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Twitter Announces Its First Commerce Product — A “Buy” Button On Mobile

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After months of reports and rumors, Twitter is announcing its first commerce product.

The company first signaled its interest in this area last year, when it hired former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard to lead its commerce team. Then it started recruiting other commerce specialists, and Recode got its hands on mock-ups of a Buy Now button. Over the summer, people started spotting those buttons in the wild.

So Twitter is officially announcing that Buy button today — in a blog post, the company says it will be visible to “a small percentage of U.S. users (that will grow over time).” As a result, users will actually be able to make purchases directly within tweets. If you see something you want, you hit “buy”, bring up a little information, enter your payment and shipping information while still Twitter (it’s encrypted and stored for future purchases), and complete…

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Meedoc, The Video Conferencing App For You And Your Doctor, Raises $1.5M Seed Round

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Why can’t you Skype your doctor? That was the question Mikko Kiiskilä asked before co-founding Meedoc, an app and service that lets patients connect with their doctor online via the medium of video. Telephone consultations are already widely used by the medical industry — especially for pre-screening and follow up consultations — but doctors have been slow to upgrade the ‘technology’ in the age of near-ubiquitous broadband, mobile devices and apps.

Today the Finnish startup is disclosing a $1.5 million seed round from unnamed investors from the healthcare industry — spanning the fields of pharma, care providers, pharmacists, doctors and medical regulation.

Whilst no well-known Silicon Valley or European angels are included in this list, Kiiskilä is keen to point out that a startup hoping to knock down walls in the extremely regulated healthcare industry in Europe, requires a different kind of investor profile and one that has the…

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Put Your Customers First Or Perish, Seriously

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Business today has entered a twilight zone of sorts where what you used to know doesn’t really apply any more. From the firewall mentality in IT to traditional marketing and advertising approaches in marketing to the way you run your customer service desk — it’s all changing because of the digital transformation happening all around us. And you have to change too by putting your customer at the center of everything you do, or you could be risking the very survival of your business.

A big part of the problem is you simply don’t control the message anymore. It used to be about crafting marketing materials and publishing glossy brochures and website copy and the customers came to you. Today, with social media, that process has been flipped. Customers do their own research before they buy and they listen to their followers and friends. If you aren’t totally customer-centric, people hear about it pretty fast.


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Y Combinator Takes Public Stance Against Sexual Harassment

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Ahead of its Demo Day next week, Y Combinator reminded investors in a blog post on Tuesday that it has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment toward founders.

“Don’t even think about doing it,” Y Combinator’s Jessica Livingston wrote. “I will find out. Y Combinator will not continue to work with you.”

The post follows increasing publicity surrounding the sexual advances and discrimination that female founders often find when seeking investors for their startups. Wired published stories from female founders who experienced bias, reminding readers with the title “This Is What Tech’s Ugly Gender Problem Really Looks Like.” Following that, Forbes published the anonymous account of a female founder who said if women want to lean in, they better “armor up.”

Some even took to Secret to discuss the problem, where a post asked specifically which male venture capitalists make inappropriate sexual advances on female founders and “trick them into dates.” The Secret post has garnered multiple accusations of libel…

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With Lyft Line, Passengers Can Split Fares For Shared Rides

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On-demand ride-sharing startup Lyft is launching a new product in San Francisco today that it hopes will get more people using its service. Called Lyft Line, the product is designed to lower costs for passengers by having multiple people ride together when they share a common route.

Lyft Line was built with help from the team behind Rover, the Y Combinator-backed startup that tried to bring together multiple transportation options — whether it be walking, biking, taking public transportation, or even using one of the new ride-hailing apps that were on the market. According to Green, the founders had discovered and were using an undocumented API to connect with Lyft and determine the nearest ride.

Normally in these cases, a company would just cut off access to the API and call it a day. Rather than do that, the guys at Lyft got to talking with the guys at…

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The Moto 360 Android Wear Watch Is Ready For Its Closeup


Moto 360 smartwatch- First Look

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Android Wear is already out in the wild, on peoples’ wrists and theoretically in their hearts, but the Moto 360, the round-faced smartwatch that has caught the eye of many a fashion-conscious consumer, is supposed to be coming something this month, and a new leak suggests it’s just about ready for prime time.

The images come from Italian blogger Luca Viscardi (via AndroidWorld.it) and show the Moto 360 with a slightly refined design compared to what was on display at Google’s I/O developer conference back in June. The new photos show the 360’s Qi-based wireless charging function in action, give us an idea of what the final design looks like in terms of size compared to the LG G Watch, and shows off its optical heart rate sensor, plus a label that confirms IP67 water and dust resistance.

Basically, the pictures do everything to reinforce my impression that this…

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Secret accused of being “too busy raising money to care” about teen suicide warning

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“We solve complex issues with work, not talking.” – David Byttow, Secret

The story of anonymity app Secret just lurched from breathtaking to horrific.

An advocate for teen suicide awareness in Silicon Valley has told Pando that Secret executives were “too busy raising money to care” when she tried to warn them of the potential danger of their app.

Christine Lu is a advocate for teen mental health issues, who regularly speaks to high school students about her sister’s suicide. She is also an advisor to mental health group Let’s Erase The Stigma (LETS).

Back in March, Lu contacted Secret founder David Byttow on Twitter to “warn [Secret] about the dangers of their app once it expanded outside early adopter tech circles.” Lu offered to set up a meeting between Secret executives and LETS.

As she explained by email:

My idea was to get the Secret team to meet with some of…

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