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 It’s looking like 2015 will be a big year for India’s music streaming space. Fresh after Rdio’s arrival in the country, Saavn — a New York based startup that was among the first to cater to India — is pushing its credentials after hiring former Google India executive and startup figure Mahesh Narayanan as its COO. Read More

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 At this point, BlackBerry and Windows Phone fans are probably used to having a much smaller selection of apps than their counterparts on iOS and Android smartphones. In fact, diehard devotees of BlackBerry and Windows Phone, which both lag dramatically behind Android and iOS in terms of market share, are probably so strongly attached to the operating systems that they don’t mind their… Read More

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 At an event held for the media at its corporate campus in Redmond, Washington, Microsoft unveiled HoloLens, a face computer that blends holographs into your world using see-through lenses. After the morning’s keynote wrapped, the company guided the accumulated technology press through a series of demos using non-final hardware and software. And it’s awesome. Read More

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 Despite giving no information about release date, price, or technical specs, Microsoft surprised many tech bloggers today with the announcement of Windows Holographic and the HoloLens, an operating system and headset for augmented reality computing. Read More

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 Years ago, when TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington was dreaming up ideas for what the original Crunchies statuette would look like, he drew inspiration from 2001: A Space Odyssey. In particular, that scene in the early part of the movie in which the apes start using bones as tools and weapons for the first time. Years have passed and our statuettes have changed ever so slightly, but we… Read More

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 Who can forget the Ice Bucket Challenge? Thousands of people dumped buckets of freezing ice over their heads in 2014 to raise awareness (and money) for Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Dick Costolo and several other Silicon Valley technorati drenched themselves for the cause, which raised more than $95 million last year. Other challenges soon followed. The #WakeUpCall… Read More

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 Back in 2012, Google announced the Maps Coordinate service, a tool for managing mobile workforces with the help of mobile apps and a web-based dashboard. Using Maps Coordinate, businesses could track and dispatch their mobile employees, whether they were truck drivers, pizza delivery guys or plumbers. Now, it looks like Google is about to call it quits on Maps Coordinate. Google today sent… Read More

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 Twitter’s “While You Were Away” feature, which helps you catch up on tweets that you missed, is officially launching on iOS today (with Android and web coming soon). The company previewed the feature at its analyst day last fall and started rolling it out at the end of December. Read More

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 Uber has closed on even more financing to expand its operations around the world. Fast on the heels or raising $1.2 billion in equity financing, the company brought on $1.6 billion in convertible debt from Goldman Sachs, a person with knowledge of the deal has confirmed. Read More

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 You might not all be fans of the San Francisco Bay Guardian (in fact, I bet a few of you haven’t heard of it), but I think it’s fair to call the weekly paper a San Francisco institution. It also meant a lot to me personally — not only was my first journalism internship in the Bay Guardian’s news department, but as a reader, the paper introduced me to both progressive… Read More

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 Microsoft and NASA are teaming up to make remote working on the Red Planet a reality, using the newly announced HoloLens headset, and the Windows Holographic technology that it supports. The platform is called OnSight, and is being developed out of NASA’s Pasadena-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). It uses the Mars Curiosity rover as effectively a telepresence bot for scientists… Read More

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 Researchers at North Carolina State University have built a new form of “dry” EKG/EMG sensors that allow doctors to get high-density data on a patient’s heart performance in a package that can be worn for extended periods of time. Traditional EKG sensors require a wet gel layer to be placed down between a patient’s skin and the sensor and cannot be left on the body for… Read More

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 It was a very Windows day, with Microsoft unveiling lots more about Windows 10, the next generation of its operating system, including how it will work across mobile, tablet, desktop and other platforms. The biggest surprise was probably the new HoloLens augmented reality headset Microsoft created, and the Windows Holographic software it built to support said gadget. But there was more, too,… Read More

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 This afternoon following the bell, eBay released its fourth quarter financial performance. The company had fourth quarter revenues of $4.9 billion, with GAAP earnings of $0.75 per share on profit of $936 million. Non-GAAP Earnings were $1.1 billion or $0.90 cents per diluted share, just in line with analysts expectations that the company would earn $0.89 per share on revenue of $4.93… Read More

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 Thanks to several technological improvements over the last century, life for farmers is much easier than it used to be. But managing water consumption and distribution on farms is still a fairly manual process. Farmers have traditionally hired farm hands to drive through acres of fields and manually check the health of their crops and wetness of the soil. Read More

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 Brandfolder, a startup that helps companies manage their brand assets, announced yesterday that it has raised $2 million in new funding. The idea might sound, um, a little dry, but the Denver-based startup has attracted some famous customers, including the Seattle Seahawks, MapQuest (which, like TechCrunch, is owned by AOL), the Dallas Mavericks, and Groupon. Read More

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 One of President Obama’s guests at this year’s State of the Union address was Kathy Pham, a health IT expert formerly of Google and IBM. Pham recently joined the federal government to make it easier for veterans to access the benefits they have earned – like her brother, who earned a Purple Heart for his service in Afghanistan. Kathy is exactly what this country needs. Uncle… Read More

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 Microsoft shocked the world today when they debuted a set of holographic goggles they are calling the HoloLens. Think Google Glass meets Oculus Rift and you should have a good idea of this device. With this announcement, the market for computers on our faces is suddenly heating up. We now have Microsoft, Facebook and Google trying to build one. While we have yet to see such an attempt… Read More

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 True Link, a startup that emerged from Y Combinator to protect the elderly from financial fraud, just raised $3.4 million from a group of investors including Cambia Health Solutions. While Cambia isn’t a traditional Sand Hill venture investor, they are a multi-billion dollar health insurer from the Pacific Northwest that is branching out into investing in health and wellness startups.… Read More

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 “Right after we launched the new TaskRabbit, not everyone was happy.” After years of being a CEO, Leah Busque knows to choose her words carefully, especially when she knows they’ll appear in print. But speaking with her in person at a conference room in TaskRabbit’s San Francisco headquarters, it’s apparent in her voice and demeanor that she knows she’s… Read More

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 Internet Relay Chat has been on the decline since 1999, but a new generation of teens around the world seem to be discovering the joys of anonymous chat rooms thanks to Turkish startup Connected2Me. Connected2Me is a one-on-one chat service that connects registered profiles with anonymous site visitors. The key to the site is that you don’t have to be registered to use it, which… Read More

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 Google launched a couple of nifty updates to the mobile versions of its Docs, Sheets and Slides productivity apps today. These include new editing and security tools that will make using the apps on iOS and Android a bit easier. Read More

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 And so the countdown begins. We’re nearly a month away from the TechCrunch Pitch-Offs in Atlanta (February 24) and Boston (February 26), and we can hardly wait to head back to two of our favorite cities! If you have yet to check out one of the regional TechCrunch Pitch-offs, the first thing that you should know is that they’re legendary. Read More

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 Editor’s Note: Boris Wertz is the founder of version one ventures, and has invested in over 50 early-stage consumer and enterprise companies, including Chloe & Isabel, Frank & Oak, Julep, and Indochino. Follow him on his blog and on Twitter @bwertz. Recent weeks have brought some major shakeups to the e-commerce world as Sophia Amoruso stepped down as CEO of Nasty Gal… Read More

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