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Many Pebble customers are left without a warranty or technical support after the Fitbit acquisition (Alex Cranz/Gizmodo)

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 9:55pm

Alex Cranz / Gizmodo:
Many Pebble customers are left without a warranty or technical support after the Fitbit acquisition  —  Pebble, one of the best-known smartwatch brands, is dead.  Rumors about the company's demise have been swirling since The Information reported a potential Fitbit buyout last week.

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Sources: Gene Munster to leave Piper Jaffray to start Loup Ventures, a VC firm that plans to invest in VR, AR, AI, and robotics (Benzinga)

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 9:05pm

Benzinga:
Sources: Gene Munster to leave Piper Jaffray to start Loup Ventures, a VC firm that plans to invest in VR, AR, AI, and robotics  —  Wall Street's sell-side community will be getting a bit of a shake up Thursday.  —  In addition to word that technology and internet analyst Bob Peck …

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Secret co-founder David Byttow launches IO, an anonymous platform for longer-form "authentic publishing" (Darrell Etherington/TechCrunch)

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 5:00pm

Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Secret co-founder David Byttow launches IO, an anonymous platform for longer-form “authentic publishing”  —  Secret co-founder David Byttow said his shuttered startup would make a return of sorts, tweeting as much in November.  Byttow launched the revived anonymous publishing app …

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Facebook is testing a pop-up chat-like feature for comment threads on desktop (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 3:50pm

Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook is testing a pop-up chat-like feature for comment threads on desktop  —  Comments on Facebook posts can get quite chatty, so Facebook is trying a new way to help you keep up.  Some users now see comment reels appearing as persistently visible chat windows that pop up on their desktop versions …

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Anonymous social network Yik Yak lays off about 30 of its 50 staffers as growth stalls; sources say the remaining employees are mostly engineers (Casey Newton/The Verge)

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 3:10pm

Casey Newton / The Verge:
Anonymous social network Yik Yak lays off about 30 of its 50 staffers as growth stalls; sources say the remaining employees are mostly engineers  —  Yak to square one  —  Yik Yak has laid off a “significant” number of employees amid a downturn in the app's growth prospects, The Verge has learned.

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Facebook will let some users outside the US make their own geo-specific frames for photos and videos (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 2:10pm

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook will let some users outside the US make their own geo-specific frames for photos and videos  —  Facebook is launching a series of new features to help people customize their photos and videos in the social network's continuing battle with Snapchat, an app that put the camera …

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YouTube reaches settlement with National Music Publishers' Association over unpaid royalties; sources say deal is worth $40M+ (Ben Sisario/New York Times)

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 1:55pm

Ben Sisario / New York Times:
YouTube reaches settlement with National Music Publishers' Association over unpaid royalties; sources say deal is worth $40M+  —  YouTube, the latest target of the music industry's battle over royalties and control, has taken steps this week to mend fences and show that it is a good partner.

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