TwitPic is shutting down after trademark dispute against Twitter

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TwitPic is shutting down after a trademark dispute against Twitter. Apparently Twitter threatened to cut off TwitPic’s API, which was the source of the content for all of TwitPic.

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DataStax raises $106 million

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DataStax is a company that licenses enhanced versions of the Apache Cassandra open-source NoSQL database. DataStax has raised $106 million in funding. DataStax now has a valuation of over $830 million, according to VentureBeat.

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Toshiba is releasing a $120 Windows 8 tablet

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Microsoft is partnering with Toshiba on a small screen tablet with a low price. Microsoft and Toshiba announced the Encore Mini at the IFA conference in Berlin. The Encore Mini is a 7-inch Windows powered tablet and is a smaller version of the 10-inch Encore 2 tablet released earlier this year.

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Narrative raises $8 million

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Narrative has raised $8 million in funding led by Khosla Ventures. True Ventures and Passion Capital also participated in this round. Keith Rabois of Khosla Ventures is joining Narrative’s board of directors.

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Samsung’s Note Edge has a 5.6-inch curved display

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Samsung has announced a new smartphone called the Note Edge. The Note Edge has a 5.6-inch display with a curved right side. The Note Edge has adopted glass with enhanced strength to cover the curved display. The curved side of the Note Edge can display text messages and menu icons. The curved display operates independently when the 5.6-inch display is turned off. The Note Edge will be released in a small number of countries. The Note Edge will cost over one million won (around $982).


AVG acquires mobile security company Location Labs for $220 million

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AVG Technologies is known for developing antivirus software. Now AVG is acquiring Location Labs for $220 million. Location Labs is a U.S. based mobile security company.

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The Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk can track daily activities

The Sony SmartWatch 3 and the SmartBand Talk are a couple of new smartwatches that can be used as activity trackers. The devices work with the Lifelog activity tracker, which is an app that lets you track everything that is done throughout the day.

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Samsung Gear VR brings virtual reality to the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone

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Samsung is launching a new virtual reality headset called the Gear VR. The Gear VR is a head-mounted device that uses the 5.7-inch screen of the Galaxy Note 4. The Gear VR fits around the ears and eyes and can be controlled using a touchpad on its right side.

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