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 Dave Asprey, a self-proclaimed and self-taught biohacker who has amassed a huge following online, has just raised $9 million from Trinity to take his butter coffee and FATwater™ to a broader public audience. Trinity’s Gus Tai and others are betting that Asprey’s line Bulletproof could be an emerging alternative to mainstream coffee lines like Starbucks (which, by the way, the… Read More

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 Yes, we love videos of cats falling, but YouTube’s content creator network has blown up over the past few years. There’s some really great content being created by budding superstars. coughPewDiePiecough. Today, the company released a new version of its app (Android first, and iOS soon) that helps feed content from those superstars to their fans. The app now has a new subscription… Read More

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 Tech will be on President Obama’s agenda as he hosts the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya, taking along internet pioneer Steve Case and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky. Nascent as it may be, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) does have a promising tech sector — a growing patchwork of entrepreneurs, startups, and innovation centers coalescing country to country. Read More

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 Flipboard has confirmed to us that it has raised $50 million, two days after we first reported that the company had authorized the shares earlier this year. TechCrunch reported earlier that, according to a regulatory document filed in Delaware, Flipboard had authorized the sale of $50 million worth of Flipboard shares at the same price as its previous funding round. It appears that the… Read More

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 Have you ever regretted sending an email, and wished you could take it back? Or maybe you’ve worried about sending confidential information over email – especially after seeing the damage a large-scale email hack can cause, like the one that hit Sony Pictures last year? A new “self-destructing” email service called Dmail aims to eliminate these concerns with the… Read More

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 When a company decides to embrace open-source software development, releasing the code under a suitable license is only the tip of the iceberg. The real challenge that companies face is learning how to attract and collaborate with contributors. It’s not easy, but fostering the growth of a healthy community is a necessary step that will help your open-source software project fulfill… Read More

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 With significant stakes in U.S. operator Sprint and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba — not to mention its own domestic empire in Japan — SoftBank is already one of the world’s most influential companies. On top of that, however, SoftBank is also making some of the largest investments in tech companies on the planet — making it a key player in the global tech space. Read More

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 It was a simple premise during the height of the selfie hype: take a photo of yourself as well as what’s in front of you. It was called a “frontback.” We launched Frontback two years ago, it’s been the highlight of our lives! Sadly, we're winding down on August 15th http://t.co/7Vb7IZuoyo — F. della Faille (@fredd) July 23, 2015 Now it’s called… Read More

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 “Hi, My name is Melissa and also i’m calling on behalf of terribly a meeting a technology company at the forefront of, and both the city of entertainment. I wanted to follow up with you to make sure you saw love to hear announcement about their new H T M R html 5.” That gibberish is what Google Voice showed me as the written transcript of a recent voicemail. Given how good… Read More

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 Nuclear fusion. Soylent. And now coffee stands?! Y Combinator is backing Wheelys, a European startup that has built an entire, compact cafe contained upon a bicycle. For $2,999, you can get a coffee stand with three built-in burners, running water, a loudspeaker and a high-powered electrical engine. They’re running an Indiegogo campaign for a new version of it today. “It’s… Read More

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 Expensify is taking another step toward making expense reports easier by announcing integrations with a bunch of travel-related services. So instead of forwarding travel receipts to [email protected], users can just make their bookings in the partner service of their choice, and the information will automatically be sent to Expensify for reporting. Read More

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 In the last couple of years, it’s become the conventional wisdom that the hottest, fastest-growing tech companies benefit from steering clear of public market investors as long as possible. The trend toward staying private is a pretty lousy development for employees looking to move on with their lives, though. They have to exercise their options within 90 days of leaving or else lose them. Read More

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 After the bell, digital radio service Pandora reported its second quarter performance, generating an adjusted $0.05 per share on revenue of $285.6 million. The street had expected Pandora to generate a slim $0.02 per-share profit on top line of $283 million. Following its earnings beat, shares of Pandora are up around 5 percent in after-hours trading. The company’s equity spiked higher… Read More

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 Troy Carter, talent manager to the stars (and successful VC), has announced that his company is launching SMASHD LABS, a new startup accelerator. The program will be based out of Atom Factory’s LA office, and invest $50,000 in five to seven startups in exchange for a three percent stake in the companies. Accepted startups will participate in a 10-week curriculum designed to teach… Read More

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 Following the cessation of regular trading today, Amazon announced that it earned $0.19 per share in its second quarter, on revenue of $23.18 billion. The street had expected Amazon to lose $0.14 per share on revenue of $22.39 billion. Following its earnings smash, Amazon is up more than 14 percent after-hours. The company shed more than one percent of its value in regular trading, amidst… Read More

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 Amazon released its latest quarterly earnings report today and for only the second time since it launched its AWS cloud computing service, the company broke out earnings for that business unit. The company reported that AWS now accounts for $1.824 billion of its total revenue. Read More

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 AT&T reported its second quarter financial performance following the bell, including revenue of $33.02B and earnings per share of $0.69. The street had expected the company to earn $0.63 per share on revenue of $33.06B billion. Down in regular trading, AT&T is up 1% after-hours after its earnings announcement. The company added net new wireless subscribers of 2.1 million in the period. Read More

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 Popular Pays, a Y Combinator-backed startup connecting Instagram users with marketers, has raised $2 million in funding. Under the Popular Pays model, businesses describe the kind of campaign they’re looking to create, then Instagrammers can apply and list how much money they’d want to participate. The marketer chooses the users they want to work with, those users starting posting… Read More

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 Apple launched its 2015 Back to School deal today, offering those who purchase a new Mac, under education pricing, a free pair of Beats Solo 2 on-ear headphones. Users will also be able to upgrade to a pair of wireless Beats Solo 2 headphones for $100. The education deal is open to qualifying students, parents of students, faculty and staff that purchase a Mac between now and September 18. Read More

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 Kamcord, the YC-backed company that enables game recording on mobile, is the latest company to jump on the mobile live-streaming bandwagon after it added the feature to its Android and iOS apps. Read More

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 Flickr announced today it’s bringing back its “Pro” subscription plan aimed at power users of Yahoo’s photo-sharing service, which will introduce a variety of new features, including access to improved analytics, software discounts, and more, as well as allow for an ad-free experience. Pro users will also again receive a “Pro” badge highlighted on their… Read More

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 Your team has spent many many months perfecting your mobile app, so of course you want people to download it. You want to get your app high up in the app store charts. I get it. Totally. However, you (and a lot of companies) have gotten overly aggressive with how you go about “suggesting” that we download your app. You know what I’m talking about. The… Read More

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 Toronto-based teaBOT is a robot that whips up customized cups of loose leaf tea in under 30 seconds. The startup launched in 2013 as a way to eliminate long lines at cafes by delivering automated grab-and-go cups of tea. teaBOT is now in the U.S. with the current Y Combinator batch. Most tea needs at least 10 minutes to brew, after getting the water to the desired temperature. Each type of… Read More

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The Harman Kardon AKG N90Q headphones are, in short, awesome. Harman has long been one of the top names in audio, but its newest pair of over-ear headphones — the latest in Quincy Jones’ signature line — add a new type of technology called TruNote, which uses microphones to custom tailor music to your environment. And it goes beyond loud cars driving by or noise from being on… Read More

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Zenefits, the $4.5 billion human resources software startup, said today it hired Twitter’s (now former) director of global business development Rita Garg. It’s another executive departure for Twitter, with head of communications Gabriel Stricker and former CEO Dick Costolo recently stepping back. Twitter is not unfamiliar with executive shuffles, with the top of the company… Read More

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