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 I spotted an Otterbox case on the train ride in this morning that more or less confirmed my feelings about the company’s products: big, bulky and protective. Swaddling one’s phone in an Otterbox case for a New York City subway ride is the smartphone equivalent to wearing a bulletproof vest in public. It’s kind of uncomfortable and slightly awkward, but hey, you never know… Read More

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 Fresh on the heels of the launch of Tech:NYC, Jersey is getting in on the action with the unveiling of Newark Venture Partners new incubator, NVP Labs. Over the next five years, NVP has plans to invest $10 million per year into startups as part of the incubator. Alongside investment, they will provide space in their 25k square foot office with 10GB direct Fiber internet. NVP is also announcing… Read More

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 SigFig, the developer of tech-enabled financial advisory services products, has raised $40 million from the venture investment arms of a slew of big banks. The new round is a testament to the company’s belief that partnering with large financial institutions is the best way to get better financial advisory tools into the hands of the investors who need them, according to chief… Read More

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 Varsity Tutors, the online platform that lets top-of-the-line tutors connect with students who need some brushing up, has today launched a native mobile app. Back in 2012, the company started by simply matching tutors with students for in-person consultations. Over time, the company slowly built out its digital presence so that tutors could meet with students online via web chat, with… Read More

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 “We believe that IT has nothing to do with math and physics … it is more artistic than scientific,” says Nicolas Sadirac, as he cheerfully slaughters whole herds of sacred cows. “Knowledge is not useful any more, because IT advances in revolutionary ways, not iterative ones … We ask our students not to learn, just to solve the problem.” Oh, yes, and… Read More

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 Other Machine Co. CEO Danielle Applestone is audibly excited. She has something she really wants to show me during our video chat before she gets down to the proper business of firing up her demo. It’s something tiny. Something that has room to breathe of the tip of a finger, which even replicated in a blown up photo, I have to squint to make out. “I was talking to me… Read More

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 Education tech startup Bloomz has raised $2.3 million in seed funding for an app that connects teachers and parents, securely. The company’s app features tools that help teachers push updates about students or share photos of them from the classroom back to parents throughout the day. The app also gives educators tools to help coordinate parent-teacher conferences, classroom volunteers… Read More

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 This story has been going on for years, but it looks like France’s equivalent of the IRS (Direction générale des finances) wants more proofs. According to Le Monde and Le Parisien, Google’s office in Paris is being raided right now. According to the DGF, Google should be paying more taxes in France as the company has been doing more than just tax-optimization strategies. Google… Read More

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 OnePlus is making another push into VR after it announced plans to run the launch of its next smartphone in virtual reality (again), with a shopping experience to match. The China-based firm jumped on the VR wagon when it launched the OnePlus 2 last summer. For that launch, OnePlus gave away over 30,000 specially customized Google Cardboard viewers to let its community of fans tune in and… Read More

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 Menu Next Door just raised $2 million (€1.75 million) from Index Ventures, Local Globe, Kima Ventures and TheFamily. The startup is all about home cooking, literally. On Menu Next Door, you can either cook for people around you or buy a menu from someone around you. I’ve heard this pitch a dozen times. “What if we could build the Airbnb of food?” Every single time, these… Read More

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posted about 10 hours ago on techcrunch
 Cyber security continues to infiltrate our daily news feeds and make headlines on a regular basis. It’s touched our most iconic companies such as Apple and it has risen to the forefront of our government’s attention on several occasions. One thing is clear amid all these developments: companies see the need to protect themselves an utmost priority and yet, the way to accomplish… Read More

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 You gotta hand it to Pepper. Even in the face of worldwide economic woes, Softbank’s plucky little robot has never had an issue holding down a job. The ‘bot’s latest gig isn’t exactly the most glamorous we’ve seen it take on, but it will likely do so with a smile – or the approximate equivalent. Thanks to a commerce partnership between Softbank and… Read More

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 L.A. has a new venture firm in March Capital Partners, a $240 million fund that has a few tricks up its sleeve. For starters, though it invests in both Southern and Northern California, it considers itself a global investor and has already made bets in India (in online payments company BillDesk) and Germany (Dojo Madness, which makes a digital coaching app for gamers). It also writes Series… Read More

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 Sony warned that its annual earnings will be lower than expected as it recovers from an earthquake that struck the south of Japan last month. The company had previously delayed its forecast for fiscal year 2017 as it assessed the impact of damages. Read More

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 There have been many attempts to update keyboards for the digital era and speed up typing by rethinking the antique Qwerty layout. Problem is you’re going up against muscle memory, and resistance to change the habit of a lifetime. And that’s a very hard nut to crack. But a Swiss startup reckons they have done it with their Wrio keyboard. Read More

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 There isn’t a lot of data on the potential of technology in Southeast Asia, which is why many in the industry have been excitedly flipping through a new report released today by Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Temasek and Google. The biggest takeaway: Southeast Asia’s internet economy could be worth $200 billion annually within ten years. Read More

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 Cybercrime is a rising problem — expected to cost organizations between $500 billion and $2 trillion by 2019. Now a startup that has built what it markets as an economical tool to fight cybercrime has raised some money to help it grow. vArmour — a startup that offers security solutions specifically aimed at enterprises that run services and apps across multiple clouds —… Read More

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 Woomoo, the startup behind app prototyping tool POP, has been acqui-hired by Priceline. All six of the company’s employees have relocated from Taipei, where Woomoo was based, to Bangkok to work on app development for Agoda, the hotel booking website owned by Priceline. The deal’s terms were undisclosed. Read More

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 Another week, another story about a promising independent self-driving vehicle company. Last week, Otto came out of stealth to offer autonomous technology for trucks, and today MIT spinoff NuTonomy announced $16 million in funding to go after its ambitious goal of offering self-driving taxis within two years. Read More

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 Terms and conditions suck, as we’ve said before. They are designed to be impenetrably unreadable to convince app users not to bother. The ‘Click here to AGREE’ button might as well have a giant cartoon arrow winking away on it. Read More

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 While EBay continues to build out its core marketplace for physical goods, it’s also investing to expand other businesses and brands, too. Today the company announced that it has acquired Ticketbis, an online ticket marketplace based out of Bilbao. EBay plans to roll Ticketbis into StubHub, its own ticket marketplace, and will expand StubHub into 47 more markets, specifically with an… Read More

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 Rumor has it that Apple is about to update the MacBook Pro with a retina display in the coming months. And according to well-informed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities and 9to5mac, it should be much more than a specification bump. The company wants to keep two screen sizes with a 13-inch model and a somewhat more powerful 15-inch model. But these laptops s Read More

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 Applications are now closed for startups who want to pitch on stage at the TechCrunch Stockholm Meetup and Pitch-off on June 7. Whether you’re on stage or not, we’d love to see you there, so head over here to get your tickets! We’ve had an amazing response from startups wanting to pitch on stage, and if you’re one of the hopefuls: we’re now narrowing down the… Read More

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 Founded by Australian brothers Travis and Shawn Pittman but relocated to Austria of all places, TourRadar, the travel tour booking site, seems to be on a roll. The startup has just closed $6 million in Series A funding, based, I’m hearing, on a major growth spurt over the last 7 months. Read More

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 Atlassian is hosting its annual developer conference not too far from my favorite absinthe bar this week. During its keynote, the company today announced a number of new products and updates, all of which focus on making life a little bit easier (and collaborative) for developers. Atlassian launches Bitbucket Pipelines Maybe the most important of the new tools is Bitbucket… Read More

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