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Google revamps AdWords with a focus on interactive mobile ads

More people than ever are browsing the Web on mobile, so advertisers are making the move to mobile too. Google has noticed, so it’s announcing a refresh of its AdWords content to reflect this.

Unveiled during an AdWords event today ,these ads are more interactive, based on swiping navigation rather …


Elance-oDesk Rebrands As Upwork, Debuts Slack-Like Chat Platform

A new chapter starts today for Elance-oDesk, a platform where 4 million businesses connect with 10 million knowledge worker freelancers to fill contract jobs. More than a year after the two competitors merged to form one freelancer powerhouse, and five months after raising $30 million, it is …


RebelMouse CEO Paul Berry Talks Publishing Platforms And Content Startups

RebelMouse founder and CEO Paul Berry joined us at Disrupt NY to talk about how the company has evolved from its early days as a social media aggregator.

“The product was always headed where we are now,” Berry said. He added that the company has built “an enterprise class CMS that’s solving for …


Yik Yak’s Founders On The Value Of Anonymous Apps

This morning at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, Yik Yak founders Brooks Buffington and Tyler Droll spoke as to why they believe their anonymous social app has soared while others in the space have instead folded. A sort of hyperlocal anonymous Twitter, Yik Yak initially grew in popularity with a younger …


10 Amazing Israeli Start-ups That Could Be the Next $1 Billion Company

NEW YORK (The Street) -- So much has been said about Israel as a hub of innovation there is no reason to bore you with the statistics about how the …


How Snapchat Made QR Codes Cool Again

QR codes have been a laughing-stock for years now. The gangly square bar codes were slapped on posters and magazine pages, and heralded as an easy way to open URLs or bonus content.

Instead they became a frustrating symbol of over-engineering.

You often needed a special QR code reader app which might …


Facebook And Nokia Quietly Ink Deal For Here To Power Maps On Mobile, Instagram And Messenger

One of the companies in the frame as a potential buyer of Nokia’s Here mapping division has quietly inked a deal with the Finnish company to power mobile maps. Facebook is now using Here maps for its mobile web version, and it is also running a test for Here to power location in native apps like …


Google+ Turns Users Into Content Curators With New “Collections” Feature

Google+, the company’s social networking service that allows users to share posts and photos with family, friends and the broader public, has been sometimes criticized for being too much like competitor Facebook in terms of feature set. But today, Google+ is taking inspiration from another source: …


Meerkat adds Facebook support as it moves away from Twitter

Meerkat is distancing itself from Twitter. The live-streaming service now works with Facebook, thanks to an update to the iOS app released this weekend. That means that you can now publish Meerkat alerts directly to Facebook, and, more importantly, new users can sign into Meerkat without a Twitter …


Meerkat Launches Its Android App To All

Live video streaming app Meerkat beat Twitter’s own Periscope to market on iOS, and now it’s available on Android for all, with no Periscope app for Google’s mobile OS to be seen. The Meerkat app for Android carries a “Beta” label, as did a previous version that was locked down only to a select …


Microsoft Acquires Surface 3 Pen Tech From N-trig

Microsoft has confirmed the acquisition of pen technology used in the Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3, from supplier and longtime partner N-trig. The Israeli company is a key patent-holder for digital stylus and writing recognition tech, as well as the supplier behind the pen input technologies used by …

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Apple Invites Developers To Test Its New “App Analytics” Service

Ahead of its annual WWDC developer conference in June, Apple has opened up beta access to a new mobile app analytics service aimed at iOS developers. Simply called “Apple’s App Analytics,” an announcement inviting developers to request early access to the service appeared today on the iTunes …


Amazon Brings HD And Cellular Streaming To The iOS Instant Video App

Amazon has answered a long-standing request with an update to Amazon Instant Video that delivers streaming of HD resolution content, and allows streaming over cellular connections, rather than just Wi-Fi. The new 3.0 update also lets you beam the Amazon Instant Video library of movie and TV shows …


Jive Chime Wants to Ring Slack’s Bell With New Real-Time Messaging App

Jive Software announced the general release of Jive Chime today, a real-time messaging app that could well be a buzz across Slack’s bow — and an attempt to modernize an aging platform

When Jive announced its business app strategy earlier this year, CTO Matt Tucker said it was about giving customers …


Wire, The Communications App Backed By Skype’s Co-Founder, Arrives On The Web

Wire, the communications app backed by Skype co-founder Janus Friis which launched late last year, is now expanding its service to the web with the launch of Wire for Web. Envisioned as a modern-day take on Skype, had it been built today, the new addition to Wire will allow users on Chrome, Firefox …


Marissa Mayer has Yahoo working on two messaging apps

Marissa Mayer has Yahoo working on two messaging apps, we've learned from sources.

One is for group messaging. One source described it as an app replacement for Yahoo's old desktop product, Yahoo Groups.

The other app is more traditional in the sense that it is built for one-to-one communication. A …


Dave Morin And Kevin Colleran’s Slow Ventures Raises A New $65 Million Fund

Slow Ventures, previously run by early Facebook employees Dave Morin and Kevin Colleran, has raised a new $65 million fourth fund.

Sam Lessin, another former Facebook employee who left in August last year, will be joining as a partner. The fund has made investments in many of the closest-watched …

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Twitter CEO highlights Apple Spotlight partnership during earnings call

Users may see more Tweets in future updates to iOS and OS X. According to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Twitter is working with Apple on injecting Tweets into the Spotlight feature on iPhones, iPads, iPod touches, and Macs. Costolo made the comments as part of yesterday’s Twitter quarterly earnings …


New Mobile Ads Recommend Videos Based on the News You're Reading

Nailing mobile video is a major goal for marketers this year, as exemplified at this week's Digital Content NewFronts presentations. And as Snapchat …


50+ Tools for Content Curation and Content Marketing

Content curation and content marketing are hot terms today. Curation involves weeding through the vastness of the Web to find the information your …

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Marketing Startup Signpost Raises $20.5M More

Signpost is announcing that it has raised $20.5 million in Series C funding.

The company offers consumer marketing tools; it manages customers’ presence on sites like Yelp, and it uses data from things like credit card transactions and social media to send targeted marketing messages that drive …


Apple Patents Using iPhones And iPads As Input Devices For Creative Desktop Apps

Apple has a new patent, granted today by the USPTO, that details how wireless devices like iPhones and iPads might become context-specific remote input gadgets for use with creative desktop apps like Final Cut Pro, Logic or even Photoshop. Using the tech described, your iPhone 6 Plus could become a …


Facebook takes on Skype and FaceTime with mobile video calling

Facebook has added video calling to its Messenger app, in a move designed to challenge Skype and Apple FaceTime

Facebook users in the UK can now have face-to-face conversations with friends and family around the world via the Messenger mobile app.

In a move designed to challenge Skype and Apple …


Maritime Data Startup Windward Raises $10.8M To Track The Oceans

Windward, which provides maritime data and analytics, has raised $10.8 million in funding led by Horizons Ventures, with participation from returning investor Aleph.

This brings the company’s total raised so far to $15.8 million.

The startup’s products currently include MARINT, which tracks vessel …


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Gett Plans Move Beyond Transportation To Offer Food, Beauty & Home Maintenance Services On Demand

If you’re familiar with Gett, you probably know it as a service akin to Uber, enabling users to request rides via black cars on-demand. Pretty soon, however, it wants to be known as a platform for ordering all sorts of “essential” products and services via mobile app.

Founded as GetTaxi in 2010, the …


Facebook Messenger Launches Free VOIP Video Calls Over Cellular And Wi-Fi

It’s not polite to call someone out of the blue anymore. Best to text them first. That’s why Facebook thinks video calling will live naturally inside Messenger. Today, Messenger is launching free VOIP video calling over cellular and wifi connections on iOS and Android in the U.S., Canada, UK, and …