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 TechCrunch is hearing from a few sources that GoFundMe, a crowdfunding and fundraising startup, is seeking venture financing after bootstrapping the company since 2008. According to those sources, Accel Partners is in the mix, and one says they may be leading the round. Sources said the valuation is around $500 million, though one source said the valuation could that go… Read More

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 If you were curious about potential consolidation in the fitness space (which I’m sure you were), look no further than this very article. ClassPass, the subscription service for unlimited monthly fitness classes, has acquired direct competitor FitMob for an undisclosed amount. ClassPass, a company that has raised more than $54 million in the past three years, is a subscription service… Read More

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 Institutional Venture Partners, better known as IVP, has raised a $1.4 billion 15th fund. The company’s last fund, it’s 14th, was a smaller $1 billion capital pool. I spoke to the firm’s Steve Harrick, a general partner, about the fund size, cadence, and investment strategy. According to Harrick, the fund was raised in a two month period. That matches other notes… Read More

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 The original UDOO board was pretty amazing. An merging of Raspberry Pi and Arduino, the system let you run a tiny computer on a single board as well as control electronic projects. It was a very geeky little tool and proved to be quite popular. Well, the UDOO is back and it’s a lot better. The new UDOO Neo includes a Raspberry Pi, an Arduino board, a 9-axis sensor, magnetometer,… Read More

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 The last time Lyft CEO Logan Green graced the Disrupt stage, in September 2013, the mobile ride-hailing service was a little more than a year old. Back then Lyft was available in just 10 markets, but was growing quickly thanks to an aggressive expansion roadmap that would take it into 25 U.S. cities by the end of that year. A lot has changed in the last 18 months, as Lyft has evolved from… Read More

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 Today following the bell, Amazon reported its first quarter 2015 financial performance, including revenue of $22.72 billion and negative earnings per share of $0.12. The street expected Amazon to lose $0.13 per share, on revenue of $22.39 billion. Amazon also announced that its cloud computing business, AWS, had revenue of $1.5 billion in the quarter, with a run rate of $5 billion a year… Read More

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 There’s a battle going on for tech talent in the Bay Area, and private companies increasingly are turning to M&A as a way to bring new members onto their teams. Following along on that trend, Airbnb has hired Sara Adler, who had previously worked at Dropbox and Facebook, as its head of corporate development. Adler will step into the newly created role to create some structure in… Read More

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 According to industry expert David Raab, almost 70 percent of marketers are either unhappy or only marginally happy with their marketing automation software, and according to Bluewolf’s new “State of Salesforce” study, only 7 percent are seeing good, measurable ROI from those investments. There’s a lot of fragmentation and dissatisfaction in this category despite the… Read More

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 Pandora’s first-quarter earnings beat Wall Street’s expectations, bringing in $230.8 Million in revenue and a loss of 12 cents per share. Its active listener count — while up year over year — fell quarter over quarter. The company said users listened to 5.3 billion hours of music in the first quarter this year, with 79.2 million active listeners — up from… Read More

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 did not Today following the bell, Microsoft reported its fiscal third quarter financial results, including revenue of $21.7 billion and earnings per share of $0.61. The street had expected Microsoft to earn $0.51 per share on revenue of $21.06 billion. Microsoft, up a point in regular trading, is now up just under three percent in after-hours trading following its earnings beat. Compared to… Read More

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 Google reported its earnings for its first financial quarter of 2015 today. The company reported revenue of $17.3 billion and earnings per share of $6.57. GAAP net income for the last quarter was $3.6 billion. That compares to $15.42 billion in revenue and earnings of $6.27 per share in the year-ago-quarter. Wall Street expected the company to report EPS of around $6.61 on $17.5 billion… Read More

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 With app stores being as crowded as they are, understanding mobile distribution and the app economy is more important now more than ever. And in less than two weeks, we’ll sit down with App Annie’s new head of research Danielle Levitas and Sequoia Capital’s Alfred Lin at TechCrunch Disrupt New York. Since discovering AppAnnie, I’ve used it relentlessly to… Read More

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 Cablevision made headlines as the first pay-TV provider to offer HBO’s new standalone service HBO NOW to its broadband customers, and today the cable company is again targeting cord cutters with new packages combining internet, a free digital antenna, and the option to bundle in HBO NOW if they choose. The “cord cutter package” as one bundle is officially called, is one of… Read More

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 Editor’s note: Julie Ruvolo is a freelance writer and editor of RedLightR.io and RioChromatic.com.  Sao Paulo-based startup Samba Ads is announcing a R$3 million ($1 million) investment from a coalition of international investors that are betting on the online video opportunity in Brazil. Brazil’s e.bricks, Brazilian-Israeli firm Initial Capital, Israeli firm Rhodium and Dave… Read More

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 The $45 billion marriage of Comcast and Time Warner Cable may be left at the altar, after reports surfaced today that Comcast itself might walk away from the deal. According to Bloomberg, an announcement could come as soon as this Friday. TechCrunch has reached out to Comcast for comment on the news. The FCC declined to comment on the reports, as the transactions are still under review. The… Read More

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 U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is trying to mend relations with Silicon Valley a year and a half tensions between the industry and the military exploded when Edward Snowden exposed NSA surveillance efforts using data from Internet giants like Google. “Renewing our partnership is the only way we can do this right,” Carter said in a speech at Stanford University.… Read More

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 Earlier this week, I had a chance to meet with Playstation R&D senior director Richard Marks for a hands-on demo with Project Morpheus, Sony’s attempt at making a virtual reality headset. I got to try two demos during my time with the headset. The first was a simple intro experience, giving you a fun scene to look at that reacted based on your gaze. It then moved on to a scene that… Read More

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 It’s a big day for the technology sector: The NASDAQ kissed a new, all-time record high during regular trading, while Google, Microsoft, Pandora, and Amazon are set to report their first quarter financial performance after the bell. The four companies have a combined market cap of $913 billion. Here’s the rundown, starting with Google: Google: Investors expect Google to earn… Read More

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 In its battle with Netflix and Amazon for streaming video marketshare, Hulu today announced its first-ever licensing agreement with Turner Broadcasting, which sees the streaming video service gaining exclusive subscription rights to several shows’ past seasons from Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TNT and TBS, in addition to select future programs airing “in the coming years.”… Read More

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 Facebook announced a new video ad program today called Anthology, with the stated goal of creating better Facebook video ads by teaming up advertisers and publishers. Here’s how the company described the program in a blog post: Read More

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 Another cybersecurity bill will move on to the Senate. A day after the House of Representatives passed an information sharing bill that raised concerns among privacy advocates, the chamber passed the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act on a vote of 355-63 (a rare feat in Congress these days). The bill, introduced in the House Homeland Security Committee, will allow companies… Read More

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 If keeping up with all those tweets is starting to feel a little overwhelming, Twitter just announced a new feature that could help — at least if you own an Android phone. Earlier this year, it launched “While You Were Away,” which can puts older, popular tweets at the top of your feed. The theme here is helping users find relevant content even if it’s not the most… Read More

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 JetMe, a startup trying to make booking a private jet simpler and more affordable, released a new tool today called “Name Your Price.” The feature lets users request a private flight, and pick a price that they are willing to pay. JetMe informs you how likely it is that you’ll get that route, at your selected cost. The lower your bid, of course, the lower your chance of… Read More

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 Despite the shift away from paying with cash or check in favor of digital transactions in recent years, many smaller organizations, and even schools, still rely on old-school methods when it comes to collecting money from groups. Though it’s a hassle for both the organizer and the payer in the long run, checks are often easier than pointing users to online tools like PayPal or setting… Read More

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Believe it or not, we’re just a week away from the start of the TechCrunch Disrupt NY Hackathon! As usual, TechCrunch will award a $5,000 to the winner of the Hackathon. And to whet your competitive appetites, we’ve partnered with some fantastic companies that have agreed to put up some great prizes for best use of their tools and technologies. Atlantic.net  Code your next… Read More

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