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Here’s What You Need To Know From Microsoft’s Cloud Eventview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Today in San Francisco, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella and his lieutenant Scott Guthrie detailed the status of their company’s cloud efforts, breaking out a few growth metrics, and announcing several new features that they hope will spur growth. Microsoft is hellbent to be a winner in the cloud space. (IT news)

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AWS Expands Its European Footprint With Frankfurt Data Centerview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Amazon today announced that it has opened the second data center for its AWS cloud computing service in Europe. The new Frankfurt region follows in the footsteps of the company’s operations in Ireland, which launched back in 2007. (IT news)

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iPad Air 2 Review: The Best Tablet Available, Now More Portable And Powerfulview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Apple’s latest iPad update includes a redesigned iPad Air, just one year after the device was first introduced. Typically, Apple keeps the outside case design on mobile gadgets around for two years before switching things up, so the new slimmer Air is a remarkable feat in terms of hardware engineering. The new iPad also now comes in a gold color option, and packs a better camera and&#8 (IT news)

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Secure Messaging App Telegram Adds Usernames And Snapchat-Like Hold-To-View For Mediaview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Telegram, the privacy-focused messaging app, now lets you add friends without necessarily knowing their phone number. An update to the iOS and Android app today has introduced the option to register as username, although all users must still register their account using their phone number. Read More (IT news)

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With 40 Million Downloads, betaworks-Backed Dots Gets A Refreshed Logoview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Dots, the betaworks-backed gaming studio led by Paul Murphy and Patrick Moberg, has today announced a rebranding for the company. The new logo takes inspiration from Charles Eames, according to a Medium post, and uses colors from the first iteration of Dots while incorporating the newer, and more popular, TwoDots game into the company logo. Read More (IT news)

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Smartsheet Helps Businesses Visualize Themselvesview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Smartsheet, the spreadsheet-based project and work management platform, is now making it easier for companies to understand how their employees actually work (and who they mostly work with). Companies mostly use the service to manage their projects and help employees collaborate. (IT news)

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Apple Pay’s First TV Ad Is A World Series Spot From MasterCard And MLBview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Apple’s new payment system is live, and Apple Pay has already garnered more attention than most mobile payment efforts to date. It also has a new ad, which aired yesterday during the opening game of the 2014 World Series, from payment partner MasterCard. (IT news)

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Mobile Marketing Company Fiksu Takes On $10M In Debt Funding From Silicon Valley Bankview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Mobile marketing and ad tech company Fiksu announced this morning $10 million in debt funding from Silicon Valley Bank, after a year which saw it hiring 100 new employees, bringing its total headcount to 300, and seeing revenues of over $100 million. (IT news)

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The Midwest Is On Track For Its Strongest Year In Startup Investing As “The Rest” Risesview story

http://techcrunch.com –  From Chicago’s city of big shoulders to the new businesses bolstering Detroit’s renaissance; in Cleveland and Cincinnati and Kansas City and St. Louis, startup economies are flourishing across the Midwest. The proof is in events like Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest tour, a whistle-stop paean to entrepreneurship whose first leg wrapped up over the summer. (IT news)

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Researchers Want To Send Us To The Moon Using Robots And Oculus Riftview story

http://techcrunch.com –  A researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, Daniel Shafir, and his team want to do something incredible: they want to send a rover to the moon and then let us, the Earthlings, control it and look out of its 360-degree cameras as it tumbles around that barren alien rock. The researchers are working to win a $30 million prize from Google to beam video back from the moon. (IT news)

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Apple Patent Hints Remote Unlocking And Trunk Operation Possible For Future CarPlayview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Apple has secured a new patent that suggests it may add more features and capabilities to its automotive software in the future. The patent, published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider), describes a system in which an iPhone acts as an automatic car remote control when used with head units with CarPlay-like connectivity. (IT news)

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ModCloth Hit By Second Round Of Layoffsview story

http://techcrunch.com –  E-commerce retailer ModCloth has laid off additional staff across engineering, creative, product, producer, social teams and more, in a second wave of layoffs, following earlier cuts confirmed back in July which, at the time, affected around 70 employees, or a little under 15% of its then 500-person-plus workforce. (IT news)