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Valve today announced a big milestone in the gaming world: The International Dota 2 Championships will be broadcast on ESPN. An exclusive show previewing the final match will be presented on ESPN2 while the tournament will be available live on the sports network ESPN3. The content will also be accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. ESPN viewers will have access to all the matches, along with related interviews and analysis happening over the course of the four-day... This story continues at The Next Web

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Augmented reality company Blippar is on a mission to be the bridge between the physical and digital worlds. Today, the company took another step on that mission as it company showed off an early build of its augmented reality games running on Google Glass for the first time. When Glass was first introduced, Google spent a lot of time talking about the convenience of its capabilities. Make a call. Take a picture. It’s simple. While that’s unarguably true, what most people really want when they use Glass for the first time is the experience promised by the science fiction movies of their youth, they want interaction with the... This story continues at The Next Web

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David Arnoux is Head of Growth and co-founder of Twoodo, helping teams organize using simple #hashtags. This post originally appeared on the Twoodo blog. As you are all probably tired of hearing by now, growth hacking is not simply a series of tricks or tactics, but a mindset to do what it takes to grow a company. It is data-driven and dovetails quite a bit with online marketing. Each of the 21 B2B growth hacks listed here is an article in itself, but I’m going to keep it brief. Many B2C growth hacks can be creatively tweaked to be valuable as B2B growth hacks.... This story continues at The Next Web

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Today has been a tough one for Microsoft. After announcing 18,000 layoffs, it has also confirmed that it is shutting down its original programming studio, Xbox Entertainment Studios in the coming months. While the studio itself is being shuttered, the Halo original TV series and Signal to Noise documentary series will continue to be produced by Nancy Tellem, Jordan Levin and other Xbox Entertainment Studio employees. Microsoft had hoped to follow in the footsteps of Netflix producing original content in order to sway consumers to its console and services. But with the Sony PlayStation 4 outselling the Xbox One based on its commitment to gaming... This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook today announced it is testing a new feature with ‘a few’ small and medium-sized businesses in the US: a Buy button. The goal is to help businesses drive sales directly through Facebook via News Feed ads and Page posts. The button is available to users on the desktop site as well as on mobile. In short, it allows them to purchase a product or service from a business, without ever having to leave Facebook. Here’s how it looks: Facebook says the feature is built “with privacy in mind” and that the payment experience is “safe and secure.” The company... This story continues at The Next Web

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Realmac Software, the popular Mac and iOS developer behind apps like Clear, Ember and Rapidweaver, has announced the upcoming release of Typed, an OS X app for writing in Markdown. You’ll need to have OS X Mavericks installed to run it, and the app will upgrade to OS X Yosemite once Apple has released it. Typed will cost $9.99 at launch, but will bump up to $19.99 once the initial promotion is over. Typed will include licensed fonts, a full-screen mode, HTML preview, word and character counts, auto-save support and keyboard shortcuts. I’m told the app will also feature a... This story continues at The Next Web

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Just a day after releasing the stable version of Chrome 36, Google has announced the release of Chrome 37 beta for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Unlike the Chrome 36 beta, the new features have a consumer focus rather than strictly developer additions. First and foremost, Windows users will be happy to learn support for DirectWrite, a text layout rendering API that first arrived in Windows Vista, has finally been implemented. The question of improving how text appears in the browser on Windows was first brought up in the Chromium bug tracker back in October 2009. Google finally confirmed the feature... This story continues at The Next Web

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Rewind the clock a few years and you’d frequently hear people suggesting that Facebook is a great marketing channel because it was free to have a presence. If you built a good Facebook page for your business and attracted lots of fans, you’d have a valuable platform to talk to potential and existing customers. But times have changed and Facebook are pulling in the reigns. Its advertisement algorithm continues to adapt as Facebook controls more of what users get to see in their news feeds. As a result, many brands have seen the organic reach of their pages decline rapidly. According to... This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s no shortage of drawing and painting apps for the iPad, but a new one has just hit the scene that will be sure to capture both your eye and your imagination. Using 3D technology, Psykopaint from Psykosoft – the company that brought you the online painting app as well as the Mac app of the same name – now simulates real-time environmental lighting conditions and visual depth for realistic paintings on the go. The app’s 3D features apply to the interface as well as the artistic output for a total immersive experience. As you launch the app, use your finger or a stylus to navigate through various... This story continues at The Next Web

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More than ever before, Facebook is thinking mobile. After Paper and Slingshot, the company is expanding its repertoire with Mentions, a new iOS app geared towards celebrities and public figures. Built by Facebook Creative Labs, it’s designed to help actors, athletes, musicians and other so-called “influencers” to contribute and engage on its platform. While it looks similar to the normal Facebook app on the surface – with a vertical feed and navigation bar at the bottom – a closer look reveals a refined and reworked experience for the iPhone. The News Feed is split into Following and Trending, which Facebook says will make... This story continues at The Next Web

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We last caught up with Flayvr way back in May last year, just as the startup finally shook off its iOS-only roots with an Android incarnation. The idea behind Flayvr has always been simple – it monitors your camera roll for photos and videos, and groups them into albums based on the time and location they were taken. These can then be shared via the usual social channels, and are viewable by anyone via Flayvr’s website. Now, two years on and two million users down the line, Flayvr is being rebranded as MyRoll, and is pivoting ever so slightly to... This story continues at The Next Web

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Most startups that hop into the a Y Combinator term are trying to get their business plan and product together, up-voting product curation site, Product Hunt already has buzz around it thanks to curated early adopters of founders, tech journalists, and VCs. Now its getting ready to truly enter the startup world with today’s news that it has joined the prestigious accelerator program. Product Hunt isn’t the first established company to join Y Combinator. Question and answer service, Quora joined YC in May as a late-stage investment experiment. The seed accelerator and incubator is known for guiding early stage start-ups. Product Hunt will be part... This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon has announced that its mobile ad network supports iOS devices as of today, and will be adding support for its Fire phone on July 25, the day it launches. The move means developers can now place both banner and interstitial ads across Android, iOS, and Fire OS devices. At the same time, Amazon is also expanding ad serving to users in Spain and Italy across Android and iOS. This means the Amazon Mobile Ad Network now serves ads to users in six countries (the US, the UK, Germany, and France being the other four). Amazon first introduced its Mobile... This story continues at The Next Web

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Remember back in May, when Google added Uber as a transit option to Google Maps? Well, now e-hailing app Hailo is getting in on the action with news that it’s to be integrated into Citymapper, the increasingly popular city navigation app for Android and iOS. Citymapper is still fairly limited in terms of global availability, and for now is restricted to London, New York, Paris, Berlin, Washington DC, Boston, Madrid, and Barcelona. More cities are being added all the time though.     Hailo integration is only being added to six cities on Citymapper for now – London, New York, Barcelona,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Wi-Fi connectivity is already available in the London Underground, but to gain access you currently need to be a Vodafone, O2, EE (including T-Mobile and Orange) or Virgin Media customer. Otherwise, you need to pay for a Virgin Media Wi-Fi Pass. Three has been strangely absent from the free Wi-Fi extravaganza, but that’s all set to change later this month. The carrier is partnering with Virgin Media – who installed the Wi-Fi network before the the London 2012 Olympics – to give its subscribers free internet access before the end of the month. Virgin Media’s Wi-Fi network currently stretches to 137 stations on... This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft plans to “shift” some of its Nokia X smartphones from Android to Windows Phone. In the midst of a memo announcing up to 18,000 job cuts, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirmed the change in focus: “To win in the higher price tiers, we will focus on breakthrough innovation that expresses and enlivens Microsoft’s digital work and digital life experiences. In addition, we plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows. This builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps.” To be clear, this doesn’t... This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s official. After widespread rumors and speculation, Microsoft today confirmed its plans to cut 18,000 jobs over the next 12 months. In a memo to employees, chief executive Satya Nadella said the bulk of the layoffs – 12,500 in total – would come from Nokia’s Devices and Services division, which the company acquired for $7.2 billion this year. The relatively new Microsoft leader emphasized these were part of its “synergies and strategic alignment” and would consist of both professional and factory workers. Microsoft is already “moving” to reduce its workforce by 13,000 and Nadella said the “vast majority” of affected employees will... This story continues at The Next Web

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ZenPayroll has launched a new feature today that allows employers to add a personal note of thanks to employees’ payslips. The ‘Personal Note’ option is aiming to remove the purely transactional nature of payday in a bid to improve employer-employee relations. Or at least that’s the theory. Employers can use it for things like thanking someone for doing a particularly good job on a project, putting in extra hours or celebrating a birthday. It can also be used to give a spot bonus for putting in a good performance. While a note appended to your payslip might not be the most important make-or-break factor in your... This story continues at The Next Web

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Chinese online retailer JD.com took over internet giant Tencent’s e-commerce operations back in March, and now it has relaunched the latter’s Paipai eBay-like consumer-to-consumer marketplace, taking its battle with Alibaba up a notch. The newly-refurbished platform has more emphasis on search relevance rather than advertising, boasts reduced marketing costs for sellers and lets users complete orders through JD’s nationwide fulfillment network — which means access to same-day and next-day delivery. The search function is particularly important as it helps to keep users on the platform. JD is using a new algorithm on Paipai that prioritizes sellers based on factors such... This story continues at The Next Web

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Following Google’s rocky adoption, Microsoft is now accepting requests from European citizens to hide certain pages in Bing search results. The option has been introduced following the ‘right to be forgotten‘ ruling made by the European Union Court of Justice back in May. Bing won’t accept any old request blindly, however. The form posted online requires a whole host of personal information, including your name, country of residence – documentation proving these to be true – and an email address. To evaluate your request against the right to privacy and the public’s right to free expression, Bing is also asking whether... This story continues at The Next Web

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Viral image sharing site Imgur today rolled out new user-driven tagging functionality that will let you create custom galleries and searches based on your favorite tags. Uploaders can add tags to their own images, and users can vote on or suggest new tags. The tags will also double as filters, so that you can exclude certain types of images from a gallery. Meanwhile, Imgur has also updated its search function with new features. Now you can sort searches by title, tag, image size and image type. You can also search for the text in some images, such as memes. The... This story continues at The Next Web

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Cyclodeo, a mashup service that combines GPS technology, maps and a camera to create cycling videos, has extended its service to Berlin, allowing you to take a bike tour of the city without leaving your computer or standing up from your chair. While it might not bring the same cardiovascular benefits that an actual ride around the city would do, it does allow you to get a rider’s-eye view of what it’s like to cycle certain routes around the German capital. Or, if you’re a cyclist, you can create your own video of the city, but you’ll need to fill in... This story continues at The Next Web

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Adding to its existing version on Android, Google has now launched an iOS version of its Analytics app. Available globally and optimized for iPhone and iPod touch, Google Analytics lets you access all of your Web and app data as usual, but now it’s packaged in a mobile-friendly format for Apple devices. You can peruse page-view figures and real-time reports of traffic by region, source and more.     Today’s launch comes a little over a week after Google launched a new standalone YouTube Creator app for iOS, letting creatives manage their channel wherever they roam, including checking stats, and responding... This story continues at The Next Web

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London is the latest city to be updated with 3D buildings and terrain in Google’s popular mapping services. If you’re using Google Earth or the ‘Earth’ layer in Google Maps, you can now explore some of the capital’s iconic landmarks from the comfort of your living room. Using 45-degree aerial imagery, Google has updated its digital representation of London with 3D buildings you can pan, zoom, tilt and rotate at will. If you’ve ever wanted to hover above St Paul’s Cathedral, float around ‘The Shard’ or skydive into Trafalgar Square, your wish has finally been granted. (Sort of.) London is the... This story continues at The Next Web

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After testing the waters with an iOS launch in China and Japan a few months ago, free language learning platform Duolingo is aggressively expanding in Asia with the release of both iOS and Android apps for Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as the Android version in Japan. This means that users in these countries — on both iOS and Android devices — can now learn English for free on Duolingo. Previously, Duolingo didn’t support any Asian languages at all, so this could see it gaining traction rapidly in the region and adding on to its 30 million plus users worldwide. Duolingo... This story continues at The Next Web

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