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YES! Tetris is the heroin of video games. You can’t just play one game. You have to play at least five games. Okay, maybe ten. Starting today you can play the highly addictive game on the Roku 3 and Roku Streaming stick with HDMI. The game is free to download if you just want to play in Marathon mode. But if you more than one game playing option, it’ll cost you $4.99. Apparently it’s the 30 year anniversary of the game. That’s 30 years of having that song stuck in your head and learning how to cram boxes together. The game... This story continues at The Next Web

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Mozilla has announced on its blog today that its default search engine will be changing to Yahoo for US customers. The company stated on its blog that “Google has been the Firefox global search default since 2004. Our agreement came up for renewal this year, and we took this as an opportunity to review our competitive strategy and explore our options.” After evaluating partnerships, Mozilla said that one stood out from the rest: Yahoo. Yahoo will become the default search engine for the US beginning in December, featuring an “enhanced Yahoo search experience.” In Russia, the default search engine will become... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’s Street View and Photo Sphere tools are pretty nifty ways of sharing the ‘feel’ of a place, giving you a 360-degree perspective of the location. Unfortunately, sharing them generally involves navigating away to a dedicated page To make things a bit easier, Google Maps’ updated Embed API is now letting you integrate Street View and Photo Sphere panoramas right into webpages. Google previously began allowing you to embed Maps snippets earlier this year, but the functionality didn’t extend to the panoramas. It’s not as simple as just visiting Google Maps and sharing a location though – to create the embed code, you need... This story continues at The Next Web

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Sean Work is the Inbound Marketing Director at KISSmetrics.com. This post originally appeared on the Mention blog. A highly trafficked business blog is a godsend. It’s a marketing channel entirely within your control. If you look at your other online marketing options, they aren’t as appealing. For example, pay-per-click advertising is subject to price swings. SEO is subject to algorithm shifts. And, we all know how out of hand social media can get. When you have a great blog, you have your own online publication. Its value is generally underestimated, and its use is always underexploited. After all, you can place... This story continues at The Next Web

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Pocket‘s “read it later” app  is getting a few new features in an update for its iOS iteration today. First up, the app gains support for the 1Password extension, which should make logging into your accounts easier if you use the service. The app also now takes advantage of iOS’ Dynamic Type feature. Text size throughout the app will now adjust to your system font size settings rather than being fixed to a predetermined size. Finally, Pocket says it’s worked some magic on the Pocket Share extension to make saving and sharing noticeably quicker than before. You can grab the update from iTunes now. ➤ Pocket [iOS]

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Wow. How about that Uber right? Over the last few days the company has been caught using a tool that tracks users (including journalists) with apparently zero oversight. It wants to make changes to a proposed piece legislation that would increase the number of wheelchair accessible taxis. And of course, the news that started this whole mess, at a dinner party Senior Vice president Emil Michael talked about hiring researchers to dig up dirt on journalists. Of course, journalists (myself included) took to Twitter, blogs, Facebook and possibly Ello to voice our outrage. We also voiced disbelief that a company would think... This story continues at The Next Web

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RelativeWave, the company behind Form which helps you build native prototypes of your app directly on mobile devices, has been acquired by Google. In a note on the RelativeWave site today, the team announced they are joining Google to continue their work on Form, saying that “want to get Form in the hands of as many people as possible, and this is our first step in accomplishing that goal.” Form allows designers and developers to create rich interactive app prototypes for iOS that run on device and have full access to the camera and other sensors. Form was only announced to the public in... This story continues at The Next Web

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In a post on Google for Work’s Google+ page, the company announced a new feature for Hangouts video calls – you can now share Drive files without having to leave your conversation window. All you need to do is simply press the Drive icon on the bottom right corner of the conversation and select the file you want to share. You’ll also get a preview of the file contents in the chat window. It’s a small touch that should make things a little easier for people collaborating on a project through video. Google says the update will be rolling out to everyone... This story continues at The Next Web

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Michael Tunney is a writer, editor and media strategist based in Chicago. This post originally appeared on Lantern. It goes without saying that you should do favors for other people you care about (and even- gasp! – perfect strangers) without expecting anything in return. It’s all part of what goes into being a good person. “Do for others with no desire of returned favors. We all should plant some trees we’ll never sit under.” − Unknown But there’s a deeper, more strategic reason why you should do favors for other people. Most people don’t like to admit it or talk... This story continues at The Next Web

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After Apple’s purchase of Beats earlier this year, it was only a matter of time until the company started pushing customers to use its music streaming service. A report today by Financial Times says that Beats Music will be rolled into a future iOS update, maybe even as soon as March 2015. Apple bundles a number of its apps into iOS, like Podcasts, but this would be the first time it has included a new paid service in an iOS update. This would mark Apple’s first push into full music streaming. iTunes Radio, which launched in 2013, only allows users to select a genre or... This story continues at The Next Web

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Sometimes viewing a historical scene of utter devastation can serve to steer the creative process in a new direction. And while there’s nothing good about how this collection of nine photos of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake (estimated 7.8 magnitude) came about, these images are remarkable not only for their stark and soulful beauty — but also for their storytelling power. Flash forward to the present day and things have changed a lot, but then again, maybe not so much. One thing remains: The citizens of San Francisco live perpetually under the threat of  another devastating “big one” — which we imagine will be... This story continues at The Next Web

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Today marks exactly three weeks until The Next Web USA Conference. We’re extremely excited to be bringing together so many inspirational speakers, influential attendees, and on-point investors – not to mention awesome early-stage startups who can’t wait to share their innovations with our audience. 300+ applications later and the window for our startup growth program Boost is now closed, leaving us with 50 of the best handpicked companies ready to exhibit in New York on December 10. We’ve already announced the first 20 participants (here and here) and there’s another 20 sterling startups detailed below for your reading pleasure. The final... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is rolling out a new beta version of Chrome today, one that sports a new Bookmark Manager that lets you append an image and note to help you hunt down a bookmark more quickly. So now when you access your bookmarks, you’ll be able to ‘see’ the content of the bookmarks via a grid-like display, with your own notes and snippets on what the bookmark is all about. Google says that your existing bookmarks will automatically be updated with pictures and descriptions, where it can. If this sounds familiar, well, that’s because you may be thinking about Google’s standalone... This story continues at The Next Web

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Today BitTorrent is announcing a big upgrade for its P2P Dropbox competitor, BitTorrent Sync. As the app hits version 2.0 and shed’s the ‘beta’ tag, the company is introducing a number of new features catered to power users and IT departments. The main difference in 2.0 is that the app now offers a premium subscription for users that need to share a lot of data or collaborate in professional works Among the features available for Pro users are: The ability to share folders and files in the terabyte range Folder permissions and ownership controls Automated syncing across devices Priority for technical support Sync Pro... This story continues at The Next Web

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2015 is just around the corner — isn’t it about time you went paperless? Printed douments, receipts, photos, and notes end up cluttering your home and office, and are hard to retrieve when you need them most. That’s where the Doxie Go comes in. The compact Doxie Go can scan and save your precious documents, letters, bills and pictures without the need for cables or even a computer! Scan up to 600 pages into the built-in memory, or pair with a PC to organize your scanned images and documents so they’re searchable and accessible across your favorite cloud storage services,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Matthew Carpenter-Arévalo is a former Google and Twitter manager. He is currently the CEO of Céntrico Digital, a digital marketing agency, and CMO of Grupo Céntrico, an Ecuadorian conglomerate with internet-based assets in real estate, cars, insurance and human resource tools. While there is no doubt that Latin America is experiencing its own wave of new tech. startups and entrepreneurial ventures, the challenges inherent in doing business here contrast starkly with the rolling hills of Silicon Valley. For example, if the movie “The Social Network” was based on a Latin American Startup, at least a third of the film would have to document... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google News is rolling out a new feature that will offer up news stories that match your interests. Google News founder, Krishna Bharat, revealed the ‘Suggested for you’ option in a Google+ post. Bharat says the ‘Suggested for you’ section will change with the news “to keep things fresh and serendipitous”. We’ve not seen the option pop up on our accounts yet but you’ll need to be logged in to take advantage of it. You’ll also be able to tweak the selection by tapping the ‘Not interested’ button on stories that don’t appeal to you. ➤ Krishna Bharat on Google+... This story continues at The Next Web

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One month after sending out an SOS for volunteers from every US state and a handful of international cities, Reddit has announced a real-world scavenger hunt that involves you seeking out hidden boxes. Redditors have hidden a gift box in 52 locations around the US, as well as Sydney (Australia), London (UK), Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Singapore. Reddit is adding clues to each location-specific subreddit, giving at least some hint as to where the box could be hidden. For example, for Austin, Texas the first clue states: “It’s to damn cold to be outside.” Typo aside, clearly you’re not going to... This story continues at The Next Web

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By now I’m sure you’ve heard about UberGate (if not, make sure you read Paul Sawers’ recap). Here’s the crux of the matter, in Paul’s words: The latest debacle from the Uber circus emanates from Emil Michael, a senior executive Uber brought on board from Klout last year. During a dinner last week that included a journalist guest from BuzzFeed, Michael made some startling comments. The general gist of the chat was that he wanted to hire “opposition researchers” to help fight negative media. Essentially, they’d look at critical journalists’ personal lives and families, and “give the media a taste of its own medicine,” according... This story continues at The Next Web

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Starting today,  Windows Phone users can finally download Foursquare’s revamped app. Although Foursquare had been available on Windows Phone before, this marks the first time the redesigned version of the app has hit the platform. Foursquare now does away with the check-ins feature it became famous for and relegates that functionality to the company’s Swarm app. The current app instead focuses on helping you discover new places to go to, making use of reviews and tags called ‘tastes’ to help cater results to your preferences. The new Foursquare app is available on the Windows Phone app store now. ➤ Foursquare [Windows Phone]

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Duolingo today released a Windows Phone app for its crowdsourced language learning service, joining its existing iOS and Android offerings. The company said it received thousands of requests via email and Facebook for a Windows Phone release. Windows Phone has strong market share in a number of international and developing markets, which should overlap well with Duolingo’s naturally global student base.                        The free app currently supports learning Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and English. ➤ Duolingo [Windows Phone]

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To help differentiate itself from other Android handset makers, Samsung introduced its Milk music streaming service back in March. Now the electronics giant is expanding its Milk brand with a foray into curated video. The new Milk Video app presents a stream of curated videos from big names like Vice, Venmo, Vevo, Funny or Die and Red Bull. Users can follow their friends and brands. Videos are sorted into categories that include Comedy, Entertainment, Gaming, How-To, Music, News, Random, Sports and Tech. The main UI is simple enough: scroll down a list of video screens and tap the video you want to see,... This story continues at The Next Web

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The Amazon Fire Stick, Amazon’s Chromecast rival, is now shipping for $39. The company made the device available to Amazon Prime subscribers for a knock down price $19 and opened pre-orders for everyone else at the end of last month . New orders for the device are being filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Amazon claims the Fire Stick is its most successful device launch ever but as usual hasn’t revealed how many units its shifted. The Fire Stick features a dual-core processor, twice as much memory as the Chromecast, MIMO Wi-Fi and a remote control. It can also be... This story continues at The Next Web

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Barnes & Noble has launched a new Nook Audiobooks app for Android, serving up more than 50,000 titles for phones and tablets. The app accompanies the existing e-reading app, however Nook Audiobooks appears to only be available in the US for now. For launch, those who download the app for the first time will be able to get two audiobooks for free, so it’s probably worth downloading it for that if nothing else.     Many of the audiobooks also offer a free sample clip before you commit to buying, while there’s a mini player too, which means you can continue... This story continues at The Next Web

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A limited time offer called the Good Web Bundle is offering 50% off five services if you purchase them as part of a pack. The Good Web Bundle is similar to the Humble Indie Bundle, but not associated with the service other than sharing a similar name. For just $96 US, you get a year’s subscription to Metafilter, MLKSHK, Newsblur, The Toast and ThinkUp. In case you don’t want subscriptions to some of the services, you’re given single-use codes that you can give away to a friend and still save money by redeeming the others. Anil Dash, co-founder and CEO of... This story continues at The Next Web

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