Streamfully Turns Web Links Into Personalized Content Previews

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techcrunch streamfully Startup General Cybernetics is offering an unusual twist on the web browsing experience with a new product called Streamfully. Once you install the Streamfully extension for Google Chrome, you can start hovering over links that you see on the web, then Streamfully will display previews of the page that you’re about to click to. For example, if you visit the TechCrunch homepage, you can… Read More

Can Content Pay Its Way Through Social Shares And Tailored Email Newsletters?

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sharewall Publications like The Times of London, the FT and the New York Times have been hammering away at paywall-based business models that let them make money not just from traffic-based advertising but getting users to pay for the content they read, while newspapers like The Guardian have eschewed the idea on their website but opted for apps where payments are in place. While the basic… Read More

Salesforce Mobile Reports And Dashboards Provide In-depth Knowledge On The Fly

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S1 Mobile Reports and Dashboards from Salesforce.com Salesforce.com today announced a new mobile reports and dashboards tool that runs on their mobile Salesforce1 platform. The goal of the product is to give salespeople access to information on the go, presented to them in a customized fashion to meet the unique needs of each individual user. Salesforce customers have told them, it’s great to have access to data at their desks, but very… Read More

Fitmob Launches MobTribes, Gets Into The Personal Training Market

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unnamed-2 Some people are paying up to $120 per session to get yelled at twice a week. Those people have personal trainers. Fitmob, the company known for funny group fitness workouts like “Weapons of Ass Reduction” and “Drop it Like a Squat,” is now getting into the game with the launch of a new personal training program called MobTribes. Its goal is to get you out of the gym… Read More

Former Microsoft Engineers Launch Pixotale, A Social Networking App For Visual Storytelling

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pixotale A pair of ex-Microsoft engineers, Robert Mao and Haito Li, have launched what they describe as a new social network based around photos and videos with Pixotale, an app that aims to re-imagine long-form storytelling for the mobile era. Mao, previously having spent five years with Microsoft Research, says that to create Pixotale, the two had to basically “unlearn everything”… Read More

Facebook Acquires LiveRail To Serve Video Ads Everywhere, Improve Its Own

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Facebook Liverail Facebook has just bought video ad tech startup LiveRail, which connects marketers to publishers on web and mobile to target 7 billion video ads to visitors per month. Facebook tells me it will invest in keeping LiveRail running and is evaluating how to intermingle their data, but it plans to use its use data to aid LiveRail with its targeting and vice-versa. Terms of the deal for the… Read More

Microsoft Acquires SyntaxTree To Offer Better Unity Support In Visual Studio

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unityvs-2 Microsoft today announced that it has acquired SyntaxTree, the France-based company behind UnityVS, a popular Visual Studio plugin for developers that use the cross-platform Unity framework to write their games. As S. “Soma” Somasegar, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of its Developer Division, notes, the company plans to integrate UnityVS into Visual Studio “and… Read More

Coinbase Launches A More Secure Bitcoin Storage Option Called ‘Vault’

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coinbase-logo One of the amusing things about the fast-maturing Bitcoin ecosystem is how the better-funded startups in the space are offering products that increasingly resemble services proffered by banks, the very entities they arguably are trying to disrupt. With Bitcoin, transactions can be handled anonymously and irreversibly without the need for a third-party mediator. Yet that ability also has… Read More

New Picture-Based Messaging App Hipe Gives Friends Just 99 Seconds To Respond After Reading Your Text

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Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 10.30.17 AM A new mobile messaging app called Hipe, which lets users share GIFs, videos, or image overlays and a short amount of text, has introduced a twist on ephemeral messaging which turns replying to conversations into something of a game. In Hipe, friends only have 99 seconds to respond to a message after reading it, or otherwise the content disappears and the conversation is gone. The company says… Read More

Source: Rackspace Wants To Take Itself Private

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4870003098_26ba44a08a_b Rackspace — the publicly-listed enterprise cloud services company that competes against the likes of Amazon’s AWS, Microsoft and Google — has been in the spotlight after announcing in May that it has hired bankers to help consider offers to parter with or be acquired by another company. However, it could choose a third option: taking itself private. Following the likes… Read More

US Marshals Have Sold 30,000 Silk Road Bitcoins

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allyourbitcoin The US Marshals announced they have sold 30,000 BTC to an anonymous bidder. The auction took place on June 27 and the highest bidder won all 30 blocks of 1,000 bitcoins. Comically, the sender of a an email to those involved in the auction disclosed all the bidders last week, making it clear that a number of big players, including Barry Silbert of SecondMarket and Bitcoin Investment Trust,… Read More

Senators Call On Obama For More Transparency In The Intelligence Community

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7604868970_59ba477343_o Two senators who scolded the intelligence community for failing to provide a sufficient transparency report are taking their complaints to the White House. Senators Al Franken and Dean Heller asked President Barack Obama “to support stronger transparency provisions” in a letter Tuesday. The senators urged Obama to endorse their bill that would require the intelligence community… Read More

MakersKit Raises $1.5 Million In Seed Funding To Launch A DIY Empire

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Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 1.23.04 PM Looking to build a 21st century DIY media empire? The rags-to-not-yet-riches story of Jawn McQuade and Mike Stone, the co-founders of MakersKit may have written the instruction manual.
Launched in February last year, the company has already raised $1.5 million in seed financing, inked distribution agreements with Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters, and published a book through Amazon. Read More

Dropbox Buys E-Commerce A/B Testing Service Predictive Edge, Shuts It Down

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dropbox-biz Dropbox has made another acquisition: Predictive Edge, a startup that had built a way to personalise e-commerce offerings, along with dynamic pricing, for marketers to send out to users and run A/B tests around them. The service will be shut down, and the founders will be working on something different, as they note in an announcement on the site: “Predictive Edge is joining forces… Read More

After Losing In The Supreme Court, Aereo Turns Its Sights To Congress

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aereo-legal-shutterstock_140860981 When the Supreme Court ruled Aereo was illegal last week, many thought it was the final nail in the coffin for the nascent cloud-based antenna service.
But it seems even though CEO Chet Kenojia said he didn’t have a Plan B, he came up with one. On Tuesday he sent a letter to subscribers, calling them to demand action from their representatives in Congress. Read More

Facebook Accidentally Sent Advertisers Receipts And Data For Other People’s Ads

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Facepalm Blue Last night a sizable number of Facebook advertisers received receipts listing other people’s ads, including company names, campaign names, and amount spent. Sources tipped us off to the bug, and Facebook confirms to me it occurred and was fixed in about two hours. It confirms that no one was charged for other people’s ads, despite one victim claiming otherwise, and ad… Read More

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