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 VideoBlocks, a subscription service and marketplace for stock video footage, is giving universities and students a chance to try it out for a semester before they pay for it. The company is also offering a $10,000 to two universities for research in how the availability of digital content — like the kind available through VideoBlocks — affects how students learn in digital… Read More

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 MacroFab, a platform to help hardware startups prototype and manufacture PCB boards, has raised a $2 million seed round led by Techstars Ventures. Any company that has worked with manufacturers to produce PCB boards knows how hard it can be. The process is old fashioned and time intensive, with lots of back and forth between the manufacturer and client. Prototyping PCBs is also very… Read More

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 Yozio, which helps developers acquire more mobile users without spending tons of money on app-install ads, will expand its growth platform after landing a $7 million Series A. The round was led by Foundation Capital, with participation from firms including Illuminate Ventures, Webb Investment Network, and AME Cloud Ventures. Read More

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 French hardware and IoT startup Smiirl hit pretty early on the idea of a mechanical Internet of Things-styled ‘Like’ counter for Facebook that bridges the digital and physical worlds, enabling businesses to proudly display their ‘social proof’. Read More

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 UpCounsel, a marketplace for legal services, has pulled in $10 million in new funding to provide small businesses with attorneys at a fraction of the cost of a big law firm. Menlo Ventures led the Series A round, with participation from previous investors Homebrew and Metamorphic Ventures, which brings the company’s funding total to $13.7 million. When businesses hire a lawyer from a… Read More

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 If you’ve ever tried to find an apartment in a popular city like San Francisco, New York, or Chillicothe you’re probably familiar with magical beings called brokers. These creatures take a cut of your rent while doing surprisingly little and it’s high time they are “disrupted.” How, you ask? Oliver. Oliver is the latest effort to cut out the middleman. The app… Read More

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 Enjoy the convenience of Uber but own a car? There might be something in China for you. Didi Kuaidi, Uber’s biggest rival in the world’s most populous country, has launched a personal chauffeur service, its latest in a series of efforts to diversify its business. Read More

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 Payment processing company Stripe is now valued $5 billion following its latest round of financing. Beyond adding more money to its coffers, the five-year-old company inked a deal with Visa which will see the duo work together on a range of projects, including digital transactions and security. Read More

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 OnePlus, the China-based smartphone maker that sold more than 1.5 million units of its debut device, has finally launched its follow-up: the OnePlus 2. Read More

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 It looks like Samsung will unveil the latest version of its Galaxy Note phablet series — and potentially a new addition to that product family — on August 13. Read More

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 It’s nearly 4:30 in the morning here in Lagos and I’m too excited to sleep. Later today I’m going to get a chance to sit on a stage with some of the best and brightest in Nigeria’s burgeoning tech scene for a pitch competition and the chance to give one lucky startup a spot in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015. Read More

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 Today, Apple dropped a trio of 15 second ads showing off all of the great third-party apps available on the Apple Watch. Specifically, the ads focus on the travel, music and fitness apps available now for the device. These ads arrive as Apple looks to the fall launch of watchOS 2 and the native applications that the new OS is capable of supporting. These ads are likely the first step in a… Read More

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 Baidu is focusing aggressively on online-to-offline (O2O) sales, one of the hottest forms of e-commerce in China, but its near-term earnings growth is still under pressure. The company’s shares dropped about 9.5 percent in after hours trading before recovering slightly as investors reacted to a disappointing Q3 2015 forecast. Read More

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 Enterprise software is about to undergo radical transformation — a substantial change that will make the shift to software as a service (SaaS) look like a simple facelift. This transformation is being powered by machine learning. Read More

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 Millions of Americans gathered around small black and white television sets in the hot July of 1969 to watch Neil Armstrong step off the Apollo 11 spacecraft and set his left boot onto untouched moon dust. Armstrong would go down in history as the first man to ever walk on the moon. Armstrong’s suit is now much older and in bad need of repair. So the Smithsonian launched a… Read More

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 Deliveroo, the ‘on-demand’ startup that offers food delivery from premium restaurants that don’t traditionally offer a take-out service, appears to be on somewhat of a roll. Today the company is disclosing $70 million in new funding, money it plans to use for further international expansion. Read More

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 The annoyance of going to the doctor keeps tons of people from finding out if they need glasses or updating their prescription. But it turns out you don’t need one of those giant multi-lens machines to do an eye exam. Opternative has passed its clinical trials and today launched its $40 online eye exam. All you need is a computer, smartphone, wifi, and 25 minutes to take its test about… Read More

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 PragueCrunch IV is an annual celebration of all things central European and startupy and it’s coming back on Friday, July 31, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM (CEST). We’ll be holding the event on the terrace at Střelecký Ostrov. If you’ve been to any of the previous events you’ll know it’s a good time. We have special early-bird tickets available now right here so… Read More

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As our body of legal knowledge, court rulings and laws becomes ever more complex, simple keyword searches won’t cut it for surfacing prior precedents and policies. That’s why the founders behind YC-backed ROSS Intelligence are using IBM’s Watson, an artificial intelligence system capable of natural-language processing, to filter through legal documents. Instead of searching… Read More

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 When it comes to data security, we hear a lot about how cyber attackers are becoming more sophisticated or that cloud technology is full of risks. While these statements are true to some extent, both can be convenient excuses hiding a harsher truth. Today, neglect is actually one of the biggest threats to corporate data. Read More

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 One of the biggest problems with the Twitter-owned live streaming app Periscope from day one has been its notification system. While push notifications are a useful way to immediately discover which broadcasters you follow have just started a live stream so you can tune in and join in real time, its lack of granular controls meant users were faced with what could often be a deluge of alerts. Read More

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 Have you recovered from last week? If not I forgive you — after that earnings deluge I think that we all need a break. However, tomorrow has two key earnings reports that will help set the camber of the current tech financial cycle. Earnings are flat circle. In around 24 hours, Twitter and Yelp are on the docket. Both are, to use the common vernacular, important. Of course, the firms… Read More

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 Following its split from PayPal last week, eBay announced this morning it’s closing down a number of standalone mobile applications, including eBay Valet, eBay Fashion, and eBay Motors, and is retiring its on-demand delivery service eBay Now. On the latter item, the company says that eBay Now was “always intended” as pilot program, and while it saw encouraging results, it… Read More

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 If you want to stream your music instead of buy tracks, there are more options than you can shake a stick at. You’ve got Spotify, Rdio, XBox Music (Microsoft), Amazon, Apple Music and Google Play just to name a few. One of the players, Google, which happens to have the world’s biggest search engine, has chosen to only recognize a few of them. Read More

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 With U.S. homeownership levels back to their lowest point since 1993, rentals look set to make up a larger share of the country’s housing stock for the foreseeable future.  Between the 43 million rental units in the country, it’s a fragmented market with millions of individual property owners and landlords. Tenant Turner is a Y Combinator-company formed out of the aftermath… Read More

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