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Facebook And Nokia Quietly Ink Deal For Here To Power Maps On Mobile, Instagram And Messenger

hacker way on here One of the companies in the frame as a potential buyer of Nokia’s Here mapping division has quietly inked a deal with the Finnish company to power mobile maps. Facebook is now using Here maps for its mobile web version, and it is also running a test for Here to power location in native apps like Instagram and Messenger. The news comes as mobile company Nokia has confirmed that it… Read More Continue reading

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BioBots Is A 3D Printer For Living Cells

printer U.S. biotech startup BioBots sits at the intersection between computer science and chemistry. Its debut product, a desktop 3D printer for biomaterials, which was just demoed on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt NY — printing Van Gogh’s ear in replica, no less — combines hardware, software and wetware. It’s the latter area where the core innovation sits, says co-founder… Read More Continue reading

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Google Acquires Timeful To Bring Smart Scheduling To Google Apps

timeful Google has acquired Timeful, a startup designed to make scheduling easier by helping you solve larger goals without requiring you to sweat the details. Timeful’s app analyzes your schedule, and uses it to help you achieve specific goals you have in mind. The features Timeful created will be integrated into Google Apps going forward, and the app will remain available, but the Timeful team… Read More Continue reading

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FCC’s Tom Wheeler Talks Net Neutrality, Congress And Possibly Serving The Next President

fcc-tom-wheeler13 TechCrunch writer Alex Wilhelm talked to FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler onstage today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY about the decision to pass new net neutrality regulations, Congressional troubles and Wheeler’s take on the failed Comcast/Time Warner merger. Read More Continue reading

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Mayor De Blasio Offers Three Pillars For Tech Growth In NYC At Disrupt NY

 New York may be the city that never sleeps, but when it comes to tech investment, historically, the naked city has been caught napping. Since the dot-com bubble burst in 2000, New York City has been trying to regain its footing as a hub for techn… Continue reading

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Nintendo Answers Amiibo Fan Frustration

new-3ds-xl-1 Nintendo’s Amiibo toys are selling well; almost too well, depending on who you’re asking. Fans are frustrated that many specific models are very hard to get, unless you’re willing to pay a lot on sites like Ebay. Nintendo wants you Amiibo-hungry diehards to know it’s going to be okay, thanks to ramped up shipping efforts and re-issues of Amiibo that have already ended… Read More Continue reading

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UK Elections Get A Partisan Spin From The Startup World

10_Downing_Street._MOD_45155532 “Startup businesses back the Conservatives,” screamed last week’s headline in The Guardian newspaper. In a move that feels somewhat unprecedented for the U.K.’s startup scene, which isn’t especially known for ‘doing politics’, more than 90 tech entrepreneurs have signed a letter declaring their support for the return of a Conservative-led government… Read More Continue reading

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How Snapchat Made QR Codes Cool Again

 QR codes have been a laughing-stock for years now. The gangly square bar codes were slapped on posters and magazine pages, and heralded as an easy way to open URLs or bonus content. Instead they became a frustrating symbol of over-engineering. Yo… Continue reading

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CEO Bastian Lehmann Says Postmates Could Be Profitable In 2016, As It Hits 2 Million Deliveries

 Same-day delivery service Postmates could be profitable next year if the company wants to be, said CEO Bastian Lehmann today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. The company has made 2 million deliveries, which is up 500,000 in around seven weeks. It took 1… Continue reading

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Twitter Turns Off MS-DOS Game Embeds In Tweets

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 11.58.49 AM The newfound ability to put entire MS-DOS games hosted by the Internet Archive inside tweets, and then play them back in Twitter’s official web client, is now gone. The feature used Twitter’s Cards setup, but it also violated the terms of that system by putting an entire end-to-end gaming system within Twitter’s embedded video player. Read More Continue reading

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