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Topsy could help fill in Apple’s big hole — big data

Thanks (largely) to Google, Apple’s business is no longer just about selling phones, tablets and laptops, but about selling an entire experience for …

DataSift raises $42M. Maybe there’s something to this social data after all

DataSift, one of three company’s with full access to the full stream of Twitter data — along with Gnip and new Apple property Topsy — has raised a …

The One Percent Foundation, A Non-Profit, Wants To Help Millennials Turn Philanthropy Into A Habit

“Philanthropist” is a daunting word that conjures up images of Bruce Wayne and other people with so much excess money and time that they have to give it away. Most of us, on the other hand, need to budget carefully and the relatively modest sums we can afford to donate seem too insignificant. After …

Social ad ROI skyrockets: Facebook click rate up 275%, Twitter revenue per visitor up 4X

Twitter is delivering four times the revenue per visitor this year over last year, and Facebook’s ad click-through rate has jumped 275 percent, according to the Q3 Adobe Social Intelligence report, released today.<p>“Advertisers are getting more ROI than ever before,” Adobe digital analyst Tamara …

Admitted.ly, A College Counseling Service, Launches Today To Level The Admissions Playing Field

Applying to college is confusing. Straight up. Especially so when your only reference points are a copy of the Fiske Guide To Colleges and an over-booked guidance counselor.<p>Admitted.ly, one of ten startups to present at the Entrepreneur Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) demo day yesterday in New York, …

Gnip adds search API to its Twitter data service

Social media monitoring startup Gnip — one of a select few companies with full access to the Twitter firehose — has added to its service an API that …

Klout Quietly Launches Cinch, a Companion Q&A App

Klout <i>really</i> wants to make you care about your online influence.<p>That’s in part why the company has, with little fanfare, pushed out Cinch, an iOS …

SimCity's Red Cross charity pack aids real-world disaster victims

<i>SimCity</i> fans know nothing feels better than saving their <i>other</i> family from pollution and sickness -- except, you know, helping out some fellow human beings. A new collaboration with the Red Cross combines players' digital altruism with humanitarian aid for real-world disaster victims. Starting …

The Credit Card Is The New App Platform

<i>This is a guest post written by Reid Hoffman, Ali Rosenthal and James Slavet from Greylock Partners.</i><p>Credit and debit cards are ubiquitous, but they’re mostly pretty dumb. That’s about to change. Over 170 million people in the U.S. have credit cards, and the average card holder has 3.5 of them. And …

Juengo Loyalty Platform Rewards For Actions Not Purchases

Most loyalty platforms work on the simple premise that you are rewarded with a variable number points based on the purchases you make, and you can redeem those points for additional merchandise or services. Look no further than the airlines for the contemporary model…they practically invented it. …

Ricoh launches $399 Theta camera bringing fully spherical images in a single shot

Ricoh has launched a small $399 camera that can capture fully spherical pictures in a single snap, called the Theta. It’s due to go on sale from October.<p>To achieve the full effect, the Theta has a twin-lens folded optical system that captures around, above and below the device. Weighing just 95 …

Zuckerberg: I wish Parse had been around when I started Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO — Talking about his social network’s early days, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he started out with an $8,000 budget and all the responsibility of building his own backend.<p>“In retrospect, man, I wish Parse was around back then,” he said.<p>More from Parse Dev Day<p>Parse: 100K+ apps & …

Hootsuite rival Engagor raises $2.6M, opens U.S. office

Engagor has raised $2.6 million for its social media management tool and announced that it is opening an office in the U.S.<p>The Belgian company monitors conversations on all major social networks and across millions of news sites, blogs, and forums. Its engine collects relevant data and presents it …

Can new corporate structure help education startups overcome industry distrust?

More investors may be fawning over education companies, yet among educators themselves, entrepreneurs don’t always get the warmest welcome.<p>It may be …