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Current, a Facebook app for Mac, highlights the network’s core: pictures & chat

Image Credit: Franco Bouly Funny to think that, while Facebook is a native app on mobile, it’s still trapped in the browser on desktop.

‘What to Think’ Episode 27: Aneesh Chopra on and the future of health

Image Credit: VentureBeat For our latest podcast we connected with former White House CTO Aneesh Chopra at VentureBeat’s HealthBeat conference to talk about the state of the government’s insurance marketplace, among other things.

Why middle-aged entrepreneurs will be critical to the next trillion-dollar business

GUEST POST Image Credit: VLADGRIN / Shutterstock Steve Jobs was 52 when he announced the iPhone. That was in 2007.

Virgin Galactic crash is a tragic reminder of the dangers of space flight

Above: SpaceShipTwo, under rocket power. Image Credit: Virgin Galactic   This week was a sobering reminder about the inherent dangers of space flight.

NantMobile raises $50M for digital advertising platform

One of the cool features in Amazon’s Fire phone is Firefly, which can recognize images, movies, or music in the real world and launch related Web content on your phone.

Major Bitcoin mining pool BTC Guild ‘likely being sold’ after shutdown warning

Image Credit: Antana/Flickr BTC Guild, a popular Bitcoin mining pool, is announcing today that it could very well be sold, hours after founder Michael Marsee posted plans to close the organization early next year.

Ending the epidemic of ‘zombie meetings’

GUEST POST Image Credit: The Walking Dead/AMC Zombie meetings are an epidemic infecting companies everywhere.

Capital One buys ecommerce site builder tool AmeriCommerce

Today Capital One announced it has acquired AmeriCommerce, an “e-commerce solutions provider” which competes with online shopping cart providers such as Shopify.

Why CurrentC is (rightly) demanding exclusivity from merchants

The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) — many big retailers’ answer to Apple Pay — held a press conference Wednesday, in which its CEO Dekkers Davidson on several occasions dodged the following question: Why is MCX requiring its merchant members to use its CurrentC mobile payments platform exclusively and not accept Apple Pay?

LinkedIn had one of the first data science teams. Now it’s breaking up the band

Above: LinkedIn headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Image Credit: Jordan Novet/VentureBeat MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.

Abacus nabs $3.5M to make expense reporting as easy as snapping and sharing a photo

Image Credit: Abacus/Facebook Expense reporting is a huge pain in everyone’s working behind. Just this morning, my colleagues were groaning because of today’s deadline to get theirs in for the month.

Despite Android TV push, Google Play Movies & TV app comes to Roku set-top boxes

The latest app making its debut in the Roku Channel store today is Google Play Movies & TV, which is the search giant’s digital media store for buying and renting videos.

Justin Kan’s odyssey from live-streaming goofball to startup statesman

Above: Justin Kan says building a refrigerated art car for Burning Man was his proudest achievement of 2014.

On the downswing, chat room giant Paltalk plans pivot inspired by YouTube & Twitch

Paltalk is a strange company. All startups risk it all to realize their vision, but 15-year-old Paltalk will live or die for something you probably haven’t thought about in a while: chat rooms.

Funding Daily: Today’s biggest tech funding news, in one place

Image Credit: Miran Rijavec Get all the tech funding news of the day delivered straight to your mailbox!

Cloud provider Joyent bets the farm on containers, adds $15M

Image Credit: Joyent Joyent, a provider of public-cloud infrastructure and software companies can use to create clouds in their own data centers, is announcing today that it’s brought in $15 million in new funding.

The DeanBeat: Like it or hate it, #GamerGate isn’t losing steam

Above: Appinions tracks social media around #GamerGate Image Credit: Appinions You may be sick of it, but #GamerGate is gathering momentum as a topic of conversation on social media.

Microsoft stops selling consumer versions of Windows 7 to OEMs

Microsoft today stopped providing Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, and Windows 7 Ultimate licenses to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including its PC partners and systems builders.

Microsoft launches redesigned Outlook for Mac, announces new Office for Mac coming next year

Microsoft today launched a new version of Outlook for Mac, available to Office 365 customers. At the same time, the company announced its plans to release a new Office for Mac version next year.

Facebook announced it is now providing direct access to its service over the TOR network

In an early morning blog post, no doubt targeted at overseas users, Facebook is experimenting with providing direct access to it social network over TOR network.