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Get Google’s Targeted Ads out of your G-Mail

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Advertisements at Gmail A long-time user of the email services offered by Google is used to the many kinds of advertisements that keep being shown to them. These are what the Google calls tailored advertising. They are sent to the user on the basis of keywords of the contents in their email inbox. Google uses a… Read more »


DC’s Speek Launches “Speek for Business”

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This morning, D.C. startup Speek announced that it has launched a new product called “Speek for Business”. Core features of this new product include the ability to share screens for online meetings and collaboration. With this new offering, the company aims to further compete with similar services like WebEx, Join.Me, and GoToMeeting. “This is easily… Read more »


Online College Peer Networking Startup GetSet Raises $2.5M Seed Round

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Crain’s Chicago Business reported that GetSet raised $2.5 million in seed funding this week led by KGC Capital. Other participants in the round include Chicago Ventures, the Social+Capital Partnership, Howard Tullman’s G2T3V fund, as well as the founders of Braintree, Fieldglass, and Flutter. The news comes at a time when colleges across the nation are beginning the school… Read more »


How Small Businesses Can Benefit From Cloud Storage

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Cloud storage options are quickly emerging as one of the most popular, and efficient methods of storing important data that you simply couldn’t bear to lose. Even though the concept of cloud storage has been around for a significant period of time now, many people still do not understand what it entails. Many small businesses… Read more »



Baltimore’s OrderUp Raises $7M Series A Led by Revolution Ventures

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This morning, the Baltimore, Maryland-based online food ordering and delivery startup OrderUp announced that it has raised a $7 million round of series A funding led by Steve Case’s Revolution Ventures, with participation from LivingSocial cofounder Tim O’Shaughnessy. With this new round of financing, the five-year-old company has raised a total of $8.25 million. Formerly known as LocalUp, OrderUp’s… Read more »


Top Tech Companies Are Now Using Ruby on Rails

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Tech professionals have hailed the Ruby on Rails framework as the future of web application design. There are no limits to who can use it; it is flexible (while remaining a powerful platform) and simple to use (while not compromising on key functions). Some think it is mostly suitable for small to medium enterprises, but… Read more »




DC’s Social Tables Closes $8 Million Series A Round

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The DC-based Social Tables, which helps hotels and organizations better plan and manage their meetings and events through a robust, Cloud-based diagramming and attendee management platform, just announced that it has a closed a whopping $8 million Series A round of funding. The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP). The company made the… Read more »


Rhapsody Acquires Music Discovery Startups SoundTracking and Ex.fm

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Rhapsody, the Seattle-based online subscription music service, announced today that it has acquired the NYC-based music discovery startup Ex.fm, as well as the Bay Area-based Schematic Labs, which created the music moment sharing platform SoundTracking. No amount was disclosed for either acquisition. Building the world’s best music service requires the world’s best team. Welcome to Rhapsody, @exfm & @SoundTracking. Let’s… Read more »




Spinnakr Cofounder’s New Project Can Improve Your Twitter Click-Through Rate by Nearly 20x

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I don’t think I have to raise the argument that social media has become one of the most prominent and indeed even identifying features of this generation. At a time when most conversations take place in the digital space, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have become invaluable tools for coordinating discussions, sharing updates,… Read more »