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 JW Player, the company behind the video player of the same name, is announcing that it has raised $20 million in Series C funding. Even if you haven’t heard of the company, you’ve probably watched videos delivered through its player, as its customers include TripAdvisor, IMDB, The Guardian, and EA, among many others. JW Player says it’s used on 2 million sites, and its videos… Read More

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 Cisco announced this morning it intends to buy Metacloud, a startup with OpenStack chops. This news comes hot on the heels of HP buying Eucalyptus last week and Rackspace announcing they are taking themselves off the market this morning. As Stephen Stills once sang, “There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear.” Metacloud offers OpenStack as a… Read More

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 ClassPass, the subscription service that offers unlimited monthly access to various fitness classes around town, has just closed a $12 million Series A funding round, the majority of which is coming from existing ClassPass investors. Fritz Lanman and Hank Vigil are leading the round, with participation from existing investors such as David Tisch, Kal Vepuri, and Shana Fisher, among others. Read More

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 Airbnb has built a huge platform that allows users to rent out their rooms and homes to people looking for a place to stay. But what about when businesses want to find interesting spots to hold meetings, brainstorming sessions, or team offsites? For that, they have a new startup called PeerSpace. Read More

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 Up until now, Zendesk’s customers have tended to come from the small to medium business space, but the company hopes to get a piece of the larger, more lucrative enterprise market by creating a program aimed specifically at larger companies, opportunities they used to cede to larger competitors. Marcus Bragg, who is Zendesk’s senior vice president for worldwide sales and… Read More

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 Apple’s iOS 8 operating system unlocks a key system component, providing access to the software keyboard slot to third-party developers. That’s going to mean a lot of new keyboard apps popping up in the coming days, weeks and months, but some of the top players in the space are already on board. Fleksy, for instance, will launch today along with iOS 8, and I got the chance to test… Read More

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 Darjeelin, a French startup that launched in 2013 with what it calls a human-powered flight search engine, has been acquired by Voyage Privé Group-owned L’Officiel des Vacances, a site that offers travel deals from around the web. Terms of the acquisition remain undisclosed, though my understanding is that Darjeelin’s CTO is moving on to pastures new, while CEO Charles Guilhamon… Read More

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 Kuaidi Dache, the Chinese taxi hailing and ride-sharing service is going global even as competition heats up in its home market. China’s congested streets, millions of willing users, arcane policies for buying and driving cars, all make it a perfect market for the taxi hailing and ride sharing apps that have become the darling of venture investors. Earlier this year, the… Read More

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 Mesosphere bought OrlyAtomics, a database technology company today in what appears to be a straight talent acquisition deal. The four OrlyAtomics engineers will become part of the Mesosphere team immediately.  No terms were available. Mesosphere, which is based on the open source Mesos project, wants to build what they call a datacenter operating system that allows companies to operate at… Read More

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 Auth0, a startup offering what it calls “identity-as-a-service”, is announcing that it has raised $2.4 million in seed funding. CEO Jon Gelsey told me that Auth0 (for those of you who have the same question I did: It’s pronounced “auth-zero”) is trying to solve a problem that team members faced themselves when they worked as developers, namely that it’s… Read More

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 LightSpeed wants to provide the software and services that help brick-and-mortar retailers increase sales and improve the general customer experience. To do that, the company has raised $35 million in Series B funding from iNovia Capital, with participation from previous investor Accel Partners. Read More

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 Gousto, the UK recipe kit subscription and grocery delivery service that competes with Rocket Internet’s HelloFresh, has announced the closing of £5 million ($8.3m) Series A round, led by Unilever Ventures, with existing investor MMC Ventures also participating. The investment adds to around £2 million previously raised by Gousto and shows how far its come since first being rather… Read More

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 Indiegogo is expanding beyond temporary crowdfunding projects and into hosting permanent crowfunded businesses. In the next few days it plans to launch “Forever Funding”, a source close to Indiegogo confirmed to me. This will let creators raise money indefinitely rather than having to set a date for their campaign to stop. The feature could distinguish Indiegogo from its… Read More

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 Last week I decided to test the most secretive, hotly anticipated smartphones on earth in a place where there was no danger of them being recognized or damaged or both: Disneyland. Both my wife and I are Disneyphiles of sorts, and visit a dozen times a year or more. I have an appreciation for it because my daughter loves to go, but also because of how carefully the place is planned,… Read More

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 Amazon, the e-commerce giant that recently added smartphones to its growing mobile empire, is now turning on another element to bring more users and usage into its mobile business. It will now enable carrier billing, so that when people buy paid apps and make in-app purchases through Amazon’s appstore, they can charge that directly to their phone bills. Working with UK… Read More

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 Microsoft has announced two coming board departures, two board additions, and a boost to its dividend. Leaving the board are Dave Marquardt and Dina Dublon. Marquardt is best known for his work in venture capital, and Dublon for her work at JPMorgan Chase. Taking their places are the appointed Teri List-Stoll from Kraft and Charles Scharf of Visa. Read More

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 Cozy, a Google Ventures-backed service that make the rental process easier for landlords and tenants, has made its current feature set available to all clients for free. In a blog post, Cozy CEO Gino Zahnd says that making these features free will bring in a wider audience for products set for launch in Q4 2014. Read More

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 Rejoice, long-time iOS users, for you can finally throw off the shackles of the native Apple keyboard — cursing its erratic autocorrect habits for (hopefully) the last time — as you download a third party keyboard adventure of your choice, including Android veteran SwiftKey, which is releasing its first system-wide keyboard software app on iOS as a free download. Read More

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 Apple’s iOS 8 is arriving tomorrow, and while it isn’t as overtly dramatic a change as iOS 7 was last year, it’s still a big update with lots of new features and tweaks. Using it on the new iPhone 6 hardware revealed lots to love in the new mobile OS from Apple, some easing of restrictions that could lead to big advantages for third-party apps, and a lot of potential to… Read More

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 And lo, the final tally: As of Monday night, the FCC had received a total of “approximately” 3.7 million comments on its notice of proposed rulemaking concerning net neutrality and the open Internet. That’s quite a haul. Read More

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 Facebook has failed repeatedly to get us to use complicated lists and privacy settings to share intimate moments with just our closest friends and family. It’s clumsy and confusing doing that with the same composer for blasting News Feed updates to everyone. But now Facebook is polishing off a new app codenamed “Moments” designed to make this micro-sharing much simpler,… Read More

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 NASA has announced a deal with SpaceX and Boeing to build space taxis to shuttle astronauts to the International Space Station. This deal will end NASA’s reliance on expensive Russian crew transport by 2017. The cost was a whopping $71 million per seat. However, the rising tensions in Ukraine may have also been a factor in the push for U.S. contracts. Read More

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 In the spring of 2012, Peter Thiel taught a class called CS 183: Startup, at Stanford. One of the students in Thiel’s class, Blake Masters, posted detailed notes on his personal blog that became an instant hit in the tech community. Now, Masters and Thiel have transformed those class notes into a book: “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.” Read More

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 StartX, the Stanford-funded and affiliated incubator, just held the first demo day at its new Palo Alto-based office space. In an hour, twelve startups pitched their wares to investors and the press, showing products and services that range from a whiledating service for Chinese ex-pats to zoom lenses for next-gen smartphones. Read More

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 A fairly nasty flaw – the ability to run a script in the title text of an eBook – could compromise the security of your Amazon account. The flaw, which reappeared recently after being patched in October, allows hackers to embed programs right into an eBook file that run when the book is examined via Amazon’s Kindle tools. It seems to be closed as of this writing but it can… Read More

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