The Netherlands: A Look At The World’s High-Tech Startup Capital

It’s a fascinating time to take stock of startup innovation in the Netherlands, a rare turning point where you can watch the hard work of the past give way to the immense promise of the future. Behind London and Berlin, the Dutch startup scene is already considered to be one of the most prominent in Europe. (If it feels unfair to weigh an entire country against individual cities, consider that the Netherlands has 17 million people crammed into an area half the size of South Carolina.)

http://techcrunch.com/2015/07/05/the-netherlands-a-look-at-the-worlds-high-tech-startup-capital/

New iPhone 6S images show updated NFC, 16GB base storage, fewer chips + design tweaks

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Our look at the upcoming “iPhone 6S” continues today with a discussion of new internal components that are expected to be inside Apple’s latest smartphone. In addition to expected changes such as a Force Touch display, upgraded camera system, and new Qualcomm LTE chip for up to twice-as-fast data speeds, the next iPhone will likely include updated NFC hardware, fewer and more efficient chips, and new flash memory that may nonetheless remain at a 16GB minimum capacity.

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Apple Pay expected to go live in the U.K. on July 14th, £20+ transactions starting this fall

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Apple appears to be planning to enable its Apple Pay iPhone mobile payments service in the United Kingdom on July 14th, according to sources at multiple retailers. Apple has informed some Apple Retail employees in the U.K. that Apple Pay support will go live on that Tuesday, while an internal memos for supermarket Waitrose plus an additional retail partner indicate the same date…

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How Facebook’s New Video Business Stacks Up Against YouTube

There are a few key differences between Facebook’s and YouTube’s revenue sharing plans.

http://recode.net/2015/07/02/facebook-and-youtubes-revenue-share/

Supply chain rumors say brighter Apple Watch, pink iPhone 6S with Force Touch camera en route

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Two new reports out of Asia this morning purport to shed light on improvements coming to Apple’s next-generation Apple Watch and the iPhone 6S.

According to a report out of Korea (via Naver/Digital Daily), Apple has decided to source flexible OLED screens for the Apple Watch 2 from both Samsung and LG, prioritizing improved outdoor visibility rather than changing the screen size, shape, or resolution. Outdoor screen visibility is a particular issue for the more reflective, sapphire-faced Apple Watch and Edition, which noticeably reduce the underlying screen’s apparent brightness compared with the glass-faced Apple Watch Sport. The report also claims Apple is more concerned about thinning components than reducing weight, in order to make room for a larger battery.

A second and more questionable report out of Taiwan, allegedly posted to microblogging site Weibo by a Foxconn employee before being pulled and recirculated by PhoneArena, claims to offer a series of additional details regarding…

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In Battle of Streaming Music Services, Simplicity Is the Killer Feature

Oh, Apple and Google: Why did you have to make things so complicated?

http://recode.net/2015/07/02/in-battle-of-streaming-music-services-simplicity-is-the-killer-feature/

Internet of Things Momentum Is Starting to Build

Before this IoT moment, most people didn’t worry about whether one type of system could talk to another.

http://recode.net/2015/07/02/internet-of-things-momentum-is-starting-to-build/