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Big Data Startup Frrole Raises $245K Angel Round, As Crowdfunding Platforms Seek Growth In India

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:39
 Frrole, a big data startup that specializes in Twitter-based analytics, has raised $245K in Angel funding from investors including Sharad Sharma (former head of Yahoo! R&D centre in india), Google’s India MD Rajan Anandan and Eka Software founder Manav Garg. Based in Bangalore, the startup raised this capital on LetsVenture, a crowd funding platform launched last year to help Indian… Read More
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Birchbox Raises $60 Million

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:06
 The company that led to dozens of startups describing themselves as a “Birchbox for X,” beauty sample box provider Birchbox, has raised $60 million in Series B funding, valuing the company at $485 million. News of the deal was first reported by Fortune. The new funding was led by Viking Global Investors, and saw participation from First Round Capital, Accel Partners, Aspect… Read More
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Silicon Valley Is The Stingiest Place For Equity Grants, But Remote Work Pays Off If You Can Find It

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:00
 Sam Altman’s article this weekend exploring the topic of equity grants got me thinking about what startups offer new employees. While there are general notions in the industry about what equity to offer to folks at various stages of a startup’s lifecycle, there is little data available that shows how equity grants and compensation more generally compare across innovation regions. I was also… Read More
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SAY Media-Owned Blogging Platform Typepad Enters Day 5 Of On-And-Off DDoS Attacks

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:23
 You can now add Typepad, the blogging service owned by SAY Media, to the growing list of technology companies that have undergone DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks, which crash websites and other online services for what are now days a time. In Typepad's case, the company is entering its fifth day under attack, after a series of on and off again hits began on Thursday night, just ahead… Read More
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The Makings Of A Snapchat Star

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:22
 The internet has democratized our ability to become celebrities. Justin Bieber was discovered on YouTube, as were countless others. Instagram has its own set of super photographers, as does Vine, and Twitter is responsible for some of the greatest memes in internet history. But what about Snapchat? Luckily for my fellow snappers, I may have discovered the best thing to happen to Snapchat since… Read More
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Zabosu Wants To Turn You Into A Remote-Controlled Human

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 08:55
 You guys remember the movie Avatar? Where our fearless protagonist would hop into a tanning booth-type machine and then suddenly his Avatar was running through Pandora, exploring a whole new world? There's currently a project on Kickstarter that looks to bring a similar experience to planet Earth. It's called Zabosu, and it's a technology that allows one human, sitting at home in front of… Read More
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AdRoll Raises $70M Led By Foundation As Ad Tech And Retargeting Hit The Big Time

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:33
 AdRoll, a pioneer of online advertising retargeting (the technology that pushes you ads for products that you have viewed online previously), is today announcing a major round of funding: $70 million, which AdRoll plans to use to capitalise on the current surge of interest in ad tech as a way of getting better return on dollars invested in digital marketing. The round is one of the biggest for… Read More
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FIO Is A Simple, Attractive Time Zone Tracker

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 02:48
 One of the things I love about working with people all around the world is that I feel like an international woman of mystery. Unfortunately, by "mystery" I mean time zones and my propensity for mixing them up. Missing phone appointments or calling people obscenely early in the morning is embarrassing, so I was happy to install FIO, a free Chrome extension that tracks time zones. Read More
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Supahands Offers Multilingual Virtual Assistants For Clients In Asia

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 01:09
 Southeast Asia is the second-largest outsourcing destination in the world, but a new company called Supahands wants to help locals by bringing virtual assistants to the region. Based in Malaysia and Singapore, the startup plans to expand to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bangkok, and Australia. Read More
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Square And Google Were Not In Acquisition Talks

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 01:00
 The WSJ is reporting tonight that payments company Square was in acquisition talks with Google. We're hearing from multiple sources close to both companies that these talks did not in fact take place in any serious capacity. Read More
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What Games Are: Worrying About Indie Games

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 23:00
 It's been great times for indie games over the last few years, a true golden age compared to what went before. Yet I'm very worried that the great times are over and that - on multiple fronts - the forces of darkness are closing in. Are indie games about to go through a contraction, a difficult phase and a period of being disempowered once more? Read More
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President Obama Will Headline DNC Fundraiser Hosted By YC’s Sam Altman And Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 21:22
 This May 8th, Y Combinator’s Sam Altman and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will hold a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee headlined by President Obama. The fête will take place at Y Combinator’s offices in Mountain View. This is certainly not the first time technology types have dived into political waters, and it’s a sort of thing that we should expect to happen more… Read More
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Airbnb And NY Attorney General Prepare To Meet In Court This Week

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 19:07
 Last fall, the Attorney General filed a subpoena for thousands of records related to hosts in New York in an effort to identify bad actors and illegal activity on the platform. On Tuesday, Airbnb will finally have its day in court, as the first oral arguments related to a subpoena filed by the state's Attorney General are expected to be heard. Read More
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AI Experts On The Reality Behind The Sci-Fi Thriller “Transcendence”

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 19:00
 An ambitious blend of fact and fiction, “Transcendence” is Hollywood’s latest dystopian-edged take on the implications of artificial intelligence. Here are some examples of where the film displays some chops in computer vision, intelligent systems and brain imaging. Read More
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Cognoa’s App Will Evaluate Children’s Risk For Autism From Videos And Other Data

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 19:00
There are life-changing technologies that are being developed at the intersection of health evaluation and diagnosis. For example, Neurotrack has developed a cognitive test to predict and diagnose the onset of Alzheimer's Disease. And a new startup, Cognoa, is launching to help evaluate children's risk for Autism. Read More
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#Love: I’m Single, Therefore I Tinder

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 16:15
 In the game of Tinder, you win or you get bored and give up. That is pretty much standard operating procedure for anyone with a smartphone and a libido. But what if you're bad at Tinder? Naturally, I can't solve all your problems. But experts from across the country, as well as Tinder's own Sean Rad, have hooked us up with some solid advice. Read More
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Hands On With Facebook Nearby Friends [Video]: No More Checkins

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 15:16
 Facebook Nearby Friends is based around broadcasting how far you are from friends, not your exact coordinates, and that's why it could succeed where other location apps have failed. But while we might be comfortable sharing proximity, that doesn't mean we're comfortable doing it on Facebook. Read More
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In Digital Health, Does Nike Have A Path To Victory After Fuelband?

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 13:00
 This past week, conflicting reports about Nike leaked, suggesting either big changes or outright abandonment of its high-profile Fuelband line. For those focused on the intersection of digital health, wellness, mobile startups, and wearable technologies, a move by Nike, one of the world’s most iconic brands and visible companies, will be examined under the microscope. With the news swirling… Read More
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The Not-So-Secret Language Of The Misfit Shine

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 12:00
 Here's a random tidbit about the Misfit Shine, the activity tracking device from Misfit Wearables. I ran into CEO Sonny Vu about a week ago, and when he pulled a Misfit Shine out of his bag, he pointed out something that no one seems to have noticed. Or if they noticed it, they didn't say anything about it online. Read More
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The 3D Printing Landfill Of Opportunity

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:06
 There are lots of reasons to love 3D printing. It democratizes manufacturing, putting consumers in granular control of the things they own -- rather than requiring them to choose from a finite pre-made selection. However there's a flip-side to this freedom. The detritus that will inevitably be created simply because it's possible to print a physical object at the click of a button. Read More
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