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Amazon Launches Prime Now One-Hour Deliveries

thenextweb.com — Amazon is throwing its hat into increasingly busy the same-day delivery ring today with the launch of Prime Now, a one-hour delivery service. It's starting small though. The service is only available in 'select areas' of Manhattan and covers 'essential daily items' like paper towels, shampoo, books, toys and batteries.

Wikipedia Reflects on 2014 in Its First-ever Annual Video

thenextweb.com — After Twitter, Facebook, Google and YouTube chronicled the year gone by in videos, it's now Wikipedia's turn. The crowdsourced online encyclopedia takes you through major events from 2014, from the FIFA World Cup to the Indian general elections, and the Ice Bucket Challenge to Ebola in West Africa in under three minutes.

Alleged Uber Rape in Boston After Company Promises Increased Safety

thenextweb.com — Only days after an Uber driver was accused of raping a female passenger in New Delhi, India, another case of sexual assault has come to light in Boston, where a driver has been arrested for the alleged kidnapping and rape of a customer today, reports The Boston Globe.
Dec 18, 2014

Another Uber driver. This time its Boston. MT @venkatananth: Uber Boston driver accused of passenger kidnap and rape thenextweb.com/insider/2014/1…"

Dec 18, 2014

Uber Boston driver accused of passenger kidnap and rape after company promises increased security thenextweb.com/insider/2014/1…

"It's Not OK That People Steal Our Secrets"

thenextweb.com — Yesterday, reports of Snapchat's secret product acquisitions appeared after a new Sony leak included emails between executives from both companies. Evan Spiegel today made a heart-wrenching statement on the leaks, saying that he "felt like he was going to cry all morning" after the news leaked.
Dec 17, 2014

PREAAAAACH. Whiny baby. RT @ow: Some thoughts here on why we shouldn't praise Snapchat's CEO for his statement thenextweb.com/insider/2014/1…

Dec 17, 2014

Some thoughts here on why we shouldn't praise Snapchat's CEO for his statement thenextweb.com/insider/2014/1…

Dec 17, 2014

Snapchat CEO: “It’s not okay that people steal our secrets” tnw.to/h4tQF

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Sony Cancels Dec 25 Release of 'The Interview'

thenextweb.com — Sony has just announced that it s cancelling the December 25th premiere of The Interview, amid pressure from hackers and following four top theater chains backing out from showing the movie. A statement by the company eads: "In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @ow: Sony just set a dangerous precedent by postponing The Interview thenextweb.com/insider/2014/1…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @ow: Sony just set a dangerous precedent by postponing The Interview thenextweb.com/insider/2014/1…

Dec 17, 2014

Sony just set a dangerous precedent by postponing The Interview thenextweb.com/insider/2014/1…

Reporter Tracks your Habits

thenextweb.com — In our Apps of the Year series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for our favorite apps of 2014′. Eight times per day, at differing times, my iPhone asks me to fill in a report about what I'm doing. Each time, I log my location, whether I'm working or not and who I'm with.
Dec 18, 2014

My first contribution to TNW's Apps of the Year is Reporter – so addicitve and useful: tnw.to/r3Mry

Bebo Has Been Reincarnated as a Crazy Messaging App

thenextweb.com — In 2010, after AOL acquired Bebo but struggled to do anything with it against formidable rival Facebook, the company shut the social network's doors. The original founder behind Bebo has since purchased it back from AOL and have reimagined the social network as a new mobile app to message friends.

We All Lose When Theater Chains Bow to Sony Hackers

thenextweb.com — The GOP (Guardians of Peace) hackers that infiltrated Sony Entertainment's corporate network have won. After hacking into a system that employees warned wasn't very secure to begin with (there's now a class action lawsuit against Sony pertaining to this security, or lack thereof) the GOP hackers released a series of awkwardly-worded threats along with a treasure trove of internal Sony emails.
Dec 17, 2014

Yeah it’s gonna be awesome when Sony cancels that game or album you were waiting for because of this hack thenextweb.com/insider/2014/1…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @strngwys: So when does Sony & the movie industry stop submitting to the whims of hackers? thenextweb.com/insider/2014/1…

Dec 17, 2014

This is America! We’ll watching our stupid comedies whenever and where ever we want! [slams a Mountain Dew] thenextweb.com/insider/2014/1…

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This is the Problem with Startup Growth Metrics

thenextweb.com — If you've ever tried to blind someone else with stats, or if you've had to endure startups claiming "500 percent growth" but refusing to tell you how many actual users they have, this one's for you... Vooza - a video comic strip about the tech world regularly shares a new video with you lovely TNW readers.
Dec 18, 2014

This, right here, is the problem with most startup growth metrics tnw.to/i4svJ

Ultimate Universe Playing Cards Fuse Art and Japanese Myth

thenextweb.com — Sure, they're the same playing cards you use for Poker in smoky back rooms (i.e. your kitchen) or for a rousing game of Hearts with the kids, but even in those venues - perhaps especially in those venues - art and design matter.
Dec 17, 2014

Ultimate Universe playing cards fuse pixel art with Japanese mythology tnw.me/ndAKo8O pic.twitter.com/ybqt0fooDv

Hidely Private Photo App Launches on Android

thenextweb.com — Lifetime Memori has announced that its Hidely mobile app, previously only on iOS, is now available for Android. Now, you can discretely share photos and shoot with the company's "zero trace" built-in camera, across mobile platforms. Like the iOS version, all photos shot with the Android version of Hidely are encrypted and invisible on the device's photo gallery.

Facebook is Testing an Official Way to Sell Goods in Groups

thenextweb.com — A new feature that's appeared for some Facebook users allows them to sell goods using a new "Sell Something" option when posting to a group. The new selling option appears alongside the normal "Write Post" button on some Facebook groups and asks the user to share what's for sale, the price, a description of the item, pictures and pick up/delivery options.

Facebook's Rooms app gets a curated 'Explore' feature

thenextweb.com — Facebook is rolling out a small but notable update to its topic-based discussions iOS app Rooms today. 'Explore' highlights rooms created within the app that you may want to join. The Rooms team says on its blog that it has "been wonderfully surprised by the breadth of topics that are connecting people."

Tell the Time with This Twitter-powered Clock

thenextweb.com — Wonder how the rest of the world feels at this time of day? A new browser-based clock shows you the time by displaying tweets that mention the current hour and minute. Designed by Dutch interactive media studio Moniker, All The Minutes counts down the day with tweets that resize to take up your entire browser window - perfect for a second monitor or an otherwise idle TV screen.

PocketQube Kit Lets You Build A Satellite For Less Than $6K

thenextweb.com — If Interstellar infected you with a renewed passion for space, the PocketQube Kit could be the thing for you. Developed by a Glasgow-based startup, it includes all the components needed to build a micro-satellite. PocketQube satellites are 5cm cubes that hold the record for being the smallest spacecraft to be successfully launched into and operated in orbit.
Dec 17, 2014

Last minute gift idea: PocketQube kit lets you build your own satellite thenextweb.com/gadgets/2014/1…

Snapselect Pinpoints Similar Images in your Photo Library

thenextweb.com — Here's the scenario: You take a lot of pictures and some are remarkably similar because you don't take any chances of missing the precise shot you want. Here's the result: You get your shot, but then you have so many images that closely resemble each other that you practically go cross-eyed trying to distinguish among them.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @TheNextWeb: Hands on: Snapselect pinpoints similar images to streamline your photo library tnw.me/jDakvs0 by@jackidove pic.twitter.com/fR0VmJO1S5

What Time Is It? Why, It's #081409 O' Clock

thenextweb.com — Here's a question straight out of left field: What hexidecimal color corresponds with the current time of day? Frankly, the concept of matching time to hex color had never occurred to me until today, when I witnessed a dynamic rendition of this clever idea, as pictured above.
Dec 17, 2014

Ooh, there's a moving clock in the featured Image on this post > tnw.to/b4gmv (would be more amazing if it told the right time)

The Find-Your-Stuff Tile Beacon Now Has an Android App

thenextweb.com — We've all lost something. Maybe it was your keys, maybe it was your wallet or purse and maybe it was something of value like a camera or a bike. That's where the Tile beacon comes in. It helps you find your lost (or stolen) stuff and now its companion app is available for Android.
Dec 17, 2014

I initially was pretty meh on Tile, but now I love the little beacons and hey they work on Android now. thenextweb.com/apps/2014/12/1…

Venturefund.io Wants to Help Startups Understand Traction

thenextweb.com — We've seen a few innovations in approaches to venture capital in recent years - most popularly a service model, where VC firms offer 'value adds' like Google Ventures' design sprint sessions or Index Ventures' Index Network support system for portfolio companies. Actually finding the teams to invest in still generally remains the stuff of contacts and introductions, however.
Dec 17, 2014

This new early-stage fund has an API to help startups understand their traction (and help spot winners) > tnw.to/f4tBK