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  • Amazon Now Piloting CPM Ads With Select Amazon Associates Publishers

    22 August 2014, 11:21 am by: Sarah Perez

     Amazon has launched a display ad network, in the form of Amazon CPM ads, to members of its online affiliates program, Amazon Associates. Select members of the program have recently been invited to test the new advertising option, which will feature both…
  • Secret Update Removes Photo Library Access As It Faces Renewed Claims It Isn’t So Anonymous

    22 August 2014, 11:13 am by: Darrell Etherington

     Secret has a new update out for Android, with an iOS equivalent arriving sometime next week. The app changes include the addition of Flickr image search, which requires the “exchange” of the ability to use pics from your photo library, in a move clearly…
  • Amazon Reopens Its AWS Loft In San Francisco

    22 August 2014, 11:00 am by: Frederic Lardinois

     Earlier this year, Amazon opened a space for developers in San Francisco to come and talk to AWS engineers, get training, network or simply hang out. This “Pop-up Loft” was open for four weeks in June. Today, the company announced that it is re-opening…
  • Voice-Based Social Media Platform Bubbly Acquired By Altruist Group

    22 August 2014, 5:14 am by: Catherine Shu

     Bubbly, the voice-based social media network, has been acquired by India-based Altruist, which provides telecom services in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The terms of the deal were undisclosed. Bubbly, which was known as Bubble Motion before rebranding last…
  • Wants To Put Employees In Good Company

    22 August 2014, 4:38 am by: Catherine Shu

     Whether or not we like to admit it, our relationships with our colleagues are among the most significant in our lives. Dealing with their quirks (endearing or otherwise) can take up as much time as actually working. A startup called wants to make it…
  • IPO-Bound E-Commerce Giant Rocket Internet Consolidates, Holtzbrink Takes 2.5% Stake

    22 August 2014, 4:11 am by: Ingrid Lunden

     More shareholder activity over at Rocket Internet, the Berlin-based e-commerce incubator and investor that is widely expected to go public. Holtzbrinck Ventures, a firm that has been a longtime investor in Rocket Internet portfolio companies around the…
  • Federal Court Shuts Down Aereo’s Attempt At A Comeback

    21 August 2014, 9:26 pm by: Cat Zakrzewski

     In an eleventh hour attempt to save its business following the Supreme Court’s ruling that it was illegal, Aereo changed its tune and claimed to be a cable provider in a court filing last month. But the Second Circuit Court Of Appeals isn’t hearing…
  • There Is One New Book On Amazon Every Five Minutes

    21 August 2014, 9:00 pm by: John Biggs

     In an interesting post, writer Claude Nougat estimated the total number of books on Amazon – about 3.4 million at last count (a number that could include apps as well) and then figured out how many books were added in a day. Nougat noticed that the number…
  • Movie Theaters May Be Getting More Interactive, Thanks To Audience Entertainment’s SDK

    21 August 2014, 7:51 pm by: Anthony Ha

     You may soon be doing more twisting, turning, and jumping around when you go to the movies, if startup Audience Entertainment succeeds in launching a new type of in-theater interactivity. The company’s technology basically allows audiences to play…
  • Unscaling The Trillion-Dollar Power Industry

    21 August 2014, 7:00 pm by: Hemant Taneja

     Throughout the history of the power industry, the answer to all of our problems has been to “get bigger”. Due to economies of scale, utilities have concentrated on building larger and larger power plants to increase efficiency and improve profitability.…
  • PonoMusic Raises More Than $6M In Equity Crowdfunding In One Week

    21 August 2014, 5:17 pm by: Julian Chokkattu

     Neil Young’s startup PonoMusic became the fourth-most funded project on Kickstarter back in April, when it raised $6.2 million on a goal of $800,000.…
  • This Robot Butler Tried To Get Me Drunk

    21 August 2014, 5:12 pm by: Alex Wilhelm

     The merry TechCrunch band took a trip to Cupertino this week to kick it with a small robot called Botlr made by robotics startup Savioke.…
  • Salesforce Beats In Its Fiscal Q2 With Revenue Of $1.32B, EPS OF $0.13

    21 August 2014, 4:27 pm by: Alex Wilhelm

     After the bell, Salesforce reported its fiscal second quarter financial results, including revenue of $1.32 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.13. The company beat estimates in the fiscal 2015 quarter, as investors had expected it to earn $0.12…
  • Product Hunt Briefly Banned From Reddit, Reinstated

    21 August 2014, 3:36 pm by: Kyle Russell

     Product Hunt, the YC-backed social network for sharing links to interesting new startups and apps via a Reddit-like interface, has been banned from Reddit. We first got wind that links to Product Hunt could no longer be submitted to Reddit from a comment on…
  • Facebook Rolls Out Analytics For App Links

    21 August 2014, 2:50 pm by: Kyle Russell

     Today, Facebook is rolling out analytics for App Links, its initiative to make it easier for developers to link to specific content in partnership with Parse (which it purchased last year) and Mixpanel. The data available is still rather simple, but it’s a…
  • Restaurant Discovery Service Zomato Eats Its Way Into Central And Eastern Europe With Two…

    21 August 2014, 2:34 pm by: Steve O'Hear

     Zomato, the restaurant search and discovery service that’s raised a whopping $55 million in VC, is adding a presence in Central and Eastern Europe by means of two local acquisitions. Read More
  • Achieving Anonymity Online Remains Difficult Despite Evolving Privacy Tools

    21 August 2014, 2:00 pm by: Tomás Touceda

     Some things are best kept secret. But when it comes to your online activities, can you ever truly conceal your identity? A variety of tools and best practices can help you achieve some level of privacy when surfing the web, but it is nearly impossible to…
  • Pandora, Indiegogo Release Employee Diversity Reports

    21 August 2014, 1:58 pm by: Cat Zakrzewski

     Indiegogo reported 33 percent of its tech employees are female, a relatively higher percentage than other companies that have recently released diversity reports. In comparison, Twitter’s tech employees are 10 percent female, and those numbers are only…
  • Instagram Starts Offering Essential Ad Tools At Last

    21 August 2014, 1:34 pm by: Sarah Perez

     Facebook-owned Instagram is making itself more advertising-friendly today with the rollout of a suite of business tools aimed at brands which offer insights and analytics related to their use of the image-sharing network. Included in the suite are tools…
  • Congresswoman Anna Eshoo Enlists Reddit Users To Rebrand Net Neutrality

    21 August 2014, 1:34 pm by: Alex Wilhelm

     Today in a video and accompanying post, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo asked Reddit users to help come up with new branding for net neutrality. The term ‘net neutrality,’ while useful, is being misused by some, according the Congresswoman. A new phrase — or…

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