Everplans Raises New Cash To Expand Its End-Of-Life Planning Services

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SONY DSC Everplans, the online service that helps people plan for the only certainty in life besides taxes, has raised new cash to bring to market a product for financial advisers and service providers in the new year.
“We launched the product to consumers and we started to get calls from financial advisers, and insurers,” says Everplans co-founder and chief executive Abby Schneiderman. Read More

Built In Brooklyn: Farmigo Brings Local Produce To Schools, Offices, And Homes

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Farmigo collage Food startup Farmigo is a San Francisco transplant — like me.
The company was initially based on the West Coast, and it still has team members there (as well as in Tel Aviv, Israel). But two years ago, Farmigo’s headquarters, as well as its founder and CEO Benzi Ronen, moved across the country to Brooklyn, giving us an unusual perspective for the latest episode of Built in Brooklyn. Read More

What Basketball Would Be Like If We All Had Portal Guns

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gify You know those basketball trick shot videos that were all the rage not long ago? The ones where a flock o’ fauxhawks make 47,000 attempts at some ridiculously complex basketball shot, then upload the one where it actually works and everyone goes nuts?
This is like that, but with science. And by science, I mean 100% fictional Portal guns. Read More

Halo Nightfall star Mike Colter will play Luke Cage on Netflix

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Marvel has just cast its newest superhero lead on Netflix. Halo: Nightfall star Mike Colter is now set to play Luke Cage in Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones, opposite Krysten Ritter in the title role.

“Luke Cage is an important superhero in the Marval mythos.”

Luke Cage (otherwise known as Power Man) was created back back in 1972, and is a favorite among diehard Marvel fans. The character also has significant history with superhero-turned-detective Jessica Jones, making his appearance in the new series all too appropriate. According to Marvel television head Jeph Loeb, “Viewers will get to meet Luke Cage in ‘Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones,’ and experience why he is such an important super hero in the Marvel mythos.”

Colter was last seen…

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Datanyze Acquires LeadLedger, A Sales Tool That Tracks Tech Product Marketshare

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leadledger Sales startup Datanyze is announcing its first acquisition — it’s buying a similar service, LeadLedger.
On a broad level, Datanyze and LeadLedger basically promise customers the same thing — they’re trying to help salespeople find new leads, particularly by tracking which websites are using competitors’ products, as well as overall marketshare. Read More

Twitter Users Can Now Track Tweet Impressions, Engagement Numbers Right In The iOS App

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twitter-analytics Twitter has once again expanded access to its analytics data, today introducing the ability to view your “tweet activity” on mobile. In the latest version of Twitter’s iOS application, a new feature allows users to tap on a “View Analytics Details” option from any tweet’s detail page in order to see data related to that post, including total impressions… Read More

Influencer Marketing Is Killing Santa

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335412326_04f5a17989_o It’s the final week of the Christmas season, and the holiday shopping advertisements are flowing through my inbox faster than startup pitches. While endorsements from celebrities occasionally show up, there is one uber-influencer that seems to appear more than any other. Jolly St. Nick, the rotund and red-clothed Santa character partially popularized by Coca-Cola, has traditionally been… Read More

Web freedom groups criticize state attorney general for Goliath action

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The same groups that brought down SOPA seem to be turning their attention to the recent Goliath news. On the heels of Google’s lawsuit against the Mississippi attorney general, a coalition of 13 advocacy groups has turned its attention to the recent actions against Google, and is issuing a letter criticizing Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s role in the MPAA program known as Project Goliath. Hood has already called for a “time out” in the ongoing legal battle, but judging by the letter, many web freedom groups are unimpressed.

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Comcast hands out ‘priority assistance’ cards to Washington power players

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The controversial Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger hinges on regulatory approval from the FCC and the Department of Justice, both of which are based in Washington, DC. It will come as no surprise that Comcast is trying to ingratiate itself to the DC elite by passing out cards with “priority assistance” codes to select staffers, journalists, and other influential citizens of the nation’s capital, which can help expedite service for the select few who posses the cards.

In an excellent report by Luke Mullins of the Washingtonian detailing how former Meet The Press moderator David Gregory lost his job, Mullins notes how Comcast is a much more hands-on corporate parent for NBC than GE ever was. Comcast executives show up to Washington events…

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Art house theaters petition Sony to let them show The Interview

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Sony Pictures has been blaming theater chains for its decision to cancel the release of The Interview last week, but US independent movie theaters are making that a tough argument to sell. First the director of Art House Convergence, a coalition of 250 independent movie theaters, posted an open letter to Sony Pictures’ Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal, writing that the members of the independent art house community would screen The Interview — either as a free, one-off screening, or as part of their regular programming. Today Art House Convergence is upping the ante with a petition at Change.org, allowing theater owners to publicly pledge to Sony that they will screen the embattled film.

“We are at an important crossroads with an…

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Facebook’s Money-Making Solution To App Discovery? A Whole Feed Of Install Ads

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too-many-apps-fb Finding a good app can be like looking for a needle in a truckstop bathroom. Apple and Google aren’t doing much to help you sift through their messy app stores. Facebook has tried to step up, but sometimes you don’t care about your friends and just want a new mobile toy to play with. So Facebook is taking haters’ worst nightmare and turning it into an app discovery tool. Today… Read More

A Gift Guide For Those Impossible To Shop For People

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giftguide-splash-impossible Everyone has someone on their list that is impossible to shop for. They have everything. In those times, it’s probably safe to give a nice bottle of whiskey. Or any of the items on the following list. There is no way they have everything listed below, but in case they do, default to the whiskey. That’s truly a gift that keeps on giving anyway. DJI Phantom 2 Vision + The DJI Phantom… Read More

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