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By: Dean Takahashi

Daily fantasy sports have created a lot of controversy. Since the winnings come in real money, some states are calling it illegal gambling. But FlowPlay is offering an alternative with the launch of its new social sports game, All Star Daily...

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By: Matt Marshall

VB EVENT: Brands seeking to distribute their message over mobile phones face an unbelievably fragmented world. Gabe Leydon, CEO of Machine Zone — which has emerged as one of the largest gaming companies and now one of the largest mobile...

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By: Paul Sawers

Airfare prediction startup Hopper has nabbed $16 million in a round led by BDC Capital IT Venture Fund, along with existing investors Omers Ventures, Accomplice, and Brightspark Ventures. This takes the company’s total funding to $38 million....

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By: VB Staff

VB WEBINAR: Fraud is sabotaging UA efforts big time, putting an emphasis on defensive, proactive strategies to ensure you actually acquire the users you’re going after. Join our upcoming webinar of pros to arm yourself.  Register here for...

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By: Mike Minotti

The U.S. will soon get to experience Nintendo’s first mobile effort. The Japanese game company announced today that Miitomo will launch in the U.S. on Thursday for iOS and Android. It came out in Japan earlier in the month, where it reached 1 ...

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By: Dean Takahashi

The Strong World Video Game Hall of Fame released its 2016 nominations for this year’s entries into one of the game industry’s highest honors. This is the second year for nominations in the World Video Game Hall of Fame, as officiated by ...

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By: Jordan Novet

Publicly traded enterprise hardware company Brocade is announcing today that it has acquired StackStorm, a startup that built software for automating data center operations. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. StackStorm launched out of...

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By: Paul Sawers

Dropcam cofounder and former CEO Greg Duffy has bitten back at Nest’s Tony Fadell, after Fadell claimed in an article published in The Information last week that “a lot of the [Dropcam] employees were not as good as we’d...

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By: Mike Minotti

Minecraft’s Pocket Edition is about to get a lot more interesting. The mobile version of the popular building game will soon get command blocks, according to CNET. Command blocks are in the PC version, and these allow for a ton of complexity...

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By: Ken Yeung

Pinterest has launched a new pin type that will display step-by-step instructions for creating the image that is displayed. Called a How-To Pin, it’s a tool that not only helps brands promote their products, but also gives users the push they ...

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By: Ken Yeung

Instagram has begun rolling out a update that lets you record longer videos on the media-sharing application. Starting today, you’ll be able to post videos as long as 60 seconds, an increase from the 15 seconds you had before. It’ll be...

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Lifehacker
By: Andy Orin

You can now post minute-long videos to Instagram. Videos were previously limited to a pithy 15 seconds—longer than a Vine but short enough for my eroded attention span. By comparison 60 seconds practically requires an intermission.Read more...

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By: Emil Protalinski

Google today announced Fiber Phone, a home phone service powered by much of the same technology as Google Voice. Fiber Phone is an optional $10-per-month add-on for Basic, Gig, and Gig TV customers. Home phone service — is this an early April...

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By: VB Staff

VB WEBINAR: Imagine every piece of data about a customer, or a potential customer, at your fingertips. Find out why top marketers say that investing in a marketing cloud solution can help you unlock the full promise of data-driven marketing. ...

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By: Jeff Grubb

I never owned a lot of music. As a kid, everyone around me would talk about their latest CD purchases, but I preferred engaging with the new tracks and classic hits when artists would combine them with other media like music videos, film, and...

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By: Matt Marshall

VB EVENT: Mobile commerce is exploding, with researchers at Gartner and Forrester predicting the market to reach $1 trillion in the U.S. alone within the next decade, from around $100 billion today. Seeing that opportunity, companies with mobile ...

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By: Robert Harrow,...

Facebook may be looking to get into the digital wallet game, according to source code uncovered by The Information. Some of the commands discovered in the latest version of Facebook’s Messenger app include “pay in person,”...

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By: Jordan Novet

As expected, Dropbox and Adobe are announcing today that people can now open PDF documents stored in Dropbox using the Adobe Acrobat Reader app on Android devices. This lets users of the apps sign, highlight, annotate, and comment on files from...

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By: Jordan Novet

GitHub today announced the launch of Saved Replies, a feature that allows users to save messages that they commonly use to respond to pull requests and issues that other users file. “This can save you a ton of time typing and posting the...

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By: Jeff Grubb

You can’t time travel to a future when Oculus has already delivered your headset, but you have some other options available — if your bank account is healthy. The consumer version of the Rift that started arriving yesterday to people who ...

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By: Baptiste Parravicini

There is still life in the unicorn funding world. The swath of negative articles in the past six months about the coming demise of unicorns apparently didn’t keep investors from joining the bandwagon. Even funds like Fidelity, which...

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By: Dean Takahashi

Mobile games became the biggest category in gaming in 2014, and it widened its lead even more in 2015, according to a new report by market researchers App Annie and IDC. The data reinforces the point that mobile games reach more than a billion...

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By: Ken Yeung

In July, Eric Wahlforss revealed that the company he cofounded, SoundCloud, had plans to launch a subscription service as a means of generating more revenue. Fast-forward nine months later, and it’s now here to take on Tidal, Spotify, and Apple...

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Billboard
By: Andrew Flanagan

SoundCloud is launching a subscription service. It's called Go. It's $9.99 a month, with a 30-day-free demo. It's ad-free. It lets you...

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Tech Crunch
By: Ingrid Lunden

 SoundCloud is often billed as the “YouTube for audio” because of its huge trove of user-generated music and spoken-word tracks, uploaded by some 12 million creators and now listened to by some 175 million monthly users...

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ReCode
By: Peter Kafka

Like Spotify, Apple and many others, it's $10 a month. The free version is sticking around, but some songs may move behind a pay wall.

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Engadget
By: Billy Steele

Just over a week ago, Soundcloud announced a licensing deal with Sony Music, agreeing to terms with the third of the three major record labels. It looks like the deal with Sony was the only thing keeping the company from debuting its long-discussed...

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TheVerge
By: Jacob Kastrenakes

SoundCloud is finally ready to take on Spotify. After months of teasing, SoundCloud’s subscription music service is debuting today: it's called SoundCloud Go, and in many respects, it's the same as any other streaming service. For $9.99 a month,...

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TheVerge
By: Vlad Savov

Version 4 of the Soundcloud iOS app has been released today, and its update notes carry news of an as-yet-unannounced new service: Soundcloud Go. Free for the first 30 days and $12.99 per month thereafter, Go appears to be Soundcloud's venture into...

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Mashable
By: Emily Blake

SoundCloud has finally launched its own paid subscription service, giving listeners yet another on-demand streaming option — and likely saving the company tons of copyright lawsuits. SoundCloud Go, like Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal Premium, ...

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Audio-sharing platform SoundCloud on Tuesday will begin selling paid subscriptions to one of the biggest music catalogs online, a move that will test the willingness of young consumers to pay for tunes from a service they’re accustomed to using...

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Fortune
By: Kia Kokalitcheva

The Berlin-based music hosting service is the latest entrant in the streaming wars.

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By: Ken Yeung

Twitter is taking a step toward making its service more accessible to visually impaired users. The company is launching support for alternative texts to accompany images across its iOS and Android apps, which means that any image descriptions will...

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Tech Crunch
By: Sarah Perez

 Twitter announced this morning an effort to make its service more accessible to those who are visually impaired. Specifically, the company is now allowing users to add descriptions to images known as “alternative text,” or...

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By: Dean Takahashi

IBM is about to deliver the foundation of a brain-inspired supercomputer to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of the federal government’s top research institutions. The delivery is one small “blade” within a server rack...

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By: Paul Sawers

Google-owned GPS driving app Waze is making it easier to avoid speeding tickets today, with the launch of a new speed alerts feature. Now when you’re driving on unfamiliar roads, or perhaps find yourself somewhere where the speed limit...

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By: Jon Cifuentes

VB INSIGHT: Pyze, a new mobile app analytics and engagement solution, has launched out of stealth today with $1.7 million in seed funding from DoubleRock and several prominent angel investors. The core product, Pyze Growth Intelligence, will be...

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By: Reuters

(By Rishika Sadam, Reuters) – Yahoo Inc has set an April 11 deadline to submit preliminary bids for its web business and Asian assets, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing sources. Yahoo asked bidders details regarding financing, ...

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Cnet
By: Steven Musil

Beleaguered web pioneer asks for offers to be submitted by April 11 for its core Web business and Asian assets, sources tell the Wall Street Journal.

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Yahoo has given potential suitors two weeks to submit preliminary bids for its core Web business and Asian assets, according to people familiar with the matter.

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By: Chris O'Brien

The first quarter of 2016 is about to go into the books as the worst three months for global IPOs since 2009. The disappearance of initial public offerings of stock is a remarkable turn, considering that at least in the U.S., the stock markets have...

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By: Reuters

(Reuters) – The FBI is asking businesses and software security experts for emergency assistance in its investigation into a pernicious new type of “ransomware” virus used by hackers for extortion. “We need your help!”...

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By: Ken Yeung

Samsung has brought its mobile payment service to China, thanks to a partnership with the local bank card organization China UnionPay (CUP). While this is a milestone for the electronics manufacturer, it comes at a time when the payment space has...

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Cnet
By: Steven Musil

Samsung's mobile-payments service debuts a little more than a month after rival Apple Pay arrived in China.

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Engadget
By: Richard Lai

With Apple already expecting China to be its biggest mobile payment market, it's no surprise that its biggest direct competitor, Samsung, also wants a slice of this piping hot pie. After a one-month public beta, today the Korean giant is...

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Mashable
By: Victoria Ho

SINGAPORE — Samsung has announced a spate of mobile payments services in Asia, with the most fanfare given to its tap-to-pay Samsung Pay service opening in China.  At the same time, Singaporeans will get a more limited — but...

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Tech Crunch
By: Catherine Shu

 Samsung Pay is now available in China, about six weeks after competitor Apple Pay launched there. Read More

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TheVerge
By: James Vincent

Samsung has officially launched Samsung Pay in China. The South Korean company has partnered with state-backed China UnionPay for the launch — the association that controls all card payments in the country, and that worked with Apple to launch...

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Fast Company
By: Michael Grothaus

It's got stiff competition, but trillions in mobile transactions are at stake.After spending a month in beta, Samsung Pay officially launched in China today, reports Engadget. Samsung Pay is the company's mobile payment solution that allows owners...

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Fortune
By: Hilary Brueck

It's a rich, but crowded market for mobile payments.

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By: Masaru Ikeda, The Bridge

Tokyo-based App-CM, the Japanese startup developing in-line video ads platform for smartphones, today announced that it has secured about $140 million yen (about $1.2 million) from Yeahmobi and several angel investors in a series A round. Yeahmobi...

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By: Jason Wilson

The Philippines is getting a new “Thrilla in Manila” — its first major gaming studio. Ubisoft unveils its new Ubisoft Philippines studio today. It’s base is Santa Rosa Laguna, a suburb that’s 24 miles south of Manila....

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By: John Voelcker, Green Car ...

We’re pretty much expecting Tesla Model 3 enthusiasm to build to a fever pitch over the coming week. Thursday, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk will reveal the design of the $35,000, 200-mile electric car that the company plans to use to vault...

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Mashable
By: Ariel Bogle

The basic specs and price of Tesla's budget electric vehicle offering, the Model 3, have yet to be released, but that hasn't stopped one eager man from lining up for the chance to put his name down to buy one. Australian man Andreas...

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By: Dean Takahashi

I received an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset today, and the set-up was quite easy. That’s a good omen as the age of VR kicks off with the launch today of the Oculus Rift on the Windows PC. It helped that I had an Oculus-ready PC, or a PC...

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By: Mike Minotti

It’s time for the virtual reality showdown you’ve all been waiting for: the Oculus Rift vs. the Virtual Boy. Sure, 20 years of technological advancements separate the two — and many consider the Virtual Boy to be one of worst...

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Fortune
By: Don Reisinger

The virtual reality headset's manual says they aren't real.

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By: VB Staff

VB WEBINAR: Missed it? You can still tap into the insights shared recently by VB analyst Jon Cifuentes and guest panelist Realtor.com CMO Nate Johnson as they show how to how to break through the inbox instead of getting banished to email...

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By: Jeff Grubb

Virtual reality is a strange place where anything can happen, and this has led Valve to come up with a fun way to acclimate people to the new technology. Valve, the company that operates the Steam digital-distribution platform for PC games, has...

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By: Jeff Grubb

Super Mario World is one of the most beloved games ever made, and that has led to fans breaking the game open in order to figure out how they can change it and manipulate it. And now someone has taken this to an extreme new high. YouTube personality ...

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By: Jordan Novet

The U.S. government today officially said it has gotten into San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone 5c and it is now asking the court to vacate the court’s original order to compel Apple to help the government unlock the...

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By: Jeff Grubb

Oculus Rift is out today, but maybe you’re waiting for some virtual reality that enables you to get up out of your chair to walk around. For that, you’re gonna need the the HTC Vive and SteamVR. GamesBeat has messed around with the Vive ...

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By: Dean Takahashi

I keep trying out new virtual reality apps on family members using the HTC Vive Pre. And the latest to catch our attention was TheBlu: Encounter, an undersea VR experience from Wevr. This kind of VR experience fits in the virtual tourism realm,...

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By: Sindy Nanclares

Drink up! Or not. Now, you can save as much wine as you want for up to 30 days after opening a bottle — if you drink out of Kuvee‘s new smart wine bottle. The Boston-based winery startup announced today that it served itself a $6...

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Phandroid
By: Joe Fedewa

Smartphone fans love to accuse manufacturers of copying ideas from other manufacturers. We see it for nearly every phone. LG was recently taken to court for violating a couple of patents concerning user interfaces.

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By: Jeff Grubb

Most virtual reality experiences are over after about 20 minutes, so of course I just spent six hours doing my job inside of a simulated computer environment. Virtual Desktop is an upcoming PC program that will enable anyone with an HTC Vive or...

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Inc
By: Eric Mack

"Watching" is done. Get ready for a new era of experiencing everything.

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Billboard
By: Carolyn Giardina

The Oculus Rift has arrived. The hotly anticipated virtual reality headset officially launches on Monday (March 28), kicking off a critical period...

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VentureBeat
By: Jeff Grubb

Oculus VR has its own store for the Rift virtual reality headset, but you don’t have to use it. The first wave of Rifts are heading out today to people who preordered and backed the crowdfunding project on Kickstarter, and the device has...

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By: Matt Marshall

VB EVENT: Small, medium, and large companies alike are overwhelmed with data, much of it being siloed for use by different teams for varying purposes. That’s why we’ve committed a deep-dive session at next week’s VentureBeat Mobile ...

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By: Jordan Novet

GitHub today announced that its Atom text editor last month had more than 1 million active users. Usage is three times what it was when all of Atom become available under an open-source MIT license and the software hit version 1.0, GitHub Atom...

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By: Jordan Novet

LinkedIn today announced its initial plan for integrating recruiting service Connectifier, which LinkedIn acquired earlier this year. Connectifier will get to live on as a standalone service, with some changes. “We’ve spent a lot of time in...

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By: Dean Takahashi

Facebook’s Oculus Rift began delivering Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets today to customers in more than 20 countries and regions. The first units are going out to the fans who backed the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign that raised $10...

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By: Dean Takahashi

This is one of those posts where you get to hear a lot of what I think about gaming, from my own perspective. As a journalist, I often interview people about their perspectives on the game industry, and I keep my own views in the background. As a...