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RadioShack Prepares Bankruptcy Filing

RadioShack Corp. is preparing to file for bankruptcy protection as early as next month, people familiar with the matter said, following a sputtering turnaround effort that left the electronics chain short on cash.

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Make The Best Of The Cold Winter Months With An Xbox One And An Amazing Game

Make The Best Of The Cold Winter Months With An Xbox One And An Amazing Game

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Nintendo's New 3DS XL is coming to North America next month

It's been  available in Japan since last year , but the New Nintendo 3DS XL is finally coming to North America very soon — Nintendo just announced that the revamped handheld will be making its way to American and Canadian gamers starting on February 13th. Rumors of the release date first came yesterday, after several retail sources leaked promotional materials for the New 3DS. Only the larger, XL version of the device was announced for North America and you can buy the device in either red or black when it launches for $199.99.

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Here's why Samsung should buy BlackBerry

Big businesses have an ingrained reluctance to changing established practices, which makes the incumbent BES unlikely to be ousted from its leading position any time soon. Acquiring ownership of it would solve two problems at once for Samsung: the Korean company would immediately become a major presence in offices everywhere and its revenue sheet would add a consistent source of income. That’s particularly salient to Samsung as it tries to overhaul its all-important mobile devices division and revive flagging sales, but there’s pretty much no big tech company that wouldn’t benefit from the addition of BES. Together with BlackBerry Messenger — which is also cross-platform, usable on iPhones and Android handsets as well as BlackBerrys — BES marks a spectacular upgrade over Samsung’s in-house Knox and recently cancelled ChatOn efforts.

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What’s the difference between ‘4-wheel drive’ and ‘all-wheel drive?’

The other, more refined 4WD systems are activated with buttons or switches, rather than a rudimentary lever, and include multiple settings for the 4WD system. These systems usually have a 4WD ‘High’, which splits power less evenly and allows what’s called ‘limited slip’ between the inside and outside wheels. This corrects the locked, spinning inside wheel problem to a point. Typically, however, High 4WD is recommended only up to around 60 mph. Flip these into ‘Low’, and they act much the same as old, locked systems.

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Amazon’s Luxembourg tax deal to be scrutinised by Brussels

How the Juncker-led commission responds to the Amazon case it has inherited – and to further tax deals subsequently laid bare in the LuxLeaks scandal – is being seen as an early test of the credibility of the EU president, and the sincerity of his promises not to influence state aid inquiries, even if they stray close to uncomfortable areas of his past.

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Soylent Slurps $20M From A16Z, Lerer, Index To Drink Big Food’s Milkshake

Soylent’s ambitions for growing its business are aimed at eating into Big Food’s junk food business — or at least nibbling its edges, given that junky McBurgers can cost as little as a buck. Pushing its cost per meal to well below $3 would help to position the drink to compete on price with junk food (if not on fingerlickin’ grease), as well as — presumably — allowing its makers to boast about better health credentials.

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Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe agree to settlement in employee-poaching lawsuit

Four of the biggest names in Silicon Valley, including Google and Apple,  have agreed to a new settlement deal in an antitrust lawsuit over alleged agreements the firms had not to poach each others' employees. Adobe, Intel, Google, and Apple reached an agreement on Tuesday four years after the lawsuit, which accused the companies of limiting job mobility, was brought against them by workers in the tech sector.

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5 Things to Know About the Silk Road Trial

Ross Ulbricht is heading to federal court in Manhattan this week to defend himself against accusations that he was the mastermind behind Silk Road, a website that allegedly sold illegal goods like cocaine and fake driver’s licenses around the world. The government also has accused Mr. Ulbricht of commissioning six murders, although prosecutors and Mr. Ulbricht’s lawyers have said there is no proof the murders were carried out. Mr. Ulbricht has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Here are five things to know about the trial.

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The Free Encryption App That Wants to Replace Gmail, Dropbox, and HipChat | WIRED

Cryptographers devote their careers to the science of securing your communications. Twenty-four-year-old Nadim Kobeissi has devoted his to the art of making that security as easy as possible. His software creations like Cryptocat and Minilock encrypt instant messages or shared files with three-letter-agency-level protection, with user interfaces that require Lincoln-Log-level skills. Now he’s combining elements of his dead-simple apps into what he’s calling his biggest release yet, a single platform designed to encrypt everything you and any group of collaborators do on the desktop.

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Say Hello To Russell Simmons's Secret Weapon

Clark-Stone’s history of rethinking traditional advertising and marketing practices dates back to 1998. After graduating from Skidmore College, she joined media conglomerate Emmis Communications as an entry-level sales rep, where her job was to cold call businesses and convince them to buy radio ads. Even back then, she instinctively felt that the way to stand out from her peers was to be more creative. "One day I realized that if I offered to throw creative services into the package for free, more brands would sign on because they felt they were getting more bang for their buck," she says. Clarke-Stone started proactively advising her clients on the content of the ads—a ballsy move for a lowly sales rep—but before her bosses had a chance to question her methods, they noticed how much revenue she was raking in: over a million dollars in her first year, according to Clarke-Stone, putting her miles ahead of the other rookies. In some ways, as the CEO of Narrative a decade and a half later, Clarke-Stone offers her clients the same value proposition. Under Armour is trying to compete with the giants of the basketball world with a fraction of their advertising budgets: with Narrative, they are hoping to make a splash through creativity and execution, rather than through big ad spends.

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Apple eyes way to leave fingerprints in the cloud - CNET

As described in the filing, you would have to validate your Apple ID account before registering your fingerprints, just as you do by entering your pass code. Your fingerprint data would then be encrypted and sent to iCloud. To use your fingerprints on a second device, you would have to verify them from a "to be matched" set of fingerprints on that second device. Your fingerprints on both devices would have to match up with the ones stored on iCloud.

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Simpsons characters are invading the 'Minecraft' universe

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 40 million unique visitors worldwide and 20 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

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Google's New Patent Turns On Private Browsing Automatically

The patent was applied for back in 2011 and was granted on Jan 13. Google will likely incorporate this method into its Chrome browser to increase user security and privacy.

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Everything We Currently Know About The Apple Watch

We know Twitter and Facebook will have apps. City Mapper will also have a transit app which could potentially be the perfect travel companion. During the Apple Watch announcement, 64 app icons were shown on the watch, some of which went unmentioned. People have since dissected the list and figured out what most apps are.

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Snubbing 'Selma': The 2015 Oscars missed a chance to make history

Nominating DuVernay could have been an incredible, two-fold win on its own. Though she should not be nominated just for the sake of it, it's fair to say DuVernay has earned her place. She directed one of the most talked-about films of the year and has been nominated at every turn — except where it counts. She would have also only been the fifth woman in history to grab a Best Director nom (only one has won — Kathryn Bigelow in 2010 for Hurt Locker ).

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T-Mobile's new prepaid plans start at $40 per month - CNET

T-Mobile already offers prepaid plans called Simple Choice. Simple Choice starts at $50 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data, including 1GB of 4G LTE data. Unlike Simply Prepaid, Simple Choice does include an unlimited 4G LTE option for $80 per month. Two other plans go for $60 and $70 per month with 3GB and 5GB of 4G LTE data, respectively.

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Pitt, Bale, and Gosling will star in the story of the global financial collapse

Variety reports that Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling will star in The Big Short , a dramatic retelling of the collapse of the housing and credit markets that led to the global financial crisis of 2007. The movie is based on Michael Lewis' best-seller, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine . Lewis' book focuses on several key figures who profited from or inadvertently helped bring out global financial disaster, including hedge fund manager Steve Eisman and Howie Hubler, the latter of whom lost $9 billion in one trade.

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'Lego Movie' snubbed for an Oscar, so director builds his own - CNET

Perhaps dismissing the Lego film as a big toy advert, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences instead gave the nod to animated movies "Big Hero 6", "The Boxtrolls", "How to Train Your Dragon 2", "Song of the Sea", and "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya". The Lego film is still in with a shout to claim one of the famous golden statues however, as the relentlessly catchy theme song "Everything is Awesome" has been nominated for best song.

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FAA boosts study of drones for newsgathering with CNN, New York Times, others

Seeking to hasten the use of drones for newsgathering, the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday announced it has signed a research agreement with CNN to share data from the network's ongoing study of the issue with the goal of creating a "framework" for future use of such unmanned aircraft for that purpose.

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Xiaomi Mi Note: A Sleek iPhone 6 Plus Alternative?

Yoy may not know much about Xiaomi, the Chinese hardware manufacturer. But it's on a swift upward trajectory in China and the rest of the world—and its new flagship, the Mi Note, may explain why. The iPhone 6 Plus-sized handset is sleek, high-specced and not too expensive, either.

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8 Tips For Dealing With Your Awful Boss

Before you go gossiping to coworkers about your boss' bad behavior, adjust your own reactions and find ways to anticipate the next big blowup. Check out the video above for more tips on coping, and what to do when all else fails.

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Marriott will unshackle its guests’ mobile Wi-Fi hotspots

Marriott International has caved under the public outcry over its Wi-Fi blocking policies. On Wednesday the hotel chain said it would no longer try to shut down the personal Wi-Fi hotspots its guest create using smartphones and MiFi-like modems.

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Google driverless cars being built in Livonia

Google driverless cars being built in Livonia Pod-like prototypes for testing are being developed and assembled at a Roush facility Check out this story on Freep.com: http://on.freep.com/1IKTGQA

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Apple's New Programming Language Is Growing Like Mad | WIRED

That growth is unprecedented in the firm’s rankings, analyst Stephen O’Grady wrote in a blog post about the findings. By comparison, Google’s programming language Go, introduced in 2009, only just broke into the top 20 this quarter. That’s not bad considering the top languages in the rankings are still venerable languages like Java, JavaScript, PHP and C++, but it’s nowhere near as meteoric as Swift’s rise.

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B of A boosts Apple Pay with 1.1 million cards enrolled

The number isn’t mindblowing, but it’s pretty respectable, considering that Bank of America has about 16.5 million mobile banking customers altogether. The company’s breakout of Apple Pay adopters in its fourth-quarter earnings signifies it expects Apple’s new service to become an important player in mobile payments this year.

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Engadget on Twitter

“ @engadget : Google Glass experiments are done, Nest CEO now in charge http://engt.co/1u72TSd  pic.twitter.com/QoJnjYEhb2 ” This should be exciting

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This ad company is using Verizon's unstoppable supercookies to track you

This means that if a Verizon mobile subscriber deletes the cookies stored in his browser, including the one created by Turn to track his activity across different websites, the company will recreate the same cookie and resume the tracking when it later sees his Verizon UIDH. This means that the user won’t get a clean slate and his tracking profile will increase over time.

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The Xbox One costs $349 again

In addition to revealing the new price point, Microsoft announced that its best-selling streak had continued into December, as the Xbox One once again topped the PS4 in terms of sales. These back-to-back wins follow a lengthy period of dominance by Sony, with the PS4 routinely outselling the Xbox One — while  the PS4 hit 10 million units sold in August , the Xbox One didn't reach the same milestone  until three months later . Sony spun the December sales data by  confirming that the PS4 was the best-selling console worldwide in 2014, while Nintendo said that the Wii U had its best month ever without giving specific figures.

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ClassDojo Now Helps Teachers, Parents and Students Communicate Better

ClassDojo , a teaching aid platform designed for use in schools, has today updated its core offering to include a range of new features and the ability to keep parents better informed of progress.

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Google and Lending Club launch low-interest loans for Google partners

This is a notable move from Google, as it already has direct investment arms — Google Ventures and Google Capital — that take equity from companies it sees promise in. The Lending Club partnership program is different, though, as it provides capital without equity, which can be used for business development and “other growth opportunities.” This may include hiring staff and other expansion initiatives.

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Sony to close all Canadian retail locations in next two months

Sony will close three stores in the Vancouver area; two in Calgary; one each in Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City; three in Toronto, and individual stores in Missassauga and Newmarket, Ont. Roughly 90 full- and part-time jobs will be eliminated as Sony shifts to selling products in Canada through third-party retailers and its online store, a Sony spokesperson in Canada said.

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DigitalBridge Visualizes your Home After a Makeover

There’s no shortage of tech on hand to help you plan a home makeover, but UK startup Shortbite has come up with one of the best solutions that we’ve seen – DigitalBridge .

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The Fitness Gear You Actually Need in 2015 | WIRED

Fitbit Charge HR. Josh Valcarcel/WIRED First, it can monitor your intensity. If you don’t have hours to spend running or lifting weights, you can make sure you’re getting a quality, efficient workout. Second, by tracking your activities, you can build on what you’ve done in the past, and gain a sense of accomplishment. “Wow, I walked six miles today! I could barely huff up one flight of stairs a month ago!” It’s a powerful motivator. Third, many fitness trackers (or rather, their apps) offer some degree of community. If you need additional motivation, want to meet up with other people with similar goals as yourself, or if you have a competitive edge, digitally communing with others will help keep you on track.

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Xiaomi Mi Note Preview - CNET

The Mi Note's quality and build speaks for itself, and I expect it to do remarkably well when it launches, despite the slightly higher price than Xiaomi's other offerings. Considering it's not much more than half the price of the Galaxy Note 4, Android fans willing to import could be getting an incredible deal.

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Birdman & Grand Budapest Hotel Land Nine Oscar Nominations Apiece - IGN

The nominations for the 87th Academy Awards have been announced, and The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman lead the way with nine nominations apiece.

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CIA clears staff of Senate snooping

An internal board launched an inquiry after the CIA appealed against findings by David Buckley, the agency's inspector general, that employees had "improperly" gained access to computers used by Senate staff.

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Cult of Mac on Twitter

“ @cultofmac : Next Samsung smartwatch may copy Apple’s digital crown http://www.cultofandroid.com/71284/next-samsung-smartwatch-may-copy-apples-digital-crown/ … pic.twitter.com/LNX0W97Kie ”

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Xiaomi Targets iPhone 6 Plus With New Phablet

The Mi Note comes with a 5.7-inch screen, 13-megapixel rear camera, and curved glass front and back.

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Engadget on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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What the Social Progress Index can reveal about your country

The term Gross Domestic Product is often talked about as if it were “handed down from god on tablets of stone.” But this concept was invented by an economist in the 1930s. We need a more effective measurement tool to match 21st century needs, says Michael Green: the Social Progress Index. With charm and wit, he shows how this tool measures societies across the three dimensions that actually matter. And reveals the dramatic reordering of nations that occurs when you use it.

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Find your voice against gender violence

This talk begins with a personal story of sexual violence that may be difficult to listen to. But that’s the point, says citizen journalist Meera Vijayann: Speaking out on tough, taboo topics is the spark for change. Vijayann uses digital media to speak honestly about her experience of gender violence in her home country of India — and calls on others to speak out too.

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Artist JeeYoung Lee Converts Her Tiny Studio Into Absurdly Elaborate Non-Digital Dreamscapes

It’s always amazing to witness at artist who embraces one of their greatest limitations, turning it instead into one of their greatest advantages. For Korean artist JeeYoung Lee the question was how to utilize her small studio space in Seoul measuring 11.8′ x 13.5′ x 7.8′ (3.6m x 4.1m x 2.4m) that was proportionally miniscule to the scale of her boundless imagination. Instead of finding a new location or reverting to digital trickery, Lee challenged herself to build some of the most elaborate sets imaginable for the sake of taking a single photograph.

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Internet.org

“The goal of Internet.org is to make internet access available to the two thirds of the world who are not yet connected, and to bring the same opportunities to everyone that the connected third of the world has today.”

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My 12 pairs of legs

Athlete, actor and activist Aimee Mullins talks about her prosthetic legs — she's got a dozen amazing pairs — and the superpowers they grant her: speed, beauty, an extra 6 inches of height ... Quite simply, she redefines what the body can be.

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How to rob a bank (from the inside, that is)

William Black is a former bank regulator who’s seen firsthand how banking systems can be used to commit fraud — and how “liar's loans” and other tricky tactics led to the 2008 US banking crisis that threatened the international economy. In this engaging talk, Black, now an academic, reveals the best way to rob a bank — from the inside.

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Sense360 Picks Up $2.75 Million Seed Led By FirstMark Capital

“How can you use the sensors on a phone to know if someone is at a gas station filling up their car, or driving and stuck at a light next to a gas station, or just walking near the gas station?,” he posited. “This requires location, accelerometer and gyroscope data, ambient light data, and a bunch of other sensor data. An app that wants to compare gas prices for users when they are in a gas station would have a really hard time collecting the data to build their model, finding the right insights, and then building the functionality in a privacy friendly and battery efficient way. Instead, they could come to us and our product would make it incredibly quick to automate this in their app.”

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A New Study Reveals Much About How Parents Really Choose Schools

Harris does note that since Katrina, the lowest-income families have had better access to public schools that perform better on tests — because test scores across the city have gone up, and because there are more high-performing schools located in low-income neighborhoods. But, he says, what this study is suggesting is that, "You can't assume that parent preference alone is going to be a driver of academic quality in schools, and especially equity."

51 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... Thunderbirds Are Go! as ITV remake launches with a bang
52 Kiko Labs Debuts A Series Of “Brain-Training” Games For Kids
53 Timeline Launches News App To Give You The Context Behind The Day’s Headlines
54 Here's how Elon Musk's Hyperloop might actually work
55 Underground Cellar Is A Wine-Buying Site That Rewards You With “Better” Bottles For Free
56 Joystiq on Twitter
57 The TheTechNewsBlog Daily
58 Fibonacci Zoetrope Sculptures
59 Parents investigated for neglect after letting kids walk home alone
60 Timeline
61 Scientists Discover Potent Antibiotic, A Potential Weapon Against a Range of Diseases
62 Some Personal News
63 Meet KeySweeper, the $10 USB charger that steals MS keyboard strokes
64 Take The Quiz: What Kind of Productive Person Are You?
65 Bill Gates Is Revolutionizing How History Is Taught, And We Went To A Poor NYC High School To See It In Action
66 New images illustrate how an iPhone app will control the Apple Watch
67 Target to close all 133 Canadian stores, gets CCAA protection
68 Booking.com's App for Last-Minute Deals Will Probably Kill HotelTonight | WIRED
69 How to follow the major UK political parties on social media
70 The forgotten history of how automakers invented the crime of "jaywalking"
71 Home | Newsletters | MIT Technology Review
72 Make-Up and Medicine in the Middle Ages - Medievalists.net
73 My seven species of robot
74 Thousands of Hindus arrive at holy water to celebrate Magh Mela
75 An Actual Teen Wrote About Apps, And You’ll Never Believe How Many Pageviews It Got
76 Bethenny Frankel wants to ruin your munchies with Skinnygirl weed
77 Xiaomi's iPhone 6 Plus competitor doesn't rip off Apple
78 Europe | TechCrunch
79 Kids need structure
80 Google Search Now Links You to Brands' Social Profiles
81 Finally, A Chariot For Barbie That Straps To A Cat
82 7 black female directors earning incredible Hollywood reviews
83 If I should have a daughter ...
84 Google Glass Exits X Labs As Explorer Program Shuts Down, Team Now Reports To Tony Fadell
85 Defense in Silk Road Trial Says Mt. Gox CEO Was the Real Dread Pirate Roberts
86 Smart Helmet Maker Skully Has Raised Another $1.5 Million
87 THE BEACONS REPORT: Growth Forecasts For The Most Important Retail Technology Since The Mobile Credit Card Reader
88 Apple Patents iCloud-Based Touch ID Syncing For Devices And Apple Pay Terminals
89 Google Translate Update May Save You A Lot Of Money
90 A Scientific Ranking Of The Sexiest Types Of Creativity
91 Obama to push for cheaper, speedier broadband in the US
92 ChartMogul Closes A $600K Seed Round Led By Point Nine Capital In Berlin
93 Facebook at Work is here — but only for a select few
94 How Your Favorite Apps Will Look On The Apple Watch