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 The venture world is hunting for the next batch of billion dollar unicorns in the hardware market, and investors are turning to the crowd to source their deals. VCs have already committed $516 million in funding for hardware companies this year, according to CrunchBase data — a significant jump from the $398 million captured in Q1 of 2014. Projects that win over consumers on… Read More

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 Facebook today announced that it is open sourcing its React native framework for building native apps at its F8 developer conference in San Francisco today. React Native is Facebook’s version of its React JavaScript framework for building native mobile applications. Today’s announcement doesn’t come as a huge surprise to anybody who has followed along with the development… Read More

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 As the second day of its F8 conference began here at Fort Mason, Facebook announced the first hardware it plans to use to beam Internet down to billions of people around the world. Codenamed Aquila, the drone has a wingspan comparable to a Boeing 767 yet uses lightwight materials that allow it to weigh less than a car. Read More

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 Facebook has made some breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Today at its F8 conference, its CTO Mike Schroepfer described new systems for identifying the content and context of videos and sentences. The video AI prototype can not only identify 487 different types of sports, including minute differences like ice skating vs hockey. In the video below, you can see that Facebook shows… Read More

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 Microsoft today announced that its Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery services are now generally available. The two services were previously in preview (Microsoft’s terminology for its public beta programs). The company is clearly gearing both of these services toward enterprises and notes that they will be especially interesting to companies making the move to hybrid cloud deployments. Read More

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 A number of startups in years past have tried to carve out their own niche in the business networking space under the looming shadow of LinkedIn by offering an alternative way to connect with industry colleagues, often on mobile. But today, a new app called Caliber is offering a slightly different take on the concept: instead of trying to compete with LinkedIn directly, its service offers… Read More

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 The Enterprise Show – Peter Burris, Charlie Isaacs, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session has concluded for today. Our LIVE show chat on FriendFeed Read More

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 There’s a lot of talk about how social media has become the new watercooler for discussing TV’s funny, crazy, or otherwise memorable moments. What’s been more hit-or-miss, however, is finding the actual footage that everyone’s talking about. Sure, networks are putting more and more clips online, but it’s still only a fraction of what’s actually broadcast.… Read More

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 Steller is a story-telling app that has been around since the beginning of 2014, but today the company has announced a huge overhaul of the app’s UX to make editing and creating that much simpler. Steller allows users to upload videos, photos, and add text to create a storybook experience on mobile. Users can create Steller stories based around an event, a party, or their own… Read More

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 The finishing touches of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are underway, and with it, many international companies that have data passing through the EU, house customer data of EU residents or are based in the EU are concerned about how they will fare once the new law is enacted. And they should be, as non-compliance could result in costly penalties under the… Read More

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 Frank & Oak, an online subscription-based retailer of men’s apparel and goods, is today announcing plans to launch six different long-term pop-up shops across the United States. Where? Well, it seems that’s up to consumers. The company is launching a campaign that will allow customers to vote (through the Tilt platform) on which markets they’d like Frank & Oak to… Read More

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 Real estate startup Zumper, which offers tools that connect brokers and property managers with potential renters, has today released a new mobile application that allows users to to fill out their rental applications – including pulling their Experian credit report – right from their iPhone. The company, which says it’s now seeing over a million monthly visits from web… Read More

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 Nominations are now open for The Europas Awards 2015, the European Tech Startup Awards & Invitation-Only Conference. The Europas will be held on June 16, 2015, in London. TechCrunch is the official Media Partner and attendees of The Europas will automatically receive deep discounts on Disrupt Europe to be held later this year. You can nominate your favourite European startup here. (A… Read More

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 We Heart It, a visual bookmarking service popular with teenaged girls, is transforming itself into a messaging app with the launch of new feature called Postcards. In a previous era, young girls sat around with fashion magazines and scissors and cut out their favorite inspirational images, turning them into collages or art for their bedroom walls. In today’s digital age, teen girls… Read More

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 Last year, Amazon gave a boost to its Prime members when it launched a free, unlimited photo storage for them on Cloud Drive. Today, the company is expanding that service as a paid offering to cover other kinds of content, and to users outside of its loyalty program. Unlimited Cloud Storage will let users get either unlimited photo storage or “unlimited everything” —… Read More

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 If American Idol was mobile-first, it’d be Chosen. Built by ex-CEO of Beats Music, Gracenote, and Mog David Hyman with $6.5 million in funding, Chosen launches the invite-only beta of its battle of the bands app today on iOS. But what’s special about Chosen is you don’t have to be a musician to play. The game puts you in the judges seat to record scathing (or supportive)… Read More

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 3D Robotics, the largest U.S.-based drone manufacturer, today announced the launch of DroneKit, its open-source API for writing drone apps. Because 3D Robotics has always taken a platform approach, DroneKit will work with any drone that uses its APM autopilot (and while there are quite a few of those on the market, though this won’t work with any of the popular DJI drones, for example). Read More

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 Apple has a new patent application (via Patently Apple) that could make it even easier to get started with a new iOS device before you even take it out of the box – using settings from your existing device to configure the new one. If implemented, this could take the sting out of upgrades, or make it even easier to expand your iOS universe with newly acquired additions like iPads, or… Read More

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 The ‘Uber for X‘ gravy train shows no signs of slowing. From house cleaning to getting high, various services are being distilled into a mobile app and made as convenient to book, or ‘on-demand’, as is technologically possible. And because rich people need convenience too, the list of Uber-styled startups also includes apps that let you easily book a private jet. Read More

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 The cloud revolution continues to gobble up old players, and none more so than in office productivity. Microsoft, once the Borg of office software with its Office and Exchange products, has faced immense competition to its Office 365 online subscription service from Google and now even from Apple, which brought its own online versions of Pages and Numbers out of beta last month. That… Read More

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 While Amazon is expanding its logistics and delivery business to complement its e-commerce portal, Google is working on ways to make its search experience online more like Amazon’s to grow the number of people that use Google to look for and buy products. Today Google announced that it is turning on Product Ratings in the UK, France and Germany. Product ratings, first launched in the U.S. Read More

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 Roposo, a social network and discovery platform for fashion products based in Gurgaon, announced today that it has raised $5 million in new funding from Tiger Global. Read More

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 One more step ahead for e-commerce giant Amazon in building up its logistics and delivery network, and another for developing services to keep customers coming back for more. This morning the company announced that Dallas is the latest city to get Amazon Prime Now, its one-hour delivery service of “daily essentials” like household items, toys and books. This brings the… Read More

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 Hotels have sophisticated pricing engines to tell them how much their rooms should cost. Airbnb hosts don’t, or at least didn’t until Beyond Pricing. The startup’s tool plugs into your Airbnb listing, and uses signals about future demand to automatically reprice your room on the fly. Beyond Pricing will charge a 1% fee of people’s Airbnb rate, but can help hosts make 10%… Read More

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 Movies, financial markets and fashion trends all fall into frenzies, dips and lulls. Consumer apps are much the same. Whether it’s photo-sharing, anonymity or live streaming, it seems that a confluence of apps all doing similar things at the same time is a natural occurrence. Read More

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