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 Serial entrepreneur and investor Morten Lund joined us on stage with Mike Butcher to look back at his past ventures. Most of them turned out to be failures. Lund is now even famous for declaring personal bankruptcy even though he was one of the first angel investors in Skype. “I lost everything, I had to give up my art collection and my cars,” Lund said. “In reality, it… Read More

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 For the longest time now, Google has recommended that users enable two-factor authentication for their accounts on its platforms (and anywhere else, really). But starting today, it is launching a second — even more secure — method for those who really want their accounts to stay safe. With Security Key support, users can now get a physical USB key through third-party providers… Read More

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 Mobile marketing and ad tech company Fiksu announced this morning $10 million in debt funding from Silicon Valley Bank, after a year which saw it hiring 100 new employees, bringing its total headcount to 300, and seeing revenues of over $100 million. The company today claims it has 800 customers, including big-name brands like Coca-Cola, Disney, Topps, Dunkin’ Donuts and Groupon using… Read More

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posted about 17 hours ago on techcrunch
 Bigcommerce, an online store platform for small-to-medium sized businesses and Alibaba.com announced an integration today that will allow Bigcommerce’s merchants to source goods directly from Alibaba.com through its platform. Read More

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 Snowflake Computing came out of stealth today and announced $26M in Series B funding. They hope to modernize the data warehouse by creating a cloud-based system that can process both structured and semi-structured data in a single system, giving their customers what they believe to be the best of both worlds. The funding is led by Redpoint Ventures along with Sutter Hill Ventures and Wing… Read More

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 A panel of Europe’s top investors has publicly declined to comment on what went wrong at payday loans company Wonga, in the wake of a £220 million write down earlier this month. The investors were taking part in a discussion about the European investment ecosystem at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London. Read More

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 It’s rare that a company can stay relatively secretive while raising a huge amount of funding, but Florida’s Magic Leap has managed that. The startup, led by CEO Rony Abovitz, announced today the close of its $542 million Series B, featuring investors led by Google, Inc., and including KPCB, Andreessen Horowitz, Obvious Ventures, Qualcomm and Legendary Entertainment. The list of… Read More

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 Right after opening its doors to Europe, Coinbase co-founder and CEO Brian Armstrong joined Alex Wilhelm on stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe to discuss the future of bitcoin. The conversation covered everything happening right now around bitcoin, from regulatory issues to bitcoin’s price downfall, merchant adoption and new innovative bitcoin use cases. Read More

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posted about 22 hours ago on techcrunch
Today is, sadly, the final day of Disrupt. But though we’re heartbroken that our London conference is coming to an end, we’re thrilled about the content we have in store for you today. We’ll be joined by Brian Armstrong from Coinbase, Michael Acton Smith from Mind Candy, and Ed Vaizey, the British Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, among many many more. Read More

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 Aiming to build a bridge between East and West — specifically, Singapore and London — the Singaporean state-funded VC Infocomm Investments is extending its $200 million fund to European tech startups, including investing in the London-based fintech accelerator run by Startupbootcamp. The idea is to help the European/London startups it invests in to access markets in Singapore and… Read More

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 You’d be forgiven for thinking that the taxi app war is exclusively a US phenomenon, such is the fierce battle between Uber and Lyft, but similar rivalries are actually ongoing across other parts of the world. The battle is heating up in Southeast Asia today, after GrabTaxi — a Malaysia-headquarted company that is active in six countries — announced a $65 million… Read More

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 Yahoo has been building up its video and video advertising content, and we have heard that it may make another key acquisition in the area to further raise its game. The company is in talks to acquire BrightRoll, the cross-platform digital video advertising service. TechCrunch has heard that term sheets have been signed, and that the price, if the deal is completed, could be anywhere from… Read More

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 Mirantis jumped on the OpenStack bandwagon a few years ago when most companies had never heard of it, and it has ridden the wave as the project has grown increasingly popular with each passing year. Today, the company announced $100M in Series B funding to continue its quest to be the leader in enterprise OpenStack, a chunk of change that should help it keep marching forward. It’s… Read More

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 Over 1,500 people have walked through door at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt Europe conference in London. We had everyone from Elvis impersonators to people dressed up as chickens participate, as one does at a tech conference. Highlights included watching our boss Tim Armstrong chat with Josh Constine about the high growth future of Aol, and what he learned after the mistake of firing… Read More

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 How bad is the commercial real estate crunch in San Francisco and Silicon Valley? Uh, bad? So bad that that prices per square foot are roughly where they were around the first dot-com boom. So bad that Uber decided to go in, buy its own piece of land and build its own headquarters from scratch. So bad that Doug Shorenstein, part of the storied multi-generational family of San Francisco… Read More

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 Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today during the company’s FY Q4 2014 earnings call that Apple’s cumulative App Store downloads have now topped 85 billion up from 60 billion around a year ago. The number was announced alongside news of Apple’s massive quarter, and its record-breaking sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices. For additional context, at Apple’s… Read More

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 Apple released iOS 8.1 today, and with it comes the ability to use Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. We decided to try it out by going to two nearby businesses that already accept Apple’s NFC-powered mobile payments: Walgreens and McDonald’s. Read More

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 Today after the bell, Apple reported its fiscal fourth quarter financial performance, including revenue of $42.1 billion, and earnings per share of $1.42. Analysts had expected Apple to report profit of $1.31 per share, on revenue for the period of $39.85 billion. During the fiscal quarter, Apple had net profit of $8.5 billion, up 13.3% from $7.5 Billion in the same quarter last year. Compared… Read More

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 Today in San Francisco, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella and his lieutenant Scott Guthrie detailed the status of their company’s cloud efforts, breaking out a few growth metrics, and announcing several new features that they hope will spur growth. Microsoft is hellbent to be a winner in the cloud space. With self-claimed $4.4 billion in yearly cloud run rate  — expect a… Read More

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 Smartsheet, the spreadsheet-based project and work management platform, is now making it easier for companies to understand how their employees actually work (and who they mostly work with). Companies mostly use the service to manage their projects and help employees collaborate. Because of this, the service knows quite a bit about who does what in a given business and now it allows businesses… Read More

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 CloudCannon, a simple CMS for web designers and their clients aimed at offering simple visual editing without the need for an advanced technical skillset, is today launching globally from TechCrunch Disrupt: London’s Startup Alley. The company is also announcing $500,000 in new funding, and a partnership with domain name registry Rightside. The additional capital comes from New… Read More

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 Apple Pay is now available for anyone to use, provided they’ve got all the prerequisites, both for physical stores and for online transactions. But you can’t just walk up to your local brick-and-mortar store and wave your iPhone and walk out with whatever you want – that would be theft. Instead, you’ll need the following to be in place to have a happy Apple Pay… Read More

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 A few weeks ago, Fitbit publicly admitted that it had no plans to follow the growing crowd of fitness trackers and apps that are rushing to integrate with Apple’s HealthKit and Health app. In response, it seems, Apple has pulled Fitbit devices from its retail stores. And now we know why — because Fitbit is building a device that will compete directly with the upcoming Apple Watch. Read More

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 If you’ve been in the market for OnePlus One, the hugely impressive $299 Android smartphone that is available by invite only — thus far — then you’re luck is in. The startup has announced that it will make its first smartphone available to all members of the public, but for a one hour window only. The impressive device will be available to buy for an hour on October… Read More

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 Our interview with Tim Armstrong answered some interesting questions about the future of AOL our fireside chat with Google Ventures showed us what’s on the horizon for Europe. Then there are some amazing pitches by some great stealth startups including CosmEthics and Sign2Pay. In short, it’s business up front and party in the the back. Here are a few highlights from… Read More

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