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Dropbox Now Has 175 Million Users, Up From 100M In November 2012 (Original)

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“Today is about making life easier for all of you” said CEO Drew Houston to launch his company Dropbox’s conference. The company now has 175 million users, up from 100 million in November 2012. DBX also saw the launch of several new APIs for the 100,000 apps on the Dropbox platform

The platform, in fact, seemed to be the theme of Houston’s keynote. Unifying your data across all the apps and devices you use is the goal. Houston said “We have all these companies making all this amazing stuff, but they’re punching each other in the face.” He went on to explain that your phone and your apps are new little cracks for your stuff to fall into, where your stuff can get trapped. Dropbox wants to make it all instantly accessible from anywhere.

Houston said that while there wouldn’t be anyone skydiving into the conference hall in San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center, he did tell us to reach under our seats to find a promo card for 100 gigabytes of Dropbox storage for life.

Announcements at the event included the Datastore API for letting apps save and protect user data added or changed while their device is offline. Meanwhile, the new Drop-Ins with native Chooser and Saver let apps easily pull in your files from your Dropbox into their apps.…

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Tunebox Is An iTunes Match-Like App For Dropbox Music Files (Original)

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When Dropbox bought Audiogalaxy late last year, industry observers wondered if the cloud music player startup could turn into a new audio streaming product. But Audiogalaxy was promptly shut down, and the team is rumored to be working on other Dropbox projects.

And so, a largish niche has emerged for apps that stream DRM-free music files for Dropbox users. DropTunes has a well-regarded web player, but mobile is the main use case for most people, and Tunebox has been a standout among the eight or so apps available for iOS. Available since late 2011, it already streams songs automatically instead of requiring you to download files from Dropbox to your phone like most of the others.

The new 2.0 version completes developer Phil Kast‘s* goal of providing an iTunes Match-type service for Dropbox users, in that you can now save files to your device and play them in offline mode. Just tap the icon next to a song or album to save it, and swipe to remove it if you want to free up storage space on your device.

Tunebox had already done a relatively good job of sorting through song metadata in Dropbox to organize files in its interface.…

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Google Drive desktop app adds in-app file sharing, catches up to 2010’s Dropbox (Original)

Google Drive desktop app adds inapp file sharing, catches up to 2010's Dropbox

Sure, you could see and manage your Google Drive files from within the comfort of your PC / Mac file management system, but you couldn't publicly share them with friends -- until now. Google Drive files are now sharable via right click directly on your desktop, meaning the Drive desktop app now has one more feature that Dropbox already had several years ago. We hope you'll forgive our lack of enthusiasm for Google's catchup effort, but it's hard to get all jazzed up about functionality that should've probably been there at launch. Anyway, if you're not seeing the new feature pop up on your dashboard yet, Google says it's "rolling out over the next few days." Hold tight!

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Dropbox Overhauls Chooser As Platform Adds “Tens of Thousands” Of Developers Each Week (Original)

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Dropbox, which is courting developers to make it easier for consumers to add and use files wherever they want, just overhauled its “Chooser” feature.

Introduced in November of last year, it was designed to make it easy for developers to build in an “attach from Dropbox feature” instead of having to create one from scratch. Adding Dropbox’s Chooser to an app involves a small JavaScript snippet and helps developers avoid an implementation of OAuth, or managing uploads and storage.

With that and Dropbox’s growing reach, the company says it’s adding “tens of thousands” of developers every week and that “hundreds of thousands” of files are being shared using Chooser every week. There are “thousands” of applications in development, said Daniel Levine, who works platform at the YC-backed company.

Today Dropbox is touching up Chooser by adding the ability to select multiple files at once and upload files directly from their computer through Chooser. So if you want to grab 10 photos at a time and upload them directly, this would be the way to do it.

“No file in Dropbox has been created by Dropbox,” Levine said. “We want a way for users to get files everywhere they want to use them.”

Files uploaded through Chooser will get automatically saved in a user’s Dropbox and will automatically be available in third-party web apps.…

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Dropbox adds six languages to its repertoire, throws in photo improvements for Android app (Original)

Dropbox adds six languages to its repertoire, adds photo improvements to Android app

Dropbox's gone a little bit more global, adding Russian, Polish, Indonesian, Malaysian, and Traditional and Simplified Chinese language support to its file sharing service. The translated versions are available across Mac, PC, Linux and Dropbox's web interface, with an iOS version apparently in the works and "coming soon." Alongside those language credits, the Android app has also improved how it shows off the entirety of your photo collection, which should make the most of all those instant uploads.

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Dropbox Can Find Your Stolen Computer (Original)

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Lost or stolen tech produces a sickening feeling. In the moment you realize your laptop is gone for good, you feel helpless.

But should you find yourself the victim of computer theft, Hack College has your back

There are a number of ways to track down your property, such as apps that take webcam pics and screenshots when a device is stolen. But did you know Dropbox can help your quest for justice, too?

Got any other cool tricks for reclaiming lost or stolen tech? Let us know in the comments

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Former Google AdSense Director, Kim Malone Scott, Leaves Dropbox After Just Four Months (Original)

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We’re hearing from those familiar with the situation that Kim Malone Scott, an ex Apple and Google employee, has left Dropbox after about four months on the job. Upon her hiring, she was described as a “top sales exec” poach for Dropbox. At Google, she was commonly referred to as the “High Priestess of the Long Tail,” a name she had given herself because she placed ads on pages that normally didn’t have them, mostly for small publishers.

During her tenure at Google, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg had called Scott’s credentials a “perfect Googler’s resume.”

According to her LinkedIn, Scott worked in “Operations and Online Sales” for Dropbox, with no other details or information about her role. With two years at Apple and six years at Google, it was clear that the hiring was an important one at the time.

Recently, Scott shared her professional story and journey on the site for Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In,” giving the advice:

Never be afraid to call bs, especially when it’s sexist bs.

We’ve also heard that this could have been partially a personal decision and one having to do with culture issues. We’ve reached out to Dropbox for comment and will update our story once we hear back.…

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Yahoo! Mail Partners With Dropbox To Add File Attachments, Brings Brand New Audience To File Hosting Service (Original)

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It’s no secret that Yahoo! is overhauling all of its flagship products, including mail. The service has gotten a refresh on both the web and mobile, and today, the company has announced a partnership with file-backup and sharing service Dropbox.

The partnership will make it easier to send, receive and manage attachments in Yahoo! Mail. In case you’ve forgotten, Yahoo! Mail is still the No. 3 most-used mail service in the world behind Hotmail and Gmail. But the last time we checked, it was No. 1 in the United States. By acting nimbly, the company can add small tweaks and enhancements thanks to partnerships like this that will give it a potential edge against the competition.

This is good news for both companies, specifically Dropbox. This brings a new audience to the service, which has become a mainstay in the workplace. The company has yet to crack the consumer area, and Yahoo! has those users lined up and waiting to try new things. If users don’t have a Dropbox account, they can simply sign up for one via Yahoo! Mail. That also means more potential revenue for Dropbox once these users fill up their free 2GB.

Here’s what David McDowell, Senior Director of Product Management on Yahoo!…

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Amazon Takes on Dropbox With New Desktop File Syncing (Original)

It's still rough around the edges, but a new desktop syncing client puts Amazon's Cloud Drive tool in league with Dropbox, Google Drive and other cloud-based file syncing tools. It's half the price of Dropbox, but unfortunately Amazon's Cloud Drive currently lacks most of what makes Dropbox so indispensable.

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Dropbox Hits Another Hiring Homerun With Rasmus Andersson, Facebook’s Mobile Design Guru (Original)

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Dropbox has scored another big win on the staffing front.

Rasmus Andersson, the Swedish designer and technologist who for the past two years has worked at Facebook leading the design of mobile products and working on product infrastructure, is leaving the social networking giant to join Dropbox. He’ll be working on both the design and engineering teams at the cloud storage and sharing company. We’re hearing that his last day at Facebook was this week, and Dropbox is set to announce his hiring later today.

Prior to working at Facebook, Andersson spent four years as the chief designer at Spotify. There he essentially steered all aspects of Spotify’s creative direction at a formative time for the music streaming service, developing its logo and branding and designing the interface of its flagship Mac app.

This is just latest in a series of recent coups Dropbox has made on the tech staffing side. Last week, the company beat out several established bidders to acquire Orchestra, the 13-person startup behind the much buzzed-about email organization app Mailbox. In December, the famed creator of the Python programming language Guido Van Rossum joined Dropbox as a software engineer after a seven year career at Google; also that month Dropbox snapped up Soleio Cuervo, the designer responsible for Facebook’s “Like” button, and acqui-hired photo-sharing startup Snapjoy and cloud music startup Audiogalaxy, bringing on solid new engineering talent.…

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