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Evernote Raises $70M At A $1B Valuation To Prep For An IPO, And The Next 100 Years

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It’s official. To transition from a startup into a late-stage company that aims to be around for 100 years, Evernote today confirms it’s raised a $70 million Series D round of funding at a $1 billion valuation.  Meritech Capital and CBC Capital were chosen to lead the round because they’re...
Evernote Raises $70M At A $1B Valuation To Prep For An IPO, And The Next 100 Years

Meg Whitman's Plan To Beat The iPad (HPQ)

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If history is a good indication of the future, by the time HP sends its Windows 8 tablet into the world, Apple will have sold about $9.5 billion worth of iPads to businesses. So HP plans to compete by aiming its Windows 8 tablets at corporate employees, said CEO...
Meg Whitman's Plan To Beat The iPad (HPQ)

AMD's 'sweet spot' Radeon HD 7870 and 7850 graphics cards get reviewed, recommended

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AMD's Radeon HD 7000-series onslaught continues, with still no 28nm retort from NVIDIA. The latest offerings are the 7870 priced at $349, and the 7850 priced at $249. Both are based on the Pitcairn GPU and hog the mainstream gamer spot below the Tahiti-based 79xx cards and far above...
AMD's 'sweet spot' Radeon HD 7870 and 7850 graphics cards get reviewed, recommended
Survey says 90% of people want their next phone to have a larger screen

Lensbaby lets your imagination run wild on a budget with the Spark, an $80 selective-focus lens

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Lensbaby, maker of creative optics that let you take pictures you'd otherwise have to make in Photoshop is going after youthful crowd with its newest product, the Spark. The selective focus lens attaches to your Canon or Nikon DSLR, allowing you to create bokeh-rich images -- simply squeeze the...
Lensbaby lets your imagination run wild on a budget with the Spark, an $80 selective-focus lens
Infographics: 4 Keys to a Winning Kickstarter Campaign

CarRush Bills Itself as ‘Groupon for New Cars’. Is This A Good Idea?

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If you thought the application of the Groupon sales business model could not extend any further you may be wrong. CarRush.co.uk launches today billing itself as ‘Groupon for New Cars’. It’s essentially a consumer front-end for FinanceAcar.co.uk. The idea is to provide exclusive weekly deals with discounts of up to...
CarRush Bills Itself as ‘Groupon for New Cars’. Is This A Good Idea?

NTT DoCoMo's i beam tablet prototype is driven by your eyes (video)

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Another prototype from DoCoMo aimed at Nihon's commuters, the i beam concept tablet forgoes any touch at all, allowing the user (once they're at the specified 'sweet spot') to navigate around apps and screens using your eyes. Two sensors along the bottom edge of the tablet track both of...
NTT DoCoMo's i beam tablet prototype is driven by your eyes (video)

Sony applies for wireless power patent, wants to daisy-chain your energy

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As much as we're familiar with wireless power, we know developing a truly contact-free form of charging has a whole raft of extra challenges, such as getting into the sweet spot for power delivery and the potential traffic jam caused by throwing another device into the mix. Sony thinks...
Sony applies for wireless power patent, wants to daisy-chain your energy

Songza App Review: Pandora And Spotify Better Watch Their Backs

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Sure, there are plenty of music streaming services out there, and even ones with amazing shareable playlists, but Songza differentiates by falling right into that sweet spot between Spotify and Pandora. The app’s most interesting feature, Concierge, sets up playlists based on day and time, with filters for whatever mood...
Songza App Review: Pandora And Spotify Better Watch Their Backs
AMD's new combo chips deliver PC graphics that burn Intel's Ivy Bridge

This Venn Diagram Shows Why Startup Investing Is Hard: You Have To Bet On Bad Ideas

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Paul Graham is the cofounder of Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's most influential early stage startup investing firm. Graham is a Professor X figure to a host of Silicon Valley engineers (who, if you think about it, are a type of wonderful mutant.) Anyway, Graham has written a blog post about...
This Venn Diagram Shows Why Startup Investing Is Hard: You Have To Bet On Bad Ideas

MBA Mondays Series: Human Capital

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When I asked everyone where to go next last Monday, I got a ton of great suggestions. But at the top of the list, with 24 upvotes was this one by Robert Holtz: How about the job of recruiting talent? Finding/attracting the right key people, where to go to find...
MBA Mondays Series: Human Capital

From cloud OS to personal cloud service, Jolicloud launches its iOS app

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Jolicloud is a service that has taken some time to find its way. In Silicon Valley speak, you might know those maneuvers as “pivots”, but it seems like Jolicloud has finally found a sweet spot for its cloud services. In what started out as an OS that let you download...
From cloud OS to personal cloud service, Jolicloud launches its iOS app

Here's The Optimal Length For A Tweet If You Want That Tweet To Be Retweeted

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It's not obvious that the length of a tweet on Twitter might affect the number of people who engage with it. After all, tweets are all roughly the same length: Fewer than 140 characters. But advertisers who use Twitter to reach their consumer fans -- especially those who are paying...
Here's The Optimal Length For A Tweet If You Want That Tweet To Be Retweeted

Android PC gets wrapped in maple, hits that premium sweet spot

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If you feel that a typical barebones Android PC really won't do alongside your chaise longue and stack of hardback first editions, you may be interested in Jeffrey Stephenson's latest case mod. Underneath the birds eye maple, acrylic panelling and mesh, the Acero houses VIA's humble $49 Neo-ITX-based system...
Android PC gets wrapped in maple, hits that premium sweet spot

Web Clipping Service Clipboard Arrives On iPhone, Adds Shared Boards For Groups

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Clipboard, the recently launched web clipping service with the Pinterest-like layout, is today debuting version 2.0, which brings a website redesign, several new features, and the debut of the Clipboard iOS application. The new app allows users to create and share their clips from their phone, as well as browse...
Web Clipping Service Clipboard Arrives On iPhone, Adds Shared Boards For Groups

Tech Companies Rejoice! IVP's New Jumbo Fund Totals $1 Billion.

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Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) could be considered an old-timer in the world of venture investing, especially by today’s youthful Silicon Valley standards. At 32 years old, the venture firm has backed more than 300 companies and has witnessed 90 companies go public. Some of its better-known deals include comScore, Dropbox, HomeAway, Kayak, LivingSocial, Netflix,...
Tech Companies Rejoice! IVP's New Jumbo Fund Totals $1 Billion.

Cloud analytics firm CopperEgg takes on $2.1 million more in funding, hires new CEO

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Cloud analytics and server performance monitoring company CopperEgg today announced that it had completed its Series A round with the addition of $2.1 million in funding. The company also announced that it has hired a new CEO. Bob Quillin, that new executive, has worked at companies that have been acquired...
Cloud analytics firm CopperEgg takes on $2.1 million more in funding, hires new CEO
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Spreecast quietly continues redesign to hone its video broadcasting niche

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Video is clearly an important market to go after, as it seems we’ve all but completely figured out how we’d like to share photos and text. Right now countless players are searching for the video sweet spot, with services like Viddy and Socialcam attempting to become the “Instagram of video,”...
Spreecast quietly continues redesign to hone its video broadcasting niche

Panasonic's 103-inch glasses-less 3D plasma panel arrives at IFA (eyes-on)

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While it might not be as huge as the Super Hi Vision panel lingering in the same darkened theater, Panasonic's new 103-inch demonstration display has the ability to offer up a 3D view to five different viewers -- as long as they're in the right visual sweet spot. The...
Panasonic's 103-inch glasses-less 3D plasma panel arrives at IFA (eyes-on)

Google+ launches Apps section for Hangouts, API comes out of preview

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Without a doubt, one of the most popular features of Google+ has been its “Hangouts” feature that allows up to ten people to video conference and do things like share their screen and add little effects to their video. The service is also the first piece of Google’s social layer...
Google+ launches Apps section for Hangouts, API comes out of preview
Apple will reportedly offer an 8GB iPad mini model for $249

This gorgeous app lets you capture and share photos beautifully overlaid in 3D space

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Stilla is an iPhone/iPad app by Maybe It’s The Lighting that feels like an entirely new way to capture moments — going far beyond the traditional photo. With Stilla you take not one, but 2 or 3 pictures that intersect in an overlaid 3D space, and the result is something magical, thanks to the gyroscopic camera. We first...
This gorgeous app lets you capture and share photos beautifully overlaid in 3D space

LG Optimus L9 for T-Mobile emerges from the magenta mist

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Looks like the Optimus G isn't the only smartphone from LG that'll soon hit US carriers, as its similarly sized (yet slower) sibling has just been outed for T-Mobile. True to form, the price and release date of the Optimus L9 are wholly absent from the equation, but outside...
LG Optimus L9 for T-Mobile emerges from the magenta mist

In e-commerce, how does time on site translate into revenue?

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Offline, shop owners can observe different kinds of customer clues to try to separate the browsers from the buyers.  But online, for small to medium sized businesses, those clues can be harder to come by. To understand their customers, e-commerce sites track a range of metrics and analytics, from traffic...
In e-commerce, how does time on site translate into revenue?

Nokia's New Lumia 920 Selling Well; Germans Especially Gung Ho

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Looks like Nokia may have found a sweet spot in the smartphone market with its latest Lumia 920 handset. Early indications are that the 920 is selling well. It’s already cracked Amazon’s list of the top 10 best selling cell phones with service plans; it’s ranked ninth as I write...
Nokia's New Lumia 920 Selling Well; Germans Especially Gung Ho

Study Highlights Problems In Spreading Social Media Messages

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A new study gives even more credibility to the theory that engaged social media users who not only read messages, but also share them, are a brand's best friend. Elmie Nekmat's study of how social media messages change people's thinking was published in the most recent edition of the Journal...
Study Highlights Problems In Spreading Social Media Messages

Apple slips out new AirPort Express with simultaneous dual-band WiFi

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Tucked in amidst talk of new MacBook Air and conventional MacBook Pro updates, Apple has trotted out a new AirPort Express. The new pocket WiFi router has a reworked design as well as newfound support for simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless -- good news if you want separate...
Apple slips out new AirPort Express with simultaneous dual-band WiFi
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