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Twitter acquires music discovery service We Are Hunted, readies music app?

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Last month, rumors swirled that Twitter had acquired music discovery service We Are Hunted to fold it into a forthcoming music app. Today, that acquisition has been made official, with the We Are Hunted team announcing that it's shutting down its services and joining team Twitter, with the promise...
Twitter acquires music discovery service We Are Hunted, readies music app?
Insta-cloud: CloudMine makes big data super-simple for apps and enterprise

Dropbox revamps its business offering with new name, Active Directory integration and SAML 2.0 support

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Today cloud storage and file management provider Dropbox announced a re-branding of its enterprise-facing product, and several new features that should help it better target larger companies. In turn, those customers will assist Dropbox in securing the revenue growth that it needs to reach the public markets. Dropbox for Teams is no...
Dropbox revamps its business offering with new name, Active Directory integration and SAML 2.0 support

Necomimi cat ears' creators branch out into brain-controlled headphones (video)

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While we've always thought that brain-controlled cat ears are a perfectly viable business model, it's usually in a company's best interest to diversify, in case, you know, the bottom ever drops out of the furry accessory market. Neurowear, the company behind the Necomimi, which provided some of the more...
Necomimi cat ears' creators branch out into brain-controlled headphones (video)
Google gives up on TV ads

Target Neutralized: Amazon Beats Tablet Makers At Their Own Game

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With the announcement that the Kindle Fire has grabbed 54.4% of the Android Tablet market, it’s clear to see that Amazon’s Trojan Horse strategy paid off. As I wrote back in December, the Fire is Amazon’s way of making all of their offerings “real.” Movies, books, and games were Amazon’s...
Target Neutralized: Amazon Beats Tablet Makers At Their Own Game

Apple and the birth of the drivetime podcast

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The company has an opportunity to turn an afterthought into a new mass medium FORTUNE — “As I’ve described many times before in this space, Apple’s core competency is finding common but horrible content consumption experiences and replacing them with awesome, Apple-designed experiences.” So writes Mike Elgan, long-time editor of...
Apple and the birth of the drivetime podcast

Marissa Mayer: Yahoo can compete in the mobile space without an operating system

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Marissa Mayer believes that Yahoo can succeed in the mobile space without needing to develop an operating system like Android or iOS. During the third-quarter earnings conference call, Mayer said that without an operating system, it would be to the company’s advantage because it would allow it to innovate across...
Marissa Mayer: Yahoo can compete in the mobile space without an operating system

Olympus Has Already Prototyped a Google Glasses Competitor

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(Photo: Olympus) Bonkers sky-diving demos really have a way of invigorating your competition, don’t they? Not long after Google showed the world just what its Project Glass headsets can do, Olympus, the Japanese camera manufacturer, has announced its reentry into the wearable computing with a prototype called the MEG4.0. As...
Olympus Has Already Prototyped a Google Glasses Competitor

Eric Schmidt: Mobile Is The Future, And There’s No Such Thing As Communication Overload

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Earlier this evening, Google CEO Eric Schmidt took the stage at Atmosphere, a special event where Google and an array of speakers presented new cloud technologies to CIOs. Quentin Hardy, National Editor of Forbes Media, conducted a one on one interview with Schmidt, which was followed by audience questions. The...
Eric Schmidt: Mobile Is The Future, And There’s No Such Thing As Communication Overload

6 Reasons Why So Many Acquisitions Fail

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In my last post, Why Innovation Through Acquisition Is Such A Darn Good Idea, I commented on the crucial importance of mergers and acquisitions in the business innovation ecosystem. From an entrepreneur's-eye-view, M&A provides lucrative shareholder exits. Viewed through the lens of the public company, innovation-through-acquisition can be a legitimate...
6 Reasons Why So Many Acquisitions Fail

How Tony Hsieh Pivoted Zappos Into A $1.2 Billion Amazon Aquisition

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Zappos.com launched in 1999 with a plan like that of many dot coms birthed in the tech bubble: to be an online shoe company without ever touching a shoe. Customers would order footwear on its website, it would transmit the orders to vendors, and vendors would ship them from their...
How Tony Hsieh Pivoted Zappos Into A $1.2 Billion Amazon Aquisition

HealthTap Buys Avvo's Health Business, Looks To Become The Go-To Resource For Medical Advice, Info

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Instead of anxiously searching Google or WebMD, people would rather turn to a real human being for answers to their pressing health questions — preferably one who’s been to school for 10 years. The problem is, of course, that visits to the doctor’s office cost money. Plus, you need an...
HealthTap Buys Avvo's Health Business, Looks To Become The Go-To Resource For Medical Advice, Info
5 things I learned while working on the original Xbox

10 tech patents that should have been rejected

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Welcome to the wacky world of tech patents--a place where you'll find not just the crazy-sounding ideas that inhabit any category of patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), but some ideas that seem so minute or so obvious that you wonder how they ever qualified...
10 tech patents that should have been rejected
Why Programming Is The Core Skill Of The 21st Century

Teacher’s Pet BenchPrep Raises $6 Million to Grow its Interactive Learning Platform

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Interactive learning platform BenchPrep has raised $6 million in Series B financing to disrupt the high school, college, and professional certification self-study markets. BenchPrep combines traditional ebooks with elements like video lectures, audio lectures, flashcards, question banks, and personalized analytics to create a learning experience entirely distinct from static...
Teacher’s Pet BenchPrep Raises $6 Million to Grow its Interactive Learning Platform
How to develop open-source software within any kind of company

ZyLAB: Into the Conference Game

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“ZyLAB Universe 2011: Meeting the Formidable Challenges of Information Management” at Project Counsel is a useful description of the company. The write up on the conference, which organizers hope will become an annual event, summarizes several presentations.  In the description of a company overview presentation, we learn from the article:...
ZyLAB: Into the Conference Game

Livescribe agrees to rebrand its WiFi Smartpen in the EU following BSkyB trademark fight

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Less than two months after Livescribe launched its new Sky WiFi Smartpen, you may remember the digital pen manufacturer was forced to pull its product in the UK by BSkyB, the British satellite broadcaster also known as ‘Sky’. Well, two months on from this debacle, BSkyB and Livescribe have announced...
Livescribe agrees to rebrand its WiFi Smartpen in the EU following BSkyB trademark fight
Wishpond Launches Mall360 To Bring Your Local Shopping Mall Online

Pearson exec: we need to be an 'Electronic Arts for education'

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What does publishing giant Pearson have in common with the giants of the video game industry? Not enough, apparently. In a conversation at the SIIA Ed Tech Business Forum, Luyen Chou, chief product officer for Pearson’s K-12 technology group, said that as new technology upends the textbook publishing industry, his...
Pearson exec: we need to be an 'Electronic Arts for education'

It’ll Be A Miracle If The Facebook Phone Doesn’t Suck

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Here we go again: Facebook is apparently trying for the third time to get its phone project off the ground — snatching up iOS design and engineering talent left and right Nick Bilton is hearing. We’re hearing (and seeing) similar regarding iOS talent, but with one caveat: Word on the...
It’ll Be A Miracle If The Facebook Phone Doesn’t Suck
What Technology Will Win the White House This Year?

NPR Launches An Answer To Spotify On The iPad With Streaming, Concerts, Offline Playlists

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Today, NPR launched the NPR Music app for the iPad, a new platform that gives listeners access to streaming content, first-listen albums, and live concerts. But why should a nonprofit care about this kind of innovation? So much for relying on your FM dial and antenna's reception. Today, NPR launched...
NPR Launches An Answer To Spotify On The iPad With Streaming, Concerts, Offline Playlists
As General Catalyst's newest XIR, Unica founder Yuchun Lee hopes to hack the entrepreneur to VC transition

BlackBtrry Water Game hands-on

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This has been a year of fundamental changes for BlackBerry; shifts in the company's core, beginning with a change in name from Research in Motion to the far less cumbersome -- and more familiar -- BlackBerry. The change to BlackBerry also brought the introduction of BB 10, a more...
BlackBtrry Water Game hands-on

Inside Twitter's Developer Fears with OneForty's Laura Fitton

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After a busy couple of days, oneforty app store founder Laura Fitton is in the unique position as the unofficial spokesperson for a developer community turned upside down in the wake of the Tweetie acquisition and Promoted Tweets launch. As the company hosts its first Chirp developer conference, thousands of...
Inside Twitter's Developer Fears with OneForty's Laura Fitton

Google and affliction of me-too-ism

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Google, if the Wall Street Journal is to believed, is about to launch an online storage service. When I read the news, the first question that ran across my mind was not that they are going to offer the service, but instead could Google be any later to the party? I...
Google and affliction of me-too-ism

Why VCs Are Getting Into PR

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More than ever before, venture capitalists are digging in. To stay competitive and top-of-mind, VC’s are no longer loaning their advice and their capital, but actual “core” services that portfolio companies need. This shift isn’t necessarily new. For example, top VC firms like Kleiner Perkins and Greylock play a hands-on...
Why VCs Are Getting Into PR
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