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Metanautix Emerges From Stealth With Sequoia Backing

Tue, 05/08/2014 - 12:49
 In 2012 a team of two top data scientists from Google and Facebook left their perches at the internet giants to begin working on a technology to make it easier for data scientists and analysts to collect, aggregate, deliver and analyze the massive sets of data that map, display, and define our digital lives. Two years later the team has unveiled the fruits of their labor with the launch of… Read More

Unlocking Petition Makes Legislative History

Tue, 05/08/2014 - 12:00
 The Internet has helped bring down regimes, elect politicians, and stop lawmaking in its tracks, but until 2014 it has never directly led to legislation. On Friday, in the midst of the least productive Congress in history, that changed when legislators passed the “Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act” as the direct result of an online petition. Read More

Mobile Cloud Security Company BitGlass Raises $25 Million From NEA, Singtel, Norwest Venture Partners,

Tue, 05/08/2014 - 11:00
 BitGlass has announced a fresh $25 million in Series B funding today. The enterprise mobile cloud security solution had already raised $10 million in a Series A prior to coming out of stealth earlier this year. This now brings the total funding to date up to $35 million. Norwest Venture Partners and NEA had contributed to the earlier round. Both investors backed this latest infusion, along with… Read More

Sandstorm Wants Web Users To Gain More Control Over The Apps They Use

Tue, 05/08/2014 - 10:30
 This open source initiative is aiming to recast the relationship between web users and the underlying infrastructure that serves them content — by making it easier for web users to run their own servers. The project, which bills itself as “a personal cloud platform”, is called Sandstorm. Read More

Jewel District Uses 3D Printing To Make Beautiful, Intricate Accessories

Tue, 05/08/2014 - 07:54
 A couple years ago, entrepreneur Sungdo Lee had a hit with a series of apps based on music hits, including Harlem Shake Booth, which turns users’ pictures into dancing avatars and scored 12 million downloads. Lee, however, wanted to do something that would have more longevity than entertainment apps. So he turned to 3D printing. Read More

Xiaomi Surpasses Samsung As China’s Top Smartphone Vendor, Says Canalys

Tue, 05/08/2014 - 07:15
 Xiaomi’s name may mean “little rice” in Chinese, but it’s not so little anymore. According to a report from Canalys, Xiaomi has surpassed Samsung as China’s top smartphone maker, thanks to massive growth over the past year. The report says that in the second quarter, Xiaomi shipped 15 million smartphones in China, up from 4.4 million devices, or 240%, in the… Read More

With Its Eye On The Global Market, Mobile Ad Company Smaato Raises $25M More

Tue, 05/08/2014 - 07:00
 Smaato, a company offering advertising tools for mobile publishers and developers, is announcing that it has raised $25 million in Series E funding. Founded back in 2005, Smaato’s offerings include a supply-side platform that publishers can use to manage their inventory, as well as an ad exchange for dealing with multiple ad networks. The company has now raised a total of $47 million, and… Read More

Fitle Will Let You Try Clothes On A 3D Avatar Of Yourself

Mon, 04/08/2014 - 23:54
 When Charles Nouboue was in business school, he found he had little time to shop during regular store hours. But shopping online proved to be hard. “It’s difficult to find exactly what you want to buy,” Nouboue said. “It’s very complicated to find the right size.” That’s why he and his partner, Gaetan Rougevin-Baville, recently launched a… Read More

Microsoft, Samsung, And Expensive Free Software

Mon, 04/08/2014 - 23:48
 In a world where Windows is cheaper than free software, things get weird. Microsoft and Samsung are currently locked in a public pissing match over royalties. Samsung agreed to pay Microsoft for use of the software company’s intellectual property relating to the South Korean firm’s sale of Android-based devices. Read More

Epic Reddit Prank “Cat Facts” Is Now An App That Lets You Text Troll Your Friends

Mon, 04/08/2014 - 21:06
 What do you get when you combine cats and epic-level trolling? Only one of the most popular Reddit posts of all time: the hilarious “Cat Facts” prank from Reddit user “frackyou” is the 8th most popular post on Reddit, and now, it’s a mobile app you can use to automate cat facts-style pranking on your unsuspecting friends. Cat Facts? What’s Cat Facts, you say? Read More

Facebook For Windows Phone Now Supports Video Uploads, Integrates With Messenger

Mon, 04/08/2014 - 20:48
 Today Microsoft announced it published a new version of Facebook for Windows Phone that adds video uploads and integration with Facebook Messenger, as well as new languages. Facebook will now link directly into the People Hub on Windows Phone for users running Windows Phone 8.1. That will bring Facebook deeper into the Windows Phone experience. Read More

Rhapsody Acquires SoundTracking And Exfm To Boost Music Sharing And Discovery

Mon, 04/08/2014 - 20:43
 Rhapsody, the stalwart music streaming service with 2 million paying subscribers, today acquired Schematic Labs, makers of “Instagram for songs” app SoundTracking, and Exfm, a social music discovery service that had been shut down since May. SoundTracking’s app for sharing what song you’re currently listening to with a feed of friends won’t be shut down, and… Read More

Leak Lets You Send Anonymous Emails

Mon, 04/08/2014 - 20:25
 It’s clear that anonymity, in one way or another, is going to be a part of our digital future. But the folks over at JustLeak.it have looked to the past for inspiration in this brave weird new world. Leak is a web service that lets you send anonymous emails to people: just put in a recipients’ email, choose the type of relationship you have with that person (friend, coworker, etc.)… Read More

Inside Bitcovery, The App For Finding Your Next Favorite Book, Movie, Or Album

Mon, 04/08/2014 - 20:01
 With the digitization of books, music and movies, there is no doubt that content discovery has changed. The days of browsing your friends’ bookshelves or leafing through CDs has passed. Yet, the iTunes store and other hosts of digital content have done little to support bringing social discovery into the digital age. This is exactly the experience that Bitcovery founder Raj Lalwani and… Read More

Chegg Strikes Distribution Partnership With Ingram Books, Announces 15% Boost In Earnings From Digital Services

Mon, 04/08/2014 - 20:00
 Student textbook resale site Chegg has struck a strategic partnership with Ingram Content Group today. Said to be the world’s largest distributor of books, Ingram will acquire a significant share of Chegg’s textbook inventory in the next coming months. Read More

The Father Of Net Neutrality Is Crowdfunding His Political Campaign

Mon, 04/08/2014 - 19:48
 Tim Wu, an academic known for his work on net neutrality, is campaigning to become the Democratic nominee for the lieutenant governor of New York. He’s an unlikely politician. Cerebral, soft spoken, and willing to speak freely, conversation with Wu is a far cry from the stilted, shrill dialogue that makes up most of our modern political discourse. Read More

Why Standalone Apps Are Supposed To Fail

Mon, 04/08/2014 - 19:25
 It’s scary to move a billion people’s furniture. That’s why Product Manager Michael Reckhow tells me Facebook built Paper. This fear has spawned the standalone app boom of 2014. Tech giants are experimenting with new user experiences outside the hallowed halls of their main apps that are too important to meddle with. Read More

Art Everywhere

Mon, 04/08/2014 - 18:59
 If you start noticing an unusual crop of artwork on your daily commute, that would be the work of Art Everywhere U.S. Read More

After Turning Down A Million In Funding, Over Brings Its Photo-Editing App To Android

Mon, 04/08/2014 - 18:27
 Over, a popular image editing application for iOS users that has grown to over 9 million installs since its launch, is now available on Android – a move that founder Aaron Marshall claims has been a top request for some time. In the new version, Android users will be the first to receive a few features, including full resolution photo saving, the ability to rotate text, and an… Read More

Google News Gives Publishers More Control Over How It Indexes Their Sites

Mon, 04/08/2014 - 17:45
 While European publishers have a rather contentious relationship with Google News, U.S. publishers have no such qualms and are more than happy to be indexed by the search giant’s crawlers. And starting today with the launch of the Google News Publisher Center, those publishers will get a bit more control over how Google’s robots see their sites. Read More

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