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Droplet Is A Robotic Sprinkler That Knows Your Soil Inside And Out

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 17:06
Because your home can always be smarter, allow me to introduce Droplet, the smart robotic gardener. Effectively replacing your sprinkler system, the Droplet tries to save you money and the world's water resources by watering only the area where there are plants. Read More
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Box Files For $250M IPO On Full-Year Revenue Of $124M, Net Loss Of $168M

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 17:02
The Box S-1 is out at last. The cloud storage company is looking to raise up $250 million in the flotation. That sum is less than its competitor Dropbox recently raised from the private markets. Box has long been rumored to have quickly growing revenues and large losses, which has proven to be the case. For the full-year period that ended January 2014, Box's revenues grew to $124 million, up… Read More
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Inside Jobs: How Medium’s Product Scientist Brings Data To Life

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 17:00
The tech press can make it seem like the most important people in the industry are those with "founder" or "chief" in their job titles. But the truth is, the people who really make the tech industry tick aren't the CEOs. TechCrunch TV is thrilled to launch a new series called Inside Jobs dedicated to giving in-depth looks at the key people beyond the C-suite, to find out who they are, what… Read More
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IBM India Battles Fraud Amid Scramble To Save Its $2.5B Airtel Contract

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 16:56
Over the past few weeks, IBM India has fired at least half a dozen top- to mid-level executives, as well as several others accused of fraud. The fraud led to a portion of the over $2 billion outsourcing contract, with Bharti Airtel being subcontracted to a company founded by former IBM-ers. The original contract signed was in 2004 and was for managing telecom networks, desktops and other software… Read More
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You Get A Bitcoin ATM, And YOU Get A Bitcoin ATM…

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 16:01
As news that 400 Bitcoin ATMs may soon be gracing the byways and highways of Dubai, it's interesting to note the rise in actual cryptoATM activity in recent months and what exactly is happening in this space. Read More
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Former LinkedIn VP Dan Yoo Joins NerdWallet As COO

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:17
Personal finance startup NerdWallet is announcing a couple of big hires today — Dan Yoo (pictured) is joining as chief operating officer, while Florence Thinh is the company's new vice president of talent. Yoo was previously vice president of business operations and business analytics at LinkedIn. He replaces NerdWallet co-founder Jake Gibson, who is shifting to an advisory role at the… Read More
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Tumblr Gets More Secure With Addition Of Two-Factor Authentication

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:38
Tumblr today added a very important security feature to its service, with the addition of two-factor authentication - an option available within the blogging service's "Settings" section as of now. The move sees Tumblr at last joining the ranks of other top tech companies, including Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Twitter, the majority of which offer some sort of two-factor authentication in… Read More
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Microsoft Reportedly Will Rebrand “Windows Azure” To “Microsoft Azure”

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:34
According to a report in ZDNet, Microsoft will change the name of its Windows Azure cloud computing platform to Microsoft Azure. The announcement is expected tomorrow, with an effective date of April 3, the first day of the Build developer conference. I've reached out to Microsoft for comment on the reported name change and will update this post when I hear back. Read More
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Pushbullet Instantly Blasts Alerts From Your Android Phone To Your Computer

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:01
Bzzzt. Your phone vibrates. The problem? It's across the room. Maybe it's a text. Maybe someone just liked your Facebook photo. Maybe some dumb game wants to remind you to buy fake food for your fake cat. You better go check, or curiosity is going to drive you up the wall. With Pushbullet, that notification — whatever it may have been — would have gone straight to your monitor. Read More
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Shapeways CEO Peter Weijmarshausen To Talk About The Future Of 3D Printing At Disrupt NY 2014

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:58
3D printing is the best kind of printing and Peter Weijmarshausen is one of the biggest names in this emerging market. His company, Shapeways, is the largest 3D-printing marketplace in the world and has brought millions of 3D-printed products to market since its inception in 2007. We’re thrilled to announced that Weijmarshausen will be joining us for an onstage interview at Disrupt NY 2014 to… Read More
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Startups, Assemble! Pitch-Off Applications Are Officially Open For The TC Boston And L.A. Meetups

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:53
Hot on the heels of our thoroughly entertaining DC and NYC meetups, we're opening up pitch-off applications for the Boston and Los Angeles meetups, going down on April 8 and April 10 respectively. Get 'em while they're hot, people. Read More
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Google Now Comes To Chrome On The Desktop For Windows And Mac

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:49
Google has released its Google Now notification integration for its desktop Chrome browser, and the update will begin rolling out today and continue to percolate over the coming weeks. The new feature allows users to receive Google Now notifications on their desktop, synced the Now notifications on their phone. To enable them, users need only to be logged into Chrome on the desktop with the same… Read More
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Mozilla Appoints JavaScript Creator Brendan Eich As Its New CEO

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:46
Last April, Mozilla announced that Gary Kovacs was stepping down as the organization's CEO and that it would start looking for a replacement. At the time, Jay Sullivan took over as acting CEO in the midst of a number of leadership changes at Mozilla. Today, after almost a year of looking for a new CEO, Mozilla announced that JavaScript Creator and current Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich would become its… Read More
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Basecamp Becomes Latest Victim Of DDoS Attackers Attempting To Extort Money From Tech Companies

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:45
Basecamp, makers of the popular online project management software of the same name (which as of this February became the company’s main focus) was hit with a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) this morning, rendering its services temporarily unavailable. The company disclosed this news in a blog post, explaining that the “criminals” behind the DDoS had also tried… Read More
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Povio, The Polite Photo App That Students Love, Joins YC’s Winter Batch

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:30
It sounds odd to be talking about another photo sharing app, but a young company has - incredibly - come up with an entirely new take on the concept. Povio, a young startup from Slovenia, gained early traction with its clever take on photos and will now join Y Combinator's winter batch (for which is gets $20k, 3 months' worth of mentoring and acceleration, in return for 7% equity). Read More
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Quora Launches Verified Profiles Starting With Obama, Who’ll Answer Affordable Care Questions

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:02
To boost confidence in answers, host exclusive content, and bring in new audiences, Quora today launched Verified Profiles. First up is President Obama who will answer two affordable care act questions today. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and actor/investor Ashton Kutcher will also display blue check marks when asking or answering questions in Quora's 500,000 topics. Read More
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Hired Raises $15M Series A At Valuation Around $60M

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:00
Hired, a startup aiming to make hiring employees and finding a job easier and more efficient, has raised a $15 million Series A led by Crosslink and Sierra Ventures with participation from SoftTech and Sherpa Ventures. Crosslink’s Eric Chin and Sierra Ventures’ Tim Guleri will be joining the Hired board Read More
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Journalism Is Not Content Production

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:00
Journalism is dead. Or so said everyone who told me never to pursue a career in news gathering. Given the news industry’s bleak statistics the past few decades, such fears have certainly been well-founded. Yet, these formerly dire predictions have simmered down, replaced with a hopeful curiosity about the future of the industry and its potential to rebuild itself after years of consolidations… Read More
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Apple Adds Talk Radio And News To iTunes Radio Starting With NPR

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:23
Apple is teaming up with NPR to offer its first news content on its iTunes Radio streaming audio offering, Re/code reports. The new channel goes live today, offering 24 hours of live news and previously recorded programming including All Things Considered. Local affiliates will also start offering their own custom channels sometime in the coming weeks. The NPR arrangement provides iTunes Radio… Read More
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Clones, Clones Everywhere – “1024,” “2048″ And Other Copies Of Popular Paid Game “Threes” Fill The App Stores

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 12:17
Though the "Flappy Bird" craze may be winding down -- currently, there's only one "Flappy Bird" knock-off in the top 20 on the iTunes App Store -- the longer-lasting effects of the viral game and all its many variations that followed, still continue to the point of ridiculousness. Case in point: the latest scourge in mobile app clones is that of a game called "2048," a "clone of a clone of a… Read More
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