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Microsoft, let's be friends

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Dear Microsoft, Can we just be friends again?  Please? It’s been exactly five years now since I left you.  During our time together, I poured all the emotion and energy I had into the products I helped build for you.  In return, you treated me well and made me feel...
Microsoft, let's be friends

Twitter Will Do $350 Million In Ad Sales This Year

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A source tells Peter Kafka of AllThingsD that Twitter's ad sales will hit $350 million this year. So Twitter's ad business has gone from a joke to an experiment to a reality in a few short years. What will drive advertising sales this year is more precise ad targeting and...
Twitter Will Do $350 Million In Ad Sales This Year

Liveblogging Intel's First Quarter Earnings Conference Call

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Share of Intel are down in after-hours trading as the market gets its head around the quarterly results that Intel just reported. First and foremost, non-GAAP quarterly profits are down by about 13 percent from the year ago period, while sales were up by less than 1 percent. Even so...
Liveblogging Intel's First Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Square Cash appears on invite-only site, lets you send money with an email

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Square's been venturing beyond those tiny credit card swipers as of late. Last week, the company introduced its nifty $299 Stand POS system for iOS, and now it appears to be branching out to individuals, with a to-be-announced service called Square Cash. There's not much info to share at...
Square Cash appears on invite-only site, lets you send money with an email

Intel Beats The Street Again

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Intel knocked down the expectations of analysts once again, reporting a profit of 56 cents a share on sales of $12.9 billion. The results beat the consensus view of analysts who had expected Intel to report per-share earnings of 50 cents on sales of $12.84 billion. The company also said...
Intel Beats The Street Again

Portugal plans a digital storage tax that could cost €21 per terabyte

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The Portuguese government is considering a tax on digital storage devices. This is an apparent action to try to fight copyright breaches, but it also rather looks like an attempt to gather funds in a time of economic crisis. According to a report in TechEye the legislative update is being proposed...
Portugal plans a digital storage tax that could cost €21 per terabyte

Cricket to spin off Muve Music, licensing the service to other carriers

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Cricket Communications plans to capitalize on the success of its Muve subscription music service by spinning it off as a new company and licensing the platform to carriers around the world. The company already has one international licensing deal in place with an unnamed carrier, but Cricket feels more operators...
Cricket to spin off Muve Music, licensing the service to other carriers
Cost of marketing iPhone games still rising out of control

eBay's Stock Jumps Thanks to Double-Digit Revenue Gains

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eBay easily exceeded expectations in the first quarter, reporting both double-digit gains for revenue and income in the first quarter. In after-hours trading the stock was up 4.5 percent, or $1.63, to trade at $37.50 a share. The company said first quarter revenues totaled $3.3 billion, an increase of 29...
eBay's Stock Jumps Thanks to Double-Digit Revenue Gains

ZYNGA Plunges 18%, But Analysts Cheer Facebook's Ad Focus

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Shares of online games purveyor Zynga (ZNGA) and Facebook (FB), where the company has traditionally derived most of its users, are joined at the hip today following Zynga's warning yesterday afternoon that revenue and profit per share this year will come in lower than it previously expected and below Street consensus estimates. Zynga also said it...
ZYNGA Plunges 18%, But Analysts Cheer Facebook's Ad Focus
VoiceBunny Launches "CrowdVoicing" Service, Aims To Be The Amazon Mechanical Turk of Voiceovers
Flutter: The YC Startup That Wants To Put The World’s Webcams To Good Use
Dynamics launches its ePlate battery-powered credit card to create 'payment apps'

Selena Gomez and Others Put More Money Into Postcard on the Run App

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Postcard on the Run, a service that turns mobile photos into physical postcards — often scratch-and-smell scented postcards — has hit up its investors for more money. Selena Gomez and the Postcard on the Run team The company is perhaps best known for being the sole tech investment of Selena...
Selena Gomez and Others Put More Money Into Postcard on the Run App

Aereo CEO says free content might be on the way

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Aereo’s approach to letting consumers access broadcast TV content on their mobile devices and computers is nothing if not disruptive, and Wednesday at our paidContent Live conference in New York, CEO Chet Kanojia upped the ante even more. Discussing how the company will be able to expand its channel offerings without...
Aereo CEO says free content might be on the way

Games Distribution Incubator HitFox Hatches Two New Startups: AppLift And Game Finder

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Well that was quick or just well timed PR: HitFox Game Ventures, the games distribution incubator that launched last month, has given birth to two new startups already. HitFox AppLift, co-founded and managed by Kaya Taner, who was an early employee at HitFox, promises to be an affiliate network that...
Games Distribution Incubator HitFox Hatches Two New Startups: AppLift And Game Finder

Chip Earnings Looking Chipper, Sterne Agee Says

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Earnings season gets under way in earnest tomorrow when Intel reports its quarterly results. The world’s biggest chipmaker is one of the tech sectors bellwethers, setting the tone not only for the PC sector, but also for much of tech in general. It’s also only the first of several chip...
Chip Earnings Looking Chipper, Sterne Agee Says

IBM Patents A Way To Help People Lose Weight (IBM)

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IBM has been awarded a patent for a game that will pay rewards to people who eat right. IBM researcher Michael Paolini is the inventor of the game and says he lost 18 pounds by playing it, reports the New York Times. Paolini says the idea is to give people...
IBM Patents A Way To Help People Lose Weight (IBM)

EA's Digital Sales Can't Offset Falling Console Revenue

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Electronic Arts, a bellwether for how well the videogame market is doing, fell short of analyst expectations in the third quarter due to a drop in console game sales. “The quarter was tougher than we thought,” said EA’s CFO Blake Jorgensen. “There was a big slowdown in the console business industrywide.” In addition to...
EA's Digital Sales Can't Offset Falling Console Revenue

Symform raises $11M to store your data on someone else’s hard drive

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Alternative cloud storage startup Symform has raised $11 million to store your files in tiny fragments on hard drives all over the world. “Traditional cloud storage is fundamentally broken,” said Symform co-founder Praerit Garg in an interview with VentureBeat. ”Local storage is cheaper. You can buy a two terabyte hard drive...
Symform raises $11M to store your data on someone else’s hard drive

AOL's new publisher tool to compete with Google, Armstrong says its back in "ad tech game"

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AOL today announced a new product for publishers called Marketplace, which integrates various elements of its ad tech platforms. The move comes as AOL redoubles its efforts to bring in revenue unrelated to its legacy copper wire business. “This gets us back into the ad tech game in a serious manner,”...
AOL's new publisher tool to compete with Google, Armstrong says its back in "ad tech game"

Intel, IBM Get Tech's Q3 Earnings Season Underway

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Both the chipmaker Intel and the computing and tech services giant IBM will report quarterly results after the close of markets in New York today. And in different ways, the pressure is on them both. In the case of Intel, we already know much of the bad news that’s coming....
Intel, IBM Get Tech's Q3 Earnings Season Underway

Intel's Top-Secret Lab Is Working On Google Glass-Like Gadgets (INTC)

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In 2012, Intel spent $10.1 billion on research and development, making it one of the biggest R&D spenders in the world.  Half of that money goes to wildly experimental tech, Justin Rattner, Intel CTO said Monday on stage at the Bloomberg Next Big Thing Summit.  "50 cents of every dollar...
Intel's Top-Secret Lab Is Working On Google Glass-Like Gadgets (INTC)

Two Hackers Build A Way To Pay For Your Pizza With Bitcoins

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While the question remains whether or not you should be eating Domino’s pizza at all, a clever service now allows you to pay for your pie with Bitcoins. The service is far from an official Domino’s app and is instead a gateway or broker between the world of pizza and...
Two Hackers Build A Way To Pay For Your Pizza With Bitcoins

Chinese Search Engine Baidu’s Q4 Revenue Up 82.5 Percent To $711M; Net Income Up 77 Percent

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Chinese search engine Baidu posted Q4 earnings today. Revenues in the fourth quarter of 2011 were RMB4.474 billion ($710.9 million), an 82.5% increase from the same period in 2010. Net income for the quarter was RMB2.054 billion ($326.3 million), a 76.9% increase from 2010. GAAP earnings came in at $0.93;...
Chinese Search Engine Baidu’s Q4 Revenue Up 82.5 Percent To $711M; Net Income Up 77 Percent

European Parliament Wants to Cut Mobile Roaming Fees

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With networks that typically span the whole country and plans that generally shield U.S. mobile phone users from paying extra roaming fees these days, being outside of your provider's reach isn't much of a problem on this side of the Atlantic (though there may be some changes afoot here, too)....
European Parliament Wants to Cut Mobile Roaming Fees

Got Roomies? Pay Your Bills With WePay, the Online Group Payment System

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If you've ever lived in a house with multiple roommates, then you know the pain of collecting for the various bills each month and keeping track of who paid what and when. Add to that the frustration of one person paying cash while another only has checks on hand, and...
Got Roomies? Pay Your Bills With WePay, the Online Group Payment System

Zynga Loses Its CTO of Mobile as Shares Trade Lower

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Game Closure, which is building a platform to make it easy for games to be played across multiple devices, said it has hired Laurent Desegur, Zynga’s CTO of mobile. Desegur will join the Mountain View, Calif., start-up as a VP of Mobile Engineering, in charge of the company’s game engine...
Zynga Loses Its CTO of Mobile as Shares Trade Lower
How much is a tweet worth? About 1/10,000 as much as a Yelp review

Motorola Mobility to Microsoft: We Demand a Royalty Recount

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Here’s a big surprise: Google and Microsoft beg to differ. For months now, the software giant has been saying that Google’s Motorola Mobility unit has refused to license standards-essential patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. Microsoft’s beef: That the cellular telecom company was demanding a 2.25 percent royalty...
Motorola Mobility to Microsoft: We Demand a Royalty Recount
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