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Two days after releasing the stable version of Chrome 34, Google has announced the release of Chrome 35 beta for Windows, Mac, and Linux. All the new features are for developers, especially those building Web content and apps for mobile devices – this release doesn’t appear to have any new goodies targeted at the end user. First up, Google is promising more developer control over touch and zoom input. The touch-action CSS property lets developers use a declarative mechanism to selectively disable touch scrolling, pinch-zooming, or double-tap-zooming on parts of their Web content. Meanwhile, Web content on desktop computers will... This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’ve been disappointed about not getting an invite to its Glass Explorer program, Google may have some good news in store for you. The Verge has published internal documents that suggest the company is planning to open up sales of its high-tech eyewear for a short time as soon as April 15th. While the document was still only a proposal, it does show that Google is interested in dramatically expanding the number of Glass users. Customers would still have to pay $1,500 for Glass, but the promotion would reportedly include a free prescription frame or sunglass shade as part... This story continues at The Next Web

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Ooomf has been one of the more quirky startup names on the scene, but it’s getting a grown-up name – Crew – as it pivots away from an app discovery platform toward a marketplace for designers and developers. Disclosure: Crew founder Mikael Cho is an occasional contributor to TNW Crew operates similar to existing freelance services like Odesk and Elance, but with a more selective group of talent that has been pre-vetted. Prospective clients fill out a form on Crew to set the expectations of the project, and then Crew responds with a budget for the work. Crew then makes... This story continues at The Next Web

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London-based European investor and mentoring program Seedcamp has struck a deal with the London Business School to create the LBS Seedcamp Academy Consulting Program (LSCAP). Aside of having a very official sounding title, the program will see MBA and Masters in Finance students working alongside startup founders to gain practical on-the-job experience in overcoming real-life business challenges faced by growing companies. Students who take part have the ability to get course credit for their efforts, and startups, well, they get the benefit of financial and marketing advice that they’d otherwise be paying for; a win-win. ➤ A World First! 2 World Class Institutions... This story continues at The Next Web

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What’s more fun than a selfie? Why, a selfie within a selfie, of course. Shots, the app that seeks to exemplify the youth-oriented selfie phenomenon—touting a Justin Bieber zeitgeist while proudly taking its place on Apple’s App Store Selfie shelf—has launched an intriguing feature to the new upgrade it’s releasing today: the Reply Shot. The app’s new Reply Shot feature lets users directly answer a selfie with another selfie, embedding the second shot into a new original shot. Why? “So people can interact more directly through their selfies,” said John Shahidi, who co-founded Shots with his brother Sam, plus a... This story continues at The Next Web

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Have you got crowdfunding fatigue? The latest video from Vooza sums up our gripes with the worst crowdfunding pitches on sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Every week, Vooza – a video comic strip about the tech world – shares a new video with you lovely TNW readers. Sign up for Vooza’s email list to get exclusive access to more funny videos like this one.

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Zendesk, the customer support and issue tracking software-as-a-service platform, has announced its intention to file for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange. The company filed its letter of intent with the US Securities and Exchange Commission today, but didn’t reveal how many shares it will offer or the initial price range. Clearly with momentum on its mind, Zendesk also announced the acquisition of live chat software company Zopim today, which it says will be used to expand the live chat capabilities of its customer service platform. The Zopim live chat module will also continue to be... This story continues at The Next Web

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As Samsung gears up for the imminent launch of its latest flagship smartphone, the Korean electronics giant has announced a partnership with music-streaming service Deezer. Those who buy the new Samsung Galaxy S5 will be given six months worth of Deezer’s Premium+ service for free, equating roughly to €60 over the period. The partnership applies to European countries only (not including Deezer’s home turf in France, unfortunately), and will be extended to include other Samsung smartphones and tablets in the future. This isn’t the first time Deezer has teamed up with Samsung however – the two companies collaborated to enable... This story continues at The Next Web

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Snupps, a new father-son startup based in London, has launched its iOS app for cataloguing all your worldly possessions today. Using a visually-led UI, Snupps allows users to keep track of all their possessions, valuables, keepsakes and anything else in Collections stored on virtual shelves. As a twist on straight cataloging, there is a social element to the app too; users can follow, comment on or ‘wow’ individual items or collections. Of course, there’s no obligation for your items to be publicly viewable, and items are set to private by default. While there really is no shortage of functionally similar... This story continues at The Next Web

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This post originally appeared on the Twitter Counter blog. Twitter can be a great tool for establishing your brand, building a community and extending your influence. But to get the most out of Twitter and do all of the above, first you need to avoid making these common mistakes. 1. Starting a tweet with someone’s username First time I learned about this tip, I was amazed! Imagine the situation when an influencer tweets your blog post praising your content. High fives! You’ve made it! Overwhelmed with joy, you send out a tweet that looks a bit like this: “@influencer, thank... This story continues at The Next Web

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen has denied he would exit the smartphone business if it remains unprofitable for the Canadian company. His new statements come less than a day after being quoted by Reuters, which he now says took his words out of context. Here’s the original article: BlackBerry Ltd would consider exiting its handset business if it remains unprofitable, its chief executive said on Wednesday, as the company looks to expand its corporate reach with investments, acquisitions and partnerships. “If I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business,” John Chen said in an interview,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Skype today updated its Xbox One app with two new features and a slew of bug fixes, but just like the last update, this one still doesn’t let you use Skype while playing games. The new version is rolling out gradually, so don’t fret if you don’t see it on your console just yet. You can now take a Skype profile picture using Kinect or set it to match your Xbox One gamerpic. The auto zoom has been enhanced to better identify people in the picture, especially when there are multiple people in the room, allowing the Kinect camera to... This story continues at The Next Web

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Wireless music platform Sonos has announced support for the Google Play Music service with an exciting twist – you can cast music directly from the Google Play Music Android app in addition to using Sonos’s own controller app. This is huge. While Sonos has emerged as the dominant leader in the multi-room wireless audio market, its controller app has long been the weakest link in the chain. Adding direct streaming from the Google Play Music app doesn’t fix the problem right away, but it does pry a finger off of Sonos’s tight grip on the controller. This depth of integration with a... This story continues at The Next Web

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Internet stalwart RealNetworks launched its LISTEN mobile app back in November, noting at the time that it was looking to “reinvent the ringback tone experience for smartphone users”. In a nutshell, LISTEN makes the songs and messages that play when someone calls you more flexible. For launch, the app was only available to Orange and T-Mobile subscribers in the UK – but from today, it’s being rolled out in the US too, kicking off with T-Mobile. You can select tunes from a catalog of music from Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, and a slew of indie labels, assigning specific... This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft has announced that its 4G LTE-capable Surface 2 tablet is now available to pre-order in the UK ahead of its release early next month. Before today, UK residents have only been able to get hold of the WiFi-only Surface 2 device, but this 4G variant – which runs Windows RT 8.1, rather than the full version of Windows 8.1 – is now available to pre-order from the Microsoft Store. It will then go on sale from high street retailers for £539 from May 8. Other key hardware specs include an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, 10.6-inch full HD display and... This story continues at The Next Web

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Technology and the Internet allow us to work from anywhere in the world, but there are still some tasks that require an office or administrator. One of those is printing. Sure, email is the communications medium for business, but very often you’ll need physical (hard) copies of documents and other items. Zuta Labs is an Israel-based company that wants to add printing to the modern entrepreneur’s mobile toolkit. Its Mini Mobile Robotic Printer has landed on Kickstarter, where it is asking for $400,000 to turn its prototype into a consumer product. That’s a lofty funding target — particularly for first-time Kickstartarians —... This story continues at The Next Web

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Music streaming service Deezer has launched a couple of new features today designed to allow users of the free version to make the most of the service on their smartphone or tablet. The first of the two new features — Flow — looks at a user’s music library and previous streams to create a personalized radio station. The second  — Playlist Radio  — takes your favorite playlists and combines them with Deezer’s own recommendations to create a streaming radio station “focused on music discovery”, Deezer said. Both of these features are available for free  (and without time restrictions) to free users – although... This story continues at The Next Web

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Online auction site eBay has re-aligned its fee structures for UK users, allowing private sellers to list up to 20 items for free per month for private sellers. From May 13,  UK eBayers can start using this allowance of 20 free listings to list items from any category, except Motors. After 20 have been used, the new flat structure of 35 pence per listing will then kick in for any subsequent auctions or fixed-price format sales. While simplification of the fee structure will likely be welcomed by many private sellers, it’s not quite such good news for high-volume, low-price vendors... This story continues at The Next Web

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After releasing a browser for smart TVs last month, China’s UCWeb has launched a PC browser today, as it seeks to capture as many eyeballs as it can across a variety of platforms. UCWeb is behind the popular mobile UC Browser, which has over 500 million users around the globe and uses data compression technology to minimize the cost of browsing and downloading. The Chinese firm says that similar to its mobile counterpart, UC Browser for PC prides itself on speed. It also has a series of mobile-inspired features such as predicting user behavior and preloading pages, infinite scrolling, and compressing sites on the server side so... This story continues at The Next Web

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Birdback, a platform for claiming cashback and discounts for purchases made offline, has announced today that “hundreds” of UK retailers now support the bank account-linked incentive scheme thanks to deal with Affiliate Window. Where other rewards or loyalty platforms focus on tracking purchases through an app, Birdback turns that model on its head and provides cashback or deal sites like Quidco, HotUKDeals and others with the option of promoting card-linked offers for use in brick-and-mortar stores, rather than codes to be used for online purchases. The customer simply has to click the ‘Use this offer’ (or equivalent) button and input... This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is doubling down on its own messaging app after revealing plans to remove the messaging feature from its regular mobile apps, and force users to download Messenger if they want to chat directly with friends. This development comes less than two months after Facebook agreed to a $19 billion deal to buy WhatsApp, a messaging app that of course competes with Facebook Messenger. The traditional dynamics of tech acquisitions might suggest that WhatsApp and Messenger would be merged/integrated, but we already know that Facebook has pledged to keep WhatsApp independent. In which case, the move to push more Facebook users... This story continues at The Next Web

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Almost five months after TaskRabbit launched its microtask marketplace in London, representing its first international foray, the company is now finally making its iPhone app available in the UK capital too. But that’s not all. Thus far, TaskRabbit’s mobile exploits have been restricted to iOS, having launched for iPhone in the US almost three years ago. But today sees it land on Android too, however this will only be available in the UK for now. It’s all very confusing.     For the uninitiated, TaskRabbit is a platform that lets people outsource their chores and tasks to the community – this... This story continues at The Next Web

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Homejoy, the service for booking a domestic cleaner in a click of a button, has launched in London today. First available in the US and Canada and fresh off the back of a $38 million round of funding back in December, Homejoy’s platform is now allowing Londoners to book a cleaner for £13 per hour. Rather than employ cleaners itself (which would put it more in the realm of a cleaning company than a tech startup) Homejoy uses a network of contractors. “They’re typically individual businesses that are starting out, or [existing ones where] we help supplement their book of... This story continues at The Next Web

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If you have Dropbox, then Carousel, the mobile app, launched today, is its new best friend. If you’re using the Dropbox Camera Uploads folder—accessible from your desktop—to hold your photos and videos, the mobile Carousel app for iPhone or Android will arrange your snaps and videos into an easy-to-browse gallery according to date, location, and event. To get started, download Carousel on your mobile device and sign in to your Dropbox account. Before you can look away, all the photos and videos you have stored in the cloud service will flow into view. These assets reside in the cloud and are... This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is removing the messaging feature from its mobile app, forcing users to download its standalone Messenger app if they want to chat with their Facebook friends, as first reported by TechCrunch. Starting today, people in certain European countries are seeing notifications that, over the next few weeks, they will need to install Messenger to continue sending and receiving Facebook messages on their smartphones. A Facebook spokesperson tells TNW the company has found that people get replies 20 percent faster on Messenger than on Facebook, and that new features are being continuously added to the Messenger app. For example, just last month,... This story continues at The Next Web

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