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 The world of bitcoin is like the Lord Of The Rings without the Hobbits. You’ve got Sauron (Satoshi Nakamoto, who essentially wants freedom from law), Saruman (Ross Ulbricht, the technologist who wants to unleash the currency no matter the cost). They are battled by folks like Boromir (the hapless Mark Karpeles), Aragon (Wences Cesares, the hidden knight) and the elves (Cameron and… Read More

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 Home sensor startup Notion, which last fall Kickstarted its first batch of sensors for in-home monitoring, has pulled in a $2 million seed investments from Draper Nexus Ventures, Gabriel Investments, Galvanize Ventures, Foundry Group Angels and TechStars. Read More

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 The most impactful companies are founded on solving problems, typically these are problems that affected a founder personally. In that respect, Postman, a startup offering a platform for teams developing APIs, is off to a good start. Read More

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 At $15 per month, is HBO NOW too expensive when competing against lower-cost services like Netflix and Amazon Prime? That’s what the network wants to know, and it’s currently asking customers who have recently completed their trial of the new, over-the-top streaming service if they would be interested in subscribing at lower price points. The company even specifically suggests a… Read More

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 Today is Tuesday, which means that we’ll be making our usual trek up to the Sirius XM studios to go live with TechCrunch Radio on Sirius XM Insight 121. That also means that the weekly TC Radio Pitch-Off is going down tonight at 630pm, with five companies taking 60 seconds each to pitch their product to a panel of judges, including myself, Anthony Ha, and a special guest VC judge. But… Read More

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 A new report from 9to5Mac claims iOS 9 will have support for Force Touch features, as well as haptic feedback, and that both of those will be included in the iPhone 6 hardware successor coming this fall. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the iPhone 6s (or whatever it ends up being called officially by Apple) getting Force Touch, the feature introduced with the Apple… Read More

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 U.K.-based startup Pryynt is hoping to wrong foot print-on-demand services by getting app developers to integrate an SDK that puts a print button directly into their apps, and an on-demand print service at the fingertips of their users. Read More

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 Turkey’s Iyzico, which provides a platform to let e-commerce sites and other apps easily accept online payments, has raised a $6.2 million Series B. Read More

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 Organizing our massive photo libraries is a task that a number of startups and big companies alike are still trying to solve. While Google is poised to introduce a new, standalone Photos app at Google I/O this week to address this challenge, a new Amsterdam-based startup called Bundle has also now launched an app focused on helping users automatically group photos together into albums and… Read More

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 Although it may not be the obvious hero, usually more Vampire Squid than White Knight, Goldman and its cohorts could be responsible for transitioning the renewables sector from a fragmented and esoteric industry to one of mainstream dominance. They’ve facilitated the development of world-encompassing industries before and they will do it again. Read More

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 EMC announced this morning that it had purchased Virtustream, a cloud management firm, for $1.2 billion. The company has indicated it will incorporate Virtustream as the company’s newly formed cloud managed services business. Virtustream, which launched in 2008 has raised of $129 million since its inception. A billion dollar exit on that kind of raise is not too shabby, and it gives… Read More

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 The Stratos is an early player in a new category of devices. It’s a sort of universal credit card that aims to consolidate all the plastic cards in your wallet. To use a certain credit card, the owner simply taps one of the hidden buttons or selects one on the mobile app. When it works, it’s magic. When it doesn’t, it’s just another card to carry. The Stratos failed to… Read More

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 Periscope, Twitter’s live streaming video app, has arrived on Android. After a debut on iOS early this year, the company’s Android app development under former Twitter for Android developer Sara Haider went full-steam on bringing Periscope to Google’s mobile OS. The Android version has all the functionality of the iOS version, but with some new perks, including a “return… Read More

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 Investors are throwing some serious money at enterprise backup these days. If you want proof, look at Rubrik, a startup that has developed a hybrid cloud and on-premises backup solution. It landed $40 million in Series B today. The round was led by Greylock Partners with participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners and existing angel investors it chose not to name. Today’s… Read More

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 Samsung’s Iron Man-branded Galaxy S6 Edge arrives tomorrow, with a custom paint job, 64GB of on-board storage and a limited edition wireless charger accessory with an appropriate arc reactor graphic included on top. It ships with a clear cover, too, so you can protect your precious “armor” when ticketing around in the real world. The box it comes in is also red any gold,… Read More

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 Microsoft is not limiting the features of Windows 10 to people who play entirely in its own sandbox; the company announced today, via a video hosted by MS operating system lead Joe Belfiore, that both Android and iOS devices will be getting access to a companion app that gives them access to content from their Windows 10 PC from whatever device they choose – and Cortana’s coming… Read More

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 Indie authors seem to be living in an age of wonders. They can upload a PDF and sell it instantly on Kindles and tablets. They can print-on-demand like merry little Gutenbergs, slinging their wares from India to Indiana. They can raise an army of fans to crowdfund their latest opus. But all is not rosy in the world of indie publishing. The tools – the things that were supposed to turn us… Read More

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 Apple has a new patent (via AppleInsider) that combines the best of both worlds when it comes to input – physical keys and touch-based input. The hybrid design would provide users with more flexibility when it comes to doing things beyond typing, all without taking away the satisfying click of a real, switch-based keyboard. The patent includes provisions for including capacitive touch… Read More

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 BBC iPlayer creator Anthony Rose, who also co-founded social TV app Beamly, has launched a new startup today called 6Tribes as an iOS app. The focus? Interest-based social networking. The app is initially available in the U.K., with plans to expand to more markets in the comin Read More

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 Sony announced its new Xperia Z4 in its native Japan last month, and today it has a new smartphone for the rest of us… it’s called the Xperia Z3+, not the Z4, however. Read More

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 Hotels.ng, which claims to be the largest hotel booking site in Nigeria, has raised $1.2 million to expand across Africa. Investors include EchoVC Pan-Africa Fund and Omidyar Network, a venture capital firm launched by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Read More

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 A new report from Counterpoint Research suggests that the Samsung Z1, the aforementioned $91 device, was the top selling smartphone in Bangladesh in Q1 2015. The report did not provide an estimation for the number of sales, however. Read More

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 The News Lens, an independent news site based in Taipei, has scooped up its series A. The exact amount of the funding was undisclosed, but the startup tells TechCrunch it was between $1 million to $2 million. Read More

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 While TravelersBox may sound like a fight club for paunchy, tired business executives who spend months on a plane per year, it’s actually a box that lets you turn your foreign currency – change mostly – into dollars and Euro and then sends the value right to your Paypal, Skype, or Starbucks account. Founded by Tomer Zussman, Idan Deshe, and Dror Blumenthal, the company has… Read More

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 Snapdeal, one of the largest e-commerce players in India, has snapped up MartMobi for an undisclosed amount. Based in Hyderabad, Martmobi helped vendors build mobile apps and sites. Snapdeal said the acquisition will help improve its mobile experience for sellers and customers on its marketplace. Read More

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