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Why digital marketing companies have become tasty acquisitions

Stacey Bishop, a partner at investment firm Scale Venture Partners, told VentureBeat that the new Age of the Customer, where buyers are educating themselves and making purchases later in the sales cycle, now means that most “of the [sales] funnel is in the hands of marketers, not sales.”

Inventor Mike Toutonghi in his lab

This invention makes 3D printers spit out electronics

“This is a breakthrough,” inventor Mike Toutonghi told VentureBeat. He believes his electrically conductive filament will allow consumers to 3D print much of the electronics for, say, cell phones, flashlights, drones, and wearables.

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Nexus 9 tablet shows Google is thinking bigger — but not big enough (review)

Few parts of the Android ecosystem have improved more and gotten less credit for it than tablets. The gap between 2010’s crude Samsung Galaxy Tab and polished products like last year’s Nexus 7 is immense. But because Apple set such a high mark early on with the iPad, merely catching up to the iPad’s user experience and surpassing it in some aspects doesn’t count for much.

LinkedIn employees work at the company's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters.

Why LinkedIn's data science reorg actually makes a lot of sense

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Yes, it’s true that some data scientists have left LinkedIn following a recent reorganization of these highly prized workers inside the company. But a few people holding these roles believe the moves have sped up decision-making, benefited the hiring process, and brought together people who perform similar functions.

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Microsoft finally killed cloud storage. What’s next?

It’s exciting that we can finally lay the cloud-storage market to rest and embark on more evolved, full-bodied solutions in the cloud that can bring real value to businesses. As the saying goes, “As one life ends, another one begins.”

John Oliver

4 big threats native advertising faces in 2015

Recently I’ve been hosting roundtable discussions over dinner in New York and London with publishing executives who are betting big that native advertising will drive major revenue growth in 2015 for their businesses. We often end up debating what the biggest threats to the industry are, and there are four notable threats I wanted to share.

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Why Twitter launched Fabric, in 5 devastating charts

Yesterday Twitter unveiled Fabric, a semi-integrated suite of tools for mobile app developers. The company somewhat grandiosely refers to it as a “modular mobile platform,” but while it’s definitely modular and certainly focused on mobile, it’s not a platform in any commonly understood sense of the term.