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 In early 2014, a number of high-profile acquisitions were locked in at prices that many found confusing. The good times are probably coming back. Companies that compete across numerous technology strata like Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook are trading near record highs — or at least, the highest prices they’ve seen in a decade. Those same companies are all incredibly cash-rich. Read More

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 Newcomers to Silicon Valley are often shocked at how appallingly bad the transit options between San Francisco and the rest of the region can be. It’s a legacy of fragmented regional governance where nine different counties created at least 10 different semi-overlapping public rail and bus systems. BART was originally going to connect the entire region but two countries dropped out in… Read More

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 Former General Catalyst managing director Jonathan Teo and former Lightspeed Venture Partners managing director Justin Caldbeck have closed their first fund together. Back in March, we reported that the two had started a new investment firm named firm Binary Capital, and now they’ve raised $125 million. The two, who had previously made early investments in companies like Snapchat,… Read More

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 Beats Music has updated its iOS, Android and Windows Phone applications with a few new features, including a way to tune the Beats recommendation engine manually for better suggestions, a new history view for The Sentence, the Songza-like Madlibs playback engine, Verified Badges, which add a checkmark to celebrity profiles so you know they’re the real deal. The Beats Music app also has… Read More

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 Since Apple pulled Bitcoin wallets from the App Store in January, cryptocurrency fans have been at once calling for the ban to be rescinded and bad-mouthing Cupertino. Now, seven months later, Apple has decided to allow Blockchain.info to publish their app, a very basic – but useful – bitcoin app that securely connects to your Blockchain.info wallet and allows you to send and… Read More

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 Forget Google Glass or Jawbone Up, the next wave in wearable tech might just be a smart shoe from India. The Lechal, meaning “take me along” in Hindi, has a Bluetooth enabled shoe insert that hooks up with Google Maps and buzzes to let you know which way to turn on your chosen route. Created by Ducere Technologies Pvt, the shoe hooks up with an app that syncs with Google Maps,… Read More

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 Whenever you think of startups, you very likely think of young people brimming with ideas sitting in garages and dorm rooms and solving problems with technology. We are conditioned in a way to consider the idea even over the person who came up with it, but after listening to entrepreneurs, I’ve come to learn, it’s not about the quality of the product idea or even the founders… Read More

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 We’re excited to announce that Vinod Khosla will once again take the Disrupt SF stage and give attendees an inside look at his investing approach. Khosla is the founder of Khosla Ventures, a venture capital firm that focuses on funding environmentally friendly technologies in addition to the standard lot of Internet, computing, mobile and silicon technology companies. Read More

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 Back in 2012, London and New York based Shopa launched as a “social marketplace” where users were rewarded for promoting products they like. The company raised $1.4 million from Notion Capital and Octopus. Another in the arena is Shopcade, which has raised $4 million, or Nuji which raised $2 million. There’s something about these social shopping startups that European… Read More

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 Thinknum, a financial tech startup that develops tools for analysts, announced today that it has raised $1 million in seed funding led by Pejman Mar Ventures (an investment firm that has also seeded companies like Dropbox, Zoosk, and Lending Club), with participation from Signatures Capital; Green Visor Capital; 500 Startups; 645 Angels; and HKB Capital. The funding will be used to add more… Read More

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 U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy is expected to introduce a version of the USA FREEDOM Act (UFA) tomorrow that is far stronger than what the enfeebled House of Representatives managed to pass earlier this year. According to the New York Times, the bill not only curtails the bulk surveillance of American’s call metadata — the first NSA program detailed by the Edward Snowden leaks —… Read More

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 Tango, the mobile messaging platform that raised a massive $280 million from Alibaba earlier this year, has quietly rolled out a new photo-sharing application called Tango Music Pix. The app lets you share your photos along with a song, in order to create 30-second customized slideshows. [UPDATED, see below]. In the app’s description on iTunes, Tango notes that you won’t need… Read More

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 When it comes to keeping track of money for classroom expenses, collecting cash for field trips is just the tip of the iceberg. There are several common issues that every teacher faces when it comes to money, or lack of money, in the classroom. And most stem from how it’s managed. Today, ClassWallet is launching out of private beta to offer up a better way for teachers to collect,… Read More

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 Pogoseat has built a mobile app that enables fans who attend sporting events to instantly upgrade their seats or purchase a number of different in-game experiences. Now the company is looking to expand, thanks to $2.3 million in seed funding from a wide range of investors. Read More

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 Radio is an increasingly perplexing mode of content delivery as we gain access to more and better streaming services with on-demand programming. But the serendipity of radio is still appealing, the ability to turn on and tune in without having to monitor, tweak and pester. That’s why it’s great that NPR is looking to deliver its public programming in a way that combines the benefits… Read More

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 There are plenty of meme generator apps around. Imgur’s Memegen immediately springs to mind. Or something more quirky, such as Yarrly, the anonymous chain letter-styled meme generator for Android. But what the world really needs is a meme generator for the beautiful game. And now, thanks to Gliff, it finally has one. Read More

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 Y Combinator-backed Tiempo is a free time-tracking app for iOS, Android and the web that can be used by individuals or companies to track employee hours to pay them faster. Read More

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 The developer behind the mobile voice app Bolt is none too pleased with Instagram’s decision to launch what appears to be a new mobile messaging app by the same name. The founder, Andrew Benton, has published a blog post imploring the company to reconsider its name choice to avoid a legal battle. “We know it’s a great name, because we chose it last year when we set out to build… Read More

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 Airbnb has spent the last six years trying to get consumers comfortable with the idea of staying in someone else’s home when traveling. Now it’s trying to make headway in the enterprise, with a portal specifically designed for business travelers, as well as a partnership with Concur that will make it easier for them to file expenses when booking on its peer-to-peer rental platform. Read More

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 Wireless inductive charging is coming to Cadillacs. Starting with the 2015 ATS and later hitting the CTS and Escalade, the vehicles can be equipped with a Powermat charging pad. Sadly, most devices with wireless charging use a competing standard and are not compatible with this system. The Powermat charging pad will be located behind the Caddy’s motorized CUE infotainment screen. Hit… Read More

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 In what appears to be a summer shopping spree, Apple is reported to be buying Swell, a radio app much like Pandora but focused on talk radio. The deal is said to be worth approximately $30 million. Read More

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 Zillow is going to acquire Trulia in a deal worth $3.5 billion in stock, according to the company. The combination of these two real estate tech companies should secure Zillow’s position as a market leader in the U.S., with Trulia CEO Pete Flint staying on in his role but reporting to Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff. Flint and one other board member from Trulia will join the new combined board… Read More

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 Apis Partners, a new growth fund to back fintech startups out emerging markets like Asia and Africa, has launched, aiming to raise between $250 million and $300 million. Matteo Stefanel, previously a partner in emerging markets private equity firm Abraaj, created the fund with Udayan Goyal, a founder of fintech investment and advisory firm Anthemis Group. Plenty of innovation in financial… Read More

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 Apple has the green light to proceed with its acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music from the European Commission. Both companies do indeed sell headphones in the EU, which is part of the motivation behind the scrutiny, but Apple and Beats don’t hold a sizeable combined market share of the headphone category in Europe, the Commission determined, and the types of hardware they… Read More

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 “Bluetooth Low Energy and iBeacon are the building blocks of the next wave of computing,” says Max Niederhofer, in reference to the micro-location technology that enables apps running on your smartphone to trigger events based on your proximity to a Beacon transmitter. “It’s a cliché, but the possibilities are endless.” Read More

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