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Buzzvil acquires Slidejoy for a lockscreen ad consolidationBuzzvil%20acquires%20Slidejoy%20for%20a%20lockscreen%20ad%26nbsp%3BconsolidationBuzzvil Slidejoyanthha

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:38:35 +0000

(image)  New York City startup Slidejoy has been acquired by South Korean competitor Buzzvil. Both companies offer a way for Android users to earn rewards in exchange for allowing ads on their lockscreens — in Buzzvil’s case, that’s both through its HoneyScreen consumer app and through its BuzzScreen platform for publishers. The financial terms are not being disclosed, but Slidejoy… Read More

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Samsung reportedly concludes ‘irregularly sized’ batteries caused Galaxy Note 7 explosionsSamsung%20reportedly%20concludes%20%26%238216%3Birregularly%20sized%26%238217%3B%20batteries%20caused%20Galaxy%20Note%207%26nbsp%3BexplosionsSamsung Galaxy Note 7Jon

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:10:40 +0000

(image)  Samsung is holding a press conference in three days to explain the defect in the Galaxy Note 7 that forced the product’s recall, but already it is being reported that wrongly-sized batteries were the primary cause of some units combusting. Read More

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Founderkit taps founders to suggest the best tools to get a company off the groundFounderkit%20taps%20founders%20to%20suggest%20the%20best%20tools%20to%20get%20a%20company%20off%20the%26nbsp%3Bgroundstripe founderkitmatthewlynleyfounderkit

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:59:40 +0000

(image)  While running Yardsale, a previous Y Combinator startup based around essentially making it easy to sell your old stuff, Ryan Mickle had the benefit of talking to alumni and colleagues to figure out what to use to build it. But one of the basic services he used to run it ended up costing more in the long run as the app ran into critical problems when it came to some transactions —… Read More

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Snapchat embraces offline purchase ad targeting its CEO called “creepy”Snapchat%20embraces%20offline%20purchase%20ad%20targeting%20its%20CEO%20called%20%26%238220%3Bcreepy%26%238221%3Bsnapchat-money2joshscSAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Evan Spiegel of Snapchat attends TechCruch Disrupt SF 2013 at San Francisco Design Center on September 9, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)snapchat-ad-targeting-opt-outSnapchat Ad Decksnapchat-video

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:57:22 +0000

(image)  Snap Inc.’s quest to earn enough money to IPO sees it flip-flopping after pledging not to use “creepy” ad targeting. Snap will now allow advertisers to use Oracle’s Data Cloud (formerly Datalogix) third-party data about what users buy offline to target ads on Snapchat, according to The Wall Street Journal. Snap tells TechCrunch that this rolled out over the last few… Read More

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SeatGeek’s new Pano feature gives ticketbuyers a 360-degree view of the stadiumSeatGeek%26%238217%3Bs%20new%20Pano%20feature%20gives%20ticketbuyers%20a%20360-degree%20view%20of%20the%26nbsp%3BstadiumSeatGeek Panoanthha

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:15:27 +0000

(image)  SeatGeek is launching a new way to give ticketbuyers a better sense of exactly what they’ll see from a given seat. The new feature, called Pano, offers a 360-degree view of the empty venue — you can look around in all directions, Street View-style, and you can also jump to different parts of the stadium to compare the view from the different seats. “It’s super… Read More

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Samsung finally starts updating its devices with Android 7.0 Nougat, with more arriving soonSamsung%20finally%20starts%20updating%20its%20devices%20with%20Android%207.0%20Nougat%2C%20with%20more%20arriving%26nbsp%3BsoonAndroid Nougatbheater

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:25:45 +0000

(image)  Back in November, Samsung announced preliminary plans to start testing Android 7.0 on its latest devices. For the second year in a row, the company was mostly testing the waters early on, asking a select group of interested early adopters to test the update via its Galaxy Beta Program. Lo, all these months later the almost-latest version of Google’s mobile operating system (the… Read More

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Super Mario Run will come to Android in Marchrun-androidgregkumparakrun-android

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:04:03 +0000

(image)  As we’ve known for a while, Super Mario Run is coming to Android after an exclusive stint on iOS. It’s… going to be a while, though. Read More

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Netflix’s international growth is exploding as its looks beyond the U.S.Netflix%26%238217%3Bs%20international%20growth%20is%20exploding%20as%20its%20looks%20beyond%20the%26nbsp%3BU.S.Reed Hastingsmatthewlynley

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:10:14 +0000

(image)  Holy cow, we have quite the beat for Netflix. Netflix added nearly 2 million new subscribers domestically and around 5 million subscribers internationally in the fourth quarter this year, the company said today. Wall Streets expectations for the fourth quarter fell far below that, coming in at 1.38 million and 3.78 million respectively. We’ll address the financial parts of the company… Read More

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Microsoft is beta testing a feature that brings Cortana to Android’s lock screenMicrosoft%20is%20beta%20testing%20a%20feature%20that%20brings%20Cortana%20to%20Android%E2%80%99s%20lock%26nbsp%3Bscreenmicrosoft-cortana-build-2014-000bheater

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:05:36 +0000

(image)  If you’re enrolled in the beta version of the Cortana app for Android, you’ve already got access to one of its more interesting updates in recent memory. As spotted by MSPoweruser, Microsoft has introduced a feature that brings its AI assistant front and center on Google’s mobile OS. Enabling “Add Cortana to my lock screen” will add a shortcut to the app directly… Read More

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Google acquires Fabric developer platform and team from TwitterGoogle%20acquires%20Fabric%20developer%20platform%20and%20team%20from%26nbsp%3BTwitterstatic1-squarespacejoshscfabricscreen-shot-2017-01-18-at-10-57-25-amscreen-shot-2017-01-18-at-11-20-08-am

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:16:40 +0000

(image)  Google is taking over Twitter’s mobile app developer platform Fabric, as well as its Crashlytics crash reporting system, Answers mobile app analytics, Digits SMS login system and FastLane development automation system. Twitter launched Fabric as a modular SDK in 2014 to allow developers to pick and choose different tools to improve their apps, and it now serves apps reaching 2.5… Read More

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Slack launches threaded messaging to take conversations off to the sideSlack%20launches%20threaded%20messaging%20to%20take%20conversations%20off%20to%20the%26nbsp%3Bsideslack threadmatthewlynleyslack threadsslack threads

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:00:17 +0000

(image)  Slack has spent most of its life as a dead-simple workplace communications tool, with small changes happening here or there. But to keep things dead simple means that you have to be very careful when you decide to make any big changes — even if it’s something users have wanted for a long time. Today, Slack is finally starting to roll out one of those major changes in threaded… Read More

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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:34:31 +0000

(image)  A streaming service for stand-up comedy called, which publicly launched this past August, has now closed on $2.25 million in seed funding led by New York Angels, the company announced today. Available for both iOS and Android devices, is the first to offer an extensive library of comedians’ stand-up sets, with content from top names in the biz, including Kevin Hart,… Read More

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Hulu launches user profiles on mobileHulu%20launches%20user%20profiles%20on%26nbsp%3Bmobilehulu-shows-moviessarahintampaimg_2196img_2197

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:29:06 +0000

(image)  In December, Hulu announced the debut of user profiles in order to make its streaming TV service more personalized to end users, offering each user their own Watchlist, viewing history and recommendations based on their activity and interests. At the time of launch, the feature wasn’t broadly available, however. That’s now changing, as Hulu has just rolled out user profiles to… Read More

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YouTube adds new in-app messaging feature on iOS and Android in Canadayoutube-chatetherin

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:47:48 +0000

(image)  YouTube has introduce a new in-app messaging platform, which has been in testing since mid-2016 – but there’s a catch: It’s only available in Canada for now. Why Canada? Well, it’s not unusual for companies to soft launch products in Canada, because it’s a good testing ground thanks to its market similarity to the U.S., albeit with a total addressable population… Read More

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Mobile data startup Zeotap raises €12MMobile%20data%20startup%20Zeotap%20raises%26nbsp%3B%E2%82%AC12MZeotapanthha

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:16:33 +0000

(image)  Zeotap, a startup that helps telecom companies sell their data to advertisers, announced today that it has raised €12 million in Series B funding (that’s just under $13 million). Co-founder and Chief Product Officer Projjol Banerjea told me that while there’s “decent data” available for online advertisers targeting desktop users, things are shakier on the mobile… Read More

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Vine shuts off sharing, launches Vine CameraVine%20shuts%20off%20sharing%2C%20launches%20Vine%26nbsp%3BCameraunvinejoshscvine-shuts-downvine-camera-hands-onvine-loops-forever

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:53:33 +0000

(image)  Vine as we know it is dead. Today Twitter turned off sharing, liking, commenting and revining in Vine, and released its successor, Vine Camera, as an app update on iOS and Android. It has also discontinued the Vine Windows Phone app. For now you can still open the old Vine app if you don’t update, where you can view your old feed and profile, and download your videos. But Twitter confirms… Read More

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Twitter loops all videos under 6.5 seconds as Vine shrivels into a cameraTwitter%20loops%20all%20videos%20under%206.5%20seconds%20as%20Vine%20shrivels%20into%20a%26nbsp%3Bcameratwitter-360joshscunvine

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:44:21 +0000

(image)  Twitter itself will take Vine’s place as a social network for short videos. To prep for tomorrow’s Vine shutdown and rebirth as Vine Camera, Twitter now automatically loops all videos shorter than 6.5 seconds. That’s not just clips posted from Vine Camera, but any tiny video, including ones saved from other apps like Snapchat. [Update: Vine has now turned off sharing and… Read More

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Evernote attempts to simplify with its new iOS appEvernote%20attempts%20to%20simplify%20with%20its%20new%20iOS%26nbsp%3Bappios-v8-launch-hero-640x360sarahintampaios-v8-notelist-three-notesios-v8-formatting-options-panelios-v8-note-skittle-optionsios-v8-notelist-three-notesios-v8-switch-account-optionios-v8-formatting-options-panelios-v8-hero

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:36:02 +0000

(image)  Did anyone really love the Evernote mobile app? No? Well, good news then: the company is giving it another crack today, introducing what it hopes will be a simpler, more efficient tool to help you record your ideas, as well as search through and organize your Evernote content. As a reminder, the earlier app was a bit busy. Spread across the top of the screen were posting shortcuts –… Read More

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Roku’s new app can replace its remote, help you find something to watchRoku%E2%80%99s%20new%20app%20can%20replace%20its%20remote%2C%20help%20you%20find%20something%20to%26nbsp%3Bwatchroku-mobile-app_my-channels-bgsarahintampascreen-shot-2017-01-17-at-10-56-23-amroku-mobile-app_my-channelsroku-mobile-app_whats-onroku-mobile-app_remote-tvroku-mobile-app_movie-detailsroku-mobile-app_whats-onroku-mobile-app_my-channels

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:00:10 +0000

(image)  Fresh on the heels of introducing new TV models at CES, and touting its 13 percent share of the smart TV market, Roku today is rolling out a revamped mobile application aimed at making it easier to access its most popular features, including search and the remote control, while also introducing a new way to find things to watch. The company has long offered a handy companion app that works… Read More

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:16:39 +0000

(image)  The app industry is continuing to grow, according to a new year-end analysis from app intelligence firm App Annie, out today, which found that app downloads, time spent in apps and revenue grew across the board over the course of 2016. Worldwide downloads were up 15 percent year-over-year, time spent in apps was up 25 percent, and the revenue paid to developers increased by 40… Read More

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