Yahoo Is Shutting Down IntoNow, Nearly Three Years After Acquisition

Yeah, I don’t think people are proud of how much TV they watch. Obvious failure, then you throw advertising into the mix! Especially more recently, advertisements feel more like an insult to my intelligence, rather than a proposition to buy something useful. Flo… An atom splitter is not the same as bond breaker.

TechCrunch

IntoNow — the second-screen app that Yahoo bought in the spring of 2011, just 12 weeks after its launch — is being shut down by its parent company. As of last week, IntoNow was taken off the Apple App Store and Google Play, and an email sent to users notified them that the app would stop working as of March 31.

For those who might have forgotten, IntoNow was one of the many second-screen TV apps that popped up in the early part of the decade, offering users the ability to “check in” to the television shows they were watching, and share their viewing habits with others on social networks that people actually used, like Facebook and Twitter.

(The idea was as preposterous then as it seems now, but thanks to the relative early success of Foursquare back in those days, eager app makers were trying to get people…

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TigerText Raises $21M To Bring Its Secure, Mobile Messaging Platform To The Healthcare Industry

Curious to see how the proceed. Could also be useful with record keeping.

TechCrunch

If Esso puts a tiger in your tank then what does TigerText put into your mobile? Thanks to an infusion of $21 million in Series B, the company hopes to create “industrial grade” SMS for enterprises, allowing employees at big companies to share data and messages in a secure, encrypted environment.

The $21 million Series B financing was led by Shasta Ventures, which has invested in companies like Caring.com, Zuora and Zenprise. Joining Shasta in TigerText’s Series B were strategic investors OrbiMed, Reed Elsevier Ventures, and TELUS Corporation, along with returning Series A investors, Easton Capital, New Leaf Venture Partners and New Science Ventures. The round brings the company’s total funding to just under $30 million.

While SMS is fast-becoming a staple both in and outside of the workplace to enable more efficient workflow, nowhere is there a greater need for realtime mobile communication tools than in the health industry…

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Glyph “Personal Theater” Goggles Beat $250K Kickstarter Goal In Four Hours

Probably wouldn’t take this on a CTA commute, but might be handy on a flight.

TechCrunch

It only took four hours for the Glyph, a head-mounted “personal theater” from Avegant, to reach its $250,000 funding goal on Kickstarter.

Unlike the Oculus Rift’s focus on virtual reality, or Google Glass which forces a heads-up display into every facet of life, the Glyph is a media-centric device. For now, it offers a nice pair of high-end headphones with a headband that can transform into an immersive display.

The $499 wearable headset, complete with over-the-ear headphones, uses a new display technology the company called “Virtual Retina Display”. The Virtual Retina Display involves no screen at all, instead projecting images directly onto the retina with a complex array of LEDs and mirrors.

According to co-founder Ed Tang, this is meant to mimic the way our eyes work in real life, when they aren’t focused in on a computer or TV or smartphone screen, providing a much sharper, more…

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Study shows 99% of mobile malware in 2013 targeted Android devices

Glad I’ve got an iPhone! 😀

Gigaom

Stay safe, Android(s goog) users: According to Cisco’s(s csco) annual security report, 99 percent of all malware in 2013 targeted Android devices. In addition to this, Android users also had the highest encounter rate (71 percent) with all forms of web-delivered malware (which you can see in the graphic below).

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Don’t let this scare you out of using your phone or tablet: The real-life problem isn’t quite as dramatic as the numbers make it sound. The report notes that mobile malware that targets specific devices only accounted for 1.2 percent of malware encounters (the rest primarily involved phishing, likejacking and forcible redirects on the web). And according to Cisco, the most commonly encountered form of malware was Andr/Qdplugin-A, which was often disguised alongside legitimate apps and sold through unofficial marketplaces. So as long as you stick to Google Play you’re far safer from a security perspective.

Also worth noting is…

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Investors Drop Big Money On Dropbox So It Can Beat Box

Drop box has been a life saver. Would hate to have a euphemism beat it. Never say die!

TechCrunch

Dropbox is raising between $250 million and $400 million at a $10 billion valuation according to the Wall Street Journal and Re / code. Why? Because Dropbox has spent the last year rebuilding its product to make it work for businesses, and now it’s time to sell that product. How? Because a source says Dropbox has been doing well and felt it had the buzz behind it to take advantage of an easy fundraising market.

The money could also fund poaching top talent from other tech giants and big acquisitions. But with more competition than ever, Dropbox needs to do a big enterprises sales push before potential customers jump into bed with Box, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, or Amazon WorkSpaces.

Dropbox Grows Up

Dropbox built its name as a light-hearted consumer product. “Your files everywhere” was its motto, cutesy pencil drawings were its style, and its mascot? A dinosaur wielding…

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