• Hipster Barbie Shows Us How Plastic We All Really Are On Social Media

    “Could I be any more authentic?!” Socality Barbie is an Instagram account that primarily pokes fun at the social media app’s “community” culture, but it also offers a broader commentary on how our culture is evolving in how we portray ourselves online. Authenticity on social media can be a tough trait to find. The culture on Instagram in particular has made… Read More

  • WhatsApp Hits 900M Monthly Users, Edges Closer To An Actual Business Model

    WhatsApp Hits 900M Monthly Users, Edges Closer To An Actual Business Model

    It’s WhatsApp monthly active user number update time, folks. The Facebook-owned messaging service, which doesn’t yet have a business model, has now crossed 900 million MAUs, as CEO, co-founder and (now) Facebook board member Jan Koum revealed on Facebook. (Of course.) Read More

  • Baidu’s Student Q&A App Zuoyebang Lands Investment From Sequoia and Legend Capital

    Baidu’s Student Q&A App Zuoyebang Lands Investment From Sequoia and Legend Capital

    Baidu, China’s largest search engine and an investor in Uber, is giving its Zuoyebang ‘after school’ service, which helps school students with their studies, wings of its own after it revealed that the business raised an undisclosed Series A funding round. Read More

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    SmartThings Debuts New Smart Home Hub, Sensors | Crunch Report

    Apple continues to strengthen smartphone market share in the US, AOL acquires Millenial Media for $238 million, Sphero collaborates with Disney to create a Star Wars BB-8 droid, Cat Street View highlights the most interesting attractions around Ono-michi City, Japan from a feline POV.

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  • Samsung Gear S2 | Hands On

    Today Samsung released the next generation of their Gear lineup of smartwatches with the Gear S2. The new iteration is different from it's predecessor in that it sports a round watch face and also a turn-able bezel that activates menu controls for applications, widgets and more. Dave Ng, Product Manager at Samsung gave us a test drive of some of the new features.

  • Mozilla Drops First Public Preview Of Firefox For iOS

    Mozilla Drops First Public Preview Of Firefox For iOS

    Mozilla is beginning to preview its iOS Firefox browser, rolling it out today for testing in New Zealand, according to a company blog post. The goal is for the company to gather data so that they are able to bring Firefox for iOS to the App Store for the rest of the globe “later this year.” Firefox specified the goal of the preview in a blog post: Our goal is to create a… Read More

  • Now Kids Can Build Their Own HD Display With The Kano Screen Kit

    Now Kids Can Build Their Own HD Display With The Kano Screen Kit

    Kano‘s crazy cool educational PC is about to get a bit more visual. Kano CEO Alex Klein tweeted out that the company has launched a pre-order for an HD display kit. Kano, which raised a $15M Series A in May, has been aiming to create an invaluable educational experience for kids by helping them get acquainted with how computers work through putting the kit together. The Raspberry… Read More

  • Goodbye, Docstoc

    Goodbye, Docstoc

    Not so long ago, the financial products maker Intuit said it wanted to be “the operating system for small businesses.” Today, seemingly, it wants to be cloud-based accounting and tax services provider for small businesses. Indeed, two weeks ago, Intuit announced the sale of three well-regarded businesses — Quicken, Quickbase, and Demandforce — that it no longer… Read More

  • Facebook Makes It Easier To Optimize Ad Campaigns Based On Conversions

    Facebook Makes It Easier To Optimize Ad Campaigns Based On Conversions

    Facebook is unveiling an improved version of its Conversion Lift measurement tool, which first launched in January. Previously, Facebook allowed you to measure whether your ad campaign was actually improving online and offline sales. Now, you can also test different ads to find the best approach. Read More

  • Amazon Acquires Elemental Technologies For A Reported $500 Million In Cash

    Amazon Acquires Elemental Technologies For A Reported $500 Million In Cash

    Amazon announced this afternoon that it’s acquiring Elemental Technologies, a backend mobile video service. It’s paying around $500 million in cash for the company, according to a new report from The Information. (Subscription required.) Amazon didn’t immediately return a phone call or email request for comment about that figure. The deal was orchestrated by… Read More

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