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 It’s WhatsApp monthly active user number update time, folks. The Facebook-owned messaging service, which doesn’t yet have a business model, has now crossed 900 million MAUs, as CEO, co-founder and (now) Facebook board member Jan Koum revealed on Facebook. (Of course.) Read More

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 Baidu, China’s largest search engine and an investor in Uber, is giving its Zuoyebang ‘after school’ service, which helps school students with their studies, wings of its own after it revealed that the business raised an undisclosed Series A funding round. Read More

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 Mozilla is beginning to preview its iOS Firefox browser, rolling it out today for testing in New Zealand, according to a company blog post. The goal is for the company to gather data so that they are able to bring Firefox for iOS to the App Store for the rest of the globe “later this year.” Firefox specified the goal of the preview in a blog post: Our goal is to create a… Read More

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 Kano‘s crazy cool educational PC is about to get a bit more visual. Kano CEO Alex Klein tweeted out that the company has launched a pre-order for an HD display kit. Kano, which raised a $15M Series A in May, has been aiming to create an invaluable educational experience for kids by helping them get acquainted with how computers work through putting the kit together. The Raspberry… Read More

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 Not so long ago, the financial products maker Intuit said it wanted to be “the operating system for small businesses.” Today, seemingly, it wants to be cloud-based accounting and tax services provider for all small businesses. Indeed, two weeks ago, Intuit announced the sale of three well-regarded businesses — Quicken, Quickbase, and Demandforce — that it no… Read More

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 Facebook is unveiling an improved version of its Conversion Lift measurement tool, which first launched in January. Here’s the gist of what’s changing. Previously, Facebook allowed you to measure whether your ad campaign was actually improving online and offline sales. Now, you can also test different ads to find the best approach. “When we’ve gotten feedback on the… Read More

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 Amazon announced this afternoon that it’s acquiring Elemental Technologies, a backend mobile video service. It’s paying around $500 million in cash for the company, according to a new report from The Information. (Subscription required.) Amazon didn’t immediately return a phone call or email request for comment about that figure. The deal was orchestrated by… Read More

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 If you casually follow tech industry headlines, you might be convinced that the app store model is the bright future of software distribution. So when I say, “I have clear evidence that the app store model is dying,” you may look at me as skeptically as you’d view any wild-eyed street-corner prophet. Read More

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 Chrome started out as one of the least memory hungry browsers on the market, but over time, it developed a bit more of an appetite for RAM. Now, however, Google is starting to get back to the basics and the latest Chrome release (version 45) focuses on making the browser faster and more efficient. As the company announced in a blog post today, Chrome 45 includes a number of updates that focus… Read More

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 The future lies with Californian politicians. Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom and Ed Lee are examples of politicians who are no longer stuck in the mindset of the past, perhaps because they are all very familiar with models of Silicon Valley innovation and entrepreneurship. Read More

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 More and more Americans are buying into the Apple smartphone ecosystem, largely at the expense of Samsung. A new report from the digital media analytics company comScore suggests that Apple’s iPhone is continuing to further its lead in the U.S. smartphone market, now accounting for 44.2% of all American smartphone users, an increase from the 43.1% share it held in April of this year.… Read More

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 Can a mobile classified app topple the behemoth that is Craigslist? A company called letgo aims to find out. Its app, which lets users buy and sell items locally, has quietly grown to over 2 million downloads since its launch earlier this year. And today, the company is announcing having raised $100 million in Series A funding from South African media company and tech investor Naspers… Read More

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 A year after Thumbtack raised $100 million to expand its marketplace for home services and other professional freelance jobs, the startup is making its first acquisition to beef up its engineering and product teams. It has acqui-hired talent from HeartThis, an app with 2 million users that lets consumers shop across multiples stores from a single portal. You might think that this is a… Read More

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 Google says one in 20 searches on Google Search are for health-related information and since February of this year, it’s been using its Knowledge Graph to quickly bring up medical facts when it spots a query about common health conditions. At the time, it was showing these improved results for about 400 conditions, but starting today, it’s rolling out an update that will bring… Read More

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 Dear friends: there is now a robot that can kill starfish underwater by hunting them down and injecting them with poison. The starfish in question is the Crown of Throns Sea Star, a destructive seadweller that has been hurting coral reefs for a while. They are so pervasive that they create massive populations – 100,000 per kilometer – in a few years. So now there’s a robot… Read More

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 United States District Judge Lucy Koh today approved a $415 million settlement in the Silicon Valley no-poaching case. The dollar figure comes after a previous $324 million settlement was rejected as being too low. More than 64,000 workers are part of the case. The suit stems from a secret agreement among large tech firms like Google, Apple and Intel to not poach employees from one another.… Read More

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 Round watch lovers rejoice! Samsung has finally lifted the covers off its new smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S2, and we got to take a look at it. Samsung product manager David Ng ran us through some of the features and I came away impressed by the new bezel, the unique watch faces, and the general build quality. Read More

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 There are a number of apps that let smartphone users make video calls today, including Skype, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, and more, as well as built-in apps like Apple’s FaceTime, for example. But this morning, mobile carrier T-Mobile announced plans to make video calls a native feature on select T-Mobile smartphones. The company says it will roll out the feature to the… Read More

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 Microsoft today announced that it has acquired VoloMetrix, a service that specializes in analyzing organizational performance using anonymized data it gathers from across a company’s corporate communications systems. Read More

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 The dream of indoor location sensing has always been just that – a dream. The difficulty of Wi-Fi tracking and other technologies has made it hard for anyone – from businesses to regular users – to figure out where they were in a venue. But the folks at Estimote, a Polish beacon company, may have just cracked the code. Using something they are calling “Nearables”… Read More

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 Facebook is working to give public school students an education that’s more tailored to their needs. In a blog post today from Facebook’s Chief Product Officer Chris Cox, the company announced that over the past school year it has partnered with Summit Public Schools, an innovative school system in the Bay Area to improve and test their new learning technologies. We started by… Read More

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 Can you feel the excitement? It’s just a few short months until some of the best and brightest minds in tech will be descending upon London for TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015, and we’re thrilled to announce that the event will take place at the illustrious Copper Box Arena. The Copper Box Arena was built specifically to accommodate the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London. Read More

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 There’s no way to put this gently, so here it goes: The rapid advancement in digital technology is transforming the cozy world of travel retail into an all-out war for customers. And that’s a good thing for you and me as travelers, because it will ultimately mean more selection, better customization and, potentially, lower prices. Read More

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 It’s no “street view for cats,” but Google’s newly launched Street View mobile app does promise to make it easier to explore Google Map’s immersive, 360-degree imagery as well as contribute your own photos to improve the overall Google Maps experience. The app, which is actually an update and rebrand of Google’s older “Photo Sphere Camera”… Read More

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 Businesses of all sizes now have access to reams of data about their performance, but it can be difficult to read the story behind the numbers. Boston-based startup Databox’s goal is to make data relatable. Its mobile app draws in data from different analytic platforms, analyzes it, and then presents the results in customized reports. Read More

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