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NimbusBase Launches An iCloud For Any Platform At Disrupt NY, Lets Users Store Their Data On Dropbox Or Google Drive (Original)

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It’s hard to gauge how popular Apple’s iCloud really is, but the idea behind it is solid: give developers a place to save their users’ data, give users control over this data and allow developers to focus on their apps and not storage. NimbusBase, which is launching at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013 today, had built exactly that, with the ingenious twist that the data is stored in the cloud of the users’ choosing. Currently, NimbusBase supports Dropbox and Google Drive, with SkyDrive and other providers expected to launch in the near future.

NimbusBase’s New York-based founders Ray Wang (CTO) and Alex Volodarsky (COO) told me that developers currently have three choices. They can use iCloud, but that’s limited to iOS; they can build their own storage infrastructure and then pay for server space; or they can use specialized backend services, but those tend to charge a premium for storage.

With NimbusBase, developers can easily integrate the same features they would get from those tools into their own apps, but without any of the hassle because the cloud storage providers handle all of the storage infrastructure for developers and users. To get started, developers only need to add a few lines of code to their apps and NimbusBase handles the rest.…

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Hands on: Google Now for iOS beats Siri, but needs integration (Original)

Google Now, Google's voice search tool, has made its way to iOS via the Google Search app. It's powerful, responsive, and has impressive speech pattern recognition that leads to accurate results But it may too hidden for most users to fully take advantage of.…

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Hulu Announces Adding 1 Million Paid Subscribers In Q1 2013; Streamed Over 1 Billion Videos (Original)

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At today’s Hulu Upfront, the company offered an update on its online TV business, sharing that it had set records for revenue in Q1 2013, and had achieved a new milestone of having streamed over 1 billion videos in the quarter. Hulu’s paid, subscription-based business has grown as well, having doubled over the course of 2012.

As of Q1 2013, Hulu Plus, as the premium subscription business is known, passed 4 million subscribers up from 3 million in Q4 2012, and was also setting records for new subscriber additions, the company stated. A significant portion of this growth is coming from mobile, as consumers are switching away from the desktop to watch Hulu’s content on their portable devices, like smartphones and tablets.

In 2013 to 2014, Hulu estimates that mobile viewing will account for 15 percent of the video views on its network, despite having been a nonexistent business only two years ago. (Hulu was launched out of beta back in November 2010, originally on the desktop).

However, though mobile is becoming an increasingly important screen for viewing content, the company says its “living room” business is growing as well. The service currently works over a number of connected devices, including Apple TV, Roku, and game consoles like the Xbox 360, Wii, and the PS3.…

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Shazam appoints new chief exec ahead of IPO (Original)

Shazam logoSecond screen app and media recognition specialist Shazam has appointed former Yahoo! executive Rich Riley as its new CEO, shifting long-term boss Andrew Fisher to the new full-time role of Executive Chairman as it gears up for a planned IPO. 

The hire marks the latest addition to Shazam’s executive team, following the recent appointment of BBC executive Daniel Danker as Chief Product Officer, establishing an executive leadership team that will “accelerate the company’s growth trajectory,” Shazam said.

Fisher, who has lead the firm as CEO since 2005, becomes executive chairman, while John Pearson, who has been chairman of the board since 2006, will become a Non-executive director and remain on the board.

Riley brings more than 17 years of entrepreneurial and internet experience to the CEO role, most recently working as executive vice president, Americas for Yahoo!, where he was responsible for billions of dollars of revenue and managed a team of thousands.

“Rich brings a tremendous amount of experience both as an internet executive where he has rapidly scaled global businesses, to establishing strategic relationships with advertisers and partners, as well as his entrepreneurial approach and skills,” said Fisher.

“Whilst Rich will run our business I will now spend more time focusing on our corporate development and future strategy including our ambitions to deliver a successful IPO for our shareholders as we look to become an increasingly important part of people’s everyday lives, helping them engage with content and brands in the most efficient way possible.”

Shazam started as a music recognition series, branching into TV in 2011 with the launch of Shazam for TV in the United States for advertising and select television programmes.…

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Hulu: Paid subscriptions have doubled to four million in past year (Original)

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Hulu's future ownership may be in question, but the video streaming site is apparently doing fairly brisk business on the paid subscription front. During an advertiser event this morning, the site announced that it has managed to double its Hulu Plus accounts in the past year, up to four million. The site's revenue also hit a record for the first quarter of the year, though Hulu's not giving out any numbers. As with rivals Netflix and Amazon, the company's making a big bet on original programming, with a number of exclusive series, including the animated The Awesomes and western Quick Draw.

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Mobile video viewing jumps 215% in Germany (Original)

Some 11.5 million people in Germany viewed video on mobile phones in Germany in February – a 215% year-on-year increase, according to ComScore stats. 

The research firm, noting the changing video landscape in Germany, also said that 46.6 million Germans watched an online video via on their desktop PC or laptop during the month, though this marked only a 1.5% increase on a year earlier.

Per-month Germans watch an average of 175 videos each and spend 1,271 minutes per viewer watching videos, according to the study, which also found Germany to have the largest online video audience of the five main European markets of  France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.

Worldwide, nearly 1.3 billion people watch an average of 162 online videos each per month, according to ComScore, while 758 million people worldwide watched an average of 79 YouTube videos each in February 2013.

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Facebook Says It’s Now as Big as Windows (Literally) (Original)

Facebook man Joel Pobar calls it "a holy-fuck comparison." The massive collection of software code needed to create that Facebook page inside your web browser, he says, has now expanded to the point where it's about the same size as the code that underpins the Windows operating system.

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LinkedIn Reaches 1M Users In Singapore, Or 20% Of The Country’s Population (Original)

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LinkedIn has acquired one million users in Singapore, or 20 percent of its 5 million population, since the service’s launch there in 2011, the professional networking site announced today. This milestone means that about 70 percent of Singapore’s labor force and students now have accounts on the Web site, according to the company.

Singapore is the home of the company’s Asia-Pacific HQ and its fourth market in Southeast Asia to surpass the one million milestone, after Malaysia (about one million), Indonesia and the Philippines (1.5 million each). Other Asia Pacific countries with more than one million LinkedIn members are Australia (4 million), India (19 million) and China (3 million).

The site’s rapid growth in Singapore is not surprising because the country is an important business and financial hub. Its expanding user base in the rest of Southeast Asia also underscores that region’s potential as an emerging market for tech and online services. Indonesia in particular sees high usage of social networking services–according to research from Brand24.co.id, Indonesians contribute 2.4 percent of tweets, while Jakarta ranked second in terms of the world’s top cities on Facebook. According to Mary Meeker, Indonesia saw a 58 percent increase in Internet users in 2012, superseded by only China and India.…

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Type Less. Talk More. Make Skype Calls Directly From Your Outlook.com Inbox (Original)

Starting today, Microsoft is rolling out a preview version of Skype for Outlook.com, bringing two great communication experiences together — all in one place! As part of our commitment to bring you the very best ways to communicate, this Skype for Outlook.com preview is beginning to roll out in the United Kingdom and will be made available in the United States and Germany in the coming weeks. In the coming months, audio and video calling powered by Skype will be available in every Outlook.com inbox. By adding Skype conversations to your modern email, Microsoft is creating yet another way for you to connect to the people you care about most.

With the preview version of Skype for Outlook.com you can enjoy Skype video and audio calls right from your inbox — less typing, more talking!  For those of you that aren’t familiar, Outlook.com is a free personal email service from Microsoft. In the first six months after launch, Outlook.com attracted 60 million new users, making it the fastest-growing email service in history.

Even with the best email service, sometimes text isn’t enough. We all face those situations where it’s just easier to jump on a call to talk something through. Sometimes that quick call can accomplish more than a long email reply.…

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Turn on, tune in, retweet: How TV and the Internet melted into one world (Original)

GIFS, memes, and Reddit forums used to be part of an exclusive Internet-lovers-only club - but now mainstream media are in on the joke and building broadcasting around the sites and mechanisms that have viral potential.…

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