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 Mega VC firm Khosla Ventures is raising a new $400 million seed fund as it looks to enter the new year with some gusto. Read More

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 Last week, I got an early look at first-person zombie-survival game Dying Light, which arrives on PC and consoles in February. This wasn’t your run-of-the-mill demo, however — Techland, the studio behind the game, let me play on an Oculus Rift connected to a maxed out gaming rig. Read More

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US officials say they believe that North Korea’s government was involved in the large-scale hack of Sony servers, which led to the leak of troves of Sony data from emails to unreleased projects, according to the NYT. Read More

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 Recently a Microsoft employee published a blog post on the company’s Office blog. The missive, under the name of Tim Carroll, a “senior product manager on the Office 365 team,” is perhaps the worst and best corporate blog post of all time. A Microsoft spokesperson informed TechCrunch that “the blog post was not properly vetted,” that it has been taken down, and… Read More

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 StudyPool, a 500 Startups batch company that connects students and tutors, is yet another company that takes the template for building a marketplace from Uber and Airbnb and applies it to another subject where there’s usually a lot of friction involved in each transaction. Read More

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 We live and work in an age of mass competition and where the ability to land top talent can have as much of an impact on the success of the company as the product line itself. As companies of various shapes and sizes jockey for position in a constantly shifting tech market, there is a subtle, yet intense battle waging for talent. However, what was once hidden in the shadows has now come… Read More

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 Following threats from hackers responsible for large-scale server breeches and leaks at Sony, the entertainment studio has made the official decision to cancel The Interview, which was set to be released on Christmas Day. In a prepared statement (below), the company said that it was “deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie,” and… Read More

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 After facing scrutiny in multiple markets over questions of passenger safety, global transportation service Uber said it is reviewing some of its business practices and is working to make improvements. In a blog post today the company detailed its road map for ensuring customer safety in the 260 markets that it operates in. Read More

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 Join Darrell Etherington, Kyle Russell and Greg Kumparak as we chat about the Pebble gaining support for Android Wear interactive notifications, the Asus ZenWatch and the Sony Smartwatch 3. We also get a little bit futurist with our thoughts on Chrome OS, how it will integrate with Android and what Google envisions for its desktop platform in the long term. This is a very special episode… Read More

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Snapchat co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel released a powerful statement today on privacy, a day after the latest batch of emails released in the massive Sony Pictures hack exposed the inbox of Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton. Since Lynton serves on Snapchat’s board of directors, his inbox included a good deal of candid conversations with Spiegel and others about Snapchat’s… Read More

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 Zoosk, the online dating platform that has been around since 2007, has today announced changes to leadership, with CFO Kelly Steckelberg taking over as Chief Executive Officer. She will be replacing cofounder Shayan Zadeh, who is becoming a member of the board, and his cofounder Alex Mehr (currently President) will also be moving into a board position. The shift comes at a time when Zoosk… Read More

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 There’s probably no enterprise software company more people opine on than Box. In particular, the business model of Box. But while opinions are somewhat subjective, math is math, and the physics of software as a service (SaaS) and recurring revenue are highly predictable. And there’s one thing we now know after Box’s recent SEC filings on its run up to an IPO: Box will be at… Read More

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 A mobile messaging application called Inbox Messenger, which combines user privacy features with a minimalist design, has raised $3.9 million in seed funding, the company announced today. The investment, though higher than the average seed round, comes from a group of unnamed angel investors and is designed to help the company grow its engineering and product teams, expand its customer… Read More

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 Microsoft’s Windows 10 has around 450,000 users on a daily basis, according to the software company. A new blog post from the Windows team highlighted the statistic, also noting that it has collected 1.5 million testers for its preview operating system. That number was 1 million on October 13. So, the pace of new signups to test Windows 10 has declined — it attracted its… Read More

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 More than half a year ago, Google announced that it was working on an email encryption Chrome plugin that would make it very easy for anybody to encrypt their emails. Now, it looks like this tool is getting a bit closer to launch. While it’s not ready for a wider release yet, Google this week moved its so-called “End-to-End” tool to GitHub to encourage a wider range of… Read More

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 For months, investors have talked about how crowdfunding is changing the hardware investing landscape. The theory goes that the advent of Kickstarter and Indiegogo allow companies to test product-market-fit in a notoriously challenging category. And the numbers suggest there may be something to this: Venture investing in hardware companies increased 233 percent from 2007 to 2013 according… Read More

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 FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly has been unanimously approved by the Senate for a full term with the agency. Previously, O’Rielly completed the term of a prior commissioner. He was first sworn in last November. Here’s the National Cable & Telecommunications Association on his re-upping with the agency: “Commissioner O’Rielly has been a passionate advocate… Read More

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 Facebook’s “Rooms” application, like many of the experiments put out by Facebook’s Creative Labs – which is also responsible for apps like Paper, Slingshot, Mentions and Groups – has not been an overnight viral sensation. However, it is notable for being the first app from Facebook that didn’t require users to go by their real name, allowing… Read More

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 Truly Wireless, a new company launching with a fresh $1.4 million in seed funding, is trying to bring all the same functionality of the classic enterprise telephony system, to the phone you actually use every day, your smartphone. The round was led by Index ventures, Greylock Partners and Boldstart Ventures, with participation from ENIAC ventures and a group of angels. Truly allows companies… Read More

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 Compose, an incredibly simple app that took only about an hour to design and another to build, may not be as ridiculous as it initially sounds. The app serves only one purpose: it lets you shoot off a quick email without having to open your email client application. Not only does that make it quicker for you to compose and send an email, it also means you won’t be distracted by the… Read More

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 The one puzzle piece I needed to complete my Ultimate Home Theater setup has finally arrived: Plex is available for PlayStation 4 and PS3 in the U.K, Europe and Asia, with an app live in the PlayStation Store. The Plex app for Sony’s latest console follows the launch of the media streamer on Xbox One back in October. At the time, Plex’s co-founder Scott Olechowski hinted that a… Read More

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 Sinch, the newly spun out Rebtel company, has launched its SMS API globally, offering the ability for developers to add SMS integration to their app or website in 105 different countries across the globe. The product was initially developed under the Rebtel umbrella before Sinch took $12 million in funding to spin out the business this May. Since then, the company has test launched the SMS… Read More

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 When Tile, the square-shaped lost-item tracker that attaches to bags, bikes, key chains and more, announced this fall that it had raised $13 million in funding (a combination of a seed round and Series A investment), the company said it had earmarked some of that money to be put towards hiring more Android engineers. Now that investment has paid off, as Tile today debuts support for… Read More

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 Piccing, the Zurich-headquartered ‘social-shopping’ platform, has secured new funding. It’s raised a $3.62 million Series A round from undisclosed investors — money it will use to fuel its international launch, which kicked off earlier this week. Read More

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 The U.S. and Cuba are easing their diplomatic relations, the White House is announcing today, marking a relaxation of a relationship that has remained tense since the Cold War. Part of that easing will include “new efforts to increase Cubans’ access to communications and their ability to communicate freely,” according to information shared by the White House about the scope… Read More

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