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 Launching today, Rooomy is an iPad app which lets you turn 2D images of a room into a 3D space. You can also decorate these 3D rooms with over 500 pieces of virtual 3D furniture from popular brands like Design Within Reach and All Modern. Built by Loft-NedSense, a European company listed on the NYSE Euronext, the app is mainly designed to be as a virtual staging solution for the real… Read More

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 Online blogging platform Medium announced this week a new way to log into its website, without having to use a password. Instead, users will be able to enter in an email address, then click a link sent to them in order to sign in to the site. Previously, the company allowed its users to sign in using their Twitter or Facebook credentials, but it received feedback from many who said they wanted… Read More

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 Marijuana delivery startup Eaze will now let you get a medical marijuana card via smartphone. Rival service Meadow claims to Uber over a doctor (mine actually came on a skateboard), but seems to be the first dooby delivery startup able to hand out a legal cannabis card through EazeMD, its new video phone conference service. “You need to actually send a driver to deliver consumer goods,… Read More

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 This is the best time to raise money for your startup. At least since 1999. But raising money can be a double-edged sword for entrepreneurs — and receiving a high valuation can cut two ways. First, some context. According to the April 2015 MoneyTree report from PwC, investments in later-stage companies rose by 50 percent, to $4.2 billion, in the first quarter of 2015, the largest… Read More

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 Apple has finally entered the streaming music game, with the launch today of Apple Music. The new service is available as a built-in part of its iOS 8.4 Music app for iPhone and iPad devices, and offers a huge catalog of on-demand tracks for streaming playback for just $9.99 per month, or $14.99 for a family plan that allows sharing with up to six users. The service is free for three months… Read More

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 Amazon today formally announced its expansion into physical goods sales in Mexico. The company had previously only offered Kindle e-books on its online site which opened for Mexican customers in 2013. Today on Amazon.com.mx, Amazon will introduce a Spanish-language site featuring millions of items including consumer electronics, kitchen and home items, sports equipment, tools, baby, health… Read More

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 Mobile payment startup Square has been gradually building out the products it offers to small businesses to position itself as a one-stop shop for their various front-of-house and back-office needs. Today sees the latest development on that theme: the company has launched Square Payroll, software for businesses to pay and track taxes and other costs for both hourly and salaried employees.… Read More

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 Mangoplate, a service akin to Yelp in Korea, is in the money today after closing a $6.1 million Series A round to expand in its domestic market and branch out into other parts of Asia. Read More

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 Do Google employees breathe better air than the rest of us? That’s what San Francisco-based environmental health startup Aclima wants to know. Aclima stayed hush about what it’s been up to for the last several years, but just announced it has been studying the indoor air quality on Google’s Mountain View campus and several other Google buildings throughout the world for the… Read More

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Earlier this year, cloud orchestration platform Engine Yard acquired Deis, an open-source Platform-as-a-Service project. Engine Yard has long been known for its support service and starting today, the company will also offer businesses the option to buy Deis support. Deis is a Docker- and CoreOS-based platform that aims to give developers access to what is essentially a privately hosted Heroku. Read More

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 Cisco announced its intent to buy cloud security company OpenDNS for $635 million this morning. It’s probably not a coincidence that Cisco was one of its investors in a $35 million round in May, 2014. With OpenDNS Cisco, a network vendor that offers more traditional network edge protection, gets a Software as a Service vendor that provides security on the move to any device,… Read More

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 Spire, a San Francisco-based satellite-powered data company, has just landed $40 million in Series B funding led by an earlier backer, Promus Ventures. Bessemer Venture Partners and Jump-Capital also joined the round, as did previous investors RRE Ventures and Lemnos Labs. The financing brings the company’s total funding to roughly $80 million – a fair amount for a company that… Read More

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 One Month, the learning platform that promises a solid, enterprise-based education in one month or less, has today announced the close of an additional $1.9 million in seed funding, co-led by existing investor Idea Bulb Ventures and new investor Arena Ventures. Cornerstone On-Demand also participated in the round as a strategic investor. One Month launched back in August 2013 out of the Y… Read More

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 When it comes to booking a business trip or vacation, the actual booking part is easy — what’s hard is finding the right combination of flights, hotels and car rentals. If you’re anything like me, that means repeatedly doing the same flight and hotel search and maybe screenshotting a few results to share with the people I’m traveling with. Hipmunk now wants to make… Read More

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 SimplyInsured, which helps small businesses compare and purchase employee health insurance plans, has closed a Series A of $5.9 million led by Polaris Partners, with participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, Altair.VC, Corazon Capital, and individual investors. Read More

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 Distil Networks, a company that analyzes website traffic and blocks malicious bots, announced a $21 million Series B round today. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round and David Cowan from BVP will join the Distil Networks board of directors. Investors Foundry, TechStars, ff Venture Capital, Idea Fund and Correlation Ventures also participated. Today’s investment brings the total… Read More

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 The rise of the CFO from back-office number cruncher to business leader is being played out across a number of companies, from tech leaders like Twitter through to consumer giants like PepsiCo. That shift of gravity, it turns out, is also being played out in the world of enterprise software. Adaptive Insights, a fast-growing startup that sells cloud-based services to finance and other… Read More

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 Kentik (formerly CloudHelix), a cloud-based networking analytics company, disclosed Tuesday that it had closed a $12.1 million Series A funding round in addition to announcing that it was now launching its major service from stealth, Kentik Detect, a SaaS product that enables “full visibility across an unlimited number of networks of any size for real-time, actionable insights… Read More

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 The European Union has agreed a preliminary deal to scrap mobile roaming charges across the region by June 2017. The European Parliament previously voted to scrap roaming fees by the end of this year — but the European Council pushed to keep them in place until the end of 2018. The European lawmakers have now apparently agreed a third way of mid 2017. Read More

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 Twtrland, which wants to make comprehensive social media analytics easy to understand, has raised $1.5 million in new funding from Altair, GIG, and TMT. It is also rebranding as Klear, since the platform now looks at data from Facebook and Instagram in addition to Twitter, and plans to integrate other social networks, including Pinterest, Google Plus, and LinkedIn. Read More

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 China’s Baidu, the company best known for its dominant search engine, said today that it will invest more than $3 million in its offline-to-online businesses over the next three years. Read More

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 Amazon has expanded its one-hour delivery service for Prime members to parts of central London. An update to the Prime Now app notes the services is now “available in selected London postcodes”. Read More

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 A few months ago we reported that U.K. banking startup Mondo — whose founders include GoCardless co-founder Tom Blomfield — had raised its first funding round, which our sources pegged to be in the “millions”. And just last month we called out London-based VC Passion Capital as the investor, which today Mondo is confirming. Read More

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 Looking for a roommate can be a soul-crushing experience, especially if you are new to a city or on a tight budget. Flatchat wants to make the process a little less tedious for renters in India. The mobile-based platform recently picked up $2.5 million in seed funding from CommonFloor, one of India’s leading real-estate listing sites. Read More

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Amazon is continuing to push its AWS business in Asia after it announced plans to expand its cloud computing platform into India next year. Read More

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