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Greats, The Brand For Men’s Footwear, Closes $1.5M Seed Round Led By Resolute

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 08:12
 You know what's great? A well-built, stylish pair of shoes that won't break the bank. And that's exactly what Greats offers. GreatsBrand is a mens footwear brand launched out of Williamsburg, Brooklyn that aims to bring affordable shoes to their customers by cutting out the middle man. Read More
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ezCater Raises $4 million To Expand Its Online Catering Marketplace

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 08:00
 Food tech is hot these days, with a number of major funding rounds being announced specifically in the food order and delivery segment. With that in mind, ezCater, one of the oldest food ordering platforms around, has raised an additional $4 million $4 million to bolster the number of caterers on its platform and to reach more customers. Read More
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Confirmed: Zebra Technologies Is Buying Motorola Solutions’ Handheld Unit For $3.45B

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:50
 Zebra Technologies, a manufacturer of barcode, receipt, kiosk and RFID printers and supplies  announced today that they were buying Motorola Solutions’ handheld unit for $3.45B. Philip Gerskovich, Senior Vice President for New Growth Platforms at Zebra, explained to me in a phone interview that the two companies have been working together for years. Zebra has printed the bar codes and… Read More
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Mobile Control In The Cloud: ItsOn Raises $12.5M From Tenaya And Andreessen Horowitz

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:45
 ItsOn, startup founded by alums from Qualcomm, Nokia and Yahoo that has developed a cloud-based mobile services platform that it sells as both a B2B and B2C product, is today confirming that it has raised a Series C round of $12.5 million from new investor Tenaya Capital and existing investor Andreessen Horowitz. The funding will be used for global sales expansion outside of North America, the… Read More
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Avvo, The Online Legal Advice Marketplace, Lands $37.5M Led By Tech-Focused Hedge Fund Coatue

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:30
 Avvo, the Seattle startup that runs an online marketplace for people seeking legal advice, has raised $37.5 million in new funding. The round, which counts as Avvo’s Series D, was led by Coatue Management, the New York hedge fund that has become known in recent years for heading up big investments in West Coast tech companies including Snapchat, Hotel Tonight, Box, Lyft, and others. Also… Read More
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Varsavsky Bets On The Gramofon As A New Take On Social Music

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:05
Today, crowd-sourced Wifi network operator Fon launched its new Gramofon device on Kickstarter. This offers a simple Fon-like Wi-Fi sharing functionality via a simple Facebook log-in, can be plugged into any music speakers and comes with a year’s subscription to Spotify. With such a mash-up of services, it’s quite a new concept on the market. The device could be a game-changer for Fon,… Read More
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Freelancer.com Pays $3.2M To Buy Digital Marketing Marketplace, Warrior Forum

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:20
 Job outsourcing marketplace Freelancer.com has put down a portion of the money it raised from its IPO last fall on buying Warrior Forum, a marketplace and forum for digital marketing professionals. Freelancer.com filed for an IPO last October, with the aim of raising ~$14.2 million — noting at the time that it intended to use the IPO funds for organic growth and also acquisition… Read More
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Zebra Technologies May Acquire Motorola Solutions For $3.5B

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:48
 Motorola Solutions may sell its enterprise division to Zebra Technologies in a deal worth about $3.5 billion, according to a report in the Financial Times. The acquisition, which may be announced on Tuesday, would produce a company that could generate annual sales of about $3.5 billion. Read More
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Fon Launches Gramofon, A Router With Facebook And Spotify Built-In

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:01
Today, crowd-sourced Wifi network operator Fon launches its rumoured new product, the Gramofon. But unusually for a large tech company with healthy revenues, it’s launched the product with 30-day crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter at a discounted price, starting at $30. This device offers simple Fon-like Wi-Fi sharing functionality after you log in via Facebook, an audio out to speakers… Read More
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Viddsee BUZZ Launches To Help Independent Asian Films Go Viral

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 02:25
 Viddsee, an online video platform that helps independent filmmakers throughout Asia distribute their work, has launched the beta version of Viddsee BUZZ, a new site that is meant to help content reach a wider audience on social networks. The site, which launched last year, also announced that Viddsee has hit five unique million viewers. Read More
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BTC China Launches ATM Web App

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 00:58
 BTC China, one of the world's largest bitcoin exchanges by trading volume, released a new mobile-friendly Web app called the Picasso ATM today. The Picasso ATM allows users around the world to exchange the digital currency for cash without having to find a physical ATM. Read More
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How Burrowing Owls Lead To Vomiting Anarchists (Or SF’s Housing Crisis Explained)

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 23:55
 The Santa Clara Valley was some of the most valuable agricultural land in the entire world, but it was paved over to create today’s Silicon Valley. This was simply the result of bad planning and layers of leadership failure — nobody thinks farms literally needed to be destroyed to create the technology industry’s success. Today, the tech industry is apparently on track to destroy… Read More
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Microsoft Rolls Out The April Xbox One Update — Here’s What’s Inside

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 23:31
 Do you have an Xbox One? It’s update time! Get excited! Well, not too excited. Moderately excited. Like the last few monthly updates, this month’s patch is mostly meant to bring in features that aren’t so much oh-my-god brand new as they are things that were surprisingly absent after the jump from Xbox 360 to Xbox One. Read More
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Google Glass Gets KitKat Support And Improved Photo Browsing, Loses Video Calls

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 21:01
 Anybody will be able to buy Google Glass tomorrow, but ahead of this, Google is giving the Glass software an update. There are a couple of new features in this update, including new tools for making working with photos easier, but Google has also decided to remove the option to do video calls from Glass for the time being. Read More
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Microsoft Now Accepts Universal Windows Apps As Its Insta-OEM Kit For Windows Phone Goes Live

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 20:29
 Starting today developers can now link Windows Store and Windows Phone applications to create the already-announced "universal" applications that Microsoft announced recently at its Build developer conference. Read More
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100 Tesla Model S Convertibles Are Headed To China

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 19:33
 Hold on to your hat. The Tesla Model S is about to get more breezy thanks to a drop-top conversion by Newport Convertible Engineering. Both hard and soft top conversions are now available -- they don't come cheap, though. A soft-top conversion costs $29K and a hard-top $49K. Plus, the buyer has to supply the Tesla Model S. But, once converted, there's no question that you'll have the raddest… Read More
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Amid Reports Facebook Is Eyeing Up Financial Services, TransferWise Hits £1 Billion In Transfers

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 19:00
 In the midst of reports that Facebook could be about to get into financial services, one of the startups it's rumoured to have talked to, the European P2P money transfer service TransferWise, has hit a major milestone today: Its platform has processed £1 billion of customers' money. Read More
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Entertainment Deals Take Center Stage In LA’s Burgeoning VC Scene

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 18:41
 A string of big acquisitions, public offerings, and a pipeline of growing young startup companies has venture investors saying "I love L.A." The recent acquisitions of Maker Studios and Oculus VR, as well as the planned public offering for TrueCar that's finally going through, all point to a healthy investment ecosystem, but there's still one industry that rules over Tinseltown: that's… Read More
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Social TV App Zeebox Relaunches As Beamly

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 18:22
Zeebox, the app co-founded by former BBC iPlayer exec Anthony Rose, has rebranded and relaunched its social TV app for consumers as Beamly. The new version of the app still has all the same live-chat functionality and screen sync technology that came with Zeebox, but the team has enhanced Beamly to be relevant to users even when they’re not watching their favorite shows. To do that, Beamly… Read More
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Meet TrustTheVote, A Project To Make Voting Open Source And Transparent

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 18:17
 How was your last voting experience? Smooth? Perhaps not. The Open Source Election Technology Foundation wants to change that by making voting simpler and more transparent. Its chief effort, called TrustTheVote, is a push to develop airtight, open-source vote casting and tabulation software that can be paired with off-the-shelf hardware. Open source code and off-the-shelf plastic mean that… Read More
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