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Uber revealed today that it is doubling down on enterprise customers as it took the wraps off a business-tier offering ‘Uber for Business,’ alongside the announcement of a partnership with business travel and expenses company Concur. The Uber for Business page still isn’t up and running yet (it gives an error when you try to access it), but the private car-for-hire service says it is now integrated with Concur to “make expensing ground transportation as effortless as requesting an Uber ride.” This means that employees at companies using Concur for expense management are able to connect and sync their Concur and Uber accounts. Once... This story continues at The Next Web

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LinkedIn is revamping user profiles on its mobile app, making a big design change as it seeks to help its members, their interests and other details stand out. “Your LinkedIn Profile is your professional identity of record. It’s also the heart of LinkedIn. Your new profile helps you tell your story to other professionals when they’re looking for you on the go,” the company said in a blog post. The new profile is certainly more visual. It lists out mutual connections, in addition to basic details like name, employer, job title, etc. LinkedIn explains that the idea is to enable you... This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter has blocked a prominent Twitter account in Russia following a government request, just one week after the company denied that it would clamp down on ‘extremist’ accounts in the country. Global Voices reports that the @boltai account, a Russian Anonymous of sorts which regularly posts government leaks and other sensitive state documents, is no longer accessible to local users. A check on Twitter from Russia shows that the account is indeed blocked in the country — using Twitter’s location-specific censorship feature — in accordance with a request from the Russia government, which is logged at the Chilling Effects website. A Twitter spokesperson tells... This story continues at The Next Web

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Established in 2001, Rhapsody helped start the music streaming business before Spotify, Rdio, the iTunes Store and even the iPod. And while the latest services have been waging a battle of gaining subscribers via ad-supported subscriptions, Rhapsody has remained true to its original business plan of paid subscriptions only. Now over a decade later, Rhapsody is announcing that it has hit two million total international subscribers. In addition to the milestone, Rhapsody has teamed up with carriers to offer the music streaming service as a pre-loaded feature mobile phone customers. The success of that business plan has led the company to expand further in Latin... This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s more evidence of Xiaomi’s rapid growth in popularity in China, despite releasing its first smartphone only in 2011. According to data from a Kantar Worldpanel ComTech report from January to May 2014, Xiaomi unseated Apple from its second place in the country, accounting for a 21 percent share of smartphone sales, compared to Apple’s 16 percent share. In the meantime, Samsung continued to remain on top with a 23 percent share of smartphone sales — though as the figures show, Xiaomi is close behind the first ranker now as well. Kantar runs a continuous research panel of 15,000 individuals — which... This story continues at The Next Web

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Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger has responded to the publication of a potential vulnerability on the app’s iOS version by noting that the company plans to finish upgrading to HTTPS for the entire service “soon.” Developer Stevie Graham went public with the vulnerability after Facebook failed to fix the issue. According to a Hacker News comment, Graham discovered the issue years ago and was shocked when he realized it hadn’t been fixed. The issue exposes users of the iOS app to attacks via man-in-the-middle because Instagram sends some unencrypted data with the session cookie. A malicious actor could then use those cookies to spoof the account... This story continues at The Next Web

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500px, the photo portfolio website, has launched 500px Insights, a free iPhone companion app that lets you track your stats while on the go. Insights is designed to assist with a variety of research-based photo routines related to your posted 500px portfolio. For example, you can view a map of all your geotagged photos, determine your most-used tags and categories, and even use information to decide the best time to upload your photos to the site. The app also lets you track colleagues in the 500px community by accessing the most viewed, commented, liked, favorited and highest rated photos. Information is available on... This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is completing the separation of its main social network and its messaging service. If you want to send messages via Facebook on mobile, you’ll need to download the Facebook Messenger app soon. First reported by TechCrunch, this shouldn’t surprise anyone that uses Facebook Messenger app on iOS or Android. While messaging with a person that is still using the messaging feature in the main Facebook app, you get a pop-up to tell your friend to download Facebook Messenger app. Plus, Facebook has already separated the feature from the Facebook app in several European countries. Facebook sent TNW the following statement: In the next... This story continues at The Next Web

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Leak is a new email service that lets you send messages without disclosing your identity. Because passive aggressive subtweeting and Facebook rants aren’t enough. The service is simple: Type in the email address; choose your relationship (friend, family member, coworker, friend of a friend, or “someone”); type a message and hit “Send This Leak Anonymously.” The recipient will get an email with that thing you’ve always wanted to say but were afraid to. Maybe it’s a declaration of love. Maybe you just need to tell your boss to stop being such an ass. Whatever your message, it’s almost completely anonymous.... This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft has updated its Android app for the Outlook.com email service, adding the ability to sync your entire email history to your device and search for emails in the cloud. The app’s search feature previously kept track of only the emails downloaded to your phone, but now it can communicate back with the Outlook server to let you look through your whole account. Alternatively, you could take advantage of the unlimited sync option in order to have all your emails available for offline access.       Other changes to the app include support for Outlook.com aliases, new color themes, vacation... This story continues at The Next Web

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Brian Kelly is the chief technology officer of Golgi, a data transport platform that helps developers eliminate the detrimental “spinning wheel” of long loading times for connected devices and mobile apps. The fight over net neutrality will soon be in your fridge. Net neutrality is one of the hottest debates of the year. It has developers worrying that their services won’t be able to compete without access to the internet’s “fast lane.” Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like AT&T and Verizon argue that to provide optimal internet speeds, they need to charge large data consumers more money for their heavier usage.... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google may have sold Motorola to Lenovo, but that hasn’t stopped the two companies from continuing to work together. In fact, it makes it possible for them to partner up without other manufacturers worrying that Google is favoring an in-house team. The Information is reporting that, as part of a mounting Motorola comeback, the phone maker is collaborating with Google on a phone-tablet hybrid. According to writer Amir Efrati, work on the “Shamu” project began after the Lenovo deal was signed at the start of this year. Unique Motorola features like active display and passive voice recognition could make an... This story continues at The Next Web

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While the move isn’t exactly surprising, Yelp has announced that it is now opening its mobile apps to user-generated videos to help create more engaging, visual reviews. The feature is already live in its iPhone app, and the company says the Android incarnation will follow “soon”, though it doesn’t indicate how soon. At any rate, this means that if you’re out dining downtown and a photo doesn’t quite do the mood of a place justice, you can now capture it with video. Yelp says that 23,000 photos are already being updated each day from its mobile apps, so it’s clear... This story continues at The Next Web

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This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog. Is creating the next viral hit on your marketing to-do list? If you’re in the marketing or social media industry, the answer is probably “Yes!” (and if you’re not, and the answer is probably still “Yes!”). Campaigns that succeed are those that carefully consider what makes content go viral, including each element of the content as well as the emotional responses and psychological factors that prompt engagement. But understanding these factors in and of themselves is only half the story; the other half is understanding your audience and the characteristics that influence their reactions. In other words: To create a campaign that... This story continues at The Next Web

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Have you seen enough animated GIFs to last a lifetime? The artistic team behind In Return — Guus ter Beek and Tayfun Sarier, the same guys who brought you the World Cup Flat Design Makeover — don’t happen to think so. The way they figure it, GIFs Go Wild, a set of GIF viewing stations installed at various London locations, assures that even if you’re not seeking out GIF viewing opportunities, the looping animations will still get right in your face — and charm you in the process. Some 30 installations are located smack in the middle of various London streets for... This story continues at The Next Web

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Fitbit is a name synonymous with activity-tracking and wearables, with an estimated 67 percent of all trackers in the US shipping with the Fitbit brand last year. It’s also notched up more than one million app downloads on Google Play alone, though it remains tight-lipped about the specifics of its App Store figures. At any rate, Fitbit is finally expanding its mobile scope beyond that of Android and iOS by launching a version for Windows Phone users later today. This move isn’t entirely unexpected, and it does have a version for Windows 8 already, but this is significant in the... This story continues at The Next Web

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Side projects are tricky. You’ve usually got plenty of ideas, but finding the time to work on and eventually ship the product is another thing altogether. Meeet, a new online community of developers and designers, feels your pain. The network, which is currently in beta, matches up developers and designers to partner on a single side project, such as a website or an app. When you’re ready to ship, you can showcase your work to the rest of the community. When you fill out your profile, you add your skills and bio. Projects tag the skills they’re looking for, so it’s easy... This story continues at The Next Web

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For most tech companies, expansion is all about country-by-county localization. When your service requires a city-by-city approach, the operation can be far bigger and more complicated. To find out what such a granular approach to expansion involves, we spoke to three companies at different stages in their growth but all focused on conquering the world, a city at a time. Uber Having raised a total of $1.5 billion from investors, 21st Century taxi company-cum-’urban logistics platform’ Uber is rapidly expanding around the world. Beyond North America, Uber has only just got started. It’s active in a total of 42 countries but mainly just... This story continues at The Next Web

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Bitcoin fans who had previously been managing their cryptocurrency via an iOS device were dealt a blow when Apple removed what was claimed to be the last remaining Bitcoin wallet app from the iTunes Store. Blockchain, the two-year-old app that had garnered more than 120,000 users on iOS, was removed without warning. Now, fast-forward a few months and Blockchain’s redesigned app is back on the store and available once again. “The new Blockchain iOS Wallet marks an important moment for the Bitcoin ecosystem, as the first major Bitcoin company to have its app reinstated in the App Store this year,” the company said... This story continues at The Next Web

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This post is brought to you by 99designs. Get a design you'll love — guaranteed.As of March 2014, the average US consumer spends two hours and 42 minutes per day on their mobile devices, according to analytics service Flurry. Though the majority of this time is spent using apps (primarily games and Facebook), 14 percent of time spent on iOS and Android devices is spent on a Web browser. As such, implementing a mobile-friendly website for your business is imperative to giving the 61 percent of US consumers who own smartphones (as of 2013) the best possible digital experience. Successful mobile websites make it easier to read content, to navigate pages and menus, and can be easily... This story continues at The Next Web

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Airbnb has launched a pared-down portal on its site dedicated to increasing the number of business travelers and enterprises using the accommodation-booking service. As such, the new section is designed to show properties that are more likely to appeal to professional jet-setters, ie. it excludes single rooms in shared apartments or other more novelty options, and includes ones with Wi-Fi that are available for immediate booking, according to The Wall Street Journal. In a secondary bid to bolster the number of business customers using the platform – it already has around 30 - Airbnb has partnered with business travel and expenses company Concur to allow users to book... This story continues at The Next Web

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No-one could have predicted the enormous success of Yo, a simple messaging app that sends nothing but the word “Yo” to your friends. Now Mobli, the company it was spun out from, wants to capitalize on that incredible hype with a new app called Mirage, which offers one-tap photo and video-sharing similar to Taptalk and Facebook’s new Slingshot app. Just like Taptalk, the bottom half of the screen is used to show your favorite contacts. The top half, meanwhile, is a live viewfinder where you can add text or flip between the front and rear-facing cameras. When you want to send... This story continues at The Next Web

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This advertorial has been brought to you by GeniusFlight.com – fly by price!Some years ago, Gennie Freen – a Dutch entrepreneur – had discovered, to his frustration, that it was practically impossible to search for travel options by budget and date rather than destination. He waited to see if any major players would fix this, but when this didn’t happen, he decided to do it himself. And GeniusFlight.com was born. There’s no denying: technology is fundamentally transforming the travel industry and the way we travel. Accessing travel information and booking flights or hotels is now only a few clicks away. There’s no need to head to your local travel agent for prices and... This story continues at The Next Web

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Fresh from increasing its focus on games with a dedicated fund for developers, mobile messaging company Tango is pushing itself as a place to share photos after it launched a standalone ‘music remix’ app for its US users. Tango Music Pix essentially lets users create a slideshow of images which can be set to music. The tunes come from Spotify — which already has a sharing partnership with Tango — and the end result is something not unlike Snapchat’s ‘Stories’ feature, which lets users cobble together images from a day in their life and has become more popular than the service’s disappearing photos. The... This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft’s offices in China have been visited by officials from the State Administration for Industry & Commerce in the country, according to multiple reports today. The visits were at Microsoft’s offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, according to Reuters, citing local Chinese news reports. However, the reason behind them is still as-yet unexplained; although, China has made no secret of its concern for the security of the Windows 8 operating system in the recent past. Neither Microsoft nor China’s authorities had responded to a request for more details at the time of publishing, but we’ll update when we know more. ➤ Microsoft says government officials... This story continues at The Next Web

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