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Why no one will fund your startup: A look behind the scenes of VC Q3 2015 (webinar)

VB WEBINAR: Join us for this live webinar. Register here for free.  For every startup that makes it, there are thousands that don’t. The accepted industry stat of 90 percent failure rate sees a lot of dreams shattered. If your business looks like a bad bet, no self-respecting investor is going to take a gamble on you and your […]

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Blizzard is willing to risk making a Warcraft movie because of director Duncan Jones

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Warcraft the movie, based on the massively multiplayer game World of Warcraft, captivated BlizzCon audiences today. Director Duncan Jones and the actors discussed the film at a press conference after the opening ceremonies. “It’s huge for us to show it to the fans and to the people who have been waiting to see […]

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Toyota’s $1B AI, Robotics Play Jolts Driverless World

Toyota Motor on Friday announced plans to launch a new company, Toyota Research Institute, as part of a five-year $1 billion investment in artificial intelligence and robotics technology for automobiles. The new company will begin operations in January 2016 under the leadership of Toyota’s executive technical advisor Gill Pratt. Its headquarters will be in Silicon Valley near Stanford University.

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How mobile is amping up personalization for bigger returns (webinar)

VB WEBINAR: Missed it? Access this important webinar on-demand right here. “I always wanted to be different. I always wanted to be first.” This quote from Miuccia Prada — Forbe’s 79th Most Powerful Woman — serves as great advice for mobile marketers. This year, over 3 million apps have been released online. That number is expected to skyrocket […]

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Google acquires video and photo editing startup Fly Labs

Google has acquired Fly Labs in a move that will likely see the startup’s media editing technology be integrated into the Google Photos app. Fly Labs announced the move on its website saying that it’ll be “pouring the same passion into Google Photos that we poured into [its apps] Clips, Fly, Tempo, and Crop on the Fly.” […]

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Zuckerberg: Newark schools investment has helped improve graduation rates 13%

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has revealed some results from his high-profile investment in Newark, New Jersey public schools. In a post on the social network, he shared that graduation rates in the city have increased 13 percent to now stand at 69 percent. Additionally, Newark charter schools now rank as the second highest performing educational […]

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Adobe is bridging the gap between its Creative and Marketing clouds

EXCLUSIVE: Aviary, the photo editing software development kit Adobe bought last year, has found a home inside Adobe’s social media marketing service. Specifically, Aviary will now power photo editing inside Adobe Social, while continuing to bolster the company’s Creative SDK, a project to get third-party developers to add Adobe services to their apps. The move helps tie together Adobe’s biggest priorities: creative stuff and marketing stuff […]

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Samsung backs Interlude to change the way we watch movies in VR

EXCLUSIVE: Virtual reality is slowly pushing film into an evolutionary split. To one side are the traditional linear narrative techniques. To the other, sits the multipath nature of interactivity. Interlude, a content producer and creative tools provider, is developing techniques to try to make the transition between the two worlds a little easier. And Samsung sees value […]

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