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Andrew James

  1. Khosla-Backed Snip.it Launches a Complete Redesign

    A few months ago, Snip.it opened the doors after sitting in a private beta mode for the better part of the past year. Now Snip.it is announcing a major redesign overhaul of the social sharing service, including a mobile platform. It’s a speedy, JavaScript-based design built on open source Backbone.js, making for quick updates and transitions between content. They redesigned the entire site around feedback from users over the past few months.

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  2. Despite Today's Announcement, Microsoft Needs Nokia

    Today, Microsoft shattered any speculation that it was about to release its own Windows Phone device. There was a lot of expectation after the previous week’s Surface announcement that the company may have the Windows Phone 8 enter the market dressed in its own hardware. But those rumors have been quashed by Microsoft’s senior marketing manager, Greg Sullivan, stating, "We have a strong ecosystem of partners that we are very satisfied with."

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  3. TuneIn Hits 70,000 Channels with 267% Listener Growth in a Year

    There's a crackle in the digital radio waves, and it has nothing to do with Spotify or Pandora. Streaming radio service TuneIn just hit 70,000 stations, had a 267 percent year-on-year increase in listeners across 230 countries and territories, and penned deals with Fox, Bloomberg, and HOT 97 including a slew of other broadcasters, as well as partnerships with Ford and HTC. And its only funding round was secretive and raised $6 million in 2010 from Sequoia Capital.

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  4. San Francisco's Marketplace App Goes National

    “EBay has abandoned their community,” says Yardsale’s Ryan Mickle. The giant online market place used to be about their community, with items delivered alongside handwritten notes. But they’ve grown beyond that, forgoing personality for a more mass-market identity. As for Craigslist – that other marketplace site – they haven't improved the user experience since launching. That’s the void Yardsale's team aims to fill, while eBay focuses on their Amazonian future, and Craigslist festers. The market place app has been in action in the San Francisco area since launching as part of Y Combinator in summer 2011, and today they go national.

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  5. PandoMonthly: Ben Horowitz's Early Years

    “I was actually a student at Columbia in New York. I had no idea what Silicon Valley was; I grew up in the 'People’s Republic of Berkeley'. Berkeley is about as far from Silicon Valley as it can be, at least culturally," says Ben Horowitz. That was in the 80s, while he was a student at Berkeley, studying for a bachelor's degree in Computer Science (before later picking up an master's degree in Computer Science at UCLA).

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  6. Facebook Kills the Credit, Begins Peddling in Local Currencies

    Yesterday, Facebook announced they would be ending their Credits program. The Credits were used for purchasing gifts on the platform as well as transferrable inside Facebook's third-party applications. In its place, Facebook will launch purchases and subscriptions that can be made in any local currencies. Macau? Your Patacas await. India? Rupees for everyone. Mongolia? No Tugriks yet.

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  7. Sharethrough Digs Into the Murky World of Promoted Tweets

    Sharethrough has landed in an interesting position, locating itself in that fertile land between ad agencies and big brands. After launching as a project in the “Facebook Class” at Stanford University, their initial aim was to share branded videos and commercials that their friends would like. Pretty basic stuff. Except the sharing picked up enough that Sharethrough’s creators quit school to focus on the project.

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  8. Vungle Gives Away Half Their Funding

    Last month, the in-app video advertising developers at Vungle came out of nowhere to hustle their way into a gigantic $2 million seed funding. Now they’re giving half that cash away.

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