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  • Microsoft Updates OneNote For Apple Products
    Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 11.31.13 AM Microsoft debuted a number of changes to OneNote for Apple products — iPad, iPhone, and Mac — today that broaden the functionality of the note taking tool. Users of OneNote for Mac can now connect to OneDrive for Business accounts. Across all three devices, OneNote users can now add files to their ‘notebooks.’ On iPad and iPhone, users will be able to insert files sent… Read More


  • Backed By Tencent And Felicis, Scaled Inference Wants To Be The Google Brain For Everyone
    shutterstock_139471973 Google Brain, an artificial intelligence and machine learning project at Google, has been used to power services like Android’s speech recognition system and photo search on Google+. Now, two of the most longstanding machine learning engineers, one of whom worked on Google Brain, have left the search giant to start a new company. The idea: to build machine learning, artificial… Read More


  • Tech Companies Throw Their Support Behind Strengthened NSA Reform Bill
    Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 10.35.29 AM As expected, Sen. Patrick Leahy introduced the USA FREEDOM Act to the upper chamber of Congress on Tuesday. The bill comes on the heels of a similar, weaker measure passed in the House that was widely condemned as denatured and passed by brute force. “If enacted, this bill would represent the most significant reform of government surveillance authorities since Congress passed the USA… Read More


  • Project Management Platform Wrike Hopes To Challenge Asana With New Workflow Tools
    wrike_extension When it comes to web-based project management tools, we are spoiled for options these days. Popular ones include Asana, which coincidentally released its new iOS app today, Podio and Atlassian’s collaboration services. One lesser-known competitor is Wrike, a project management and collaboration service that raised $10 million from Bain Capital last year. The company is launching a… Read More


  • EA Launches A $30 Per Year Netflix For Games On Xbox One
    HomePageSubscriberUpdatedPUBLISH I’d play a lot more games if they weren’t $70 a pop, and it looks like EA suspects that might be true of a lot of gamers. The game publisher just announced a new subscription service called ‘EA Access‘ for Xbox One users that will give subscribers all the games they can play (from a limited catalog) for $4.99 per month. What games, you say? Well, there’s Madden 25… Read More


  • Spotify Adds An Equalizer So You Can Turn Up The Bass
    Spotify Browser A small but notable update to the Spotify iOS application is sure to please music fans: the company has just rolled out a new equalizer feature which lets you adjust your music by choosing from one of several presets, or by dragging the points in the graph using your finger for a more precise and personalized setting. The app also received a a few other features in this latest release,… Read More


  • Peak Drive Aims To Be As Usable As Dropbox, As Secure As SpiderOak
    ShareFolderWithPeakDrive A new German cloud storage startup is preparing to launch a service it bills as more secure than Dropbox, thanks to offering client-side encryption — but it’s also shooting to be as usable as Dropbox — and therefore more user friendly than other security-focused cloud storage services that do local encryption, like SpiderOak. Read More


  • StumbleUpon Gets A Redesign In Version 4.0 For Android
    Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 12.27.45 PM StumbleUpon released version 4.0 of StumbleUpon for Android today, bringing a complete user interface overhaul, including navigation changes and a new way for users to find content. The design fits Google’s Android app design guidelines, with pages you can slide in from the left and right and a flat look that is has hints of Android L’s Material design. The drawer slide menu gets… Read More


  • Please Join Us For The 9th Annual August Capital Party In Silicon Valley
    9393142521_3dbc3b4d80_k TechCrunch’s annual summer soirée is almost here. As in years past, August Capital will host TechCrunch and hundreds of local investors, founders and developers at its sunny office on Sand Hill Road. All are welcome to the August 1 event, but space is very limited. Read More


  • Think Gaming Demystifies Paid App Installs With A Mobile Gaming Co-Op
    mobile-ad-networks-ss Think Gaming has created what it’s calling a mobile advertising co-op. Through that co-op, gaming companies share data about the cost of the ads they’re purchasing across multiple networks, and the effectiveness of those ad networks. Read More


  • Ford Plans To Replace BlackBerries With iPhones Beginning This Year
    new-it-hero Ford is going to start switching its employees over to iPhone, beginning with moving 3,300 staffers from BlackBerry devices to iPhones by the end of the year. Over the course of the next two years, approximately 6,000 employees will get iPhones, replacing their existing flip phones, but ultimately the goal is to get everyone on Apple’s iPhone platform, a Ford spokesperson told Bloomberg. Read More


  • After A Decade In Business, Kargo Says It?s Growing Fast, With Big Ambitions For Premium Mobile Ads
    Kargo Office By the standards of the startups we cover at TechCrunch, mobile advertising company Kargo is pretty much ancient. But even though it was founded back in 2003, the company says it’s hit a triple digit revenue growth, with total annual revenue approaching $50 million. And it’s profitable. Founder and CEO Harry Kargman also told me that Kargo’s headcount has grown about 50… Read More


  • Airbnb Partners With San Francisco And Portland For Emergency Preparedness
    The best renditions of the new Airbnb logo Airbnb announced a partnership with the cities of San Francisco and Portland as part of an initiative to help communities prepare and respond to emergencies. Read More


  • Asana Doubles Down On Mobile, Releases New iOS App
    Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 8.36.00 AM Asana, a company that provides collaboration tools to corporations and groups, today released a unified iOS application for iPhone and iPad. As other companies have in recent quarters, Asana built its new iOS app using native code. (The app is due to land in the app store at any moment, so if you don’t see it in the App Store, hang tight.) The firm has an Android app similar to its new… Read More


  • WalmartLabs Acquires Kleiner Perkins-Backed Luvocracy, A Pinterest-Like Marketplace For Product Recommendations
    walmart-luvocracy Walmart’s Silicon Valley R&D group @WalmartLabs is announcing this morning that it has acquired its 14th startup, social marketplace Luvocracy. As part of the deal, @WalmartLabs will bring in a total of 16 employees from Luvocracy, including founder and CEO Nathan Stoll. Luvocracy offered a Pinterest-like experience where friends and tastemakers can recommend products for others.… Read More



 
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