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Amazon Rewards Visa Card Will Support Apple Pay In The Future

10/22/14 11:16 am

 Amazon has confirmed to TechCrunch that its Rewards Visa Card will indeed support Apple Pay, and that the company is working on making this happen. The Rewards Visa Card is powered by Chase, which is already one of the payments companies working with Apple on Apple Pay at launch. While Amazon has confirmed that it is working to bring Apple Pay to its credit card, there is no specific timeframe… Read More

Glamsquad Raises $7 Million For On-Demand Hair Styling And Beauty Services

10/22/14 11:05 am

 New York-based Glamsquad, an on-demand beauty business now headed by Gilt Groupe co-founder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson who joined earlier this year as co-founder and CEO, has now raised $7 million in Series A funding in a round led by SoftBank Capital. The company launched in January of this year in New York, and is now one of several services that bring professional hair stylists and makeup… Read More

U.K. Government Keeping An Open Mind On Bitcoin, Says Digital Economy Minister

10/22/14 11:00 am

 Ed Vaizey, the U.K.’s minister for the Digital Economy, has said the government is keeping an open mind about digital currencies as it continues a review of Bitcoin and its ilk which kicked off this summer. Read More

Fitness Tracker Moov Raises $3 Million For Its Wearable A.I. Coach

10/22/14 10:54 am

 The crowdfunded fitness tracker Moov, built by former Apple engineer and HALO game designer Nikola Hu, Microsoft Research vets Meng Li (now Moov CEO) and Tony Yuan, has raised $3 million in new funding in a Series A round led by Banyan Capital. The additional capital follows Moov’s earlier raise of $1 million via a crowdfunding page on its own website. There was early buzz around… Read More

Pandora Now Offers Audience Data To Musicians

10/22/14 9:23 am

 Pandora just announced something called the Artist Marketing Platform, offering a variety of listener data to everyone whose music is played on the Internet radio service. In the release announcing the AMP, Pandora says the platform will offer data about each song (including the total number of plays and the number of thumbs up), as well as the number of fans who have created a station for… Read More

Xiaomi Is Moving International Users’ Data Out Of China Ahead Of Further Global Expansions

10/22/14 8:25 am

 The past year has been an eventful one for Chinese phone-maker Xiaomi. The company’s devices are now sold in seven countries in Asia, that’s a big step up from Xiaomi’s inception — when it retailed in China only — and, with big plans to be global, the company is finally migrating international user data to servers outside of China, as International VP Hugo… Read More

Zoho’s Latest Service Targets Subscription Economy

10/22/14 8:15 am has been delivering online applications since 2005. That’s long before most of us were calling it the cloud, and today it has over 30 applications, most of which to this point have been aimed at the front office with applications such as an office suite, email, CRM and project management. But wants to begin focusing on the back office more –and today… Read More

BackerClub Wants To Put Your Crowdfunding Campaign In Front Of Kickstarter Power Backers

10/22/14 8:08 am

 A new venture is hoping to ride the coattails of the Kickerstarter ecosystem by offering a way to get your crowdfunding campaign in front of a community of Kickstarter power backers — for a fee. Read More

Spot.IM Turns Any Site Into A Social Network

10/22/14 8:00 am

 Facebook and Twitter are essential tools for social marketing, but user engagement on those networks doesn’t necessarily translate into more visitors to a site. Created by the founder of a former TechCrunch Disrupt winner, Spot.IM wants to solve that problem by making it possible to turn any site into a social network with two lines of code. The company says that this gives site owners… Read More

Groupon Goes After Yelp And Google With Millions Of Individual Business Pages

10/22/14 7:45 am

 Groupon today took one more step ahead in its bid to be a simple daily deals site, and more of a general go-to place for local businesses and all of their e-commerce efforts: it has launched a new format and online presence called Pages. This is an online directory that will give businesses their own home page on Groupon’s site, where offers, news, user reviews and other information… Read More

Uber’s Larger Vehicle Service — UberXL — Hits The Road In London And Manchester

10/22/14 7:27 am

 Uber is beefing up its presence in the UK, quite literally, today, after it introduced UberXL — its large-seater car service — in London and Manchester. The service allows Uber customers to summon cars with up to six seats in London, while those in Manchester can order cars that hold up to eight people. Read More

Travel Search Company Skyscanner Acquires Budapest-Based Mobile App Developer Distinction

10/22/14 7:17 am

 Skyscanner, the travel search company headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland (and a veteran of the space), is consolidating its mobile strategy today with the acquisition of Budapest-based app developer Distinction. Read More

Bango Inks Global Samsung Deal To Power Carrier Billing In Galaxy Apps Store

10/22/14 7:10 am

 One more deal in the bag for Bango, the UK-based startup that enables carrier billing services for mobile users: it has signed an agreement with Samsung for the handset giant to preload its services on to all Samsung devices running the Samsung Galaxy Apps store — letting consumers charge games, e-books, music and videos directly to their mobile phone bills or deduct them from their… Read More

Apple CEO Tim Cook Meets With China’s Vice Premier Following iCloud Security Attack

10/22/14 7:07 am

 Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai on Wednesday, and on the agenda was discussing the protection of user information. The meeting took place in Zhongnanhai in central Beijing, which is the central seat of power for the ruling Communist Party of China. Xinhua, China’s official news authority, reported the meeting in brief, saying it was also a forum for Cook and Ma Kai… Read More

Carmel Ventures Raises $194M From Investors Including Baidu

10/22/14 7:00 am

 Israeli venture capital firm Carmel Ventures has closed its latest investment fund worth $194 million. Called Carmel Ventures IV, the fund’s investors include several major Chinese companies, including Baidu (the maker of China’s biggest search engine), mobile services provider Qihoo, and financial conglomerate Ping-An. Other investors include Horsley Bridge Partners. Read More

Retail Software Startup LightSpeed Now Caters For Restaurants After Buying Belgian Startup POSIOS

10/22/14 6:30 am

 LightSpeed, a Montreal-based startup that provides point-of-sale software for retailers, is expanding into the restaurant and hospitality industry. The company, which last month bagged a $35 million investment round led by iNovia Capital, helps brick-and-mortar retailers increase their sales and improve customer experiences online, has also announced the acquisition of Belgian startup POSIOS. Read More

Adaptive Math Learning Platform KnowRe Raises $6.8M

10/22/14 6:30 am

 KnowRe, an online math learning site for secondary students, has raised a new round of $6.8 million. The funding was led by returning investor SoftBank Ventures Korea, with participation from KTB Ventures, Partners Fund, and SparkLabs Global Ventures. Read More

Japan’s Rakuten Ramps Up Globally, Lauches And Drops

10/22/14 4:28 am

 Rakuten, Japan’s e-commerce powerhouse, is taking another step in its ambitions to be a global player on par with the likes of Amazon and Alibaba. Today, the company is launching, its first own-brand online marketplace in the UK, where it will bring together goods sold directly by itself as well as third-party retailers; its Kobo e-books store; and its Wuaki video… Read More

Indonesian Marketplace Tokopedia Raises $100M From SoftBank and Sequoia

10/22/14 3:27 am

 Tokopedia, an online marketplace in Indonesia, has raised an impressive $100 million round led by SoftBank Internet and Media (SIMI), with participation from Sequoia Capital and returning investor SB Pan Asia Fund. Read More

Saving Yahoo may be a long shot, but it’s still worth trying

10/21/14 8:59 pm

Forget that Google’s revenue is growing by 20 percent a year. Or that Facebook’s revenue is growing by 55 percent a year, with the bulk of that coming from mobile ads. Yahoo managed for once to eke out 1 percent revenue growth , and that is actually something for the company to celebrate. As good financial news goes in the Internet sector, this was thin gruel. But it was just nourishing enough to allow Marissa Mayer to make the case that she had to make on this earnings call: Y...

iPad Air 2 Review: The Best Tablet Available, Now More Portable And Powerful

10/21/14 8:01 pm

 Apple’s latest iPad update includes a redesigned iPad Air, just one year after the device was first introduced. Typically, Apple keeps the outside case design on mobile gadgets around for two years before switching things up, so the new slimmer Air is a remarkable feat in terms of hardware engineering. The new iPad also now comes in a gold color option, and packs a better camera and… Read More

Looking to handicap Apple Pay’s chances at success? Look elsewhere around the globe

10/21/14 4:00 pm

Apple Pay officially launched today ushering the US squarely into the early 2000s when it comes to contactless mobile payments. I say this not to suggest that Apple Pay isn’t an innovative and potentially-transformative service –  it is – but, rather, to illustrate that much of the rest of the world has been paying for goods and services using their phones for years now. Case in point, while living in Seoul South Korea in 2005 and 2006, something very similar to Apple Pay w...

Yahoo Now Makes More Money From Search Ads Than Banners

10/21/14 4:00 pm

After six straight quarters of overall revenue declines, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer may have finally turned around Yahoo's business -- thanks to search advertising, not display. Yahoo reported on Tuesday that its overall revenue grew by 1% to $1.15 billion in the third quarter to beat analysts' estimates. That marks the first time Yahoo's overall quarterly revenue increased over the previous year's mark since the fourth quarter of 2012. And for the first time Yahoo (somewhat) reported ...

Oracle latest to be sued for Techtopus wage-fixing, following Pando’s reporting on its involvement

10/21/14 3:30 pm

An antitrust lawsuit was filed last week  against Oracle and Google. This makes the third such antitrust lawsuit to grow out of the Techtopus  Silicon Valley wage-fixing sandal . Unlike most of the secret non-solicitation agreements being litigated, this one involving Google, Oracle and Sun was limited to non-recruitment of management level and above. The plaintiffs representing the class suit (embedded below) are Hogue Belong, who seeks to represent Oracle mana...

Uber driver who allegedly assaulted a woman confronts his accuser in a comments section

10/21/14 1:59 pm

News site comments sections are usually dominated by trolls and spambots. But over at a CBS local affiliate website in San Francisco, a dispute is playing out that involves possible criminal charges and one of the highest-valued companies in the Valley. Over the weekend, a San Francisco Uber driver allegedly pulled a woman from his vehicle and smashed her phone following a dispute over directions. The man was cited by police for battery, malicious mischief, and vanda...

16 Little Things You May Have Missed If You've Been Out Of The Tech Loop For 10 Years

10/21/14 1:43 pm

What new programming technologies should I be aware of? This question was originally answered on Quora.

Study: Liberals get news from more sources than conservatives — and neither of them trust BuzzFeed

10/21/14 12:26 pm

When it comes to news consumption, the habits of conservatives and liberals are thought to be as polarizing as the political parties that represent them in Washington. A study from 2012 found that only 27 percent of Fox News watchers identify as Democrats, while only 16 percent of MSNBC viewers identify as Republican. But what if go beyond the makeup of individual news outlet audiences to look at the broader habits within ideological groups. Fox News can’t be t...

As the BitLicense comment period ends, lawmakers and industry leaders spar over bitcoin regulations

10/21/14 11:19 am

After months of handwringing by the bitcoin community, and a steady stream of reassurances by New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) superintendent Benjamin Lawsky that New York wishes to embrace and support virtual currency businesses, the comment period for the proposed BitLicense regulations has come to a close. The process began with a set of public hearings between regulators and bitcoin industry stakeholders in January, followed by Lawsky publishing a first draft o...

Even if it disappears, the iPad isn’t going anywhere

10/21/14 9:32 am

The iPad isn’t selling as well as it used to. Apple reported yesterday that it sold 12.3 million of the devices during the last quarter; that’s down from 14.1 million units in the same quarter last year. The company actually sold more Macs than iPads last quarter — something few would have thought possible a few years ago, when many believed tablets would eventually replace traditional PCs. All kinds of things could explain the sales slump. Maybe people aren’t as fond of tabl...

Steam pulls game after developer death threat. But I thought it was only a “platform”?

10/21/14 8:00 am

Valve, the company behind the leading game distributor and platform on Windows devices, has pulled a game from its Steam marketplace after its developer tweeted a death threat to one of the company’s co-founders, Gabe Newell. Why? Because he was frustrated about the store’s inability to remove a logo claiming that the game was in public beta. The decision to pull the game is simultaneously laudable and worrisome. It’s laudable because the gaming community needs to learn th...

Whirlpool Is Awash in In-Store Display Data from Mobile Tool

10/21/14 6:00 am

Whirlpool took a risk developing an alternative to the traditional washing machine when it launched Swash in conjunction with Procter & Gamble Co. in July. And now the appliance maker is gathering and analyzing data showing how the novel fabric-care contraption is displayed in stores. It's one way Whirlpool will gauge success of its marketing and consumer education efforts around Swash. "We made a really healthy investment in in-store marketing," said Corey Moles, senior busines...

CarMax U-Turn: Returns to AutoTrader and

10/21/14 5:45 am

CarMax Inc., the largest used-car retailer in the United States, has begun posting vehicle inventory again on and after marketing vehicles without the giant online shopping sites for 16 months. CarMax's return comes as AutoNation Inc., the largest dealership group in the country, embarks on its own effort to rely less on third-party lead sites. CarMax's switch shows the power of third-party shopping sites to reach a wider swath of shoppers than even the most-...

Alibaba Is The New Amazon In Taxes (Just Ask Yahoo)

10/21/14 1:43 am

Alibaba is Making Money for Yahoo, Money for Chinese Companies in its Network and Money for Investors. But What About U.S. Taxes?

Apple Surges Ahead In Breakout Earnings

10/21/14 12:13 am

Breaking from the pack, Apple beat consensus estimates for the September quarter with 13 percent earnings growth. Apple's results stood in sharp contrast with other tech companies, IBM, Google and Netflix, who missed earnings estimates in the quarter. Some are restructuring. IBM  announced plans to shift focus to growth sectors and trim layers of the organization with layoffs. Others, like EBay and Hewlett Packard threw in the towel and announced plans for spin offs to try to...

We are PandoLIVE and talking about Whisper-gate. Call in!

10/20/14 6:55 pm

It’s week three of PandoLIVE, our totally unscripted, weekly, call-in show that thousands of people actually listen to and we actually get paid quite a lot of money to produce. (Thanks Rackspace!) This week Paul is in the middle of full on Carr-a-thon about the Guardian-Whisper scandal, including an epic and bizarre debate with Keith Rabois who was, um, going to the bathroom for seemingly half the day. The media has gotten sidetracked like a dog chasing a squirrel all day about whether...

A Luxury Hotel Finally Evolves In The Galapagos Islands. Pikaia Lodge: Great Outdoors And Great Indoors.

10/20/14 5:44 pm

The first luxury lodge in the Galapagos gives you the great outdoors and a great indoors.

No, social media is not the best way to track Ebola

10/20/14 5:38 pm

Earlier this month, the Washington Post published an interview with Graham Dodge, founder of the social media health app Sickweather . The headline read, “Could you use social media to track Ebola or Enterovirus? Sickweather thinks so.” By looking at the title, a reader might reasonably assume that Sickweather, which aggregates social media posts in a user’s area to chart the spread of diseases like the flu, thinks it can track Ebola. It fits nicely into that 21st c...

Analysts Put Apple Pay To The Test - And It Works

10/20/14 3:30 pm

Analysts at Piper Jaffray were able to pay for items at Whole Foods, McDonalds and Walgreens with Apple?s new tap-to-pay service, but pointed out it?s still limited to eight eligible banks.

YouTube, Lionsgate Create Branded Series to Promote 'Hunger Games'

10/20/14 3:00 pm

YouTube is looking to show marketers how branded entertainment is done. The online video service and its parent company Google have created a branded online video series with Lionsgate to promote the film studio's upcoming movie "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1." The five-episode branded YouTube series will star seven of the online video service's stars, including Justine Ezarik, whose iJustine channel has more than two million subscribers. Each YouTube creator will act as ...

How do you decide how much musicians should be paid when everything is free?

10/20/14 2:30 pm

“Is our work actually worth what we think it is?” That quote comes from Marc Andreessen*, speaking to  New York Magazine  about whether content producers like musicians have received a raw deal in the new digital age. It echoes an epic screed posted last week by music industry analyst Bob Lefsetz, railing against “ignorant” artists who complain about low Spotify royalties. The crux of both arguments is that a collection of twelve or so songs on a f...

On tonight’s PandoLIVE, we’ll be talking about Whisper’s privacy scandal and how screwed we all are

10/20/14 2:29 pm

Tonight at 5pm, Sarah and I will be LIVE in the studio for another episode of our PandoLIVE call-in show. Most of tonight’s show will be given over to calls and discussion on Whisper’s user privacy scandal , and the absolutely godawful response by some tech investors, execs and even “journalists.” The question: Should business concerns trump public interest journalism? The obvious answer: No. Unfortunately what’s obvious to us apparently isn’t obvious to a large part of ...

'Hunger Games' Studio Lions Gate to Offer Subscription Movie Service Online

10/20/14 2:24 pm

Lions Gate Entertainment, the studio behind "Hunger Games," will start a subscription video service with Tribeca Enterprises, becoming the latest traditional producers to put their films online. Tribeca Short List will offer Lionsgate and Tribeca movies starting in the first half of 2015 for an undisclosed subscription price, the companies said today in a statement. Lions Gate, based in Santa Monica, California, and New York-based Tribeca, known for the film festival founded by Robert...

TellSpec’s recent PR offensive only highlights just how great a scam it really was

10/20/14 12:00 pm

As Pando has covered ,  Toronto-based TellSpec panhandled on Indiegogo to the tune of almost $400,000  last October, pretending that its small handheld food scanner, that could tell you the nutritional values of your food, was production-ready. The ‘real demonstration’ in the video turned out to be for show.  And TellSpec has since admitted that  it actually couldn’t make the device . But now, a year later and already two months late in...

Big Data As Boogeyman

10/20/14 11:57 am

Welcome to the Data Driven Community, focusing on the wonders of big data, Hadoop, business intelligence, advanced analytics (even if they might not be so wonderful on occasion). We’ll be following and commenting on all the news relating to these topics, and we welcome the insights of IT professionals dealing with both the advantages and the challenges of this new data-driven world.

Caring For Relatives By Robot

10/20/14 11:47 am

Close your eyes and imagine a day when a robot can allow you to remotely communicate with, do chores for and maybe even scratch the back of a distant person. That day isn?t as far off as it seems.

IDC Predicts Marketing Software Will Be A $32.4B Market By 2018

10/20/14 11:31 am

$130B will be spent over the next five years on marketing software globally according to a recent forecast published by IDC.

So much for the Chinese government liking Apple’s new security measures

10/20/14 11:00 am

  China is allegedly executing man-in-the-middle attacks against citizens who attempt to visit Apple’s iCloud and Microsoft’s Live services, and gathering the log-in data associated with those accounts. All this  according to a report from GreatFire , a group which monitors the Chinese government’s censorship rules. Such access would allow the government to view documents saved to iCloud, locate users with the popular “Find my iPhone” tool enabled, and compromise...

Tesla Starts Model S Sales on Alibaba's Online Mall in China

10/20/14 10:04 am

Tesla Motors began taking online orders for its Model S electric car in China today, joining General Motors Co. and Volkswagen in selling vehicles through Alibaba Group Holding's online shopping mall. Buyers can place a 50,000-yuan ($8,200) deposit for the electric car through Alibaba's, according to Tesla China spokeswoman Peggy Yang. "Tmall offers us an opportunity to reach out to general customers," she said by telephone. Tesla, led by billionaire Elon Musk, began del...

Thanks to the DEA, Facebook’s controversial real-name policy might actually come in handy

10/20/14 10:00 am

Facebook’s real-name policy has found little love. But it might find new support after the company invoked it in a letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration, warning the agency that using someone’s name and photos to create a fake account, even as part of an investigation, will not be tolerated. The letter follows a BuzzFeed report revealing the DEA’s use of photos taken from a suspect’s phone — including some in which she wears nothing more than a bra and panties — to crea...

Johnson Controls' CIO Helps 125 Year Old Company Become Leader In The Internet Of Things

10/20/14 9:56 am

On the face of it, you would not think of Johnson Controls as a leading candidate to be an innovator in the world of the Internet of Things. Johnson Controls is a 125-year-old company based in Milwaukee that produces more than $40 billion in revenue per annum. The origins of the company were in building systems, which was primarily heating, ventilation and air control (HVAC). The company's diversified in recent times to include three other divisions beyond HVAC: An automotive interiors company, ...