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Zynga Confirms OMGPOP Acquisition, But Not How Much it Paid

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As we reported earlier today, Zynga has officially acquired OMGPOP, the New York company responsible for the overnight mobile game hit Draw Something. In a conference call, Zynga’s Chief Mobile Officer David Ko declined to say how much it paid, but our sources say it was a pretty penny: About $180 million...
Zynga Confirms OMGPOP Acquisition, But Not How Much it Paid

Greycroft closes $175 million third fund

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Greycroft Partners, which made a pretty penny on exits such as Huffington Post and Buddy Media, announced it has completed its third fund, which closed at $175 million. The New York-based venture capital firm (see disclosure below) with offices in Los Angeles, said the fund was oversubscribed but it held...
Greycroft closes $175 million third fund
Booting Up: Foursquare Wants to Recommend Some Coffee Shops

Kindle Fire sets Microsoft's Bing as default search engine

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We haven't gotten our hands on a new Kindle Fire just yet, but we now know that Microsoft's Bing is the default search engine on the device's Web browser. Microsoft may have paid Amazon a pretty penny for the honor, one that could be important in Microsoft's longstanding struggle to...
Kindle Fire sets Microsoft's Bing as default search engine
What Gangnam Style's 1 Billion Views Say About Modern Society
5 ways to keep in touch while traveling for business

Ready for Windows 8? Here comes Microsoft's $1.5B marketing push

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Microsoft needs Windows 8 to do well, really well. And it’s going to spend a pretty penny to make sure businesses and consumers — at the very least — hear about it. According to Forbes, Microsoft plans to spend between $1.5 billion and $1.8 billion on the launch of the...
Ready for Windows 8? Here comes Microsoft's $1.5B marketing push

NVIDIA unveils the GTX Titan, an enormous graphics card that costs $1,000 (eyes-on)

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NVIDIA's GTX Titan is rumor no more, as the American computer hardware company unveiled the superpowerful graphics card this morning. With 2,688 CUDA cores, 6GB of GDDR5 RAM, and 7.1 billion transistors packed into the 10.5-inch frame, Titan's capable of pushing 4,500 Gigaflops of raw power -- NVIDIA's pitching...
NVIDIA unveils the GTX Titan, an enormous graphics card that costs $1,000 (eyes-on)

Greylock Adds Joseph Ansanelli As Its Newest Partner To Focus On Enterprise

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Sand Hill Road venture capital firm Greylock Partners is announcing today that it’s added a new face to its roster of general partners: Joseph Ansanelli, a longtime tech industry entrepreneur. Though Greylock may be best known at the moment for its recent investments in the consumer Internet space, and...
Greylock Adds Joseph Ansanelli As Its Newest Partner To Focus On Enterprise

Deliver Us from Re-Runs! Netflix Nabs Rights to First-Run Disney Movies

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Can you feel the MAGIC? (Photo: flickr.com/cdharrison) Good news if you’re sick to death of movies that weren’t that great when you first saw them in the mid 1990s: The Wall Street Journal reports that Netflix has landed a plum deal to show Disney movies earlier than any other subscription TV service,...
Deliver Us from Re-Runs! Netflix Nabs Rights to First-Run Disney Movies

Apple's Jony Ive tapped to design one-off Leica M for charity auction

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In case the newly announced Leica M simply isn't astronomically expensive enough -- or charity-minded enough, as it were -- Apple's senior VP of design Jony Ive is working with the German photography company on a one-off version set to be auctioned for charity. Given the M's baseline price...
Apple's Jony Ive tapped to design one-off Leica M for charity auction

iPhone 5 repairs aren't cheap -- it's the replacement parts

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Fixing a busted iPhone screen can cost a pretty penny. And, it appears that repairs for each iteration of the device are just getting more expensive. [Read more]...
iPhone 5 repairs aren't cheap -- it's the replacement parts

Fab CEO Jason Goldberg Takes to Reddit for Awkward AMA

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(Photo: WN) The Reddit AMA (or “ask me anything”) is a free-for-all question and answer session where big names duke it out with anonymous users masked by handles like “testees_testees_123.” It can be delightfully informative, but also delightfully weird. Some even morph into uncomfortable grilling sessions, as was the case with...
Fab CEO Jason Goldberg Takes to Reddit for Awkward AMA

Could All That Free Food Get Tech Companies in Trouble with the Tax Man?

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In the real world, this costs money. (Photo: Flickr.com/blueace) Free food is such a staple of Startupland that when Marissa Mayer introduced free food to Yahoo, she was heralded like Moses stepping down from Mt. Sinai, stone tablets in hand. But the Wall Street Journal reports that all that gratis grub could...
Could All That Free Food Get Tech Companies in Trouble with the Tax Man?

DJI multi-rotor aircraft with Ruling live video feed controller hands-on (video)

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Well that's a mouthful. Shenzhen-based DJI Innovations was on hand at NAB today to demonstrate its new hex-rotor aircraft, designed to provide photographers (and videographers) with a low-cost tool for capturing aerial images. The vehicle we saw today, coined Spreading Wings S800 (its rotors retract for storage) is a...
DJI multi-rotor aircraft with Ruling live video feed controller hands-on (video)

The First One’s Free: Harry Potter Series Added to Kindle Lending Library

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Mr. Bezos. Pottermore got off to a rocky start with seemingly endless delays and underwhelming initial reviews, but in April the Harry Potter ebook portal finally made it out of beta. This morning the company gets another boost: The books will now be available in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library--and...
The First One’s Free: Harry Potter Series Added to Kindle Lending Library

Zynga's Stock Rises as Wall Street Approves of OMGPOP Acquisition

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Despite Zynga paying a pretty penny for OMGPOP yesterday, Wall Street analysts generally approve of the acquisition. In early afternoon trading, Zynga’s stock was up about 2 percent, or 26 cents, to trade at $13.98 a share. In a research note, Baird Equity Research wrote that it believes OMGPOP will...
Zynga's Stock Rises as Wall Street Approves of OMGPOP Acquisition
Like tinkering with your MacBook Pro? Non-retina may be where it's at

Alexandre Herchovitch dresses up HP Pavilion dm1 with golden doilies, higher sticker price

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Ask the most fashionable folks you know, looking good isn't cheap -- no surprise then, that playing dress up has put a premium on the HP Pavilion dm1's price tag. Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchovitch has dolled up the ultraportable laptop with a lacy gold topcoat, applying the signature flair...
Alexandre Herchovitch dresses up HP Pavilion dm1 with golden doilies, higher sticker price

TeliaSonera Shows That LTE Is Addictive

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TeliaSonera, which deployed the first 4G network in the world last December, has released data showing that once users have the faster Long Term Evolution service (GigaOM Pro sub req’d), more than half won’t go back to slower 3G. The Nordic carrier conducted the survey among its 4G customers after they had...
TeliaSonera Shows That LTE Is Addictive

Back And Forth Cloning Battles With Zynga Continue With New EA Chapter

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Our first introduction with Zynga was back in 2009 when the maker of Mob Wars sued Zynga over its Mafia Wars game. Zynga was accused of copyright infringement and ended up paying a pretty penny. Later on in the year, Zynga turned around and sued Playdom over what it claimed...
Back And Forth Cloning Battles With Zynga Continue With New EA Chapter

MakingView Brings 360-Degree Video Full-Circle With The Mountable ViewCam Camera

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Welcome to the future of 360-degree video. MakingView, a company out of Norway, has created a camera called the ViewCam, an ultra lightweight camera that can be mounted almost anywhere and take full 360-degree video. Unlike the Dot or GoPro, however, consumers can’t purchase the ViewCam, as it’s only available...
MakingView Brings 360-Degree Video Full-Circle With The Mountable ViewCam Camera

41% of Google searches for super bowl ads during the game came from mobile devices

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Yesterday’s Super Bowl XLVI heralded the most tweets ever for any sporting event, but the world’s most popular search engine also saw a mass of football-related activity pass through its digital doors. If Google’s data is anything to go by, it’s not entirely clear whether people were actually watching the...
41% of Google searches for super bowl ads during the game came from mobile devices

Android this week: So I bought a Galaxy Note 2...

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Regular readers of this weekly column know that I typically recap interesting Google Android news from the prior week. Occasionally, I make an exception to cover one specific Android item, and today, I’m doing just that. Why? I ordered a Galaxy Note 2 from overseas on Sunday morning and it...
Android this week: So I bought a Galaxy Note 2...

We are all living inside the notification hell

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Emails, tweets, notifications, text and instant messages, Facebook status updates, Path moments — all these are new tools of communication when taken together are notification hell. These notifications prey on human desire for a dopamine fix. And just as we are over-caffeinated, I think the 21st century is quickly...
We are all living inside the notification hell

Boingo Partners with Transit Wireless to Bring WiFi to NYC’s Subway Stations

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(flickr.com/rafaj) Back in February, Transit Wireless, the company formed to carry out the implementation of a new wireless network for New York's transit system, announced that it would be bringing wifi to 30 of New York's subway stations. On that day, millions of satisfied sighs could be heard echoing across...
Boingo Partners with Transit Wireless to Bring WiFi to NYC’s Subway Stations

Why Verizon Is Killing DSL And Cheap Broadband

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The slow death of DSL will cause the rapid rise of expensive broadband for underserved areas if Verizon’s Fusion home broadband service is any indication. Verizon on Tuesday launched its long-planned home broadband service powered by its LTE wireless network — trading slow in-ground copper for expensive airwaves on...
Why Verizon Is Killing DSL And Cheap Broadband

Booting Up: Sometimes You Eat the Bear, and Sometimes He Eats You Edition

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The Surface surfaces. (Photo: flickr.com/spicagames “If the deal soured, it would be his ‘throat to choke.’” In retrospect, a poor choice of words. [Wall Street Journal] Spotify has launched a for-real Pandora competitor. [AllThingsD] However, we’d be very interested to know how much that’s going to cost them in royalties. We’re...
Booting Up: Sometimes You Eat the Bear, and Sometimes He Eats You Edition

Two wrongs make a right: Why not turn selfies into ads?

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Todays digital natives don’t look at ads. But they do love photos of themselves. Rather than address the issues inherent in both of those situations, like say, making better ads, or steering our country’s youth away from their apparent narcissism, New York startup KMco has cleverly combined the two. The result...
Two wrongs make a right: Why not turn selfies into ads?

Boutique Fashion Brokers: An online trade show for boutiques and designers

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Every industry has its own form of a trade show. In consumer electronics, it’s CES. In the startup world, there are massive conferences like our very own The Next Web Conference, Paris’ LeWeb and TechCrunch Disrupt in the U.S. For motion graphics, there’s Siggraph. For food and wine, there’s South Beach....
Boutique Fashion Brokers: An online trade show for boutiques and designers
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