

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 Metal 3-D printers exist now, but they can be expensify to purchase. A new startup called MatterFab hopes to reduce the cost associated with metal 3-D printing, with a machine that houses a high-powered laser to basically weld metal together. Read More

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 TubeMogul is having a strong first day of trading as a public company, rising nearly 50 percent in midday trading. The company went public for $7 per share, and is currently trading in the $10.30 range. The IPO, however, came with caveats. The $7 per share price was dramatically under its initially proposed pricing range of $11 to $13. And, to help get the thing out the door, prior investors… Read More

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 The Brandery, one of the top ten accelerator programs in the U.S., has accepted its latest clutch of startups, and they’re pretty interesting. The class included companies developing products ranging from a location-based iPhone app that’s looking to make Yelp hyperlocal on mobile devices, a company making a wearable device programming toolkit, to a water use sensor and mobile app… Read More

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 Going against the freemium gaming grain, Monument Valley, the sumptuously designed, premium priced iPad game which launched back in April and snagged its makers an Apple Design Award at this year’s WWDC, has now passed one million downloads, TechCrunch can reveal. Read More

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 In response to concerns held by the European Commission, and a request from the EU regulatory body to offer changes around how apps that offer in-app purchases are sold, Google will cease calling apps that feature in-app transactions free by the end of September (via Engadget). The EU has also said that Apple has not provided any timeline for how it will address the same complaints, but has… Read More

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 Now that Amazon has uncorked their Kindle Unlimited service I, like many indie authors, was curious. What does this mean for us withered scribes, scribbling away in our garrets and bobbing on the waves of Amazon’s massive literary marketplace? Will I get paid if I join Kindle Unlimited? How do I add my book to the mix? Will I become fabulously rich? Full disclosure: I’ve been… Read More

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 In the interconnected world, machines are too rigid in understanding the nuances in translating languages and humans are too slow for on-the-fly translation. That’s why Unbabel brings robots and humans together to deliver a faster and affordable translation service. Read More

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 UserTesting, a provider of user testing services for web and mobile apps, has launched a free version of basic user testing services called Peek. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company, which is backed by investors including Kern Whelan Capital, has brought the Peek service out of beta to give developers, designers and marketers a way to see real people using their website, mobile app, or… Read More

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 For many of us in the tech world, the word “Tinder” has been a part of our vocabulary for years now. (And no, I don’t mean kindling for a fire.) Still, some folks are just now jumping on the bandwagon, not least of which is Mr. Conan O’Brien himself. Our beloved late-night host joined in the Tinder fun last night, and made quite a connection with a 74-year-old lady… Read More

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Amazon officially announced that Kindle Unlimited, an all-you-can eat reading and listening service, that we first mentioned two days ago. Dubbed a “Netflix for books” by our own Darrell Etherington the service offers over 600,000 books for free reading on Kindle and Kindle-enabled devices as well as thousands of audiobooks from Audible. Books include the Diary of a Wimpy Kid… Read More

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 Attention lonely teenagers and the musically-proficient adults they become: you can now learn to play any song on YouTube using one of the simplest interfaces I’ve seen in a while. Called Riffstation Play, it is an online app by the makers of Riffstation that gives you the chords and notes for almost any song on the Internet. Like Capo 3 I looked at last year the system is very simple. Read More

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 It’s like summer camp, but for grownups, according to a video shown as Turner Media Camp’s third Demo Day kicked off. Warner Bros. and Turner’s media-focused accelerator culminated Thursday as a batch of startups made presentations to a room of investors. The five startups spent 12 weeks in workshops and networking events with media leaders. Read More

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 HasOffers has been a tricky startup to write about — partly because ad attribution isn’t inherently sexy, but mostly because of the name. Yes, there’s HasOffers the company and HasOffers the product, but at this point it’s probably best known for a different service, MobileAppTracking, which allows mobile developers to see which ads are actually leading to app… Read More

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 Google released the latest beta version of its Chrome browser today, and if you’re a Windows user on a machine that runs at least Vista, fonts will now look better on your screen. That’s because the Chrome 37 Beta now supports Microsoft’s DirectWrite API, a technology that improves the way fonts look on modern screens. Read More

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 Amazon’s war on publishers reached a crescendo yesterday with the leak of Kindle Unlimited, a subscription plan that would allow readers to pay $9.99 per month for unlimited access to the Kindle ebook library. No longer content with simply demanding steeper discounts from publishers like Hachette — which is locked in a bitter fight with the ecommerce giant over book prices… Read More

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 Back in January, startup Prim shut down its door-to-door laundry service. Now its founders are ready to talk about what they’re doing next — and no, it’s not laundry-related. The team has built an app for Android lockscreens that helps users manage what can sometimes feel like a barrage of push notifications. Co-founders Xuwen Cao and Yin Yin Wu said this was an issue they… Read More

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 Care.com, the listed Massachusetts-based company that runs an online marketplace for finding and managing family care resources such as babysitters and elder caregivers, announced today that it has acquired Citrus Lane, the e-commerce startup that sells monthly subscription boxes of products aimed at babies and kids. The total deal value is $48.6 million total, Care.com said in a press… Read More

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 People are saying that Silicon Valley venture capitalists have lost their way. They argue that we invest far too much money in startups that are either addressing trivial markets or problems that affect a few privileged 20-somethings. “The entire Bay Area appears to have given up on solving anything but its own problems,” wrote Christopher Mims of The Wall Street Journal on July 7… Read More

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 IBM managed to best market expectations in the second quarter, but its shares have traded down since it released the details of its second quarter’s financial results, which included revenue of $24.36 billion, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $4.32. On a GAAP basis, IBM earned $4.12 per share. Analysts had IBM to report non-GAAP earnings per share of $4.29, on revenue of $24.13 billion. Read More

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 Bill Campbell has had a seat in Apple’s boardroom for 17 years, yet he joined the company in 1983 as vice president of Marketing. Next to Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Mike Markkula, he’s the company’s longest serving board member. Apple announced today that he will be stepping down. BlackRock co-founder Susan L Wagner will be taking his spot. Read More

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 Twitter just announced it’s acquired CardSpring to enable “in-the-moment commerce experiences.” CardSpring is an application platform that lets developers build card-linked offers electronic coupons, loyalty cards, and virtual currencies that work with credit cards and other types of payments. Twitter will keep the service open. CardSpring writes “At Twitter, we… Read More

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 Buried deep in Google’s earnings release this afternoon was word of a pretty big management shift: Nikesh Arora, the company’s Chief Business Officer, is leaving after a decade with the company. Read More

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 Meg Whitman just gained a bit more power within HP. The company’s Board of Directors has appointed her to the chairman’s spot following the departure of Ralph Whitworth earlier this week. Whitman was already serving as president and CEO of HP. She came on board following a tumultuous period of always-shifting leadership within HP and immediately set out to stabilize the… Read More

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 Today after the bell Google reported its second quarter financial results, including net revenue (ex-TAC) of $12.67 billion, and $6.08 in non-GAAP earnings per share. Google gross revenue for the period came in at $15.96 billion Analysts had expected that Google would report $12.32 billion in ex-TAC (net) revenue, $15.62 billion in gross revenue, and earnings per share of $6.25. In its… Read More

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