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  • Vurb Is Crazy Enough To Fight Google

    Vurb Is Crazy Enough To Fight Google

    Google Search was not built for mobile. It’s all about lists of web pages, but the small screen is ruled by apps. That’s why if Google launched today, it might look a lot like Vurb…which did launch today. Vurb is a mobile search engine that pulls info from partnered apps like Yelp and Rotten Tomatoes, and deeplinks you out to apps like Uber and Google Maps. Rather than send… Read More

  • If You Think Tinder Needs More Cute Pets, BuzzFeed Has The App For You

    If You Think Tinder Needs More Cute Pets, BuzzFeed Has The App For You

    Oh, BuzzFeed. Don’t ever change. The company just released what it says is its second ever mobile app, called Cute Or Not. As you might expect from the name, you’re asked to rate pets as (duh) cute or not, through a Tinder-style swiping interface. You can also upload photos of your own pets to see how they’re rated by other app users. Read More

  • The Web: Headliner Or TV’s Supporting Actor?

    The Web: Headliner Or TV’s Supporting Actor?

    Super Bowl XLIX was the most watched television show in U.S. history. It was also the most socialized Super Bowl ever measured, with 265 million Facebook posts, likes, and comments, and more than 28 million global tweets. Today’s TV viewer doesn’t just watch TV anymore — they scroll through Twitter and Facebook in real time, watch YouTube Videos, send Snapchats, and pin… Read More

  • Twitter Finally Launches An Official WordPress Plug-In

    Twitter Finally Launches An Official WordPress Plug-In

    There are hundreds upon hundreds of Twitter-related plug-ins for WordPress. Seriously, go look. And yet, in its nine years since launch, Twitter has never released an official plug-in to make WordPress and Twitter play friendly. Until today. Read More

  • Designers Ditch Perfectionism For Instant Feedback With Wake

    Designers Ditch Perfectionism For Instant Feedback With Wake

    “How does this look?” That was a surprisingly difficult question to get an answer to until now. Today, Wake launches the private beta of its tool that lets design teams privately share their works in progress. Wake’s web and iOS interfaces make it super quick to post an image to a team’s Wake feed and get comments. Built by a former Facebook designer, Wake already… Read More

  • Google Acquires Facebook Marketing Startup Toro

    Google Acquires Facebook Marketing Startup Toro

    Toro, a startup that helps developers promote their apps on Facebook, just announced that it’s been acquired by Google. The company was originally known as Red Hot Labs, and it’s led by Amitt Mahajan and Joel Poloney. They previously co-founded MyMiniLife, which played a key role in the creation of FarmVille (and was acquired by Zynga). Read More

  • Yo Tries To Make Itself Useful With Photo And Link Alerts From 150 Sources

    Yo Tries To Make Itself Useful With Photo And Link Alerts From 150 Sources

    “It was just a way to annoy your friends” Yo co-founder Or Arbel tells me. His minimalist messenger hit 3.5 million users at its peak thanks to the mainstream press’ sudden fascination with an app that only let you send people the word “Yo”. Most of those users quickly evaporated because Yo wasn’t very useful. Yet. But today Yo launches what Arbel says was… Read More

  • Facebook’s Data Protection Practices Under Fresh Fire In Europe

    Facebook’s Data Protection Practices Under Fresh Fire In Europe

    Facebook is facing fresh criticism in Europe over data protection and the myriad smoke-and-mirrors methods it uses to obfuscate its gathering and processing of user data. A report commissioned by Belgium’s data protection authority has found Facebook’s revised privacy policy, last updated in January, violates European consumer protection law in a number of ways. Read More

  • Funnely Builds Smarter Facebook Ad Campaigns For Online Stores

    Funnely Builds Smarter Facebook Ad Campaigns For Online Stores

    If you run an e-commerce business, Facebook can be a big opportunity for making sales and finding new customers — in fact, the company just announced new ad units for this very purpose. But if you need a little more hand-holding, there’s a startup called Funnely that might help. Funnely was created by a team based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and that’s where the… Read More

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