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    The word “disruption” has been thrown around in the tech industry rather nonchalantly over the past few years. The dictionary defines it as: “a disturbance or problems that interrupt an event, activity, or process.” And one company that has come up time and time again as the epitome of this phenomenon is Uber, the private car service that has Silicon Valley in a tizzy. Since its inception, the company’s CEO Travis Kalanick has publicly said the existing taxi industry is corrupt and there was a perception that Uber was the white ...

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    As we wrap up another year on this planet, people have begun reminiscing on what has gone on in the past twelve months and whether they should look back at it with longing regret or praise over their accomplishments. The same could be said about the world of technology and startups. For the past couple of years, I’ve penned an annual prospective (if you will) on The Next Web — see 2013 and 2014 — about interesting companies that you should pay attention to in the next year. Naturally, I’m no longer ...

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    Creating and running a startup isn’t all glamour and glitz, although emerging technologies have made starting a business somewhat easier. But it’s not like it was straight out of a fictional Hollywood movie where there’s a happy ending involved — in most cases, this isn’t the case with companies in the real world. Many often shutter for various reasons, whether it’s because of a decrease in traction, lack of funding, or something else. Needless to say, it’s certainly tough being an entrepreneur. You give up practically everything to follow your dream of ...

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    Yahoo is one of those legendary companies that has existed for quite some time — nearly 20 years, in fact. And for many, it’s been known for at least a few things including being an iconic old school search engine, its acquisition sprees, co-founder Jerry Yang, and a steady stream of ever-changing Chief Executive Officers. It has a rather complex identity problem and needs to find some way to redefine itself. That’s where Marissa Mayer comes in — or at least that’s what investors and supporters thought in 2012. Mayer’s selection as the leader of Yahoos was meant ...

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    The battle for being social in the enterprise has heated up once again. Earlier this month, Facebook announced that it was launching a new offering specifically for businesses. Called Work, it’s intended to close the gap between the personal and the professional identities people have on the social network. With the introduction of both a mobile and desktop application, Facebook seeks to connect the next 5 billion people, not only for those around the world in under-served countries, but also in a whole new segment: within the workplace. Until now, Facebook had been ...

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    Just shy of a year following my decision to no longer be a reporter for The Next Web, I’ve continued to be enthralled by the hustle and bustle in the tech industry, from funding announcements, product releases, acquisitions, and more. And my role at Orange Silicon Valley (see disclosure) requires that I keep up-to-date on the latest happenings, all for various reasons. Naturally I’ve been looking into tech solutions to help me navigate the massive amounts of content being churned out across the Internet, including but not limited to, Evernote, Delicious, Twitter (favoriting), ...

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    We’re just hours from Yahoo’s first-ever mobile developer conference and people are wondering how the event will turn out. What exactly will CEO Marissa Mayer and her team of executives announce and how will it benefit not only developers but advertisers as well? There’s certainly no question that as Yahoo has made a big deal about its mobile advances, it has done so without really putting an emphasis on the developer ecosystem. Over 35 acquisitions have been made in the past couple of years, but certainly if Yahoo is looking to tout its credentials ...

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    Yahoo has doubled down on its investment in the mobile space, with CEO Marissa Mayer clearly putting her proverbial stake in the ground and declaring that her company is a “mobile-first” one. At Yahoo’s inaugural mobile developer conference (formerly known as Flurry’s Source conference), it was made known that Flurry would be the de facto platform for developers and she also took the time to reintroduce the developer ecosystem to the brand new Yahoo Developer Network. It’s pretty well-known that Yahoo is late in the game to court developers, especially as bigger ...

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  • 02/28/15--18:27: The Duopoly of Ridesharing
  • Not sure if you heard the news, but it seems that Uber is in the process of raising yet more money into its coffers in order to maintain its growth. In doing so, the company wants to bring in $2.8 billion in new capital at a $40 billion valuation. Not to be outdone, competitor Lyft has its own funding news too: it’s raising its seventh round at a $2 billion valuation. Such is the pattern between the two of these ridesharing-type companies. In the marketplace, it’s pretty safe to say that Uber is perceived to ...

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    We all seek to gain attention. Whether it be for ourselves or for a third-party company, brand, cause, or product, getting people to notice and shift their focus towards it is not exactly an exact science. As a reporter for The Next Web, I received numerous pitches from agencies and tech companies eager to get my attention in order to write a story about them. We all have some need to get other people to pay attention, including for page views, shares, sign-ups and subscriptions, downloads, usage, and more. But while it ...

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    Technology can be a scary thing. No matter whether you’re trying to figure out ephemeral messaging apps like Snapchat, why you’d want to use a live-streaming service like Meerkat, or simply what’s your return on using Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. But imagine how difficult it could be for corporate executives who want to try and control the message and maintain the status quo? With the rapidly growing rate of new technology being thrust at companies, it can be overwhelming for executives and leaders to figure out which ones to use to engage with not only their customers, but also employees.


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    As some of you may know, I have a habit of taking photographs practically everywhere I go. Usually I’m lugging around a Canon 7D dSLR, but nearly all the time I have on hand my iPhone. I don’t fancy myself a professional photographer so when I browse through Instagram, EyeEm, Flickr, and Facebook and see photos from my more experienced photographer friends, I often ask myself “how can I get my photos to look just like that?” I still haven’t quite figured the trade secrets…yet, but suffice it to say, I have a better idea on how to try and recreate that look, thanks to Priime, a new photography editing app that launched at the end of last week.


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    “Build better communities” was one of the mantras featured on at least one of the screens on stage at this week’s F8 developer conference. Hosted by Facebook, the intent was to showcase the latest innovations within the company to get buy-in from developers on how it can further extend its quest to better connect us with each other. At one point, company CEO Mark Zuckerberg offered this battle cry: “Let’s go connect the world.” After the slew of announcements were made, it’s interesting to think how right he just might be.


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    Whatever happened to Highlight? You remember the app — it’s a location-based service that helped you find people near you in an almost serendipitous-type manner. Turns out that it’s still around and the company is still chugging away, especially after raising $4 million in December 2013. The company just launched its first standalone app today called Roll. What makes this new product so special? It’s being billed as a “new way for close friends to keep in touch by sharing their camera roll.”


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  • 04/18/15--01:13: The Neverending Rocky Path
  • Four years ago I began using a new social network and since then, I’ve posted over 7,500 “moments” that only a few friends are privy to see. The service I’m using and of which I’m talking about is Path. And for many years, it’s been a lightning rod for criticism over privacy or just the standard cliche jab: “Are people still using Path?” But after all of that, I personally remain a fan of the service — well at least until recently. It has dawned on me that I’m not really sure what Path is really up to, so I thought I’d jot down my thoughts here to see if it’s possible to make heads or tails of whether this Path is about to lead us to a dangerous cliff.


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    In its first public event since its IPO, cloud collaboration company Box sought to shake up the enterprise application landscape with several announcements aimed at changing the way technology is being used in the workplace. From the launch of a developer platform, releasing modular SDKs, unveiling of new resources, and more, Box seeks to facilitate the transformation of the digital enterprise.


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    Last week, TechCrunch held its semi-annual technology conference in New York City. And while there’s typically nothing surprising about it, there was one notable first for the publication: a presidential candidate took the stage to address the community. That’s right, ousted HP CEO-turned-presidential candidate Carly Fiorina made an appearance on the second day of TechCrunch Disrupt New York for an interview with TechCrunch TV star Sarah Lane.


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  • 06/26/15--09:30: Changing Winds
  • When I moved to San Francisco nearly eight years ago, I did so to explore the roots of technology and to gain a better understanding of how people can use the Internet and its byproducts to better their lives. Along the way, I’ve worked in agencies helping clients adapt and leverage these things to build better marketing campaigns, but often thought about exploring deeper into seeing who makes the digital tools we’re so fond of today. That eventually led me into blogging and journalism, starting with various small publications, then to Bub.blicio.us (thanks to the ever helpful Brian Solis). Eventually I shifted towards my first professional journalism role with The Next Web where I had an incredible experience working with not only talented individuals, but also got a chance to fulfill part of my dream of getting to know the movers and shakers of the tech industry.


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    As a photographer and someone who appreciates creative tools and hardware, my conversations with Lytro while as a reporter were often a mix of investigative and curiosity. Having raised more than $215 million in funding, this 12-year old company appeared to have an ambitious way of making media appear life-like.…

    The post Google’s Daydream VR and AR Efforts Could Get Boost With Lytro Acquisition appeared first on My Two Cents.


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    As the adage goes, the best camera is the one that’s with you. The quality of photos captured and shared continue to improve with each device’s successive generation and tech companies are looking to capitalize on the media proliferation that’s being generated. But it’s one thing to request access to…

    The post How A Dog-Eared Filter Got Tech To Think Camera-First appeared first on My Two Cents.


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