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Well, well. Samsung has gone from being a smartphone manufacturer to having a museum all of its own, as it seeks to show off how it has built on technology through the ages to develop its products. Today the company opened the five-story 10,950 square-meter Samsung Innovation Museum in Suwon, Korea, which is divided into three exhibition halls to showcase the past, present and future of the electronics industry. This means that visitors will get to learn about the earliest electrical inventions of scientists in the likes of Thomas Edison and Graham Bell, and glimpse possible future developments. Samsung CEO and vice... This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple and Google are reportedly offering mobile game developers a bevy of incentives — including premium promotional positions in their respective app stores — in order to secure exclusive rights to hot titles. That’s according to a Wall Street Journal report which — citing sources — says that Apple used incentives to land a two-month window of exclusivity for EA’s ‘Plants vs Zombies 2′ game last year, and to secure a three-month exclusive for Zepto Lab’s ‘Cut the Rope’. Both titles featured prominently in the App Store’s featured sections, making them more visible to users. Neither Apple nor Google is... This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook will unveil its plans for a mobile ad network at its F8 conference on April 30, according to a Re/code report. This comes after Facebook started testing ads in third-party mobile apps earlier this year, signalling a move towards working directly with its partners rather than outsourcing the work to an outside ad-serving platform. Re/code reports that Facebook will appeal to publishers and developers by leveraging the social network’s database to create more precise ad targeting. We have reached out to Facebook for comment and will update with any response provided. Twitter recently also started to step up its focus on... This story continues at The Next Web

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Turkey’s effort to quell anti-government sentiment on Twitter continues this weekend after two prominent accounts were seemingly blocked from the service’s estimated 10 million users in Turkey, as Reuters reports. The accounts – @HARAMZADELER333 and @BASCALAN – have been used to disseminate information that purportedly implicates Turkey’s Prime Minsiter and other senior politicians in much-rumored corruption scandals, and are followed by 537,000 and 431,000 Twitter users respectively. Both accounts show up fine for overseas users, but those accessing Twitter from Turkey are barred from viewing their content, as screenshots tweeted by users in the country show: Twitter @HARAMZADELER333 ve @BASCALAN hesablarına Türkiyədən girişinə qadağa... This story continues at The Next Web

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When your computer slows down to a crawl and you figure out that it’s because your hard drive is stuffed to the gills, you need to do some house cleaning. Your photo collection is likely a good place to start, and Overmacs’ newly updated PhotoSweeper can swiftly scrub out space-wasting photo duplicates. It may be easy to identify images with the same file number, even if they are located in different folders, but multiply that by hundreds or thousands of photos, and the task becomes overwhelming. PhotoSweeper delves into your photo libraries and you can get started by searching for... This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft plans to open 11 new specialty retail stores in May, but only in the US. The new information comes by the means of a Facebook event posted earlier this week, as spotted by WinBeta. Here are the new locations and their respective opening days: North Point Mall – Alpharetta, GA (May 3). The Oaks – Thousand Oaks, CA (May 13). Park Place – Tucson, AZ (May 13). Jordan Creek Town Center – Des Moines, IA (May 13). FlatIron Crossing – Broomfield, CO (May 15). North Star Mall – San Antonio, TX (May 15). Westroads Mall – Omaha, NE (May... This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft has continued to increase its focus on China after it announced the full launch of Office 365 in the country. The move comes a month after its Azure cloud computing platform became generally available there, and six months after the local version of Skype was relaunched. Both Azure and Office 365 are being operated by Microsoft’s Chinese business partner 21Vianet. The two services launched in China in preview simultaneously back in November 2012. Now that Office 365 is generally available, local versions of Office, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online – running on China-based servers — are open to all customers across... This story continues at The Next Web

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General Mills, one of the world’s largest food companies, made headlines when the New York Times reported that its new legal terms meant those who liked Facebook pages belonging to its brands, bought a product or interacted in other ways waived their right to take legal action against it. Now, days later, it is reverting to its original privacy policy and claiming it was all a big misunderstanding. “Those [new] terms – and our intentions – were widely misread, causing concern among consumers. So we’ve listened – and we’re changing them back to what they were before,” a company blog post, which... This story continues at The Next Web

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Anthony Del Monte is the CEO and founder of Squeaky Wheel Media, a Web design and development agency based in NYC. Most entrepreneurs can pinpoint the exact moment when they decided to stop working on their potential business plan and to start working on their actual business. Chances are, many of those moments came after the ever-present (but often-ignored) question: “What next”? For me, this moment was years ago, when the second plane flew over my head on September 11th. I cannot describe that feeling, and this isn’t the forum to try, but I remember needing an answer to “What next?”... This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s bad news if you use LinkedIn to run polls, as the professional-focused social network is removing the ability for you to do so from next month. The company says its LinkedIn Polls in Groups feature will be retired on May 15, and all data related to polls will be removed. Polls were introduced to groups in December 2011 as “a simple way to unlock the insights of the members of the group”, but the feature is being made obsolete as part of ongoing efforts to provide “a simple and efficient experience” to LinkedIn users, as a notice explains: We’re... This story continues at The Next Web

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West Stringfellow is the CPO of Bigcommerce. Innovation is simple. You don’t have to be a genius, or boast an MBA from Harvard, or carry some McKinsey strategy in your back pocket. You don’t even have to have an original idea. You simply have to be able to get shit done. Gates, Ellison, Jobs and Zuckerberg are our modern-day geniuses of technology and business. Yet not one of these geniuses graduated from college, and not one single-handedly invented a business, much less an entire industry. Indeed, these guys didn’t do anything first–they simply did it better. Every one of them... This story continues at The Next Web

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James Parton is the European Director at Twilio. The Internet economy currently accounts for around 8.3 percent of British GDP according to Boston Consulting Group’s latest study, The Connected World. Not only is this a larger percentage than any other G20 nation, but this figure is expected to hit 12.4 percent by 2016. We certainly can’t underestimate the significant role that London – and Tech City – is playing in these developments, but we have to recognise it’s the UK as a whole that will be key to hitting these 2016 projections. London certainly is a heavyweight player. Last year, in... This story continues at The Next Web

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Erika Trautman is the CEO of Rapt Media. Cassette tapes, 8-tracks, and … Flash. All three of these mediums need a player to work, and all three mediums are either dead or dying. Just as CDs replaced tapes as a more efficient means of playing music, and digital files replaced CDs to do the same, HTML5 is making Flash obsolete. The HTML5 versus Flash debate has been a hot topic among Web developers for years – and even more so since Steve Jobs published his now infamous 2010 letter touting HTML5 as the future and Flash as “no longer necessary.”... This story continues at The Next Web

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I love Android as much as the next non-Apple owning guy, but there are times when I get bored of using the same old operating system, and seeing the same boring old notifications. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of different ways to liven things up without having to root your phone, or in some cases, even spend a penny. Sure, Facebook’s chat-head style notifications set a trend for a bobble-headed approach, but that’s not the only way you can modify how you get informed about new events, and for older handsets that haven’t been gifted with features like lock screen widgets... This story continues at The Next Web

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Ali Mese is the CEO and founder of PIQERS. This post originally appeared on Mese’s Medium blog. Exactly two years ago today, I woke up at 5 in the morning. Yes, I was suffering from our generation’s new sleeping problem. It is caused by too much blue light, especially when you stare at your cell phone before sleeping, which leaves you awake after only a few hours of sleep. I thought it was useless to try sleeping any further, so I decided to get up and start working. After checking my emails, I found myself on Twitter. One of the tweets... This story continues at The Next Web

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Nadia Hussain is the Community Director at Polyvore. When you’re starting a social company, building a loyal and engaged community is paramount. But that can also be one of the most nuanced and challenging elements of launching your startup. As employee #6 and community director at Polyvore, I’ve had the opportunity to watch our community grow and build relationships with many of our early users – some of whom have been on our site for more than six years now. Today, our site attracts 20 million unique visitors per month and our awesome community has created more than 100 million... This story continues at The Next Web

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Nike is said to have thrown in the towel on its FuelBand fitness bracelet hardware project, according to a CNET report. We’ve reached out to Nike about the claims and have yet to hear back, but a spokesman did tell CNET that a “small number of layoffs” had taken place on its Digital Sports team to align with its business priorities. Moving forward, it appears that Nike will focus on fitness software efforts instead of custom hardware. Curiously, Nike just opened a Nike+ Fuel Lab in San Francisco last week that listed the FuelBand as part of its mandate. Nike released a new... This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s time for us to face the facts. Bluetooth is holding wearables back. The new Bluetooth LE standard is certainly a step up from earlier power-hungry versions, but the need for a wireless radio just isn’t practical for many types of wearable categories. G-Wearables’ Kickstarter campaign for the Goccia activity tracker offers an innovative alternative to Bluetooth: using light to sync via your phone’s camera. The device communicates with your phone by flashing an LED when placed on your front-facing camera. It’s a novel technique that enables G-Wearables to shrink the Goccia down to the size of a penny. The... This story continues at The Next Web

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Ashley Hefnawy is an editorial assistant and a content producer for Shutterstock’s blog. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been adapted with permission. Natural wonders of the world can be truly mind-boggling. Man-made objects are only so powerful, until they meet their eventual maker: nature itself. In parts of Utah, Colorado, and New Hampshire, the perfect juxtaposition of man-made and nature exists in the form of massive ice sculptures. These formations were actually part of a larger project called Ice Castles—made from 20,000,000 pounds of ice, these magnificent creations were built by people and widely explored. The structures are comprised... This story continues at The Next Web

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Andrea Ayres-Deets is the Lead Writer at Crew, an invite-only network connecting short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Andrea writes about psychology, creativity, and business over on the Crew blog. It’s 10:00 at night and I’m still thinking about work. Thinking about what I should change in an article, or what I should have done in previous articles. My husband and I are sitting in the same room together, but I’m not really there. I’m half-a-mile away and it’s been like this for months. I’ve done this with every job. I can’t leave work at work—I’ve never known how.... This story continues at The Next Web

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Space X is scheduled to launch a Dragon capsule to the International Space Station today at 3:25 EDT. You can check out the live stream of launch on the company’s site. But, in addition to delivering food and scientific supplies to the ISS, it will conduct a test of its Falcon 9 booster as it aims to make the first stage rocket reusable. The Falcon 9 will have four 25-foot (7.6 meter) long landing legs. The legs will be deployed after jettisoning from the rest of the aircraft and the booster rocket will land in the sea. This is the... This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook today released the first major update to its Paper for iOS app, adding a slew of new features just 10 weeks after the initial launch. You can download the new version now directly from Apple’s App Store. First up, Facebook has added notifications for birthdays and events. Just like on Facebook, tap the globe icon to stay posted. Next, photo comments are exactly what you’d expect: sometimes words just aren’t enough to explain what you want to say. To add a photo comment, tap the camera next to the comments field, snap a picture, and post a photo as... This story continues at The Next Web

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Evan Hanlon is the Director of Audience Strategy at Xaxis. There’s a certain type of person I’ve learned not to trust: someone who insists that they can make things simple. I recognize how problematic that is for me, a person whose job it is to in fact make things simple. But I suppose it’s because I dive into what lurks behind the design studio slides and know just how deep the rabbit hole goes. It’s ironic that almost every eye-roll inducing invocation of the phrase “big data” is accompanied by a sales pitch for a tool that makes it easy.... This story continues at The Next Web

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Tresorit today officially launched its end-to-end encrypted cloud storage service after emerging from its stealth beta. The startup employs multiple layers of security that make its data extremely difficult to compromise. One key advantage to Tresorit is that it doesn’t have a master key to your encryption, so, unlike what happened to secure email service Lavabit, it can’t be forced to provide access to your data. The startup is also based in Switzerland, which should help keep it out of reach of NSA court orders. Tresorit uses AES-256 encryption on the client side before your data is uploaded. It also... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google today added email notifications to its Google Trends service. As a result, you can now subscribe to any search topic, Hot Searches for any country, or any US monthly Top Chart and get updates delivered straight to your inbox. While navigating Google Trends, you should see a new “Subscribe” button all over the place. If you find yourself clicking it too often, there’s an easy “unsubscribe” link in every email you get, or you can manage your preference in the new subscriptions section. See also – Google Trends now offers topic predictions and groups searches for 700,000 topics in... This story continues at The Next Web

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