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How do you accelerate innovation? The answer lies within the ability to bring companies, startups, agencies, clients, and budgets together. Traditionally, advertising agencies wanted to work with big companies because they brought big names and big budgets. But lately, agencies have discovered the great innovation potential of startups and started to chase them. We’ve just added Craig Le Grice’s talk on this topic from the TNW Europe Conference 2013 to our TNW Video site and you can watch it right now for free Craig thinks that the future is not about buying and selling, because selling is becoming a forced… This story continues at The Next Web

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Startups subscribe to their own brand of subculture, creating ecosystems often typified by slick offices, cool perks and a laid back vibe. A brief visit to any startup HQ will introduce you to some interesting characters – but not all of them are human. A tour of Europe’s startup offices has revealed that more than a few teams have adopted an office mascot. Bringing animals into the workplace is not exactly a new thing. Big names like Google have encouraged staff to bring their own pets to the office a while now. It’s become a characteristic for companies and startups… This story continues at The Next Web

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To-do list app Any.do has today been updated across all platforms to offer a refreshed design and new features. Among the headline changes are quicker ways to jump between your different lists, for example, by providing a new way to filter them by Date view, List view or Priority view. There’s also the ability to zoom in and out of your lists in a grid view, to help you go from looking at an overview of detail to drilling down into a specific item. Alongside these tweaks, users can also now more easily create and share lists with specific people – just… This story continues at The Next Web

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Spotify announced today that it is launching a new form of ad targeting for brands which will allow them to use the context of what you’re doing while listening to music in order to target you with tailored ads. For example, if you are listening to a workout playlist, you would most likely get ads about health and fitness rather than chocolate. The company is able to do this by using its own data combined with that of The Echo Nest, the music analytics company it acquired last year. Spotify hosts 1.5 billion playlists with over 60 million active monthly… This story continues at The Next Web

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JotterPad is a full featured text editor that incorporates essential features such as undo, redo, night mode, find phrase, typewriter scrolling and snapshots.The word processor hasn’t changed since we abandoned pen and paper. But, one thing that has changed since the heady days of Windows 95 is our lives. We’re an easily distracted bunch. Heck, according to new research, our attention spans can barely focus on one thing for 10 seconds without embarking on our own Odyssey through social media notifications. Enter JotterPad. This super simple text editor for Android devices is designed to make the process of writing a little more focused. It’s been stripped of any bells and whistles leaving you with a clean, easy-on-the-eye look. But don’t be fooled.… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s been a little over two weeks since a major public debate on the issue of net neutrality kicked off in India, and things have been hotting up ever since. We reported that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recently released a paper outlining the framework for over-the-top services (OTTS) like search engines, video platforms and social networks, and invited citizens to voice their opinions on the licensing of internet services in the country. Since then, savvy Indian Web users have been hard at work getting the word out. One Change.org petition has received nearly 240,000 signatures. Meanwhile, SaveTheInternet.in helps users send a lengthy… This story continues at The Next Web

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Fiverr, a creative marketplace with a bustling variety of artistic and professional services, has launched Fiverr Faces, its first standalone app for the iPhone. Featuring a curated collection of artists who design unique, high-quality portraits from your original photos, Fiverr Faces lets you order a custom selfie to share over social networks like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter — you name it. The idea is that these painters, sketch artists and cartoonists can make business and professional portraits shine — even if they began life as humble selfies or snapshots. “Our vision is to provide any digital service in just one click and the Fiverr Faces… This story continues at The Next Web

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This research is courtesy of Sander Duivestein, professional speaker and trendwatcher at VINT, the International Research Institute of Sogeti A symbol for ‘nothing’ doesn’t seem to mean very much, but the biography of the number ‘zero’ shows what a dangerous idea it has been since its very first creation. The Sumerians of ancient Babylon invented it about 5,000 years ago, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshiped it, and the Church branded it as demonic figure that implied the negation of God. Rehabilitation started in northern Italy in the 13th century. Zero became the most important tool in mathematics. It enabled… This story continues at The Next Web

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BitTorrent has released a new version of its Android app to celebrate crossing the 100 million install mark for the first time – an impressive milestone, considering Mozilla announced the same thing just last week. To give users a little reward for helping it pass that number – at the end of 2013, it had 40 million users –  the team pushed a new version of the app with an improved music player that includes cover art support and a play queue to help you see what’s coming up next. The company said it had also improved the core performance of the app,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Want to try your hand at programming? Ruby on Rails is a great choice for first-timers: thanks to a simple code structure, it’s beginner-friendly, quick to build with and has a thriving community that actively contributes reusable code and encourages others to learn. Plus, Ruby on Rails covers both the front-end and back-end, which means that you can build completely functional apps and sites, instead of covering only one aspect of a project. It’s great for creating simple prototypes and actually bringing your complex ideas to life.   Stuk.io has 120 hours of courses for you to learn from at… This story continues at The Next Web

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Subscription reading and listening service Scribd has expanded its audiobook selection. From today, you can listen to over 9,000 titles from Penguin Random House Audio. The new additions bring the number of audiobooks in Scribd’s library up to more 45,000. They’re available as part of its $8.99 a month unlimited subscription deal, which also gives you access to ebooks and comics. The arrival of Penguin Random House audiobooks on the platform is a pretty big deal as it adds a raft of major authors and bestsellers, including ‘Game of Thrones‘, ‘Gone Girl’, ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ and, if you’ve escaped it so far, ‘Fifty… This story continues at The Next Web

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Jerry Cao is a UX content strategist at UXPin — the wireframing and prototyping app. To learn more about design collaboration without the pain of committees, download the free e-book Design Collaboration in the Enterprise: Mastering the Early Design Stages. The waterfall model of design may have worked during the birth of the digital era, but our industry has certainly outgrown the linear product development process. Today, more and more companies are abandoning the obsolete waterfall model in favor of Lean and Agile UX methodologies. These more modern approaches value and incorporate collaboration: the first time the developer sets eyes… This story continues at The Next Web

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Indian Web and media companies Cleartrip, NDTV, Newshunt and the Times Group announced that they are pulling out of Facebook’s Internet.org service, an initiative that aims to bring free online content to underdeveloped markets. The Huffington Post reports that the Indian heavyweights are stepping away from the zero-rated service in support of net neutrality, a set of principles that aim to maintain equal access to all online content for Web users. Their announcements come a day after major online retailer Flipkart withdrew from mobile operator Airtel’s upcoming Zero program, which will offer subscribers access to select Web services for free.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Jawbone has announced its new UP4 fitness tracker that monitors users’ activity, sleep, heart rate and also allows payments via American Express. The $200 wrist-worn device lets users with an eligible American Express Card connect their accounts with Jawbone’s app and tap the UP4 on a store terminal to pay for their purchases. With its payments-enabled wearable, Jawbone poses a challenge to Apple, whose Watch allows for cashless transactions too. The UP4 will go on sale on the company’s site this summer. In addition, Jawbone has also launched its UP2 tracker. Yes, there’s already an UP3. Yes, it’s kind of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has launched its Android for Work App to allow business users to securely access their contacts, email, calendar and files in a managed IT environment, on devices running Android 4.0 or newer. Launched in February, Google’s Android for Work program allows companies’ IT administration to enable and manage access to work-related data and approved apps on users’ personal Android devices. It also keeps users’ personal and business data separate, and encrypts the latter for increased security. The feature is already baked in on Android 5.0 Lollipop. Users can run secure, IT-admin-managed versions of Google’s Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Camera, Docs,… This story continues at The Next Web

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The arrival of Twitter’s Periscope live-streaming video app, directly on the heels of an impressive debut for the tiny startup Meerkat, seemed at first to signal a death knell for the company that first took personal mobile streaming video to the masses. Not so fast. The tiny upstart that generated the big buzz has announced that not only is it heading to the Android platform (as it promised), but that an Android beta is now available for people to try out, Mashable reports. If you’re interested, just fill in the Google form to request access. While arguably, the buzz surrounding the launch of… This story continues at The Next Web

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CamFind, a visual search app that can identify, define and even shop for nearly any object you can snap with your digital camera, has launched an upgrade that will put you in touch with your fellow searchers. An update, released today, features a new social network function that not only lets you photograph the objects around you but also lets you share that physical environment with others in the app’s real time image feed. This presentation lets users interact with photos by starring the images they like or liking favorites with a heart. The Live feed lets you scan photos in real time from a universe of users… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google can help you find almost anything, but it’s no good if you’ve lost your smartphone – until today. The search engine now has the ability to look up your lost device directly from its homepage. Just type in “Find my phone,” and Google will show where your phone is on a map. You can then set it to ring, should it be lost under piles of laundry or something of the sort.   There are some caveats: your phone must have the latest version of Android’s main Google app installed, and your browser must be logged into the same… This story continues at The Next Web

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When Facebook started, early users were often prompted by the site to update their “status,” i.e. John Doe is studying, or John Doe is currently reading news on the best Website ever. As Facebook grew into a social network for sharing more than just random trains of thoughts (ahem, Twitter), many things have changed: the company broke off its messaging service into a standalone app last year and opened its API to third party developers. And now, according to a report by the Verge, it’s potentially bringing back a retro aspect of instant messaging: Away messages. Reportedly testing in Taiwan and Australia, users… This story continues at The Next Web

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You know what’s disgusting? Dirty touchscreens — like those of smartphones and tablets, which are routinely subjected to filthy fingers from sources like bathrooms and other infectious environmental surfaces. Using disinfectant wipes every day can be a yucky chore and not enough people really stick to such a routine. A new patent from Microsoft, in which UV light is used to disinfect touchscreens automatically, holds out hope for making the world a more sanitary place. A blog post about the patent quotes the filing and cites what we already know. Surfaces of these touch-based screens are riddled with finger prints and other interaction remnants carrying potential disease causing… This story continues at The Next Web

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Huawei today introduced two new additions — the 5.2-inch P8 and 6.8-inch P8max — to its flagship range smartphones. While you might argue that a 6.8-inch screen puts the P8max into tablet territory, Huawei is pitching it as a straight-up, everyday smartphone. Just a bit of a huge one. TNW was at the launch and went hands-on with the two devices for a quick test to see if they really exude the ‘premium’ feeling extolled during the public unveiling. Full metal jacket A couple of years back, Huawei made the decision to switch its P-series from plastic to mettalic chassis; that was a smart… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is today the company is launching Google Handwriting Input on Android. You can probably guess what it’s for. The app supports both print and cursive writing in 82 languages. It even includes hand-drawn emoji support, although I’m not sure if that counts as one of the languages. Although the app uses Google’s light teal color scheme by default, you can also set a more AMOLED-friendly dark theme if you’d prefer. The app is already available to download so you can go ahead and start scribbling to your friends now. ➤ Google Handwriting Input via Android Police

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Skype for Mac is today receiving a small but nifty upgrade to its chat interface. With version 7.7 of the software, shared links will now show a visual summary of the content. Web Page links now display a preview of the site, with embedded images and animated GIFs in the chat window. Video links show as thumbnails. Currently, the previews only show up if you send a link without any text, but Skype says further improvements are coming. Mac is the first platform to support the new embeds; other platforms are due for the update in the coming months. ➤… This story continues at The Next Web

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Dropbox has announced a new partnership with HackerOne to help the company reign in security breaches and protect user information, according to a Dropbox blog entry posted today. The new bug bounty program augments Dropbox’s existing in-house operation. The scrutiny centers on Dropbox, Carousel and Mailbox for iOS and Android apps. It also covers the Dropbox and Carousel Web apps; the Dropbox desktop app and the Dropbox Core SDK. The company says it is also open to rewards for “novel or particularly interesting bugs” in other Dropbox applications. The minimum bounty for qualifying bugs is $216 and the maximum bounty already… This story continues at The Next Web

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