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Health Startup Healthberry Soft launches Beta To Measure Patient Feedback

21 min 39 sec ago
UK-based health startup HealthBerry has soft launched its beta. Pitched as a “better way to engage with patients” the startup uses social media as a way for national health services to measure patient feedback and thus inform improvements to services. It’s trailing with the UK’s National Health Service. The platform engages with patients, monitors programmes, syndicates… Read More

Airbnb Offers To Pay Hotel Taxes In NY, Hotel Lobby Says ‘No Thanks’

33 min 10 sec ago
Airbnb After years of complaining about how Airbnb doesn't compete on a level playing field, apparently the hotel lobby in New York now wants to ensure that the peer-to-peer hospitality startup isn't held to the same standards, especially as it relates to taxes. Read More

Watch Out Moves And Human — Now RunKeeper Releases A Movement App

44 min 17 sec ago
app_store_ss_goal_achieved By now may are familiar with the smartphone apps that track your movements via the accelerometer. There are multiple pedometers on all the apps stores for instance. But a more intriguing sector has emerged in the shape of apps like Human and Moves. Both not only track steps but give you feedback on reaching goals, in a very light-touch manner. The beauty of these apps is that they gradually… Read More

In Today’s Messaging Wars, Platform Makers Apple And Google Are Coming Up Short

46 min 24 sec ago
messages-zzz1 The $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook is nothing if not a signal of the significant importance that messaging has in this new phase of online connectivity, in the world where people's "first computers" are their mobile handsets. Dozens of new messaging apps launch every day, each with a core set of functionality and a few tricks of their own, ranging from the practical (calendar… Read More

Tactus Taps Wistron To Bring Its Magical Physical Touchscreen Buttons To The Masses

1 hour 11 min ago
tactus-large Tactus makes keyboards that appear out of seemingly flat glass touchscreen surfaces, thanks a fluid-based layer that reacts to electrical signals to create rises and bumps that serve as keys and buttons. It’s a magical technology, and one that you can see demoed on video in the clip below from CES this year. Soon, you’ll be able to get that tech on a range of devices thanks to a new… Read More

Never Let The Internet Spoil Your Favorite TV Show Again

1 hour 13 min ago
GOT There are Game Of Thrones spoilers in this post. If you click through, you will see them. Do not click through if seeing them will upset you. This is your only warning. Read More

Union Offers A Professional Image Blending Tool That’s Actually Easy To Use

1 hour 15 min ago
union_iphone_a The team at Pixite, known for making high-quality photo applications for iOS, including things like Unbound, Fragment, Tangent (an “App Store Best” in 2013), and more, is now revealing its latest creation: a photo-blending application called Union. The app lets you easily combine photos to make superimposed, silhouetted and double image exposures, as well as remove backgrounds, blend… Read More

Lending Club Raises $115M In Debt And Equity, Buys Financing Company Springstone Financial For $140M

1 hour 17 min ago
Google-Backed_Lending_Club_Brings_Peer-To-Peer_Lending_To_Business_Loans___TechCrunch Peer-to-peer lending marketplace Lending Club is announcing new funding and an acquisition this morning. The company raised $65 million from T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., Wellington Management Company, LLP, BlackRock and Sands Capital, and $50 million in debt. And Lending Club acquired financing company Springstone Financial for $140 million in cash and stock. Read More

Hack Siri To Control Spotify, A Nest, A Tesla, And Give Directions Through Google Maps

1 hour 30 min ago
googolplex A team of University of Pennsylvania freshmen have turned Siri into the useful companion she was always meant to be. Their creation, GoogolPlex, routes Siri commands through a proxy, allowing their system to add custom commands. Ever want Siri to play a certain Spotify song on demand? Or control a Nest Thermostat? Or unlock your Tesla? GoogolPlex can do all of that. Enabling GoogolPlex is a… Read More

MIT’s FingerReader Helps The Blind Read With A Swipe Of A Digit

1 hour 44 min ago
Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 9.22.38 AM At MIT’s Media Labs, researchers Roy Shilkrot, Jochen Huber and others are working on the “FingerReader,” a ring-like device that straps itself around your finger and reads printed text out loud with a synthesized voice, thanks to a mounted camera and heavily modified open source software. The FingerReader’s voice is clipped and metallic – what one might liken to… Read More

Comparison Engine Versus Launches Its First App To Grow Its 3.5M Monthly Uniques

1 hour 46 min ago
Versus Android - Apple v Samsung Versus IO, a consumer electronics product comparison engine startup based out of Berlin that's attracted backing from Dave McClure’s 500 Startups (among others), has launched its first app as it seeks to continue growing its user-base. Read More

Spotify Removes Peer-To-Peer Technology From Its Desktop Client

2 hours 11 min ago
spotify-globe Music streaming startup Spotify is shutting down its peer-to-peer network that powered a significant part of the service in the desktop app. According to TorrentFreak, the company doesn’t need to use peer-to-peer anymore as it has enough servers spread around the world. As a reminder, the mobile app and the web interface never used the peer-to-peer technology. But this is a significant move… Read More

Announcing The Agenda For TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2014

2 hours 16 min ago
TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013 - Day 1 TechCrunch Disrupt hits New York City May 3-7, and we're excited to announce the full agenda. The event will span five days and feature industry titans, noted thought leaders and experienced entrepreneurs. Read More

SpringCM Scores $18M In Funding; Plans To Expand Sales And Marketing

2 hours 32 min ago
SpringCM logo over several file formats represented by logos, SpringCM, which has been doing hosted content management since 2005, long before we called it The Cloud, announced today it has received $18M in venture funding. CEO Greg Bucholtz told me he plans to use most of the money to expand his sales and marketing department. The funding for the Chicago-based company will come from Fort Worth, Texas-based Goff Capital, Square 1 Bank and Foundation Capital,… Read More

Twitter Introduces Mobile App Install Ads And Integrated Ad-Buying With MoPub

2 hours 44 min ago
twitter app install promoted It looks like Twitter is hoping to earn more ad dollars from mobile app publishers and developers. The company is announcing several new features today that Vice President of Revenue Kevin Weil described as adding up to "an easy and scalable way to drive app installs and app engagement, both on Twitter and off Twitter." Those include the ability to pay for Promoted Tweets that drive app… Read More

Yahoo Acquisitions Power Flickr’s New Object Recognition Search, Editing And Video Capture

2 hours 45 min ago
Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 10.27.59 PM Today, Yahoo launches new Flickr apps for Android (and iOS coming soon.) They include the ability to shoot video in the apps, or upload it directly. There is also better search, more detailed statistics for individual photos and a redesigned interface that’s had a lot of the crap scraped off of the interface to present you with Read More

Aereo Launches To Explain Its Position Vs. Broadcasters

2 hours 49 min ago
aereo-protect-my-antenna Aereo is about to present its case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but first it wants to present its case to you. Today, the startup launched, a website designed to inform its users about Aereo’s tech, which uses freely offered over-the-air HDTV signals to provide its customers with live and DVR digital TV viewing options. Basically, Aereo maintains that each of its… Read More

Urban Transport App, Citymapper, Pulls In $10M, Led By Balderton, To Roll Into More Cities

2 hours 56 min ago
Citymapper-app Urban transport app Citymapper has just announced a new Series A funding round of $10 million, led by Balderton Capital. Connect Ventures (Bill Earner), Index Ventures (Robin Klein) and Greylock Partners (Laurel Bowden), also participated in the round, along with as a number of unnamed angels. The startup said it plans to use the new funding for launching in new cities, and expanding the… Read More

Work4 Raises $7M To Rival Job Sites With Its Social Network-Based Recruitment App

3 hours 6 min ago
Help-Wanted Work4, an online recruitment startup that uses social networks to advertise and find leads for job vacancies, has picked up another $7 million in funding that it plans to use to expand further into markets outside the U.S., and the scope of its product. The Series B round was led by new investor Serena Capital with participation also from existing investor Matrix Partners. Read More

Google’s Project Tango Includes Tech Apple-Acquired 3D Imaging Company PrimeSense

3 hours 18 min ago
primesense-tango If you want a hint of what might be on the horizon at Apple, look to Google – or at least look to its Project Tango experimental 3D depth-sensing smartphone. Tango got a teardown just the other day, and later on iFixit determined that one of its key components comes from what is now an Apple subsidiary (via 9to5Google), thanks to a deal that wrapped up last November. PrimeSense, which is the… Read More