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Burstly's 'App Lifecycle’ Services Find A Home at Apple

With its combination of app monetization, analytics and beta testing services, Burstly made the perfect acquisition target for Apple and its efforts to support developers and the App Store ecosystem. This is the kind of deal that makes you wonder why it took so longer for Apple to close.<p>The App …

Rubikloud Raises $1 Million To Drive Conversion Rates With Big Data

E-commerce companies rely on a number of signals to tell them when customers are likely to make a purchase and where they might drop off. But in many cases, they rely on several different backend systems that all measures different parts of the business.<p>A new startup called Rubikloud seeks to …

11 Or 12 Things I Learned About Life From Day Trading Millions Of Dollars

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book, is “Choose Yourself!”</i> <i>(foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter). Follow him on Twitter @jaltucher. I was a day trader for many years and it almost killed me.</i><p>I was a day trader for many …

The Omniture Of PR? AirPR’s New Analytics Platform Aims To Show CMOs How To Invest In PR

Startups and PR firms have long had a halting, if not embattled relationship. Spend time talking to entrepreneurs and those working at startups, and it won’t be long before you encounter the nagging mistrust founders have of PR firms and the PR process.<p>That’s why AirPR, the PR marketplace and …

The 10 Greatest Books Ever, According to 125 Top Authors (Download Them for Free)

Earlier this month, we highlighted The 10 Greatest Films of All Time According to 846 Film Critics. Featuring films by Hitchcock, Kubrick, Welles and …

Best of the Week: Photography, Tutorials, Illustrations and more

It's time for our best news of this week. We have a lot of graphic and web design, a bit of architecture, ads, tech news, awesome reads and other …

5 Key Attributes to Look For in the Perfect Startup Hire

<i>Josh Tolan is the CEO of Spark Hire, a video powered hiring network that connects job seekers and employers through video resumes and online interviews. Connect with him and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter.</i><p>Hiring for a startup is much different than hiring for a large company or a …

Buckle Up: Apple’s Next 3 Years Will Be Insane

In the past three years, Apple has dared to be dull.<p>During Apple’s best years, between 2007 and 2010, Apple introduced the first iPhone and the first iPad, two world-changing products that now define the company (and bring in most of its revenue). These products, along with their touch interfaces …

Dell Officially Goes Private: Inside The Nastiest Tech Buyout Ever

Eight months is a long time to stay mum, especially for a tech industry wunderkind, as Michael Dell was, and one of the world’s richest men, as Michael Dell is, while enduring daily bombs from Carl Icahn about his leadership and ethics. (“All would be swell at Dell if Michael and the board bid …

Student hacks Raspberry Pi to run college bar

A student at the University of Oxford has modified a<p>Raspberry Pi to alleviate the workload at his college bar.<p>Johan Paulsson, who's studying for a …

Instagram ads are turning into 'likes' 5 percent of the time

Like shirt sponsorships in football, advertising spliced into the web's most popular free services has grown to become an accepted, if unwelcome, reality. Instagram jumped on that bandwagon this month with its first sponsored post, which has drawn the inevitable chorus of disapproval but also a …

Here's Why The Idea Of Getting Brand Content To Go Viral Is So Enticing, And So Hard To Accomplish

Brands wants to create powerful earned media content, and agencies routinely pitch their ability to generate earned media successes.<p>However, in a <b>recent report</b> from <b>BI Intelligence</b>, we find that despite agencies' assurances, earned media is too often an afterthought, and there is still a huge bias …

Public Relations

Gamification: Companies Of All Sizes Are Using This Strategy To Win Customers And Pummel Competitors

But the always-on digital and smartphone age has vastly expanded opportunities for gamification.<p>In a recent report from BI Intelligence on the mobile gamification, we explain how gamification represents the fusion of four trends: the explosion of social media usage, the mobile revolution, the rise …

Four Square

18-Year-Old Reports $1 Million Bitcoin Theft From 'Bank' He Controlled — And Says He Can't Call The Cops

The man ran a Bitcoin bank called Tradefortress.<p>Bitcoin transactions cannot be reversed if the receiving party doesn't agree to the refund. ABC noted:<p>The bitcoin transaction trail is designed to be anonymous, which has led to speculation this was an inside job and that TradeFortress took the coins …

Bitcoin

What Recruiters Look At During The 6 Seconds They Spend On Your Resume

Although we may never know why we didn't get chosen for a job interview, a recent study is shedding some light on recruiters' decision-making behavior. According to TheLadders research, recruiters spend an average of "six seconds before they make the initial 'fit or no fit' decision" on …

Employment

Microsoft Earns $2 Billion A Year From Android: Is It Time To Drop Xbox?

Android is a more profitable business for Microsoft than the combination of their Skype, Windows Phone, and Xbox units according to Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund.<p>The tech giant earns $2 billion a year from patent royalties on Android alone, and according to Business Insider, Sherlund estimates that …

From fertiliser to Zyklon B: 100 years of the scientific discovery that brought life and death

Several hundred scientists from across the globe will gather in Ludwigshafen, Germany, next week to discuss a simple topic: "A hundred years of the synthesis of ammonia." As titles go, it is scarcely a grabber. Yet the subject could hardly be of greater importance, for the gathering on 11 November …

CMS head: Sorry for ACA site flaws

The first Obama administration official to testify about the botched Obamacare rollout Tuesday apologized to the American public and promised to fix the flawed website that has stymied enrollment and opened up the president’s signature domestic achievement to renewed GOP attack.<p>“I want to apologize …

Meet the Exec Crafting Google’s Vision for the Future of Shopping (Maybe This Time It’ll Work!)

Like many of its peers, Google has its own take on what the future of digitally-enabled commerce should look like.<p>In fact, it has had a lot of takes …

7 Statistics About Facebook Users That Reveal Why It's Such A Powerful Marketing Platform

But digging into the data reveals more specific and compelling reasons why marketers should be active on Facebook, such as the fact that despite recent news coverage about how Facebook is getting older, it's still strongest in the young adult age bracket so precious to many marketers.<p>In a new …

Social Media

Obamacare's tech no easy fix

Silicon Valley always knew it couldn’t fix Washington and its bureaucratic messes. Now it has even more proof.<p>The HealthCare.gov debacle has reinforced the divide between the global capital of innovation and an establishment culture known for clunky methods, stilted processes and government …

20 Stunning Free-Kick Goals

A stunning goal can make you do a number of things.<p>Scream, drop open your jaw in disbelief, shake your head—all are completely normal reactions to watching a stunning goal take place in front of you.<p>Be prepared, then, for that to happen here.<p>We've put together the 20 greatest free-kick goals in one …

Soccer

A Social Entrepreneur's Inspiration For Solar-Powered Lighting

Solar-powered light bulbs for the poor: A growing number of social enterprises are selling such technology to bottom of the pyramid households in Africa, India and other countries. One of the first to do so, Denver-based Nokero (for No Kerosene) just introduced its next generation of products, as …

Skull of Homo erectus throws story of human evolution into disarray

The spectacular fossilised skull of an ancient human ancestor that died nearly two million years ago has forced scientists to rethink the story of early human evolution.<p>Anthropologists unearthed the skull at a site in Dmanisi, a small town in southern Georgia, where other remains of human …

Twitter the latest tech company looking to play tax avoidance shell game

Two weeks after Twitter filed the paperwork for a planned billion-dollar IPO, we learn that it's poised to take advantage of the same international tax loopholes as other large firms like Apple, Google, and Amazon. Citing Twitter Ireland documents, <i>Valleywag</i> reports that the company has all the …

Shuttle's final journey captured in epic time-lapse video

We marked the end of an era in manned spaceflight as Endeavour was sent into stately retirement at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, Calif., in late 2012.<p>That final journey from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the museum in California was punctuated with a piggyback ride on a …

Airbnb Has Now Served 9M Guests Since Being Founded, Up From 4M At The End Of Last Year

Airbnb continues to grow at an amazing pace, and now has served a total of 9 million guests in the five years since being founded. At Y Combinator’s annual Startup School event today, Airbnb co-founder and CTO Nate Blecharczyk demonstrated what hockey stick-like growth looks like after several …

BillBoard, Nielsen and the ridiculousness of charts in the Internet age, as shown by Kanye West’s “Gone”

YouTube (s GOOG) has an outsize influence on the world of music and, as result, earlier this year Billboard Magazine and Nielsen SoundScan added the …

Australian Startups Zookal And Flirtey To Begin Delivering Textbook Orders By Drone

As countries around the world gradually lift regulations on the use of commercial drones, a new startup called Flirtey hopes to turn Australia into a worldwide industry leader for the use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) in e-commerce deliveries. Flirtey plans to launch commercial drone delivery …