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Google rebrands Maps Engine to My Maps on mobile devices and desktopview story

http://www.talkandroid.com – While most users of Google Maps make use of the normal Google Maps product, whether on the desktop or on their mobile device, other users tap into Google’s Maps Engine product to create custom maps. Starting yesterday, Google started rolling out an update to the Maps Engine mobile app that included a change to the name of the app. It is now known as My Maps and even got a new logo. (IT news)

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Glitch causing some full screen Android Wear apps to close unexpectedlyview story

http://www.talkandroid.com – A new glitch has been identified in the Android Wear platform that results in apps closing unexpectedly. The problem is primarily connected to the accelerometer. Apparently Android Wear attempts to access the accelerometer to update the pedometer step count. In the course of doing this, the system tries to create a new card to display this new step count data. (IT news)

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Samsung is about to release their own sitcom because they aren’t on your TV enoughview story

http://www.talkandroid.com – It’s hard to watch a show these days without seeing a Samsung commercial, but it looks like Samsung is going to embark on another adventure in the hopes of getting even more presence on your TV. They are working on their own sitcom called, “Best Future” that will be about a fictional employee of the company. (IT news)

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LittleBits Announces BitLab, An App Store For Hardwareview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Have you ever wanted to build a banana piano? Or make a robotic cockroach brain out of LEGO? With LittleBits now you (potentially) can. The company has just announced something called the BitLab, a contest merged with a crowd sourced technology system that allows inventors to create new LittleBits blocks, upload them, and have them made and sold by the company. (IT news)

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Citrix Acquires Virtual, An Android And iOS Virtualization Companyview story

http://techcrunch.com –  We’re hearing from a reliable source that Citrix has acquired a little company we wrote about back in July, called Virtual. The firm, manned by an impressive set of software hackers, claimed to be able to virtualize both Android and iOS completely enough to act as an environment for bug testing and hardware emulation. (IT news)

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TrueAccord Looks To Fix Debt Collection With $5 Million From Khosla Ventures, Max Levchin And Moreview story

http://techcrunch.com –  The idea for TrueAccord began with a late payment on Ohad Samet’s Macy’s card. It was the end of 2012, and Samet, who was working as the chief risk officer for Klarna, started getting phone calls at random times from a number he didn’t recognize. It was a debt collection agency, and for the first time, Samet was on the wrong side of a due payment. Read More (IT news)

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Tune In Tonight To TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM 102 Indieview story

http://techcrunch.com –  TechCrunch Radio is coming at you again today, this time with a brand new set of pitch-off companies and an interview with Disrupt Battlefield winner, Alfred Club. If you haven’t heard already, the folks over at Sirius XM are collaborating with us to air a TechCrunch Radio show. (IT news)

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Microsoft Brings OneNote To Android Wearablesview story

http://techcrunch.com –  I suppose that wearables are the new place where cross-platform tools and services must reside. Today Microsoft brought OneNote to Android Wear devices. You can now OneNote from your watch. If you want to. Read More (IT news)

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DataFox Pushes Its Business Intelligence Service Into Betaview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Last week at Disrupt SF, DataFox pitched what it called a “predictive intelligence” service, aimed at bringing a wealth of data concerning corporations — their landmarks, hiring trends, funding and valuation — to everyone. For a deep dive into how the product works, who is on the founding team, and what it costs, TechCrunch has you covered. (IT news)

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Time Spent In Apps Up 21% Over Last Yearview story

http://techcrunch.com –  While there may be an upper limit as to how many apps people interact with over the course of a month, new data from mobile marketing platform Localytics out this morning shows that the time spent actually using apps is increasing. (IT news)

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Seatylock Turns Your Seaty Into A Lockyview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Do you value your bikey? Seatylock wantsy to helpy. This Brooklyn-based Kickstarter aims to help cyclists solve two perennial problems: the lack of solid, heavy-duty bike locks that are also portable and the tendency of snarfers to sniff and even steal bicycle seats. The lock itself folds into the specially designed seat and falls out when you take the seat off. (IT news)

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Envoy Brings In $1.5 Million To Kill The Lobby Sign-In Bookview story

http://techcrunch.com –  When you think about things that need to be disrupted, the entryway sign-in booklet is probably the last thing on your mind. And yet. Having spent four years at Google and three years at Twitter as a backend engineer, Larry Gadea started building Envoy, an iPad-based, visitor-registration system this past November. (IT news)