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Snapchat new update attracts outrage

Last week Snapchat rolled out its biggest redesign since the app launched in 2011.  The recent update drastically changed the way the app is set up, and also changed the way that users interact with the app and service. People are not happy. The update split the app into two major sections: friend content to… Read More »

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Apple, LG invest $10M in OLED microdisplay maker eMagin

Apple, LG and Valve are making a $10 million investment in eMagin, according to documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The Hopewell Junction, New York-based company makes microdisplays used in the military, medical and industrial fields, but it has recently turned its attention to companies building consumer headsets. “We entered into strategic… Read More »

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Applications open for SCORECard startup business competition

The Richmond-area chapter of SCORE is holding its third annual startup contest for entrepreneurs in the region. The first-place winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000. The second-place prize is $2,500, and the third-place prize is $1,000. The deadline to enter is March 16. The number of contestants this year will be limited to… Read More »

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Google to make copyright credits more apparent in image searches

Google will be updating its image search results to make copyright disclaimers more prominent. In addition, Google will be removing direct links to the URLs of copyrighted images. These changes were announced as part of a newly-formed partnership between Google and Getty Images. The deal includes a multi-year global licensing partnership, which will allow Google… Read More »

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Facebook launches Sh1bn community leader awards

Facebook launched a community leadership program on Friday that will award $10 million  in total to more than 100 people who have successfully built groups on the social network as part of its push to create “meaningful” interactions. The initiative, announced at a Facebook Communities Summit in London, will give five people with a track… Read More »

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Birmingham startup XpertDox raises $1 million seed money

Tech startup XpertDox has raised $1 million in a seed round from a group of Birmingham area investors. XpertDox, located in Innovation Depot, will use the money to improve its technology and add jobs. The startup uses data to link patients with the best healthcare for their needs. Using a proprietary algorithm, XpertDox says it… Read More »

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Some customers who bought Google’s first Pixel smartphone have had buyer’s remorse, so much so that they’ve filed a lawsuit against Google. The original Google Pixel premiered to great fanfare in 2016. However, some of those early phones shipped with a number of glitches including purple lines across the camera’s viewfinder, spotty Wi-Fi connectivity, and… Read More »

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Apple’s £319 HomePod smart speaker goes on sale on Friday

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker finally hits the shelves. The firm’s £319 ($349) ‘HomePod’ smart speaker went on sale on Friday in the US, UK and Australia – two months later than initially planned. Firmly marketed at music lovers, the wireless 7in smart speaker uses spatial awareness technology to sense its place in a room and adjust… Read More »

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Kenyan e-commerce startup Sky.Garden raises $1.2m funding

Kenyan e-commerce startup Sky.Garden has raised US$1.2 million in a round led by Jesper Drescher, the Norway-based TRK Group, The Katapult Accelerator Follow-up Fund, and a syndicate of Danish business angels led by Futuristic.vc. Sky.Garden is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for mobile commerce that is built specifically for African businesses. Its easy-to-use online marketplace allows… Read More »

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