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Apple Officially Announces Beats Acquisition Apple Officially Announces Beats Acquisition

You knew it was coming, but now it’s official. Apple just made the announcement that it has agreed to acquire Beats Music and Beats Electronics. Co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will be joining the company. The price is approximately …

Microsoft Acquires App Analytics Company Capptain Microsoft Acquires App Analytics Company Capptain

Microsoft announced today that it has acquired Capptain, a platform for app developers that combines analytics with push notifications and in-app messaging campaigns. Here it is in a nutshell: Microsoft will integrate Capptain with Azure. “With Capptain’s solution, organizations can …

Square Capital (Square’s Cash Advance Program) Gets Formal Launch Square Capital (Square’s Cash Advance Program) Gets Formal Launch

Earlier this year, Square began testing Square Capital, a cash advance program for business owners. On Wednesday, the company formally launched it. There’s no application process with Square Capital, and businesses get their money the next business day, according to …

Google Analytics Premium Lets Companies View Performance Across Sites Google Analytics Premium Lets Companies View Performance Across Sites

Google announced a big new feature for Google Analytics Premium on Tuesday. The company is launching roll-up reporting to help companies view performance across all of their apps and websites in one interface. “In today’s multi-touchpoint consumer world, this is …

Will ‘Evidence’ Show Google Stole Money From Publishers? Will ‘Evidence’ Show Google Stole Money From Publishers?

There are a lot of claims by AdSense publishers who say Google has not paid them what they’re owed. Recently, a person claiming to be an ex-Google employee described (at length) a plot by the company to keep from having …

Facebook Gives Restaurants New Menu Feature Facebook Gives Restaurants New Menu Feature

The web is getting better for restaurants this year. Facebook just announced a new feature that will help restaurants show off their menus to users. “When looking for a great meal, people often turn to Facebook to find a restaurant’s …

Gartner Introduces Categorized IT Program Management Framework Gartner Introduces Categorized IT Program Management Framework

Gartner has come up with five program types to help program managers categorize programs and plan for them accordingly. Correct categorization, it says, is key to IT program management. Analysts from the firm will discuss how to use this framework …

Gartner Releases Supply Chain Top 25, Apple Leads For 7th Consecutive Year Gartner Releases Supply Chain Top 25, Apple Leads For 7th Consecutive Year

Gartner has released its 10th annual Supply Chain Top 25, and Apple is at the top of the list for the seventh year in a row. McDonald’s came in second for the second consecutive year. A couple of new companies …

Are Video Reviews On Yelp A Good Idea? Are Video Reviews On Yelp A Good Idea?

Yelp is reportedly getting video reviews. As of the time of this writing, the company hasn’t formally announced the feature yet, but Business Insider spoke with mobile product manager Madhu Prabaker, who told the publication about the feature, and gave …

Google Apps Gets New Android Device Management Features Google Apps Gets New Android Device Management Features

Google announced the launch of some new Google Apps Mobile Management features for Android to help organizations manage BYOD policies. These include inactive account wipe, support for EAP-based WiFi networks, compromised device detection, and additional reporting fields. “Bring your own …

Pinterest Gives Marketing Tech Products New API Access Pinterest Gives Marketing Tech Products New API Access

Pinterest announced that it is working with a small group of marketing technology companies to offer Pinterest business insights. These include Salesforce (Exact Target Marketing Cloud), Hootsuite, Spredfast, Percolate, Piqora, Curalate, and Tailwind. These companies are getting automated access to …

Home Improvement Sales On The Rise As Home Owners Rebuild After Winter Storms Home Improvement Sales On The Rise As Home Owners Rebuild After Winter Storms

Home improvement is not just a mildly entertaining sitcom from the 90s. It’s a way of life for some people. They make weekly trips to Home Depot while helping to contribute to the store’s bottom line. Unfortunately for Home Depot, …

eBay Hacked, Wants You to Change Your Passwords eBay Hacked, Wants You to Change Your Passwords

If you receive an email from eBay later today asking you to change your password, you should definitely take their advice. The company has just confirmed a cyberattack that may have affected millions of users, exposing personal information like usernames, …

Class Action Suit Seeks Payment For AdSense Publishers Class Action Suit Seeks Payment For AdSense Publishers

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Google related to claims that the search giant is stealing money from publishers by shutting down their accounts before paying them. Last month, a person claiming to be a former Google employee …

Netflix To Launch In Six New Countries Netflix To Launch In Six New Countries

Netflix announced on Wednesday that it is readying launches in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg. We’ve heard about Netflix’s efforts to secure the further expansion of its European operations, and now it’s coming to fruition. Netflix is already …

Newscred, Percolate, Brand.com Scheme To Alter Digital Content Creation Newscred, Percolate, Brand.com Scheme To Alter Digital Content Creation

A group of companies is seeking to change the face of content creation and alter how brands are able to connect with target audiences online. They’re attempting to make an impact on the online news industry in a way that’s …

Twitter Reportedly Backs Out of SoundCloud Talks Twitter Reportedly Backs Out of SoundCloud Talks

Just a day after reports emerged that Twitter was mulling a purchase of music streaming and sharing site SoundCloud, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Twitter has backed out of those talks. They quote a source familiar with the …

Comcast, Time Warner Still the Most Hated as Regulators Weigh Merger Comcast, Time Warner Still the Most Hated as Regulators Weigh Merger

The American Customer Satisfaction Index, a gigantic (80,000 or so) annual survey that asks Americans about their satisfaction with certain companies and areas of the national economy, has once again shown that people really, really hate Comcast and Time Warner …

Twitter Reportedly Mulling SoundCloud Purchase Twitter Reportedly Mulling SoundCloud Purchase

After failing to create enough interest in their own music app to keep it alive, Twitter is reportedly considering a deal to acquire popular music sharing service SoundCloud. According to sources familiar with both companies who spoke with ReCode, Twitter …

Google Acquires Divide To Get Android In The Enterprise Google Acquires Divide To Get Android In The Enterprise

Google has made another acquisition. This time it’s Divide, which provides a platform combining cloud-based management and device-level technology to help companies “get the most out of mobile technology and corporate BYOD policies”. Thrilled to announce @Divide is joining Google. …

Here’s A Look At Groupon’s Square Competitor Gnome Here’s A Look At Groupon’s Square Competitor Gnome

Groupon announced the launch of a point-of-sale hardware solution for local businesses called Gnome. It would compete with Square Stand/Register. According to the company, the tablet stand will enable merchants to instantly recognize Groupon customers as they enter the store, …