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 SecurityScorecard, the platform that monitors and assesses companies’ cybersecurity strength, has raised $20 million in Series B funding from GV (the Alphabet-ized new name for Google Ventures). GV led the funding round, which includes investments from previous SecurityScorecard investors Sequoia Capital, Evolution Equity Partners, and Boldstart Ventures. Two Sigma Ventures also joined… Read More

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 Rakuten may be cutting back its e-commerce business in Europe and Southeast Asia, but, at home in Japan, the internet giant is stepping into a new field — quite literally — after it invested in an agriculture tech company for the first. Read More

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 As companies try to move to more of a self-service type of approach to customer service, online forums become more important than ever to help users find the right answers quickly, whether troubleshooting a problem or making a buying decision. Today, Salesforce released an update to its Community Cloud service that makes it easier for community managers update pages and put the right… Read More

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 We at TC have had an amazing time this week in Israel, meeting founders, hearing about crazy new technology, and probably eating too much food. Yesterday our time here was capped off with the big thing we came here for: our first ever Meetup and Pitch-off in Tel Aviv. More than 900 people came together by the seaside at Trask to mingle and see fireside chats with the likes of ex-Prime… Read More

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 Google Fiber is bulking up its business after it announced a deal to acquire high-speed ISP Webpass, a 13-year-old company that provides an ethernet network for business and residential customers across parts of the U.S.. Read More

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 How do you compete with China’s homegrown social payments giants? Veteran entrepreneur Jeremy Allaire, co-founder of US based social payments app Circle, reckons you don’t; not like for like in the domestic Chinese market… Read More

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 Small business lending platform Kabbage announced a partnership with Scotiabank today to make it easier for residents of Canada and Mexico to take out small business loans of up to $100,000 in minutes. Kabbage has historically worked directly with small businesses to rapidly evaluate lenders. The company has relied on partnerships with banks like Silicon Valley Bank to supply the capital to… Read More

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Michelle Obama joins snapchat, BET Play is a new streaming service from Viacom, You can now scan documents in the dropbox app to your dropbox account, Microsoft has new data protection tools, and youtuber Mark Rober built a giant nerf gun. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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 Slither.io is not new, but it is crazy popular. The game has been sitting at number one on the iOS gaming charts for some time now. Slither.io has been available for just over three months now and, according to the most recent ranking, the game still holds the number one game, action game, and simulation game spots in the U.S. Apple App Store. It’s also the number six free app… Read More

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 When Apple released a preview version of iOS 10 at its annual developers conference last week, the company slipped in a surprise for security researchers — it left the core of its operating system, the kernel, unencrypted. “The kernel cache doesn’t contain any user info, and by unencrypting it we’re able to optimize the operating system’s performance without… Read More

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 Equity crowdfunding continues to be a hot topic around the world, with a number of players new and old re-doubling their efforts to capture the wallets of investors everywhere. The most recent example is Invesdor, a platform focusing on Scandinavia, who used its own platform to raise its fourth round of funding. This time, the company raised €1.2m ($1.36) to expand growth, especially in the UK. Read More

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 In the last few months, a Singaporean University hired Nadine as a secretary, a Boston Dynamics employee pushed over his colleague Atlas who was moving boxes at a factory and Tally, a San Francisco Target employee, began checking to make sure all the products in Aisle 3 are fully stocked. Nadine, Atlas and Tally may live in different cities and industries, but they have several peculiarities… Read More

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 Your next laptop will most likely be thinner than the one you have now. That’s because some Windows PC makers like HP aren’t keen with the thinness of even their own offerings. So, their designers and execs have gone all-out to design (with some compromise) an ultrabook so thin, it beats out the Macbook by 0.1 an inch — I wasn’t keeping track of decimals, either. Read More

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Use of open source at VMWare led to the creation of Open Platform-as-a-Service, an entire new category, which paved the way for the next generation of developer infrastructure companies, like Docker and Mezos, and open source projects from companies like Google. Read More

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 To celebrate 2016’s Week of Making (don’t tell me you forgot!), the National Science Foundation has awarded a total of $1.5 million to five small projects looking to get kids involved with STEM topics, creative play and generally making stuff. Read More

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 French startup Sevenhugs closed a $14.6 million Series A today led by Xerys on a quest to better integrate smart home technology. Sevenhugs has already developed a sleep tracker and is nearing completion on development of a universal smart-remote. Sevenhugs joins Misfit, Hello, and others with its hugOne sleep-tracker. When it launches, the remote will let users simply point to control… Read More

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 Twilio today said it would price its initial public offering at $15 per share, which would value the company at around $1.23 billion. That would value Twilio above its previous $1 billion valuation from its last financing round. With the pricing, the company expects to raise around $150 million, with an option for another 1.5 million shares to be purchased. It’s also a higher price than… Read More

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 There are plenty of reasons to keep an eye on Twilio‘s initial public offering, like whether or not it will open the door for more tech IPOs. Here’s a small-but-fun one: The company has organized a live coding event from the New York Stock Exchange. So tomorrow morning, Twilio will bring three developers to the NYSE floor, where they’ll be trying to build as many apps as… Read More

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 Here’s a neat little add-on for folks looking to get a little more out of their GoPro. The Vitrim is a big metal add-on created by Chicago-based startup Fantem that brings 3D video capture to the action camera. The device features a plastic GoPro case affixed to a big lens with mirrors that split light, creating separate images for the left and right eyes. Two stereoscopic videos are… Read More

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 WowWee, the Hong Kong-based manufacturer behind that old RadioShack stalwart, RoboSapien, showed off a couple of promising high tech toys due out in the fall. COJI is one of the company’s more compelling products in a while. The little robot, which made its first public appearance at ToyFair earlier this year, is designed with the noble task of making coding more accessible for… Read More

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 Space fiends who are also couch potatoes, rejoice! NASA’s all-purpose app for finding and watching content from the cosmos has arrived on Apple TV. Read More

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 Hasselblad picked a rather unique location — the Absolut Elyx house — in the Meatpacking District for me to meet their reps and play with the new X1D. For a quick refresher, it’s the world’s first compact medium format camera which was announced just this morning. Given that the X1D is still in pre-production until its launch in August, I wasn’t allowed to shoot… Read More

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 If you’ve got more than a handful 3D printers or other devices running at a time, it’s a full time job keeping them going — removing and packaging products, tweaking settings, pushing “OK” after minor errors, that sort of thing. Why not have a robot do it for you? Read More

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 House Democrats are staging a sit-in today in an effort to push their Republican colleagues to vote for a gun control bill that would exclude suspected terrorists from purchasing automatic weapons. Led by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, the Representatives sat down on the chamber floor, chanting “No bill, no break,” and calling for a vote. The beginning of the dramatic protest was… Read More

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 Hi! That new macOS X Sierra thing is almost out! There are so many new cool features. You can talk to your computer in humanish language. You can pay for stuff with your iPhone because if you have a Mac and an Android phone what are you doing with your life? There’s a thing that your friend’s TV had where you can watch two footy games at once but that he never really used. Read More

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