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King of Nerds Invents App That'll Get Him All The Girls At Debate Camp

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Clearly this kid is the exception, in that he is looking for more work to do. What were you doing with your time when you were 15 years old? Well, unless you were founding your very own startup, get ready to feel bad about yourself. Fast Company recently talked to Tanay Tandon, a...
King of Nerds Invents App That'll Get Him All The Girls At Debate Camp

Yahoo, Facebook, others sharply criticize German online copyright bill

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As German government officials prepared to meet to discuss a controversial online copyright bill on Wednesday, Yahoo, Facebook and German online startups slammed the proposal that would allow publishers to charge search engines such as Google for reproducing short snippets from news articles....
Yahoo, Facebook, others sharply criticize German online copyright bill

Other Apps Could Learn from News.me's Location Features

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A new feature of News.me for iPhone delivers your news to your device whenever you leave the house. It’s called Paperboy, and it uses iOS 5’s built-in geofencing to wake up the app and download fresh news in the background. How cool would it be if your grocery list...
Other Apps Could Learn from News.me's Location Features

Are You a Bot (or Not)?

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Ever been followed by a fellow Twitter user named @YoulandaX3477, and wondered whether she's your friend Youlanda from third grade (hi, Youlanda!) ... or, just possibly, a bot? Have you ever wondered whether the people you meet on Twitter are actually, ultimately, people? It can be, sometimes, alarmingly hard to...
Are You a Bot (or Not)?

With new Android app, language-learning startup Duolingo looks to double user base

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Android users with aspirations of learning another language have a new app to check out. About six months after rolling out an iOS app, Duolingo on Wednesday launched its Android app. Created by Recaptcha founder and Carnegie Mellon professor Luis von Ahn, Duolingo helps people learn languages while translating real-world...
With new Android app, language-learning startup Duolingo looks to double user base

It's Not Surprising That Mark Zuckerberg's Favorite Board Game Is Risk

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A source told us that Facebook used to set Tuesday night as Risk night, where people could play Mark Zuckerberg at the board game. The fact that Risk is Zuckerberg's favorite game shouldn't be overlooked. It's a very strategic game about world domination.  Clearly, Facebook has done a good job...
It's Not Surprising That Mark Zuckerberg's Favorite Board Game Is Risk

First Look at TechStars Historical Results Data

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TechStars is an early stage venture fund based in Boulder, Colorado. ReadWriteWeb was given an early peek at historical results data on TechStars companies, which the organization is about to release. The data shows acquisition and failure rates, as well as how many of the TechStar companies have gone on...
First Look at TechStars Historical Results Data

National Intelligence Director Defends NSA Data Gathering as Lawful

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The U.S. government on Saturday again defended its information gathering techniques as both lawful and necessary and insisted that this week’s reports “have not given the full context.” In a statement, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper essentially confirmed reports in the Guardian and the Washington Post, but said...
National Intelligence Director Defends NSA Data Gathering as Lawful

Facebook Is No Longer Real-Time

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It's a good thing Facebook is thinking of redesigning the News Feed. Because I think a funny thing is happening to Facebook. For me, the news feed no longer surfaces anything of interest. The opaque algorithm behind it is just not able to produce anything relevant and, more important, timely, at least...
Facebook Is No Longer Real-Time

Nokia Buys Geographic Search Technology Company MetaCarta

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Nokia earlier this morning announced that it has acquired MetaCarta, a privately-owned geographic intelligence company, for an undisclosed sum. Nokia says it will use MetaCarta’s technology in the area of local search and other services. MetaCarta was founded in 2001, is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and employs over 30 people....
Nokia Buys Geographic Search Technology Company MetaCarta

Three things that Reddit did right during the Boston bombings and why that matters

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Although mainstream media outlets like CNN and the New York Post have come under plenty of fire for the way they handled information during the Boston bombings (Reuters even fired one of its social-media editors), much of the attention has focused on what Reddit got wrong — in part because...
Three things that Reddit did right during the Boston bombings and why that matters

Google Scores Copyright Win

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Google won a victory as German lawmakers approved a watered-down copyright bill that would protect the Internet giant from having to pay fees for linking to news articles....
Google Scores Copyright Win

Google threatens to omit French media from search

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If a proposed French law passes that would require search engines to pay for news articles, the Web giant says it would simply stop linking to the country's media sites. [Read more]...
Google threatens to omit French media from search

Facebook's IPO Will Make These People Millionaires And Billionaires

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Facebook's IPO is going to create a thousand millionaires. The top executives at Facebook, and its investors, are getting an unbelievable payout. We've heard reports of a valuation ranging between $75 billion and $100 billion. We've assembled a list of the top shareholders, and how much their stakes are worth....
Facebook's IPO Will Make These People Millionaires And Billionaires

Pinbooster Brings Sponsored Pins to Pinterest

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Can you spot the ad? Pinbooster cofounder Dave Weinberg has been working feverishly to get a platform for sponsoring pins on Pinterest launched before any competitors do. He’s not aware of any specific competitors right now. But given the nation’s Pinterest obsession—he gets a Google Alert every hour with 50...
Pinbooster Brings Sponsored Pins to Pinterest
The week in patent wars: Apple wins one, loses another, and asks for money

Facebook-Like News Feed Headlines First Round Capital's Redesigned Homepage

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A visit to the typical homepage for a venture capital firm most likely provides a well designed landing page that spells out the firm's mission with links to its portfolio companies and VC bios. Secondary to this general information is a page dedicated to press releases from the firm, or...
Facebook-Like News Feed Headlines First Round Capital's Redesigned Homepage

Google Dictionary Shows Usage Examples

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Google Dictionary has a lot of useful information about English words and expressions. Besides showing synonyms, antonyms, definitions from the dictionary and from the web, related phrases, Google Dictionary added usage examples from Google News. Google extracts the quotes from news articles and attributes the quotes to their authors. You...
Google Dictionary Shows Usage Examples

Twitter for iOS, Android gets expanded tweets, new notifications, and more, removes 'via 3rd party client' note

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The new version of Twitter for iPhone is live, bringing support for Twitter’s expanded tweets, ambient notifications, autocomplete for search and more. The update brings a bunch of improvements to the interface, including tappable avatar icons that direct you right to the profile of a Twitter user and performance enhancements. Expanded Tweets...
Twitter for iOS, Android gets expanded tweets, new notifications, and more, removes 'via 3rd party client' note

DataSift Raises $7.2M For Powerful Social Data Analysis And Business Intelligence Platform

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DataSift, a data analysis company that provides developers and third parties with access to Twitter, Facebook and other social data sources, has raised $7.2 million in a follow-on Series A round from existing investors GRP Partners and IA Ventures. This brings DataSift’s total funding to $15 million. For background, developers,...
DataSift Raises $7.2M For Powerful Social Data Analysis And Business Intelligence Platform
The Big Challenge Facebook Must Tackle Today (FB)

France Issues Ultimatum to Google

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France will consider adopting legislation that would force Google to pay for the right to cite news articles online if the company fails to settle a dispute with French news publishers over how to share revenue, the office of France's President François Hollande said....
France Issues Ultimatum to Google
Yahoo continues its mobile spending spree with acquisition of intelligent news app Summly

Sorry Fair Use, Court Says News Clipping Service Infringes On AP Copyrights

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We were surprised last year when the Associated Press decided to sue Meltwater News -- an online press clipping/news aggregator service. The issue is that Meltwater does index various news articles, just like Google, allowing you to search on them. But it does not deliver the full articles to users...
Sorry Fair Use, Court Says News Clipping Service Infringes On AP Copyrights

Twitter Could Go Public In 2013, But Why Bother?

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If last week's highly-anticipated Facebook IPO was too much excitement, not to mention too many numbers packed into a dense, 197-page S-1 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, breathe easy: it does not appear as if Twitter has any short-term plans to follow suit and become the last of...
Twitter Could Go Public In 2013, But Why Bother?

MARK ZUCKERBERG IS WORTH ~$25 BILLION

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Wow! Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg still owns 28.4% of Facebook despite the huge amount of money the company has raised, according to the company's S-1 filing. That amounts to 534 million shares. If Facebook is worth between $75 billion and $100 billion (we'll call it $87.5 billion), that's worth $24.7...
MARK ZUCKERBERG IS WORTH ~$25 BILLION

Why Facebook Social Reading Apps Don't Work

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Facebook has begun showing some users a "Trending Articles" section right inside their news feeds, whether they want it or not. It's the most aggressive strategy Facebook has tried yet to push people to use Open Graph reading apps. Could it be that the most annoying feature of Facebook isn't...
Why Facebook Social Reading Apps Don't Work

LinkedIn Today gets Facebook-esque commenting, liking and trending features

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Now that LinkedIn has gotten rid of all of the Twitter spam from its service, the company is now focusing on bubbling up great content via its “Today” product. Today, the company announced some new social features for Today, including commenting, liking and trending. The hope is that your network...
LinkedIn Today gets Facebook-esque commenting, liking and trending features

Introducing comment voting on news articles and features

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In our continuing effort to promote the best and brightest discussion on news articles and features, we are testing a new voting system on comments. It's an experiment—we built the system with the minimum number of features to launch with, and if readers take to it, we may very well...
Introducing comment voting on news articles and features
Yahoo's latest Android app integrates Summly for faster news scanning
× Just a test of the new info bar. What do you think?