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 Even as a clutch of new payment technology companies including Zooz Mobile and Plastiq announce new financing rounds today, it seems like investors are no longer paying out for payment companies. Over the past three quarters, the number of venture-backed payments companies has declined, tumbling from 59 startups in the third quarter of 2013 to just 41 companies in the second quarter of 2014. Read More

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 On-demand shipping startup Shyp only officially launched in San Francisco just a few months ago, but it’s already looking to expand to new markets. First, though, the company raised $10 million in new capital, led by Shervin Pishevar and Scott Stanford’s SherpaVentures. The funding follows $2.3 million in seed funding that Shyp had raised from Homebrew Ventures and a large number… Read More

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 Today after the close of regular trading, eBay announced its second-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $4.366 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.69. Its revenue tally for the period was up 13 percent year-over-year. eBay’s second-quarter GAAP earnings totaled $676 million. It’s non-GAAP earnings were much higher at $868 million. Read More

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 Real estate site Zillow today announced that it has acquired Retsly, a Vancouver, B.C.-based startup that helps developers access real-estate data from multiple listing services (MLS). The service takes the data from these sites and normalizes it so developers can more easily use the data in their own applications. The financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Read More

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 Y Combinator’s president Sam Altman dropped some big stats about his prestigious startup accelerator today. But there’s a few he left out that can be estimated based on his announcement that the combined market cap of all YC companies exceeds $30 billion. Specifically, you can use that number to approximate how much YC’s stake is worth. The ballpark answer? Around $1.05 billion. Read More

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 Pond5, Shutterstock’s rival in the digital media and video world, has today announced that the company has closed a $61 million round of funding led by Accel Partners and Stripes Group. Read More

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 You scream, I scream, we all transform an off-the-shelf Cuisinart soft-serve maker to extrude super-cooled and 3D-printed shells of ice cream! Three students at MIT, Kyle Hounsell, Kristine Bunker, and David Donghyun Kim, have created a homemade ice cream printer that extrudes soft serve and immediately freezes it so that it can be layered on a cooled plate. The system is a proof-of-concept… Read More

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 The Senate passed a bill that that legalized phone unlocking, which allows consumers to switch carriers with the same phone once a their contract is up. Read More

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 Telling your senator how to vote is as easy as “liking” a Facebook picture, thanks to a new app from the creators of TV streaming service SideReel. Countable, available for iOS and coming to Android soon, presents a succinct summary of each piece of legislation Congress is considering, along with a short one-sentence argument in favor of the bill or against it. You are then able… Read More

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 Apple has reached an agreement with 33 states to pay as much as $400 million to consumers to settle the antitrust suit over e-book pricing. Including attorneys’ fees and payments to states, the company could pay a total of $450 million. However, the payment could be reduced, or eliminated entirely, depending on the results of Apple’s ongoing appeal. While a federal judge ruled… Read More

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 This morning GHash.IO, a popular bitcoin mining pool, announced in a statement that in the future it will “not exceed more than 39.99% of the overall Bitcoin hashrate.” Earlier this year, GHash crested the 50% hashrate mark, sparking fears inside the bitcoin community regarding the so-called ’51% problem.’ The issue isn’t too hard to understand: If any one… Read More

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 Today at an event for its users, Airbnb announced a massive redesign to its website and mobile apps that is designed to make it easier for users to find the information that they need while also making listings on its platform more appealing. The company also introduced a new, modern logo that will replace the lower-case cursive “a” that has defined it over the last several years. Read More

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 Google Maps for Business is a service for enterprises and government organizations that need to visualize their assets on a map. Today, the company has announced that customers can now purchase Google’s aerial imagery directly from the company and use it to map public service projects, study the environmental impact of a project, or evaluate a property. Read More

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 Tired of waiting forever on a customer service call? Have no fear, FullStory is trying to minimize those endless hours spent on the phone by capturing everything a user does on a company’s product using a simple script. Read More

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 Homelessness in the United States is such a tremendous and multi-faceted problem that no single approach can fix it. But that means that there can be a mix of ways to help out homeless people, from federal assistance to local non-profit programs. San Francisco-based HandUp marries tech to individual charitable donations through a platform that allows donors to give to specific people. I… Read More

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 According to a local-language report in Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, Microsoft is gearing up for around 1,000 layoffs in Finland. Microsoft acquired around 4,700 employees in the country when it purchased substantial assets from Nokia, a deal that closed in April. We reached out but Microsoft declined to comment. At work here is the fact that Microsoft is widely expected to be… Read More

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 Amazon might give readers something to get really excited about: A digital ebook and audiobook subscription service that provides Kindle users with all the content they can consume from a potential library of over 600,000 titles for just $9.99 per month. That’s according to this cached link, first spotted by GigaOM. This ‘Netflix for ebooks’ would compete with existing… Read More

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 The new partnership between IBM and Apple may be a wake up call for Google and companies building Android-based handsets and services targeting enterprise users. But for BlackBerry, it may be more of an alarm bell. BlackBerry’s shares were down by more than 10% in trading this morning (they’ve been fluctuating) in the wake of the news that IBM and Apple would be creating… Read More

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 Ahead of Google’s quarterly earnings announcement, Adobe today released its latest ad data report for search ads. Based on what the company is seeing on its Marketing Cloud, U.S. search ad spend grew about 9 percent year-over-year, mostly through click growth. For the full year, which includes the traditionally stronger fourth quarter, Adobe expects that spend will increase between 10 and… Read More

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 People deserve a right to privacy in the digital age — that’s what a new report released today by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says. Read More

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 Plug Metromile’s free gizmo into your car and you can stop overpaying for car insurance if you’re amongst the 70% of people who drive under 10,000 miles a year. Today Metromile expands its per-mile car insurance to California following success disrupting traditional insurance in Oregon, Washington, and Illinois. It’s also revamping its free app that can tell you if something… Read More

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 Tado, a European competitor to Google-owned Nest and local smart thermostat companies, such as the UK’s Heatmiser or Hive from British Gas, has topped up its funding today, disclosing a new €10 million (13.6m) round. Read More

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 As Yo has proved, the public’s appetite for messaging seems not to have stopped with WhatsApp. Many others have appeared before an since. As Sarah Perez recently found out. Now another has appeared which plans to plug at our emotional side a little more, drawing the medium most tied to the heart: music. Instead of a Yo, or a word or an image, new music messaging app La-La lets its users… Read More

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Last year FiftyThree, the company behind the popular iPad creativity app Paper, launched into the hardware space with a new stylus it called “Pencil.” The stylus is now available in Europe from Amazon UK, Germany and France. Pencil can be charged by USB in under 90 minutes. It’s used to work directly with the company’s Paper app and unlocks new features to draw on the app. Read More

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In the first UK institutional investment into Bitcoin storage, Octopus Investments has invested $2m into Elliptic. It’s first product, Elliptic Vault, claims to be the world’s first ever insured Bitcoin storage service, which launched six months ago. Elliptic aims to offer suite of enterprise services that try to bridge the gap between traditional finance and digital assets.… Read More

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