Quantcast Acquires Ad Personalization And Retargeting Company Struq

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struq Quantcast is announcing that it has acquired Struq, a London-based company that offers cross-device retargeting and personalization for advertisers. Quantcast may be best known for its data about Internet traffic, but it seems to have built a thriving ad business as well. The company’s announcement emphasizes the ways in which Struq technology can expand Quantcast’s ad platform,… Read More

Microsoft’s new Sway app is a tool to build elegant websites

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Microsoft is launching Sway today, a new app that’s part of the company’s Office family of products. It will sit alongside the regular Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote apps as a rich content creation tool. In its most basic form, Sway allows anyone to create a beautiful website from just images and text without any effort, and it’s all what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) — a modern and simple version of FrontPage. Despite that, Microsoft is taking an interesting approach with Sway, using the company’s powerful Azure cloud servers to suggest page layouts and quickly render content on the fly.

Sway will format pictures and text in a way that its algorithm feels is appropriate, even picking colors from photos to apply to the site….

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Sprint fights AT&T by doubling shared data plans through October

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Sprint is trying to one-up AT&T on data plan offerings — again. Over the weekend, AT&T began a promotion that doubles the data offered in its largest family share plans, and now Sprint is striking back by making its plans offer twice as much as that. Sprint’s new plans offer 60GB per month for $130, 80GB for $160, and 120GB for $225, though additional per-line fees will raise those prices if you’re already a customer. For comparison, AT&T’s plans offer 30GB for $130, 40GB for $150, and 60GB for $225, and that’s before per-line fees too.

This whole doubling battle started back in August, when Sprint made a big deal about some new data plans that it said offered double what you’d find on AT&T and Verizon for the same price. AT&T’s new…

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This bent iPhone 6 poster is perfect

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Billboards can be big and unwieldy things. Sometimes big things need to bend a little to fit into the limited space of our puny little planet. And sometimes the thing that’s being advertised is so perfectly in sync with the billboard’s shape as to require no further explanation.

The massive advert for the iPhone 6 above is purportedly from Berlin — a place where Samsung also maintains a big presence — while the promotional poster below comes from a store in the Netherlands. We can’t yet verify the legitimacy of either image, but that’s really beside the point. Either they’re delightfully grand examples of self-sabotage or incredibly witty visual satire. Both work for us.

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Estate Assist Wants To Provide Estate Planning For The Social Media Age

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7910370882_eeaed9b952_k Contemplating the end of life freaks me out and as such, I’ve never put together a will. But then I’m young, healthy and I don’t own much so I can’t say I’ve felt the need to. Most Americans don’t actually. Over half of adults with kids don’t plan their estate, according to a 2012 Rocket Lawyer survey. But who lets Facebook or your other social… Read More

Rowl Raises $4M To Help You Find The Heart Of Saturday Night (Or Any Night)

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Coldplay Concert Auckland Is your inbox cluttered with too many messages from clubs in your area notifying for all the shows coming up, but not the RIGHT shows coming up? Can you never figure out when the hell that band that plays that song that you like on Spotify will actually be in Baton Rouge, Boise, or Dubuque? Or get your friends to come out with you to just hang? Well Rowl has raised $4 million in fresh… Read More

Yahoo Tests A New Homepage Highlighting Magazines, Talent… And Twitter

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yahoo1 For the past year or so, Yahoo has been working through a major design overhaul under CEO Marissa Mayer, and it looks like it has now started testing out new formats for its biggest property of all, Yahoo.com. From the looks of tips that we’ve received from readers, and a handful of others on Twitter, the new site will sport a much cleaner look, with a collapsable vertical menu bar… Read More

Houzz Raises $165M Series D Funding Round Led By Sequoia To Fuel International Expansion

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homepage1 Houzz, the fast-growing home-remodeling site, today announced that it has raised a $165 million Series D round led by Sequoia Capital, one of its early backers. Existing investors Oren Zeev, New Enterprise Associates, GGV Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers also participated in this massive round, as well as new investors DST Global and T. Rowe Price. As Houzz co-founder and CEO… Read More

Thanks To A Partnership With Gimbal, Urban Airship’s Push Notifications Get Smarter About Location

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urban-airship-logo Push notification company Urban Airship is announcing a partnership with Gimbal, the beacon technology company that spun out of Qualcomm earlier this year.
The end result, according to Urban Airship CMO Brent Hieggelke (who answered my questions via email), is a more precise approach to targeting promotional push notifications, one that uses Gimbal’s proximity beacons as well as… Read More

Capital One Debuts A New Mobile Wallet App, Designed To Work With Apple Pay

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banner-digital-wallet Just ahead of Apple Pay’s public release, a top credit card provider, Capital One, has rolled out a new mobile wallet app for cardholders that will work with Apple’s forthcoming mobile payments platform to provide users with detailed information on their Apple Pay transactions, in addition to balance rewards access, and other features. The app was soft launched on iOS earlier… Read More

Watch the first full trailer for Ridley Scott’s biblical epic ‘Exodus’

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If the first teaser for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings showed us just how somber the movie is portraying Moses’ story, the first full-length trailer, which has just been released, really starts to show us why. This is the first solid look at Scott’s next movie, and it’s a good one: there’s no denying that it’s an action-packed biblical epic, but it appears that there’s a lot more to it than just the action. And, when the action does hit, it looks pretty great too. The movie is out on December 12th.

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Can a massive seawall save New York from flooding?

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Come along with The Verge for the second season of Detours. We’ve traveled across the country to find the people, groups, and companies that are solving America’s problems in new and unconventional ways.

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy destroyed homes, wasted businesses, flooded tunnels, and submerged subways. The storm brought tens of thousands of lives to a halt, and revealed New York City’s vulnerabilities to severe climate conditions and rising waters.

“I saw the devastation,” says Henk…

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Commercial Drones Are Coming, And Sooner Than You Think

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Drone flying against blue sky. When Jeff Bezos talked about delivering your Amazon packages by drone last year on 60 minutes, it seemed like a grand publicity stunt designed to get his company some attention, but the fact is we are not that far away from seeing widespread use of commercial drones –including package delivery and much more. Over the coming decade, drones will very likely become commonplace. Today, when… Read More

PopKey’s Animated GIF Keyboard For iOS 8 Is The One You Should Be Using

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IMG_4742 Apple is now accepting keyboards that go beyond just offering different ways to type text – it appears to have opened the doors for graphical keyboards, too. Riffsy already showed us an animated GIF keyboard that makes it easy to communicate via reaction GIFs, but PopKey is another startup that came up with the same idea at the same time, and their offering is now available, too. And… Read More

Apple’s iPad Update Plans Could Put Gold First And Offer 12.9? Model For 2015

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gold-ipad Apple could add gold to the menu for the next version of the 9.7-inch iPad Air, according to Bloomberg, and then introduce a 12.9-inch version of its tablet next year. This is in line with rumors we’ve heard from Bloomberg before, which pegged a large-screen iPad as being added to the lineup back in August. But the note regarding the color update for the new iPad is interesting in that… Read More

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