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Rocket Internet is out to bring its e-commerce empire to all four corners of the world. That’s according to founder and CEO Oliver Samwer, who relayed his ambitious global goals in an internal email to staff after the Germany-based incubator last week confirmed its intention to list on the Frankfurt stock exchange this year. The email, which was obtained by The Next Web and is enclosed in full at the bottom of this post, tells of the determination of Samwer and his brothers (who also co-founded the organization) to build “one of the world’s greatest Internet companies.” Samwer says that he saw the worldwide... This story continues at The Next Web The post Ahead of IPO, Rocket Internet CEO tells staff to conquer ‘all four corners’ of the world appeared first on The Next Web.

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Russian Internet company Mail.ru has agreed to pay $1.47 billion to purchase just over 48 percent of Vkontakte, making it the sole owner of the Russian social network. The deal, announced today, takes Mail.ru’s total investment in Vkontakte to $2.07 billion. As part of the agreement, ongoing litigation and shareholder disputes have also been settled, Mail.ru said. UCP, Mail.Ru and Pavel Durov have also agreed that simultaneous with this acquisition all the outstanding litigation, and claims concerning VK and related matters between these parties will be dropped with immediate effect. ➤ MAIL.RU GROUP LIMITED Acquisition of 48% of Vkontakte [Mail.ru] The post Mail.ru Group pays $1.47bn to take full control of ‘Russia’s Facebook’ Vkontakte appeared first on The Next Web.

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Shazam has updated its Android app with Google Play and Google Play Music All Access integrations, making it easier to listen to tagged music through your preferred app on the go. When Shazam identifies a track, you’ll now see two options for buying the song outright: Amazon and Google Play, the latter of which is Google’s equivalent of iTunes. The implementation is simple enough, but perhaps of greater interest is the support for All Access, Google’s Spotify-style on-demand music streaming service. By tapping the play button on the left, you can choose “listen in Google Play Music” and have the full... This story continues at The Next Web The post Shazam for Android now lets you buy tagged tracks in Google Play or stream via All Access appeared first on The Next Web.

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As promised, Transport for London (TfL) today introduced contactless payments to the London Underground, Overground, trams and Docklands Light Railway (DLR). Rather than using an Oyster card, travel card or an old fashioned paper ticket, travelers will now be able to ‘tap-in’ with supported credit, debit and pre-paid cards, as well as relevant smartphone apps and wearables. Contactless payments have arrived! Between start of service & 8am there were 2,074 taps on the readers & 1,605 contactless cards used — Transport for London (@TfLOfficial) September 16, 2014 The advantage is that, unlike an Oyster card, people won’t need to continuously top-up. Contactless... This story continues at The Next Web The post Contactless payments arrive on the London Underground, Overground, trams and DLR appeared first on The Next Web.

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Netflix is slowly spreading its on-demand television and movie streaming service across Europe. After reaching the shores of France, the company today entered Germany in a bid to grow its user base, revenue and international influence. The launch was announced in a tweet, and curious customers can register a new account via netflix.de. Subscriptions start from €7.99 per month, which is in line with other markets where Netflix already operates. The company has accrued a sizeable library of homegrown exclusives, including House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and, most recently, the animated comedy BoJack Horseman. The first two have been... This story continues at The Next Web The post Netflix launches its movie and TV streaming service in Germany appeared first on The Next Web.

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Roku has gone public with a few new metrics about its business, most notably it is revealing that it has now sold 10 million video streaming devices in the US. The company introduced its first product in May 2008, and it says that its customers have streamed 5 billion hours of content since then. Things are moving fast, and Roku expects that this year alone, its users will stream 3 billion hours of content — showing that the US appetite for web-content in the living room is really taking off. Roku is not providing details of its overseas customers for now, but... This story continues at The Next Web The post Roku reveals it has sold 10 million streaming devices in the US appeared first on The Next Web.

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Erin Robbins O’Brien is the COO of GinzaMetrics and co-founder of FOUND Conference. 10 Ways to Create Better Content. The Top 3 Things That Will Drive Traffic to Your Site. Here’s one thing that makes me want to gag – the overuse of numbered list headlines. Isn’t there a better way to present content? Rant aside, there’s larger issues at play. I’ve lost that lovin’ feeling My first concern that we’ve become completely unimaginative as marketers, writers and communicators. We are looking for the fastest return and best link bait – but here’s the rub, it’s losing its luster and now that... This story continues at The Next Web The post Content marketers: It’s time to find a new blogging trend appeared first on The Next Web.

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You’d be surprised how many apps you’ve attached to your Facebook account. No really, check it and see. Well Facebook is now giving you more control over the apps and sites you have attached to your account. The fine folks over at Inside Facebook noticed the updated App Settings page. The new layout makes it easier for you to edit the apps you use, adjust which apps you see in your timeline that your friends use and determine if you want to see if your friends like a website that you’ve landed on. You can also adjust the privacy settings of older Facebook... This story continues at The Next Web The post Facebook updates app settings page to give you more control appeared first on The Next Web.

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Remember last week when Apple gave everyone a free U2 album during its iPhone/Apple Watch event? It turns out not everyone is a U2 fan (don’t tell Bono) and now the company has a quick way to remove the music from your precious song library. To remove Songs of Innocence just head to this Apple support page. When you’re done, the album will be removed from your account. If you’ve already downloaded the album, you’ll need to manually delete all the songs. Thus ends our collective free-music nightmare. ➤ Remove iTunes gift album “Songs of Innocence” from your iTunes music library and purchases... This story continues at The Next Web The post Apple is letting you delete that U2 album you don’t want appeared first on The Next Web.

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Today Google published its tenth transparency report as it pertains to government requests for user data. According to Google, governments have stepped up their demands for your data. Pertaining to worldwide data requests not related to FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) and NSL (National Security Letters), there has been a 15 percent increase compared to the same time last year. Since 2009, the increase in requests has grown 150%. US requests have grown 19 percent since last year and 250 percent since 2009. Google goes on to talk about the increased demand by governments for user information even after revelations... This story continues at The Next Web The post Google says government demands for user data have increased 150% in five years appeared first on The Next Web.

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Cassandra Jowett is the Content Marketing Manager at Influitive. This article originally appeared on the Influitive blog. We know the power that one person can have on our lives. We each have heroes, villains and role models who permeate into our lives and indirectly guide the way we behave. Steve Jobs introduced the world to the love of design. Sheryl Sandberg inspired many to “Lean In” (and many others to “recline”). Nikola Tesla inspired many people to go into science.  So it shouldn’t be surprising that one individual can also permanently change the destiny of a company. More importantly, these individuals... This story continues at The Next Web The post How advocate marketing can change the trajectory of your company appeared first on The Next Web.

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Al Jazeera, traditionally known for being a television news organization, has today launched its first apps for its mobile-first news platform called AJ+ in a bid to better engage its audiences on a range of different devices. Available today for iOS and Android (provided you’re happy to join the beta program), the platform arranges content into different types of ‘cards’. So, Video cards provides new in video form, naturally, and Art cards use an infographic style to display news updates, for example. The Conversation and Debate cards are home to conversations about broad questions and allow the AJ+ community to have... This story continues at The Next Web The post Al Jazeera launches ‘AJ+’ iOS and Android apps for its mobile-first news platform appeared first on The Next Web.

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If you’ve been jonesing for some streaming music on your Amazon Fire TV, your long tunes-free wait is over. Spotify has announced that it has released a streaming-music app for the set-top box. The Fire TV now has the Spotify Connect app that can be controlled with the music service’s iOS and Android mobile apps. But, the app only works with a Spotify premium account. So if you’re jamming for free, you’re going to have to continue enjoying that ad-sponsored music on your computer. ➤ Enjoy millions of songs on your Amazon Fire TV with Spotify Connect The post You can now stream Spotify to your Amazon Fire TV and control it via your mobile appeared first on The Next Web.

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Hidden inside Google’s Chrome for Android app is an experimental feature that will instantly display suggestions to various queries while you’re typing them into the address bar. To recap, these are the answers that Google would normally display right at the top of its search results. Posing the question “how old is Elon Musk?” will trigger a visual card to be displayed at the top of the page with relevant information. By enabling a specific flag in Chrome for Android (detailed below), these morsels of information will be auto-suggested while you type. So before you’ve even pressed “Go” on your smartphone or... This story continues at The Next Web The post Chrome for Android has a hidden search feature that suggests answers to questions as you type appeared first on The Next Web.

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Maxthon today released a new browser for Windows called MxNitro (short for Maxthon Nitro), which it claims is “the fastest PC browser in the world.” This is made possible with a minimal user interface load, as well as “new patent-pending pre-connection and pre-fetching technology.” The company has also stripped out features from Maxthon that it says hog resources and cause delays in both startup times and page rendering. Under development since March 2014, Maxthon says it has gotten MxNitro to the point that it starts faster, as well as fetches and loads Web pages quicker than any other existing Windows... This story continues at The Next Web The post Maxthon launches MxNitro for Windows, claims ‘the fastest PC browser’ loads pages 30% faster than Chrome appeared first on The Next Web.

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Daria Shualy is Don Draper/product marketer at daPulse. All entrepreneurs are serial entrepreneurs. It’s a personality trait, some might even call it a condition. Serial entrepreneurs don’t like to stop. They sell one startup (or more likely shut it down) and shortly after, they’re telling you how they’re “working on something new, it’s still in stealth mode.” I’m no different. But after 14 years of entrepreneurship, seven of them as founder and CEO of e-commerce startups, I’m here to tell you that every entrepreneur should take some time off in between startups to work for someone else’s startup. Sure, moving to the... This story continues at The Next Web The post Why every founder should work for someone else in between startups appeared first on The Next Web.

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Last week it was Spotify announcing video ads. This week, it’s Flipboard’s turn to launch them. The news was first announced back in August, but testing for full-screen videos ads kick off today with big-name brands such as Gucci, Chrysler, Sony Pictures, Conrad Hotels & Resorts. You’ll see the video ads as you swipe through the content, and may include ones like this, for Sony Pictures’ Fury. Thankfully, you will have to click to play the ads. ➤ Flipboard Presses Play on Full-Page Video Ads | AdAge The post Flipboard now plays you video ads appeared first on The Next Web.

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Kickstarter is now accepting project submissions from creators in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Ireland, ahead of the launch of the new public-facing Scandinavian and Irish projects on October 21. The company said it wanted to give users in these four countries enough time to get their projects up to scratch before opening them up to the public for potential financial backing. That said, there won’t be specific Scandinavian and Irish-only Kickstarter project pages, but it is possible to filter search results by location. Naturally, as with existing Kickstarter projects, backers can be located anywhere in the world. Kickstarter said there... This story continues at The Next Web The post Kickstarter opens up to projects from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Ireland appeared first on The Next Web.

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Flickr, one of the first Web-based social networks dedicated to photography, today launched a new program recognizing emerging young photographers. Flickr 20under20 focuses on Flickr’s teenage photographers and rewards the top 20. The new program is designed to support and promote what Flickr sees as the up-and-coming photography community of the future. It’s also a recognition that photographers are getting younger and that digital photography has effectively removed the barriers to visual experimentation. “Some 15 to 20 years ago, to explore photography you had to be older, you had to have money to experiment, to buy a decent camera and the photography process was... This story continues at The Next Web The post Flickr launches 20under20 award to recognize and support young photographers appeared first on The Next Web.

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Following rumors of a potential acquisition, Microsoft has today confirmed that it will be purchasing Mojang, the developer of the insanely popular Minecraft game, for $2.5 billion. As noted, the move isn’t unexpected, but it is a notable one for a company struggling to break into the mobile market in a big way, and one that’s also embroiled in a ‘console war’ with Sony’s PlayStation 4. To put the popularity of the game into perspective, Minecraft has been purchased more than 16.5 million times by Mac and PC users alone. It’s also available on a range of consoles and other... This story continues at The Next Web The post It’s official: Microsoft is buying Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion appeared first on The Next Web.

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WikiLeaks has today released copies of ‘weaponized malware’ used by various governments around the world to snoop on individuals. The FinFisher software is no stranger to controversy – it’s marketed as surveillance software, but propogates and gains access to victim’s systems using common malware techniques. As well as compromising desktop computers, it’s also used to spy on mobile communications from Android, iOS and BlackBerry devices too. “FinFisher continues to operate brazenly from Germany selling weaponised surveillance malware to some of the most abusive regimes in the world. The Merkel government pretends to be concerned about privacy, but its actions speak otherwise,”... This story continues at The Next Web The post WikiLeaks releases FinFisher ‘weaponized malware’ to help people build defenses appeared first on The Next Web.

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Apple today announced that pre-orders for its new smartphones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, topped four million in 24 hours. The company said demand for these devices “exceeds the initial pre-order supply,” which is probably why some people had problems ordering last week. Apple confirmed that it would be delivering the first batch of iPhone and iPhone 6 Plus handsets this Friday and throughout the remainder of this month, before admitted some pre-orders were now due to reach customers in October. Of course, Apple is still shipping the new smartphones to its stores for the official launch on September... This story continues at The Next Web The post iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders passed 4 million in 24 hours appeared first on The Next Web.

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It’s Monday once again, which means it’s time to spend 10 minutes catching up on all the best tech news, features and reviews from The Next Web and beyond from the last two days. So, make yourself a coffee, put your phone on silent and play catch-up on everything you missed while you were out doing other things. You can thank us later. News from The Next Web Apple’s Tim Cook Talks TV and Steve Jobs with Charlie Rose WordPress Resets 100,000 Accounts as a Precaution Tripr Connects Travelers Based on Future Plans Any.DO for Android Lets You Attach Files... This story continues at The Next Web The post Offline over the weekend? Read all the tech news you missed right here appeared first on The Next Web.

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Chromecast is one of the easiest and cheapest gizmos for streaming content to your television. But what about standalone video files that you have stored on a hard drive or online? Well, that’s just become a little easier for Chromebook owners. In the latest Chrome OS dev update, the folks at Google have updated its video player app with the now easily recognisable Chromecast icon. With the Google Cast extension installed, you can now open the Files app, play a movie uploaded to Google Drive and quickly whisk it across to your favorite television. Provided you’re invested in Google’s hardware and... This story continues at The Next Web The post Chromebooks now support Chromecast streaming for videos stored in Google Drive appeared first on The Next Web.

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Motorola has today announced that, for the first time, customers in the UK can buy handsets and other devices directly from its new site. The portal at Motorola.co.uk is currently stocking the company’s freshly updated Moto G for delivery from £149.99 SIM-free. Alternative colored shells will also available to purchase through the site, but weren’t available at the time of writing. There are also options to register for more information about the impeding arrival of its new Moto X smartphone and Moto 360 smartwatch – both of which will be offered directly to UK buyers. It’s an important move for Motorola as it... This story continues at The Next Web The post You can now buy devices directly from Motorola’s new UK portal appeared first on The Next Web.

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