Website-building platform Brandcast raises $13.9M

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 Brandcast, a startup allowing marketers and designers build mobile-friendly websites without having to write code, announced today that it has raised $13.9 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Shasta Ventures with participation from Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Correlation Ventures. (Brandcast co-founder and CEO hayes Metzger previously worked at Salesforce, and Benioff had… Read More Read more »

The best deals from Amazon Prime Day

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Amazon Prime Day is less than 12 hours away. This year, Amazon’s big savings event for Prime members will be bigger than ever, with more than 100,000 deals—which will come as frequently as every five minutes.  So what are the best deals for Prime Day? Mashable is rounding up the best picks and will be updating throughout Prime Day. Be sure to check back frequently to see where you should spend your coin.  Alexa Exclusive Deals   If you’ve got an Alexa-powered device (like the Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Tap), you can save even more money by ordering certain items through them on Amazon.  Your first purchase with Alexa will take $10 off your total of $20 or more. But there are big deals, too.  Read more... More about Amazon Prime , Prime Day , Amazon , Tech , and Marketing Read more »

Disney emojis are about to become a part of your world

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First there were smiley emojis, then there were poop emojis, and now finally, we'll have Disney emojis. Emojiholics of the world, rejoice. SEE ALSO: This LED handbag lets you literally wear emoji on your sleeve On Thursday, Disney Games released a trailer debuting nearly 400 new emojis, all of them Disney or Pixar themed. Emojis come from both Disney classics, including Alice in Wonderland and Mickey Mouse , and (slightly) more modern movies, like The Little Mermaid and Lilo and Stitch . In order to collect these emojis, however, you'll first have to play a strenuous matching game called "Disney Emoji Blitz." Read more... More about Disney , Emoji , Watercooler , and Marketing Read more »

DOZ launches Quoter, a semi-automated service to get a quote and hire marketing freelancers

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 While DOZ has been around for a while, the company is adding a nifty brick to its product offering with an automated tool to get a quote and launch a marketing campaign. Compared to good old marketing agencies, DOZ speeds up the hiring process quite a bit. If you aren’t familiar with DOZ, the best way to describe it is that it’s a marketplace of freelancers who are good at… Read More Read more »

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 »