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Amazon Is Now Aggressively Going After Google’s Core Business
26 Aug 2014 9:00pm GMT Dan Frommer: Amazon also is aggressively building out its advertising technology portfolio. The company is “developing its own software for placing ads online that could leverage its knowledge of millions of web shoppers,” the WSJ reports (paywall). Amazon supposedly has told potential partners that it could start testing a “new placement platform, dubbed Amazon Sponsored Links” this year. Amazon also recently debuted a new service that runs banner ads on other...

Uber’s Playbook for Sabotaging Lyft
26 Aug 2014 8:17pm GMT Casey Newton, reporting for The Verge: But one Uber contractor The Verge spoke with said Lyft’s complaint had merit. “What’s simply untrue is that not only does Uber know about this, they’re actively encouraging these actions day-to-day and, in doing so, are flat-out lying both to their customers, the media, and their investors,” the contractor said. Until now, the canceled Lyft rides have been understood as a kind of prank call designed to keep...

Estimating Amazon Fire Phone Sales Through Web Usage Stats
26 Aug 2014 8:12pm GMT Charles Arthur: Amazon famously never gives sales figures for any of the devices it sells, preferring to let its financial results do the talking. Analysts can make estimates of how many devices have been sold, based on their information from sales channels and any guidance the company might give. But it’s not as definitive as, say, the smartphone sales that Apple or BlackBerry include in their financial figures. (They are now the only two companies which give specific values for...

CocoaLove
26 Aug 2014 7:59pm GMT New iOS/Mac indie developer conference right here in Philadelphia, October 24-26. Great speaker lineup, including my Q Branch colleagues Dave Wiskus and Brent Simmons.  ★ 

New ‘Hyperlapse’ App From Instagram
26 Aug 2014 4:45pm GMT Very cool new video time-lapse/stabilization app for iOS from Instagram. I’d never heard of “hyperlapse” until that research paper from Microsoft a few weeks ago. But while Microsoft was publishing research, Instagram was building an app that will soon be in the hands of hundreds of thousands of people. From the profile by Cliff Kuang for Wired: By 2013, Dimson was at Instagram. That put him back in touch with Alex Karpenko, a friend from Stanford who had sold his...

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