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 Ebay’s testing of “last-mile” delivery hasn’t been totally shelved, it seems. The company, distancing itself from its earlier eBay Now initiative, announced today that it’s expanding its eBay Local pilot program in Brooklyn with the addition of 80 small businesses that will offer scheduled and same-day delivery, as well as in-store pickup to area customers. Read More

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 We’re not ace photographers, but we all take photos. Most could use a little help with light and shadow. So rather than making you manually filter them, Facebook tells me it will now auto-enhance newly uploaded photos starting today on iOS and soon on Android. You’ll be able to adjust a slider to control just how enhanced you want the light, shadow, and clarity, or revert back to… Read More

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 Editor’s Note: David Hirsch is a co-founder and managing partner of Metamorphic Ventures. The firm is an investor in Boxbee.  The generational shift occurring as millennials come of age and baby boomers just keep aging has massive implications for both technology and society. As mobile devices become magic wands for marketplaces, matching supply and demand and making goods and… Read More

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 Bitcoin spiked to north of $1,000 in late 2013, before starting a long decline in the current year. After some optimistic fluctuation, it has landed in a mid-$300 trading range that the virtual currency can’t seem to shake. Gone, for now it seems, are the go-go days of bitcoin heading straight north. Read More

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 Apple has stopped selling its hardware online in Russia, owing to the currently volatile state of the Ruble, the country’s official currency. In a statement provided to Bloomberg, the company said that it’s taking things offline while it goes through the process of evaluating its pricing, and apologized to customers put out by the site being taken down. Apple’s decision to… Read More

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 Mattermark, the business intelligence site that pivoted out of YC-backed curation site Referly, is today announcing that it has raised a round of $6.5 million, funding that the startup will use the funding to build out its ambition to be a “B2B Google.” By that, it means creating structured data for people on the hunt for company information across the messy and… Read More

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 Today Instagram has added five new filters for still images, which is the first time they’ve done such a thing in two years. The most recent filters before this, which seems odd considering they’ve been there longer than most of Instagrams users have actually been on the app, were Willow and Mayfair. Just like you’d expect, each of the new filters has a slightly… Read More

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 A newer competitor in the online consignment space, Swap.com, has raised $4 million in Series A funding for its e-commerce shop where parents can buy secondhand kids’ clothing, gear, books, toys, games and more. Though similar in some respects to competitors like thredUP.com, which also began by focusing on the kids’ clothing resale market, Swap.com differentiates itself by not… Read More

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 A jury has found in favor of Apple in a lawsuit brought against it for DRM practices employed in iTunes, which claimed it was in violation of U.S. antitrust regulations owing to decisions it made regarding software updates. The case essentially alleged that iTunes updates, including 4.7, 7.0 and 7.4 were created strictly to introduce FairPlay updates to block competing services from offering… Read More

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 Anonymous is attacking Swedish government servers, including police services, in retaliation for the shutdown of the The Pirate Bay, a bit torrent aggregator. The attacks, mostly denial-of-service efforts, have been most recently aimed at the Swedish police. The main site, polisen.se, is currently live. Target: http://t.co/7n6zorlkFH IP… Read More

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 Rapportive users have not been happy about the email plugin’s performance and changes following its acquisition by LinkedIn. Instead of rich contact info and tools for following and friending email contacts on a variety of social networks, LinkedIn removed much of the functionality that drew users to the email plugin in the first place. In the wake of these changes, a number of… Read More

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 Buffer, a startup that provides social media management tools, today posted a breakdown of how its spends its revenue on salaries, servers and other expenses. The post is sufficiently detailed and worth examining, as it includes a number of data points that we, the public, tend to lack about private companies. Read More

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 Over the past year and a half, the team behind personal nutrition app Rise has worked to help its users make better decisions about the things that they eat. Today, they’re launching an update to the app that will also provide diet coaches with more data about users’ activity levels, while also introducing its availability in some international markets. Read More

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 There once was a man from Blue Grouse Who wanted to become fully soused He got in his car And went to the bar And wished he had stayed in his house. “A robot I need,” said he. “To prepare a tipple for me.” He bought some steel rods And some whiskey pods And started to work on his spree. The robot he made is a thrill It spits out your booze with a chill Called the… Read More

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 Parents like to say when it comes to raising kids, small kids, small problems; big kids, big problems. As Uber metastasizes into a transportation behemoth with a gargantuan $40B valuation, it’s learning a similar lesson: larger and more valuable companies face much bigger problems –and Uber, it seems, has become one big trouble magnet. Just this month alone, Uber was shut down in… Read More

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 Vinli is building an app ecosystem for vehicles and just partnered with one of the biggest players in the growing space: Dash. The two competitors are joining forces to jointly advance their market. I spoke to Vinli’s CEO Mark Haidar and Dash’s CEO Jamyn and they’re both very excited to have each other in their lives. Haidar confessed that Dash “is the best connected… Read More

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 You might been forgiven for having slightly forgotten about Palringo, an early messaging app founded in 2006 which later became associated with the gaming community. But it’s been building out from humble beginnings and today announces it’s hit 35 million users globally, and is now used by more than 350,000 user groups. Founded in Newcastle, UK, but since moved to the tech… Read More

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 Mega-popular messaging apps like WeChat or WhatsApp today typically boast over half a billion (or even one billion) users, and now we are seeing some consolidation among some of the (slightly) smaller players, specifically on the video messaging front. Video chat service Tinychat has been acquired by Paltalk, another video messaging company that operates a service under its own name… Read More

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 Senator Al Franken is critical of Uber’s response to the concerns he raised around privacy — specifically complaining that it lacks detail and that the company’s three page letter avoids answering some of his questions. Read More

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 There are major changes afoot in advertising technology at the moment, but not everyone has realized how transformational these changes are. Indeed, analysts have talked about four types of business models in the ad tech ecosystem, but have not discussed the underlying innovation that is driving the more leveraged of these models. Read More

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 Talkspace, the web and mobile app that lets people connect and communicate with licensed therapists, has today announced the close of a $1 million bridge from Metamorphic Ventures to close out their seed round. This brings Talkspace’s total raised to $3.5 million as Metamorphic joins existing investors Spark Capital and Soft Bank. Alongside the new financing, the therapy platform is… Read More

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 T-Mobile continues its massive marketing engine of Uncarrier announcements today with version 8.0 of its ongoing “industry-rocking” moves. Despite the ridiculous tenor of the marketing message and absurd software-style sequential releases, the moves genuinely seem to benefit the consumer, and today’s “Data Stash” unveil is no different: T-Mobile customers will be… Read More

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 Lift, the mobile app incubated by Twitter co-founders’ Obvious Corp., launched last year to help people build healthier habits and achieve their goals by offering a simple way to track your progress while supported by a social community who provide pushes, motivation and positive reinforcement to keep users on track. Today, Lift is expanding its set of support options to focus on… Read More

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Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Upfront Ventures has had a pretty good run as of late, due to a number of its recent investments seeing exits in the past year or so. As a result, it was probably no problem for Upfront to raise a new fund, this time bringing in $280 million to invest in startups in its home market and around the world. Read More

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 The concept behind Digit is pretty simple: You create an account, give Digit access to your online banking account credentials, and over time the company gradually transfers funds from your checking account and into a non-interest bearing but FDIC-insured Digit savings account. Read More

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