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  • Ex-Zynga Developers Land $2.5 Million For New Studio JuiceBox Games

    30 July 2014, 8:36 am by: Jonathan Shieber

     Three former Zynga developers have raised $2.5 million to build out their new gaming studio, JuiceBox Games, on the back of the release of their first gaming title HonorBound. With 3 million downloads and counting, JuiceBox’s first game is already…
  • Nintendo Posts A Loss Despite Wii U Sales Tripling During The Quarter

    30 July 2014, 7:30 am by: Darrell Etherington

     Nintendo’s quarterly results are out (via WSJ), and the company saw disappointing sales of both its hardware platforms, with the Wii U managing to triple sales but still only achieving 510,000 units shipped overall, and the Nintendo 3DS dropping below a…
  • Robocoin Opens The First Bitcoin ATM In Vegas, Baby

    30 July 2014, 6:58 am by: John Biggs

     Luck be a protected cryptocurrency-based transaction via a highly secure, distributed network tonight! Robocoin, a bitcoin ATM company, has announced that they’ve placed the first bitcoin ATM on the Las Vegas strip where the high-rollers and low- can go to…
  • Google’s European Privacy Rights Debate Forum Calls For Public To Weigh In

    30 July 2014, 6:01 am by: Natasha Lomas

     Earlier this month Google announced its committee of Google-selected “experts” who are sitting in public judgement on Europe’s so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ (rtbf) ruling — by interrogating privacy-related issues, holding public meetings,…
  • Eastern Europe Gets A New Venture Fund In Fiedler Capital

    30 July 2014, 4:20 am by: Mike Butcher

    Central and Eastern Europe has got a new venture fund in the shape of Fiedler Capital. Headed up by managing partners Robert Hegedüs and Jordan Bocskov, the new seed and early stage venture capital firm is looking to invest up to €250,000 in startups from…
  • Amazon To Invest $2B In Its India Marketplace As Competition With Flipkart Intensifies

    30 July 2014, 4:04 am by: Catherine Shu

     Just one day after Flipkart disclosed that it had raised as massive $1 billion round, Amazon has upped the ante by announcing that it will invest $2 billion in its Indian marketplace, which it launched about a year ago. In a statement, Amazon founder Jeff…
  • UK To Put Driverless Cars On Public Roads By January

    30 July 2014, 3:45 am by: Mike Butcher

     The UK is planning to allow driverless cars to use public roads by next year. At the moment autonomous vehicles are only allowed on private roads. It’s expected that the first vehicles will be seen on some British streets by January next year. Previously,…
  • Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, Which Will Greatly Expand Cortana’s Footprint

    30 July 2014, 3:30 am by: Alex Wilhelm

     Fresh on the heels of the announcement and partial release of Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft has a new dose of code for users of its smartphone platform: Update 1.…
  • Pricey Data Is A Barrier To Internet Access In Developing Countries

    30 July 2014, 3:00 am by: Catherine Shu

     Tech companies, including Microsoft, Facebook, and Nokia, are counting on the “next billion,” or users in developing countries who are just getting access to the Internet, to fuel their future growth. Despite increasing access to technology, including…
  • Twitter Acquires Image Search Startup Madbits

    30 July 2014, 1:22 am by: Catherine Shu

     Twitter has acquired image search startup Madbits for an undisclosed amount. The purchase makes sense because the social networking site has been focused on building out its image features. Read More
  • Taptalk’s Official Response To Its Clone ‘Instagram Bolt’

    29 July 2014, 11:11 pm by: Josh Constine

     “F*ck Retakes”. That was Taptalk founder Onno Faber’s reply when I asked for his reaction to Bolt, Instagram’s new standalone app. Bolt lets you send photos and videos with one-touch by tapping a friend’s face…just like Taptalk. And those faces…
  • Netflix And AT&T Sign Peering Agreement

    29 July 2014, 10:40 pm by: Alex Wilhelm

     Netflix has signed a peering agreement with AT&T that will see the video streaming service pay the ISP for direct connection to its network. Previously, Netflix signed similar agreements with Comcast and Verizon. Interconnection agreements do not deal with…
  • A TV Show About Online Videos Shows Us We’re In A Weird Place With Content Right Now

    29 July 2014, 7:53 pm by: Sarah Buhr

     A TV show devoted entirely to showing nothing but online videos is now the No. 1 syndicated show in the nation. You may have seen it on HLN or one of your local channels: It’s on all Cox, Scripps and Raycom stations coast to coast and will soon be…
  • Our Nine Favorite Companies From The 500 Startups Demo Day

    29 July 2014, 7:28 pm by: Kyle Russell,Cat Zakrzewski

     It’s that time again: 500 Startups just put on demo day for its ninth batch of companies at Microsoft’s conference building in sunny Mountain View, Calif. The seed stage investor and startup incubator showed off 29 products and services that range from…
  • Facebook Is Shutting Down Gifts To Focus On Its Buy Button And Commerce Platform

    29 July 2014, 7:00 pm by: Josh Constine

     Facebook wants to help other businesses sell things, so it’s done selling its own. Facebook Gifts will shut down on August 12th and stop selling gift cards for businesses like Starbucks and iTunes. Facebook tells me no layoffs will occur, and most of the…
  • ThredUp Flush with $23 Million

    29 July 2014, 6:07 pm by: Sarah Buhr

     On the heels of online consignment rival Threadflip’s Series B, thredUP just filed a $23 million Series D with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.…
  • Palantir Acquires Social Polling Startup Poptip

    29 July 2014, 5:46 pm by: Anthony Ha

     Poptip, a startup that helps companies conduct social media surveys and analyze online conversations, just announced its team will be joining Palantir starting on August 1.…
  • Eventbrite’s Power Duo Julia And Kevin Hartz Will Speak At Disrupt SF

    29 July 2014, 5:16 pm by: Matt Burns

     We’re thrilled to announce that Eventbrite co-founders Julia and Kevin Hartz will be joining us for an on-stage interview at Disrupt SF 2014 — the tickets for which are sold by Eventbrite, natch. Julia and Kevin Hartz are married now, but they weren’t…
  • Google Docs, Sheets And Slides Get New Home Screens With A Taste Of Material Design

    29 July 2014, 4:56 pm by: Darrell Etherington

     Google has rolled out a new look for its Docs, Sheets and Slides productivity web app suite, with new homepages for each that present your content in a visual grid and that introduce just a hint of Material Design into the look and feel of the apps, with…
  • Microsoft Now Builds Nearly 95% Of All Windows Phones

    29 July 2014, 4:46 pm by: Alex Wilhelm

     The Microsoft-Nokia deal closed, and Microsoft now builds and sells millions of phones each month. But more to the point, Microsoft now builds 94.5 percent of all Windows Phone devices. That’s according to adduplex, an advertising company that services the…

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