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Unity opens beta program for Windows Phone 8 game developers

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Unity Technologies has opened a beta program for Windows Phone 8 apps, and invites experienced developers to start testing. Unity's cross-platform development tools can be used to create games for a multitude of different platforms, including smartphones, PCs and game consoles, simultaneously. The new beta program is "a chance...
Unity opens beta program for Windows Phone 8 game developers
What digital music services can learn from Wham! and Starbucks

Seamless And GrubHub Confirm Merger, GrubHub Co-Founder Maloney To Be Combined Company's CEO

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Today is turning out to be quite a memorable Monday — hot on the heels of Yahoo’s Tumblr acquisition announcement, online food ordering services GrubHub and Seamless have officially confirmed that the two companies will merge into one as we previously reported. Many of the juicy details — like what...
Seamless And GrubHub Confirm Merger, GrubHub Co-Founder Maloney To Be Combined Company's CEO

Uber officially launches in Singapore after four weeks of testing in its first Asian city

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Uber has officially come to Singapore. The company made the announcement in a post after four weeks of “secret Ubers” roaming the streets of this city-state. The launch was celebrated with a visit by its Head of Operations, Ryan Graves. As a result of this move, the private car service...
Uber officially launches in Singapore after four weeks of testing in its first Asian city

British booksellers seek Amazon curb

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Booksellers Association calls for government action after France pledges €9m of funding to help its booksellersBritish bookshops are pleading with the government to stand up for them against Amazon after France pledged €9m (£7.7m) of funding to help its booksellers fight back against the "destroyer of bookshops".Tim Godfray, chief executive...
British booksellers seek Amazon curb

Kobo touts 'millions' of sales in 2012

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Kobo's starting its post-CES 2013 (the year doesn't really start until after the Consumer Electronic Show, right?) with a little bit of sales-inspired back patting. Apparently the company managed to bring 4 million folks on-board to its e-reading ways over the past six months, bumping up its registered user...
Kobo touts 'millions' of sales in 2012

Online dictionary Wordnik launches story suggestion engine Reverb

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When you finish reading this story, what should you read next? This question is becoming a growing pre-occupation for web publishers who are turning to a variety of story suggestion tools in hopes of keeping you on the page. The latest offering comes from a company called Reverb which believes...
Online dictionary Wordnik launches story suggestion engine Reverb
Rdio will launch across Europe, Asia on the horizon

Conde Nast to track iPad, Kindle Fire readership

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Conde Nast took an important step towards giving tablet magazines a foothold by outlining regular readership data for its rapidly growing tablet apps. Advertisers and others who need it will now get both the usual subscription and one-time sales as well as metrics that can't be tracked with paper. The...
Conde Nast to track iPad, Kindle Fire readership
How Rakuten, the Amazon.com of Japan, plans to make a name for itself in the US
In Massachusetts, tiny Pirate Party champions Internet freedom

Bing's China strategy: Go after the lucrative English-language queries originating in the country

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Bing has identified the area of Chinese search market that it will target to expand its presence there. Interestingly, the search engine intends to go after searches from the country that are executed in English. According to Microsoft, that segment is estimated to be roughly 5% of the total Chinese search market....
Bing's China strategy: Go after the lucrative English-language queries originating in the country

Tickets on sale for our final 2012 PandoMonthly with Naval Ravikant NOW!

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Given the cult of disruption in Silicon Valley, it’s not a surprise that from time to time people try to disrupt the very business of Silicon Valley itself. There are algorithms to predict a startups success, new ways of sourcing deals, new ways of investing in companies, and other...
Tickets on sale for our final 2012 PandoMonthly with Naval Ravikant NOW!

The emerging market that could kill the iPhone

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A handful of tech startups are competing for a foothold in the nascent market for personal data control. And that could mean major changes for the likes of Apple, Google and Microsoft. By Francesca Robin, contributor FORTUNE -- Internet users have heard plenty about third-party aggregators filching their data, spying...
The emerging market that could kill the iPhone

Google Takes Its Google+ Platform Mobile With Android, iOS SDKs & Social Plugins For The Mobile Web

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Google+ is obviously a major focus for Google these days, but until now, the company hasn’t really focused on extending the Google platform beyond its own services and its +1 buttons. Now, however, the company is extending the Google+ platform to mobile with the upcoming release of its Google+ SDKs...
Google Takes Its Google+ Platform Mobile With Android, iOS SDKs & Social Plugins For The Mobile Web
Seeking World Domination, 500 Startups Snaps Up LatAm Startup Accelerator Mexican.VC

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

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Good morning! Here's the news: Apple is in talks to acquire The Fancy, a Pinterest competitor, in order to get a foothold in the growing e-commerce market. Yahoo just lost another top executive. Jim Heckman, the company's senior vice president of strategy, is the latest to quit since Marissa Mayer...
10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

Analysts are bad at their jobs: IDC cuts its Windows Phone forecast by 40% in just 181 days

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We all laugh and grunt about analyst predictions, knowing that a particular market segment might not exist in five years, let alone grow into a $400 billion market. Or was it $315 billion? Not that it really matters when you are in the business of inventing firm numbers from air....
Analysts are bad at their jobs: IDC cuts its Windows Phone forecast by 40% in just 181 days

Microsoft plans to “drive shared hosting to the next level” with project ‘Antares’

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What up techheads. I take it that you are into such things as servers. I know that because you clicked on this link, and have therefore self-inducted yourself into an elite little group. Hey everyone. Here’s the skinny: Microsoft has a project called ‘Antares’ under construction that is looking to shake up shared hosting....
Microsoft plans to “drive shared hosting to the next level” with project ‘Antares’

Why did Apple drop Google's maps on the iPhone and iPad?

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Background to Apple's decision not to use Google's maps in iOS 6, the software introduced in September 2012Q Why did Apple use Google's Maps before?Because in 2005-06, when Apple was planning the software for its forthcoming iPhone, Google was a neutral provider of map data - and also seeking to...
Why did Apple drop Google's maps on the iPhone and iPad?

Android dominates Southeast Asia's smartphone market: Report

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Today smartphones are becoming more widely adopted around the world, with many emerging regions offering growth beyond the relatively saturated US and European markets. In Asia, Google’s Android operating system is leading that trend, as a recent study released by Ericsson’s ConsumerLab group [reported by TechRepublic] shows. In a study of...
Android dominates Southeast Asia's smartphone market: Report

Netflix forms PAC to gain political foothold

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Netflix has formed a new political action group in an effort to gain more influence in Washington. Newly filed federal records show that the new group, called FLIXPAC, can officially make political donations directly to federal candidates of up to $5,000 for each election cycle. Politico argues that it gives...
Netflix forms PAC to gain political foothold

SideCar to bring its ridesharing service to 16 US cities, including LA, NYC, Chicago, Austin, Miami

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Ridesharing service SideCar is seeking to recruit city managers to help manage its eventual expansion to new cities around the United States. On its roadmap, the company is seeking to set a foothold in 16 new cities, with plans to open up shop in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Washington, DC,...
SideCar to bring its ridesharing service to 16 US cities, including LA, NYC, Chicago, Austin, Miami

Can Intel's Thunderbolt go mainstream with help from Apple and Acer?

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Macs gave Intel's high-speed communications port a key foothold, and an Acer announcement today will help it tackle the Windows market. But pushing Thunderbolt beyond premium products is a challenge. [Read more]...
Can Intel's Thunderbolt go mainstream with help from Apple and Acer?

Panasonic gearing up to offer $635 million bailout to save troubled Olympus

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Panasonic is reportedly putting the final touches to a 50 billion yen ($635 million) bailout package to save Olympus. Panasonic will become the largest shareholder of the scandal-ridden camera maker, reeling from a $1.7 billion accounting fraud uncovered last year, with an eye on getting a foothold in Olympus'...
Panasonic gearing up to offer $635 million bailout to save troubled Olympus

Business-Focused Social Network XING Announces Dividend Of €0.56 Per Share; Total Payout Around €3 Million

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XING, a social network for business professionals, is the latest to hop on the dividend train. The company announced this morning that, following a meeting of the XING AG Executive Board, the company has approved its first-ever payment of a dividend. XING shareholders are now entitled to receive a dividend...
Business-Focused Social Network XING Announces Dividend Of €0.56 Per Share; Total Payout Around €3 Million

Study: Pinterest drives more referral traffic than Google+, nearly on par with Twitter

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Pinterest, the website which lets people collect and share photos online with a “virtual pinboard,” has steadily amassed a very dedicated following of users that spreads far beyond the app-obsessed early adopter crowd. On Tuesday, a new study out of content sharing company Shareaholic showed just how powerful the Palo...
Study: Pinterest drives more referral traffic than Google+, nearly on par with Twitter

Valve plans to sell apps via Steam ranging from "creativity to productivity"

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Everybody wants their own app store and cloud, and Valve is no different. The source of many of the greatest games in the past few years (Portal 1 and 2, people!), Valve’s Steam game platform has become renowned for its ease of use in buying games and the Source game...
Valve plans to sell apps via Steam ranging from "creativity to productivity"
Opera Ice may finally help Opera make a dent on iOS, Android

AT&T announces plans for 1Gbps fiber service in Austin, Texas; Google gets immediate competition

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First thought: "Ha!" Second thought: "Oh, wait -- competition is an excellent thing." While it's highly probable that AT&T is looking to both overshadow Google's launch party and maintain a foothold in one of its most prized states, the outfit's terse announcement of an impending 1Gbps fiber network should...
AT&T announces plans for 1Gbps fiber service in Austin, Texas; Google gets immediate competition
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