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How to Check if Your App is Addictive Enough to Make Money

Making money on mobile can be a tricky thing. Having ads on your app is an option, but few companies have truly cracked the perfect mobile advertising strategy, so adding ads to your app will likely be an annoying, disruptive experience to the user.<p>Still, this doesn’t mean having ads on your app …

PayPal starts testing seamless online store checkouts

PayPal can be a hassle for online shopping when you have to leave a store's site just to finish your transaction. Purchases should be much simpler once PayPal finishes rolling out its new In-Context Checkout, though. The technology lets you enter all your billing and shipping info through a pop-up; …

Google Buys Nest, May Soon Know How Cool You Like Your Home

As further evidence that this is perhaps the year the Internet of everything really becomes a thing, Google paid $3.2 billion in cash for Nest, the home automation company that pioneered smart thermostats and lately, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.<p>"The Internet of things" describes adding …

Explaining China’s mobile app ecosystem: the potential, players, and pain points

<i>Masanari Arai is founder and CEO of Kii.</i><p>When the press talks about China’s smartphone app ecosystem, it focuses mostly on big successes among gaming apps and locally developed apps such as WeChat.<p>What you don’t hear about is whether there is any potential growth for non-gaming mobile apps in China, …

How To Ensure Your Brand Story Stands The Test Of Time

It’s hard enough to survive the stress of building a company. It’s an even bigger challenge to make that company a leading brand within your industry. Becoming known locally, nationally, or even internationally as a trusted resource takes years of dedication, great press, and very few — if any — …

Vibrating shoes could be the future of navigation and wearable tech

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This bracelet could replace your passwords, your car keys, and even your fingerprints

Fingerprint readers. Face Unlock. Retinal scanners. They're all no better than your average password, at least the way Dr. Karl Martin sees it. "Your face, your iris — they're all physical features that can be stolen, that you leave everywhere."<p>Luckily, Dr. Martin has a better idea. He's planning …

With Farmplicity, The Farm-To-Table Movement Meets The 21st Century

Wouldn’t it be great if buying locally farmed food were as easy as clicking “buy now” on Amazon? The creators of Farmplicity think so, too.<p>Jolijt Tamanaha, a self-professed foodie, grew up chowing her way through New York City’s tasty melting pot. But she didn’t think much about where that food …

5 Things You Have to Understand Before You Start a Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Like many startups Weebly, the website creation and hosting service, was born in a college dorm room. Back in 2006, co-founders David Rusenko, Chris Fanini and Dan Veltri wanted an easy way to display their work on a website. They weren’t …

소프트뱅크, 美휴대폰 유통사 12억6000만달러에 인수

[아시아경제 권용민 기자] 일본의 소프트뱅크가 미국 이동통신사에 이어 휴대폰 유통업체를 인수한다.<p>18일(현지시간) 로이터 등 외신들은 소프트뱅크가 미국 최대 휴대폰 판매업체 브라이트스타를 인수한다고 보도했다.<p>보도에 따르면 소프트뱅크는 12억6000만달러(약 1조3380억원)를 투입해 브라이트스타 지분 57%를 매입하기로 합의했다. 지분은 앞으로 5년간 70%까지 확대하기로 했다.<p>브라이트스타는 미국 최대 단말기 공급사로 제조사에서 제품을 대량 구입해 이를 통신사에 납품하고 있다. 신흥시장을 중심으로 125개국 200여개 통신사에 …

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Personalized Video Ad Company SundaySky Raises $20M Round Led By Comcast Ventures

SundaySky, a company promising to deliver video ads that are customized and updated for each viewer, has raised $20 million in Series C funding.<p>The round was led by Comcast Ventures, with participation from new investors Liberty Global Ventures and Vintage Investment Partners, as well as existing …

Mintigo Raises $10M More To Improve Sales And Marketing With Social Data

Marketing intelligence company Mintigo is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series C funding.<p>In an email, co-founder and CEO Jacob Shama compared the company to an “air traffic controller” that points marketers and salespeople to the leads most likely to respond in a given campaign. It …

10 Ways to Take a Holiday at Your Desk | Inc.com

Columbus Day is one of those strange holidays that only affects some people. Those in banking or government get a nice long weekend. For the rest, it's business as usual. Still, sometimes when you have been grinding it out, you need a holiday, even if it's just for an hour or two. Not everyone has …

Loop: The Future Of Mobile Payments Or A Temporary Fix?

Loop is a new mobile payments startup making some fairly big claims. The company says it has invented a technology that lets you pay with your phone at nearly any point-of-sale across the U.S., without requiring merchants to upgrade their hardware. Nor do you have to own a particular device, like …

Gartner: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2014

Gartner just concluded its Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013 in Orlando, gathering tens of thousands of IT executives. Among the most anticipated aspects of the gathering are the ruminations from the Gartner pontificators regarding IT trends. Among several trends shared were the Top 10 Strategic …

5 Free Apps That Make You More Fit, More Interesting, More Loyal, and Much More

If you’re in need of a life coach, need to get your hair cut, or need to prepare for a meeting on the fly, this edition of Free App Friday is for you.<p>As always, while they’re free now, we can’t guarantee how long they’ll last–so don’t wait too long.<p><b>Lift</b> (iOS)<p>Maybe you want to read more books. Or …

100 Ideas For Cities, From A Department Of Listening To Pay-Per-Honk Cars

How to make cities better? Why not ask the people who live in them? The Participatory Cities Project asked people how to make their urban homes better, and came up with this extensive list of improvements.<p>When thinking about the ideas and trends that will shape the future of cities, there’s no …

Can You Tell The Difference Between Ikea Products And Death Metal Band Names?

In addition to reasonably priced, unassembled furniture, one thing Ikea has in spades is umlauts. Unless you’re fluent in seemingly random Swedish words, chances are your vocabulary whilst shopping there will be as limited as that of certain muppet chefs. As it turns out, though, there’s another …

Google Just Made Another Huge Investment In Solar Energy

Early Thursday morning, Google announced it was investing $103 million in Mount Signal Solar, a plant which claims its finished project will source enough energy for about 80,000 homes on the San Diego Gas & Electric line. In a blog post, Kojo Ako-Asare, head of corporate finance at Google, said …

The CEOs Are Wrong: Smart Machines Will Replace Millions Of Jobs

Smart machines are coming to the business world, but don’t tell that to the CEOs. Sixty-percent of CEOs surveyed by Gartner Research say the emergence of smart machines capable of absorbing millions of middle-class jobs within 15 years is a “futurist fantasy.”<p>The survey results reflect the anxiety …

The Panopticon Is Extremely Convenient (So Use Facebook, Google, And Chrome)

I write from the Philippines, where a phone has just been released which, if stolen, can be remotely triggered to repeatedly scream “<i>Thief! Thief! Thief!</i>” Back home, BART riders have been hearing: “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your train operator. If you have any electronic devices with you, …

Study: Facebook Comments Are More Civil Than Newspaper Website Comments

<b>Hypothesis</b>: A person is less likely to accuse a complete stranger of being a socialist demon hell-bent on killing babies with free health insurance, when their friends can see him being a complete asshat.<p><b>Test</b>: True<p>A new study finds that Facebook users are about twice as civil as the anonymous …

How Domino Magazine Resurrected Itself As An E-Commerce Startup

Domino, the cult magazine that folded in 2009, is back–this time, as a scrappy startup ready to tap the e-commerce market for home décor fanatics.<p>Warby Parker, NastyGal, Fab, and Birchbox are all familiar names within the new wave of e-commerce startups that have cropped up in the past five years. …

As Investment Rises, Games Are Still Raking In a Huge Slice of the Mobile Revenue Pie

After a dip in investment spurred by Zynga’s fizzled IPO, investors are slowly coming back to games, according to a report out this week from …

Google Maps preview now handles multi-point routes, upcoming events

When the Google Maps web preview launched, it omitted the previous version's multi-point directions -- a big setback for tourists and other frequent travelers. Much to our relief, the company just brought this navigation back for Americans. Preview users only need to hit a button to add extra …

Tesla Slips From Pedestal That May Have Been Too High

Over the last year of so, Tesla motors has received some really good press. But this past week, it's been knocked off its pedestal.<p>"We're a country that likes to put things up on pedestals and then tear them down from pedestals. We do that with people, I think we do that with things," says Jack …

WeLend Brings Online Social Lending To Hong Kong

Founded by WeLab, a finance startup, WeLend is the first social lending platform based in Hong Kong. Since launching in early July, WeLab says it has received US$6 million in loan applications.<p>The social, or peer-to-peer, lending industry in the U.S. has existed since 2006, when Prosper and Lending …

The Future Of Mobile Taps And On-Demand Services

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Semil Shah works on product for Swell, is a</i> TechCrunch <i>columnist, and an investor – as a disclaimer for this post, he is an investor in one of the companies mentioned here, Instacart. He blogs at Haywire, and you can follow him on Twitter at @semil.</i><p>One of the hottest trends in “mobile …

Filing Says Sleep- And Health-Tracking Startup Lark Is Raising Another $3.6M

Lark, which launched a wearable silent alarm onstage at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference back in 2010, has raised $3.1 million of an intended $3.6 million round of funding, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.<p>I’ve emailed the company and its CEO Julia Hu for …