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  • Amazon’s Fire Phone is a nice piece of gear, with some not-very-useful parlor tricks

    26 July 2014, 2:00 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    I found some things to like about Amazon’s new handheld digital vending machine, the Fire Phone — like its solid build, camera, and screen quality. But I do wish the interface felt a little bit less cluttered and easier to use out of the box. The phone…
  • Fixed fights parking tickets on your behalf, raises $1.2M

    26 July 2014, 1:00 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    An app that fights your parking tickets for you. What’ll they think of next? The San Francisco-based company, Fixed, with an app of the same name, asks only that you take out your iPhone and snap a pic of your parking ticket. Then the company checks for…
  • Marc Andreessen takes a walk down memory lane with Facebook doubters

    26 July 2014, 12:00 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    One can forgive early believers like Andreessen for taking a few of victory laps, even if those laps are just short trots to the bank and back.
  • Meet the 12-year-old boy who makes games instead of going to school

    26 July 2014, 11:19 am by: Dan Crawley

    Editor's Pick: Sam Smith has been home-schooled for three years. He's now getting his education by making games, and Spacepants, his first published effort, has been a great success.
  • Apple has acquired BookLamp and its book recommendation engine

    26 July 2014, 10:15 am by: Mark Sullivan

    Apple has taken another step into the book business, this time with an acquisition than might make its e-book searches and suggestions more intelligent. Reports this week said the company has acquired Boise, Montana-based BookLamp, and Apple confirmed the…
  • Google Docs now works with uploaded tracked changes from your Word documents

    25 July 2014, 8:30 pm by: Larry Zhou

    Google has given those who work with Microsoft Word another reason to move documents to the cloud. Today, Google announced a new function that converts any tracked changes in Word documents to Suggested Edits. Basically, if you have Word documents with a lot…
  • Shareholder report lays out why Alibaba should buy Yahoo

    25 July 2014, 8:00 pm by: Richard Byrne Reilly

    Wall Street investors are pushing Alibaba founder Jack Ma to buy Yahoo
  • Sorry, data hogs: Verizon to soon throttle LTE speeds for unlimited data customers

    25 July 2014, 7:30 pm by: Tom Cheredar

    Unlimited data plans are officially dead for Verizon customers.
  • Funding Daily: A mystery venture gets money

    25 July 2014, 7:30 pm by: Ruth Reader

    This Friday edition of funding daily is short and sweet; starting with funding for a new app and a mysterious new venture.
  • Bitcoin Foundation throws up everything you need to know about Bitcoin on GitHub

    25 July 2014, 7:00 pm by: Alexia LaFata

    This suits the middle man-less nature of the alternative currency.
  • FameBit raises $1.4 million to help YouTubers make money

    25 July 2014, 6:15 pm by: Krystle Vermes

    Today, FameBit has announced that it has completed a $1.4 million seed round of funding, which will help it scale its team and give more YouTubers the opportunity to make money off their creativity. FameBit.com is a website that YouTubers can access to find…
  • Hey, Google: Baidu wants to keep humans in the driverless car equation

    25 July 2014, 5:42 pm by: Barry Levine

    Would you prefer to ride in a completely autonomous self-driving car, like Google is building, or one like Chinese search engine Baidu's semi-autonomous car?
  • Talks to sell IBM’s chip-manufacturing business to Globalfoundries fall apart

    25 July 2014, 5:00 pm by: Dean Takahashi

    IBM's division is losing money, but it reportedly rejected offer.
  • Sorry, Apple, but Conan O’Brien’s office already uses robot staff

    25 July 2014, 4:45 pm by: Alexia LaFata

    As if we needed another reason to love Conan O’Brien. Not only does he provide us with boisterous laughs and commentary on breaking news, but the red-headed funny man may be more technologically savvy than most of us think — at least when it comes to his…
  • Cutting-edge marketers, here’s why you don’t want to miss GrowthBeat (pre-registration ends…

    25 July 2014, 3:10 pm by: VentureBeat Staff

    GrowthBeat is coming up on August 5-6, and it’s shaping up to be one of the most provocative marketing­-tech events of the year. We’re bringing you some of the best and brightest in modern digital marketing for a series of never-before-seen case studies…
  • GamesBeat Roundup: Dragons, Twitch joins Google, Naxxramas debuts, and developers in warzones

    25 July 2014, 3:00 pm by: Jason Wilson

    Check out our entire week’s worth of coverage on VentureBeat’s channel for video games, GamesBeat.
  • Phone unlocking bill passes House, on its way to POTUS desk

    25 July 2014, 2:55 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    It’s been 19 months since phone locking advocates launched a petition calling for a law enabling consumers to legally unlock their cell phones after their wireless contract runs out. After a good deal of the normal Washington posturing, lobbying, revising…
  • New tool shows why social conservatives can’t boycott Internet companies: They’re all…

    25 July 2014, 2:48 pm by: Greg Ferenstein

    I attended a rare meeting of Republicans in San Francisco last week at the Reboot conference, a moderate-size gathering of tech-savvy conservatives. It was easy to spot which attendees were walking into the hotel for the conference, because they were the only…
  • Bose files lawsuit against Beats over patent infringement

    25 July 2014, 2:31 pm by: Kia Kokalitcheva

    Well, looks like Bose did not forget about Dre: The audio equipment company has filed a lawsuit against Beats over noise-canceling technology patent. Bose, which makes audio equipment including speakers and headphones, has filed a lawsuit against Beats, which…
  • China Telecom will sell Microsoft’s Xbox One game console to Chinese gamers in September

    25 July 2014, 2:30 pm by: Dean Takahashi

    The Xbox One will be the first game console to get a huge launch in the fast-growing Chinese market.
  • Amazon’s new ‘Video Shorts’ section streams bite-size pop culture clips

    25 July 2014, 1:54 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    Amazon currently is in the business of movie and TV show streaming, but it has now expanded to include Hulu-like shorts. These, Amazon says, have been collecting on its site, but it has only recently added a dedicated section to Instant Video called “Video…
  • Weave is a Tinder for LinkedIn, minus the sexy parts

    25 July 2014, 1:52 pm by: Kia Kokalitcheva

    It seems like these days, every app is using the swiping-interface dating app Tinder made popular, and most of the time, it feels like an unnatural me-too attempt — except maybe in the case of Weave. Weave is a networking-meets-social-discovery mobile app,…
  • Founders Fund will give dough to early-stage science startups

    25 July 2014, 1:42 pm by: Jordan Novet

    Founders Fund already stands out for backing startups with radical ideas, including Counsyl, Hampton Creek, Planet Labs, and SpaceX. Now the venture firm is making a formal commitment to funding startups in aeronautics, life sciences, nanotechnology, and other…
  • SEC drops probe into Facebook pre-IPO shennanigans

    25 July 2014, 1:39 pm by: Mark Sullivan

    Just days before the IPO, the analysts working for the underwriters reduced the forecast price of the stock, but most investors didn't know.
  • Lyft finally launches in New York after abandoning ‘ridesharing’

    25 July 2014, 12:39 pm by: Harrison Weber

    Transportation startup Lyft is finally launching in New York tonight, but it’s no longer just “your friend with a car.” Lyft originally intended to debut in New York two weeks ago but was blocked at the city gates by the New York Attorney General and…

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