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Users swarm to Summly one month post-redesign

pandodaily.com
One month removed from the much-hyped re-launch of its news summary app for iOS, and the simultaneous announcement of $1 million in new financing, Summly is peeling back the kimono today to reveal just how popular its improved service has become. Summly offers readers concise yet comprehensive 350 word...
Users swarm to Summly one month post-redesign

Robots won't take your job, but automation might

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“Many of us will live to see the day where we have physical, non-human colleagues,” says Matt Beane, a researcher at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and he doesn’t mean the office dog.  Beane’s research addresses what he calls “The Avatar Economy”, where remote workers operate robots. Such robots are...
Robots won't take your job, but automation might

Ask A VC: Menlo Ventures' Shawn Carolan On Sourcing Siri, How He Wants To Solve Email Overload And More

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[tc_5min code="517684721"] Menlo Ventures Managing Director Shawn Carolan stopped by the studio for our Ask A VC series. Carolan, who focuses on consumer tech investments for Menlo Ventures, chatted about how he sourced the firm’s investment in Siri, which was acquired by Apple and is the underlying technology behind the company’s...
Ask A VC: Menlo Ventures' Shawn Carolan On Sourcing Siri, How He Wants To Solve Email Overload And More

BII REPORT: Here's How Microsoft Is Trying To Win Mobile In The Enterprise

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No other company has been hurt more by the rise of new devices in the enterprise than Microsoft. The iPad is a particular threat, as it could replace a significant number of Windows PC sales, and could loosen the company's hold on other enterprise business software. A recent report from BI Intelligence explains how this...
BII REPORT: Here's How Microsoft Is Trying To Win Mobile In The Enterprise

Microsoft: Big possibilities for 'IllumiRoom' technology

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“Some companies talk about a reality distortion field — we’ve actually built one.” That is how Eric Rudder, Microsoft’s chief technical strategy officer, introduced the Redmond company’s IllumiRoom project at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, in the video above from the Samsung keynote. IllumiRoom is a research prototype...
Microsoft: Big possibilities for 'IllumiRoom' technology

Key Windows Phone Leader Goes To Amazon (MSFT, AMZN)

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Brandon Watson, who was in charge of getting developers to build apps for Windows Phone, is quitting Microsoft to work on Kindle apps at Amazon. Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet first reported the news, and confirmed with Watson. Watson was originally recruited to the role by Charlie Kindel, who...
Key Windows Phone Leader Goes To Amazon (MSFT, AMZN)

Foundry Group Raises Another $225M Fund; Recycles Last $225M Blog Post To Announce It

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Foundry Group, an early investor in Zynga, Jiraffe, Awe.sm, Modular Robots and many more, has today announced that it has closed another $225 million fund. The news was announced in a blog post, which founders Jason Mendelson, Brad Feld, Seth Levine and Ryan McIntyre note was the exact same one it...
Foundry Group Raises Another $225M Fund; Recycles Last $225M Blog Post To Announce It

Tether.com releases new web-based tethering tool for iPhone users

thenextweb.com
If you’ve tried to use your iPhone for tethering using “unconventional” means, meaning that you don’t want to pay your service provider extra fees, you’ve found that it’s nearly impossible without jailbreaking your device. Once in a while an app sneaks onto the App Store for tethering, usually disguised as...
Tether.com releases new web-based tethering tool for iPhone users

Spotify signs global deal with Coca Cola, will launch branded music apps for AT&T, Reebok, McDonalds and Intel

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Music streaming company Spotify will announce later today that it will open up its platform to work with brands, allowing select partners to release their own branded music apps that are powered by Spotify’s music service. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek is currently attending the AdAge Digital Conference in New York...
Spotify signs global deal with Coca Cola, will launch branded music apps for AT&T, Reebok, McDonalds and Intel

Echo360 acquires ThinkBinder to add online collaboration tools to its distance learning platform

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Distance learning and educational software provider Echo360 has acquired ThinkBinder, a social collaboration tool that helps students communicate with one another and share files over the Internet, for an undisclosed sum. ThinkBinder doesn’t do anything particularly revolutionary, but it combines a number of robust tools in a single package. Users...
Echo360 acquires ThinkBinder to add online collaboration tools to its distance learning platform

Canon outs VIXIA HF G30 camcorder with premium optics, XA20 and XA25 for pros

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While the image of the amateur camcorder user still revolves around a parent recording baby's first steps, Canon knows that at least some of us want high-quality footage without venturing too far into pro camera territory. Witness its new VIXIA HF G30, which rolls in image quality and control...
Canon outs VIXIA HF G30 camcorder with premium optics, XA20 and XA25 for pros
First website ever goes back online on the open Web's 20th birthday

LG will ship OLED TV with curved screen for $13,500 in May

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LG Electronics has begun accepting pre-orders for its 55-inch curved OLED TV in South Korea, with deliveries to begin next month.The TV vendors are under pressure to come up with new reasons for consumers to buy new sets, as global LCD TV shipments declined for the first time ever...
LG will ship OLED TV with curved screen for $13,500 in May

Wacom Teases Mobile Tablet With Pro Pressure Sensitivity, Multi-Touch And HD Display Coming This Summer

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Wacom, the leading player when it comes to pressure-sensitive input devices aimed at photo and digital art professionals, has teased an upcoming mobile tablet product on its Facebook account. In response to what Wacom characterizes as outspoken customer feedback, the company says it’s working on a a device with “a pressure-sensitive...
Wacom Teases Mobile Tablet With Pro Pressure Sensitivity, Multi-Touch And HD Display Coming This Summer

LaserMotive lights up first product -- transmitting power over fiber with lasers

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LaserMotive, a company known for using lasers to transmit power through the air, is expanding to a new medium: fiber-optic cables. The system uses a laser to convert electricity into light for transmission over fiber optics. On the other end, a photovoltaic receiver converts light back into electricity. The company,...
LaserMotive lights up first product -- transmitting power over fiber with lasers

From Surface Keyboards To Teddy Bear Robots, Microsoft's Mad Scientist Develops The Art Of Innovation

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Stevie Bathiche's team of tinkerers occupies a niche between research and product development. Of his team's need for creative freedom, he says: "They have to feel like they can be wrong." "I think I have the best job in the company," says Stevie Bathiche, Distinguished Scientist of Windows Hardware...
From Surface Keyboards To Teddy Bear Robots, Microsoft's Mad Scientist Develops The Art Of Innovation

Ellison hawks Oracle's cloud stack, calls out Salesforce.com

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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison made a vigorous sales pitch on Tuesday for his company's next-generation Fusion Applications and underlying technology platform, saying they constitute a more modern approach to cloud-based software than offerings from rivals like Salesforce.com....
Ellison hawks Oracle's cloud stack, calls out Salesforce.com
HashTip collects and enhances tips from Facebook and Twitter friends
MIT and Harvard say open-source edX can educate a billion people

Import.io launches in beta to connect apps with data more easily

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London-based cloud platform Import.io, is launching its data exchange for connecting suppliers with users via a single API. Founded in June this year, the company grew from Kusiri, the data aggregator used by large companies to manage information. Import.io takes the underlying technology from Kusiri and adds a web layer so...
Import.io launches in beta to connect apps with data more easily
Google Hangout competitor, Meetings.io, attracts 100K users in 2 months (exclusive)

Intel's Top-Secret Lab Is Working On Google Glass-Like Gadgets (INTC)

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In 2012, Intel spent $10.1 billion on research and development, making it one of the biggest R&D spenders in the world.  Half of that money goes to wildly experimental tech, Justin Rattner, Intel CTO said Monday on stage at the Bloomberg Next Big Thing Summit.  "50 cents of every dollar...
Intel's Top-Secret Lab Is Working On Google Glass-Like Gadgets (INTC)
Yahoo & Microsoft renew their search vows for another year

Motorola down to one patent versus Apple

www.electronista.com
US Court of Appeals (Northern District of Illinois) Judge Richard Posner has granted Apple's motion for summary judgement of non-infringement for yet another patent that Motorola viewed as essential to the underlying technology in the ongoing suit. After the mass-reduction of patents allowed in the suit, Apple is left with...
Motorola down to one patent versus Apple

Greenway Wants To Put An End To Traffic Jams

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Traffic jams are annoying, but they are also responsible for extra CO2 emissions and plenty of wasted productivity. Greenway, Germany’s entry into Microsoft’s 10th Imagine Cup student technology competition in Sydney this week, wants to do nothing less but to put an end to traffic jams. To do so, the...
Greenway Wants To Put An End To Traffic Jams

Wikitude takes its augmented reality beyond apps and direct to the mobile Web

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Wikitude brought augmented reality (AR) to early smartphones with the Wikitude AR Travel Guide, kicking off when Google launched its G1 Android phone way back in 2008. It tapped the necessary components to make AR tick, such as a digital compass, GPS and accelerometer. The Austria-based company has become renowned...
Wikitude takes its augmented reality beyond apps and direct to the mobile Web

Has Apple Filed A Patent For Microsoft's Surface Smart Cover?

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While the underlying technology that makes Touch Cover work is said to have been used in a much earlier MS keyboard and mouse, its innovation into the Surface's novel smart cover is evidently much more recent--and the design of the Touch Cover quite definitely is.AppleInsider notes the U.S. Patent Office...
Has Apple Filed A Patent For Microsoft's Surface Smart Cover?

With $34M, gift incentive network FreeMonee aims to upend advertising

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FreeMonee, a San Mateo, Calif.-based startup that enables merchants to drive traffic to their stores by crediting consumers’ debit and credit cards, has raised another $34 million. The round, which brings the company’s total funding to $45 million, was led by Charles E. Ryan, current Chairman of UFG Asset Management...
With $34M, gift incentive network FreeMonee aims to upend advertising

The pros and cons of Mozilla’s super-open Boot to Gecko mobile OS

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Mozilla, the folks behind the Firefox web browser, launched a project last year to create a totally open mobile operating system, and now that dream is nearly a reality. Boot to Gecko (B2G) is built entirely with standards-compliant web technologies like HTML and JavaScript. It gets its name from the...
The pros and cons of Mozilla’s super-open Boot to Gecko mobile OS
Gild Source helps startups mine for developer talent gold
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