Twitter should bring an NBA basketball to its next investor meeting

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I’m a little late to learn about this, but in my defense, it’s a very inconspicuous change: the 2014 NBA game ball now features the league’s @NBA social handle alongside the new Commissioner’s signature. It’s a tiny addition to a treasured piece of sporting equipment that has a huge symbolic significance for Twitter and the league itself.

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U.S. Thanksgiving, Black Friday Sales Break $1B; Total Holiday Spend Online Will Be $89B

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shopping carts in trees Online retailers use Cyber Monday to extend the first flush of the post-Thanksgiving holiday sales rush, and now analysts are coming out with their first numbers laying out how holiday sales have been progressing so far. The long and short of it: record numbers for e-commerce retail, with holiday shopping across the U.S. and Europe approaching $130 billion, according to figures from… Read More

After Surviving A Wonga Loan, Marvel Raises $820K To Let You Turn Sketches Into App Prototypes

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marvel_iphone2 Back in April, Marvel — the UK startup that lets you turn sketches into app “prototypes” — had just one and half month’s runway left after burning through the majority of a £60,000 investment. At one point, the burgeoning company even took out a Wonga payday-style loan to stay afloat whilst frantically re-writing the service to help keep up with demand. Today… Read More

Amazon cuts Fire TV price to $69 for Cyber Monday, saving you $30

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Amazon has cut the price of its Fire TV set-top box to just $69 for its Cyber Monday sale, offering a 30 percent saving on its offering in the free-for-all streaming video market. Although the Fire TV is missing a couple of important content services such as HBO Go, it’s still one of the best options out there with solid voice search and excellent benefits for Amazon Prime subscribers. If you’re already deep into the retailing giant’s ecosystem then the $30 saving might be enough to convince you to venture further down the rabbit hole of Amazon content.

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What is Product Management?

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I often get asked what it takes to be an effective product manager or product owner, which product skills the individuals should have, and how a company can strengthen its product management function. Answering these questions requires an understanding of what effective product management looks like in the digital age.
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The Puzzlephone is a modular cellphone designed in Nokia’s hometown

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Google’s Project Ara isn’t the only hope for phones with replaceable and upgradeable parts. Finland’s Circular Devices is developing an alternative concept called the Puzzlephone, which breaks the handset down into three constituent elements. The phone’s Spine provides the LCD, speakers and basic structure, its Heart contains the battery and secondary electronics, and its Brain has the processor and camera modules.

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Intel Buys PasswordBox To Add ID Management To Its Security Business

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passwordbox Intel has made another acquisition to beef up its enterprise security business in a push to build more services and hardware to expand beyond its core chip business. It has acquired PasswordBox, makers of digital identity management software. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed — specifically, “Terms of the transaction were not disclosed and are not material to… Read More

Google Glass will return in 2015 with Intel inside, says WSJ

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2015 will see Google launch a new model of its Glass headset, which will be powered by an Intel chip and offer longer battery life than the current Explorer Edition, according to The Wall Street Journal. Google Glass has already been through a couple of small iterative upgrades — one to add compatibility with prescription lenses and another to double the RAM — but the shift to a new processor could signal a more thorough overhaul of the entire wearable.

Limited battery life and a forbidding, four-figure price tag have militated against Glass’ widespread adoption up until now. With a more modern processor and a refreshed design, it could see consumer interest rekindled, though Intel seems more interested in promoting Glass as a workplace…

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