Monthly Archives: January 2014

Forgotify Only Plays Spotify Songs That No One Has Ever Played Before

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Indie music? Pffft. Indie music is way too main stream, man. All the cool kids are into music that no one has ever heard.

Meet Forgotify. Forgotify tears through Spotify in search of songs with zero plays, playing only the songs that no one else has ever listened to.

Certainly, there can’t be many of those, right?

Wrong. According to data that Spotify released in October of last year, 80% of the 20-million-or-so songs on Spotify have been listened to at least once. That means 20% of the songs have not. That’s 4 million songs with zero plays.

Of course, there’s… probably a reason that most of these tracks have zero plays. Spotify isn’t necessarily known for setting the bar to entry very high, so a number of these tunes sound like amateur covers of a KidzBop cover that was, itself, based on a rough recollection of a song…

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TechCrunch Giveaway: 20 Anki DRIVE Starter Kits And Free Ticket to The Crunchies

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anki driveThe team over at Anki is so thrilled about being a Crunchie Award finalist for “Best New Startup of 2013″ that they’ve decided to show their appreciation to our readers by spreading the Anki love and giving away Anki Drive starter kits (each valued at $199.95) to 20 lucky people. One very lucky person will also receive a free ticket to the Crunchies (valued at $120). This is your chance to take home an Anki Drive and then share your racing experience with the tech industry’s best and brightest at the Crunchies on February 10th.

Anki Drive has been described as “Mario Kart” that comes to life on your living room floor. Did you hear that? Mario Kart! For a hands-on look at Anki Drive, check out Greg’s review below.

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is follow the steps below. We will be choosing 10 from…

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Chess: Carlsen faces Bill Gates

Practice does help improving a skill, in this case, the ability to play and win at chess. Take two great minds, one of them focuses on software and business, the other chess…. well, even though the former is extremely successful, he is no match, to the second.

Nonetheless, congratulations to Bill Gates for agreeing to take part in this exhibition game against Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen for Norwegian TV NRK.

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Reflections!

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Back to grassroots Football at Griffin Park. last where Brentford beat Gillingham 2-1.

While the Bees was the more poised team Gillingham might well have shared the spoils through a couple of counter attacks. Brentford keeper Richard Lee, was inspired to come off his goal line to fend off Gillingham’s counterattacks.

It had been a while since I had watched a third tier game. I do not know how representative this game was, but the pace is relentless. It seems as though the entire game plan rests upon pressuring the opposition and force them into making an error.

Whatever the case may be, the atmosphere is far more genuine than at the shopping malls that the Emirates and Stamford Bridge have become.

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FT Brentford 2 – 1 Gillingham
half-time: (1-0)
Ref: Keith Stroud
Att: 7,713

match details :

22′ Jonathan Douglas

1 – 0
31′ Steven Gregory

41′ George Saville

68′ Michael Harriman

70′ (pen.)Marcello Trotta

2 – 0
73′ 2 – 1 Cody McDonald

DropTask Is A Productivity App That Does Away With To-Do Lists

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To do or not to do. That is the question for anyone who has a love/hate relationship with productivity apps. I’ve tested out so many different to-do list, mind-mapping, and Getting Things Done (GTD) apps (as well as various pen-and-paper planner hacks) that I sometimes wonder if it’s become just another way for me to procrastinate.

My main challenge is that no matter how many productivity apps I try, my to-do list never seems to get shorter, and seeing row after row after row of uncompleted tasks every day is discouraging. DropTask wants to cure to-do list malaise by getting rid of the list altogether. Developed by a UK-based startup, DropTask lets people drag and drop tasks into circles of different colors, then filter them by priority and deadline. You can change the size of circles, and add different people to projects. (Members can also switch to a list…

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Eyeing International Growth, Stripe Raises $80M From Founders Fund, Khosla And Sequoia At A $1.75B Valuation

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The payments industry has a new billion dollar company. Online payments company Stripe is announcing more than $80 million in Series C funding, at a $1.75 billion valuation. Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund led the round with new investor Khosla (Keith Rabois) and existing investor Sequoia joining, with Allen & Co. also contributing. This brings Stripe’s total funding up to over $130 million.

To understand why Stripe is and had been disruptive, it’s best to go back to the mission behind the company from a few years back. In 2011, the company, which is the brainchild of brothers Patrick and John Collison, stated that its mission clearly: “We believe that enabling transactions on the web is a problem rooted in code, not finance, and we want to help put more websites in business.”

While PayPal and others existed at the time to allow websites to set up e-commerce and payments, these…

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