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Google Trends Debuts Email Notifications For Search Topics, Hot Searches And More

Google Trends, the informative resource that shows you what’s currently popular around the web right now in and in the recent past, now offers email subscriptions, Google announced this morning. The new feature will allow you to subscribe to any search topic, plus Hot Searches for any country, or …

Facebook Says Paper Users Browse 80 Stories A Day, Adds Features That Let It Replace FB For iOS

Facebook just released Paper 1.1, an update that adds features and notifications to make it a more comprehensive substitute for Facebook for iOS. It also gave the first momentum update on Paper since its Febraury 3rd launch, saying “people have explored an average of 80 stories a day“. It didn’t …

Facebook ‘Nearby Friends’ Will Track Your Location History To Target You With Ads

Facebook says it’s not using its new Nearby Friends feature to target ads yet, but after I asked why it’s tracking “Location History” it admitted it will eventually use the data for marketing purposes.<p>This morning, the proximity sharing feature began rolling out to iOS users after it’s launch …

Bitcoin 2.0: Unleash The Sidechains

“Cryptocurrencies will create a fifth protocol layer powering the next generation of the Internet,” says Naval Ravikant. “Our 2014 fund will be built during the blockchain cycle,” concurs Fred Wilson. And Andreessen Horowitz have very visibly doubled down on Bitcoin.<p>Even if you don’t believe in …

The Dawn Of Cloud 2.0 And Why Google Started A Price War

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Peter Relan is serial entrepreneur-turned-founder of two incubators: YouWeb (focused on gaming), and Studio 9+ (focused on big data, IoT, wearables, and P2P marketplaces). His incubations include OpenFeint, Crowdstar, Hammer and Chisel, Spaceport, and Agawi. Prior to founding his</i> …

AI Experts On The Reality Behind The Sci-Fi Thriller “Transcendence”

An ambitious blend of fact and fiction, “Transcendence” is Hollywood’s latest dystopian-edged take on the implications of artificial intelligence. The movie presents the tale of the wildly brilliant researcher, Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp), and his team as they perform a radical experiment in …

Square And Google Were Not In Acquisition Talks

The WSJ is reporting tonight that payments company Square was in acquisition talks with Google. We’re hearing from multiple sources close to both companies that these talks did not in fact take place in any serious capacity.<p>Co-founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Square has raised over $300 …

In Today’s Messaging Wars, Platform Makers Apple And Google Are Coming Up Short

The $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook is nothing if not a signal of the significant importance that messaging has in this new phase of online connectivity, in the world where people’s “first computers” are their mobile handsets. Dozens of new messaging apps launch every day, each with a …

Quora Wants To Stay Independent, Raises $80M Series C From Tiger Global At ~$900M Valuation

Startups get acquired and shut down. That threat could scare people out of writing deep answers on Quora’s Q&A site. So it’s just raised an $80 million Series C because “We specifically want to stay independent for the long-term,” Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo tells me. Sources close to the deal say the …

Google Has A Brilliant But Simple Cure For Unwanted Inbox Clutter

From now on, an obvious and clearly marked "unsubscribe" link will appear at the top of the header field in marketers' emails, instead of in tiny print at the bottom, where they're usually hidden, PCWorld reports. You'll be able to unsubscribe without hunting through the whole email and without …

The Logic Behind Facebook’s Recent Moves

Recently, two Princeton graduate students released a study predicting the demise of Facebook by 2017, using concepts from epidemiology. No quicker had the media reported the results of the study than numerous rebuttals were posted. A few Facebook data scientists had great fun by posting their …

The WhatsApp Story Challenges Some Of The Valley’s Conventional Wisdom

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Semil Shah works on product for Swell, is a</i> TechCrunch <i>columnist, and an investor. He blogs at Haywire, and you can follow him on Twitter at @semil</i><p>Silicon Valley and the tech world at large are filled with a variety of conventions. These conventions are now created, captured, and …