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 Y Combinator-backed virtual assistant startup Clara Labs might be getting an infusion of cash, rumored to be in the $3-4 million range from Sequoia Capital. Co-founder of Clara Labs, Maran Nelson, doesn’t want to talk about that just yet and neither does Sequoia. However, a tweet sent from the Information’s Eric Newcomer on September 18 urged the Twittersphere to keep an eye on… Read More

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 “So what are you doing this weekend, Markus?” “Oh, you know. Heading out to the desert and harnessing the power of the sun to make a 3D printer that can print objects out of sand. You?” “… catching up on Breaking Bad.“ Read More

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 Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, and new owner of some sort of sports team, is still pretty serious about hardware. In an interview with Reuters, Ballmer indicated that his team, the one he paid $2 billion for, won’t use Apple tech. Nope. It’s Microsoft all the way down. Read More

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 Instagram’s first update to its timelapse app Hyperlapse will let you create mini-travelogues of your face hurdling through the world. Hyperlapse now lets you capture timelapses with the front-facing camera to create what Instagram calls a #Selfielapse. The app also now supports iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screen sizes. Instagram tells TechCrunch that since Hyperlapse’s August 26th… Read More

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 In March a new social network launched promising the opposite business model to Facebook – i.e. Not selling ads based on user data and instead relying on, perhaps, paid premium features to keep going. Ello then sunk without trace until, in the last 24/48 hrs or so, activity on the site completely blew up. And this is a pretty basic social network with the bare minimum of features. Why?… Read More

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 Apptentive, a company offering in-app feedback tools that allow developers to engage an app’s users, communicate directly, request reviews and more, has now closed on $5.3 million in Series A funding. In an unusual turn, the new funding round was led in part by SurveyMonkey, and will see Damon Cronkey,VP of Corporate Development and Strategy for SurveyMonkey, joining… Read More

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 Email marketing startup Sendwithus is announcing that it has raised $2.3 million in additional seed funding. This is one of those funding announcements that comes months after the deal itself. Co-founder Matt Harris told me that the company, which was incubated by Y Combinator, raised its initial seed funding “right before Y Combinator started”, then raised additional funding on… Read More

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 If you’re looking for something more from your online or mobile social media than hot-or-not left and right swiping, the SK Planet, the media and messaging subsidiary of Korea’s telecom giant SK Telecom, has just launched a new app called Wayfare in android and iOS app stores to bring penpalling to social media. Developed by a young Korean programming wunderkind, Jiho Kang, Wayfare… Read More

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 Those interested in blurring the lines between the real world and video games should out the latest update to Ingress, the augmented reality game from Google’s Niantic Labs. Read More

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 The second TechCrunch Disrupt Europe will take place from 18-21st October 2014 in London and will see the first outing of the Google Ventures team in Europe. There’s still time to grab an early bird ticket before they sell out. Earlier this year Google announced it was launching a branch of its venture capital investment arm in London. Google Ventures Europe will have an initial fund of… Read More

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 Pricing tracking and alerts service Nifti is testing the waters with a new application called Cinch (no, not Klout’s advice-giving app also called Cinch, but very close.) In fact, Nifti’s new app is practically a variation on Klout’s earlier arrival, as Klout’s Cinch is about asking for recommendations and Nifti’s Cinch is about asking for opinions. That is… Read More

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 There’ve been some great strides in telemedicine lately. This virtual way to see the doctor cuts down on commutes, wait time and potential costs associated with in-person visits. But most of what’s currently out there requires some sort of video conferencing system and a set appointment with the doctor. Spruce is a new app that aims to let you converse with the doctor at your… Read More

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 Remember the “startup guy” uniform promoted by Banana Republic earlier this year? Well the guys at Buck Mason are looking to build an actual uniform, not necessarily just for startups, but for the guy who doesn’t want to waste mental energy on figuring out what to wear. Buck Mason, which just raised $300k in seed funding, is a men’s clothing brand that focuses… Read More

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 Taulia has tacked on an additional $13 million in funding to its Series D round. Taulia had previously announced that it had raised $27 million, so it’s closing its financing out at a total of $40 million this time around. Altogether, the company has raised $70 million since being founded in 2009. Read More

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 Hootsuite, a platform that lets businesses and individuals monitor and manage social media interactions across some 35 different social networks, is stepping up its game with yet more funding and another acquisition. It has raised a further $60 million, and it is acquiring Zeetl, which creates shortlinks to convert text-based interactions between businesses on customers on social media… Read More

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 In the $60 billion market for customer loyalty among small and medium-sized services businesses companies always looking for an edge. With cute coffee shops and artisanal stores springing up on every corner from Portland to Pittsburgh, differentiated solely by the wit on their chalkboard sidewalk displays, small store owners are always looking for new ways to connect with their customers.… Read More

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 Rithmio hopes to build and release the first gesture recognition platform that other companies can build into their products. Co-founded by Adam Tilton and Prashant Mehta PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, the company just announced that it secured $650k in seed funding to make it happen. The company previously demonstrated a user navigating a map using a wrist-based device. Read More

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 Apple has responded to the iOS 8.0.1 update bug, which saw iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices lose cellular connectivity and Touch ID functionality when applied, with an apology and a promise to correct things in an 8.0.2 update to come sometime “in the next few days.” The apology is accompanied by instructions on Apple’s official support website, telling affected users how to… Read More

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 Although word ‘disrupt’ has taken a lot of flak recently, there are still innovations that can reorder an entire market – and one has just crossed the Pacific Ocean. On Tuesday, August 19, Sprint announced the release of App Pass, a subscription service that allows customers to access a curated selection of premium apps and games for $4.99 per month. Subscribers also get a… Read More

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 Mobile-first hotel price comparison and booking app Lodgeo, which sees its official launch today, has scored £2 million in new backing from Javest Investment fund, and a number of unnamed angel investors. The startup is founded by Ines Djelassi, who has previous form in the hotel tech space, and offers a modern approach to hotel metasearch, bringing the user experience to mobile devices first. Read More

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 Nubank, a financial services startup based in Brazil, is today opening for business with two key pieces of news. It is launching its first product: a MasterCard Platinum credit card that you can manage through an Android or iOS app. And it is revealing some of the details of its own finances so that the world knows Nubank means business: the company has raised $14.3 million led by… Read More

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 Catawiki, an online auction house that targets ‘exceptional’ items — from vintage comic books to antique cars — has closed a €10 million Series B Round led by VC Accel Partners. Read More

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 Why would the fun stop? Despite the economy of the United States posting anemic growth in the aftermath of the 2007-8 economic crisis, its stock markets are trading near record highs in some cases, and local maximums in others. Money is cheap, companies are flush with cash, job growth has somewhat picked up after a host of setbacks, and there are signs here and there of a stiffening… Read More

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 Quid had a good run, but it looks like we have a new champion in the endless battle to have the most pretentious startup website. West, an advertising agency founded by former Apple exec Allison Johnson in 2011 with backing from Jack Dorsey and Ray Chambers, has managed to claim that spot with a site that offers absolutely no information about who works there or what kinds of services they offer. Read More

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 Before the launch of the iPhone 6 Plus, the idea of people being concerned about how “bendy” their phone is would’ve seemed laughable. A week later, I’m hearing random people in my just-outside-of-the-echo-chamber coffee spot talk about it like they’d talk about the weather. Strange. Read More

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