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When people run into major problems with the health industry — trying to get money from insurance companies or to get access to an experimental drug, for example — they’re no longer just turning to lawyers. Increasingly, they’re turning to online petitions. One petition website, Change.org, has already seen over ...

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Consumers these days expect their favorite brands to tell a story, and Skyword helps them tell it. Skyword has announced closing $6.7 million in growth financing for its content marketing solutions. This Boston-based startup provides agencies, brands, media, and retail customers with a platform to publish and effectively distribute content. ...

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Better watch out, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Hot messaging app MessageMe has just raised $10 million in its first round of funding, the company confirmed today. MessageMe offers iOS and Android apps that send rich messages to friends, family, and groups. The app also lets you share YouTube videos, iTunes ...

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In 2012, Google made more than $50 billion, almost entirely via plain, boring little text ads. So it’s more than a tad ironic that Google is so incredibly good at old-fashioned video ads. The advertising industry’s top kudos show, the Clio Awards, gave Google the advertiser of the year award ...

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This is a guest post by Tutorspree CEO Aaron Harris Thanks to technology, we’re watching a revolution happen in education right now. From the explosion in popularity of language learning apps like Mindsnacks to the media furor about the rise of massive open online courses (MOOCs), companies are being built ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 472 days ago

Google tricked out its entire I/O conference with hundreds of sensors this week. Today, we got a glimpse at some of the data and the work that went into making it happen. Michael Manoochehri, with Google’s cloud engineering group, explained the project from Google’s perspective: It’s a big experiment designed ...

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Simeon Simeonov is founder of Swoop. The coverage of Google I/O 2013 developer conference has focused on Google’s plans for world domination through an increasingly more interrelated and stickier set of consumer services. What’s gone unnoticed is Google’s radical developer ecosystem management strategy. The company has made a fateful choice ...

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Cynthia Schames was laid off from her job a day before her wedding. She worked in enterprise software sales for 12 years, but ultimately this setback led her to found Abbey Post. Abbey Post is a plus-size fashion marketplace and community. The company just released a totally rebuilt version of ...

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If you follow VentureBeat but don’t regularly check our GamesBeat site, here’s a list of the best video game stories we ran over the last seven days that you may have missed. This week, Google held its annual I/O conference in San Francisco, revealing plans for cross-platform Google Play support, ...

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Early Bird Tickets on Sale Say what you will about Windows Phone, but the platform’s greatest strength has always been Nokia’s Lumia phones. And the latest phone in the series, the Lumia 928, is no different. The Lumia 928 is the first high-end Lumia ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 472 days ago

Stitcher Radio is rolling out a new feature on its iOS app today that makes it much easier to use the streaming service while driving in a vehicle — which is exactly where radio belongs. Unlike the majority of streaming audio services, Stitcher focuses entirely on radio shows and podcasts. ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 472 days ago

A year ago today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg “rang the bell” to open trading in one of the most hotly-anticipated initial public offerings in history as Facebook hit the stock market. And promptly went splat. Today, not that much has changed. After debuting close to $40 and cratering to just under ...

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Marketing automation business Marketo made its debut on the Nasdaq stock exchange today, and early trading looks strong, with shares up 55 percent over initial pricing. Last night, the company priced 6.1 million shares at $13 — the high end of its $11-to-$13 range — and ended up raising $79 ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 472 days ago

Two months ago we reported that the U.S. Department of Defense had ordered as many as 650,000 iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches from Apple. Now, after passing Pentagon tests, the devices are actually approved for use. Before authorizing any devices for use in security-conscious military environments, the military requires a ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 472 days ago

Maxthon has carved out a name for itself as a reliable alternative web browser built with the cloud in mind. The company has more than 120 million monthly users for its browser, which isn’t as crash-prone as those made by its rivals. Now the Beijing-based company hopes to transform the ...

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