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 Airbnb’s cleaning trial began in San Francisco, and over time expanded to New York and Los Angeles. Those were three markets that both Homejoy and Handybook operated in. Now, Handybook will handle cleanings in all of them. Read More

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 At O’Reilly’s Open Source Convention in Portland, Ore., today, Microsoft’s Open Technologies subsidiary announced two new partnerships that bring support for more open source technologies to the Microsoft Azure platform. Developers will now be able to use Azure with Packer.io, for example, a service for creating machine images for multiple platforms from one source configuration. Read More

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 And we’re back with episode two of our Road To Disrupt video series, which shows the good, the bad, and the ugly moments startups go through when competing in the Disrupt Battlefield competition. After enduring a few too many run-ins with the slow service at Applebee’s, the founders of Monsieur set out to shake up the bartending industry. In case you missed our coverage of the… Read More

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 Another week, another leak. Today we have a new, purported screenshot of the upcoming return of the Start Menu to Windows. Read More

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 It might seem counter-intuitive, but Netflix will probably get a boost from the viewership of live sports — at least in Latin America. That’s because, in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a large number of consumers upgraded their TVs to Internet-connected sets that can access its on-demand streaming service. Read More

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 Itseez3D, the first app to partner with computer vision technology company Occipital, can turn any picture you take with your iOS camera into a 3D object. Naturally, I made one of the good sir Alex Wilhelm: And somehow I was convinced to get one of me as well: Note: it’s very odd to see yourself as virtual 3D.  The app works by mounting the Structure Sensor to an iPad and then… Read More

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 This afternoon following the closing bell, Netflix announced the financial results of its second quarter, including revenue of $1.34 billion and earnings per share of $1.15. Analysts had expected Netflix to report $1.33 billion in revenue and $1.16 per share in earnings. The company, which traded up around 1.7% during regular trading in a down market, is up around 1% after-hours following… Read More

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 Facebook now owns Oculus. The $2 billion acquisition deal of the virtual reality pioneer announced in March has been approved by regulators and today become official. The U.S. FCC’s anti-trust team greenlighted the deal in April. Now it has passed the California Department Of Corporations fairness hearing and will go into effect. The exact price of the acquisition came out… Read More

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 Though the app stores continue to fill up with ever more mobile applications, the reality is that most of these are not sustainable businesses. According to a new report out this morning, half (50%) of iOS developers and even more (64%) Android developers are operating below the “app poverty line” of $500 per app per month. Read More

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 Ad platform RadiumOne and its former CEO Gurbaksh Chahal have issued a joint statement that is intended to “bring an end to all disputes they have had.” RadiumOne removed Chahal in April following media criticism of his guilty plea for charges of misdemeanor domestic violence battery and battery. “The Board did not intend to hurt Gurbaksh,” the statement reads. The… Read More

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 Yahoo has made no secret of its ambitions and advances in mobile, earlier this month reporting 450 million monthly active users and search and display mobile ad revenues growing 100%. In CEO Marissa Mayer’s words, Yahoo is a “mobile first company.” Now, sources say that Yahoo has closed in on an acquisition that could potentially boost its role in mobile further: it is… Read More

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 Months after raising more than $280 million from Alibaba in a Series D round, Tango is looking to stand out in the messaging app space by committing $25 million to a fund to promote games built on its network and even make investments in exceptional developers. Read More

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 It’s Monday which means you, my friend, deserve a break. As it turns out, today is the final day of The International 4, a Dota 2 — that’s a video game, in case you are quite behind — tournament that has a total prize pool of more than $10 million. The finals, which are live right now, will divvy up around $6.5 million to the two winning teams. Whichever can take down… Read More

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 There are almost as many singles in the U.S. as there are singles who’ve tried online dating. But all those winks, pokes, nudges and swipes are a waste of your precious time in looking for love, according to new dating site Project Fixup. This new “digital matchmaker” site aims to use online dating technology to hook people up with their potential mates, but use real… Read More

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 Canva, a site that lets non-designers create graphics using drag-and-drop tools, has nabbed an additional $3.6 million in funding from Founders Fund and Shasta Ventures, as well as existing investors Matrix Partners, Blackbird Ventures, and Square Peg Capital. This brings its total raised so far to $7 million. Read More

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 Urban Compass, the startup that runs an online marketplace for people to rent, buy, and sell apartments, announced today it has closed on $40 million in new funding. The round, which is Urban Compass’ Series B, includes participation from Advance Publications and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, who also pitched into the company’s $20 million Series A round announced in September… Read More

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 Bitcoin allows people to build financial technology without asking for permission, but if New York state has its way, this won’t be the case for long. The New York Department of Financial Services released a series of proposed regulations last week that could shut down the digital currency startup ecosystem as we know it. Deemed “BitLicense,” it may help “Big… Read More

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 DealFlicks, which considers itself a kind of “Priceline for movie tickets,” is trying to get more people into movie theaters that by partnering with theater chains and offering discounted tickets and snacks at concessions stands. And it’s raised $1.7 million in seed funding to do so. Read More

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 Two years acqhiring read-it-later startup Spool, Facebook today launched a basic Pocket competitor called Save. It’s a feature for iOS, Android, and web that lets you store links from News Feed and Facebook Pages for Places, Movies, TV shows, and music to a list where you can view them later. While Save doesn’t cache content behind links like Pocket or Instapaper, it should give… Read More

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 Knock, a recently launched Android application, offers a new twist on mobile messaging. When you send a message using this app, Knock simulates an incoming call to get your friend’s attention. But the call screen your friend sees looks slightly different than usual. Instead of the standard accept and reject buttons, they’ll see your text message written on the screen which… Read More

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 The idea behind BitLit is pretty simple: scan the title page of a book you already own, write your name on the copyright page and scan that, too, and within a few seconds, you have access to the e-book version of your book. In an ideal world, this would work for any book. But the current state of digital publishing isn’t exactly perfect, so while the number of publishers that support… Read More

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 A New York meeting providing information to companies interested in offering free Wi-Fi access counted Google among its attendees, according to a new Bloomberg report. Others at the event included IBM, Samsung and Cisco, but Google’s ambitions regarding blanketing the U.S. with free or affordable Internet connectivity could be a good reason so suspect it’ll submit a compelling… Read More

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 Apparently the team that handled the Windows Vista version naming framework still works at Microsoft. This morning, the software company announced that it will end several of its standalone conferences, including its confabs for SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Exchange, along with its TechEd event. The five events will be replaced, and I promise that I am not making this up, the… Read More

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 Hey, remember that interactive video for Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” that came out last fall? You know, the one that allowed you to switch between 16 faux TV channels on the fly, each of them lip syncing to what is arguably the greatest song of all-time? Well, Interlude, the startup that created the technology behind the Dylan video, is now making these capabilities… Read More

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 A job posting and a LinkedIn page are driving conversation in the Microsoft-watching community this morning. The job listing details a position on the “XAML team [...] building the UI framework at the core of the ‘One Microsoft’ OS.” The goal of that team is to “[enable] developers to create UI that works well across all of [Microsoft's] devices: phones,… Read More

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