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 Facebook today rolled out a new mobile application designed to help the company’s now over 2 million active advertisers manage their ads from their smartphone. The app, called Facebook Ads Manager, is initially available on iOS, and allows its users to create and edit ads, track spending, view ad results, and receive ad-related notifications. These notifications can alert advertisers… Read More

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 Amazon has been using reader feedback to find and publish new titles via Kindle Press, using the Kindle Scout program it introduced back in October of last year. The Scout platform uses votes from readers to select what books get published, and those which receive the most favorable response are provided 5-year renewable contracts for digital publication rights, $1,500 advance and 50… Read More

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 Three years ago, wearables were the new, new thing. There were only a few wearable fitness trackers available on the market, and each was exciting and fresh compared with familiar technology like smartphones and tablets. Today, you can’t bat an eyelash without spotting a Jawbone Up or a FitBit or a Garmin. Which is why each of these products needs something special. With Moov, the… Read More

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 If you like to travel you’ve probably heard of Airbnb, even if you’ve never used it. That lodgings marketplace enables users to rent out their homes to others. But what if you just wanted to swap apartments with someone who lived in a city you wanted to visit? To solve that problem a startup called MyTwinPlace has built a marketplace for housing swaps. Read More

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 Business services and retail operations saw the most online intrusions from malicious hackers in 2014, and one business was infiltrated and tapped for a full eight years before it figured out it was being targeted, according to Mandiant, a division of computer security firm FireEye. In the news recently for tracking how supporters of the pro-Assad Syrian government have been… Read More

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 No one is going to take an Uber from London to Naples. And, fortunately, they don’t have to. U.K.-based pan-European train travel startup Loco2 has integrated its sixth European rail booking system, signing up the Italian national rail operator Trenitalia. Read More

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 Twilio today announced that it has acquired Authy, a Y Combinator-backed startup that offers two-factor authentication services to end users, developers and enterprises. The two companies declined to disclose the financial details of the transaction. Authy says that about 6,000 sites currently use its service to protect their users. These include Coinbase, MercadoLibre and CloudFlare. The… Read More

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 Mack Weldon, a basics clothing brand that leverages technology in as many ways as possible, has today raised $4 million in Series A funding from RiverPark Ventures, Bridge Investments and Lyrical Partners. The company had previously raised $1.9 million, bringing total funding to $5.9 million. Mack Weldon is a basics brand for men that offers socks, underwear and undershirts that are high… Read More

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 Every dollar the founders take out of the company sets the tone for the entire business going forward. Every dollar spent is a dollar of dilution, as it costs equity. Every unnecessary dollar spent on the founders sets the tone that cash should be more important than equity to everyone involved in the business. Read More

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 In a bid for more traction in the ever-saturated mobile market, Deutsche Telekom, the German parent of T-Mobile, and Mozilla are taking a step forward together. The two have developed a new “privacy phone”, built on Mozilla’s Firefox OS and compliant with privacy directives set by the two companies. The device is due to be formally unveiled next week at the Mobile World… Read More

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 Hello, the company behind sleep sensing monitor Sense, is ready to start shipping. Over the next week or so, the company will make its sleep-tracking hardware and software generally available to consumers who want to have a more rewarding sleep. Read More

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 From Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Apple’s iMessage, to startups like Kik, and Telegram, it is easy to think the social messaging market is all sewn up. Then there are photo and video-focused apps like Facebook’s Instagram, Twitter’s Vine or upstarts Coub, DubSmash, Prezi’s Nutshell, and MusixMatch’s Clip, which look to enhance the social messaging experience.… Read More

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 Last year mobile browser company Opera launched Opera Max, a data-compressing Android app that let users save money on their mobile data. Now, to drive more usage of the product, Opera is adding another feature to Max: apps that you can use free. App Pass, as the service is called, is aimed squarely at users in emerging markets, where smartphone adoption is booming, but the average… Read More

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 After several years of stagnant growth, India’s housing market is set for a recovery that may create new opportunities for startups. One of those companies is HomeLane, which just raised a $4.5 million series A led by Sequoia Capital with participation from Aarin Capital. Read More

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 Free calling and messaging service Viber could be banned in South Korea, after the company lost a patent suit to domestic operator SK Telecom. Read More

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 Google is banning adult content from websites hosted on Blogger from next month, after the company updated regulations governing the use of media on its blogging service. Read More

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 Last summer, Dish Network filed with the FCC to allocate enough spectrum in the Bay Area to roll out some kind of service. Today, Artemis CEO Steve Perlman confirmed the startup is leasing spectrum from Dish for two years in order to “beta test” pCell technology in the real world. Read More

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 One month after launching on iOS, Twitter’s “While You Were Away” feature is finally available for Android users. Read More

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 Right now 3D printing curriculums, if they exist, are fairly sparse. Putting a two thousand dollar machine in front of a grade schooler usually ends up in a lot of 3D printed Yoda heads and not much education while the learning curve for most 3D design tools is steep. That’s what the founders of NVBOTS, AJ Perez, Forrest Pieper, Christopher Haid, and Mateo Peña Doll, are looking to… Read More

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 Were you a fan of Google’s Chromebook Pixel? The Chromebook with the super high-res touch screen built-in, meant largely to show what a Chromebook could be if it cost $1,300 instead of two or three hundred bucks? Good news! It looks like Google is making a sequel. Read More

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 Edward Snowden, who you might have heard of by now, took to Reddit today along with journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras. Poitras won an Oscar last night for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Poitras’ winning film, CITIZENFOUR, covers when Greenwald, the filmmaker, and Snowden were together in Hong Kong, right before the documents were leaked and the world changed. Read More

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 Beatport is where the world’s DJs buy their music, but they could only listen to two-minute samples. Now Beatport hopes that by giving away free unlimited streaming, it can drum up more sales. Today Beatport sent out private beta invites for its new dance music streaming service, and we’ve got the first look. Founded way back in 2003, Beatport’s store provides… Read More

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 Carwow recently received £4.6m in series A for flipping the car-buying experience on its head, and JustPark received a large amount last year. More recently we’ve seen the UK government give “hands-free” cars the go-ahead. The automative industry is undoubtedly flaring up with some awesome tech innovations, but there is still one sector to tackle: vehicle history checks, a… Read More

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 Get sushi on a boat, a tiger at your door, or make your parking ticket vanish into thin air. An ambitious new startup says it will let you text for anything you want (and they do mean anything) as long as it’s legal, and it will magically come to you. Just text 408-596-5017 and Magic, a texting service that seems to have blown up over the weekend, promises to deliver. Magic is… Read More

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 Robots. They’re eating our jobs one occupation at a time, some say. They’ll pour your drinks without expecting tips. They’ll write up the news without demands for exclusives or the penchant for whisky. And now… they’ll sit on your shoulders and feed you tomatoes while you run. Shoulder-sitting-tomato-feeders of the world, beware: you’re now obsolete. Read More

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