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2013
Google Now Gets New Widget, Makes It More Prominent On Phones
February 16, 2013 at 8:59 am 0

 

Mountain View, California - In a surprising turn of events, early this week Google announced that it has rolled out an update for search on Android that brings in fresh data, and adds sheeny new features to its spookily knowledgeable Google Now service that pushes it into the future with smartphones that are true assistants.

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2013
AOL Snaffles Another Tech Product Review Site Gdgt
February 16, 2013 at 5:11 am 0

New York -- In an attempt to expand its content empire, AOL has officially confirmed the acquisition of gdgt, the gadget reviews media outfit announced today in a blog post, for an undisclosed sum in a move that could expand the network's content offerings and shopping data.

TechCrunch, another property now owned by AOL, reports that both gdgt and AOL affirmed the acquisition, which could be “in the high seven figures” according to one of its sources.

Gdgt co-founder Ryan Block broke the news today on the gdgt blog, which had been rumored for more than a week, calling his company “a natural fit for AOL's world-class lineup of tech sites.”

Elaborating further, he wrote, “At AOL, gdgt will only continue to grow and evolve as the best premium destination for purchase intelligence, recommendations, user reviews, shopping data, and community-driven content about personal technology.”

 

According to gdgt's co-founder Block, this was the outset of a talks that led to gdgt's acquisition by AOL. “We got to talking further and realized that gdgt, its team, its technology, and perhaps most importantly its DNA, were a natural fit for AOL's world-class lineup of tech sites,” he penned. “Well, one thing led to another, and here we are.”

In fact, the next few months will be a transition period, as gdgt moves operations under its new custodians' roof; the site will also adopt AOL's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Users who do not want their profile data making the move have until March 15 to mark account profile data for deletion.

Since the official consolidation announced, all other profiles will remain intact, “and we will just keep doing what we used to do to make gdgt the best possible gadget reviews and community outlet around,” Block said. “Also, the next time we see you we will totally give you a high five.”

Apart from this latest acquisition, AOL's tech media portfolio already included TechCrunch, Joystiq and TUAW, as well as Engadget, which had closed a partnership with gdgt last year to feature the gdgt databox on its website.

Besides, it is also worth noting that AOL Ventures was one of the funds that took part in gdgt's series A round; according to CrunchBase, it has raised a total of $3.72 million in VC funding.

Gdgt was launched in 2009 by Peter Rojas and Ryan Block. Both men are familiar with AOL. Rojas co-founded Gizmodo, as well as tech blogs Engadget and Joystiq--both of which are now AOL properties. Block was an early editor-in-chief for Engadget there as well. Though they ultimately left AOL and Engadget to start gdgt, the founders started working with Engadget again last year to provide the latter with product data.

More so, the site, completely community-driven, is a collection of lists of gadgets people want and those they already have, as well as a place for people to ask each other questions about their devices. Just a month after hitting the Web, the vowel-less site caught the attention of CBS and Amazon, which were allegedly looking to buy gdgt.

Furthermore, gdgt will expand its event activities in association with Engadget. This is not very surprising: not only are they now both part of AOL's portfolio, but according to TechCrunch, the pair will now move on to new roles, with Rojas still running gdgt while taking on a role as executive editor-at-large at Engadget. As for Block, he is reportedly set to become head of product for AOL Tech Media, and it will be interesting to see if his new role will have an impact on the other tech blogs that are part of the media giant's portfolio.

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2013
LinkedIn CEO Rewards All Its Employees With Apple iPad Minis
February 16, 2013 at 4:56 am 0

Los Angeles -- How would you respond to a wonderful gift, especially when your employer bestows you with surprised gadgets for free? Well, Jeff Weiner, chief executive at professional networking outfit LinkedIn, expressed his affection by handing out an iPad Minis to each of his 3,500 full-time employees on Wednesday in recognition of their contributions to the company.

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2013
Adobe Developing An Intelligent Image Editing App You Can Just Talk To
February 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm 0

San Francisco -- Ever wondered how easy it would be to edit images if your application could actually heed to your voice command? Photo editing is getting easier thanks to the likes of Siri and Google Now, smartphone and tablet users are becoming more and more able to control their devices using only their voice. But Adobe--the makers of popular graphic application Photoshop--are working with the University of Michigan to develop an extremely intelligent photo editing app that simply let you talk to your app and tell it how exactly you want a photo to look like.

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2013
Google+ Discards The “Circles,” Renames Icon To Find People
February 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm 0

Mountain View, California - When Google+ was introduced, all that Google could brag about were Circles, the "revolutionary" new way of safeguarding your buddies in groups. But today, an elusive update to Google+ now claims to have made it easier for users to find their friends and colleagues who may have recently joined the social network. Google on Monday unfurled a new feature, - The Circles icon has now been renamed to "Find People." (more…)
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2013
Facebook Slammed With Lawsuit Over ‘Like’ Button By Dutch Programmer’s Family
February 13, 2013 at 1:37 pm 0

Los Angeles - In a surprising turn of events, social networking giant Facebook is being sued for its use of the famed 'Like' button, by the family of a deceased Dutch programmer Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer in 1998, who held two patents dealing with sharing and updating social media content five years before Facebook's launch.

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2013
Shop With A 140 Characters Tweet, Thanks To Amex And Twitter Alliance
February 12, 2013 at 2:50 pm 0

Los Angeles -- Popular micro-blogging outfit Twitter is leaning on e-commerce as its next big potential revenue stream through a partnership with American Express. Twitter and American Express today forged an alliance that will allow Amex card holders to make certain purchases simply by tweeting.

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2013
Pinterest For Android Gets More Social With New Update, Improves Group Boards
February 12, 2013 at 2:19 pm 0

San Francisco -- Enjoying digital discoveries with fun and engaging pinboard-style photo sharing based social networking service Pinterest, which allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies and more has enhanced its Android app, adding better group board support.

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2013
Google Inks Deal To Launch New YouTube App Via Freesat Next Month
February 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm 0

Mountain View, California -- In a surprising move to expand its online video services into the living room, Google has signed a deal with free-to-air UK satellite TV service Freesat to add a dedicated YouTube app for customers, ensuring that they will be able to access millions of videos without the need for an additional device, as it continues to position itself as a platform for premium, broadcast-quality content.

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2013
WebTCards Ltd. has designed and developed a unique visual task management and web software business.
February 12, 2013 at 8:16 am 0

Q: Kindly give our readers an introduction to your business. Please include what your business is all about, in which city you are located and if you have offices in multiple locations/ cities.

Ans: WebTCards Ltd. has designed and developed a unique visual task management and web software business. The Web T Cards Kanban features are built on the success and efficiency of the Toyota production system.

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