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Stay In The Know On Your Network: Newsle Joins The LinkedIn Family

Stay In The Know On Your Network: Newsle Joins The LinkedIn Family | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

For the last three years, Newsle has leveraged its disambiguation, natural language processing and machine learning algorithms to build an extremely compelling product that finds blogs and articles that mention you or anyone you care about – colleagues, bosses, industry thought leaders, etc. – and notifies you seconds after they’ve published. We’re excited to work with Newsle’s team to combine this technology with our core assets and build experiences that continue to make you and millions of other professionals more productive and successful.

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Hoping that the integrated experience will be consistent across the line of LinkedIn's User Interfaces (web / tablet / phone)...

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Facebook Is Close To Buying Israeli Startup Waze For $1 Billion

Facebook Is Close To Buying Israeli Startup Waze For $1 Billion | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Waze and Facebook partnered in October 2012 when Waze released its updated version that allows users to share their drive with their Facebook friends.


This would be Facebook's third acquisition in Israel. It bought Snaptu in 2011 for $70 million and Face.com in 2012 for $60 million.


In the last year, Waze tripled its user base to 45 million and in March alone, 1.5 million users downloaded the free mobile navigation app, Calcalist said.

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the deal would clearly not be for the userbase per se, so it has to be about engagement or part of a bigger plan. I just hope this won't change Waze's service too much as I find it amazing.

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Apple + Nikola Tesla Inspired Technology May Change Payments And Maybe The Entire Mobile World

Apple + Nikola Tesla Inspired Technology May Change Payments And Maybe The Entire Mobile World | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Last month (7/2013) Apple quietly acquired [1] a relatively unknown but highly innovative electronics company called Passif Semiconductor Corporation.  The Oakland California company was formed in early 2007 with the aim to create extreamly low power chipsets that directly relate to local adhoc communication networks.  One example is Bluetooth and another example in limited form is NFC.
Nerd Detour
The name Passif is a play on the word passive.  In electronics,  active components have the ability to produce gain, or amplify a signal, and passive components do not.  The basis on how Passif’s primary devices work is using Capacitors and they are passive electronic devices.
Founder Inventors, True  Innovation
Passif Semiconductor has been quietly innovating and have been applying for US patents by founders Benjamin W. Cook, Axel D .Berny with Jason A. Trachewsky.  The company had discovered a very novel and potentially spectacular way to “harvest” energy from all of the wireless signals around us, including WiFi and Cellular signals and to use this to power small and very inexpensive devices.
Batteries Not Included And Not Needed
This means that quite complex nano devices can sit out there and not need to have a true battery and will never need to be charged just by harvesting the huge amount of energy that is floating around us in just about every environment.  Costs drop to almost zero if batteries and charging systems are not needed for these nano devices.
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a new light on iBeacons

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Scalado being acquired by Nokia

Scalado being acquired by Nokia | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Nokia will acquire developers, technologies and intellectual property for imaging from Scalado. Nokia plans to make Scalado's headquarters in Lund a key site for Nokia's imaging software for smartphones, in addition to Nokia's existing locations in Espoo and Tampere, Finland.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close during the third quarter of 2012.
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