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Foursquare Rolls Out New Version Of “Explore” On Mobile With Filters & Improved Search

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This morning, Foursquare launched an updated version of its “Explore” feature for both its iPhone and Android applications. The new version brings over several of the features already available through Foursquare on the web, including filters, photos in search results and the ability to change your location. After updating your...
Foursquare Rolls Out New Version Of “Explore” On Mobile With Filters & Improved Search

“Provacative” Publisher Creates Book That Lets You Talk Back To The Characters

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So in the interest of supporting unique publishing methods and ideas, I thought it might be interesting to talk about Verdant Books and something they’re calling an “interactive novel.” Now my idea of an interactive novel is Choose Your Own Adventure, but this is something fairly unique. Ok. Here’s the...
“Provacative” Publisher Creates Book That Lets You Talk Back To The Characters
Starting with a graphic novel, The Inventor will chronicle the life of Nikola Tesla (exclusive)
What Lies Beyond The Check-In: Foursquare To Launch Big New Redesign Next Week

Time Out New York Launches New iPad And iPhone Apps, Embraces E-Commerce

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Time Out New York is making a big leap into the digital world today, says Aksel van der Wal, who’s president of Time Out North America and chief operating officer of the Time Out Group. Specifically, it’s launching its first iPad app, an updated iPhone app, and a new e-commerce...
Time Out New York Launches New iPad And iPhone Apps, Embraces E-Commerce

New Microsoft Research lab in New York to provide “distinct but complimentary” expertise

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Microsoft is to launch a new research center in New York which will push its research in a new direction and complement its existing teams with a series of specialist researchers, 14 of whom have joined from Yahoo, AllThingsD reports. The new lab will become the thirteenth Microsoft Research office worldwide,...
New Microsoft Research lab in New York to provide “distinct but complimentary” expertise

Google porn-bans Reddit Android app for linking to… Reddit

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Within the past 24 hours Google Play removed and banned indie developer Andrew Shu’s Reddit Is Fun app from its market.Google Play’s brief email told Shu the app - a fan-created link client - is a “Violation of the sexually explicit material provision of the Content Policy.”The much-loved Reddit Is...
Google porn-bans Reddit Android app for linking to… Reddit

Facebook just saved the Instagram you know and love

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Within minutes of the announcement today that Facebook had plans to acquire Instagram for $1B, the backlash started. Instagram would be ruined, Facebook paid too much, this was the end of it all. But I think that it’s too soon to call it a day on the network and think...
Facebook just saved the Instagram you know and love

Remember Friends Reunited? Here’s the video it hopes will bring you back

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Earlier this week, the mainstream press in the UK was filled with coverage of the impending relaunch of Friends Reunited. Now the site has released a video that shows a bit more about how it’s pitching its new direction. Huge in the UK in the early-to-mid part of the last decade,...
Remember Friends Reunited? Here’s the video it hopes will bring you back

New ‘radically simplified’ WordPress is on the way

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Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress and Automattic (see disclosure) says that the service is preparing for a significant change of direction — by releasing a much simpler version designed to work on mobile. Speaking at the paidContent 2012 event on Wednesday, Mullenweg said that he had been hard at...
New ‘radically simplified’ WordPress is on the way
Qwiki Launches A Publishing Platform For ABC News And Others

3D printing gets more flexible with Nylon extrusion

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3D printing with ABS and other plastics that have a low-melting point are old hat. And, with the price of entry dropping below the $500 mark, soon enough anyone will be able print their own pirated 45s. Instructables user [taulman] has has taken it upon himself to push the...
3D printing gets more flexible with Nylon extrusion
Seesmic: We’re “Passing The Torch” To DoubleDutch On CRM

Apple Adds “Catalogs” Category In App Store In Advance Of iPad Event

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Apple appears to have just added a new top-level category in the App Store: catalogs. With taxonomic equivalence to “News” and “Games,” it’s a fairly major addition and could signal a new direction into which the iPad may be venturing. There are already catalog apps available: single-store apps like Ikea’s,...
Apple Adds “Catalogs” Category In App Store In Advance Of iPad Event

Kinect in space: Micro satellites to use the Microsoft tech in orbit

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We’ve heard of Kinect hacks before, but this is quite certainly the best one yet: the University of Surrey and Surrey Satellite Technology are building something called ‘STRaND-2,’ a mission to space that will involve two micro-satellites. The twist is that the small space machines will use parts of Kinect technology...
Kinect in space: Micro satellites to use the Microsoft tech in orbit

Retail Guru Ron Johnson Dazzles In His First Media Controversy As JC Penny CEO

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JC Penny CEO Ron Johnson, who was the mastermind behind the Apple stores, is dealing with his first media controversy. A group called One Million Moms has been trying to get JC Penny spokesperson Ellen DeGeneres fired because of her sexual orientation. Johnson, flashing an incredibly charming smile, appeared...
Retail Guru Ron Johnson Dazzles In His First Media Controversy As JC Penny CEO

Here's A Breakdown Of Yahoo's Massive 2,000 Employee Layoff

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Yahoo confirmed earlier today that it fired 2,000 employees -- or, about 14% of its global workforce. The hardest hit divisions? Product, marketing, research, and international.  Taking Yahoo in a new direction, CEO Scott Thompson wants to focus on core media and communications, platforms, and data. Platforms? We don't...
Here's A Breakdown Of Yahoo's Massive 2,000 Employee Layoff
Fab.com Has 4.5M Members, CEO Wants To Work With Pinterest (But Doesn’t Actually Use It)

StyleCaster wants to become the front page of the Internet… for fashion

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StyleCaster, a fashion blog and community launched in 2009, has just undergone a major redesign, creating a user-generated, editorial hybrid with strong Pinterest influences. The redesign places StyleCaster in a new position, with the goal of surfacing the best of fashion, style and beauty through photos, news and products. The startup already has massive...
StyleCaster wants to become the front page of the Internet… for fashion

LevelUp adds $12M to build out payment service

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LevelUp, the local loyalty and payment app, is getting $12 million to expand the service nationwide. The money, which will be part of a larger fundraising round, comes from existing investors Highland Capital, Google Ventures, Balderton Capital and new investors Continental Investors and  Transmedia Capital. LevelUp was originally created by SCVNGR as...
LevelUp adds $12M to build out payment service

Nokia’s downgrade defense: We’re focusing on fundamentals

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Corporate finance is hardly sexy, but it is often rather blunt. On Monday, Moody’s, a very important credit rating firm, downgraded Nokia to just one step above ‘junk’ status. That raises the price that Nokia can borrow money at, and sends a poor message to its investors. Credit downgrades are painful...
Nokia’s downgrade defense: We’re focusing on fundamentals
Ford’s first all-electric car, the Focus Electric, gives a taste of the future (video)
Confirmed: NY Times Is Launching A Site In China Tomorrow, With No Paywall

Sony reported to be cutting 10,000 jobs

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Japan's Nikkei newspaper has claimed Sony is to reduce its global workforce by 6% after four years in the redJapan's Sony is to cut 10,000 jobs, about 6% of its workforce, the Nikkei newspaper has reported, as new chief executive Kazuo Hirai looks to steer the electronics and entertainment company...
Sony reported to be cutting 10,000 jobs

Hands On With Spotify For iPad: Their Best-Looking Effort Yet

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Spotify gets praise for a lot of things, but user experience design is typically not one of them. It's not that its desktop and mobile applications are hideous. They're perfectly functional, but few would describe them as beautiful or especially enticing to use.  However, with its new iPad app,...
Hands On With Spotify For iPad: Their Best-Looking Effort Yet

Boot up: Apple blocks ebook, just 1m Google TV devices?, a billion Androids and more

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Plus will Apple unveil an Apple TV too, Twitter to promote tweets on mobile, more Google+ visitor data and moreA quick burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamThe Smartphone Revolution is over (for now) >> Fast CompanyWritten ahead of MWC, but still...
Boot up: Apple blocks ebook, just 1m Google TV devices?, a billion Androids and more
Pamela Anderson takes on Zynga with BamPoker game
Yahoo agrees to sell back half of Alibaba stake in $7B deal

Google just made its presentations tool collaborative with discussions

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Google just made its presentations tool much more collaborative thanks to a brand new discussions feature. This new version of Google Presentations was designed to make it easier to share ideas with others, and is now enabled for all new presentations. According to the announcement, with discussions in presentations, you’ll be able to: Comment...
Google just made its presentations tool collaborative with discussions

Formspring Relaunches As Interest-Based Social Network

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Q&A site Formspring is today announcing what the company says is its biggest news since its original launch back in 2009. Yes, Formspring has been overhauled. The company is shifting its focus from social Q&A, to a site that’s more focused on conversations built around interests. To complement this change, Formspring is...
Formspring Relaunches As Interest-Based Social Network
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