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Trainline buys Captain Train for up to $189 million

Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 17.33.58 We hear a lot about how companies like Uber are transforming car-based transportation, but today comes news of another play in the sector, this time covering rail services. Trainline, a U.K.-based ticket service for railway and long-distance bus journeys, has acquired Captain Train, a Paris-based competitor that sells tickets for rail journeys on the continent, in what sources close to the… Read More

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Xbox Live now supports cross-platform multiplayer with PS4

Xbox Console At this point, there’s very little difference between the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. But there was one key differentiating point. Xbox gamers could only play with Xbox and PC players as Microsoft was restricting access to the multiplayer component. Microsoft just announced that game developers can now create cross-platform multiplayer modes th Read More

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Blockai uses the blockchain to help artists protect their intellectual property

Blockai Homepage While most of the discussions around blockchain have focused on its possible uses in finance, startup Blockai is looking at something different — helping artists, photographers and other creators register their work so that they can protect it from potential copyright infringement. CEO Nathan Lands is pitching this as an intermediate step between registering your work with the Library… Read More

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Google launches new services for Android game developers

google_play_developers Google today announced a number of new services for game developers at its annual Developer Day at the Game Developers Conference. They include tools for managing virtual goods and currencies, the launch of the Video Recording API so developers can make it easier for players to stream and share videos to YouTube, and a new ad type that allows new players to trial a game for 10 minutes right… Read More

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Google adds support for Microsoft Office, Facebook at Work, Slack and others to its single sign-on solution

unnamed Google doesn’t just offer its own web-based productivity apps, but it also offers a service for business users who want to use Google as an identity provider for accessing other online services using the widely used SAML standard. Today, Google is adding a few new options to this program, which now includes a number of Google competitors. Among the 14 new pre-configured options are the… Read More

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Square brings on the team behind Framed Data, a predictive analytics startup

Fumiko Yajima, owner of vegetable store Suika, swipes a credit card through a Square Inc. card reader plugged into an Apple Inc. iPad at the store in this arranged photograph taken in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Consumers in Japan paid cash for about 56 percent of their 279 trillion yen of purchases last fiscal year, while 12 percent was paid with plastic, Tokyo-based card company Credit Saison Co. estimates. Photographer: Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg via Getty Images Square is acquiring the team behind Framed Data, a predictive analytics service, and will be deploying the team of data scientists to its Square Capital team. Square tracks merchants’ transaction history through its services in order to better determine their eligibility for loans through Square Capital. There are certainly a lot of requirements around the analytics part of the… Read More

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Full Harvest wants to fix the big farm food waste problem at source

Odd strawberry Modern farming has a huge problem with food waste, stemming from the mismatch between specific food buyer requirements vs Mother Nature delivering an unsaleable overabundance and/or producing knobbly fruit and veg that gets devalued on aesthetic grounds. But what happens when you throw a bit of technology into the mix? Read More

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Apple’s Phil Schiller promises to address the issue of spammy apps being featured in the App Store

app-store-bundles This weekend, Apple’s App Store head Phil Schiller responded to complaints that spam apps and rip-offs were appearing in the App Store’s “New” and “What’s Hot” sections for certain categories. Unfortunately, this has been a longtime issue for Apple’s third-party application marketplace, and the subject of much developer frustration over the years. Read More

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Alooma scores $11.2 million Series A to solve data science pain points

Data scientist in front of giant board with mathematical formulas. Alooma, an Israeli startup that helps companies process and work with big data in real time delivered as a cloud service, announced an $11.2 million Series A round today led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital. The product focuses on the people working with data like data scientists and end users with advanced degrees in mathematics and machine learning, rather than… Read More

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