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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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Alana Muller is the President at Kauffman FastTrac, an organization that equips entrepreneurs with the business skills and insights, tools, resources, and networks to start and grow. This post originally appeared on the Clarity.fm blog. The entrepreneurial journey is full of twists, turns, ups and downs. That’s why you need the support of trusted advisors.  Take these examples: 1. The Accidental Founder Renee is in early stage mode. She has an “accidental business” – something that she happened upon as a result of her interest in helping people. To her surprise and delight, what started as a hobby, helping people decorate their... This story continues at The Next Web

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LinkedIn today announced that it now has 300 million registered users on its platform with roughly two-thirds of them based outside the US. Considering that LinkedIn’s goal is to create economic opportunity for all 3.3 billion global workforce members, the company has hit 9 percent of its goal with just 3 billion left to go. I asked LinkedIn how many of its registered users count as monthly active users, but the company declined to provide a number. It does, however provide visitor numbers during its quarterly earnings reports. For the fourth quarter of 2013, LinkedIn had 139 million monthly unique... This story continues at The Next Web

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When Sony unveiled the Xperia Tablet Z, it offered a glimpse of the future for full-size Android tablets. Sleek, light and waterproof, the 10.1-inch slate was a true iPad competitor. Twelve months later, the company is back with its replacement. Although the Xperia Z2 Tablet looks almost identical to its predecessor from afar, it’s even lighter, thinner still and packed with updated components. By embracing the annual upgrade cycle widely adopted in the smartphone market, Sony wants to stay ahead of the curve. It faces stiff competition from Samsung’s new Galaxy NotePRO tablets, Apple’s numerous iPad models and other tablets... This story continues at The Next Web

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Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten is increasing its focus on China after it announced a partnership with Alipay, the Alibaba-affiliated payment platform, to make it easier for shoppers in China to buy goods from its global site. Rakuten Global Market, the international branch of Rakuten’s domestic Ichiba marketplace service, has now added Alipay to its payment options. Parent firm Alibaba is China’s dominant online retail firm, but Rakuten’s service offers access to goods from retailers in Japan and other countries. Right now, 10,000 of the 42,000 ‘shops’ listed on Rakuten Ichiba sell goods internationally. An initial 250 will support payment via Alipay,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Reports this week suggest that Facebook is preparing to launch an e-money service. The Financial Times believes that the US company is weeks away from gaining regulatory approval in Ireland for a service that would let users store money on Facebook and use it to pay others. Facebook declined to comment on the report and its exact goals are unclear at this point. Forbes reports that Facebook has already obtained Money Services Business (MSB) licenses in 48 U.S. states, so it is planning something global, but the publication highlights a valid question: do users trust Facebook to handle their money? Asia:... This story continues at The Next Web

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When Samsung introduced its first Internet radio service Milk Music in March, one of the things that stood out was that it was available free and without ads. That may change soon, according to information disclosed by Samsung today. Nestled away in an infographic about Milk Music is a pricing plan which suggests that the free version of the service will “soon” include advertising. Those wanting to avoid corporate messages interrupting their listening will be able to pay $3.99 per month for a premium service that Samsung hints is also on its way, complete with as-yet-unknown ”exclusive features”. Milk Music is only... This story continues at The Next Web

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Klout notified users of its Cinch question-and-answer app in an email today that it will discontinue the service on April 18th at 12pm PST. Cinch launched last September in an effort to help Klout users tap their influencer and expert graphs for advice. For the few of you still using the Cinch app, Klout recommends that you use Jelly or Yabbly. Last month, Klout announced that it is being acquired by social marketing company Lithium Technologies.

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Uber recently began adding a $1 “Safe Rides Fee” for UberX ridesharing trips on its platform. Users have been receiving the following message in the app: While the nature of the fee remains disconcertingly vague, the money appears to be going toward insurance costs for UberX drivers, which operate in some markets with a personal license and insurance, unlike UberTaxi and Uber Black services, which require commercial licenses. Uber cut Uberx prices in many of its cities earlier this year. While the extra $1 isn’t a huge burden on costs, the charge does feel  un-Uber, as the company has advertised... This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft today announced that it has sold over 5 million Xbox One consoles to retailers around the globe, but sales of the system have still lagged behind rival Sony’s PlayStation 4. By comparison, Sony revealed on Wednesday that PS4 sales had topped 7 million in sales to consumers. March US sales estimates from NPD put the PS4 in first place for hardware sales for the third month in a row. Both Microsoft and Sony (inFamous Second Son, Titanfall) saw major exclusives released on their platforms last month. Titanfall’s combined Xbox One and PC release took the top spot in game... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’s ATAP team and NASA are using the Project Tango smartphone with 3D motion tracking to help navigate robots in the International Space Station. The smartphone’s Myriad 1 vision processor chip is capable of making a quarter millions 3D measurements per second. It uses those measurements and creates a map of its surroundings. By attaching a Project Tango smartphone with those mapping capabilities to a SPHERES robot, the autonomous balls can navigate though the space station and perform low-level duties that would usually fall to the astronauts. While floating in the zero-gravity environment, the smartphone will construct a 3D map... This story continues at The Next Web

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Si Shen is the founder and CEO of PapayaMobile, a global mobile company. This article originally appeared on LinkedIn and was republished with permission. As the founder and CEO of PapayaMobile, headquartered in the rapidly growing technology scene from what some call the Silicon Valley of China – also known as Zhongguancun – I’ve been living and breathing China’s tech industry, which at face value has been a rabidly risk-averse Chinese tech culture. Then, in 2013, a sudden mad dash among these Chinese companies began, each jockeying to be recognized and taken seriously as a global company. As early as 2012... This story continues at The Next Web

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When you need to share an image with a giant pink arrow with a friend or the Internet at large, you turn to Evernote’s Skitch app. The photo-marking app features tools to quickly annotate images with text, arrows, drawings, and more. Today’s update will share those images quicker. The update brings three sharing categories that appear below an image after it has been filled with arrows and pithy remarks. Swipe left to land on the Meetings option to share the image with attendees of scheduled meetings. The center option, Share lets you publish the image to Twitter, Facebook, Mail and... This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon today announced Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime Anytime will be adding support for their full catalogs into Fire TV‘s unified voice search feature “starting this summer.” The trio join Vevo, which supported the feature from the start to let users find videos without any typing. The Fire TV naturally also supports Amazon’s own movie, TV show, and music video selections. “We’re excited and energized by the momentum we’re seeing with Fire TV,” Amazon Devices Vice President Dave Limp said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have Hulu Plus, Crackle, and SHOWTIME integrating their full selection of movies and TV... This story continues at The Next Web

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A tiny subset of photography apps has slowly emerged from the vast pack on Apple’s app store to offer an alternative multimedia experience, a hybrid of stills and video: Images with sound. Soundpix, a free app released today by Laughing Giraffe Technologies, gives you the auditory pleasure of your cat’s meow or your kid telling their absent sibling where to go (nicely, of course) without having to view tedious, poorly shot video footage. Soundpix is not the first app out there to embrace this concept. Shuttersong, for example, lets you attach a music file to your image, while AudioSnaps offers... This story continues at The Next Web

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Heroku today launched a bug bounty program in conjunction with Bugcrowd. Rewards range between $100 and $1,500, with the amount being completely based on the severity of the vulnerability. If a security researcher shows interest in donating their bounty to a recognized charity, Heroku promises to match it dollar-for-dollar. Customer apps are out of scope for the bounty, but Heroku promises to pass information along if security researchers inform the company anyway. “Working with security researchers to ensure the trustworthiness of Heroku’s platform is an ongoing effort of ours,” the company says. Until now, Heroku has merely listed security researchers... This story continues at The Next Web

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