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4 big threats native advertising faces in 2015

GUEST POST Image Credit: HBO Recently I’ve been hosting roundtable discussions over dinner in New York and London with publishing executives who are betting big that native advertising will drive major revenue growth in 2015 for their businesses.

WP Engine adds disaster recovery to keep your blog alive during natural disasters & zombie uprisings

Above: The WP Engine team Image Credit: Jordan Novet/VentureBeat WP Engine, a Texas startup that hosts websites based on the open-source WordPress content-management system, is closing out quarter after quarter with new business.

Even with $5.5M in funding, Ello’s future looks unclear

Image Credit: Jordan Novet/VentureBeat So the Ello saga continues, and this time with $5.5 million more in the bank, and a new kumbaya-esque charter and legal status that’s leaving us with more questions than answers.

Google CEO Larry Page appoints Sundar Pichai to lead nearly every product at the company

Image Credit: Jolie O'Dell/VentureBeat Google chief executive Larry Page is stepping back at the giant technology company, while senior vice president Sundar Pichai will be assuming more responsibility, according to a new report.

Apple Pay has landed, but its effects on mobile marketing are still up in the air

Image Credit: Apple Now that it’s out, how will Apple Pay change the dynamics of mobile marketing? The consensus of the experts we consulted is that it will have an impact — but there are wide differences of opinion about the size of that impact and Apple Pay’s advantages vis-à-vis credit cards.

Ebola panic is a symptom of a broken health care system. Here’s how techies can help fix it

Above: Bryan Sivak, the CTO of HHS, addresses the crowd at HealthBeat 2013. Image Credit: Michael O'Donnell/VentureBeat   As I wrote last year, health care in the U.S.

More proof AT&T is clueless/evil: Carrier busts ‘Apple SIM’ feature

Image Credit: Lucasfilm I was surprised when Apple told me Wednesday that it had put an “Apple SIM” inside the new iPad Air 2, so that I wouldn’t have to order a SIM from my carrier and hope that it’s the right size.

Apple’s iPad Air 2 is svelte and powerful, but no radical leap from the first Air

Image Credit: VentureBeat/Mark Sullivan Apple’s new iPad Air 2 is a pretty device with some nice feature upgrades from the first Air, but it doesn’t offer the kind of radical improvements or wholly new features that would make circa-2013 iPad Air owners yearn to upgrade.

Tech for family caregivers: 3 ways entrepreneurs can help

GUEST POST Image Credit: Ocskay Mark / Shutterstock Family caregiving is potentially a huge market, untapped primarily because it is unseen.

The Lumia rebranding was inevitable, and Microsoft’s choice makes complete sense

Image Credit: Wonderlane/Flickr The Nokia-to-Microsoft rebranding has been a long time coming, and frankly there’s still a long road ahead.

Microsoft now lets enterprises track site usage in Internet Explorer 11

Image Credit: eyeliam/Flickr Microsoft is adding to its data-collection capabilities for websites running in Internet Explorer 11, allowing companies to track usage and make changes as they see fit.

Turning mobile ads into games helps them perform better

Above: Some of Celtra's ad products. Image Credit: Celtra Mobile advertising is a multibillion-dollar business, and one company thinks it will grow even further when marketers learn to turn their promotions into games.

Google’s Nest acquires smart home hub Revolv, will not accept new customers

Image Credit: Nest website Nest, the Google-owned company known for its smart thermostat, announced today that it’s acquiring home automation hub Revolv.

Smart basketballs and other gadgets from the wise man of tech (interview)

Above: Jim Barry of CEA shows off a smart basketball Image Credit: Dean Takahashi I’ve been meeting with Jim Barry for many years, and he doesn’t want me to call him the old man of tech. Deploys Launchpad to 100,000 Merchants

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Car2Go takes Brooklyn with 400 on-demand Smart cars — we go for a spin

Above: One of Car2Go's on-demand Smart cars in Brooklyn. Image Credit: Devindra Hardawar/VentureBeat Get ready for tiny cars filled with vintage clothing and irony.

4 UCSF Center for Digital Health Innovation startups that are changing care coordination

Last year the University of California San Francisco announced it was creating a Center for Digital Health Innovation (CDHI), and since then the center has been developing compelling new technologies aimed at transforming the coordination of health care delivery.

What Marc Andreessen and Ron Conway teach Stanford students about raising money (in 4 quotes)

Stanford University continues its overcrowded class in building super-successful startups, and every week, noted investor Sam Altman brings in local business celebrities to distill the secrets of Silicon Valley.

Review sites like Yelp can now legally manipulate reviews for cash. But should they?

GUEST POST Image Credit: Flickr A lot of ink has recently been spilled over a recent California court decision that defends Yelp’s right to manipulate reviews as a protected form of “aggressive advertising.” Far be it from me to comment as a legal scholar; I can’t say much with respect to the law and its rightful application or not.

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