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Nutmeg Raises Another $32M To Disrupt Wealth Management Startup

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 14:02
 Nutmeg, the UK-based online investment management startup, intends to disrupt the world of financial investing by making it affordable for the masses. But to do that against it needs cash. Lots of cash. Today they’ve raised another $32 million, taking their total funds raised to $50m. To put that in perspective, WealthFront in the US has raised $65.5M, while Betterment has raised $45M… Read More

Wingify Launches A New A/B Testing Platform For People Without Coding Experience

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 14:00
 A/B testing of sites and apps is usually the domain of developers and IT teams. With the relaunch of its Visual Website Optimizer (VWO), however, Wingify hopes to make A/B testing accessible for more people, even if they don’t have HTML or coding experience. This means that companies can open up A/B testing of their products to marketing teams and product managers, letting them see… Read More

Watch The Google I/O Keynote Here

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 13:52
 Google is kicking off its annual I/O developer conference in San Francisco today. We don’t know all that much about what the search and inflatable balloon giant has in store for us this year, but from what we’ve been told, the focus this year will be on design and wearables. Read More

Barnes & Noble Is Dumping Its Nook Business

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 13:22
 Once a pioneer in the space, the B&N Nook has long lagged behind the Kindle, dragging down the bookseller with it. But no more. Barnes & Noble just announced that it will separate its retail and NOOK Media businesses into two separate public companies. This separation is expected to be complete by the first quarter of the next calendar year. “We have determined that these… Read More

Warby Parker Hits One Million Glasses Sold, Distributed

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 12:55
 More than a million pair of glasses have been distributed through Warby Parker’s Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program that launched with the company in 2010. Speaking with co-founder and co-CEO Neil Blumenthal, he said this announcement comes with a big thank you. Read More

Verizon Confirms It Will Reconnect Data Plans For Chromebook Pixel Owners

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 12:51
 You’ve probably been following the news that some owners of the Google Chromebook Pixel who bought a two-year data plan with their devices had been stiffed. According to a number of complaints, users were greeted with a cancelled account screen when they tried to connect via Verizon’s data network and no one was quite certain what was going on. Read More

Source: Facebook Is Building FB@Work

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 12:17
 The phrase “Facebook at work” usually suggests people frittering away the day on the social network and not actually doing their jobs. But according to an anonymous source inside Facebook, the company is working on a way to put the social network into a more positive light in the office. It is building an at-work version of Facebook. “We are making work more fun and… Read More

HotBlack Watch On Kickstarter Shows Live Football Scores (And That’s It)

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 12:12
 Like a bad joke, a new wearable smartwatch has appeared on Kickstarter which tells you how many goals England has scored in a World Cup match. Ok, admittedly you could use it for that, if you were the optimistic type. But in fact this smart watch will track goals scored by any team you want to track. Created by London-based watch designer Richard Hoptroff the HotBlack Watch will “look… Read More

Forget.me Launches To Ride Coattails Of European “Right To Be Forgotten” Ruling

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 12:04
 One company’s regulatory pain is another company’s pleasure. Following the recent European Court Of Justice ruling in which Google must respect an individual’s “right to be forgotten” and remove “irrelevant” and “outdated” information that contravenes an EU privacy directive, a new service has launched to help users file a request with… Read More

Digital News Finally As Popular As Newspapers In The UK

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 11:25
 Reports of the death of print have been greatly accelerated, judging by new research from UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom. The research has found that in the UK digital news, consumed via apps or the Internet, has only just reached parity with news consumed via ink and dead trees. Read More

Somewhere Releases iPhone App For Sharing Your Work (Not Your Life)

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 11:17
Somewhere.com, which bills itself as a sort of pinterest for sharing your work (not your favorite knitting patterns), has now launched the iPhone app to accompany the site we covered in January. Somewhere’s pitch is that many people think visually and most social platforms (unlike perhaps Pinterest) don’t work that way. And that’s a missing link in business social platforms. Read More

RainBird Opens Beta To Build Knowledge Base Platform

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 11:05
A startup with an intriguing API product has raised a small seed round of £330,000. RainBird is an API platform lets developers build knowledge bases or publish web sites based on those knowledge bases. The founders say it works ‘a bit like GitHub is with source code repositories’. If you don’t want to pay for it, you are adding knowledge into the RainBird community for… Read More

Security Researchers Uncover The Tools Governments Use To Spy On Our Phones

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 10:18
 Edward Snowden, whistleblower of the decade, has made it consistently clear that he didn’t trust cellphones. While he never described the methods governments and other miscreants used to crack into our handsets, he maintained that eavesdroppers could hear us even if the phone seemed off and everything on our devices was open to a dedicated hacker. But he never said how it was done. Now… Read More

Net Neutrality Protesters Arrested At Google HQ

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 09:48
 A small group of pro-net neutrality activists who had set up a protest outside Google’s Mountain View HQ — dubbing themselves OccupyGoogle — appear to have been arrested by California police. Read More

Google I/O 2014 Keynote Live Blog

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 07:18
 It’s Day 1 of Google’s I/O conference. Know what that means? It’s keynote time! Just as they’ve done for the past few years, Google will open the conference by unveiling many of the projects they’ve been keeping under wraps for months. And just as we’ve done for the past few years, we’ll be there bringing you every little up-to-the-second detail we… Read More

Ex-CBSi Execs Get $3M For Sapho, A Smart Stream For Disparate Enterprise App Updates

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 07:11
 As executives at CBS Interactive, Fouad ElNaggar, Peter Yared, and Charles Christolini were all too familiar with one of the biggest IT problems that big companies face: millions of dollars get invested into software for companies to work better, but getting people in the company to engage with that software regularly was nigh on impossible. Yared calls this “the dirty secret of… Read More

Domobio’s QT33 Can Dramatically Improve Sleep Apnea Patients’ Quality Of Life

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 06:05
 More than 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, a condition that affects their breathing while they are asleep. Not only does sleep apnea impact their sleep quality, but it can also increase the risk of strokes, heart attacks, congestive heart failure, and hypertension. When Seungkyu Lee, a Seoul-based dentist, realized how much sleep apnea decimated the quality of life for his patients, he… Read More

Mobile Ad Startup TapSense Announces Support For Wearable Apps, Starting On Pebble

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 01:59
 If you’re building apps for the Pebble smartwatch and other wearable gadgets, startup TapSense hopes to bring you into the wonderful world of mobile advertising. The company announced today that its mobile ad exchange will support wearable apps, beginning with those in the Pebble appstore. You can see a video demo of an ad below. Read More

Congress Names 4 Countries To Anti-Piracy Watchlist

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 01:06
 A Congressional caucus identified four nations that are failing to address high rates of digital piracy. As first reported by The Hill, the anti-piracy watchlist released by the International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus — formerly the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus — Tuesday zeroes in on China, Russia, India and Switzerland. Read More

Silicon Valley Moguls Push For Campaign Finance Reform

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 00:15
 When it comes to big money in politics, a group of tech magnates is fighting fire with fire — or super PAC with super PAC — according to a report from Reuters. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman have joined forces with the super PAC MayDay, which aims to reduce the influence… Read More

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