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Square acquires Evenly to better enable its users to collect payments from friends

Square has announced another addition to its growing list of acquisitions. In a blog post, the mobile payment processing company revealed that it has acquired Evenly, a service designed around helping users split transactions easily without ruining their current real-life experience. As a result of …

YouTube defends copyright crackdown

Google today responded to widespread outrage at its recent crackdown on game videos on YouTube.<p>In recent days the company has sent out thousands of copyright infringement notices to video producers of game walk-throughs and Let's Plays. These notices deprive producers of advertising revenues. The …

Qualcomm Toq review: a brief glimpse at the future of smartwatches

The perfect smartwatch is deceptively simple: give it a great, always-on, glanceable display. Make it last for days on a charge. And for goodness’ sake, make it <i>look good</i> — it’s on your wrist all day, after all. You can’t hide it in your pocket like you do a phone.<p>No one’s yet figured it out and …

The Deltaprintr 3D Printer Nearly Sells Out On Kickstarter In Less Than A Week

What do you do when your school can’t afford a 3D printer? If you’re Shai Schechter and Andrey Kovalev you build one yourself. Their printer, called Deltaprintr, has just launched on Kickstarter and the pair has already hit $102,000 out of a $195,000 goal. Their goal is to create an inexpensive, …

You're now free to iMessage about the cabin

Southwest Airlines said Wednesday that it will begin offering passengers with iOS devices the ability to use iMessage, Apple's proprietary messaging system, from gate to gate.<p>The new service, which will be available to anyone with a device running iOS 5 or later, will cost $2, and work throughout …

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Miners spend $17 million a day for a shot at $4.4 million of bitcoin

The price of a single bitcoin, now sitting at $899, is derived from many mysterious sources: supply and demand, potential future business value, animal spirits. One factor is less widely understood: The price of bitcoin depends on the price of electricity.<p>Bitcoin are produced by “mining,” having …

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Southwest Airlines now offering daily iMessage pass for $2

If you're too cheap to shell out $8 for a daily Wi-Fi pass on Southwest Airlines, but still want to text away on your iOS device, there's a new option. For $2 a day, the airliner is offering a pass that lets you use iMessage on one Apple device, both at the gate and on-board. Southwest says it …

Researchers create a more accurate alternative to Wi-Fi for tracking people through walls

Back in June, MIT researchers revealed they had figured out how to use Wi-Fi to track moving objects through walls. Today, the same team announced …

VCs -- Not "Shark Tank" -- Give DoorBot $1M for Caller ID for the Doorbell

A startup called DoorBot has raised $1 million after selling 10,000 Wi-Fi videocamera doorbells for $199.DoorBot on Shark TankDoorBot is a …

NSA Reportedly Uses Google Cookies To Target Suspects

According to information once again leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency secretly targets suspects using the same tool that allows advertisers to target consumers — small files known as “cookies.” In fact, the Washington Post has released more classified slides, …

Startup Bluenose Raises $10M As Investors Seek Early Winners In Race For 'Customer Success'

If you run an enterprise software service focused on keeping a company’s customer base happy, now’s the time to raise some money. The latest startup to load up on cash is Bluenose Analytics, a small company only just coming out of beta testing, which has raised $10 million in a Series A led by …

Britain takes the lead in mobile advertising

Spending on mobile Google and Facebook more than doubles to overtake Japan.<p>Britain is now the world’s most active mobile advertising market after overtaking Japan, Ofcom research has revealed.<p>Advertisers targeting consumers on their smartphones via Google, Facebook, and other mobile internet …

How Alibaba Views International Expansion and Mobile: A Discussion With Joe Tsai

There’s likely no company in the global Internet space today that’s got people talking more than China’s Alibaba Group.<p>Sometimes called a combination of eBay, Amazon, and PayPal, it’s got much bigger ambitions than that.<p>Yahoo! and Softbank are big owners of Alibaba’s shares and have seen their …

Spotify Is Now Free on Tablets — and Sort of Free on Smartphones

Spotify’s trying to shake up the music world again with free streaming music on smartphones and tablets.<p>The tablet version of Spotify for iPad and …

E-commerce start-up Shopify raises $100 million

Shopify sells about 10% of itself in latest funding round, suggesting a valuation of roughly $1 billion<p>SAN FRANCISCO -- Shopify raised $100 million from investors including OMERS Ventures, the venture capital arm of a large Canadian pension fund, to help the e-commerce start-up expand a recently …

Waze speeds up its sat nav app with quicker search and simpler interface

Even though Waze is now under Google's umbrella, it's continued to operate as if nothing has changed, other than the fact that it now has a billion dollars. To that end, it's just rolled out a new release for Android and iOS with some welcome new features, most significantly an auto-complete …

Microsoft touts eye-tracking study as proof of Google’s EU antitrust naughtiness

Google(S goog)’s EU antitrust adventure is getting a bit repetitive – the company proposed concessions and was told to try harder, then Google tried …

UK mobile phone users to get free 0800 calls by mid-2015

Ofcom, the UK's communication regulator, has toyed with the idea of making freephone numbers free to call from mobiles for over two years, but now it's finally looking to put that plan into action. In an effort to clear up confusion over call charges, the regulator announced it intends to bring …

This Company Can Find Stolen Smartphones (If Only AT&T, Verizon And Sprint Will Let It)

When Lawrence Flynn’s smartphone was stolen in Atlanta in July, he assumed it was gone for good. Weeks went by. Police had no leads.<p>“I had given up hope,” he said.<p>But an investigator at Absolute Software had not given up. Four months after the theft, Flynn, 57, got a call from the company, which …

Google Maps iOS app gets some Google Now functionality, showing reservation info

The latest version of the Google Maps iOS app has been given some Google Now functionality: when you click on an airport, hotel or restaurant, the app will display any reservation information it can find in your linked gmail account. This functionality was previously only available in the desktop …

Travel Site Peek Goes Mobile, Launches An iOS App For Booking Aspirational Experiences On The Go

Since launching a little more than a year ago, Peek is trying to find new ways to help travelers book interesting experiences when visiting new and interesting places. To that end, the company has launched a new iPhone app that will allow users to find interesting this to do even when they’re not …

Everything you need to know about Chinese tech in one 30-minute video

At the end of August, Hugo Barra left his position at Google as the man in charge of Android, its mobile operating system, to move to Xiaomi, a Chinese phone manufacturer with big ambitions. This week, he appeared at the Le Web conference in Paris with a presentation that anybody interested in …

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Convo adds at-rest encryption to its remote collaboration service

Convo has upped the security of its cloud-based business communications service by adding at-rest encryption to its data. Most Web services encrypt their data while in transit, Convo believes its the first cloud collaboration company to incorporate encryption for data that is resting on a …

Nokia Lumia 2520: A Solid Windows Tablet in Need of Apps

When you hear the name Nokia, you probably think of phones. But tablets? Not so much.<p>That’s because the company has taken a wait-and-see approach to …

Simple.tv to launch its DVR for cord cutters in Europe in early 2014 (video)

Bay Area-based digital video startup Simple.tv is looking to launch its DVR for cord cutters in the U.K. in March of 2014, and target continental …

Bitstrips Confirms $3M Series A From Horizons, Sees 30M Avatars Created In Two Months

The old thought experiment asks: If you could travel back in time to prevent someone’s birth who would be capable of great evil, would you do it? Admittedly, sometimes while browsing Facebook I wrestle with this myself when I think about Bitstrips and its founders Dorian Baldwin, Jacob Blackstock, …

Twitter partners up with Truecaller to link user accounts with caller ID in India

Truecaller, a Swedish company that runs a reverse-lookup phone directory so users can see who’s calling them, is particularly big in India. So it …

'The Room 2' is a stunning sequel to Apple's iPad game of the year

More puzzles, more scares<p><i>The Room</i> is a decidedly simple game. In each level you're presented with an intricately designed puzzle box, and you just need to figure out how to open it. It uses familiar controls — you pinch, swipe, and drag your fingers along the screen to scrutinize the 3D object from …