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Layoffs At Plum District Point To Changes In Hyperlocal Deals Market

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Plum District is a hyperlocal daily deals site that, by its own definition, was created “by Moms, for Moms.” Yet after extensive interviews with sources who worked and were terminated by the company, it’s clear that Plum District’s initial promise didn’t pan out. The company’s claim to fame at launch...
Layoffs At Plum District Point To Changes In Hyperlocal Deals Market

Popping the Amazon Web Services Capacity Myth

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Amazon's primary claim to fame is online retail - beginning with books, remember? - and the company has been very effective at growing that side of its business. So effective, in fact, that it's easy to mistake the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud-based computing platform as little more than...
Popping the Amazon Web Services Capacity Myth
How much would you pay for a stylus? Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0 reviewed

If Windows 8 Is A Disaster, This Is The Guy To Blame (MSFT)

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Microsoft executive Steven Sinofsky is the latest idiosyncratic tech executive teetering on the brink of being considered a god-like genius. With Microsoft set to release Windows 8, a radical redesign of the world's most popular operating system, all eyes will be on Sinofsky. If Windows 8 is a smashing success,...
If Windows 8 Is A Disaster, This Is The Guy To Blame (MSFT)

Roadhouse Interactive partners with Games Workshop to develop Warhammer 40,000 mobile game

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Mobile and browser-based game developer Roadhouse Interactive today announced a licensing partnership with developer and publisher of tabletop war-games Games Workshop, to develop a new mobile game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. The Vancouver-based Roadhouse Interactive will be developing a side-scrolling action game for smartphones and tablets where the...
Roadhouse Interactive partners with Games Workshop to develop Warhammer 40,000 mobile game

Salesforce Wants You To Scrap Your Web Site And Use This New Service Instead (CRM)

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If you are sick of having to manage a company website and then dink with Facebook, Salesforce.com has an offer for you. The company today launched a new web hosting tool called Site.com. As with all things to do with Salesforce.com these days, its claim to fame is "social."...
Salesforce Wants You To Scrap Your Web Site And Use This New Service Instead (CRM)

TechNexus Cracks Forbes Top 10 Incubators List by Focusing on Collaboration

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TechNexus became one of the country’s leading incubators almost by accident. Forbes listed the Chicago-based company as one of its top ten incubators – no small compliment, as a fast-growing number of incubators, accelerators, coworking spaces, whatevers take root across the US. Co-Founder Terry Howerton wasn’t immediately comfortable with being...
TechNexus Cracks Forbes Top 10 Incubators List by Focusing on Collaboration

HTC One S hands-on at MWC 2012

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The second of the One. That's another way to describe the HTC One S, the mid-range selection in the Taiwanese company's trio of new devices. Even though it should be considered middle of the road when being compared to a heavy hitter like the One X, it's not hurting...
HTC One S hands-on at MWC 2012
Sony's Xperia TL "Bond Phone" not ready for double-O work
Waze goes real-time: lets drivers instantly add closed roads to its maps

Samsung reveals 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 2, Galaxy Beam phone with built-in HD projector

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Samsung kicked off its Mobile World Congress presence by revealing two new devices this morning: a larger 10.1-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 2 Android tablet, and the intriguing/baffling Galaxy Beam, an Android smartphone with a built-in projector. Given Samsung’s propensity to delivering tablets of many different sizes, the...
Samsung reveals 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 2, Galaxy Beam phone with built-in HD projector

Photographer Sues Desmond Howard For Infringement; Howard Counters With 'Publicity Rights'

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This has the potential to be loooooong story but I'll try to keep it short. It involves multiple counts of alleged copyright infringement by some pretty big names in the business, but the real story is someone striking after the iron has spent 20 years cooling. Brian Masck is...
Photographer Sues Desmond Howard For Infringement; Howard Counters With 'Publicity Rights'
Swiftkey adds Swype-like gestures to its Android keyboard. Swell!

Chameleon Launcher for Tablets v1.0 available on Google Play for $10 (video)

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After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign (twice) and a month or so beta period, the highly anticipated Chameleon launcher is finally available for Android tablets. In case you were at your summer home and out of reach, check out our Insert Coin post concerning this home screen replacement that...
Chameleon Launcher for Tablets v1.0 available on Google Play for $10 (video)
Ticketfly unveils 'first of its kind' products to identify and reward top fans
Russian YotaPhone aims to reinvent the smartphone with secondary Kindle-like display

Hollywood Still Resisting The Idea That Cheaper, Better Films Is The Way To Beat TV

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Over the weekend, the NY Times had an article about how the movie industry is struggling to remain relevant as a bunch of "culturally relevant" content seems to be moving to TV, where some of the top hit series have taken their place in the cultural landscape the way movies...
Hollywood Still Resisting The Idea That Cheaper, Better Films Is The Way To Beat TV
LG LS860 leaked: a five-row QWERTY sliding smartphone with Sprint LTE?
Motorola Droid 4 Review: Head-To-Head
Apple reportedly putting acquired map technologies to good use in iOS 6

Synology DS213air: Wireless feature doesn't add enough value

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The $300 Synology DS213air is a decent two-bay NAS box whose main claim to fame is its ability to perform as an 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi access point. The unit streams media quite well; however, its name is a bit misleading in that the DS213air has more in common with the...
Synology DS213air: Wireless feature doesn't add enough value

Salesforce Is About To Buy This Two-Year Old, 12-Person Startup For $70 Million (CRM)

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Salesforce will acquire tiny Canadian startup GoInstant for more than $70 million, the Wall Street Journal reports. That's a pretty big payout for GoInstant, which employs 12 people, according to its website, and raised $1.7 million from some Valley A-list angels, including LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman, Facebook investor Yuri Milner and...
Salesforce Is About To Buy This Two-Year Old, 12-Person Startup For $70 Million (CRM)

BoomStartup Brings TechStars-like Seed-Capital and Mentoring Program to Utah

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I’ve talked often about Utah’s tech scene.  While it doesn’t always get the publicity it deserves, there is an incredible booming tech scene happening here in the Salt Lake City area right now.  Just last Wednesday I attended a Launchup event, where about 100+ entrepreneurs, investors, and bloggers all conjoined...
BoomStartup Brings TechStars-like Seed-Capital and Mentoring Program to Utah

Firebase gets $5.6M to launch its paid product and fire up its base

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Firebase, the San Francisco startup with a real-time development platform, will use $5.6 million in fresh funding to launch the commercial (paid) version of its tool, to hire staff and to build the community around its service. The Series A funding comes from Flybridge and Union Square Ventures. The company’s claim...
Firebase gets $5.6M to launch its paid product and fire up its base

Confirmed: Galaxy S III To Pack Samsung’s New 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad Processor

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Samsung has been doing their damnedest to keep their next Galaxy phone under wraps, but there’s one thing they just couldn’t keep quiet about — the processor. The Korean electronics giant announced not long ago that their new 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 Quad chipset would be the one to power...
Confirmed: Galaxy S III To Pack Samsung’s New 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad Processor

Must Love Conspiracy Theories: Meet Your 'Freedom-Loving' Match on Alex Jones' Dating Site

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(Photo: Photobucket) If you’re growing tired of the increasingly rational bent of dating sites like OKCupid and Match.com–it’s like these people don’t even care about the New World Order–might we suggest an alternative? If you’re looking for someone who thinks 9/11 truther conspiracies are the best pillow talk, you may...
Must Love Conspiracy Theories: Meet Your 'Freedom-Loving' Match on Alex Jones' Dating Site
Samsung ships 5M Galaxy Notes, proves many don’t mind looking like huge dorks

Stream TV finds a manufacturing partner in Pegatron for glasses-free 3D displays

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We've been hearing about (and even seeing) Stream TV's Ultra-D autostereoscopic 3D chops for a while now, but so far there hasn't been any actual hardware to show for it. That could change soon, since the company is announcing OEM Pegatron as a manufacturing partner today. Ultra-D's claim to...
Stream TV finds a manufacturing partner in Pegatron for glasses-free 3D displays

Slideshark heads to iPhone, after owning Powerpoint presentations on iPad

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As much as you may hate Powerpoint presentations, sometimes you can’t avoid them — especially if they’re crucial to your business. Now Brainshark is bringing its popular Slideshark app to the iPhone, which will further the company’s mission to take the pain out of presentations. Just like on the...
Slideshark heads to iPhone, after owning Powerpoint presentations on iPad

RIM's First Employee: Mike Lazaridis Was The Most Intense Boss I Ever Had

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No matter what else he does in his career, Terry West will always be known as RIM/BlackBerry's first employee. He's long since been gone from the company, leaving after five years in 1993, when RIM was still in the business of making radio devices, not smartphones. He's got a boatload...
RIM's First Employee: Mike Lazaridis Was The Most Intense Boss I Ever Had
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