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Netflix vs. Amazon in 2015: A tale of two video-streaming giants

FEATURE: As we near the end of another year, VentureBeat takes a look back at some of the highlights from two companies at the forefront of the cord-cutting movement: Netflix and Amazon. From awards and big-name content acquisitions to new international markets and strategic partnerships, this is a tale of two global video-streaming giants in 2015. Original content comes […]

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15 interesting startups to watch in 2016

REVIEW: As we usher in another year, we brace for the next wave of innovation, disruption, consolidation, and dissolution. What will be the next big thing that everyone talks about? I’ve been asking around and looking at companies, trends, and what else is going on to put together the following list of startups worth watching in […]

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How the buy button defined mobile payments in 2015

This year was a big one for mobile commerce. More people than ever are turning to their smartphones to discover products and make purchases. Sales on mobile devices are expected to top $100 billion this year, with mobile commerce comprising nearly a third of all ecommerce transactions. In particular, two innovations stand out as having pushed the digital-shopping experience […]

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How Facebook made the world a smaller place in 2015

ANALYSIS: Already over its first 10 years, Facebook has done so much to get us to publish our memories and activity on its social network, but what will the second decade bring? Is there something more to the company than just a network of conversation? 2015 has been key in Facebook’s pursuit to bring about a new era of […]

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The 15 most beautifully designed apps of 2015

It’s that time of year again, folks, when retrospective lists reign supreme and reflective musings clog your feeds. This post meets that description, but rest assured it will provide at least one thing to brighten your day: eye candy. Here’s our list of the 15 most impressively designed apps released or redesigned this year. Feels like déjà vu? It should. […]

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Somewhere way, way under the rainbow: The 10 worst unicorns of 2015

A venture capitalist may have pumped enough money into your company’s bank account to push it into the unicorn category, but that doesn’t guarantee success. Which is good news for people like me who are tasked with putting together a year-end list of the 10 worst unicorns of 2015. On the one hand, finding the […]

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2015: The year tech got serious about maternity leave

REVIEW: From Netflix’s new parental-leave policy to Mark Zuckerberg’s two-month paternity break, 2015 was marked by a number of large tech companies revamping employee policies aimed at fostering a work-life balance in the harried lives of tech workers. In August, Netflix said it would extend its maternal and paternal leave program, allowing new parents up to 12 […]

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Europe vs. the U.S. in 2015: A year of transatlantic tussles

FEATURE: Beyond the countless data breaches that companies and consumers endured in 2015, perhaps the most obvious tension in the online privacy realm could be felt in the many altercations between the U.S. and Europe. The seed of this combative surge can perhaps be traced back to 2013, when former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden began revealing the extent […]

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The best tech gifts for the best gal in your life

The holidays are upon us again, and that means buying stuff for the people you love. To help you navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of picking out presents, here’s a list of gadgets that your lady might like. Some of these gifts might not be ready to stick under a tree just yet, but they represent […]

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