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  • Motionlead Makes Mobile Ads Effective Again Thanks To Interactive Design

    Motionlead Makes Mobile Ads Effective Again Thanks To Interactive Design

    Meet Motionlead, a French startup that wants to make mobile ads sexy again. When the team first developed a meme reader for the iPhone, it got really frustrated with the state of mobile ads. Traditional ad banners are both ineffective and ugly. That’s how Motionlead started. “On all our campaigns, we have a click rate above 10 percent for call-to-action buttons,” co-founder… Read More

  • Fitle Will Let You Try Clothes On A 3D Avatar Of Yourself

    Fitle Will Let You Try Clothes On A 3D Avatar Of Yourself

    When Charles Nouboue was in business school, he found he had little time to shop during regular store hours. But shopping online proved to be hard. “It’s difficult to find exactly what you want to buy,” Nouboue said. “It’s very complicated to find the right size.” That’s why he and his partner, Gaetan Rougevin-Baville, recently launched a… Read More

  • Leak Lets You Send Anonymous Emails

    Leak Lets You Send Anonymous Emails

    It’s clear that anonymity, in one way or another, is going to be a part of our digital future. But the folks over at JustLeak.it have looked to the past for inspiration in this brave weird new world. Leak is a web service that lets you send anonymous emails to people. Just put in a recipients’ email, choose the type of relationship you have with that person (friend, coworker, etc.)… Read More

  • Here’s One Of The First Useful Android Wear Smartwatch Apps

    Here’s One Of The First Useful Android Wear Smartwatch Apps

    I have a Pebble and really like getting notifications on my wrist. It’s useful to see if it’s an important notification without having to look at your phone every time it buzzes. So that’s why I didn’t see why I should get a heavier watch with a barely acceptable battery life, like the LG G watch. But Capitaine Train‘s new smartwatch app showcases why an Android… Read More

  • Free, France’s T-Mobile, Wants To Acquire T-Mobile For $15 Billion

    Free, France’s T-Mobile, Wants To Acquire T-Mobile For $15 Billion

    France’s disruptive telecom company, Free, just announced that it wanted to acquire T-Mobile US. The WSJ first broke the story. Free then confirmed the bid in a press release. Sprint was already in talks with T-Mobile for a potential acquisition. Now, Free (also known as Iliad) is offering $15 billion in cash for 56.6 percent of the American company at $33 per share. Overall, Free says… Read More

  • Reedsy Helps Indie Publishers Get Things Done

    Reedsy Helps Indie Publishers Get Things Done

    Self-publishing is the new Beanie Babies: everyone wants in and everyone wants to cuddle. But what if you don’t have the editorial chops, design talent, or artistic skills to make a pretty or readable book? Reedsy is there to help. Read More

  • What Is ‘La French Tech’ Supposed To Do?

    What Is ‘La French Tech’ Supposed To Do?

    Less than two months ago, French president François Hollande made a speech in front of the tech community at the Élysée to show his commitment to La French Tech. As a reminder, La French Tech is a publicly funded initiative to promote French startups under a single brand in France and abroad — or at least, that was the plan. For the last few days, sources have told me that the… Read More

  • Apple’s Beats Acquisition Gets Approval From The European Commission

    Apple’s Beats Acquisition Gets Approval From The European Commission

    Apple has the green light to proceed with its acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music from the European Commission. Both companies do indeed sell headphones in the EU, which is part of the motivation behind the scrutiny, but Apple and Beats don’t hold a sizeable combined market share of the headphone category in Europe, the Commission determined, and the types of hardware they… Read More

  • Sunrise Raises $6 Million From Balderton And Others To Build The Perfect Calendar

    Sunrise Raises $6 Million From Balderton And Others To Build The Perfect Calendar

    A year and a half after launching its first calendar app, Sunrise is raising a $6 million Series A round from Balderton Capital and existing investors — Bernard Liautaud is joining the board. The company had previously raised $2.2 million. Sunrise is also launching a platform preview for third-party developers, so that other companies can build apps for the calendar… Read More

  • Bigpoint Acquires Little Worlds Studio To Place Bigger Bet On Mobile Gaming

    Bigpoint Acquires Little Worlds Studio To Place Bigger Bet On Mobile Gaming

    Bigpoint, the European free-to-play online gaming company, is placing a bigger bet on mobile gaming: It’s acquired France’s Little Worlds Studio, maker of mobile titles such as Color Cross Online and Mana Crusher, in a move that will see Bigpoint establish a dedicated mobile games studio in Lyon. Read More