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Social conversation platform Livefyre released today Sidenotes, a new feature that lets publishers add in-line comment threads to their sites. Livefyre has also integrated Sidenotes into Storify, marking the first major product integration to the service, which it acquired last Fall. Sidenotes works by attaching comments to each paragraph of an article or piece of content. Users can highlight specific text to comment on or reply to other responses. The pop-up box updates in real-time and ranks comments based on the number of upvotes they have received. Annotations were one of the first products that Livefyre tested as a young... This story continues at The Next Web

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Starting from today, social reading platform Goodreads is making it easier for you to add your Amazon book purchases to your virtual bookshelves. Users in the US, Canada and Australia will be able to add both print books and Kindle books to their shelves automatically. Indeed, you’ll see an ‘Add Amazon Book Purchases’ link in the Tools list on the left of your ‘My Books’ page, and once you’ve signed in with your Amazon credentials, you’ll be able to go through all your past purchases, rating each one and select the relevant shelf for it. Amazon acquired Goodreads in March... This story continues at The Next Web

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Algorithmic social ranking service PeerIndex has been building an arsenal of tools over the past few years, designed to bring meaning to the social data malaise. Yes, PeerIndex wants to be a every digital marketer’s best friend. We’ve written about the London-based startup on a number of occasions in the past, for example when it launched PeerIndex Groups back in 2011, before integrating with SocialBro and then rolling out a new topical influence API. Broadly speaking, PeerIndex’s technology tracks activity across the social realm, evaluating users’ online ‘social capital’ based on the activity of each individual. Now, the company has... This story continues at The Next Web

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As BBC Three prepares to become an online-only destination from next year, the UK broadcaster is already making moves to position the Web-based incarnation ahead of the offline ‘linear’ broadcast channel. In a Netflix-style move, all six episodes of Chris Lilley’s Jonah From Tonga, a new series from the same writer behind the magnificent Angry Boys and Summer Heights High, will be made available on iPlayer from May 2 for a 48-hour period. It will then be broadcast through the traditional televisual conduit from May 8. The move constitutes part of an international simulcast with ABC Australia’s iPlayer-style iview service.... This story continues at The Next Web

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File and presentation-hosting platform SlideShare has finally delivered a native mobile app, kicking off today with Android. Launched initially in 2006, SlideShare lets users upload PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote or OpenDocument files to share publicly or privately. LinkedIn acquired the company in a $119 million deal back in 2012. While SlideShare has typically always worked well on the mobile Web, a glaring omission has been its absence from Google Play and Apple’s App Store. While one of these facets has been remedied, if you’re an iOS user you’ll have to sign up as a beta tester for now. SlideShare for Android... This story continues at The Next Web

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Mobile game-maker King is eyeing China after it partnered with Internet giant Tencent to bring a localized version of Candy Crush Saga, its flagship title, to the world’s largest mobile market. There’s no definitive launch date for the Chinese version of Candy Crush — both companies only say it will arrive “soon” — but when it does land, it will be a major coup for Tencent which has secured a country exclusive. Chinese gamers on iOS or Android devices will need to visit Tencent’s Mobile QQ or its Weixin Game Center to get hold of the title. That distribution is... This story continues at The Next Web

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BSkyB (‘Sky’) is trialing a new Twitter-based tool that lets its subscribers watch and record movies and TV shows by interacting with a tweet. If you see ‘#WatchOnSky’ within a tweet from Sky, it can be expanded to reveal ‘Watch’ and ‘Record’ icons that link directly to Sky’s mobile TV service Sky Go. Indeed, this will only work via Twitter on mobile, and you will need to ensure your Sky+HD box is linked to your Sky iD. Sky and Twitter have previously partnered to broadcast Champions League clips within tweets too, but this latest move represents one of the first... This story continues at The Next Web

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Stripe now supports it, as does Square. Gaming behemoth Zynga is taking notice, while some companies have even offered to pay staff salaries with it. This thing even has its own ATM. We’re not talking cash or even gold doubloons though. We’re talking Bitcoin, baby. Cryptocurrency is based on the concept that cryptography is used to manage a currency’s creation and subsequent transactions, as opposed to the status quo which sees centralized authorities take the helm. It’s fair to say that such virtual currencies have soared in recent times, with Bitcoin very much the poster child of the fledgling peer-to-peer... This story continues at The Next Web

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Samsung has lifted the lid on its plans for Tizen, after Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of the Korean firm’s product strategy team, told Reuters that it will launch smartphones running the Linux-based mobile operating system during its second quarter of business in 2014 — which runs April-July. Tizen-based devices were originally scheduled to go on sale last year, but Yoon admits that the company aborted launches in Europe and Japan “because of poor market conditions”. Learning from that experience, the Samsung executive says that Tizen devices — which he anticipates could account for as much as 15 percent of Samsung’s... This story continues at The Next Web

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Mt. Gox, the fallen Bitcoin exchange that was once the toast of the virtual currency world, is reportedly ditching plans to rebuild itself under bankruptcy protection, in favor of company liquidation, the Wall Street Journal reports. Interestingly, the Journal reports that a source close to Mt. Gox believes there is “still hope a buyer for the exchange could be found.” Such an eventuality would help investors, who stand to recoup less of their investments if Mt. Gox is liquidated, although the situation is far bleaker for the exchange’s customers. Notifications on Mtgox.com as of April 16 2014 The site imploded... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google ditched its invite-only approach to Google Glass for a signle day when it made its wearable device available to the general public in the US on Tuesday, and the company has revealed that its allocation of devices is now sold out. Google isn’t saying exactly how many devices and spots on the Google Explorer program have been claimed today — we’ve reached out to the company to try to get that figure — but, since it is not yet midnight in California, the allotment did technically sell out before the end of the day. There’s hope for anyone who wanted... This story continues at The Next Web

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Alibaba isn’t a household name in the US, but the e-commerce firm from China is shaping up to hold one of the biggest technology IPOs that the US markets have ever seen. Some insight into its size was revealed this week with its recent financial results — which were made public via shareholder Yahoo’s recent earnings report — and they are impressive, to say the least, as Tech In Asia reports: The Chinese ecommerce juggernaut pulled in US$3.06 billion in revenue in Q4 2014, which is up 66 percent on the same period a year before. Alibaba’s Q4 net income... This story continues at The Next Web

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What’s the best way to deny long-standing rumors that you copy someone else’s work? Aside from getting a big power (like Google) to back you up, how about a website that explains how you do what you do? That’s the route Samsung is taking with its newest website which is devoted to the company’s design processes. Design.samsung.com features ‘product stories’ and ‘meaningful stories’ which tell the design tales behind Samsung products — that includes washing machines, TVs and other products behind its mobile devices. This isn’t the first time Samsung has placed emphasis on its design — its Samsung Global blog... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google today released an iOS app for Helpouts (via 9to5Mac), its Hangout-based remote learning platform, but you’ll only be able to browse free sessions. Helpouts launched last November as a service for experts in a subject matter to earn money by chatting with users interested in learning about the topic. Categories include Art & Music, Computers & Electronics, Cooking, Education & Careers, Fashion & Beauty, Fitness & Nutrition, Health and Home & Garden. Using the app is straightforward. I tapped through a few of the categories to find a Helpout to try and ended up having a quick chat with one... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google today expanded its Google Finance product to cover stocks in Spain, Poland, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and Argentina. As a result, you can now easily follow the performance of indices, stock price movements, trading volumes, and so on for the stock market in those five countries with just a simple Google search. Today’s addition means Google Finance now supports financial information for 35 exchanges worldwide; the full list is available here. While this is certainly good news, we’d personally prefer if Google worked on improving reliability and accuracy first before supporting more markets. Google Finance is one of the... This story continues at The Next Web

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The build-it-yourself modular Google smartphone is one step closer to giving you the chance to build your perfect phone. It’s not going to be available this year. But, 2015 could be the beginning of a significant shift in the smartphone landscape. Project Ara is part of the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group. The group is what Google retained in its sale of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo. The project is a bold plan to create an open-source smartphone hardware platform. Users would start with a piece of base hardware known as an Endo. Features would be added to the Endo as... This story continues at The Next Web

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Mitchell Harper is the  co-founder and co-CEO of Bigcommerce. He tweets at @mitchellharper. In order to be successful as a first-time entrepreneur, it’s important to understand that as your business grows, what got you to where you are won’t necessarily keep moving you forward. In his excellent book The Hard Things About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz explains why it’s important to be almost short-sighted when hiring people into your business. Instead of wondering whether new hires will be able to grow with your business over the next few years, he suggests only looking at the next 18 months, because by then... This story continues at The Next Web

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Today, the founder of Favstar has taken the wraps off a new service: Respondly, a team support inbox for Twitter. Twitter has become one of the easiest ways to engage with and get support from many companies. The likes of Xbox and Target offer support on the service, alongside trying to engage with users on a more personal level. If you’ve ever been at the helm of a relatively large corporate Twitter account, you can likely relate to this problem. It can be hard to keep up with the amount of mentions you receive, especially considering just how quickly the stream can flow,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Musician Neil Young has shattered his $800,000 Kickstarter goal set up to fund production of a new portable music player called the Pono. Running for the last month, the campaign has managed to raise many multiples of its goal and ended at an impressive at $6.22 million. The result is that the first units will start shipping out for delivery starting in October this year, depending on the level of pledge – some won’t be sent out until December. Young started the campaign to “revive the magic that has been squeezed out of digital music”, and it clearly resonated with the more than... This story continues at The Next Web

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Smartphones? Can’t live without them. 3D printers? Why not. When it comes to bringing the extraordinary into homes and workplaces, ideas are never in short supply. Even still, it’s amazing how many devices we rely on daily that seem like they are stuck in decades past. With that in mind, I asked a panel of 12 successful entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following question: What is one everyday device or gadget you’d love to see totally re-engineered by a startup and why? Their top picks are below. 1. Sunglasses I’d love to find a startup that creates form-fitting glasses that are affordable... This story continues at The Next Web

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BitTorrent today announced its Sync file synchronization tool has gained support for network-attached storage (NAS) devices. The company has partnered with Netgear, which will offer BitTorrent Sync in its storefront, and says additional partners “will be announced soon.” The move means users will be able to access and transfer their data from a NAS device to a desktop, mobile, or other NAS device, without limits or storage fees. As BitTorrent explains it, Sync eliminates the process of having to open ports on your router, set up a VPN, choose security settings, and create user names/passwords. The company promises that Sync... This story continues at The Next Web

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Neelie Kroes, vice-president for the European Commission, has struck out against a court order banning Uber’s ride-sharing service UberPOP  in Belgium. The ruling means that Uber will be fined 10,000 euros for each violation. Kroes said she was “outraged” by the decision and said it was designed to protect a “taxi cartel”, rather than the best interests of passengers in the region. “Slamming the door in Uber’s face doesn’t solve anything,” she added. Up until now, Uber has been running a ride-sharing service under the brand name UberPOP. It debuted in Belgium only a couple of months ago, and differs... This story continues at The Next Web

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Curated same-day hotel-booking service HotelTonight is rolling out a new ‘Look Ahead’ feature today, serving up a snapshot of last-minute room rates, potential savings, hotel availability and other location-specific data for the next seven days. The basic premise behind the new feature is that you can see at a glance what rates may look like in the week ahead, based on historical and predictive booking data. This includes whether there is a large event/conference happening in the locale that may impact room rates. To access this, click the ‘Look Ahead’ button in the bottom right-hand corner of the app, and... This story continues at The Next Web

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After launching iPlayer video downloads for 11 Android devices last September, the BBC today said all hardware running Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) or higher should now be able to access the new feature. The broadcaster estimates that over 96 percent of people who use the iPlayer app on Android should be covered by the roll-out. It means they’ll now be able to download their favorite TV programmes and watch them at a later date, regardless of whether or not they have a stable Internet connection. Downloads can be kept for 30 days, although once the viewer presses play access is... This story continues at The Next Web

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Next week sees our flagship event, TNW Europe Conference take place in Amsterdam. With 2,500 people attending from more than 50 countries it is going to be the biggest event we ever hosted. We have several speaker formats (Trend, Grow, Boost to name a few) and today we’re adding a new fresh format. We call it: ONE. ONE talks, co-hosted by OneDrive, are short talks on the one topic you’re really excited about. It doesn’t have to relate to tech, startups or technology at all, it can be about anything. As long as it’s the one thing you’re really passionate about and... This story continues at The Next Web

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