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 SurveyMonkey, the Silicon Valley company that runs an online survey and questionnaire platform, announced today that it has raised $250 million in a new round of funding. The raise was first reported last night by the Wall Street Journal, and was officially confirmed by the company this morning. The new money will be used at least in part to fuel more M&A transactions, and to allow… Read More

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 Amazon this morning has rolled out an updated version of its Kindle app for iOS users which now offers readers a number of new features, including integration with Amazon acquisition Goodreads, personalized book suggestions, and, for those who subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, access to over 700,000 titles in the app, among other additions. The update follows the upgrade of the Kindle software… Read More

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 While this footage isn’t as exciting as I’d like it to be – I’d really prefer a big old gross close-up of a splayed knee joint – what it represents is pretty wonderful. Essentially, doctors at the Columbia University Medical Center have been able to print a knee meniscus using a degradable plastic scaffold and a protein growth system. The body then subsumes the… Read More

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 Messaging app Kik is embracing one of the hallmarks of social networks after it introduced hashtag on its service. An update to the iOS and Android apps today turns hashtags into clickable links to chat groups where Kik believes like minded users can congregate to discuss topics, share information and (potentially) meet new people. Read More

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 Work management tools tend to come in two flavors: either as a really expensive but customizable enterprise solution or as a more consumerize product that gives you very little flexibility. Wrike hopes to bridge this gap with the latest update to its work management and collaboration service today. “Before [today’s launch], Wrike was like many other collaboration tools,”… Read More

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 “No one’s private life can totally withstand public scrutiny,” reads an NYT op-ed penned by screenwriter and playwright Aaron Sorkin, angrily blasting the media for reporting the private details revealed through the recent hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, in what’s shaping up to be one of the largest corporate data breaches to date. “…every news outlet… Read More

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 Microsoft recently announced that it would not release another Windows 10 build this year. That statement became ironic when the company did, by accident, when a new version of its new operating system leaked. The Microsoft-watching community quickly dug in, finding goodies like Cortana, and a new Xbox app; here were the consumer-facing pieces that were not supposed to be out until… Read More

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 UK telco BT has confirmed it is in talks to acquire mobile carrier EE for £12.5 billion — the largest of the U.K.’s carriers, and the first to roll out a 4G/LTE network, back in fall 2012. Read More

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 When I first approached Bonobos for an episode of TC Makers I was convinced I’d be able to visit a huge warehouse at the edge of town where a gaggle of monkeys was sewing together travel jeans and hipster flannel. Instead, I was invited into a relatively small New York office where designers, web folks, and customer service representatives were working on selling clothing on the… Read More

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 On-demand shipping startup Shyp is partnering with Banana Republic to help last-minute shoppers get presents to family and friends without needing to attach one of those awkward semi-apology notes to the package. Read More

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 Microsoft’s got some more support today in its ongoing appeal and wider campaign against the U.S. government over how the latter requests customer data from the cloud, and specifically when the servers where the data is stored are located outside the U.S.. Verizon, HP, eBay, Cisco, Salesforce and Infor have come together to file an amicus brief in support of Microsoft’s position… Read More

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 Concerts! Sports! Theater? Event startups have largely ignored musicals and plays but the fact is they’re an enormous business driven by high-spending theater addicts “whales”. That’s why TodayTix built an app for them, and now that it’s selling 2% to 3% of tickets for most Broadway shows in New York City, it’s raised a $6.1 million Series A to bring its app… Read More

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 A new project called CrowdSolve debuting on Indiegogo today asks the question: What happens if you use the “wisdom of the crowd” to solve crime? It’s a marked contrast from the heroic image of the solitary detective, a la Batman or Sherlock Holmes, but one that might resonate more with our recent collective fascination with Serial, the ongoing podcast spun out of This… Read More

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 Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook profile has come under attack from a large number of online trolls who are taking advantage of the opportunity to leave comments, including stickers, photos and other “meme” images, on the Facebook CEO’s public posts. The attackers are largely based in Brazil, and their barrage of comments and jokes have continued for several days now… Read More

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 The hostage situation in Sydney’s busy city district has crossed over into day two, with the identity of the hostage taker revealed as Man Haron Monis. The perpetrator, 49, is a self-proclaimed sheikh already pending trial and out on bail for being an accessory to murder. He still has an unconfirmed number of hostages captured inside a Lindt Cafe in Sydney. Some hostages escaped or… Read More

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 Just a few years ago, the ‘real-time web’ used to be a thing. But, nowadays, almost everything online seems to happen instantaneously, not least when sharing photos. That, of course, has its own advantages — such as breaking news on Twitter — but, at the same time, we lose the fun that comes with delayed gratification. Enter: Flashgap, a new time-delayed photo-sharing… Read More

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 With the Cord Project, a pair of former Googlers are aiming to encourage people to use their smartphones for something a little unusual — talking to other people. You know, with your voice. Now, the obvious question here is, “Uh, can’t I already do that with my phone? Isn’t that, like, the whole point?” Read More

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 SoundCloud’s home page stream isn’t always the most conducive to browsing and discovery, so the company is launching a new alternate home base for its users with ‘Collection,’ a way to follow artists, build playlists and like content for a personalized view and playback experience. It’s a relatively small re-orientation of how SoundCloud users will see the world… Read More

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 Indiegogo has launched a new service called Indiegogo Life, a free, eight-click process for funding life events like weddings and birthdays and for raising money for individuals. The company is careful to note that this is not a system for charities but for people who want to buy a present for a mutual friend or privately help out a family in need. “We’ve always been open to any… Read More

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 Skype has been talking about, and demoing, its new real-time translation software for Skype for a while now, but users will begin getting first-hand experience with the tool as of today. The Skype Translator preview program begins welcoming its first participants into the fold, based on sign-ups to the Translator preview page we told you about in early November. The Skype Translator project… Read More

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 Ride-sharing platform Carpooling has been helping connect drivers and passenger together for more than a decade in Europe. Now the company is ready to bring its service to the U.S., providing a platform for sharing long-distance rides together. Read More

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 Even if you’re a relatively “good” drunk, you’re still far dumber than you are when you’re sober. It’s just science. So technology, as it is wont to do, is swooping in to save the day. A new app called Endui (End DUI) was launched by government and police officials in Maryland with about $50,000 in funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety… Read More

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 Smartphones now account for 66% of all mobile phones worldwide and are on track to see 2014 sales of 1.2 billion units in 2014. But while Android appears to have “won” the so-called platform war, the two-horse race between smartphone vendors — between Samsung and Apple — looks like it may finally be breaking up a bit, powered by sales of handsets in emerging… Read More

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 Another bend in the road for on-demand ride-hailing juggernaut Uber: the French government has announced that the peer-to-peer UberPop ride-sharing service will be banned in the country from January 1. Read More

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 London fashion startup Snap Fashion has extended its discovery platform into a visual search engine for men’s clothes, as well as women’s. The fashion app is available on Google Play and Apple iTunes. Snap’s visual algorithms were invented and coded by 27-year-old founder Jenny Griffiths, while completing a Masters degree in Computer Science. She says: “We wanted to… Read More

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