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China’s communist state news website aims for $245 million IPO raise

Yahoo kills a bunch of mobile apps you’ve never used

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Yahoo is cleaning house on the mobile product side, announcing Friday that it is “decommissioning” a long list of mobile apps. Apps that will no longer be supported include winners like Yahoo! Meme and Yahoo Mim (say what?), as well as some more general mobile apps like Yahoo Answers for...
Yahoo kills a bunch of mobile apps you’ve never used

Let the music play: Spotify for Windows Phone 8 arrives

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Windows Phone 8 users may be in the minority but they’re no longer pining for their Spotify fix. The online music service launched a beta version of Spotify for Windows Phone 8 on Friday as a free download. While the app is free, the service is subscription-based at $9.99 per...
Let the music play: Spotify for Windows Phone 8 arrives

Drawn to Scale raises money to make SQL big-data-ready

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Drawn to Scale, a two-year-old startup focused on making SQL ready for the world of big data by combining it with Hadoop, has raised an initial funding round of $925,000. The money came from RTP Ventures, IA Ventures and SK Ventures. Drawn to Scale’s product, Spire, is a distributed index...
Drawn to Scale raises money to make SQL big-data-ready

Google Enterprise chief Girouard heads to startup Upstart.com

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David Girouard, who led Google’s push into enterprise applications, is leaving the company for a startup called Upstart.com. An eight-year veteran with search giant,  Girouard posted the news to his Google+ site Friday night. He helped lead Google’s push to take on Microsoft  in desktop applications and email,  two areas where...
Google Enterprise chief Girouard heads to startup Upstart.com

Google+ finally allows you to merge your accounts

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Google+ users with a profile attached to their regular Gmail account and one attached to their Google apps account are finally able to merge those two accounts, thanks to a new tool launched by Google Thursday. The tool, which is part of Google Takeout, the company’s data portability initiative, allows...
Google+ finally allows you to merge your accounts

Google+ gets a slick new Android app

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Google launched a completely revamped version of its Google+ Android app Thursday morning, following a similar refresh of the iOS app earlier this month. The new version also comes with a few new features, including easier access to Google+ Hangouts – but the biggest difference is the slick new UI...
Google+ gets a slick new Android app
Microsoft search guru outlines big Bing changes

Google launches Schemer app for the iPhone

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Google’s social team has had a lot of love for iOS lately: Just days after rolling out a revamped iPhone app for Google+, the company now released an iOS app for its social activity service Schemer. The app mimics Schemer’s Android app in form and functionality, allowing users to tell...
Google launches Schemer app for the iPhone

PRO: Google doesn’t like walled gardens — except its own

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In a recent interview with the Guardian newspaper, Google co-founder Sergey Brin said he believes the future of the “open Internet” is at risk, because of the rapid growth of “walled gardens” such as Facebook and the app-device ecosystem developed by Apple. But if that’s true, then why is the...
PRO: Google doesn’t like walled gardens — except its own

Windows Azure outage hits Europe

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Just in time for the Olympics, there’s a Windows Azure outage in Europe. A flag posted at 11:09 UTC  on the Windows Azure dashboard:  “We are experiencing an availability issue in the West Europe sub-region, which impacts access to hosted services in this region. We are actively investigating this issue...
Windows Azure outage hits Europe
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