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 As a number of early customers will receive their Apple Watch smartwatches today, Apple has also begun to send out email invitations offering “personal setup” appointments that take place via video sessions with an Apple Specialist. The sessions allow customers to learn about their new device and be walked through its features, as well as have the opportunity to ask… Read More

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 From wearable activity trackers to fantasy e-sports, technology is transforming the way athletes train for the game and fans engage with their teams. With all of this momentum VCs are swinging for the fences. Investors have spent over $1 billion in venture deals for sports-related startups over the past year — and everyone wants in on the action. Read More

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 The Apple Watch has begun to arrive in the hands of buyers around the world today — and they’re unboxing and poking at it as we speak. Several of us here at TechCrunch have been doing the same with ours, and we’ll be documenting that over the next week or so. In order to give you a more holistic picture of what it’s like to use one day to day, and to give you a place… Read More

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 Comcast has dropped its plans to merge with Time Warner Cable. Bloomberg reported yesterday that the deal was unraveling, following signs of opposition from the Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission. (Senator Al Franken actually wrote a post for TechCrunch earlier this week outlining his opposition to the deal.) Read More

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 Three new Apple Watch ads are hitting today and they stray far from the ascetic materials-oriented introduction spot. All three focus on showing the Watch integrating into regular human life rather than floating on an endless sea of white. These spots emphasize things I’ve noticed about the Watch so far, namely that it’s going to work best when it organically insinuates itself… Read More

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 It’s hard to believe that a month ago humans were unable to launch a donut into space. It was March 2015 and the world was in turmoil. Space travel was but a dream for even the richest pastry and we humans would never be able to grasp the concept of – let alone plan the injection of – a pastry in space. How things have changed. Benjamin and Alexander Jönsson are brothers… Read More

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 Over the past two years, France has been a leading country when it comes to open data and open government — and it is paying off. Only one year after joining the Open Government Partnership, France has just been elected to head the Partnership starting in October 2016. I’ve been regularly covering France’s effort in this area as I think it’s an interesting take on… Read More

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 Infosys, the India-headquartered consulting and IT firm, is on the verge of making its second significant acquisition of the year after it announced a deal to buy digital e-commerce services provider Kallidus for $120 million. It also made a $2 million investment in an air monitoring startup. Read More

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 If you apply for a position at a large company, there is a chance that a human won’t even look at your resume. Many human resources department now use application tracking software (ATS) to help them sift through hundreds of applications. Read More

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 Today is Apple Watch D-Day for a speedy few early adopters, with Cupertino finally shipping the first batch of its debut wearable to buyers. That means it’s also the day that serial repairers/tenacious teardowners iFixit get to crack open Apple’s latest sealed box and peer inside so we don’t have to. Read More

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 WhatsApp’s new voice calling feature for iOS is decent quality and easy to use, but the experience doesn’t beat dedicated VoIP apps for clarity. At this point, at least. Read More

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 Step by step, Lydia is unveiling its product strategy to handle all your payments. When I last covered the French startup, it was still mostly focused on growing its user base by providing a Venmo alternative for French users. But now, Lydia also lets you pay on e-commerce websites using Lydia, starting with PriceMinister. The app is now also available on the Apple Watch so that you can just… Read More

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 Based in Delhi, UrbanClap wants to make finding good service providers as easy as, well, clapping your hands. With more than 1,000 service providers currently listed, including individuals and companies, UrbanClap claims to be the largest mobile-based services marketplace in India. The startup, however, aspires to be more than just a listings platform. Read More

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 The Apple Watch has landed, so to speak, with deliveries officially arriving to the first pre-order customers around the world. Apple’s first wearable device has enjoyed one of the longest pre-launch promotional cycles of any of its products, and with good reason – it’s a very different gadget from anything Apple has created before. We’ve had a few days to try out… Read More

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 Comcast spent $4.62 million on lobbying in the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 50 percent from its spending in the same quarter last year. But now the cable giant is reportedly walking away with little to show. Much of Comcast’s spending was aimed at ushering through the company’s merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. and preventing the adoption of strict net neutrality rules. Read More

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 TechCrunch is hearing from a few sources that GoFundMe, a crowdfunding and fundraising startup, is seeking venture financing after bootstrapping the company since 2008. According to those sources, Accel Partners is in the mix, and one says they may be leading the round. Sources said the valuation is around $500 million, though one source said the valuation could that go… Read More

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 If you were curious about potential consolidation in the fitness space (which I’m sure you were), look no further than this very article. ClassPass, the subscription service for unlimited monthly fitness classes, has acquired direct competitor FitMob for an undisclosed amount. ClassPass, a company that has raised more than $54 million in the past three years, is a subscription service… Read More

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 Institutional Venture Partners, better known as IVP, has raised a $1.4 billion 15th fund. The company’s last fund, it’s 14th, was a smaller $1 billion capital pool. I spoke to the firm’s Steve Harrick, a general partner, about the fund size, cadence, and investment strategy. According to Harrick, the fund was raised in a two month period. That matches other notes… Read More

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 The original UDOO board was pretty amazing. An merging of Raspberry Pi and Arduino, the system let you run a tiny computer on a single board as well as control electronic projects. It was a very geeky little tool and proved to be quite popular. Well, the UDOO is back and it’s a lot better. The new UDOO Neo includes a Raspberry Pi, an Arduino board, a 9-axis sensor, magnetometer,… Read More

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 The last time Lyft CEO Logan Green graced the Disrupt stage, in September 2013, the mobile ride-hailing service was a little more than a year old. Back then Lyft was available in just 10 markets, but was growing quickly thanks to an aggressive expansion roadmap that would take it into 25 U.S. cities by the end of that year. A lot has changed in the last 18 months, as Lyft has evolved from… Read More

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 Today following the bell, Amazon reported its first quarter 2015 financial performance, including revenue of $22.72 billion and negative earnings per share of $0.12. The street expected Amazon to lose $0.13 per share, on revenue of $22.39 billion. Amazon also announced that its cloud computing business, AWS, had revenue of $1.5 billion in the quarter, with a run rate of $5 billion a year… Read More

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 There’s a battle going on for tech talent in the Bay Area, and private companies increasingly are turning to M&A as a way to bring new members onto their teams. Following along on that trend, Airbnb has hired Sara Adler, who had previously worked at Dropbox and Facebook, as its head of corporate development. Adler will step into the newly created role to create some structure in… Read More

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 According to industry expert David Raab, almost 70 percent of marketers are either unhappy or only marginally happy with their marketing automation software, and according to Bluewolf’s new “State of Salesforce” study, only 7 percent are seeing good, measurable ROI from those investments. There’s a lot of fragmentation and dissatisfaction in this category despite the… Read More

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 Pandora’s first-quarter earnings beat Wall Street’s expectations, bringing in $230.8 Million in revenue and a loss of 12 cents per share. Its active listener count — while up year over year — fell quarter over quarter. The company said users listened to 5.3 billion hours of music in the first quarter this year, with 79.2 million active listeners — up from… Read More

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 did not Today following the bell, Microsoft reported its fiscal third quarter financial results, including revenue of $21.7 billion and earnings per share of $0.61. The street had expected Microsoft to earn $0.51 per share on revenue of $21.06 billion. Microsoft, up a point in regular trading, is now up just under three percent in after-hours trading following its earnings beat. Compared to… Read More

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