Steam’s new Discovery Update makes it easier to find games you actually want

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After discreetly tweaking its overall look, swapping some of its obsidian palette for varying shades of deep blue, Steam has launched its Discovery Update. The redesign introduces a brand new store front, along with a barrage of features intended to help streamline its cluttered portfolio of games.

Beginning today, users will see personalized recommendations based on their past purchases, recent playtime, and suggestions from their friends. It is also now possible to follow “Steam Curators,” individuals or organizations that have volunteered to become tastemakers for the community. Although just about anyone can assume the mantle, only those who have made at least 10 recommendations will be listed for the public to find.

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COTA Closes $3.7M, Plans To Gain Another $3.3 In Series A Funding For Cancer Data In The Cloud

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Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 5.54.25 PM Cancer data platform COTA (Cancer Outcomes Tracking and Analysis) has announced the close of $3.7 million in a planned $7 million Series A funding round led by Horizon Healthcare Services, with participation from Med-Metrix. COTA is a cloud-based program which collects certain cancer patient data and provides real-time genetic sorting of certain cancers. It also provides outcome tracking… Read More

Branch Metrics Raises $3 Million From NEA For More Intelligent Deep Links That Make Apps Work Like The Web

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OpenSans_Logo_black_NoMetrics Palo Alto-based Branch Metrics has just raised $3 million from NEA and others to address a series of challenges affecting the mobile app ecosystem today. The company has come up with an advanced “deep linking” technology for app developers, which allows for a more powerful means of sharing content from within apps, referring or inviting others to install apps, and more. The… Read More

Instagram Begins Rolling Out Ads In UK

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waitrosecrumble UK users of Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo sharing app, will now begin seeing sponsored content — i.e. ads — show up in their Instagram feeds. Advertising on Instagram was first introduced in the U.S. all the way back in September 2013, but, until today, Brits have escaped the invasion of sponsored content, though, of course, plenty of brands have already set up shop on the… Read More

Traxpay Raises $15M, Teams With MasterCard To Be The PayPal Of The B2B World

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8549970689_78fa9bf997_h Traxpay, a German startup that has created a platform for businesses in a supply chain to make payments to each other — think PayPal for the B2B world, or an Alipay of the Western world — is making two significant announcements today that point to the company’s growth and bigger ambitions to go global — specifically to grow in the U.S. and Asia. First, it… Read More

Nearly half of active iPhones and iPads are already running iOS 8

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Apple’s developer support page has revealed the rapid pace at which iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch music players have been upgraded to the latest iOS software. Having been made available to download on Wednesday, by Sunday iOS 8 had already been installed on some 46 percent of devices connecting to Apple’s App Store. This comes at a time when the 10-month-old Android KitKat is still working its way toward the 25 percent mark.

The relatively quick transition isn’t out of character for Apple’s devices and compares favorably to Google’s efforts, however it hasn’t been entirely painless. Many people were unhappily surprised by the large amount of free space that the new upgrade required, and there remains a swathe of important and prominent…

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Your understanding of Kaizen is wrong

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Kaizen is popularly associated with continuous learning or continuous improvement.  However, what people get wrong is who should continuously improve.

Most Agilists and Leanists use Kaizen in the context of team improvement. That is, an agile team should continuously improve, and thus excluding the managers/leaders and the rest of the company. 
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Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake are bigger than bigger on the new iPhones sizes

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Size does matter, especially when your own is being called into question. The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and musician Justin Timberlake return in two Apple commercials, both of which are focused on the girth of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Of the two, “Camera” is subtler about its opinion on mass. The aptly titled “Huge,” however, presents no illusions about its purpose. It has Fallon listing the advantages of the larger display while Timberlake breathlessly reminds viewers, again and again, that the new devices are “huge.”

It’s a hilarious shift from Apple’s 2012 paradigm, which evangelized the iPhone 5’s relatively diminutive size in comparison to its more hefty competitors. The company even created an ad calling the screen…

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Online Survey And Form Builder Typeform Raises €1.2M

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typeform Typeform, the Spanish startup that takes the heavy-lifting out of creating user-friendly surveys and other types of online forms, including payments, has raised a €1.2 million further round of funding, led by London­-based VC Connect Ventures. Existing backers Point Nine Capital, and RTA ventures, also participated, along with Mariusz Gralewski, CEO and founder of DocPlanner. The fresh… Read More

Sigfox Wants To Turn Its Network For Connected Objects Into A Platform, Hires Cédric Giorgi

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Network French startup Sigfox is building a low cost, alternative cellular network for connected objects. It allows small connected objects to talk with Sigfox’s server with a very small battery and cheap hardware. It sounds too good to be true, but the company’s network already works in a few countries and has many interesting potential use cases. Now, the startup wants to turn its… Read More

Microsoft legend Ray Ozzie wants to kill the conference call

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We haven’t heard from Ray Ozzie in a while, which is unusual. Ozzie has been a very busy man since the early 80s — he worked on VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet app, invented Lotus Notes and sold it to IBM for billions, then founded Groove Networks, a peer-to-peer collaboration app, which he sold to Microsoft in 2005. In 2006, Ozzie took the reins from Bill Gates as Microsoft’s chief software architect.

It’s quite the resume. Five years have past since Ozzie left Microsoft, but he hasn’t retired. He’s been pursuing an old vision disguised as a new one. It turns out that Ozzie wasn’t finished with the problems Groove set out to solve. The app prophesied a new age of internet services where you could share files, instant message, and…

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