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An Uber ride that is a story of our times

A<i>n early morning Uber ride to the airport leads to a conversation that sums up the hopes and fears of the instant gratification economy,</i> …

Mobile Commerce Consolidation As Mozido Takes Majority Stake In CorFire

Just days after Dutch digital commerce provider Adyen announced a $250 million round of funding, another heavily capitalised player in the space has made an acquisition to up its game. Mozido, a mobile commerce specialist that raised $185 million in October 2014 after raising $103 million in May, …

Flickr Removes Creative Commons Images From Its Wall Art Program Following Backlash

Last month, Flickr expanded its Wall Art print service to include images from the photo-sharing site’s professional artists as well as images licensed for commercial use through Creative Commons. The project was originally intended to allow photographers profit from the sale of images made into …

The Internet Of Things Is Not A Shiny New Toy

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Marc Canter</i> <i>is CEO of Interface, a company focused on creating a new set of authoring tools for easily building personalized apps and experiences for the Internet of Things.</i><p>The Internet of Things is the latest, greatest new buzzword du jour and every major technology company, …

Crowdsales Funding Innovation By Bitcoin And Its Community

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Lisa Cheng is the Founder of VANBEX a marketing and research firm specializing in digital currency, blockchain protocols, and decentralized technology.</i><p>Bitcoin as an industry is becoming segregated by ideology, technology and application. There are different groups that argue for …

Social Cloud Storage Platform Hive.im Raises $500,000 In Seed Funding

The cloud storage business is already crowded, with leading competitors including Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, Box, and OneDrive. Hive.im, which just came out of beta, is one of the latest entrants in the space, but it hopes to stand out by turning cloud storage into a social experience. In other …

Lyft Now Lets You Split Fares With Friends For A 25-Cent Fee

In the great battle between Lyft and Uber, my allegiance (that is, my money) tends to sway toward the first one. At least for now, it just feels like Lyft does less dumb stuff that grosses me out.<p>Lyft has just nabbed the one feature from Uber that I’ve sorely missed: fare splitting.<p>While you’ve …

Facebook Challenges YouTube Channels With New Features For Pages

Twitter’s not the only one Facebook is battling for control of news and content distribution. With Pages getting quieted down in the feed, Facebook wants to make its home for businesses less like a newspaper that come to you and more like TV channels you turn on. That’s why it’s YouTube that’s …

Uber Adds A $2 Booking Fee To UberT Rides In NYC

Uber has added a $2 booking fee to uberT rides in NYC, which is charged through the app to your credit card on file, despite the fact that uberT rides still require users to pay their driver the metered fare separately in the city and boroughs. Uber says the fee is being added “on behalf of yellow …

Following Charges, Uber Confronts Its Asian Dilemma

The extent governments are willing to go to crack down on Uber has reached a new high-water mark yesterday after Korean prosecutors charged Travis Kalanick, the co-founder and CEO of Uber, of violating local transportation laws. If he were convicted, the punishment could include fines, and perhaps …

When Will Your Phone Replace Your Keys And Wallet?

When I leave my home, I check that I have three things: keys, wallet, phone. How long will it be until the first two are obsolete? My wallet has only three things I actually need: credit cards, cash, ID. Any American with an iPhone 6 has already obsoleted credit cards, courtesy of Apple Pay . Any …

Five Big Things To Watch At CES 2015

You have probably been hearing quite a bit in recent months about the Internet of Things coalescing into a major high tech business opportunity. You are likely to hear a lot more about this during the upcoming 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.<p>The Internet of Things converges intelligent …

How to Boost Your Business With Facebook's New Call-to-Action Buttons

The social network is trying to make it easier for businesses to sign up and sell products to customers.<p>Facebook has been getting a lot of flak from company frustrated by their increasing inability to reach customers on the social media platform. Now, though, it seems that Mark Zuckerberg's company …

Services with Airbnb pricing data grow as the king stays quiet

Successful new companies generate new business opportunities, as other companies emerge in their wake to support them and find their own profits, and …

Sony ha creado una cerradura inteligente vía crowdfunding

Hace unas semanas, nos enterábamos de que en una plataforma de <i>crowdfunding</i> japonesa un grupo de personas buscaban fondos para desarrollar un reloj …

Uber apologizes amid India rape allegations and outlines 4-step plan to improve safety

Uber issued an apology today, several days after one of its drivers in India was accused of raping a passenger, and vowed to improve its verification and background process.<p>The move comes as the fallout from the incident ripples around the world, providing additional fodder for critics of the …

What a Digital Workplace Is and What It Isn't

There are as many definitions of the digital workplace as there are organizations. But in light of this month's focus on the digital workplace, it …

Lyft distances itself from the fist bump

Looks like Lyft is rebranding itself for a mass market appeal.<p>In an email sent to customers yesterday morning, the ridesharing company addressed two …

Lyft Appeals To More Casual Drivers By Matching Them With Passengers To Share Commutes

For years, the founders of Lyft had imagined a world in which carpooling would become mainstream, a world in which people wouldn’t necessarily ride alone to work if they didn’t have to. Today they move another step closer to that world with the release of a new feature allowing its drivers to get …

Apple Acquires Cloud Networking Startup Union Bay Networks, Opens Seattle Office

Apple acquired Seattle-based cloud networking startup Union Bay Networks sometime in the last couple of months and has opened an office in the city that houses more than 30 engineers, reports <i>GeekWire</i>. The site uncovered Apple's acquisition and Seattle office after former Union Bay Networks …

uBeam Nabs $10 Million In Funding From Upfront Ventures To Make Wireless Charging A Reality

Wireless power seems like one of those things everyone always dreams about. I mean, how great would it be to have your phone just charge while it’s sitting in your pocket with no need to plug it in? That’s the premise uBeam is setting out to deliver on, and to do so, it’s raised $10 million in …

This Traffic Generation Strategy Made $100,000 on Indiegogo

<i>Johnathan Leow is the author of “The Crowdfunded Kit.” This post originally appeared on Crowdfund Insider.</i><p>If there’s one big lesson about crowdfunding I’ve learnt in the past eight months, it is that pre-launch marketing can make or break your campaign. I’ve gone from knowing next to nothing about …

Seattle Bikes Can Now Get Uber Rides

Uber is adding bike racks to the back of its cars in Seattle beginning tomorrow. Now when you get tired or it starts raining while you’re riding your bike, Uber will give you and your bike a ride home. For a price.<p>The Uber app in Seattle will now include a Pedal button along the with the Uber, …

Linkedin Releases SlideShare for iOS 8

In its mission to expand on an already substantial collection of mobile products, Linkedin launched a SlideShare app <b>(Free)</b> for iOS 8. The new app leans heavily on personalization and content that is relevant to you.<p>Personalization starts with a tailored feed. The feed algorithm picks up on your …

Security app automatically encrypts your shared files so you don't have to

In this post-PRISM world, basically everyone is worried about privacy (and rightly so!) -- especially when it comes to cloud-based storage. Offloading your files to the likes of Dropbox doesn't come without a share of caveats regarding security, so that's where Places comes in. What sets the …

Paper by 53 introduces Mix, a community for sharing digital sketches & creations (plus a Pencil giveaway!)

Paper by FiftyThree is getting a whole lot more social today as the popular sketching app for iPad launches Mix, a community platform for sharing creations made in Paper. Mix allows users to share and view other sketches made in Paper on the web or right in the app.<p>With Mix, Paper uses can follow …

When It Comes To Lending, Earnest Gives Credit Where It’s Due

Earnest, the online lending service targeting millennial borrowers, is launching a new customized interest rate for its customers.<p>The new product for Millennials allows the company to offer low-interest loans, typically between 4.25% and 5.25% for qualified customers. Interest rates, says Earnest …

DataFox Pushes Its Business Intelligence Service Into Beta

Last week at Disrupt SF, DataFox pitched what it called a “predictive intelligence” service, aimed at bringing a wealth of data concerning corporations — their landmarks, hiring trends, funding and valuation — to everyone. For a deep dive into how the product works, who is on the founding team, and …

Sailo Is A Marketplace Connecting Boats, Captains And Renters

If you think boating sounds vaguely appealing but you’ve never actually made it out on the water, a New York City startup called Sailo aims to help.<p>It’s not the first company to allow you to rent boats from their owners. Early last year, for example, we wrote about Boatbound, a self-described …

Social network Snowball Finance raises $40M from Renren and others

Snowball Finance (Xueqiu in Chinese), the Chinese finance-focused social media site, announced that the company has raised $40 million in Series C funding led by Renren Inc. and joined by existing investor MorningSide Ventures. The company raised a Series A funding of US$10 million last year, and …