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The MOOCs movement has generally lagged in Europe compared to the U.S. But regional providers are being established here in the Old World, such as Berlin-based iversity and the U.K.’s Futurelearn consortium – the latter backed by the veteran distant learning business, the Open University. And now the European Commission is throwing the budding European Massive Open Online… Read More
Fancal has such a simple but appealing concept that it's surprising there aren't more smartphone calendars like it. The iOS app showcases photos from your library, with dates laid out in an unobtrusive sidebar. Created by Dutch startup We Are Wow, Fancal is made for people who usually shy away from time management apps. In fact, it's more likely to appeal to the users of memory-keeping apps like… Read More
With each class, the startups within Y Combinator vote to determine which colleagues they thought were most likely to be successful. One source sent us a list of those companies, listed in order. Read More
If you log onto Pinterest and see that one of your friends has suddenly developed a fixation with weight loss ads and butt pics like the ones below, don't click on the pins. Multiple accounts have been hacked over the last hour and flooded with spam. We've emailed Pinterest for comment. Read More
We now live in an era when Mark Zuckerberg speed-dials Obama, controls fleets of drones, brokers $19 billion acquisitions in a week, and buys whole virtual worlds. Facebook's mission has changed. While once it was soley "To make the world more open and connected", it's expanded to also "give people the power to share." And nothing is too crazy if it brings Facebook one step closer to that goal. Read More
TrueVault, the healthcare app data security startup that launched this week out of the most recent class of Y Combinator, has closed on $2.5 million in seed funding. The money will be used to further develop TrueVault’s “database as a service,” which provides a secure API for healthcare apps to use when storing sensitive patient data. Such data security is critical for healthcare… Read More
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Not really. That’s just something that people like to say without really thinking about, because it sounds nice and makes them feel better. Kind of like saying “there’s no such thing as bad press.” when of-freaking-course there is. In reality, being imitated can be crushing — especially when your thing thats being… Read More
Microsoft built it, and they came: Office for iPad is enjoying a big first day, with Word for iPad becoming the most popular app for the device in the United States just five hours after it went live. Data for the newly released Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps is still somewhat unfilled given the youth of the apps, but what is out there looks good. PowerPoint, for example, is the fourth most… Read More
Meet the Digital Paper, Sony's latest e-ink slate. It's part iPad, part e-reader, and must be made out of moon rocks. It's $1,100 and will be available in the States this May. But you're not going to buy it. Read More
Microsoft has launched new Office for iPad software, finally, after people have been asking for it since, oh, say, the day in 2010 when the iPad originally launched. The new apps are currently available for anyone to download, so you can scratch that four-year itch, but is it worth it? Read on to find out why Microsoft’s iPad-based productivity suite will be a lifesaver for some, but… Read More
If today isn’t your first day in the tech industry (or reading TechCrunch), then you’re likely familiar with the rise of the accelerator program, a phenomenon that has swept through Startup Land like wildfire over the last five years. Pioneered by early movers like Y Combinator and TechStars as part of experiments that aimed to identify the best ways to support nascent companies during… Read More