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India’s top e-commerce service Flipkart reportedly buys close rival LetsBuy

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Indian e-commerce site Flipkart is reported to have bought local rival LetsBuy, according to a report from Medianama. The deal is expected to be confirmed over the coming few days, with sources speculating that it could be worth $20-30 million. When asked by Medianama about the deal, Manish Vij, who...
India’s top e-commerce service Flipkart reportedly buys close rival LetsBuy
2013 will separate the strong from weak in mobile commerce

'Obama Vs. Romney' Could End Up Being A Lot Like 'Mac Vs. PC'

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The juxtaposition between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama couldn’t have been starker. Romney delivered a solid, if perfunctory, victory speech. Later in the night, President Obama appeared on Jimmy Fallon. One one hand, this was not remarkable. Even Richard Nixon appeared on “Laugh In.” And Romney was on the ballot in five states — of course he was going...
'Obama Vs. Romney' Could End Up Being A Lot Like 'Mac Vs. PC'

Wikipedia’s Redesign Is Coming Soon

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Wikipedia is edging closer to a redesign. Nako Komura, head of the user experience team for the Wikimedia Foundation, detailed some of these changes on the foundation’s blog and in the Wikimedia Technical Blog.The new default design will start to roll out the week of April 5 on the...
Wikipedia’s Redesign Is Coming Soon

In Russia, Internet giant Yandex now matches the country's top TV channel in advertising revenues

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Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on East-West Digital News, a leading English-language resource on Russian digital industries and related venture activity. Illustrating the trend of moving online in the Russian advertising market, search engine giant Yandex saw its advertising revenues equal those of First Channel (“Pervyi Telekanal”), the country’s leading TV channel,...
In Russia, Internet giant Yandex now matches the country's top TV channel in advertising revenues
Twitter: Now With More Impending Doom

Public Relations For SEO: How To Target Journalists

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A few years ago, I launched a website called FindHow, and we gave it a full-court press from a PR standpoint. In this series of articles, I’m running through all the best practices we leveraged. In the first part of Public Relations For SEO: The Complete Guide, we talked about how to...
Public Relations For SEO: How To Target Journalists

RIM closing the Android market “cesspool” on the PlayBook

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“[P]iracy is a huge problem for Android devs, and we don’t want to duplicate the chaotic cesspool of Android market.” Research In Motion is planning to drop the ability to sideload Android applications on its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, citing that 53 percent of surveyed Android developers believe app piracy is...
RIM closing the Android market “cesspool” on the PlayBook
BlackBerry 10 reportedly won't get an Instagram app

Reverse alchemy: replacing precious platinum with ignoble iron

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Homogeneous catalysis, in which the catalyst is mixed directly in with the reaction components, sees widespread use in industrial settings. The catalysts themselves are often complex organometallic compounds that contain a precious metal atom/ion—platinum, rhodium, palladium, rhenium—at their molecular center. From an engineering standpoint, a reactor for a homogeneously catalyzed...
Reverse alchemy: replacing precious platinum with ignoble iron

Rise of the Tech Bandits: Pete Cashmore, the Cyborg

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Editor's note: In the Summer 2012 issue of SAY Magazine, Dan Frommer chronicles the history of tech blogging. For the rest of this week, Richard McManus, who founded ReadWriteWeb in 2003, will be looking back on the early days. Mashable founder Pete Cashmore is described as "studly" in Dan Frommer's...
Rise of the Tech Bandits: Pete Cashmore, the Cyborg

Apple new iPad hands-on!

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Here she is -- the iPad HD! Er, new iPad. Breaking away from the numerical tracking system used before (and still used in the iPhone range), Apple has decided to highlight the most major change in its newest slate by simply dubbing it "new." By and large, the new...
Apple new iPad hands-on!

Mike Masnick's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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For most of the past two weeks I've been extremely busy, travelling around to a bunch of different countries, meeting with policy makers, content creators and industry folks talking about creativity, innovation and (a bit) of copyright policy. It's been a fascinating experience, and I'll try to write up some...
Mike Masnick's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

How Patent Wars Work

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How Patent Wars Work is a post from Chris Pirillo Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS FeedApple and HTC are locked in a App. The actual legal complaints blatantly list 20 infractions that Apple feels HTC has made pertaining directly to Android devices....
How Patent Wars Work

UH OH: Apple May Be Making A Smaller iPad -- The One Steve Jobs Hated

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Apple generates more gossip than the Kardashians. There's a constantly spinning mill of rumors about Apple products, most of which turn out to be untrue. What's unusual this week is that talk has revived of a smaller iPad model, an idea company founder Steve Jobs derided publicly a year before...
UH OH: Apple May Be Making A Smaller iPad -- The One Steve Jobs Hated
Thorsten Heins says BlackBerry plans to upgrade 'all existing PlayBooks' to BB10

PayDragon is the Express Lane Resting in Your Pocket

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I’m not even going to bury the lede here: Yes, there is a reason to use something like PayDragon even when the Pay with Square application exists. As nice as walking up to the counter and telling the barista your name can be, PayDragon has one clear advantage: Skipping that...
PayDragon is the Express Lane Resting in Your Pocket

Google's SEM Platform is Mediocre, Which is Fine... for Google

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In case you missed it before Thanksgiving, Forrester research ranked Google’s DoubleClick Search last in its Wave Report of Search Engine Marketing (SEM) providers. The research firm dubbed Google’s DoubleClick search a “risky bet” for advertisers and agencies, citing shortcomings from “no keyword list expansion tools” to “limited support for...
Google's SEM Platform is Mediocre, Which is Fine... for Google

Evidence Shows That Megaupload Shutdown Had No Real Impact On Infringement

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The first big analysis of what happened to file sharing via cyberlockers following the shutdown of Megaupload shows that there was no slowdown in file sharing -- it's just that the traffic moved elsewhere. The analysis, by Deepfield Networks, concludes that there was no significant drop off in file sharing...
Evidence Shows That Megaupload Shutdown Had No Real Impact On Infringement
GoDaddy acquires mobile website building app M.dot

To slash or not to slash

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Webmaster Level: IntermediateThat is the question we hear often. Onward to the answers! Historically, it’s common for URLs with a trailing slash to indicate a directory, and those without a trailing slash to denote a file:http://example.com/foo/ (with trailing slash, conventionally a directory)http://example.com/foo (without trailing slash, conventionally a file)But they certainly...
To slash or not to slash
Writers should be paid

Backed Or Whacked: iPads In Good Standing

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Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Each column will look at crowdfunded products that have either met or missed their funding goals. Follow him on Twitter @rossrubin. Backed or Whacked first explored the murky underworld of iPad wearing devices last November. The GoPad saw its Kickstarter campaign whacked...
Backed Or Whacked: iPads In Good Standing

Leadbolt Customizes Mobile Ads To Match The User Lifecycle

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Leadbolt is one of those startups that’s been flying under the radar for a while (more than two years in fact), but now it’s ready to talk about what its founders describe as a smarter, more innovative approach to mobile advertising. According to CEO Dale Carr, most mobile ad companies...
Leadbolt Customizes Mobile Ads To Match The User Lifecycle

Scopely Hires Former Zynga GM Reed Shaffner To Lead Its Product Team

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Mobile gaming startup Scopely has signed on former Zynga general manager Reed Shaffner to lead its product team. Shaffner will oversee games from Scopely’s developer partners as well as its infrastructure. Based in Los Angeles, Scopely was launched in 2011 to help independent mobile game developers optimize their products for...
Scopely Hires Former Zynga GM Reed Shaffner To Lead Its Product Team

AOL Sells Its Patents To Microsoft For $1 Billion: Microsoft Now Owns Netscape IP

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Just a few weeks ago, we had mentioned reports that AOL was looking to sell its patents. Sometimes, those kinds of things take a while, and may even involve auctions and whatnot. However, it looks like AOL got the deal done quickly, selling over 800 patents to Microsoft for just...
AOL Sells Its Patents To Microsoft For $1 Billion: Microsoft Now Owns Netscape IP

Urban Outfitters Says It Will Never Buy Another Cash Register Again -- All Sales Will Be Done On iPods And iPads (URBN, AAPL)

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Retailer Urban Outfitters had its first ever annual analyst day today. You can listen to the whole presentation here, but about halfway through CIO Calvin Hollinger makes some interesting comments about the future of point-of-sales systems in retail. Specifically, the company is going all Apple devices for its stores. Sales...
Urban Outfitters Says It Will Never Buy Another Cash Register Again -- All Sales Will Be Done On iPods And iPads (URBN, AAPL)

Social Video Company Unruly Triples Annual Revenue And Opens New US Offices

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Unruly, a social video distribution platform whose technology helped power viral campaigns like Evian’s Roller Babies and Old Spice’s “Man Your Man Could Smell Like”, just released its results for the fiscal year ending on March 31. The company says it tripled revenue from £6.0 million to £17.6 million (at...
Social Video Company Unruly Triples Annual Revenue And Opens New US Offices

Why Tumblr Won't Tumble Like MySpace

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Tumblr just hit a big milestone: 20 billion monthly pageviews. That's impressive for the blogging site, run by youthful CEO David Karp. But if you're familiar with older Web communities like GeoCities or Myspace, you know how traffic-driven success can be fleeting. GeoCities scored a $3.5 billion buyout from Yahoo,...
Why Tumblr Won't Tumble Like MySpace
Sneaking in From Canada, Gijit Promises to Take the Pain Out of Organizing Meetings
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