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AudioDraft makes it easy for anyone to crowdsource original music from composers around the world

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The rise of crowdsourcing has made it easier for businesses to find ideas and content, but in order to be effective, it needs to be powered by a platform suited to the job. AudioDraft is a Finnish startup that offers a platform for anyone to crowdsource music from talented composers...
AudioDraft makes it easy for anyone to crowdsource original music from composers around the world

Should startups bother having original ideas if big companies can just come along and clone them?

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There’s an unwritten general rule in the tech world when it comes to original ideas – they get copied by smaller guys and acquired by bigger guys. When a new idea takes off, a multitude of copycats spring up – whether it’s ‘Twitter for tennis-playing goats’ or ‘The Outer Mongolian...
Should startups bother having original ideas if big companies can just come along and clone them?
TribeHR gets $2.5M to make human resources less tribal, more familial

To Pivot or Not to Pivot

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Editor’s note: Contributor Ashkan Karbasfrooshan is the founder and CEO of WatchMojo.  Follow him @ashkan. “To pivot, or not to pivot, that is the question: Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune, Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles.” Hamlet, were it set in...
To Pivot or Not to Pivot

TokBox adds features for large-scale video meetings

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There are plenty of companies that offer online video chat sessions. TinyChat and Dimdim are two of my favorites. But San Francisco-based TokBox has just added some specific features designed to handle meetings of, say, twenty people rather than three. Tokbox vice president of marketing Micky O’Brien led a small...
TokBox adds features for large-scale video meetings

Evernote Expands Its Premium Offerings: Evernote Business Now Live In 7 Countries

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Evernote, the popular personal information and productivity app that last week announced another $85 million in financing and more than 45 million users, is continuing to expand its platform to cover evermore circles of use cases. Today, the company is officially rolling out Evernote Business, an enterprise-focused, premium version of the...
Evernote Expands Its Premium Offerings: Evernote Business Now Live In 7 Countries

Pearson-Incubated Startup Alleyoop Launches To Gamify Adaptive Learning

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According to the National Center on Education and the Economy, only 1 in 6 high school freshmen will go on to graduate from college on time, and about 25 percent of Americans drop out before they finish high school. A Pearson-backed startup launching today, called Alleyoop is betting that by...
Pearson-Incubated Startup Alleyoop Launches To Gamify Adaptive Learning

Last.fm revels in its scrobbles as radio bar is raised farther

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The economics of personalised online radio seem as challenged as ever, with Pandora recently calling for lower royalty rates. And now Last.fm is cutting back even further on playing tunes, as it struggles to turn a profit for owner CBS. The service, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary currently, will...
Last.fm revels in its scrobbles as radio bar is raised farther

Demystifying semantic search

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Web searchers these days are a sophisticated bunch. We expect more from our search results, and sometimes a list of links just doesn’t cut it. Plus, who wants to muddle around those results trying to find precisely what you’re looking for? Shouldn’t a search engine know what you want? That’s...
Demystifying semantic search
'Retro/Grade' hitting PSN for $10 on August 21st
Take to the fields of war in Castle Raid

5 personal data tracking innovations to watch

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The quantified self movement is seemingly out of its infancy, but an embracement of personal data tracking by a broader population still seems far off. The most committed loggers are willing to invest in multiple devices and apps, tracking everything from their sleep cycles and running paths to their changing...
5 personal data tracking innovations to watch

Talk to your pictures with Digisocial

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Digisocial is a new iOS app from the company of the same name. It’s available now as a free download from the App Store, with no additional in-app purchases. Digisocial’s core concept is similar to Instagram — it is a photo-centric mobile social network that allows its users to post...
Talk to your pictures with Digisocial
Music video shot with MRI machine provides an intimate look at musician Sivu

Twitter's Lawsuits Against Spam Tool Providers Could Easily Backfire

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It's no secret that there's a fair bit of spam on Twitter -- which is annoying -- and it's nice to know that Twitter knows this is an issue that it needs to fight. But I'm a bit concerned by the news that it's now suing spamming tool providers as...
Twitter's Lawsuits Against Spam Tool Providers Could Easily Backfire
With Skylanders Giants, Activision could dominate toys and video games (video and gallery)

Would-Be ‘Instagram for Publishing’ CheckThis Raises $910K From Lerer Ventures and Others

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Mr. Faille (Photo: Twitter) CheckThis, the latest platform competing for your already-strapped attention, has just raised $910,000 in seed money. Lerer Ventures led the round, with SV Angel, Index Ventures, Betaworks, Seedcamp and Hudson River Angels participating, as well as angel investors Taavet Hinrikus and the cofounders of GroupMe, Jared Hecht...
Would-Be ‘Instagram for Publishing’ CheckThis Raises $910K From Lerer Ventures and Others

Highlight unveils location-focused photo sharing tool and event feature with an eye for spontaneity

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Highlight today announced the release of a new version of its location-based service app. The company calls it a “big evolution of its product” and centers around a new photo-sharing service that centers around your location — the company calls it “photos + physical space”. Additionally, the update includes the...
Highlight unveils location-focused photo sharing tool and event feature with an eye for spontaneity

Vine could be the next big thing in social video sharing

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As we’ve reported, Twitter has launched its new social video sharing app Vine, and has clear designs on the as-yet elusive “Instagram of video” title. The new app is available now as a free download from the App Store. Vine’s core concept is the creation and sharing of short, six-second...
Vine could be the next big thing in social video sharing
As Facebook Political Campaigning Heats Up, NGP VAN Launches New Social Organizing Tool

Build a communal masterpiece with Pixplit

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Pixplit is a new mobile-social photography application for iOS from Pixplit Technologies. It’s available now as a free download from the App Store with no additional in-app purchases. Pixplit’s self-stated aim, according to its App Store page, is to be a “social Instagram.” Leaving aside the fact that Instagram is already...
Build a communal masterpiece with Pixplit

Skylanders franchise gets bigger with Giants sequel

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Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure was a sleeper hit last year, a unique cross-platform product that combined a video game with collectible real-world toys. Now, ahead of the annual North American International Toy Fair in New York City, Activision Publishing is announcing a new sequel for the franchise called Skylanders Giants. Citing NPD Group...
Skylanders franchise gets bigger with Giants sequel

Crowdsourced Streaming Music Service Jelli Arrives On Android, Adds SXSW Radio

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Jelli, the user-controlled music streaming service, is releasing a specially curated SXSW-themed station today, which will feature the indie bands playing at the festival. The playlist for the station will be crowdsourced in real-time and made available on both web and mobile. And speaking of mobile, Jelli has good news...
Crowdsourced Streaming Music Service Jelli Arrives On Android, Adds SXSW Radio

Well, Obama's Certainly Winning The Twitter, Facebook, And Spotify Election

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Forget all the jibber-jabber in this presidential campaign about policy and strategy. The highlight for me of this election cycle came when the Obama campaign released its Spotify playlist a couple of weeks ago. Perusing the list of songs Barack Obama supposedly likes on the social music service, I...
Well, Obama's Certainly Winning The Twitter, Facebook, And Spotify Election

Windows 8 Advertising Campaign Goes Global

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As we enter the final countdown to the global launch of Windows 8, today marks the global unveiling of the Windows 8 advertising campaign going live in 42 countries. With the reimagining of the Windows product experience--marketing is breaking from the past as well. The idea behind the campaign is...
Windows 8 Advertising Campaign Goes Global

Lady Gaga Says No Problem If People Download Her Music; The Money Is In Touring

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Earlier this year, we wrote about how Lady Gaga had leveraged free music as a huge part of building up her popularity, and turned that into money via sellout tours and corporate sponsorship. However, most of that article focused on "legal" free music -- such as the songs her label...
Lady Gaga Says No Problem If People Download Her Music; The Money Is In Touring
Windows Phone 8's new, even more personal Start screen

Zynga's Gaming Partner Bwin Spins Off Kalixa, Its Payments Platform, In Bigger Bid For The $1.3T E-Commerce Market

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Bwin, the online gaming giant that is powering Zynga’s first foray into real-money gambing, in the UK, today is spinning off its payments platform Kalixa. In turn, Kalixa is launching new mobile and online wallet products to further its concept of being a one-stop shop for those seeking an e-commerce...
Zynga's Gaming Partner Bwin Spins Off Kalixa, Its Payments Platform, In Bigger Bid For The $1.3T E-Commerce Market

DIY Animation Platform PowToon Grabs $600K For Its Video Creation Software

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PowToon, an animation platform that lets anyone build marketing videos on the fly, is announcing having raised $600,000 in outside funding. The investment doesn’t come from traditional VC backing, but rather from Startup Minds, a newer L.A.-based accelerator with a non-traditional strategy where investments can range anywhere from $25,000 up to...
DIY Animation Platform PowToon Grabs $600K For Its Video Creation Software
Diablo III: demon-cleaving, refined
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