Apple’s ‘iOS in the car’ said to be launching next week with cars from Ferrari, others


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It’s been more than eight months since Apple first previewed iOS in the car, a system designed to put Apple’s Siri, Maps, and other services in automobile dashboards. And now that vision could be closer to a reality. According to the Financial Times, Apple and a handful of automakers plan to show off the first wave of cars with the feature at the Geneva Motor Show. Citing sources, The Times says Ferrari, Mercedez-Benz, and Volvo will all show off models that incorporate it. Those companies declined to comment on the report, though were named last year in a group of early adopters that also included Honda, Nissan, Chevrolet, Kia, Hyundai, and Jaguar.

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E-Cig Maker NJOY Raises $70 Million


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Puff puff pass the $1 billion valuation because e-cigarette maker NJOY has raised $70 million from Brookside Capital and Morgan Stanley Investment Management, at least according to a NYT report. The company’s early investors included Sean Parker, Peter Thiel, and Douglas Teitelbaum. Read More

E-Cig Maker NJOY Raises $70 Million


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Puff puff pass the $1 billion valuation because e-cigarette maker NJOY has raised $70 million from Brookside Capital and Morgan Stanley Investment Management, at least according to a NYT report. The company’s early investors included Sean Parker, Peter Thiel, and Douglas Teitelbaum. Read More

E-Cig Maker NJOY Raises $70 Million


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Puff puff pass the $1 billion valuation because e-cigarette maker NJOY has raised $70 million from Brookside Capital and Morgan Stanley Investment Management, at least according to a NYT report. The company’s early investors included Sean Parker, Peter Thiel, and Douglas Teitelbaum. Read More

Sailfish OS Maker, Jolla, On Questing For Scale In The Age Of Android


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“It’s not every day that a new mobile operating system is born,” says Jolla’s Marc Dillon preaching to a congregation of the curious from atop a stool at Jolla’s booth at the 2014 Mobile World Congress. This is the world’s largest mobile device-focused gathering. The show which annually transforms Barcelona into a city of suits and queues and shiny things. Read More

Sailfish OS Maker, Jolla, On Questing For Scale In The Age Of Android


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“It’s not every day that a new mobile operating system is born,” says Jolla’s Marc Dillon preaching to a congregation of the curious from atop a stool at Jolla’s booth at the 2014 Mobile World Congress. This is the world’s largest mobile device-focused gathering. The show which annually transforms Barcelona into a city of suits and queues and shiny things. Read More

Sailfish OS Maker, Jolla, On Questing For Scale In The Age Of Android


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“It’s not every day that a new mobile operating system is born,” says Jolla’s Marc Dillon preaching to a congregation of the curious from atop a stool at Jolla’s booth at the 2014 Mobile World Congress. This is the world’s largest mobile device-focused gathering. The show which annually transforms Barcelona into a city of suits and queues and shiny things. Read More

Fake Google Maps listings recorded calls to the FBI, Secret Service


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After failing to get Google’s attention about alleged security weaknesses on location listings added to Google Maps, an engineer created his own fake listings on the service that recorded calls made to the FBI and Secret Service. Bryan Seely, a former Microsoft and Avanade employee, set up listings to both government offices using a combination of Google’s Map Maker and Google Places, then used call recording software to tape calls made to the real offices, which the numbers forwarded to without the caller knowing.

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Adobe & Prezi commit $400M to President Obama’s digital literacy program


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Adobe & Prezi commit $400M to President Obama’s digital literacy program

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President Obama is relying on the private sector to further his ambitious goal to bring high-speed Internet to 99 percent of schools.

The administration’s ConnectEd program, unveiled last Summer, aims to improve Internet access for students and bring new education technology to schools.

Fewer than 20 percent of educators across the country feel that their school’s Internet connection adequately meets their teaching needs, according to the White House.

The ConnectEd program has raised some $1 billion in funding from the private sector thus far. Today, the program received its largest single donation from software company Adobe. Adobe pledged more than $300 million worth of software to the program, giving K-12 students access to well-known products like Photoshop Elements and EchoSign.

Cloud software company Prezi also donated $100 million in software licenses for education as part of the initiative. The commitment includes licenses of Prezi Edu Pro, which usually runs at $4.92 per month.

President Obama made the announcement during the White House’s inaugural student “film festival” earlier today. Over 2,500 student teams from K-12 schools submitted short films, which showcase how technology is used in their classrooms. You can watch the 16 final student film selections here.

The administration is also putting pressure on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to bring lightning fast Internet to schools. Last year, Obama asked the FCC to revamp its E-Rate program, which subsidizes Internet services for schools and libraries, but only those that meet its criteria.

The FCC amped up its involvement in ConnectEd by pledging $2 billion to connect 20 million students in 15,000 schools over the next two years.


    



How to Avoid Spreading Myths and Misinformation Online


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How to Avoid Spreading Myths and Misinformation Online

Even if you’ve never embarrassed yourself by unknowingly spreading an urban legend as fact to friends and family, you’ve at least been on the receiving end of one of these misinformed messages. Next time an email, tweet, or link seems a little fishy, here’s how to spot it before your itchy trigger finger sends it to all your friends or followers.

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Spotify should get access to music later than iTunes, says Apple


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Apple has been pushing for a windowed release strategy for new music, according to a Billboard report. In talks with record label executives, Apple has pointed to the latest Beyonce album as a possible blueprint for future releases: iTunes offered Beyonce’s self-titled album as an exclusive for one week when it was released in December. After that, it also sold at other retailers, but Spotify and other streaming services only got two tracks. Apple executives think that such windows could boost digital downloads, which declined by 57. percent last year.

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Reddit’s giving away 10 percent of money made off its ads to charity this year


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Reddit’s turning from an entertainment and philanthropy-enabler to a philanthropist of its own. The popular social network today said it plans to take 10 percent of the revenue it makes off advertising during 2014 and give it to a charity that will be chosen by the Reddit community. “We want to show that advertising doesn’t just support the reddit platform, it also directly supports the causes and goals of reddit as a whole,” Reddit CEO Yishan Wong wrote in a post announcing the program.

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Friday stumper: Find all of Apple’s 23 acquisitions from the past 16 months


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Friday stumper: Find all of Apple’s 23 acquisitions from the past 16 months
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At Apple’s annual meeting in Cupertino, Calif., today, chief executive Tim Cook dropped a curious factoid: In the past 16 months, Apple has bought 23 companies.

Like Cisco, IBM, Salesforce.com, Oracle, Yahoo, and other aging tech giants seeking to stay relevant, Apple has been on an acquisition binge. The mobile device, PC, and software maker keeps lots of cash on hand. Enough cash to round up a whole flock of acqui-hires, technology buys, and other M&A deals.

We couldn’t help ourselves. We poked around and came up with documentation for at least 16 of the said 23 purchases.

Here are the ones we’re sure about:

1. SnappyLabs, maker of a mobile camera app.

2. Note-taking app company Catch.

3. Mapping company BroadMap.

4. Social media analytics company Topsy.

5. PrimeSense, the company that devised the technology underlying Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Kinect.

6. Productivity app maker Cue.

7. AlgoTrim, a mobile data compression company.

8. Public transportation app maker Embark.

9. Matcha, the company behind an app showing stuff you can watch.

10. Passif Semiconductor, a company that made low-power chips for mobile devices.

11. Public-transportation app maker HopStop.

12. Map data company Locationary.

13. WiFiSlam, a company that figured out a way to pinpoint people’s locations inside buildings using a Wi-Fi signal.

14. Web development company Particle.

15. The engineering team behind photo-sharing app maker Color Labs.

16. TestFlight maker Burstly.

Beyond these 16, we’ve come across a few other companies Apple might have acquired in the 16-month range, but we don’t have official confirmation for them:

17?  Grokr, a company that came up with, a predictive search app.

18?  Basis Science, a company that makes health-tracking watches. It could be of use to Apple as it reportedly works on an “iWatch.”

We know we’re missing companies here. So help us, please, and tell us what we left out. Send us mail at tips@venturebeat.com. Oh, and if you know someone who knows someone whose company just got bought by Apple, tell us that, too.


    



The Privacy Pillow Hides Your Goods Where Few Will Expect to Find Them


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The Privacy Pillow Hides Your Goods Where Few Will Expect to Find Them

If you have something truly valuable that you can’t keep out of your sight, you’ll have to eventually when it comes time to sleep. So why not sleep on it? The privacy pillow allows you to hide some small valuables where pretty much nobody would think to look and still sleep comfortably at the same time.

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Check out this cool mobile story-telling app from a team of cloud superstars


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If you like sharing photos or videos or following friends on Twitter or Facebook, you should check out Steller – something its creators at startup Mombo Labs call a “trivially simple” way to create multipage, mixed-media stories to share.

Say you go to the beach or a World Series Game, Steller lets you capture video, photos, add text and tell the story of your day — all on your iPhone.

And Steller itself has a pretty great back story. It’s the latest project by Mark Lucovsky — former star engineer at Microsoft, Google, and VMware. When he left VMware in September 2013, he was secretive about his plans but he did say he would be a “customer of cloud, not a maker.” And so he is. The cloud in Steller’s case is Heroku.

Lucovsky and colleagues Vadim Spivak (who built a little thing called BOSH) and Richard McAniff (both also VMware vets) have built a way for users to easily create and share narratives on their iPhones. Karen Poole leads the visual design of the product.

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Google Sets Example By Trying To Offset Perils Of SF Gentrification


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San Francisco’s gentrification problem isn’t all tech’s fault, but the industry should still be helping communities impacted by the influx money and people its brought to the city. Today’s donation by Google is a great example of looking out for one’s neighbors. It’s given $6.8 million to fund two years of the Free MUNI For Low-Income Youth program that gives kids free bus passes. Read More

Mt. Gox files for bankruptcy protection: 90 Seconds on The Verge


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Wake up. Find a tree. Punch it. Pick up wood blocks. Make wood planks. Craft. Make crafting bench. Craft. Punch a mountain. Make sticks. Craft. Make an pickaxe. Craft. Make an axe. Craft. Make another pickaxe on accident. Craft. Make a sword. Craft. Punch a rock. Grab coal. Make torches. Craft. Make a giant woodblock tower and climb into the sky. Slip. Fall. Oops. New game.

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Google didn’t ask to buy us, says CEO of brainwave-reading startup (exclusive)


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Google didn’t ask to buy us, says CEO of brainwave-reading startup (exclusive)

Above: InteraXon’s Ariel Garten


Yesterday, we heard rumors that Google co-founder Sergey Brin approached Toronto-based InteraXon about a possible acquisition. According to the anonymous source, CEO and co-founder Ariel Garten told Brin she was not interested.

But Garten told us today that no such overture was made.

“I certainly know Sergey and have talked to him and lots of companies,” she said, “but there was no acquisition offer.”

“I don’t know where that [rumor] came from, ” Garten said, although she characterized the report as “flattering.”

A Google spokesperson has declined to comment.

“Right now,” Garten continued, “our focus is on building meaningful brainwave tools, and, if an opportunity arises to generate more meaningful applications, we’d look at that. “

The company has already raised $7.2 million, including $6 million in a first round of institutional funding led by Horizon Ventures last summer . The company also staged an Indiegogo compaign through December that bagged nearly $300,000.

“We’ve been told we could become a half-billion to a billion-dollar company,” Garten said.

InteraXon makes the Muse brainwave-tracking headband. Set for release in May at an expected price of about $300, it uses six EEG sensors to monitor electrical activity in the brain. Five brainwave types are tracked, and a user can generate repeatable changes in those brainwaves by focusing on specific tasks.

Those patterns of changes are then used to send digital signals to an app on a device. If the brainwave patterns can be repeated and then monitored accurately, a wide range of possible tasks could be brain-driven.

Garten said that the first application, called Calm, will use the technology to “help calm and settle the mind to get control over your own cognitive pressures, to shut down that little voice in your head. ” The company is currently taking pre-orders.

Is she using Calm on a regular basis?

“Sure,” she said. “How else can you run a company? “