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Motorola’s 360 Sport Lets You Swipe While You Sweat

IMG_5571 In the slow march towards smarter everything, one specific space has been tough to take on: sports watches. No matter what anyone tells you, a very basic, very usable Garmin or Fitbit still beats smartwatches by a mile for usability and accuracy. However, products like the Motorola 360 Sport are quickly catching up. First the bad news: this isn’t quite the sports watch you’re… Read More

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Lexumo Lands $4.89 Million Seed Round To Help Ensure Open Source Code Security

digital binary data protected by the security system Lexumo, a Cambridge, Massachusetts cloud service that continuously checks open source code to be sure it has the latest security updates, announced a solid $4.89 million seed round today. The round was led by Accomplice, .406 Ventures and Draper. What has Lexumo created to warrant that kind of financial attention? It indexed all of the open source code in the world and created a cloud… Read More

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Following Apple’s Move, Samsung Rolls Out Ad Blocking To Android Devices

adblock-ios-b With the release of iOS 9 last year, Apple introduced support for ad blocking within its Safari web browser. On Sunday, smartphone maker Samsung debuted its own support for content and ad blocking in the default web browser installed on its Android smartphones. The update, which is rolling out now to devices running Android Lollipop or higher, works in a similar way as ad blocking on… Read More

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Norwegian P2P Car Rental Marketplace Nabobil.no Pulls In $600K Seed

Even Tangen Heggernes, CEO Nabobil.no Europe seems to be creating peer-to-peer car rental marketplaces at a rate of knots. There’s heavily-funded Drivy in France, Snappcar in the Netherlands, GoMore in Denmark, and Rentacarlo in the U.K., to name a few.
The latest is Norway’s Nabobil, which opened its doors four months ago and today is disclosing that it’s raised a $600,000 seed round. Backing comes from an… Read More

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UK Gov’t Must Clarify Its Position On End-To-End Encryption, Says Parliamentary Committee

securityicons It’s not just TechCrunch saying it, now a UK parliamentary science and technology committee has warned the government needs to clarify the legal position around end-to-end encryption in its draft Investigatory Powers Bill (IP bill). Read More

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Jolla Confirms The Sailfish Tablet Is Dead

Jolla tablet Hardware is always hard. But if you’re playing at the margins of a mobile ecosystem dominated by Android and iOS, well, it’s best described as a bloodbath. To wit: Finland’s Jolla, which makes its own mobile OS Sailfish and — previously — its own mobile devices too, has confirmed that its crowdfunded tablet is being canned. Read More

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Audience Measurement Consolidates As ComScore Closes $732M Rentrak Acquisition

ruler Some more consolidation in the online measurement and analytics space: today comScore has announced that it has closed its $732 million deal to acquire Rentrak in an all-stock deal that brings together Rentrak’s TV and cinema audience tracking business with comScore’s business covering Internet and mobile audiences to better compete against the likes of Nielsen. The deal was… Read More

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Website UI Design Marketplace And Optimization Platform Kaizen Raises $8M

shutterstock laptop Kaizen, a Tokyo- and San Francisco-based user interface marketplace and testing platform, plans to increase its presence in the United States after raising an $8 million Series B. Read More

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Telenor Jumps Into Ad Tech, Acquires Tapad For $360M

your ad here Verizon isn’t the only carrier that wants to ramp up in ad tech to complement (and offset) its legacy business. Today, Norway-based Telenor announced that it has acquired Tapad, a New York-based cross-device retargeting startup co-founded by two Norwegians, Are Traasdahl and Dag Liodden, for $360 million “on a debt and cash-free basis.”
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Asian Messaging App Firm Line Is Developing A Digital Butler Service

line messaging app Line, the Asian messaging app company known for its cute animated stickers, is developing a digital butler services as it bids to boost its revenue with standalone apps and services. Read More

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