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Google launched a new scorecard in AdSense today that allows site owners to see how their properties are performing relative to other AdSense publishers. Vdio, the video streaming service which launched into public beta this April as a complement to Rdio's subscription music service, is today becoming available to all. There's no room at the digital inn for more mobile messaging apps, but that's not stopping them crowding in. Intercom, a startup promising to help online businesses to communicate with their customers in a more personalized way, has raised a $6 million Series A. In ten days, Google's RSS feed-reading service Google Reader will shut down for good. In its wake, developers working on products in the RSS ecosystem have been stepping up to deliver apps, tools and other services to fill the void.
This is the Grounded Experimental Delta 3D printer aka the Simpson, a project built by computer science teacher Nicholas Seward that does away with the excess frames, pulleys, and hardware associated with earlier models. Back when Rockmelt killed off its social-centric desktop browser to focus on mobile, they promised that an Android version was on the way. In today's tech industry, if you ask a startup founder to describe the biggest hurdles that stand between them and total world domination (or at least market penetration), it won't be long before they begin grumbling about recruiting and the challenging process of hiring top-tier technical talent. Apple has added two major new content sources to Apple TV today, via HBO GO and WatchESPN integration. Last Summer, Turner announced that it was creating a startup incubator focused just on young companies that were creating products for media businesses. Pindrop Security, a startup that aims to prevent and protect against phone-based fraud, has raised $11 million in funding led by Andreessen Horowitz, with Citi Ventures, Webb Investment Network, Redpoint and Felicis Ventures participating. It's a given that startup life will often consist of putting out fires, but as a founder you least expect one to be started in the board room. There is no shortage of startups attacking the virtual keyboard space, as you'd expect with so much scope to improve the experience of touchscreen typing. A changing of the guard at UK carrier BT: the company has announced that it will be appointing Gavin Patterson as its new CEO effective September, to replace Ian Livingston, who is taking up a role in the UK government as the Minister of State for Trade and Investment. ThousandEyes has raised $5..5 million from Sequoia Capital and angel investors for a service that pinpoints application issues between the enterprise and cloud services. Tred, which hopes to provide a service that’s like “Uber for car test drives,” is finally launching its service to the public. ScribbleLive, from Toronto-based Scribble Media, was once nearly synonymous with the term "live blogging," but you'd be hard-pressed to find reference to that term on its site now. Travel portal TripAdvisor continues to push ahead with its mobile and social acquisitions: today the company announced that it has acquired GateGuru, a mobile app that provides real-time information on airports, weather, and flights. BIG DATA costs big bucks. Perhaps then, it should be no surprise to see ERN, the London-based startup that's planning to use Big Data to enable banks and merchants to create loyalty-based offers for cardholders, has announced that it’s raised more funding before actually managing to launch. Netflix has announced that it will begin operating in The Netherlands later this year, further expanding its European footprint.