You can now put your Twitter profile on Vine and vice versa

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Twitter today announced closer integration with Vine. If you’ve connected your Twitter and Vine accounts, you can put your Twitter account on your Vine profile and your Vine account on your Twitter profile. You can now put your Twitter username on your Vine profile and it will also show up “in other places throughout the app, like in VMs.” When someone taps your Twitter username, they’ll be taken to your Twitter account, and they can follow you there. This is more than just a simple link that confirms your Vine account is actually yours: Vine users will be able to search for your Twitter handle to find you on Vine. You can now also choose to show and link to your Vine account from your Twitter profile. When people go to your Twitter profile, they’ll see a Vine icon alongside your total loops. Tapping that link will take them
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I, for one, welcome our new surveillance robot overlords

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Knightscope founder and CEO William Santana Li is not modest in his ambitions. He estimates that crime — of all kinds — has an annual global economic impact of a trillion dollars. That’s $1 trillion lost every year due to theft, vandalism, robbery, violence, and more. He wants to cut that in half. And to do that, he’s building a fleet of surveillance robots. The Knightscope K5 is a tall (about 5.5 feet), dome-headed, wheeled robot loaded with cameras and sensors. It rolls around at a slow speed, just a few miles per hour, and as it goes it emits a sort of drone-like humming sound. The sound is deliberate, so the robot doesn’t surprise people by rolling up silently behind them, but it also gives it a somewhat eerie presence — a sensation that’s probably appropriate, given that it’s watching your every move with a sensor suite

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Microsoft Edge extensions won’t arrive until 2016

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Microsoft now says extensions for its new Edge browser, which ships with Windows 10, will not become available this year. You’ll have to keep waiting. “We’re committed to providing customers with a personalized web experience, which is why bringing extensions to Microsoft Edge continues to be a high priority,” a Microsoft spokeswoman told VentureBeat in an email today. “We’re actively working to develop a secure extension model to make the safest and most reliable browser for our customers, and look forward to sharing more in a future Windows 10 update in 2016.” Previously Microsoft said that would happen by the end of the year, according to the Verge. Extensibility in Edge should be exciting to developers, but it will be more important from a consumer standpoint. More tools will become available — I really want to use Pocket instead of Edge’s first-party Reading List, for example —
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Facebook dramatically widens the reach of its search to include all public posts

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Facebook users already had the ability to search for updates posted by their friends, but Zuck and company have now decided to extend the search function to capture all public posts. The move will dramatically increase the pool of up-to-the minute content that users can search. It may give Facebook the Twitter-like ability to show users trending discussions and events that are journalized on the platform in near real-time. Since Facebook posts are immediate and personal, the new search capability could pose a threat to products like Google Trends. Facebook says it now hosts more than 1.5 billion searches per day, and has more than 2 trillion posts stored in its servers. Two trillion. The move may touch digital marketers by increasing the number of searches Facebook members do, which could provide a fuller picture of users’ interests and intent. Developing . . .








Controversial cyber security bill advances in Senate

A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in a photo illustration in Paris April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Mal Langsdon
WASHINGTON (Patricia Zengerle) – A long-delayed bill that would make it easier for corporations to share information about cyber attacks with each other or the government without fear of lawsuits advanced in the U.S. Senate with strong support from members of both parties on Thursday. Dozens of industry and business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, back the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), saying it would help encourage companies and the government to share information that might help thwart high-profile cyber attacks. But many privacy activists and a few lawmakers, including Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, vehemently oppose it. Several big tech companies also have come out against the measure, arguing that it fails to protect users’ privacy and does too little to prevent cyber attacks. “The bill would grant legal immunity to companies who in sharing information actually violate your privacy,” Paul
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Facebook Parse now lets you easily deploy mobile apps to Heroku

Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Facebook Parse Developer Day in 2013.
The Facebook-owned Parse mobile-backend-as-a-service (MBaaS) cloud for hosting mobile apps is announcing today new tools that will make it easier for developers to run apps on the Heroku platform-as-a-service (PaaS) cloud from within Parse’s tools. The news is interesting because, for the most part, building apps with Parse has necessarily meant deploying apps to Parse, which runs on top of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud. Now Parse is becoming more open when it comes to where people run apps. “We’ve created a smooth experience for you to run code on either Heroku or the Parse Cloud, and we’re excited about the opportunities this combination has to offer,” Parse engineer Pavan Athivarapu wrote in a blog post on the news. The integration into Parse’s command line interface is a result of a partnership with Salesforce, which Heroku bought in 2010, Athivarapu wrote. Just like Parse, Heroku runs on top
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Funding Daily: Today’s tech funding news, in one place

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Here’s a list of today’s tech funding stories, updated as the day unfolds. Tip us here if you have a deal to share.

Former Google exec raises $28M to start shipping his smart payment terminals

Last year, Osama Bedier introduced what he deemed the future of payment terminals: a developer-friendly payment point of sale that accepts everything from Apple Pay to Samsung Pay, Android Pay, and chip-based credit cards. In order to deliver on the promise of the new payment terminal, Poynt needs to ramp up manufacturing. Today, the company is announcing a series B round of $28 million to help it build and ship terminals before the year is out. Growth equity fund Oak HC/FT led the round. Stanford-StartX Fund, Matrix Partners, Webb Investment Network, and Nyca Partners also contributed. Read more

Startupy fashion company Betabrand raises $15M

San Francisco-based fashion label Betabrand, the startup that brings to you theDress Pant
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My daughter took on Dash and Dot, the kid-friendly robots that teach programming

No, that's not my daughter. It's a lifestyle shot.
Before my daughter got to test out Dash and Dot, our dogs were already getting to know them. I’d gotten the two kid-friendly robots — Dash, who sits up high on three wheels, and Dot, his more static little partner — up and running less than 10 minutes after opening the box. That included installing five different apps from the Apple App Store and giving them both a quick update over their Bluetooth Smart connections. I guess they brought the kid out of my because, a couple of minutes in, I was running Dash around the living room floor, making him bark at the dogs. They were both kind of puzzled that this little blue thing — most definitely not a dog — had a mind, and a voice, of its own. But neither Dash or his little partner, Dot, are sentient. You have to teach them to interact
Dash and Dot are compatible with construction toys like Lego.
Updating the robots is quick and painless -- they're pretty much ready out of the box.
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Righteous ROI: How do you know marketing automation is paying off?

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How do marketers know if their marketing automation investment is paying off? It’s a good question, with a quantifiable answer: you’ll be able to show them the money. At its core, marketing automation is about attracting, acquiring, and growing customers. But unlike other awareness-generating aspects of brand development, nurturing is a funnel-driven process of education with a purpose. As a framework, envision ROI as being built on a trio of pillars:
  1. New revenue
  2. Reactivated revenue
  3. Expansion and retention revenue

New revenue ROI

A new revenue scenario applies equally to both B2B and B2C companies. Here’s a way to look at measuring the financial impact of your automated marketing efforts. Let’s say a SaaS business typically gets 1,000 leads a month. If they currently convert 10 percent of these leads into paid accounts, that’s 100 new customers per month. Through
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Runkeeper finally lets you leave your iPhone at home thanks to its latest Apple Watch update

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Popular GPS fitness-tracking company Runkeeper has launched an all-new Apple Watch app, “rebuilt from the ground up,” says founder and CEO Jason Jacobs. As with other fitness tracking apps, Runkeeper has been available for Apple Watch for months already, but with its latest incarnation, it’s inviting users to leave their iPhones at home. This would seem a rather counterintuitive thing to do, given that Runkeeper has always been about its GPS functionality and, well, the Apple Watch doesn’t have GPS. But the company is adamant its 40-million strong army of users won’t be disappointed. If you do leave your iPhone at home, you’ll be able to see your heart-rate, time, distance and average pace — all in real-time, on your wrist. Moreover, you’ll also be able to select your activity-type from your wrist and see a recap of your run’s stats at the end. Jacobs also tells VentureBeat that Runkeeper
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Chrome 47 beta brings cooperative multitasking, flexible desktop notifications, and splash screens on Android

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More than a week after releasing the stable version of Chrome 46, Google released Chrome 47 beta for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The company detailed the new features, which include support for cooperative multitasking, flexible desktop notifications, the usual security fixes, and splash screens for sites added to the Android home screen. Chrome is arguably more than a browser: With over 1 billion users, it’s a major platform that Web developers have to consider. In fact, with regular additions and changes, developers have to keep up to ensure they are taking advantage of everything available. Chrome 47 will include many new features worth looking over, especially if you’re a developer. First up, developers can now explicitly set work to run during idle time using requestIdleCallback(). Functions registered with requestIdleCallback() are given a deadline and can return before that limit is reached, registering for another requestIdleCallback() to continue
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Instagram launches Boomerang, an app that creates crazy looping 1-second videos

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Instagram has launched yet another standalone mobile app called Boomerang, which lets you “turn everyday moments into something fun and unexpected.” Available for Android (not yet live) and iOS, Boomerang lets you click once to capture a rapid-fire series of 10 photos, which it then stitches into a 1 second-long GIF-like moving video that loops over and over. The app is about as minimalist as you can get — a single button which you tap, and then you can share the outcome to Facebook (which owns Instagram), Instagram itself, or your camera roll.
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While the Instagram app itself already offers video, it’s clear the company doesn’t want to bloat out the main app with too many add-on features. This seems like a quirky enough tool to just about merit its own brand. Boomerang is the latest in a number of separate apps Instagram has launched. On
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How Lionsgate is trying to break the movie-game curse

Peter Levin of Lionsgate and Ian Sherr of Cnet at GamesBeat 2015.
Since Peter Levin joined movie studio Lionsgate last year as head of interactive ventures and games, he has been a heavy dealmaker. Levin has commissioned movie-themed games, created a multi-company deal to fashion a virtual reality game from Keanu Reeves’ John Wick film, and he even invested on his own in an esports professional gaming team. Levin spoke with Ian Sherr, executive editor of Cnet, at our GamesBeat 2015 conference last week. Here’s an edited transcript of our conversation.
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Above: Keanu Reeves as John Wick.

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GamesBeat: What’s interesting to me is that the movie industry has this weird sinusoidal pattern. They invest heavily in games, then stop investing, then invest again. They’ll do licensed games or do their own. Talk to us about where we are in that pattern. Can this be done well? Can a movie company make good video games? Peter Levin: A resounding yes
Peter Levin wants to make VR games based on movies.
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The Internet Archive is rebuilding the Wayback Machine to make the web’s history easier to search

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The Internet Archive has been documenting the Web’s evolution since the dawdling days of dial-up. Or 1996, to be exact. Anyone wishing to return to the Apple homepage of 1998, or the New York Times of the early 2000s, simply plug their desired URL into the Wayback Machine, and it takes care of the rest. The Internet Archive crawls the Web taking snapshots at intermittent periods, serving as a public record of how the internet is changing. At the time of writing, it has snapped almost 440 billion “captures,” covering Web pages, video, and images. But the online world has changed greatly the past 19 years and, as such, the Internet Archive is evolving too.
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Above: Apple Homepage: May, 1998

The San Francisco-based not-for-profit has received a grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF), to help rebuild the Wayback Machine for the modern era —
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NASDAQ acquires SecondMarket to expand its reach into private company trading

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NASDAQ Inc, the company that owns and operates the NASDAQ stock market and eight stock exchanges across Europe, has acquired SecondMarket, a marketplace for buying and selling private company stock. This is a notable move by NASDAQ, given that it is one of the world’s best-known brands for publicly traded stock. But in March last year, it launched a pre-IPO arm called NASDAQ Private Market to help private companies raise capital and manage secondary transactions. By acquiring SecondMarket, NASDAQ is extending its reach into the private realm. SecondMarket, which was founded out of New York in 2004, will join NASDAQ’s Private Market arm, and CEO Bill Siegel will now lead the NASDAQ Private Market division. “It has been a long and impressive journey for the SecondMarket private company team to reach this milestone,” said Siegel. “We are confident that our combined expertise and the existing infrastructure at NASDAQ Private
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Zentri, a Fast Growing Start-Up Delivering Secure Connected Product Experiences for the Internet of Things, Announces a Unified New Brand

Zentri, a Fast Growing Start-Up Delivering Secure Connected Product Experiences for the Internet of Things, Announces a Unified New Brand
Building on the tremendous traction of ACKme Networks and Sensors.com, Zentri symbolizes the essential integration of secure hardware, software and services to help product companies launch connected experiences in a matter of weeks! LOS GATOS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–October 22, 2015–

Zentri builds on ACKme Networks’ embedded product software excellence and Sensors.com’s cloud management services to create a single platform stack to help product companies build securely connected products for the IoT market. Zentri already powers over 650 customers’ products in a wide range of product verticals. Whether it is an industrial lighting system, energy management system or a home automation product, connecting the product securely to the cloud and providing a mobile first experience to control the product is at the center of Zentri’s platform design.

Zentri’s Silicon-to-Cloud Secure Connected Product Platform has three core components that work in concert to deliver a delightful connected experience:

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Shyp removes shipping addresses, adds tracking tags for recipients in refresh

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Shyp has released two new product updates that are aimed at streamlining the delivery process. Starting today, customers can send items to people using only their name, not mailing address (sort of), and also now has a “track this item” capability available for package recipients. In conjunction with the introduction of these two features, Shyp has also undergone a bit of a change, refreshing its entire experience and launching an updated logo. “Shyp brings a fresh perspective to a massive shipping industry in which the customer experience has remained largely unimproved decades,” wrote Shyp’s Vice President of Marketing Lauren Sherman in a blog post. “We’re focused on replacing customer dread with customer delight.” If you’re frequently sending packages to friends, one of the things that has been eliminated is the need to repeatedly enter in the recipient’s mailing address. Now it can be referenced by username, so if I
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Amazon expands Prime Now 1-hour deliveries to San Francisco Bay Area and San Antonio

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Amazon’s continuing the rollout of its one-hour Prime Now delivery service today, with the news that it’s launching in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prime Now is available from 8am to midnight, seven days a week, to those who subscribe to Amazon’s annual $99 Prime membership, which also offers other perks such as a Netflix-style on-demand video service and music-streaming. To use the service, you must download the Prime Now app for Android and iOS. The one-hour delivery isn’t free, however, and it will cost $8 per-order for a 60-minute time-slot — but if you’re happy to wait up to two hours, this is free for Prime members. The service first launched in New York last December, and has been expanding into new markets ever since — it’s now available in 17 metropolitan areas globally, with San Antonio also launching today. London became its first non-U.S. city back in
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Amazon expands Prime Now 1-hour deliveries to San Francisco Bay Area and San Antonio

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Amazon’s continuing the rollout of its one-hour Prime Now delivery service today, with the news that it’s launching in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prime Now is available from 8am to midnight, seven days a week, to those who subscribe to Amazon’s annual $99 Prime membership, which also offers other perks such as a Netflix-style on-demand video service and music-streaming. To use the service, you must download the Prime Now app for Android and iOS. The one-hour delivery isn’t free, however, and it will cost $8 per-order for a 60-minute time-slot — but if you’re happy to wait up to two hours, this is free for Prime members. The service first launched in New York last December, and has been expanding into new markets ever since — it’s now available in 17 metropolitan areas globally, with San Antonio also launching today. London became its first non-U.S. city back in
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Former Google exec raises $28M to start shipping his smart payment terminals

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Last year, Osama Bedier introduced what he deemed the future of payment terminals: a developer friendly payment point of sale that accepts everything from Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Android Pay, to chip based credit cards. In order to deliver on the promise of the new payment terminal, Poynt needs to ramp up manufacturing. Today, the company is announcing a series B round of $28 million to help it build and ship terminals before the year is out. Growth equity fund Oak HC/FT led the round. Stanford-StartX Fund, Matrix Partners, Webb Investment Network, and Nyca Ventures also contributed. Initially, Bedier says he plans on shipping “tens of thousands” of units. Considering Bedier’s many years working on Google Wallet and leading product development at PayPal, it’s no surprise that his latest innovation is very forward-thinking. The Poynt payment terminal is an evolution of the tablet-as-point of sale trend. It features two touch screens, one for the merchant and another one facing the
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