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India looks like it has netted its third notable startup exit this year, after Yahoo swooped to purchase Bookpad, a one-year-old company that hosts cloud-based documents, according to local media. Economic Times reports that the deal is worth $8.3 million, while Times of India speculates a much higher price of $15 million. The acquisition — which is still to be confirmed by the US internet giant — would represent Yahoo’s first in India. It comes some nine months after Facebook bought its first startup from India — Little Eye Labs — in a deal worth $10 million-$15 million; Google was also active in January, buying... This story continues at The Next Web The post Yahoo has reportedly bought its first startup from India, cloud docs specialist Bookpad appeared first on The Next Web.

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Svbtle, the stylish blogging platform that opened up to all users at the beginning of the year, has pivoted into a paid-for service, which costs $6 per month. Created by prominent designer Dustin Curtis, Svbtle was initially an invite-only platform for selected users when in launched in 2011. That changed in January of this year, when it opened to all who could sign up for free — Curtis says that the new membership fee will allow the service “live forever.” Svbtle is actually free to use for an initial 30-day period, after which payment kicks it. It now allows new users to register... This story continues at The Next Web The post Blogging platform Svbtle moves to paid membership, costs $6 per month for new users appeared first on The Next Web.

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DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine that lives in Google’s enormous shadow, has joined its big rival and plenty of other western tech firms in being blocked in China. DuckDuckGo founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg confirmed the blockage to Tech In Asia this weekend, adding that he believes it started a few weeks ago. Weinberg says that he is unsure as to why the company got trapped in China’s internet censorship net. A search for duckduckgo.com on the Great Fire censorship monitoring site suggests that the plucky young search engine was indeed first blocked around September 4. Subsequent tests from Great... This story continues at The Next Web The post DuckDuckNo: The privacy-focused search engine is blocked in China appeared first on The Next Web.

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You have perfected your pitch and are feeling confident. But before you step into that big meeting, there are a few common stumbling blocks you should be aware of. We asked eight YEC what you should never, ever include on those slides (no matter how tempting). Their best answers are below: 1. Bells and Whistles Including too much information in your pitch deck is counterproductive. Hit the major points in a clear way. Keep your deck clean and simple: no more than 10-20 slides. Too many bells, whistles, graphics and diagrams will look like overcompensation to the investor. – Jason Grill, JGrill Media | Sock... This story continues at The Next Web The post 8 things you should never, ever include in a pitch deck appeared first on The Next Web.

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What happens when a band gets its hands on six iPhones, four iPads, one iPod and three MacBooks? Ukrainian musicians Brunettes Shoot Blondes used their collection of Apple hardware to tell a story about an adorable big-eared creature jumping around the screens to catch up with a girl who doesn’t seem to be very fond of him — at first, at least. Filmed in one take, the video doesn’t feature any real actors (except those moving the gadgets). Check it out: The post 14 Apple devices, one clever music video appeared first on The Next Web.

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Paul Jarvis experiments with words and design. His latest book is called The Good Creative: 18 ways to make better art.  The advice you see on blogs telling you how to get people to buy your book is all pretty much awful. Guaranteed in five easy steps! This isn’t because of bad intentions or even some sort of trickery, it’s just that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to generating sales for your book. You can achieve success—however you define success—by doing practically anything that goes with or even against current advice online for self-published book marketing. The “self” in self-publishing means you’ve... This story continues at The Next Web The post The marketing tools you need for any self-published book appeared first on The Next Web.

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This post originally appeared on Geektime. With a total population of around 1.7 million in Gaza, the startup scene is relatively small, but you would never know it from the frenzy surrounding mentorship and tech education events over there. Thanks to programs like Mercy Corps accelerator Gaza Sky Geeks, Google Developers Group in Gaza, and others, buzz is building around entrepreneurship. Gaza is a special case with many demographic, socioeconomic and geopolitical challenges. The economy is dependent on regional influences and connected to a limited and small market with many restrictions on borders, which impede free movement of people and free... This story continues at The Next Web The post Against all odds: Gaza is now home to a promising startup scene appeared first on The Next Web.

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Samsung has been working on its virtual reality platform for some time, with the device finally unveiled at its Unpacked event this September. Today, Oculus has announced that it’s been collaborating with Samsung on a prototype version of the device for developers called the Gear VR Innovator Edition. Oculus, which is owned by Facebook, said today that the project began as an experiment to see if it was possible to bring VR to next-generation mobile hardware and that the team ‘blew everyone away’ in a short amount of time. The Gear VR Innovator Edition was the result; an early access... This story continues at The Next Web The post Oculus announces Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition and mobile SDK for developers appeared first on The Next Web.

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At the first ever Oculus conference, the company has unveiled a new prototype headset that features integrated audio, a new display technology, improved positional audio tracking and is much lighter than ever before. Oculus has dubbed the new prototype ‘Crescent Bay’ and says that the device is as “big of a step up from the DK2 as the DK2 was from the DK1.” A new camera on the back of the device allows gamers to spin around 360 degrees, giving much more freedom. The new prototype also has built in headphones and improved audio positioning to help make the audio... This story continues at The Next Web The post Oculus unveils Crescent Bay prototype virtual reality headset appeared first on The Next Web.

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You’ve watched the Apple keynote and read the reviews (“Here it is: The Apple Watch”) so now it is time to ask yourself; am I going to buy the Apple Watch when it comes out in early 2015? Let us help you out with a bunch of great reasons to buy one, and a few even better reasons NOT to buy one. The money Pros: The Apple Watch starts at $349 and that’s just not a lot of money for a watch that is this well designed and produced. Don’t take my word for it, but read this review by a real watch expert: “Apple... This story continues at The Next Web The post 6 great reasons (not) to buy the Apple Watch appeared first on The Next Web.

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Rudy de Waele is a Technology Innovation Strategist and Author/Curator of Shift 2020. The first time I saw a 3D-printer in action was when I participated to the Singularity University Executive Program in the spring of 2011. It was a place that offered corporate executives and entrepreneurs the tools to predict and evaluate how emerging technologies will disrupt and transform their industries, companies, careers and lives. Since then, I have been following the explosion of 3D-printing products and services closely and it’s an integral part in most of my talks for clients and at conferences. During the program we visited TechShop;... This story continues at The Next Web The post How 3D printing will impact our future: A rundown of companies to keep your eyes on appeared first on The Next Web.

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Jordan Roland is a staff designer/illustrator for the Shutterstock blog. You can follow him on pretty much any social site via username drawjordan. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission. This is the first summer in a long time without a Pixar film, because the latest — The Good Dinosaur — was halted and restarted halfway through production when the pacing wasn’t up to the studio’s standards. Pixar makes beautiful films, that’s a given, but it’s also meticulous. The studio balances the childlike wonder of a kids’ film with adult topics and themes... This story continues at The Next Web The post Pixar’s palette explored in captivating color-blocked supercut appeared first on The Next Web.

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Brian Honigman is a marketing consultant, a professional speaker and freelance writer. This post originally appeared on his blog. For many organizations, social media is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it can help spread goodwill about an organization in an organic and genuine way. However, the same characteristics that enable social media to benefit a company make it capable of destroying reputations if used incorrectly. To help encourage positive use of social media, while carefully mitigating any potential for risk, companies are finding it increasingly necessary to outline clear social media policies. In much the same way that a mission statement provides overall direction... This story continues at The Next Web The post A practical guide to writing an effective social media policy appeared first on The Next Web.

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We’ve featured some amazing offers from TNW Deals lately that we know you don’t want to miss. Here are the top deals that are ending soon: TuneUp: Clean & Organize Your iTunes Music Collection Don’t you just hate spotting unidentified tracks and albums in your music collection? TuneUp connects directly into your iTunes to organize and categorize your music from top to bottom. Your music library will become a thing of beauty and finding your favorite songs will be nothing but a breeze. Bring order and sanity to your precious music collection today, for just $19.95! The Ultimate Game Developer... This story continues at The Next Web The post Get apps and training for less, with 4 great TNW Deals appeared first on The Next Web.

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Global data use through the consumption of video is set to increase by around 55 percent per year until the end of 2019, according to research by Ericsson, while in Africa video is the fastest-growing internet activity. Yet it is smaller companies that are leading the field in the growth of video on demand (VoD) platforms on the continent, with larger African firms playing catch-up while a launch for global giants such as Netflix is still some way off. Another report, released at the end of last year by broadband network solutions provider Sandvine, said the growth of video was... This story continues at The Next Web The post Why startups, not media giants, lead online video in Africa appeared first on The Next Web.

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Paul Rogers works as Digital Marketing Manager for The Inviqa Group and is also the founder of MageSEO. Conversion rate optimization (CRO) has remained a hot topic over the last few years, and more companies are starting to allocate larger proportions of their budget to optimize their websites for existing users rather than focusing solely on customer acquisition. Over the last few weeks I’ve been involved in a lot of CRO-focused projects, both in my day job and on some of my side projects – so I thought I’d focus my first TNW article on some of the tools that I’ve used... This story continues at The Next Web The post 8 affordable tools to help optimize for conversion and understand your users better appeared first on The Next Web.

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Pinterest today shared its latest plans for Promoted Pins, the social network’s advertising and monetization scheme. The company explains it will be updating its Privacy Policy on October 19, 2014 to reflect the changes. Pinterest is thus giving exactly a month’s notice before it starts serving “more relevant” Promoted Pins to its users and before it starts helping advertisers track how their ads are performing. A preview of the new policy is available here. The company has also shared what it is aiming to achieve, in two points: We want to help advertisers better understand how their Promoted Pins are... This story continues at The Next Web The post Pinterest plans to help advertisers track performance of Promoted Pins, serve ads based on pinned brands appeared first on The Next Web.

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Lindsay Comstock is a New York-based writer, photographer, and editor. Her work has appeared in publications including American Photo, PDN and Rangefinder, and in her own image-based projects. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission.  It’s been 175 years since the advent of photography, and while we’re now in a true digital age, people are still looking back. Alternative photographic processes have made a comeback with various filters and smartphone apps, leveraging analog effects with digital technology. Here are five vintage techniques that still serve for creating visually arresting photographic works after all... This story continues at The Next Web The post 5 analog approaches to unconventional photography appeared first on The Next Web.

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In 2007, Netflix introduced video streaming to computer browsers. But not all operating systems got to enjoy the straight-to-DVD movies, Linux was noticeably absent. Now, seven years later and it looks like the open-source operating system is finally getting official Netflix support. With Netflix moving away from Microsoft’s Silverlight media player plugin and embracing HTML5, the video streaming service is primed for the Linux community. In a post on an Ubuntu developers forum, Netflix Senior Software Engineer Paul Adolf posted the following: Netflix will play with Chrome stable in 14.02 if NSS version 3.16.2 or greater is installed. If this version is generally installed across... This story continues at The Next Web The post Seven years later, Netflix is finally headed to Linux appeared first on The Next Web.

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Vodafone has swooped in and bought 140 of the stores left behind by Phones4u, a prominent mobile phone retailer in the UK that recently went into administration. As a result, Vodafone says it expects to hire 900 former Phones4U employees. “Subject to court approval, we will start engaging with these employees and begin the rebranding of the stores to Vodafone as soon as possible,” the company said in a statement. Vodafone cancelled its partnership with Phones4u in early September, giving competitor Dixons Carphone its full support instead. EE withdrew shortly afterward, all but sealing Phones4U’s fate. Mobile network Three ended... This story continues at The Next Web The post Vodafone buys 140 Phones4u stores, expects to hire 900 former employees appeared first on The Next Web.

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Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce powerhouse, started trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) today at a price of $92.70 per share. The company set its initial public offering (IPO) at $68 per share on Thursday, which would put it on track to raise at least $21.8 billion. It follows a previous listing that positioned it between $60 and $68 per share. The company needs little introduction. Founder Jack Ma took the business from a second-floor apartment in Hangzhou to one of the most successful technology companies on the planet, especially in China where it’s had a string of hits including... This story continues at The Next Web The post Alibaba kicks off its IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, trading at $92.70 per share appeared first on The Next Web.

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Sunrise is one of the best third-party calendar apps and today, it just got a little better for the Android community. The app now supports push for Google Calendar, which should ensure any changes you make in the Web, Mac or Chrome apps are mirrored instantly. That alone would be notable, but as part of the update Sunrise has also thrown Trello and Todoist integrations into the mix. The app has always excelled by fetching dates from other services, such as Facebook and Songkick, but these project management tools should appeal to professionals in particular. You can edit tasks from... This story continues at The Next Web The post Sunrise for Android now supports push for Google Calendar, integrates Trello and Todoist dates appeared first on The Next Web.

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Gilles Bouchard is the CEO and Chairman of Livescribe, Inc. The tech industry is obsessed with innovation – there’s a reason “disruption” is such a big buzzword. When it comes to wearables, the gadgets that are winning are not only innovative, they also integrate into people’s lives without being intrusive. The key to a gadget’s ubiquity is balancing both function and design, so the device can enhance someone’s lifestyle without requiring them to change their behavior…too much. I was lucky enough to spend 17 years of my career at HP, mostly with the PC and printer business, at a time... This story continues at The Next Web The post How smart devices can be disruptive without being intrusive appeared first on The Next Web.

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Hellofood already offers its online food delivery service in Brazil, but that hasn’t stopped it from acquiring local competitor Entrega Delivery. It follows similar deals for food ordering platforms Peixe Urbano, Jánamesa and MegaMenu. The strategy is a simple one: Buy out the competition, bringing on board their talent and existing customer base. Reducing the number of rivals in any market will also increase the likelihood that its own offerings are adopted and enter the public mind share as the go-to food delivery service. Marcelo Ferreira, Co-Founder and MD of Hellofood Brazil, said the acquisition would increase the company’s influence in... This story continues at The Next Web The post Rocket Internet’s Hellofood acquires Entrega Delivery, its fourth competitor in Brazil appeared first on The Next Web.

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Google Maps Navigation is now available in a host of new African, Caribbean, South American and Asian countries, making it 96 countries in total where you can ask for turn-by-turn directions. Spotted first by Android Police, the full list of nations can be found on Google’s support pages, but the new additions are: Angola Bahamas Bolivia Botswana Fiji Guyana Honduras Jamaica Madagascar Malawi Mali Malta Mauritius Mozambique Namibia Nepal Sri Lanka Tanzania Trinidad and Tobago ➤ Google Support [via Engadget] Image credit: Twin Design / Shutterstock.com The post Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation arrives in 19 new countries, making 96 in total appeared first on The Next Web.

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