Training-As-A-Service Startup Lesson.ly Picks Up $1.1M After Growing Its Revenue 850% In 2014

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indianapolis Lesson.ly, a startup that provides onboarding and training tools, announced this morning that it has raised a $1.1 million round led by Allos Ventures, and participated in by several angels. The firm claims to be the first company to “count all three ExactTarget co-founders as investors.” ExactTarget, a Midwest company like Lesson.ly, was acquired by Salesforce in 2013. The… Read More

Nestio Hunts Down $1.6M In Funding From Freestyle Capital To Ramp Up Growth

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nestio Nestio, the NYC-based real estate startup focused on changing the way brokers and landlords go about their daily business, has raised a $1.6 million funding round to accelerate growth. The round was led by Freestyle Capital with participation from RiverPark Ventures, and existing Nestio investors such as Joanne Wilson, David Cohen, Mike Lazerow, Jerry Colonna, and Scout Ventures. The round… Read More

Bitreserve Brings Bitcoin To The Gold Standard

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Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.50.16 AM The bitcoin-based financial services company Bitreserve is merging one of the newest innovations in currency with the world’s oldest. Through the institutional precious metals trading house Gold Bullion International, Bitreserve has created a new gold standard, linking its bitcoin currency exchange and payment services with gold. Now, using Bitreserve, customers can hold gold in… Read More

The New Agile: The Beginning

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Frequent readers of this blog know I’m a big proponent of agile, with a small ”a”. I tend to scoff at new big ideas that seem to jump out of a marketing committee.

Truth is, sometimes these are good ideas. Sometimes they are first versions of trials and errors. When we look at them at the current stage they may seem ridiculous, but if someone get exposed to them, and continues the push,…

Watch Grand Theft Auto V come alive at night

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With the new, enhanced version of Grand Theft Auto V, the fictional city of Los Santos has never felt more real — and that’s especially true at night. But it’s easy to get caught up in all of the exciting mayhem and forget to stop and enjoy the smaller details. This video finds all of those tiny moments, from people hanging out outside of a club to gentle raindrops on the Vinewood sign, and cuts them together in a way that makes the new GTA seem even more impressive. When you take out all of the murder and car crashes, Los Santos is a pretty chill place.

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This is Spotify’s list of the most streamed artists of 2014, and Taylor Swift isn’t on it

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Spotify released its annual list of the the artists and tracks that saw the most play this year. There were no big suprises, with the top slots going to artists like Ed Sheeran, Eminem, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, and Pharrell topping the streaming charts. The glaring absence of course, was Taylor Swift, who has been openly feuding with Spotify and recently pulled her music from the service entirely.

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GIGABYTE Server MD60-SC0 Motherboard Review: Haswell-EP with QSFP

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Ever since GIGABYTE’s Server team and I first started discussing reviews, it was interesting to see what a purely B2B (business to business) unit could do. Since then, GIGABYTE Server has expanded, catering to both the B2B and B2C (customer) markets and selling direct to end users. With the release of Haswell-EP we reported on their large launch at the time and they sent us the MD60-SC0 for review.

Gangnam Style broke YouTube’s view counter

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It used to be that having a million YouTube views was cool. It used to be that 800 million views would be enough to make you YouTube’s most watched clip, but now not even a figure of 2,147,483,647 views is enough to contain the chronically popular Gangnam Style music video by Psy. YouTube has announced this week that it’s upgrading its view counter after the K-Pop video surpassed its old 32-bit limit, which was set on the assumption that nothing would be so pervasive as to be watched more than 2.1 billion times. At the time of writing, Gangnam Style is nearly 5 million views above the earlier limit, so YouTube’s promise of “bigger and bigger numbers” is already being put into effect. Going to the video page and hovering over the view…

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The FXX K is the most extreme Ferrari ever made

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How do you take one of the most ridiculous hypercars ever produced, the Ferrari LaFerrari, and give it some extra juice? Ferrari, unbelievably, has an answer: the FXX K, which will be shown in public for the first time at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit next weekend.

As the name suggests, the FXX K is a member of Ferrari’s XX program, which is pretty unique in the automotive world: basically, the company finds super-rich fanatics of the brand and sells them ridiculous development prototypes…

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UK announces a ‘Google tax’ to stop companies diverting profits overseas

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The British Chancellor of the Exchequer, responsible for setting the UK’s budget, today announced plans for a new 25 percent tax intended to close loopholes that presently see multinational companies extracting their profits to lower-tax regimes like Ireland. It has already been described as a “Google tax,” though it affects a practice that is widespread across the tech industry and others beyond it: Apple, Amazon, Starbucks, and others have all been subject to scrutiny about the ways in which they account for their profits.

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Intel Teams With Luxottica To Build The Future Of Smart Eyewear

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Google-Glass-Girl-Model-HD-Wallpaper It’s pretty clear at this point that Intel wants to own face computing: The company has been pegged as providing the chip powering the next version of Google Glass, and now it’s officially announcing a partnership with (Glass partner) Luxottica Group, maker of most of the world’s most recognized eyesore, including Oakley, Persol, Armani, Coach and more. The team-up will see… Read More

Google’s reCAPTCHA (Mostly) Does Away With Those Annoying CAPTCHAs

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2014-12-02_1729 The end of the CAPTCHA is nigh — and very few tears will be shed for them. As Google today announced, the ubiquitous forms that make you prove you are human by typing in barely legible words and house numbers, will soon be replaced with a single click — at least on sites that use Google’s reCAPTCHA service. The company is now rolling out a new API that replaces the distorted… Read More

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