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5 lessons from MobileBeat: Move beyond mobile tactics, invest in the experience first

GUEST POST Above: MobileBeat 2014 Image Credit: Michael O'Donnell/VentureBeat After two jam-packed days of panel sessions at the recent MobileBeat conference, featuring brand executives in the retail, CPG and travel sectors, my head (and my notebook) are flowing with mobile marketing insights and lessons.

Here’s why the Internet of things just became very interesting

GUEST POST Above: The Nest Protect smart smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Image Credit: Devindra Hardawar/VentureBeat Experts are heralding the Internet of Things (IoT) computing phase as the next industrial revolution, estimating 50 billion connected devices and IoT solutions reaching $7.1 trillion by 2020.

Avast acquires Czech mobile dev shop Inmite

Security firm Avast just acquired Czech-based mobile app company Inmite. The company has developed apps for mobile banking, mobile television, some applications for Google Glass, and a car buying app for škoda.

Trip Hawkins releases second chapter of his ‘If’ iPad game for teaching kids emotional life skills

Above: If Image Credit: If You Can Company Trip Hawkins’ startup game company If You Can has beefed up its app for teaching kids social and emotional learning skills.

Oyster launches its all-you-can-read ebook subscription service on the Web

Above: Promotional image showcasing Oyster Books Image Credit: Oyster Books Oyster today launched its Netflix-for-books subscription service on the Web, striking back at Amazon less than a week after the debut of Kindle Unlimited. Unveils GetFeedback for Salesforce

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LeoNovus helps photo company process mosaic images in half the time

Above: LeoNovus provides computing horsepower for Picture Mosaics Image Credit: Picture Mosaics LeoNovus, a distributed cloud computing company, has announced that Picture Mosaics uses its technology to process photo and video mosaics in half the time compared to previous methods.

Movius raises $13M to give BYOD users multiple phone lines, split billing on one device

Image Credit: Shutterstock Movius, a messaging and call completion service provider, has raised $13 million in financing, it announced today.

Tencent invests $3.2M into a laundry-on-demand service in China

Image Credit: Boston Public Library/Flick Not be outdone by the U.S. and its Washio, Chinese internet giant Tencent has invested $3.2 million into an on-demand laundry service with an app made by laundromat chain Rongchan, reports say.

People are more important than technology, according to new Altimeter Group study

Image Credit: Brian Solis The Altimeter Group has just released The 2014 State of Digital Transformation, its second report on the topic this year.

Yves Béhar sells his design agency to Chinese PR firm BlueFocus

Image Credit: Fortune Live Media/Flick Industrial design guru Yves Béhar is selling 75 percent of his design firm, Fuseproject, to Chinese conglomerate BlueFocus Communications Group, reports say.

WriteLaTeX picks up funding to keep pushing its collaborative academic writing tool

Above: Kang Xu, a scientist at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. Image Credit: U.S. Army RDECOM/Flickr Remember how painful it was to write your papers in college?

Reddit rolls out a new ‘Reddit Live’ reporting tool for breaking news submissions

Image Credit: Meme Illustration by Tom Cheredar Reddit launched a new feature today targeted at users that want to keep others updated on a breaking news topics in real-time.

Lytro’s light-field photos get their first outside showcase on photo site 500px

Above: The new Lytro section on 500px Image Credit: Lytro/500px Lytro‘s “living pictures” are now taking on more life.

Facebook’s mobile ad revenue is leading ad growth

Image Credit: Facebook Facebook says it’s a mobile-first company, and its earnings are boosting this claim.

Funding Daily: A big day for financial software

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‘Yahoo Ending’ puts the last nail in the coffin of dead users in Japan

Image Credit: Sam Howzit/Flickr Yahoo is getting into the death business. Yahoo Japan is offering those who die with Yahoo accounts to send emails to family and friends once the inevitable happens with a service that begins when the user is still breathing.

How Bill Gates’ Summer reading list compares to Amazon reviews

The world’s richest technologist is out with a summer reading list; it’s a mix of policy, business, and fiction that is meant for the ambitious intellectual who wants to muse over world domination sipping Mai Tai’s under the shade.

What to Think, Ep. 14: Talking big data with Hilary Mason

Image Credit: J. O'Dell / VentureBeat In this episode, Dylan Tweney and Jordan Novet catch up with data science maven (and New York tech scene fixture) Hilary Mason about her new startup, Fast Forward Labs, and how it will help companies solve their data science problems.

‘Bug Bounty’ pioneer Gus Anagnos leaves PayPal for security startup full of ex-NSA spooks

Above: Gus Anagnos Image Credit: Synack “Bug Bounty” guru Gus Anagnos left a righteous salary and options at PayPal to throw his lot with a group of former National Security Agency spooks and their security startup Synack.