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Webtrekk Secures €25M From Deutsche Private Equity To Scale Analytics Platform

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 08:58
Berlin-based Web analytics company Webtrekk has closed its third round of financing, collecting a total of up to €25 million from DPE Deutsche Private Equity. Webtrekk competes directly with Google Analytics and Adobe Omniture to analyse a company’s web traffic. Read More
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Starbucks Rolling Out Duracell Powermat Hardware In Stores For Wireless Charging

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 08:47
 American coffee giant Starbucks is giving its customers another way to power up their devices in-store, besides those outlets everyone fights over. The new initiative involves a partnership with Duracell Powermat to provide wireless charging in Starbucks and Teavana locations across the U.S., starting in San Francisco and rolling out gradually from there. Powermat uses the PMA standard,… Read More
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For The World Cup, McDonald’s Turns #FryFutbol Into Twitter’s First Globally Promoted Trend

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 08:38
 If you’ve logged onto Twitter this morning, you may have noticed that the top trend is promotion called #FryFutbol. Nothing unusual, right? It’s the first day of the World Cup, so it makes sense that a brand (in this case McDonald’s) would advertise to piggyback on an enormously popular sports event. Here’s what is a little unusual: The Promoted Trend is apparently… Read More
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Apple Patents An iPad Smart Cover That Can Display Push Notifications

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 08:18
 Apple has a new patent (via AppleInsider) that could show you notifications on your Smart Cover, even when your iPad’s screen is obscured by the protective accessory. The filing details both active Smart Cover notifications that would use built-in LEDs or electroluminescent displays, and passive versions that could support pass-through transmission of light from the iPad display… Read More
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Niice Is A Beautifully Simple Tool To Create Moodboards

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 08:03
 Every now and again I’m pitched a startup that I “get” instantly because it addresses a problem I’ve faced in the past and solves it in a simple, laser-focussed way. Niice is one such startup. Read More
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SiSense Raises $30M More To Bring Big Data Analytics To Businesspeople

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 07:08
 SiSense, a business intelligence startup that is among those making big data analytics accessible to ordinary business users (and not just data scientists) is today announcing more funding: a $30 million Series C round led by DFJ Growth — the VC’s arm dedicated to later-stage investments that recently announced a new fund we understand to be totalling over $500 million (in May,… Read More
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Freshdesk Snags $31M in Series D Funding To Continue Building Customer Support Services

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 07:00
 Freshdesk, the customer support as a service company with 23,000 customers, raised $31 million in Series D funding today in a round led by Tiger Global Management, with Accel Partners and Google Capital also contributing. The funding is significant, especially given its total to date was $44 million and the highest amount the company had received in any previous round was $7 million last… Read More
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Facebook’s Ad Targeting Will Get Interest Data From Outside Websites (And New Options For Opting Out)

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 06:10
 Facebook says it’s bringing more data into its interest-based ad targeting — specifically data from non-Facebook websites and mobile apps. So even if your profile doesn’t say anything about your love of (say) soccer, and even if you haven’t Liked any soccer-related Pages on Facebook, the social network can still see that you’ve visited soccer-related websites… Read More
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FightMe, An App That Lets You Challenge Others Through Video, Picks Up $1.35M In New Backing

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 04:00
 Apparently, there’s still life in the old social video dog yet. FightMe, an iOS app that lets you challenge others by recording and sharing 30 second-long videos, has raised a further, modest seed round of funding. Read More
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Amazon Turns On Prime Music Streaming, Sans Current Hits

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 02:44
 There have been a lot of murmurs that Amazon would turn on a new music streaming service this week, and it looks like that’s just what it quietly did a little while ago. A link to Amazon Prime Music, if you are an Amazon Prime subscriber that is, now takes you to a page heavy on playlists, promising over 1 million songs ready for your streaming pleasure, on top of the downloading… Read More
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TechCrunch Tokyo 2012 Winner Whill Launches Kickstarter Campaign For Its Personal Mobility Device

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 00:41
 Whill, the mobility device maker that won the grand prize at TechCrunch Tokyo’s 2012 event, has launched a Kickstarter campaign that will raise funds needed to fine-tune the final version of its flagship product, the WHILL Type-A, and develop its companion app. Read More
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Learning Platform Declara Raises $9M, Sets Sights On Asia

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 23:02
 Declara, a startup that focuses on building tech for personalized learning tools, has raised $9 million from Linden Venture Fund and Singapore-based EDBI. This brings its total Series A funding to $25 million. The company first secured $16 million, led by GSV Capital, in April and it plans to open an office in Singapore as part of its plan to distribute Declara’s platform to Asia. Read More
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Google Makes Glass Play Better With Your Smartphone

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 21:34
 The most interesting thing Google announced as part of its software update for Google Glass yesterday was an update to the MyGlass app for Android. Photos taken on Glass now instantly sync to your device, where you can apply filters and share via whatever photo-sharing services are available on your phone — not just the options built into Glass. Read More
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500K Women Gave Up Their Boob Data To Build This Bra

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 21:15
 True&Co, the e-commerce startup that aims to bring us the perfect fitting bra, took data from a million boobs to build its own line of intimates — in an effort to truly support your bust. The company, which formally launched back in 2012 and received an extra chunk of funding just this last year, upped the ante this week with the promise to personalize the perfect fit with… Read More
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