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 Editor’s Note: J. Trevor Hughes is the president and chief executive officer of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). It’s easy to focus on big financial penalties. All of us intuitively feel the pain of writing the FCC a check for $25 million. But if you’re focusing on the monetary pay out in the FCC’s consent agreement with AT&T for a… Read More

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 HowAboutWe, five years old and recently acquired by digital dating giant IAC, is relaunching its mobile app today with a bevy of new features and updated pricing. The most notable update comes in the form of Tonight, a feature that allows users to essentially order a date on-demand. With Tonight, users can opt-in for a date tonight, put in a specific time, and HowAboutWe will search through… Read More

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 Google Cardboard has been a surprise hit among early adopters, giving an intentionally cheap, approachable device that opens the door to more people having their first virtual reality experience. Providing affordable hardware for optics and input and a software layer that ties into the tools app and game developers already use has made Android a major destination for those looking to… Read More

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“1. Post your own photos and videos. 2. Keep your clothes on.” These and the rest of Instagram’s rules aren’t changing, but they’re being clarified in an update to its Community Guidelines today. The question will be how far Instagram goes to enforce its ban on sharing what you don’t own the rights to, given that’s some of its most popular content. Read More

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 Google’s mobile search results on Android will now prompt you to install mobile apps that feature content relevant to your search query. This essentially turns Google’s mobile search results page into an app discovery service and will likely be a major boon for mobile developers. Read More

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 In Silicon Valley, the percentage of women starting technology companies is astronomically low, at a rate around 3 percent. Of privately held companies, only 6.5 percent have a female CEO, and 1.3 percent have a female founder. How is this the case, when women are earning more than half of all bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees for the first time in history? Read More

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 There’s another new startup fountain in town in India, after Helion Venture Partners announced its fourth fund worth $300 million. Read More

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 The CyLon London incubator was announced back in January, billing itself as Europe’s first dedicated cyber-security accelerator. At the time it said it was expecting to select about 10 startups in its first intake. In the event it’s gone for six for its first 12-week program, announcing the team list today. Read More

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 Slack, the workplace communication and collaboration startup from Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield — is today confirming that it has raised its latest round of funding — $160 million at a post money valuation of $2.8 billion. This follows on from reports from us and others that it was raising at upwards of a $2 billion valuation — a massive premium on its $1.12 billion… Read More

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 A number of Tinder users are reporting issues logging into the service, seeing new people, editing profiles as well as sending messages. The problems began last night for some, though it’s not clear yet if the outage is affecting all users or just a portion. Users’ complaints, however, followed yesterday’s roll-out of the new version of the Tinder app, which introduced… Read More

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 Managed By Q, the iPad-powered office management platform, has today announced that it will be launching out of beta in NYC. The company is also expanding to Chicago, launching an invite-only beta to startups and businesses in the area. Managed By Q is a platform built to help offices keep track of groceries, supplies, cleaning, repairs — all the things that take focus away from running… Read More

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 Trapit, the combined company created from last year’s merger of startups Addvocate and Trapit, is unveiling the main result of that merger today — a set of tools for “employee advocacy and social selling” that includes features from both companies. In other words, Trapit now offers a product where you can find relevant content (as you could in the original Trapit)… Read More

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 Following its acquisition of live streaming app Periscope, Twitter has been actively fighting to make sure its service beats that of independent competitor Meerkat, which had a slightly earlier start. In recent weeks, Twitter has made changes to cut off Meerkat’s access to Twitter’s social graph, and even began pushing celebrities and publishers to stop using Meerkat. Those… Read More

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 GE has a new smart street light in early production, and it hopes that over time, cities and third-party developers will begin to take advantage of the platform to build smart city apps. The light itself is a super-efficient LED that could last up to 20 years. Where it gets interesting is that GE is including a sensor pack with each bulb with capabilities such as video, light and weather… Read More

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As companies like Lyft and Airbnb have grown, they’ve run up against local governments and regulatory agencies in multiple markets in the U.S. and abroad. To help those portfolio companies and others like them, Andreessen Horowitz has hired former Facebooker Ted Ullyot to lead a new policy and regulatory affairs function within the firm. Read More

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After months of negotiations, Microsoft and Yahoo today announced a renewed search alliance, which includes amendments to the two companies’ earlier partnership that give Yahoo more flexibility in terms of how it’s able to monetize its search traffic. It also include changes to the two companies’ ads sales forces. Yahoo will continue to serve Bing ads and search results for… Read More

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 Peloton, the stationary bike startup with a built-in tablet for live streaming cycling classes, has raised $30 million in Series C funding in order to expand brick-and-mortar retail locations and accelerate bike production. Previous investor Tiger Global Management led the round, along with True Ventures. This now brings the total amount raised up to $44 million for the startup. Peloton… Read More

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 While the world is getting its first taste of what life will be like when you have a small wearable like a watch to direct you to what you should do next, one of the leaders in personal organization apps for smartphones is releasing a big update. Any.do is today taking the wraps off version 3.0 of its app for iPhone, Android, Web, Chrome and Mac, which is shipping with no less than 150… Read More

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 Spring, the Instagram for shopping, has today closed $25 million in Series B funding led by Box Group, with participation by Yuri Millner, Groupe Arnault, Google Ventures, and Thrive Capital. Spring has raised a total of $32.5 million. Alongside the funding announcement, Spring (created by David Tisch and his brother Alan Tisch in August 2014) is also launching an Android version of the app… Read More

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 Drones could save businesses big money by doing dull, dirty, and dangerous jobs much better than humans or helicopters. The problem is that drones can be difficult to program and pilot. Airware’s out to change that with today’s launch of its Aerial Information platform. Commercial businesses can now license Airware’s Flight Core autopilot technology, Ground Control Station… Read More

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 The Flatiron School, an educational platform aimed at getting young kids and adults comfortable with programming, has today announced the close of a $9 million Series B funding round led by Thrive Capital with participation from CRV and Matrix. The idea behind Flatiron School is that anyone, young or old, can learn to code over the course of 12 weeks, to the extent that they could go out and… Read More

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 VCs continue to plough money into money transfer/currency exchange startups in Europe. This time it’s the turn of CurrencyFair, which has raised a further €10 million. The round was led by Octopus Investments, with participation from previous backer Frontline Ventures. Read More

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 Enterprises collectively spend $500 billion annually working with system integrators to link up the apps and services they use to run their businesses so that they can work together. Now, tapping into the growth of APIs for everything, a new company out of London, tray.io, has built a platform that it calls an “integration marketplace,” which wants to make costly IT… Read More

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 Introji is a project aiming to bring some much needed emotional nuance to emoji — by crowdsourcing an alternative emoji app for introverts. Read More

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 Google is launching a couple of updates to its cloud-based big data products at the Hadoop Summit in Brussels today. These include the launch of the open beta of Cloud Dataflow, Google’s new service for processing huge amounts of data, as well as an update to BigQuery, which will make the company’s bid data database service available in Google’s European data centers and… Read More

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