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Oh, Kim Dotcom. You just never stop surprising us.
Just hours after Twitter finally rolled out its long-awaited Two-Factor authentication, the Megaupload founder is claiming to have invented the entire mechanism… and he's got a patent to prove it. Fresh from closing its purchase of newsreading app Pulse, LinkedIn has made another acquisition to dive deeper into the mobile space. Cloud encoding vendor Encoding.com launched Vid.ly a couple of years ago to provide video creators with a way to publish a single universal video URL and then have that content accessible on any device. GiftCards.com, a Pittsburg-based company that has been around for more than a decade and has sold 5 million gift cards, agreed to buy San Francisco startup Giftly to grow out a mobile platform. After hundreds of thousands of accounts were potentially compromised a couple months ago, Twitter today launches two-factor authentication through SMS to protect people from hacks and phishing scams on the web. We've confirmed with Twitter that it has rolled out a new part of its #Music service for the web, charts that we were accustomed to from the company We Are Hunted, that it acquired and now powers the service. For this week's episode of Founder Stories, I sat down with Ilya Sukhar, co-founder and CEO of Parse. Another step for Adobe in its bid to become the go-to place in the cloud for those working in design and other creative industries: it is acquiring Thumb Labs, a bootstrapped, New York-based mobile app design agency. One of the most rewarding aspects of TechCrunch's Disrupt events is the Startup Battlefield -- like a mini-startup school, the dozens of chosen startups that go through the Battlefield training process end up with solid presentation skills, hard-earned pitching prowess and newfound courage. After previously investing into the company, Google has now acquired Makani Power, a green energy startup that is currently building airborne wind turbines.