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Netflix To Roll Out A New, More Immersive Web Interface Starting In June

Netflix confirms today that it will roll out a new user interface on the web to all users worldwide beginning next month. A number of Netflix customers are already seeing the updated look-and-feel, however, according to various reports. The interface, which was previously demonstrated at CES and …

THE WEARABLES REPORT: Growth trends, consumer attitudes, and why smartwatches will dominate

For now, most of the devices need to connect with a smartphone or tablet for most of their functionality.<p>Wearables also suffer from a perception problem. Consumers still don't understand how a wearable might really benefit them. In a recent report on the wearable computing market from BI …

Is The RIAA Planning Another Attack On Musicians' Rights?

The addition of those four little words: "as a sound recording" into the "definitions" part of the completely unrelated bill, basically went …

Britain to start issuing plastic money in 2016

LONDON -- Paper or plastic? No, not what kind of bag do you want your purchases in; it's what kind of money you'll use to pay for them, at least in Britain.<p>The Bank of England announced Wednesday that, beginning in 2016, it will start issuing polymer banknotes -- in other words, plastic money -- in …

Samsung to spend $14 billion on ads and marketing for Galaxies, other products this year

Samsung is apparently on track to spend $14 billion this year on advertising and marketing in order to sell more Galaxy handsets and other products, but ads will not always work in its favor.<p><i>Reuters</i> reports that the Samsung’s promotion budget this year is actually bigger than Iceland’s entire GDP, …

TuneIn Radio Quietly Launches Voice-Based Social Networking App “OpenMic,” Aimed At College Students

TuneIn has a good thing going with its popular online radio service, which now sees over 40 million monthly listeners, so why is the company veering into voice-based social networking? Yes, voice-based. A new mobile app called “TuneIn OpenMic” has appeared on the iTunes App Store, offering select …

Live Nation Buys Mobile Startup Meexo, Courtesy Of Acquisition Marketplace Exitround

Live music giant Live Nation is announcing today that it has acquired Meexo, a startup that first launched at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference in 2011.<p>The companies connected through Exitround, a website that helps startups find potential acquirers in an anonymized way. Co-founder and CEO Jacob …

Betaworks Is Closing On $20 Million, Its First Raise In Over Three Years

New York City-based technology studio, betaworks, home to Digg, Instapaper, Dots, Bitly, Chartbeat, and many other products and services, is raising $20 million in new capital – news that betaworks CEO John Borthwick actually broke himself via Twitter last Friday, in case you missed it. The company …

Facebook Testing A ‘Save For Later’ Feature, Chasing That Engagement Carrot

Facebook is looking at implementing an Instapaper- or Pocket-like “Save for Later” feature, according to AllThingsD. There’s no offline access at the moment, however, so it seems more like a way to try to drive better engagement and click-through rates for stuff shared by users on the network than …

Amazon Japan Launches Instant Video Service

Amazon Japan has launched its Instant Video online platform, with more than 26,000 imported and local films and TV shows for streaming or download. Amazon’s decision to enter the online video market in Japan is interesting for two reasons. For starters, it is entering an already crowded marketplace …

Google’s Rumored YouTube Streaming Music Service Shows Up In Android App Code

Google has been rumored to be building a streaming music service into its YouTube property, which is a little confusing because it also has its catalogue-spanning Google Play Music All Access service. But there’s even more evidence it’s going forward with that plan in the latest YouTube app for …

The True Costs of Developing an App

<i>Jeremy Rappaport is a writer at Fueled, the leading iPhone application developers and masters of mobile design in New York City. This post was originally published on the Fueled blog.</i><p>Everyone knows about the big names: Angry Birds, Candy Crush, Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Instagram. Countless others …

TV Is Dying, And Here Are The Stats That Prove It

Audience ratings have collapsed: Aside from a brief respite during the Olympics, there has been only negative ratings growth on broadcast and cable TV since September 2011, according to Citi Research.<p>Media stock analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson recently noted, "The pay-TV industry has …

The Sales Era Ends: How Brands Are Building Partnerships That Last

This article was co-written by Don Broekelmann, Executive VP of Brand Management at Influence & Co.<p>B2B sales used to be much simpler. If you needed a copier, you called Xerox, and the company happily sold you one, along with a maintenance plan. Transactions were cut-and-dried, and suppliers cared …

The complete guide to fixing your credit score

A couple of years ago, I found myself in a catch-22. I decided it was time for me to start building my credit. The advice from nearly everybody: "Just apply for a credit card." Easier said than done: as soon as I started applying, I received rejection letters letting me know that I was not eligible …

Twitter's IPO Is More Proof That Tech Is In A Massive Bubble

After years of anticipation, Twitter finally went public today on the New York Stock Exchange, and nearly doubled from its $26 IPO price after being 30 times oversubscribed. While many investors and commentators view Twitter’s heady market debut as a reason for optimism about our economy and …

Law change gives lift to folding aircraft project

Though former US Air Force pilot Kirk Hawkins signed up for business school so that he could hang up his jumpsuit, his departure from the world of …

Snaps Lets You Mashup And Share Branded Photos, Raises $2.3M From S2K, And Google And Vevo Execs

Instagram has yet to make a formal push into using its platform for paid advertising and marketing purposes (although its co-founder is certainly putting out some signals for what it might do when it goes there). But in the meantime, Snaps — a startup, platform and app based around a photo network …

Behind the Money: Mark Terbeek Is Down with Disruption - VideoInk

<i>By</i> <b>Liz Shannon Miller</b><p>Despite almost 20 years of experience as both an executive and investor in technology and content, Mark Terbeek isn’t afraid of …

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89 Business Cliches That Will Get Any MBA Promoted And Make Them Totally Useless

** Update: Some people couldn’t stop themselves from opening their kimonos after they read the original list. You really put your thinking caps on. You decided to chime in with some cliche classics of your own. We’re all on the same team here, rowing in the same direction, and it’s not about me, …

Apple Appears Ready To Fire A Missile At Microsoft's Office Business By Making iWork For iPad Free

It's going to make iWork, its suite of productivity apps, free for users, according to Mark Gurman and Seth Weintraub of 9 to 5 Mac.<p>iWork is Apple's answer to Microsoft's Office. It's made up of Numbers, which is Apple's version of Excel, Pages which is Apple's version of Word, and Keynote which is …

Jay-Z Chokes Back Tears Talking About Blue Ivy In Samsung Commercial

Now, Jay-Z shows some love in Samsung commercials, talking about the joys and pressures of fatherhood.<p>He's visibly emotional chatting about Blue Ivy and the "Magna Carta Holy Grail" album in a couchside conversation with producer Rick Rubin.<p>"[She's] something that we both created, you know?" the …

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The World's Biggest Building Just Opened In China

Seemingly locked in a battle for superlative supremacy, China and Dubai continue to construct a dizzying number of record-breaking attractions. Home to Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, Dubai has this year inaugurated the world's biggest natural flower garden, the world's tallest hotel …

Boston University Accuses Apple Of Ripping Off A Professor's Patented Technology

In doing so, Apple has "caused and will continue to cause substantial and irreparable damage to the University," according to the complaint, the Herald notes.<p>According to the Herald, the suit alleges that computer engineering professor Theodore D. Moustakas' patented electronic semiconductor is a …

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Samsung Buys NYC-Based Web-TV Startup Boxee

The price is coming from Israeli's business news site, The Marker.<p>Samsung confirmed that it bought Boxee, but didn't reveal a price. Boxee also confirmed the acquisition to us.<p>Boxee's headquarters are in New York City, but it has a big staff in Israel.<p>Previously, Peter Kafka at All Things D …

Why Social Media Advertising Is Set To Explode

Social networks like Facebook and Twitter are daily destinations for millions of consumers. Increasingly, their ad products offer targeting according to specific demographics, social connections, interests, and habits.<p>As brands look across a fractured media landscape, where few digital properties …

The 25 Most Desirable Employers For IT Graduates

IT graduates are in huge demand in the US job market. Companies are offering huge bounties and fighting for the ability to hire more foreign workers because there simply aren't enough here.<p>Some employers have it easier, however, according to a recent survey from research firm Universum USA.<p>Google …

Samsung's Bet On Non-Android Phones Could Be Delayed

Samsung has become synonymous with Android mobile operating systems, but that doesn't mean the company isn't looking to diversify what powers its phones.<p>Tizen, a non-Android mobile operating system, has been long-expected to make its appearance in a Samsung phone, arriving as soon as August.<p>A …

The Sweet Life Of Jay-Z: How The Hottest Agent In Sports Spends His $475 Million

The agency has already signed stars like Robinson Cano and Kevin Durant, and Jay even ditched his stake in the Brooklyn Nets so he could represent basketball players.<p>Despite making waves as a "part owner" of the Nets, this agency will probably be his legacy in the sports world.<p>Jay is signing …