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Ooma Office brings VoIP to small business, launching this month

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Ooma's expanding its VoIP offerings to the world of business, introducing "Ooma Office" today at CES 2013. Ooma Office takes the already existing VoIP functionality built into Ooma's Telo device (made for residential use) and adapts it for small business purposes -- conference bridges, an automated, programmable receptionist, and...
Ooma Office brings VoIP to small business, launching this month

Luxury Phone Brand Vertu Launches Its First Android-Powered Handset -- For Those With $10,000+ To Spend

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Vertu, the formerly-owned-by-Nokia maker of eye-wateringly expensive, leather-clad, gem-encrusted, handmade-in-the-U.K. ‘luxury’ smartphones, has launched an Android-powered device: the Vertu Ti. After leaving the Nokia fold, back in October, it was rumoured that Vertu planned to do what many a Nokia fan still wishes that company would do: ditch Symbian and adopt Android. Today Vertu unveiled its...
Luxury Phone Brand Vertu Launches Its First Android-Powered Handset -- For Those With $10,000+ To Spend

Buchheit’s lucky streak as an angel (and a founder)

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Gmail creator, FriendFeed co-founder and now Facebook employee Paul Buchheit has not only has had a stellar career as an entrepreneur and engineer. He’s also proving to be a savvy angel investor with four acquisitions in six months. Yesterday’s acquisition of mobile e-mail startup reMail by Google marked yet another home...
Buchheit’s lucky streak as an angel (and a founder)

Five “Old School” Tactics That Could Ruin Your Sales Page

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Despise long sales letters, yellow highlighters and blood-red, hype-laden headlines? These tried and true copywriting tactics are proven winners at converting “cold” traffic into paying customers – and $10,000-a-page copywriters use them without hesitation because they appeal to the baser instincts of the easily swayed. They may be embarrassing...
Five “Old School” Tactics That Could Ruin Your Sales Page

AOL Reader hands-on: An unexciting but solid Google Reader replacement to rival Feedly

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We knew AOL was planning its own replacement to the soon-expiring Google Reader, and now we’re able to share a complete look at the upcoming service. Pitching with the slogan “all your favorite websites, in one place,” AOL’s Reader came as a surprise to us at first, but when you consider...
AOL Reader hands-on: An unexciting but solid Google Reader replacement to rival Feedly

Apple Changes Catchphrase on iTunes Page, No Longer Copies Zune Website

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A few weeks ago, it was discovered that Apple’s iTunes page used the same “your entertainment, everywhere” slogan that appears on Microsoft’s official Zune website. It was unknown if it [...]Continue reading Apple Changes Catchphrase on iTunes Page, No Longer Copies Zune Website...
Apple Changes Catchphrase on iTunes Page, No Longer Copies Zune Website

Microsoft to hire graffiti artists for digital Windows 8 ads

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Hey, it’s Friday. Here’s whats up: Microsoft, perhaps looking for a bit of spice in its advertising curry, intends to hire graffiti artists to create digital ads for its forthcoming Windows 8 operating system. The following quote from Microsoft, via Mary Jo Foley over at ZDNet, lays bare the strategy: With the...
Microsoft to hire graffiti artists for digital Windows 8 ads

Can Niiiws be the Flipboard for local stories?

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On first glance Niiiws, a recently-released app for the iPad, looks like many of the other news aggregators out there. It lets you browse a selection of headlines and story excerpts from major websites; it acts as a souped-up RSS reader; you roll through a smooth, clean design that’s more...
Can Niiiws be the Flipboard for local stories?

Microsoft: Gone Google and Now You Regret it? We Have Alternatives

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When Google announced that it was going to integrate Google+ with its search results, its biggest competitor in the search market, Microsoft's Bing, remained quiet while social networks like Twitter raised the hue and cry. Now, however, it looks like Microsoft is about to pounce on this chance to raise...
Microsoft: Gone Google and Now You Regret it? We Have Alternatives

DailyDirt: Bacon Tastes Good. Pork Chops Taste Goood.

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Pork is one of the most commonly consumed meats worldwide. Interestingly, even though it was marketed as the "other white meat" (that slogan was retired in 2011), the USDA always referred to pork as a "red meat" on its website. Here are just a few more fascinating tidbits on pig...
DailyDirt: Bacon Tastes Good. Pork Chops Taste Goood.
'Anonymous' hackers realize intellectual property rules may have value after all [video]

When is the social curation bubble going to burst?

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You just can’t move for social curation services right now. The biggest noise might be coming from Pinterest, which is growing like a weed — but whether it’s the new-look Delicious, Switzerland’s Paperli, shopping curation site Svpply, image service Mlkshk or another site, the fact is that almost everybody seems...
When is the social curation bubble going to burst?

Nokia parodies Apple-Samsung phone wars in latest ad

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In a new TV ad that vaguely recalls the Tareyton cigarette slogan "I'd rather fight than switch" from the 1960s, a new commercial for the Nokia Lumia 920 and its Windows Phone 8 OS pokes fun at the war between Apple and Samsung (and their respective users) in an amusing...
Nokia parodies Apple-Samsung phone wars in latest ad

GOPs can play super dumb but they can never back down from their "Drill, Baby Drill" slogan ~ http://j.mp/aF8NQs #oilspill

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GOPs can play super dumb but they can never back down from their "Drill, Baby Drill" slogan ~ http://j.mp/aF8NQs #oilspill

Match.com sues ‘Adult dating’ site XXXmatch

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A popular singles site that promises “Love is complicated, Match.com is simple” is taking issue with a website that claims “Love is complicated, sex is simple.” In a trademark suit filed in Virginia federal court, Match claims the adult matchmaker has no right to use the names “xxxmatch.com” or...
Match.com sues ‘Adult dating’ site XXXmatch

Not Being Evil Has To Be More Than A Marketing Slogan.

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Google’s Matt Cutts takes issue with my post yesterday expressing mild outrage that Facebook puts its application developers in a position of having to choose between “user experience” and “monetization.” I called that choice the “Evil Dial” – more evil, more money, and Facebook gets their cut because all of...
Not Being Evil Has To Be More Than A Marketing Slogan.

Samsung reportedly behind mock protest flashmob at Apple Store

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An Australian Apple Store was bombarded by a mob of people chanting "wake up" and holding signs emblazoned with the same slogan on Thursday, with one source claiming that the stunt was orchestrated by an ad agency working for Samsung....
Samsung reportedly behind mock protest flashmob at Apple Store

Android Is Apple’s Burger King

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While we see the iPad garnering much attention during its official launch, Android fans are rejoicing. Given how many good reviews there have been for the iPad, this may sound kind of strange. However, sometimes being second best can still be the basis for a fantastic business. I call this...
Android Is Apple’s Burger King

Recurly Recurls Pricing – New Entrepreneurs Not Happy

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Up until now I’ve been preparing a raving review about how much I love the recurring payment service, Recurly.  Previously, at simply a fraction of the price of each payment on the service, it was very simple for any entrepreneur to get set up with the service and have an...
Recurly Recurls Pricing – New Entrepreneurs Not Happy

Who's Next: Pinterest Designer Sahil Lavingia And His New E-Commerce Site Gumroad

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At 19, Sahil Lavingia has already designed scores of apps and worked at one of the hottest startups in the world--but he's only getting started.At 17, Sahil Lavingia helped design the massively successful Pinterest, currently the third most popular social network, behind Twitter and Facebook. The Wall Street Journal has a...
Who's Next: Pinterest Designer Sahil Lavingia And His New E-Commerce Site Gumroad
Twitter adopts a motto to defend users

When you think you know it all

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When I said I'm "nearing the end of a top-to-bottom rewrite of the software behind Scripting News," what I really meant is that I'm "just beginning a top-to-bottom rewrite..." I've been doing this a long time, but software projects still kick my ass, even when I'm doing it for the...
When you think you know it all
Nuance Announces Voice Ads, So You Can Talk To Mobile Advertising

American-Made Macs: What's The Big Picture?

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As the Internet begins its Kremlinological reading of Tim Cook’s recent interviews (and make no mistake that these interviews are a calculated effort to brush away multiple company missteps), let’s explore what his point, the dream of Macs Made In America, means for the company and, more importantly, the renaissance...
American-Made Macs: What's The Big Picture?

Custom Jeans Won't Make Your Butt Look Big, Will Change The Way You Shop

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The future of shopping means every garment--and shopping experience--can be customized to fit both your body and your thirst for discovery.I’ve seen this scenario before, but I will not name names. A woman with a delightful and sensible figure, who looks quite gorgeous from any angle, cranes her neck around...
Custom Jeans Won't Make Your Butt Look Big, Will Change The Way You Shop

Israeli Raid Cancelled After Very Stupid Facebook Post [Bad Ideas]

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If you're in the military, here's a tip: don't put upcoming missions in your Facebook status. You wouldn't think someone would need to tell you that, but here we are. A raid on suspected militants in the West Bank was cancelled yesterday after an Israeli soldier updated his Facebook status...
Israeli Raid Cancelled After Very Stupid Facebook Post [Bad Ideas]

Global mobile phone shipments breached 1.6 billion units in 2012, Samsung, Apple and Nokia still on top

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A charger on every nightstand and a phone in every pocket -- it could be a presidential slogan, but it's really just reality. According to research from Strategy Analytics, a staggering 1.6 billion mobile phones were shipped (not sold) globally in 2012, and 700 million of them were smartphones....
Global mobile phone shipments breached 1.6 billion units in 2012, Samsung, Apple and Nokia still on top

Wickr email app: military-grade, secure, biodegradable, and completely useless?

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I don’t know about you, but I have always wanted “secure, military grade communications.” Not that I want to do anything mind-bogglingly stupid Anthony Wiener-style, or that I’m planning the imminent violent overthrow of western civilization. Mainly just because it sounds cool. That’s the promise of new iPhone app Wickr, which...
Wickr email app: military-grade, secure, biodegradable, and completely useless?

UPS My Choice shows innovation in action

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When it comes to old, stodgy companies innovating, my favorite examples are UPS and FedEx. The Internet could have been a threat to both companies. Email, scanners, and PDFs have combined to make the lucrative overnight letter business a lot less relevant than it was 20 years ago. FedEx (then...
UPS My Choice shows innovation in action

Tumblr Play: The secret microblog version of Twitter #Music that never was

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Last week, Twitter launched its new social music discovery app #Music. A lot of us thought that this was a long time coming, as musicians are a big component of Twitter’s celebrity users, and many of them follow other musicians, creating an easily exploitable way to expose users to popular...
Tumblr Play: The secret microblog version of Twitter #Music that never was
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