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Pivot Smart: Social News Network XYDO Goes Pure B2B With New Content Marketing Platform

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In case you haven’t noticed, the Internet has become a content fire hose. There’s a lot of junk floating around out there (my posts not included, of course), and, as a result, a spate of digital readers and aggregators have popped up to offer our blood-shot eyes improved filtering mechanisms...
Pivot Smart: Social News Network XYDO Goes Pure B2B With New Content Marketing Platform

Founder Collective Makes A $4 Million Bet On Paddle8′s Online Marketplace For Fine Art

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When it comes to a marketplace for fine art, a space which seems to intrinsically resist digital services, technology really hasn’t had quite the same disruptive influence it has in so many others. Startups like Zazzle and Art.com have taken steps to make art commercial and broadly accessible, with some...
Founder Collective Makes A $4 Million Bet On Paddle8′s Online Marketplace For Fine Art

The Engadget interview: Sprint product execs John Tudhope and David Owens at CTIA 2012 (video)

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We managed to catch not one, but two of Sprint's execs yesterday at CTIA Wireless 2012: Director of Product Marketing John Tudhope and VP of Product David Owens. While our discussion was centered primarily around the company's announcements at the show -- Sprint Guardian, HTC's EVO V 4G for...
The Engadget interview: Sprint product execs John Tudhope and David Owens at CTIA 2012 (video)

The Disintegration of PaaS

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In PaaS Makes Progress in 2011, I argued that the last 12 months have been pivotal to the advancement of platform-as-a-service. As a result of this fast-paced evolution, the PaaS of 2012 is quite a different beast than that of just a couple of years ago. While this second-generation PaaS...
The Disintegration of PaaS
1M Users Strong, Schoology Grabs $6M To Take On Blackboard, Moodle
A New Roambi: Turn Your Biz Reports Into Sexy iPad Zines, Then Sell ‘Em In The App Store

The Startup Curve

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I'm working with a few startups right now that are in various phases of Paul Graham's startup curve: Many people think startups are up and to the right all the time. But more services exhibit this "startup curve" than any other growth pattern. Of course, some never get past the...
The Startup Curve

Dell XPS One 27 review roundup: an all-in-one PC worth owning

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Let's be honest here: there hasn't been an overly compelling option in the all-in-one PC space in a really, really long time. Not to say there weren't decent options, but that "blow you away" factor has been missing for a good while. No more. Dell's wildly handsome XPS One...
Dell XPS One 27 review roundup: an all-in-one PC worth owning

60 million users engaged with apps on Facebook mobile platform since launch; average 5 times per month

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Facebook Director of Product Management Carl Sjogreen revealed that over 60 million users have engaged with mobile applications via Facebook, 320 million times per month since the mobile platform launched in October 2011. Sjogreen shared this statistic during a fireside chat with Founder of Inside Network Justin Smith at the Inside...
60 million users engaged with apps on Facebook mobile platform since launch; average 5 times per month

ReportGrid Launches Precog To Help You Turn Big Data Into Smarter Apps

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Back in October, ReportGrid closed a $750K seed round with investors like Launch Capital, David Cohen, Walt Winshall, Doug Derwin, and Ed Roman — not long after it graduated from TechStars’ summer program in Boulder. The interest in ReportGrid was due to the fact that the company offers data analytics...
ReportGrid Launches Precog To Help You Turn Big Data Into Smarter Apps

Adaptly’s $10.5 Million Round Will Buy the Social Marketing Platform a Sales Force

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It’s easy to get stuck on the “great product, no sales” trap. That’ s not something New York-based Adaptly has to worry about. The startup was on track to generate around $10 million in revenue last year, and that’s with just one sales guy. As of today, the company can...
Adaptly’s $10.5 Million Round Will Buy the Social Marketing Platform a Sales Force

YC-Backed Chute Nabs $2.7M From Salesforce & More To Become The Twilio For Media Content

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Chute knows you’re tired of hearing about yet another photo-sharing or photo-syncing app. So, although it dwells in the photo sphere, thankfully Chute is taking a different approach. The recent Y Combinator grad set out to become the go-to service that app developers and content producers turn to for managing...
YC-Backed Chute Nabs $2.7M From Salesforce & More To Become The Twilio For Media Content

Qmerce Brings Brand-Customizable Social Games to Facebook

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With $450K behind it in funding, Israeli-based Qmerce is helping business large and small add social games to their communities, particularly on Facebook. The premise behind Qmerce’s value proposition isn’t new. That is, branded social games aimed at driving user engagement via rewards, achievements and consequently, loyalty. With over 40...
Qmerce Brings Brand-Customizable Social Games to Facebook
With $1.3M In New Funding, CodeGuard Launches Its Free Website Backup, Monitoring Service

As It Graduates From Network To Platform, Edmodo Now Serving 7M Users, 80K Schools

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Edmodo is one of the startups whose name pops up a lot when you talk about “edtech.” Founded in 2007, the company is almost old school, yet, in spite of the influx of new education-focused startups, Edmodo continues to press forward. This is largely due to due to its appeal...
As It Graduates From Network To Platform, Edmodo Now Serving 7M Users, 80K Schools

Consmr Goes Mobile, Moves Closer To Becoming Yelp For The Supermarket

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Back in July of last year, we wrote about a New York City-based startup, called Consmr, which was attempting to build the Yelp, or Rotten Tomatoes of consumer goods. There’s now more web research on consumer goods than ever before, but few resources that use crowdsourced data and social integration...
Consmr Goes Mobile, Moves Closer To Becoming Yelp For The Supermarket

Facebook Ads Work, Except When They Don't. Sometimes. Maybe.

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Fresh fuel for the “Do Facebook Ads Really Work?” debate: A survey that indicates advertisers themselves don’t really know what to think about the social network and its $3 billion a year ad business. This one comes from Advertising Age and Citigroup, and the results are so varied that the...
Facebook Ads Work, Except When They Don't. Sometimes. Maybe.

Slide.ly Is Bringing Back The Mashup With Its Social Slideshow Service

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The lowly photo slideshow is not dead yet, or at least that’s the hope of the team at Tel Aviv-based EasyHi, which is debuting its new product Slide.ly today, backed by $1 million in seed funding. The company aims to pick up where Slide.com (acquired by Google in 2010) left...
Slide.ly Is Bringing Back The Mashup With Its Social Slideshow Service

WD's 1TB VelociRaptor HDD gets reviewed: substantial gains, moderate price

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Western Digital has expanded its line of desktop-grade VelociRaptors to include a 1TB model that's available now for $310, but those kidding themselves with that whole "250GB is enough" thing can get in for as little as $160. Top-level specs include a 10,000RPM spindle rate and a SATA 6Gb/s...
WD's 1TB VelociRaptor HDD gets reviewed: substantial gains, moderate price
TaskRabbit Founder Leah Busque Takes Back The Reins, Stepping Back Into CEO Role
Liberate Your Pics: OpenPhoto Brings Its Killer Photo Sharing Platform To Your iPhone

How Windows 8 Succeeds From Here: A Prognosis

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We live in a post-something era. This much, Microsoft is willing to concede; the iPad's thundering success changed the landscape. It has shown that the buyer is willing to imagine a different form factor than the PC commanding her principal information delivery platform. Apple has yet to conquer that...
How Windows 8 Succeeds From Here: A Prognosis

Why Talent Management Tech is Super Hot and Bound to Get Hotter

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Skill building, tracking and optimization, knowledge retention and measurement of workplace effectiveness - those are the aims of some of the software industry's hottest companies. SuccessFactors got bought last year for $3.4 billion by SAP. Taleo got bought by Oracle for $1.9 billion last week. Salesforce bought Rypple and Workday...
Why Talent Management Tech is Super Hot and Bound to Get Hotter
With An Eye For Social, Disqus Gets A Makeover
Square’s Register and the return of the mom-and-pop shop
“Apple DNA” Attracts Nate Johnson to Join Path as VP of Marketing

Read Offline: News.me Automatically Downloads Your News Whenever You Leave Home

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News.me, the newsreader app hatched in The New York Times’ R&D lab and incubated at betaworks, today added a nifty feature to its new iPhone app, which gives readers instant access to their news offline — whenever they leave the house. The new feature, called Paper Boy, allows users to...
Read Offline: News.me Automatically Downloads Your News Whenever You Leave Home

Google Releases A Playbook For “Winning With Mobile”

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As Google continues to push businesses to embrace mobile advertising, it’s trying to make that process a little less intimidating with a new publication titled “The Mobile Playbook: The Busy Executive’s Guide to Winning with Mobile.” The playbook is co-written by Jason Spero, Google’s head of mobile sales and strategy...
Google Releases A Playbook For “Winning With Mobile”

Delicious Founder Creates New People Search Engine, Skills.to

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Joshua Schachter and his team of star developers at TastyLabs have begun work on a second project, an endorsement and people search engine called Skills.to. The site lets you endorse people for their skills in various fields, see what the people you know have been endorsed for and search for...
Delicious Founder Creates New People Search Engine, Skills.to
Nokia Lumia 900 Review: Head-To-Head With The Lumia 800 And iPhone 4S
× Just a test of the new info bar. What do you think?