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Twitter Acquires Image Search Startup Madbits
 Twitter has acquired image search startup Madbits for an undisclosed amount. The purchase makes sense because the social networking site has been focused on building out its
Taptalk’s Official Response To Its Clone ‘Instagram Bolt’
 “F*ck Retakes”. That was Taptalk founder Onno Faber’s reply when I asked for his reaction to Bolt, Instagram’s new standalone app. Bolt lets you send photos and videos with one-touch by
Netflix And AT&T Sign Peering Agreement
 Netflix has signed a peering agreement with AT&T that will see the video streaming service pay the ISP for direct connection to its network. Previously, Netflix signed
A TV Show About Online Videos Shows Us We’re In A Weird Place With Content Right Now
 A TV show devoted entirely to showing nothing but online videos is now the No. 1 syndicated show in the nation. You may have seen it on HLN or one of your
Our Nine Favorite Companies From The 500 Startups Demo Day
 It’s that time again: 500 Startups just put on demo day for its ninth batch of companies at Microsoft’s conference building in sunny Mountain View, Calif. The seed stage
Facebook Is Shutting Down Gifts To Focus On Its Buy Button And Commerce Platform
 Facebook wants to help other businesses sell things, so it’s done selling its own. Facebook Gifts will shut down on August 12th and stop selling gift cards for businesses like Starbucks and
ThredUp Flush with $23 Million
 On the heels of online consignment rival Threadflip’s Series B, thredUP just filed a $23 million Series D with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.According to the
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What the Cellphone Unlocking Law Means for You
A bill that will make it legal to unlock your cellphone is headed for U.S. President Barack Obamas desk. This is great news, but what does
Korean Baseball Team Unveils Robot Avatars for Absent Fans
A Korean baseball team thats down on its luck has found a new way to fill seats at games: robot fans.The Hanwha Eagles recently unveiled robot
This App Lets You Ask a Doctor Any Question in Real-Time via Smartphone
Health apps and the wearable trackers that connect to them are giving us more data about our personal health than ever before, but medical experts remain
Tech-Powered Weed-Delivery Service Eaze Comes to San Francisco
As the U.S. gradually softens its stance on the legality of marijuana — the most recent example being The New York Times call for legalization —
Instagram's Answer to Snapchat, Bolt, Is Here — But There's a Catch
Instagrams latest app is Bolt— a disappearing messaging app that first leaked last week— and its launching in three countries: New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.It
Microsoft OneNote Update Lures Students and Pros Alike
Microsofts OneNote productivity apps just got more competitive with challengers like Evernote.The company updated OneNote for Mac and iOS with new features meant to appeal to
Microsoft Debuts a Windows Rival to Raspberry Pi
Two years after $35 microcomputer Raspberry Pi hit the market, Microsoft is getting in on the DIY-PC action with its own version.The Redmond, Washington tech juggernaut
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Amazon is investing $2b in its India operations, as the country’s online retail war heats up
E-commerce firm Flipkart raised $1 billion yesterday in what is by far the largest funding deal for
Twitter increases its focus on photos after buying deep-learning startup Madbits
Twitter is increasing its focus on images after it quietly acquired deep-learning startup Madbits. GigaOm first reported the deal, which appears to have
Samsung expands its Kids Store to 900 apps as it seeks to appeal to gadget-buying parents
Fresh from revamping its own Galaxy App Store, Samsung has upgraded its Kids Store which - as the name suggests – covers apps that cater for youngsters and is part of the ‘kids mode’ on two of its newest devices. The store is
Our 9 favorite startups from the 500 Startups Demo Day
At the ninth edition of 500 Startups’ demo day, 30 startups took to the stage vying for investment and a mention in the tech
Amazon explains Hachette dispute: ‘E-books can be and should be less expensive.’
As Amazon and book publisher Hachette continue their disagreement over e-book pricing, Amazon has
Hands on with Bolt, Instagram’s Snapchat competitor
Instagram Bolt launched today with a catch; you have to be in New Zealand, South Africa or Singapore to install. An unusual rollout strategy,
Instagram prepares to launch its Bolt messaging app, but only in 3 countries
Instagram today announced the launch of its Bolt app, but only to three countries: New Zealand,
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Facebook Gives Up on Gifts
The move comes amid an e-commerce strategy overhaul at the social network.
IBM Taps Gorsky and Voser to Join Its Board
Computing giant IBM just disclosed in a regulatory filing that it has added two people to its board of directors. Alex Gorsky, the chairman and CEO of the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson will join Big Blue’s board on Sept.
Twitter Beats Street on User Growth, Revenue and Even Turns in a Profit
CEO Dick Costolo shows Wall Street who is boss.
Sweet Smell of Texting? Technology to Add Scent to Mobile Messages.
Harvard inventors new technology just makes scents.
Flipkart, India’s Amazon Rival, Lands $1 Billion Investment
Investment in the burgeoning Indian e-commerce industry continues to boom, with Flipkart, perhaps the country’s best-known online retail marketpalce, raising a new $1 billion in funding. The round includes investments from Tiger Global and Naspers and brings Flipkart’s total backing
EA Rolls Out Monthly Subscription to Four Games on Xbox One
FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4 get bundled together, with more to come.
Code/red: Space Slug Ruled Out in Siberian Hole Mystery
Plus Microsoft’s selfie phone, rodents of unusual size and Silicon Valley’s meth problem.
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Medium becomes even more of a publisher as it experiments with sponsored content
Medium has launched a mini-magazine about design that is sponsored by BMW, and will include articles about the auto-maker that are written by Medium staff with the help of the companys ad agency Medium becomes even more of a publisher
StumbleUpon rolls out a UI redesign for Android with an emphasis on social notifications
Stumbleupons new Android redesign introduces an activity center to the venerable link discovery service -- now new followers or shared links will trigger a notification. StumbleUpon rolls out a UI redesign for Android with an emphasis on social notifications originally
Spire, formerly Nanosatisfi, raises $25M Series A round to expand its satellite fleet
The startup will also improve its infrastructure for data collection and continue to add to its rapidly growing staff. It announced today that it has opened a second office in Singapore as well.Spire, formerly Nanosatisfi, raises $25M Series A round
As design becomes the fabric of our connected experiences, it becomes invisible
Our fourth annual experience design conference Roadmap will kick off on November 18 and 19. Heres our first speakers and our over arching theme. Tickets on sale now. As design becomes the fabric of our connected experiences, it becomes invisible
Apple TV gets CNBC, Fox Now apps
Apple TV got a few more apps Tuesday, including a CNBC app that offers access to a live stream of the business news network as well as full episodes and clips. Viewers who want to watch CNBC live, or catch up on
Microsoft, Amazon target climate change with cloud computing grants
Microsoft and Amazon Web Services both announced research grant programs on Tuesday, promising millions of hours of cloud computing resources to winning researchers, as well as access to mountains of government data.Microsoft, Amazon target climate change with cloud computing grants
Gigaom Research webinar: IT and the modern workforce
What are the modern workforce’s expectations in terms of BYOD, collaboration style and modern tools support, and how well is IT aligned with them? Join Gigaom Research analysts and our sponsor Adobe for a live webinar discussion on August 5.Gigaom
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Facebook To Eliminate Gifts, Its Online Gift-Card Shop
No gift for you.Facebook will finally stop nudging you to buy your Facebook friends a Starbucks gift card on their birthdays.The company is shutting down Facebook Gifts, the e-commerce service that lets users buy electronic gift cards from
How Twitter Won The World Cup
Twitter is growing, but it’s not just the monthly active users that matter.On the company’s Tuesday earnings call, CEO Dick Costolo said that the size of Twitter’s audience is two to three times as big as the number of monthly
#AskCostolo Highlights Twitter’s Harassment Fail
Twitter had a huge opportunity to address users’ concerns over harassment and safety on the public social network. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo was interviewed on CNBC on Tuesday, and the network invited Twitter users to ask him questions about the
Lightning Strike Taps Bitcoin ATM For Ultimate Withdrawal
Just days before Apple welcomed the worlds most popular bitcoin wallet, Blockchain, back into its App Store, a lightning strike took out Tucsons one and only Bitcoin ATM. Coincidence? Well, obviously. But thats no comfort to Brian Williams, founder of Javelin Investments
The Google Nexus Line Is Alive And Well And (Maybe) About To Birth A Phablet
Not only is Google not ending its Nexus line of pure Android devices, as Google exec David Burke told us last month, it may well be expanding it. Two reports indicate that the tech giant and ex-subsidiary Motorola have been
Surprise! Blockchain Bitcoin Wallet Returns To Apple App Store
More than six months after Apple’s controversial Bitcoin wallet ban, Blockchain is back in the App Store with a new wallet. In February, Blockchain was the only Bitcoin wallet remaining in the App Store after Apple deleted Coinbase in November
Android's Most Popular Apps Are Lousy With Bugs, Researchers Find
About half of the 50 most popular Android apps have vulnerabilities, and the reckless reuse of code libraries is the blame, according to the researchers who uncovered  the Heartbleed security bug. Codenomicon, the IT research firm first to publish its
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Our favorite recent reads on the web
Each week, Know Your Company asks everyone at Basecamp a few questions, including one that helps us learn more about each other. Last week’s prompt was “What’s one great read on the web you’ve come across in the past month?”
Why we don't speak up at work
A few weeks ago, a friend told me he was thinking about quitting his job.He said it was because of communication breakdowns between him and his boss. Small moments of poor communication had snowballed into a deeper, gnawing frustration for
The Distance goes tiki
I first noticed the Hala Kahiki about a year ago driving north on River Road through the Chicago suburb of River Grove. I glanced at its colorful exterior and quirky signage and wondered, “What’s the story there?” The wonderful thing
Contest: Two Free 3-Day Passes to Pitchfork Music Festival
Our friends (and Basecamp customers) at Pitchfork Media are bringing the Pitchfork Music Festival back to Union Park in Chicago this July 18–20. They use Basecamp to plan and organize the entire event, and we’re giving away two pairs of
Talking with a UbiDuo
A few weeks ago I spoke at Inc’s GROWCO conference in Nashville. After my talk, I had a scheduled book signing over in the conference bookstore area.Most people come up, same hi, chat a bit, buy a book, shake hands,
Crossing Streams
When I switched to Android a few years ago, I promised myself this: I’d switch back the minute Apple added smart notifications, app data sharing, widgets, and a better keyboard to iOS.Apple’s WWDC keynote yesterday was exciting. Craig Federighi is
One-hit wonder
It’s incredibly hard to trace the success of any business, product, or project down to the skill of the founders. There’s plenty of correlation, but not much causation.That’s a scary thought to a lot of people: What if my success
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Four short links: 29 July 2014
Online Community Detection for Large Complex Networks (PLosONE) — readable recount of earlier algorithms and inventions in the area, as well as a new algorithm with linear time complexity for large complex networks.sel4 — open source OS kernel (GPLv2, most
Four short links: 28 July 2014
streisand — sets up a new server running L2TP/IPsec, OpenSSH, OpenVPN, Shadowsocks, Stunnel, and a Tor bridge. It also generates custom configuration instructions for all of these services. At the end of the run you are given an HTML file
Graph tools forge path to new solutions
Graph databases haven’t made the news much because, I think, they don’t fit in convenient categories. They certainly aren’t the relational databases we’re all familiar with, nor are they the arbitrary
Four short links: 25 July 2014
What is Public? (Anil Dash) — the most cogent and articulate (and least hyperventilated dramaware) rundown of just what the problem is, that you’re ever likely to find.talon — mailgun’s open sourced library for parsing email signatures.Signals from OSCON —
New scalable solutions for data analysis with R
The R programming language is the most popular statistical software in use today by data scientists, according to the 2013 Rexer Analytics Data Miner survey. One of the main drawbacks of vanilla R is the inability to scale and handle
Signals from OSCON 2014
Experts and advocates from across the open source world assembled in Portland, Ore. this week for OSCON 2014. Below you’ll find a handful of keynotes and interviews from the event that we found particularly notable.How tiny satellites and fresh imagery
In search of a model for modeling intelligence
An orrery, a runnable model of the solar system that allows us to make predictions. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.Editor’s note: this post is part of our Intelligence Matters investigation.In my last post, we
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Today in APIs: Sita Creates API for Wearable Boarding Passes
Sita launches foray into latest wearable, the boarding pass. Google folds Maps Coordinate into its Maps Engine Pro. Plus: attackers install DDoS bots on Amazon, and extracting data using import.io.Sita Takes Wing With
Runscope Adds Global API Monitoring to Feature Set
Runscope offers API testing, monitoring and debugging for web services. Their service, Runscope Radar, sends HTTP requests simultaneously using previously designated assertions and variables to determine whether integrated APIs are functional or not. With the ability to schedule automated requests
Orange and other Telco APIs fueled by Apigee
Orange, a multinational telco provider, has released a set of APIs for their community to utilize. The APIs are fueled by Apigee, a San Francisco based provider of digital business platforms. Apigee delivers enterprise solutions to help companies in the
IBM & Apple Alliance Could Control The Future of Big Data & IOT
Apple and IBM recently announced a partnership which will allow enterprise level iOS native apps to integrate IBM big data analytics engines on iOS devices. This will give IBM access to the rich data consistantly collected on 800 million devices. These
Lack of Developer Support Dooms Samsung Tizen Phone
Samsung this week delayed the release of what was expected to be the first smartphone to run its Tizen operating system. Slow developer interest in the platform has caused Samsung to reassess Tizens
Google Play Store API to Automate App Distribution and Production
For Android developers, the process of publishing to the Play Store is a straightforward one. However, the process is manual and requires developers to log in to the Play Store portal to manage
How To Write a Realtime Chat App in 10 Lines of Code
This article was published as a part of ProgrammableWebs Sponsored Content Program. The opinions expressed here are those of the underwriter do not necessarily reflect the views of ProgrammableWeb or its editorial staff. For more information regarding ProgrammableWebs Sponsored Content Program, please
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