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 If you’re even kind of active on reddit, you probably know of Alien Blue. As far as perusing reddit on iOS goes, it’s pretty much the undisputed champ. It seems reddit would agree. The company has just taken Alien Blue under its wing, acquiring the project assets and hiring its sole developer. Read More

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 Enterprise IT is undergoing a platform shift from web-based, client-server systems to a mobile-cloud platform. This shift has caught the attention of all the major tech vendors who have either acquired or launched Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Backend as a Service (BaaS) technologies to address this growing opportunity. Facebook acquired Parse, PayPal bought StackMob, Salesforce launched… Read More

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 So about a week ago I wrote about a sales and marketing company called Infusionsoft. It wasn’t a particularly in-depth article, just a quick post noting that the company had raised some additional funding, but anyway, it happened. Well, apparently the Infusionsoft PR team received this email on Monday: Read More

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 The online shopping experience is usually one of comparison: You visit numerous sites to find the best deal. Today, e-commerce negotiation site Greentoe puts a spin on that process with an iOS app that lets you name the price you’re willing to spend on that camera or watch you’ve had your eye on. With the app, you search or flip through categories to find the item you are… Read More

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 Hardware isn’t easy, and few first-time entrepreneurs know all that goes into building a new product. From finding the right materials to sourcing the parts they need to getting the final assembly through a production line, Highway1 has the connections most startups will need to get the job done. Read More

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 Netflix didn’t deliver the subscriber growth that investors were hoping for, but hey, it managed to keep up with today’s news cycle — specifically, HBO’s short-on-details announcement that it will be launching a standalone streaming service next year. CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells managed to squeeze the news into today’s investor letter, where they say… Read More

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 Netflix today reported a third-quarter profit of $59 million, up from $32 million a year ago. But the company failed to attract as many new subscribers as it had predicted, calling it “over-forecasted” on membership growth. In after-hours trading the stock (NASDAQ:NFLX) plunged more than one hundred points (over 23%) to 339 on the news. “We over-forecasted membership… Read More

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 E-commerce giant EBay, soon to be split into two businesses, today reported its third-quarter earnings. The company reported revenues of $4.4 billion, growing 12% on a year ago, on non-GAAP EPS of $0.68. This beat estimates on EPS but narrowly missed on sales (but beat if you rounded up, as eBay has). Analysts were expecting revenues of $4.37 billion and earnings per share of $0.67, and… Read More

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The Moto X (2nd gen) is a welcome addition in a world full of big phones. It’s relatively slim and compact and, just like its predecessor, comes with options for customization for the back panel. But going beyond that, the $500 phone comes unlocked and is spec’d to impress, with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Plus, it… Read More

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 Sad fact: 20% of people click away from videos in the first 10 seconds. But Vusay hopes to hold our attention by augmenting any video player with comments anchored to specific points in the clip. It’s like SoundCloud’s timed commenting system but for video. News sites, digital media channels, and other online publishers can slap Vusay’s wrapper around their video for free… Read More

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 Given that Motorola is building Google’s just-announced Nexus 6, it’s probably also a given that Motorola knows their way around the latest version of Android, Lollipop. Read More

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 Bahjat Majid, 33, sat anxiously in his family’s refugee camp in Ainkawa, Iraq, in late September. In just days, he said, he would leave them and return to the front line as a Kurdish peshmerga soldier to fight the self-declared Islamic State. During his last battle, in Aiyrash Village near Qaraqosh, Majid endured heavy fire from snipers and mortars, the combat continuing day and night… Read More

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 After months of speculation and rumors, Apple just released details about the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Unintentionally. A day early. Someone is getting fired over this. The devices were supposed to be announced at an Apple event tomorrow, but Apple scoops mcgee Mark Gurman noticed the two devices listed in the iPad User Guide for iOS 8 within iBooks. Whoops. According the iBook, which is… Read More

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 It doesn’t look like Facebook’s Paper app for iOS ever caught on with users, but many developers looked toward it as an example of what a modern mobile app could look like. To write Paper, Facebook developed a wide variety of proprietary libraries, and it’s slowly making some of them available to outside developers. Earlier this year, for example, Facebook open sourced the… Read More

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 You might say, “It’s a bag! How much can someone say about a single bag?” A lot, it turns out, because the Hex Onyx Origin isn’t just any bag. As a staunch backpack fan (not shoulder bags or briefcases), this is the only backpack I’ve ever worn that made me feel like a grownup. It comes in a black canvas color with leather trim, and has a structured design so… Read More

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 In the race to become one of the top tableside tablet providers, Silicon Valley-based E la Carte has just scored another notable restaurant deal to follow that of the Applebee’s win from last year: the company says today that it’s preparing to install its tablets at over 200 U.S. Johnny Rockets locations starting next month. The deal was struck after a relatively brief,… Read More

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 Quick! Everyone go change your Netflix billing address to be sent to Ms. Chanandler Bong. Netflix has just announced (almost certainly timed with the hopes of harshing HBO’s buzz a bit) that the entirety of Friends is coming to their streaming service on January 1st. Read More

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 Portland, Oregon’s database-as-a-service startup Orchestrate provides developers with a single API to work with a wide variety of database, no matter whether that’s MySQL, Hbase or Elasticsearch. Until now, Orchestrate mostly focused on startups, but its starting a major push into the enterprise today with the launch of its Orchestrate Enterprise service. As enterprise IT… Read More

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 We knew it was coming. It had to be. Every one of the last half-dozen or so major builds of Android has gotten a sweetly-themed name — and yet, Google had referred to Android 5.0 as nothing but “L” ever since its debut back at Google I/O. It’s now official: Android 5.0 will be called Android Lollipop. Google just broke the name amidst details of the shiny (and massive)… Read More

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 Who says the iPad isn’t for creation? Design platform Canva, which first launched last summer to offer an easy to use, drag-and-drop interface anyone can master, has now brought its technology to the iPad. Today, the company is debuting its first mobile application with Canva for iPad – an app that includes access to over a million stock photographs, graphics and fonts that can… Read More

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 HBO is finally getting its online streaming game on, after Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler announced that the broadcaster will launch a standalone streaming service next year. “That is a large and growing opportunity that should no longer be left untapped. It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO,” Plepler told a Time Warner investor meeting today. Plepler… Read More

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 Instabridge, an Android app that wants to replace your phone’s default WiFi manager and give you access to a crowdsourced database of WiFi hotspots, has bagged a $1 million seed round. Funding is being led by European VC Creandum, with participation from GP Bullhound, and a number of angel investors, including Niall Murphy (former CTO of TheCloud), Scott Bannister, and Felix Hagnö… Read More

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 General Assembly, the vocational training program provider for the white collar (and black turtlenecked) crowd, is now offering credentialed curricula with a consortium of industry partners. The New York-based company says that it will develop competency-based credentials for its students in technology, business, and design-related classes. The credentials are being developed with companies… Read More

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 Can you catch more flies with honey than vinegar? On-demand ride-hailing service Gett sure hopes so, and it’s sweetening the pot for drivers in New York City by offering them increased pay rates in an attempt to lure them away from the competition. Read More

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 Mimosa is announcing three access point products designed to connect the so-called last mile of broadband. They range between devices that are designed for rural areas where there’s not a lot of interference, and those that would be deployed in city environments. Read More

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