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 Swatch, the fashion watch for the masses, has created Swatch X You, a clever online watch “factory” that lets you pick a face, band, and extra doodads to truly customize your $65 to $85 watch. The service, available now, offers watches in two sizes 34mm and 41mm. I’ve asked the Swatch group for comment – I basically want to know who is buying Swatches these days… Read More

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 Animated GIF capture tool and social network Phhhoto is shutting down its app due to server costs becoming unsustainable after getting slammed with competition by Instagram’s copycat Boomerang. Phhhoto will pivot to focus on its parent company HYPNO’s original business  — a physical photobooths for events service. Phhhoto launched in July 2014, making it easy to hold down… Read More

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 Tumblr this morning is rolling out a significant update to its content filtering system with the launch of a new “Safe Mode” for browsing content on its site. While the company already offered the ability to filter explicit content from its search results, Safe Mode goes a step further to also hide sensitive content in your Tumblr Dashboard. The Dashboard is Tumblr’s feed of… Read More

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 Watchmaker Robert Forsey, co-founder of Gruebel Forsey, isn’t worried. This plain-spoken creator of some of the most complex and beautiful watches in the world sees the Swiss Watch industry to be in turmoil but not in peril. “They made too many watches,” he said simply. And now they can’t sell them. When asked about the rise of the smartwatch, Forsey laughs. His… Read More

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 These days, the idea of bots on Twitter might be associated more with accounts that auto-Tweet, auto-like, and auto-retweet messages, or are corralled into large armies that follow people and do other things en-masse. But as the idea of artificial-intelligence- driven messengers starts to take hold in the tech world, and specifically in areas like customer service, Twitter is positioning… Read More

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 Microsoft’s recently updated communications app Skype has been suffering connectivity issues which began on Monday, June 19th, and are continuing today. After hours of downtime on Monday, the company confirmed the issue via a blog post and tweet, which stated that an incident was causing users to either lose connectivity to the application or lose their ability to send and receive… Read More

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 Real estate is one of those industries that has been rather slow on the uptake of technology, which makes a lot of sense. Buying and selling a home is one of the biggest, most personal decisions in a person’s life, and the shift to online browsing, transactions, etc. was bound to take longer than other sectors. Brokers, too, have grown accustomed to their ways and are usually hesitant to… Read More

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 Netflix today announced the debut of “interactive” stories on its service – a sort of choose-your-own-adventure style of storytelling, where viewers get to decide what happens next. The new stories, whose development was rumored earlier this year, will initially cater to Netflix’s younger viewers, the company says, noting that kids in particular are already inclined… Read More

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 Codeanywhere, a cross platform cloud IDE for creating web apps and sites has acquired Codebender, another cloud IDE that enables users to develop for Arduino devices. This is Codeanywhere’s first acquisition and financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Codebender and its additional services edu.cobebender.cc and blocks.cobebender.cc will continue to operate and be supported… Read More

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 Amazon’s latest perk for Prime members could make us more stylish by letting us buy everything that catches our eye and return what doesn’t fit. Today Amazon revealed Amazon Prime Wardrobe, which is currently in beta, but you can sign up to be notified when it launches First you pick at least three items from over a million Amazon Fashion options including clothes, shoes, and… Read More

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 One of the first times Ross Hoffman met Headspace CEO Rich Pierson when talking about a role running the company’s business, Pierson was not talking a lot about business. Instead, he was peppering Hoffman with questions about himself, telling stories about users, and talking about work ethos. The business questions came later, of course, but that kind of introduction and vetting for a… Read More

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 Late last year, Firefox introduced a new, private web browser for iPhone, called Firefox Focus. The browser by default blocks ad trackers and can erase your browsing history, including passwords and cookies. Now, over a half-year later, Firefox is bringing the Focus browser to Android devices, with some added functionality. Like the iOS version, Firefox Focus remains a minimalistic browser… Read More

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 Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has found a few new licensee clients for its Hyperloop technology, a group of South Korean entities including the government and two of its educational institutions, who will use HTT’s research and tech to construct a full-scale Hyperloop network. HTT and South Korea will also work together on research and development, help develop a safety platform… Read More

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 PayPal announced this morning a plan to speed up money transfers between its service, Venmo and users’ bank accounts for those with supported MasterCard and Visa debit cards. This new “instant transfers” service will be available at a rate of $0.25 per transaction, and will deliver funds in a matter of minutes, instead of the day or so it typically takes when using PayPal… Read More

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 Hardware startup Misty Robotics has a daunting task ahead of it. The Boulder-based company is working on a robot aimed at mainstream consumers for employment in the home and office. But Misty certainly has a solid foundation, as a spinoff of robotic toy maker Sphero, coupled with an $11.5 million Series A led by Venrock and Foundry Group. The new company employs about half a dozen former… Read More

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 Marbl Media wants to be the mobile app that a new, millennial generation of jet setters goes to flip the script on how to share tips and plan trips. Starting with an Instagram platform for content distribution and development, and now with the beta launch of its new app, the Los Angeles-based company is looking to be the first tap for a generation of wanderlusting twenty and thirty somethings… Read More

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 Look out HotelTonight. Oh, and Booking.com, Expedia, Skyscanner, Hopper and a few others. Coming out of LA there is a new kid on the block. FinalPrice, a new subscription-based travel app, has today both launched and announced its $4 million fund-raising from Almaz Capital, Sistema VC and private investors. For an annual $99 charge, the offer here is that users get access to “the best… Read More

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 While $5.7 billion was invested in companies developing cellular and genetic therapies, and with 800 clinical trials initiated worldwide and the first two CAR-T cell therapies expected to launch into market later this year, businesses still say the ability to get these treatments to patients is limited by paperwork, supply chain management, and last mile delivery. Read More

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 It’s not easy to get out of credit card debt, but a startup called Tally wants to do just that, as its first step in helping to automate their personal finance. That company is launching a mobile app today that is designed to help consumers avoid late fees, lower credit card balances and maximize their savings. Read More

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 It’s happening! TechCrunch is coming to Israel for the TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-Off in Tel Aviv on the evening of Wednesday June 28. It’s going to be an awesome event. TechCrunch doesn’t come to Tel Aviv often enough, so we wanted to do something special for our meetup here. In addition to the usual networking party and pitch-off competition, we’ve lined up a few… Read More

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 Nextdoor, the social network that connects you with people in your neighborhood, is taking another step up in its global growth, after launching in the Netherlands and the UK last year. Today, the company is opening for business in Germany, the largest internet market in Europe. The move comes as the company says it is now used in 160,000 neighborhoods across the US, UK and Netherlands, with… Read More

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 The global risk analysis used by big banks, hedge funds, and governments to inform their decision-making around everything from foreign currency investment to foreign aid is getting the machine learning treatment with the launch of the new startup GeoQuant.  Read More

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 The European parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has put forward a proposal that would amend the EU’s charter of fundamental rights to extend privacy rights to the digital realm and prevent governments of EU Member States from backdooring end-to-end encrypted services. Read More

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 Financial services apps are all the rage these days and one of the latest to capitalize on the trend is Simply Wall St. which closed a $1.8 million round (2.4 million Australian dollars) in its latest round of funding. Interestingly, the financing came not from traditional venture investors, but from the firm’s own clientele of high net worth individuals who have been pushing for a… Read More

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 Ted Livingston, CEO of messaging app Kik, spoke on stage at TechCrunch’s event in Shenzhen, China on Tuesday. Moderator Jon Russell asked him about why the company is doing an initial coin offering (ICO), a newly popularized method of fundraising. It’s”a way to raise funding” and “a way to get money into the company,” he said about the ICO. Read More

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