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IncuBusLDN is literally an incubator and co-working space on wheels, based on a renovated, red ‘double decker’ London bus, parked close to the ‘Tech City’ tech startup cluster in East London. The bus features a ‘Confession Booth’ – a two person meeting booth, for video conferences; the top deck co-working space with a view; and fast broadband. Aiming… Read More

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 Hot or Not founder James Hong has come a long way since building a site that helped people rank the attractiveness of others, ultimately paving the path for speed dating apps like Tinder. Today a father of three, Hong now has a different set of priorities. One of those was keeping his kids safe from the unsuitable, adult-oriented content that fills YouTube. To fix the problem for himself and… Read More

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 There’s no shortage of places to go online to search for local movie showtimes to get your cinema fix. But, arguably, when it comes to the way search results are displayed, the majority of sites and apps appear to take their UI inspiration from newspaper movie listings of yesteryear, employing a simple list view. Or so says U.K. startup MovieGlu. Read More

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 Assembly has created a platform upon which developers, designers, and engineers can come together to work on projects in an open, collaborative setting. As it seeks to grow, the company has raised $2.9 million in funding led by Union Square Ventures with participation from Thrive Capital, Box Group, Collaborative Fund, and a number of angels. Read More

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 Amazon has been gaining ground on Netflix in the streaming market in the U.S., and now it is planning a video service that could see it overtake its rival. According to a report in the New York Post, the e-commerce giant is planning a free video service that will be supported by advertising. This would sit alongside – not replace — the company’s existing video offering… Read More

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 Aereo, the streaming TV service that let users watch near-live TV on any internet-connected device, has today announced that the company is filing for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The company has appointed Lawton Bloom, from Argus, to serve as Chief Restructuring Officer during the gradual shut down process. This comes on the… Read More

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 Did you ever play Maniac Mansion? Of course you did. Because if you hadn’t, the geek police (a real thing) would have already taken away your geek card (also real.) Like pretty much anything Lucasfilm Games (RIP) released throughout the 80s and 90s, Maniac Mansion is just one of those games you have to play. Seriously, go bootleg it if you have to. Maniac Mansion creators Ron Gilbert… Read More

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 THIS PRINT IS BANANAS. B-A-N-A-N-A-S. THIS PRINT IS BA — okay fine I’m done. But for real, the kind of horrifying, fleshy-lookin’ 3D printed shape you see below is quite literally bananas. Pureed bananas, mixed with a bit o’ potato starch for the sake of holding things together. As the latest experiment by the guys over at 3digitalcooks (a blog that focuses heavily on… Read More

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 Music streaming service Saavn today announced a partnership with Snapdeal that will give any customer who shops at the e-commerce site using an Android device two months of free access to its premium, ad-free service. Read More

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 Quick! If you had to guess what an iPad Air 2 decked out in 24K gold looked like, what would you say? If your answer was “ridiculously kitschy” — congratulations! You’re correct. (We’d also accept “kind of like grandpa’s wristwatch”) Read More

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 Singapore will next year introduce a set of new regulations designed to better manage the grow of taxi-booking apps in the country. Read More

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 This week, China hosted its first World Internet Conference in Wuzhen. Late yesterday night, the events’ organizers made a pro-forma attempt to get attendees to approve a draft declaration by slipping it under their hotel room doors. TechCrunch has obtained a copy of the document, which is supposed to represent the consensus views of conference participants. Read More

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 It’s been well over 3 years since the Nintendo 3DS hit the shelves — and in that time, the device has proven itself remarkably resistant to hacking and modification. Until now. This evening, a hacker going by Smealum released an exploit that seems to allow 3DS owners to run unauthorized code — or “homebrew”, as it’s known — on their devices. Read More

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 Dyson is spending big on new products and product categories, the company announced today. The maker of vacuums, fans, heaters, hand dryers, robots and more announced today that it would be spending a total of $2.35 billion across a UK tech campus, expansion of its manufacturing efforts, investment in British universities to foster talent, and $1.56 billion in new specific tech development… Read More

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 Stock video company VideoBlocks is expanding beyond its subscription business model with the launch of a new marketplace for contributed content. The company has already built a library of 115,000 video clips, backgrounds, and effects, which it either created itself or licensed from others. Customers can use any of the content in that library for a subscription fee of $79 a month or $99 a year. Read More

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 Youbetme, the startup behind the social betting app of the same name, announced today that it has raised $2.7 million in Series A funding. Youbetme says it launched the app in January. The company bills itself as a way to “bet on anything, at any time,” either through its iOS app or it’s website. To be clear, it doesn’t support real-money betting, but rather tracking… Read More

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 In the recent debates about how the business model for musicians and other creative artists is changing, one of the commonly repeated ideas is that you no longer to reach a mass audience in order to make money — instead, you just need a small group of devoted fans. Musician Ryan Leslie told me he’s been pursuing that idea since he left his label Universal in 2010 — something… Read More

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 Uber generates lots of revenue. Everyone knows it. The company’s roughly 20 percent cut of ride spend on its platform adds up to big numbers. How big, of course, is the real question. Read More

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 TechCrunch Tokyo also has its own take on Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield, pitting a dozen different early-stage companies to compete against each other for a series of prizes. This year, the competition boasted a wide range of startups across a number of different product categories. Read More

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 Multiple sources have confirmed that Fab is in talks to sell to PCH International for $15 million in a half cash and half stock deal. Contractual agreements are in the very early stages between the two companies (and these things could always fall apart). However, if it does happen, we’ve been told that some assets will be rolled into Fab founder Jason Goldberg’s new… Read More

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 You can run. You can hide. Hell, you can even turn off the lights. Do what you want, but this thing will get you… a complimentary t-shirt. Meet the KinectKannon, a semi-autonomous t-shirt cannon that can track your movements, go into night vision mode, and fire t-shirts into a crowd. It’s like T-1000‘s dopey little brother. Built by Microsoft developer evangelist Steven… Read More

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 The hospitals where my grandchildren are born will be unrecognizable to what we know today – safer, cleaner and more efficient. And what is considered world class in 2014 will tomorrow be viewed with the same disdain we reserve for medical practice in the Dark Ages. Read More

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 My mom, ever the scrapbook aficionado, has documented every birthday, Halloween, dance performance, first bike ride and baby eats dirt moment me and my brothers have endured since I can remember. She hand-scanned every last one of those hundreds of pictures a few years back and then organized them into neat little labeled folders on her own PC. It took me eons to convince her to put it all… Read More

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 Earlier this year, journalist Glenn Greenwald released a book titled No Place to Hide, chronicling the Snowden leaks, and breaking new ground on the NSA itself. The book garnered a grip of positive reviews upon publication, and has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon. Not bad, all told. But the most recent review of the book is by far the best. Hayden Peake, listed by the CIA’s website as… Read More

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 Earlier this month, Twitter gave the community a preview of upcoming features during its Analyst’s Day event where it discussed changes to the platform and revenue streams. One of those touted features – the ability to privately share (aka “direct message”) a tweet – has now gone live. Says Twitter, “with today’s update you’ll be able to share… Read More

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