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 Y Combinator has helped over 800 startups come to market that are today worth a collective $30 billion (and possibly even more very soon). Now it looks like a new VC is emerging out of it that will be dedicated to help the most promising of these grow. TechCrunch has learned of a new VC fund called Crystal Towers. Backed by several YC founders, it will start out with between $90 million… Read More

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 Happy Friday, everyone. We’re glad that you are with us today before we take off and drink beer celebrate America. Our own Sarah Buhr took over the hosting slot this week, while Matthew Lynley and myself helped out. We dug into the release of Apple Music, Uber’s decision to absorb a large chunk of Microsoft’s Bing Maps team, and how Shyp, a startup, is helping shape the… Read More

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 Technology has transformed entire industries over the past decade, from travel and transportation to media and real estate. While commerce has enjoyed some innovation, its transformation is far from over. The next frontier is “Commerce Everywhere,” which blends online and offline experiences to let you make purchases wherever and whenever you want. Read More

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 Since about 10 seconds after Google launched its do-it-yourself Cardboard virtual reality headset, other companies have been selling pre-made clones — and Google is totally fine with that. The catch: many of the clones cost upwards of $20-30 bucks, and that’s before shipping. Paying that much for what is essentially a piece of cardboard can feel a bit silly. Looking to capitalize… Read More

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 Here’s a wonderfully neat project to perhaps spark some creativity as we head into this holiday weekend: the 3D printed Zoetrope. Take the concept of a flipbook — a series of frames displayed quickly to trick your brain into seeing an animation — and make it 3D, swapping out the still images for sculptures. Toss in a spinning platter and a strobe light (with the strobe… Read More

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 PicoBrew is a beer-centered startup in Seattle, founded by brothers Bill and Jim Mitchell and Avi Geiger. The machine at the heart of their operation is The Zymatic—an apparatus that simplifies beer-making by reducing the need to monitor the cooking process of creating Wort (unfermented beer). Did their device turn a beer drinker like me, with zero brewing experience, into a beer maker? Read More

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 For the past month or so, the general thinking around the rumor mill has been that BlackBerry is working on an Android phone. If you can’t beat’em, join’em, right? Now we’ve got a rough idea of what their first Android handset might look like. Posted by the endlessly resourceful Evan Blass (aka evleaks), the photo shows a device that appears to have curves on both halves… Read More

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 Happy Friday of a long weekend, everyone! To celebrate America’s Independence Day, we’ve chosen some extra fun topics for this week’s episode of the TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast. Lexus teased out a new hoverboard this week, because the world clearly isn’t weird enough yet. Anki is preparing to ship its second-generation robotic track cars very soon. And Bowling Central… Read More

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 There was a ton of fallout as the Greek economic crisis worsened this week week and the country struggled to come up with answers to its growing predicament. As Alexia Tsotsis explained  in an article on TechCrunch earlier this week: This week, the Syriza government failed in negotiations to receive a tranche of bailout money in time to make a $1.7 billion IMF payment on June 30th. Instead… Read More

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 This week in tech, we got introduced to Apple Music, learned that Microsoft and AOL will enter a partnership, and much more. These are the stories to catch you up on this week’s news. Read More

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 Data scientist, according to a 2012 Harvard Business Review article, is the sexiest job of the 21st century. Given its authors, Thomas H. Davenport and D.J. Patil, the declaration is hardly surprising. Nonetheless, the IT industry is besotted with the term and expecting huge shortages of skilled workers. Read More

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 We had a chance to sit down with the founders of Zeta Interactive — John Sculley and David Steinberg — last week to talk a bit about their online marketing service. But Sculley isn’t just known for that company, or the ones that came just before it where he worked with Steinberg. He also had a stint running Apple, coming from running Pepsi in the middle of its… Read More

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 Jason Kneen is a programmer and happens to own about a hundred domain names picked up over a sixteen year period. One of those, workbetter.com, he purchased in 1999 and it has been available on his site for years. In late April 2014 a company, OfficeLinks, approached him about buying the domain for use as a URL for their co-working space. @jasonkneen @hjmehta Jason: We're sorry about… Read More

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 Berlin, du bist so wunderbar! We’re hosting the Closing Party in honour of our 10th Anniversary at Tech Open Air Berlin! So please grab your tickets and come along. We will release public tickets step by step, starting with the first 500 today. In true Berlin style, we’ll be wrapping up this year’s festival at Chalet, an iconic Berlin venue set in a magic 150-year-old building… Read More

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 This may come as a surprise to anyone who has ever received a rattan basket packed with novelty cheese logs, but corporate gifts are a huge business. According to research from the Advertising Specialty Institute, U.S. companies spend about $19 billion a year sending swag to clients and employees. Gemnote, which just launched from Y Combinator, gives companies an alternative. Read More

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 DFJ, the storied Silicon Valley venture capital firm, has built out a global presence not just through direct investments but through a network of firms that are affiliated with the mothership yet raising and investing from their own funds. Now that network is going through some changes, and with it comes a new role for one of the firm’s founders. The DFJ Network has rebranded to… Read More

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 Alibaba affiliate company Ant Financial confirmed today that it closed a Series A funding round which includes investment from China’s largest pension fund, the National Social Security Fund (NSSF). Read More

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 It was easy to see it coming. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange formally asked for asylum in France in a letter sent to Le Monde. Over the past couple of weeks, WikiLeaks dropped multiple documents related to France and Germany. We learned that the NSA monitored French presidents and officials, spied on top French companies and eavesdropped Angela Merkel for sure. Read More

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 Transportation company Uber just announced in an interview with Le Monde that it will be stopping UberPOP in France tonight at 8pm. The news follows a difficult week for the company. Last Thursday, anti-Uber protests turned to guerrilla warfare as taxi drivers flipped over and burnt Uber cars. On Monday, two Uber France leaders were taken into custody following an unrelated investigation. Read More

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 One of the main issues with current 360-degree VR technology is that a successful experience typically requires a user to have both creation and consumption devices. While companies like Oculus and Samsung have begun to bring VR consumption devices to market, there is still a lack of consumer-targeted cameras that are capable of creating 360-degree VR compatible video. Recently launched… Read More

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 There’s good news for startup founders and entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia after 500 Startups increased its $10 million fund for the region by a further $5 million. Read More

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 The moderators behind a number of the most popular subreddits on the site — which is known as the front page of internet — have made their communities private, thus shutting them off from the internet, in protest of the departure of a key Reddit staffer and ongoing poor communications. Read More

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 BankBazaar, a startup that lets Indian consumers compare financial products online, has scored a $60 million Series C led by Amazon, with participation from Fidelity Growth Partners, Mousse Partners, and returning investors Sequoia Capital and Walden International. Read More

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 It was apparent from the first time I took a computer programming class in high school that it was one of the few subjects that really excited me. Initially, it was just an option I was trying out, but I soon knew that engineering was what I wanted to major in and pursue for my lifelong career. The thing I love most about engineering is that there are limitless opportunities to do meaningful… Read More

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 Greece went to the brink this week. And the country’s entrepreneurs wasted no time in stepping into action. Read More

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