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9 Things Windows Phones Can Do That The iPhone Can't (MSFT, AAPL)

Pack leader Benchmark Capital tosses DogVacay a giant $6M Series A bone

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Not all investors are created equal, pet services marketplace DogVacay has reeled in one of the best in the business as part of its $6 million Series A financing round. The latest heavy hitter to back the company is Benchmark Capital, who joins existing investors First Round Capital, Andreesen...
Pack leader Benchmark Capital tosses DogVacay a giant $6M Series A bone

YC Alum Chute Raises $2.7 Million to Deliver "Images-Backed-as-a-Service"

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Unlike the plethora of photo sharing apps that have come and gone in the last year, Winter 2012 Y Combinator alumni Chute is solving a major problem in the marketplace. Prior to Chute, each developer and brand wanting to build photo functionality into their app or website was forced to...
YC Alum Chute Raises $2.7 Million to Deliver "Images-Backed-as-a-Service"

Canada calls dibs on Microsoft's first permanent international store

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Canadian Windows fans rejoice! The rumors have panned out, as Microsoft opened its first permanent non-US retail location on Friday at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto. To celebrate this milestone, the company had a grand opening event with special guest Wayne Gretzky and a performance by the band...
Canada calls dibs on Microsoft's first permanent international store

China accounted for a record 15% of Apple's revenue in fiscal 2012

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The importance of China for Apple’s bottom line continues to grow, as its portion of the company’s revenue has risen from 12 percent last fiscal year to a total of 15 percent this year. With CEO Tim Cook’s confirmation that the iPhone 5 will arrive in the country sometime during the...
China accounted for a record 15% of Apple's revenue in fiscal 2012

What Does Skype's Architecture Do?

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In the last few days we have seen reports in the media we believe are inaccurate and could mislead the Skype community about our approach to user security and privacy. I want to clear this up. At Skype, we continue to be humbled and grateful for the commitment to our...
What Does Skype's Architecture Do?

How To Jailbreak Your iPhone And Make It Awesome (AAPL)

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A piece of software called "Absinthe" came out last week that makes it possible to jailbreak iPhones running iOS 5.1. What does it mean to jailbreak? All you're doing is installing some software on your phone that frees it from Apple's clutches. You have total control over your phone and...
How To Jailbreak Your iPhone And Make It Awesome (AAPL)
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Why Apple’s iTunes expansion is only scratching the surface in Asia

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Earlier this week, Apple extended support for its iTunes Store, iTunes Match and iTunes in the Cloud services to 12 new markets across Asia. While the move is undoubtedly a positive one, bringing new services to users in Asia and extending monetisation opportunities for Apple and developers, it is also notable...
Why Apple’s iTunes expansion is only scratching the surface in Asia
Nintendo 3DS sales in U.S. reach 4.5 million in first year

Internet companies and the billion dollar money drain

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Are VCs wasting money on online ad models? Photo via Images of Money Over the last ten years, more than $43 billion was invested in 7,200+ Internet-related companies, according to the PWC MoneyTree report. Fifty percent of those companies will disappear within the first three years of operations, and the...
Internet companies and the billion dollar money drain

Mary Meeker 2012 highlights: Mobile Web charges on - Apple dominates US, Android winning global

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Highly respected Web and technology analyst Mary Meeker has released her end of year 2012 report on Internet trends and the summary is that mobile and tablets are driving new levels of connectivity, particularly in emerging markets. Meeker, a partner with VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, estimates that...
Mary Meeker 2012 highlights: Mobile Web charges on - Apple dominates US, Android winning global
Gaming investors say the iPad will be this generation's console

Are You Following The Olympics?

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We experience events like the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the Oscars, and the State of the Union address together by watching them on television—it's the next best thing to being there for most of us. I (@ChloeS) collaborate with our media partners, and have enjoyed watching them weave together new...
Are You Following The Olympics?

Google's Global Impact Challenge Will Award $3M To 4 UK Social Entrepreneurs, With Tim Berners-Lee And Richard Branson Among The Judges

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Google, the world’s largest search engine and one of the most powerful tech companies overall, is now using its muscle to search for something new: social entrepreneurs. Today, the company is announcing the Global Impact Challenge, a new prize that will award £2 million ($3 million) between four non-profit startups...
Google's Global Impact Challenge Will Award $3M To 4 UK Social Entrepreneurs, With Tim Berners-Lee And Richard Branson Among The Judges

Why Windows To Go is perfect for BYOD

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Is your business still using Windows XP? If so, you're not alone. But, you should also seriously consider moving to a newer operating system. You could just step up to Windows 7, but there's also a pretty strong case to be made for moving to Windows 8--particularly Windows 8...
Why Windows To Go is perfect for BYOD

We just joined the 10,000 club on Facebook

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We’ve been hard at work building GeekWire over the past 16 months, striving to bring you top-notch technology news and fun community events. It hasn’t been easy running a 24-7 news operation with just three of us, but we love what we do and we’re humbled that so many of...
We just joined the 10,000 club on Facebook

Google's Larry Page says Oracle among those holding back tech industry

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Chief executive defends Google Glass and slams sector's 'negativity and zero-sum games' in speech to Google I/OThe Google co-founder Larry Page spoke out on Wednesday about the "negativity" he believes is holding back the technology industry, a day after revealing that he has been suffering from a rare vocal-cord condition...
Google's Larry Page says Oracle among those holding back tech industry
Amazon launches AutoRip for vinyl, pairs MP3s with your records

Tim Cook: Siri has “unbelievable potential”, expect new features in the coming months

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Tim Cook has revealed that Apple will launch a set of new features for Siri “in the coming months”, as it looks to build on the “unbelievable potential” that the virtual personal assistant has. Cook teased an audience at the All Things D conference by revealing that Siri users can expect...
Tim Cook: Siri has “unbelievable potential”, expect new features in the coming months
Stealthy Swipp raises $3.5M, takes a swipe at Twitter and Facebook
Treyarch unveils Call of Duty: Black Ops II, also known as attack of the drones

Some thoughts on mobile

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- People tend to lump smartphones and tablets together as “mobile”. This can be misleading. Ask people who run internet companies and they’ll tell you that user behavior on tablets is far more similar to user behavior on desktops/laptops than it is to user behavior on smartphones. That said, the...
Some thoughts on mobile
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Think DOJ Spying On Reporters Was 'Unprecedented'? Think Again

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We've already written about how the DOJ has a bit of history of spying on journalists' phone records without following the rules, and that was only scratching the surface. On Monday we showed that to be the case with the revelation about the questionable spying on a Fox News reporter....
Think DOJ Spying On Reporters Was 'Unprecedented'? Think Again

SellanApp launches its 'Kickstarter for apps' platform out of private beta

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We first reported on SellanApp last October, an Amsterdam-based company that’s striving to create a one-stop-shop for all your app-building needs – no design or coding knowledge required. The crowdsourced app-development platform opened pre-registration for its private beta stage back in April this year, a phase which finally kicked off early...
SellanApp launches its 'Kickstarter for apps' platform out of private beta

Wolfram Alpha Pro now available, $4.99 a month will let you throw almost anything at it for analysis

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Wolfram Alpha has made some fairly big strides in its few short years of existence, but the so-called computational knowledge engine has now rolled out what founder Stephen Wolfram says is the "the single most important development for Wolfram Alpha since the original website launched in 2009." That development...
Wolfram Alpha Pro now available, $4.99 a month will let you throw almost anything at it for analysis

Scratching the Surface With Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky

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Windows chief Steven Sinofsky said Monday that Microsoft certainly had a tablet like the Surface in mind when it started doing Windows 8. As for whether it always planned to do its own hardware, Sinofsky won’t say. “We set out to re-imagine the tablet,” Sinofsky said in a brief interview...
Scratching the Surface With Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky
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