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 LinkedIn — the social network for the working world — has been working on launching various tools to increase the usefulness and engagement of its platform to its 300m+ users. Today sees the launch of the latest of these. LinkedIn is unveiling a self-service certification feature, aimed both at helping education businesses and institutions spread their name in a more legit way… Read More

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 Scheduling a meeting usually takes a few emails. Add a third person, and you are now stuck in an email nightmare. French startup Vyte.in knows this too well, and will let you schedule meetings in a few clicks right in your browser. “I’ve worked for 4 years in big companies and small startups — from the smallest to the biggest company, you always have this problem when it comes… Read More

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 YouTube is bringing back its annual Music Awards for a second festival, with a new format that is designed to better emphasize the role of fans and creators on the service. The YouTube Music Awards last year were directed by Spike Jonze, and hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts. VICE Media is onboard as a production partner for the event, but it sounds like in addition to the… Read More

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 Flywheel, the app that hooks up taxi drivers with riders, announced Rakesh Mathur as the new CEO today. Mathur served as an Amazon VP in the early days, after the “The Everything Store” purchased his e-commerce startup Junglee. Mathur has brought in a new executive team and $12 million in a series C round of funding from TCW/Craton, Rockport Capital and Shasta Ventures. All… Read More

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Tyba – a “junior recruitment market” aimed at allowing companies like tech startups to more efficiently hire university and college graduates – last year raised $1.3 million in an investment round led by Sunstone Capital. It’s now raised another $3.1 million, once again from Sunstone Capital and a new investor, the VC fund Impulse, which is part of the Kuwaiti… Read More

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 We’ll need to produce 70% more food by 2050 to sustain a world population expected to grow to 10 billion. Yet agriculture startups struggle to get the funding, manufacturing, and test facilities needed to build the tech needed to boost food production. To fix that disconnect, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors and Flextronics Lab IX today launched Farm2050, a… Read More

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Jaunt wants to give you something to watch on make-shift virtual reality headsets like Google Cardboard, Dodocase, and Mirage. So today the 360-degree camera and VR production software maker launches its free Android app featuring the first of many planned VR content releases: on-stage and front row views of Paul McCartney playing “Live And Let Die” at San Francisco’s… Read More

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 After several years of building its business in San Francisco, peer-to-peer car rental startup Getaround is ready to make its marketplace available in more cities around the U.S. In preparation for that expansion, the company has raised $24 million in new funding led by strategic investor Cox Enterprises. Read More

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 Most shows still rely on the same narrative devices as those produced for traditional television, even ones made for online platforms like “House of Cards” or “Orange Is The New Black.” Hooked Digital Media, a studio based in Santa Monica, California, wants to change that by creating films especially for watching on mobile devices. Read More

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 Resistance is digital. Human rights charity Amnesty International is one of several organizations behind the release of a free, open source anti-surveillance tool called Detekt. Read More

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 Deep Identity, a Singapore-based startup that helps companies manage access to their internal networks and services, has raised US$470,000 (SG$589,000) to expand its services into the cloud and open a presence in Europe. Read More

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 Uber may be in the midst of a major PR crisis in the U.S., but it continues to ramp up its efforts in India — its second largest market based on cities — after it launched a low-budget service offering hatchback cars, Uber Go. Read More

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 The makers of Barbie seem to apologize A LOT for underestimating young women. This time the Internet’s buzzing over a pretty cringe-worthy Barbie book, “I Can Be A Computer Engineer,” published out of Random House. Barbie is featured in the book as a stylishly pink-clad computer engineer that somehow breaks everything and doesn’t know how to code. She does draw… Read More

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 Google has announced that developers based in China can now make money from the Google Play Store, but the news covers 130 international markets and not China. Read More

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 The failure of the Senate to advance NSA reform in the current Congress isn’t too popular with the technology community. The demise of the USA FREEDOM Act — a half-measure at best — in the Senate is another loss for the technology industry, which saw many of its leading companies repeatedly call for the bill’s passage. The FREEDOM Act was aimed at ending the… Read More

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 Senator Al Franken, Chairman of the Subcommittee On Privacy, Technology, and the Law, has posted a public letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in which he addresses many of the claims made over the past few days that the company has consistently compromised user privacy as a matter of course. “I am especially troubled because there appears to be evidence of practices inconsistent with… Read More

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 I don’t know what’s going on at Motorola lately, but I dig it. Between launching a Bluetooth headset that looks like something straight out of Her and making temporary tattoos that can unlock your phone, they’ve been getting all sorts of experimental as of late. Their latest random one-off project: a key fob that let you use your keys to find your phone, and vice versa.… Read More

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 Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic but what if the technology actually creates magic? A group of researchers at the Queen Mary University of London have trained a computer to create magic tricks using puzzle pieces and cards that are reproducible by humans. This isn’t HAL sawing a woman in half, however. The tricks are very basic mathematical problems… Read More

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 Anyone in the tech industry has heard of Xiaomi and OnePlus by now. And if you have been in a media black hole, here is a quick education on these Chinese smartphone companies: Xiaomi has surpassed both Apple and Samsung as the number one smartphone in China, and OnePlus this month announced U.S. pre-orders for its ultra-low-cost, high quality smartphone OnePlus One, which is winning rave reviews. Read More

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 Last week, when Square started pre-orders for its chip-and-PIN-based hardware to upgrade the current mag-stripe equipment, we said it was probably a sign that the company was finally going to turn on more international services into regions like Europe, where the newer system reigns supreme. Looks like that’s just what Square has quietly started to do. Updated Square Register apps in… Read More

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 Starting in December, Firefox will use Yahoo as its default search engine in the United States on mobile and desktop. As a part of this five-year deal, Yahoo will also launch a new search experience for Firefox users in the U.S., which should go live at the same time Firefox makes the switch away from Google. The new search experience will feature “a clean, modern and immersive design… Read More

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 In its fiscal 2015 third quarter, Salesforce reported revenue of $1.383 billion, non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.14, a GAAP net loss of $38.92 million, and a GAAP loss per share of $0.06. Analysts had expected $0.13 in adjusted profit on revenue of $1.371 billion. The percentage of its revenue that came from recurring, subscription sources — a key metric for any SaaS business &#8212… Read More

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 YouTube is continuing the spate of recent executive-level hires begun under CEO Susan Wojcicki with two new additions to the top-level team today, according to sources familiar with the matter and confirmed by YouTube. The new hires include Netflix VP of Content Acquisition Kelly Merryman, who takes on the VP of Content Partnerships role at YouTube; and Eyal Manor, who was most recently in… Read More

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 Parents weren’t interested in a “Netflix for Children’s Books” service, apparently. A company called Sproutkin, which launched in spring of 2013 offering shipments of just under a dozen books which parents paid for on a monthly basis but could return at any time for a new batch. The idea was that, in their younger years, kids quickly outgrew their books, and this would… Read More

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 RelativeWave, creators of an $80 “interaction design and prototyping” Mac app called Form, has been acquired by Google. As a result, Form is now free. Read More

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