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 When adults are struggling to remember all of their passwords, how can second graders? After launching to provide a common API for K-12 education two years ago, Clever wants to help instructors teach more and worry about resetting students’ forgotten passwords less. The education technology company recently launched a feature that will allow students to use a single sign on to all of… Read More

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 Over the past few years the semiconductor funding ecosystem experienced a significant downturn. According to the GSA survey, there were only 5 Series A semiconductor funding rounds and 10 exits in 2010 in North America, Europe and Israel. Most of the VCs who invested in Semiconductors shifted their focus to software startups due to higher scalability, faster time-to-exit and low cost of failure. Read More

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 I now know what I want for my birthday. Using customized 3D printing technology, Andrey Rudenko printed a castle in his backyard. It took him two years from conception to completion. The result is incredible: Better than that image is a clip from his website, showing how the construction process worked: According to Rudenko, building the castle with concrete had some unique issues. Rudenko… Read More

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 Since the introduction of custom keyboards in iOS 8 at this year’s WWDC, we’ve seen a few implementations come from developers preparing solutions aiming to make the typing experience more convenient on the iPhone. Taphive’s ThemeBoard is something else — it’s a keyboard that mostly acts like Apple’s, but you can customize it with designs from the community. Read More

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 Vice Media has agreed to sell a 10 percent stake to A&E Networks. The $250 million investment values the company at $2.5 billion. The news was first reported in the Financial Times (warning: paywall), and a Vice spokerson confirmed both the deal and the valuation. Read More

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 If you like BuzzFeed’s quizzes and interactive projects like its Game Of Thrones name generator, congratulations, you’re probably going to be seeing more of them. If you think they’re all annoying gimmicks, well, uh, you’re going to be seeing more of them anyway. That’s because the site is building up a games team of its own. Vice President of Product Chris… Read More

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 A number of moves this week: The White House announced its intention for Danny Marti to be its new piracy guru, departing national CTO Todd Park will return to Silicon Valley, but keep working for the government, Google X’s Megan Smith is said to be a top contender for the nation’s CTO role, and former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will sit on the Intelligence Advisory… Read More

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 Zimperium, a mobile security company, provides a way to test if a public network has any vulnerabilities. Now, the company has updated its Mobile Threat Defense Suite to 2.0, bringing a new app to iOS devices — zIPS. Read More

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 Gillmor Gang – Dan Farber, John Taschek, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session today at 1pm Pacific. Facebook page here LIVE FriendFeed chat during show here Read More

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 Over the past several decades, enterprise technology has consistently followed a trail blazed by top consumer tech brands. This has certainly been true of delivery models – first there were software CDs, then the cloud, and now all kinds of mobile apps. In tandem with this shift, the way we build applications has changed and we’re increasingly learning the benefits of taking a… Read More

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 Max Gurvits is an investor. Based in Bulgaria, the peripatetic VC is almost everywhere, showing up at events around the world and scouting out some amazing ideas. I talked to him about how he became a VC at a comparatively young age and what it takes to make it in investing for our back to school series. TC: You’re pretty young (comparatively). How did you start? Gurvits: I co-founded… Read More

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 You can tell when summer is coming to an end: The weather turns cooler, the days run shorter, and tech news starts to pick up the pace. This week was a great example of the news cycle perking up as we head into fall, giving us a few big stories to talk about for our weekly CrunchWeek show. Ryan Lawler, Alex Wilhelm, and I got together to talk about Twitch’s $1 billion sale to Amazon… Read More

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 Amazon Prime, Netflix, utilities, the New York Times, HBO Go, the gym… When you stop and think about all the subscriptions you have, the list probably is a bit longer than you thought. But even as more subscription services become available, from ride shares to make up kits, it seems companies still offer customers limited subscription options due to constraints with their billing systems. Read More

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 It’s that time again! T-Mobile is prepping to make yet another announcement in their “Uncarrier” series, just a few weeks after the last one. The company has just sent out invites for their seventh “Uncarrier” event, each of which has been intended to shake up some industry practice or another and coax potential customers into hopping on the T-Mo train by fixing… Read More

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 Snapchat has just updated its app with a brand new Live section that will incorporate Our Story into everyone’s feed, regardless of location. Our Story is a Snapchat product that lets users contribute snaps to a single Story (or, thread of snaps) from a single event. The product first launched back at Electronic Daisy Carnival, and then went on to Rio, Outside Lands, and Lollapalooza.… Read More

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 As August comes to a close, the world speeds back up again and things actually start… you know, happening. Apple has an event in just a few short days, where we expect to learn about the iPhone. After that, a bunch of other companies are releasing smart watches, including Motorola, LG, and Google and Disney entering the Game of Drones. Read More

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 When John Zimmer and Logan Green launched a new ride-sharing service called Lyft in the spring of 2012, they instantly knew they had a hit on their hands. But that wasn’t always the case. Read More

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 Tablet growth in the North American and European markets will be flat this year, according to IDC. The group revised its estimates after what it called a “second quarter of softer than expected demand.” The tablet market, which IDC counts as tablets and 2-in-1 devices, will grow by a slim 6.5 percent globally. In 2014, around 233 million tablets and 2-in-1 devices will be sold… Read More

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 A new mobile application called TripCast, built by the team that created photo-sharing app Cluster, allows travelers to privately share their photos with their friends back home. The app lets you create a travel journal of sorts, by not only collecting the photos and sharing them, but also plotting them on map, and inviting fellow travelers to build albums with you. This is not the first time… Read More

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 Curious, the video-enabled tutoring and teaching service for anyone who thinks that curiosity may be bad for cats but great for people, is launching some new features, a new crafting app, and a wholly redesigned website. The company’s site now is organized into categories and courses for the massive number of tutorials on any topic ranging from how to replace a carburetor to how to play… Read More

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 Real-time analytics service Chartbeat has been banging the drum for the past few months about the need to focus less on clicks and more on attention, when it comes to measuring the success of content and especially ads. Now the company is moving further in that direction with the launch of a new tool called Campaign IQ. Chartbeat already launched native ad analytics earlier this year, but… Read More

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 It’s happening. Apple’s invitation to a September 9 event has officially gone out. At least one next-gen iPhone will be unveiled in a few short days. However, new photos have emerged on Chinese site WeiFeng that appear to show components that match up almost identically to previous leaks for a 4.7-inch iPhone. If these numerous leaks are to be trusted as the real deal, and we are,… Read More

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 Facebook is testing an expansion of its search product, introduced last year as “Graph Search,” on mobile devices, according to a report from Bloomberg. The change, which is currently only visible to a smaller subset of Facebook users, allows users to retrieve friends’ old posts via keyword, as well as content from pages they followed. This feature was previously introduced… Read More

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 It’s a year later than they had initially planned, but Zeel is finally expanding its massage-on-demand service beyond New York to more cities in the U.S. — rolling out in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Miami. It’s the next step toward creating what Chief Executive Samer Hamadeh says is at least a billion-dollar business. “We believe we’re creating something that… Read More

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 Opera may have taken some of the wind out of the Nokia brand with the news that its browser will be replacing Nokia’s on the now-Microsoft-owned, winding down, feature handset business. But today the Finnish company that has remained post the Microsoft handset sale had some interesting news of its own: it’s tying up with Samsung for two new versions of its here mapping product,… Read More

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