posted about 21 hours ago on techcrunch
 My colleagues wrote about Apple ads yesterday. So when I stumbled across these HBO Go ads, I thought that, you, dear TechCrunch readers, also deserve to see these videos. In these seven videos, you see teenagers sitting on a couch and watching HBO shows, such as Game of Thrones, True Detective or Girls. But their parents are lingering in the background. Everybody remembers those awkward moments… Read More

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 The co-founder and former CEO of Spindle, a social discovery app that was acquired by Twitter last year, has joined Polaris Partners as venture partner on its technology investment team. Pat Kinsel started at the Boston-based firm as an entrepreneur-in-residence after Spindle was acquired. Polaris was an investor in Spindle. Read More

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 To some extent, AlterGeo bills itself as the ‘Foursquare of Russia’. You can check-in to a location via their apps, get discounts, the usual sort of thing. But on the back end of the consumer facing apps it has a hybrid positioning technology which is a B2B product. It is far more sophisticated than Foursquare. Founded in 2008, AlterGeo employs WiFi, WiMAX, GSM, LTE, IP addresses and… Read More

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posted about 22 hours ago on techcrunch
 Another funding round for another taxi app company — albeit this one, Estonian startup Taxify, is focusing on helping existing taxi companies fight the encroaching threat on their business from independent drivers making like cabbies with help of apps like Uber and Cabify. Taxify has closed a $100,000 seed round, with investment coming from multiple angel investors from the U.S., Asia… Read More

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 Piqora, a marketing platform and analytics provider for “visual” social networks like Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, has raised $7.7 million in Series A funding, the company is announcing today. The round was led by DFJ, and saw participation from Freestyle Capital, Baseline Ventures, Lazerow Ventures, Firebolt Ventures and Altos Ventures. Founded in 2012, and originally called… Read More

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posted about 23 hours ago on techcrunch
 LoyaltyLion, a graduate of accelerator Startupbootcamp, is another startup attempting to level the playing field for smaller e-retailers. Read More

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 On the heels of online food delivery company Just-Eat’s successful IPO in London earlier this month, its big, still-private rival Delivery Hero has raised another mammoth round of funding: a Series F of $85 million, led by a “6 billion dollar global investment fund” that Delivery Hero tells me does not want to be named just yet; as well as existing shareholders. The funding will… Read More

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 Showing up a bit late to the iOS 7 party, Viber has released an update to the iPhone version of the application that incorporates the same flat design we've seen throughout the new operating system. Viber had been in pretty desperate need of a redesign for quite some time. On the one hand, there's something charming about an up-and-coming app that looks slightly outdated or unpolished (the way… Read More

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 Take the rules of 2048. Add the gameplay and physics of Flappy Bird. What do you get? Flappy48 — a weird (yet surprisingly... fun?) bizarro-world mashup of everything stupidly addictive from 2014. Read More

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Codasip is an ‘application specific processor design tool’ and IP provider. Today it’s closed its first round of public funding totalling $2.8 million to push its technology product forward. The funding is being led by Credo Ventures, a VC based in the Czech Republic, and includes additional funds from multiple private investors. In case you’re wondering, an… Read More

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 One day in the fall of 1990, or maybe it was ’91, I discovered a box my cousin had left at our house. In the box was a black cassette tape with a grubby label. On one side, recorded in long play mode to fit it all, was the Beastie Boys ‘License To Ill’ and Concrete Blonde’s ‘Bloodletting’. Read More

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 “i really feel like we need a buzzfeed-type writer,” our community manager Skypes me, because we’re hiring and dealing with all the fun stuff that that entails, “everyones going in that direction it seems.” “What is that direction?” I ask. “something that you don’t have to click on yet do cause why not” is her answer. This is the most… Read More

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 Lifeline Ventures has never ceased to surprise me. There’s their annual benchpress and dead-lifting contest every November to find the world’s strongest investor and founder. Or, I mean, just look at their portfolio: Trash-sorting robotic systems. Ear-plugs that shine light on the surface of your brain to treat seasonal affective disorder. They even backed the Finnish rock band, the… Read More

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 David Einhorn, a hedge fund manager worth north of a billion dollars, isn't bullish on technology stocks. In a letter to his investors sent today, Einhorn called the current market environment regarding technology companies the "second tech bubble in 15 years." Read More

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 Doug Ludlow, formerly CEO of startup Hipster, is working on something new called The Happy Home Company, and he has convinced former eBay executive Matthew Mengerink to co-found it with him. Hipster, for those of you who don't remember, was a photo-sharing startup that was probably best-known for stunts like offering a year's supply of Pabst Blue Ribbon as part of its referral bonus. Read More

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 On the heels of its announcement with Wistron last week, Tactus chief executive Craig Ciesla stopped by TechCrunch to talk about its future plans. Ciesla said that the company raised $13.5 million in its Series B round, with Thomvest Ventures as the lead investor, with Ryoyo, Wistron and other undisclosed strategic and financial investors participating. Ciesla says that the company is using the… Read More

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 Since it was first launched in 2007, CrunchBase has been an invaluable source of information about major companies, startups, investors, and executives in the tech ecosystem. Today we're proud to introduce CrunchBase 2.0 -- a more beautiful, easier-to-use, and more powerful version of the database that the tech world has come to depend on. Read More

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 Let’s get outside of the San Francisco bubble for a little while (trust me, there is oxygen here). I realize in a world saturated with protesters who have all the sophistication and menace of a shipful of Pakleds, it may seem like a protest in front of Kevin Rose’s home is the Biggest News in the Universe. It may seem doubly so when said protesters are demanding $3 billion in latinum, and your… Read More

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 A new policy put in place this March effectively bans members of the U.S. intelligence community from speaking to the media, even when discussing unclassified matters. The new rules have sparked outcry from many outside the government, given that the policies as detailed in the directive further clamp down on interaction between the public and intelligence denizens. Read More

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 Xappmedia is announcing that it has raised $3 million in seed funding for its recently launched audio advertising platform. The first part of a Xappmedia spot can sound like a regular ad, but then it offers a call to action. For example, an ad for a flower company could begin with a promotional spiel, but then ask users whether they want to find out more, or buy flowers, or whatever — not by… Read More

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 After what has been seriously way too long, Roku has just launched an official YouTube channel for most of its lil’ streaming boxes. The catch: Roku says the channel is only compatible with “current generation” devices, which they define as any box launched after July 2011. Roku’s model numbering system is super confusing*, so just know that if your Roku came out in the… Read More

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 Owlet, a smart baby bootie that measures your child's heart rate, launched on our Hardware Battlefield last January and has just raised $1.85 million from multiple firms including FF Venture Capital and Eniac Ventures. The company also completed the RGA Connected Devices Accelerator through Tech Stars. Read More

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 Our lives are not defined reverse chronologically, yet until now, that's strictly how our social network profiles portrayed us -- as a snapshot of our latest activity. Today, Twitter gave everyone the option to pin a tweet to the top of their profile "so it’s easy for your followers to see what you’re all about." It's the first step towards a more holistic vision of identity online. Read More

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 A few days ago Aol Mail was hacked, and users' address books were scraped. Today, Aol has announced moves that will help other mail providers reject email messages sent from email accounts spoofed from this security breach. Read More

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 The alleged "face of Bitcoin," Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, has taken to YouTube with noted Bitcoin activist, Andreas Antonopoulos, to thank the Bitcoin community for sending him over $20,000 in BTC donations. Read More

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