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UK-based health startup HealthBerry has soft launched its beta. Pitched as a “better way to engage with patients” the startup uses social media as a way for national health services to measure patient feedback and thus inform improvements to services. It’s trailing with the UK’s National Health Service. The platform engages with patients, monitors programmes, syndicates… Read More

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 After years of complaining about how Airbnb doesn't compete on a level playing field, apparently the hotel lobby in New York now wants to ensure that the peer-to-peer hospitality startup isn't held to the same standards, especially as it relates to taxes. Read More

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 By now may are familiar with the smartphone apps that track your movements via the accelerometer. There are multiple pedometers on all the apps stores for instance. But a more intriguing sector has emerged in the shape of apps like Human and Moves. Both not only track steps but give you feedback on reaching goals, in a very light-touch manner. The beauty of these apps is that they gradually… Read More

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 The $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook is nothing if not a signal of the significant importance that messaging has in this new phase of online connectivity, in the world where people's "first computers" are their mobile handsets. Dozens of new messaging apps launch every day, each with a core set of functionality and a few tricks of their own, ranging from the practical (calendar… Read More

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 There are Game Of Thrones spoilers in this post. If you click through, you will see them. Do not click through if seeing them will upset you. This is your only warning. Read More

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 The team at Pixite, known for making high-quality photo applications for iOS, including things like Unbound, Fragment, Tangent (an “App Store Best” in 2013), and more, is now revealing its latest creation: a photo-blending application called Union. The app lets you easily combine photos to make superimposed, silhouetted and double image exposures, as well as remove backgrounds, blend… Read More

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 Peer-to-peer lending marketplace Lending Club is announcing new funding and an acquisition this morning. The company raised $65 million from T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., Wellington Management Company, LLP, BlackRock and Sands Capital, and $50 million in debt. And Lending Club acquired financing company Springstone Financial for $140 million in cash and stock. Read More

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 A team of University of Pennsylvania freshmen have turned Siri into the useful companion she was always meant to be. Their creation, GoogolPlex, routes Siri commands through a proxy, allowing their system to add custom commands. Ever want Siri to play a certain Spotify song on demand? Or control a Nest Thermostat? Or unlock your Tesla? GoogolPlex can do all of that. Enabling GoogolPlex is a… Read More

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 Versus IO, a consumer electronics product comparison engine startup based out of Berlin that's attracted backing from Dave McClure’s 500 Startups (among others), has launched its first app as it seeks to continue growing its user-base. Read More

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 Music streaming startup Spotify is shutting down its peer-to-peer network that powered a significant part of the service in the desktop app. According to TorrentFreak, the company doesn’t need to use peer-to-peer anymore as it has enough servers spread around the world. As a reminder, the mobile app and the web interface never used the peer-to-peer technology. But this is a significant move… Read More

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 TechCrunch Disrupt hits New York City May 3-7, and we're excited to announce the full agenda. The event will span five days and feature industry titans, noted thought leaders and experienced entrepreneurs. Read More

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 SpringCM, which has been doing hosted content management since 2005, long before we called it The Cloud, announced today it has received $18M in venture funding. CEO Greg Bucholtz told me he plans to use most of the money to expand his sales and marketing department. The funding for the Chicago-based company will come from Fort Worth, Texas-based Goff Capital, Square 1 Bank and Foundation Capital,… Read More

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 It looks like Twitter is hoping to earn more ad dollars from mobile app publishers and developers. The company is announcing several new features today that Vice President of Revenue Kevin Weil described as adding up to "an easy and scalable way to drive app installs and app engagement, both on Twitter and off Twitter." Those include the ability to pay for Promoted Tweets that drive app… Read More

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 Today, Yahoo launches new Flickr apps for Android and iOS. They include the ability to shoot video in the apps, or upload it directly. There is also better search, more detailed statistics for individual photos and a redesigned interface that’s had a lot of the crap scraped off of the interface to present you with Read More

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 Aereo is about to present its case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but first it wants to present its case to you. Today, the startup launched ProtectMyAntenna.org, a website designed to inform its users about Aereo’s tech, which uses freely offered over-the-air HDTV signals to provide its customers with live and DVR digital TV viewing options. Basically, Aereo maintains that each of its… Read More

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 Urban transport app Citymapper has just announced a new Series A funding round of $10 million, led by Balderton Capital. Connect Ventures (Bill Earner), Index Ventures (Robin Klein) and Greylock Partners (Laurel Bowden), also participated in the round, along with as a number of unnamed angels. The startup said it plans to use the new funding for launching in new cities, and expanding the… Read More

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 Work4, an online recruitment startup that uses social networks to advertise and find leads for jobs, has picked up another $7 million in funding that it plans to use to expand further into markets outside the U.S., as well as enhance its product. The Series B round was led by new investor Serena Capital with participation also from existing investor Matrix Partners. Prior to this, Work4 had raised… Read More

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 A bit of a setback for Nokia in the early days of its tablet strategy. It’s announced today that it has had to halt sales of its Lumia 2520 tablet in Europe amid a recall of the charger that is sold with the device, which has found to be faulty. In the U.S. it is still selling the tablet but says that sales of the travel charger accessory has been halted. Some 30,000 chargers are affected by… Read More

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 Apple has a pair of new patent applications published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) which describe a gesture-based unlocking system for iPhone or iPad devices. The system is more sophisticated than existing implementations, however, and includes a number of provisions to make the encryption even harder to frustrate the current methods employed by Android devices. Apple’s patent… Read More

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 Disruptive primary care medical practice One Medical Group, is announcing $40 million in growth capital led by Redmile Group, with participation from current institutional investors. The company previously raised $77 million in funding from Benchmark, DAG Ventures, Maverick Capital, Oak Investment Partners, Google Ventures and others. One Medical which won the 2013 Crunchie for Best Health… Read More

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 Tech people are probably used to the idea that we’ll have our memories and photos stored online. Sure, we have it in the backs of our mind that it’ll all be on some dusty hard drive somewhere we can access in the nursing home – at least we HOPE that’s the case. At the same time, very few people know how to store something in the cloud for a very long time – other than… Read More

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 So much for trashing the Kindle. Today Samsung is announcing a new app, Kindle for Samsung, created in partnership with Amazon, that will let Galaxy device users using Android 4.0 and up, starting with the Galaxy S5, to buy and read content from Amazon’s catalog of magazines, newspapers and books. Amazon and Samsung are also launching a free book service, Samsung Book Deals, for users… Read More

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 Weibo, the influential microblogging service owned by Sina, has reportedly raised just $285.6 million in its initial public offering, according to Bloomberg. The service's underwhelming IPO, however, should not be taken as a harbinger of doom for other Chinese tech companies that plan to list soon on U.S. stock exchanges. Read More

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 Mobile messaging platform Line, which is gunning for a billion registered users by 2015 and is also reportedly considering an IPO later this year, has added a new feature aimed at boosting engagement on its platform. The feature could also result in it pulling in more revenue via its secondary money-maker, sticker sales. Read More

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 Qapital, a new financial management app developer based in Europe, is preparing to launch in the U.S. and Sweden as it looks to challenge Mint.com's dominance in personal financial management, TechCrunch has learned. The Stockholm-based company aims to help consumers "live large" by "saving small." Read More

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