• PayPal Buys Paydiant, The Mobile Wallet Behind CurrentC, To Raise Its Game v. Google + Apple

    PayPal Buys Paydiant, The Mobile Wallet Behind CurrentC, To Raise Its Game v. Google + Apple

    PayPal, the payments service with 162 million users preparing to separate from e-commerce giant eBay later this year, is announcing an acquisition today to help build out its mobile business targeting physical merchants, and sharpen its focus in competition with other tech payment hopefuls like Apple and Google. It is buying Paydiant, a startup out of Boston that makes mobile wallet… Read More

  • A Slice of Cairo's Tech Scene

    Cairo Witnesses A New Kind Of Spring: The Egyptian Startup Spring

    The Arab Spring of 2011 ignited not just Egypt’s society and political landscape. It also lit touch-paper on the bonfire that has become its new tech startup ecosystem. Consider this: Prior to 2011, it’s clear no-one in Egypt had ever heard of AngelList. In that year, only 3 companies ended up creating a profile under Angel.co/egypt. Then, as the country went through further… Read More

  • The DJ Revolution Will Be Televised
  • Wisemetrics Optimizes Facebook Ad Campaigns To Make You Pay Less

    Wisemetrics Optimizes Facebook Ad Campaigns To Make You Pay Less

    Meet Wisemetrics, a social media campaign optimization tool to make your posts as efficient as possible. A few weeks ago, Facebook launched the relevance score, meaning that good advertisers now pay less than others. This way, Facebook can increase the average quality of ads on its social network. Wisemetrics quickly realized that there was a big opportunity. Its new advertising… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Keyboard Obsession

    Microsoft’s Keyboard Obsession

    Microsoft has a little problem and it’s time we all admitted it. We have to gather the family in the living room, sit down Microsoft in the comfy chair and have a little heart to heart. Everybody can see it, except Microsoft — and it could be time for an intervention. It’s the keyboard thing, Microsoft. Enough already. Design your software to take advantage of a touch screen. Read More

  • Storytelling In The Digital Media Age

    Storytelling In The Digital Media Age

    I often get asked why a Harvard neuropsychiatrist spends so much time talking about emotions and the brain in front of media and marketing research experts. The answer is that we live in an increasingly competitive world, and relying on what consumers tell us is incomplete, and in many cases just plain inaccurate. Read More

  • New Data Shows Mobile Data Consumption Skyrocketing Following Snapchat Discover’s Launch

    New Data Shows Mobile Data Consumption Skyrocketing Following Snapchat Discover’s Launch

    Word has it that last month’s launch of Snapchat’s “Discover” feature, which connects the messaging app’s users to news stories and other media packaged in a way that’s ideal for consumption in quick bursts, has been driving millions of pageviews per day for its publishing partners. But the evidence pointing to Discover’s popularity has been… Read More

  • Atlassian’s Stash Data Center Comes Out Of Beta, Brings Git To The Enterprise

    Atlassian’s Stash Data Center Comes Out Of Beta, Brings Git To The Enterprise

    After a few months of public beta testing, Atlassian today officially launched Stash Data Center, its Git-based code management service for enterprises. The service allows businesses to run Git on a server cluster that can support a very large numbers of developers. The largest beta deployment, the company tells me, supported about 12,000 developers. As Atlassian’s VP and general… Read More

  • Google’s Pichai Talks Up Magic Leap’s AR But Says “It’ll Take Some Time”

    Google’s Pichai Talks Up Magic Leap’s AR But Says “It’ll Take Some Time”

    Google SVP Sundar Pichai has given a few hints about what value Google sees in Magic Leap, the very well financed augmented reality startup that Mountain View led a $542 million investment round in last year, and which Pichai also sits on the board of. Read More

  • Android Pay Is Real, And Will Give Developers The Reins As An API

    Android Pay Is Real, And Will Give Developers The Reins As An API

    Google’s Sundar Pichai essentially used today’s Mobile World Congress keynote to let the cat out of the bag for a whole host of interesting Google projects, including Android Pay, a new mobile payments framework that will look to succeed where Google Wallet failed. This time, they’ll be mostly leaving the apps themselves to developers, and Android Pay is intended primarily as… Read More

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