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NYC Mayor Bloomberg Joins Spotify To Make Announcement
Spotify has announced new plans designed for families of up to five members, which was one of its most requested features. Pretty much anyone in a family has experienced fighting over a shared account that stops playing music when someone else starts listening elsewhere, so the company is encouraging families to get an account for each family member. The new pricing is slightly cheaper than buying each family member a full subscription but still offers all the features of a premium subscription, such as offline support and no ads while allowing each family member to have their own playlists and favorited tracks….

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Yik Yak, an anonymous chat app that has gained popularity among the college set, lets you track, view and contribute to conversations and posts without having to divulge personal information. An update, released today, adds a new mapping feature to the app’s Peek function that makes it easier to view posts in far-flung locations. The update lets users “peek” into any local area worldwide by dropping a pin on a map and viewing that location’s current Yik Yak feed. The company considers the ability to monitor and view posts in specific locations important for tracking local breaking news or sports. The new Peek Anywhere feature, which augments Twitter feeds, news…

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mlikzup I’m not great at being an adult. If I’m lucky enough to have milk in the fridge for my cereal, it’s normally gone bad. Luckily, a hack at yesterday’s Disrupt EU Hackathon can tell you everything you need to know about your milk situation. It’s called MilkzupBottle and it’s a combination of a plastic bottle, a USB connector, an LED light, and a basic webcam. Read More



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Accept it: the weekend is over. It’s no use pining for those couple of extra hours you spent lolling (you remember the actual word lolling, don’t you?) about in bed yesterday, they’re gone too. And while it’s true that we can’t bring them back for you, we can still make your start to Monday a little easier by showing you everything you missed this weekend in one handy list. So make yourself a cup of something, mute your phone and spending the next ten minutes or so catching up on all the best tech news and features from The Next…

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Maelle Gavet (Ozon)-8 As the largest e-commerce store in its region, Ozon has been called the “Amazon.com of Russia.” But this morning on stage at Disrupt EU: London, Ozon CEO Maelle Gavet shot down the notion that her company should be called an Amazon clone. Read More



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Marc Andreessen Investor and Silicon Valley kingpin Marc Andreessen is stepping down from eBay’s board of directors after a six year tenure. Andreessen announced the move on Twitter — as he often does — noting that it had been “an absolute privilege” to work with eBay President and CEO John Donahoe. 2/It’s been an absolute privilege to serve with John, Pierre, and team, and… Read More



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Uri Levine (FeeX)-5 This morning at the first day of Disrupt Europe in London, TechCrunch’s Josh Constine sat down with FeeX’s Uri Levine to dig into how the new company is doing. Levine is best known for his work with Waze, a mapping service that Google bought in a 10-figure deal. FeeX has raised a total of $9.5 million to date, including a $6.5 million Series B round of funding this August. FeeX… Read More



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google ventures eu-5-2 To start off our annual European conference, we brought the new Google Ventures Europe partners on stage at Disrupt Europe in London. The panel was mostly focused on explaining Google Ventures’ investment strategy for its European arm. In particular, Google Ventures will employ the same operational strategy as in the U.S., and will be looking for co-investors for most of its deals.… Read More



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IT pros without a tech background turn to master’s programs
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Both Georgetown’s program and the GW Master of Science in Information Technology were initially designed with a different student in mind: the technology professional who, at mid-career, returns to school to attain management skills. But both programs …



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disrupt-0083 We’re thrilled to introduce the impressive group of companies participating in this year’s Startup Battlefield. The Battlefield serves to showcase the best and most promising early-stage startups in the industry, and this batch does not disappoint. We’ve got something for everyone, from medical diagnostics, enterprise mobile tools and social curation to fintech and gaming. Read More



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