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Fluc Raises $2.3 Million To Improve The Logistics Of Food Delivery In More Markets
 Fluc raised $2.3 million in seed funding to expand its business and keep moving into new markets. The new financing came from investors that include Sherpa Ventures, WI Harper, Charlie Cheever,
Pathgather Raises Looks To Bring Social Networking To Learning Management
 Companies feeling they aren’t getting enough out of their learning management systems now have a new tool that may help with the recent financing and launch of
Black Friday Starts Early This Year, With Pre-Thanksgiving Sales Up 19% Over 2013
 Holiday shopping got an earlier start this year with a number of retailers including Walmart, Target, Amazon, Staples, Lowe’s, Sears and several others launching “pre-Black Friday” deals, or kicking off
Let’s Pivot Again — Handmake Me Is An Ethical Marketplace For Handmade Gifts
 Call it a pivot. Or failing and starting over. But, either way, some of the most successful startups and tech companies have done it. After all, the entrepreneurial road can be
Vainglory Review: A Solid MOBA On Your iPhone
 Now we’ve had a chance to actually try out Vainglory in real-world settings: on my apartment’s decent Wi-Fi setup and on an actual iPhone 6 Plus. As it turns out, the game
Comcast, Stop Scamming Me So I Can Stop Scamming You
 Have you ever heard anyone excited to get Comcast service? Of course not. That’s like being excited for a hernia operation. Here’s my hernia operation: every year or so I have
Chrome Will Start Blocking All Remaining NPAPI Plugins In January
 Starting in January 2015, Google’s Chrome browser will block all old-school Netscape Plug-In API (NPAPI) plugins. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, given that Google started its efforts to remove NPAPI
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Google is enhancing mobile search results for easier holiday shopping
Happy holidays, mobile users. Google updated its search engine on Sunday to include fancier functions for smartphones and tablets that make your Christmas shopping easier.In time
8 tools to help you manage projects at work and at home
Post-its. Whiteboards. Hand-written to-do lists.Keeping projects organized, whether at home or in the office, used to require a whole lot of ink. In todays world of
Nexus 6 teardown reveals inner workings of Google's new phablet
The time for Googles Nexus 6 has come.The people at iFixit set their sights on the new phablet and have dismantled the device to give us
5 email myths you can stop believing now
Everyone has a different email ritualMaybe you send emails early in the morning, or late at night. Maybe you create insanely long subject lines or militaristically
Google to launch Time Square's largest interactive billboard ever
There is only one Times Square, New York, the place where the world rings in the new year, and now Google is set to take over
The 3 fitness trackers to look out for on Black Friday
It was a huge year for fitness trackers: not only did we see sleeker, smarter wristband wearables surface from the major players in the space like
9 fantastic gifts that aren't just clutter
By your 10th pair of socks or day planner No. 4, you may realize what the holidays are actually about: clutter.This year, practice the art of
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Sony Pictures hacked, entire computer system unusable
Reports that Sony Pictures has been hacked have been trickling in this morning, after a thread appeared on Reddit claiming all computers at the company were offline due
What I would do differently if I was learning to code today
This post originally appeared on the Crew blog. I’ve been learning to build iOS apps in Objective-C for the past few months
Ideal Gifts: ‘Our Final Invention’ – the perfect guide to how AI could kill us all
In the Ideal Gifts series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for gifts to give
Slack updates its privacy policy to let your boss export future private messages
Slack, the messaging tool for businesses that’s exploded in popularity recently, has announced today that it’s making changes to its privacy
Show off your icons with #Homescreen for iOS
People love to show off their home screens periodically — like during #homescreen2014 earlier this year — and now there’s an app for that. A new
Tech consumers in Africa want ‘good,’ not ‘good enough’
With the tech ecosystem across Africa progressing in leaps and bounds and turning the continent into the next big frontier for product and
Medium launches a tool to help you build beautiful charts in seconds
Medium has today unveiled a handy tool called Charted for making beautiful charts in a few seconds. The company says that Charted
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Google Reaches Out-of-Court Settlement in U.K. Defamation Case
The case was separate from the so-called right to be forgotten ruling.
Square’s PR Chief Heads Back to Tesla
Ricardo Reyes, the communications chief for payments outfit Square, has left the Jack Dorsey company to return to Tesla to work for Elon Musk. Reyes joined Square in 2012 from Tesla, where he had spent the previous three years. It’s
Tesla Says It’s In Talks With BMW Over Car Batteries, Parts
The talks are informal, but there are plenty of precedents.
How to Win Big on Black Friday (If You Must!), a Hip Hop Lecture at MIT and More #Mustreads
A Black Friday (ugh) deals roundup, the Based God drops knowledge at MIT and more.
Apple and App Developers to Raise Funds for Global Fund to Fight AIDS
Apple has donated $75 million over the past eight years.
Capital Gains: Bigcommerce Gets Bigger, Kik Messenger’s New Round and More
Big commerce gets $50 million, Kik gets $38 million and more funding news.
Investors: Damn Ubergate and Full Speed Ahead With Mega-Funding
Did last weeks online outrage hinder the ongoing Uber funding round? Apparently not.
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Lithium and resource dependency
When discussing fossil fuel dependency, the national debate at least on the security front, has focused on how being dependent on Middle Eastern nations for oil threatens national security. The solution…
Nimble HR is like Trello for hiring
Ive written about Trello, the popular teak task management app designed around Kanban-style boards (see Trello and Atlassian are quietly making inroads and announce new funding, and The 2013 task management tools market)…
Yik Yak raises funding to face a surprising competitor: Twitter
Yik Yak has reportedly raised a whopping $62 million in venture in a round led by none other than Sequoia. This funding round matters because it brings the previously ignored company…
Hackers replace Sony’s backup app on Google Play
It looks like as if an app preinstalled on Sony smartphones called Backup & Restore has been compromised by a group calling itself the HeArT HaCkEr Group.
Fuel cells in the data center
As data center operators hone in on power options that increase reliability and provide power cost predictability over decades-long time scales, fuel cells have advantages that will allow them to compete.
ESPN reportedly looking to launch Cricket subscription service
ESPN is looking to launch a subscription service for cricket fans in time for the Cricket World Cup next February.
It’s not just about print vs. digital media — it’s about culture
The biggest challenge that many traditional media companies face isnt about giving up print for digital, or designing better websites or apps -- its about finding ways to change their culture…
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"Big Data Ethics" Sound Great, But They Won't Stop The NSA—Or Facebook
It was worth a shot. At the recent Strata Conference in Barcelona, Hadoop founder Doug Cutting took to the stage to argue for a new era of Big Data ethics.It’s time for us to reflect as we enter this
Leaked FAA Proposal Forecasts Turbulence For Drone Rules
Federal guidelines for commercial-drone use may be even harsher than expected, the Wall Street Journal reports.The WSJ apparently got hold of the FAA’s drafted rules through anonymous sources. Among other restrictions, the prospective rules would require drone operators
8 Things Startups Should Consider Before Entering A Collaboration
Guest author Scott Gerber is founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council.Partnering with another company can be great for both parties involved—or it can end in disaster. Collaboration can be tempting for a quick sales fix, but do your due diligence
Meet Regin, Government-Created Spyware That's Been Active Since 2008
Symantec has uncovered yet another sophisticated, malware-based spying tool, dubbed “Regin,” apparently the latest spyware tool created by a national government agency.The companys research, published Sunday, identifies Regin—also known as Backdoor.Regin—as a Trojan virus that exhibits “a
Download Your Google Data With One Click
<em>&nbsp;Editors Note: This post was originally published by our partners at <a href=http://www.popsugar.com/tech/Export-Gmail-Emails-32827675>PopSugarTech</a><a href=http://Editors Note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugarTech. ></a>.&nbsp;</em>Nothing is truly permanent—especially on the Internet—so Google is
How Starbucks Could Take Wireless Charging Mainstream
Offering a shot of one-stop convenience, Starbucks began its roll-out of free Powermat wireless charging last week. The Seattle, Wash.–based coffee purveyor equipped roughly 200 stores in San Francisco with the technology, ahead of a nationwide launch next year.I stopped
Pebble Goes Full Android! (For Notifications, That Is)
Thanks to Pebble’s new app update, users with Galaxy, Nexus and other Android devices can have all their phone notifications channeled to their arms.Previously, Pebble only displayed a select group of Android alerts, like built-in services (think
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Sharing a first draft
Been working on some copy for the Basecamp site. I don’t know where it’s going to go yet – maybe on a new page, maybe it’ll replace something else, maybe we’ll even test it as the new home page.But I
Writing-first Design
A quick way to measure a designer’s maturity is to watch what they do at the beginning of a project. Inexperienced designers are often smitten by the allure of new tools and quick results, so they’ll jump in to Photoshop
A Glimpse of Artificial Intelligence
At 8:15 AM I called Safelite Auto Glass for a quote to fix a chip in my car’s windshield. I wasn’t expecting to get the work done today, but the customer service rep gave me a great deal. We scheduled
Art and Craft
Priceless cultural artifacts and works of art belong in a museum, as Indiana Jones taught us. But if the museum doesn’t have the space for that painting or Cross of Coronado, these pieces go to companies like The Icon Group.
PHOTO: A quick lesson on branding—via @gewqk.
A quick lesson on branding—via @gewqk.
PHOTO: Less works.
Less works.
Monsters and Thieves
Good artists copy; great artists steal.-Picasso A famous quote about creativity often attributed to Picasso. But what can we actually learn about creativity from studying thieves? And did Picasso even say it? Halloween is tomorrow. I
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Interaction and industrial design team up to serve the IoT
Industrial designers and interaction designers are joining forces to create the best services for Internet of Things (IoT). I sat down with Martin Charlier, a design strategist with a unique distinction of having both interaction and industrial design experience to
Four short links: 24 November 2014
How Magic Leap is Secretly Creating a New Alternate Reality (Gizmodo) — amazing piece of investigative tech journalism.Better All The Time (New Yorker) — What we’re seeing is, in part, the mainstreaming of excellent habits. Everyone works hard. Everyone is
Today’s designers are solving business problems
It’s no secret that design is playing a more prominent role within many organizations. Designers are becoming fundamentally linked to the development and success of products and services versus their more historical role polishing the appearance of those products and
Four short links: 21 November 2014
Wearable Power Assist Device Goes on Sale in Japan (WSJ, Paywall) — The Muscle Suit, which weighs 5.5 kilograms (12 pounds), can be worn knapsack-style and uses a mouthpiece as its control. Unlike other similar suits that rely on motors,
Signals from Strata + Hadoop World in Barcelona 2014
Experts from across the big data world are coming together this week for Strata + Hadoop World in Barcelona 2014. We’ve gathered insights from the event below.#IoTH: The Internet of Things and Humans“If we could start over with these capabilities
The science of moving dots: the O’Reilly Data Show Podcast
Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Data Show Podcast through SoundCloud.Many data scientists are comfortable working with structured operational data and unstructured text. Newer techniques like deep learning have opened up data types like images, video, and audio.Other
Uber is breaking bad
Tim O’Reilly has said that Uber is an example of designing for how the world ought to be. Their app works well, their cars are clean, their drivers are pleasant, and
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Yahoo's New Search API Pricing Compared to Google, Bing
On Nov. 20, new pricing went into effect for the Yahoo BOSS Search API, a suite of APIs and tools that can be used to build custom search engines driven by the Yahoo
AMD Plans To Release Mantle SDK Later This Year
Richard Huddy, Gaming Scientist for AMD, announced at a presentation last week at PDXLAN that plans are still in motion for releasing a public Mantle SDK this year. Intel and Nvidia have been
APIs Could Unlock Much Needed Banking Industry Transformation
Banks will need to open up their transactional data via API in order to maintain their foothold in a financial services ecosystem that is halfway through a decade-long industry-wide disruption, PayX CEO Adrian
WeChat API Adds Payment Functionality
WeChat, the instant messaging service owned by Tencent, is popular in its home base of China but faces stiff competition from WhatsApp and others as it tries to expand globally. To compete successfully,
Twitter Simplifies Vine Embedding Via New oEmbed API
With the addition of the Vine oEmbed API Twitter has Simplified Vine Embedding. Img Credit: Marisa Allegra Williams (@marisa) for Twitter, Inc.
Microsoft Announces OneNote Search API Beta Release
Microsoft has announced the beta release of its OneNote Search API. Bing search technology powers the full text search features of the latest OneNote API.
Distant.ly Provides Predictive Travel Suggestions Via Traitfy API
Web developer Tom Rutka has released an app named Distant.ly that utilizes the Tratify personality API. Powered by Traitfys big data and psychology, the mashup implements similar predictive methods used by Amazon or
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