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Designer Yves Behar: Wearable devices are the hardest to design

Whatever Happened to Google’s Android@Home?

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With just a few days to go before Google’s annual I/O developer conference kicks off on Wednesday, it’s time to take a look back at last year’s event. Besides announcing Ice Cream Sandwich, Google Music and a number of other new projects, one announcement that stood out from the slew...
Whatever Happened to Google’s Android@Home?

Mail.ru kills its Twitter killer, wants a bigger slice of VK

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In January 2012, I reported how the big Russian portal operator Mail.ru was aping Chinese peers by launching its own microblog service. Whilst China’s Twitter clones have flourished, as it approaches its first anniversary, Mail.ru’s Futubra is to be closed. According to a message on the website: “Every day since launch,...
Mail.ru kills its Twitter killer, wants a bigger slice of VK

Flurry: 70% of new apps are made for iOS, where developers make 4x more than on Android

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A new report from advertising and analytics company Flurry demonstrates just how dedicated developers still are to Apple’s platforms, with some 7 out of every 10 new apps being made for iOS, versus only 31% for Android in Q1 of 2012. The firm measures the ‘new project starts’ by recording...
Flurry: 70% of new apps are made for iOS, where developers make 4x more than on Android

TechStars NYC leader David Tisch steps down

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David Tisch, who helped establish the TechStars accelerator program in New York two years ago, is stepping away from his day-to-day duties as managing director. Tisch explained his new role in a blog post, saying he will be focusing on building new projects. Tisch will remain active with TechStars as a co-founder,...
TechStars NYC leader David Tisch steps down

Sparrow flies into Google's roost as Gmail app gets acquired

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Sparrow, the Gmail client popular with Mac users for its simple interface and navigation, was acquired Friday by Google, the startup announced on its blog. It’s a textbook move by Google to acquire new engineers and halt growth at a startup that threatened one of its crown jewels. In the announcement...
Sparrow flies into Google's roost as Gmail app gets acquired

RoadMap 2012 live coverage

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When we first got our hands on computers, we weren’t concerned as much about how they looked as opposed to what they could do to make our lives better. Same goes for the early days of the web, when simply publishing something that anyone in the world could read was...
RoadMap 2012 live coverage

Wipeout developer Studio Liverpool closed after 28-year run

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One of the longest-lived game development houses in all of Europe, Studio Liverpool, was abruptly closed by parent company Sony this morning. All games in development at the studio have been cancelled, affecting what an unnamed source told Eurogamer includes a Wipeout game that had been in development for 12 to...
Wipeout developer Studio Liverpool closed after 28-year run

Tictrac emerges to help make health tracking more mainstream

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Activity-logging wristbands, sleep trackers, heart rate monitors and the other accoutrements of the growing Quantified Self movement are all well and good. But, for now, it’s mostly just early adopter techies and health geeks who use them, and for the most part they don’t get a big picture view of...
Tictrac emerges to help make health tracking more mainstream
This new map tells you where the hottest Kickstarter projects are happening

David Tisch Steps Down From Managing Director Role At TechStars

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David Tisch, the well known- New York City-based seed investor and advisor, is stepping down from his role as Managing Director of the TechStars startup accelerator. Tisch has been with TechStars since 2010, when he co-founded the program’s New York city location. He announced the move in a post published...
David Tisch Steps Down From Managing Director Role At TechStars

OUYA Could Become Emulation Destination With New Projects Covering Game Boy, Genesis, NeoGeo And More

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OUYA is coming soon (tomorrow is the planned ship date for the earliest Kickstarter backers), and recent reports of emulators of classic gaming consoles made for the Android device are generating some buzz. Today, emulator developer Robert Broglia, who’s responsible for some of the most popular Android emulators including Snes9x...
OUYA Could Become Emulation Destination With New Projects Covering Game Boy, Genesis, NeoGeo And More
Mosaic crowdfunds clean tech, opens platform to non-accredited investors

Tencent, Alibaba founders rumored to explore financial services joint-venture

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The shifting landscape of China’s Internet has led to some interesting partnerships and cooperation between competitors. The founders of Tencent and Alibaba are believed to be teaming up with a Chinese insurance company on a project to provide “Internet financial services.” Caixin reports that, according to sources, Jack Ma, the...
Tencent, Alibaba founders rumored to explore financial services joint-venture
Making a mobile app immortal

VentureBeat is hiring a half-time graphic designer

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Have a knack for great design? VentureBeat is looking for a half-time graphic designer to make sure we look pretty at all times. You’ll be working on everything from the main website, to mobile apps, to printed materials for our events. We also have some pretty cool new projects in...
VentureBeat is hiring a half-time graphic designer
Seattle security startup seeks to eliminate vulnerable code from the public domain

Penny Arcade launches Strip Search reality show with its Kickstarter 'ad-free' bounty

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Back in July of last year, the popular web comic Penny Arcade launched a Kickstarter campaign to take its site completely ad-free for a year. The campaign didn’t meet its full $1M stretch goal of ‘zero ads at all’ but it did take the homepage free of ads for 2013....
Penny Arcade launches Strip Search reality show with its Kickstarter 'ad-free' bounty

Google Hires Famed Futurist Ray Kurzweil

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Ray Kurzweil, the author and big thinker on artificial intelligence and other topics, announced Friday he's been hired by Google to "work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing."...
Google Hires Famed Futurist Ray Kurzweil

TNW's Daily Dose: Disney buys Lucasfilm, Kickstarter in the UK and more

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Disney buys Lucasfilm, Kickstarter opens up in the UK and Siri can’t find prostitutes in China. It’s all in today’s Daily Dose. You can catch The Daily Dose every Monday through Friday right here on The Next Web. Be sure to hit the subscription button of your choice below to...
TNW's Daily Dose: Disney buys Lucasfilm, Kickstarter in the UK and more

Google X's Tom Chi says rapid prototyping Google Glass took only one day (Video)

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Google’s Tom Chi, who spent a couple of years building the user-experience team for the Google X division, gave a TED Talk recently, where he notably discussed rapid prototyping Google Glass. Chi revealed how Google X developed a prototype for Google Glass in just one day and then prototyped projections for it in roughly...
Google X's Tom Chi says rapid prototyping Google Glass took only one day (Video)
Everybody Solar helping nonprofits go green ... for free

BetaBait, A Service For Finding Beta Users And App Testers, Hits The Deadpool

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BetaBait, a service that connects startups with people to try and test early “beta” versions of web and mobile apps, is shutting down effective February 1st, 2013. The company, which first launched a year ago in December 2011, announced the closure in an email sent to users. As recently as...
BetaBait, A Service For Finding Beta Users And App Testers, Hits The Deadpool

BitTorrent is working on a personal file syncing app to compete with Dropbox

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BitTorrent Inc. is working on an application called Sync that uses P2P technology to sync your files between your devices. The company announced the pre-Alpha test of Sync on its blog Thursday, where it also highlighted the launch of its new BitTorrent Labs website that offers additional details about this...
BitTorrent is working on a personal file syncing app to compete with Dropbox

CodePlex, Yes CodePlex, Adds Git Support

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When Linus Torvalds used to talk about world domination, I thought it was relating to Linux. Apparently, it applies to his side-project Git, too. Developer demand has nudged Microsoft's CodePlex into supporting Git. Most of the major open source code hosting services had already added support for Git. SourceForge, Google...
CodePlex, Yes CodePlex, Adds Git Support

Microsoft exec: Xbox 360 has ‘a lot more than two years’ left

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In an interview with GameSpot down at the E3 video-game convention in Los Angeles this week, a Microsoft Xbox executive made an attention-grabbing statement about the Xbox 360, saying that the console has “a lot more than two years” of life left in it. The quote from Microsoft Studios boss Phil...
Microsoft exec: Xbox 360 has ‘a lot more than two years’ left

Paul Sciarra, Pinterest Co-Founder, Allegedly Leaving the Company

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Mr. Sciarra (twitter.com/sciarra) Looks like not everything at Pinterest is pictures of kittens and chic pastel rompers. Startup Grind reported today that Paul Sciarra, one of the image sharing network's cofounders, is leaving the company, according to numerous inside sources. The Pinterest management team appears to be getting a little nervous...
Paul Sciarra, Pinterest Co-Founder, Allegedly Leaving the Company

One More Time: No NDAs

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Shared by Jesse Stay I agree with Anil By unusual coincidence, this week I had a number of different folks ask me to sign NDAs about the new projects they're working on. It's great that we're in such a fertile phase for the tech industry that lots of people have...
One More Time: No NDAs

Developer Support for iPad Spikes

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Flurry, the analytics firm for mobile applications, has released an updated snapshot of iPad developer activities. Flurry's Peter Farago broke it down on the Flurry blog. "iPad made up 22% of new projects starts within Flurry over the last 60 days. In March, over 3,000 unique applications were created within...
Developer Support for iPad Spikes

SEOmoz raises $18 million, Brad Feld joining board — and yes, the deal has closed

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SEOmoz CEO Rand Fishkin SEOmoz CEO Rand Fishkin has been down this path before, as detailed in his extensive account of the company’s attempt to raise a large round of venture capital funding last year. But this time, with a different investor, the deal has actually closed. They’re so excited...
SEOmoz raises $18 million, Brad Feld joining board — and yes, the deal has closed
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