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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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Microsoft Has Big Plans For Bing’s Entity Engine

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 17:00
Both Microsoft and Google have long worked on getting users answers without having to click through a number of websites. At Google, the current result of this is the Knowledge Graph and at Bing, it’s the company’s entity engine (previously referred to internally as Satori). Both search engines currently offer very similar experiences related to these engines. Search for “Albert… Read More
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How Dropbox Knows When You’re Sharing Copyrighted Stuff (Without Actually Looking At Your Stuff)

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 16:38
Late last night, a tweet was spread far and wide showing that a DMCA notice had blocked a file from being shared on a Dropbox user's account. What was going on? Was Dropbox suddenly doing something sketchy? Were they suddenly lurking around their users folders, digging for copyrighted material hiding amongst personal files? Nope. The system is neither new, nor sketchy. It's been in place for… Read More
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#Love: Unfollowing Exes

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 16:00
One month ago, I got dumped. It was the third in a series of failed, long-term relationships over the past five years. All relationships end differently. Some exes stay friends, or fail to stay friends, or continue hooking up, or cut each other out entirely. Some exes combine any number of those things to form a symphony of chaos. But no matter how it ends, or how it evolves after it's over,… Read More
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TC Droidcast Episode 24: A Couple Of Mates Talking About The HTC One M8

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 16:00
This week, Chris Velazco joins me, Darrell Etherington, to talk about HTC’s new One (M8) flagship smartphone, which we already like quite a bit. The new device is HTC’s big chance to make a splash in the smartphone market, and they haven’t squandered it; let’s hope consumers are willing to give it a look. We also catch up on the Nvidia Shield, the handheld Android-powered… Read More
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Launched On Kickstarter, Musaic Promises Hi-Fi Music And Home Automation

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 15:30
Compact wireless HiFi systems are pretty common these days, but what is less common is startups thinking more deeply about how the same systems could move into home automation and the Internet of Things. That’s the implication behind a new system launched by device startup Musaic, recently launched on Kickstarter. It now plans to go up against much bigger audio-based companies, such as Bose.… Read More
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Music Startup Spawnsong Wants To Be Kickstarter For Single Tracks

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 15:00
Holy incremental music startup, Batman! Spawnsong is a (very) new music platform startup with a strategy to elbow into the crowded digital music space by focusing on a very thin wedge: individual songs. Read More
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Doing It For The Likes

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 14:20
We crave approval, but we already knew that. Conventional thinking would suggest we seek digital validation because it means we've impressed people and raised our social status. But what anonymous apps like Secret are highlighting is that we don't care if our name is attached to that approval. We are simply addicted to little dopamine hit we get when someone said we did well. Read More
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Windows Exec Antoine Leblond Leaving Microsoft After Almost 25 Years

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 13:50
The post-Ballmer Microsoft is slowly taking shape now that Satya Nadella has become the company’s CEO. At the same time, though, those executives who were passed over for the CEO role and those who lost power in last year’s reorganization are starting to leave the company. The latest executive to depart, Re/Code reports today, is Antoine Leblond. A Microsoft spokesperson has… Read More
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Microsoft Office, Now On iOS, Highlights A Powerful Lesson For Incumbents

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 13:00
Finally, Microsoft's flagship Office suite (Excel, PPT, Word) is available on one of its key rival’s mobile operating systems: Apple’s iOS. Nearly seven years after Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, Microsoft has finally built native products for Apple's iOS to extend its popular, high revenue-generating Office suite to another platform. It begs the question: Why so long? The easy, quick, and… Read More
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The Resurgent, Post-Windows Microsoft

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 11:00
Microsoft had become an oft-ignored, behemoth to the North, despite $77 billion in revenue and $57 billion in profits. It seemed that the mobile revolution had passed it by. Although Steve Ballmer was already making many of the right moves, it took new CEO Satya Nadella to fully accept that Microsoft had to move beyond Windows into a new future of apps and cloud services. Read More
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How To Run Live User Testing, Part 3: The Debrief

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 00:00
We've focused on getting the tests setup, which includes deciding on a specific thing to test, when and where to conduct the user study and what type of users to study. We then covered actually running the tests. This final installment will focus on taking all that amazing feedback you just gathered and parsing it into useful, actionable intelligence. Read More
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How One Cloud Enterprise Startup Decided To Sell To Microsoft

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 21:00
When Ursheet Parikh sold his company StorSimple in 2012 to Microsoft, it was one of the largest deals in the cloud infrastructure sector to date. But that wasn’t the only thing unusual about it. It was also a fairly large deal for which he played the “banker” and negotiated the deal. This is not unheard of, but it is an interesting example of how such a process can work in a startup… Read More
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