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Ex-Googler Hunter Walk and former Twitter VP Satya Patel close $35M fund for Homebrew venture firm

Venture capital firm Homebrew has closed its initial round of funding to the tune of $35 million. CNN Fortune reported that the firm (...)

2013-07-01
Grooblin for iOS is an easy way to discover events in your area

Some might say the likes of Facebook and its ilk pretty much have the social event-discovery market sewn up. But even with 1 billion-plus (...)

2013-07-01
Yahoo acquires automated video slideshow company Qwiki, says app will live on

Yahoo today announced it has acquired Qwiki, describing it as a company “that uses awesome technology” for storytelling by bringing (...)

2013-07-01
VoIP service Viber is testing a new business model: Hijacking your cellular calls

Editor’s note: This story was originally written in Hebrew by Avishay Bassa, and was originally published by Geektime, the (...)

2013-07-01
Flipboard denies losing users’ Google Reader data, but it is experiencing technical issues that will ‘work soon’

Following reports that Flipboard had lost data when on-boarding Google Reader users, the company has come forward to say that a temporary (...)

2013-07-01
LinkedIn for Android and iOS moves beyond people, now lets you search for jobs, companies, and groups too

LinkedIn today announced it has updated its mobile app for Android and iOS with expanded search functionality. You can download the (...)

2013-07-01
US accelerator TechStars kicks off its London expansion today

US startup accelerator TechStars is opening its doors in London for the first time today, following its expansion into the UK after (...)

2013-07-01
Reeder 3.2 for iPhone adds Feedly support, just as Google Reader officially shuts down

With alternatives for Google Reader sprouting up since the company announced its decision to sunset Reader back in March during (...)

2013-07-01
As Google Reader finally closes, Digg announces its RSS service is now crawling 7.7m feeds

Just five days after Digg updated its iOS app with its all-new Digg Reader RSS service, the company has announced that it’s now (...)

2013-07-01
Goodbye Google Reader – thanks for finally opening the door to RSS innovation

Google Reader is dead. It’s been nearly three months since Google announced the closure so most of us Reader regulars have had plenty (...)

2013-07-01
YouTube introduces ‘YouTube Pro’ video series to help turn channel-owning hobbyists into pros

In a continuation of YouTube’s focus on user-generated content, the Google-owned video site is launching a video series to provide (...)

2013-07-01
Second-generation Nexus 7 will launch in July, says an ASUS staffer who also leaked the specs

An Asus support executive has apparently been extremely liberal with information on the next-generation Nexus 7, a tablet co-produced (...)

2013-07-01
What3words: Find and share very precise locations via Google Maps with just 3 words

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re well acquainted with Google Maps. For many, Google Maps – with its wealth of way-finding (...)

2013-07-01
Viadeo to close contact management service Soocial on July 31, less than 2 years after buying it

Contact management and synchronization service Soocial is to be shut down on July 31, 2013. Viadeo, the France-headquartered business (...)

2013-07-01
Reorganizing the social media landscape with the updated Conversation Prism

There are thousands of companies starting each year looking to find some way to tie themselves into the social media industry. Often (...)

2013-06-30
Google adds its free and open-source VP9 video codec to latest Chrome build

Google today announced it has enable its VP9 video codec by default on the Chrome dev channel. The addition means users of the company’s (...)

2013-06-30
Zynga stock spikes 12% after it reportedly poaches a key Microsoft exec to help turn its business around

Following the report from AllThingsD that Zynga has poached a key Microsoft executive, Don Mattrick, shares in the social gaming company (...)

2013-06-30
Google Glass update brings more voice commands, messages to any Gmail contacts and web browsing

An update rolling out to Google Glass customers today will bring some much needed expansion of the unit’s capabilities. This includes (...)

2013-06-30
Google rolls out new navigation for Webmaster Tools based on the four stages of search

Google today unveiled a new navigation for its Webmaster Tools. The updated design is available now, and there doesn’t appear to (...)

2013-06-30
Bebo’s founder Michael Birch buys back the social network for $1M from Criterion Capital Corporation

Michael Birch, founder of the Bebo social network, revealed on Twitter today that he has repurchased the company from Criterion Capital (...)

2013-06-30
Russian Internet giant Mail.ru drops Google to power all search engine queries itself

Russian Internet behemoth Mail.ru has officially announced that it’s dropping Google to provide all queries made by users of its (...)

2013-06-30
Facebook for Windows Phone gets a complete UI overhaul, high-res pictures, post sharing, Timeline view, and more

Microsoft today announced a major update to Facebook for Windows Phone. You can download the new version now directly from the Windows (...)

2013-06-30
Think Your Office Is Soulless? Check Out This Amazon Fulfillment Center

When Amazon opened its warehouse in the former coal-mining town of Rugeley, England, residents thought the company might bring (...)

2013-06-30
Happiness Means Creativity: One Company’s Bet On Positive Psychology

Rather than just fix what’s ailing, positive psychology looks to actively improve individual and organizational well-being. (...)

2013-06-30
5 Of The Most Impactful Public Service Campaigns In The World

These ads from around the world aren’t selling anything, they’re just promoting messages for good. All too often, (...)

2013-06-30
Hi All: The Absurdity of Company-Wide Emails, Visualized

This Tumblr celebrates those office queries that weirdly go out to everyone. The ‘reply all’ button has long been (...)

2013-06-30
Offline over the weekend? Don’t worry we’ve got your tech news right here

If your weekends are full of gallivanting around outside or spending time with your friends and family then you’re bound to miss (...)

2013-06-30
Why startups are taking social networking offline

On April 30, Kate Jackson had the enterprise high. At The Next Women European Pitch event in central London, Kate was one of several (...)

2013-06-29
Our Flooded Future, According To FEMA

By 2100, the area of the U.S. at risk for inundation will increase 45%. These maps--from the guys who are going to have to deal (...)

2013-06-27
A Single Coat Design Combats Homelessness, In Detroit And Beyond

A design for a winter coat that doubles into a sleeping bag quickly evolved into the Empowerment Plan, an initiative that trains (...)

2013-06-27
An Illustrated Guide To Recognizing Your Gay Stereotypes

Say hello to The Bear, The Twink, The Butch, and your other gay icons. In the spirit of combating stereotypes by reclaiming (...)

2013-06-27
This South Korean Bridge Lights Up To Persuade People Not To Jump

When you walk over the Mapo Bridge in Seoul, it flashes you a message of hope. South Korea has the second highest rate of suicides (...)

2013-06-27
Beach Closed? It’s Because There’s Too Much Poop In The Water

Refreshing! A new report on beach closings finds that raw sewage is the number one cause keeping you out of the water this summer. (...)

2013-06-27
Dash Shaw Tells Surreal Theme Park Story In Color-Drunk “New School” Graphic Novel

The graphic novelist talks about color as a story driver and the power of ink on paper. Dash Shaw is no Luddite. The Brooklyn-based (...)

2013-06-27
Browse This Awesome Collection Of Sci-Fi Interfaces

Ever wonder where the touch screens from Children of Men came from? Now you know. Designer, filmmaker, and Berg creative director (...)

2013-06-27
Can The Threat Of Climate Change Make Cities Richer And Healthier?

If cities are trying to reduce their footprint and investing in a climate-proof infrastructure, the benefits are astounding. (...)

2013-06-27
This 34-Story Skyscraper Would Be The Tallest Wood Building In The World

This proposed Swedish tower would show that not all our buildings have to be built from metal and glass. It’s no longer (...)

2013-06-27
How Virtual Reality Can Curb Your Social Anxiety

A British company has begun projecting socially anxious clients into awkward, ultra-realistic social situations--all in the hopes (...)

2013-06-27
Do I Play Chess Better In A Dress? Test Any Theory With This Randomized Trial Tool

You can now set up your own (semi) clinical trials and perform ridiculous research, with the help of Randomise Me. Ever wondered (...)

2013-06-27
Downloaded: How Napster Conquered the World, How the World Conquered Napster, and Where We Are Now

Director Alex Winter’s documentary on file-sharing service Napster mines the gray area between the tech people and the record (...)

2013-06-27
Canuckify Your Photos With The KnowCanada Photo App

Bruce Mau Design makes an app of its clever Canadian brand ID. Think you know Canada? A new photo app for Apple, KnowCanada, (...)

2013-06-27
An Inside Look At The Process Of Making A 3-D Portrait From DNA

Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s creepy Stranger Visions project attempted to create a likeness of a person based just on their DNA. (...)

2013-06-27
How An Umbrella Pushed Pixar’s Aesthetic Into New Territory

Saschka Unseld’s The Blue Umbrella--the photo-realistic short that precedes Monsters University--goes beyond the proven Pixar (...)

2013-06-27
Sleight Of Hand: These Sculptures Of Draped Cloth Are Made Of Wood

Artist and woodworker Tom Eckert magically transforms hard material into fluid compositions. The success of a magic trick depends (...)

2013-06-27
Watch: A Low-Tech Technique For Making High-Tech Fabrics

The New York-based textile expert has created mesh for Humanscale chairs and reflective gear for Nike apparel. Here, she talks (...)

2013-06-27
The Fascinating, Makeshift Shelters That Occupied Turkey’s Protests

Istanbul architects document the simple, ingenious encampments of #OccupyGezi. Like recent protest movements that inspired it, (...)

2013-06-27
In The Future, The Whole World Will Be A Classroom

Futurist Marina Gorbis discusses the future of education and how a new "socialstructured" world will change how everyone--children (...)

2013-06-27
An iPhone Flight App Straight Out Of The Pan Am Era

A new app called Flying aims for convenience but also hopes to bring back some of the wonder to air travel. When you strip away (...)

2013-06-27

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