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Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Can Be Tricked By The Same Lifted Fingerprint Hack As The iPhone 5S

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:49
 Remember back in September when a couple of researchers figured out how to bypass the iPhone 5S' fingerprint lock with a fancy fake rubber finger? Turns out, the fingerprint sensor on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 falls victim to the very same trick. They didn't even have to make a new mold. Read More
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Website-Building Platform Squarespace Raises Another $40M

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:28
 Squarespace, which offers tools for individuals and small businesses to build websites and online stores, just announced that it has raised $40 million in Series B funding. The funding comes from growth equity firm General Atlantic. (A Squarespace spokesperson confirmed that the round came exclusively from GA.) Managing director Anton Levy is joining Squarespace's board of directors. Read More
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Microsoft Announces New Tools Bringing The Cloud To The Internet Of Things, Uniting Hadoop And SQL

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:19
 This morning in San Francisco, Microsoft announced several new data-focused tools in front of a cadre of customers and partners, not to mention a decent-sized grouping of press. The two new tools worth noting are Azure Intelligent Systems Service and Analytics Platform System. Read More
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Apply For Disrupt Startup Alley Now, For The Deadline Is Nigh

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:08
 Though we do inevitably put a price tag on it, the value of a table in Startup Alley at Disrupt can not be measured. Or can it? Turns out, 2013 saw 393 startups coming through our Disrupt Startup Alley, and have since raised a total of $94 million. That comes out to around $239k per company, with the folks appearing in Hardware Alley doing even better than that — 82 companies… Read More
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Google Cloud Platform Expands To Asia Pacific With 2 New Compute Engine Zones

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 13:34
The Asia-Pacific market is quickly becoming a battleground for cloud computing vendors. Amazon has always been very active in the region. Microsoft is investing heavily there and made Azure generally available in China last month, for example. Today, Google is joining the fray by launching its first two Compute Engine zones in the Asia-Pacific region. Read More
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DataSift: There Is No Change To Our Firehose Deal With Twitter After Gnip Acquisition

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 13:34
 Earlier today, Twitter announced that it acquired Gnip, one of its partners that uses Twitter’s firehose of data and parses it for third parties who mine the social network for market insights. One natural follow-up question: what happens to the other companies that take the firehose? The biggest of these, DataSift, has told TechCrunch that for now, it will be business as usual.… Read More
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Red Hat To Bring Docker Support To Enterprise Linux And OpenShift

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 13:30
 Red Hat and Docker.io today announced an expanded collaboration that will bring Docker's container technologies to the Red Hat's Enterprise Linux high-touch beta program and its OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service offering. Read More
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Amazon Cloud Drive Photos For iOS Gets A New Look, Better Navigation & More

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 13:03
 Amazon’s Cloud Drive suite of services – file storage and sync, streaming music, and online photos – have always felt like something of an also-ran compared with market leaders like Google, Dropbox, Yahoo, and others. But things are slowly changing. With yesterday’s upgrade of Cloud Drive Photos for iOS, the company has introduced a host of changes making its mobile app… Read More
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Theorem Has Created A New Way To Buy And Sell Online

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 13:00
 You might think that haggling or negotiating is something that died out a century ago, or that happens today only in bustling outdoor markets and bazaars. But if you think about it, you haggle in your head all the time. You look at a shirt online and say to yourself, “Hrm, that’s a good deal” or “Nope, too much.” If something you like is too pricy, you wait it out… Read More
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App Search Startup Xyo Scores Deal With Deutsche Telekom To Power App Discovery, Widgets And Install Ads

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:23
 Berlin-based app search engine and discovery service Xyo is announcing today a significant deal which will see it powering app searches in Deutsche Telekom's own app recommendation service, TopApps. The service, the mobile operator's alternative to Google Play, launched to U.S. users on T-Mobile several years ago, and is also live in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with other markets, including… Read More
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HotelTonight Adds Projected Pricing And Availability To Its Last-Minute Booking App

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:09
 HotelTonight is introducing a new feature that should make users a little more confident about whether they can count on getting a room through the same-day booking app. With the new feature, HotelTonight users can now tap the "Look Ahead" button, which will show them estimated rates and availability for the next seven days. It will also display events, such as big conferences, that will… Read More
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Weev Talks About Life In Prison And His Plans To Open A Hedge Fund, TRO LLC

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:00
 Weev aka Andrew Auernheimer is free. The 29-year-old hacker, released from the Allenwood Federal Correctional Center in Pennsylvania last weekend, has spent the past few days celebrating a federal appeals court decision to reverse and vacate his conviction but took a bit of time to discuss his incarceration and plans with me. To get the big question out of the way: Yes, he's still a troll and… Read More
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Online-Only Fashion Startup Cuyana Partners With Real Simple Magazine

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:00
 Cuyana, the San Francisco e-commerce startup that makes responsibly produced apparel and accessories, has inked a yearlong partnership with Real Simple magazine to make a total of four collections targeted at the magazine’s readership. In an interview this week, Cuyana co-founder Karla Gallardo told me that both companies will share the revenue on products sold under the partnership.… Read More
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MusiXmatch’s Chrome Browser “Hack” Adds Song Lyric Captions To YouTube Music Videos

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:50
 Ever wanted to sing along to music videos on YouTube but don't know the words? A new Chrome extension from MusiXmatch has you covered. Read More
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The Currency Cloud, An API-Based Money Mover, Raises Another $10M

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:35
 With the news that Facebook has been talking to financial services startups in the UK about launching e-money services, one of the companies that powers payments for those startups has raised a round of funding. The Currency Cloud, which provides an API that end user-facing companies use for cross-currency transfers, has raised a $10 million Series B round of funding from existing… Read More
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Etsy Details Pricing For Wholesale Business, Now Nearing Public Launch

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:16
 Etsy announced a new channel for its online crafts marketplace last year, with the launch of Etsy Wholesale. The service, which allows sellers to connect with qualified retailers around the U.S. and elsewhere, is now nearly ready to exit from beta testing, the company says today, with a public launch set for later this summer. More importantly, Etsy is now announcing the pricing for this… Read More
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Amazon’s Smartphone Gets Its First Spy Shots Along With Rumored Specs

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:00
 Amazon’s smartphone leaks are starting to pile up quickly, and today our own report about some of its 3D features and Android-based FireOS operating system was followed quickly by an extensive report about the phone’s supposed specs, complete with pics of the gadget housed in a case designed to keep its final look a secret. The pics and specs come from BGR, which reports that Amazon is… Read More
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BlackBerry Buys Stake In U.S. Healthcare IT Firm As It Shifts Focus To Niche Markets

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:59
 BlackBerry has bought a minority stake in privately held U.S. healthcare IT firm NantHealth. The two companies told Reuters they are working together to develop a new smartphone tailored to the needs of the healthcare sector -- with a launch pegged for late 2014 or early 2015, according to Jim Mackey, BlackBerry's head of corporate development and strategic planning, speaking in an interview with… Read More
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Amazon Enables Single Sign-On For Apps Running On Kindle Fire

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:33
 Amazon this morning announced a small, but significant change to its “Login with Amazon” service which currently offers an alternate way to sign up for and authenticate with mobile applications on both the Android and iOS platforms. Starting today, Amazon Appstore developers taking advantage of this option on apps designed for Kindle Fire will no longer need to ask their customers to… Read More
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Mixed Dimensions Raises ~$1M To Make 3D-Design Tools For The Masses

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:30
 Mixed Dimensions (MXD), a Jordanian startup now relocated to Silicon Valley, is aiming to simplify the 3D design process by building browser-based 3D design tools designed for the mainstream and for touchscreen usage, along with a cloud platform for sharing and browsing 3D objects, and locating related 3D print services. Read More
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