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 FiftyThree, maker of the fine-art drawing app Paper and its accompanying iPad stylus ‘Pencil’ unveiled an online platform accessible within the app called Mix. This third phase of the company saw it entering the real of cloud collaboration, allowing its users to literally drawn, sketch and re-mix each-other’s creatives works. Today Mix stops being an invite-only platform and… Read More

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 The cost of data access is one of the top obstacles to the developing world getting on the web, so today Internet.org gave free data access to basic web services and local resources to Tanzania with the release of its Internet.org app through carrier Tigo. Facebook’s Internet accessibility initiative released a similar app in Zambia in July, and now Tanzanians can use Facebook,… Read More

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 MCX (Merchant Customer Exchange), the coalition of retailers including Walmart, Best Buy, Gap and others, who are backing a mobile payments solution CurrentC meant to rival newcomer Apple Pay, has been hacked. The data breach involves the theft of email addresses. The CurrentC mobile application was not affected, the company confirms to TechCrunch. Within the last 36 hours, MCX says… Read More

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 What happens when stickers and emoji collide in a bespoke mash-up that uses your own self-image as the canvas? Bitmoji happens that’s what: a new Android and iOS app from personalized comic strips app Bitstrips that lets you create a custom avatar to star in personalized stickers. Read More

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 Fashion and social networking belong together, but so far no one has found the perfect balance between user-generated content and a focus on edgy fashion. That’s where Cloth comes in. It’s a new app, launched today, that lets users share their favorite outfits in an Instagram-like feed, letting them get feedback from friends (with likes and chat) and saving their favorite outfits… Read More

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 Windows. Beyond aesthetics, the new layout crystalizes the efforts of the company to communicate that, outside its core CRM and B2B business, it has cemented its growth into customer analytics, digital marketing and social media. Contrasting with its previous CRM focused communication, Salesforce is now taking about “connecting with customers in a whole new way” in its landing page. Read More

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 In our highly interconnected world, stopping Ebola is on everyone’s mind. The tech community has a significant role to play in the response because it offers solutions that can scale at the same rate as Ebola’s exponential growth. Many are already wondering how they can contribute. Over the past few weeks UNICEF has been contacted by more than 50 technology companies about the… Read More

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 Startups in the digital financial advisory sector are going to need some wealth management tools of their own as money continues to pour in to the market. In the latest news, Personal Capital, a provider of electronically enabled wealth management services, said it has raised $50 million in a new round of financing. The investment comes on the heels of news that Wealthfront, another provider… Read More

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 Smart thermostats are great, but they often do not regulate the temperature of individual rooms. That’s where Keen Home’s Smart Vents come into play. The company first announced their product at Disrupt NY 2013 and is today announcing $1.52M in seed funding to bring it to market. The seed round was led by RMR Capital, with participation from R/GA Ventures, Bullet Time Ventures,… Read More

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 Dutch startup Blendle, which is applying a Netflix style marketplace model to journalism, allowing web users of its website to buy individual articles from a range of publishers and publications for a few cents a pop, has pulled in a €3 million ($3.8M) Series A investment from the digital investment arm of European publishing giant Axel Springer, Axel Springer Digital Ventures, and the… Read More

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 What would look good in your living room? If you’re a good photographer, you can frame your photos. But chances are that your only option is to buy someone else’s photos, which doesn’t feel very personal. There is another option — you could buy digital art prints instead. To do this, Curioos just raised $1.9 million from a prominent family office to let digital artists… Read More

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 Social content aggregation and publishing platform Stackla announced today that it has raised $2 million in new funding led by rampersand and other private investors. The capital will be used to hire 20 new employees in its San Francisco office, as well as 12 additional staff in Europe and Australia. Read More

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 If any writer defined our collective nerd future and made computing cool it was William Gibson. As accessible as Raymond Carver and imaginatively dark as Philip Pullman, Gibson made it easy to dip into a continuum that every future IT department drone could understand. Rather than giving us flying cars and robo-dragons, Gibson pulled all of our current technologies out like candy, expanding… Read More

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 Brickstream has acquired Nomi, a deal that brings together two companies in the in-store analytics market. Nomi co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer Wesley Barrow told me that even though this is technically an acquisition, “Everyone on both sides of the business sees it as a merger.” He noted that the entire Nomi team will be staying with the company post-acquisition, and that it… Read More

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 Two companies targeting the “mom” demographic with a product lineup that includes party supplies, crafts, toys, and more, Seedling and P.S. XO, are now merging. The combined companies have also now raised $7 million in new funding from UpFront Ventures and Greycroft Partners, in light of the deal and the revenue projections as a combined entity. The two are expected to hit… Read More

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 The latest 12-week smartphone sales figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, up to September, indicate that Windows Phone’s already small share of the smartphone market has shrunk in Europe — dropping 0.3 percentage points in aggregate across the top five markets in Europe (the UK, France, Spain, Italy and Germany). Read More

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 Reddit is continuing it expand its presence beyond its wildly successful forums — known as the front page of the internet for many — after it jumped into the world of crowdfunding with Redditmade, a site that allows moderators to set up projects which can be backed by Redditors. Read More

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 Nintendo, which has seen several quarters of disappointing results, managed to pull out a quarterly operating profit of 215 million yen ($2 million) in its second quarter, compared to an 18 billion yen operating loss in the same quarter a year ago. According to Thomson Reuters Starmine, analysts had expected a 3.7 billion yen loss for the quarter. Read More

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 Sky is best known as a British satellite broadcaster, but it is increasingly becoming a startup investor after it announced its third deal in a month. The company has ploughed $7 million into Whistle Sports, a YouTube network that is focused on — you guessed it — sports videos for young people. Read More

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 Samsung is under-pressure as a long-period of growth continues to flatten out, but things couldn’t be going much better for fellow Korean phone-maker LG, which just announced that it shipped a best-ever 16.8 million smartphones in Q3 2014. Read More

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 ScoreBig, the online ticketing company, has raised a total of $18 million in Series D funding. In a blog post, the company said that Heart Ventures was the lead investor and that George Kliavkoff, the co-president of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, is the latest addition to ScoreBig’s board of directors. Read More

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 Wall Street wants growth, or else. Twitter reported slow growth of 4.8% yesterday down from 6.3% last quarter and got hammered with a 9.8% share price drop today. And now, Facebook’s growth slowed from 3.125% last quarter to 2.27% this quarter, and now $FB is down 9.76% in after-hours trading. Meanwhile, Facebook broke out financials of its $22 billion WhatsApp acquisition for the… Read More

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 Code School, the online learning destination that grew out of founder Gregg Pollack’s longtime efforts in creating and sharing technical content with a developer audience, has now made the leap to mobile. With the new iOS application, developers can watch Code School’s over 300 instructional videos covering JavaScript, HTML/CSS, Ruby, iOS and Git as well as other popular… Read More

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 Facebook disclosed financials of its $22 billion acquisition WhatsApp for the first time today, and it looks like the 600 million user messaging app’s revenue is still small. In 6 months ending June 30th, 2014, WhatsApp brought in $15.921 million in revenue, but had a net loss of $232.5 million. However, $206.5 million of that was for share based compensation expense and issuance of… Read More

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 Slight amendment: Apple closed today at an all-time split-adjusted high. The company traded for a higher per-share price before its split, but today marks Apple’s highest close since its 7:1 share exchange. The company traded in the low 90s following the split, putting its current value up more than 10 percent since the division. Apple ended today worth $618.97 billion according to… Read More

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