Swarm Lands On Windows Phone

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swarm As Foursquare powers through its summer of change, the company is today launching Swarm on the Windows Phone platform. Swarm is the breakaway app from Foursquare that now houses the beloved check-in. Rather than pairing the use cases of sharing your location with friends and searching for things to do, the company split those experiences into two apps. That said, Swarm is a very different app… Read More

Share Your Ideas About Immigration

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138556236_e95a080235_o (1) High-skilled immigration reform matters to the tech community. Yet in the nationwide debate that often spirals into partisan bickering over border patrol, we’re often drowned out. In both 2013 and earlier this year, we saw chances of high-skilled immigration reform die in congress. In 2013 the senate passed a bill that never gained any traction in the House. This year, House… Read More

Microsoft’s Bing Will Now Keep Track Of Context For Conversational Searching On Desktop

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Bing Microsoft is introducing some of its Cortana personal assistant smarts to its desktop search engine, with a new feature rolling out today that will use your previous query to inform your next, providing it with key contextual information so that you can search more conversationally, in the same way you’d ask follow-up questions of a friend during a regular chat. So, if you’re… Read More

CoreOS Acquires Quay.io To Launch Its Private Docker Repository

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Sydney's Circular Quay CoreOS, the company behind the increasingly popular open-source CoreOS operating system for warehouse scale computing, today announced that it has acquired Quay.io, a service that specializes in hosting private Docker repositories. Many developers who use Docker either use Docker’s own public repository or create their own private repositories. Quay.io takes the work out of hosting… Read More

After YouTube And Vimeo, Pinterest Now Adds Vevo Music Videos To Its Site

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Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 14.43.14 Make way for more content coming to Pinterest: today the platform is adding Vevo music videos, which you can search for, share, and watch on Pinterest itself, on your own Pinboards, those of your friends’ or on Vevo’s.
The companies are not disclosing the financial terms of the deal, a spokesperon for Vevo tells me.
This is not the first video integration for Pinterest. In fact… Read More

BitAccess Launches To Make Bitcoin ATMs Ubiquitous

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bitcoin-perfecthue Trying to make access to the world’s largest cryptocurrency automatic for the people, BitAccess is looking to build a network of automated Bitcoin banking machines available worldwide.
The concept of a Bitcoin ATM isn’t new, with companies like Robocoin Technologies, GenesisCoin, Lamassu Bitcoin Ventures, and BitXatm all launching variations on bitcoin transaction hardware, but… Read More

AdStage Raises $6.25M To Bring Its Cross-Network Ad Platform To The Masses

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adstage-team AdStage, a startup whose co-founder and CEO Sahil Jain said he plans on “bringing a real SaaS model to the ad tech space,” is announcing that it has raised a $6.25 million Series A. The company debuted at last year’s Launch conference, promising customers an easy way to create ads that run across Google, Bing, Facebook and LinkedIn. Later that year, AdStage announced a… Read More

Amazon Launches A Live App Testing Service For Android And Kindle Fire Developers

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scaled.KindleFireHDX89HorizontalAngleLeft Apple acquired TestFlight, a popular mobile app testing service earlier this year, and today Amazon is stepping up to compete with its own mobile app testing service aimed at developers targeting the Amazon Appstore. Called “Live App Testing,” the new tool allows developers to quickly distribute their app to a pre-defined list of testers before going live. Test apps can also… Read More

Lookout Lands $150M To Bring Mobile Security Product To Enterprise

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View of Lookout software on an Android smartphone. Lookout, a mobile security product that to this point has been mostly geared towards consumers, announced today they had snagged $150M in Series F funding to begin focusing on enterprise customers. The round was led by investment funds managed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., and includes participation from new investors Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Wellington Management Company,… Read More

Amazon Launches Local Register, A Square Competitor With Lower Transaction Rates

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amazon-local-register Amazon has launched a Square and PayPal Here competitor called Local Register, which provides users with a free app and a $10 card reader, and charges merchants and anyone selling services who use it just 1.75 percent per swipe on both credit and debit transactions, so long as users sign up before October 31. That’s a special rate, and is a full percentage point lower than… Read More

Electric Imp Raises $15M From Foxconn & Others To Make The Internet Of Things A Thing

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Electric Imp team In the future it seems like every device we buy will be connected, enabling us to track and manage what’s going on in our homes and offices wherever we are. But those devices need a platform for easily creating applications around. Electric Imp wants to provide the connective tissue that powers all those devices, with a wireless module and cloud-based platform for connecting to them. Read More

Beautified Gets $1.2 Million Seed And, Updates Its Look And Takes On StyleSeat In SF And LA

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Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 1.42.21 PM The last minute booking app for last minute hair and beauty appointments in New York, Beautified, announced a lot of updates today. First, the startup founded by NYC DJ Hannah Bronfmen, Annie Evans and Peter Hananel announced the raise of $1.2 million in seed from NEA, Manzanita Capital, Carmen Busquets and various angel investors in the beauty industry. It also just updated its design in the… Read More

BuzzFeed’s Future Depends On Convincing Us Ads Aren’t Ads

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buzzfeed-ads1 BuzzFeed makes the majority of its money on ads that pretend to be content, but can it keep up this charade? Or, is the Starbucks-sponsored “10 Summer Emojis That Should Definitely Exist” no charade at all, but actually the future of media that we should just smile and accept? These are the questions that popped out to me from the news that Andreessen Horowitz invested $50 million… Read More

NSA Internet Metadata Program Collected More Than Was Allowed, Shared Data Too Broadly

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Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 6.09.43 PM A now-defunct National Security Agency (NSA) bulk collection program that collected information about online communications exceeded its authority, collected too much, and shared that information too freely, recently declassified court documents show.
The program collected, according to the official IC On The Record Tumblr page, “certain electronic communications metadata such as the… Read More

Y Combinator Takes Public Stance Against Sexual Harassment

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Woman at work Ahead of its Demo Day next week, Y Combinator reminded investors in a blog post on Tuesday that it has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment toward founders. “Don’t even think about doing it,” Y Combinator’s Jessica Livingston wrote. “I will find out. Y Combinator will not continue to work with you.” The post follows increasing publicity surrounding… Read More

YC-Backed TicketLabs Helps Small Music Venues Get More Fans Through The Door

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Ticket Labs Over the last few years, technology has steadily worked its way into the concert-going experience. Apps make the ticket purchasing experience a simple affair, while the endless flood of social data gives promoters and bands the ability to target their marketing efforts at those most likely to enjoy their particular style. Read More

OnePlus Cancels Its Dumb Contest Following Uproars Of Sexism

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oneplus If you want to get more women involved in your community, throwing the equivalent of a sketchy online beauty contest and labeling it “chivalry” probably isn’t the way to do it. Fledgling smartphone maker OnePlus learned that lesson this morning. Just hours after launching a contest that encouraged women to draw the company’s logo on themselves and snap a picture so… Read More

Microsoft Updates Windows 8.1 And Surface Tablets

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Microsoft Way It’s a big day in the Windows world, with Microsoft rolling out a grip of security patches, updates for Surface tablets, and new capabilities for Windows 8.1 as part of its August update.
Regarding the security fixes, nine security updates are part of the package, addressing what Microsoft calls “37 unique Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures.” Read More

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