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July 19, 2015

Reddit Alternative, Voat, Has Caught Up to Reddit In Terms of Search Interest

Well that was fast. According to partial data for July 2015 on Google Trends, voat, a community-based site that has seen a rise in popularity due to the clashing over at reddit, has already caught up to reddit with regard to search interest. As I type this post, voat has a score of 71 and reddit has a score of 73. The rise in popularity of voat happened extremely quickly — it’s pretty much a straight line up from May to July.

You can take a look for yourself over at Google Trends. I’m also embedding the [...]

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June 7, 2015

The #BringReadWriteBack Campaign Traction Is Disheartening

Let me preface this post by saying, I hope this isn’t an indicator of how the Bring ReadWrite Back campaign ultimately goes. Nonetheless, it’s not looking promising at the moment. ReadWrite was founded by Richard MacManus in 2003 (that’s actually the same year I founded BestTechie), he sold the site a few years back to a company called Say Media, and then more recently the site was sold again to Wearable Word (a wearable tech incubator). I’ve always been a fan of ReadWrite but unfortunately it seems there may not [...]

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June 3, 2015

Google Didn’t Blow It: Facebook Still Has A Long Way to Go to Catch YouTube

In a post on Business Insider, Nicholas Carlson sounds the alarm stating that Facebook has caught up to and is poised to surpass YouTube in terms of daily video views. He cites an article written by Fortune’s Erin Griffith (which is a very good read, I recommend checking it out — it’s in-depth and detailed) that discusses Facebook’s huge investment in video as his main piece of evidence. In Griffith’s article she writes, “In April, Facebook hit 4 billion views per day, matching the latest estimates [...]

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April 17, 2015

27 of the Best Tech Subreddits on Reddit

So you like tech and are a fan of reddit.com… sounds familiar. Everyone knows about r/technology, but really, I think there are better subreddits for tech out there. The reddit community is huge and sometimes finding the best subreddits for a topic you are interested in can be a daunting task. Fear not! I have compiled a list of what I believe to be the best tech subreddits. If you have one to add, feel free to leave a [...]

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March 27, 2015

Here’s What Spartan Will Look Like on Windows 10 Phone

It’s not clear how it got out, but out it is: images of Microsoft’s new web browser, Spartan, have leaked onto the web courtesy of Polish tech forum WindowsMania. Specifically, these are images of Spartan running on Windows 10 Phone. Or Windows 10 Mobile. Or Windows Phone 10…or something. I don’t know what they’re going to call it, but it’s Windows 10, it’s Spartan, and it’s on a phone, okay? Okay.

Looks like the Hub is where users will access bookmarks, history, and an offline reading list.

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March 8, 2015

My 90s TV Will Ruin Your Productivity for the Week

I know the week hasn’t started yet, but trust me, I just ruined your productivity for the entire work week. Thanks to a post on ProductHunt, I spent my weekend watching classic 90s TV shows and programming (commercials included)! So how do you watch things like Hey Arnold, Rugrats, Rocket Power, Legends of the Hidden Temple, and more? You head on over to My 90s TV.

Once you’re there you will be greeted with a big old silver glass screen TV. Then all you have to do hit that power button and kick back and watch. You can [...]

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February 23, 2015

Target Drops Minimum Order Total for Free Shipping Down to $25

Some of the biggest online retailers offer free shipping tied to a “minimum order” total. Amazon, for example, will ship for free only if your order is $35 or more. Walmart’s minimum is even higher, at $50.

It appears Target spotted an opportunity to steal some business — the company just dropped its own minimum for free shipping to $25. So if you’re the type that only buys smaller items, you may wind up qualifying for free shipping through Target, where you might not through another online [...]

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February 10, 2015

Flipboard Launches a New Website

Fans of Flipboard, a mobile-specific social reader, might be surprised to learn that the company unveiled its new website today – surprised, either because Flipboard was launching a website when its mobile app had worked well for so long, or because it didn’t already have a website. It’s up and running right now, though, and it signifies the idea that perhaps the web itself isn’t quite as irrelevant as some tech critics have said.

A post on GigaOm offers up some comments from Flipboard’s CEO, Mike McCue, who explains that [...]

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February 4, 2015

Money You May Like: Taboola Raises $117 Million to Focus on Personalization, Globalization, and M&A

Over the past seven years, Adam Singolda has been on a mission to help people find content they may like via recommendations placed at the bottom of articles on websites across the Internet. At first, Taboola, his company, focused exclusively on video recommendations, then made its way into recommending editorial and sponsored written content. Now the company is serving up over 200 billion recommendations per month to more than 550 million users across a wide array of publications that use its product.

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January 31, 2015

Ride-Sharing Service Uber Enters Pennsylvania with Two-Year Experimental License

In the past, living in Pennsylvania meant the closest you got to Uber was being jealous of your friends in New York City and San Francisco.

No more.

Uber, a ride share service popular with those in larger cities, officially launched in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as of yesterday afternoon at 5 p.m., thanks to a two-year experimental license granted to the company by Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission. At launch time, Harrisburg’s mayor took the state’s first Uber ride around a block with PUC [...]

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