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Mark Zuckerberg Announces First Facebook Community Q&A

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Mark Zuckerberg announced that he will have Facebook’s first community Q&A on November 6 at 2 PM PST. The hour-long event will be livestreamed, but how many questions will be answered is unknown. The fans have already taken to the Q&A Facebook page to submit thousands of questions, presumably for the purpose of being answered during the event…. Read more »


GlobalHack III Doesn’t Want St. Louis and Ferguson to Heal Artificially

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GlobalHack, a hackathon coming to us from St. Louis, has made the decision to sustain the momentum generated by their first two successful events. They just announced the details for their much anticipated third event, GlobalHack III. The nonprofit organization fosters talent and innovation via coding competitions, and this time around they’re partnering with Emerson… Read more »


SpeakUp Announces $700K Funding to Address Employee Engagement

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Only 13% of employees around the world are actively engaged at work. More than twice that number are completely disengaged, toxic, and at risk of spreading negativity to others, according to a Gallup poll. Ray Gillenwater left a $500k position at Blackberry to start SpeakUp and solve this problem. Today, Gillenwater has announced that the company has raised $700,000 in funding,… Read more »


The Founder Institute Sets Its Sights on Las Vegas

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The learning doesn’t stop in Downtown Las Vegas. The Founder Institute, the “world’s largest startup accelerator”, has announced a new class meetup featuring leaders in the local tech community. According to the company’s website, the program offers a “structured, 4-month curriculum of weekly training courses and business-building assignments” from which “you graduate the Founder Institute as the Founder… Read more »


Selfies Stored in Twitpic Receive Second Life from Twitter

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Utilizing cloud storage and other consumer options for accessing and archiving your files is obviously a cheap, convenient, and simple way to access anything from travel documents and receipts to fun photos that you want always at-the-ready. But what happens when that site shuts down? Twitpic users were not amused when it appeared that their… Read more »



Challenge: Create an App to Make People Happy

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What are you doing to increase happiness in this world? What things make you happier? Are you using, building, or thinking of a product that could promote a stress-free, violence-free society? These are lofty goals, but progress is made in small bits. And in apps. The Art of Living Foundation, a non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization… Read more »



Math Program KnowRe Announces $6.8M in Fundraising

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KnowRe is an education technology company with an innovative cloud-based adaptive learning program for secondary mathematics. This program assesses a student’s strengths and weaknesses, algorithmically creates a personalized curriculum targeting that individual’s gaps in learning, and engages students through gamified learning and beautiful graphics. Through its Teacher Dashboard, KnowRe provides teachers with data on each student’s progress… Read more »


Yosemite Update to Apple OS X: Not Only Pretty, but Pretty Awesome too

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One thing that most Mac enthusiasts can agree on is that they all love the multitude of features, updates, and the UX of Yosemite. The update to Apple’s OS X system basically brings the Mac in line with all of the features offered with the iOS 8 system, and provides near seamless continuity as you move from your mobile… Read more »


Apple Pay and Google Wallet – Is this the Future of Money?

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There was a time when watches were for telling the time, phones were for making a call, and wallets were carried in pockets. The future could become as cashless as the Stone Age albeit with payment terminals and machines galore. The apparent push into mobile wallets aims to do exactly that. Today, Apple announced the launch date for Apple… Read more »


Jacques-Elliott Kickstarter: One Size Fits the Universe

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Elliot Aronow started selling unique ties during the holidays, but after popular demand he’s quickly turned Christmas gifts for friends and family into a successful tie company that has already raised almost $11,000 on Kickstarter. The brand — Jacques-Elliott — is a democratic and accessories lifestyle brand run by Aronow. “It’s a lifestyle and accessory brand,”… Read more »


DreamIt Baltimore Now Accepting Applications for Next Class of HealthTech Startups

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The global accelerator DreamIt Ventures has announced that it is now accepting applications for DreamIt Health Baltimore, a four-month acceleration program based in one the country’s leading cities for health. With access to institutions like Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Maryland, healthtech startups chosen to participate in this class will get the opportunity to… Read more »