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Fab is just 18 months into its existence as an online design store, but it’s been an eventful ride. Here’s a look at far the company has come based on some figures and slides provided by CEO Jason Goldberg. Read more »

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Runkeeper is updating to 3.0 for iOS just in time for the New Year. The improvements include a cleaner UI, better photo sharing and tracking abilities and refactored code base that should enable faster and better improvements in the future. Read more »

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Facebook, Nearby
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Facebook’s new Nearby local search feature could become a Foursquare killer one day. So far, however, it’s not as comprehensive, deep or personal for users. But if Facebook can get its 600 million mobile users to think of it as a local search utility, look out. Read more »

Facebook, Nearby
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Facebook is leaping into the local discovery and search market with an upgrade to its mobile Nearby feature, which will allow users to find relevant places based on social signals and other data. Nearby will pit Facebook against Yelp, Foursquare and Google. Read more »

VeriFone, Sail, mobile payments
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Just seven months after introducing Sail, a payment platform for small merchants that competed with Square, VeriFone is now saying it is retreating from that business and will look to banks and other channel partners to sell the service to merchants. Read more »

New York, e-hailing

New York is getting on board with e-hailing services for taxi cabs though it’s doing so slowly. The Taxi and Limousine Commission approved a one-year pilot program that will allow companies like Uber, Hailo and others to offer taxi hailing from a smartphone. Read more »

Jibe, Joyn
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Vodafone Ventures is leading an $8.3 million investment in Jibe Mobile, which is working on a platform to help developers integrate Joyn. Joyn, which is backed by GSMA, enables rich communications such as IM, voice and video calling and file transfers. Read more »

FTC, children's' apps
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The FTC is lighting a fire under the mobile app industry to improve its privacy and disclosure policies for children’s apps. The FTC said that most apps still don’t do basic disclosure about the use of data for advertising and other third-party services. Read more »

Zipmark, payment
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Zipmark, a payment system that rides on the existing checking network, is working to retire the traditional rent check. It has signed deals with rental payment portals and property management software companies that will enable tenants to pay with an electronic check. Read more »

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