You’d think Twitter cofounder and Square CEO Jack Dorsey would be a whiz at social media. But his posts to Twitter’s young video-sharing service Vine are a mix of weirdly creepy and just-plain-boring clips.
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There’s no shortage of money being thrown at digital currency Bitcoin. Now relatively young Bitcoin startup BitPay has announced that it has raised $2 million more in funding
Sometimes regulation puts the brakes on innovation. Now car-sharing startup RelayRides has suspended its service in New York City after being served with a cease-and-desist letter.
While Google already added sending cash via Gmail, it has also debuted new “quick action” buttons in Gmail that let you RSVP to events and more — all without leaving the inbox.
As if today’s other announcements weren’t enough, Google is also bringing Google Wallet support to Gmail, making it incredibly easy to send friends and family payments by just sending an email.
Google cloud infrastructure service Compute Engine is now open to all developers who want to use it.
One big key to the revamp is that Google Maps is based on vector imagery and delivered via WebGL.
Hangouts, the free multiperson video chat and messaging service inside Google+, has been broken out into its own standalone apps for iOS, Android, and Chrome.
Just ahead of Google I/O, “magic” movie editing application Magisto has announced it is one of the first apps to launch on Google Chrome’s packaged app platform.
Popular expense report startup Expensify has added the ability to invoice and bill clients from inside its cloud-based dashboard.
Mobile payments business Square has debuted a new piece of hardware called the Square Stand that makes using an iPad as a cash register a more elegant solution.
Microsoft corporate VP Tami Reller said today that the next major update to Windows will be called Windows 8.1 and that it will be available for free before the end of the year.
In a move to get more people to try its sleek email app Outlook.com, Microsoft has smartly added Google to its list of chat services, joining Facebook and Skype chat.
Hot database-as-a-service startup Cloudant has raised $12 million in its second round of funding.
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Popular to-do list application Any.Do has raised $3.5 million in new funding to continue helping people get things done no matter the device.
Google has modified its cloud storage allocation for regular users of its services so they now share 15GB of free storage across Gmail, Drive, and Google+ Photos.
Clear Channel-owned streaming radio service iHeartRadio has surpassed 30 million registered users less than two years after the service relaunched.
Streaming TV startup Aereo has modified its pricing plans to now only offer memberships at $8 per month or $12 per month. While the CEO claims it’s about simplifying, the real reason is likely revenue.
Hot BYOD startup Enterproid ahs launched a new solution called Divide Builder that gives companies more flexibility for its BYOD software arsenal.
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has charmed us from the International Space Station with music before. But his latest (and last) song from the ISS is a rousing cover of David Bowie’s classic “Space Oddity,” and the stunning visuals alongside it match the tune perfectly.
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Facebook Home, the skin of Android that brings social networking to the forefront of the experience, has been quietly updated to support the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Android phones.
Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson received a letter from the State Department telling him to take down his 3D-printed gun blueprints. But the openness of the web means the files will stick around with or without government approval.
Google and Time Magazine have partnered to create a brilliant new project called Timelapse that shows satellite imagery of earth during the course of nearly 30 years, giving us a better understanding of how our planet is transforming.
Amazon Web Services visualization startup MadeiraCloud has raised an undisclosed sum from Sequoia Capital, but a source tells us it’s in the “low single millions.”
Digital entertainment distribution startup Yekra has raised $3 million in funding to give studios a way to distribute DRM-protected content without it being burdensome.
Groupon has had a tough past few months, but at least today’s Q1 earnings beat expectations.
Editor’s Pick SAP has been throwing its hands in the air for years, exclaiming that it is indeed a cloud company. But yesterday, SAP took a big step that shows where it and its customers are at by offering its “HANA” in-memory database technology from its own cloud.
End-of-life planning startup eFuneral has received a $250,000 investment to help people find resources online for funeral planning including funeral home reviews, estate planning, and cemetery information.
Health Q&A startup HealthTap has raised $24 million in its second round of funding and added former Square COO Keith Rabois to its board of directors.
Smart thermostat maker Nest Labs has acquired MyEnergy to help provide more information to its customers about energy usage.
Microsoft still faces criticism for its Windows 8 operating system, but despite that, the software giant has sold more than 100 million licenses in its first six months of availability and important updates are on the way.
Detroit-based LevelEleven has rebranded and redesigned its flagship app that motivates sales people to generate more leads and close more deals.
Cloud storage powerhouse Dropbox will host its first-ever developer conference — dubbed DBX — on July 9 in San Francisco.
Google Drive and Dropbox competitor SkyDrive now has more than 250 million users, Microsoft said today in a blog post.
App integration startup Zapier has launched a new API status dashboard, a tool that can help developers and companies identify downtime for about 200 APIs.
Security heavyweight McAfee has agreed to acquire network firewall business Stonesoft for $389 million in cash so it can offer more powerful firewall protection to its clients.
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