Facebook Tests Buy Button To Let You Purchase Stuff Without Leaving Facebook

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10173491_295448507303390_1386082327_n-1 Facebook is try out letting you use a credit card on file to pay for ecommerce purchases from other businesses without leaving its site or app. For now it won’t be charging the few small and medium-sized businesses in the US to test this new Buy button on their News Feed Pages posts and ads. When I asked if Facebook would be charging businesses for the feature eventually, it said… Read More

Photo App Flayvr Rebrands As MyRoll, Aiming To Become Your Default Mobile Gallery

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iPhone5_Moments_OP Three months after taking on a new $2 million round of funding, the Tel Aviv-based startup known for the Flayvr photo album app is undergoing some big changes. Today the company is officially rebranding as MyRoll, and launching updated versions of its apps for Android and iOS that aim to be the go-to replacement for the default smartphone photo gallery. In an interview in San Francisco this… Read More

How big are Microsoft’s layoffs?

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced today that the company will be laying off 18,000 employees over the next year, the largest round of cutbacks in Microsoft’s history. For anyone who loses their job, that’s painful news — but in the context of big layoffs at some of Redmond’s peers, Nadella’s move is also quite severe. We stacked up the job cuts that have taken place at Microsoft, which were principally targeting the company’s Mobile division and the employees it took on when it acquired Nokia. We compared that to the cuts made by Google across Motorola Mobility and layoffs at HP, Intel, and BlackBerry since 2011. In terms of raw numbers, Microsoft’s announcement is the second largest — and it’s also the second-highest percentage of…

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The GoTenna Will Let You Communicate Without Any Connectivity

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Screenshot 2014-07-17 11.16.35 By this point, most of us are fully addicted to our smartphones. And when we find ourselves without Wifi or data service, our most direct connection to everything becomes almost useless. That’s where GoTenna comes in.
The device is launching into pre-order today, and lets users create their own closed network on which they can communicate. Read More

New Steady App From Stupeflix Shoots Video With Cinematic Stabilization

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framed-skate-square Last year Instagram made its first acquisition, buying Y Combinator company Luma which had come up with an app which could stabilize normally shaky video. It needed this stabilisation technology for obvious photographic reasons, leaving the way open for a new company to take its place. Steady is a new app from long-time online video startup Stupeflix, which has slowly but surely been building up… Read More

Innovator’s Dilemma Is Real And Requires Bold Action To Overcome

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7155138495_b708a7eee8_k There has been some debate of late as to the validity of Clayton Christensen’s basic idea of the Innovator’s Dilemma. I’m here to tell you it’s real and it requires brave and decisive leaders to work through it. In his 1997 seminal book by the same name, Christensen recognized that companies and indeed entire industries are being challenged constantly by changes in… Read More

Appcelerator Makes Its Platform More Flexible With Native SDK Support, API Builder And Updated Analytics

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Funnels Insights The mobile technology company Appcelerator has been around since 2006, and chances are that if you know about it, you mostly think of it as the company behind Titanium, its open-source mobile development environment. In the enterprise world, however, the company has also made a name for itself with its Appcelerator Platform, which is meant to help large companies build apps and mobilize… Read More

Facebook has released Mentions, an iOS app only for companies and celebrities

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Facebook has released a new app, but it’s only for celebrities and brands. The company just announced an iOS app called Facebook Mentions, which can be accessed only  by people with verified accounts. With Mentions, users can see a somewhat Twitter-like stream of posts that reference them, and they can find trending topics that they might want to engage in for (presumably) brand-building purposes. Most features are reasonably standard Facebook fare, albeit supposedly streamlined for people with extremely active feeds, but Mentions also adds the option of holding a live Q&A session with fans.

Mentions was noted last year in testing, but now it’s officially being rolled out, albeit with no mention of an Android version. So far, it’s only…

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Weird Al parodies Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’ with music video of a strange handyman

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Weird Al is taking on Iggy Azalea’s sassy single “Fancy” for the fourth in his planned eight days of music video releases to promote his new album, Mandatory Fun. As he did with his parody of Lorde’s “Royals” yesterday, Al twists “Fancy” into a strange sort of advertisement — this time for handyman services in a song appropriately titled “Handy.” It’s hard to keep up with Azalea’s energy, but as you’d expect, Al does an impressive job of translating it into the voice of his overly enthusiastic handyman.

Al has taken on a number of big hits already in his week of videos. Aside from “Royals,” he also parodied Pharrell’s “Happy,” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”

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Snowden: “If I end up in chains in Guantanamo, I can live with that”

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Edward Snowden has repeatedly stated that he won’t be returning to US soil anytime soon. The NSA whistleblower is adamant that President Obama’s administration would never grant him a fair trial for leaking classified intel that led to startling disclosures about government surveillance and mass data collection. But he also seems to be at peace with the worst-case outcome, one that would see the former government contractor captured and jailed for espionage. “If I end up in chains in Guantanamo, I can live with that,” Snowden said in a recent interview with Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger and reporter Ewen MacAskill. The pair spoke with Snowden for more than seven hours.

Obviously Snowden’s statement is a bit extreme; the…

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Facebook Launches ‘Mentions,’ The Exclusive FB App For Playing The Fame Game

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IntroducingMentions_3 Facebook is continuing its onslaught of new app rollouts, but this time you likely won’t be able to use what they launch; Mentions is a brand new iPhone app out today that is only available to verified parties using the social network, including “actors, athletes, musicians and other influencers,” with the end goal of getting them involved in discussions and message threads… Read More

Hidden From Google looks to preserve links censored over ‘right to be forgotten’

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A new website is attempting to build a list of search results that have been hidden as a direct result of the EU’s controversial “right to be forgotten” law. “This list is a way of archiving the actions of censorship on the Internet,” reads the about section at Hidden From Google. “It is up to the reader to decide whether our liberties are being upheld or violated by the recent rulings by the EU.” Alongside the relevant search term, you’ll find the specific link that was removed from Google’s search results.  The site’s log is based entirely on news stories that have mentioned censored search terms; there’s no direct affiliation with Google or any other search provider.

As a result, this won’t ever be a live, up-to-date list of…

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Russian malware infiltrated the Nasdaq stock exchange, says Businessweek

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Bloomberg Businessweek report has revealed that the CIA, NSA, and other agencies spent months investigating a major malware attack on Nasdaq, revealing the stock exchange’s vulnerability. In 2010, the FBI picked up hints that an intruder had compromised Nasdaq’s central servers. After looking closer, experts realized that the malware wasn’t meant for surveillance — it was potentially capable of disrupting trading or even, in the NSA’s opinion, “wiping out the entire exchange.”

While Nasdaq had apparently detected some kind of problem, it had not reported it, and government investigators found a mess of earlier, apparently undetected intrusions. “Agents found the tracks of several different groups operating freely, some of which may…

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Glow Gives Life To Pregnancy App Glow Nurture

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Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 4.37.27 PM Nearly a year after the launch of Glow, the fertility tracking company that helps or hinders pregnancy, is launching a new app on iOS today. Glow Nurture is the company’s second offering, this time to help women who are already with child. I was able to sit down with Glow CEO Mike Huang to get a first peek of the app. You can see that interview in our TechCrunch TV studio in the video… Read More

Product Hunt, The Popular Tech Product Discovery Site, Is In Current Y Combinator Batch

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Hunt Much-buzzed-about startup Product Hunt has another trick up its sleeve — it turns out the startup is in the current Y Combinator batch. As a reminder, Product Hunt is a community-powered news website for tech product launches. It’s a website where you can submit, upvote and comment on today’s new tech products. And it has quickly become the center of the conversations for… Read More

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