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 BuildDirect is an online marketplace for buying home improvement products. Today, the company is opening its platform to third-party sellers with the launch of its Home Marketplace. Unsurprisingly, selling heavyweight products like flooring and roofing materials online takes a very different approach to logistics than selling books. As BuildDirect’s co-founder and CEO Jeff Booth and its… Read More

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 If Twitter is going to fix its growth problem, it’s going to have to make some drastic moves — and, with an update today, that means even changing the timeline. Twitter today is unveiling a new Twitter timeline that shows tweets at the top that the service recommends, instead of the most recent tweets. They’re designed to be the best tweets that users may have missed based… Read More

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 Woo, an Israeli-U.S. company, has eschewed the LinkedIn model of scale and instead taken the approach of luring highly-sought talent who can explore potential new job opportunities without commitment and, perhaps most importantly, maintaining anonymity. Read More

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 Meet Cizoo, a new iOS app that is all about making it easier to create music. Learning to play an instrument can be hard, but anyone can sing and rap. Cizoo lets you record tidbits of songs on top of a looping music background. Read More

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 The latest high profile individual to debunk the notion that surveillance is at risk of ‘going dark’ in an age of increasingly robust encryption is none other than James Clapper, U.S. director of national intelligence himself. Read More

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 On the surface, the smart lock space can seem pretty crowded already, with names like Lockitron and August and Kisi apparently in play for several years. But New York based Latch contends it’s mostly still noise. Aka a lot of crowdfunding campaigns, and a lot less actual product delivery. Read More

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 Each year, Americans spend roughly $30.1 billion dollars paying for yard work. It’s a huge amount of money that’s typically handled by a variety of local vendors who are mostly finding work through word of mouth referrals. Well, Yardbook, a one-year-old company launched by serial entrepreneur, Brian Gamido, is looking to change that system, and capture a huge chunk of that… Read More

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 Hexadite, a company that analyzes cyber threats and helps determine whether they require action or are false alarms, announced an $8 million Series A round today. The investment was funded by Hewlett Packard Ventures, Ten Eleven Ventures and YL Ventures, which also invested in Hexadite’s seed round. Today’s investment brings the early stage startup up to $10.5 million… Read More

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 Digital enrollment, where parents can go online on their desktops or mobile phones, to register their children for school, seems like an obvious way to harness the power of the internet to simplify and digitize a transaction that still relies on analog methods far too often. The need is so apparent that it’s no wonder SchoolMint, a software as a service tool that for digital enrollment… Read More

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 In September last year, Finland’s finance minister Alexander Stubb dubbed the country as the new sick man of Europe and while the country’s economy is fledgling and signs point to continued lackluster growth, the country’s startups – and especially its vibrant gaming scene – are flourishing, despite the uncertainty. According to a report from 2015, 179 game… Read More

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 The so-called ‘Series A gap’ — that is the lack of Series A funding compare to seed — is still a much discussed topic here in Europe, and in the last few years we’ve seen a plethora of new funds aiming to plug that gap. Read More

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 There’s been plenty of speculation around the future of browser maker Opera, and now that looks like it will soon be resolved. Today the Norway-headquartered company confirmed that it has received a $1.2 billion acquisition offer from a group fronted by Chinese consumer tech companies Kunlun Tech and Qihoo 360. Read More

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 A year after raising $100 million, London-based startup WorldRemit has picked up more funding. To compete against the likes of Western Union in the world of money transfers — and tap a remittance market that the World Bank estimates will be worth $610 billion in 2016 — the company has added another $45 million to its coffers. This latest round, a debt round… Read More

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 Slack is growing up and to the right and as such a rapid climber won a Crunchie last night for Fastest Rising Startup at TechCrunch’s 9th annual awards show. Slack also claims to have a more diverse workforce than any other startup and smartly chose to send four of its engineers – all of them black and female – to accept the award on stage. One of the women Slack sent to… Read More

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 If Mad Men is to be believed, the difference between a successful brand and a failure is the perfect ad: one witty line, the perfect image; an overall feeling that captures and captivates the target audience and converts them into customers. The world hasn’t changed that much since the Mad Men days (though we’re thankful for somewhat more egalitarian work environments). Read More

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 Welcome to the next generation of broadcasting. New York-based Anchor, which launched today for iOS, is offering a new, easier way to record and transmit interactive audio content. Read More

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 In what is probably one of the most unique studies involving iBeacons, music, and sex anyone has ever done, a researcher (in connection with Apple Music and Sonos) has found that music in the home increases togetherness, closer “proximity,” and leads to 67% more sex worldwide. Now before you say “Hey, this is just Apple and Sonos trying to sell us product” understand… Read More

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 The 9th Annual Crunchies took place at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco last night. Host Chelsea Peretti had us laughing before our presenters came on stage to announce the winners of this year’s Crunchies. Follow along for some of the highlights of the show, including an operatic musical number, our favorite speeches and some of your social media posts. Read More

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 SolarCity, which is down more than 50 percent over the past year, just released its Q4 2015 earnings. The market has reacted negatively, with the stock trading down about 30 percent after-hours at a price of around $17.50 per-share. While Q4 revenue of $115M and loss of $2.37 per share beat estimates of $111M in revenue and a loss of $2.59 per share, the company’s Q1 2016 forecast… Read More

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 Politwoops, a service that tracks politicians’ deleted tweets in an effort to hold elected officials accountable for the statements they make on social media, is now back online in the U.S. The restoration of the service, announced today by the Sunlight Foundation, follows Twitter’s earlier decision to restore Politwoops’ access to its API after previously having… Read More

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 Twenty-First Century Fox, which invested $160M in DraftKings over the summer, has written down the investment by about 60 percent, according to its 10-Q filed today. Specifically, Fox noted that “based on information concerning DraftKings’ current valuation in a recent financing transaction, the Company determined that a portion of its investment in DraftKings was impaired and… Read More

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 It’s no secret that open-source technology — once the province of radicals, hippies and granola eaters — has gone mainstream. According to industry estimates, more than 180 young companies that give away their software raised roughly $3.2 billion in financing from 2011 to 2014. Despite the growing popularity of open-source software, though, many open-source companies are… Read More

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 Qapital, the financial management service integrated with most banks, is launching its Android app today. First available only in iOS, the new service offers the same breadth of functionality to new Android customers which comprise the bulk of mobile phone users in the world., For investors and boosters like Dan Ariely, the launch of the new Android service is a way to expand… Read More

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 Robots need excitement. If their lives don’t provide instead they’ll incite violence. Common sense. Simple common sense. But robots also need trash. That’s why the Trashbot is so cool. This robotic trash can will automatically sort all of your garbage, pitching metals into one can and non-recyclables into another. The project is still in its relative infancy but it’s… Read More

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 Tesla has yet to unveil the Model 3, but the company just confirmed that it will be available starting at $35,000. The Model 3 has long been rumored to cost about this price, and today, Bloomberg is quoting a Tesla spokesperson who confirmed the starting price. At that price, the car will retail at a price point slightly higher than the average car sells for in the States. It will retail… Read More

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