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 Fresh off its agreement to purchase up to 407 MW of wind power for its Iowa data center, Google today announced that it has committed $100 million to create a new fund to help finance the purchase of residential solar installations with SunPower Corporation. The fund, which will also include $150 million from SunPower, is meant to enable a scheme that is similar to what other residential solar… Read More

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 The U.S. government has approved Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR, following the Federal Trade Commission's examination of the deal. The FTC has determined -- not all that surprisingly -- that the deal would not violate U.S. antitrust laws. This will allow the two companies to move forward in combining forces, though Facebook previously promised that Oculus would "continue to operate… Read More

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 Native ad startup Namo Media has found a way to pack more ads into the content streams of its publishers. The company is launching version 3.0 of its software development kit, and co-founder and CEO Gabor Cselle said the biggest change is the addition of a carousel for ads — so instead of just seeing one ad at a time, users can now swipe horizontally to see more. Apparently Namo is using… Read More

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 A year ago, Microsoft launched a beta of its ad-free "Bing For Schools" program, which promises to give K-12 students access to an ad-free search experience with additional content filters, privacy protections and a couple of specialized learning features to enhance digital literacy. Today, it's taking this program -- which is now called "Bing in the Classroom" -- out of beta. With this, the… Read More

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Quibb, a service that helps industry professional share and discuss relevant news items, is looking to finish up its seed round on Alphaworks, the crowdsourced equity exchange platform recently unveiled by betaworks. Quibb represents one of the first companies to use the platform. The company has secured $650k from investors and is looking to close on another $100k through Alphaworks. Quibb is a… Read More

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 A new report by UNESCO says that mobile devices can boost literacy rates in developing countries, potentially reaching almost all of the world's population. Furthermore, an expensive tablet or smartphone is not necessary. In fact, many e-book readers use featurephones. The report surveyed 5,000 people in Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe Read More

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 Andreessen Horowitz-backed AgLocal, which began as a marketplace for meat, connecting animal farmers to buyers including top-rated chefs, has now pivoted to become a consumer-facing service. On the new e-commerce site, online shoppers can browse through the meat products offered by family-operated farms, which are paid for on a subscription basis. Read More

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 Last November, Robin Wauters, ex-TechCrunch writer and former European editor for The Next Web, launched new tech blog, Tech.eu, with a stated mission to fill the "gap" left for in-depth coverage of Europe’s technology industry (thanks for that Robin!). But, as anyone in online media knows, content isn't cheap and for that mission to be little more than hyperbole the new European tech blog on… Read More

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 Rocket Internet, the Berlin-based incubator founded by the Samwer brothers with a number of notable exits and fundings under its belt, is branching further into Asia, and specifically emerging markets. It's partnering with Ooredoo, the main carrier in Qatar and formerly known as QTel, in a new joint venture called Asia Internet Holding to build and fund e-commerce startups, especially those… Read More

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 Amazon just announced a multi-year agreement with HBO to offer that cable network’s back-catalog of shows on Amazon Instant Video, free for Prime subscribers. That’s not all, though; HBO GO, which offers not only archived content but also current programming to HBO subscribers, will arrive on Amazon Fire TV by year’s end, the companies announced. HBO GO was the one glaring… Read More

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 Classic HBO programming will soon be available on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The two companies announced the programming deal this morning. The first set of programming will hit the video streaming service starting on May 21. HBO Go will also finally hit the Amazon Fire TV by the end of 2014. The programming list includes The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Deadwood, Eastbound &… Read More

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 Every day, Google’s Street View cars capture massive amounts of data and the company then publishes them on Google Maps at regular intervals. Until now, the only images you could see on Google Maps were the latest images. Starting today, however, you will also be able to go back in time and see older images. When you’re in the Street View interface, you will now see a small clock icon… Read More

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 AOL is getting into the full-length movie business with a new ‘Movies’ section for the AOL On Network (dislosure: AOL owns TechCrunch). The company’s movie portal is adding titles from Miramax starting April 30, including what the comnpany says will be “tens of films,” with the selection refreshing on a monthly basis. It’s a move into territory that could put… Read More

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 My colleagues wrote about Apple ads yesterday. So when I stumbled across these HBO Go ads, I thought that, you, dear TechCrunch readers, also deserve to see these videos. In these seven videos, you see teenagers sitting on a couch and watching HBO shows, such as Game of Thrones, True Detective or Girls. But their parents are lingering in the background. Everybody remembers those awkward moments… Read More

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 The co-founder and former CEO of Spindle, a social discovery app that was acquired by Twitter last year, has joined Polaris Partners as venture partner on its technology investment team. Pat Kinsel started at the Boston-based firm as an entrepreneur-in-residence after Spindle was acquired. Polaris was an investor in Spindle. Read More

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 To some extent, AlterGeo bills itself as the ‘Foursquare of Russia’. You can check-in to a location via their apps, get discounts, the usual sort of thing. But on the back end of the consumer facing apps it has a hybrid positioning technology which is a B2B product. It is far more sophisticated than Foursquare. Founded in 2008, AlterGeo employs WiFi, WiMAX, GSM, LTE, IP addresses and… Read More

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 Another funding round for another taxi app company — albeit this one, Estonian startup Taxify, is focusing on helping existing taxi companies fight the encroaching threat on their business from independent drivers making like cabbies with help of apps like Uber and Cabify. Taxify has closed a $100,000 seed round, with investment coming from multiple angel investors from the U.S., Asia… Read More

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 Piqora, a marketing platform and analytics provider for “visual” social networks like Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, has raised $7.7 million in Series A funding, the company is announcing today. The round was led by DFJ, and saw participation from Freestyle Capital, Baseline Ventures, Lazerow Ventures, Firebolt Ventures and Altos Ventures. Founded in 2012, and originally called… Read More

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 LoyaltyLion, a graduate of accelerator Startupbootcamp, is another startup attempting to level the playing field for smaller e-retailers. Read More

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 On the heels of online food delivery company Just-Eat’s successful IPO in London earlier this month, its big, still-private rival Delivery Hero has raised another mammoth round of funding: a Series F of $85 million, led by a “6 billion dollar global investment fund” that Delivery Hero tells me does not want to be named just yet; as well as existing shareholders. The funding will… Read More

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 Showing up a bit late to the iOS 7 party, Viber has released an update to the iPhone version of the application that incorporates the same flat design we've seen throughout the new operating system. Viber had been in pretty desperate need of a redesign for quite some time. On the one hand, there's something charming about an up-and-coming app that looks slightly outdated or unpolished (the way… Read More

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 Take the rules of 2048. Add the gameplay and physics of Flappy Bird. What do you get? Flappy48 — a weird (yet surprisingly... fun?) bizarro-world mashup of everything stupidly addictive from 2014. Read More

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Codasip is an ‘application specific processor design tool’ and IP provider. Today it’s closed its first round of public funding totalling $2.8 million to push its technology product forward. The funding is being led by Credo Ventures, a VC based in the Czech Republic, and includes additional funds from multiple private investors. In case you’re wondering, an… Read More

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 One day in the fall of 1990, or maybe it was ’91, I discovered a box my cousin had left at our house. In the box was a black cassette tape with a grubby label. On one side, recorded in long play mode to fit it all, was the Beastie Boys ‘License To Ill’ and Concrete Blonde’s ‘Bloodletting’. Read More

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 “i really feel like we need a buzzfeed-type writer,” our community manager Skypes me, because we’re hiring and dealing with all the fun stuff that that entails, “everyones going in that direction it seems.” “What is that direction?” I ask. “something that you don’t have to click on yet do cause why not” is her answer. This is the most… Read More

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