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 3D printers may be getting all the hype right now, but an Israeli hardware startup called Zuta Labs wants to inject some particles of excitement back into 2D printing -- by turning the standard 2D printer box into a mobile robot that rolls across paper free-style, dropping ink like a road-surface marker inks white lines. Read More

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 A new Victoria-based gaming startup boasting talent from EA, Zynga and Microsoft Studios is unveiling their debut project today at PAX East 2014 in Boston. TinyMob is the studio, and their debut game Tiny Realms is a Unity-based real-time strategy game for iPad and iPhone that also features resource and kingdom management features that give it common traits with the likes of Farmville and others,… Read More

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 Apple’s 2014 roadmap was laid out in pretty considerable detail by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this week in an investor note, and while ordinarily analyst predictions aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on, Kuo has a solid track record of actually getting things right. Among Kuo’s predictions are larger iPhones, a Retina MacBook Air, improved Apple TV,… Read More

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 P2P lenders have sprung up in recent years online. Zopa in the UK pioneered the model, and has raised significant funding. And the P2P finance model has even spread to insurance. Now the model is spreading again, in a rather specific vertical. In the UK property is no longer mere property. It has morphed into a form of money. This has seen an explosion in the ‘buy to let’ boom where… Read More

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 Add a new VC to the ranks in Europe: Station 12 is raising £150 million ($250 million), which it plans to invest in Series A and B rounds in the future Netflixes and Maker Studios of the world -- in other words, startups in Europe that straddle the media, entertainment and technology verticals. Average initial investments will be around £10 million. Read More

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 Tempdrop is a wearable sensor that makes it easy for people to monitor and record their basal body temperatures. That data can be integrated by developers into any fertility app with few lines of code. The startup, which is currently raising funds for Tempdrop on Indiegogo, has already collaborated with Kindara, OvuView, My Days, Menstrual Calendar, LadyTimer, and other apps. Read More

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After announcing integrations with the Samsung Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress In February, PayPal is finally debuting the integration today, allowing users in 25 countries to login to PayPal with their fingerprint. Read More

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 Ayy! Angelar! How about you bring some of your hardware to New York and show it off to some amazing people? Still crowdfunding? Not a problem. We take all kinds at Hardware Alley in New York! What is Hardware Alley? It's a celebration of hardware startups (and other cool gear makers) that features everything from robotic drones to 3D printers. We try to bring in an eclectic mix of amazing… Read More

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 Fast-rising rent was about to force a dozen artists out of their studios in San Francisco. But it turns out all that tech money that's gotten so much hate lately can actually do some good. Four entrepreneurs leased the whole warehouse, let the artists stay, and renovated the place. Now there's enough room for at least five startups to move in to what the founders are calling Code And Canvas. Read More

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 The Senate unanimously passed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, or DATA Act, today. The DATA Act is designed to help bring new transparency to spending by the federal government, by making spending data available to the public at USASpending.gov. The bill's goal, to quote the Congressional Research Service's (CRS) summary, is to "provide consistent, reliable, and searchable… Read More

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 Subreddits are, perhaps, reddit’s biggest strength. Introduced in 2008, they’re a huge part of the reason why the site rose to popularity, and why that popularity has yet to taper off. Want a community for something you like? Build a subreddit. Don’t like the current popular subreddit for that thing? Screw it, build a new one. Anyone can build one — and as long as the… Read More

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 My TechCrunch colleague Natasha Lomas recently argued – quite convincingly – that startups should stop trying to make proximity-based social networking “happen” — that most attempts had failed, and even ongoing ventures like Foursquare have had to tone down the idea. And yet these apps still keep appearing. And who can blame them — we might as well do something… Read More

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 Do you remember the party scene in "The Devil Wears Prada," when Emily Blunt's character is whispering the names of party guests to Anna Wintour's character, briefing her on who everyone is as she meets them? Refresh, a product that aims to keep you as prepared as possible for your next encounter, wants to be the app equivalent of that character. I've been using Refresh in the wild for about two… Read More

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 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning. President Obama, according to the New York Times, has selected Sylvia Mathews Burwell of the Office of Management and Budget as her replacement. Secretary Sebelius became a household name following the catastrophic launch of Healthcare.gov, the government's portal to provide a marketplace for private health insurance during the… Read More

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 Bitcoin reached another milestone today, with the cryptocurrency falling below the $400 per-coin mark. Bitcoin sold for over $1,100 inside of the last 52 weeks. The price correction was driven by news from China, as it often has been. Fresh rumors of a government crackdown on the currency in the country, which could blunt demand and adoption, and therefore impair its value, sent the price of… Read More

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 Facebook will need the “affirmative consent” of WhatsApp users in order to use their data for advertising or anything. The ruling comes from Federal Trade Commission alongside its approval in US for Facebook to acquire WhatsApp. The $19 billion deal announced in February will still have to get past international regulators. Facebook’s business model is based on mining… Read More

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 It’s that time of year again. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and soon, coders will be hacking together APIs at the Disrupt NY Hackathon. We’ve just released another batch of tickets. Registration is free. Grab a ticket here or on the form below. The 24 hour event kicks off on Saturday May 3rd and runs through the night until the teams take the Disrupt stage on Sunday… Read More

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Twitter today officially announced that it would start to offer in-browser notifications — as we wrote yesterday, noticing a test of the feature. “When you’re logged in on twitter.com, you will receive notifications if someone has replied, favorited or retweeted one of your Tweets. You can also receive notifications for direct messages and new followers,” Michael Ducker of… Read More

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 Amazon has just announced that they will acquire comiXology, a service that offers digital versions of comics from Marvel, DC, and many others. If you’ve never used it, it’s probably easiest to think of comiXology as a sort of iTunes/Kindle Store for comic books. You buy a comic through their online store, then read it either on the web or through the company’s iOS/Android apps.… Read More

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 Today after the bell, Zynga announced that its CFO and CAO Mark Vranesh will depart the firm after six years, and that David Lee will assume both roles effective April 14. Vranesh will help out for a month to, in the words of Zynga, "ensure a seamless transition." Read More

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 Despite being in the middle of a battle to convince the Supreme Court that their service isn’t illegal, Aereo rolls on. In case you’ve missed it: Aereo rents HDTV antennas to cordcutters for $8 a month to let them view and record live TV from their phones, tablets, and computers. The antenna stays at Aereo’s HQ, and all of the video data is piped to users across the Internet.… Read More

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 You’re not clever enough to fool Facebook. Asking users to “Like this post!”, sharing the same link or photo over and over, or bait-and-switching people with links to ad-filled sites will now get your Page’s reach in News Feed destroyed, the company said today. Share unique, interesting content and you’ll be fine. Last week I wrote a deep guide to why Facebook’s… Read More

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 Amazon's annual shareholder letter from CEO Jeff Bezos is out today, and it includes a few juicy details on Amazon's products, services and future plans, though not any hard data like how many dang Kindles Amazon has sold, of course. But some of the more interesting items on the report include updates on Amazon Fresh expansions (the company's online grocery delivery service), Amazon's "Pay to… Read More

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 Google today released the latest beta version of Chrome 35. While there aren't any major new feature for end users in this release, the company added a wide range of new functionality for developers to its browser that will make web apps running in Chrome better in the long run. Read More

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 We have discovered that Criteo, the French ad tech company that raised $250 million in an IPO on NASDAQ last October, has quietly made an acquisition. It's bought AdQuantic, another ad tech startup from France co-founded by two doctors of statistical physics, which has developed a bid management tool for search marketing based on game theory, quantum physics and related mathematical models. Read More

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