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Dating apps are embracing video

Dating apps are, in their own way, a form of social networking – especially as they expand into new areas like friend-finding or professional networking. So it only makes sense that they would adopt video as well, given the growing popularity of the format on social apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, as well as the industry’s larger embrace of ...

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Cisco announces Kinetic IoT operations platform

Cisco SVP and GM of IoT and Applications Rowan Trollope Cisco has announced its Kinetic Internet of Things (IoT) operations platform, with a focus on managing connections, “fog” computing, and the delivery of data. According to Cisco, Kinetic “streamlines the capability of companies bringing their IoT initiatives to market”, complementing both its Jasper IoT platform and its newly unveiled network ...

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Instacart CMO Cheryl Law is no longer at the company

Instacart CMO Cheryl Law is no longer at the company, TechCrunch has learned. Instacart confirmed the departure. We were tipped off about her departure a bit before the whole Amazon making a $13.7B bid for Whole Foods thing went down. Law joined Instacart at the beginning of the year and was previously the CMO of Prosper. Instacart’s challenges can change ...

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NBN to boost data quotas available over Sky Muster

​(Image: NBN) Users of the National Broadband Network’s Sky Muster satellite service are set to receive a welcome increase on their data quotas, with NBN announcing that from October, it will be doubling the monthly wholesale data limit available to retailers, and increasing “average peak download” limits on satellite plans by up to half. Plans on Sky Muster are broken ...

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Relevnt launches a publisher-centric news app

Florida startup Relevnt is experimenting with a new approach to online publishing. Founder and CEO Winder Hughes said that it’s become unrealistic to expect readers to download an app for every publication that they follow, or even to type a bunch of URLs into their mobile browser. At the same time, when publishers rely on big platforms like Facebook and Google for distribution, they ...

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Pure Storage aims for simplicity in APAC, but challenged by pure-play

SAN FRANCISCO, USA–Pure Storage is looking to win over Asia-Pacific customers with promises to simplify their infrastructure, but acknowledges its exclusive focus on storage is proving a challenge among companies looking for a more complete data centre offering. Simplicity, performance, and efficiency were widely touted as key product differentiators at the vendor’s second annual Accelerate conference here this week. During ...

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Houzz raises a huge $400M round at a $4B valuation

If you ask investors in Silicon Valley about Houzz — an app where you browse ridiculously nice homes and check out interesting interior design ideas — they’ll probably quietly mutter that they’re just growing their business. We really don’t hear about Houzz’s business that often. Except now the company says it has raised $400 million led by Iconiq Capital, with ...

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Vodafone cannot invest in regional Australia as Telstra is unassailable

(Image: Vodafone) Regional and remote Australia are captive to Telstra thanks to first mover advantage, market failure, and not enough scale to support multiple mobile providers, Vodafone has said in a submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). In those areas, Vodafone believes Telstra cannot be challenged, and it cannot invest in them. “Telstra’s first mover advantage, has ...

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