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 Battery Ventures continues its westward expansion with the addition of Dharmesh Thakker, a former Intel Capital managing director who focuses on enterprise software. Thakker, who will be a general partner at Battery Ventures, will be the third senior investment professional to work out of the firm’s Menlo Park, Calif. office. The move is another step to build out Battery’s… Read More

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 Music discovery firm Shazam has taken in a new round of financing, scooping up $30 million of investment — in a deal which values the business at more than $1 billion, it said yesterday. Read More

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 Apple appears ready to add more analytics and analysis to Beats, the streaming service it acquired last year, after news surfaced that the U.S. company bought the British company behind Musicmetric. Read More

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 The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have helped grow Apple’s market share to record levels in Asia, says a new report by Counterpoint Research. Globally, iPhone sales grew 26 percent year-over-year in November 2014. Read More

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 Dropbox is beefing up its team once again after it acquired mobile productivity startup CloudOn. The Israel-based startup confirmed the news — first reported by The Wall Street Journal — in a note on its website. Read More

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 Singapore is already one of the most developed startup hubs in Asia. Now its government wants to bring more U.S. startups to the city-nation. Earlier today, the Infocomm Development Authority Of Singapore, a government organization focused on growing the country’s tech industry, opened a new office for Infocomm Investments in co-working space Block 71 San Francisco, which was originally… Read More

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 Twitter’s acquisition of India-based mobile marketing startup ZipDial is not only a smart move to boost monetization of its international user base, but it highlights that there are innovative tech companies hiding in plain sight in emerging markets. Read More

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 goBalto, a software company that wants to make running clinical drug trials easier and faster, announced today that it has picked up an additional $12 million in funding from Mitsui Global Investment and Dolby Family Ventures. Read More

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 Roombas are great. I mean, sure, sometimes it’ll choke on a sock. It cleans your floors while you watch Gilmore Girls and eat Cheetos — that’s pretty much magic. But don’t you ever wish it could do more? Things like giving high fives, invading your private bathroom time, or shouting to everyone in the office that it’s taco tuesday — you know, the… Read More

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 In this special episode of Cribs we headed across the pond to London, England to check out ticketing and events behemoth Ticketmaster’s U.K. outpost. To do this Cribs in true English fashion, we sent our UK-born and bred editor at large Mike Butcher to conduct the tour. Watch the video embedded above to see what it’s like at Ticketmaster’s crib in the startup-friendly… Read More

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 Plex has is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 today. The personal media hub software originally came to Sony’s consoles back in mid-December of 2014, with a U.S. launch promised for a later date. While the release date is different, the software is the same – offering a horizontal browsing experience designed to surface content from your library that you should find… Read More

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 This week we look at the rumoured new HTC One M9 (or whatever it’ll be called, HTC’s newest flagship) which we’ll get our first look at on March 1. These first spy shots seem to indicate it’ll be similar to last year’s M8, but is that good enough to make it one of the best Android phones of 2015? In other news, we take another look at the Amazon Fire Phone, six… Read More

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 If you live in a country that doesn’t have Netflix yet, well, you may not have long to wait. In the shareholder letter companying its most recent earnings report, the company writes, “We now believe we can complete our global expansion over the next two years.” Read More

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 SpaceX, the space exploration startup helmed by ex-PayPal founder Elon Musk, has confirmed that it has raised $1 billion in new funding, in a round including Google and Fidelity, who join existing investors Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jervetson, Valor Equity Partners and Capricorn. Google and Fidelity get a ownership stake just shy of 10 percent in exchange for their investment. A report… Read More

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 Haven’t seen The Interview yet? It’s coming to Netflix on Saturday and will stream to subscribers for no additional cost. Netflix announced today that the scandalous Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy will be available to its U.S. and Canadian subscribers starting on Saturday. The terms of the deal was not announced, but this gives Sony another revenue stream for the film that… Read More

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 Netflix released fourth quarter and full-year earnings numbers today, beating analyst expectations due to better-than-expected subscriber growth in the U.S. and abroad. The company reported fourth quarter earnings of $1.35 per share on revenues of $1.48 billion during the final three months of the year. That compares to Wall Street’s earnings forecast of 45 cents a share on revenue of… Read More

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 We’re hitting your radios once again with TechCrunch Radio Live tonight at 6pm ET/3pm PT on Sirius XM Indie 102. John Biggs and I will be discussing the latest in tech news, and then we’ll be joined by a surprise guest for an interview. Read More

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 Anonymous Twitter persona Startup L. Jackson has captured a large following in the tech community due to his biting commentary on Silicon Valley culture and regular startup advice. We’ve made our guesses about who he is, but we’re still not sure. Product Hunt’s Ryan Hoover and Erik Torenberg interviewed the man behind the mystery for their podcast and agreed to let us post… Read More

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 “I declare all my Facebook photos are copyrighted” “Free Southwest Flights”, “Bigfoot spotted”. This is the kind of crap gullible people share on Facebook, until enough friends point out these are fake they delete them. Now the company’s getting proactive by reducing the News Feed visibility of hoaxes. Satirical content like The Onion will still fly,… Read More

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 The successful IPO of Lending Club is testament to the growth of P2P online lending, a market that is said to be doubling every year as borrowers seek an alternative to the banks and other traditional lenders, and in turn investors look for a better return on their money. Read More

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 Editor’s Note: Si Shen is the co-founder & CEO of PapayaMobile, the Beijing-based mobile company that operates AppFlood, the largest global mobile RTB ad network out of China. Before Papaya, Si worked on Google’s mobile team in the U.S. and China.   In 2014, China-based Alibaba had a record-breaking IPO on the U.S. stock market, China surpassed the U.S. in terms of… Read More

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 Remember ATLAS? That massive walking robot that DARPA is building with (the now Google-owned) Boston Dynamics? Last time we saw it, it had two major flaws that made it ever-so-slightly less intimidating: it was loud as hell, and it needed a big, thick support cable to keep it powered and upright. Both of those issues have been fixed. Read More

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 Google’s mobile web browser, Chrome for iOS, is the latest Google application to receive the new “Material Design” look with a new release of the app for iPhone and iPad users out today. Google’s new design motif, introduced with the latest version of Android, is meant to give Google’s mobile platform and services a universal look-and-feel, regardless of which… Read More

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 Amazon today announced that it is working with the Pattern Energy Group to construct and operate a 150 megawatt wind farm in Benton County, Indiana. The new wind farm will go online in about a year and the expectation is that it will supply at least 500,000 megawatt hours of wind power annually. That’s enough to power about 46,000 U.S. homes, but the “Amazon Web Services Wind… Read More

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 Meet just launched Kander — a social photo sharing app for iOS that uses a swipe right to like it or left to dislike mechanism to allow users to deliver snap judgements on their friends’ photos. Read More

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