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 The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have helped Apple sell an astounding 74.5 million iPhones during the first quarter of the company’s fiscal 2015 year. That’s more iPhones than they’ve ever sold during a single quarter, up from the previous record of 51 million iPhone sales reported during the same time last year, and above the consensus estimate of around 67 million per Wall… Read More

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 Today Yahoo reported its fourth-quarter financial performance, including revenue excluding the cost of acquiring traffic of $1.179 billion, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.30. The market had expected the company to report $1.19 billion in revenue, and non-GAAP earnings of $0.29 per share. Yahoo also announced that it plans to spin its remaining stake in Alibaba out into a new company.… Read More

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 In addition to releasing its (mixed) fourth quarter earnings report, Yahoo just announced its plan to spin off its stake in Alibaba into a new company, currently dubbed “SpinCo.” The new company will own all of Yahoo’s 384 million remaining shares in Alibaba, valued at $40 billion. The spin off will be tax-free, which had been predicted and was one of the main concerns of… Read More

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 Here is one more nail in Flash’s coffin: starting today, YouTube defaults to using HTML5 video on all modern browsers, including Chrome, IE 11, Safari 8 and the beta versions of Firefox. YouTube first introduced HTML5 support back in 2010. At the time it was still highly experimental. Over the years, as the HTML5 standard — and with it, its video implementation — matured,… Read More

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 Startups in a world of massive markets can be confusing. The law of large numbers; platforms that can make your company blow up unexpectedly and the trendy nature of tech markets are deceiving. Success for many is ephemeral. Read More

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 Poland is a hotbed (get it?) for 3D printing and now up-and-comer Pirx is entering the fray. Their printer, the Pirx One, is a $1,199 PLA printer with some seriously classy looks and optional heated bed for ABS support. The printer is a standard FDM device that prints layers of plastic into a cohesive whole. The team has added a few extras including a heavy steel frame and acceptable build… Read More

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 For all the innovation that has come out of startups, few have addressed one of the hardest tasks in the world: caring for a newborn infant. Whether it is providing milk at 3 a.m. or ensuring that the baby is exposed to the right shapes and sounds appropriate for its age, parents are faced with a near-constant barrage of challenges, often under incredible pressure and stress. Read More

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 A decade ago, one would have never predicted the sheer size and impact the Internet has made on our planet. Now, with everything including government, healthcare, commerce and financial services brokered through connected devices, the stakes are much higher. Within the past month alone, Internet connectivity made headlines in Cuba after the U.S. trade embargo was lifted, in North Korea as… Read More

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 More users will be seeing ads on Pinterest, the company announced on Tuesday, detailing an expanded test of its advertising product which will now place ads in the form of “Promoted Pins” directly in users’ home feeds. Because the home feed is the first thing you see when landing on Pinterest’s site, this will make the advertisements more visible to users of the… Read More

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 After a few weeks of rumors, Google today officially announced that it is bringing its Google Fiber Internet and TV service to 18 new cities in four metro areas. These include Atlanta, Ga., Charlotte, N.C., Nashville, Tenn., and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. This marks Google’s largest expansion of its gigabit network yet. Read More

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 Credit card startup Final, which is focused on combating fraud online and off while giving consumers more control over their spending, has raised $1 million in seed funding from investors including Ludlow Ventures, T5 Capital Partners, Y Combinator and other fintech angels, in advance of the launch of its 2015 pilot program. The company tells us it already has 37,000 consumers signed up on… Read More

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 Apple has issued iOS 8.1.3, and update for its mobile devices that fixes a number of bugs, and makes it so that iOS requires less free storage space on your hardware (this update itself comes in at 247 MB) to actually perform an update. Especially with iOS 8’s launch, users without much free space on their device had difficulty updating because of the size of the software download itself. Read More

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 If you’re a Facebook advertiser wondering whether your ad actually convinced people to buy your product, well, you may now be able to measure that directly. The company has worked with measurement companies like Nielsen and Datalogix to study ad effectiveness in the past, and it’s been adding offline measurement data to its Custom Audiences ad targeting tool. Read More

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 As DoorDash becomes available in SF, the company will have more than 100 restaurant options available for customers. However, at least at launch, the service will only be available is certain neighborhoods, like the Mission, Castro, Noe Valley, and Potrero. Read More

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 Snapchat today launched its media hub Discover. With bite-sized content blips that mix photos, videos, and text, it could become a millenial entertainment destination. And by mixing in pre-rolls and looping video interstitial advertising, Snapchat may have found how to turn storytelling into a serious business. To access Discover, users swipe left until the see a screen of buttons that open… Read More

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 Apple has a new partnership in place with USA Technologies that will help the latter company accept Apple Pay at approximately 200,000 in-use self-serve payment terminals, 9to5Mac reports. The roll-out will bring Apple Pay to coffee machines, snack dispensers, laundromats, goods kiosks, amusement part ticket machines, car wastes, transit ticket and taxi terminals and more. USA Technologies has… Read More

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 Devices can’t get thinner for a few reasons. While a lighter, thinner battery would be amazing, screens still take up a lot of gadget real estate, a fact that is mitigated slightly by e-ink and other “flat” displays. Now, however, researchers are turning to Quantum Dot displays, screens that use light-emitting nanocrystals to display multiple colors in a screen that is… Read More

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 Omnipresence seems to be the theme for Facebook’s F8 conference this year. Today, registration opened allowing developers to apply for $495 tickets, though it’s free to livestream. “One of the biggest changes about this F8 is that we’re going to include all the properties: Facebook, Oculus, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp”, Facebook’s Director Of Platform… Read More

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After what feels like a rather long time, Berlin-based handpicked design/furnishings retailer Monoqi has finally acquired the assets of the former online furniture marketplace MyDeco, which recently competed with the original Fab.com in the UK. Read More

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 Wahanda, the Health and beauty marketplace — which has grown to be Europe’s largest to date — has acquired Lithuanian-based Lemon Labs for an undisclosed amount, but understood to be in the seven figures. The move comes at an important time for Wahanda, which, despite growing to a decent size on the web, has for too long ignored the mobile space. Clearly acquiring a mobile… Read More

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 There are just a few hours left to cast your vote for the best startups, the best founders, and the best tech achievements and more at our amazing event in SF next week. The Crunchies will be held on February 5, but we are about to close voting and we are also about to raise ticket prices by 15% so please act now. Read on to learn more. The Crunchies is the defining event for startups in SV… Read More

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 Journalists, PR folk, and anyone else who needs to keep accurate copies of phone calls should check out the Bluewire, a new Bluetooth headet that just launched on Indiegogo. Read More

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 Mobile lens startup Moment has spent the last year trying to help smartphone users take beautiful photos. It got started with a couple of interchangeable lenses that could be mounted onto iPhone and Android phones. Read More

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 Nilas, the startup founded by Dropbox and MIT alums, previously known as Inbox and focused on offering developers a better API for building email client applications, has raised $8 million in Series A funding, the company announced this morning. The round was led by Formation 8, and included participation from prior investors Fuel Capital, SV Angel, Data Collective, Great Oaks and others.… Read More

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 Startup lender Earnest has launched a student loan refinancing service offering loans with annual payment rates as low as 1.9%. The flexible loans, with options to change the rates of repayment at automatically reduced rates can save college students roughly $12,500 on average. The technology has attracted attention from investors, with a new $17 million series A round of funding. Read More

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