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Google TV Needs To Decide: Platform Or Closed Ecosystem

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Andy Liu, CEO of BuddyTV Guide, a channel guide app available on iOS, Android and Google TV. There is no debating that consumer adoption of Google TV is extremely disappointing. Logitech has dropped out of the business, several online publications including this one have declared the platform dead. While some new OEMs like Vizio, Sony, and LG have la...

07 Jul 8:00 AM 0 Read More...

StethoCloud: Australian College Students Build A Digital Stethoscope And Mobile App To Fight Childhood Pneumonia

The finals of Microsoft’ Imagine Cup, the world’s largest student technology competition, are taking place in Sydney this week and StethoCloud, the Melbourne-based home team, is definitely making a good case for Australia’s growing tech scene. The competition’s theme challenged students to build apps that “help solve the toughest problems” and the Australian team decided to tackle...

07 Jul 6:55 AM 0 Read More...

Tipflare: Two MIT Seniors Build A One-Stop Shop For Recommendations On Anything

With so much information, content and so many services now living online, there’s a lot of choice — even for something as simple as where to go to buy a new pair of socks. Oh, and there’s a lot of data. As it’s evolved and gotten better at making sense of its new Big Data, the Web has become an extraordinary engine for discovering new stuff: News, cat videos, porn, you name it. Natura...

07 Jul 5:24 AM 0 Read More...

Facebook Might Be Working On A Job Board, But Don’t Get Too Excited

Stop the presses! Facebook and LinkedIn are about to become archrivals in the recruiting market! At least, that’s the implication of a Wall Street Journal article, which reports that Facebook plans to launch a job posting board later this summer. It’s a nice scoop if true (the Journal cites “people familiar with the matter”), but reading the story is a strange experience. Basically, i...

07 Jul 2:15 AM 0 Read More...

Yahoo Implies It Can Still Shake Down Facebook For Patent Money. Bloody Unlikely

Yahoo and Facebook signed a contract today that says they cannot sue each other over patents. Yet Yahoo may be trying to convince investors that Facebook would still pay to buy or license some Yahoo intellectual property. But according to a source familiar with the exact wording of the Yahoo-Facebook contract, the two companies have rights to each other’s entire patent portfolios, so Yahoo ...

07 Jul 1:50 AM 0 Read More...

How to Get One Of Dell’s Linux-Based Developer Laptops And Become A Sputnik Beta Cosmonaut

Dell has a skunks works project underway to offer a Linux-based laptop made for developers. Now it is offering a beta program that will allow a small group of the to get one of the laptops and  join what it calls the Sputnik Beta Cosmonaut program. Project Sputnik signals Dell’s changing focus to offer open-source technology that it can integrate into its servers, storage and networking of...

07 Jul 12:00 AM 0 Read More...

Addvocate: Salesforce’s Former Head Of Social Marcus Nelson Preps A New Enterprise Social Media Startup

Marcus Nelson, co-founder of customer service startup UserVoice, left his role as head of social media at Salesforce.com back in April to start a company called Addvocate — and now he’s starting to talk about what he’s up to. When I met with Nelson yesterday, he gave me a quick demo of the initial product (currently in private alpha testing) and talked about his broader vision. He says ...

06 Jul 10:32 PM 0 Read More...

Addvocate: Salesforce’s Former Head Of Social Marcus Nelson Preps A New Social Enterprise Startup

Marcus Nelson, co-founder of customer service startup UserVoice, left his role as head of social media at Salesforce.com back in April to start a company called Addvocate — and now he’s starting to talk about what he’s up to. When I met with Nelson yesterday, he gave me a quick demo of the initial product (currently in private alpha testing) and talked about his broader vision. He says ...

06 Jul 10:32 PM 0 Read More...

Sony’s $380 Million Gaikai Acquisition Shows LA’s Technical Talent

Editor’s note: Nate Redmond is the Managing Partner of Rustic Canyon Partners. The firm was an early investor in cloud-based gaming platform Gaikai, leading its second round and participating alongside NEA and Benchmark in a subsequent one. Sony’s announcement this week to buy Gaikai for $380 million shines a light on the startup ecosystem in Los Angeles and the explosive growth that...

06 Jul 10:26 PM 0 Read More...

Blogception

The tech news cycle is a desperate bitch, as we’ve brought up before; A brief rundown of yesterday’s bitchmeme sparked by a mere tweet from my colleague MG Siegler once again proves how absurd it is. “I used to love to plant one really weird bit of random information (sometimes even false) into stories to catch the rewrites,” MG wrote in response to developer Marco Arment’s concis...

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