Samsung Announces Galaxy Unpacked Event, Teaser Suggests Focus On Gear VR And New S7 Line


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Screen Shot 2016-01-31 at 11.44.24 PM Samsung is ready to show off some new Galaxy phones again, and it’s also becoming overwhelmingly clear that the company believes virtual reality is a key to its future mobile strategy. Samsung just sent out invitations and released a teaser video for the company’s Galaxy Unpacked 2016 event where it is expected to unveil its new Galaxy S7 devices. The teaser definitely places… Read More

European VC Creandum Closes New €180M Early-Stage Fund


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Creandum I can barely keep up with the amount of new venture capital sloshing around Europe, as new funds are closed. And, if my sources are correct, we aren’t done yet. The latest to close a new fund is Stockholm and Palo Alto-based Creandum. ‘Creandum IV’ is a €180 million early-stage fund, and will be primarily targeting seed and Series A investments, but also follow-on rounds,… Read More

Online Censorship Rears Its Ugly Head In Southeast Asia


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southeast asia map With a growing middle class rising up across its population of more than 600 million people, Southeast Asia is truly a growth market. Added to that, the influx of mobile devices bringing Internet to hundreds of millions of people for the first — and putting it right in their pocket, no less — makes it a particularly exciting place for technology, which has the potential to be… Read More

Nokia boosts revenue with Samsung patent resolution


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HELSINKI (By Jussi Rosendahl for Reuters) — Finland’s Nokia on Monday settled its patent dispute with South Korea’s Samsung, saying the arbitration verdict would boost its patent sales by hundreds of millions of euros.

Nokia said the settlement would lift sales at its patent unit Nokia Technologies to around 1.02 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in 2015, include catch-up revenue from the past two years, from 578 million euros in 2014.

The annualized net sales run-rate for the patent unit is now about 800 million euros, Nokia added.

Nokia entered into a binding arbitration with Samsung in 2013 to settle additional compensations for Nokia’s phone patents for a five-year period starting from early 2014.

“The use of independent arbitration to resolve differences in patent cases is a recognized best practice, and we welcome the additional compensation payable to Nokia under the extended agreement,” said Ramzi Haidamus, the head of

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Microsoft’s Project Natick brings data centers underwater


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Microsoft's Project Natick underwater data center capsule.


Microsoft today unveiled Project Natick, a fascinating research initiative that could bring cloud computing infrastructure closer to big cities near large bodies of water — by putting data centers underwater.

Microsoft isn’t running any Web services, like Office 365, through data center infrastructure inside of these capsules. But Microsoft did build one (named Leona Philpot, after the “Halo” character) and set it 30 feet underwater off of the California coast for four months in 2015. The capsules could have their computing hardware replaced every five years, but eventually they could well be kept underwater, without people onsite, for 20 years or more. And they could be powered by renewable energy, too.

“Project Natick reflects Microsoft’s ongoing quest for cloud datacenter solutions that offer rapid provisioning, lower costs, high responsiveness, and are more environmentally sustainable,” Microsoft explains on the website for the project.

It’s an unusual and forward-looking way for

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Take It To’s blogging platform helps creative professionals showcase and share their work


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Take It To today launched a content management system aimed specifically at creative professionals. You might think of it as having a style similar to Medium, aesthetics like Tumblr or Pinterest, but there’s more to this than meets the eye. It’s billed as a way to give artists, designers, photographers, models, and others more control over how and to whom their content is shared with. Take It To is looking to expose its blogging platform to this audience in a way similar to how Vimeo is viewed.

Marcus Mam, a fashion and celebrity photographer and Take It To cofounder, said that his platform was “developed by creative professionals, for creative professionals.” “We set out to create a platform where content can benefit from the synergy that a social media platform can provide, while at the same time addressing the limitations of the linear feed model that all of the current social

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Samsung confirms Galaxy S7 event for February 21


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It’s been a crazy Samsung weekend. In less than 48 hours, we learned how the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will look like, and when the two phones from the world’s biggest smartphone maker will be announced: February 21.

Here’s a quick recap in case you crawled under a rock for the last few days.

It all started on Friday when infamous leaker Evan Blass unveiled the first press shots of the two devices. He published one (included above) by updating the feature image for VentureBeat’s article titled “ Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will feature microSD, water resistance, and larger batteries” — that’s his piece from earlier this month detailing the devices. The other one he published on Twitter:

Notice the date in the above picture. Sunday, February 21. What’s the closest year that

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Uber riders from China can now use Alipay to pay for trips in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau


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Uber has formed a partnership with the Ant Financial Services Group that will make it easier for China-based riders to pay for rides in other regions. Ahead of the Chinese New Year, the company permits riders from mainland China to use their Alipay accounts when using the service in other regions, starting with Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau. The payments will be made in RMB currency and will be extended to other parts of the world later this year.

Alipay had been supported by Uber since 2014, but only for those rides within mainland China. If you traveled to Hong Kong, you would have to connect a dual-currency credit card with your account and be billed in U.S. dollars. Now this simplifies the payment process and is likely a move to encourage more riders to consider using Uber.

More than 125 million outbound trips were made by people from

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Marketing In The Fast Lane With Self-Driving Cars


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autocar From George Orwell predicting the overwhelming reach of television in 1984 to the video phone calls in Back to the Future, it seems that technology often imitates pop culture. Nowhere could that be truer than with the new developments in self-driving vehicles. These self-driving vehicles won’t just change the way we look at transportation. They will shift people’s behavior in a… Read More

SpaceX And Russia Change The Rules Of The Military Launch Market


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Atlas V It’s been a tough week for United Launch Alliance (ULA). A hearing last Wednesday brought news of a potential ban on Russian made RD-180 engines which ULA requires for their Atlas V rocket. To make matters worse, the U.S. Air Force is also considering ending an $800 million-per-year contract with the company. This bad news actually works in favor for SpaceX, who is now certified to… Read More

Africa’s Tech Gold Rush


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kigali Africa is on the verge of something big. This seems to be a quiet, cautious consensus in some investment communities. The past year has been peppered with stories of tech startup hubs emerging across the continent, from Lagos to Kigali to Agadir. The model of American tech entrepreneurship looks to be slowly sparking a renaissance in the Silicon Sahara. Read More

Gett Adds £6 Couriers To Its On-Demand Cab Service In London


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e0kYE2fvx_d8o5190nZGzsPr9K8DJ7PIWRw18rz25N4hFAuc6hz2ldJ2DdD4rjy71aUHP7o6DT9kXB-vUIDQJ8lVNig=s2048 As Uber continues to raise ever more funding to drive its on-demand transportation app into more categories and countries, one of its smaller, regional cab-hailing rivals is quietly expanding into its own adjacent services: Gett, a startup with service in 50 cities globally whose app can be used to hail black cabs in London, is today adding a courier service, starting in the UK capital. For… Read More

The League’s Amanda Bradford Is Not Impressed By Stanford Student’s Criticism


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Stanford_Arches2.tif Well, that’s one way to respond when someone doesn’t like your startup. After a Stanford student spotted an internship opening at The League, they declared that they were “totally and utterly ashamed that this dating service came out of Stanford,” and asked, “Is it possible to get any more elitist than this? Does it even cross your mind that you are endorsing… Read More

Don’t Mortgage Your Startup


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house-stack The last 5-10 years have been an extraordinary time for early stage tech founders to raise money. But easy access to capital has ingrained some bad habits among founders. There has always been the risk of over-funding your company or not being able to find a funder for your next round, but now it’s far more common to see founders blithely accepting deal terms that could kill their… Read More

UberPUPPY Is Exactly What You Think It Is


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shutterstock_180987521 Oh my god. Uber has finally done it. They’ve made my dreams come true.
Uber wants you to “paws whatever you’re doing,” because in honor of this week’s Puppy Bowl, the company is teaming up with Animal Planet, the SF SPCA, Peninsula Humane Society, and Berkeley Humane Society to deliver on-demand puppies to your house to hang out with you for a bit.
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Israel’s Gingee unveils Curve cross-platform tool for app metrics


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Gingee's Curve delivers cross-platform app metrics.


Israeli startup Gingee is launching its Curve cross-platform app metrics tools today to give app marketers and developers a single dashboard to review metrics from multiple mobile platforms. The tools are aimed at reducing development and marketing complexity for those hoping to reach wider audiences with their apps.

Curve helps app makers and marketers deal with issues such as why a user experience is working well across all platforms and functions. By solving these problems, growth hackers, marketers, and user-experience staff can get answers about time spent in an app, return visits, crashes, loading times, and more.

Gingee says that Curve is different from competing solutions because it focuses app performance metrics including user behavior, crash analysis and monetization across all the operating systems – in real-time. It goes beyond ‘What’ is wrong by explaining ‘Why’ the application isn’t achieving the desired result. It’s this functionality, which enables meeting

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