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Facebook Launches Pseudonymous App “Rooms” That Lets You Create Forums About Any Topicview story

http://techcrunch.com –  It’s not quite anonymous, but forums standalone app Rooms is Facebook’s first product that allows you to ditch your real name. Rooms lets you set up a mobile-only in-app discussion space about any topic, customize the look and moderation settings, set a screen name for the room, and choose who to invite to share text, photos, videos, and comments with others in the Room. (IT news)

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Q&A With Facebook’s Josh Miller On Why His Rooms App Isn’t Anonymous, It’s The Early Web Rebornview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Is Rooms the anonymous Facebook app people were expecting? “No. Unequivocally No…because you cannot be anonymous in our app,” Josh Miller tells me. The Branch founder turned Facebook product manager’s new forums app Rooms launches today, and he says lessons from Tumblr, Twitter, Snapchat, and the early days of the web guided its construction. (IT news)

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A Random Walk Through Hardware Alleyview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Where else in the world can you see a 3D printer named after a simian, a 2000-core super chip, and an inexpensive hearing test in the same room? Hardware Alley at Disrupt London, that’s where. I love visiting the hardware booths at Disrupt and this event was no exception. (IT news)

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Mint’s Aaron Patzer Launches Beta Version Of An On-Demand Answers App With $4 Million In Funding From Shasta And First Roundview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Aaron Patzer, the founder and former CEO of Mint is placing his next bet with the on-demand info space. He and co-founder Jean Sini (another former Minter) are launching the beta of Fountain, an app that gives you advice from a curated set of experts. (IT news)

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Hardware Battlefield Applications Close In A Weekview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Stop procrastinating and fill out your application for Hardware Battlefield. The show is set to be even better than last year with participating startups getting free exhibition space at the 2015 International CES and competing for $50,000 and the coveted Metal Man trophy. For the first time, TechCrunch has partnered with the CEA to be an official media partner of the tradeshow. (IT news)

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StumbleUpon’s 5by Relaunches As An App For Chatting About Online Videos With Friendsview story

http://techcrunch.com –  5by, the video recommendation startup that became StumbleUpon’s first acquisition last fall, is relaunching its mobile apps for iOS and Android today with a slightly different focus: instead of only helping users find online videos that match their mood, 5by’s new apps are meant to encourage users to seek out videos for themselves, get a head’s up about the next viral&helli (IT news)

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Android Wear Update Adds Offline Music, Bluetooth Headphone And GPS Supportview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Android Wear is getting its first big update, with features that make smartwatches using Google’s wearable operating system more standalone devices, including music syncing and GPS location support. That means if you leave your watch at home while you go out for a jog, you’ve still got access to sweet jams, and your watch can still tell you where you are, and how to get home. (IT news)

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Galvanize Announces GalvanizeU, A Year-Long Bootcamp That Gives You A Master’s Degreeview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Today, tech education startup Galvanize is announcing that in January 2015 it will begin offering a program that, while formatted like a dev bootcamp focused on giving practical skills needed to land a job as a data scientist, also gives you an accredited Master of Engineering degree in a year. Read More (IT news)

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Ello Raises $5.5 Million, Legally Files As Public Benefit Corp. Meaning No Ads Everview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Ello.co, the ad-free social media network which blew up last month, has nabbed $5.5 million in venture capital funding even as it plants a legal flag in the ground that the company will never make money from selling ads or user data and that no acquirer can do so either. (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)