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1 UK Startups Failing To Explain Equity To Employees | TechCrunch

Secondly, there is a talent premium that can break through a salary structure. Startup founders are well-aware of the added value a true “A player” can bring to a fast-moving, small team – especially at a startup where the stakes are higher. These people are sometimes worth extending a greater slice of equity to attract or ramping up your burn rate for – they can be literally the difference between boom or bust. Thus, figures around these people can skew the averages.

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Tim Cook Calls Merchants Disabling NFC a Skirmish

Cook called the ongoing issue a “skirmish” and indicated that he believed that it’ll be customers that will decide which payment service retailers will end up supporting. Of course it helps that Apple activated 1 million cards in the first 72 hours according to Cook.

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Verizon Droid Turbo boasts a huge battery that lasts 2 days

The Droid Turbo is designed for extended battery life, and Motorola says the phone can last 48 hours — two full days — of normal use. The "monster size" battery has a huge 3,900 milliamp-hours (mAh) of power (by comparison, the iPhone 6 Plus is rated at 2,915mAh), and the life is extended even further via software that optimizes ever watt, according to the company.

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Google Now Lets You Make Free One Minute International Calls | TechCrunch

Need to make an international phone call, but don’t want to deal with the mystery connection fees and huge minute-by-minute charges?

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Facebook shares down 11% on warning of rising costs

Facebook shares down 11% on warning of rising costs Facebook reported $3.2 billion in revenue and adjusted earnings per share of 43 cents. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1u4hxZJ

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CNET on Twitter: "Antares rocket carrying unmanned Cygnus spacecraft explodes at NASA launchpad http://t.co/7ey8tMxwow http://t.co/RO2r8Uo0T7"

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Quixey CEO Tomer Kagan Says They Don’t Need Developers To Makes Apps Searchable | TechCrunch

Despite also talking up his company’s deep-linking standard (and in a post-panel chat, tools for developers slated to arrive next year), Kagan claims that in the long run, Quixey doesn’t need support from developers to make a search engine for mobile apps that can find all of the information in a native app that you’d be able to get from a website using a traditional search engine like Google. He thinks that Quixey will be able to crawl every native app on Android  and  iOS to find every single state and automatically make them into searchable pieces of data.

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12 of the best new features in Android Lollipop

Google’s approach for rolling out the latest version of Android, Lollipop, is a little different. There are the usual things we see every year — a new Nexus phone and a new Nexus tablet — but instead of a big event, the company is posting details in blog posts and on the main Android site. So if you’re tracking the rollout closely, you probably have a sense of what’s new and what’s cool in the OS. If you’re not, though, getting a sense of what Lollipop is actually like and what it actually does isn’t easy.

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Twitter's efforts to engage users yet to fully pay off

"How, when, and to what extent Twitter is able to engage and monetize these users are some of the key pieces to the puzzle around how Twitter can expand its low monetization levels," Canaccord Genuity analysts said.

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Report: Men play more MMOs, FPSes; women rule mobile, RPG

Men and women enjoy video games, but some genres tend to attract one gender over the other, SuperData Research finds in a 2014 US study provided to Joystiq. Women compose 57.8 percent of the mobile market, 53.6 percent of the RPG market and 50.2 percent of the PC market (including social games), the report says. The study finds that men make up 66 percent of MMO players, 66 percent of FPS players and 63 percent of digital console players. The data was collected in several separate studies in 2014, each with a minimum sample size of 1,000 respondents. SuperData defines its terminology and methodology here . This study comes on the heels of SuperData Research's 2014 MMO market report , which placed League of Legends as the No. 1 game in the company's MMO category, which included MOBAs, MMOFPS games, MMORPGs, online racing games, online sports games, online sci-fi games, virtual card games, social sims and virtual worlds. In that study, SuperData found that among US players 18 and older, 22 percent of players were between the ages 26 and 30, and 20 percent were between the ages 21 and 25.

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Dragon Quest Heroes hits Japan in February, Metal Slime PS4 out this year

Dragon Quest Heroes hits Japan in February, Metal Slime PS4 out this year

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Facebook has its first $3 billion quarter, beats Q3 earnings estimates

The company reported earnings of $0.43 per share on revenue of $3.2 billion in the September quarter, coming in ahead of analyst estimates for earnings of $0.40 per share on revenue of $3.12 billion. That's up nearly 60% from its revenue of $2.02 billion in the same quarter a year earlier.

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SnapDonate lets you give to charities just by taking photos of their logos

Slowly but surely, many parts of the world are going cashless , and the effects go beyond quicker checkouts at supermarkets. A new app developed in the UK lets users donate to charities whenever they feel inspired to do so, by simply pointing their phones at a charity’s logo — on a poster, flyer, billboard or anywhere else.

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We Make Mistakes

We’ve just finished reviewing applications for the Winter 2015 batch and have sent out invitations for interviews. In this cycle we saw a +40% increase in the number of companies applying over the Summer 2014 batch.

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Sponsored post: An inside view: How will the Internet of Things transform your business?

The convergence of pervasive connectivity and smarter devices along with economic feasibility is making the IoT attainable by a broader audience. New products and new ways of doing business are emerging. How can you capitalize on the tremendous market opportunity?

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Reserve, From Startup Studio Expa, Makes Restaurant Reservations Easier Than Ever | TechCrunch

After all, if you’re going on a big date, or if you want to take a friend or family member somewhere fancy, you might have a specific restaurant in mind, but there’s also a good chance that you just want to get a reservation at a decent spot in a certain neighborhood and period of time. And that’s how Reserve works — users just identify the date and time window that they’re looking for, and the app will provide them with a list of recommended restaurants. After you peruse the listings (which include online menus and information like awards won), you choose the restaurant or restaurants that interest you, and Reserve will try to get a reservation.

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Why Is Kim Kardashian At A Tech Conference?! | TechCrunch

The same people who don’t want Kim Kardashian onstage at a tech conference are the same people who don’t want me onstage at a tech conference. (And, terrifyingly enough, work in California’s prison system.) So, Kim, we can either a) go back to school to get our CS degrees or b) hold fast now that we’re already here, hoping that, just maybe, our love and deep curiosity for tech will one day be enough to justify our seat.

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Microsoft's 4th Quarter Hail Mary For The Xbox One

Another idiotic post trying to act as if this is desperation or that we’re in some sort of fourth quarter where Xbox One will somehow die if it doesn’t outsell the PS4 this next quarter. This whole article sure felt like Sony commissioned it. It couldn’t kiss up to them any further. Look the fact is this: Xbox One has been making steady gains in the past couple of months and their promotions have been working. Their exclusive titles, especially the ones lined up for the next few months are much more interesting to a lot of people than Sony’s lineup is and the combination of that with the lower price point will make them extremely competitive. While Sony’s practically been sitting on their lead the last couple of months, they truly don’t have any exciting releases that either differentiate them versus the One or make them the must-buy system. The console wars aren’t over already for this gen. In fact I would argue we haven’t even seen the tipping point. Most people, like myself, have been waiting on the games that are going to force the switch from 360/PS3 to that next system. To now, they haven’t existed.

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21 Insightful Quotes From Bill Gates, Who Turns 59 Today

How did the world's wealthiest man get to where he is today? Gathered from 20 years of interviews, these quotes show how Gates grew from startup nerd to software titan to history-shifting activist.

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Softcard is still kicking: The carriers’ mobile wallet now works at McDonald’s nationwide

I have used Softcard for a number of months and was reasonable happy with it. I have now removed it from my phone. The Softcard stopped working about 3 months ago and since then I have jumped through hoops trying to get it working again. The issue is that there appears to be three partners in this mess. They are Verizon, Softcard and Samsung. For over two months the buck has been passed as to who to blame and what is causing the issue of the card not working. The last request this week was to do a hard reset on my phone which means I would have to re install everything on my phone. If this solution had come to me in the beginning I may have done so, but after two months of “Trying” something else that did not work I am unwilling to go further. So as long as the app works it is heaven, but went it quits, it more resembles hell. If Paypal gets some vendors to use there app, I like the looks of it.

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How the NFL tracks everything on the field but the ball

Using a pair of location beacons embedded in each player’s shoulder pads, the Zebra system is able to measure speed, acceleration, and distance covered in nearly real-time — there’s just a half-second latency — and to within a margin of error of less than 6 inches. Referees and the first-down measuring sticks along the sideline are also equipped with the coin-sized RFID tags, leaving only the ball as an untracked entity on the field. (Zebra is working on a custom transmitter with wider weight distribution for 2015 that will make it possible to track the most critical object without affecting its flight or feel.) The company describes 2014 as a "best effort" year, with half the NFL stadiums being outfitted with its sensor networks and only occasional uses of the technology manifesting themselves in game broadcasts till now. But the vision for this technology is much grander than its present state.

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Google Doodle salutes Polio vaccine inventor Jonas Salk

Since 1900, the country had been in the grips of a series of Polio epidemics, each more devastating than the last and disproportionately affected children. In 1952, as Salk was just beginning to perform the early stages of testing for his vaccine, the United States saw the disease's worst outbreak in the nation's history, with more cases of death and paralysis than any Polio epidemic before it.

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Facebook revenues top $3.2bn in last three months as mobile use grows

The social media firm announced its revenues had topped $3.2bn (£2bn) in the past three months as it increased its share of the mobile advertising market. The figure was a 59% increase on the same period last year and came as the percentage of advertising it takes from mobile grew to 66% from 49% a year earlier.

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Here's What Apple's Watch Interface Looks Like On An iPhone

Instead of flipping through pages of apps, Watch OS's clustered web of app icons makes it easy to quickly zoom out and back in on a different section. And surprisingly enough, it appears to adapt the iPhone's larger screen with ease.

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Google’s Material Design Checklist For Android Shows What’s Coming In Lollipop Apps | TechCrunch

Google posted an update to its Android Developers Blog today which includes a complete checklist for the new Material Design aesthetic Google has adopted across the OS for its own apps and menu visuals. The Checklist is aimed at mobile software designers, but it’s a good read for anyone interested in getting a grasp on how their favourite software might be reimagined for Google’s refreshed mobile platform.

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Listen to your music without skimping on quality with The Bluetooth Shower Speaker [Deals] | Cult of Mac

You can also rest assured that your connected audio device will stay bone dry as the crystal clear signal can travel from up to 10 meters away. Plus, you can use The Bluetooth Shower Speaker in more places than just the shower or tub. Take it with you to the pool or to the beach and solve all of your music listening needs.

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McDonald's Extends NFC Payments in the US With Softcard

Good news for McDonald’s’ Android-using customers in the US – there are now more options for paying with NFC thanks to a tie-up between the fast food giant and Softcard .

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FTC Sues AT&T for Reducing Data Speeds on Unlimited Plans

At the same time, AT&T's marketing materials emphasize the "unlimited" data which customers can get on its plans. Even when unlimited plan customers renew their contracts, AT&T failed to mention its throttling practices, the FTC claimed. And when customers cancel their contracts after being throttled, they are hit with early termination fees typically amounting to hundreds of dollars.

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'Shazam for birds' set for launch

"We've got a few that are clearly wrong there, we've got the black-tailed godwit, a fieldfare, for example. The bottom result that we've got at six per cent is the coot, which is actually the bird that was making the noise."

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Facebook's prized acquisition WhatsApp lost $140 million last year

It's not a fair comparison, of course. Facebook is an older company with a gigantic sales team that has monetized in a very predictable way: ads. With 1.3 billion users, it's not so hard to make billions of dollars. WhatsApp, on the other hand, has yet to flesh out its business beyond a $1/year subscription plan, but said that it has no intention of adding ads. Still, Facebook's acquisition of the company was never about acquiring a profitable company — it was about acquiring users. Users across the globe, especially users WhatsApp has but Facebook doesn't, are incredibly valuable. This last quarter, the average revenue per Facebook user in the US was over $7.

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Justin Timberlake Shows Us How Dumb We Sound When We Use Hashtags

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, comedy skit best friends and the human couple equivalent of a pair of colorful striped socks, teamed up yet again to shed light on a disease that's been plaguing phone-connected humans for years now: the ridiculous overuse of hashtags .

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Why I am proud to be Canadian

So, some asshole did this. RCMP are investigating. When the person responsible is found, I am certain they'll be punished to the fullest extent of the law (ie, sent to the Room With A Moose).

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5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think

Thirdly, as I think most multilingual people will attest, the act of learning a new language with its own unique features helps you understand and think in those different ways. For example, you learn a bit about the word “uncle” and the past/future distinction in Chinese from this article, but to actually understand the manner in which you actually think differently when thinking in Mandarin you would have to be able to speak (and think) in Mandarin. Once you become fluent in another language you can think and dream in that language in essentially the same way as the people who speak it – again, the language opening up the doors to the new way of thinking, not the other way around.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review

But beside all of this, the most important thing to know about the Galaxy Note Edge is that while it does feel like a crazy, experimental device, it’s also just a really solid smartphone. It’s based on the Galaxy Note 4, the latest in Samsung’s pioneering line of gigantic phones, and also the company’s best smartphone to date. There are a couple of differences: the Note Edge’s screen is a tenth of an inch smaller at 5.6 inches diagonal, and the battery is a little less capacious at 3000mAh. Although the Note Edge always made it through a full day, I wasn’t as impressed with its endurance as David was with the Note 4’s; this appears to have been an issue with some international versions of the Note 4, too, so mileage may vary worldwide.

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How to live passionately—no matter your age

Author Isabel Allende is 71. Yes, she has a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective too. In this candid talk, meant for viewers of all ages, she talks about her fears as she gets older and shares how she plans to keep on living passionately.

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How giant websites design for you (and a billion others, too)

Facebook’s “like” and “share” buttons are seen 22 billion times a day, making them some of the most-viewed design elements ever created. Margaret Gould Stewart, Facebook’s director of product design, outlines three rules for design at such a massive scale—one so big that the tiniest of tweaks can cause global outrage, but also so large that the subtlest of improvements can positively impact the lives of many.

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Dine with sharks, drink wine in an ancient tree: 6 of Africa's most unusual eateries

From dining next to massive predators to drinking atop a rock in the middle of the ocean, no place is too strange for our rundown of some of Africa's most unusual restaurants.

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57 Ways to Spread Kindness and Brighten a Day

[...] Please don’t take this post as “preachy” – I am just as bad as the next person. Our lives are all so incredibly busy and the urge to navel-gaze is natural. But being a parent forces you to examine your behavior and try to be the best role model you can possibly be – even in the midst of the mayhem of daily life. So choose generosity. If you are looking for further simple ideas about how to spread some kindness, check out this lovely list of 57 ways you can brighten someone’s day. [...]

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Does the media have a "duty of care"?

In this thoughtful talk, David Puttnam asks a big question about the media: Does it have a moral imperative to create informed citizens, to support democracy? His solution for ensuring media responsibility is bold, and you might not agree. But it's certainly a question worth asking ... (Filmed at TEDxHousesofParliament.)

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How I defend the rule of law

Every human deserves protection under their country’s laws — even when that law is forgotten or ignored. Sharing three cases from her international legal practice, Kimberley Motley, an American litigator practicing in Afghanistan and elsewhere, shows how a country’s own laws can bring both justice and “justness”: using the law for its intended purpose, to protect.

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Why Your Cat Thinks You're a Huge, Unpredictable Ape | WIRED

Shingles used to cry incessantly whenever I left for the day, and I worried that leaving him home alone was making him neurotic. Buffington suggests I create little rituals for coming and going. “Before you leave, you can call to the cat, give him some affection and let him know you are saying good bye,” Buffington says. And he says to have a similar ritual for coming home. “Some married couples survive on less than an hour a day of contact. Your relationship with your cat can survive on 10 minutes a day, as long as it’s really quality,” Buffington says.

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The 'Internet of Things' Will Be The World's Most Massive Device Market And Save Companies Billions Of Dollars

The 'Internet of Things' Will Be The World's Most Massive Device Market And Save Companies Billions Of Dollars

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One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age Photo Op

This tumblr accompanies One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age , the Geocities research blog by Olia Lialina and Dragan Espenschied. Screenshots are automatically generated from a stash of old Geocities home pages, rescued by the Archive Team in 2009. The files are processed from oldest to newest.

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THE FUTURE OF PAYMENTS: 2014 [SLIDE DECK]

In this presentation, we highlight the most important trends fueling the changes: the rise of  payment apps, mobile registers, e-commerce, and the decline of cash and checks. We also show where the payments industry is headed.  Many of the slides are based on charts exclusive to BI Intelligence.

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Channel 9: Videos about the people building Microsoft Products and Services

Submit it below. If you're lucky, the host will queue up your question for the panel.

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Square & EMV - Get Ready for the Nationwide Switch to Chip Cards

Soon we will have to change how we pay and get paid with credit and debit cards. The new standard of operation is called EMV—developed by Europay, MasterCard, and Visa to be a more secure way of paying. Every customer’s card will soon have its own embedded microchip.

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The World Wide Web Consortium Finally Recommends HTML5

HTML5 allows for native media playing in browsers. Previously, technologies like QuickTime and Flash were needed to play videos in a site’s page. The organization says that it worked with more than 60 companies getting the standard finalized and that over 4,000 bugs were squashed during the process.

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Fifty shades of gay

Artist iO Tillett Wright has photographed 2,000 people who consider themselves somewhere on the LGBTQ spectrum and asked many of them: Can you assign a percentage to how gay or straight you are? Most people, it turns out, consider themselves to exist in the gray areas of sexuality, not 100% gay or straight. Which presents a real problem when it comes to discrimination: Where do you draw the line? (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

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The Nostalgic Evolution of the Nokia Phone

Nokia, best known for its sturdy hardware and early innovation in the mobile market, has had a long history in the cellular spotlight. From dominating the mobile market in the late '90s to partnering with Microsoft in 2011 for the Windows operating system, the company has seen a couple generations of ups and downs.

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54 FBI created fake Seattle Times Web page to nab bomb-threat suspect
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73 Magic Leap Job Openings Shine Light On Hardware, Android And Unity3D (And A Far Off Launch) | TechCrunch
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77 iOS App ContactSaver Turns Email Signatures Into Address Book Contacts | TechCrunch
78 Kim Kardashian West On Oversharing, Adopting New Platforms, And BlackBerry | TechCrunch
79 Microsoft increases OneDrive storage from 1TB to unlimited for Office 365 subscribers
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85 BuzzFeed Acquires Startup Torando Labs To Create A New Data Engineering Team | TechCrunch
86 Taco Bell's Slick New App Lets You Build The Franken-Taco Of Your Dreams
87 Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey, India Powering Next Wave Of App Growth, Says App Annie | TechCrunch
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91 Jack Ma’s AliPay Might Partner With Apple Pay | TechCrunch
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93 Apple Watch Will Need Juicing Daily, Says Tim Cook | TechCrunch
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