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From buzzword to bloodsport: native advertising gets competitive with new leaderboard

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Regardless of your definition of the category or whether you believe it has staying power, native advertising is as hot a topic as they come in the adtech world. It’s comparable to flash sales in 2009, daily deals in 2010, influencer marketing in 2011 or ambient social networking in 2012....
From buzzword to bloodsport: native advertising gets competitive with new leaderboard

Facebook is talking with Apple and Microsoft about porting Home to iPhone and Windows Phone

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Facebook is in talks with both Apple and Microsoft about the possibility of porting its new Home Android launcher to their respective platforms, Bloomberg reports. Facebook director of product Adam Mosseri mentioned the discussions to Bloomberg, while noting that no formal agreement has been made. “We’ve shown them what we’ve...
Facebook is talking with Apple and Microsoft about porting Home to iPhone and Windows Phone
Twitter loses 2 heavy hitters: Platform director Ryan Sarver & TweetDeck founder Iain Dodsworth

Ad-Tech Specialist Marin Software Raises $105M In IPO As Shares Pop 30% To $18.67

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The first ad tech IPO of 2013 hit the NYSE today: Marin Software priced its 7.5 million shares at $14 each, raising $105 million at a valuation of $425 million. Trading under the symbol MRIN, the stock saw a small pop in its opening hour, rising by some 40% before...
Ad-Tech Specialist Marin Software Raises $105M In IPO As Shares Pop 30% To $18.67
CBS considers producing original content for streaming services

Unity readies cross platform game development tool for BlackBerry 10 with open beta test

www.pcworld.com
Unity Technologies will soon extend its cross-platform game development tools with an open beta trial targeting the BlackBerry 10 OS. It is inviting developers to register now to be among the first to get access.Unity's tools can be used to create games simultaneously for a number of different platforms,...
Unity readies cross platform game development tool for BlackBerry 10 with open beta test

Barnes & Noble to stop building Nook tablets, seeks hardware partners

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Barnes & Noble has announced that it will stop manufacturing Nook tablets, but the company is not getting out of the tablet market completely. Instead of building its own, Barnes & Noble will attempt to create a co-branded line of tablets with third-party manufacturers. The announcement does not affect...
Barnes & Noble to stop building Nook tablets, seeks hardware partners

Google Announces Rebuilt AdMob Developer Tools With Smarter App Promotion, Local Currency Support

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Mobile app developers using Google’s AdMob ad network will start seeing a new version that has been rebuilt “in a ground up sort of way,” according to Jonathan Alferness, director of product management for mobile ads. The update, which starts rolling out today, also brings AdMob more in line with...
Google Announces Rebuilt AdMob Developer Tools With Smarter App Promotion, Local Currency Support

Beloved Mac and iOS RSS reader NetNewsWire set to return after ditching intractable iCloud data syncing

thenextweb.com
iCloud data syncing, especially with Core Data, has become the bane of many an iOS developer’s existence. I can’t tell you how many developers have run into major issues implementing sync with Apple’s iCloud, no, really, I can’t tell you as most of them won’t go on the record. But...
Beloved Mac and iOS RSS reader NetNewsWire set to return after ditching intractable iCloud data syncing
Hangouts, the best part of Google+, gets standalone iOS, Android, & Chrome apps

Messaging app 'WhatsApp' for iOS to become subscription based by year's end

appleinsider.com
Popular cross-platform messaging app WhatsApp is planning to eschew its current one-time purchase fee for iOS users, and move to a subscription model akin to how the title is distributed on other platforms like Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone....
Messaging app 'WhatsApp' for iOS to become subscription based by year's end

HP Scanjet Pro3000 s2 announced, includes 50-page automatic feeder

www.electronista.com
HP has announced the availability of the Scanjet Pro3000 s2 for business users. Said to plug into existing scanning platforms, the sheet feed scanner includes a 50-page automatic feeder for mass document scanning, and is capable of scanning A4-sized pages at 300dpi in color at up to 20 pages per...
HP Scanjet Pro3000 s2 announced, includes 50-page automatic feeder

Google ports Chrome OS app launcher to the Chrome browser Dev channel on Windows; Mac and Linux coming soon

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Google on Wednesday announced a significant bridge between Chrome and Chrome OS: the app launcher, a little window that features all your apps in one place. The company has ported the dedicated “home for your apps” from Chrome OS to its Chrome browser. As of today, the new feature is...
Google ports Chrome OS app launcher to the Chrome browser Dev channel on Windows; Mac and Linux coming soon

New Workout App For Pebble Shows Why Your Wrist Might The New Hot Spot For Mobile Devs

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A new app created by Toronto-based developer and entrepreneur Alex Kennberg uses the Pebble to take users through a standard 7-minute workout (made popular through media coverage at outlets including the New York Times Magazine), and does so using only the tech on your wrist. It’s a great example of...
New Workout App For Pebble Shows Why Your Wrist Might The New Hot Spot For Mobile Devs

BlackBerry 10 app catalog now boasts 100,000 applications; 30,000 added in last 7 weeks

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BlackBerry, formerly known as Research in Motion, today announced that its app catalog has grown by more than 30,000 apps for BlackBerry 10 in seven weeks, recently hitting a total of 100,000 applications. This isn’t entirely unexpected, and it tells us little about BlackBerry’s chances of a turn-around for its...
BlackBerry 10 app catalog now boasts 100,000 applications; 30,000 added in last 7 weeks

Amazon Cloud is great, but not for business

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Amazon added a new element to its Cloud Drive service this week that expands it usefulness. The new Cloud Drive Sync app keeps files in sync across different devices and platforms, and pits Amazon Cloud Drive head-to-head against rivals such as Google, Microsoft, and Apple. However, businesses should steer...
Amazon Cloud is great, but not for business
Now 200M Users Strong, Viber Launches Desktop App With Video Calling In Version 3.0

Crowdfunding Picks: Throw Trucks With Your Mind & Other Cool Control Interfaces

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For many, many years, we've talked about all kinds of business models, including ideas (and early attempts) at crowdfunding before "crowdfunding' was a word. Obviously, over the past couple years, Kickstarter has become "a thing," along with a number of other platforms, like IndieGogo, PledgeMusic and many more. On a...
Crowdfunding Picks: Throw Trucks With Your Mind & Other Cool Control Interfaces

Why online advertising will get easier for publishers (and why it won't)

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The concept of selling digital ads is basic enough — offer up a piece of screen and invite brands to buy it. But for publishers, the ad tech industry can feel like a mix of quantum physics and witchcraft. Instead of simple transactions between publisher and buyer, digital ad sales...
Why online advertising will get easier for publishers (and why it won't)

Nokia marketing head: Customers' 'biggest complaint' is missing apps

www.engadget.com
We managed to grab a quick chat with Nokia's Global Head of Smartphone Marketing, Vesa Jutila, following the global launch of the Lumia 925. When asked about the still-notable absence of some mainstream apps within Windows Phone 8, Jutila was surprisingly frank. With reference to the company's Lumia series,...
Nokia marketing head: Customers' 'biggest complaint' is missing apps
WordPress CEO: Yahoo deal led to 72,000 Tumblr posts imported to WP in one hour

Yahoo axes more products to 'sharpen focus'

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Yahoo Avatars, app for Blackberry and Message Boards are among the products going away in April, said Jay Rossiter, head of Yahoo's platforms. [Read more]...
Yahoo axes more products to 'sharpen focus'

Sharethrough Launches A Native Ad Leaderboard To Highlight The Sponsored Content That's Most Shared

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Sharethrough, a startup that’s focused on native advertising (a topic that CEO Dan Greenberg has discussed in several TechCrunch guest columns), is launching a new way to browse the most popular native ads. The Native Advertising Leaderboard is based on information that’s publicly available through the APIs of various social...
Sharethrough Launches A Native Ad Leaderboard To Highlight The Sponsored Content That's Most Shared

Google Maps coming to iPad this summer, updated with new design, improved rating system, in-app offers, much more

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We showed you significant updates to Google Maps which leaked early this morning, and Google just announced updates to Maps at Google I/O. Google also announced that its Maps API is used by over 1 million active sites and accessed by 1 billion unique visitors weekly. Maps will now...
Google Maps coming to iPad this summer, updated with new design, improved rating system, in-app offers, much more

Apple forces Line to remove the ability to send virtual items as gifts from its iOS app

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Asian mobile messaging service Line is seeing early success with its monetization model — to the tune of $58 million in revenue for Q1 2013 — but there’s a little bad news today as the company has withdrawn the gift sharing feature from its iOS app at the request of...
Apple forces Line to remove the ability to send virtual items as gifts from its iOS app
Google updates Google+ apps for mobile, adds photo filters to iPhone app

Don't fret: There's another mobile RSS reader for you out there yet

arstechnica.com
It’s been a bit of an interesting week for Android users. On the one hand, Samsung, the world’s biggest Android handset manufacturer, just announced the next iteration of its very popular smartphone, and on the other, Google announced the impending shut down of Reader, which will inevitably impact mobile...
Don't fret: There's another mobile RSS reader for you out there yet

DHS shifting to cloud, agile development to boost homeland security

www.computerworld.com
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has moved to agile development and is shifting to cloud platforms in an effort to improve its IT operations....
DHS shifting to cloud, agile development to boost homeland security

Spark Capital Raises $450 Million For Its 4th Fund To See Its Startups All The Way Through To Exit

www.businessinsider.com
Spark Capital, a Boston-based venture capital firm, has raised $450 million for its its fourth and largest fund to date. The fund is about $100 million larger than Spark's last. General Partner Todd Dagres says that's because Spark has "figured out its sweet spot." It wants to ramp up its...
Spark Capital Raises $450 Million For Its 4th Fund To See Its Startups All The Way Through To Exit
MicroVentures doles out $16M in investments while it 'patiently waits' for the SEC
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