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Biometric Startup Quixter Demos Pay-By-Palm Tech

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:04
 Quixter has built a biometric pay-by-palm technology system that's up and running at Lund University in Sweden. The idea is the brainchild of Fredrik Leifland, an engineering student at the university, who wanted to come up with a quicker system for making card payments. (And clearly didn't think much of NFC.) Read More
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Triage Raises Seed Financing For Its Integrated Notification And Collaboration App

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:00
 As startup app developer Triage moves from the Bay Area to New York, the company is preparing to close on roughly $1.1 million in a seed round of financing. Read More
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New IBM Services Target Security And Disaster Recovery

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 09:46
 IBM has seen the technology world changing as much as any other vendor and that’s part of the reason it bought SoftLayer last year –to broaden its cloud offerings. Today, the company has built upon that, announcing new security and disaster recovery services that could make the cloud more attractive to companies that remain skeptical. One area the cloud excels in is disaster… Read More
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Zoute Brings Its Real-Time Transit App To iPhone, More Markets

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 09:42
 Zoute, a transit application that combines real-time departure info and fixed route schedules, is now available for iPhone users in eight major markets across the U.S. Originally launched on Android for those in the Bay Area, the company has since expanded to New York, Boston, Chicago, L.A., D.C., Philadelphia and Portland. The app, for those unfamiliar, comes from mobile developers Hai… Read More
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T-Mobile Drops Domestic Overage Charges As It Rounds Out Trio Of Uncarrier Reveals

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 09:31
 T-Mobile CEO and President John Legere unveiled the last in a trio of announcements today with a healthy heaping of Twitter build-up, and this one might be worth the hype – the so-called ‘Uncarrier’ is dropping all domestic overage chargers on its plans, which means just what it says. The change applies to all users on T-Mobile consumer plans, and not just the Simple Starter plan… Read More
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Ditch That Laptop Brick With FINsix’s New Tiny Notebook Charger

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 09:30
 Many aspects of computing have changed, but the laptop charger has remained sadly stable over the years; no matter what, we never seem to be able to ditch the lumpy power brick, that mid-cable eyesore that takes up tons of space in your bag and presents a ready hazard for stepping on. MIT project turned startup FINsix wants to change all that, and you can help them by reserving your own Dart… Read More
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Giant Pixel Launches Startup Studio For Tech Company Creation

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 09:16
 Giant Pixel is launching a new startup studio to create mobile-focused application companies. Read More
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SeedInvest Raises Series A On Its Own Crowdfunding Platform, $2M Committed So Far

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 09:13
 SeedInvest, the equity crowdfunding platform based in New York that helps other startups (like Vengo Labs) raise rounds, is today launching a campaign on its own plaform to complete an intended $3 million Series A round. The startup has already had $2 million committed from VCs Scout Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Avenue A Ventures, Archer Gray and Krillion Ventures. Read More
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Oculus Rift Shares Developer Hardware Sales Data

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 09:12
 Were you to judge success by the response of “The Internet” when Facebook acquired nascent virtual reality hardware company Oculus Rift, developers didn’t like the deal. But were you to judge success by its actual sales, it may be a different story. Oculus Rift tells TechCrunch that it’s sold about 25,000 second-generation “DK2” development kits to developers… Read More
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Sportsetter Is A Fitness Experiences App That Helps Tackle Gym Apathy

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 08:56
 Sportsetter is an iPhone app launched in New York and Helsinki today that lets you subscribe to and discover new fitness experiences matched to your personal preference, fitness goals and locality. Read More
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CarPlay Is Coming To The Third-Party Stereo Market

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 08:43
 iPhone fans will not have to buy a new car to get in on the CarPlay fun if a report from a Japanese business newspaper is correct. Alpine is reportedly planning on releasing an aftermarket stereo sporting CarPlay this Fall. Read More
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Hands On With Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft’s Updated Smartphone OS

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 08:00
 Microsoft announced a slew of updates to the Windows Phone platform at its recent Build developer conference. Apart from the new features, Microsoft also decided to sell Windows Phone to mobile OEMs for the firm cost of nil, and the devices and services company also brought Windows and Windows Phone app together with its new “universal” application framework. The developer and… Read More
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Healthy Snack Startup NatureBox Raises $18 Million Series B Led By Canaan Partners

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 08:00
 Founded in early 2012, NatureBox set out to become synonymous with providing healthy snacks direct to consumers. It's made great strides toward that goal, and will continue to push forward with $18 million in new funding led by Canaan Partners. Read More
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Mozilla’s CMO Moonlights As An iPhone Model

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 08:00
 While Mozilla is recovering from the resignation of its co-founder and CEO Brendan Eich after the controversy over his support of Proposition 8, here is a bizarre twist to the PR knife: Mozilla's CMO Pete Scanlon appears in photographs on Apple's website promoting iOS 7 and the iPhone 5c. Read More
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Line Targets 1BN Users Of Its Messaging App By 2015

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:31
 The ripples from Facebook’s $19BN purchase of messaging app WhatsApp continue to rock the app space, pushing more and more developers to build comms tools with a twist in the hopes of harvesting even a fraction of the traction and engagement that veteran player enjoyed. (Ultimately the size of the WhatsApp exit is the massive carrot here — while Viber’s recent sale to… Read More
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Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview Now Available For All

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:23
 Windows Phone 8.1 has arrived today as Microsoft promised at its Build conference this year. The release is a developer preview, not the final build, but it’s also not restricted to developers; Microsoft makes it easy for anyone to install the update to Windows Phone 8, simply by signing up for a free Microsoft developer account and starting a project. To get the update, go to the Windows… Read More
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‘Airbnb For Retail’ Startup Storefront Raises $7.3M From Spark Capital, Expands To LA

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:00
 Now more than ever, both big brands and independent merchants are looking for flexibility in the way that they reach consumers. With Storefront, they're able to find space to set up popup shops or sell items in boutiques without all the hassle that comes with leasing space and building out their own stores. Read More
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Rocket Internet’s Real-Estate Classifieds Platform, Lamudi, Bags $7M To Grow In Asia

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 06:24
 Rocket Internet‘s real-estate classifieds platform, Lamudi, which operates in 21 markets in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America, has closed a $7 million funding round aimed at beefing up its operations in Asia. Currently Lamudi operates in five Asia markets — Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines, Pakistan and Bangladesh — and it’s those markets the new funding will… Read More
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Beauty And E-Commerce Brand Julep Raises $30M To Disrupt The $160B Cosmetics Industry

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 06:00
 Julep, a cosmetics and beauty brand and e-commerce platform, has raised $30 million in Series C financing; Azure Capital, Madrona Venture Group, Altimeter Capital, Andreessen Horowitz and Maveron all participated in the round. The new investment brings Julep's total venture funding to $56 million. Celebrity backers include Will Smith and Jay-Z. Read More
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Entrepreneur First Thinks It Can Grab The Talent Long Before YC

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 05:11
The world of tech startup accelerators has become an ocean of choices. “Batches”, “programmes”, “mentor networks” are thrown around from one organisation to the other. What sets them apart has become difficult to define. Perhaps it’s geography, such as proximity to investors in a big city? Or perhaps its a programme in a vertical, like fashion or fintech?… Read More
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