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Everyone keeps reporting wrong valuations for Square’s IPO

GUEST: There is plenty to talk about with Square pricing its IPO down below the last raise. What we don’t understand is why everyone feels the need to make it sound worse than it is. Almost every single source has ignored employee options in their calculation of valuation, which deflates valuations in a dramatically inaccurate manner. […]

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U.K. financial tech startup SalaryFinance raises $6.1M from Brightbridge Ventures

Brightbridge Ventures gave $6.1 million to financial tech startup SalaryFinance for its latest funding round, the U.K.-based company announced today. Founded by Google U.K. alumni Dan Cobley, SalaryFinance offers a financial benefit service for employees that allows them to pay personal debts directly from their paycheck at low interest rates, the company says.

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Xtremepush adds Web Push to make your website act like an app

EXCLUSIVE: Brands have a number of choices when engaging with their customers, especially if they want to roll out push notifications. One obvious option is to build an app that drives notifications to the user at the right time (and, as we discussed in a recent webinar — available on demand — preferably at the right […]

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Google Tears Down App Walls

Google on Wednesday began streaming content from certain mobile apps in its search results, with no download required. The company is working initially with nine partners, including Weather, Chimani, My Horoscope, New York Subway and Hotel Tonight.
Technology Google acquired when it purchased Agawi lets it stream virtual versions of mobile apps. Apps no longer need to have related websites.

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France votes to give government powers to block online communications during state of emergency

French members of parliament (MPs) have voted to give the government extra powers to block online communications when the country is under a “state of emergency.” The French National Assembly passed Amendment 50 today, which sees the following paragraph included in the legislation [Google Translate used]: “II. – Minister of the Interior may take any […]

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Microsoft will release Dynamics AX in Q1 2016, public preview coming in December

Microsoft today announced that it will release the new version of its cloud-based Dynamics AX enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for business management in the first quarter of 2016. A public preview will become available next month. The service, which is delivered from the Azure public cloud, has been redesigned as a HTML 5 app […]

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Carmen Sandiego Returns hits iPhone and iPad today in the beloved series’ mobile debut

It’s time to resume the hunt for Carmen Sandiego and her V.I.L.E. (Villains’ International League of Evil) henchmen. Carmen Sandiego Returns launches today on iPad and iPhone. It’s the first iOS release for the much-loved educational gaming series that started 30 years ago — one so popular that it spawned a Peabody-award-winning TV program on […]

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Zynga targets its core demographic with Princess Bride Slots

Diving deeper into social-casino games, Zynga is launching its Princess Bride Slots game today as a new free-to-play game for mobile and social platforms. The title is the latest entry in what market researcher Eilers Research says is a $3.4 billion social-casino game industry, and it is part of a category that has provided much-needed […]

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