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DealerBuilt Introduces the ceDMS

GRAPEVINE, Texas, Oct. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- DealerBuilt, a leading provider of automotive Dealer Management Systems (DMS), introduces a new platform for their flagship LightYear DMS, evolving the DMS into a ceDMS. DealerBuilt's new Consumer Experience Platform bridges the gap between...

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Ajit Pai slams carriers for slow restoration of cell service after hurricane

Enlarge / A Verizon logo at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg ) Wireless carriers' failure to fully restore cellular service in Florida after Hurricane Michael "is completely unacceptable," Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said today in a rare rebuke of the industry that he regulates. Verizon in particular has been under fire from Florida Governor Rick Scott, who says Verizon hasn't done enough to restore service. By contrast, Scott has praised AT&T for its disaster response. The FCC will open an investigation into the post-hurricane restoration efforts, Pai said. Pai and Scott urged wireless carriers to immediately disclose plans for restoring service, waive the October bills of affected customers, and let customers switch providers without penalty. Read 18 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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AllTrails gets $75M to keep hikers happy

The app for hiking enthusiasts just secured a big round of capital that will help it map more trails worldwide. AllTrails  has raised $75 million, led by Spectrum Equity, which has taken a majority stake in the company in the process. Founded in 2010, AllTrails raised a small amount of capital years ago from investors, including 2020 Ventures and 500 Startups. It was also part of  AngelPad’s inaugural  accelerator class. This is its first sizeable round of equity financing. AllTrails provides what it calls an “outdoors platform” that includes crowdsourced reviews of trails from its community of 9 million avid hikers, mountain bikers and trail runners in more than 100 countries. It also provides detailed trail maps and other content tailor-made for outdoorsy folk. The company says its app has been downloaded more than 12 million times. Gear for making outdoor fitness more enjoyable AllTrails was founded by Russell Cook , who has since left to launch another fitness tech startup called FitOn. The company is now led by  Jade Van Doren , who joined as CEO in September 2015. “I grew up camping in the Sierras with my grandfather and backpacking up there,” Cook told TechCrunch. “I looked around the space and it felt like there was a lot of room to build something meaningful that would help people find places to get outdoors and feel safe once they are out there.” “I got really excited about doing that and we’ve made a lot of progress toward those goals,” he added.

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Preserve Your Memories with the Kodak Digitizing Box

The Kodak Digitizing Box brings a modern version of Kodak’s yellow envelope back to customer door steps. A box is shipped to the customer and they place inside of it the media they want to be converted. The media is mailed back in a pre-paid, pre-addressed box. The Kodak Digitizing Box offers four options of service, with 19 types of media available for conversion to digital, including, VHS tapes, Reel to Reel audio tape, Super 8 Film, 35mm slides and picture negatives.

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Tandem’s new credit card targets people who have non-existent credit histories

With its regulatory woes behind it — and the acqui-hire of fintech startup Pariti — Tandem ‘s product roadmap appears to be picking up pace. The challenger bank founded by Ricky Knox has launched its second credit card today, this time targeting people in the U.K. who have yet to build up a credit history at all. Credit cards are already one of the most effective ways of improving your credit score (presuming you are approved for one and always repay on time, of course) and it seems that Tandem wants a piece of that action. Dubbed the “Journey Card,” Tandem says the new credit card is “a way for those who haven’t had credit before to build up a strong credit profile”. The upstart bank says it is tapping into a climate where people are realising the importance of credit scores for building a better future and how essential a decent credit score is when taking out further credit such as a car loan, mortgage and other longer-term financial products. However, although the new Journey Card shares the same low FX fees when spending abroad, there are some key differences compared to the original Tandem Cashback Card . These include no cash back, for starters, and what appears to be a higher APR in recognition of the higher risk Tandem is taking on. With that said, both cards integrate with the Tandem mobile banking app, which acts as a Personal Finance Manager (PFM), including letting you aggregate your non-Tandem bank account data from other bank accounts or credit cards you might have. Very recently the app has released a plethora of updates (including digital statements, at last!), and these include some useful budgeting tools, which sits well alongside a credit card designed to help you build your credit score. Meanwhile, it is becoming clearer that Tandem sees consumer credit as its “attack vector” in the consumer banking space, as opposed to offering a current account or pre-paid/debit card, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see the challenger bank go there eventually

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Steve Ballmer’s USAFacts unveils Voter Center, an online resource showing what positions Congress members take publicly and compares them with…

Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire : Steve Ballmer's USAFacts unveils Voter Center, an online resource showing what positions Congress members take publicly and compares them with government data   —  Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's nonprofit group USAFacts today debuted a new Voter Center, an online resource that shows …

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Sources: media startup Tech In Asia, which runs a blog and events business in Southeast Asia, laid off a third of its staff in July after canceling…

Jon Russell / TechCrunch : Sources: media startup Tech In Asia, which runs a blog and events business in Southeast Asia, laid off a third of its staff in July after canceling planned ICO   —  Earlier this month, media startup Tech In Asia surprised its readers when it announced plans to implement an $18 per month paywall.

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FCC limits the time local authorities get to review 5G applications to 90 days, caps annual fees to $270 per small cell, unless cities can prove…

Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica : FCC limits the time local authorities get to review 5G applications to 90 days, caps annual fees to $270 per small cell, unless cities can prove higher costs   —  FCC orders cities and towns to slash permit fees for 5G equipment.  —  The Federal Communications Commission today finalized …

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