Everyone Seems Mad At Reservation Hop, Founder Admits He Was “Taken Aback” By The Criticism

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wine glass So … have you heard about Reservation Hop? I mean, it’s not quite the hottest topic on Twitter, but among the folks who have heard about it, the idea seems to have unleashed an impressive torrent of malevolent creativity. The idea, basically, is that Reservation Hop will help users get a table at in-demand restaurants. How? The company will make reservations in advance, and then… Read More

Facebook Becomes A Local Party Discovery Tool With “Events For You” Redesign

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Facebook Events Just because you weren’t invited, doesn’t mean Facebook can’t help you crash the party. Facebook Events on the web got a slick visual overhaul today that includes a new “Events For You” tab that recommends gatherings it thinks you’ll enjoy, even if no one invited you, friends aren’t going, and you’ve never been to the venue. Rather than just being… Read More

California Democrats .Whine Over Proposed .Wine Domains

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Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 9.51.08 AM Let’s see if we can do this without making any puns.
In May, California Democratic Congressman Mike Thompson sent a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigning Names and Numbers (ICANN), asking that .wine and .vin domain not be assigned to “any applicant,” provided that worries concerning protections against cybersquatting can’t be resolved.
Congressman… Read More

Peter Thiel Is Returning To Disrupt SF

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team_peter We’re thrilled to announce that legendary founder and investor Peter Thiel will be joining us on stage at Disrupt SF 2014. From PayPal to Founders Fund, Thiel has set the bar for success in Silicon Valley, and this will be the second time he’s spoken at our conference. We’re glad he’s back.
Thiel made the first outside investment in Facebook in 2004, and was an early… Read More

Windows Phone’s Market Share In The United States Isn’t Growing

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Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 10.24.15 AM The latest data from Comscore regarding the United States smartphone market isn’t great for Microsoft. The company’s Windows Phone platform managed no growth, ending the May period with a 3 month market share average of 3.4%, the same level that Comscore reported for the platform in February. Android was flat, Apple picked up 0.6%, and Blackberry lost 0.6%. Android and Apple,… Read More

Atlassian Expands Its Enterprise Offerings With JIRA And Confluence Data Center

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FeatTour_NEW_Hero_614x378-jira-pt-hero Atlassian, the company behind developer collaboration tools like JIRA, Confluence and HipChat, has long had a strong presence in the enterprise, but the company today announced two new products specifically geared at this market. Next week, Atlassian will launch JIRA Data Center, the latest version of its JIRA project management software with high-level customer support offerings and… Read More

Facebook Messenger Finally Gets An iPad Version

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1 - Messenger iPad Conversation Three years after Facebook acquired Beluga and turned it into Messenger for smartphones, its dedicated chat app today got a version specially designed for iPad rather than just running as an enlarged iPhone app. Messenger for iPad features a multi-window interface showing a list of threads and your current conversation at the same time. Messenger had over 200 million users as of April… Read More

Android Wear Gets Its Own Companion App, Plus A Dedicated Section In Google Play’s App Store

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android-wear-hero Android Wear, Google’s new smartwatch platform powering wrist-computers like the LG G, Samsung Gear Live, and Moto 360, now has its own companion application. The app, also called Android Wear for simplicity’s sake (?), is available from the Google Play app store, allowing watch owners to configure various settings and voice actions on their device. The app today offers some… Read More

Lua, The Mobile-First Comms Tool For Any Workforce, Launches Insights Metrics Product

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TS_small_lua Lua, the mobile first communications platform for any workforce, has today launched a brand new feature of the product called Insights. Insights is a metrics platform that will allow clients to see in real-time the way that their employees are communicating and gauge that against the success of the company. Lua launched back in 2013 out of TechStars to bring better communication tools to… Read More

Streamfully Turns Web Links Into Personalized Content Previews

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techcrunch streamfully Startup General Cybernetics is offering an unusual twist on the web browsing experience with a new product called Streamfully. Once you install the Streamfully extension for Google Chrome, you can start hovering over links that you see on the web, then Streamfully will display previews of the page that you’re about to click to. For example, if you visit the TechCrunch homepage, you can… Read More

Can Content Pay Its Way Through Social Shares And Tailored Email Newsletters?

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sharewall Publications like The Times of London, the FT and the New York Times have been hammering away at paywall-based business models that let them make money not just from traffic-based advertising but getting users to pay for the content they read, while newspapers like The Guardian have eschewed the idea on their website but opted for apps where payments are in place. While the basic… Read More

Salesforce Mobile Reports And Dashboards Provide In-depth Knowledge On The Fly

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S1 Mobile Reports and Dashboards from Salesforce.com Salesforce.com today announced a new mobile reports and dashboards tool that runs on their mobile Salesforce1 platform. The goal of the product is to give salespeople access to information on the go, presented to them in a customized fashion to meet the unique needs of each individual user. Salesforce customers have told them, it’s great to have access to data at their desks, but very… Read More

Fitmob Launches MobTribes, Gets Into The Personal Training Market

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unnamed-2 Some people are paying up to $120 per session to get yelled at twice a week. Those people have personal trainers. Fitmob, the company known for funny group fitness workouts like “Weapons of Ass Reduction” and “Drop it Like a Squat,” is now getting into the game with the launch of a new personal training program called MobTribes. Its goal is to get you out of the gym… Read More

Former Microsoft Engineers Launch Pixotale, A Social Networking App For Visual Storytelling

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pixotale A pair of ex-Microsoft engineers, Robert Mao and Haito Li, have launched what they describe as a new social network based around photos and videos with Pixotale, an app that aims to re-imagine long-form storytelling for the mobile era. Mao, previously having spent five years with Microsoft Research, says that to create Pixotale, the two had to basically “unlearn everything”… Read More

Facebook Acquires LiveRail To Serve Video Ads Everywhere, Improve Its Own

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Facebook Liverail Facebook has just bought video ad tech startup LiveRail, which connects marketers to publishers on web and mobile to target 7 billion video ads to visitors per month. Facebook tells me it will invest in keeping LiveRail running and is evaluating how to intermingle their data, but it plans to use its use data to aid LiveRail with its targeting and vice-versa. Terms of the deal for the… Read More

Microsoft Acquires SyntaxTree To Offer Better Unity Support In Visual Studio

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unityvs-2 Microsoft today announced that it has acquired SyntaxTree, the France-based company behind UnityVS, a popular Visual Studio plugin for developers that use the cross-platform Unity framework to write their games. As S. “Soma” Somasegar, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of its Developer Division, notes, the company plans to integrate UnityVS into Visual Studio “and… Read More

Coinbase Launches A More Secure Bitcoin Storage Option Called ‘Vault’

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coinbase-logo One of the amusing things about the fast-maturing Bitcoin ecosystem is how the better-funded startups in the space are offering products that increasingly resemble services proffered by banks, the very entities they arguably are trying to disrupt. With Bitcoin, transactions can be handled anonymously and irreversibly without the need for a third-party mediator. Yet that ability also has… Read More

New Picture-Based Messaging App Hipe Gives Friends Just 99 Seconds To Respond After Reading Your Text

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Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 10.30.17 AM A new mobile messaging app called Hipe, which lets users share GIFs, videos, or image overlays and a short amount of text, has introduced a twist on ephemeral messaging which turns replying to conversations into something of a game. In Hipe, friends only have 99 seconds to respond to a message after reading it, or otherwise the content disappears and the conversation is gone. The company says… Read More

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