Aereo, The Company Without A Plan B, Finds A Plan C

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aereo-legal-shutterstock_146447432 When Aereo was deemed illegal by the Supreme Court and paused its service last month, it seemed as if the TV streaming service was out of options. But on Wednesday Aereo lawyers filed a letter with a New York district court indicating that the company now considers itself a cable provider. It now believes that it should not have to stop its services because — if it can obtain a… Read More

Twitterball

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Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 5.21.29 PM In the old days of Twitter — at least ‘old’ by Silicon Valley 2.0 standards, which is anything over five years — you could count on a couple of things. First, Twitter would go down almost every time people started really seriously using it. There’s a reason ‘fail whale’ is still part of our vocabulary.
The second is that every time that there was a… Read More

MOBA Games Come Of Age On The iPad With Hammer & Chisel’s Fates Forever

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fates-forever It seems obvious. Tablets should hold the future of immersive, dedicated gaming.
But it’s taken several years for both the caliber of mobile gaming startups and tablet penetration to hit that inflection point.
2014 may be the year.
There are a few notable contenders vying to make the tablet’s definitive MOBA, or multiplayer online battle arena game. You know, like those… Read More

Forget “OK Glass”, MindRDR Is A New Google Glass App That You Control With Your Thoughts

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InUse2 Google Glass has made a name for itself (somewhat infamously) as head-mounted hardware that you can control with your voice and a sliding finger. Now, a team based out of an interactive studio called This Place, in London, is launching a new app that it hopes will kickstart of an even more seamless way of interacting with the device: with the power of your mind.
MindRDR, as the app is… Read More

Bitcoin Foundation Hires Lobbying Group To Take The Cryptocurrency To Washington

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Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 1.39.34 PM Today the Bitcoin Foundation announced that it has retained a lobbying group to press its interests in the nations capital.  The selected firm, Thorsen French Advocacy, will “introduce Bitcoin and the foundation to Capitol Hill offices” according to the Foundation. Consider it a sign of the times. Lobbying and political activity has risen among technology companies, as their… Read More

Privacy And Religious Groups Condemn NSA Surveillance Of Muslim Americans

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Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 11.42.28 AM Response to a recent report detailing surveillance of Muslim Americans by the United States government has been swift, and negative. Condemnation has piled up from privacy groups, religious organizations alike. Delivering on a long-held promise, journalist Glenn Greenwald today published the names of five prominent Muslim Americans who were under governmental surveillance for years. The… Read More

Googler (And Former DARPA Director) Regina Dugan Joins Zynga’s Board Of Directors

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Regina Dugan Zynga is announcing a new addition to its board of directors — Regina E. Dugan, vice president of engineering and head of the Advanced Technology and Projects group at Google.
In a memo sent to the company’s employees, CEO Don Mattrick said Dugan will be “a true catalyst for creative thinking at Zynga.” As highlighted at the recent Google I/O developer conference… Read More

Burned

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fire It’s hard to write a story without a protagonist, but here goes. In the past week, Tinder’s former VP of Marketing Whitney Wolfe filed a complaint with the California courts claiming that she was sexually harassed and discriminated against at work, stripped of her co-founder title, and pushed out of the company unfairly. The challenge in telling this story, as is very common… Read More

PayPal Makes Good On Its Braintree Acquisition With Launch Of New Developer Tools, The Braintree “v.zero SDK”

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drop in UI Payments gateway Braintree is making its first significant product announcement since its acquisition by PayPal last year, with the launch of a jointly developed Braintree SDK (software development kit) for developers, which now features PayPal integration. The new toolset is being called the “Braintree v.zero SDK” to indicate how it’s been rebuilt from the ground up, and is… Read More

Microsoft Tweaks Office 365 For Smaller Businesses

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microsoft-office Microsoft today announced a raft of new Office 365 plans for smaller businesses. The new offerings will eventually supplant its extant offerings. The company is lowering the price of its most expensive smaller business offering — from $15 per seat per month to $12.50 — and raising the employee cap in some cases to 300 from 25. Microsoft has preserved a $5 per seat per month Office… Read More

AdhereTech Raises $1.75 Million In Series A

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main_page_photo-2dd41cb350bdc7ec55efb476e4515550 Smart pill bottle company AdhereTech today announced the close of its first Series A. Undisclosed investors in the healthcare industry funded the company with $1.75 million in financing.
The company will use the new funding to further scale its healthcare services, as well as to develop a second generation of smart pill bottles, which it said will be smaller, cheaper and easier to mass… Read More

Microsoft Updates Azure With 2 New U.S. Regions, Improved Hybrid Storage Solution And More

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azure_azure Microsoft today announced a number of new features for its Azure cloud computing platform ahead of its Worldwide Partner Conference next week. There is quite a bit that’s new in this update, but the highlights are two new Azure regions for the U.S. (US Central in Iowa and US East 2 in Virginia) that will go live next week, as well as the launch of Microsoft’s newest Azure… Read More

Samsung’s Race To The Bottom

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samsung-race It’s happened before and it’s happened again – a popular commodity appears and is remade in so many permutations and from so many manufacturers that the differentiation ultimately focuses on price. When this happens the small players sneak in with cheap hardware, the big players stumble and try to buoy sales with higher-end models (an example of this is the Dell Adamo as… Read More

David Tisch’s Stealthy Mobile Commerce Product, Spring, Closes $7.5M Series A

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Screenshot 2014-07-09 08.43.16 David Tisch has been quietly working on a project called Jello Labs for over a year. He hasn’t said much about what the product will be, other than that it involves mobile commerce. However, today we can shed a bit more light on the super stealth project. For one, the product is actually called Spring, with Jello Labs being more of a company name or a placeholder name. Secondly, the… Read More

CraftBot 3D Is Another Take On Making An Affordable, Accessible 3D Printer

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CraftBot 3D You wait ages for an affordable 3D printer and then two come along at once… Yesterday we covered Mota 3D’s Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 to get a fully featured, high res RRP $600 3D printer to market. Today meet CraftBot 3D, whose makers are seeking $40,000 via Indiegogo to make an “easy to use affordable” 3D printer. Read More

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