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Google may have to shell out a pretty penny in The Netherlands if it fails to update its privacy policy by the end of February, reports Bloomberg. The search giant has a little over two months to comply with Dutch data regulators’ demands, which include asking users for their “unambiguous consent”, and giving them “clear and consistent information” about the way personal information is being used by the company. If it fails to fix its privacy policy in time, Google will have to pay €15 million ($18.7 million) in fines. Google faced similar issues in France last year, when the country’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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After introducing recurring bank transfers and low balance alerts in its mobile apps, Google Wallet now lets iOS users split payments, reports Engadget. With the latest version of Google Wallet for iOS devices, you can just enter the amount you want to split and then list your contacts and their shares of the total. The app will then send a request to each user to settle up with you, with an optional reminder of the event or purchase that was spent on. This update also brings Touch ID support for logins, as well as the ability to see your loyalty… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following the launch of its Facebook-based social recommendations in September, Netflix is now extending the feature to its Android app. The update brings movie and TV show recommendations to Netflix users’ Android devices via rich notifications; you can watch, get more info, or thank your friend for a recommendation. Netflix has also worked on an Android Wear integration that sends these recommendation alerts to your smartwatch too, with the aforementioned actions available on your wrist. ➤ Netflix on Android Just Got a Lot More Social [Netflix US &Canada Blog] [Netflix for Android]  

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Everyone has too much stuff, right? Most of the time it’s too good to throw away, but there’s nowhere to keep it and sending things to storage is a hassle. StuffGenie, a new Hong Kong based company is hoping to bring that process into the smartphone age. The service allows you to order containers for your items, which are shipped to you overnight. Once packed, you add a title, description and upload pictures of your stuff online before sending them back. The company then puts your goods into humidity-controlled storage and you’re able to request items back from the company… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s not like there aren’t a million different ways to share what’s on your mind already, but Plague is a new take on sharing. Bizarre names aside, the premise of Plague is that you share a status like you would on Twitter or Facebook but it instead of showing in a feed it “infects” those nearby who see the status before it goes further. When it appears for those users nearby, they have the option to either infect those near them or to stop the infection. Plague statuses can be text, links or images which have your location attached in order to infect… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following up on its September acquisition of Aviary, the popular photo editing platform, app and SDK, Adobe today announced in a blog post that the newest version of the Aviary SDK has now been integrated as the image editing component of Adobe’s own Creative SDK. This move will let developers easily integrate Adobe’s technology directly into their own apps and Websites. According to Adobe’s Vijay Vachani, “Today, you’ll find a new and improved version of the Aviary SDK on the Aviary site. You’ll also find the brand new Aviary SDK integrated as the Image Editing component of the Creative SDK to give you easy… This story continues at The Next Web

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Following Senator Al Franken’s open letter to Uber, the company has responded to his concerns — raised after it was revealed that the company tracked reporters without their permission. In Uber’s response, published by Franken’s office, the company says that an employee, Josh Mohrer, accessed the reporter’s account “improperly” while responding to emails from her and goes on to say that the same employee accessed her data because “she was 30 minutes late” and he “wanted to escort her to the meeting location.” Uber says that Mohrer received disciplinary action for the misuse of that data. The company also attempts to… This story continues at The Next Web

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The wait is over! Support for HBO GO has finally arrived to the Amazon Fire TV, adding “more than 1,700 titles” to its roster of available content. That’s great news for those who are considering streaming devices for Christmas, considering the price has also been dropped down from $99 to $79 until December 28. The company said support for the $39 Fire TV stick will come later next spring – so just hold on to your hats just a while longer. ➤ HBO GO Now Available on Amazon Fire TV

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File this under, LOLWUT? Bose looks like it’s embarking on its own cloud streaming music service. In a job posting found by Hyperbot, the company is looking for a Senior User Experience Designer: Cloud Music Services. Whoever gets the job will join the “Algorithms & Cloud Experiences group.” According to the posting, the team does the following: …imagines new customer-facing features, designs compelling user interfaces, envisions appropriate software architecture and infrastructure, and implements compelling proofs of concept that can be scaled to serve millions of users. So yeah, a streaming music service to compete with Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, Beats Music, Google Play… This story continues at The Next Web

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In our Apps of the Year series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for gifts to give this holiday season. This time, it’s apps. Sometimes you pick a favorite app because it’s beautiful, and sometimes you pick a favorite because it does its job flawlessly. PushBullet doesn’t quite fit either of those, but I use it virtually every day, making it one of my most used apps. It was updated to look a bit nicer on the desktop recently though, which helps. Essentially, it’s a multi-faceted Android/desktop/Chrome app that allows you to do a whole load of things, like see notifications from your… This story continues at The Next Web

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Today, Foursquare launched its revamped iPad app after officially separating Foursquare and Swarm earlier this year. The app also comes with a Top Picks section to recommend up-and-coming events, newly popular joints and local favorites. You can also use this section to find recommendations for travel destinations around the world. The new Foursquare app for iPad is free and is available today.. ➤  Introducing Foursquare for the iPad, the best way to plan your holiday travels.

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Microsoft’s Sway, a new tool for telling your story without the hassle is now available for all to use without invitations. The company said in the ten weeks since Sway’s preview website launched, it had 175,000 requests to join and a million unique visitors. Sway is also getting a number of new features today following user requests. Microsoft has added undo and redo, bulleted lists, direct text editing on the canvas, easier reordering, PDF import and more. It appears Microsoft is still limiting the iPhone app by country; as it’s now made it available in Australia as well as New Zealand. The… This story continues at The Next Web

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After The Pirate Bay was brought down by Swedish authorities last week, it seemed like this time the popular torrent website might actually be down for good. That might be true according to an interview given by the site to Torrent Freak. In the first public statement on the raid since it happened, TPB crew member Mr 10100100000 comments,“We were not that surprised by the raid. That is something that is a part of this game. We couldn’t care less really.” That said, the team is still debating whether to bring its torrent collection back to life. Mr 1010010000000 says that the… This story continues at The Next Web

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BT has announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire EE. It confirmed last month that it had begun talks with the mobile network with discussions also taking place with O2. The new talks will last several weeks, giving BT time to complete due diligence and for a definitive agreement between the companies. BT wants to acquire EE predominantly for its 4G network. While the terms aren’t fixed yet, BT says it’s looking to purchase EE for £12.5 billion on a debt/cash free basis. EE’s joint owners, Deutsche Telekom and Orange, would each gain stakes in BT. Deutsche… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s been a few months since the last Un-carrier event, so it’s time to spin up the magenta lights and fill  T-Mobile CEO John Legere with caffeine because here comes Un-carrier 8.0. The event will be live streamed tomorrow at 10:30 am ET (7:30am PT) from an undisclosed location. Instead of the usual agenda of Legere standing in front of press and T-Mobile employees and filling the room with swears and hilarious anecdotes, there will be a fireside chat with journalist David Pogue. What Legere will announce is a secret, but he and his company have made waves in the… This story continues at The Next Web

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In our Apps of the Year series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for gifts to give this holiday season. This time, it’s apps. Dashlane’s Web-based password vault and accompanying iOS and Android apps aren’t exactly brand new, but with the sharp increase in focus on topics like security and privacy in 2014, it seems an appropriate time to call out my favorite password manager of the bunch. In a nutshell, it provides you with Web-synced access to all your logins and passwords in the click of a few buttons. Extra handily, it offers two-factor authentication via an authenticator app on… This story continues at The Next Web

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SoundCloud is great for discovering unique content and mixes you’ll scarcely find anywhere else, but sometimes keeping track of all that audio goodness gets a bit cumbersome. SoundCloud wants to make things easier for you with a new hub page dubbed ‘Collection’. Here, you can access all your playlists and favorites in one place, as well as keep up to date with the newest releases from your favorite artists.   You can check out the new feature by logging into SoundCloud and visiting your Collection page on the web or the iOS app. Sorry Android users, you’ll have to wait until sometime in 2015. ➤… This story continues at The Next Web

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If there’s one thing the world’s most popular mobile apps have in common, it’s that they look great. Designing the perfect interface takes time and requires skill and practice – and our latest bundle includes everything you need to shape a beautiful iOS app. Pay what you want for four top-notch courses to learn to design apps from start to finish, as well as three packs of high-quality assets ranging from wireframes to icons to UI kits to device mockups. With this bundle, you can build a solid foundation of design knowledge with courses that you can watch and learn… This story continues at The Next Web

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Skype today revealed that users that have signed up for its real-time Skype Translator service can now start giving it a try. The service initially supports only Spanish and English as its first two languages for voice communication, but already includes over 40 languages for live translation of instant messages. In celebration of the launch, Skype released a video showcasing students in the US and Mexico communicating through a phone call in their respective languages in real time. The company also shared additional background information on how the service actually works, explaining the machine learning process Skype uses to understand the context words… This story continues at The Next Web

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Runtastic has been translating your workouts to the digital world for some time with apps that even map your runs to Streetview. Now it’s revealed that it’s working on plans to bring the Oculus Rift VR headset into the picture. The proof of concept Runtastic Oculus Rift app isn’t a new version of the company’s GPS app – that would result in you bashing into the walls – but is instead based around the 7-Minute Workout program. Runtastic’s take on workouts wearing the Oculus Rift includes 3D avatars acting as personal trainers and a choice of workout environments including a hillside, beachside and… This story continues at The Next Web

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European ridesharing platform Carpooling.com has launched in the US, using the slightly shorter name Carpooling. The service allows users across America to travel together over long distances and split the costs of trips. With the Carpooling iOS and Android apps, users can post available seats when planning a trip, or search for a ride to join. Once you’ve found fellow passengers going in your direction, you can travel with them to save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Carpooling is also tying up with Uber in the US to provide door-to-door travel services: passengers can choose to be picked up… This story continues at The Next Web

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Crowdfunding giant Indiegogo has just launched a new service, Indiegogo Life, dedicated to campaigns raising money for emergencies, medical expenses, celebrations and other life events. While successfully funded campaigns on Indiegogo are charged a fee of 4 percent if they use PayPal or 9 percent if they don’t, Indiegogo Life won’t charge any platform fees. The categories available on Indiegogo life are: medical needs, emergencies, celebrations, memorials, pets & animals, faith, sports, volunteer efforts and education. Indiegogo says the new service also features a new campaign setup process that’s faster than before and access to community building tools. High profile personal… This story continues at The Next Web

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Six months after it launched a store for premium themes on Android, third-party keyboard app SwiftKey is now offering branded keyboard themes, starting with a collection inspired by Disney’s hit animated film ‘Frozen’. Six themes featuring Frozen’s most popular characters will be available in the SwiftKey Store at 12pm Eastern/9am Pacific, individually at $1.99 or as a pack for $4.99. SwiftKey has confirmed that it has more branded keyboards planned for the future, featuring custom backgrounds as well as ‘Flow’ trails that indicate users’ swipe-to-type patterns. ➤ SwiftKey [Android]

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When we last caught up with Seedcamp, it had just invested in seven new startups. Now it’s ready to announce its latest batch of investments with five springing from Seedcamp Berlin and two graduates of previous Seedcamp weeks emerging from working in stealth. At Seedcamp Berlin, the micro-seed investment and mentoring program invited 19 companies to attend from hundreds of applicants. Five were chosen to receive investment. They are… Branchtrack Based in Riga, Latvia, Branchtrack allows users to create ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’-style simulations for sales and customer care training online. The company was founded in 2009 when the co-founders’ experience… This story continues at The Next Web

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What did you do this weekend? I mainly caught up with sleep to beat the jetlag of returning to Europe after the fun of our USA Conference last week. If, like me, you had your eye off the tech news ball, worry not – our Monday roundup of the weekend is right here for you. In the news: Facebook drops Bing for search, nobody bats an eyelid Iran hackers may target U.S. energy, defense firms, FBI warns [Reuters] Uber pressures regulators by mobilizing riders and hiring vast lobbying network [The Washington Post] Good reads: The Sony Pictures hack: Everything we know… This story continues at The Next Web

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