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5app Raises $5.1M Seed Round For Its BYOD Enterprise App Store And Builder

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 16:17
 As the BYOD wave continues to wash over the enterprise market, different companies are taking different approaches to having their employees use their own phone and tablets for work. Many clamp down completely on this practice, but others take a slightly more inclusive approach. Read More
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Outlines New Cybersecurity Paradigm Led By Private Sector

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:34
 Earlier today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined his agency’s plans to address cybersecurity to the American Enterprise Institute. Wheeler’s approach would see the private sector, not the FCC, take the leading role in addressing new cyber security threats, leaving his agency to monitor and guide, stepping in only if a market-based approach fails to adequately protect… Read More
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Tile, The Lost-Item Tracker With Millions In Crowdfunding, Was Worth The Wait

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:56
 The first thing you’ll notice about Tile, the crowdfunded lost-item finder that attaches to bags, keys, bikes and more, is that it’s big. I mean, I know the company provided the device’s specs beforehand, but it’s still a surprise to see this large white square — bigger than a Wheat Thin and slightly smaller than a matchbook — sitting there in the black… Read More
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Outsource Your Bitcoin Mining To HashPlex, Which Just Raised A Seed Round

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:53
 Are too many Bitcoin mining rigs making your office or home unspeakably hot or noisy? You can just outsource it to someone else. Or at least that’s the premise behind HashPlex, a cryptocurrency-miner hosting company that just raised $400,000 from investors including SecondMarket co-founder Barry Silbert’s Bitcoin Opportunity Corp. and Facebook engineer Jason Prado. Read More
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CoinVox Brings Bitcoin Donations To Politicians

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:35
 Sending a bitcoin isn’t that hard – if you know what you’re doing. But since the Federal Election Commission OKed the use of bitcoin by political action committees, things have gotten a little hairy. CoinVox, a service created by Christopher David, is looking to smooth the path from your bitcoin wallet to your favorite politician’s war chest. The service is fairly… Read More
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PayPal Launches PassPort To Lure More International Sales From Merchants

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:00
 PayPal and its owner eBay have been through a few tough rounds in the ring these last few months, facing calls from Carl Ichan to split the company (finished for now), a Twitter encounter with a departing, annoyed employee, and getting its president poached by Facebook. Today, however, comes news of a tamer sort for the company: it is rolling out a new site called PassPort, aimed… Read More
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The Vessyl Is A Smart Cup That Knows Your Body

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:48
 Have you ever tried to lose weight, taking every precaution to cut down on red meat and cheese and bread and really get healthy, and yet still don’t lose a pound? Oftentimes, liquids are the culprit. They’re the most ignored source of calories, mostly because it’s hard to measure out the exact caloric value of every beverage you consume throughout the day. That’s where… Read More
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MobileIron Pops 17% In Public Debut

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:44
 This morning the public markets welcomed MobileIron to the NASDAQ, sending its shares up 17.67 percent at the time of writing. MobileIron is a mobile-IT provider for large corporations. MobileIron’s IPO was viewed by some as a proxy for the larger technology markets, given its quickly expanding revenue in its most recent full-calendar year, as well as its deepening losses. Like a number… Read More
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Prime Music’s Clunky Interface Should Make Customers Feel At Home, Says Amazon

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:43
 Spotify has nothing to worry about. Prime Music is not going to eat its lunch yet. But not because of the lack of available tracks: The interface is from a by-gone era yet Amazon says its should be familiar with its Prime customers. The retailer giant launched its first music streaming service today. Called Prime Music, the service offers over 1 million tracks but lacks releases less than 6… Read More
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Tesla Promises To Not Sue Anyone Using Its Technology

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:23
 Tesla has open-sourced its patents on electric vehicle technology, according to a post on the company’s blog by CEO Elon Musk who said that one of the company’s biggest goals is to move the entire electric vehicle market forward. Read More
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Hands On With Parrot’s New Minidrones, The Toys That Hope To Make Everyone Drone Crazy

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:15
 French company Parrot is a multifaceted beast, with a hand in commercial, industrial, component, and consumer markets across a range of product types. It played an important role in popularizing consumer drones thanks to its AR Drone, the first version of which debuted in 2010. Since that device’s launch, Parrot has sold over 700,000 drones to hobbyists and consumers, which is not bad for… Read More
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Surprise! Deadline Extended For The Startup Battlefield In SF And Europe

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 13:00
 Well crazy kids, you’re in luck. Startup Battlefield applications are extended! Due to popular demand, we’ve decided to give you a little more time to get those submissions in. Read More
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Rafat Ali’s Skift Buys Travel Site Gadling From AOL For ‘Way Under $10M’

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:44
 AOL today made its latest move in offloading assets that it no longer sees as core to its main business: it sold the travel site Gadling.com to Skift, the travel news portal started by Rafat Ali, who previously had founded paidContent.* At the same time, Skift signed a partnership with AOL in which Skift will use AOL-owned MapQuest’s mapping platform and collaborate on content. The… Read More
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Besomebody Inc. Raises $1M To Build A Passion-Focused Community And Experience Marketplace

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:43
 With Besomebody Inc., founder and CEO Kash Shaikh is hoping to turn to turn his “#besomebody” social media efforts and blog into a real company. Today the startup is announcing that it has raised $1 million from the E.W. Scripps Company. Shaikh said he first started tweeting with the #besomebody hashtag in 2009, with the blog launching in 2011. He now describes it as “a… Read More
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Wearable Maker Chrono Raises $32 Million So Smokers Can Kick The Habit

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:13
 Smoking-related illnesses kill more than 400,000 Americans each year, including a relative of Guy DiPierro, the founder of Chrono Therapeutics, a startup that raised $32 million to develop a wearable drug delivery and treatment technology to help smokers quit. The technology, based on research acquired out of laboratories in Geneva, has been in development for several years and has attracted… Read More
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Social News Aggregator Nuzzel Raises $1.7M From Lowercase, Homebrew, And Others

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:02
 Nuzzel, the social news startup led by Friendster founder Jonathan Abrams, says that it has raised $1.7 million in new funding. The news follows the launch of the Nuzzel iPhone app a month ago. Abrams told me via email that the company had only spent about half of its original seed funding (which also totaled $1.7 million), but there was “additional investment interest from some… Read More
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HackerRank Raises A $9.2M Series B From Khosla And Battery Ventures For Its Technical Recruiting Platform

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:00
 HackerRank, the technical recruitment platform and code-challenge community, today announced that it has raised a $9.2 million Series B funding round led by Khosla Ventures and Battery Ventures. Other participants in this round include Motorola Mobility VP Peeyush Ranjan, former Facebook senior director of engineering Greg Badros and Facebook director of product management Dan Rubinstein. Read More
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Balanced Adds Push-To-Card Payment Option For Marketplaces

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:00
 Payments startup Balanced is looking for ways in which its marketplace customers can more quickly exchange funds between those who are purchasing goods or services on their platforms to those who provide them. The latest option to be added is a feature that will enable marketplaces to instantly place money into users’ checking accounts by pushing payment to their debit cards. More than… Read More
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Pixelberry Studios Tackles Teenagers’ Body-Image Issues With A New Mobile Game

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:00
 According to recent studies, 80 percent of teenage girls and 20 percent of boys in the U.S. have struggled with negative body image. So Pixelberry Studios and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) teamed up to create a mobile game that educates teens about developing a health attitude toward their bodies and avoiding eating disorders. Read More
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Le Camping Now Takes 3% Equity As Accelerator Competition Heats Up In France

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:14
 Startup accelerator Le Camping is finally shifting its model — everyone has been waiting for this change. It will now take 3 percent in startup equity starting next season. I sat down with Le Camping manager Elise Nebout to discuss the move. Le Camping started three years ago and it was one of the first French startup accelerators in France. Five batches representing 62 startups went… Read More
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