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TNW Conference Europe will be opened by royalty: The Prince of Orange, Prince of the Netherlands

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Tech conferences may often list ‘royalty’ amongst their attendees, but it’s usually ‘tech royalty’ – maybe some founder of successful startups or a true pioneer in their field. At The Next Web Conference Europe 2013, we’re going better than that, by welcoming actual royalty to our event. We’re proud to...
TNW Conference Europe will be opened by royalty: The Prince of Orange, Prince of the Netherlands

Facebook files for 'Poke' trademark (after obtaining and abandoning it earlier)

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Social networking giant Facebook has filed for 3 trademarks in the United States: for ‘Poke’, ‘Facebook Poke’ and the logo of its new Poke app for iPhone. The company filed for the trademarks on the 21st of December 2012, the same day it announced its latest smartphone app, which was...
Facebook files for 'Poke' trademark (after obtaining and abandoning it earlier)

Apple posts iPad mini Christmas ad spot highlighting device's features and benefits of FaceTime

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Apple has published its Christmas-themed iPad TV commercial which emphasizes the use of FaceTime for keeping in touch with family and loved ones over the festive period and the smaller device’s features. The ad itself — spotted by MacStories — features a young girl who uses FaceTime to play the...
Apple posts iPad mini Christmas ad spot highlighting device's features and benefits of FaceTime

Apple gains FIPS 140 level 2 cryptographic compliance as it pushes for government business

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Over the last couple of years, Apple has been doing well to absorb the government business that BlackBerry has had locked up for years. They’ve moved to qualify their devices for secure operation in various forms and that includes meeting government cryptographic standards. Earlier this month, Apple was granted its...
Apple gains FIPS 140 level 2 cryptographic compliance as it pushes for government business

Xbox Live account region migration is a go - you are now free to walk about the cabin

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Good news gamers: Xbox Live region migration is now fully live, meaning that if you move and change regions, you can now take your “gamerscore, unlocked achievements, any Microsoft Points already in your account and any remaining time on your Gold membership” with you, according to Microsoft’s Major Nelson. This...
Xbox Live account region migration is a go - you are now free to walk about the cabin

HoneyBook is the Prezi of weddings with service aimed at helping share your special day photos

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A couple’s wedding day is perhaps one of the most important days of anyone’s life, and finding ways to share that happy occasion with as many friends and family members as one has is really important. Presentation and design are really important and need to stand out. HoneyBook, an UpWest...
HoneyBook is the Prezi of weddings with service aimed at helping share your special day photos

Clinical trials startup TrialReach doses up on $3.1m funding led by Octopus Investments

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TrialReach, a startup focused on making clinical trials more accessible for members of the public who may want to take part in them, has today announced a £2 million ( $3.1 million) funding round in order to further develop its product. TrialReach is designed to help medical research firms recruit...
Clinical trials startup TrialReach doses up on $3.1m funding led by Octopus Investments

Google criticizes Russian authorities over service blockages and non-transparent blacklisting procedures

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In less than a month since the Russian authorities created the blacklist of websites distributing illegal content, Google’s services have been put there and blocked several times. Since November 1, Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor can order local hosting providers and ISPs to block access to any website by putting it...
Google criticizes Russian authorities over service blockages and non-transparent blacklisting procedures

Sony continues to improve in fiscal Q3 with $23.39 billion in revenue, $115 million net loss

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As the company continues to overhaul its operations to return to profitability, Sony managed to hold onto modest operating profits during its third fiscal quarter, reporting $23.39 billion (¥1.948 trillion) in revenue and $496 million (¥46.4 billion) in operating income, but it did post a net loss of $115 million...
Sony continues to improve in fiscal Q3 with $23.39 billion in revenue, $115 million net loss

Video sharing service Vine reportedly to launch as standalone iOS app soon, play nice with Twitter

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Contrary to reports from earlier today that the video service Vine would be a built-in Twitter service, All Things D’s Peter Kafka is now stating that it will be a standalone app available in Apple’s App Store. The app, which was rumored but never confirmed to have been acquired by...
Video sharing service Vine reportedly to launch as standalone iOS app soon, play nice with Twitter

LinkedIn redesigns its 'Who's Viewed Your Profile' page, expands analytics for Premium members

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LinkedIn is rolling out a new, simplified look for the section of its social network which gives users a comprehensive list of the people who have recently viewed their profile. The layout for users with a ‘free’ account is largely the same, showing a mixture of known colleagues and contacts...
LinkedIn redesigns its 'Who's Viewed Your Profile' page, expands analytics for Premium members

Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn unveils smartwatch that can be connected wirelessly to an iPhone

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More tech companies are exploring the arena of wearable devices, with the latest being Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, which has unveiled a smartwatch that can be connected wirelessly to an iPhone. According to a report from Want China Times, the watch is able to measure a wearer’s vital signs such as respiration...
Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn unveils smartwatch that can be connected wirelessly to an iPhone

Google's long awaited Nexus 4 Wireless Charger arrives for $59.99, looks like half of an 8-ball

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Google’s Nexus 4 Wireless Charger is now available for sale in the Google Play store. For $59.99, customers can charge their Nexus 4 device wirelessly using the Qi inductive charger. The company says that it expects orders to begin shipping in less than one week.   At first glance, one...
Google's long awaited Nexus 4 Wireless Charger arrives for $59.99, looks like half of an 8-ball

Amazon prepares users for the zombie apocalypse with essential gear

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Amazon seems to be worried that a zombie apocalypse is coming to a city near you shortly. They’ve created a Zombie Apocalypse Supplies page that aims to get you set up and prepared with movies and novels — so you know what you’ll be facing — and gear to keep...
Amazon prepares users for the zombie apocalypse with essential gear

Latin American VOD service Totalmovie partners with Sony, unveils live TV and carrier billing plans

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Latin American VOD platform Totalmovie is planning to venture into live online content early next year, Mexican newspaper El Economista reports. The company also unveiled a partnership with Sony, which will start offering a Totalmovie app across its devices, including connected TVs, Blu-ray players, tablets and cell phones – presumably in...
Latin American VOD service Totalmovie partners with Sony, unveils live TV and carrier billing plans

Watch: This close-up video of Steve Jobs' super-yacht will give you a serious case of gadget envy

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If you’re up for the ultimate case of ‘gadget’ envy, take a look at this close-up video of Venus, the high-tech yacht designed by the late Steve Jobs, that was shot from the docks in Amsterda by TNW reader Michiel Frackers. The boat was recently set free from its temporary impoundment...
Watch: This close-up video of Steve Jobs' super-yacht will give you a serious case of gadget envy

Elon Musk's SpaceX Dragon to make its third trip to the International Space Station on March 1

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NASA has announced that SpaceX’s Dragon capsule is set to make its third trip to the International Space Station. The US space agency has announced that it is targeting March 1, 2013 for its launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Space has certainly been in the news...
Elon Musk's SpaceX Dragon to make its third trip to the International Space Station on March 1

Spotted: Sergey Brin wearing Google Glass specs as he blends in on NYC subway

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Google last week announced its first two ‘hackathon’ events for Google Glass developers, and the company is aiming to make its wearable glasses technology something that can be used by anyone at any place. Except that this is already happening as you’d have seen if you took the downtown train...
Spotted: Sergey Brin wearing Google Glass specs as he blends in on NYC subway

Apple reportedly cuts iPhone 5 component orders from Japan by 'almost half' on weak demand

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Things don’t look positive for Apple according to reports out of Asia this morning. First, sources close to the Wall Street Journal suggested that Apple had asked its part suppliers to cut their output due to weak sales forecasts. Now, there’s more color from a report from Japan’s Nikkei which...
Apple reportedly cuts iPhone 5 component orders from Japan by 'almost half' on weak demand

Garlic.js stores form values locally, so your users never lose any precious data

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Hot off the presses, Garlic.js is a new JQuery plugin made by French developer Guillaume Potier which serves quite a simple purpose: to prevent your users from losing their form data. It may sound a bit dry at first, but when it comes to acquiring new users, usability is everything, and that...
Garlic.js stores form values locally, so your users never lose any precious data

Facebook updates its Messenger app with feature allowing you to provide direct feedback

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Facebook has just released an update to its iOS Messenger app. Now in the iTunes store, users will be able to use it to provide feedback about the app directly to the company. Granted, it’s not necessarily a major update that the average person might come to expect from an...
Facebook updates its Messenger app with feature allowing you to provide direct feedback

Twitter updates Trending Topics, adds 100 more cities to share news people care about the most

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Twitter has expanded its Trending Topics feature to 100 more cities around the world, including Istanbul, Frankfurt, Guadalajara, and Incheon. Now, users will be able to scan through and see what the most popular trend people are talking about around their neighborhood and city — over 200 locations. As more...
Twitter updates Trending Topics, adds 100 more cities to share news people care about the most

Apple releases Java update for OS X to protect users against vulnerability used in its hacking

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Apple has today released an update for Mac OS X users that delivers improved security for those that are running Java on their machines. This update repairs a vulnerability used to hack into Apple employees’ systems. The update is available under the Software Update section in the Mac App Store...
Apple releases Java update for OS X to protect users against vulnerability used in its hacking

Facebook is currently down for some users

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If you’re unable to access Facebook, it’s not only you. The site is currently down for some users (including several of The Next Web’s team). Heading to the site shows an error message: Down For Everyone Or Just Me also says the site is down on its end. We have already...
Facebook is currently down for some users
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300m people now view TripAdvisor content on other sites each month, doubling in a year

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The popular travel organizing website TripAdvisor has published statistics for its partner program, according to which the monthly number of people who view its content on other websites doubled since last year and has reached 300 million per month. TripAdvisor has already signed content syndication agreements with more than 500...
300m people now view TripAdvisor content on other sites each month, doubling in a year

Mobile advertising company Mojiva lands $7 million in fresh funding

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On the heels of debuting a tablet-only ad network, mobile advertising company Mojiva Inc. has raised $7 million in fresh funding. The financing round was revealed in a regulatory filing yesterday and follows a $25 million Series C round secured in July 2011. The company’s two main solutions are mobile...
Mobile advertising company Mojiva lands $7 million in fresh funding

Stray Boots turns city tours into games, raises $2 million to expand its app to new cities

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Stray Boots, a New York-based startup that recently graduated from the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator with the goal of transforming the city tours market, has announced a $2 million Series A funding round led by Milestone Venture Partners. The company had previously raised $400,000. The startup, which first launched in 2009 as Urban Games, tells TNW that...
Stray Boots turns city tours into games, raises $2 million to expand its app to new cities

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

Lenovo achieves record earnings of $205m in Q4 2012 as its smartphone business becomes profitable

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Chinese PC maker Lenovo has continued its impressive rise after posting record fourth quarter earnings of $205 million on $9.36 billion in revenue and achieving profitability in its smartphone division for the first time. Gross profit was $1.1 billion and basic earnings per share were $1.99. Lenovo managed to grow...
Lenovo achieves record earnings of $205m in Q4 2012 as its smartphone business becomes profitable
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