Mindmixer raises $17 million

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Mindmixer has raised $17 million in funding to connect civic offices and school districts with constituents. Dundee Venture Capital and Govtech Fund led the Series C round of funding. Mindmixer has now raised a total of $23.2 million. Mindmixer participated in the Code for America startup accelerator. Some of Mindmixer’s users include the City of Indianapolis, the State of Arizona, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Dept.

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Apple Inc. (AAPL) receives patent on transparent cube store design

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has received a patent on the glass cube building design that its New York store is known for. The patent was filed in October 2012 and was granted on August 26th. One of the design’s inventors is late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
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AT&T Inc. (T) sues Cox Communications over patents 

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AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has filed a lawsuit against Cox Communications. AT&T claims that Cox is infringing seven AT&T patents that covers technology ranging from DVRs to packet loss over a network.

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AnandTech founder Anand Shimpi has been hired by Apple

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Anand Shimpi announced that he was retiring from writing earlier this week. Now the journalist is joiningApple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), according to Re/Code. Shimpi worked on building AnandTech for 17 years, which focused primarily on hardware reviews. It is unknown what Shimpi’s job will be at Apple, but it is likely going to be something related to product development. AnandTech will continue to publish articles, but it will now be headed by the new editor-in-chief Ryan Smith.

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Google may reveal Android One on September 15

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In India, Google is hosting an event on September 15th — we suspect that it may involve the announcement of Android One. Android One is a platform that will enable Google to bring higher quality Android devices to far regions.

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Rovio names Pekka Rantala as CEO

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Angry Birds maker Rovio has named Pekka Rantala as the CEO of the company. Pekka Rantala is succeeding Mikael Hed, the founder of the company. Rovio’s profits dropped 52% to €26.9 million in the fiscal year 2013 on revenues that went up 3% to €156 million. Rovio’s staff increased from 500 to 800 people. Hed was the head of the company for five years. Hed will become chairman of Rovio Animation Studios, the movie division of the company. Rantala joined Rovio as the chief commercial officer in June.

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This guy vacuumed a subway platform and ate from that spot

Here is an ad for Bissell Canada, the company that builds the Bissell Symphony line of vacuums. One of the senior brand managers of the company cleaned a patch of a subway platform in Toronto, placed food on the ground there, and ate from it! This looks disgusting, but that is definitely a huge endorsement.

Google announces Project Wing, a drone delivery system

Google[x] has built self-driving cars and Google Glass. Now the Google X team has been working on a drone-based delivery system over the last couple of years. The drones can be used to deliver goods. It could also be used for disaster relief scenarios like delivering supplies to places in need.

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