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 About a year ago, Boxbee launched to create a new paradigm for how people use storage in urban settings. Today, it's announcing that it's raised $2.3 million from investors that include Floodgate Capital, Google Ventures, 500 Startups, Techstars, Jason Calacanis, and Ludlow Ventures, to make its storage service available to more users. Read More

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 Two weeks ago, Microsoft debuted its Cortana personal digital assistant for Windows Phone 8.1, which uses the Bing platform to learn about your preferences and interests. Starting today, the Bing home page, too, will get some of Cortana’s smarts. On the home page, you can now find a set of personalized cards that help you keep track of news, weather, flights and stocks. To get access to… Read More

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Google has long made it possible for its users to run Hadoop -- a framework for storing and processing large amounts of data -- on its Cloud Platform. Until now, however, the only way to get in and out of Hadoop on Cloud Platform was through Google's Cloud Storage service. Starting today, however, Google also makes it possible to run Hadoop jobs against data in its BigQuery SQL and Cloud Datastore… Read More

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 I'm the kind of person who cares about their environmental impact ... but aside from basics like recycling, my ideas about how to do better get kind of fuzzy. That's why a new service called Oroeco is pretty appealing. Since its successful Indiegogo campaign in 2012, Oroeoc tested out an invite-only version of the service and then quietly opened up the website before publicly launching today. Read More

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 There are a couple of things that differentiate Anki from any other robotics company. First, it's the only one I know of to launch on an Apple keynote stage, with an introduction from Tim Cook. Second, it's one of a select few that's actually advancing the robotics industry by building toys — not industrial equipment. Read More

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 Frontback just released the Android version of its popular photo-sharing app. Previously, the app was only available on iOS. But even with just the iPhone app, the app was downloaded one million times over the past eight months. With the new Android release, the company can certainly expect many new users. Frontback started as a photo-taking app to capture fleeting moments. A Frontback post is a… Read More

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 Union Metrics, the social analytics platform whose most recent claim to fame was being the first to receive Tumblr’s blessing, is today rolling out a similar service for Instagram, as well as introducing a new suite which will pull Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram into one platform. The company had previously been testing the Instagram analytics service in a private beta with around 15… Read More

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 RealtyShares is kind of like a "LendingClub for Real Estate," a providing a platform for crowdfunding real-estate development. And the company just raised $1.9 million led by General Catalyst to make its offering available both to more developers and more investors. Read More

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A lot has been said about Aereo's technology — so much, in fact, that there are hundreds of pages worth of legal documents discussing the matter as it relates to the law. That said, we thought it would be helpful to take a closer look at how Aereo actually works when it lets customers rent out remote DVR antennas and watch what amounts to live television on any device. Read More

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 Amazon announced this morning through an email to its customers that all personal documents archived in your Kindle e-reader library are also now being made available from Amazon Cloud Drive. The files will be placed in a new folder called “My Send-to-Kindle Docs” where you’ll then be able to manage the items as you would any other file, including being able to organize, share or… Read More

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 Over the years, many people have come to love The Young Turks for its particular brand of progressive politics and news commentary on cable TV and online. Now that it's completely digital, though, the company behind the show is looking to grow the business, with $4 million in new funding. Read More

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 SuperAwesome, the European ad network and marketing platform for kids and teens, continues to roll up talent in the space. Read More

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 We've invited Mike Judge to join us at Disrupt, along with Silicon Valley executive producer and writer Alec Berg. We'll also welcome Thomas Middleditch, who stars as Pied Piper founder and CEO Richard Hendricks, as well as T.J. Miller, who plays the surly "incubator" head Erlich Bachman, at the event. Read More

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 Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg sat down with The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo to discuss Facebook and its future, and much of the discussion centered on Creative Labs, the new internal initiative at Facebook that’s playing more with products outside the core social networking site, or spun out from that experience. Creative Labs is about “unbundling the big blue app,”… Read More

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 Long-standing blogging platform OverBlog has been acquired by Webedia, a French online media company, for “less than $6.9 million” (€5 million) according to L’Opinion. OverBlog co-founder and CEO Frédéric Montagnon wrote on his blog that it’s been a long and winding road for OverBlog. OverBlog was created ten years ago. As a reminder, the web was very different back… Read More

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 Online comments are usually cordoned off at the bottom of a page, but Livefyre is hoping to bring them into the content itself with the launch of a new product called Sidenotes. Basically, it's a product that allows visitors to annotate and have a conversation around individual pieces of content on a web page. Once a publisher has turned it on, little word balloon icons will appear alongside… Read More

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 Copies of medical files are often difficult to replace if misplaced, especially if a patient's healthcare providers operate in different networks. Hello Doctor hopes to help its users avoid that problem. Read More

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 The list of health-related questions we will encounter in out lifetimes is endless. And if there is one thing I have learned about the medical system in the U.S., it's that you need an advocate, or someone with knowledge of the system and healthcare to help you figure out what decision to make. Should you go to the ER for that pain? Is it worth appealing your insurance decision? Do I need a second… Read More

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 As BrightContext co-founder and CEO John Funge told TechCrunch in 2012, “What Twilio is to telephony, BrightContext is to real-time data streams.” It's with that hook that WealthEngine scooped up the company to add BrightContext's real-time analysis capabilities to its chest of marketing and fundraising tools. Read More

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 Samsung plans on releasing a smartphone powered by Android competitor Tizen this year. Likewise, Samsung is also working on a smartwatch that runs Android, according to a Reuters report. It's bizarro world for Samsung. Read More

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 Superb, a new application from the founders of Y Combinator-backed social dining startup Grubwithus, is launching today to people to connect in the offline world. Essentially a “Hot or Not” for local places, users swipe through a list of venue suggestions, including restaurants, bars, museums, parks, and more, registering their interest. Afterwards, they can see who among their… Read More

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 Guy Kawasaki, who held the chief evangelist title at Apple during late nineties, is joining Australian design startup Canva, making a comeback into the role after nearly two decades of advising entrepreneurs and founding Alltop in 2008. “Macintosh democratized computers; Google democratized information; and eBay democratized commerce. In the same way, Canva democratizes design,”… Read More

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 Back in January the Telefonica-backed accelerator Academy, Wayra U.K., announced the intake for its 2014 accelerator program -- naming 13 startups that would be put through their paces during the nine-month mentoring program. Today it's topped up that number with six more startups which will be joining the existing teams in its London-based Academy in May. Read More

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 Slowly but surely a revolution has been taking place in financial technology, or fintech as we call it these days. These days fintech’s hottest sphere is not in Bloomberg terminals but in disruptive cloud startups, using the Internet as a route around the dedicated lines of the past. Globally, fintech investment has more than tripled over the past three years, according to a recent study by… Read More

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 HeiaHeia, a Finnish startup offering a social and corporate wellness platform that helps employees live a healthier lifestyle -- and, presumably, perform better at work -- has raised €1.5 million in funding led by Finland's Wallstreet Financial Services. Read More

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