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Twitter airs first TV spot during NASCAR, implores racing fans to discover the magic of hashtags

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Given #thescope with which Twitter has #invadedpopularculture, it may come as a shock to realize that the company hasn't really ventured too far into the world of television advertising -- but then, it seems that it's been doing a pretty good job getting enough #freeadvertising as is. Clearly the...
Twitter airs first TV spot during NASCAR, implores racing fans to discover the magic of hashtags

'Difficult To Work With,' Jack Dorsey's Role At Twitter Has Been 'Reduced'

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  Now we know how Jack Dorsey is handling two demanding jobs at two fast-growing companies. He's not, really. The Twitter cofounder made a triumphant return to the company in early 2011, after years away. Already chairman (after having originally been CEO), "executive" was appended to Dorsey's title to make it...
'Difficult To Work With,' Jack Dorsey's Role At Twitter Has Been 'Reduced'

MIT develops intelligent car co-pilot that only interferes if you're about to crash

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Mechanical engineers and roboticists working at MIT have developed an intelligent automobile co-pilot that sits in the background and only interferes if you’re about to have an accident. If you fall asleep, for example, the co-pilot activates and keeps you on the road until you wake up again.Like other autonomous...
MIT develops intelligent car co-pilot that only interferes if you're about to crash
Think App.net is just a Twitter clone? Then you're missing the point

It seems to me that unlike so many other Apple rivals, Amazon...

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It seems to me that unlike so many other Apple rivals, Amazon actually does a good job with buzz surrounding their events. Tonight, they debuted a commercial during the NFL kickoff that clearly teases out some new Kindles (the current Kindle Touch readers have a silver bezel, not the charcoal...
It seems to me that unlike so many other Apple rivals, Amazon...

Yap Music offers the simplicity of Instagram as an iPhone music discovery app

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Music apps and services often feel overbearing because they try to offer a multitude of features simultaneously. On-demand streaming, Pandora-style Internet radio stations, collaborative playlists, social hooks and so on and so forth. In the photography space, Instagram has proven to be incredibly popular because it strips away much of...
Yap Music offers the simplicity of Instagram as an iPhone music discovery app
Microsoft isn’t leading the ‘Do Not Track’ revolution, it’s hurting it
Facebook Home's Four Most Promising Advantages Over Stock Android

This parody Surface ad should be Microsoft's official response to Apple's iPad mini

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It isn’t Friday, but you deserve this. Get some headphones, a decent pair, spit out all liquids from your mouth, and watch the following clip on high volume: Once you stop laughing and regain control, here’s some background: Apple released a commercial for its new iPad mini that was so...
This parody Surface ad should be Microsoft's official response to Apple's iPad mini

Copyright Explained Musically

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For those of you who claim that copyright inspires no creativity whatsoever, perhaps you have not seen the following video, PandoHouse Rock: Copyright, explained, a collaboration between PandoDaily and Explainer Music's David Holmes: I usually find these sorts of things to be pretty bad. Copyright isn't something that you can...
Copyright Explained Musically

Blippar brings an augmented reality football game to Kit Kat wrappers

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We first covered Blippar last June when it gave The Next Web a demo of the app that “brings brands to life”. Blippar sells itself as the first image-recognition mobile platform aimed specifically at brand-consumer engagement, and its latest campaign with Nestlé’s Kit Kat is an interesting use case for...
Blippar brings an augmented reality football game to Kit Kat wrappers
Visualization startup Datahero opens its doors and delivers data analysis for the masses

Store Wars: Snappy Snaps and Jessops

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Each week we look at retailers in the same sector. This week we focus on photography shops Snappy Snaps and JessopsEach week we look at two shops competing in the same sector, and review what they are offering customers: from how helpful the staff are to the best bargains on...
Store Wars: Snappy Snaps and Jessops

Well played, EMC.

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EMC might be smarter than we thought it was. You already know the news — Paul Maritz out as VMware CEO, in as EMC chief strategist. Pat Gelsinger, former EMC COO, now in as VMware CEO. The companies are planning to spin out their cloud computing and big data assets...
Well played, EMC.

Why Fancy is the evolution of Amazon: one user bags a $250,000 investment

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When it first launched, one of Fancy’s main aims was to create an online database of… well everything. The visual cataloguing service has gone much further than its original vision, and has evolved into an e-commerce platform in its own right. Fancy hasn’t been able to avoid the obvious comparisons...
Why Fancy is the evolution of Amazon: one user bags a $250,000 investment

Being A Jackass On Twitter Shouldn't Be Illegal; Public Shame Should Be Enough

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We've been talking about the unfortunate set of cases in the UK lately, in which people acting like jackasses online are being held criminally liable for being a jerk online. There are, of course, significant problems with this. And if you thought it was just limited to Europe, where they...
Being A Jackass On Twitter Shouldn't Be Illegal; Public Shame Should Be Enough

Mixtaping.FM does a good job of reimagining the mix-tape for the digital generation

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Despite the plethora of plus-points stemming from the dawn of the digital music era, it’s difficult not to hanker for the halcyon days of yore, when mix-tapes ruled the roost. I’m sure mix-tapes can’t have been as good as I remember them, but I know many people with a similar...
Mixtaping.FM does a good job of reimagining the mix-tape for the digital generation
6 promising startups spotted at the Launch Festival
In first interview as Groupon CEO, Eric Lefkosky throws Andrew Mason under the bus
Iddiction and Tapjoy: Acquiring new app users doesn’t have to be crazy expensive
LG Optimus 3D Max hands-on

6 Ways To Win Every Startup Competition You Enter

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OK. That's an exaggeration. Odds are you can't win every startup competition you enter. But you could win 92.59%. Candace Klein did. Klein is the founder and CEO of a new peer-to-peer lending platform called SoMoLend and she's won 25 of the 27 startup competitions she's (That's a winning percentage...
6 Ways To Win Every Startup Competition You Enter

Rovio Adds Futuremark Game Studio to Its Flock

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Rovio is doing a good job of keeping its name in the headlines after the launch of Angry Birds Space. Yesterday it said the game had racked up 10 million downloads in three days, and today the company announced it had purchased Helsinki-based Futuremark Games Studio, its second acquisition. The...
Rovio Adds Futuremark Game Studio to Its Flock

EventNow Helps You Find Party and Event Vendors

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When I moved back to NYC in 2007, I wanted to throw a party for CN. The party worked out great but finding help to serve the food that I cooked was a real pain. I put notices on the tech boards and on Craigslist but only found a...
EventNow Helps You Find Party and Event Vendors
The 10 Smartest Things Tim Cook Has Done Since Becoming Apple's CEO (AAPL)

ANDREESSEN: Sending Our Gadget-Making Jobs To China Is Good For Us (AAPL, GOOG)

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Marc Andreessen, who cofounded Netscape and is now betting billions of dollars on Silicon Valley startups, says we should all stop kvetching about sending gadget-manufacturing jobs to China. In the CNBC clip we've embedded below, Andreessen says: I'm a believer in a positive-sum conception of the economy. I'm a...
ANDREESSEN: Sending Our Gadget-Making Jobs To China Is Good For Us (AAPL, GOOG)

16 Sexy And Stylish Cases For Your Gadgets

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Gadgets have done a good job of becoming more and more portable by updating with lightweight, thinner models. As a result, people want to take all of their gadgets with them everywhere they go, all of the time.  The problem though, is that expensive gadgets have to be transported...
16 Sexy And Stylish Cases For Your Gadgets

Physical rewards from companies like Kiip will change the way that apps are developed

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When you hear about winning “rewards” while using apps, you’re probably thinking about badges in Foursquare or points in a game. Companies like Kiip are not only changing the way we’re rewarded inside of games, they are changing the way that developers are thinking about creating apps entirely. The best...
Physical rewards from companies like Kiip will change the way that apps are developed

Teaching Style, Not Computers, Appears To Be Biggest Factor In Classroom Distraction

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For many years, we've covered various stories of professors struggling with the idea of students having their laptops open in the classroom. Our argument has always been that the computers themselves are neutral, and it's up to the professors to adapt and make sure their teaching strategies either do a...
Teaching Style, Not Computers, Appears To Be Biggest Factor In Classroom Distraction

EA Reboot Cost 900 Jobs

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So those “hard but essential changes” and “difficult organizational decisions” Electronic Arts announced back in late April, but refused to explain in detail? It did so last night during its fourth-quarter earnings call, and they’re not pretty. Since announcing that organizational update on April 25, EA has sacked 10 percent...
EA Reboot Cost 900 Jobs
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