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Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 8 launch and encourages us to save the date on October 29

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Earlier today, Microsoft sent out a bunch of invites to folks inviting them to an event where some “exciting Windows Phone 8 news”. By glancing at the email, you can clearly tell that the news was relating to the impending launch of their new phones featuring the Windows Phone 8...
Microsoft confirms Windows Phone 8 launch and encourages us to save the date on October 29
No Thank You, I Will Not 'Just Deal With' The Fact I'm Being Constantly Monitored

Starbucks' Schultz: Don't Read Anything Into Exit From Groupon Board

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Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz said today in an interview on CNBC that he has confidence in both Groupon’s board and CEO Andrew Mason, even after stepping down from the board after 19 months. Spencer Platt | Getty Images News Last month, Kara Swisher reported that Schultz and Accel Partners’...
Starbucks' Schultz: Don't Read Anything Into Exit From Groupon Board

Video sharing service Vine reportedly to launch as standalone iOS app soon, play nice with Twitter

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Contrary to reports from earlier today that the video service Vine would be a built-in Twitter service, All Things D’s Peter Kafka is now stating that it will be a standalone app available in Apple’s App Store. The app, which was rumored but never confirmed to have been acquired by...
Video sharing service Vine reportedly to launch as standalone iOS app soon, play nice with Twitter

Twilio Adds Multi-User Permission For Its Account Portal As It Steps Further Into The Enterprise Space

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On Tuesday, Twilio announced the creation of a permission-based system to help manage multiple users. Multi-user is geared towards helping companies segment roles based on which team member has access to what data within the Twilio account. What’s more, it’s also another step the telecommunications-focused company is taking towards the...
Twilio Adds Multi-User Permission For Its Account Portal As It Steps Further Into The Enterprise Space

FCC Chairman backs Uber in Washington DC - "I'm on the side of innovation"

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On-call car service Uber has seen more than its share of pushback since its launch. It seems like every other day we’re hearing yet another story of how the company is being shut out of cities such as its most recent events in Boston. But today the company got quite...
FCC Chairman backs Uber in Washington DC - "I'm on the side of innovation"

Uber redesigns its Android app and launches on Blackberry and Windows Phone

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Uber has launched dedicated apps for the Windows Phone and BlackBerry operating systems today, bringing its popular service, that connects users with luxury vehicles for hire, to a while range of new devices. (This is a breaking story. Please update for further updates.) ➤ Uber | Windows Phone | BlackBerry Image...
Uber redesigns its Android app and launches on Blackberry and Windows Phone

Nokia inks deal with Avanade to get more Lumia devices and services into large enterprises

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Smartphone and mobile services firm Nokia has struck a deal with Avanade, a business technology solutions and managed services provider that has long prided itself for its Microsoft product expertise (and was actually co-founded by the Redmond software giant over a decade ago). Under the terms of the deal, Avanade...
Nokia inks deal with Avanade to get more Lumia devices and services into large enterprises

Microsoft promises fix to key security flaw in Internet Explorer in 'the next few days'

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Microsoft promised today to patch a security flaw that it highlighted yesterday in its Internet Explorer software. The patch will be forthcoming in the next few days. In a statement, Microsoft called the impact of the flaw thus far ‘extremely limited.’ The company promises that the fix itself will be simple...
Microsoft promises fix to key security flaw in Internet Explorer in 'the next few days'

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg to pen a book about her life in leadership

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Could Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s next move involve her writing her first book? According to the Hollywood Reporter, it’s already happened and will be published starting next year by Alfred A. Knopf. Titled Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Sandberg’s book won’t be an autobiography about...
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg to pen a book about her life in leadership

As Starbucks Runs a Deal With LivingSocial, Groupon Stock Touches a New Low

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Groupon’s stock dipped to an all-time low of $4.00 this morning after Starbucks announced it was going to offer a discount through the daily deal giant’s closest rival, Living Social. Despite that sting, however, the stock recovered and ended on the plus side, closing at $4.24, up about 2 percent....
As Starbucks Runs a Deal With LivingSocial, Groupon Stock Touches a New Low

Pandora sues copyright collective over music licensing fees which it claims "prevent profitability"

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Pandora Media is taking copyright collective ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) to court over what it calls “ill-suited” music licensing fees which “prevent profitability,” reports Bloomberg. At its heart, this is by no means a new case. ASCAP has found itself in trouble countless times since the 1940s for privileging certain organizations...
Pandora sues copyright collective over music licensing fees which it claims "prevent profitability"

T-Mobile USA locks Nokia 810 exclusive, launching in the "coming weeks"

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Nokia announced today that its newest phone, the Nokia Lumia 810, will be available on T-Mobile here in the United States within the coming weeks. For a while now, Nokia’s flagship phone has remained exclusively on AT&T, but with the impending release of Windows Phone 8, it looks like Nokia...
T-Mobile USA locks Nokia 810 exclusive, launching in the "coming weeks"

Windows Phone 7.8 finally arrives for older Lumia devices, adding apps and Start screen functionality

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Nokia has announced that Windows Phone 7.8 has arrived and is encouraging people to update their Lumia devices. In a video uploaded to YouTube, the phone manufacturer highlights what’s new with the updated Windows Phone operating system, and how users can do so through their Zune software. Promised by Microsoft in...
Windows Phone 7.8 finally arrives for older Lumia devices, adding apps and Start screen functionality

One Android phone, multiple 'personas': Cellrox secures $4.7m round to ride the BYOD wave

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Mobile virtualization technology company Cellrox today announced that it has secured $4.7 million in fresh funding in a Series A round led by Runa Capital. Prior backers such as Previz Venture Partners and Columbia Technology Ventures also participated in the round. Cellrox bills itself as a “leader in BYOD Multi-Persona...
One Android phone, multiple 'personas': Cellrox secures $4.7m round to ride the BYOD wave

New Google TV update featuring Voice Search and revamped TV guide for fast and easy viewing

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Google has pushed a new update for Google TV devices to improve search, Google announced on its blog. The new version will first roll out to LG devices over the coming weeks, followed by other TV sets and set-top boxes in the following months. The focus of this update is to...
New Google TV update featuring Voice Search and revamped TV guide for fast and easy viewing

Twitter mobile usage in NYC doubled during Hurricane Sandy's peak

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Twitter has revealed that its mobile usage from NYC residents more than doubled during Hurricane Sandy’s peak — right as a major power outage covered the city in a blanket of darkness. Mobile usage from people in NYC peaked 10/29 around 9pm (approx same time as ConEd explosion), more than...
Twitter mobile usage in NYC doubled during Hurricane Sandy's peak

Spotify's iOS app gets a more fluid, swipeable interface with new sidebar and 'Now Playing' bar

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Spotify has today updated its iOS app with revamped navigation options that make it easier to scoot around the app and get to the music you want to play. A quick swipe to the right with your finger (or a tap of the new top-left icon) will reveal a new...
Spotify's iOS app gets a more fluid, swipeable interface with new sidebar and 'Now Playing' bar

Best Buy reports holiday revenue: store sales flat, online sales up 10% to $1.1b

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Consumer electronics retail giant Best Buy today announced its holiday revenue results for the nine weeks ended January 5, 2013. In all, the company booked $12.8 billion in revenue, slightly down from the $12.9 billion it reported for the nine weeks ended December 31, 2011. Best Buy says store sales...
Best Buy reports holiday revenue: store sales flat, online sales up 10% to $1.1b

Thanks to iOS halo, Apple sells 4.9M Macs in Q4 2012, up 1% year-over-year

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Apple has announced that it has sold 4.9M Macs in its fiscal Q4 2012, contributing to $XB in revenue for the company. This number indicates a X1% increase year over year for Mac sales. Analysts expected Apple to ship 1.5M Mac desktops and 3.6M laptops in Q4. Last quarter, Apple sold 4M Macs total,...
Thanks to iOS halo, Apple sells 4.9M Macs in Q4 2012, up 1% year-over-year

No, Apple isn't throttling your iPhone or iPad data connection

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A bunch of stories popped up yesterday glomming onto a blog post that has since been pulled. They stated that Apple, or the carriers, or a combination thereof were throttling your iPhone’s data connection. Why? Who knows, but the intimation was that some deal had been struck that allowed the...
No, Apple isn't throttling your iPhone or iPad data connection

Apple releases Java update for OS X to protect users against vulnerability used in its hacking

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Apple has today released an update for Mac OS X users that delivers improved security for those that are running Java on their machines. This update repairs a vulnerability used to hack into Apple employees’ systems. The update is available under the Software Update section in the Mac App Store...
Apple releases Java update for OS X to protect users against vulnerability used in its hacking

Spotify Is Expanding Its New York Presence, Plans to Staff Up to 200 Engineers

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CEO Daniel Elk. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Today, Spotify made a big announcement: The company is expanding its local presence, with plans to hire an additional 130 engineers by the end of 2014. That’ll make New York home to the company’s largest office outside of Stockholm, with the bulk...
Spotify Is Expanding Its New York Presence, Plans to Staff Up to 200 Engineers

Yelp acquires European review service Qype for $50 million as it ramps up international expansion

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Review and recommendation service Yelp announced today that it has acquired its European rival Qype for $50 million, accelerating its international expansion with increased focus Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Austria, Ireland, Poland, Spain and Italy. The deal, which was announced at the same time as Yelp’s preliminary third-quarter...
Yelp acquires European review service Qype for $50 million as it ramps up international expansion

The Wall Street Journal launches The Accelerators and Startup Journal to cover entrepreneurship

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The Wall Street Journal is launching two new digital offerings to cover entrepreneurship and startups: The Accelerators and Startup Journal, the newspaper announced today. According to its press release, Startup Journal’s page on WSJ.com will aggregate all of its coverage “on the world of startups, funding, founders and entrepreneurship.” As...
The Wall Street Journal launches The Accelerators and Startup Journal to cover entrepreneurship

Windows Phone 8 syncing app hits the Windows Store ahead of launch event

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Ahead of Monday’s launch event, Microsoft has released an app for syncing Windows Phone 8 phones to Windows 8 and Windows RT. The Verge noticed the software’s release and confirmed that it would not sync with a Windows Phone 7 device. That leaves it relatively useless for the time being....
Windows Phone 8 syncing app hits the Windows Store ahead of launch event

Uber continues international expansion, starts testing service in its third European city, Amsterdam

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Uber has started testing its service in Amsterdam, its third European city. Famous for people traveling around by bikes or canal boats, the service is hoping that people will come to think of the luxury town cars as just another common way to get around in the city. Starting today,...
Uber continues international expansion, starts testing service in its third European city, Amsterdam

Most of Apple's iCloud services undergoing service disruptions

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Most of Apple’s iCloud services are undergoing some kind of service disruption right now. Fortunately, those do not include iMessage or iTunes in the Cloud, but they do include Mail, Calendar, Reminders, Backup, Photo Streams and more. Thanks to Apple’s brand new, more granular status page, we know that the...
Most of Apple's iCloud services undergoing service disruptions

With over a million downloads, Microsoft's Bing translator app comes to Windows Phone 8

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One of the most popular and useful mobile apps out there on the Windows Phone platform is the Bing Translator app. This free service combines augmented reality with the phone’s camera and speech & text translation, helping anyone better navigate the world. And now it’s available on the newest version...
With over a million downloads, Microsoft's Bing translator app comes to Windows Phone 8

The Nielsen Twitter TV Rating just made Twitter the first purely social ranking of TV program popularity

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Twitter just became a ratings chart of its very own. Twitter and Nielsen, the major TV ratings system, have announced a partnership to create the Nielsen Twitter TV Rating, a social measurement of television program popularity. This is being pitched as a syndicated industry-standard metric based entirely on Twitter data,...
The Nielsen Twitter TV Rating just made Twitter the first purely social ranking of TV program popularity
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