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Why CurrentC is (rightly) demanding exclusivity from merchants

The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) — many big retailers’ answer to Apple Pay — held a press conference Wednesday, in which its CEO Dekkers Davidson on several occasions dodged the following question: Why is MCX requiring its merchant members to use its CurrentC mobile payments platform exclusively and not accept Apple Pay?

LinkedIn had one of the first data science teams. Now it’s breaking up the band

Above: LinkedIn headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Image Credit: Jordan Novet/VentureBeat MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.

Abacus nabs $3.5M to make expense reporting as easy as snapping and sharing a photo

Image Credit: Abacus/Facebook Expense reporting is a huge pain in everyone’s working behind. Just this morning, my colleagues were groaning because of today’s deadline to get theirs in for the month.

Despite Android TV push, Google Play Movies & TV app comes to Roku set-top boxes

The latest app making its debut in the Roku Channel store today is Google Play Movies & TV, which is the search giant’s digital media store for buying and renting videos.

Justin Kan’s odyssey from live-streaming goofball to startup statesman

Above: Justin Kan says building a refrigerated art car for Burning Man was his proudest achievement of 2014.

On the downswing, chat room giant Paltalk plans pivot inspired by YouTube & Twitch

Paltalk is a strange company. All startups risk it all to realize their vision, but 15-year-old Paltalk will live or die for something you probably haven’t thought about in a while: chat rooms.

Funding Daily: Today’s biggest tech funding news, in one place

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Cloud provider Joyent bets the farm on containers, adds $15M

Image Credit: Joyent Joyent, a provider of public-cloud infrastructure and software companies can use to create clouds in their own data centers, is announcing today that it’s brought in $15 million in new funding.

The DeanBeat: Like it or hate it, #GamerGate isn’t losing steam

Above: Appinions tracks social media around #GamerGate Image Credit: Appinions You may be sick of it, but #GamerGate is gathering momentum as a topic of conversation on social media.

Microsoft stops selling consumer versions of Windows 7 to OEMs

Microsoft today stopped providing Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, and Windows 7 Ultimate licenses to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including its PC partners and systems builders.

Microsoft launches redesigned Outlook for Mac, announces new Office for Mac coming next year

Microsoft today launched a new version of Outlook for Mac, available to Office 365 customers. At the same time, the company announced its plans to release a new Office for Mac version next year.

Facebook announced it is now providing direct access to its service over the TOR network

In an early morning blog post, no doubt targeted at overseas users, Facebook is experimenting with providing direct access to it social network over TOR network.

After leaking company data, Slack raises $120M from Google & Kleiner Perkins at $1.12B valuation

Today corporate messaging tool Slack announced it has closed a $120 million round from Google Ventures and Kleiner Perkins.

BBM updated with timed messages, the ability to retract messages, HD picture transfer, and more

Above: BBM for iOS/Android, now beefed up with Voice and Channels Image Credit: BlackBerry BlackBerry today released a new version of BBM, adding timed messages, message retraction, HD picture transfer, among other features.

Chinese users can now shop from Alibaba while watching videos on Youku

Image Credit: Charles Chan Alibaba Group and Youku Tudou, the leading Chinese video site in which the former has a stake, jointly announced two programs for online retailers on Alibaba marketplaces to do marketing on the video platform in different ways.

Xcovery Presents Phase 1 Results of X-396 in ALK positive NSCLC at the 2014 Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology

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3 years after opening up to Chinese developers, Tencent eyes global partnerships

Above: Tencent booth at ChinaJoy Expo 2014 Image Credit: Dean Takahashi Tencent’s annual business partner conference has been rebranded as its “Global Partner Conference”.

Android co-creator Andy Rubin departs from Google

Andy Rubin, the co-creator of the Google-owned mobile operating system Android, is leaving Google, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Android co-creator Andy Rubin departs from Google

Andy Rubin, the co-creator of the Google-owned mobile operating system Android, is leaving Google, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Artificial intelligence is now affordable. Use it to work smarter

GUEST POST Image Credit: stefanolunardi/Shutterstock I’m barely old enough to have been taught how to find content the old way – using library directories and the Dewey Decimal System.