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It’s (Apple) Pay Day for marketers

Image Credit: Eric Blattberg / VentureBeat McDonalds, of course, is one of the early brands accepting Apple Pay, the technology that could very easily prove to be the most important product Apple has launched after the iPhone.

The PlayStation TV might not be an Apple TV killer, but that’s not the point

Above: Sony's microconsole goes on sale in time for the gift-giving holidays. Image Credit: Sony Computer Entertainment The PlayStation TV, which was released last week, is a small set-top box that you can hold in your hand.

A startup CEO drives for Uber

GUEST POST Above: Uber Image Credit: Uber I’m a startup CEO and I drive for Uber. It’s 9:30PM on a beautiful October Sunday in Austin and I am sitting in my car with Uber’s partner app lighting up my iPhone.

6 things we’ve learned about launching university-origin companies

GUEST POST Above: UC Berkeley Image Credit: Ken Wolter / The University of California recently announced its entry into the venture capital arena with a $250 million commitment to spinning promising technologies out of its top-notch, 10-campus system.

Why Jawbone must release a heartbeat-sensing fitness wearable

Above: Jawbone's Up health wristband Image Credit: Devindra Hardawar/VentureBeat Jawbone’s $150 Up24 may be the best fitness tracker of 2014.

Most health startups fail because they don’t understand health care payment models

As a partner at Norwest Venture Capital (NVC), Casper de Clercq has seen countless digital health startups try to get solutions off the ground.

Twitter will buy Twitpic’s photo archive

Twitter will buy out the photos that its users have posted at Twitpic. Twitpic found itself in a trademark dispute with Twitter back in September, which caused the much smaller Twitpic to shut down.

Two major druggists ‘just say no’ to Apple Pay

Reports today are saying the pharmacy chain CVS has shut off the NFC-based contactless payment option at point of sale terminals in thousands of stores.

The CDC hopes to track spread of Ebola in patient electronic health record data

If a patient’s fever quickly rises half a degree, how do health care providers responsible for him know it may have a serious connection to a recent change in CDC guidelines?

Fitbit’s new ‘Surge’ fitness watch — blunderfully announced by Brookstone

Image Credit: Fitbit Only yesterday I met the nice people at Fitbit to check out their new fitness watch, the $250 Fitbit Surge.

Sharing economy series: 5 metrics management teams focus on

GUEST POST Image Credit: Vadim Ratnikov / Shutterstock As marketplaces within the sharing economy continue to emerge all over the globe — Bridj and Kinnek are a couple of the most recent — their management teams will find themselves consistently challenged by a handful of key performance indicators.

Why Pandora’s new analytics tool is a winner for both the music company and musicians

Image Credit: Screenshot via Pandora/YouTube Try as they might, music services have yet to come up with a universally preferred method for artists to track listener data about their work.

4 big threats native advertising faces in 2015

GUEST POST Image Credit: HBO Recently I’ve been hosting roundtable discussions over dinner in New York and London with publishing executives who are betting big that native advertising will drive major revenue growth in 2015 for their businesses.

WP Engine adds disaster recovery to keep your blog alive during natural disasters & zombie uprisings

Above: The WP Engine team Image Credit: Jordan Novet/VentureBeat WP Engine, a Texas startup that hosts websites based on the open-source WordPress content-management system, is closing out quarter after quarter with new business.

Even with $5.5M in funding, Ello’s future looks unclear

Image Credit: Jordan Novet/VentureBeat So the Ello saga continues, and this time with $5.5 million more in the bank, and a new kumbaya-esque charter and legal status that’s leaving us with more questions than answers.

Google CEO Larry Page appoints Sundar Pichai to lead nearly every product at the company

Image Credit: Jolie O'Dell/VentureBeat Google chief executive Larry Page is stepping back at the giant technology company, while senior vice president Sundar Pichai will be assuming more responsibility, according to a new report.

Apple Pay has landed, but its effects on mobile marketing are still up in the air

Image Credit: Apple Now that it’s out, how will Apple Pay change the dynamics of mobile marketing? The consensus of the experts we consulted is that it will have an impact — but there are wide differences of opinion about the size of that impact and Apple Pay’s advantages vis-à-vis credit cards.

Ebola panic is a symptom of a broken health care system. Here’s how techies can help fix it

Above: Bryan Sivak, the CTO of HHS, addresses the crowd at HealthBeat 2013. Image Credit: Michael O'Donnell/VentureBeat   As I wrote last year, health care in the U.S.

More proof AT&T is clueless/evil: Carrier busts ‘Apple SIM’ feature

Image Credit: Lucasfilm I was surprised when Apple told me Wednesday that it had put an “Apple SIM” inside the new iPad Air 2, so that I wouldn’t have to order a SIM from my carrier and hope that it’s the right size.

Apple’s iPad Air 2 is svelte and powerful, but no radical leap from the first Air

Image Credit: VentureBeat/Mark Sullivan Apple’s new iPad Air 2 is a pretty device with some nice feature upgrades from the first Air, but it doesn’t offer the kind of radical improvements or wholly new features that would make circa-2013 iPad Air owners yearn to upgrade.