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 BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, is acquiring FutureAdvisor, a five-year-old, San Francisco-based online financial advisory firm that aims to help people manage their existing IRAs, 401(s) and other investment accounts. According to the Financial Times, the company was picked up for between $150 million and $200 million. FutureAdvisor had raised $21.5 million from… Read More

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 Frustrated by how difficult it was to have spur of the moment get-togethers with friends, Stanford classmates Joseph Lau and Nikil Viswanathan spent a Friday afternoon in San Francisco’s SoMa district building what they called Down To Lunch. “I want to emphasize how simple or silly it was,” said Lau. “We didn’t know who was free, and who was where, and who was able… Read More

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 Android Pay, Google’s forthcoming payments platform and rival to Apple Pay, will soon launch, allowing consumers to pay using their Android smartphones at point-of-sale as well as make purchases within mobile applications. However, according to sources familiar with Google’s plans, Android Pay is not arriving today – or any time this week, in fact – despite a… Read More

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 Not unlike those fortune-telling fish you used to get at joke shops a new form of 3D-printed microfish – fish, not fiche – can wiggle and jiggle and wriggle inside you, dropping off medicine and cleaning up toxins as they go. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have created nano-sized fish out of materials that can react to their environment, allowing them to… Read More

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 There has been a lot of discussion about startup valuation over the past few months. Luminaries across the industry have chimed in, suggesting we’re returning to a time of irrational investment valuations hearkening back to the bubble of the late 90s. My colleagues and I at Sapphire Ventures are seeing the rise in private market valuations firsthand. The stage at which we invest, the… Read More

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 It seems that the #Uncarrier has a soft spot for pirates, but perhaps only when they’re being asked to deal with them without a court order. T-Mobile’s Austrian branch is refusing to comply with a request from a music rights group to block access to the popular torrenting site The Pirate Bay in the country, Torrent Freak reports. The Pirate Bay has faced particularly strong… Read More

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 Microsoft is 7.5 percent of the way to its goal of a flat billion devices running Windows 10 in the next few years. Today the software giant announced that its latest operating system, Windows 10, is now running on 75 million machines. Read More

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 We’ve been hearing rumblings that Facebook was working on an “assistant” within Messenger (along with others), but today we’ve gotten the details that pull it all together. This puts the company squarely in competition with Apple, Google and Microsoft in the digital personal assistant space. In a Facebook post, Facebook Messenger lead David Marcus spoke a bit about… Read More

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 YouTube just launched YouTube Gaming on the web, Android and iOS. As expected, YouTube Gaming goes head-to-head against Twitch, mirroring many popular features of the existing gaming streaming giant. Read More

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 Why pay Kickstarter 5% or Indiegogo 4% to 9% when most crowdfunding traffic comes from project creators and their own promotion? And why publicize a crowdfunding page that will only live for a month instead a business’ own website that can take orders forever? That’s the idea behind Celery Launch, which lets people accept crowdfunding, pre-orders, and traditional purchases from… Read More

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 Coin, the device that wanted to replace all of your credit cards with a… card, is prepped and ready to dig into the future with Coin 2.0. Coin 2.0 uses NFC and is EMV-compatible so that users can not only tap to pay, the way you would with Apple Pay on an iPhone, but can integrate their chip-and-pin cards to the device. The original Coin, debuted in November 2013 on Kickstarter… Read More

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 Amazon just announced a new store for Android apps and games called Amazon Underground. While the company already has the Amazon Appstore, Amazon Underground is a brand new section as well as a new app to download premium apps for free. Here’s how it works. Read More

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 Simon Khalaf, Yahoo’s senior vice president of publisher products, today outlined some big shifts in the mobile ecosystem and unveiled some new tools for mobile developers. He made the announcements on-stage at the Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference in New York City and in related blog posts. Let’s start with the developer tools. The first one is Tumblr In-App Sharing.… Read More

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 Codementor, an open marketplace for code instructors, is ramping up its services with the launch of live group classes. The startup, a Y Combinator alum, also announced that it has doubled its seed funding to $1.2 million. Its new investors include Techstars Ventures, 500 Startups, and Foundry Group syndicate FG Angel. Read More

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 There have been many mechanical keyboard solutions in the past few years, most notably an IBM Selectric with serial out that let you klack away like Ada Lovelace directly into a printed email. However, the real Holy Grail has been the ability to transmit mechanical keypresses directly to a computer using a few bits of electronics. Well, it’s been done and it’s glorious. An… Read More

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 Apple has lost a challenge in the German court system that sought to overturn an earlier ruling, which voided its patent for ‘swipe to unlock’ in Europe. The patent (EP1964022) was granted back in 2010 and was used to win an injunction against Motorola smartphones (back when Moto was owned by Google) in 2012. Motorola has since appealed the injunction, with a decision dependent… Read More

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 PayPal today expanded its instant checkout service known as One Touch to 13 new markets worldwide, including a wide swath of European countries along with Australia. The system, which lets mobile and web users use PayPal to pay for purchases without having to continually re-enter their username and password across merchants’ sites or apps, has also now been rolled out to 100 percent… Read More

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 The Martian Voice Communicator tries hard make you think it’s not a smartwatch. The model I tested, a black faux diver with a non-working bezel and quartz movement, looks more like a drugstore Timex than a piece of precision electronics. However, hidden inside the normal-sized case is one of the better notification systems I’ve used. The company has been making smartwatches since… Read More

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 Hello friends and welcome back to Bullish, a weekly show from TechCrunch designed to see how long I can sit under lights and not sweat through my makeup. Jokes aside, Bullish is our first talk show, and we’re glad that you are here. This week, I’m very happy to report that we brought Buffer co-founder and COO Leo Widrich back to headquarters for a chat about salary transparency,… Read More

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 Remember the coolest cooler? It was a cooler with a speaker, a blender, big wheels, USB power, lights and more. Sony is releasing its own version of the coolest cooler! Here it is, a weirdly shaped TV remote that comes with a built-in speaker, making it the less practical TV remote in the world. Read More

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 Portal, a recently launched Android app that lets you move large files between your computer and your smartphone via your Wi-Fi connection, has today made its way to iOS. The new version offers a better alternative to something like Apple’s AirDrop, for example, as it lets you transfer as many files as you’d like, with no file size limits, while also not counting against your data… Read More

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 The U.K. government’s Department for Transport (DfT) has released updated statistics on the number of taxis and private hire vehicles operating in England — which shows a marked increased in the latter since 2013. In case you were wondering, ride sharing service Uber soft-launched in London in summer 2012. Coincidence? I’d wager not. Read More

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 Google’s Container Engine, its service for running and managing Docker containers on its cloud platform using its open source Kubernetes system, is now out of beta and generally available. This means Google now considers it ready for production use and backs it with a 99.95 percent uptime SLA. Google made an early bet on containers for running its own data centers and over the last year… Read More

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 Despite a growing number of direct-to-consumer brands, brick-and-mortar shopping still accounts for 94 percent of retail sales in the U.S. That’s why Storefront, a startup that provides brands with temporary retail space, is launching RetailGrade, a new tool that makes reaching these offline shoppers a lot more straightforward. Since launching in San Francisco in 2012, Storefront… Read More

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 BasharSoft, the startup behind leading Egyptian recruiting Wuzzuf, has spent the last 5 years surviving the turmoil of Egypt’s recent history. But it’s come through that to become a rare-commodity: An Egyptian company that has raised significant European VC cash. It’s just closed a Series A of $1.7 million from Sweden-based Vostok New Ventures and UK-based Piton Capital,… Read More

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