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 GoldieBlox, the San Francisco Bay Area startup focused on building toys for girls aimed at getting them hooked on engineering, has this morning taken its first steps into the digital realm with the debut of a new iOS application – the company’s first – GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine, as well as a “digital playground” called Bloxtown.com. The new app works as… Read More

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 Canaan Partners — the Silicon Valley venture firm that has backed the likes of Skybox Imaging, PrimeSense, LendingClub and Ebates — is today announcing that it has raised $675 million for its tenth investment fund. The plan for Fund X is to continue with Canaan’s track record since 2005 of investing mainly in early rounds of tech and health startups, as well as selected… Read More

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 Just over a year ago, “internet glue” service IFTTT, which lets you define triggers to automate actions associated with your online accounts and services, rolled out a new set of Twitter triggers that complied with Twitter’s new rules for developers. Today, the company is expanding on that earlier lineup with several other new triggers, including those that let you kick… Read More

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 Osmo, the iPad-powered gaming device built by former Googlers (and dads) as a way to turn tablets into more “hands-on” toys, has raised $12 million in Series A funding, the company is announcing today. The round was led by Accel Partners’ Rich Wong, and includes investment from Upfront Ventures and K9 Ventures. The company is also announcing that its products, which are… Read More

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 As you prepare for your flight to London for TC Disrupt I will encourage you – nay, implore you – to join me in Wroclaw and Krakow before and after the main event in the UK. I will be speaking at TechSaturdays in Wroclaw on Saturday, October 21 where we’ll hold a small pitch-off. The winner will get a Start-up Alley table at TC Disrupt in any city (including London if you… Read More

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 OpenStack, the open source software for building public and private clouds that’s being backed by a wide variety of industry heavyweights, today launched Juno, its latest point release. As usual, this release includes updates to all of the platform’s services, which now span the gamut from cloud computing to storage services, identity management and tools for processing large… Read More

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 Taplytics, a Y Combinator-backed A/B testing service for mobile apps, is announcing two big additions today — support for Android apps and an analytics product called Taplytics Insights. Service like Taplytics allow developers to test variations of their app interface and code, and to make those changes without going through the App Store approval and update process. There are a number… Read More

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 As the European tech startup market becomes yet more crowded with investors and accelerators, those investors are realising they are – gasp! – going to have to start working harder to differentiate themselves from their peers in the venture community. For some, that means offering more seed stage investment, for instance. But money, famously, can’t buy you all the love, so… Read More

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 On the heels of yesterday’s news that HBO is planning a standalone streaming service, CBS announced this morning that’s it’s preparing to debut a streaming service of its own, called “CBS All Access.” The new subscription-based service will begin offering live streams from 14 of CBS’s largest markets (and soon, more), plus full seasons of 15 prime time TV… Read More

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 Psst. Hey you. You! Lookin’ for a live stream of this morning’s Apple announcement? Read More

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 With over 1.3 billion users connected to its network on a monthly basis, Facebook is able to leverage its massive scale for good. It’s put those capabilities to use in the past to encourage users to vote or register to be an organ donor, but today the company announced something applicable to an even broader audience: Safety Check, a new feature that lets you tell your family and… Read More

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 The open source NGINX web server (and load balancer, HTTP cache and reverse proxy server) is turning 10 this month and its commercial counterpart, NGINX Plus is celebrating its first birthday at the same time. To mark this moment, the company provided me with its latest user stats and I also had a chance to get a few comments from Gus Robertson, the company’s CEO. Over the last… Read More

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 Custom 3D printed clothes that fit like a glove and mean you’ll never have the tedium of traipsing into a changing room ever again are still likely years out. But the fashion space is dabbling with 3D printing technology. And there are other moves afoot to harness the power of on-demand additive manufacturing to produce custom designs. Read More

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 Yesterday, as part of its third quarter earnings news, Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) reported lower new subscriber numbers than previously forecasted. The stock price crashed in after-hours trading, tumbling 25% (more than $100) as Wall Street reacted to the news. Today, the stock price has yet to recover, opening at $332.73, down from yesterday’s closing price of $448.59. The company reported… Read More

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 Today’s the day for Apple’s special October event, at which we’ll most likely see the launch of new iPads, new Macs and OS X Yosemite, the latest version of Apple’s Mac operating system. The event is happening live from Apple’s own Cupertino HQ, in their Town Hall Theater, and it all starts at 10 AM PT/1PM ET. We’ll be live blogging all the news as it… Read More

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 Lenovo may be closing the gap on Apple and Samsung when it comes to global smartphone sales, but its position on home turf in China is under pressure from upstart Xiaomi. Predicted to sell at least 60 million smartphones in Asia this year, Xiaomi unexpectedly stole the top spot for smartphone sales in China during the last quarter of business to underline its arrival as a major player. Now… Read More

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 People used to wash their own cars, until car washes started opening up and made it way easier not to. The same is true for painting the interior of your home. Almost anyone can do it, but almost no one wants to. That’s where PaintZen comes in. Read More

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It’s two days until the cream of London’s developer community descend on The Vault at Old Billingsgate for 24 hours of pizza-fuelled coding. I will be your Hackmaster for the weekend, along with TechCrunch’s very own Sam O’Keefe. To get your salivary glands racing, here’s a list of the API workshops and sponsor prizes that will be running at the event… What Can… Read More

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 While Snapchat may reportedly be talking to a dozen news organisations for a “Snapchat Discovery” service, another big name in mobile messaging is also breaking new ground with big media. The BBC today started a new account on Facebook-owned WhatsApp to update people with the latest information about Ebola. The BBC says its service is aimed primarily at reaching WhatsApp… Read More

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 A central part of any Disrupt event is the Battlefield startup competition, and at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe there will be no exception to this. At this event, new companies introduce themselves to the world that day, with most launching to the public right there and then. Some companies that have launched from the Startup Battlefield include Yammer, Dropbox, Mint.com, Tripit and CloudFlare,… Read More

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 You could be forgiven for thinking that Eventbrite, hot on the heels of its latest $60 million fund raise, has pretty much sewn up the long tail of event ticketing. Meanwhile, mobile-first apps like Yplan are innovating smartly around event discovery — a space Eventbrite also has its sights set upon. However, London-based startup KweekWeek sees an opportunity to bridge the two by offering… Read More

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Sequoia-backed Behalf offers small businesses loans of about $10,000 with interest rates “close to what someone with good credit would pay on their credit cards,” according to Behalf CEO Benjy Feinberg. Read More

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 Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am revealed his new wearable device and company to the world in a Dreamforce keynote today. He’s been talking about this device for a while now, referring to it as more of a fashion technology than a watch. And he’s right. The device, called the PULS, is much more than a watch. It’s definitely a wearable that has a watch in it, but it also has… Read More

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 Many know will.i.am as a musician and frontman for the Black Eyed Peas, but he’s more than embedded himself in technology in the last several years. He’s invested in several startups, appeared at the FIRST robotics competition, Intel made him the Director of Creative Innovation, and he just revealed his new wearable technology company i.am+ on the Dreamforce stage for the first time. Read More

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 If you’re even kind of active on reddit, you probably know of Alien Blue. As far as perusing reddit on iOS goes, it’s pretty much the undisputed champ. It seems reddit would agree. The company has just taken Alien Blue under its wing, acquiring the project assets and hiring its sole developer. Read More

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