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Google's investment arm has quietly bought the internet

Google Ventures will close the year with $2.4 billion of investment under management in many of the companies we all use every single day.<p>From Uber to Medium, Product Hunt to TuneIn, Google has via its independent investment arm put funding behind or acquired hundreds of your favorite digital …

The 4 things Google believes are key to the future of search

TOULOUSE, France — Before talking about the future of search, one of Google’s top researchers wants you to understand just how dramatically search has changed in the past two years.<p>Speaking at the Futurapolis conference in Toulouse, Behshad Behzadi, director of search innovation at Google’s Zurich …

Why Starbucks isn’t a coffee shop anymore, it’s a portal to the future

What if I told you there was a magical place where you could try out several cutting-edge services coming in the near future? No, it’s not Best Buy, …

Coffee

APIs Are The New FTEs

Gaurav Jain Contributor<p>Gaurav Jain is a principal at Founder Collective. He co-founded Polar and was an early product manager for Android.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>How To Be A VC Without Any Capital<br>• You’ve Only Got One Shot At Building A Consumer Unicorn<p>Facebook, Google and Twitter have to deal …

Amazon Web Services

Estimote Creates An Indoor Location System Using Beacons And “Nearables”

The dream of indoor location sensing has always been just that – a dream. The difficulty of Wi-Fi tracking and other technologies has made it hard for anyone – from businesses to regular users – to figure out where they were in a venue. But the folks at Estimote, a Polish beacon company, may have …

Internet of Things

Japan’s Recruit Buys European Restaurant Booking Service Quandoo For $219M

Restaurant reservation service Quandoo, a major European rival to OpenTable, is being acquired by Japan’s Recruit in a deal worth 27.11 billion yen, that’s around $219 million.<p>Berlin-based Quandoo, which was founded in 2012, took a strategic investment from Recruit — via its RGIP venture capital …

Startups

Travel Startup Musement Secures €5M In Series A Funding

Musement, a booking service for travel activities, has announced it’s raised €5 million in Series A funding from P101, 360 Capital Partners, Micheli Associati and Italian Angels for Growth.<p>While there are many startups that claim to “curate travel experiences” Musement does this by concentrating on …

Startups

Booking Now's Accommodation App for iOS Devices Lands in Europe

Booking.com has today announced the launch of its Booking Now app for iOS users in the UK, following its launch in the US and Canada in January.<p>Available to download from the App Store now, the updated Booking Now app lets travelers book last-minute accommodation in just two taps. More than …

Google’s testing app ads in the Google Play Store

Google’s announced that it’s starting a pilot to put sponsored search results into the Google Play store. It also revealed that it has paid out over $7 billion to developers over the past year.<p>Initially the spots will be limited to advertisers who are already running search ads for their apps and …

Do This 1 Thing For a Better Google Ranking

David Paul Morris—Bloomberg/Getty Images<p>Jon Shenk—AP<p>Google/AP<p>Google/AP<p>Google/AP<p>Bryan Bedder—Getty Images for Engadget Expand<p>Getty Images<p>Andrea …

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