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 Australian startup Inkl is hoping to fix journalism’s strained business models with a ‘Spotify for news’ model that ditches the unwelcoming and irritating single publication paywall in favor of aggregated news content from multiple publishers which users access ad-free for a small (10c) per article fee. Or gain unlimited access to all the news they fancy by paying a monthly… Read More

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 Malware creators have historically found creative ways to distribute their malicious wares across PC networks, and now they’ve turned their attention to mobile. In 2013, for example, there were a few high-profile cases where security firms like Palo Alto Networks and Lookout discovered how malware was being distributed through rogue mobile ad networks to Android devices. Today,… Read More

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 In 2008 I was working at BigMachines, a B2B software company in the sales automation space. That year we made the controversial decision to invite prospective clients to our annual user conference. Traditionally, we didn’t invite prospects. We knew some of our customers weren’t 100% happy with the product, and we were afraid they would scare away business. Read More

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 More proof that good television doesn’t have to be developed by traditional industry players: Amazon has now received its first Golden Globe nominations for the Amazon Prime Instant Video original show Transparent, which follows the story of a family dealing with the late-in-life revelation that the family’s patriarch (Jeffrey Tambor) is transgender. This is Amazon’s third… Read More

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 In a flawed bit of analysis, Nielsen researchers are claiming that ebook adoption is slow among teens, an interesting finding if it were actually true. “While 20% of teens [are] purchasing e-books, 25% of 30–44 year olds and 23% of 18–29 year olds buy digital copies,” said the report. Despite teens’ tech-savvy reputation, this group continues to lag behind… Read More

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 In early trading, New Relic’s shares are up 31% in its first day as a public company. Another technology company, Hortonworks, will begin trading this morning as well. The two companies are trading on different exchanges, with New Relic selecting the NYSE, and Hortonworks the NASDAQ. Hortonworks, which raised $100 million in its offering, priced at $16 per share. The company had… Read More

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 UK-based parcel delivery startup ParcelBright has raised $1M in a late seed funding round to power its service which is attempting to shake up the parcel delivery market for small to medium sized e-commerce businesses. Investors included Forward Partners, Talis Capital, Avonmore Developments and Howzat Partners. ParcelBright bills itself as a one-stop parcel delivery solution for businesses.… Read More

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 Protestors invaded Apple’s Bay Area campus yesterday during a torrential downpour. Reports say there were around 100 protestors, in coordination with the United Service Workers West union and accompanied by the Reverand Jesse Jackson, who were protesting pay and work conditions for the lower-paid contract workers who handle things like security and maintenance at tech firms like Apple. Read More

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 The folks that brought you Shared a few years ago are at it again. This time they’re trying to make it easy to share video. Called SendVid, the new service is as simple as can be. You upload a video and then share it. End of story. Want to edit it? Want to add a filter? Want to add a soundtrack? Go somewhere else, bub. Founded by Adam Oliver, Ivan Wong, and Florian Cervenka the site is… Read More

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 Lindsay Lohan’s The Price of Fame is now at #10 in the App Store after only a week and a half. Of course, if we’ve learned anything from Kim K, celebrity-backed mobile games tend to do quite well in this space. If that were all this was, it wouldn’t be much of a story. The truly interesting part is that Andy Ross, guitarist for power-pop band OK Go, is the guy who programmed… Read More

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 Yet more trouble brewing for Uber in Europe. Brussels Minister of Mobility, Pascal Smet, is reportedly preparing to file a criminal complaint against the company, according to regional press reports, after failing to gain operational concessions through discussions. Read More

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 In an attempt to get in on the short video sharing craze, MusixMatch, the song lyrics database and maker of accompanying lyric-viewing mobile apps, has released a brand new app called ‘Clip‘. Debuting on iOS first, with an Android version to follow shortly, it lets you create (up to) 20 second videos, sync them to a track, and — if available — overlay the… Read More

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 Uber may have just raised a fresh $1.2 billion this month, but the company looks set to welcome a new investor, Chinese internet giant Baidu, which is reportedly set to invest as much as $600 million into the U.S. firm. Read More

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 Qualcomm this summer announced plans to invest $150 million in Chinese startups, and it has cracked that new fund open to put $40 million into five different organizations in the country, including voice recognition startup Unisound and games development firm Chukong. Read More

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 Google’s translation tool is constantly adding new languages, but its latest update is notable because it includes Burmese, the official language of Myanmar, as well as Malayalam, one of India’s six classical languages with 38 million speakers. Read More

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 Remember back in November of last year, when I wrote that YouTube needed to build their own tool for making GIFs from videos? Some called me crazy. Many, however, agreed completely. It seems YouTube agreed, too. YouTube is now quietly rolling out its own GIF maker. Read More

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 Snapdeal, one of India’s largest e-commerce businesses, has acquired Wishpicker, a tech platform that uses machine learning to deliver recommendations for gift purchases. Read More

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 After initially declining to comment, Netflix has responded to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai’s letter from last week alleging that the company was working to “effectively secure” online fast lanes for its content through deployment of its own caching technology. Netflix, unsurprisingly, doesn’t buy the argument. The company claims that its “Open Connect”… Read More

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 Will the Oculus Rift someday bring your hands into virtual reality? That seems to be a direction they’re moving in, based on some acquisitions they just made. This morning, Oculus quietly disclosed a pair of acquisitions: Nimble VR, and 13th Lab. Nimble VR is a hand-tracking, skeletal detection camera built almost entirely with the Rift in mind. You’d strap their camera to your… Read More

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 VideoAmp is the latest startup trying to move TV ad dollars online. The startup is officially launching today, and it’s also announcing that it has $2.2 million in funding from Anthem Venture Partners, Simon Equity Partners, Third Wave Capital, Wavemaker Partners, and ZenShin Capital. Read More

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 YouTube, always on the lookout for ways to keep people watching more videos and staying on its site longer, is testing out a new feature that could prove to be a honeypot for casual visitors: video autoplays, where once the video you came to watch ends, instead of defaulting to the usual grid of suggested videos, another video starts up. The feature was flagged to us by Deepanker Verma,… Read More

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 In Mark Zuckerberg’s second public Q&A currently being livestreamed, Zuckerberg discussed how Facebook won’t add a dislike button button but wants to give more nuance to how people share emotions and reactions other than approval, and explained how he doesn’t think connecting with friends is a waste of time. He also said Facebook changes its privacy policy as infrequently… Read More

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 Lending Club had a strong debut in the public markets today, popping 56 percent from its $15 IPO price to more than $23 per share. As TechCrunch reported previously, the company’s offering was “the largest IPO for a U.S.-based tech company” thus far this calendar year. The company’s IPO sets the stage for tomorrow’s flotations of both Hortonworks and New Relic.… Read More

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 When Amazon launched its $199 connected speaker Amazon Echo last month, which plays music, news, radio and more as well as respond to commands and queries via its included virtual assistant technology, it also came with a dedicated mobile app for configurations and other settings. The app was initially available only for Amazon’s Fire OS and Android, but not iOS. Instead, iPhone and… Read More

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 Adobe today announced that it has acquired Fotolia, a popular marketplace for stock photography and video, for approximately $800 million in cash. The idea is to integrate the service into Adobe’s Creative Cloud and make it easier for Creative Cloud members to use (and purchase) the over 34 million images and videos in the company’s portfolio. “The acquisition of Fotolia… Read More

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