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YOYO’s PopSlide to Pounce on Mobile’s Next Billion

Smartphone purchases in the developing world are rocketing. In southeast Asia, where YOYO Holdings, an innovative mobile advertising firm has set up shop, the market is growing 65% year on year. In…

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Latvia is No Longer in Its Baltic Neighbors’ Shadows

Among its Baltic neighbors Latvia is often overlooked. With renowned tech hubs Estonia and Finland on its proverbial doorstep, that may be unsurprising. But there is plenty to sing about in the small…

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Tesla Acquires SolarCity – But Markets are Unsure

Tesla has officially acquired SolarCity, the largest American provider of solar energy services. The deal, which was sealed this morning, was approved by over 85% of Tesla shareholders, and marks another significant step…

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Breaking the Digital Walls: The Industrialization of Construction

Construction companies are increasingly tapping venture capital funding. In 2010, few or no start ups would seek Sand Hill Road or Bay Area investors for Series A or Series B. But in…

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It’s Not Just Lego that’s Winning at Digital in Denmark

At the beginning of the millennium Lego, Denmark’s most visible brand, was struggling. Kids were shifting away from its building blocks. Video games were huge. The digital world was leaving it behind.…

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America’s Veterans are Made for Tech Entrepreneurship

During the course of this year’s run for the White House, Americans on either side of the political divide have found very little common ground. That the country should do more for…

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Malaysian Government Fund Invests $22m in Austin’s Phunware

Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the strategic investment fund of the government of Malaysia, has announced that it invested $22 million of Series F growth financing in Phunware, an Austin, Texas-based multiscreen platform provider.…

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As California Votes to Legalize Weed, The Drug’s Tech Industry is Enjoying High Times

The US marijuana industry is lighting up. America now has 8.4 million regular cannabis users, up from half that in 2002. Thanks largely to legalizations in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Colorado, the…

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“Gaza’s Shark Tank” Graduates Another Group of Tech Hopefuls

Gaza Sky Geeks (GSG), the Gaza Strip’s first startup accelerator, has chosen its latest batch of entrepreneurs at an event many have dubbed the embattled region’s very own Shark Tank. Last month…

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Helper4U Is a Matchmaker for India’s Giant Semi- and Unskilled Workforce

Around two years ago, when Meenakshi Gupta Jain was founding what would become Helper4U with her husband, Punit, she received a phone call. A young woman, from a village outside Mumbai, said…

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