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 Slack opened the tech world’s mind to the potential of messaging inside organizations, but there are plenty of others working to bring the concept to different kinds of businesses. One such startup, Eko Communications, is focused on making communication within large-scale companies mobile-centric, and it has raised $5.7 million in Series A funding led by Gobi Partners. Read More

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 It’s no surprise that the major content players – Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Yahoo, etc. – continue to capture front page news and headlines every day for their strategic moves and announcements in the United States and other major markets across the world. However, when it comes to emerging markets, while their moves might not garner the same level of attention, make no… Read More

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 In the last couple weeks, I’ve seen a lot of media coverage on one former Google employee’s effort to bring more pay transparency to her workplace by creating a spreadsheet for co-workers to share their salary information with one another. Since that story broke, the commentary has been along the lines of, “Yes! You should do this, too. Just tell everyone what you make. It… Read More

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 “Google is not an enterprise company and we are trying to become cognizant of what the enterprise needs,” Craig McLuckie, Google’s product manager in charge of its Kubernetes and Google Container Engine projects, acknowledged during a panel discussion at the OpenStack Foundation’s annual Silicon Valley event today. Read More

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 Earlier today, Rovio said it would lay off 260 employees. This was fascinating news to the Internet, given Rovio’s status as one of the vanguards of mobile gaming as the iPhone and Android exploded. But in reality, all games eventually fade into obscurity, and even viral phenomenons like Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, Candy Crush Saga and FarmVille become distant memories among the… Read More

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 Garrett Camp, co-founder of StumbleUpon says he’ll soon be the site’s majority stakeholder. Again. The site originally launched in 2001. StumbleUpon was sold to eBay in 2007, but sold back to a group including Camp in 2009. He was active CEO from 2001-2012 and has stayed on as “Chairman” since. Here’s what Camp had to say about the move, which will include… Read More

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 It was supposed to take 18 months. But with React Native, Facebook built its iOS Ads Manager app in 5 months, and then ported it to Android in just 3 more months. That’s because React Native let Facebook’s engineers work faster and reuse the JavaScript backend. Coders have dreamed of a system that would let them ‘write once, run anywhere’. But Facebook… Read More

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 While Uber, Lyft, and similar ride-sharing services can help you get from one place to the next, they aren’t practical for hauling your large purchases – like those from an IKEA shopping spree, or a sofa you found on Craigslist, for example. That’s where a service called Lugg comes in. If Lyft is like your friend with a car, then Lugg is like your friend with a truck. The… Read More

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 When we observed an increase in Series A fundings in the first quarter of 2015, we had two theories as to what was happening. First, people are attracted to the Series A figures more than Series B or beyond. This is similar to how people bid on mid-market houses in San Francisco, overbidding on houses around $2 million, but the $5 million houses see much less competition. Second, we might see… Read More

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 All messaging apps are the same no more. A few years ago, there were few differences between SMS and a slew of chat apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Kik, Line, KakaoTalk and Facebook Messenger. But each have slowly defined themselves differently, whether through simplicity, connections to businesses, media, stickers, games, location, and other features. Read More

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 Ok, not really, but this is pretty cool. Vegemite is a disgusting yeast paste beloved by far too many people. While I wouldn’t recommend actively eating it, Professor Marc in het Panhuis at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science figured out that you can 3D print the paste and use it to carry current, effectively creating Vegemite bio-wires. What does this mean? Soon… Read More

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 Earlier today, Y Combinator President Sam Altman posted the type of numbers about which he gets asked “a lot” — calling them (humbly and probably rightly) “very imperfect indicators of success.” Here’s the lowdown, if you missed them: Excluding companies like Quora that didn’t get their start with the incubator, Altman says that YC has now backed… Read More

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 BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, is acquiring FutureAdvisor, a five-year-old, San Francisco-based online financial advisory firm that aims to help people manage their existing IRAs, 401(s) and other investment accounts. According to the Financial Times, the company was picked up for between $150 million and $200 million. FutureAdvisor had raised $21.5 million from… Read More

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 Frustrated by how difficult it was to have spur of the moment get-togethers with friends, Stanford classmates Joseph Lau and Nikil Viswanathan spent a Friday afternoon in San Francisco’s SoMa district building what they called Down To Lunch. “I want to emphasize how simple or silly it was,” said Lau. “We didn’t know who was free, and who was where, and who was able… Read More

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 Android Pay, Google’s forthcoming payments platform and rival to Apple Pay, will soon launch, allowing consumers to pay using their Android smartphones at point-of-sale as well as make purchases within mobile applications. However, according to sources familiar with Google’s plans, Android Pay is not arriving today – or any time this week, in fact – despite a… Read More

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 Not unlike those fortune-telling fish you used to get at joke shops a new form of 3D-printed microfish – fish, not fiche – can wiggle and jiggle and wriggle inside you, dropping off medicine and cleaning up toxins as they go. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have created nano-sized fish out of materials that can react to their environment, allowing them to… Read More

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 There has been a lot of discussion about startup valuation over the past few months. Luminaries across the industry have chimed in, suggesting we’re returning to a time of irrational investment valuations hearkening back to the bubble of the late 90s. My colleagues and I at Sapphire Ventures are seeing the rise in private market valuations firsthand. The stage at which we invest, the… Read More

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 It seems that the #Uncarrier has a soft spot for pirates, but perhaps only when they’re being asked to deal with them without a court order. T-Mobile’s Austrian branch is refusing to comply with a request from a music rights group to block access to the popular torrenting site The Pirate Bay in the country, Torrent Freak reports. The Pirate Bay has faced particularly strong… Read More

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 Microsoft is 7.5 percent of the way to its goal of a flat billion devices running Windows 10 in the next few years. Today the software giant announced that its latest operating system, Windows 10, is now running on 75 million machines. Read More

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 We’ve been hearing rumblings that Facebook was working on an “assistant” within Messenger (along with others), but today we’ve gotten the details that pull it all together. This puts the company squarely in competition with Apple, Google and Microsoft in the digital personal assistant space. In a Facebook post, Facebook Messenger lead David Marcus spoke a bit about… Read More

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 YouTube just launched YouTube Gaming on the web, Android and iOS. As expected, YouTube Gaming goes head-to-head against Twitch, mirroring many popular features of the existing gaming streaming giant. Read More

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 Why pay Kickstarter 5% or Indiegogo 4% to 9% when most crowdfunding traffic comes from project creators and their own promotion? And why publicize a crowdfunding page that will only live for a month instead a business’ own website that can take orders forever? That’s the idea behind Celery Launch, which lets people accept crowdfunding, pre-orders, and traditional purchases from… Read More

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 Coin, the device that wanted to replace all of your credit cards with a… card, is prepped and ready to dig into the future with Coin 2.0. Coin 2.0 uses NFC and is EMV-compatible so that users can not only tap to pay, the way you would with Apple Pay on an iPhone, but can integrate their chip-and-pin cards to the device. The original Coin, debuted in November 2013 on Kickstarter… Read More

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 Amazon just announced a new store for Android apps and games called Amazon Underground. While the company already has the Amazon Appstore, Amazon Underground is a brand new section as well as a new app to download premium apps for free. Here’s how it works. Read More

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 Simon Khalaf, Yahoo’s senior vice president of publisher products, today outlined some big shifts in the mobile ecosystem and unveiled some new tools for mobile developers. He made the announcements on-stage at the Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference in New York City and in related blog posts. Let’s start with the developer tools. The first one is Tumblr In-App Sharing.… Read More

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