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Hardware is so hot right now. So hot, in fact, that another European hardware startup is formulating an attack on the smartphone hardware space -- joining the likes of Finland's Jolla and Spain's Geeksphone to have a go at handset making. At the end of last year, Google introduced a new design for some local search results on tablets that put a carousel with the top results at the top of the page. Stealing a page right out of a startup called Aggregift's playbook, Amazon today launched a new feature called "Amazon Birthday Gift," which allows a group of Facebook friends to go in on an Amazon. The world of alternative browsers is littered with also-rans like Rockmelt, but there are also companies that have managed to make a name for themselves in the shadow of Microsoft, Mozilla and Google. Rounds, the video chat app and Israeli startup backed by $5.5 million in funding from Verizon Investments, Rhodium and DFJ’s Tim Draper among others, has been slowly expanding across platforms. As startups compete for the best talent, Homejoy is announcing a way for companies to offer employees an additional perk — a clean home. The mobile wave has been cresting for several years now, so when a decade-old web company is only now debuting its first ever native mobile app, it's a little late to the game. Google just added a new service to Google Cloud Storage that will allow developers to send their hard drives to Google to import very large data sets that would otherwise be too expensive and time-consuming to import. Second screen startup GetGlue just keeps on trucking. Originally launched as an app for checking in to your favorite TV shows and collecting stickers, the company has been steadily expanding its business to include content discovery for shows on the iPad or on your TV. Filepicker.io, the Y Combinator-backed "filesystem as a service," is today rebranding itself as "Ink File Picker," a name which, explains CEO Brett van Zuiden, stands for something much larger than the former, more product-focused title.