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 Meta, an augmented reality glasses company born around the same time as Google Glass, is getting ready to show off the next-gen version of their AR headset. The company published a video to YouTube on Wednesday which features a handful of tech influencers lauding their “futuristic” experiences with demos of the yet-to-be-publicly-revealed device. The video undoubtedly seeks… Read More

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 Twitter had a terrible, horrible, no good very bad earnings day, and unfortunately, the only thing that might save it is a time machine. The company announced that it saw zero growth in its total user count. Excluding SMS-only users, it actually declined from 307 million to 305 million users. That’s despite it launching and buying expensive TV commercials promoting Moments, which was… Read More

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 Student.com, an accommodation marketplace founded back in 2011 (as ‘Overseas Student Living’ before rebranding last year) to focus specifically on the needs of international students, is announcing a $60 million combined Series B and C round today led by global investment firm VY Capital. Read More

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 Last year, I dug into why there are so few black people in venture capital. More recently, the folks over at Social Capital and The Information took a crack at providing the data around diversity among partners within venture capital. I’ve now decided to take a more comprehensive look at diversity within venture capital across all levels. Read More

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 Twitter can be an incredibly confusing service for new and existing users, and Twitter says it’s now planning to address some rules that might make it unwieldy. In the company’s letter to shareholders, the company said that changes were coming to rules like the @reply and the .@name syntax. We don’t know what that looks like just yet, but that the company plans to address… Read More

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After a short hiatus, Bullish has returned. The talk show is exactly how you remember it, except with a new host (that’s me, MRD!) and way better music. Sorry I’m not sorry, Alex! Anyway, this week we brought in Matthew Schwab, president of on-demand flower delivery BloomThat, to shed some light on the on-demand economy, expectations around liability and delivery logistics. Read More

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 Across most developed economies, healthcare costs are rising faster than inflation. A key cause of the rise in healthcare spending lies in the spiraling costs of treating preventable chronic diseases. These facts suggest that many of the key healthcare challenges of the twenty-first century lie in how we tackle chronic disease. This article will explore the role of mobile technologies in… Read More

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 Marc Andreessen, noted Venture Capitalist and General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz is having quite a contrite Wednesday. Andreessen, who currently sits on Facebook, Inc.’s board, caused a stir last night with his online response to Indian internet regulator TRAI nixing Facebook’s plans to implement its ‘Free Basics’ program in India. Updated with statement from… Read More

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 It was bad enough that Twitter’s total user count is stuck at 320 million with zero growth this quarter. But if you don’t count “SMS Fast Followers”, or people that only use Twitter via text message and don’t see ads, its monthly user count went down from 307 million to 305 million monthly active users. Considering this earnings report was all about appeasing… Read More

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 We’re just about an hour away from Tesla’s quarterly earnings calls, but the news is already starting to trickle out. The biggest detail so far: you know the Model 3? Tesla’s more affordable car, meant to bring their entry-level line down to roughly $35,000? We’re finally going to see what it looks like, and hopefully a bit about just what it can do, on March 31st. News… Read More

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 Twitter today reported its fourth-quarter earnings — one of the most important quarters of the company’s history — and basically fell flat on its face. Twitter’s monthly active user growth, on a quarterly basis, was flat, compared to a slight jump that what analysts were expecting. Last quarter, the company had 320 million monthly active users, and this quarter was… Read More

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 As a writer at a site that covers a lot of startups, I hear the same line a few times a week: “We just wanted to make something that makes peoples lives better.” 1 Second Everyday actually has made my life better… and it’s done so without really having to do much of anything at all. Read More

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 You have exactly one day left to apply for the TC Pitch-offs in Boston and Atlanta, which will be held on February 23 and February 25 respectively. Why have you put it off until now? Who knows? Maybe you procrastinate. Maybe you’re plagued by overwhelming self-doubt and would rather not try at all then try and fail. Maybe you’re just lazy. Or maybe you hadn’t heard about… Read More

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 Google Forms, the company’s tool for creating and analyzing surveys, is getting a major update today. Google is adding a slew of new features to the service that range from support for templates to new options for analyzing surveys. Google’s last update to Forms brought a design update and added the ability to add logos, videos and GIFs to surveys. With today’s release, you… Read More

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 TechCrunch Disrupt is headed back to the Big Apple, and we’re thrilled to announce that Disrupt New York 2016 will take place at the incredible Brooklyn Cruise Terminal on May 9-11. Opened in April 2006, the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is a fantastic terminal with all the creature comforts that come along with a modern cruise terminal facility. Read More

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 HBO NOW may have scored as one of last year’s top streaming apps in terms of revenue, but its subscriber count is falling short of analyst projections. Industry observers had expected the service, which allows consumers to stream HBO programming over the internet without a cable TV subscription, to reach 1 to 2 million subscribers. However, HBO CEO Richard Plepler confirmed that the… Read More

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 Most new homes that are being built in the U.S. today really aren’t all that different from those that were built 30 years ago. Some materials may be different, but most builders haven’t really kept up with the times. Y Combinator-backed Acre Designs wants to change this by building zero-energy homes that are outfitted with the latest technology. Read More

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Two major powerhouses in the gaming industry announced that they would be working together to churn out killer VR content. Unity Technologies and Valve announced today that the Unity platform would be gaining native support for SteamVR, allowing developers to significantly expand their capabilities. Valve CEO Gabe Newell announced this integration at Unity’s Vision VR/AR Summit in… Read More

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 Lantern, a mental health startup that offers tools to deal with stress, anxiety and body image has raised a $17 million Series A round led by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s venture arm with participation from previous investors such as Mayfield and SoftTechVC. UPMC Enterprises, the hospital’s venture arm, has invested large sums of money in 12 other health startups… Read More

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 Meet Immersit, a new kind of connected device for your couch launching today on Kickstarter. Immersit generates vibrations to immerse you in your movies or video games. And it works with your existing couch. Read More

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CrunchBase, a service that surfaces information about startup funding, venture capital investments and people in the startup ecosystem, was spun out of TechCrunch and its parent company AOL/Verizon late last year. At the time, the new company raised a funding round led by Emergence Capital, with AOL/Verizon still holding on to a significant stake in the company. Read More

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 This morning, the law firm Fenwick & West publishing new findings about all the U.S.-based unicorn financings that took place during the last nine months of 2015. It’s rife with interesting nuggets, but perhaps most fascinating is that in the fourth quarter of last year, half of the 12 rounds it tracked featured valuations in the $1 billion to 1.1 billion range — and terms… Read More

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 IBM announced today that is has teamed with the Toronto Raptors to bring cognitive analysis in the form of IBM Watson to the NBA team’s talent evaluation process. The new tool called IBM Sports Insights Central, pulls in data from a variety of sources including statistics, video, social networking sentiment analysis, medical records and much more. It compares this data against the… Read More

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 Humans have been having humans for hundreds of thousands of years as part of our genetic drive so it seems counter-Darwinian that some genes might work against our ability to make a baby. But that is exactly what certain genes might be doing, according to women’s health startup Celmatix, and they are now working with 23andMe to hopefully figure out why. Celmatix tries to take the… Read More

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 Not only has Gjirafa developed an albanian search engine, which overcomes some of the complexities and uniqueness of the albanian language, but it is also tackling the region’s search engine chicken and egg problem: much of the information that users typically search for doesn’t yet exist online. Read More

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