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Facebook brings Rovi’s entertainment info database to your profile

Facebook brings Rovi’s entertainment info database to your profile

Facebook has just partnered up with Rovi Corporation to bring more detailed information regarding the movies, TV shows, and celebrities to its social network. This new partnership will give application developers the option to incorporate Rovi's services into their apps, so that they can provide seamless integration between their apps and the entertainment database provided by Rovi to create a more "connected experience for consumers".

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WhatsApp boasts 200M monthly active users, now bigger than Twitter

WhatsApp boasts 200M monthly active users, now bigger than Twitter

WhatsApp's popularity has skyrocketed since its launch back in 2009. At All Things D's conference, D: Dive Into Mobile, Jan Koum, CEO of WhatsApp, stated that the smartphone app is even more popular than Twitter now. It currently has over 200 million monthly active users, who send out and receive over 20 billion messages each day. WhatsApp processes a estimated total of 12 billion outbound messages and 8 billion inbound messages on a daily basis.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt says to ignore Microsoft’s statements about Google

Google’s Eric Schmidt says to ignore Microsoft’s statements about Google

Earlier today, at All Thing's D's conference, D: Dive Into Mobile, the head of the Windows Phone division at Microsoft, Terry Myerson, took a few shots at Google and its Android operating system. He made assumptions that Samsung and Google had a strained relationship and that Samsung is the only smartphone manufacturer to benefit from Android. He also stated that Google may have an entire team working on blocking Facebook Home from the Android operating system. Google chairman Eric Schmidt offered his response to the comments.

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Time Warner to bring out-of-home streaming to iOS live TV app

Time Warner to bring out-of-home streaming to iOS live TV app

Two years ago, Time Warner Cable released a live TV streaming app for the iPad, however, one caveat was that you could only stream live TV while inside of your home, and while connected to Time Warner's internet. Now Time Warner is looking to change that up, tomorrow, by updating its live TV streaming app for iOS devices that will let its customers stream live TV even if they're not at home.

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Snapchat users share 150m images a day

Snapchat users share 150m images a day

Snapchat has rapidly increased in popularity, with over 150 million photos being shared daily through the service. Evan Spiegel, co-founder of Snapchat, spoke at All Things D's conference, D: Dive Into Mobile, today and stated that in just 4 months, Snapchat's usage had tripled. That number surpasses even the numbers of the popular photo-sharing service, Instagram, where users currently share about 40 million photos a day.

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Microsoft’s Myerson: Android “still kind of a mess”, Windows Phone “a well-funded start-up”

Microsoft’s Myerson: Android “still kind of a mess”, Windows Phone “a well-funded start-up”

According to the head of the Windows Phone division at Microsoft, Terry Myerson, Android is "still kind of a mess". Myerson spoke at All Thing's D conference, D: Dive Into Mobile about the progress of Windows's mobile devices and how Windows Phone compares to the competition, mainly Google. Myserson believes that the only entity benefiting from Google's Android OS is Samsung, and that there is "clearly mutiny in the Starship Android..."

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Stanford scientists design cooling panels that cools structures during the day

Stanford scientists design cooling panels that cools structures during the day

Scientists at Stanford University have just developed a new kind of cooling panel that may effectively reduce the cost of your air conditioning bill. The team, composed of Professor Shanhui Fan, and graduate students Aaswath Raman and Eden Rephaeli, wanted to achieve the goal of developing a structure that could cool buildings even while the sun is shining. They wanted to succeed "where others have come up short".

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WiFi and cheaper prices are key to smartphone penetration in Latin America

WiFi and cheaper prices are key to smartphone penetration in Latin America

According to Fabricio Bloisi Rocha, the CEO of Movile, the largest mobile services company in Brazil, more WiFi connections and cheaper smartphones are the key to penetrating the smartphone market in Latin America. Bloisi spoke at All Things D's conference, D: Dive Into Mobile about the future of mobile in Latin America. He stated that in Latin America, "The smartphone will be your whole connection to the internet."

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Dropbox revamps its Chooser feature to include multi-select and built-in uploads

Dropbox revamps its Chooser feature to include multi-select and built-in uploads

Dropbox has just overhauled its Dropbox Chooser feature to allow developers to implement even more features into their web apps. The new Dropbox Chooser now allows developers to implement the multi-select and built-in uploads features into their APIs. The multi-select feature allows users who use the developer's app to accept multiple files from Dropbox all at once. The built-in uploads option allows users to upload files, either through drag-n-drop or by browsing their folders, directly from their computer to their Dropbox account. Their files will be available immediately through the developer's web apps.

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T-Mobile leaks suggest HTC One will be available on April 24th

T-Mobile leaks suggest HTC One will be available on April 24th

A leak from T-Mobile's planogram, as well as a leaked memo guide for employees, points to a April 24th release date for T-Mobile's HTC One. The leaks were discovered by TmoNews, and they suggest that not all T-Mobile stores will be carrying the HTC One during launch day, meaning there will be many disappointed and aggravated customers. The leak shows a memo directed at employees saying, "Review the attached store list to confirm if your store will be receiving the HTC One."

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Firefox OS to launch in June in 5 countries

Firefox OS to launch in June in 5 countries

Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs stated that the company plans on launching its mobile operating system, Firefox OS, in 5 countries in June. At All Thing's D's conference, D: Dive Into Mobile, Kovacs said that the company plans on launching Firefox OS devices in Venezuela, Poland, Brazil, Portugal, and Spain by June, and he plans on hitting at least 11 more countries by the end of this year.

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Kobo unveils the limited edition Aura HD eReader

Kobo unveils the limited edition Aura HD eReader

Kobo has just revealed its new, limited-edition E Ink Reader that will be available for pre-order beginning tomorrow for the price of $169.99. The eReader is dubbed the Kobo Aura HD, and it will be available in 3 colors: Ivory, Espresso, and Onyx (White, Brown, and Black). This new eReader is what Wayne White, the EVP and GM of Devices for Kobo, calls, "The Porsche of eReaders". He says that it pushes the boundaries of eReading, and is designed for those who are in the "driver's seat of their eReading adventures."

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