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from http://venturebeat.com/ 678 days ago

CSR, the big navigation and Bluetooth chip maker, is announcing today new software that it says will enable accurate indoor positioning for Android apps. Its SirFusion software development kit (SDK) for Android app developers will allow them to create apps that can take advantage of CSR’s indoor mapping capability, the ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 678 days ago

As Uber awaits the results of an appeal to a case it lost in a Paris court, the company has launched a petition to rally French supporters to its side. In the petition, the company portrays itself as the victim of a campaign coordinated by powerful public transportation incumbents and ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 678 days ago

Billboard and partner Nielsen SoundScan will soon start counting streaming services like Spotify and Beats Music in its signature ranking, the Billboard 200, reports The New York Times’ Ben Sisario. Under the new rules, 1,500 streams will equate to one album sale. Likewise, 10 individual song downloads will also count ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 678 days ago

GUEST:When I started researching India’s engineering education in 2005, my first conclusion was that Indian I.T. was doomed. The country was barely graduating enough engineers to staff this growing industry. The quality of engineers that India’s universities graduated was also inconsistent, and most were unemployable. To make matters worse, India ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 678 days ago

Being acquired by Google has allowed Nest to finally spend money on marketing and advertising — something investors are often not keen on seeing their money go towards, Nest CEO Tony Fadell revealed. Fadell made the comment earlier today at GigaOM’s Roadmap conference, where he spoke onstage with GigaOM’s Om ...

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Google Play merchant support has arrived in China, Google announced today. As a result, local Android developers can now export and sell their apps to Google Play users in more than 130 countries (but not in China itself, since the actual Google Play store still isn’t available there). Chinese developers ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 678 days ago

Amazon says it will once again be lowering the price of an Amazon Web Service, this time its CloudSearch service. CloudSearch is a managed service that that can be used by enterprises to set up and operate a search service for websites or applications. Amazon says in a blog post ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 678 days ago

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Salesforce.com chief executive Marc Benioff is bullish about his company’s newest software, the Wave cloud service for visualizing data. But it’s good to keep in mind just how big of an opportunity lies ahead, at least from Benioff’s perspective. On the company’s quarterly ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 678 days ago

Al Franken has sent a letter to Uber asking the embattled shared car service to explain its data collection practices. In the letter, the Minnesota senator says recent comments by Uber CEO Travis Kalanick have raised serious concerns about the privacy of the service’s customers. Senator Franken pressed the CEO ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 678 days ago

PulseOn has yet another wearable health monitor. But it wants to set itself apart by making sure it has the most accurate measurement of your heart rate. Above: Tero Mennander of PulseOnImage Credit: Dean Takahashi The company has focused from the start on proprietary algorithms that capture your heartbeats, Tero ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 678 days ago

 We know this much: Uber has a huge public relations problem on its hands. On Monday, Buzzfeed reported comments made by a senior vice president on Uber’s team, Emil Michael, at a private dinner. Michael’s comments suggested that he felt Uber would be justified in hiring an opposition research team ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 678 days ago

Just in time for the holidays, the HTC One M8 for Windows is now available from AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. The phone was already available on Verizon for $99 with contract. The new phone sports a zero-gap aluminum body, front-facing stereo speakers, and a new camera that HTC says can ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 678 days ago

Now that Mozilla’s five-year deal with Google is up, the company is making a pivotal change in the way it handles search partnerships. The company announced today that it has signed new regional deals with two search providers, making Yandex the default search engine for Firefox users in Russia and ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 678 days ago

Mozilla and Yahoo today announced a five-year partnership that will see the latter’s search engine become the default in Firefox for U.S. users, displacing Google. At the same time, Firefox users will be introduced to a “new enhanced Yahoo Search experience” starting in December. Firefox’s global search default on desktop ...

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from http://venturebeat.com/ 709 days ago

Above: Building 42 on Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., campus, one of many buildings where company engineers work on the Microsoft Azure public cloud.Image Credit: Jordan Novet/VentureBeatREDMOND, Wash. — Following Microsoft’s announcement today about new partnerships with operating system startup CoreOS and big data company Cloudera, it’s clearer than it’s been in ...

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