Mobile Marketplace Carousell Raises $6M Series A Led By Sequoia Capital

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Carousell_productphoto Carousell, a mobile app marketplace that lets sellers upload items with a few taps on their smartphones, has raised $6 million Series A funding led by Sequoia Capital. The Singaporean startup’s existing investors, Rakuten Ventures, Golden Gate Ventures, 500 Startups, and serial entrepreneur Darius Cheung, also returned for this round, which brings Carousell’s total raised so far… Read More

Microsoft may have accidentally announced that it’s buying email app Acompli

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Microsoft may have just accidentally announced that it is acquiring email startup Acompli. A post, authored by Microsoft corporate vice president Rajesh Jha, appeared on the company’s official blog today. Titled “blank post please delete,” the post’s body copy gave no information as to its purpose, but its slug — the text in its web address — read “microsoft-acquires-acompli.”

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The US bill to phase out wonky symbols on the back of gadgets is now a law

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The legislation designed to do away with printing various symbols and regulatory compliance numbers on our gadgets in favor of displaying those things within software has been signed into law. President Obama today signed the the E-Label Act, which was introduced by senators Deb Fisher (R-NEB) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.VA) in July, and quickly made its way through both the House and Senate this fall. It allows manufacturers to put things like FCC symbols, ID numbers, and other labeling in a software menu, instead of physically printed or labeled on a device.

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Microsoft Appears To Pre-Announce Its Purchase Of Email Startup Acompli

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Satya Nadella Whoops. Welcome to literal fait accompli.
A short, unfinished blog listed as written by Microsoft corporate vice president Rajesh Jha hit the RSS wires earlier today. Here’s what it looked like:

 
It led to the following URL: http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2014/11/25/microsoft-acquires-acompli/.
In case you missed it, the URL slug says “Microsoft Acquires Acompli.&#8221… Read More

Astronauts on the ISS are feasting on irradiated turkey for Thanksgiving

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While millions of Americans are about to gather around a table topped with turkey, stuffing, and all other sorts of Thanksgiving fare, two in particular are preparing for a much different meal. Almost 300 miles above the Earth’s surface, NASA Astronauts Terry Virts and Barry Wilmore are building a “feast” with their four weightless international colleagues aboard the International Space Station. NASA breaks it down on YouTube:

The orbiting astronauts didn’t have a special meal delivered to them, rather they’ve compiled one with some of the core menu foods that the ISS is stocked with: irradiated smoked turkey, thermo-stabilized candied yams, freeze-dried cornbread dressing, and a cranapple desert. Crew members are allowed to fill…

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer will be online on Friday too

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You won’t have to head to the movies to see the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Friday. Star Wars’ official Twitter account sent out a message this afternoon saying that the trailer would be published Friday on iTunes. Lucasfilm initially announced that you would have to head out to one of just 30 movie theaters in order to see the trailer, so this is a big change — and one that may even make a bigger impact. It’s not clear if this was the plan all along, but it doesn’t seem like it. If that’s the case, it’s possible that the trailer is going up early in response to some fans’ disappointment that they’d be unable to see it. No specific time was given for when the trailer will go online.

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Twitter’s New App Tracking Capabilities To Help Personalize User Experience, Benefit Advertisers

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twitter-stocks-ipo Starting today, Twitter users on iOS and Android devices will be alerted to a change in the type of data the social network is collecting on them, and will be offered the option to opt-out by adjusting their settings. The data in question is a list of the apps you have installed on your mobile device – a collection of data Twitter is calling the “app graph.” The company… Read More

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