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 Twitter has announced Flight, a new developer conference focused on mobile. The conference will take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on October 22, with a keynote from CEO Dick Costolo, followed by technical sessions aimed at helping mobile devs to build on Twitter’s platform. It’s not the first developer conference Twitter has held. Long-time… Read More

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 This week, at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, both Mark Cuban and Dan Gilbert stopped by for on-stage interviews. In addition to giving advice on building businesses and championing Detroit, the two outspoken NBA owners had a bit of advice for Steve Ballmer, the new owner of the LA Clippers. Read More

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 This morning at Disrupt SF, Coursera’s president Daphne Koller pushed back against the notion that her company is a for-profit education company: In her view, Coursera is instead a for-profit technology company. TechCrunch’s Frederic Lardinois pressed Koller on the completion rates the average class on her platform sees — only 5 percent of people that enroll in a future… Read More

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 Everyone knows CrunchBase as the leading site for all the information that investors and the startup community may need. But now the site that’s given you so much for so little is adding even more features and announcing the results of months of labor. The CrunchBase team reached out to thousands of venture capital firms to ensure that users would have access to the most accurate… Read More

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 Mobile dating app Tinder is in talks to raise a big round of funding from Benchmark, according to sources. We’ve heard the deal, which could still fall through due to complications around ownership structure of the company, would value the company north of $750 million and could reach up to $1 billion. Silicon Valley investors have been circling the fast-growing, two-year old company for… Read More

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 Do you have the courage to break rules in the name of innovation? Drastically rupture the status quo? Do you want to see tech done better? Are you really, really good at taking selfies? We want to see what “disrupt” really means to our readers. That’s why we’ve created a three-part social media contest for you to show us just how creative you can get. Today, Day 3… Read More

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 After much speculation, German super-incubator and clone factory Rocket Internet has confirmed that it plans to launch an initial public offering later this year on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Rocket Internet intends to raise up to $970 million in the IPO and plans to use the proceeds to “finance its future growth through the launch of new businesses and [provide] further equity capital… Read More

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 Looks like we made it. Look how far we’ve come, baby. Disrupt Day 3 is here, which means that the fun comes to a close at the end of the day. Which gives you all the more reason to sit back, relax, and enjoy our live coverage of one of the biggest and most influential technology conferences in the world. Read More

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 I’ll confess, I know very little about wine, except that too many glasses of cheap red plonk can make you very sick as a 14 year old child. WhatWine, a new app from serial entrepreneurs Cedric Maloux and Matthew Gertner, who previously founded AllPeers together, could help fill in a few of my gaping sommelier blanks. Read More

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 For the last few years, it has always felt like Google Voice, the company’s VoIP calling solution, was on its way out. Instead, the video-centric Hangouts was getting all of the attention. But fret not, Google tells me that it is “growing its investment in Google Voice” and starting today, it will integrate Voice and Hangouts with the launch of its redesigned Hangouts apps… Read More

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 With Stash, Atlassian has been offering a Git-based code-management solution for quite a while now. Up until now the company was mostly going after relatively small teams with this service, but today it is launching Stash Data Center, its Git solution for large enterprises. Unlike the regular Stash service, Stash Data Center can run on a cluster instead of a single server. Thanks to this,… Read More

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 The calendar app market has been getting crowded with apps like Cue, Sunrise, Timeful, Accompli, Lowdown and others vying for attention. One that I’ve been using has been Tempo, mainly for its fully-integrated approach, such as Uber integration and automated call dialling. The maker, Tempo AI, is now doing a push into Europe with localised language support in Spanish, French, Italian,… Read More

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 FlightCar wants to enable its users to rent out their cars at airports all around the country, and today is announcing that it has raised an additional $13.5 million to help fund that expansion. The new financing comes from GGV Capital, whose managing partner Hans Tung will be joining the company’s board. Read More

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 The Tel Aviv-based security startup LightCyber has some bad news for enterprises — their networks have already been compromised. But the new security technology vendor, which just raised $10 million from Battery Ventures, with additional participation from existing Israeli investors Glilot Capital, and Marius Nacht, the founder of Check Point Software, is selling software that can… Read More

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 This year’s Audience Choice at Disrupt SF has a WHALE of a tale to tell you. Called FishingBookers.com, this Belgrade-based company is streamlining the process of booking fishing boats. Yes. Really. Founded by Vukan Simic and Nemanja Cerovac, the startup won a pitch-off I attended in Montenegro this year and came all the way from Serbia to hang out on the show floor. When they heard… Read More

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 In our new conference venue at Pier 48, twenty six battlefield competitors (and two audience choice winners) have pitched their hearts out on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF these past two days. It’s been a nerve-wracking process for these founders, presenting their business ideas to some of the most accomplished people in our industry, and having those people give feedback on whether… Read More

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 TableGrabber aims to help restaurants fill their empty seats, and to that end, it’s launching a new platform today called RezGuru at the Disrupt SF startup battlefield. The goal, as laid out by co-founders (and siblings) Sonia and Pawan Marwaha, is to adjust things like pricing and reservation availability in a way that maximizes revenue. For example, a restaurant might be so crowded… Read More

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Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Dan Farber, Benedict Evans, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session for today has concluded. Click here for our Friendfeed live show chat You can view and like our Facebook page here Read More

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 Apple’s new iPhones are now a known quantity, but perhaps you haven’t yet had a chance to get a more intimate look at them. We had opportunity to try them out in person, and to run through all of the new hardware features and software functions they offer. Both the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus offer unique advantages and disadvantages with respect to one another, but ultimately… Read More

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 A great startup idea often has a chunk of science at its core. But getting the discrete worlds of industry and academe to combine is not as easy as it could be. So says Berlin-based Sciencebite: a startup co-founded by Oxford and Cambridge educated scientist, Samson Rogers, who spent ten years working in academia and consulting for industry before deciding to make a business out of… Read More

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 YouTurn is probably wincing that I compare their app to the extremely popular Hyperlapse. In my defense, there are similarities that simply must be noted — primarily that the app creates super-fast videos of events. However, YouTurn, who is showing their concept on the floor at TechCrunch Disrupt, has a slightly different angle and it revolves around taking road trips in your car and… Read More

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Web-conferencing and video-conferencing software company Webinar.ru has raised $7.3 million in a Series A funding round led by Intel Capital and EBRD (the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development) and also included Flint Capital and previous investor VTB Capital. On an interesting note, this is the last investment of EBRD in a Russian company because of the sanctions on Russia right now. Read More

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 This afternoon at the Disrupt SF Startup Battlefield, PatternEQ launched into private beta with an aim to help software as a service (SaaS) companies attack on of their chief foes: churn. Call it data science for the common man. PatternEQ takes in data from a startup’s various sources — MixPanel, for example — weaving the information into its own algorithmic tools to help… Read More

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 MailTime, which launches today as part of the Startup Battlefield, is designed to change the way in which users interact with email and make it more like text messaging. The app has an intelligent content parsing engine and the ability to summarize long emails in a way that places messages into a conversation view. Read More

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 It appears that Microsoft is prepping to follow Facebook into the YOLO territory of gaming acquisitions. The Wall Street Journal reported today that the software giant will buy the gaming company behind the mega-hit Minecraft for around $2 billion, perhaps as early as this week. The deal, which Microsoft can well afford with its nearly $86 billion in cash and equivalents, would bring a… Read More

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