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The iPhone Is 5 Years Old -- Let's Pause And Gawk In Awe At How It Has Changed The World

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Five years ago today, Apple launched the iPhone. It seems safe to safe that never in history has a single product been so astoundingly successful so fast and had such a radical impact on the world. A few highlights: Five years ago, the iPhone didn't exist. It now generates nearly...
The iPhone Is 5 Years Old -- Let's Pause And Gawk In Awe At How It Has Changed The World

Airbind syncs your iTunes media library to your Android smartphone

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Whilst Apple likes to create an enclosed, controlled ecosystem for its myriad of products and services to flourish, that doesn’t stop third-parties coming along to ruffle the feathers. Airbind is a free Android app that lets users synchronize their iTunes media library to any Android device across WiFi. First up,...
Airbind syncs your iTunes media library to your Android smartphone

850k Android Activations Daily, 300m Total Devices, Says Andy Rubin

techcrunch.com
Explosive growth. That’s Android. Google’s mobile platform is up 250% over last year and, according to Andy Rubin, SVP, Mobile and Digital Content, Google is seeing 850,000 activations every day. In all he states there are 300 million Google-sanctioned Android devices roaming the world with 12 million of those being...
850k Android Activations Daily, 300m Total Devices, Says Andy Rubin

In the last 4 years, the app economy has created almost 500k jobs in the US

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The launch of Apple’s App Store in 2008 triggered a massive upswing in mobile application sales. Sure, apps had been being sold on a small scale in ecosystems like Palm or Windows Phone, but once the expectation of apps being purchased right on the device was established, the ecosystem took...
In the last 4 years, the app economy has created almost 500k jobs in the US

Microsoft: Windows 8 running on ARM chips will only support 4 desktop apps

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Today, Microsoft announced, formally, its plan for desktop app support on ARM-based Windows 8 machines. You aren’t going to like it. According to reporting on AllThingsD, only four desktop apps will run on Windows 8 machines that employ an ARM chip: Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. All other desktop applications will...
Microsoft: Windows 8 running on ARM chips will only support 4 desktop apps

Shopping site Gilt Groupe launches its first API and a developer portal to go with it

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When you think about the online flash sales phenomenon, the first company you think of is Gilt Groupe. It has raised $236M in funding and provides access to deals on anything from luxury cookware to clothing. It’s a private sales site and it looks like Gilt is ready to spread...
Shopping site Gilt Groupe launches its first API and a developer portal to go with it

For Google, to Play is to Fight the Commoditization of Android

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The most profound thing I've heard lately was from a a guy standing behind the counter of an empty Radioshack on St. Patrick's Day in Boston. Smartphones are like the cereal aisle in the grocery store, he said. There are a thousand options but really, there are only a couple...
For Google, to Play is to Fight the Commoditization of Android

New iPhone, iPad and Android Apps for January 2012

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2012 started with a flourish of new apps across iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The holiday season is the busiest time of year for app publishers but the follow up in January was equally impressive. That is a testament to the growing app ecosystem and the amount of developers starting...
New iPhone, iPad and Android Apps for January 2012

Twitter and Facebook for BlackBerry get BBM connected, BBM gets some animated avatars

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BlackBerry fans of the world over rejoice: some of your favorite social apps have just become slightly more connected to your favorite smartphone ecosystem. RIM announced today via its official blog that the 3.0 versions of Facebook and Twitter for BlackBerry have become BBM connected, meaning, among other things,...
Twitter and Facebook for BlackBerry get BBM connected, BBM gets some animated avatars

HTC shows off Media Link HD and Car streaming in new videos

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Are you the proud new owner of an HTC One-series phone who's looking to enhance your personal ecosystem with some accessories? Then listen up, because the company that bills itself as "quietly brilliant" wants to flood your auto and home with all your favorite media. Via two YouTube clips,...
HTC shows off Media Link HD and Car streaming in new videos

Amazon slices S3 storage prices

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Amazon is cutting S3 storage pricing for standard users, according to a post to the Amazon Web Services website. With the change, effective February 1, 2012 but announced early Tuesday, a customer storing 50 TB of data will see a 12 percent price reduction for storage;  a user with 500...
Amazon slices S3 storage prices

The Samsung Galaxy S III Leaks Again, Is This Sammy’s iPhone 5 Fighter?

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2011 was huge for Samsung. 2012 needs to be even bigger. Last year, Samsung showed the mobile world that they could produce world-class handsets and a proper ecosystem with the confines of Android. But now, in 2012, Samsung needs to demonstrate that they have staying power. And if several recent...
The Samsung Galaxy S III Leaks Again, Is This Sammy’s iPhone 5 Fighter?

3 strategies for making e-commerce truly social

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In just one year from now, we’ll see social technologies disrupt e-commerce the same way they’ve already disrupted online gaming, music and news. Commerce has always been social. Shopping in the real world is a form of social entertainment, and we turn to people we know for advice on products...
3 strategies for making e-commerce truly social

Building The Ecosystem

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I've always seen the work that my colleauges and I do as more than venture capital investing. That is our main job and we need to do it very well. But we also need to work to make sure the macro environment for our investing activities remains attractive. There are...
Building The Ecosystem

BlackBerry App World stats: six million daily downloads, higher profitability than Android

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Alec Saunders, RIM's VP for Developer Relations, used the BlackBerry DevCon Europe stage today to "bust a few myths" about the state of the BlackBerry app ecosystem. Firstly, he took issue with the suggestion that BlackBerry users aren't using apps, telling us that there are now over six million...
BlackBerry App World stats: six million daily downloads, higher profitability than Android

There’s a new open source cloud in town. Meet Apache CloudStack

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It looks like OpenStack won’t have the open-source cloud spotlight to itself anymore. Citrix Systems has released its CloudStack software (which it obtained via its acquisition of Cloud.com last year) to the Apache Software Foundation, creating a competitive option to the OpenStack project of which Citrix was an early member....
There’s a new open source cloud in town. Meet Apache CloudStack
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The 12 megapixel Lumia 910 rumor was utter bilge

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You can put this one to rest, Nokia has called the play: there is no secret Lumia 910 handset on the way with a 12 megapixel camera. Really, they’ve said so. In the face of the HTC Titan II, the idea, surfacing via a Dutch website, of a higher resolution...
The 12 megapixel Lumia 910 rumor was utter bilge

General Assembly sets up in London to bring New York’s new wave education methods to the UK

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Startup-focused training company, General Assembly has taken up a space at White Bear Yard, Clerkenwell in East London. It’s the second campus in a global takeover that hopes to bring community education options to startups and students wherever they may be. As the organisation grew and its community consolidated in New...
General Assembly sets up in London to bring New York’s new wave education methods to the UK

Barnes & Noble Incorporates In Germany, Closest Sign Yet Of European Nook Launch

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Just as Amazon is launching a new Kindle (but not the Fire tablet, yet) in Europe, one of its big competitors is taking one more step in its bid to enter the European market: Barnes & Noble has incorporated a new company, Barnes & Noble Digital Media GmbH, in Germany....
Barnes & Noble Incorporates In Germany, Closest Sign Yet Of European Nook Launch

Russians finally hit Antarctic Lake Vostok after 20-year drilling project

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After several days of uncertainty, the head of Russia's Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute has confirmed that a drilling project that started over 20 years ago has finally made it through nearly four kilometers of ice to reach Lake Vostok. The lake is similar in size to one of...
Russians finally hit Antarctic Lake Vostok after 20-year drilling project

LG and Philips / TP Vision announce Smart TV Alliance for cross platform TV apps

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Following up on last year's promise to build a standardized SDK for creating Smart TV apps, LG and TP Vision (the new owner of Philips' TV business) have announced the creation of the Smart TV Alliance. Its goal is to create a "non-proprietary ecosystem" to encourage developers to make...
LG and Philips / TP Vision announce Smart TV Alliance for cross platform TV apps

Daily Wrap: Google Drive Will Be Different and more

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Jon Mitchell explains why Google Drive doesn't have to be a Dropbox clone. This and more in today's Daily Wrap. Sometimes it's difficult to catch everything that hits tech media in a day, so we wrap up some of the most talked about stories. We give you a daily recap...
Daily Wrap: Google Drive Will Be Different and more

Google+ Launches Developers Page, So How About That API?

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Google just launched a page for Google+ developers. It will post news updates and info about events, conferences and hackathons. host weekly video hangouts to share updates, tips and tricks about the platform. Office hours are on Wednesdays between 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Pacific. Hopefully, this is a sign...
Google+ Launches Developers Page, So How About That API?

Open Source Private Cloud Software Startup Eucalyptus Raises $30M From IVP, Benchmark To Take On VMware

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Eucalyptus Systems, the developer of an open source, on-premise private cloud computing platform, has raised $30 million in Series C funding led by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), Benchmark Capital, BV Capital, and New Enterprise Associates (NEA). To date, Eucalyptus has raised a total of $55.5 million in capital. Led by...
Open Source Private Cloud Software Startup Eucalyptus Raises $30M From IVP, Benchmark To Take On VMware

BetterCloud Nabs $2.2M From Angels To Bring Better Management & Security To Google Apps

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About six years ago, Google launched Apps for Your Domain, which, for the first time, wrapped its suite of emerging cloud products under one umbrella — as a service for businesses and the enterprise. The service combined Gmail, Google Talk, GCal, and Google Page Creator, offering the suite to businesses,...
BetterCloud Nabs $2.2M From Angels To Bring Better Management & Security To Google Apps
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How startup StereoGrid helps artists get the most out of tracks that “leak” on the internet

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A new mixtape from the hip-hop group SlumVillage debuts today, so last week the band began the delicate process of building buzz online. They partnered with the New York startup StereoGrid, which set out to promote the song via its music delivery platform, a service that allows artists to send...
How startup StereoGrid helps artists get the most out of tracks that “leak” on the internet

Google Closes Acquisition Of Motorola: Woodside To Lead; Page Focuses On Mobile Announcing Deal

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As we reported would happen yesterday, Google has today announced that it has closed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, buying the Illinois-based device maker for $40 per share in cash for a total of $12.5 billion. As widely expected, Sanjay Jha is stepping down as CEO and Dennis Woodside, Google’s...
Google Closes Acquisition Of Motorola: Woodside To Lead; Page Focuses On Mobile Announcing Deal
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