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This $650 iPhone Case Can Withstand A .50 Caliber Shot In The Back

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The iPhone is a notoriously fragile device. That’s where cases come in. However, this case, by a Japanese firm called Marudai, might be the toughest (and most impractical) case ever made. The massive backside is made of a combination of steel and aluminum, which is apparently tough enough to save...
This $650 iPhone Case Can Withstand A .50 Caliber Shot In The Back

Coupa Raises $22 Million Series E To Help Companies Track Spending

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Coupa, the creator of spend optimization software for businesses, which brings something of a Mint.com-like view into where a company spends on operating resources, is today announcing the close of a $22 million Series E round of funding led by a new investor, Crosslink Capital. Previous investors Battery Ventures, BlueRun...
Coupa Raises $22 Million Series E To Help Companies Track Spending

52% of smartphone videos are watched at home as users become device-agnostic, study finds

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Over half of smartphone videos are viewed at home, a new study reports. A partnership between online video tech company Tremor Video and consulting firm Frank N. Magid Associates, it focuses on shifting content consuming habits in the US. Its key findings can be summarized in one sentence: “In essence, we’ve discovered that the...
52% of smartphone videos are watched at home as users become device-agnostic, study finds
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World's No. 3 spam botnet gasps dying breath after tense takedown

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Security researchers said they dismantled the world's No. 3 spam botnet after convincing the companies that hosted its command and control servers to pull the plug on the operation. Atif Mushtaq, senior staff scientist at security firm FireEye, said in a blog post that the botnet known as Grum drew...
World's No. 3 spam botnet gasps dying breath after tense takedown

Other Apps Could Learn from News.me's Location Features

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A new feature of News.me for iPhone delivers your news to your device whenever you leave the house. It’s called Paperboy, and it uses iOS 5’s built-in geofencing to wake up the app and download fresh news in the background. How cool would it be if your grocery list...
Other Apps Could Learn from News.me's Location Features

Can you learn to be as charismatic as Steve Jobs?

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Marilyn Monroe wanted to prove a point. It was a sunny summer day in New York City, 1955. With a magazine editor and a photographer in tow, Marilyn walked down into Grand Central Terminal. Though it was the middle of a busy workday and the platform was packed with people,...
Can you learn to be as charismatic as Steve Jobs?

TED launches iOS bookstore, with book subscriptions

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Conference organization TED already publishes ebooks. As of Tuesday it will sell them through a new app, Ted Books for iOS. Readers can also buy subscriptions. TED’s book apps is built on the platform developed by Brooklyn-based publisher and developer Atavist. That allows for enhanced features like video and audio....
TED launches iOS bookstore, with book subscriptions

How Does The Penalty For 'Content Theft' Match Up With Similar 'Crimes'?

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We've discussed, for years, how copyright maximalists have continually played with and twisted the language to make infringement sound much, much worse. For years, of course, they liked to just call it "piracy," though in the last few years, they've sometimes shied away from that word, complaining that it made...
How Does The Penalty For 'Content Theft' Match Up With Similar 'Crimes'?

Google Maps strengthens its transit offerings, adds planned subway changes in NYC

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After bringing NYC transit directions into Maps way back in 2008, Google’s mapping service will now show planned service alerts for the city’s subways starting today. This change only serves to strengthen Google’s service in cities, in contrast to Apple’s upcoming iOS maps app, which is said to completely omit transit directions...
Google Maps strengthens its transit offerings, adds planned subway changes in NYC

The AP's New Apps: The Style, Substance And Strategy

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The Associated Press this week unveiled snazzy updates to its popular news apps. Here’s a review plus a look at what the apps mean for the AP and its newspaper partners. The Style Credit where credit’s due, the AP designers got it right. The updated apps offer a pretty,...
The AP's New Apps: The Style, Substance And Strategy
TechStars’ Tisch: We Will See 2-3 NYC Startups Exit This Year Out Of 20-30 Strong Possibles

WHOA: 40% Of The Things Stolen In New York City Are Apple Gadgets

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Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal's Rolfe Winkler wrote a hair-raising story about how he chased after some guy who grabbed his date's iPad on the subway--only to get his jaw broken by an accomplice. That incident prompted a story on the "iCrime" that is sweeping the country, in...
WHOA: 40% Of The Things Stolen In New York City Are Apple Gadgets

Rep. Jackie Speier Puts Forth Bill To Extend TSA To Mass Transit

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Well this is very disappointing. My own Congressional Representative, has put forth a bill, HR 3140 to expand TSA info sharing capabilities to mass transit. Because that's just what we need. Even worse, in speaking about it, Speier doesn't seem to even recognize that there's a problem with the TSA...
Rep. Jackie Speier Puts Forth Bill To Extend TSA To Mass Transit

Your iPad 2 is About to Have an Accident

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Mobile devices are not only dynamic devices that we use to communicate and interact with the world, they are also slick status symbols. When somebody is sitting on a bench or the subway reading an iPad, you notice. Maybe even with a touch of envy. It is easy to forget...
Your iPad 2 is About to Have an Accident

Watch Rachel Sterne on ‘Morning Joe’ as Joe Scarborough Tries to Explain Foursquare to His Cohost

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via Morning Joe New York City's chief digital officer Rachel Sterne has already graced the pages of Vogue magazine. But this morning, fresh off of waving the Made in NYC™ pom-poms at SXSW, she stopped by MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to announce NYCgov's new Facebook photo contest to get your pic...
Watch Rachel Sterne on ‘Morning Joe’ as Joe Scarborough Tries to Explain Foursquare to His Cohost

Hooked Media Group Uses Social Discovery to Fine-Tune Game Recommendations

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Social discovery is the latest buzzword on the Web, but it has limits. Here's how one company is trying to use (but not over-use) social discovery to figure out what game you want to play before you even know you want to play it.  There are zillions of Flash games...
Hooked Media Group Uses Social Discovery to Fine-Tune Game Recommendations

The Potential of Turning Mobile Money Into Mobile Apps

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While it might be surprising to some, there are many things that we can learn from Boston-based startup SCVNGR. More appropriately, from its mobile payments business LevelUp. The company is rethinking the nature of transactions from the ground up with one distinct principle: transactions are data. What is currency but...
The Potential of Turning Mobile Money Into Mobile Apps

Mobile apps, listening to music, Warcraft, gummies, Subway, more on this week’s top 20 growing Facebook pages

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Facebook’s feature phone applications once again topped our list of pages with the most new Likes this week. The top 20 fastest growing Pages this week gained between 315,271 and more than 2.8 million Likes. We compile this list with our PageData tool, which tracks page growth across Facebook. # Name...
Mobile apps, listening to music, Warcraft, gummies, Subway, more on this week’s top 20 growing Facebook pages

Council Tax – consumer app of the week

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Discover how much council tax you will pay on a potential house purchase, or simply snoop on your neighbours and colleaguesApp: Council TaxBy: Henry WoodsendPrice: FreeAvailable on: iOS 4.0 or laterWhat is it?An app to search for council tax bands and pricing information on individual properties and postcodes, sourced from...
Council Tax – consumer app of the week
How Placed wants map mobile app usage down to the store

Instapaper iOS app gains location-based article updates

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Instapaper's new feature lets you update articles in the background when you enter or leave set locations. Few things are more infuriating than when your plane takes off, and you load up Instapaper to get your read on, only to find that you forgot to update it with all...
Instapaper iOS app gains location-based article updates

How To Get Past The Hidden Psychological Biases That Plague Investors

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The person who is sitting across from you in the conference room, more and more often, doesn't look like you.  Neither does the person who gets off at your subway stop. The PTA Board is changing, too. This doesn't sit well with most people, but not because they're bad people....
How To Get Past The Hidden Psychological Biases That Plague Investors
Google Maps for Android now looks crisper on new devices, adds transit options

Lean and technical: How we chose and furnished our office the YCombinator way

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Cloudant is growing, and we recently opened offices in Seattle and the UK (in addition to our headquarters in Boston, near Cloudant’s MIT birthplace). As a YCombinator company, Cloudant is conditioned to run lean, but we also have an exceptionally technical team with an appreciation for good design. This made...
Lean and technical: How we chose and furnished our office the YCombinator way

Emerging free iOS apps: Mega Run, Snapseed and Gun Building II

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This week’s free iOS charts are lead by the one-two team of Mega Run – Redford’s Adventure and Snapseed, both of which take No. 1 and No. 2 on the free iPhone and free iPad charts. Get Set Game’s Mega Run is a cute and well-produced 2D sidescroller. Billed...
Emerging free iOS apps: Mega Run, Snapseed and Gun Building II

Spoiler Alert: Amazon takes heat over ‘Hunger Games’ ad

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If you saw the “Hunger Games” movie but haven’t bothered reading ahead in the books, you might want to keep your head down when you venture outside. An outdoor ad by Amazon.com for the Kindle shows the opening page of “Mockingjay,” the third book in the trilogy — revealing a...
Spoiler Alert: Amazon takes heat over ‘Hunger Games’ ad

Innogames looks to branch out from hardcore-focused browser games with cross-platform mobile push

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Innogames, the German developer and publisher primarily known for its hardcore browser games, is looking to expand its audience with a cross-platform mobile push. The company isn’t focusing on Facebook — where its games Grepolis and The West register a combined 360,000 monthly active users according to AppData. Instead, its...
Innogames looks to branch out from hardcore-focused browser games with cross-platform mobile push

RWW Recommends: The Best Writing App for Mobile/Tablet

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We’re tired of hearing that touchscreen devices are for consumption, not creation. It’s just not true. Even without a physical keyboard, the right gestures, designs and priorities can help a mobile app encourage the flow of great ideas. We’re writers here, and after trying them all, we’ve got a recommendation...
RWW Recommends: The Best Writing App for Mobile/Tablet

Custom tabs, Ghosts of Mistwood, Jewel Kingdom, more on this week's top 20 emerging Facebook apps by MAU

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Topping our list of emerging applications by monthly active users this week was Custom Tab | Arrow #3, a page tab application builder from Woobox. The rest of our list was made up mostly of games, though sports social reader GiveMeFootball and social networking app Path We define emerging applications as...
Custom tabs, Ghosts of Mistwood, Jewel Kingdom, more on this week's top 20 emerging Facebook apps by MAU
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