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  • Palantir Raises $450 Million, Now Valued At $20 Billion

    Palantir Raises $450 Million, Now Valued At $20 Billion

    Palantir, the makers of a data analytics platform used by government agencies, law enforcement, as well as financial, insurance, retail and healthcare industries, has confirmed by way of an SEC filing that it has raised an additional $450 million in a new round of funding. The filing indicates the company had offered $500 million in stock, which means $50 million more could still be in the works. Read More

  • Apple Adjusts Its App Store Algorithm, Impacting Some iPad Developers

    Apple Adjusts Its App Store Algorithm, Impacting Some iPad Developers

    To keep the playing field level and fair for all app developers, Apple on occasion changes the way its App Store ranking algorithm works, the fallout of which can impact developers’ standings in the App Store charts, which ultimately can impact their visibility, downloads, and revenue. Around a week ago, it appears that Apple yet again tweaked the way its rankings worked, but this… Read More

  • Ibotta’s New Shopping List Finds Cash Back And Rebates As You Add Items

    Ibotta’s New Shopping List Finds Cash Back And Rebates As You Add Items

    Mobile savings app Ibotta, which got its start by targeting millennial shoppers who no longer seek out and clip paper coupons, has been working to re-think the role smartphones can play when it comes to shopping in the offline world. To date, that’s largely involved submitting receipts and scanning barcodes in order to save on in-store purchases, including those from grocery stores. Now… Read More

  • Dmail Makes Your Gmail Messages Self-Destruct

    Dmail Makes Your Gmail Messages Self-Destruct

    Have you ever regretted sending an email, and wished you could take it back? Or maybe you’ve worried about sending confidential information over email – especially after seeing the damage a large-scale email hack can cause, like the one that hit Sony Pictures last year? A new “self-destructing” email service called Dmail aims to eliminate these concerns with the… Read More

  • Flickr Brings Back Its “Pro” Subscription Plan

    Flickr Brings Back Its “Pro” Subscription Plan

    Flickr announced today it’s bringing back its “Pro” subscription plan aimed at power users of Yahoo’s photo-sharing service, which will introduce a variety of new features, including access to improved analytics, software discounts, and more, as well as allow for an ad-free experience. Pro users will also again receive a “Pro” badge highlighted on their… Read More

  • Google Brings Its 360-Degree Movies App, Spotlight Stories, To iOS

    Google Brings Its 360-Degree Movies App, Spotlight Stories, To iOS

    Google Spotlight Stories, a mobile app featuring immersive, 360-degree animated films originally developed by Motorola ahead of its 2011 Google acquisition, has now made its way to iOS devices. The app had been available on Android phones since fall 2013, when Google first introduced the new mobile storytelling format to consumers. Read More

  • Picasa Desktop Users Prompted To Move To Google Photos Backup Instead

    Picasa Desktop Users Prompted To Move To Google Photos Backup Instead

    As part of the transition to Google’s new photo hosting and sharing service, Google Photos, launched this May, users of Google’s older Picasa desktop software are now being prompted to upgrade to Google Photos Backup for saving their images to Google’s cloud storage. The change could signal the beginning of a plan to migrate Picasa users over to the newer Google Photos… Read More

  • Netflix Upgrades Its TV Apps To Save You A Few Clicks

    Netflix Upgrades Its TV Apps To Save You A Few Clicks

    Netflix announced today that it’s now rolling out its first major update to its TV applications since late 2013. Unlike last month’s upgrade to the Netflix website, however, the TV app experience isn’t really getting a significant overall, but rather just a small tweak. Now, when you select a title you want to watch, it will immediately resume or start playing while… Read More

  • Karma’s Pay-As-You-Go LTE Mobile Hotspot Starts Shipping

    Karma’s Pay-As-You-Go LTE Mobile Hotspot Starts Shipping

    Karma, the portable Wi-Fi hotspot offering a contract-free, pay-as-you-go service and the ability to earn free data by sharing your connection with others, has now started shipping its latest devices to pre-order customers. The company says that some of its earliest customers began receiving their hotspots as of Monday, while remaining customers will see theirs arrive within 45 days. Read More

  • Lost-Item Tracker Tile Rolls Out A Renewal Service Offering Early Adopters Discounted Replacements

    Lost-Item Tracker Tile Rolls Out A Renewal Service Offering Early Adopters Discounted Replacements

    Tile, the small, square-shaped lost item tracker which recently raised an additional $3 million from Khosla Ventures as an extension on its earlier $13 million Series A, had previously indicated that its business model would eventually include a replacement service that allows customers to purchase new Tiles just ahead of the battery wearing out on their old ones. Now, select Tile customers… Read More

  • Microsoft Introduces Send, A Short-Form Email App That Works More Like Instant Messaging

    Microsoft Introduces Send, A Short-Form Email App That Works More Like Instant Messaging

    Microsoft today is introducing a new application aimed at reducing the time it takes to check and respond to email while on your smartphone. With Send, as the app is called, the idea is to make email perform more like instant messaging, as it does away with more formal email constructs – like the subject line, for example – in favor of quicker, shorter messages that you can dash off… Read More

  • Amazon Expands Its On-Demand Home Services Marketplace, Adds Support For Custom Service Requests

    Amazon Expands Its On-Demand Home Services Marketplace, Adds Support For Custom Service Requests

    Amazon Home Services, Amazon’s own Angie’s List competitor of sorts, which connects consumers with service professionals in their area, is expanding to more markets. According to a company announcement this morning, Amazon Home Services is today available in 15 metro regions across the U.S. The site also now features over 15 million service listings, which cover 900 different… Read More

  • JustWatch Brings Its Search Engine For Cord Cutters To iOS And Android

    JustWatch Brings Its Search Engine For Cord Cutters To iOS And Android

    JustWatch, a startup that launched earlier this year offering a search engine that helps cord cutters figure out where to watch their favorite programs and movies, is now expanding to mobile. The company has released both iOS and Android applications that help you find where to watch movies and shows, as well as discover new and popular content across a variety of services, including… Read More

  • Nordstrom-Owned Styling Service Trunk Club Expands To Women’s Apparel

    Nordstrom-Owned Styling Service Trunk Club Expands To Women’s Apparel

    Personal styling service Trunk Club first got its start by appealing to men who don’t like to shop by offering to ship hand-picked designer clothing to their homes for free. Then, customers only paid for those items they kept. Today, in the company’s first major announcement following its acquisition by Nordstrom last year, the service is expanding this same concept to women. Read More

  • Shopify’s iPad Point-of-Sale System Gets Its Own Apps

    Shopify’s iPad Point-of-Sale System Gets Its Own Apps

    Shopify has been steadily improving its iPad-based point-of-sale solution since its launch a couple of years prior, in order to better compete with rivals like Revel, Square, ShopKeep, Vend and many others. Today, the company is expanding the capabilities of its iOS point-of-sale system with the launch of nearly a half-dozen apps for the platform, allowing merchants to add custom features to… Read More

  • NFL Teases A New Subscription Service For On-Demand Games, Will Support Apple TV

    NFL Teases A New Subscription Service For On-Demand Games, Will Support Apple TV

    The NFL is preparing to launch a new version of its Games Pass service, which will now include the ability to watch games on a wider selection of devices, including the Apple TV. According to information posted on the NFL website, the new Game Pass service will also replace Game Rewind, a paid service that previously offered all 256 NFL regular season games on-demand, after they air on television. Read More

  • Jet.com Takes On Amazon With The Promise Of Lower Prices

    Jet.com Takes On Amazon With The Promise Of Lower Prices

    For years, online shoppers have used a number of tools to help them find the best deals, ranging from web browser add-ons that check for available coupon codes to standalone price comparison services. A new website called Jet.com, launching today, is offering another option for price-sensitive shoppers: simply visit its site and it will guarantee the lowest prices across some 10 million… Read More

  • Ebay Doubles Down On Its “Valet” Service With Acquisition Of Clothing Resale Startup Twice

    Ebay Doubles Down On Its “Valet” Service With Acquisition Of Clothing Resale Startup Twice

    Ebay is expanding its investment in eBay Valet, its assisted selling service which connects consumers with merchants who will sell items on their behalf for a split of the proceeds, with the acquisition of online clothing resale store Twice. With the deal, eBay says it will gain access to Twice’s technology and customer list, and it will be making offers to 10 members of Twice’s team. Read More

  • Digital Measurement Service SimilarWeb Acquires Content Discovery Platform Swayy

    Digital Measurement Service SimilarWeb Acquires Content Discovery Platform Swayy

    SimilarWeb, a service that offers tools to measure website traffic and related mobile app data, has now made its second acquisition with the purchase of Tel Aviv-based content discovery platform Swayy. The deal, which was for less than $5 million, was largely aimed at acquiring the team’s talent and expertise to aid with the development of SimilarWeb’s own content recognition… Read More

  • SimplePrints Launches “Photo Magic,” A Photo Book Publishing Service That Works Over SMS

    SimplePrints Launches “Photo Magic,” A Photo Book Publishing Service That Works Over SMS

    The growth in shopping-by-SMS services knows no bounds, apparently. The latest entrant into the field is now Photo Magic – no relation to on-demand delivery service Magic. (Or perhaps the company is aiming for brand confusion?). The new service is an offshoot of the photo book publishing company SimplePrints, which currently offers mobile apps that allow consumers to build books by… Read More