Yo Is Trying To Get Parody App YOLO Pulled From The App Store

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Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 10.02.47 AM Yo, the simplified messaging app backed by an optimistic $1.5 million in funding, has apparently had it with the clones. The company is now trying to get the parody app YOLO removed from the App Store by filing a complaint with Apple, claiming copyright and trademark infringement. Yo…YOLO? Surely you can see the potential consumer confusion? According to the complaint, Yo founder Or… Read More

Palantir Acquires App-Making Startup Propeller

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propeller logo In its second announced deal this week, Palantir has acquired Propeller, a startup offering tools for building native mobile apps. Two acquisitions in one week seems pretty ambitious for any company, but as noted in Fortune, it’s particularly unusual for Palantir, a data analysis company that has only made one other acquisition, email startup VoiceGem (or at least, that’s the… Read More

Nordstrom Acquires Men’s Shopping Service Trunk Club

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1396914_661046780594659_594393626_o Personal styling service for men, Trunk Club, has been acquired by Nordstrom for an undisclosed amount. The five-year old Chicago-based startup offers a subscription-based service that’s like having your own personal stylist on demand who picks out top designer labels for you and ships them to your home for free. After signing up, men are interviewed by a stylist about their own… Read More

ScienceLogic Launches App Store To Share Customized Monitoring Apps

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Man in suit flipping app in his hand. ScienceLogic announced a new App Store today that enables customers and third parties to create  and share customized apps for the ScienceLogic platform. ScienceLogic is a cloud service that lets IT pros monitor every aspect of their IT infrastructure whether it’s in the cloud or on premises, getting right down to the data center infrastructure management layer if needed.… Read More

The first detailed Moon photo was taken 50 years ago today

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Until 50 years ago today, we had never seen exactly what the Moon’s surface looked like. As the Space Race heated up, NASA launched the first Ranger probe in 1961, intending to capture photographs and scout the way forward for a human landing. But a rocket on Ranger 1 failed to fire, sending the craft falling back into Earth’s atmosphere with its mission uncompleted. This pattern would continue for three years and five more frustrating missions.

Finally, in 1964, Ranger 7 made it to the Moon. On July 31st, at 9:08AM ET, it returned the image above, capturing the Alphonsus and Ptolemaeus craters (on the right) and the lunar “Sea of Clouds.”  Over the next 17 minutes, it would send back 4,316 images, returning the last one less than 3…

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RockYou Raises $10M In Debt As It Shifts To Buying And Monetizing Existing Games

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RockYou-game-network RockYou, once known as a leading social games developer before hitting rough times and making multiple rounds of layoffs, has recently become focused on buying up existing web, social, and mobile games.
Today, the company is announcing that it has raised $10 million in debt from FastPay (a firm that makes loans to digital media companies) to continue funding those efforts. Read More

Indiegogo Goes Mobile With International Launch Of iOS App

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indiegogoapp Ever since Indiegogo raised that massive $40 million Series B this year, the crowd-funding platform has been laser focused on building out its mobile presence. In fact, CEO Slava Rubin said in an interview with TechCrunch recently that if Indiegogo were launching today, it would be a mobile-first company. So it should come as no surprise that Indiegogo is ready to launch an iOS mobile… Read More

Runtastic’s $120 Orbit Fitness Tracker Prizes Function And Features Over Fashion

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IMG_9997 1 Runtastic is doing the reverse of what many startups are doing these days: it’s going from being a software platform provider to becoming a hardware maker with the Runtastic Orbit fitness tracker. The Orbit is similar in concept and execution to the various trackers from Fitbit, Jawbone and Nike already available, but with a number of features designed to set it apart from the competition. Read More

Closely Is Another Way To Keep Tabs On Where Your Close Buddies Are At

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Closely A German startup that’s built a mobile location-based network for families, called Familonet, which includes an automatic location notification feature is launching a spin-off side project app targeting small groups of friends or co-workers who might find it similarly useful to be automatically informed of each others’ whereabouts. The new app, currently in beta on Google Play,… Read More

Tesla’s US ‘Gigafactory’ will be operated by Panasonic’s battery masters

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Electric car manufacturer Tesla has today announced a partnership with Japanese electronics giant Panasonic to build a large battery manufacturing plant on US soil. Dubbed the “Gigafactory,” the facility will produce the lithium-ion cells, modules, and packs that power Tesla’s all-electric vehicles. While Panasonic will be doing the actual manufacturing, Tesla will manage the site and assemble the cells into packs and modules. The California-based manufacturer already has a deal in place to purchase cells from Panasonic’s existing battery factories, and says the new factory will not supplant that arrangement.

Tesla first announced it planned to build a battery factory in the US last November, and reaffirmed its commitment to that plan b…

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Watch This Robot Learn To “Walk Off” An Injury

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http___makeagif.com__media_7-31-2014_IgcfAU What do you do if you’re a robotic hexapod and one of your legs is broken? Do you give up? Lie down and burst into flames? Cry from tear-ductless eyes? Or, through a process of trial-and-error, do you brush yourself off, hide your broken leg, and learn to walk again? You guessed it. Researchers Antoine Cully, Jeff Clune and Jean-Baptiste Mouret have trained a hexapod to try different… Read More

Internet.org app brings free access to Facebook and Google in developing countries

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet.org initiative launched last year with the goal of helping make the internet available to the entire world. Internet.org is taking a big step towards this by launching an Android app that provides free data access to services like Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, and more. The app will be available in Zambia initially, with plans to extend it to other developing markets over time. While Android users can simply download a standalone version, all of the services can also be accessed freely through internet.org on feature phones, or from within Facebook’s Android app. Internet.org has partnered with Airtel in Zambia to provide the free data access, and the initiative has been focusing on developing…

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Samsung promises to release a non-plastic phone this year

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Following another quarter of disappointing financial results, Samsung is promising a pair of new smartphones for 2014. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Kim Hyun-joon, senior vice president at Samsung Mobile, told investors and analysts a large-screened phone will materialize in the coming months, along with a model made from “new materials.” The large-screened device is almost certainly going to be the latest in Samsung’s popular Galaxy Note line, but the promise of a phone utilizing “new materials” is more intriguing. Over the past months there’s been rumor of a 4.8-inch Galaxy Alpha device built from metal, which is expected to be announced next month.

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