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Briefly: Namez pronunciation platform, Tumblr adds theme editing

05/08, 12:41am

New platform for avoiding name mispronounciation launches

Namez, a new platform for creating and accessing audio clips of names being pronounced as they are meant to be heard, has emerged out of beta today. Aiming to reduce mispronunciation and its ensuing embarrassments, Namez has started to accept user-submitted recordings to add to a database that already has a variety of politicians, bands, historical figures, animals and more. Namez also offers a widget that allows users to record their own name and insert the Namez play button in their own site, mail, CV and other places. The company has said that they plan to open up an API for the platform in the future.

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Apple ad agency posts iPhone 5c Tumblr page in apparent ad test

03/03, 9:52pm

Could be playground for new campaign, effort to capture youth demographic

The advertising agency behind many of Apple's campaigns appears to have launched an official iPhone 5c Tumblr page, using the multi-media blogging space to showcase and promote the colors of Apple's iPhone 5c, called "ISee5c." While the junior of Apple's two current top phones is actually doing better than the iPhone 5 did at the same point in its history, reports have claimed that the fashionable phone is losing ground to the more advanced iPhone 5s.

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Briefly: Blu's Vivo smartphone, Tumblr drafts new terms of service

01/26, 1:04pm

Blu's Vivo 4.8 HD Android phone offered for $250 unlocked

Upstart Android manufacturer Blu has released a new midrange smartphone, the Vivo 4.8 HD. At 6.9mm thick (0.2 inches), the Vivo 4.8 HD offers a 4.8-inch screen with 720x1280 Super AMOLED display, the Vivo 4.8 has a 1.5GHz quad-core chip processor, 1GB RAM and 16GB of storage memory. Its camera functionality consists of an eight-megapixel rear and five-megapixel front-facing unit. Blu's Vivio 4.8 HD phone is available unlocked for $250, in black, white, yellow and pink.

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Tumblr removes hosted adult blogs from search engines, tag pages

07/19, 1:45pm

Yahoo-owned blogging service will not police content hosted on servers

Tumblr has clarified its policy for users posting adult content on their blogs. While the company seemingly does not want to police such content on its service, it will be blocking blogs dedicated to porn and other similar topics from its own internal search, as well as preventing them from being indexed by third-party search engines, such as Google or Bing.

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Tumblr for iOS gets tag, blog search

07/09, 10:15am

Recommends blogs during any tag search

logging service Tumblr has pushed out a new version of its iOS app, 3.4. New to the update is tag and blog search, something previously found only in third-party clients. This includes the ability to see trending tags and blogs, and get recommended blogs whenever searching for a tag. The Tumblr iOS app is a free download and runs on any device supporting iOS 5 or better.

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Yahoo confirms Tumblr acquisition, Tumblr to remain independent

05/20, 11:23am

Number of blog transfers to Wordpress spikes after Board approval

Yahoo has confirmed it has bought Tumblr, in a deal noted yesterday to be in the region of $1.1 billion. The search company has already moved its company blog over to the blogging platform, and despite CEO Marissa Mayer saying "We promise not to screw it up," there is reportedly a large jump in the number of users moving from Tumblr to Wordpress.

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Report: Yahoo board approves $1.1B Tumblr acquisition

05/19, 2:06pm

Stagnant Internet giant buys popular young property

In the latest step of CEO Marissa Mayer's plan to turn around popular but stagnating Internet giant Yahoo, the company's board has reportedly approved a $1.1 billion acquisition of the social sharing site Tumblr. The board met on Sunday to discuss the acquisition, which appears to have been a foregone conclusion due to the fact that Yahoo had already scheduled a Monday event on Friday. The company is expected to announce the acquisition at that event.

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Yahoo, Tumblr reportedly in talks for strategic alliance, aquisition

05/17, 6:12am

Offer for blogging platform claimed could top $1 billion

Yahoo is in discussions to acquire or work with blogging service Tumblr, according to reports. The talks between the two companies are, depending on the report, concerning a possible strategic alliance between the two or an outright purchase of Tumblr, with the search engine said to be offering as much as $1 billion.

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Zendesk hacked: data from Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest stolen

02/21, 11:27pm

User emails, subject lines, and email headers potentially downloaded

In a post on its blog, customer support outsourcing firm Zendesk has reported that a hacker had penetrated its systems, and had purloined data from its customers, including Tumblr, Twitter, and Pinterest. Zendesk officials believe that the attacker was able to download email addresses and subject lines from support mails sent to its clients.

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Tumblr overhauls iPhone app with new interface, shortcuts

06/21, 12:56pm

Includes new dashboard, offline mode

Blogging service Tumblr has launched a major revision of its iPhone app. Now at v3.0.0, the app's interface has been completely restructured, for instance using a new Dashboard interface, a new image view, and shortcuts to the camera and text post functions accessed by swiping the Compose button. An offline mode lets users post, like, reply, or reblog at any time; actions are synced when back online.

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Spotify Play Button embeds unlimited music on the web

04/11, 7:50am

Spotify now has pseudo-embedded audio option

Spotify on Wednesday hoped to give more public exposure to its music through the Play Button. The new web code lets sites post individual songs or whole playlists that, while they need Spotify open in the background, can be controlled directly from the browser. Spotify sees it as a way to legally embed music and, by extension, pay artists for each listen.

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Tumblr Android app brings new UI, performance improvement

04/09, 11:15pm

Tumblr Radar now available

Tumblr has released a significant update to its smartphone-optimized Android app. The overhaul brings a completely redesigned interface, placing live notifications for multiple blogs in one place. The company suggests the tweaks bring a better photo browsing experience, while users can now take advantage of the Tumblr Radar for quick access to popular images.

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Boxee Box 1.5 update switches on Live TV

01/24, 1:55pm

Boxee Box 1.5 update brings new interface, more

Boxee Box has just released its 1.5 software update behind live TV function of its new tuner that we had a chance to check out at CES. There are also some other functionalities the update enables. With the tuner add-on, this update, and the main Boxee Box hardware, users can access over-the-air TV broadcasts as well as Internet content.

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Tumblr campaign leads to 87,834 calls to stop SOPA bill

11/18, 4:50pm

Tumblr launches anti-SOPA campaign with calls

Tumblr has joined the fight against the SOPA bill that would give the US the right to close the domains of any site that is thought to illegally host file sharing. The company announced it generated 87,834 phone calls to US Congressional representatives in an concentrated attempt to prevent the bill from becoming law. The Stop Online Piracy Act is before the House Judiciary Committee.

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Mixel iPad app lets users make collages from many sources

11/10, 5:50pm

Mixel is for creative types, allows for collages

A new iPad app lets users create digital collages from a variety of sources including personal photo collections, Facebook photos, Bing search images and more. Called Mixel (free, App Store), it's also unique among similar apps as it shares all creations with the Mixel community to tear apart and do with what they will. Created by Dogpatch Labs, the app is meant for creative types who don't need to be sitting at a dedicated desk or studio to indulge in their passion, said founder Khoi Vinh.

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