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 There’s promising news for individuals and organizations that deal in confidential data. Keybase, the service for sending encrypted messages, has begun to offer a file-sharing feature that is powered by end-to-end encryption, making it considerably more secure than Dropbox or other mainstream file-sharing options/ Read More

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 We are planning on holding a mini-meetup in Barcelona during MWC, offering you a chance to pitch TC writers and hold a pitch-off, with pinners getting free tickets to Disrupt New York. We need your help. We have a venue, but we need more sponsors. Things are still in the planning stage but we will hold the event on Wednesday, February 24 in the evening. Sponsors would be responsible for… Read More

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 The great takeout shakeout continues apace. Since going public in 2014, Rocket Internet has been trying to simplify and reorganize the tangle of e-commerce startups funded and grown by the Berlin-based incubator to make the main business more profitable. Today comes the latest move on that front: Rocket Internet is selling food takeaway operations in Spain, Italy, Brazil and Mexico to Just… Read More

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 UK-based startup community and workspace TechHub has been an international organization for some time, but now it is expanding its partnership with Google — and the Google for Entrepreneurs program — into three new countries: India, Latvia and Romania. Read More

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 Back in October 2014, went off on a health tangent Nintendo announced plans to develop a sleep and fatigue tacking app that would customer improve their slumber time. Nothing much had been heard about the project since, until yesterday, that is, when the Japanese games giant confirmed it had been put to sleep indefinitely. Read More

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 Imagine the possibilities of a world in which we are able to make trusted connections between a near-infinite number of people. A world in which transaction costs, time and distance are reduced to almost nil. A world that is instantly available from a smartphone, anywhere, anytime. This global revolution, enabled by databases, search engines and connectivity, has begun. It’s allowing… Read More

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 I’m excited to announce that TechCrunch Video has arrived on Apple TV, and now available to download in the App Store! The app features our entire VOD library as well as our growing list of live streaming events, just in time for 1st and Future this Saturday February 6th, and the 9th Annual Crunchies on Monday February 8th. TechCrunch Video is helpfully featured in… Read More

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 The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is a field of science that’s been around for over 60 years. While SETI tools and strategies have improved immensely over that time, we have yet to find definitive evidence for intelligent alien life in our universe. TechCrunch spoke with famed astronomer Jill Tarter, to understand how the search has changed over the years and why… Read More

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 TechCrunch has been running a program called Include for a while now. In its first phase, it offered diverse entrepreneurs, founders, organizations focused on inclusion and technologists a variety of benefits like monetary support, free and discounted tickets to our Disrupt events. Read More

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 CustomInk, a leading player in the online custom appeal space, has announced it is acquiring Represent, a Los Angeles-based social commerce startup. Sources close to the acquisition tell us the price tag was approaching $100 million, with it being a cash and stock deal. Founded in 2014 by Bryan Baum, Andrej Pancik, and Leo Seigal, Represent is similar to CustomInk in that it lets anyone… Read More

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 LinkedIn reported fourth quarter earnings after the bell Thursday. While the company beat analyst estimates on both income and revenue,  the stock quickly tumbled 27% in after-hours trading, due to a disappointing outlook and earnings guidance. The job networking site said that revenue for first quarter of 2016 is expected to be $820 million and adjusted earnings per share will be 55 cents.… Read More

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 Curioos has been selling art prints from digital artists for a few years now. But it’s been a cumbersome work to add new artists to the website. That’s why the company is automatizing the listing process by switching to a marketplace approach. Any digital artist can now submit their work and get revenue from Curioos prints. Read More

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 “Growth hacking” is a term that people seem to think means “magically market any product or company for free.” I wrote a post called What is growth hacking? to clarify the difference between efficient, effective marketing and mythical marketing pixie dust, yet still people don’t seem to understand. Before I give you three tips for powerful, nearly free marketing,… Read More

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 Meet Soundsgood, a French startup that wants to make it easier to publish playlists on the web. While it’s never been a better time to create a playlist on a streaming service and share it with readers and followers, everybody uses a different streaming service. Soundsgood works with Spotify, YouTube, Deezer, SoundCloud with more integrations in the works. Read More

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 The TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-off is headed to Boston and Atlanta, and time is running out to apply to participate. Ten companies from each glorious city will have exactly sixty seconds each to pitch their product to a panel of expert VC judges and the audience. Judges will hold a quick Q&A following each rapid-fire presentation and ultimately determine a winner. First place gets a table… Read More

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 According to nine-term San Diego Congressman, Darrell Issa, the 21st century has started everywhere…. except Washington DC. Read More

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 Tango’s new CEO isn’t wasting any time making changes to reverse the declining fortunes of the messaging app company. Co-founder Eric Setton, who made the jump from Tango CTO to CEO one month ago, announced this week that the company is splitting its service into two to rediscover the core chat experience that made it successful. Read More

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 Box announced a new product today called Box KeySafe that should help simplify encryption key management, putting it in reach of small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) who require encryption, but want to avoid the complexities associated with Box’s higher end Enterprise Key Management product. Many highly regulated industries have wanted to move to the cloud, but security and… Read More

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 French startup La Belle Assiette just raised another $1.5 million (€1.3 million) to expand its services. The company has become a leading on-demand chef service in Europe, and is now looking at other opportunities in the events catering industry. Read More

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Implementing unconscious bias trainings at tech companies has become a thing over the last year or so. Part of that is thanks to Paradigm, a consulting startup that work with tech companies like Slack, Airbnb and Pinterest to help formulate strategies around diversity and inclusion. Paradigm CEO Joelle Emerson recently stopped by TC’s studio to chat with me about those unconcscious… Read More

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 CoreOS‘s container runtime competitor rkt hit version 1.0 today and according to the company, it’s now ready for production use. Version 1.0 introduces a number of new security features and, going forward, any changes to the command line interface and on-disk format will be backwards compatible. Rkt currently supports both applications packaged as CoreOS App Container images and… Read More

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 Foursquare is not a consumer social app business, it’s a data company. And only when it admitted that to itself and revalued as such was it able to pull in more capital and keep chugging. Today at LA’s Upfront Summit, Foursquare’s lead investor from Union Square Ventures Fred Wilson stuck up for the startup while trying to make people understand how it’s… Read More

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 It’s imperative to find and develop systems that enable higher levels of participation. Read More

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 Justin Kan, the founder of Justin.tv — the online video portal that eventually became video game streaming giant Twitch — is restarting the service on Snapchat 18 months after it was shut down. Read More

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 Google launched an update to Android Wear today that brings a couple of new features to the smartwatch platform. Maybe the most interesting of these is Android Wear’s ability to use the speakers that are now inside some of the newest watches. If you own a Huawei Watch or an ASUS ZenWatch 2, for example, you’ll now be able to go full Dick Tracy and make and take calls right from… Read More

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