Facebook will shut down FBX, its desktop ad exchange

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 Facebook plans to shut down FBX, the ad exchange that allows advertisers to buy retargeted desktop ads using third-party tools like Criteo and AppNexus. The news was first reported in The Wall Street Journal and we’ve confirmed it with Facebook. In an emailed statement, Vice President of Monetization Product Marketing Matt Idema suggested that this is part of Facebook’s shift to… Read More Read more »

Twilio ramps up mobile play with programmable SIMs for IoT and handsets with T-Mobile

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 Twilio stormed into the telecoms market several years ago with a set of services that turned core communications features once controlled by carriers, like text messages and phones numbers, into API-based services that any developer could easily customize and use in whatever app or site she or he chose. Today, the company is unveiling its next step in its bid to take on more telecoms… Read More Read more »

Microsoft offloads Nokia feature phone business to Foxconn for $350M

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 Microsoft is selling the feature phone business it acquired from Nokia back in 2013 to a subsidiary of Chinese manufacturer Foxconn for $350 million, it announced today. At the same time former owner Nokia said it has inked a deal to license its brand to HMD Global, a new Finnish company run by ex-Nokia and Microsoft devices staff, to “create a new generation of Nokia-branded mobile… Read More Read more »

SeaDrone simplifies underwater exploration and inspection

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 It’s the year, or perhaps the decade, of the drone, and the popular craft are only getting cheaper, better and easier to control — but why should drones be limited to the air? The SeaDrone, demonstrated onstage at Disrupt NY today, brings the benefits and simplicity of multi-rotor airborne drones to underwater applications. Read More Read more »

Laugh.ly aims to be the Pandora for stand-up comedy

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 A company called Laugh.ly wants to make streaming sets from the best comedians as easy as streaming music on Pandora. Though not yet available to the public, Laugh.ly’s iOS application will allow users to follow both big-name comedians like Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer, among others, as well as emerging stand-up comics looking for a way to grow and monetize their… Read More Read more »

Botify is an SEO crawler that helps your website optimize for Googlebot

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 Most businesses live or die on Google search rankings. If you can’t crack the top few results, it’s almost impossible to consistently drive organic traffic to your site. But how does Google decide which sites appear at the top of the results list? It uses Googlebot, a proprietary automated software script to “crawl” every website on the Internet and create an index… Read More Read more »

Drawbridge raises $25M as it takes its cross-device tech beyond advertising

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 Drawbridge, a startup that helps businesses identify when a single person is using multiple devices, has raised $25 million in Series C funding. Every time I write about Drawbridge, I’m contractually obligated to mention that the company is backed by two of the best-known venture capital firms, Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. For this round, Drawbridge went back… Read More Read more »

Twitter’s new ‘Connect’ tab shows you who to follow

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 Twitter has announced a new feature designed to make it easier for users to find interesting and relevant accounts to follow on its service: a new “Connect” tab. Available on both iOS and Android, the tab combines the ability to find friends and family from your phone’s Contact list with Twitter’s own algorithmically generated “Recommendations.” To be… Read More Read more »

Uber’s partnership with Alipay goes global

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 Uber today expanded its partnership with Alipay, a Chinese payment app owned by Alibaba that boasts 450 million active users. The partnership will allow Chinese travelers to pay their Uber fares using Alipay in any of the 68 countries where Uber does business, and allow riders to hail Uber cars directly from the Alipay app. Uber China’s collaboration with Alipay has grown steadily over… Read More Read more »

Chegg acquires Imagine Easy Solutions, the company behind EasyBib, BibMe and Citation Machine

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 The online textbook service Chegg today announced that it has acquired Imagine Easy Solutions for $42 million. Imagine Easy is the company behind online bibliography and research tools like EasyBib (which was also its first product) and similar tools like Citation Machine, BibMe and Cite This For Me, most of which it acquired in the last couple of years. Imagine Easy also offers teaching… Read More Read more »