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Google Shopping Express Expands To More Cities, Rebrands As “Google Express”

Google Shopping Express, rebranded to simply “Google Express” as of this morning, is no longer entirely subsidizing the costs associated with same-day delivery. The program, which offers instant shopping gratification to consumers in a growing number of U.S. Show More Summary

Berlin’s Orderbird, A Tablet-Based Sales Platform, Orders Up Another $10M

Companies like Square, Groupon, PayPal and Amazon are all vying to be the primary tech partner for merchants at the point of sale in the U.S., and as more companies replace their legacy equipment with low-cost tablets, the race is heating up elsewhere, too. Show More Summary

Product Psychology Explains How To Get Users Hooked On Products Designed Around Habit And Context

Today, a group of product-focused creators — “Hooked” author Nir Eyal, Product Hunt’s Ryan Hoover, and Greylock Partners’s Josh Elman, among others — are hoping to follow up on that newsletter’s success with the launch of Product Psychology, a weekly course on the psychology of user behavior. Read More

With $2 Million In Funding, Indicative Ushers In Era Of Low Cost Hosted Analytics

After nine months in a secret beta and a public launch in September, Indicative co-founders and serial entrepreneurs Jeremy Levy and Andrew Weinreich have managed to sew up $2 million in financing for their new company tackling the problem of how to provide low-cost analytics easy to use analytics software for web and mobile companies. Show More Summary

Betaworks-Backed Weather Service, Poncho, Heads To Chicago

At the start of every day, most people check the weather. They go to the weather app on their phone, or open up, or perhaps they lick their finger and stick it out the window. I, however, get my weather updates from Poncho. Read More

Mark Zuckerberg And Wife Priscilla Donate $25M To Fight Ebola

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has just announced on Facebook that he and his wife Priscilla Chan have made a grant of $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation in support of fighting Ebola — the deadly, viral disease that started in Africa, has infected over 8,000 people, and is spreading fast. Show More Summary

SoftBank Snaps Up Korean Video Site DramaFever To Increase Its Entertainment Focus

Fresh from announcing a $250 million joint venture with media giant Legendary, SoftBank is increasing its focus on entertainment with an undisclosed deal to buy DramaFever, a five-year-old startup that streams global TV shows and movies...Show More Summary

Gruveo Brings Anonymous Video Calls To The iPhone And iPad

Gruveo, a service that launched last year to allow for fast, anonymous video calling via the web, is now coming to mobile, starting with today’s debut of an iOS application. On the iPhone and iPad, the new app is less focused on anonymity,...Show More Summary

Blocks’ Modular Smartwatch Designs Teased In New Video

One of the more interesting wearables lining up to challenge the Apple Watch next year is Blocks, a modular smartwatch conceived by a couple of students from Imperial College in the U.K. — in turn inspired by the Phonebloks/Google Project Ara modular smartphone. Read More

The iPhone 6 Plus Gets A One-Handed Keyboard App, And It’s Glorious

While I came around to the iPhone 6 Plus and its unique allure, as told in a post from a couple of days ago, Apple’s big smartphone still isn’t the easiest to use when typing one-handed. Specifically, it’s tricky to get to the requisite punctuation needed to properly express oneself. Show More Summary

Bitcoin Breaks $400

Bitcoin is currently hovering at around $400 on Bitstamp, a rise of over $100 since last week’s doldrums. While there doesn’t seem to be a direct reason for the rise, BTC fans are pointing to the documentary called The Rise And Rise of Bitcoin as improving general sentiment. Show More Summary

Netflix Leads In U.S. Digital Video Subscriptions In Home And Among Millennials

Companies like Amazon, Apple, pay-TV operators, broadcasters and many others are working hard to be the leading consumer brands of the digital video world. For now, they are all chasing one: Netflix. A survey out today from comScore on video viewing habits found that Netflix is the leading brand among U.S. Show More Summary

August’s Smart Lock Goes On Sale Online And At Apple Retail Stores For $250

After more than a year since it was first announced, the August Smart Lock is finally going on sale. The device will be shipping to pre-order customers and will also be available for purchase on the August website and in Apple retail locations for $249.99. Read More

Skype Launches A New Video Messaging App For The Mobile-First Era, Skype Qik

If Skype was invented today, what would it look like? This morning, a small team within Skype is attempting to answer that question with the launch of a new video messaging application called Skype Qik, which reimagines how the Skype experience would work if Skype had been built for mobile first. Show More Summary

Yahoo says its Bug Bounty Program has paid out $700,000 in rewards during its first year

Yahoo massively upset the security community last October when it forked out a measly $12.50 (in company vouchers, no less) as a reward for a researcher who identified a major vulnerability within its email service. There’s an expectation...Show More Summary

Handy Hits $1 Million A Week In Bookings As Cleaning Economy Consolidates

The market for online and mobile cleaning and home repair booking services is taking off and Handy is set to announce some big numbers. Two years after its launch, Handy has hit over $1 million in bookings per week. “We’ve gone from about $3 million in run rate to $52 million in run rate,” says chief operating officer, Umang Dua. Read More

Android Ads Arrive In Time For Rumored Nexus 6 And 9 Reveal

Google may be tipping its hand with new Android advertisement spots, which were spotted and posted to YouTube by Droid Life. The ads feature an eclectic assortment of Andy the Android characters, wearing various costumes and rendered in various sizes. Show More Summary

Pixate Launches Its App Prototyping Service For Designers

Pixate, an Accel-funded Y Combinator alum, is opening the doors to its visual prototyping service today after a long private and public beta phase. When the company graduated from Y Combinator last January, it still focused mostly on allowing mobile developers to style their native applications using CSS. Show More Summary

Yahoo Downsizes In The Middle East, Closing Its Office In Amman, Jordan

Another week, and another workforce reduction for Yahoo. Today the company announced to employees in Amman, Jordan, that it will be shutting down its offices in the country by the end of the year. It will instead funnel those operations...Show More Summary

Checkr Snags $9 Million From Accel To Provide An API For Background Checks

Checkr offers a service that simplifies the mostly manual process of requesting background checks and makes it easy to integrate into a company’s existing onboarding workflow. The company has raised $9 million in funding led by Accel Partners, with Rich Wong joining the company’s board. Read More

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