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BlackBerry just laid off half of its US sales team, according to reports

BlackBerry’s struggles continue after the company reportedly laid off half of its US sales team, based in its headquarters in Canada. (...)

2013-09-09
A Facebook ban in Iran isn’t stopping government ministers from using the social network

Facebook has been banned in Iran since the country’s 2009 election. However, the entire Cabinet has now opened Facebook pages which (...)

2013-09-09
Gmail for feature phones gets a redesign to make it easier and quicker to send and receive emails

Google has released an update to its Gmail service for feature phones geared towards improving the speed and usefulness of the app. (...)

2013-09-09
The 2013 Nexus 7 with 4G LTE goes on sale in the US via Google Play for $349, coming to T-Mobile stores in October

Google today released the 2013 version of its Nexus 7 with 4G LTE in the US. You can grab it now from Google Play for $349. That’s (...)

2013-09-08
Twitter acquires mobile advertising exchange MoPub

Twitter has announced the acquisition of MoPub, the world’s largest mobile ad exchange. MoPub built its exchange up to a $100 million (...)

2013-09-09
Twitter’s CEO says a leader doesn’t care what people think and shouldn’t copy others

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo made an appearance at TechCrunch Disrupt today to talk about leadership and why it’s important. He says (...)

2013-09-08
Google Glass update adds photo/screenshot Vignettes feature, YouTube videos in search results, and sound search

Google today announced the latest monthly update (XE9) to its Glass project, adding new features for the lucky few that got the devices (...)

2013-09-08
Carl Icahn is excited about Twitter.

Activist investor Carl Icahn told The Wall Street Journal that he’s excited about Twitter. That might seem counter-intuitive coming (...)

2013-09-08
Google updates Forms with progress bars, data validation, embedded YouTube videos, and custom messages

Google today announced four new tools for building surveys with Google Forms. You can now display progress bars, set up data validation, (...)

2013-09-08
Livefyre acquires Storify to bolster its social storytelling capabilities

Storify, the service that lets anyone curate social media conversations across Twitter, Facebook, and other mediums, has been acquired (...)

2013-09-08
Google debuts updated Authorship program and adds embeddable posts, all using Google+ Sign-In

Google has unveiled some new programs to help users and creators better interact with the content found on its property. Starting (...)

2013-09-08
Why Livefyre acquired Storify: Helping brands become better storytellers, and the road to an IPO

Is there a market for services whose mission is to help aggregate social conversations? Jordan Kretchmer seems to think so, as long (...)

2013-09-08
The Largest Federal Wind Farm Will Power The Dismantling Of Nuclear Weapons

It always seems ironic that Texas, a fossil fuel state if ever there was one, is also the leader in wind power. According to the Department (...)

2013-09-08
Google, Yahoo and Facebook urge the US government for permission to release national security requests

Google, Facebook and Yahoo have filed separate motions with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) today, requesting (...)

2013-09-08
Facebook takes on Twitter with new tools to give TV broadcasters access to its user data

Facebook is rolling out a set of tools designed to help media and news organizations better integrate Facebook conversations into (...)

2013-09-08
Nissan unveils the Nismo smartwatch, a wearable device to connect drivers to their cars

Smartwatches are the tech industry’s topic du jour after Samsung launched its Galaxy Gear watch, while even Qualcomm got in on the (...)

2013-09-08
Xiaomi co-founder on why ex-Google exec Barra and its own firmware are key to international success

As Chinese smartphone firm Xiaomi starts to be known worldwide, many are wondering what strategy the firm has for making its devices (...)

2013-09-08
Facebook is testing a LinkedIn-like ‘Professional Skills’ section on user profiles (Update)

Update: A Facebook spokesperson provided us a statement saying: “We are currently testing a new option where you can add your professional (...)

2013-09-07
Instagram to begin monetizing service with ads ‘within the next year’ as it tops 150m monthly users

Instagram has just grown a little bit more — today, the photo-sharing company revealed that it now has 150 million monthly users, (...)

2013-09-08
Instagram Reaches 150 Million Monthly Active Users

Instagram now has 150 million monthly active users with more than 60% of them residing outside of the United States. At last tally (...)

2013-09-08
Facebook Adds Professional Skills Category for Job Seekers

In what could prove to be a stealth move to compete with the likes of LinkedIn, Facebook has added a fully discoverable “professional (...)

2013-09-07
How to manage technical and creative people when you’re in-between the two

Christian Jurinka is Chief Engagement Officer and Co-founder of Attack! Marketing, a multi-channel lifestyle agency specializing in (...)

2013-09-07
Facebook has quietly added a LinkedIn-like ‘Professional Skills’ section to user profiles

Facebook is in the process of implementing a new feature to your profile. Sociobits.org shared with us that the social network company (...)

2013-09-07
Using independent teams to scale a small company: A look at how games company Wooga works

Jesper Richter-Reichhelm is Head of Engineering at social games company Wooga. Here he gives an insight into the firm’s internal (...)

2013-09-07
These geeks are urging Google to name the next version of Android after Indian sweet Ladoo

Google’s decision to name the next version of Android (build 4.4) KitKat has certainly been a controversial one, but it could all (...)

2013-09-06
Google Authenticator returns to the iOS App Store, restoring accounts the previous version removed

Google Authenticator, the 2-factor authentication app that Google pulled from Apple’s App Store earlier this week after version (...)

2013-09-06
A scientific guide to posting tweets, Facebook posts, emails and blog posts at the best time

This post was originally published on the Buffer blog. We’re pretty keen on optimal timing for social media here at Buffer, (...)

2013-09-06
In The First Half Of 2013, The U.S. Made 12,444 Data Requests From Yahoo

Following the heels of Google and Facebook, Yahoo today published its first transparency report detailing government requests for (...)

2013-09-05
Google reportedly speeding up its encryption program to better protect user data from the NSA

Google has told The Washington Post that it is accelerating its pace to encrypt the “torrents of information” following news this (...)

2013-09-06
Iran Leaders Tweet Rosh Hashanah Wishes

Maybe the Jewish New Year really has ushered in the positive change it’s supposed to represent. Over the past few days, Iran’s (...)

2013-09-05
How to build a Silicon Valley caliber product engineering team in Asia

Thomas Clayton has started and run numerous high-tech startups in Silicon Valley. He is currently CEO of Bubbly, a social media (...)

2013-09-05
Instagram goes to space with NASA to share images of Earth and beyond

Instagram is now going where no photo-sharing app has gone before. Today NASA announced that it has set up an official account on (...)

2013-09-05
This is what Google Glass looks like under X-ray

We’ve already seen the inside of Google Glass through teardowns, but now you can get another look inside the eyewear through STEMbite’s set (...)

2013-09-05
Twitter #Music for iOS lets you reply to, favorite and retweet users that share tracks in your #NowPlaying feed

The real potential for Twitter #Music has always been the idea of combining a robust music player app with the real-time trends and (...)

2013-09-05
"I Killed a Man": A YouTube Confession for a Drunken Car Crash

In a YouTube video posted this week, a 22-year-old confessed that he was drunk when he crashed his pickup truck into another car (...)

2013-09-05
Google launches ‘Minchizu’, custom maps showing geotagged photos for Google+ Communities in Japan

It started with a Google+ Community called ‘Tokyo Slide Map’. A group of users wanted to chronicle the very best children’s (...)

2013-09-05
Google+ photo editing has been restored on the Web after disappearing for nearly a week

Google+ users will be pleased to hear that they can edit their photos again from the lightbox. The photo editor disappeared from (...)

2013-09-05
Google’s Super Monkey Ball-inspired Chrome experiment gets a new course for the browser’s 5th birthday

Back in March, Google launched a Super Monkey Ball-inspired Chrome Experiment called World Wide Maze. Essentially, you could grab (...)

2013-09-05
Google Earth for Android app now lets you rediscover all of your geotagged Google+ photos

If you’re the type of person who travels a lot and captures all of your photos with a smartphone, tablet, or other device with geotagging (...)

2013-09-05
15 Brands Kicking Butt on Vine

Despite Instagram’s massive following and its new video feature, many brands have committed to Vine. It’s entirely (...)

2013-09-05
MyGlass update lets you control Google Glass using your Android device

Grappling with the small touchpad fitted on the side of Google Glass can be a little frustrating and inelegant. Likewise, shouting (...)

2013-09-05
Facebook delays privacy policy update amid protests by watchdogs

Facebook has said it will not roll out a scheduled update to its privacy policy till next week, after it takes the time to “ensure (...)

2013-09-05
Facebook-Flavored Ice Cream Is a Real Thing

Can you imagine tasting a social network? Two enterprising ice cream makers at Valentino Ice Cream Shop in Tisno, on Croatia’s (...)

2013-09-05
Microsoft revamps Bing News with trending stories from Facebook and Twitter

Microsoft has rolled out a new look for its Bing News service that introduces trending stories from Facebook and Twitter and includes a (...)

2013-09-04
People Like Giving More When The Giving Is Social

There are many, many selfless motivations for giving to a charity or doing a good deed. But being honest, most of us would also admit (...)

2013-09-04
What You Missed: September 4, 2013 Edition

Honey I Shrunk the Computer This hobbyist built a 1/3 scale 128k Apple computer. He calls it Mini–Mac. Aereo Has Time On (...)

2013-09-04
Rinema: International movie recommendations from viewers with similar tastes as you

Rinema has launched its social movie site for cataloguing the movies you’ve seen and finding people with similar taste as you. Movie (...)

2013-09-04
Google Drive for iOS gets the new card-style thumbnail layout, easier file sharing and automatic grouping

The Google Drive for iOS app has been updated today with an all-new look that mimics the card-style layout using across Google+ and (...)

2013-09-04

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