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Tudo Bem? Disrupt SF to Feature Both Israeli AND Brazilian Pavilions, Vamos?!

It was at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in 2011 where a fine tradition began, namely, the Israeli Pavilion. No less than 20 early-stage Israeli startups flew-in from Israel to demo and network themselves to the bone for three non-stop days. The inaugural Pavilion was such a success, we decided to have another one at the past Disrupt in NYC. It too was a huge success with yet another 20 I...

04 Jul 2:44 PM 0 Read More...

Failed Anti-Oatmeal Lawyer Says “Mission Accomplished”

In what appears to be a final burst of notoriety-seeking and odd behavior, Funnyjunk’s crack lawyer, Charles Carreon, told Ars that he had won because now he was “famous” and “notorious”. “Mission accomplished,” he said, apparently without irony or self-awareness. The Oatmeal’s lawyers at the EFF wrote: It’s my undying hope that this doesn’t encourage others in the doldru...

04 Jul 1:58 PM 0 Read More...

Happy Independence Day: SOPA’s Cousin ACTA Fails To Make The Vote In Europe, But Is This Really The End?

A big day today for those who have been opposed to measures like SOPA that are aimed at stronger, government-imposed measures to define and prevent counterfeiting and copyright infringement on the internet: the European Parliament has rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), by a nearly-unanimous margin of 478 votes against to 39 in favor. The rejection means that the European...

04 Jul 12:08 PM 0 Read More...

Late, Expensive And Probably Redundant: YouView Finally Launches UK Digital TV Service

Two years after it was meant to go live, and with a list of backers that includes the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Arqiva, BT and TalkTalk, YouView today finally crashed the UK TV party. Available by the end of July with a selection of major retailers, the service is based around an all-in-one set-top box that you can use without a subscription, which includes 100 digital TV and radio cha...

04 Jul 10:41 AM 0 Read More...

TextMaster Rolls Out API For Its Copywriting, Translation And Proofreading Platform

It’s not a spelling mistake, it’s a typo. That’s my line and I’m sticking to it. But what if proofreading, along with copywriting and translation, could be offered akin to a Software-as-a-Service, API included? That’s the ambitious aim of TextMaster which this week uncloaked its technology stack to enable third-parties to start building apps that integrate the full functionality of ...

04 Jul 10:06 AM 0 Read More...

MOVE Guides Secures Seed Funding To Revolutionise International Relocations

MOVE Guides, which competes with Moveline (a TechStars company), is about moving people and families for work internationally – business relocation in other words. The market is – according to MOVE Guides – worth more than £40bn annually. That means that if expats were a country, that country would be one of the most wealthy and mobile in the world – international business moves are...

04 Jul 8:43 AM 0 Read More...

Sorry IBM – A Big Box Is Not A Platform As A Service

In April, IBM rolled out a big new machine called IBM PureApplication Systems, a member of the PureSystems technology family. At the time, I  called IBM out for calling it a “PaaS in a Box.” It reminded me of Larry Ellison calling Oracle’s hardware a “cloud-in-a-box” back in 2010. Well, IBM is continuing its PaaS washing. Krishnan Subramanian just tweeted about a new IBM post that...

04 Jul 8:29 AM 0 Read More...

Song Pop Hits 2 Million Daily Active Users, Many Of Them Probably Flirting

Call it the way we flirt now. Facebook games like Song Pop and Draw Something and apps like Pair are discovering novel ways to get you to hook up connect online. The space is ballooning to the point where there’s even a couples app for co-founders. A little over a month since its late May launch, breakout app Song Pop has hit 2 million daily active users, CEO Mathieu Nouzareth tells me. Th...

04 Jul 2:45 AM 0 Read More...

FunnyJunk Attorney Charles Carreon Drops Lawsuit Against Oatmeal Creator

Charles Carreon, the attorney with the the infamous lawsuit against The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman, has withdrawn the suit. The news was announced by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which also posted Inman’s “notice of voluntary dismissal“. (I would embed the document below, but there’s basically no text, aside from “plaintiff dismisses the action.”) The EFF was representi...

04 Jul 2:24 AM 0 Read More...

The Next Microsoft — Updating Its Branding And Messaging In Three Days

A very smart project is underway by a 21-year-old design student in Los Angeles. The goal: update Microsoft’s branding and messaging in three days. Judging by the reaction, Andrew Kim has hit a tap root of opinions out there. So far, there are more than 188 comments on Hacker News about his speculative design project. Microsoft is that company we love to hate but so want to make better. It...

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