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About the Author: Sangeet Paul Choudary is the founder of Platform Thinking and the author of the upcoming book Platform Scale. This article was co-authored with Griffin Anderson. Online marketplaces have always been transaction-oriented. The goal of the marketplace is to match buyers and sellers. Marketplaces often focus entirely on moving buyers towards purchases and sellers towards listing more products/services. Marketplaces benefit from network effects: more buyers attract more sellers and vice versa. However, this transaction-only focus is often at odds with creating stickiness and repeat usage. Buyers rarely use the marketplace except when they actively need something. This also… This story continues at The Next Web

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Social traffic app Waze, which was snapped up by Google for $1.1 billion in 2013, could come preinstalled on your next Android phone. Google’s announced that the app is now officially a Google Mobile Service, which opens up the option for manufacturers and carriers to preinstall it on their devices. No one wants their phone stuffed with bloatware but Waze is a handy service and one that’s well worth having straight out of the box, despite what some US sheriffs might tell you. ➤ Waze [via Android Central] Read next: Built by you: Google-owned Waze’s biggest asset is its community

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BlackBerry unveiled its new Leap smartphone today at Mobile World Congress. It’s a 5-inch all-touch 4G LTE device aimed at young professionals and features the latest version of BlackBerry 10 OS. The Leap has a 720p screen, a 1.5Ghz processor, and 2GB of RAM along with 16GB of onboard storage. There’s also an MicroSD slot that supports cards up to 128GB, and a 2,800mAh battery that promises 25 hours of use on a single charge. Those specs are modest by today’s standards, but not shabby by any means. The device also has an 8-megapixel camera in the rear that’s capable of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Elliptic Labs, which specializes in ultrasonic touchless gesturing for consumer electronics, has announced what it calls “Ultra-fast Ultra-far Interaction” — meaning super fast speed coupled with a larger field of response for its touchless gesture technology. Ultrasound signals sent through the air from integrated smartphone and tablet speakers bounce against your hand and are recorded by the microphones integrated in the devices. Elliptic Labs’ technology thus recognizes hand gestures and uses them to move objects on the screen. These latest advances, now being demoed at Mobile World Congress (Hall 6- 6H20) Innovation Norway Pavilion, build on the company’s recently launched Multi-Layer… This story continues at The Next Web

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When Android Lollipop was announced last year, Google said it would require full-disk encryption by default. However, new devices shipping with Android 5.0 don’t include it as a standard feature, Ars Technica discovered. Last October, Google published a blog post that said: “Full device encryption occurs at first boot, using a unique key that never leaves the device.” While its own Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices are encrypted by default, the same can’t be said for other devices, including ones that have received Lollipop updates, such as older Nexus phones and tablets and the 2014 Moto G. The new second… This story continues at The Next Web

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Intel has announced that it will bundle McAfee Mobile Security Suite with the upcoming LG Watch Urbane LTE, reports The Verge. The company believes that smartwatches collect data like a wearer’s heart rate, and people may care about securing it. CEO Brian Krzanich also said, “I think that any device that connects to your network, you’re going to want to have protected over time.” While some may balk at the idea of a traditional anti-virus app on your wrist asking you to scan your smartwatch for malware, these devices connect to your phone and some even have their own SIM… This story continues at The Next Web

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Everyone wants a piece of the payments space and if the excitement for Coin proved anything, people want a single card that replaces all the separate ones they’ve already carrying around. Stratos, launching today, is a new payments card that exists to replace every single plastic card in your wallet. The card features Bluetooth connectivity and can be used everywhere you’d expect, like at ATMs, restaurants and gas stations. Using the companion mobile app, you can switch between cards and track your spending. The company is working to add further features like location based recommendations based on your spending history, virtual… This story continues at The Next Web

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Mozilla has released Firefox Developer Edition 38, which includes a 64-bit version of its browser for Windows for the first time, adding to the already supported Mac OS X and Linux platforms. The 64-bit version of Firefox brings substantial improvements over the 32-bit version, including the ability to run larger applications, quicker execution and increased security. Unreal Engine demo running in Firefox Developer Edition That means running resource-hungry games and more powerful Web apps, accessing new hardware registers and instructions for running JavaScript faster and more effective address space layout randomization (ASLR), which makes it harder for malicious Web content to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Life can be tough for car-hailing app drivers. They’re not really employees of the companies they drive for and when their cars need maintenance, it’s up to them to pay for it out of their own pocket. To make life on the road a bit easier for its drivers, Lyft has announced a driver rewards program called Accelerate that offers discounts on goods and services that drivers might need. The tiered program has three levels that are determined by the amount of rides a driver gives each month; Silver, Gold and Platinum. Here’s Lyft’s breakdown of each level and what they… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post is part of a new series titled, 'Future of Communications,' and is brought to you by Nexmo.Most of us know SMS as a simple communication tool to quickly send messages, but as we’ve covered in the past few weeks, SMS is more than just an easy way to chat. Many businesses rely on SMS to operate creatively and effectively in application-to-person (A2P) SMS, where an app delivers messages to a mobile subscriber. This allows companies to deliver SMS en masse to their customers or target market. So who are the people utilizing this route, and why? Here are several types of companies and their SMS use cases. Social networks Social networks, like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and… This story continues at The Next Web

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The future of drones is amazing. The French quadcopter fan who built a Millennium Falcon replica last month is back, as promised, with an amazing replica of a TIE interceptor. It’s pretty incredible to see the TIE interceptor in action at night, since you can’t see the rotor blades it looks like it’s floating in space. You can follow along the builder, who goes by the name of Oliver-FR on Reddit, and his details on how the entire thing was built step by step, in case you want to create your own too. He says it took just 15 hours to build which is… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you played Tangram as a child, constructing objects from various shapes may bring back a familiar creative urge. That’s what seems to have happened to French artist, Manoou, who was inspired by the concept of the ancient Chinese game and applied its technique to an extensive series of brilliant animal portraits. The images are intricate, lifelike and playful and can being framed as art prints or used to decorate anything from T-Shirts and mugs to iPhone cases, pillows and watch faces. They’ve been known to inspire tattoos as well. fox cercle  Deer Birds tea time!  raccoon nerd   mr wolf orange cat Manoou has created… This story continues at The Next Web

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New Zealanders and Australians, rejoice! Netflix is finally coming downunder, beginning on March 24. The company announced the news today alongside a number of partnerships with internet providers that will allow customers to watch without fear of exceeding their data caps. Many in these parts of the world currently use services that circumvent Netflix’s geo-locks so they can access the US service, due to a lack of well developed alternatives. Startups like Quickflix and Lightbox have recently bolstered efforts to get a wide range of streaming content, with some even holding the exclusive rights to shows on the US version of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Citizenfour, the Academy Award-winning film that follows Edward Snowden as he released top-secret government documents detailing NSA wiretaps, is now available to stream online for free. The film is available legally via Thought Maybe, an online library for films focused on topics that “challenge modern society.” Citizenfour won an Oscar for best documentary feature last month. You can also download the entire film by right clicking and selecting “view video offline” for later. ➤ Citizenfour [Thought Maybe]

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Really Nice Images — tapping into that distinctive analog aesthetic — has released RNI All Films 3.0, which promises to make your digital images look more ‘shot with film-like’ than ever. RNI, joining competitors like AlienSkin Exposure, VSCO and DxO, provide plug-ins to pro level software like Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to impart an identifiable film stock look or grain to photos. This new version of the software adds an Analog Softness feature, designed to further remove the visual differences between high-megapixel images and film shots. In addition to bringing more than 170 new realistic and moody film presets to the mix, the upgrade also… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you tell someone their messages and phone calls should be encrypted, you’ll probably get a glazed-over look before they tell you it’s too hard. Signal 2.0 aims to bring powerful, easy-to-use encryption to the masses. The app, which doesn’t require a login, uses your existing phone number and address book to get you started with encrypted texting and calling without a hitch. Signal says that it can’t tap into calls or read your messages because it’s end-to-end encrypted. With this new release you can message across iOS and Android (via a third-party app called TextSecure) without any fees or set up.… This story continues at The Next Web

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It seems like everyone is friends again when it comes to connecting the world. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg was asked by Wired’s Jessi Hempel if the company’s Internet.org initiative would ever consider partnering with Google’s Project Loon and his response was reassuring.  Sure. When we launched the Internet.org app in Zambia with our partner there…one of the apps we launched with was Google Search because search is an important product and piece of functionality that people around the world would want. I would love to do more with them, and Sundar [Pichai, Google SVP] talked about their apps being more in partnership… This story continues at The Next Web

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Looks like today is all about Twitter video. First Meerkat got an unexpected user boost and now Twitter is offering a new embed widget for sites. Now Twitter hosted videos can be embedded into sites as easily as a Tweet. Under the same options menu (•••) that you would use to embed a Tweet is the option to embed the video. An HTML snippet appears which you copy and paste into your site. The exciteding lives of cats pic.twitter.com/JVbmxuLPCA — Roberto Baldwin (@strngwys) March 2, 2015 The embed also displays the tweet the video is part of when a user… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s only one aspect of modern tech culture I hate more than the shrugging kaomoji (¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) and that’s selfie sticks. Which is why I was delighted to hear about Podo – a smartphone-controlled camera that could kill the damn things off. The brightly colored, remotely-activated camera can stick to pretty much any solid surface, using a combination of a suction pad that’s exposed when you rotate a flap and a strong magnet. The sucker can be cleaned with water to refresh its stickiness and the flap is replaceable for when it finally loses its grip. The camera itself hooks up to your phone to iOS and… This story continues at The Next Web

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PayPal is taking mobile payments more seriously. The company today announced it has acquired Paydiant, a startup for mobile payments. Paydiant was founded in 2010, and it’s since helped brands integrate payment modules into their mobile apps. Some of its customers include Subway, Capital One, Walmart and Target. PayPal also acquired mobile payment service Venmo in 2013. Paydiant’s system is compatible with various technologies, including NFC and QR codes, which helps PayPal’s cause of expanding into the growing variety of mobile payment systems. Speaking of NFC, PayPal also announced that its Here card reader for mobile payments will soon support the wireless payment technology. As… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple’s new Photos app launched last month to developers for testing, but many were left disappointed as it was only available to try for those that had paid the $99/year fee to be a developer. Today, Apple has made new preview of Photos for Mac available via the public beta channel of Yosemite. Those who have signed up to download public beta builds can update to OS X 10.10.3 now and try the new photo-organizing app. It’s important to bear in mind that Photos for Mac is still in beta mode and may contain fairly large bugs, but it seems solid… This story continues at The Next Web

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Appropriately announced at today’s Game Developer Conference 2015, Google unveiled updates for developers on its Google Play Games platform, with a focus on more effective audience targeting. Coming to Google Play Developer Console in a few weeks, the new Player Analytics tool is designed to give developers reports of sessions, average spending patterns and how players are progressing through the games. Developers can also set a daily revenue goal and use these reports to help boost in-app purchases or add features as needed. Greg Hartrell, Senior Product Manager of Google Play Games, says the tool will help developers create realistic benchmarks, and better understand revenue… This story continues at The Next Web

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At Game Developers Conference 2015 today, Google announced Nearby Connections, a new API that will allow developers on the Google Play platform to incorporate multiple smartphones and tablets as second-screen game controllers on Android TV. Previously, Android TVs only supported second-screen controllers for solo play. To enable connection on this protocol, gamers can sync their mobile devices with an Android TV from the same Wi-Fi network and use their phones or tablets as controllers for multi-player games. Greg Hartrell, Senior Product Manager of Google Play Games, tells us that Nearby Connections is intended to promote multi-player gaming without the hassle of requiring single-purpose game controllers. By taking advantage of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Well, that didn’t take long. After a viral growth spurt in its user numbers yesterday, live video streaming service Meerkat has now been handicapped by Twitter. Hi @dickc! today @ 6:30am @twitter blocked all outgoing tweets posted via @appmeerkat even though we work well within the Api -any idea why? — Ben Rubin (@benrbn) March 2, 2015 Users are finding the Meerkat app is no longer automatically tweeting out new streams or comments posted on these streams. The block essentially removes everything that made the app so convenient, and could potentially put a stop to its recent growth. To recap, Meerkat allows users to easily… This story continues at The Next Web

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A screenshort is a screengrab of an article posted to twitter to get around the service’s 140-character limit. You find an article you like (or hate) you take a screenshot of the passage or sentence you find intriguing (or infuriating) and share it to Twitter. The OneShot app takes those snippets of an article and really lets you up your content sharing game. The free iOS app scans your photo library for any screengrabs you’ve made with your iPhone. You pick the screengrab you like and you can crop the image down to the section you want to share and… This story continues at The Next Web

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