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Here's How People Are Shopping With Their Phones And What Business Can Do To Grab Them

With More Than 2M Downloads, HotelTonight Raises Another $23M From US Venture Partners

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Last-minute hotel booking startup HotelTonight just announced that it raised a $23 million Series C round led by U.S. Venture Partners (USVP). The financing includes existing investors Accel Partners, Battery Ventures, and First Round Capital. In addition to the funding, HotelTongiht will be adding USVP general partner Rick Lewis to...
With More Than 2M Downloads, HotelTonight Raises Another $23M From US Venture Partners

Japan arrests suspected vendor of game pirating hardware

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Police in the Aichi region of Japan arrested a vendor of majikon (or "magic computer") adapters, which allow users to run illegally duplicated games on gaming hardware. The BBC reports that the adapters in question permitted users to read SD cards on Nintendo DS hardware. Selling majikon-type adapters violates an...
Japan arrests suspected vendor of game pirating hardware
China's strict new Internet rules don't deter Flipboard

Skobbler Launches Hybrid Online/Offline Maps App For Android As Showcase For What Its OpenStreetMaps-Powered Map Engine Can Do

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You’d think the last thing mobile users need right now is another digital mapping service — what with Google, Apple and Nokia all duking it out, alongside other established mapping companies such as TomTom — but Berlin-based Skobbler, which uses OpenStreetMaps data to power its map and sat-nav apps, reckons its...
Skobbler Launches Hybrid Online/Offline Maps App For Android As Showcase For What Its OpenStreetMaps-Powered Map Engine Can Do

Forget SMS Alerts: IFTTT Wants to Switch Your Lights on At Sunset

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Well, our housekeeping just got easier. (Screencap) Currently sitting atop the Hacker News homepage: IFTTT, the service that effectively lets you program the Internet to suit your needs, just announced a couple of new features. And if you are a fan of the connected home, then you had better brace yourself,...
Forget SMS Alerts: IFTTT Wants to Switch Your Lights on At Sunset

Kindle under fire from low-cost 'txtr beagle' e-reader

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Budget e-reader the txtr beagle beats cheapest Kindle by £59 and has access to 400,000 books, but has no 3G or Wi-FiA German firm is to take on Amazon's hugely popular Kindle device with the launch of an e-reader - the txtr beagle - that will cost €9.90 (just under...
Kindle under fire from low-cost 'txtr beagle' e-reader

JoyTunes Wants To Teach You To Play Real Instruments With Interactive Video Games

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Today at the LAUNCH Education Conference in Mountain View, an Israeli startup named JoyTunes showed off the work its been doing in an exciting and active space: Instrument-activated video games. Co-founder Yuval Kaminka tells us that 85 percent of the population wishes it had learned to play an instrument but...
JoyTunes Wants To Teach You To Play Real Instruments With Interactive Video Games

Adobe teases unreleased features hitting Creative Cloud in Summer: Community Galleries, PhoneGap, DPS

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Adobe is just now wrapping up today’s live presentation for Adobe Creative Cloud and Creative Suite 6. Not much has been kept a secret this year, with countless early announcements and beta previews. Still, we knew Adobe kept a few secrets, and now we have just gotten a glimpse at...
Adobe teases unreleased features hitting Creative Cloud in Summer: Community Galleries, PhoneGap, DPS
Let's all hate the Facebook phone
AT&T confirms shared data plans launch on August 23rd

hi5 Acquires Big Six To Further Transition Into A Gaming Social Network

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Late last week, hi5 announced that they were acquiring Austin-based Big Six games, furthering their transition into a games-focused social network.  Originally started in 2003 and having gone through several transitions, San Francisco’s hi5 now bills itself as “social entertainment for the youth market worldwide”. This comes direclty as a...
hi5 Acquires Big Six To Further Transition Into A Gaming Social Network

Losing its way: Why Google would be stupid to let Facebook acquire Waze

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According to a number of reports in the Israeli media, Facebook is in advanced talks with Waze — a mobile mapping and traffic-information service based in Israel — about acquiring the company for as much as $1 billion. This is not the first time Waze has been the subject of...
Losing its way: Why Google would be stupid to let Facebook acquire Waze

YouTube: Queries For ‘Snickers’ Jumped 18,000% After Their Super Bowl Ad

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It’s been nearly two weeks since the Super Bowl, but the stats behind one of the world’s biggest media spectacles keep pouring in. YouTube has just written about the impact some of the Super Bowl ads have had on its site, offering rare insight into just how much attention those...
YouTube: Queries For ‘Snickers’ Jumped 18,000% After Their Super Bowl Ad
Watch your data caps: Kaleidescape starts offering Blu-ray-quality movie downloads
Google's 'See Inside' button lets you peer inside buildings found through routine searches

Apple Cutting Off Mac App Store Hotkey Apps as Sandboxing Requirement Goes Live on June 1?

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TUAW reports that Apple will be scaling back on systemwide "hotkey" apps, which allow users to call up other apps and functions, in the Mac App Store as of June 1, the same date the company's sandboxing requirements are scheduled to go into effect.Apparently, Apple will allow hotkey apps that...
Apple Cutting Off Mac App Store Hotkey Apps as Sandboxing Requirement Goes Live on June 1?

Adobe teases unreleased features hitting Creative Cloud in Summer: Community Galleries, PhoneGap, DPS

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Adobe is just now wrapping up today’s live presentation for Adobe Creative Cloud and Creative Suite 6. Not much has been kept a secret this year, with countless early announcements and beta previews. Still, we knew Adobe kept a few secrets, now we have just gotten a glimpse at what’s...
Adobe teases unreleased features hitting Creative Cloud in Summer: Community Galleries, PhoneGap, DPS
Test Driving Poke, Facebook's New "Safer Sexting" App For Tweens
Verizon now selling tablets and netbooks at full, unsubsidized cost

Sonar offers on-the-go messaging to friend groups nearby

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Social discovery app Sonar isn’t just about social discovery any more. One year after its launch, the New York-based startup said it wants to be less of a mechanism for uncovering connections with strangers around you and more of a tool for actually connecting with friends and, eventually other contacts,...
Sonar offers on-the-go messaging to friend groups nearby

DC's New E-Hail Rules Are Good News For Uber, But Could Be Bad News For Lyft And SideCar

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Uber got some good news yesterday, as the Washington, D.C. city council voted to approve new transportation regulations that legitimize its service in the nation’s capital. While Uber argues that it has never operated illegally in any market, the ruling will go a long way toward ensuring that regulators can...
DC's New E-Hail Rules Are Good News For Uber, But Could Be Bad News For Lyft And SideCar

Meetup Founder Scott Heiferman: Have Patience And Guts To See Your Startup Through

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About four years after it launched, Meetup decided to charge for its services, which allow users with common interests to organize face-to-face meetings offline. Immediately, the startup lost some 95% of its activity. CEO Scott Heiferman says that startups need to implement such risky strategies to elevate their products, and...
Meetup Founder Scott Heiferman: Have Patience And Guts To See Your Startup Through

Exclusive: A first look at the "Agave" apps for Office 2013

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Back in March this year, we reported that Microsoft was readying a Office web extensions platform called “Agaves”, which allows developers will be able to create an area within Office applications that lets webpages interact with documents and augment content with extra features. Today we received more information about these...
Exclusive: A first look at the "Agave" apps for Office 2013
Google+ shortcuts integrated into new Gmail profile cards

Google picks up mobile productivity app developer Quickoffice

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Google has acquired Quickoffice, the developer of the popular series of Quickoffice Pro productivity apps for iOS and Android. Founded in 1997, Quickoffice is a much older player than others in the mobile app space. Over the past three years the company has established itself as the leading developer of...
Google picks up mobile productivity app developer Quickoffice

Livefyre Goes Beyond Comments with StreamHub -- Liveblogging, Live Chatting, Social Widgets, And More

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Livefyre is best known as a commenting system, but it’s launching a new product today for large brands and publishers called StreamHub — comments are part of StreamHub, but just one part. There are two big pieces to the new system. First, there’s the Core product, which allows publishers and...
Livefyre Goes Beyond Comments with StreamHub -- Liveblogging, Live Chatting, Social Widgets, And More

iTunes Match Launching in New Countries Including Austria, Greece, and Italy

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MacRumors has begun receiving reports that iTunes Match has started going live in several new countries today. So far we have heard from users in Austria, Greece, and Italy, with some users reporting that they have been required to agree to updated iTunes Store terms and conditions addressing the service...
iTunes Match Launching in New Countries Including Austria, Greece, and Italy

Microsoft Launches GeoFlow 3D Data Visualization Tool For Excel

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Microsoft has released a public preview of GeoFlow today, a new 3D visualization tool for Excel which allow users to create, navigate and interact with time-sensitive data applied to a digital map. The idea is that users log all of the necessary data in Excel, and then reproduce it in 3D...
Microsoft Launches GeoFlow 3D Data Visualization Tool For Excel

Mouthee's Social Recommendations Platform Makes It Easy To Share Word-Of-Mouth (Get It?) Reviews

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Plenty of startups still believe there’s room in the social recommendations space, and now, another new contender heads into battle. Chicago-based Mouthee is today officially debuting its website and iOS application, which allow users to quickly share reviews of local restaurants and hotels, as well as those for movies, music...
Mouthee's Social Recommendations Platform Makes It Easy To Share Word-Of-Mouth (Get It?) Reviews
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