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Data-federation startup Cirro raises an $8M first round

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>San Juan Capistrano, Calif.-based startup Cirro is betting that there’s real value in piles of data scattered across corporate …

Clarity Unveils Quora-Like Answers Service For Fast Business Advice

Clarity, a service aimed at helping entrepreneurs and business professionals get help, launched today a new way to help its members get answers they need without needing to make a phone call. Aptly called Answers, this Quora-like service lets you ask a question to a professional for free and get a …

Yahoo's Rolling Out a Refreshed, Mobile Optimized Answers Site

Yahoo has finally redesigned its once popular Answers service to give it a fresh new look and ensure it works better for mobile visitors.<p>The company unveiled the changes on Thursday, adding that they would first roll out to users in the US over the course of the next 10 days.<p>Among the changes is …

Twitter investor George Zachary's $250K could soon be worth $150M

“You’re talking to a very happy, very emotional person right now,” early Twitter investor George Zachary told me minutes ago.<p>Zachary’s investment firm CRV bought just one percent of Twitter in 2006 — almost as soon as the company was born — for $250,000. At the time, that was a huge risk, since …

PayPal revamping its policies to better support crowdfunding

PayPal's commerce system wasn't built for crowdfunding, and that has created problems for some startups -- the company recently (if briefly) froze $45,000 of Mailpile's assets, for example. The PayPal team is determined to set things right, however, and just announced that it's reworking its …

Facebook Really Wants You To Watch Videos In The News Feed

It may not yet have the brands in place for its video advertising launch, but Facebook may have just given us a glimpse of what we are going to see.<p>The firm announced yesterday that it was debuting auto-play videos on its news feed. Hmm, haven’t we seen this before on Vine, and with Facebook’s …

Woot’s Founding Team Returns As Mediocre Laboratories To Experiment With E-Commerce

A little more than a year after Woot founder Matt Rutledge left the revolutionary daily deals company he sold to Amazon, he’s bringing the team back together to hack e-commerce once again. The new company, called “a mediocre corporation,” is being designed to build up and test out new ways of …

Phablets are big in Asia-Pacific, equalling tablets and laptops combined

Large-screen phones prove hugely popular in India, China and other countries - creating challenge for Apple as it contemplates next iPhone release<p>"Phablets", the large-screened phones with screen sizes of between 5in and 7in diagonally, sold as well as tablets and laptops combined in the …

More Galaxy Gear details leak: 10 hour battery life, two storage options

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: SamMobile.com<p>We’ve already heard most of the details on Samsung’s smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, but there’s still room …

Japan to fight Internet addiction with 'fasting camps'

Japan estimates that more than 500,000 school-age kids are pathologically addicted to the Internet. Could gadget-free camps help them?<p>According to a recent government-funded study in Japan, 518,000 students between the ages of 12 and 18 are "pathologically" addicted to the Internet. The study, …

In Exec Shake-Up, Former PayPal Exec Sam Shrauger Takes on Expanded Role at Visa

Sam Shrauger, the former PayPal and Yahoo executive, has been named Visa’s new global head of digital for developed markets, following a recent …

FinTech

Facebook is hiring a data scientist, but you’ll have to fight for the job

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Simon Bratt<p>Facebook (s fb) is looking to hire a new data scientist, but rather than sift through …

Data Science

Amazon Studios children's show promotes young gadget inventors

Amazon is continuing its push into children's programming with a new original pilot that looks to capitalize on the popularity of DIY / maker culture. <i>Maker Shack Agency</i> will follow three teenage inventors in Ohio who use science and technology to solve the problems of their clients.The main …

Amazon Studios

Professors Union: It’s Bad Policy To Measure Whether Colleges Help Students

One of the largest college teacher unions in the country has taken a rather odd education policy stance: opposition to measuring whether colleges are helping their graduates. In response to President Obama’s push to tie federal college aid to labor-market outcomes, the American Association of …

Yahoo is number one web property for the first time since 2011, says ComScore

Yahoo has topped ComScore's list of the top 50 web properties in July 2013, outpacing Google for the first time since May 2011. The ranking is based on unique visitors from the US, and does not include traffic from the company's most recent acquisition, the 133 million-blog strong Tumblr network, …

Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch colors revealed

Samsung Smartwatch Concept<p>It seems like there’s been a rush of information about the Galaxy Gear smart watch over the past week, and here’s yet another piece of information. Samsung is planning to launch the device in a range of five different colors, which is good news for those looking to color …

Electronics Industry

Surprisingly, people spend more time reading books on smartphones than tablets

MALMÖ, Sweden — Reading books on my tiny iPhone screen is something I do out of circumstance, never by choice. (For example, I decided to read fellow staffer John Koetsier’s new sci-fi novel on my smartphone during a layover on a recent international flight because my iPad was buried in the middle …

Secret Court: NSA Surveillance Program Was Unconstitutional

A secret federal court found that the National Security Agency violated the civil rights of Americans when it collected thousands of emails and other digital messages between Americans, according to a 2011 opinion released Wednesday.<p>The FISA court ruled parts of the program to be unconstitutional …

Circle Aims to Bring Simplicity to Filtering and Parental Controls

Elameno, a Portland-based startup with an aim to simplify parental Internet controls, has launched a Kickstarter campaign aiming to raise $250,000 to make its product a reality.<p>The company launched the campaign yesterday and is currently standing at around $8,600 in pledges. The hardware portion of …

Here's Why You'll Be Hooked On Wearables By This Time Next Year

I bought a Fitbit Flex about a week ago.<p>In case you haven’t heard of it, Fitbit is one of these “wearable computing” companies. It’s a small little device that sits in a rubber wrist band which you wear all day and night.<p>There are other wearable computing devices for your wrist including the …

Old habits die hard: Yahoo introduces a brand-new browser toolbar

Much hay has been made around Yahoo's reinvigoration under CEO Marissa Mayer — the company has released some very solid mobile apps, improved Flickr, and of course there's that big Tumblr purchase. However, today's news shows that old habits really do die hard: Yahoo has just announced a new update …

Perch Launches Video “Portal” Service For Distributed Teams

Perch for iOS wants to help businesses build a persistent video portal between their offices to help teams work together more effectively. The service originally started out as an asynchronous video chat tool for families, but as the company’s CEO Danny Robinson told me yesterday, the team quickly …

After Initially Locking Down Funds, PayPal Relents And Gives GlassUp Access To Indiegogo Cash

The GlassUp, an ambitious Indiegogo project that wanted to take the concept of Glass and make it more about passive consumption of content than about privacy-treading recording, video and photography, was in danger of losing a full third of its funding earlier today due to a PayPal rule, but is now …

Here’s what you need to know about the future of gesture-based UI design

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Smartphone screens across the globe are embracing clean design in an effort to feature content on high-end pixel real estate. …

UI Design