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Innovation This Week (March 30 – April 5)

Innovation This Week (March 30 – April 5)

by Brad MerrillApril 6, 2014

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I spent most of this week preparing for a couple of new podcasts coming soon to the Break Network. I’m really excited about them, and I’ll be sure to share more details in the coming weeks.

TheTechPanda, founded by Prateek Panda and edited by Saraswathi Pulluru, is leading the small but growing group of startup blogs based in India. I’ve been following them for well over a year now, and I recommend that you do the same.

Here’s this week’s summary:

1. VentureBreak Profiles This Week

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2. Chromecast Now Supports Crackle And Rdio

Google’s Chromecast streaming dongle now supports Crackle and Rdio. It’s quickly becoming an attractive alternative to more expensive set-top boxes and smart TVs.

3. Amazon Unveils FireTV, An Android-Powered Streaming Set-Top Box

Amazon has announced a new set-top box called FireTV to stream video, games, and music to the TV as a means to break into the living room.

4. Meet Cortana, Microsoft’s Response To Siri

At its Build 2014 developer conference, Microsoft announced Cortana, a new voice tool to compete with Siri and Google Now.

5. U.S. Created “Cuban Twitter” To Stir Dissent, Sought Funding From Jack Dorsey

According to an AP report, the U.S. government created its own version of Twitter, called ZunZuneo, to undermine the Cuban government. The program eventually grew beyond what the government contractors felt they could control, so they decided to exit their involvement. At one point, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey was approached for funding, as part of a plan to turn ZunZuneo into a legitimate business.

6. Other Notable News

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Brad Merrill
Brad Merrill is the founder and former editor of VentureBreak.