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  • Locu Launches To Merchants: Now Local Businesses Can Update Once To Publish Prices To Web, Mobile & Facebook

    Locu Launches To Merchants: Now Local Businesses Can Update Once To Publish Prices To Web, Mobile & Facebook

    Locu, a Boston-based local business data provider born out of Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s lab at MIT, is today officially launching its commerce dashboard for merchants. The company, which raised a $4 million Series A round led by General Catalyst in April, offers a proprietary system that can extract structured data about local businesses from their not-so-structured websites. Read More

  • GigaOm’s Structure Europe Conference Will Dive Deep Into The Cloud

    GigaOm’s Structure Europe Conference Will Dive Deep Into The Cloud

    We don’t often try to get the word out about conferences put on by other blogs here at TechCrunch, but we’re about to. Because reasons. Namely: 1) We, as TechCrunch, will probably never ever ever, ever ever host a European cloud-computing conference and someone sure as heck needs to. 2) The folks at Gigaom are our friends, particularly founder, thought leader and king of the kind… Read More

  • Data Markets: The Emerging Data Economy

    Data Markets: The Emerging Data Economy

    Editor’s note: Gil Elbaz is an entrepreneur and pioneer of natural language technology. In 1998, he co-founded Applied Semantics, which developed contextual advertising products, including ASI’s AdSense. In 2003, Google acquired ASI, and after a four-year stint at Google, Gil found Factual in 2007. Follow him on Twitter.  The term data market brings to mind a traditional structure… Read More

  • Startup Success Requires The Drive For Data

    Startup Success Requires The Drive For Data

    Editor’s note: Jeff Ma is the founder of tenXer, a startup that provides tools to help people better understand their performance, progress, and productivity at work. Previously, he helped start GolfSpan.com, CircleLending, and Citizen Sports. Follow him on Twitter. The first thing you learn when you start playing Blackjack is something called basic strategy – a decision… Read More

  • Here’s What Goes Into Making Google Maps, Will Apple Be Able To Recalculate?

    Here’s What Goes Into Making Google Maps, Will Apple Be Able To Recalculate?

    Everywhere you turned last week, there was another story about iOS 6 Maps. Some feel like it’s a great new direction for Apple, but people like me feel like we’re left with an ugly experience that shouldn’t have been introduced to the public in its current state. Read More

  • Speed’s Other Needs

    Speed’s Other Needs

    Editor’s note: Michael Weinberg is a staff attorney at Public Knowledge, an organization that preserves the openness of the Internet and the public’s access to knowledge; promotes creativity through balanced copyright; and upholds and protects the rights of consumers to use innovative technology lawfully. Michael focuses primarily on copyright, issues before the FCC and… Read More

  • Are You Ready For Developers To Get Into Your Genes? 23AndMe Is, Launches API

    Are You Ready For Developers To Get Into Your Genes? 23AndMe Is, Launches API

    One of the magical things about the Internet, and software in general, is that when you have a huge platform that is home to a large load of data, you can do cool things by opening it up a little bit. Genetic discovery company 23andMe has decided to open up an API to let developers build cool things on top of your genetic information. It’s not as creepy as it sounds, because your… Read More

  • Kippt, Pinboard Help Digg Users Find New Home For Old Data [Here's How]

    Kippt, Pinboard Help Digg Users Find New Home For Old Data [Here's How]

    After Digg’s long fall, Betaworks acquired the site in July and put its News.me team in charge. Six weeks later, the new operators launched a complete overhaul of Digg. However, while interest in Digg had remained (a surprising amount, according to new CEO John Borthwick), the new site removed user access to old data, i.e. everything Digg users had ever posted to the old iterations of… Read More

  • One Step Shy Of An IPO, Telco Friend Openet Picks Up $21M Series D Led By Japan’s NS Solutions

    One Step Shy Of An IPO, Telco Friend Openet Picks Up $21M Series D Led By Japan’s NS Solutions

    Waiting for the public markets to show a little more promise for tech IPOs, Openet has today announced that it’s completed a Series D round of funding totaling $21 million: $16 million in equity funds and $5 million in long term debt. Openet is a Dublin, Ireland-based developer of transaction management software used by 80 network operators in 28 countries — including AT&T… Read More

  • T-Mobile Coincidentally Testing “iPhone-Compatible” 4G Network Near WWDC

    T-Mobile Coincidentally Testing “iPhone-Compatible” 4G Network Near WWDC

    Network testing is hard work. You need to ensure coverage, regular data rates, and spread. That’s probably why T-Mobile happens to be testing their 1900 MHz HSPA+ signal around the Moscone Center in San Francisco just in time for WWDC. Read More

  • Junar Nabs $1.2M To Help Government, Business Unlock Big Data

    Junar Nabs $1.2M To Help Government, Business Unlock Big Data

    Last month, San Francisco unveiled a new cloud-based open data site as part of its move to adopt cloud services and, in turn, to encourage open government, transparency and accountability by improving access to data and information. San Francisco is hardly alone — both public and private sectors in the U.S. and around the world are pulling back the curtain on their data. Of course… Read More

  • Data-Focused Locu Raises $4M Series A From General Catalyst, Lowercase, Lightbank & SV Angel

    Data-Focused Locu Raises $4M Series A From General Catalyst, Lowercase, Lightbank & SV Angel

    Locu, the data-focused startup launched out of Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s lab at MIT to provide structure to the world’s information, has just announced a $4 million Series A round led by General Catalyst Partners. Also participating in the round were Chris Sacca’s Lowercase Capital, Lightbank and SV Angel, as well as Locu’s existing angel investors, Naval Ravikant, Babak… Read More

  • WiFi Rules, OK? Only 6% Of iPad Sessions Come From Cellular Networks

    WiFi Rules, OK? Only 6% Of iPad Sessions Come From Cellular Networks

    There has been some anecodotal evidence about how WiFi is by far the most popular way to connect on a tablet, but some numbers out from Localytics spell out just how little traffic is coming from 3G (and now 4G) networks on the most popular tablet of all, the iPad from Apple. Using data from apps that run on its mobile analytics platform, Localytics says that in the last week, since the… Read More

  • Alert: Social Media Is Eating Into Carrier Revenues, And It’s Only Getting Worse

    Alert: Social Media Is Eating Into Carrier Revenues, And It’s Only Getting Worse

    Twitter, Facebook and other social networks have long counted on the rise in smartphone usage to help fuel their growth: that trend, however, seems to also be taking a toll on mobile carriers — specifically in the form of revenues. The analyst firm of Ovum, part of the Informa Group, has estimated that operators lost $13.9 billion in SMS revenue in 2011, as a result of their customers… Read More

  • Enterprise Cloud Developments: Huddle Sync Is All About Pushing ‘Need To Know’ Content

    Enterprise Cloud Developments: Huddle Sync Is All About Pushing ‘Need To Know’ Content

    Another cloud startup is making enhancements to improve the performance and functionality of its services. This one is squarely for enterprises and comes from Huddle, which today is announcing Huddle Sync, a service that promises “intelligent” synchronization of enterprise work files to serve users what they need, when they need it. Huddle is banking on the idea that services… Read More

  • Visualizing Facebook’s Media Storage: How Big Is 100 Petabytes?

    Visualizing Facebook’s Media Storage: How Big Is 100 Petabytes?

    Just a little tidbit from everyone’s favorite reading material this week, the Facebook IPO filing: the company noted that it now stores over 100 petabytes of media (photos and videos) uploaded by its 845 million users. In case “100 petabytes” didn’t blow you over, the filing further explains that’s equal to “100 quadrillion bytes.” OK, now… Read More

  • Is It Time For Computers To Have Their Own .Data Domains?

    Is It Time For Computers To Have Their Own .Data Domains?

    The web, as we all know, was built for humans. A nice graphical interface to the internet, which has been around much longer. But as the web has grown from a nice way to display information to the largest computing infrastructure on the planet, we need to make the web friendlier for computers once again. Computers don’t want to look at pretty web pages. They want data. Of course, there are… Read More

  • Pushpins Launches SimpleUPC: Product Information-As-A-Service

    Pushpins Launches SimpleUPC: Product Information-As-A-Service

    Pushpins, Inc., the makers of a mobile app for saving on groceries, have launched a new service called SimpleUPC targeted towards mobile app developers. SimpleUPC, which is available as an API (application programming interface), provides product information as a service for the use in mobile apps like barcode scanners, shopping lists and nutrition trackers. The API contains data on over… Read More

  • Personalized News Aggregation: News360 Launches Version 2.0

    Personalized News Aggregation: News360 Launches Version 2.0

    Cross-platform newsreader application News360 launched into version 2.0 today, a significant update that introduces its new personalization features. The news reader now learns from your activity on social Web services, including Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader and Evernote, in order to present you with stories that fit your interests. But unlike some of its competitors, which there are now… Read More

  • How Your Social Data Will Power Walmart’s E-Commerce Revolution

    How Your Social Data Will Power Walmart’s E-Commerce Revolution

    Walmart is planning to launch several new projects this holiday season based on the technology it acquired from the social media startup Kosmix back in April. Kosmix’s platform previously powered multiple services, including a Twitter search site called TweetBeat, a health vertical called RightHealth and a homepage where users could search the Web by topic. But the core of what Kosmix… Read More