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WorldStores Raises $15M Series C To Build Out Its Amazon-Style Ecommerce Model For Home & Garden Products

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WorldStores, a U.K.-based online retailer of home and garden products going after supplier scale to fuel its growth, has raised £10 million ($15.2 million) in Series C funding, led by Serena Capital. Existing investors Balderton Capital and Advent Venture Partners also participated in the round. The new funding brings WorldStores’...
WorldStores Raises $15M Series C To Build Out Its Amazon-Style Ecommerce Model For Home & Garden Products

Timer for iPhone offers a simple proposition: you need to time things and it has buttons to do it

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Each day I make myself a pot of coffee with my simple glass Chemex brewer. To do this I need to time three separate processes, every morning. First, I set a timer for about a minute and a half. That’s how long it takes my electric kettle to boil 20...
Timer for iPhone offers a simple proposition: you need to time things and it has buttons to do it

From breaking news to Pulitzer prizes: This week in media

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Does breaking news still make sense? Is physical media dead? How can media businesses monetize their content? These are some of the interrogations that emerged in the media world over the last few days. Let’s take a look back at a week that was particularly rich in reflection upon the future...
From breaking news to Pulitzer prizes: This week in media

Dwolla’s payment ambitious grow with $5M round

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Des Moines, Iowa might seem like an unlikely place to build the next big thing in payments but start-up Dwolla shrugs off any suggestion that it can’t be done. The company has been grabbing attention for its next-generation payment system that bypasses credit card networks and connects directly into...
Dwolla’s payment ambitious grow with $5M round

Google plans Keep note-taking app using Drive storage

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Google may be developing its own Evernote-like note-taking service as part of its Google Drive-based suite of apps. Google Keep apparently went live for a short period on Google Drive itself before being pulled, and seemed to allow users to make color-coded notes, create checklists, and also add pictures to...
Google plans Keep note-taking app using Drive storage
Apple Sells 3 Million iPad Minis And 4th Generation iPads In 3 Days

Craigslist Is Trying to Squash The Best Apartment-Finding App Out There

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PadMapper is one of the best ways to find an apartment in a city. It pulls data from a bunch of listing sites — including Craiglist — to populate a Google Map with available apartments. It's much easier to use than a text-based site like Craigslist, and it points its...
Craigslist Is Trying to Squash The Best Apartment-Finding App Out There
Jason is wrong: Winter is coming, and revenues aren't the answer for everyone
The case for organized power
Viddy raises $2.86M amid executive departures and an attempted turnaround
Is Tumblr the new GeoCities? VC Fred Wilson says no, points to ads

The Real Time Google Index: Will It Be a Game Changer? (Open Thread)

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Google is developing a system to ingest real-time content updates from any page on the web automatically, using the open PubSubHubbub Atom protocol, we reported on Wednesday. Google already indexes a whole lot of content very quickly, will a real-time indexing system make a big difference? There are differences of...
The Real Time Google Index: Will It Be a Game Changer? (Open Thread)

Listen to the Engadget Mobile Podcast, live at 3pm ET!

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A giant man is burning somewhere in the desert, and Myriam is currently gazing upon him. In her absence, Brad will be joined by fellow Engadgeteers Dana Wollman and Jon Fingas to discuss the latest happenings at IFA (as well as the rest of the world). We've got a...
Listen to the Engadget Mobile Podcast, live at 3pm ET!

SSD prices are low--and they'll get lower

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When we looked at the future of solid state disks back in July, we spent some time discussing an ominously titled research paper from the University of California-San Diego and Microsoft, called "The Bleak Future of NAND Flash Memory." The paper made a number of well-supported conclusions about the...
SSD prices are low--and they'll get lower

AppGratis Was Indeed Pulled By Apple, But "Reports Of [Its] Death Are Greatly Exaggerated"

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iOS App Discovery Service AppGratis was pulled from the App Store on Saturday. At the time, commentators were left wondering what was wrong with AppGratis’ app. Founder and CEO Simon Dawlat just wrote a long blog post explaining what’s going to happen next. “AppGratis, is very much up and running,”...
AppGratis Was Indeed Pulled By Apple, But "Reports Of [Its] Death Are Greatly Exaggerated"

Temple Run 2 becomes fastest growing mobile game with 50M downloads in under 2 weeks

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After previously announcing 20 million downloads in just four days for its new Temple Run 2 title, developer Imangi Studios announced today the game has now become the fastest growing mobile game ever with 50 million downloads in under two weeks. That beats out the old record of 50...
Temple Run 2 becomes fastest growing mobile game with 50M downloads in under 2 weeks

How to spot Android scam and malware apps

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Google has gotten better about pulling apps from the Play Store that are demonstrably harmful to your phone. That doesn’t mean, however, that such an app can’t find many hapless victims before it is killed. If you’re going to explore the Play Store in search of the next big app,...
How to spot Android scam and malware apps
Aereo brings its streaming TV & cloud DVR service to Boston on May 15

Amazon unveils Reserved Instant Marketplace, an exchange for cloud services

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Amazon Web Services today introduced a new offering called Reserved Instance Marketplace, an online exchange of sorts where customers can sell their excess Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Reserved Instances to other businesses and organizations. Amazon explains in a press release: The Reserved Instance Marketplace gives customers the flexibility to sell the remainder...
Amazon unveils Reserved Instant Marketplace, an exchange for cloud services
Tesla needs to gear up to meet Model S shipment goal
After heightened hacks, Twitter releases two-factor authentication

Leaving Google

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Today is my last day at Google. I’ve been at Google for six years but it feels more like “Two years at Google and four years in a small start up called Android that plans to revolutionize the mobile industry”. I don’t know what’s the most surprising: how ambitious...
Leaving Google

CitySocialising goes mobile and becomes Citysocializer, helping you tap social scenes wherever you roam

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Founded in 2007 by former BBC producer Sanchita Saha, CitySocialising may not be a name that immediately rolls off your tongue when discussing social networks. But the London-based company has carved a niche for itself in the UK for those wishing to take their online networking offline into the real world,...
CitySocialising goes mobile and becomes Citysocializer, helping you tap social scenes wherever you roam

How design will make or break your mobile company in 2012

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Design. Rarely has a single force so utterly dominated economic enterprise. Design is literally “everything.” We’re talking about the mobile industry, of course, where trillions of dollars of market value have been created in the past five years. Smartphones, tablets and mobile services are being devoured by consumers — but...
How design will make or break your mobile company in 2012

Eric Schmidt: Google now at 1.5 million Android activations per day

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There's a Google exec speaking at a tech conference, and that means one thing: more Android statistics. At Dive Into Mobile today, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt confirmed that the company is now seeing 1.5 million Android activations per day, which is up from 1.3 million per day last fall...
Eric Schmidt: Google now at 1.5 million Android activations per day
AngelList hints at expanding Invest feature

Flipboard now available for all Android users

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Flipboard is officially out of beta (and its short period of exclusivity on the Galaxy S III) and is now available as a free download (Google Play) for all Android users with compatible devices. The popular and innovative visual news reader app has previously established an extensive user-base on iOS...
Flipboard now available for all Android users
TCTV: In the Studio, Stipple’s Rey Flemings Wants to Turn Pictures into Dollars
Survivor's Gilt: amid losses and departures, the online sale industry struggles to stay alive

Baidu has chosen Skyscanner as its international flight search partner

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When China’s number one search engine, Baidu, decides to partner with a company, it’s a really big deal. Today, Skyscanner, Europe’s biggest flight search engine, has announced a partnership which means that it will power Baidu’s international flight search. Baidu already owns a chunk of a travel search site Qunar,...
Baidu has chosen Skyscanner as its international flight search partner
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