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Chinese State Media Renews Anti-Apple Rhetoric, Calls The iPhone A “National Security Concern”

sanlitun-apple-store-china Apple has faced a fair amount of state-sponsored criticism in China, a market where the prevailing powers have a stated goal of promoting more home-grown network and IT solutions. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s iOS 7 poses a threat to national security because of its ‘Frequent Locations’ feature, which identifies and provides users a map of their oft-visited… Read More

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The PC Market Has Its Strongest Quarter In Recent Memory

Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 8.54.02 AM Personal computers, long an ailing member of the larger technology market had a strong second quarter. After consistent quarters of decline, the worldwide PC market was either up 0.1%, or down a modest 1.7% in the period, according to Gartner and IDC respectively. In the United States, the PC market was up around 7% in the quarter, again according to the two firms.
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Loverly Gets Editorial With Launch Of New Content Hub

Screenshot 2014-07-11 10.09.35 Loverly, the one-stop online shop for brides planning a wedding, has made an investment in their editorial content with the launch of a brand new content hub on the website and mobile app. For the past 6 months or so, Loverly has been testing editorial content on the website with great success — the company says that 20 percent of the site’s traffic comes from editorial content.… Read More

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CEO With A Heart Of Gold, Neil Young Takes The Reins At PonoMusic, Tech Vet John Hamm Remains Investor

ponoplayer A changing of keys and tempo, at PonoMusic, the venture founded on the premise of a high-fidelity digital music service and music-playing device. Neil Young, the iconic musician who founded Pono and saw it raise over $6.2 million on Kickstarter after aiming for only $800,000, is stepping in as its new CEO as John Hamm steps down. Hamm will remain an investor in the company, the company… Read More

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Digg Relaunches News.me As A Personalized News Alerting Service, “Digg Deeper”

tumblr_inline_n8jx3iewtK1qzzu3j Betaworks-owned Digg.com expanded its product lineup today with the launch of a new service – well, technically, an older service that’s been retooled and rebranded – called “Digg Deeper.” While Digg.com’s main page helps to surface the best of the web, including the top articles and videos Digg’s editors and users like, Digg Deeper is designed to offer… Read More

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Salesforce Buys Big Data Startup RelateIQ For Up To $390M

Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 10.49.02 AM The motto at Salesforce.com seems to be if you can’t beat them, buy them. This time the exact target of Salesforce.com’s $390 million desires is the scrappy startup RelateIQ, which uses searches of unstructured data from email, social networks, and calendars to automate large portions of the sales process. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company raised a significant $40 million… Read More

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Science Inc. Acquires Armenian Mobile App-Maker Inlight

peter pham Looks like Science Inc. is getting more serious about mobile development — the startup studio is announcing that it has acquired an eight-person company based in Yerevan, Armenia called Inlight. That company developed the iOS app of the same name, a social newsreading service targeting women. Science CEO Mike Jones and Chief Business Officer Peter Pham (pictured above at TechCrunch… Read More

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Amplitude, The Analytics Startup Undercutting Mixpanel, Raises $2 Million Seed Round

overview page Y Combinator-backed Amplitude, a startup taking on big-name analytics providers like Mixpanel, Kontagent, Localytics and others, has raised $1.975 million in seed funding from a number of investors, including SV Angel, Charlie Cheever, Dave Morin, Quest Venture Partners, Data Collective, Merus Capital, BoxGroup, Adam Draper and several more. The funding comes after a period of growth… Read More

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MIT Researchers Build Drones That Automatically Provide Picture Perfect Lighting For Photographers

MITnews_DroneGaffer_01 The intrepid researchers at MIT never fail to impress, and a new system they’ve designed that uses fleets of drones to automatically light a shoot for photographers is no exception. The prototype of the system will be on display at the International Symposium on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization and Imaging happening in August, and uses a single lightweight UAV to… Read More

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Doggie-Focused Bark & Co. (BarkBox) Raises $15 Million Series B

BarkBox Bark & Co., the doggie-themed technology company best known for its dog treat-delivering subscription business BarkBox, and more recently, its vet care-on-demand service BarkCare, has just closed on 15 million in Series B funding. The company raised $10 million in inside round led by previous investor Resolute.vc, along with RRE, BoxGroup, Lerer Ventures, Bertelsmann Digital Media… Read More

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