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 The late April merger of, Lema21, an innovative private label startup, and eÓtica, an ecommerce site for prescription eyewear and contacts, is proof that Brazil’s investors are taking a long view toward startup development and not just interested in stamping out their competition. Read More

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 Is there a “Food Bubble”? Robyn Metcalfe believes so. In her recent TechCrunch editorial she pointed to recent fundraises by Instacart and Delivroo—reportedly demanding valuations of $2 billion and $100 million on revenues of ~$100 million and $1 million, respectively—as evidence that the kind of irrational exuberance so often found in tech is seeping into food investmen Read More

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 Europeans love little better than a nice cup of tea. Which means an awful lot of water is being boiled daily — only a portion of which is actually necessary, given most people aren’t fastidious enough to boil only the quantity of liquid they actually need to fill their cup or teapot. Read More

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 It’s shaping up to be one amazing summer, and the week we’re most excited about here at TechCrunch is the week we hit up the wonderful cities of Austin and Seattle, on June 23 and June 25 respectively. We’ll be hosting the world-renowned TC Pitch-Off in both cities, selecting around ten startups to pitch their products in sixty seconds or less to a panel of local VCs and… Read More

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 The problem is it’s not an easy undertaking to change the way a large organization operates. Real initiative gets bogged down in politics, hierarchical thinking and institutional inertia. Change requires more than inspiration. It takes hard work — and often the skill of a used car salesman to sell your idea to a reluctant C suite. Some companies have forward-looking leaders who… Read More

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 Before we get too far into this, I want to be fully transparent and disclose up-front that this is weird and mostly irrelevant. Inexplicably, Vimeo user Marcello Gómez Maureira has created a video that shows a piece of meat power-right-swiping through Tinder. The title of the film? “Tender: It’s how people meat.” So, naturally, I love Marcello and this video. A few fun… Read More

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 The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Borthwick, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, May 22, 2015. Medium restructures, or does it. Details in Liner Notes and Chat.Center. Plus, the latest G3 (below) with Halley Suit Tucker, Mary Hodder, Kristie Wells, Francine Hardaway, and Tina Gillmor. @stevegillmor, @scobleizer, @borthwick, @kevinmarks Read More

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 Every day throughout the United States, there are thousands of patients waiting for a compatible organ. Supply never meets demand, a function of our voluntary system of organ donation as well as the consistent ban on paid organs. Some patients may get lucky and get an organ just in time, while others never do. Luck, though, is only a small part of the probability of receiving an organ. UNOS,… Read More

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 The Watch marks an interesting time in the wearable fitness space, in particular. Health and fitness trackers like Jawbone Up and Fitbit have dominated much of that space in the last few years. Read More

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 Just in time for the hustle-and-bustle of Memorial Day Weekend, Google has added traffic alerts to Google Maps. Google has shown traffic conditions for a while now, but this update actually brings with it explanations as to why various routes will be faster, alerts for a blockage or traffic jam up ahead, and of course, alternate routes to each destination. If/When a traffic jam pops up… Read More

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 Financial inclusion — expanding access to financial services to those on the margins — is often advocated as a priority for the developing world. And rightly so: It can increase economic security for the people who need it most and promote economic development where those people live. Read More

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 Bitcoin: it’s at a crucially important crossroads; it’s approaching a crisis that threatens its very existence; it has never been more likely to erupt into enormous global importance. Which? Don’t be ridiculous. It is all those things at once, of course, as usual. I only wish I was joking. If you’re dumb enough to judge Bitcoin purely by its exchange rate, you might… Read More

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 So you’ve made it past all the VC grilling and received a term sheet. Congratulations! But don’t celebrate just yet. Term sheets are non-binding, and even though they should signify a VC has conviction in investing in you and is ready to move towards closing, they fall through more often than most Founders may expect. Read More

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 This week we cover one noteworthy review of the new MacBook by Marco Arment, as well as iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 details. Apple is supposedly tidying up with both OS updates this year, and also making things more pleasant for older device owners, and that’s very good for Tim Cook’s favorite customer satisfaction metric. We also discuss the new $2,000 iMac, as well as the update for… Read More

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 Happy holiday Friday, team, and welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek. This time around, we remain camped out in the CrunchBase offices while TCHQ undergoes reconstructive surgery, Our own Kyle Russell, Colleen Taylor, and your modest supplicant sat down in broad red chairs to dig into Pebble’s reported cash woes, Stripe’s shiny new valuation, and just what is going on in the… Read More

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 If you look across the space of consumer Internet services and physical sensors, people are producing more data than ever before, which is being used to make all kinds of insurance more granular and accurate according to individual risk. Zendrive, a company backed by First Round Capital, BMW i Ventures and Bill Ford’s Fontinalis Partners is partnering with Guild to create a new kind… Read More

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 Jim Gaffigan, comedian and official President Of The Internet, stopped in at our New York studio where we talked about his new show that is now streaming on JimGaffigan.com. The show will air on TV Land in a few months but he posted the first episode online so fans could watch – and learn to love – his new sitcom. Gaffigan knows the Internet or at least hires people that do. He… Read More

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 Here’s another absurd one out of Disney’s research labs. We’ve seen them build adorable robots to draw on beaches, 3D printers that make huggable objects out of felt, and make spinning tops out of seemingly impossible shapes. Their latest trick? Using algorithms to make people say things they didn’t actually say. Think of it a bit like lip reading — or like those… Read More

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 One important note about this podcast: Matt can’t seem to get his microphones to work. Ever. So if you’re wondering why we all sound like professional radio hosts (two of us are, actually) and Matt sounds like hot garbage, it’s because he is incompetent with microphones. Moving on! Pebble is against the ropes, according to a new story from John Biggs, with the Apple Watch… Read More

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 Recipe-and-ingredient delivery service Chef’d ran a successful Indiegogo campaign last year, but that’s not the only way the team is funding its growth — the company is also announcing that it has just raised a new round of $5.25 million. Founder and CEO Kyle Ransford has said that the point of the crowdfunding campaign was to recruit early users, not raise an enormous sum… Read More

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 Plenty of people have compared the Apple Watch to the classic Casio calculator watch; these guys went ahead and made the inevitable app. Meet GeekWatch — the app that turns your Apple Watch into an oldschool calculator watch. I mean, sure — you could buy a calculator watch on Amazon for like 15 bucks. But where’s the meta/hipster/ironic/kinda-obnoxious humor in that? They… Read More

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 Fixed, a mobile app that fights parking tickets on your behalf, has now arrived in New York City – its first new market outside of California, where the company already operates. New York is one of the biggest markets for parking tickets in the U.S, Fixed founder David Hegarty notes, as it issues 10 million parking tickets per year. That’s one new ticket every three seconds, he… Read More

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 Some Spider, the digital media startup created by Quidsi co-founder Vinit Bharara, has been bringing on some big names from the media world, including The New York Times’ chief technology officer Rajiv Pant and its digital head Paul Smurl. Yesterday it announced that it has hired Blake Zeff, former political editor at Salon.com, to be the editor in chief of Cafe.com. Read More

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 Anker, the company that makes affordable, good quality backup batteries and other accessories without the hefty price tag of some of its competitors, is answering the call of USB-C. To serve buyers of the new 12-inch MacBook and Chromebook Pixel (as well as countless future devices), the accessory-maker today unveiled a line of USB-C cables, adapters, hubs, backup batteries and more. They… Read More

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 Earlier this year, Viacom-owned kids’ network Nickelodeon announced its plans to enter the subscription video market with its own over-the-top streaming service aimed at the preschool crowd. Called Noggin, the service launched this March on iOS with a decent selection of titles, including a few popular names from the kids TV market, like “Blue’s Clues.” The question… Read More

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