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Who Gets Into Accelerators? Persistent Men With SaaS Apps, Says Study

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 05:43
 What kind of startups get into Accelerators? Well, according to new research, it’s startups with around 2-3 founders, most male, often SaaS platforms and ones who are persistent, applying for at least two programs. And on average, less than 4% of applicants ever make it in. Those are the findings of new research from F6S, a web portal which allows startups to apply for multiple accelerator… Read More
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Crowdfunded Gadgets That Talk To Your Home And Charge Your Phone With Wind Power

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 02:00
Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research, a technology, media and telecom advisory firm, and founder of Backerjack. He blogs at Techspressive. Each week, Backerjack shares three tech-related products seeking funding.  Talk to your home and have it listen and respond with ALYT Part of the smart-home dream has always been being able to talk with a place of residence… Read More
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Messaging Is A Winner-Take-Some Market

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 00:00
 If you are anything like me, you use multiple messaging apps on a daily or weekly basis – and you use them for more than just texting. My colleagues, friends and family all prefer different apps, and I use each app in a different way. I don't think messaging is a winner-take-all market globally. Read More
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The Dawn Of Cloud 2.0 And Why Google Started A Price War

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 21:00
 Google recently announced up to 85 percent reduction in pricing for its PaaS and BigQuery services. Soon after, AWS and Microsoft followed suit. Welcome to Cloud 2.0. Read More
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Why Your Favorite App Isn’t Business-Related And How It Can Be

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 16:00
 Think about your favorite app. Let me guess. It’s a consumer app -- something like Uber, Instagram or Pinterest. So what do we do to get business apps into that list of favorites? If we put the user experience first and incorporate utility, simplicity, engagement and emotion into our products, we can make work just as easy and delightful as posting a photo. Read More
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Nike Says The FuelBand Isn’t Dead, New Color Options Coming

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 14:15
 Nike was said to be shutting down its FuelBand department on the heels of layoffs on Friday, signalling a significant exit of the wearable fitness device market by one of the more prominent companies involved in the space. That's not quite true, however, according to information provided to Re/code by the company. Read More
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Gillmor Gang: Action Items

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 13:00
 The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Semil Shah, Danny Sullivan, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — played the latest favorite game of the Mobility Addicted. It's called Lock Screen, and some of us think it's where the early adopters meet the great unvarnished Silent Majority. Forget clicks or swipes or doing anything; it's all about glancing. What this means is that social scientists… Read More
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2,500 Bunsen Burners + Dubstep = Best Visualizer Ever

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:00
 Take 2,500 bunsen burners, and put'em in a grid. Make the flames react to sound waves, thanks to some amazing physics trickery. Then drop the bass. What do you get? The best visualizer ever. Read More
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Google App Engine Gets GitHub Push-To-Deploy Support

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 11:00
Last summer, Google started allowing developers to use git to get their code onto App Engine to deploy their applications instead of using Google's usual SDK. Starting today, developers who use the popular GitHub service to manage their code repositories will be able to do the same. Read More
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Beats Music Gets In-App Subscriptions, Beefs Up Free Streaming Options

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 10:48
 Beats Music, the streaming radio solution spun out from the makers of Beats audio hardware products, has decided to bite the bullet and give Apple its 30 percent cut on subscription sign-ups. The streaming music provider originally side-stepped Apple’s in-app ecommerce options in favor of carrier billing arranged outside the app to pay for its full service, but now users can sign up much… Read More
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Bitcoin 2.0: Unleash The Sidechains

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 09:00
 "Cryptocurrencies will create a fifth protocol layer powering the next generation of the Internet," says Naval Ravikant. "Our 2014 fund will be built during the blockchain cycle," concurs Fred Wilson. And Andreessen Horowitz have very visibly doubled down on Bitcoin. Even if you don't believe in Bitcoin as a currency, and I'll grant there's plenty to be skeptical about, you should be thinking:… Read More
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Nike Is Said To Be Killing Off The FuelBand

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 21:33
 Bad news, Fuel fans: Nike is purportedly killing off their wearable hardware efforts, including the FuelBand. Just a few days ago, folks started whispering about shakeup in Fuelband land after the following post popped up on Secret: Now, sure enough, CNET says they’ve got a person-in-the-know confirming that the majority of the 70-person FuelBand team has been let go. It’s a pity,… Read More
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Counterforce Protests Tech Using Tech

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 20:18
Rising income inequality is quickly becoming the most prevalent issue of our century, "the defining challenge of our time," according to President Obama. Nowhere is this more acute than in San Francisco, where rents growing at 3 times the national average are squeezing out the lower and middle classes in favor of tech workers who can pay astronomical housing prices. Read More
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White House Declines To Deport Bieber, Pivots To Immigration Reform In Its Official Response

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 19:50
 TechCrunch squinted slightly when the White House petition to deport the Canadian Justin Bieber passed the 100,000-signature mark, the minimum threshold to warrant an official response. Read More
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214 Technologies Is Crowdfunding A Smart Doorbell Called Chui

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 19:00
 "What the heck is a smart doorbell?" That's what my friends asked me any time I mentioned that I'd be meeting with Nezare Chafni and Shaun Moore, co-founders of 214 Technologies. They've developed a product called Chui, which they describe as "the world's most intelligent doorbell." Read More
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Ask A VC: Next World Capital’s Ben Fu On Engineer Recruiting Challenges

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:00
In this week’s episode of Ask A VC, we hosted Next World Capital’s Ben Fu in the studio to talk about big data, recruiting and more. Fu, who has backed Datameer, Datastax, and Good Data among others, talked about the talent crunch, and the challenges founders face when recruiting engineers, especially in the enterprise world. Check out the video above for more! Read More
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CrunchWeek: Airbnb’s $500M Funding, Twitter Gobbles Up Gnip, Instagram’s Swapped Username Scandal

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:44
 It’s Friday, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, a holiday weekend is ahead, and we’ve got a brand new episode of CrunchWeek for you to watch. What more could you wish for? In today’s show, Leena Rao, Ryan Lawler and I huddled around the big white table to talk about the confirmation that Airbnb has closed on $500 million in a massive new funding round, Twitter’s… Read More
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Raise Now: VC Funding For Startups At Highest Point In More Than A Decade

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:43
 There is a reason it feels like everyone and anyone is raising money at the moment to build a company: They are. According to two studies, capital raised from venture capitalists by growing, private companies is at its highest point since 2001. Read More
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Gillmor Gang Live 04.18.14

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:13
 Gillmor Gang - Danny Sullivan, Dan Farber, Semil Shah, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session has concluded for today. Read More
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Canary Smart Home Security Shows Off Its Smartphone App For The First Time

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:41
 Canary has had a big year. After smashing through its Indiegogo campaign goal and picking up an extra $10 million in VC funding, the company is nearly ready to ship its home security product. Due to a couple of hurdles, Canary units won't arrive until "this summer," but to tide us over, the team has given us our first real look at the complementary smartphone application. Read More
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