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Pinterest Is Surging As A Social Commerce Platform

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Walmart exec: Mobile can revive personal touch for shoppers

LAS VEGAS -- Walmart believes smartphones can deliver the same kind of personalized service that founder Sam Walton embraced with his first store.<p>Where e-commerce brought the store to the Web, smartphones are bringing the Web to physical stores, with each consumer able to access data from their …

Google’s Conversational Search Now Live In Chrome

Google has quietly rolled out its new conversational search feature in the latest version of its Chrome browser for Windows, Mac and Linux.<p>Users that hit up the Google homepage will now see a small microphone symbol in the right-hand side of the search field, as well as at the top of any page …

Are Machines On The Net Making Humans Obsolete?

The Industrial Age reinvented productivity. The Information Age reinvented communication. Now man and machine are coming together and it’s even bigger than the Internet. What is it? The Internet of Things!<p>The Internet of Things connects the physical world to the Internet through sensors embedded in …

Driverless cars, pilotless planes … will there be jobs left for a human being?

Suddenly a robotised, automated economic reality is moving off the science fiction pages and into daily life. The growing use of unmanned battlefield …

Business Intelligence Startup RJMetrics Raises $6.25M From Trinity Ventures For Ecommerce Boom

In the big new world of business intelligence, RJMetrics has found a market helping e-commerce companies easily analyze operations data and make smarter decisions as a result. Big startups have signed on, including Fab, Bonobos, Threadless and thousands of smaller businesses. Today, the momentum …

Here’s a sign mass-market drones are about to take off: Google just invested in their future

<i>This article has been corrected</i>.<p>Drones have a terrible reputation, mostly because they have become a byword for death and destruction. But drones can be used for non-lethal means as well, such as this project to protect rhinos from poachers in India.<p>Many expect those non-lethal uses to spread—but …

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Brands Are Giving Precious Ad Real Estate to Tumblr

Brands are starting to plug Tumblr into paid ads, just like they did with Facebook a few years ago.<p>In what could be an industry first, Champs Sports …

Nike FuelBand 2 reportedly adds heart rate monitor and BT 4.0

Nike‘s second-gen FuelBand fitness monitor will include heart-rate tracking and Bluetooth 4.0, insider sources claim, as well as the ability to feed …

Wearable Tech

Facebook video adverts tipped to autoplay in July

Facebook will add video adverts to its newsfeed in July, sources claim, with the short clips automatically playing, albeit without audio, when social …

Coca-Cola

Trulia Acquires Market Leader for $355M

Online real estate marketplace Trulia has announced it has acquired Market Leader, a provider of Software as a Service (SaaS)-based customer relationship management (CRM) software for the real estate sector.<p>Trulia say the acquisition was made for around $355 million, “or an implied price of $11.33 …

Blood and Spore: How a Bat-Killing Fungus Is Threatening U.S. Agriculture

It's time to get acquainted with the dreaded "White-Nose Syndrome."<p>(AP)<p>Less than two years ago, the deaths of bats by White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) was called the number one crisis affecting mammals in the US. Since then, this fungal disease has spread to 22 states and five Canadian provinces, and …

Google’s Cloud Is Eating Apple’s Lunch

A new front has opened in the smartphone war, and for the first time in many years, Apple is both outnumbered and outgunned.<p>I’m not talking about the phones themselves. iOS is still better than Android, although the gap has narrowed. The next iPhone will doubtless be the best phone in the world …

Yelp’s mobile strategy success sends shares to record high, despite loss

Online reviews company Yelp reported a net loss yesterday and has yet to report a profit since it went public in 2012. Yet its shares were up by a whopping 27% today, hitting a record high of $32.38. They even rose slightly higher in-after hours trading.<p>Investors didn’t mind Yelp’s loss because the …

Mobile Devices

Shapeshifters: phones of the future could morph on demand

Download an app, transform your handset<p>Scientists in Europe have developed prototype devices that could drastically change the way we interact with our smartphones and tablets. The six working prototypes, known as "Morphees," are thin, electronic displays capable of automatically changing shape to …

Google, Nike, Jawbone and the fight to win wearable computing

When wireless headset company Jawbone announced plans Tuesday to buy wearable sensor maker BodyMedia for what a source said was more than $100 million, it may well have marked a turning point for wearable computing.<p>The technology, which includes everything from Google Glass eyewear to heart-rate …

Facebook’s Declining User Growth Rate, Pictured

Congrats, Facebook!<p>According to the stats you released during Wednesday’s earnings call, your monthly and daily active user numbers are up higher …

Mind Games: Will Brain Power Be the Future of Play?

Photo courtesy NeuroGaming Conference & Expo<p>Touchscreens? Seen ’em! The Wiimote? Old news! Gamepads? Please.<p>In San Francisco this week, a nonprofit …

Google Glass

Study: Adtech Fraud Costs Advertisers $7 Million Per Month

The sites use copyright-infringing material, the authors of the study tell us, and, "The ad impressions from this traffic are 'laundered' through a complex series of redirects that make the ads appear as though they originated on legitimate sites containing advertiser-friendly content."<p>Most of the …

The best businesses know how to make their customers stop cursing

In 1987, Chip Conley made an unusual business decision: He bought a rent-by-the-hour hotel in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. But instead of running it for its past clientele, he asked his employees what new customer segment they should go after. The question generated a mixed bag of ideas, so …

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IRS Takes A Bite Out Of Bitcoin

Bitcoin is virtual currency much in the news these days. It’s peer-to-peer so there’s no central bank or government. But if you think that means the IRS won’t get a piece, think again.<p>The IRS already gets a piece where you swap one product or service for another, as the IRS explains at its …

Hackers are trying to create an untraceable and comprehensive financial system using bitcoin

What’s often missed about alternative currencies like bitcoin is that they weren’t just made for buying and selling things. Nor are they simply tools for financial speculation. Bitcoin is also a payment system, allowing anyone to transfer money anonymously, immediately, irreversibly—and, if you …

Bitcoin

All-In-One E-Commerce Solution FastSpring Takes Its First Outside Investment From Pylon Capital

Because sometimes it’s the companies you don’t hear about constantly. FastSpring, founded in 2005 as an all-in-one e-commerce solution for companies selling desktop software and downloadable games before heading into the Software-as-a-Service space in 2011, has received a significant but …

Pinterest Tweaks Its New Look, Improves Search And Brings Features Like Pinned From And Mentions Back

While Pinterest is still rolling out its brand new look to users, it decided to listen to some feedback along the way and make some tweaks.<p>Since the site relies heavily, or completely, on its users pinning things to boards like crazy, some features that were dropped from the new design were …

Tao of Vine: the creators of Twitter's video platform speak out — and promise an Android app 'soon'

Vine's founders wax philosophical on their viral video app<p>Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann has always been a film nerd. He spent summers as a kid making movies, but had more fun shooting than editing. His interest dropped off, but filmmaking lingered in the back of his mind. Nearly two decades later, …

SV Angel Says Health Informatics Is One Of Its New “Megatrends”

SV Angel, one of the Valley’s best-known early-stage firms, says it’s starting to look heavily at health startups that take a “software-first approach” towards human biology, medical research and patient care.<p>The firm has always had a list of six to eight “megatrends” that it invests prolifically …