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Learnist Refreshes ‘Pinterest For Education’ Site To Add Reading Lists And Improve Board Creation

Pinterest for education startup Learnist wants to provide its users with all the tools needed to create, curate, and share content that can be used to learn a wide variety of subjects. Now, less than a year after launch, it’s refreshed its website to make it easier for users to create and save …

Are carrier-free SIM cards on the way?

Does the fact that current SIM cards are tied to specific carriers actually benefit anyone other than the carriers? What if device manufacturers like Samsung and Apple could sell you smartphones with SIM cards already in them? Your network connection could change on the fly, or you’d have the …

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The Most Popular Words Used in Viral Headlines

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog and has been republished with permission.</i><p>There is no one way to create viral content.<p>“The most intimate digital technology festival on the planet”CNBC liked TNW Conference that muchFIND OUT WHY<p>So many different variables go into a viral post—timing, …

iBeacons Aren’t Just For Retail: Placed Lets You Use Them As iPhone Quick Launchers At Home

There has been a lot of talk about iBeacons since they launched with iOS 7 last fall, but much of the focus has been on how they benefit retailers and add to the in-store shopping experience. They have a much broader range of potential use, however, and part of that is consumer-focused, too. Placed …

Warriors become first NBA team to rollout iBeacons, push seat upgrade offers to nosebleeds

MLB is already using them with plans to roll out at all stadiums, and now Bloomberg reports that the Golden State Warriors have become the first NBA team to take advantage of Apple’s iBeacon bluetooth technology. Just as the MLB, retailers, and other events have used the beacons to send context …

This company wants to build a Klout that’s actually valuable

In two months, a pair of cofounders left their jobs, built a minimum viable product, and launched with two billion-dollar brands. Their goal? To do what Klout failed to do: build a tool to helps brands connect with their most valuable fans.<p>Created by ex-Dwolla business development lead Alexander …

A May-December Media Strategy Could Help Locally Focused Startups

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jonathan Sills is an executive in residence at Battery Ventures, where he helps advise portfolio companies on marketing strategy.</i> <i>Battery is an investor in Relay Foods and HotelTonight.</i><p>In Silicon Valley, it’s sometimes easy to focus solely on social and other types of cutting-edge, …

Designing a Recurring Revenue Model Will Help Attract Capital

<i>George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a startup consulting and financial advisory firm based in Chicago.</i><p>One of the first things that a venture capitalist looks for in assessing an investment opportunity is the revenue model of the business. More specifically, …

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All stories in Design & Dev<p>Google adds 'Theming' to Material Design to unify designs across applications<p>Google today announced several updates to Material Design, the company's visual design language and set of specifications for applications should look. While rumors persisted up to the event that …

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Actifio brings in $100M to take on data storage giants

It pays to help companies use their storage space more efficiently.<p>Storage space for data, that is. Actifio, a company that dreamed up a way to pare down the number of copies of a given piece of data while ensuring it will be available whenever companies need it, has raised $100 million in new …

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FORTUNE — Despite excitement from the business world, consumers aren’t keen on the latest innovations in retail advertising. A whole new category of technology has sprung up to serve “omnichannel” retailers, who combine online analytics with brick-and-mortar sales. They do that by connecting to a …

Pinterest Readies for Its Big Ad Business Rollout

Pinterest is the name on the lips of digital advertising execs, brands and just about everyone else in the marketing industry today, as the popular …

It’s Official: Disney Acquires Maker Studios For At Least $500M

Media conglomerate Disney has taken a big step to embracing the new digital world of video, announcing the acquisition of YouTube network Maker Studios for $500 million, along with a potential $450 million in performance-based earn outs. The acquisition, which was first reported by Re/Code, …

Apple's latest experiment makes finding apps easier

With more than a million apps available on the App Store, finding the right one is often more troublesome that it needs to be. In an effort to ease that burden, Apple has quietly begun testing a new related search suggestion feature that aids the discovery of new apps, displaying categories similar …

Adobe turns marketing cloud up to 11 with massive update, SAP deal, new mobile tools

Adobe just fired a big shot across the bow of enterprise marketing competitors Salesforce, IBM, and Oracle with a huge update to the Adobe Marketing Cloud that sees major changes to almost all of its components.<p>The biggest change?<p>A new common layer, called Core Services, that deeply integrates all …

Alibaba Still Has Plenty Of Room To Increase Its $150B Valuation, Says YipitData

Alibaba‘s upcoming public listing is expected to be one of the largest IPOs ever, but there are concerns that the Chinese e-commerce giant’s rapid growth is tapering off as merchant spending slows and competition increases.<p>But Alibaba still deserves its $150 billion valuation and may be worth …

LinkedIn: Evolution of a Publishing Platform

For you, I, and probably many others, LinkedIn is a bit of an odd beast. We all no doubt have a profile on the ‘social network for professionals’, but how often we actually log in and check what’s going on is another matter altogether.<p>Founded in 2003, LinkedIn garnered somewhere in the region of …

Amazon to invest in the UK's least popular delivery service

With Prime subscriptions on the rise, Amazon is constantly exploring ways to cut the cost of regular home deliveries. One option the retail giant is considering is to invest in the companies that deliver its parcels, with UK courier firm Yodel currently the object of its desire. <i>The Guardian</i> reports …

Online Freight Network Freightos Raises $4.6M Series B

Freightos, the Israel-headquartered startup that operates an online freight network to bring efficiencies, such as realtime quotes, to the freight industry, has raised $4.6 million Series B funding. The round was led by Aleph and ICV, with follow on investment via OurCrowd, the equity-based …

Vend brings in $20M to simplify in-store sales

Cloud-based point-of-sale startup Vend has a lot of new cash in its war chest.<p>The fast-growing New Zealand startup has raised $20 million (NZ $25 million) in new investment, the company announced today. Vend intends to use the funding to expand internationally, particularly in the U.S. and Europe, …

5 Things To Know About pCell, A Bold Scheme For Super-Fast Wireless Data

Overloaded wireless-data networks are so common in crowded urban areas that many of us take them for granted. Which helps explain why a startup like Artemis Technologies, which promises near-perfect cellular reception to smartphone users no matter how crowded their networks, has gotten some …

Bottlenose Adds Real-Time TV And Radio Data To Its Social Trend Monitoring

Bottlenose, a startup that helps large brands find emerging trends, is expanding beyond social media today with the addition of Broadcast Analytics, which allows customers to see TV and radio data.<p>In order to accomplish this, Bottlenose has partnered with media monitoring company Critical Mention. …

Facebook’s Open Compute guru Frank Frankovsky leaves to build optical storage startup

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Anna Gordon/GigaOM<p>Frank Frankovsky, Facebook’s vice president of hardware design and supply chain optimization, who …

In 18K Schools And Counting, Clever Confirms $10.3M Raise From Sequoia, As It Looks To Build The Next Big Learning Platform

Clever launched out of Y Combinator in 2012 on a mission to help K-12 schools bring the latest education software into their classrooms. By giving districts a central way to manage student and teacher accounts in each learning application, and closely integrating those apps with their existing data …

UK E-Commerce Intelligence Startup Ometria Raises $1.5M Seed Round

The UK’s Ometria is another startup that wants to help online retailers make better use of data, and, in turn, compete harder with larger, more data-driven players in the market. It offers an e-commerce “intelligence” platform that provides retailers with insights relating to customer behaviour and …

Google Wants to Send Live People to Your House to Bring You Stuff

Google today called for San Francisco Bay Area residents to sign up for six months of free, unlimited same-day delivery of purchases from national …

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