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With $2 Million In New Seed Funding, Classtivity Rebrands As ClassPass To Add Variety To Your Workout

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:00
ClassPass, an NY-based company focused on bringing value to athletes and local gyms, has today announced a $2 million seed round from an assortment of angel investors, including Fritz Lanman, SV Angel, Hank Vigil, Blake Krikorian, Gordy Crawford, Owen Van Natta, Vivi Nevo & Keith Nowak, Kal Vepuri, and Dave Tisch. ClassPass originally launched out of TechStars NY as Classtivity, looking to… Read More
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Voxer’s Push-To-Talk Messenger Debuts A Redesigned, Speedier Version 3.0

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 09:54
Voxer, makers of a push-to-talk mobile messaging service, is rolling out a significant upgrade today of its iOS application (version 3.0) with the introduction of a redesigned user interface, speed and battery life improvements, plus new features, including read receipts and unlimited data storage. The company, for background, has long stood out among competing mobile messengers because of its… Read More
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With New AudioEngine, Findaway World Plans To Power Audiobook Stores On Mobile And The Web

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 09:30
Findaway World was founded back in 2006 with the aim of selling MP3 players preloaded with audiobooks. (One of its more noteworthy customers: The US Army.) Today, the company is kicking off a new digital strategy in earnest with the launch of its AudioEngine. Findaway World isn't trying to compete directly with an audiobook store like Audible, said co-founder and CEO Mitch Kroll. Instead,… Read More
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PasswordBox Partnership Lets The Nymi ECG Wristband Log You In Anywhere On Mobile

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 09:26
The Nymi armband from Toronto-startup Bionym is edging closer to reality, and a new partnership announced today helps make it more clear how it’ll be useful to everyday consumers. Bionym is teaming up with PasswordBox to make it possible to authenticate your mobile logins using your heart rate automatically, for super fast access to sites, devices and services. PasswordBox is a login locker,… Read More
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Square Debuts New Software Partner Platform, Integrates With Xero For Seamless Merchant Accounting

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 09:00
After announcing a partnership with Intuit QuickBooks last Fall, Square is debuting a new integration with rival accounting software Xero. Similar to the announcement with QuickBooks, this API deal allows for the mobile payment service to feed data from transactions into their financial books on Xero. Read More
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Healthcare.gov Crashes On The Last Day To Enroll Before The Deadline

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 08:35
Healthcare.gov is down for maintenance at the most inopportune time. Users are reporting not being able to access the U.S. government's healthcare marketplace on the last day before the deadline. Technical problems due to scheduled maintenance is to blame. Read More
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Moto G Has Turned Motorola’s U.K. Fortunes Around, Study Finds

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:56
Turns out the 'G' in Moto G stands for 'Go!'. Motorola's well-reviewed sub-$200 Android handset has given Motorola an unexpected boost in the U.K. -- a market where the brand had gone into near-total stasis. Read More
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ClearStory Raises $21M From DAG Ventures, KPCB, A16Z To Bring Data Intelligence To The Masses

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:30
ClearStory Data, a company that wants to bring data intelligence to the masses, has raised $21 million in Series B funding led by DAG Ventures with Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers participating. The round brings ClearStory Data’s total funding to $31.5 million. Read More
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Handshake Raises $8 Million To Grow Its Wholesale Sales Ordering App

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 07:30
App developer Handshake has raised $8 million in new funding to grow its business selling a mobile wholesale sales ordering and fulfillment application. New investor Emergence Capital Partners led the Series A round, with participation from Handshake’s seed investors SoftTech VC, MHS Capital, and High Peaks Venture Partners. Other investors include BOLDstart Ventures and Point Nine… Read More
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Netagio, A ‘Cold Storage’ Bitcoin Vault, Adds The Ability To Trade BTC For Gold Bars (Or Vice Versa)

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 05:56
Keeping bitcoin safe isn't easy. If the wild currency fluctuations don't get you, then it'll be the exchanges going pop in the night and taking a chunk of BTC with them, or the myriad digital wallets whose security systems failed to fend off the hacker hoards lured by all that traceless digital coin... So why not convert your bitcoin into gold bars? Read More
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Language Learning Platform Fluentify Takes In $410K Angel Investment

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 04:33
Fluentify, a London-based videoconferencing language learning platform founded last year, has closed a $410,000 angel investment, led by Stefano Marsaglia, former chairman of Barclays global financial institutions group and current co-head of Mediobanca investment bank. The new funding brings the startup’s total raised to date to $500,000. The webcam-based language learning marketplace,… Read More
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Content Marketplace ScreenHits Closes $1.2M Angel Funding

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 04:02
UK-based ScreenHits, a marketplace for global content acquisition and ‘viewer feedback’, has closed a $1.2 million first round of funding. Investors include high net worth Angel investors, such as Rory Fleming, Lord Reay, and Flemming Lund among others, employing the SEIS and EIS funding schemes in the UK. The money will be used to focus on product, business development and audience… Read More
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Russian Square Clone 2can Raises $5M To Scale Up

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 03:38
Russian mobile payments startups 2can similar in operation to Square and iZettle (accepts payments from Visa and MasterCard cards through a mobile card reader connected to a smartphone) has raised a $5 million Series B round of funding led by InVenture Partners with participation by Almaz Capital Partners and ESN Group. The cash will be used to integrate with leading Russian banks and accelerate… Read More
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Crowdfunding Site Medifund Relaunches As Non-Profit To Help Med Students In Developing Countries

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 03:17
Medifund, a crowdfunding platform for medical students, has relaunched as a non-profit. The site, which is based in the Philippines but open to students around the world, was first covered by TechCrunch last year. Its mission is to increase the number of doctors in countries with a critical shortage by helping students pay for medical shortage. Read More
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Bizzby Raises $10M From Hedge Fund To Take On TaskRabbit In UK

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 03:16
On-demand services marketplace Bizzby has raised $10 million, and claims to have reached 40,000 users its first three months of operation this year with a smartphone app resembling TaskRabbit-style services. The investors was undisclosed but sources say the investor is a US-based Hedge Fund with over $25B under management. Bizzby offers on-demand access to tradespeople such as cleaners, plumbers,… Read More
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Alibaba Will Pay $692M For 35% Stake In Retail Operator Intime

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:21
Alibaba has agreed to pay $692 million for a 35% stake in Intime Retail, which operates department stores throughout China. The two companies will form a joint initiative to focus on offline-to-online retail opportunities. Read More
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Nielsen And Integral Ad Science Expand Their Ad Viewability Partnership Beyond The US

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 00:00
Nielsen and Integral Ad Science are announcing that they're taking their partnership international. Nielsen is best-known for its TV ratings system, but it has been expanding its measurement on the web, on social media, and on mobile. Back in 2012, it announced a partnership with Integral Ad Science (then known as AdSafe) to measure ad viewability (i.e., whether an ad was actually seen by… Read More
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What Games Are: Virtual Reality, We Hardly Knew You

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 23:00
It might be white hot news that Facebook dropped two-bils on buying in, or that Valve's Michael Abrash has joined Oculus as chief scientist, but I suspect that this generation of virtual reality is already dead. Read More
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New Kit Lets You Print Your Own 3D Skulls

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:41
Say, for example, you wanted a dog skull but did not want to remove said bone mass from a living dog. What to do? If you're the team behind Quinn, the 3D-printable posable doll, you'd make and sell a set of models that you can print out on your Makerbot or similar device. Read More
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Bitcoin Slips In The Wake Of The IRS’s Tax Decision

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 21:38
Earlier this week, the IRS decided that Bitcoin is property, not currency, setting in place a regulatory structure that could see users of the cryptocurrency forced to keep price score in a rapidly shifting market. Bitcoin had a rough time of it last week, as GigaOm reported, losing around 17% of its value. Part of that was tied to a rumor regarding Bitcoin in China, and part, I think due to the… Read More
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