Foursquare says your check-ins will now save kittens


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Foursquare said on Wednesday that it’s teaming up with Alley Cat Rescue for the next two weeks to save stray cats — by making a donation each time a user checks-in to a location on Swarm, though it didn’t specify how much it would donate for each check-in.

For those not super familiar with it, the Swarm app “lets users earn prizes and compete with friends based on the places you go.” And there’s a fun prize involved in the campaign, too. Up for grabs is a limited edition Grumpy Cat sticker that can be unlocked until October 15.

“To help us save as many kittens as possible, we’ve partnered with everyone’s favorite cat celebrity, Grumpy Cat,” Foursquare said. “Turn that frown upside down by unlocking our limited edition Grumpy Cat sticker. Show off your support and spread the word by sharing your check-ins to Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag

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LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition is the first Android Wear smartwatch with LTE


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We already took a look at LG’s revamped Watch Urbane with LTE earlier this year in February and March (hands-on here), the world’s first Android Wear smartwatch with cellular connectivity — meaning it doesn’t have to be tethered to a smartphone to get online. That’s a big deal for evolving the device category to a point where they can truly be useful in their own right. It’s also compatible with iOS, so iPhone owners take note.

LG says the new Watch Urbane “delivers the highest resolution display of any smartwatch currently on the market today.” Its 1.38-inch full circle P-OLED display packs 348 ppi, and it’s been designed with a classic look in mind. LG hopes that its big battery and power-saving mode will see it last right through the day, but we haven’t had a chance to test that yet.

“Three buttons adorn the right side of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition to

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LG’s new V10 phablet has two screens and two front cameras


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LG is claiming a few firsts with its latest smartphone, the V10, which it took the wraps off late Wednesday and is the first in its new V Series. There is clearly a new focus on premium materials here — LG says the stainless steel Android device comes with a durable silicone skin, but it also mentions social media (and multimedia in general) as being a top priority.

The company is well aware that as users spend more time consuming and creating content for social media networks like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and others, it makes sense to put out a device that excels in catering to those needs. Ultimately tests will tell when the V10 ships, but LG also says the steel and silicon build means it performs better than most smartphones on the market when put to the old drop tests. No release date has been announced for now, though it’s

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Happn Attracts $14 Million For Its Dating App Powered By Real Life Interactions


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xIsiRLngSRWN02yA2BbK_submission-photo-7 French dating app Happn just raised a $14 million Series B round from Idinvest with participation from Alven Capital, DN Capital, Raine Ventures and business angels, such as Fabrice Grinda, David Wolfson and Gil Penchina. Previously, the company had raised an $8 million Series A round. Read More

Online Lender SoFi Seems To Push Back IPO Plans, Raising $1 Billion


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Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 6.36.13 PM Back in May, Mike Cagney, the CEO of online lender Social Finance, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that his company was “profitable and as any private company we want to be opportunistic about when we go public,” adding that, “realistically in the next 12 months, it will happen.”
That plan might have just changed. This morning, SoFi, as the company is… Read More

Google is about to change your default avatar image


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Say goodbye to those anonymous-looking blue circles.


Google today announced that it will begin changing up the default avatar for Google Account holders who have signed up for Google+.

The anonymous-looking blue circle with a little darker blue head and body that has sat in the top right corner of Gmail, Google search, Google calendar, and Google Drive for those who have never customized their avatars will be replaced by a colored circle and, most likely, a first or last initial.

The new look for the default avatar for Google Accounts.

Above: The new look for the default avatar for Google Accounts.

“In some cases where initials are not available, a color alone will be used,” Google said in a blog post on the news.

The change will start rolling out this week, Google said.

This is yet another vestige of Google+ that is being rinsed away as the company evolves. Other Google+ relics that have been removed in recent months include Google+ account links in Gmail

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How To Keep IoT Hunters And Poachers Out Of Your Food And Farms


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farmhouse A drone equipped to “sniff” Zigbee flew over an Austin neighborhood in early August and found almost 1,600 devices. It’s a sign of how ubiquitous these technologies have become, and how we use them every day — despite their vulnerabilities. As we connect more devices to our lives, I can’t help but wonder, can hackers hurt, hunt or poach our local food… Read More

Knomi App Uses iBeacons And Push To Drive Footfall To Fashion Boutiques


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Knomi Spare a thought for high end fashion boutiques. The rarefied aura of prestige and privilege they spend so long cultivating to reflect the premium brands they stock means they can’t use something as crudely effective as discounts to lure customers in store. So how do they acquire new customers? Read More

Australia’s Biggest Tech VC Firm On What’s Happening Right Now


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blackbird-8559 Earlier this month, a three-year-old venture firm that’s focused on Australian entrepreneurs, Blackbird Ventures, raised an impressive $200 million for its second fund. That’s nearly seven times the $30 million it raised for its debut fund. It also makes Blackbird the biggest tech-focused venture firm in Australia, even while its biggest bets, including the graphic design… Read More

Culture Clash: Coding, Software And Writing For Humans


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codecode There’s a lot of bad code out there. And it’s causing major problems for companies that are looking to build a more mobile-centric, transformational architecture. Specifically, bad code causes projects to take more time, more money and more resources (aka Software Crisis) — which is repeated over and over and over unless a company revisits and updates the long-standing… Read More

Palo Alto Networks And Preserving Culture From 15 People to $15B


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security Companies experiencing hyper growth also have a unique challenge: Maintaining the culture and energy that made them so disruptive in the first place. “One of the things that small companies excel at is innovation— having a culture of innovation. But what they don’t think about later is, when you get big, how do you keep that?” notes Palo Alto Networks CEO and Chairman… Read More

Asana Debuts New Version Of Its Collab Software, Claims 140K Companies Use Its Service


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justin-rosenstein-asana This morning at Asana’s San Francisco headquarters, the startup announced a new version of its product, a new brand — logo — and, happily, some metrics about its growth. As you will recall, the startup picked up a new Head of Business from Google on Monday, announcing at the same time that it has expanded its revenue by 230 percent over the past year. Growth Asana announced… Read More

io9 Why The Nazis Believed They Could Win the Battle of Britain | Jalopnik Meet The Repair Shop With


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The eJaculator Is A VR-Based Pleasure Machine For The Lads


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Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 5.28.01 PM If your girlfriend is in a coma or, at the very least, indisposed, I think we have something you might like. It’s called the eJaculator VR and it consists of a thinger that goes on your whozit and a VR mask that allows you to watch someone, somewhere in 3D and then find pleasure using the rubber thinger with some motors in it.
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As Automation in Technical Recruiting Gathers Speed, Lytmus Raises $7.2M From NEA, Accel


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lytmus As tech companies compete more ferociously for hires across Silicon Valley, a layer of third-party technical recruiting companies is emerging to help startups quickly sift through qualified candidates without spending lots of time on interviewing. One of them, Lytmus, has been in the works for more than two years and has raised $7.2 million from NEA and Accel. It was co-founded by Abhay… Read More