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With $1M, Boomerang launches locally-focused social gifting platform

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Backed by Lightbank, the investment fund created by Groupon founders Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell, Chicago-based Boomerang aims to provide a social gifting platform centered around local merchants. The startup, which has raised nearly $1 million from Lightbank, MediaBank, InnerWorkings and Echo Global Logistics, launches Tuesday to let Facebook users send...
With $1M, Boomerang launches locally-focused social gifting platform
Facebook Makes Big Last-Minute Holiday Drive To Sell Gifts With Banners Atop The Web And Mobile Feeds

7 Gorgeous short films that capture the magic of letterpress printing

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Traditional letterpress printing is a beautiful, time-honored tradition that has survived over 500 years. But within the past few decades, modern computers have led these classic machines to their graves. Obviously, computers are wonderful things, and a great designer can create something amazing with nearly any tool. That said, there’s...
7 Gorgeous short films that capture the magic of letterpress printing

Coming Off Big Holiday Season, Sincerely Ink’s Mobile Postcards Now Ready For Valentine’s Day

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Sincerely, the maker of mobile apps that let you send your photos as print postcards, is pushing out a new version of its Sincerely Ink app today. The main change is that the theme now features Valentine’s Day cards, instead of other themes like Birthdays or New Year’s. Not huge...
Coming Off Big Holiday Season, Sincerely Ink’s Mobile Postcards Now Ready For Valentine’s Day
Sincerely's New "Thoughtfulness Engine" Will Help You Remember Birthdays & Special Occasions, Won't Spam You With Alerts
Microsoft's Bing Search Engine Has Learned To Speak Klingon

Amazon partners with JibJab to launch Video Gift Cards

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Amazon is partnering with JibJab, the digital media company founded in 1999, to launch Video Gift Cards to let customers create personalized Starring You video This latest initiative from Amazon means people can send personalized video gift cards featuring JibJab videos to mark a variety of special occasions, such as...
Amazon partners with JibJab to launch Video Gift Cards

Facebook prepares to use 'cold storage' to deal with vast amounts of data

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Facebook is rethinking the way it stores data to cope with the 7 petabytes of new photos the social network's users upload every month. As the number of photos grows, Facebook needs find cheaper, less power-hungry ways to store them all, according to the company's vice-president of infrastructure engineering....
Facebook prepares to use 'cold storage' to deal with vast amounts of data

The Cloud's Dirty Little Secret

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Image copyright PakhnyushchaThe cloud has a dirty little secret: It is expensive. These days, it seems as soon as some new technology begins to gain traction, VCs and journalists herald the arrival of a new technological order. While these predictions often end up being true eventually, many of us are...
The Cloud's Dirty Little Secret
Paperless Post Goes Retro And Begins Paper, A New Invitation Printing Business
Targeting Game Developers, Mobile Gift Card Platform Gyft Launches APIs

Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

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Readers react to a proposal for a longer school year and day.    ...
Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?
Facebook celebrates weddings and engagements with new homepage feature

Groovideo: This app helps you collaborate with friends to create videos for special occasions

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Groovideo is a recent product of Silicon Valley Accelerator UpWest Labs, and the Israeli startup has a pretty neat Web and iOS app under its belt. Groovideo's mission is to......
Groovideo: This app helps you collaborate with friends to create videos for special occasions

In Its First Acquisition as a Public Company, Facebook Buys Social Gifting App Karma

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That newfound cash is burning a hole in Facebook’s pocket. After raising upwards of $15 billion dollars in its first day as a public company, Facebook has acquired social gifting app Karma and all 16 of its employees. The app is designed to help Facebook users find reasons to give...
In Its First Acquisition as a Public Company, Facebook Buys Social Gifting App Karma

Facebook Starts Showing Birthdays And Selling Gifts From The Top Of The Mobile News Feed

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Facebook Gifts could make a lot of money on mobile by getting you to buy presents for friends, but birthdays were buried in Events and celebrations weren’t shown on mobile. So today Facebook for iOS and Android began displaying birthdays and celebrations atop the mobile news feed for users in the...
Facebook Starts Showing Birthdays And Selling Gifts From The Top Of The Mobile News Feed
Lightbank-Backed Boomerang Debuts A Social Gifting Platform For Brands And Businesses

Aptina unleashes 1080p and 4K mobile sensors, entire point-and-shoot segment cringes

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Hear that? That's the sound of the entire point-and-shoot camera industry bracing for yet another blow. As smartphone cameras mature, it's becoming ever more difficult to convince consumers to use anything other than their phone outside of special occasions where ILCs or DSLRs are necessary. Aptina has a lot...
Aptina unleashes 1080p and 4K mobile sensors, entire point-and-shoot segment cringes

DailyDirt: Uses For Wine (Besides Drinking It)

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Drinking wine on special occasions is a popular tradition all over the world, but it seems like more people would like some other excuses for drinking wine, too. Red wine had gotten a lot of publicity for various health benefits, but if you want to drink some wine, maybe you...
DailyDirt: Uses For Wine (Besides Drinking It)

Restaurant Charging $200/Person Has The Gall To Tell Diners They Can't Take Photos

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A lot of people love taking photos of their fancy dishes - especially on special occasions. But at New York-based Momofuku Ko, which charges about $200 per person, taking photos is not allowed. Helene Stapinski of The New York Times reports. When one diner at Momofuku Ko took a photo...
Restaurant Charging $200/Person Has The Gall To Tell Diners They Can't Take Photos

Karma: An app for instant gift giving, from your mobile or desktop

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There’s a $100 billion market in the US for pre-paid gift cards. Every year, up to 11% of those go completely unredeemed. Last-minute gifting is the place where gift cards hold their strongest position, and a new app called Karma is looking to change not only what you buy but...
Karma: An app for instant gift giving, from your mobile or desktop

Google Secure Search

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Google launched a new version of Google Search that uses an encrypted connection to Google's servers. "With Google search over SSL, you can have an end-to-end encrypted search solution between your computer and Google. This secured channel helps protect your search terms and your search results pages from being intercepted...
Google Secure Search

Champagne bubbles - it's all in the glass

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The traditional champagne flute and flat coupe glass are fine for young wines - but for complex older champagnes, only a wide glass that curves back in towards the top and is filled only a little way will present the bubbles correctlyChampagne is liquid decadence, a golden drink for the...
Champagne bubbles - it's all in the glass

Shutterfly Relaunches Mobile Greeting Card App Treat

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Photo and personal publishing company Shutterfly is continuing to refresh its mobile products with today’s relaunch of its Treat application for iOS, which follows the December overhaul of the company’s flagship app for photo gifts and prints. Treat, which originally soft launched in April of last year, is a competitor to Apple’s Cards...
Shutterfly Relaunches Mobile Greeting Card App Treat

Mobile Sharing App Quilt Launches With Backing From Facebook Co-Founder Andrew McCollum

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As the social world evolves, users are increasingly seeking new ways to share moments with friends and family that don’t involve uploading content that everyone in their social networks can see. Rather than post things to Facebook or Twitter, more social applications like Path are popping up that limit the...
Mobile Sharing App Quilt Launches With Backing From Facebook Co-Founder Andrew McCollum

Winestyr, A Craft Booze Marketplace, Offers Wine "Playlists" To Help You Choose

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As a hardcore boozehound, there’s nothing I like better than to create a mood by putting on a Rush album and drinking down a bottle of vodka. But what about special occasions like the birth of a puppy or a visit from the probation officer? Winestyr is a new wine...
Winestyr, A Craft Booze Marketplace, Offers Wine "Playlists" To Help You Choose

Android 4.2 bug omits December from the People app, makes end-of-year birthdays even less bearable

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The launch of Android 4.2 brought a welcome smattering of extra features to the mobile world, but a recently discovered bug omits something slightly important: namely, the month of December. Dive into the People app on any device using the new OS, and the last 31 days of the...
Android 4.2 bug omits December from the People app, makes end-of-year birthdays even less bearable

Does new iPod touch spell double-trouble for point-and-shoot cameras?

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Glyn Evans, who writes the wonderful iPhoneography blog, is excited about the new, fifth-generation iPod touch, which comes with a 5-megapixel camera that supports HDR image capture and the new Panorama shooting mode. Evans believes that it opens up the world of iPhoneography to those who don’t own or don’t...
Does new iPod touch spell double-trouble for point-and-shoot cameras?
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