Catherine Shu · Square Starts Mobile Payments In Japan, Its First Country Outside Of North America, In Partnership With Visa's Ally
Jon Russell · Jack Dorsey’s digital payments company Square expands beyond North America, landing in Japan first
Red hot payments startup Square is invading Asia after it announced that its service has launched in Japan, which becomes its third market worldwide in addition to the US and Canada.
Hours after Twitter rolled out support for two-step verification, Kim Dotcom has claimed credit for inventing the security feature. In a series of tweets, the embattled Megaupload founder points to a patent dating back to 1997 as proof for his claim, and accuses companies including Google, Facebook, and Twitter of infringing his intellectual property rights.
Whatever era you call it, post-PC or simply PC plus, the Mac vs. PC war has ignited once again today. In a fresh Windows 8 ad, Microsoft is directly attacking Apple's iPad on price, an approach it took during the early Vista days with low-priced laptops.
Brad Stone feature for Businessweek, “Inside Google’s Secret Lab”: While Teller runs the day-to-day operations at X, he reports to Brin. (“Sergey is Bruce Wayne, and I’m Lucius Fox,” Teller says.) Colleagues say that since Page became CEO in late 2011, Brin spends most of his time immersed in the technical details of several projects at Google X.
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Less than six months in, 2013 has already been a remarkable year for the nexus between television and Twitter. The vast majority of the online public conversation around TV currently happens on Twitter – 95 percent, according to Crimson Hexagon.
Ingrid Lunden · Twitter Launches Twitter Amplify For Real-Time Videos In Stream, Partnering With BBC, Fox, Fuse And Weather Channel
Another day, another acquisition by Yahoo. Yahoo said this morning it’s acquired PlayerScale, a California-based startup that makes software infrastructure for cross-platform gaming. Financial details haven’t been disclosed.
The HTC First, an Android smartphone collaboration between HTC and Facebook, will not be coming to the UK — at least for now. Originally scheduled for a summer release via EE and Orange, Facebook confirmed to The Verge that it is "going to limit supporting new devices," and has asked EE and Orange to hold off deploying the HTC First while it works to make Home "substantially better." Continue reading…
Facebook won't bring HTC First smartphone to the UK after all (update: due to bad feedback in the US)
After a series of rumors about the HTC First not selling too well in the States, we've now heard that the customized Facebook / Android handset won't be coming to the UK.
Mailbox, the iPhone email app that some folks really love — and that Dropbox loves so much it paid many millions for — is now available for the iPad.
Mailbox brings its swipe-based brand of inbox nirvana to Apple’s tablets. To see just how badly people want a better way to deal with their email, all you have to do is look back a few months to the launch of Mailbox, the clever iPhone client that emphasizes triage over full-on engagement.
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What has Mailbox founder Gentry Underwood and his team been up to since selling the email-app maker to Dropbox for a reported $100 million in March?
Shazam Revamps Its iPad App For Second Screen Action, Can Now “AutoTag” In Background While You Watch TV
Although the majority of Shazam‘s over 93 million U.S. users still use the app on their smartphones to identify, tag and share the songs they’re “hearing,” a growing chunk of that user base – around 10 million in the U.S.
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son wants Sprint, and he’s willing to make some significant concessions to get hold of it, like letting the US government choose one of the 10 directors to its board.
After being made aware of a large and potentially costly privacy breach exposing more than 170,000 records containing Social Security numbers and financial information, the two companies responsible for the blunder are threatening legal action against the journalists that uncovered it.
Samsung has announced the Galaxy S4 has reached 10 million global channel sales less than a month after its commercial launch. The figure sets a new record for Samsung's line of smartphones; the Galaxy S III took a full 50 days to reach the same figure, while the S II took five months.
Every day, a growing number of people log in to Twitter. Usually these login attempts come from the genuine account owners, but we occasionally hear from people whose accounts have been compromised by email phishing schemes or a breach of password data elsewhere on the web.
Ken Yeung · Twitter unveils login verification, a form of two-factor authentication to better protect accounts via SMS
Josh Constine · Twitter Ups Web Security With Two-Factor Authentication Via SMS, But Shared Accounts May Still Be In Danger
Jeff John Roberts · Twitter does the two-step, gets serious on security with new authentication feature
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HTC in disarray: staff departures, 'disastrous' First, and production problems cloud company's future
HTC CEO Peter Chou The Verge has learned that HTC's Chief Product Officer, Kouji Kodera, left the company last week. Kodera was responsible for HTC's overall product strategy, which makes the departure especially notable on the heels of the global launch of the make-or-break One.
Alexis Santos · HTC VP of Global Communications leaves post, Chief Product Officer said to follow suit
Nick Summers · HTC Asia CEO Lennard Hoornik joins growing number of reported exec departures at the Taiwanese OEM
Darrell Etherington · HTC Can't Stanch The Flow Of Departing Senior Talent As Internal Turmoil Prevails
Marketers regularly talk to us about their goals, and for many it boils down to one major theme: generating leads, and ultimately driving purchases. With those goals in mind, today there’s a new addition to our suite of Twitter Cards, one which helps brands drive highly qualified leads: the Lead Generation Card.