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EC cloud plan addresses data protection problem. Sort of.

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The European Commission says its eagerly-anticipated new cloud computing strategy, released Thursday, could add 2.5 million jobs and boost the EU’s gross domestic product by €160 billion in the next eight years. In many ways, this call to action, which also talks up green energy initiatives such as the use of a new...
EC cloud plan addresses data protection problem. Sort of.

HTC's Peter Chou Takes Stage With AOL's Tim Armstrong To Push BlinkFeed And Their Mobile Content Effort

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HTC has been struggling to get an edge against market leader Samsung when it comes to getting critical mass in Android smartphones, so during today’s launch of HTC’s newest HTC One flagship phone, the company took another route beyond hardware to promote itself, with introduction of BlinkFeed, a new service...
HTC's Peter Chou Takes Stage With AOL's Tim Armstrong To Push BlinkFeed And Their Mobile Content Effort

Mobile Marketplace EggDrop Shuts Down Following Craigslist C&D, But Says Slow Growth To Blame

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EggDrop, a mobile marketplace application with over half a million downloads, is shutting down. The company will inform its current user base via email on Friday. According to CEO Dan Zheng, EggDrop was the recipient of a Cease & Desist letter from Craigslist a few months ago, but that’s not the primary...
Mobile Marketplace EggDrop Shuts Down Following Craigslist C&D, But Says Slow Growth To Blame

Qualcomm axes its own Mirasol production, will only bring some devices to market itself

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Talk about flying under the radar. While everyone's focus on Qualcomm's results last week centered on the mobile chip business going gangbusters, the company quietly revealed during its fiscal results call that it's backing out of producing Mirasol displays itself. CEO Paul Jacobs instead wants the company licensing out...
Qualcomm axes its own Mirasol production, will only bring some devices to market itself

Cupid targets the mature dating market in the US with the launch of LoveAgain

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Cupid, the Scottish publisher of online dating communities, is expanding its portfolio in the US with the launch of mature dating site LoveAgain along with a matching Facebook app. The new site is designed specifically of the older dating market and as with most dating sites users can search for...
Cupid targets the mature dating market in the US with the launch of LoveAgain

Wait, Google Apps for Business is a "real" business?

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Google Apps for Business appears to be gaining critical mass. Google will now charge for workgroups of 10 people using Google Apps, although small workgroups already using the cloud-based productivity tools can keep using them for free. This change indicates that Google is treating Apps for Business as a real...
Wait, Google Apps for Business is a "real" business?
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: Another push for the pen

Now at its critical mass, LinkedIn launches new profiles

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MOUNTAIN VIEW — Today, LinkedIn is reinventing itself with a new profile design. We got a small sneak peek at the new design a couple months ago, but the full story — including the man-behind-the-curtain mechanics of how it works — are available today. The roll-out to end users will...
Now at its critical mass, LinkedIn launches new profiles

App.net's first mobile client, Hooha, launches on Android

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App.net, the in-development pay-to-use social network that’s been making waves recently, has got its first client app in the form of Hooha, which is now available on Google Play. Australian developer The Modern Ink released the app, which was formerly named Jive, into the wild over the weekend. Like App.net...
App.net's first mobile client, Hooha, launches on Android
FCC Chairman calls for gigabit internet in all 50 states by 2015

Why Passbook could join Ping in the Apple graveyard

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This fall, the launch of Passbook marked Apple’s first foray into the crowded arena of alternative mobile payment schemes. Considering its well-founded reputation for producing disruptive tech, it’s tempting to assume Passbook is destined to do the same. And there’s certainly an argument to be made that the company has...
Why Passbook could join Ping in the Apple graveyard

Social travel site Tripbirds debuts, backed by $560k in seed funding from top investors

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“Nobody has nailed ‘social travel’ yet, but someone will eventually,” Tripbirds co-founder Ted Valentin tells me, evidently hoping that they will. Today, the fledgling Swedish company is launching its travel planning web app in public beta, hoping to entice travelers worldwide to sign up and receive travel recommendations from their...
Social travel site Tripbirds debuts, backed by $560k in seed funding from top investors

How to win with marketplaces: The three success factors

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Sangeet Paul Choudary who analyzes business models for Internet startups at his blog Platform Thinking. You can follow Sangeet on Twitter at @sanguit. Marketplaces are difficult businesses to run. Like all multi-sided platform businesses, they suffer from the classic chicken and egg problem: the technology has...
How to win with marketplaces: The three success factors
What does it take to turn around a Web company? A look inside the only two we've ever seen

Tripbirds takes another swoop at social travel

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When Swedish startup Tripbirds launched its social travel service earlier this year, I thought it looked beautiful, worked well — and would, inevitably, struggle. The reason was simple: the site was dipping its toes in a competitive-but-ineffective market for travel services built on top of the social substrate of the...
Tripbirds takes another swoop at social travel

Roomorama And Lofty Merge Online Rental Sites, Take $2.1M Seed Round From ProFounders, Lerer Media

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As a wave of new hopefuls enter the online travel market using social media elements to stand out from the pack, two more traditional sites that focus on vacation rental accommodation, Roomorama and Lofty, are merging to scale up, and they’re picking up a $2.1 million seed round to help...
Roomorama And Lofty Merge Online Rental Sites, Take $2.1M Seed Round From ProFounders, Lerer Media

The Ugly Numbers Behind The Viggle-GetGlue Merger

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When the Viggle-GetGlue merger was first announced this morning, there was initially a bit of congratulations for those involved. After all, there are a number of folks who’d love to see a successful company tackle the social TV market — mainly networks who’d like to see apps that can get...
The Ugly Numbers Behind The Viggle-GetGlue Merger
Wattpad now getting 1.5 million new stories a month, captures more reading minutes than Kindle apps

T-Mobile CTO: Network Should be Ready for iPhone Users by Q4

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While much of the attention on T-Mobile’s planned $4 billion network upgrade has centered around its plans to launch LTE next year, there is another key component to the strategy. The company is also looking to free up space in another part of its spectrum that should finally allow iPhone...
T-Mobile CTO: Network Should be Ready for iPhone Users by Q4

Brazilian startup Compra3 launches group buying site

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Brazilian start-up Compra3 is leaving beta testing today and opening up its group buying site to the public, complete with social networking features, more than 100,0000 users, and almost one million products on offer. The site exclusively targets the Brazilian market at the moment, although the company says it is...
Brazilian startup Compra3 launches group buying site

Social Analytics Heats Up: Socialbakers Raises $6M From Index And Earlybird To Expand Its Big Brand-Focused Monitoring Service

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Social analytics firm Socialbakers – the social media monitoring startup that counts Fortune 500 companies like McDonald’s, Nestle, LVMH and Vodafone as clients — has raised $6 million to continue building out its business. The Series B round was led by Index Ventures, and also included participation from existing investor Earlybird Venture...
Social Analytics Heats Up: Socialbakers Raises $6M From Index And Earlybird To Expand Its Big Brand-Focused Monitoring Service

This documentary on crowdfunding is seeking financing through, yup, crowdfunding

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“Capital C. How the crowd liberates itself” is a new documentary in the works about how crowdfunding is “no longer the nerdy pipe dream of a bunch of Internet geeks”. So naturally the project is on Kickstarter. The basis of the film is how crowdfunding has grown from a source...
This documentary on crowdfunding is seeking financing through, yup, crowdfunding

Will OpenID Transform the Enterprise Ecosystem?

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One of the most significant developments for Enterprise 2.0 happened last week when Google Apps Marketplace announced that it would be standardizing on OpenID. Google is leveraging its strength as an identity provider to create a single sign-on ecosystem for third party applications and enterprise customers. This does not mean...
Will OpenID Transform the Enterprise Ecosystem?

Driver social network Waze picks up 2M users a month, eyes global markets

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On the traffic-clogged streets of Tel Aviv, every cab ride I experienced was either thrillingly close-to-illegal or brain-meltingly tiresome. But car rides were a little easier – and they all had one thing in common – each had an iPhone cradled in a hands-free stand, each toting Waze, the crowdsourced...
Driver social network Waze picks up 2M users a month, eyes global markets

Tr.im And The Small App Problem

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Tr.im, perhaps the loudest of the small URL shortens has stopped shorting URLs today, at long last.We all recall their history of screaming bloody murder when Twitter picked Bit.ly as heir apparent to the venerable TinyURL, their attempted self sale, their open source fling, and now their demise. Rollicking tale.But it raises...
Tr.im And The Small App Problem

China's Sina Weibo grew 73% in 2012, passing 500 million registered accounts

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Chinese microblogging network Sina Weibo continued rapid growth last year after growing 73% to reach 503 million registered accounts at the end of 2012. Sina CEO Charles Chao also revealed during a recent quarterly earnings call that the service had 46.2 million daily active users as of last December, up...
China's Sina Weibo grew 73% in 2012, passing 500 million registered accounts

Bye-Bye Beepl? Brand Embassy Buys Semantic Search Startup, Plans To Integrate Tech Into Its Social Media Monitoring Platform

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Some more consolidation in the world of social media services and technology. UK-based Brand Embassy, a provider of social-media based customer care services, is buying Beepl, UK-based a semantic search site that launched in January 2012 to take on Quora, Answers.com, ChaCha and others in the Q&A space. Brand Embassy says it...
Bye-Bye Beepl? Brand Embassy Buys Semantic Search Startup, Plans To Integrate Tech Into Its Social Media Monitoring Platform
The Internet Giveth, And Taketh Away: Sometimes, Business Decisions Are Bad For Users

BII REPORT: Here Are The Two Keys To Making Mobile Payments Work

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For many years, technologists, venture capitalists, journalists, and large companies have pined for the era when the mobile phone would become our wallet. And yet, already five years into the smartphone era, mobile payments are not mainstream. In a recent report, BI Intelligence analyzes the two key problems that any mobile payment solution must...
BII REPORT: Here Are The Two Keys To Making Mobile Payments Work

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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