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 Google Trends, the informative resource that shows you what’s currently popular around the web right now in and in the recent past, now offers email subscriptions, Google announced this morning. The new feature will allow you to subscribe to any search topic, plus Hot Searches for any country, or any U.S. monthly Top Chart, says Google via a blog post detailing the feature. However, though… Read More

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 Startup Preact is officially launching today with a product that it says can help companies increase customer spending and reduce churn. It's also announcing that it has raised a $4.6 million Series A led by Trinity Ventures. CEO Michael Geller said the Preact system looks at a variety of signals and uses data science to help subscription software companies identify when their customers are… Read More

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 Mobile app search engine Quixey, backed by $75 million from Alibaba, Innovation Endeavors, Translink Capital and others, has put some of those dollars to use by acquiring a smaller, competing app search startup, San Francisco-based Kite.io. The deal was more of a talent grab, we hear, bringing Kite.io’s founders to Quixey where they’ll continue to help the company build out its… Read More

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 LinkedIn announced this morning that the company now has 300 million registered users worldwide, over half of which come from outside the U.S. Stateside, the site has 100 million members, its says. LinkedIn revealed these and other figures via a company blog post, in addition to laying out its vision for growing its presence through strategic initiatives on mobile, in Asia, and beyond. These… Read More

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 There are plenty of how-to sites on the Internet, but sometimes, in the words of Guides.co CEO Scott Annen, you need to look up something "more complicated than tying a tie or stuffing a turkey." When you do, Annen is hoping you'll visit the Guides.co website. He argued that most forms of content have been reinvented for the digital world, but not instructional, how-to books — which, unlike a… Read More

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 If Bo knows football and every other sport, Karl Jacob knows startups. Depending on how you count it, Jacob, a former Apple intern and Benchmark EIR, is on his sixth (or seventh?) startup: Hangtime, which aggregates future events in a single app and database. In his career, Jacob has raised over $200 million in venture capital across the companies he’s founded, and in this discussion, he… Read More

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 SpoonRocket is about to have some competition in the lunch on demand market. Sprig, currently dinner-only, will soon start serving lunch, according to a source who said Sprig now delivers 1000 meals per day. Sprig just raised a $10 million Series A two weeks ago, and is wasting no time in ramping up the fight for our stomachs. Read More

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 In the year since its launch, Tuition.io, the company billing itself as the Mint.com for managing student loans, has grown to manage over $1 billion in loans. The company, which provides a monitoring and management service for student loan payments, has just picked up an investment from Raj Date, the former second-in-command at the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Agency, through Fenway Summer,… Read More

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 Attention, startups! This is a code red situation. I have infiltrated the Disrupt Startup Alley application system and left registrations open. (Cue evil laugh.) Read More

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 The tech/startup industry is about as incestuous as it gets, and that's without any clear tools to help people switch from one moonshot to the next. So imagine a world in which there are two! Allow me to proudly introduce PoachBox, the anonymous employee auction site, and Underdog, the NY-based site for finding your next employer. Read More

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 On-demand grocery startup Instacart is working on raising a big new round of funding, according to sources. The new financing, which we've heard is being led by non-VC investors, would value the company at $400 million. Read More

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 AngelPad, the San Francisco-based startup accelerator founded by early Googler and tech investor Thomas Korte, is holding demo day for its Spring 2014 class in San Francisco today. Since its inception back in 2010, AngelPad has established itself as a top player in the ever-expanding field of tech incubators. Now with operations in New York City (AngelPad’s brand new NYC office is pictured… Read More

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This morning Weibo went public, offering fewer shares than previously expected, though the bloc was priced at $17, in line with yesterday's reporting. Read More

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Zola, the new wedding registry startup emerging from Gilt And AlleyCorp founder Kevin Ryan, has launched an iPhone app to allow couples to create and manage their Zola registries from anywhere. Zola, led by former Gilt employees Shan-Lyn Ma and Nobu Nakaguchi, is trying to reimagine the wedding registry for couples. It's part content, part Pinterest-like inspiration sharing, and part wish… Read More

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 Sonos has often been praised for its minimalist setup. Power up a couple speakers in different rooms, open the smartphone app, and boom — wireless sound around your house... right? Mostly. There's one tiny asterisk in there that tends to get forgotten: one of the speakers needs to be wired into your router to act as the brain of the operations. Now Sonos wants to drop that requirement. Read More

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 VC money in the U.S is at its highest level since 2001, and valuations are soaring. The question on everyone's mind is, are we in a bubble? Read More

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 Last fall, Magnify acquired Waywire in an effort to create more efficiency around video curation. The idea behind the acquisition was to combine the former's enterprise video curation business with the latter's content deals and consumer-facing technology. Read More

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 Sébastien Métrot shared a tough story today at FailCon France at the Ministry for the Economy and Finance — he co-founded Yasound in 2011 with CEO Jean-Marc Plueger, who died in a scooter accident in 2012. But It wasn’t just an accident, Métrot said Plueger’s terrible work/life balance was a contributing factor. Today’s interview was Métrot’s tribute to his… Read More

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 Here is a small but important update to Google Analytics: Developers can now create a single reporting view that includes both web and app data. Google says this will help businesses that have multiple digital touchpoints for their users (web, mobile apps, other devices) to better understand them. Read More

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 Pics of moguls wearing Oculus Rift headsets are the new pics of moguls with rappers. And who better to start the trend than media mogul and avid tweeter Rupert Murdoch? According to the fantastic Tumblr "Murdoch Here," Murdoch spent yesterday at NY computer graphics studio Framestore with pals Paul Cheesbrough, former NYC Chancellor of Education Joel Klein and 21st Century Fox chief of staff… Read More

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 Major League Gaming (MLG), one of the oldest e-sports companies out there, picked up a new hire today from Machinima, another well-known gaming content company. Ryan Wyatt will join MLG as its vp of programming. The hire fits into MLG’s MLG.tv strategy that has seen rapid audience growth, enough even to drive MLG nearly into the black. To date MLG has raised $69 million. According to MLG,… Read More

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Optimizely, the popular service for testing out different variations of your website, today announced the launch of Optimizely for iOS. The company says its new mobile tools allow customers to try out different interface and content changes to their iOS apps in real-time, without going through App Store approval. Thanks to the Optimizely Visual Editor, no coding is required to make these… Read More

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 Earlier today on a call-in program on Russian television, infamous NSA leaker Edward Snowden questioned the country’s President Vladimir Putin about his government’s surveillance activities. Snowden, after the United States revoked his passport, kept house in a Russian airport for weeks until he was granted temporary asylum in the country where he currently resides. It’s… Read More

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 Only days after revealing its first dedicated photo management and sharing application Carousel, Dropbox is announcing it has acquired cloud photo storage and sync service Loom, a favorite among iOS users. The company, which currently offers apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, as well as an online experience, says it will no longer be enrolling new users, and will work to transition existing customers… Read More

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 Today Facebook begins rolling out a new opt-in feature called Nearby Friends. It lets friends see approximately how far away you are from them, and you can share your exact real-time location with them for a limited time. While it's sure to stir privacy concerns, Nearby Friends could get us spending more time with friends in the real-world instead of online. It will reach iOS and Android soon. Read More

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