Meet & Jam Could Help You Form Your Next Supergroup (Or Simply Book A Rehearsal Studio)
 When you think about being in a band, you probably think sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.I think schlepping it around London playing in half-empty venues, continually having to recruit
Salesforce Wants Desk.com App Hub To Be One-Stop Shop For SMBs
 Salesforce.com announced an update today to Desk.com, their customer service product aimed at small businesses. They have created a Desk.com app store called the App Hub
SendMyBag Arrives In The U.S. To Take Your Luggage When Airlines Won’t
 SendMyBag has come a long way since being unceremoniously rejected by investors on the BBC TV show Dragon’s Den. Shortly after, the Northern Irish startup, which offers a shipping service that picks
Real Estate Joins Brazil’s Big Startup Industries
 Editor’s note: Julie Ruvolo is a freelance writer and editor of RedLightR.io and RioChromatic.com.  Add real estate to the industries that have captured the attention of venture investors in Brazil. Real estate
Open-Source Chat Platform Scrollback Raises $400,000 Seed Round
 Scrollback, a free open-source chat platform for online communities, has raised $500,000 Singaporean dollars (about $400,000) led by Jungle Ventures, with participation from Singapore’s National Research Foundation, Crystal Horse Investments, Singapore Angel
Convergence Accel Launches $25M Fund Focused On Indonesian Startups
 Despite a very promising market opportunity, Indonesian startups still have to deal with many drawbacks, including lack of venture capital funding and mentorship. Convergence Accel,
Snapchat’s Newest Money Maker Is A Sponsored Our Story For Samsung And The AMAs
 Snapchat took its first shot at monetizing its Our Stories collaborative Livestream feature tonight with a Samsung-branded look at The American Music Awards. We were tipped off to the AMA
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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
5 can't-miss apps: Carousel, Cheezburger, Next Glass and more
With Uber enraging users and sparking a Senate investigation into its privacy polices, you may have overlooked some of this weeks best new appsLuckily, each weekend,
Whatever happens to Google Glass, it's been a boon to smart glasses
Wearable technology took a hit this past week after many began proclaiming the apparent demise of Google Glass. Once the hot new thing, Glass has had
These are the tablets to put on your Black Friday hit list
The retail sales battle lines have been drawn: Black Friday is upon us. Some deals will be genuinely rare and valuable, while others will simply be
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Blablacar sizes up a city-to-city ridesharing empire
A significant trend in all parts of the modern world over the past few years, ‘the sharing economy’ has become a concept that disrupted quite a few
Ideal gifts: Chromecast can change your TV viewing habits
Arriving in the US back in the summer of 2013, Google finally introduced Chromecast to international waters in March this year, arriving in Canada, the
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BT confirms it’s in talks to buy O2 UK
BT has confirmed that its in talks to buy O2 UK, Telefonica’s UK mobile network. The deal would take the company full circle since O2 began life in 1985 as Cellnet, a joint venture between BT and Securicor. BT told The
Craigslist hack knocks web classified site offline: Who’s behind it?
The venerable web classifieds site, Craigslist, was knocked offline last and is still not loading for visitors. Local versions are redirecting for others. Users
Ideal Gifts: The Mi Power Bank charges up your devices in style
In the Ideal Gifts series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for gifts to give this holday season. I
Google adds detailed info to shopping search results on mobile devices
With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holiday season just around the corner, Google is helping out shoppers on the move, with enhanced search results for products on smartphones and tablets. Starting this week, mobile users searching for products on
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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.
Re/wind: Uber Exec Says Really Dumb Thing, Snapchatting Money and More
Plus the latest Apple news and Barbies latest bungle.
Re/code on TV: The Return of the Mac, Uber’s Toes and Snapcash
Plus, a discussion of connected women, and Mozilla swaps Google search for Yahoo
The Difference Between Uber and Airbnb
Theyre sort of like the Goofus and Gallant of the sharing economy.
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BT could buy O2 or EE to get back into the mobile carrier game
The company confirmed on Monday that it was in preliminary acquisition talks
UK government wants to accurately identify law-breaking web users
The government wants ISPs to retain records linking specific devices to the IP addresses they use. So far, the move has received a cautious welcome from civil liberties campaigners.
“Groundbreaking” state spyware targeted airlines and energy firms
The malware, known as Regin, is highly sophisticated and must have been the product of a nation state, researchers at Symantec have concluded. It has targeted many kinds of individuals and…
The mis-measure of Netflix
In Netflixs subscription-based on-demand world, viewership is cumulative. Measuring it at any given point in time might give you a number, but that number has little correlation with the contents value…
Top tips for new app developers: Here’s what you need to know
Without a rational mobile product lifecycle plan in place, you are wasting time and money.
How I use iOS apps to manage my calendar and daily tasks
Last week, I looked at how I use my iPad to manage my notes. This week. I’m going to look at how I use iOS to manage my schedule and task items…
IBM is moving fast in cloud but is it fast enough to matter?
IBMs putting on a charm offensive to win startups over to its cloud portfolio and SoftLayers bare metal options continue to appeal. But it still has a long, hard slog to…
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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
Why The Hortonworks IPO Could Jeopardize Other Big Data Companies
Were finally going to get a Big Data IPO, with Hortonworks filing its S-1 this month. Yet Im not hearing much cheering from the people who have the most to gain in the short term: venture capitalists.
Would-Be TV Disrupter Aereo Files For Chapter 11 Reorganization
Broadcast TV streamer Aereo filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 Friday. The Boston-based startup has been slowly shuttering for months since its Supreme Court loss in June. The court that Aereos service, which intercepted airborne television signals for its
You Can Now Send Tweets—And Other Links—In Twitter Direct Messages
Twitter announced Thursday that users can now share public tweets inside direct messages.If that announcement struck you as a headscratcher—couldnt you do that before?—youre not wrong. Youve long been able to include links to a tweets detail
Sweden's Sexism Test For Games Is A Great Idea
Editors Note: This was originally published by our partners at Kill Screen. Those social justice warriors known as the Swedes are at it again! Last year, four Swedish cinemas started indicating whether the films they screened passed the
What's The Point Of Wearables?
ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self.One of the interesting things about writing ReadWriteBody, where Ive chosen to focus on digital fitness, is the constant conflation of health and fitness.As
Netflix Is Still Trouncing The Streaming Competition
Netflix continues to reign as the king of streaming TV and movies, although a plucky upstart company named Amazon has made significant inroads in the market. A new report from Sandvine, a Canadian company that offers services to
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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
The Distance: Fantasy Costumes
Walk into any Halloween pop-up store right now and you’re likely to find the same assortment of merchandise: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costumes and “Frozen” princess dresses, plus old stand-bys like witch hats and vampire capes.You’ll find those items at
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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
Four short links: 20 November 2014
The Infinite Hows (John Allspaw) — when finding ways to improve systems to prevent errors, the process of diagnosis should be focused on the systems and less on the people. (aka “human error” is the result of a preceding systems
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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
Akamai Exposes Content Delivery Network APIs
Akamai Technologies extended the reach of its content delivery service in the cloud with the introduction of a set of open APIs that are made available via a SaaS Provider Option that it introduced.
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