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Meet Google Capital, which invested just $40M in Renaissance Learning

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Flickr/401(K) 2012<p>Google’s latest investment arm, Google Capital, has stayed relatively quiet for the year that it has …

Ubuntu phones arriving in 2014 from Meizu and BQ Readers

Canonical is finally poised to enter the mobile market. After years of teases, promises and demos, the company has locked up the first two manufacturers of Ubuntu phones. Meizu and BQ Readers will be releasing handsets with the Linux-based OS installed on them sometime in 2014. Details about …

Google I/O is back June 25-26 and you'll need to win a lottery to attend

Google just announced dates for its annual I/O developers conference, an event that's typically brought new products along with updates to other Google services. This year's conference will be held from June 25-26, and will be taking place once again at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The …

The new Google Maps for desktop rolls out to the masses

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Google<p>After opening up to public beta nearly a year ago, Google (s GOOG) finally announced Wednesday that its redesign …

Google Fiber Wants To Expand Into 34 New Cities

Google is in the early stages of another Google Fiber expansion that could potentially triple the number of cities with access to the ultra-high-speed Internet service.<p>In a blog post Wednesday, Milo Medin, VP of Google Access Services, named the Atlanta, Portland, San Jose, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, …

Facebook Buying WhatsApp For $19B, Will Keep The Messaging Service Independent

Facebook is purchasing messaging giant WhatsApp for $16 billion in cash and stock, according to a regulatory filing. The deal is being cut for $12 billion in Facebook shares, $4 billion in cash and an additional $3 billion in RSUs for employee retention.<p>A termination fee is attached to the deal …

Social Media Customer Care Startup, Brand Embassy, Gets $1M Seed To Power A Global Push

UK-based Brand Embassy, a provider of social-media based customer care services to help businesses manage communications with customers via channels such as Facebook and Twitter, has closed a $1 million seed round from two new funds, Rockaway Capital and Spread Capital.<p>The new investment coincides …

Shazam-Branded Music Label On the Way

Shazam has announced a partnership with Warner Music Group (WMG) that will herald a new Shazam-branded label, as well as a collaboration on marketing efforts.<p>This is a big move for Shazam, which is better-known for its cross-platform music-tagging app that automatically recognizes what music is …

Samsung, Nokia and Wearables to Dominate Mobile World Congress

Mobile World Congress, the biggest mobile industry event in the world, was a bit of a dud last year. Instead of happening at the conference, big news …

China's Tencent Invests in Dianping To Boost Commerce on WeChat

Chinese Internet giant Tencent announced today that it has taken a 20 percent stake in Dianping.com, a Chinese daily deals and local reviews site that is often compared to US-based Yelp, as it seeks to boost e-commerce on its messaging platforms QQ and Weixin (known as WeChat outside of …

Yandex offers apps-and-services bundle to help others build non-Google Android devices

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>The Android Open Source Project, or AOSP, allows anyone to build a device using the basic Android operating system, without …

Mega Android releases this week - new features, but the same great Android Collectible feel

Are you ready for the biggest Android release yet? At almost 10-inches tall we would like to introduce Mega Android. Dead Zebra and Andrew Bell’s new Android Collectible vinyl robot that absolutely dwarfs their popular, you might even say famous, Android Mini Series. For now, Mega Android comes in …

Sketchy Report Claims Apple Will Release 5.6-Inch 'Experimental' Phone Without iPhone Branding

Apple is planning on introducing two new phones this year featuring displays of 4.7 and 5.6 inches, with the former using a traditional Gorilla Glass display and the latter featuring a sapphire screen, according to a new report from Taiwan's <i>Economic Daily News</i> [Google Translate] (via <i>Mac Otakara</i>). …

Open-Xchange wants to help service providers take on Dropbox and Skype

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Open-Xchange makes a suite of web apps that ISPs, hosting firms and enterprises can rebrand and roll out as an alternative to …

Microsoft intros monthly storage plans for OneDrive, Android app now does automatic camera backups

Nope, not SkyDrive -- OneDrive. In case you haven't heard, Microsoft's cloud storage service is going by a new name, and it's finally going into effect today; you should see in the upper-left corner the next time you log in. But that's not all that's new: the company also updated its Android app …

First US Bitcoin vending machine opens in an Albuquerque cigar bar

The first publicly-accessible Bitcoin vending machine in the United States has arrived in an "upscale cigar bar" in Albuquerque. Users of the Bitcoin machine that opened today in the New Mexico city can insert money, scan the QR code for their Bitcoin wallet, and have their funds transferred from …

Google to Glassholes: Stop it

Google, perhaps mindful of some negative reactions to its revolution, offers a dos and don'ts guide. The don'ts mostly revolve around human behavior.<p>It's hard being misunderstood.<p>Sometimes you have to ask yourself: "Is it these desperate ingrates who don't see my genius? Or might it be me?"<p>Why did …

LG's G2 mini shrinks the original's size and charm

Must mini mean milquetoast?<p>The 5.2-inch LG G2 will soon have a 4.7-inch "mini" version, with LG today pre-announcing its G2 mini handset slated for launch at Mobile World Congress next week. The warm welcome received by Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact — a faithful reproduction of the Z1 in a much more …

Samsung's new Galaxy Gear might run Tizen instead of Android

Sure, the Tizen Association just welcomed new members, but the mobile platform is still having a tough start overall -- a Japanese carrier even canceled a Tizen smartphone release in January. So, Samsung (the platform's biggest backer) is reportedly taking matters into its own hands and loading …