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Endgame is going to be a fascinating project in collective storytelling. The project started as Endgame: The Calling, a novel published in October by bestselling author James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton. It is the first of three books. Before the second novel comes out, Google’s Niantic Labs division will launch ...

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Skin cancer may have found its worst enemy: IBM’s cognitive computers. VentureBeat has learned that IBM Research will announce a partnership today with New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on technology that, in tests, successfully evaluated patterns in medical images and detected even the most deadly forms of skin ...

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People love reading and writing their own stories. And Pocket Gems has figured out how to make that happen in a big way on mobile devices with the interactive stories of Episode. Above: Cass PhillipsImage Credit: Pocket Gems Pocket Gems released its Episode platform for telling interactive stories in February. ...

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Native advertising company Sharethrough launched “Native Cards” today, a new form of native advertising that adds interactivity and media to ads in card format on websites or apps. Above: An example Native Card on mobileImage Credit: Sharethrough The cards will allow advertisers to display content on a site that fits ...

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When Apple opened up iOS to third-party keyboard apps this year, a slew of startups rejoiced as the move effectively opened up their service to hundreds of millions more users. One of those companies was San Francisco-based Fleksy, which arrived on the scene shortly after iOS 8 launched with a ...

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SPONSORED:This sponsored post is produced by appsasia. The Internet marketplace is littered with those that fell to the wayside because their creators failed to suss out users’ needs. The lessons left by MySpace, Friendster, Airtime, and Apple Maps show that to maintain relevancy, you must continue to evolve – or ...

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Reimagining the human diet is pretty useless unless we address how we grow and harvest food, something Y Combinator-backed FarmLogs knows all about. The two-year-old startup provides farmers with web and mobile apps to help them better track and understand their operations, and today it’s announcing it has raised $10 ...

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(This post has been updated.) Baidu and Uber held a press conference in China today to confirm a partnership that will bring the San Francisco-based ride-sharing service to a massive new market. The deal was widely reported last week, though neither company would acknowledge it until today. The company’s did ...

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The imploding Russian ruble may have forced the hand of another tech company. It appears Valve has taken steps to prevent people from buying cheap versions of games from its Steam service in Russia, where the currency has reached all-time lows against the dollar in recent weeks. According to Engadget ...

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Sean Parker has announced he will donate $24 million to the Stanford University School of Medicine to create a new center that will research severe food allergies. The noted investor and entrepreneur has suffered from food allergies. The money will be used to fund the Sean N. Parker Center for ...

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Brandwatch, the maker of technology for acquiring social intelligence, has purchased PeerIndex, an analytics firm that finds and measures social influencers. Above: Giles Palmer, CEO of Brandwatch. New York-based Brandwatch wants to merge both companies’ technical capabilities for measuring social influencers, or people who have a big impact because they ...

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GUEST:You’re probably hearing the word ChatOps more and more — at conferences, on Reddit and Hacker News, around the water cooler (or keg) — but what does it actually mean? And why and how would you implement it at your organization? ChatOps, a term widely credited to GitHub, is all ...

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GUEST:How much do you really know about application containers? Not the technical features or benefits, as those are readily circulating across technology communities. From extreme application portability and flexibility to simplified IT operations, application containers appear to be god’s gift to IT. But, again, ask the question: What do you ...

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Snapchat might have turned down more than $3 billion from Facebook to be acquired, but it looks like it spent a hefty $15 million to quietly acquire a startup building a Google Glass-inspired product. The recent Sony email leaks contain deal terms stating that ephemeral messaging app Snapchat paid $15 ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 4 days ago

Analysts are mildly bullish on T-Mobile’s announcement of a new data allotment roll-over offer today, but they’re generally unconvinced it will be a game changer for consumers or a meaningful threat to AT&T and Verizon. In its latest “un-carrier” move, T-Mobile introduced Data Stash, a new program that automatically rolls ...

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