Brazil’s Movile Raises $55 Million To Bring Universal Delivery Services To Latin America

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Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 12.14.15 PM The experiment with e-commerce and delivery services that’s taking hold in the U.S. actually may see more traction in emerging markets, where big retailers had struggled because of infrastructure and logistics issues. Latin American and Asian e-commerce players are angling to become the dominant players in retail with same-day delivery for goods and services that were traditionally sold… Read More

Larry David wrote and is starring in a Broadway play

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Seinfeld co-creator Larry David is headed to Broadway. The New York Times reports that David has written a play called “Fish in the Dark,” and will make his Broadway debut starring in it next year. The play is a comedy, naturally, about a death in a family, and David, naturally, will be playing a character much like himself — as he’s long done in Curb Your Enthusiasm. David apparently didn’t intend to act in the play but was talked into doing so by producer Scott Rudin. “I thought it would be pretty cool to write a play someday,” David tells the Times. “I didn’t think it’d be pretty cool to be in it.”

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Two Tap Raises $2.7M Seed Round For Its “Shopping Cart For The Entire Internet”

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twotap-iphone Two Tap, a Y Combinator-backed startup that aims to become the “shopping cart of the entire Internet,” today announced that it has raised a $2.7 million seed round from the likes of Khosla Ventures, SV Angel, former Visa CEO Joseph Saunders, Ryan Petersen, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and Posterous co-founder Gary Tan, in addition to We Funder, Transmedia Capital and Digital… Read More

LittleBits cloudBit Giveaway: Win over $5,000 worth of prizes

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littlebits-contestIn July, littleBits introduced their new cloudBit module, which allows users to snap the internet to anything and create their own internet-connected devices/projects. The littleBits system of magnetically interlocking pieces that just snap together is already one of our favorites here at Make: magazine. You can see them at Maker […]

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I drove the anti-Tesla for a week

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Weaning America of its gasoline addiction is hard. If it wasn’t, we’d have done it already. It certainly doesn’t help that great electric cars are tough to make, which means the best ones are expensive. What’s more, charging infrastructure is still in its infancy — you can’t drive anywhere you want with complete certainty that you’ll be able to put electrons back in the tank. Even when you can, recharging is a lot slower than pumping a few gallons of fossil fuel and going on your way.

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Scribd is changing how its readers find new books

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Scribd wants to be to bibliophiles what Netflix is to couch potatoes. The ebook subscription service is rolling out a new browsing experience, which uses human curation and an algorithm-driven recommendation engine to facilitate user discovery.

While the platform already allows readers to peruse books based on categories like genre and popularity, Scribd will provide access to a variety of collections unique to the service. These range from personalized selections derived from a customer’s recent history to those hand-picked by the editorial staff and guest authors. In a recent call with The Verge, co-founder Jared Friedman explained Scribd is powered by an extensive tagging system similar to that used by Netflix. The service also…

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Get through to Comcast’s semi-secret customer service line with one of these special cards

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For years, Comcast has been giving its employees special cards to hand out to customers who had “a negative or unpleasant experience that is unresolved.”

Once called “Make It Right” cards and recently rebranded as We’re On It” cards, the cards are printed with a unique ID number and a “no wait” hotline that connects to a dedicated team of 250 customer service agents. Employees receive 12 cards a year, which they can hand out at their discretion.

The cards are also printed with a QR code that directs customers to self-service options.

Comcast handles more than a million customer interactions a day, according to the company, which means a lot of angry customers if even a tiny fraction of them go wrong. “Despite our best efforts,…

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Drone crashes and sinks into popular Yellowstone hot spring

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A tourist at Yellowstone National Park accidentally crashed a drone into one of the park’s most popular hot springs on Saturday. Drones are banned at all US national parks, but the blanket rule hasn’t done much to stop visitors who are determined to capture amazing scenic views from the skies. Unfortunately, the Yellowstone incident is a perfect example of what can happen when operators make mistakes, and it won’t do anything to help more considerate enthusiasts plead their case with the National Park Service.

Authorities are now trying to decide whether they’ll need to recover the camera-equipped drone from the Grand Prismatic Spring. At 370 feet in diameter and well over 100 feet deep, it’s the largest hot spring at Yellowstone, and a…

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I made psychedelic sci-fi iPad art with one finger

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I change my wallpapers all the time. On my phone, my iPad, my laptop — it’s a thing I stare at for hours every single day, so I like to switch it up. But finding just the right image can be hard. It needs to be interesting and colorful, but not so much that it makes my screen look cluttered. I cycle between various bits of abstract art and concepts for weird new spaceships, but it usually doesn’t feel quite right.

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Adatao Emerges With $13M In Funding And Visions Of Changing Big Data

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Business man in suit with focus on his hands, holding a graphical representation of words "big data" Big data has emerged as a big trend over the last several years, but as an area it has remained ill-defined and focused for the most part on data scientists, while ignoring business users. Adatao wants to change that by offering a solution that has something for both parties and a collaboration environment that lets them work together in one tool -and they got $13M in Series A funding led… Read More

Google Says Website Encryption – Or Lack Thereof – Will Now Influence Search Rankings

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google-datacenter-tech-05 Google will begin using website encryption, or HTTPS, as a ranking signal – a move which should prompt website developers who have dragged their heels on increased security measures, or who debated whether their website was “important” enough to require encryption, to make a change. Initially, HTTPS will only be a lightweight signal, affecting fewer than 1% of global… Read More

Notes From Crazytown, Day Two: How To Fix Everything

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dan-geer-4 Did you know the CIA has a venture fund? Of course the CIA has a venture fund. It’s called In-Q-Tel, and yesterday its Chief Information Security Officer, Dan Geer, a world-weary man with white Wolverine sideburns, stepped forth from the shadows to give the keynote address at Black Hat. It was a remarkable speech and I want to signal-boost it. Read More

Facebook Buys Secure Server Technology Provider PrivateCore

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facebookserver Facebook announced this morning it has acquired PrivateCore, a Palo Alto-based secure server technology company. The deal does not appear to be solely an acqui-hire, as Facebook says that it plans to deploy PrivateCore’s technology into Facebook’s server stack in order to better protect its own servers and customers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but PrivateCore was backed… Read More

Google partners with Barnes & Noble for same-day book delivery

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While Amazon expands the cities where its same-day delivery service operates, Google is adding a new partnership for its own Google Shopping Express program. The New York Times reports that an agreement with Barnes & Noble will let people from Manhattan, West Lost Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area.order books through Google and have them delivered later that day from one of the bookseller’s local branches.

Barnes & Noble already offers its own same-day delivery service in Manhattan, which is free for customers who pay $25 a year for its membership program. As with products from Target, Costco, Staples, and other partners, Shopping Express books will be sold through Google’s own site, something Barnes & Noble hopes can help it…

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Microsoft turns its Xbox One into a digital TV tuner with $40 adapter for Europe

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Microsoft is planning to release a digital TV tuner adapter to allow European Xbox One owners to turn their consoles into a TV set-top box. Launching in October in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the UK, the 29.99 EUR ($40) accessory will plug into a USB port to pick up channels using free-to-air DVB-T, DVB-T2, and DVB-C television standards. This will enable the TV functionality on Xbox One alongside TV listings from OneGuide and a pause live TV option without the need for a separate set-top box and IR blasting through Kinect.

Although pausing live TV will undoubtedly use part of the 500GB of hard drive storage on the Xbox One temporarily, Microsoft has not committed to providing DVR functionality with its digital TV tuner to…

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