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Facebook files for 'Poke' trademark (after obtaining and abandoning it earlier)

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Social networking giant Facebook has filed for 3 trademarks in the United States: for ‘Poke’, ‘Facebook Poke’ and the logo of its new Poke app for iPhone. The company filed for the trademarks on the 21st of December 2012, the same day it announced its latest smartphone app, which was...
Facebook files for 'Poke' trademark (after obtaining and abandoning it earlier)

Continuous code platform Wercker grabs close to $1m seed funding to develop internationally

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The cloud-based continuous Saas delivery platform Wercker has nailed down a seed funding round led by Shamrock Ventures. Though the amount remains undisclosed, a source close to the deal told The Next Web that the funding is close to the $1 million mark. Additional funding in the deal came from...
Continuous code platform Wercker grabs close to $1m seed funding to develop internationally

HoneyBook is the Prezi of weddings with service aimed at helping share your special day photos

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A couple’s wedding day is perhaps one of the most important days of anyone’s life, and finding ways to share that happy occasion with as many friends and family members as one has is really important. Presentation and design are really important and need to stand out. HoneyBook, an UpWest...
HoneyBook is the Prezi of weddings with service aimed at helping share your special day photos

Wavii confirms Google acquisition, waves goodbye to its popular news summarization app

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News summarization app Wavii has been acquired by Google, following rumors of a deal worth over $30 million earlier this week. The company updated its website today with a note confirming the deal and a reconfigured Wavii logo decked out in Google’s classic blue, red, yellow and green colors. A...
Wavii confirms Google acquisition, waves goodbye to its popular news summarization app

Real-time social software Livefyre now serving 1B monthly page views, up 468% in the last year

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Real-time social software service Livefyre has announced that it is now serving 1 billion page views a month. This growth is possible because the company now has more than 200 enterprise customers and new product being released. The company tells us that along with this, it has seen incredible growth...
Real-time social software Livefyre now serving 1B monthly page views, up 468% in the last year

More than 50% of all online activity took place on mobile devices during Christmas day, study shows

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More than half of consumer activity during Christmas day took place on mobile devices, according to a study released today by mobile analytics platform Mixpanel. Based on its analysis of over 695 million actions, the study shows a 11 percent increase the week prior to the holiday. Defining an action as...
More than 50% of all online activity took place on mobile devices during Christmas day, study shows

Quora releases update to its iPhone app with new interface, 3x faster searching, and more sharing

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Quora has just released an update to its iPhone app, available now. Fresh off releasing its counterpart app for Android devices, this new version claims to be “better and faster” than what was available previously. While the new app has some interesting minor updates, such as continuous scrolling, ability to...
Quora releases update to its iPhone app with new interface, 3x faster searching, and more sharing

French court fines Google France 500,000 Euros for gratis Maps

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A Parisian commercial court has upheld a lower court's ruling against Google France, ordering the company to pay a fine of €500,000 for giving away its maps services. The plaintiff, Bottin Cartographes, claims that Google leveraged the market share of its Maps platform -- and the fact that it's...
French court fines Google France 500,000 Euros for gratis Maps

WhatsApp processed a whopping (record) 18 billion messages on the last day of 2012

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Mobile messaging app WhatsApp has had a pretty remarkable 2012. It just announced that it had set a new single day record for the most messages published on December 31. The service processed 18 billion total messages, exceeding its previous record set last August of 10 billion messages. According to the...
WhatsApp processed a whopping (record) 18 billion messages on the last day of 2012

Watch: This close-up video of Steve Jobs' super-yacht will give you a serious case of gadget envy

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If you’re up for the ultimate case of ‘gadget’ envy, take a look at this close-up video of Venus, the high-tech yacht designed by the late Steve Jobs, that was shot from the docks in Amsterda by TNW reader Michiel Frackers. The boat was recently set free from its temporary impoundment...
Watch: This close-up video of Steve Jobs' super-yacht will give you a serious case of gadget envy

New MacBook Air software issue artificially limiting 802.11ac transfer speeds

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In its extensive review of the new 2013 MacBook Air, AnandTech notes an issue with the machine’s new 802.11ac WiFi capabilities that it says is limiting the faster Wi-Fi chip’s potential. While it was able to get an average of 533Mbps using the iPerf networking tool, Anand found real...
New MacBook Air software issue artificially limiting 802.11ac transfer speeds

Twitter brings four column filters to TweetDeck to sift through your streams for specific content

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Twitter has released an update to TweetDeck web and Chrome apps that brings a new set of column filters for users to better discover content. In a blog post, the company said that the new filters will enable users to show or exclude specific words and phrases, which it believes will be...
Twitter brings four column filters to TweetDeck to sift through your streams for specific content

Spotted: Sergey Brin wearing Google Glass specs as he blends in on NYC subway

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Google last week announced its first two ‘hackathon’ events for Google Glass developers, and the company is aiming to make its wearable glasses technology something that can be used by anyone at any place. Except that this is already happening as you’d have seen if you took the downtown train...
Spotted: Sergey Brin wearing Google Glass specs as he blends in on NYC subway

Zuckerberg to Startup School: MySpace was great earlier on, but felt threatened by Facebook

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At the 2012 edition of Y Combinator’s Startup School, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Paul Graham and the audience that MySpace was a great service prior to his social network coming into the market. In fact, Zuckerberg said that it was doing a lot of things that Facebook hasn’t been...
Zuckerberg to Startup School: MySpace was great earlier on, but felt threatened by Facebook

Chinese dad hires virtual assassins to harass video game-obsessed son

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What would you do if your adult son was playing video games all day instead of looking for work? Well, one Chinese father resorted to desperate measures when he reportedly hired in-game hitmen to attack his son whenever he logged on to his favorite game, according to the People’s Daily....
Chinese dad hires virtual assassins to harass video game-obsessed son

Facebook updates its Messenger app with feature allowing you to provide direct feedback

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Facebook has just released an update to its iOS Messenger app. Now in the iTunes store, users will be able to use it to provide feedback about the app directly to the company. Granted, it’s not necessarily a major update that the average person might come to expect from an...
Facebook updates its Messenger app with feature allowing you to provide direct feedback

How Twitter's new embeds will make social media's copyright issues even weirder

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“What is a Tweet anymore?” That’s the question posed by Buzzfeed’s Matt Buchanan today in response to Twitter’s latest update to its embedded Tweets. While text and uploaded photos have for some time been included in embedded Tweets, now they can contain all the information on a Twitter card, like...
How Twitter's new embeds will make social media's copyright issues even weirder

Chinese city Shenzhen puts a stop to taxi-finding smartphone apps, citing lack of standards

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Finding a taxi via a smartphone app may be highly convenient, but authorities in the Chinese city of Shenzhen are cracking down on such services, which it accuses of lacking standards and breaching regulations. According to a report on Sina Tech (via Tech in Asia), an internal memo issued by the Transport...
Chinese city Shenzhen puts a stop to taxi-finding smartphone apps, citing lack of standards

An Instagram look behind the secret walls of North Korea

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Days after North Korea opened up its mobile data service to foreigners, Instagram is promoting some of the photos captured by the Associated Press’s Chief Photographer for Asia inside the country. While having a photographer share their work on the photo-sharing service isn’t necessarily a big thing, it’s rare that...
An Instagram look behind the secret walls of North Korea

Who knew five hours of plane landings at San Diego airport could be so mesmerizing? [Video]

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Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year in the United States. Perhaps even more so than Christmas, everyone is looking to drive or fly home in order to be reunited with their family and loved ones. So it should come as no surprise that American airports get...
Who knew five hours of plane landings at San Diego airport could be so mesmerizing? [Video]

Google's Inactive Account Manager Helps Users Plan a Digital Afterlife

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Google has launched a new tool called Inactive Account Manger today, which is designed to help users protect or delete their data in the event that they pass away or can no longer access their account. It’s very simple and works as you would expect. Users choose a timeout period of either 3...
Google's Inactive Account Manager Helps Users Plan a Digital Afterlife

French Jewish Students Union demands Twitter hand over identities of those behind anti-Semitic tweets

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French Jewish Students Union UEJF has filed summons against Twitter, asking the startup to hand over identities of users who posted anti-Semitic and racist tweets last October, France Info reports. As you may remember, user-generated hashtag #unbonjuif (#agoodJew in French) had generated a flurry of tweets that could be qualified as...
French Jewish Students Union demands Twitter hand over identities of those behind anti-Semitic tweets

Google Uses Personal Data to Tailor 20% of Searches

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Many people think of Google search results as being standard from one person to the next. But if you’ve been paying attention over the years, you’ve probably noticed that more and more searches are being tailored to your personal information. Now we know just how many. AFP/Getty Images Google’s stand...
Google Uses Personal Data to Tailor 20% of Searches

Twitter updates Trending Topics, adds 100 more cities to share news people care about the most

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Twitter has expanded its Trending Topics feature to 100 more cities around the world, including Istanbul, Frankfurt, Guadalajara, and Incheon. Now, users will be able to scan through and see what the most popular trend people are talking about around their neighborhood and city — over 200 locations. As more...
Twitter updates Trending Topics, adds 100 more cities to share news people care about the most

South Korea suspects North Korean involvement as networks go down at key banks, broadcasters

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News reports are coming in suggesting that networks belonging to a number of broadcasters and banks have been accessed by third-parties, with early suggestions pointing the finger at North Korea. A tweet from the AFP confirms that a number of computer networks have been paralyzed,  but it doesn’t provide names of...
South Korea suspects North Korean involvement as networks go down at key banks, broadcasters

An eye-opening video: How blind people can use Instagram on an iPhone

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Below is a tutorial on how blind people can use Instagram on an iPhone 4S, aided by Apple’s built-in accessibility features. The video was made a few months ago by ‘Blind Film Critic’ Tommy Edison, who has been blind since birth but likes making videos about “the funny side” of...
An eye-opening video: How blind people can use Instagram on an iPhone

Facebook is currently down for some users

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If you’re unable to access Facebook, it’s not only you. The site is currently down for some users (including several of The Next Web’s team). Heading to the site shows an error message: Down For Everyone Or Just Me also says the site is down on its end. We have already...
Facebook is currently down for some users

China's Baidu is quietly testing a group buying service

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Baidu, China’s top search engine, is quietly testing a new group buying service. Located at t.baidu.com, the new site directly offers promotions, going beyond its current daily deal aggregation efforts. Currently, the site offers just 10 deals and Beijing is listed as the only city. Baidu has been known to discreetly...
China's Baidu is quietly testing a group buying service

Apple releases new 'Colors' ad for 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Apple has published a new commercial, entitled “Colors”, for its 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. “Introducing the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a stunning Retina Display. For the pro in all of us,” the spot’s narrator says. Apple announced the new MacBook Pro at its iPad mini event in San...
Apple releases new 'Colors' ad for 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Newsreader app Circa hires Reuters Social Media Editor Anthony De Rosa as its new Editor in Chief

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News consumption service Circa announced today that it has hired Anthony De Rosa, currently Social Media Editor for Reuters, as its new Editor in Chief. De Rosa is expected to join the company in June and will help the existing editorial team “push the boundaries” of the content being showcased...
Newsreader app Circa hires Reuters Social Media Editor Anthony De Rosa as its new Editor in Chief
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