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Jack Smith IV

Jack is a reporter covering tech business in NYC, Silicon Alley founders and funding, trends in tech innovation and venture capital investment.
betaworking

Skip the Round-Ups: ‘Homescreen’ Will Tell You What Apps Everyone Is Really Using

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You’ve probably been bombarded by dozens of year-end listicles and slideshows of 2014’s best apps, you head spinning from hundreds of new suggestions. Well, come on in from the storm: There’s something to help you sort through all of the madness.

Homescreen, a new app from Betaworks, is compiling an organized, networked database of what apps everyone is using. The app allows users to upload pictures of their smartphone home screens, uses image recognition to builds a database of what apps everyone is using. The whole system links to Twitter so you can see who an app’s most influential users are and what your friends’ favorite apps are. Read More

Reddit

Reddit is Taking Down Accounts That Publish the Sony Hacks

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Remember when it took nearly a week for Reddit to decide it was time to stop people from sharing stolen photos of nude celebrities? When it comes to corporate secrets, they’re much faster to act.

Reddit confirmed to Business Insider last night that they’ve complied with takedown requests from Sony. The emails went out to Reddit along with a number of news organizations threatening legal action if they continued to publish the leaked information. Read More

Pirates Inc

Pirate Bay Crew: When We Come Back, ‘It’ll Be With a Bang’

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Last week, Swedish Police raided and took down the Pirate Bay and the torrenting community briefly scattered to the wind. Finally, we’ve heard word from a representative of the Pirate Bay crew, who said in cryptic, veiled terms the team is currently plotting their next move.

A representative from Pirate Bay who calls himself Mr. 10100100000 got in touch with TorrentFreak, the leading news outlet on filesharing and piracy, through an encrypted channel. Mr. 10100100000 claims to be one in a network of a few dozen contributors who have kept the torrent tracker going while the founders have gone on to become jailed or apathetic. Read More

Better Advertising Bureau

Imgur’s Next Plan Is to Make Their Site the Magazine of the Future

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Imgur’s come a long way from being the pet project of a redditor to being a massively lucrative company of over a dozen employees. But now that they’ve got a titanic VC from Andreessen Horowitz, those first five years are starting to look like a quiet first act.

In order to fill those $40 million boots, they’re building out a new advertising arm of their business. They’ve put up half a dozen listings for sales directors and creative strategists, and they’ve brought on Steve Patrizi, who recently took on native ads for LinkedIn and Pinterest, as the new VP of Market Development. Read More

Crowd Power

‘Serial’-Inspired Vigilante App Will Help the Internet Investigate Unsolved Crimes

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If the idea of a mob of Internet people getting together to fight crime and find the answers to unsolved murder mysteries makes you nervous, you’re going to want to take a seat for what’s coming next.

CrowdSolve is a new Indiegogo campaign to build an app for online crowds of citizen investigators. Inspired by the podcast Serial, the platform would allow users to collect public documents and crack the case where real investigators have allegedly botched the job. Read More