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iBattz beats Mophie to iPhone 5 charging case, ups the ante using interchangable i9300 batteries

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It's usually a no-brainer -- Mophie exits quickly out of the gate with a battery-equipped case soon after a new iDevice gets announced. This year, however, it appears iBattz is poised to hit it out of the park faster with two of its own iPhone 5 cases. Notably, each...
iBattz beats Mophie to iPhone 5 charging case, ups the ante using interchangable i9300 batteries

Will Farmville Really Leave Facebook?

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Farmville publisher Zynga could be about to gamble its entire future on the devotion of its users. It appears something of a bust-up is brewing between Facebook and Zynga; one which could see the company leave Facebook for good. The story, as first reported by TechCrunch, goes that Zynga is...
Will Farmville Really Leave Facebook?
Apple's debt strategy saves $9.2b in taxes (plus $100m a year in interest deductions)

The DeanBeat: Game industry predictions for 2013

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Even though I have a terrible track record for predicting the future, I find making predictions irresistible. It’s such an exciting time in the game industry that just about anything can happen. Things that I never thought would occur — such as Apple dominating in the sheer number of...
The DeanBeat: Game industry predictions for 2013
PR isn't rocket science. Just ask Keith Rabois

Google Already Submitted A Term Sheet To Buy Yahoo's Ad Tech (GOOG, YHOO)

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Google made its first offer to buy Yahoo's ad tech business about three months ago, a source with knowledge of the deal tells us. That offer, made while Scott Thompson was still CEO, "didn't make it pass corporate develop," says a source. Talks remain on-going. Previously, we'd heard that Accenture...
Google Already Submitted A Term Sheet To Buy Yahoo's Ad Tech (GOOG, YHOO)

YouTube adds Google+ quick share for uploaded videos, Google+ profiles get YouTube tab

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On Wednesday, Google engineer Dom Carr quietly unveiled two significant changes to how Google+ and YouTube are tied together, which are rolling out this week. The changes make the process of sharing newly uploaded videos to Google+ easier, while increasing traffic to YouTube from profiles pages on the social network....
YouTube adds Google+ quick share for uploaded videos, Google+ profiles get YouTube tab
"iCloud Backup"

YouTube Video Views Jump 25% In Just 8 Short Months to Over 4 Billion Per Day

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Video views on YouTube have increased by 25 percent in the past eight months, to an astounding 4 billion per day. That's 4 billion times every single day that a video is watched on YouTube! The report goes on to state that 60 hours of video are uploaded to...
YouTube Video Views Jump 25% In Just 8 Short Months to Over 4 Billion Per Day

App.net begins accepting PayPal payments, drops credit card requirement for 30-day trials

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App.net, the ad-free, Twitter-like service, has begun accepting payments via PayPal as it opens its membership process to those that prefer the online payments service, or don’t have the requisite credit card that was previously needed. It has also simplified monthly trials by removing credit card requirements. The service has been...
App.net begins accepting PayPal payments, drops credit card requirement for 30-day trials

Deftones Guitarist: People Who Download Our Music Are Fans, They're Welcome To Do So

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Note: I started writing this post up prior to the unfortunate news that longterm Deftones bassist Chi Cheng passed away, after spending much of the past four years in a coma following a car accident. Sad news. One of the points we've tried to make over and over again is...
Deftones Guitarist: People Who Download Our Music Are Fans, They're Welcome To Do So

New iPad reviews are out, everyone loves Retina [roundup]

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The review embargo just lifted and everyone has their third generation iPad reviews up. Here’s the breakdown: The Washington Post/The Verge: is the first out of the gate (a bit early). Joshua Topolsky calls the screen something “that looks like glowing paper”. Walt Mossberg USA Today’s Ed Baig NYTimes Engadget The...
New iPad reviews are out, everyone loves Retina [roundup]

Cisco: IT Pros Can Grow A Mullet Faster Than They Can Move To The Cloud (CSCO)

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Cloud computing is a no brainer these days. You can't find a startup or a young company that isn't running their tech in the cloud. Not so for the big companies  -- by a long shot. They are only now getting around to using the cloud and MANY of...
Cisco: IT Pros Can Grow A Mullet Faster Than They Can Move To The Cloud (CSCO)
Make vs. buy: When should you build your own solution?

The Case for Cracking Down on Geo Cheating

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I recently had a fairly heated conversation with some colleagues on the subject of false check-ins / geo cheating. The discussion went something like this:Person #1: We WANT people to cheat with our apps.  It means they care.  It means they’re using the app.  It means that we’re making a...
The Case for Cracking Down on Geo Cheating

How to use social media and look like a rockstar on a recruiter’s radar

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From a marketer’s point of view, turning to social media outlets is a no-brainer. If your job is to get the word out and spur on sales, the first thing you’re going to do is head to where the largest amounts of people are gathered. In the world of the...
How to use social media and look like a rockstar on a recruiter’s radar

Google Drive on iOS updated to 1.30, adds landscape editing to docs and spreadsheets

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The Google Drive app for iOS is freeing users from the shackles of portrait-style document editing in its latest update, version 1.30, as well as speeding up Google Doc support in general. Alongside some "minor bug fixes," that's the general thrust of the latest Google Drive update for iOS...
Google Drive on iOS updated to 1.30, adds landscape editing to docs and spreadsheets

Mixtaping.FM does a good job of reimagining the mix-tape for the digital generation

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Despite the plethora of plus-points stemming from the dawn of the digital music era, it’s difficult not to hanker for the halcyon days of yore, when mix-tapes ruled the roost. I’m sure mix-tapes can’t have been as good as I remember them, but I know many people with a similar...
Mixtaping.FM does a good job of reimagining the mix-tape for the digital generation

Leaked doc shows Foursquare's big plans for your check-in data

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Ads centered around location data seem like a no-brainer -- so long as members keep checking in. [Read more]...
Leaked doc shows Foursquare's big plans for your check-in data

Seattle’s Sea-Tac is No. 2 airport for Wi-Fi, tops for coffee

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Sea-Tac Airport. (Credit: Port of Seattle.) A new ranking of the Best and Worst Airports in the United States, published by Travel + Leisure, ranks Sea-Tac Airport the second-best in the country for wireless Internet access, based on a survey of travelers conducted by the magazine. Seattle is No. 1...
Seattle’s Sea-Tac is No. 2 airport for Wi-Fi, tops for coffee

Israel's WalkMe lands $5.5m to bring interactive user guides to more websites and software

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WalkMe, a startup that helps developers and companies explain their product to users via subtle onscreen walkthroughs, had landed guidance of its own after Gemini Israel Ventures led a Series B funding round of $5.5 million. Mangrove Capital and existing investor Giza Venture Capital also partook in the round, which will...
Israel's WalkMe lands $5.5m to bring interactive user guides to more websites and software
Nokia Lumia 900 Review: This One’s A No-Brainer
Google pulls an Apple with its (slightly misleading) Nexus 7 ad

Does TiVo make Products or Patents?

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For all intents and purposes, TiVo “invented” the DVR. Actually, they didn’t, but it’s a fair statement that they first successfully commercialized it and brought the concept to the massess.  Further, they did it with competition (ReplayTV), which is often the exact thing that stalls new consumer technology adoption....
Does TiVo make Products or Patents?

Review: LG Nexus 4 - a world class smartphone for $300

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Honestly, when I heard that the Nexus 4, the long-rumored LG entrant into the Google-phone legacy, was going to come sans LTE, I almost threw in the towel on it.  After all, the last version, the Galaxy Nexus, is equipped with LTE in its Verizon and Samsung incarnations with LTE....
Review: LG Nexus 4 - a world class smartphone for $300

While you're waiting for your Fairphone, here are some tips for smartphone sustainability

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You may have read about Fairphone, a Dutch startup that is trying to build – as the name implies – as fair a phone as possible. That means building transparent relationships all the way down the supply chain, in order to source conflict-free minerals (tin, tantalum, cobalt, gold) and ensure...
While you're waiting for your Fairphone, here are some tips for smartphone sustainability

Virgin Mobile offers $100 rebate to T-Mobile turncoats, now through May 31st

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In the wake of T-Mobile's recently unveiled Simple Choice plans, Virgin Mobile is capitalizing on the shakeup by playing a value card of its own. Now through May 31st, the Sprint-owned MVNO is offering $100 credit to all T-Mobile subscribers willing to port their number to Virgin Mobile. Study...
Virgin Mobile offers $100 rebate to T-Mobile turncoats, now through May 31st

Google Doodles Obvious Nod To...Some Games...Or Something...

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Google users have long noticed the search page's "doodles", where Google redesigns their logo as an homage to something having to do with that day's history (Yes! I managed to link to a Techdirt story from two-thousand-and-freaking-two! Beat that, other Techdirt writers!). Often times these are nods to the birthdays...
Google Doodles Obvious Nod To...Some Games...Or Something...

No Account, No Problem: Facebook Messenger Continues War on SMS With Android Update

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Congratulations, text messages! It was 20 years ago Monday that the first SMS was sent. You’ve come a long way. Pity that all the tech giants want you to die. Facebook fired the latest shot in the war on SMS Tuesday morning, as the company made its Messenger app available...
No Account, No Problem: Facebook Messenger Continues War on SMS With Android Update
uBeam Raises 750k from FF Angel, Andreessen Horowitz and CrunchFund and Angels
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