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What the West needs to know about Russia’s tech scene

Nick Davidov is the Investment Director at iTech Capital and Managing Director of The Pult Group. For many investors and entrepreneurs (...)

2014-02-24
6 reasons why Facebook didn’t pay enough for WhatsApp

Lasse Clausen is the co-founder and CEO of FOUNDD, a Berlin based discovery engine. This post originally appeared on his blog. For (...)

2014-02-24
Is It Actually Possible To Make Bottled Water Eco-Friendly?

The Treeson is a new brand of bottled water made from plant-based plastic that can be later burned for energy. But is it just greenwashing?Environme (...)

2014-02-24
AdStage unveils an API to help third-party apps integrate with its social ad platform

Social advertising management service AdStage has unveiled new tools and integrations designed to help it grow and become the de facto (...)

2014-02-24
Welcome to The Next Web’s new Creativity Channel

Today we’re launching a new section of The Next Web inspired by the convergence of art, technology and design – the Creativity (...)

2014-02-24
LinkedIn revamps Who’s Viewed Your Profile feature with analytics and insights to help you boost your visibility

LinkedIn today revamped its “Who’s Viewed Your Profile” feature with new visual analytics and actionable insights. The company (...)

2014-02-24
‘China’s Twitter’ Sina Weibo is reportedly planning a New York public listing

It’s only been a couple of months since Twitter listed on the New York Stock Exchange as TWTR — and now it seems like Chinese (...)

2014-02-24
Facebook’s Internet.org to provide educational materials to smartphones in Rwanda in first pilot project

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg is making his first appearance at Mobile World Congress, the telecom industry’s biggest global trade (...)

2014-02-24
44 Beautiful Candid Moments Captured in Photographs

Candid photography captures the natural expressions of subjects in their most pristine form. We often consider these portraits the (...)

2014-02-23
This Snapchatter Will Be Your Personal Alarm Clock

Have trouble dragging yourself out of bed every morning? Ryan Leiman can be your personal Snapchat alarm clock Leiman or “Turtle,” (...)

2014-02-23
Vine Comedian Nick Spears Dead at 35, Community Mourns

Comedian and writer Nick Spears died of apparent heart complications Friday. He was 35. Spears was beloved in the social-media community, (...)

2014-02-23
Why you should pay attention to these 8 emerging tech hubs

This post originally appeared on the TransferWise blog. TransferWise is the clever new way to transfer money between countries, from (...)

2014-02-23
WhatsApp is down due to server issues [Update: Now working after 4-hour outage]

WhatsApp, the messaging app that you probably heard got bought by Facebook this week, is in the midst of a 90-minute four-hour outage (...)

2014-02-22
Lessons for Facebook: How WhatsApp went from red-hot to passé in Southeast Asia

Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp is rightly seen by many as a move to boost its presence around the world, particularly in markets (...)

2014-02-22
There’s no sign of a major WhatsApp user revolt, but Telegram has netted over 1m new sign-ups

There doesn’t appear to be drones of WhatsApp users running for a rival service following the messaging app’s $19 billion acquisition (...)

2014-02-21
6 things you may not know about Tencent

Thomas Clayton is the CEO of Bubbly, a social media startup backed by Sequoia Capital, SingTel Innov8, and JAFCO.  China’s (...)

2014-02-22
Facebook testing a new Highlights feature on iOS to showcase your friend’s life events

Facebook is testing out a new way to organize how you keep track of your friends on its iOS mobile app. TechCrunch reports that the (...)

2014-02-21
How Autodesk Helped Create An Incredible New Technique For 3-D Printing Metal In Midair

Autodesk and designer Joris Laarman are introducing the next wave in manufacturing: large-scale, affordable, digitally fabricated (...)

2014-02-21
How to write a professional bio for Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+

This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog. Talking about yourself is hard. Doing it in 160 characters or less is even harder. (...)

2014-02-21
Facebook updates its policy to ensure deceased users’ privacy settings will remain unchanged

Earlier this year, Josh Berlin posted an emotional video onto YouTube seeking help from Facebook to gain access to his son’s “Look (...)

2014-02-21
WhatsApp lost 500,000 of its users to Telegram, but most others seem happy to stay

There doesn’t appear to be drones of WhatsApp users running for a rival service following the messaging app’s $19 billion acquisition (...)

2014-02-21
Why Facebook Paid $16 Billion For An Ugly, Primitive App

The answer lies partly in design, but not in the way you might think.Facebook agreed to pay some $16 billion for an app called WhatsApp (...)

2014-02-21
5 ways to get better customer service support

Aishwarya Hariharan is a Product Marketer at Freshdesk, one of the fastest growing SaaS customer support solutions. Good customer (...)

2014-02-21
Google acquires cyber security startup Spider.io to help combat online advertising fraud

Google today announced that it has acquired Spider.io, a London-based cyber security firm that combats online advertising fraud. Terms (...)

2014-02-21
After missing out on WhatsApp, what does Google do next?

It is becoming increasingly apparent that Google tried unsuccessfully to buy messaging app WhatsApp before Facebook struck a $19 billion (...)

2014-02-21
You can now explore the Taj Mahal and other Indian monuments through Google Street View

You can now immerse yourself in the magnificence of India’s iconic Taj Mahal and 29 other monuments from the country, simply by (...)

2014-02-20
This App Transforms "Obsolete" Smartphones Into Baby Monitors

Think that smartphone is outdated? Think again. A new Android app called Dormi brings new life to old devices.Baby monitors--you know, (...)

2014-02-20
Google unveils Project Tango smartphone prototype with revolutionary 3D sensor chip

Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team today took the wraps off Project Tango, a smartphone prototype that packs (...)

2014-02-20
Tweet, telephone, or text? A beginner’s guide to omni-channel engagement

Jennifer Bowden is a customer service specialist currently contributing on behalf of numero, a world-class software solutions provider. (...)

2014-02-20
The Most Valuable Word In The Economy of Human Interaction

How a small, simple greeting extends yourself to others, and opens the door for otherwise missed connections.In the business of people, (...)

2014-02-20
How To Start The Rebranding Process Without Losing Your Mind

Embarking on a rebrand mission is daunting. Get some quality feedback, get your team on board, and go for it with these steps to a (...)

2014-02-20
Chute’s new commerce offering turns any brand’s online retail shop into a social merchandise hub

Chute, a visual marketing and media-sharing platform, today launched a new product aimed at helping online retailers leverage user-generated (...)

2014-02-20
Google’s Waze navigation app for iOS and Android updated with calendar integration

The Google-owned ‘social GPS’ app Waze has been updated to add support for navigating to destinations directly from calendar entries. (...)

2014-02-20
Take A Seat On This Gates-Funded Future Toilet That Will Change How We Think About Poop

The inside story of how Caltech engineers and Kohler designers are testing a toilet technology that could significantly improve the (...)

2014-02-20
Fleksy Opens Its Magical Keyboard SDK To IOS Developers

Typing on an iPhone just got a little bit easier.Fleksy is a keyboard that allows you to mindlessly pound out sentences on your phone (...)

2014-02-20
Crowdcast for iOS wants to democratize your party playlists

Picture the scene: You’re at a party or social gathering, and one person (probably the host) has assumed DJ responsibility for the (...)

2014-02-20
What Your Brain Looks Like Right Before It Takes A Risk

Portraits of the risky brain could help us design workplaces that improve decision-making.When we think of risky business, we tend (...)

2014-02-19
Can These Consumer Apps Crack The Education Space?

Educators are trying to decide whether to put their faith in big mainstream tech companies or education-specific startups with unproven (...)

2014-02-19
Google now lets users in more parts of Southern and Eastern Europe edit Google Maps

Google has opened up its Map Maker service to users in more parts of Southern and Eastern Europe — namely Greece, Croatia, Estonia, (...)

2014-02-20
Facebook turned down WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton for a job in 2009

Here’s an inspiring story on perservering in spite of rejection. Four years after Facebook turned him down for a job, WhatsApp co-founder (...)

2014-02-19
This Digital Health Coaching Startup Gets A Real Coach To Nudge You Into Shape

For all the effort being put into digital tools to get people to exercise more, sometimes all it takes is a good push from a real, (...)

2014-02-19
An Age-Old Medical Tool Gets A Life-Saving Redesign

The SAM Tourniquet, designed by Ziba, rethinks the ancient piece of medical equipment.The tourniquet--the last-resort device used (...)

2014-02-19
Google schedules its 2014 I/O developer conference for June 25-26 with new lottery registration

Google Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai has announced the dates for its 2014 Google I/O developer conference: June 25-26 at Moscone (...)

2014-02-19
Facebook acquires WhatsApp for $16 billion

Facebook has announced the acquisition of mobile messenger WhatsApp for $16 billion. The deal includes $4 billion in cash, $12 billion (...)

2014-02-19
The redesigned Google Maps for desktop begins rolling out to all users

Google is finally bringing its redesigned Google Maps desktop experience to the masses. After unveiling it as a ‘preview’ during (...)

2014-02-19
Google finally takes its redesigned Google Maps desktop experience out of preview

Google is finally bringing its redesigned Google Maps desktop experience to the masses. After unveiling it as a ‘preview’ during (...)

2014-02-19
Pinterest’s new Chrome extension adds hovering ‘Pin It’ buttons for photos and right-click to pin

If you’re an avid Pinterest, user you’ll want to take note of the upgraded ‘Pin It’ button that was released for the Chrome (...)

2014-02-19
Grand St. grows beyond consumer-ready gadgets into a marketplace for makers

Grand St., an online platform that specializes in retailing creative technological products, has launched a new Marketplace feature (...)

2014-02-19

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