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 With our latest TechCrunch TV series, Incubated, we’re hoping to provide startup founders with all the info they might need before they make the decision to apply to an accelerator. Every Wednesday afternoon over the next 10 weeks, we’ll be releasing a new episode of Incubated, each of which will be focused on one of the top accelerators in the U.S. Read More

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 Samsung’s VR efforts are one leaky ship lately, with a report today echoing earlier rumors that the company would be partnering with Oculus VR for its own headset. Now, a leaked pre-release version of the Samsung VR software has made its way into the hands of SamMobile, apparently revealing some of the early functionality the head-mounted display will have, and detailing some of its… Read More

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 Amazon’s Q2 2014 earnings announced today made it more apparent than ever that Amazon remains a great business for its customers, but not so much for its shareholders. The stock, after the earnings were reported, was already down by 6% and falling in after hours trading following Amazon reported net losses that widened to $126 million in the quarter. Amazon has been stretching itself… Read More

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 Sometimes searching for the perfect bar or a challenging hiking trail can be like searching for a mythological creature. Unless you’ve already found Yeti. Read More

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 Following the bell today, Amazon reported its second quarter financial performance including a $0.27 per share loss on revenue of $19.34 billion. Analysts had expected Amazon to lose $0.15 on revenue of $19.34 billion. For the quarter, Amazon’s revenue grew 23% when compared to the year-ago quarter. It had operating income of -$17 million, down from its year-ago tally of $79 million.… Read More

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 Pandora came in just slightly ahead of analyst estimates in its just-released second quarter earnings report. The streaming music company reported revenue of $218.9 million (up 38 percent on a non-GAAP basis) and non-GAAP earnings per share of 4 cents. Analysts had projected that the company would report revenue of $218.6 million and EPS of 3 cents. Read More

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 In the United States, 1 in 50 people over the age of 25 have some form of bipolar disorder. In fact, the United States has more cases of bipolar I and II per-capita than any other nation in the world. Researchers at the University of Michigan are now testing a new smartphone app for Android, code-named PRIORI, that can help detect if someone is having a bipolar episode. While the app still… Read More

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 Checkr enables clients to easily sign up and get background checks either via an online form, or by using its REST API to connect with their own hiring systems. Standard reports include one country criminal background checks for $25, while a premium report costs $35 and include country searches for every place that a candidate has lived in the past seven years. Read More

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 Google has a hit on its hands with Material Design in my opinion, which is why it’s great to see it already making its way into some products ahead of Android L’s general consumer launch. Today, Google updated the Chrome Beta for Android with some new features, including single sign-in for Gmail, Maps and Search so long as you’re signed into Chrome, but also introducing… Read More

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 Want to convince people that you’ve smuggled Apple’s top secret smartwatch out of the labs and onto your wrist? You could burn hundreds of man hours rigging up a semi-believable fake.. or, if you’re Jimmy Kimmel, you could just stick an Apple sticker on the back of an old Casio and call it a day. Read More

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 Lawncare and landscaping are areas that have remained largely un-”disrupted” in the whole software eating the world trend that’s been going on in recent years. If you’re in one of the 80 percent of American households that have a lawn, chances are that you either take care of mowing and upkeep yourself, or you have hired a local lawncare provider you’ve found the… Read More

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 Fixed, the clever mobile application that helps you fight your parking tickets just by snapping a photo of the ticket with your mobile phone, has now closed on $1.2 million in seed funding. Investors in the round include Y Combinator, Merus Capital, Scott Banister, John Cobbs, Mark Randolph, Matt Humphries, Eric Wu, and David King. Headquartered in San Francisco, which also serves as its… Read More

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When Microsoft said that it wanted to take its products and services to other platforms, it appears that the company meant it: Today the software firm brought OneNote, its EverNote competitor, to Amazon’s Android App Store. So, if you have a Kindle Fire or a Fire phone, you can now take OneNote on the road with you. Microsoft recently made OneNote free everywhere. Before, it had a mixed… Read More

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 Some Instagram users are reporting having briefly seen a banner advertisement within the Instagram application which pointed to a new app called “Bolt,” described as a “one tap photo messaging” app. Next to the app’s name and description, a download button linked out to a non-functional URL on the Google Play store. The current speculation being shared around the… Read More

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 Apple has flipped the switch on the OS X Yosemite Beta today as promised, and if you’ve already signed up and been accepted to the Beta program, you can head to the Apple site for the preview to get a Mac App Store redemption code for the new build now. If you haven’t yet signed up, you can try now, but remember that Apple has a ceiling of one million members for this all-new… Read More

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 Imagine a venn diagram with two big circles: “People who use Square”, and “People who use IFTTT”. If you sit in the overlap between the two — Hurray! Today is your day. Square now plays friendly with IFTTT. If you’re left wondering WTF IFTTT is, here’s the tl;dr: IFTTT (short for If This Then That) lets you connect online services together to… Read More

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 Last year, Google launched Maps Engine Pro, a service that aims to make it easier for businesses to create, manage and share maps to visualize their data. Until now, this offering was purely about map creation, but today, Google is adding Maps Coordinate into the $5 per month and user Maps Pro subscription service and is building it right into the existing Maps Engine Android app. Read More

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 We Heart It, the Pinterest-meets-Tumblr social image sharing platform that’s attracted a large and passionate user base among teens and the under-25 set, today rolled out a completely rebuilt and redesigned iOS app. We Heart It president Dave Williams swung by TechCrunch’s San Francisco headquarters to give us a hands-on first look at the app, which has been overhauled from the… Read More

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 Aaron Krane, the designer-founder who started Hitpost, a sports-centric mobile company that Yahoo later acquired, is joining Khosla Ventures as an entrepreneur-in-residence. He’s close with some of Khosla’s recently hired consumer-focused VCs like former Square COO Keith Rabois and Ben Ling, who both have come on in the last two years. Krane worked alongside Rabois at Slide.… Read More

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 Secret Escapes, the UK luxury travel ‘flash sales’ site that offers members heavy discounts on luxury hotels and holidays, has quietly acquired 3 year old My City Venue to bolster the events side of its business. Read More

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 A number of companies are trying to help advertisers bridge the gap between devices — i.e., to identify when the same person is accessing the web or apps from the desktop, phone, and tablets. Now a mobile advertising startup called SilverPush says it has created the most accurate approach yet. Making those connections is particularly important for advertisers because of the lack of… Read More

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 With the rise of smartphones and messaging apps, emoji and stickers have also grown in popularity, and are now a part of our everyday conversations. But the standard set of emoji that come pre-installed on the iPhone can be limiting. Today, a new application called imoji launches in hopes of changing that, by allowing you to turn any image into a custom sticker or emoji for use with… Read More

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 Security conscious types with a hankering to pepper their homes with sensor-packed cameras to keep remote tabs on their stuff should point their eyes at Blink: a wireless connected security camera with a relatively cheap price-tag vs the extant competition. Read More

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 As the FAA watches its drone regulation deadlines loom, President Obama intends to issue an executive order that will deal with drone privacy, something that the federal agency hasn’t delved too deeply into. According to Politico, the president plans to put together an executive order asking the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to come up with rules relating… Read More

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 I live in a dead city outside of a larger dead city in Michigan. We’re always last to get things. But Uber is finally in Flint, Michigan. This is the best day ever. In fact Uber just launched across Michigan today in Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. Read More

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