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 The top tier, white-shoe, silver spoon set that banks with Citi in the U.S. through its Citigold program are about to get a taste of the first fruits from the financial services giant’s year-old Citi FinTech initiative. The newly updated Citi Mobile App for iPhone combines banking, wealth management, and money transfer services along with new authentication features to provide… Read More

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 While no one knows what Donald Trump’s victory in last month’s election will mean for Silicon Valley, or the technology industry broadly, the President-Elect’s win has crystallized the region’s thinking around at least one problem. Many tech workers think that local, state and federal governments have, for whatever reason, been slow to adopt new technologies that… Read More

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 Uber updated its Community Guidelines Thursday, and now the term “community” is more accurately applied, because for the first time, the ride-hailing company is publishing a policy outlining why riders can lose their access to the service – previously, this was only spelled out for the driver side of the equation. To be clear, Uber always had rules in place for riders; you… Read More

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 Peergrade, a startup out of Denmark that enables students to grade each other’s work, has raised a modest $300k in seed funding. However, more newsworthy are its new backers. They comprise UK edtech accelerator Emerge Education, and Nordic Makers — which might be best described as a supergroup of Nordic angels. Read More

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 VR isn’t all fun and games. One company is using it to put VR users in the middle of breaking news stories and to show them what it feels like to face a natural or man-made disaster. For example one company, Emblematic Group, has a created a VR simulation of a refugee camp and a food line to show folks what it feels like, say, to watch a man have a diabetic seizure because of lack of… Read More

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 Like most of us, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology had always wondered why dogs had wet noses. Further, they wondered why they could sense vapors better, allowing them to sniff out bombs, drugs, and even cancer. They tested the second question by 3D printing a dog’s nose including the “nasal vestibule, external nose, lower jaw, and about 10 cm of… Read More

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 Hot in the heels of its acquisition of POP, design and prototyping platform Marvel is disclosing that it has raised £4 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is BGF Ventures, with participation from previous backers including Index Ventures, Connect Ventures, Inreach Ventures, Andy McLoughlin and Richard Fearn. Starting out life as a simple app for prototyping (or, really,… Read More

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 Berlin’s startup scene is probably the most gossipy in Europe. And over the last year, one startup, removals platform Movinga, has generated more gossip than most. Read More

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 A startup called Waggle raised $2.3 million in seed funding to become the go-to destination for animal lovers and pet parents online, and for sharing all the cute pups and madcap kitteh adventures they have to offer. The New York City-based startup was incubated at Broadway Video Ventures, the venture arm of the production company behind premium comedy shows like 30 Rock, Portlandia… Read More

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 Tonight Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé (who we interviewed earlier today) went on Jimmy Fallon to show off some gameplay from Super Mario Run, Nintendo’s first iOS game that launches next week. And after playing Super Mario Run Fils-Aimé, surprised everyone and opened a gold cube containing the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo’s new next-generation console. The console… Read More

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 Mario’s accomplished a lot in the three and a half decades he’s spent in the public spotlight. He’s been a plumber, a soldier, a doctor, refereed basketball and tennis, played baseball and raced cars, made toys and worked at a brewery. He’s lived through every Nintendo console and watched generations of competitors rise and fall. But in spite of one of the most… Read More

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 A mobile app that lets users find and book stylish workspaces on-demand, Breather, raised a Series C round of $40 million. The funding brings Breather’s total capital raised to $73 million. Menlo Ventures led the round joined by Valar Ventures, RRE Ventures, Slow Ventures and Real Ventures. Menlo Ventures’ Managing Director Venky Ganesan told TechCrunch, in an e-mail, that… Read More

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 If you weren’t anywhere near Shenzhen today, you likely missed some of the stories coming out of Microsoft’s Windows Hardware Engineering Community event (WinHEC). The company used the opportunity to highlight a number of partnerships and plans designed to hasten the next step in Windows evolution. At the top of the list is Project Evo, a collaboration with Intel designed at… Read More

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 We’re all curious to see whether Light’s crazy 16-lens camera can live up to its own hype, but it looks like we’ll have to wait just a little bit longer for the already-delayed gadget. On the bright side, so to speak, the camera is getting a significant improvement to its many lenses’ apertures. Read More

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 At the Starbucks Biennial Investor Conference today, the coffee and retail giant revealed some plans for 2017, including new foods comings to its cafes, and features heading to its incredibly popular mobile app. Notably absent among its announcements were any media and entertainment-related plans. In terms of its tech, Starbucks announced artificial intelligence-enabled features will soon… Read More

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 Smart contact lenses have been the stuff of science fiction for a long time, but as with jetpacks and faster-than-light travel, we’re still waiting on them. Research is ongoing, though, and a project at the University of Ghent shows promise not just in advancing the technology but providing some therapeutic value, as well. Read More

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 Airbnb looks to be making a key strategy change with regards to its global lobbying efforts. After a failed lawsuit that made the company little progress in the State of New York, Airbnb is rallying behind an age old political tool — the compromise. Any good negotiation comes with table strategy. In Airbnb’s case, this takes the form of a prescriptive list of policy… Read More

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 KKR, the global investment firm, is announcing a $711 million close this morning on its KKR Next Generation Technology Growth Fund, which it plans to use to back growth-stage companies in the technology, media and telco industries in North America, Europe and Israel. It’s a new product for the firm, though you might have seen its name crop up in a good many deals this past year… Read More

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 Alto’s Adventure is still one of my favorite games to pick up and play on the commute, on the airplane or basically anywhere I have both my iPhone and a few minute stop spare. The endless snowboarding adventure is one part mobile game, and one part “in the zone” chill out experience. But now there’s going to be a follow-up, and it’ll be more than an adventure… Read More

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 Pebble has had a long, one might say rocky road. As one of the earliest and biggest crowdfunding successes, it showed the potential and perils of hardware startups that were increasingly having to scale from back-of-napkin idea to a global operation almost overnight. Read More

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 The commercial drone industry in the U.S. hasn’t heard much from the President Elect about his plans for rulemaking that will impact their business and global competitiveness. Last month, Associated Press broke the story that Trump is interested in privatizing air traffic control, wresting that responsibility from the Federal Aviation Administration, and handing it to a nonprofit… Read More

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 It is not uncommon in the automotive enthusiast community to admire another’s ride. The best most people could do was give a thumbs-up as they passed or leave a note on a parked car’s windshield. But no more; this is 2016. Today Tread launches, an app that connects enthusiasts using their license plate numbers. There are many questions a person might have about the wisdom of an… Read More

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 Paving the way for friend-to-friend payments to come to Facebook Messenger in Europe (and after the functionality debuted in the U.S. all the way back in March last year), Facebook has quietly secured an e-money license from the Central Bank of Ireland. Read More

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 It’s entirely possible — even probable — that the evolutionary, cutting-edge developments in the 21st century world of agriculture over the past few years have slipped under your radar. Fair enough, you’re busy. We get that. But that doesn’t mean that a massive and relatively stealthy disruption isn’t happening as we speak. Read More

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