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Google Is Painting A Big Fat Target On Dropbox (GOOG)

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Google is getting close to launching Drive, an online storage service that would compete with Dropbox and Microsoft's SkyDrive. That's according to Amir Efrati of the Wall Street Journal, who reports that the service will launch in "weeks or months." Google Drive will let users store photos, documents, and...
Google Is Painting A Big Fat Target On Dropbox (GOOG)

PayPal trials QR code mobile shopping on Singapore’s metro service

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PayPal is using smartphone-crazy Singapore to trial an interesting initiative which allows phone owners to buy goods on the go using a QR code reader application. The experiment is taking place at 15 stations on the country’s metro system (SMRT) where the eBay-owned payment company is showcasing gifts from eight...
PayPal trials QR code mobile shopping on Singapore’s metro service

Shelby.tv gears up for SXSW with its “PROJECT G.O.A.T.S.” celebrity interview series

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We’re now just one month away from SXSW, specifically the Interactive portion of the event that draws geeks, entrepreneurs and wannabes from all over the world for a five-day event to celebrate all that’s holy and good about emerging tech. While the San Francisco-based startup LaunchRock plans its epic campground party, New...
Shelby.tv gears up for SXSW with its “PROJECT G.O.A.T.S.” celebrity interview series
will.i.am to premiere new song from the surface of Mars

Diaspora Founders To Move On, Handing Over Decentralized Social Network 'To The Community'

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It was a good run, but it looks like the founders of Diaspora have reached the end of the road — at least for their full-time leadership of the project. Diaspora, the Kickstarter-backed initiative launched two years ago by a group of NYU students aiming to create a decentralized social...
Diaspora Founders To Move On, Handing Over Decentralized Social Network 'To The Community'
Bill Gates: tablets in the classroom have a 'terrible track record'

Google teams up with Duda Mobile to offer businesses a free mobile website for one year

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Google has expanded its GoMo initiative, now offering the ability for small businesses to turn their websites into mobile-optimized sites in a few easy steps. The search giant has partnered with a startup called Duda Mobile, which delivers the technology that powers the mobile website creation tool. Usually, the service...
Google teams up with Duda Mobile to offer businesses a free mobile website for one year

UK mobile retailer Phones4u launches tariff that allows phone upgrades every 6 months

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UK mobile retailer Phones4u has launched its new Just Update My Phone (JUMP) tariff for UK consumers that allows customers to potentially upgrade their handset every six months by splitting the handset and network cost for ownership of their device. Phones4u will allow customers to take out two separate rolling...
UK mobile retailer Phones4u launches tariff that allows phone upgrades every 6 months

Amazon could finally shake off its e-commerce shackles and open a physical store

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There’s little question that Amazon is one of the Internet’s greatest success stories, but the word on the street is that the e-commerce giant could be about to break free from its digital shackles and launch a bona fide, bricks-and-mortar store. As Good E Reader reports, it quotes sources “close...
Amazon could finally shake off its e-commerce shackles and open a physical store

Facebook users can add organ donor status

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Facebook has added a unique feature to its social network: you can now tell the world — or just your family members — that you’re an organ donor. The company announced the initiative on Tuesday, encouraging its 900 million users to let others know if they are organ donors....
Facebook users can add organ donor status

Microsoft strikes deal with 24/7, promises to 'redefine' customer service

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A partnership between Microsoft and customer service company 24/7 may not exactly sound like the most exciting proposition on the face of things, but the two are making some fairly lofty promises, and Microsoft seems to be making a serious investment in the initiative. As ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reports,...
Microsoft strikes deal with 24/7, promises to 'redefine' customer service

Verizon draws fire for monitoring app usage, browsing habits

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"We're able to view just everything that they do," Verizon Wireless exec has boasted. Privacy groups say initiative -- including linking databases showing whether customers own pets -- may violate wiretap law....
Verizon draws fire for monitoring app usage, browsing habits

Visa launches V.me digital wallet beta with Buy.com

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While credit card rival MasterCard announced its own digital wallet platform, Visa has some news of its own. It’s launching the first beta of its wallet service V.me with online retailer Buy.com. Buy.com’s 18 million customers will now see the option to enroll in V.me on check-out and login pages. They...
Visa launches V.me digital wallet beta with Buy.com

IBM: 'We must build an Exascale computer before 2024' (video)

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ASTRON has enlisted the help of IBM to lead a five-year, $43 million project to develop and build a supercomputer for the new Square Kilometer Array. The SKA is a $2.1 billion initiative to construct the world's largest radio telescope across a 3,000km strip of Australia or South Africa....
IBM: 'We must build an Exascale computer before 2024' (video)

Apps Genius opens pre-registration for GetFunded, its Kickstarter-style crowdfunding venture

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GetFunded is now open for pre-registration to all businesses more than a month after Apps Genius revealed its plans to enter the crowdfunding space. Apps Genius develops, markets, publishes, and distributes social games and applications for consumers. And in an effort to promote its latest initiative and draw in the best...
Apps Genius opens pre-registration for GetFunded, its Kickstarter-style crowdfunding venture

Apple Looking to Launch $799 MacBook Air in 3Q 2012?

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Digitimes reports that Apple is planning to launch a cheaper MacBook Air in the third quarter of this year, dropping the entry-level price to $799 from the current $999. The move is reportedly being made to take on Intel's "Ultrabook" initiative that is pushing low-cost, ultra-thin notebook PCs.Although Acer has...
Apple Looking to Launch $799 MacBook Air in 3Q 2012?
Google engineer builds $1,500 page-turning scanner out of sheet metal and a vacuum

Amazon Offers 'Amazon Pages' For Brands To Customize With Their Own URLs, And 'Amazon Posts' For Social Media Marketing

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Just in time for the holiday shopping blitz, it looks like Amazon is opening a new chapter in its role as an online marketplace for third-parties to sell their goods. The company is quietly pushing a service called Amazon Pages, which lets companies set up their own pages on Amazon.com...
Amazon Offers 'Amazon Pages' For Brands To Customize With Their Own URLs, And 'Amazon Posts' For Social Media Marketing

Facebook To Introduce Want Button For Retailers

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Another week, another innovation (preferably money-making) for Facebook. The social media site, whose attempts at monetizing the brand are currently coming thick and fast, has launched Facebook Collections. No, not that long-awaited range of sportwear in Poke Me Blue, but a new button it's trying out in conjunction with a...
Facebook To Introduce Want Button For Retailers

LinkedIn is working on a solution to help non-profit organizations find new members

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LinkedIn is working on a solution to help non-profit organizations find new members, the professional network’s founder and chairman Reid Hoffman revealed today. The announcement was made during an on-stage conversation with Jeff Jarvis at Guardian Activate New York summit, which we will be covering all day. This isn’t the...
LinkedIn is working on a solution to help non-profit organizations find new members

White House partners up with GroupMe, Gilt Groupe and Tumblr to create tech internships

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I love seeing the US government and startups work together for the greater good. No matter your political preference, the current administration in the White House has been embracing technology more than ever before, and that’s awesome. Back in January, we were proud to announce that Codecademy and the White House partnered...
White House partners up with GroupMe, Gilt Groupe and Tumblr to create tech internships

TED launches 'TED-Ed', hopes to make lessons worth sharing

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Who doesn't love filling an idle hour with a good ol' bit of TED? Now, the people behind those share-worthy ideas are bringing us TED-Ed: a new lesson-based YouTube channel. Aimed primarily at high-schoolers, the initiative invites teachers to submit their "best lesson" in a youthful mind-friendly ten minutes...
TED launches 'TED-Ed', hopes to make lessons worth sharing

New Moo offer lets businesses create cards from Facebook Pages

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Innovative card printing firm Moo.com has extended its Facebook-based card making initiative to businesses, with a new offer that allows companies to design cards using their Facebook Pages for free. Under the offer, businesses, such as restaurants, can create cards using details from their Facebook Page — including images and other details...
New Moo offer lets businesses create cards from Facebook Pages

GroupMe, Gilt Group, Jon Bon Jovi Launch SummerQAmp To Create More Quality Assurance Jobs

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Unemployment continues to be an issue here in the States, but the tech industry could prove a very valuable resource when it comes to building out the American work force. That said, I sat down with GroupMe co-founder Steve Martocci recently and he just may have a plan to...
GroupMe, Gilt Group, Jon Bon Jovi Launch SummerQAmp To Create More Quality Assurance Jobs

Apple Reportedly Developing High-Definition Audio Format with 'Adaptive Streaming'

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The Guardian reports that Apple is currently working on a new audio format that could allow the company to offer "high definition" audio via iTunes. The format would also integrate an "adaptive streaming" component that would allow music being accessed from iCloud and iTunes Match by portable devices to be...
Apple Reportedly Developing High-Definition Audio Format with 'Adaptive Streaming'

Google Play Gets Real: Reviews Will Now Be Posted With Your Google+ Name And Picture

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When you visit a review on Google Play for an app, book, song or movie, you won’t have to worry as much about whether someone is sheepishly hiding behind a computer firing off nasty words, as Google has now flipped on the switch to display your Google+ name and profile...
Google Play Gets Real: Reviews Will Now Be Posted With Your Google+ Name And Picture

Gigabit Squared strikes deal to bring ultra high-speed broadband to six communities

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It's still way too early for anyone to start ditching their existing broadband connections, but it looks like a few more communities in the US will be getting some ultra high-speed broadband networks to call their own. Ohio-based Gigabit Squared announced today that it's secured $200 million in funding...
Gigabit Squared strikes deal to bring ultra high-speed broadband to six communities

Facebook Adds API Support For Offers

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Facebook is putting some elbow grease behind its offers initiative, adding support for creating and managing offers via its application-programming interface, and expanding the beta-test to five more countries. continued… New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media....
Facebook Adds API Support For Offers
Google-sponsored wind energy transmission line moves forward

Microsoft puts a price on carbon, says its footprint will be neutral by July

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We've seen quite a few tech companies boast about their environmental efforts in recent years, and it looks like you can now also add Microsoft to the list of those attempting to be carbon neutral. As you might expect, while that includes some alternative energy efforts and energy-saving measures,...
Microsoft puts a price on carbon, says its footprint will be neutral by July
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