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 Investments in real estate tech are on the upswing in the wake of some billion dollar exits this year. Following Zillow’s acquisition of Trulia for $3.5 billion in July and News Corp’s $9.5 billion purchase of Realtor.com-parent Move Inc. in September, venture investors are more eager than ever to get in on the market. Read More

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 Today Motorola and Verizon are announcing the Droid Turbo, a new Droid-branded smartphone with a focus on super fast charging capabilities. Verizon claims the phone can get eight hours of battery life in 15 just minutes by using a special turbo charger sold with the phone. And beyond that, a fully charged Droid Turbo promises 48 hours of battery life. Obviously, this is going to differ based… Read More

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 A startup called Reserve is launching a beta version of its “digital concierge” app today, promising to help users snag reservations at top-tier restaurants and improve the dining experience overall. This is the first launch out of Expa, the “startup studio” created by StumbleUpon and Uber co-founder Garrett Camp. (Expa recently raised $50 million and announced the… Read More

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 A recent job listings page for Magic Leap shows the company is amidst an aggressive hiring spree, with a plethora of openings in hardware and software engineering. The job descriptions also tell us a little more about the technology, which claims to merge the physical and digital worlds with hardware and software that surpasses existing virtual and augmented reality solutions. Read More

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 DigitalOcean, the fast-growing cloud hosting provider, today announced that it has partnered with Mesosphere to allow its users to quickly deploy a Mesosphere cluster on its platform. The idea behind Mesosphere is to allow developers to treat a cluster on DigitalOcean, Google Compute Engine, AWS and similar platforms as a single pool or resources for their applications. The service is based… Read More

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 Vintage gaming specialists GOG have outdone themselves this time, with the launch of LucasArts classics including the Star Wars X-Wing and Tie Fighter games. These dog-fighting ‘simulators’ (in so far as it’s actually possible to simulate an experience that can’t be had in real life) occupied so much of my youth that they probably legally qualify as my parents, or at… Read More

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 Scenario: It’s 12:30 am. You’re in Taco Bell. You’d do pretty much anything for a crunchwrap supreme. The problem: If you open your mouth and try to speak, it’ll become immediately obvious that you just smoked what you’re at least 90% sure was all of the weed in the entire world. Solution: You can now order Taco Bell on your phone. Read More

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 Google posted an update to its Android Developers Blog today which includes a complete checklist for the new Material Design aesthetic Google has adopted across the OS for its own apps and menu visuals. The Checklist is aimed at mobile software designers, but it’s a good read for anyone interested in getting a grasp on how their favourite software might be reimagined for… Read More

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 One of the handiest “set-it-and-forget-it” tools I have at my disposal is the automated address book updater from Evercontact (previously WriteThatName). The subscription-based service automatically scans your incoming email for signatures, then updates the contact details with that person’s name, title, address, phone, email, and more. Now a new application called… Read More

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 Earlier this year TechCrunch promoted a “2014 Startup Salary Survey”, created by a number of credible players in the UK startup community. Enternships; Seedcamp; ICE; and Gordon & Eden came together to try to bring some clear data and transparency to the UK’s startup scene in terms of salaries, including data around the proliferation of share options amongst staff at… Read More

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 BuzzFeed is announcing its first acquisition since it raised a $50 million round from Andreessen Horowitz over the summer — it’s buying Torando Labs, and the Torando team will form the online publisher’s first data engineering unit. While best-known for its love of GIFs and quizzes, BuzzFeed is also a famously data-savvy company — see, for example, this profile of… Read More

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 Software keyboard maker Fleksy raised a new $2 million round of venture funding from Digital Garage, Eniac Ventures, Middleland Capital, Highland Capital Partners and others to help it continue to power its growth, which got a big boost from the launch of iOS 8 earlier this year. The additional round will help the company fund development on both iOS and Android, however, and a new Android… Read More

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 Google’s YouTube online video service might soon provide a way to do away with those increasingly annoying pre-roll ads forever: The network is considering the adoption of a new version, says the Wall Street Journal, that would get rid of ads altogether, and introduce subscription-based billing for customers who want it instead. YouTube head Susan Wojcicki is spearheading the attempt… Read More

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 Last year two Italian VC firms and an institutional player combined to from United Ventures, based out of Milan. They closed a first round of funding at €30 million ($39M) but aimed for €50 million. It was a welcome move as the Italian tech scene has formerly languished through lack of funds, despite a growing entrepreneurial and startup scene, as we’ve seen in the last few years… Read More

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 TechCrunch is looking for the next hot hardware startup to launch on our stage in Las Vegas, but you have to apply first. The deadline is now November 15th, leaving you just over two weeks. For the second year in a row TechCrunch is holding Hardware Battlefield at CES where startups will compete for $50,000 and our newly-minted Metal Man trophy. Best yet, participating startups will get… Read More

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 Yelp continues with its march across Europe to build up its reach in local listings in the region. Today, the company announced the acquisition of Cityvox, a reviews site in France that focuses on restaurants and nightlife and “providing great consumer insights for businesses ranging from restaurants and brasseries to cinemas and clubs, basically any business falling into the… Read More

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 Yet more consolidation in the messaging app business: Nimbuzz, an early mover in messaging that currently has 200 million+ users with a large number of those in India, has been majority acquired by New Call. The UK-based provider of low-cost fixed line and broadband services has taken a 70% stake in the business for $175 million, valuing the full company at $250 million according to reports… Read More

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 A new report by mobile app analytics firm, App Annie, and mobile content and commerce association MEF, has identified Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey and India as the next growth markets for app publishers — with rates of app downloads in these five markets growing substantially between Q3 2013 and Q3 2014. Read More

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 Adsquare is an interesting proposition, considering it trades in location data without relying on the use of cookies and in a way it claims complies with strict European data protection laws. Read More

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 Soft Space, a Southeast Asian white-label mobile point-of-sale platform maker, announced today that it has acquired Fasspay, a payment service provider based in Malaysia. The acquisition price was undisclosed. Read More

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 Arist wants to turn your kitchen into a cafe by brewing almost any coffee drink. Arist grinds beans and pour shots at the right time, and its smartphone app can remember your favorite drink recipes, find new ones, and finetune things like water temperature and syrup quantity. Arist can even remember certain coffee cups with the aid of an NFC sticker. Read More

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 At TechEd Europe in Barcelona today, Microsoft announced the launch of a number of new APIs for Office 365, as well as new Office 365 SDKs for iOS and Android. The new APIs were previously only available in preview. With the Office 365 APIs for mail, files, calendar and contacts, developers will be able to interact with Microsoft’s Office suite directly from their own applications.… Read More

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 Jack Ma and Tim Cook both repeatedly teased a possible partnership between The Paypal-like AliPay and Apple Pay in two separate talks while on stage at the Wall Street Journal Digital conference in Laguna Beach, California this evening. Cook joked with the WSJ’s editor-in-chief Gerard Baker that he was going to go discuss a marriage between AliPay and Apple Pay after his talk. He said… Read More

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 Today we have monitoring tools generating logs and logs of data flowing into our data centers, letting us know everything that’s happening down to a detailed level. That’s a good thing, right? Not necessarily, because the more information we need to sift through, the more overwhelming it becomes and the more impossible it becomes for humans to track. BigPanda asserts that it can… Read More

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 This evening at a Wall Street Journal technology conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that in its first 72 hours, Apple Pay activated 1 million cards. That figure indicates that Apple Pay is picking up traction outside of the technology, early-adopter set. Apple Pay competes with rival offerings from Google, among others, alongside traditional payment methods. Paying for goods with your… Read More

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