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 Former Googler, programmer and entrepreneur, Dan Shapiro, is building a new type of 3D printer. Which actually isn’t a printer at all; it’s a laser cutting machine called Glowforge… Read More

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 Microsoft is now offering an Xbox One Digital TV Tuner designed for the console, thought a partnership with TV tuner manufacturer Haulage. The arrival of the dedicated hardware marks the wider launch of over-the-air TV support for Xbox One owners across the U.S. and Canada, following a preview launch of the software features via the Xbox beta program. The OTA TV support for Xbox One means you… Read More

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 Samanage, a SaaS platform that lets customer manage any type of internal asset, announced $16 million in Series B investment today. The round was led by Marker, LLC and Vintage Investment Partners with participation from existing shareholders Carmel Ventures, Gemini Israel Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank. This round brings the total investment to $24 million. The company’s roots are in… Read More

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 The cloud HR solutions startup Zenefits is edging further into the Fortune 500 business market today with the launch of two free management tools generally reserved for larger enterprises. Zenefits for Managers is a tool that will allow managers within an organization to make HR changes on their end rather than waiting for HR or CEO approval. These are things like adding new hires… Read More

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 The leading edge of Apple Watch accessories is starting to flood in, and to prove that fact, I recently had not one, but two Watch docks arrive on my doorstep in the same day. One of those was the Mophie Watch Dock, a stand accessory from the well-respected external battery and charging case maker. There seem to be almost as many Watch stands as there are Apple Watch model and strap variants,… Read More

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 FOVE, the virtual reality headset that you can control with just your eyes, is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter. The Tokyo-based startup, which launched at Disrupt SF last year as a Battlefield finalist, has already raised more than two-thirds of its $250,000 goal, with 44 days left to go. Read More

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 Looking to provide health insurance to the 53 million Americans who don’t get benefits from their employers, Stride Health has raised $13 million in new funding. Venrock led the Series A round, with participation from Fidelity Biosciences and previous investor NEA, which brings Stride’s total venture funding to $17.5 million. Read More

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 Real-time search-as-a-service provider Algolia just raised $18.3 million with Accel Partners leading the round — Philippe Botteri will join the board. This represents some serious funding following Algolia’s $1.2 million second seed round. As a reminder, Algolia makes your website’s search box suck less. It feels like using OS X’s Spotlight feature on the web.… Read More

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 Rentecarlo, the U.K. startup and graduate of accelerator Ignite100, is officially launching today with a P2P car rental marketplace that lets anybody rent out their own car. Read More

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 Two companies that use crowdsourcing to provide an alternative to data from traditional weather stations have joined under the same umbrella. Weathernews Inc Japan announced today that it has acquired Boston-based Weathermob for an undisclosed amount. Read More

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 Booxmedia, the Finnish cloud-TV platform founded by ex-Nokians, has seen an exit today. The Helsinki-headquartered company has been acquired by Cambridge, U.K.-based and AIM-listed IPTV provider Amino for €7.9 million. Read More

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 It’s hard as hell to launch a consumer mobile app these days. Manage to build a stellar product that answers a true need? You can pretty much count on the Google/Apple duopoly and poor structure of both app stores to bury your work along with the overwhelming majority of apps wallowing on each platform. Read More

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 GrabTaxi, the Uber-like ride-hailing company backed by SoftBank, has expanded a pilot program of GrabBike motorbike taxi on-demand service to Indonesian capital city Jakarta. Read More

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Palringo, a platform where users can chat, play games and build communities around mobile games, has acquired Finnish game developer, Tribe Studios. Terms were not disclosed. The moves follows its acquisition last year of Swedish game studio, Free Lunch Design. Tribe Studios is best known for its patented Dramagame technology, which it uses to develop multiplayer role-playing games. The… Read More

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 JFDI Asia, the Singapore-based accelerator program, is literally doubling down its investment in early-stage startups and experimenting with allowing participants of its 100-day program to spend time away from its physical base. Read More

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 In 2015, a modern-day gold rush has taken the technology sector by storm. A recent study discovered that 75 percent of executives surveyed said that Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives are currently underway within their organizations. That said, there’s still one question many companies have failed to answer — is more data always a good thing? Read More

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 If you’re thinking this article is about creating a historical record that our future robot overlords may read and reward me for, you’re not entirely right. To keep this particular writing distanced from Terminator-induced concerns, I will constrain the definition of “things” to devices that empower us and our loved ones with light, comfort, safety and security, as well… Read More

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 Big changes are afoot at one of the premier angel investing firms, as David Lee is stepping down from SV Angel after multiple years as managing partner at the firm. With his departure, Topher Conway will be moving up to the co-managing role alongside his father, according to an email sent to SV Angel limited partners, founders and partners. Read More

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 The NSA reform bill passed by the House has an uncertain future in the Senate. The USA FREEDOM Act will receive a vote in the upper chamber, likely later this week, but whether it has the 60 votes required to pass isn’t clear. Tech giants want it to pass. The assembled market cap behind Reform Government Surveillance (RGS), a group whose mission you can surmise, today released a… Read More

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 The recent interest in containers has often been perceived as a threat (or at least an alternative) to OpenStack, the open source cloud computing infrastructure platform founded by RackSpace and NASA in 2010. Containers — and container management platforms like Mesosphere, Kubernetes and others — could negate the need for a OpenStack, the thinking goes, because they could manage… Read More

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 Shares of Yahoo, a company known for its venerable brand, former search market share, and current attempt to become a key mobile shop, fell sharply at the end of trading today. Off more than 7 percent in regular hours, Yahoo took a dive after reports surfaced that the IRS may change how it taxes spinoffs. Read More

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 Shares of Etsy plunged today after the company reported roughly in-line revenue and a wider-than-expected loss. Etsy, a popular marketplace for handmade goods, reported top line of $58.5 million, ahead of expectations of $58 million. However, the company lost $36.6 million in the quarter, or $0.84 per share. In the year-ago quarter, Etsy had a far-smaller $463,000 loss. Etsy is off over 13… Read More

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 Oculus is inviting press to a special event on June 11 in San Francisco. The company provided the image above along with the invite (which also accompanied news consumer pre-orders would start later this year, which bears the tagline “Step into the Rift,” as well, suggesting we’ll probably get more information about the consumer Rift headset launch, including possibly more… Read More

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 A decade ago, Matt Flannery changed the world of lending in developing countries when he co-founded Kiva, a peer-to-peer lending model that allowed consumers to support women and micro-entrepreneurs in emerging markets with loans in increments as small as $25. Now, he’s looking more broadly at commercial lending space in Sub-Saharan Africa and how data science can be applied to make… Read More

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 After a several month hiatus, we’re back with a new season of TechCrunch Cribs, the show that goes inside the doors of tech companies to show what it’s like for the employees who work hard (and often play hard) there. Today’s episode takes us over the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County’s picturesque seaside town of Sausalito, which is where Glassdoor calls home. Most… Read More

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