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Free Get Satisfaction is back: moderation, Hootsuite, other features added to make it useful for SMBs

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Customer service platform, Get Satisfaction, has revived its long-hidden free product, sprucing it up and adding some new features to it to make, what it hopes it will be, a useful and accessible product for small- to medium-sized businesses. Although a free plan had long been available, today’s announcement brings...
Free Get Satisfaction is back: moderation, Hootsuite, other features added to make it useful for SMBs

iTunes Digital Gift Cards Now Available Through Facebook

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Facebook today announced that it has added iTunes Store digital gift cards to its Facebook Gifts platform, making it easier for users to send iTunes credit to their networks of Facebook friends.Starting today with Facebook Gifts, you can instantly gift your friends iTunes digital gifts and recommend albums, movies, games,...
iTunes Digital Gift Cards Now Available Through Facebook

99 problems but fMRI ain't one: rappers help scientists study creativity

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Rap's appeal extends to the US embassy in Algeria. US State Department At Ars, we’ve seen tears and faux tarantulas inside fMRI machines, but here’s a new one: rappers. A group of researchers from NIH wanted to investigate what goes on in the brain during periods of intense creativity,...
99 problems but fMRI ain't one: rappers help scientists study creativity
PayByGroup's new feature takes the hassle out of group ticket buying

The Four Big Things HP Really Needs To Turn Itself Around (HPQ)

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Six months into Meg Whitman's reign as Hewlett-Packard's CEO, the jury is still out on whether she will stop its decline. She is warning that HP’s transformation could take three to five years. But HP doesn’t have years. In its fiscal first quarter, year over year revenue declined in...
The Four Big Things HP Really Needs To Turn Itself Around (HPQ)

Sean Parker: The Internet Is Boring, So We're Launching Airtime

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Sean Parker is on stage revealing his stealth startup, Airtime, to hundreds of press and celebrities at MILK Studios in Manhattan. He says he and Fanning created Airtime because, while social media has made the world feel smaller, most services leave people processing information and forget to help us interact...
Sean Parker: The Internet Is Boring, So We're Launching Airtime

Google+ Hangouts On Air Now Have A Full-Screen Option For Your Broadcast

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When you’re using Google+ Hangouts to broadcast say, a live concert, there hasn’t been a way to make it full-screen for your wonderful viewers. Basically, it would show a big window with you in it, along with a smaller window under it. A full-screen option has been a long-requested feature,...
Google+ Hangouts On Air Now Have A Full-Screen Option For Your Broadcast

David Tisch Just Stepped Down as Managing Director of TechStars NYC

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David Tisch has just announced that he is stepping down from his position as Managing Director of TechStars NYC. Word came via his blog: So with a deep level of appreciation for the experience and sense of pride, I have chosen to take this less-active role to focus on starting and...
David Tisch Just Stepped Down as Managing Director of TechStars NYC

Jen Lamere, The 18-Year-Old Developer Trying To Save Us From TV Spoilers On Twitter, Scores An Internship There

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Participating in hackathons is nothing new in certain parts of the world, especially Silicon Valley. Once in a blue moon, a small team of people create something exciting that generates buzz, potentially selling to a larger company. One developer took on 80 competitors at a hackathon called “TVnext,” the winner...
Jen Lamere, The 18-Year-Old Developer Trying To Save Us From TV Spoilers On Twitter, Scores An Internship There

MPAA To Aussies: Obey US Created Copyright Rules! But Don't Even Think About Importing Fair Use

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As reported here back in August, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) is taking a long, hard look at current copyright laws and has been gathering submissions from a variety of businesses and rights holders in response to 55 copyright-related questions. The submissions have been posted at the ALRC website...
MPAA To Aussies: Obey US Created Copyright Rules! But Don't Even Think About Importing Fair Use

UberConference adopts WebRTC, enabling conference calls directly from your Chrome browser

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UberConference, the conference call service, has just adopted the WebRTC standard, creating another way for users to make phone calls — this time right from the Google Chrome browser. Now you don’t need to worry about installing or using a separate service. If you’re not familiar with it, this service...
UberConference adopts WebRTC, enabling conference calls directly from your Chrome browser
Google+ adds fullscreen mode to Hangouts on Air live video streams

6 Young People Aged 17-28 Explain The Real Reason Facebook Had To Buy Instagram

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Ben Schachter at Macquarie has a fascinating research note out titled: Facebook's annoying features drive users to Instagram. He held a panel of 6 people aged 17-28 to track their social media behavior. What he found is a huge exodus of usage from Facebook to Instagram (which of course Facebook...
6 Young People Aged 17-28 Explain The Real Reason Facebook Had To Buy Instagram

Ballmer: Windows Phone 8 'still small', but will 'really ramp quickly'

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Following its launch event in San Francisco and the appearance of its first devices last week, Windows Phone 8 is hoping for big things in the future. Microsoft's chief exec Steve Ballmer said that its work with Nokia, HTC and Samsung offered them the chance to create a "really...
Ballmer: Windows Phone 8 'still small', but will 'really ramp quickly'
Your iPhone calendar isn't private—at least if you use the LinkedIn app

Meetupcall Launches As A Painless Way To Host A Conference Call

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I consider myself a member of the ‘Skype-generation’: I’ve never had to organise a traditional conference call in my life, although like other TechCrunch writers, I’ve had to join a few. Hosting one is a pain, apparently, as you have to juggle things like participant and leader PINs, country-specific dial-in numbers,...
Meetupcall Launches As A Painless Way To Host A Conference Call

Novell Pulse and Google Wave Collaborate in Real-time

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You're probably used to sending emails to friends and colleagues at any number of different addresses and you don't have to think twice about which email service they use. The same should be true for collaboration tools. Novell Pulse, an upcoming enterprise-focused collaboration tool, is built using the Google Wave...
Novell Pulse and Google Wave Collaborate in Real-time

DUMBO Startup Lab Expands to New Loft Space

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The new space. (dumbostartuplab.com) Apparently DUMBO isn't wanting for tech talent after all. The sleepy strip of cobblestones and art galleries beneath the Manhattan Bridge has seen a surge in tech company leases, and DUMBO Startup Lab is next on the list to trade in their small workspace for a 2,300...
DUMBO Startup Lab Expands to New Loft Space

Google Wallet sued for Patent Infringement in Delaware

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This afternoon, Google was sued over its Google Wallet smartphone application allegedly infringing U.S. Patent No. 7,298,271 (the '271 patent) in the Federal District Court of Delaware.  According to Google, "Google Wallet is a virtual wallet that securely stores your credit and debit cards, offers, and rewards cards. You can...
Google Wallet sued for Patent Infringement in Delaware
SoundCloud launches completely rewritten web app in private beta
How To Win the Attention Lottery
BumeBox Threw eBay A Social Media Party And 14M People Saw It

World's Biggest Douchebag Needs a 'Pretty, Thin' Girl to Favorite People on OKCupid for Him

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(Photo: Futurity.org) If you’re a “successful entrepreneur” whose ego is wildly mismatched with his actual value to the human race, you probably just don’t have time to comb through online dating profiles with the hopes of landing Ms. Right. And since you’ve made your bread and butter in Bubble 2.0,...
World's Biggest Douchebag Needs a 'Pretty, Thin' Girl to Favorite People on OKCupid for Him
Google and Bing duke it out in Microsoft's 'Bing It On' blind comparison test

Revolve Robotics Announces Kubi, A Telepresence Rig That Works Like Your Neck

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Kubi means “neck” in Japanese and that’s just what this new telepresence product is supposed to reproduce. This rig, designed to work with any tablet, essentially creates a user-controlled pivoting system that allows the person you are video-calling to control the position, angle, and rotation of the tablet camera....
Revolve Robotics Announces Kubi, A Telepresence Rig That Works Like Your Neck
Apple publishes recommendations on tax reform ahead of Senate hearing on offshore tax practice
Zuck gets his first ever patent - on privacy

Qriously Raises $3.5 Million Led By Spark Capital For Its Question-Based Mobile Ad Network

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Qriously, the “question network” that’s trying to reinvent the mobile ad, has announced that it’s closed a $3.5 million Series A round led by Spark Capital. Previous backer Accel Partners also participated. This brings the total raised by the London/New York-based company to $2.6 million, having closed $1.6 million in...
Qriously Raises $3.5 Million Led By Spark Capital For Its Question-Based Mobile Ad Network

Walmart Labs is building big data tools — and will then open source them

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Walmart is making a change in the way it does online commerce and there’s a big data story behind that shift. Stephen O’Sullivan, senior director at of Global e-commerce, at Walmart Labs is prepping the retail giant to move from 10 different web sites to one and from a trial-sized...
Walmart Labs is building big data tools — and will then open source them

Inventor of Google Voice now reinventing conference calls

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Craig Walker, the inventor of both Google Voice and DialPad, is now reinventing conference calls with his latest venture, UberConference. Teleconferences notoriously suck, but UberConference thinks it’s fixed that, claiming to have created “the best conference calling service ever.” The company has identified  four main problems with teleconferences. First, of course,...
Inventor of Google Voice now reinventing conference calls
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