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 Following the bell, Twitter reported its third-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $361 million and earnings per share, on a non-GAAP basis, of $0.01. The street had expected Twitter to report adjusted profit of $0.01 per share on revenue on $351.35 million. Twitter, which broke from the market by falling nearly 3 percent in regular trading, is down sharply following its… Read More

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 In hindsight, it was one of the more controversial decisions the city has made in years. Back in 2011, on a quiet threat that Twitter would leave the city and decamp for nearby Brisbane or South San Francisco, the city decided to offer a temporary exemption on it 1.5 percent payroll tax to entice companies to move into a set of very specific buildings in Mid-Market. For decades, that area had… Read More

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 The first few months – or years, really – of being a new driver can be a nerve-wracking experience for teens and, of course, their parents. Young drivers are still developing their skills, and likely to make mistakes not only related to how few road hours they’ve logged, but because their brains aren’t even fully developed – meaning they’re more likely to… Read More

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 Buffer, a social media management company, is raising a $3.5 million Series A round of capital. Most of the money will go to its founders and some early employees. $1 million of the total will be afforded to operations. To date, Buffer has raised $400,000. Buffer, which has monthly revenue of just under $400,000, is profitable. The company wants to have enough cash in the bank to survive… Read More

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 Managing the arcane arts of processing transactions for online purchases is a complicated job. Once a shopper enters the numbers on their card, the expiration date on their credit card, and their zip code, a complicated machinery of transaction processors springs into action representing both buyer, seller, and processing network in a matter of seconds. Until now, most of the infrastructure… Read More

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 You could call it Picture-In-Twitter. Last week Twitter launched its dockable audio Card, and similar functionality is appearing for video so you can keep watching clips as you browse Twitter on iOS and Android. As demonstrated by a Call Of Duty tweet I spotted, the Twitter Player card lets you view a video full-screen, or tap to dock it to the bottom of the screen so it continues playing as… Read More

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 Twitter confounded expectations last quarter when it reported healthy revenue and good user growth numbers; now all eyes will be on its Q3 earnings later today to see if they repeat the beat. But as the social network continues to build out its business as a platform — as a medium not just for people to Tweet about their annoying commute to work, but as a place for people to… Read More

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 A new A.I.-based application for Android users called Less.Mail wants to make it easier for you to work through a crowded inbox, handling routine email responses by way of automatic replies based on the mobile assistant’s understanding of the original email’s context. All users need to do is tell the app if they want to accept or reject the email sender’s invitation,… Read More

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 Alpine has a new way to get Apple’s CarPlay in your vehicle of choice: The iLX-007. The new aftermarket entertainment deck supports Apple’s in-car software solution, which translates some of the functions of your iPhone into a format more palatable for use on the road, including Maps, Phone, Message, Music and CarPlay-enabled apps like the recently-updated Rdio. CarPlay is… Read More

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 I told you so. For the last few months in the run-up to TechCrunch Disrupt in London last week, I’d been telling everyone I knew in Europe that what we were bringing would be a different type of event to this global city. The first aspect of this was that, unlike 99% of conferences out there, no-one appearing on stage at Disrupt remains unchallenged about what they say. We rack up our… Read More

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 GitHub is now popular enough for other companies to start building services around it. One of the latest projects that aims to make working with GitHub faster and easier is ZenHub. With ZenHub, teams get a project management service that is deeply integrated with GitHub and provides them with Trello-like drag-and-drop task boards, easy uploads for any type of file (GitHub’s interface… Read More

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 This morning, Microsoft announced that all Office 365 accounts will come with unlimited OneDrive storage. Gone are the 1 terabyte caps that were recently introduced. If you pay for Office, your storage is free. It’s a good, if not surprising, move from Microsoft: The company has worked to improve the value profile of its Office 365, productivity-as-a-service offering for some time.… Read More

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 Amazon wants to take some of the mystery out of predicting what books will sell with its new Kindle Scout publishing program, which lets readers vote on their favourite excerpts from unreleased books to determine what does (and what doesn’t) get published. Welcome to the court to common opinion, aspiring authors. In exchange for their participation in the program, Kindle Scout users will… Read More

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 The open source OpenStack platform is seeing increased adoption in the enterprise and with that, the ecosystem of vendors around the platform is also growing, On the storage side, SwiftStack offers enterprises an OpenStack-based object storage service based on the Swift object storage platform. Today, SwiftStack announced that it has raised a $16 million Series B round led by OpenView… Read More

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 Earlier this month, a ridiculous but clever app called Ethan began blowing up on the startup discovery site Product Hunt. The app is a simple creation built by iOS developer Ethan Gliechtenstein, who had previously launched a photo and video app RubCam and a navigation app called Wheretext. The Ethan app, his latest, only does one thing: it lets you text the app’s maker Ethan.… Read More

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 The successful launches of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, along with the release of Apple’s new mobile operating system iOS 8 have impacted the marketing costs associated with gathering downloads for mobile applications, and retaining regular users. According to a new report out this morning from app marketing technology provider Fiksu, the costs associated with retaining a… Read More

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 Editor’s Note: Christine Magee is an analyst for CrunchBase. Sequoia Capital has long been dominant in the U.S. venture scene (and more recently in Asia), topping the charts for most investments made worldwide and ranking 3rd for most exits of all time. But lately, Sequoia has set its sights on breaking into new international markets. In the past year, the Silicon Valley veteran… Read More

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 Bose has long-held the title of the maker of the best active noise-cancelling headphones available, per reviewers of a wide variety of publications and from a range of backgrounds. The QuietComfort 15 over-ear headphones really were the apex if you wanted decent sound, along with noise isolation that made even noisy airplane cabins silent enough to sleep in. The QuietComfort 25 headphones,… Read More

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 Businesses looking for ways to provide insights based on data around benchmarks and industry analysis are a big draw in venture capital these days. From our fellow AOL brand CrunchBase, to data and analytics companies like Compass, these types of services offer multi-million dollar opportunities that investors are finding increasingly attractive. In the case of CrunchBase, it’s AOL, who… Read More

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 Starting November 2nd, the Xbox One’s starting price will be $350. That’s $50 off the current level. Thanks, PlayStation! The $50 discount is seemingly applicable to all the system-plus-game bundles. The Kinect-free Assassin’s Creed or Sunset Overdrive bundle will cost $350, with the Call of Duty: Advance Warfare running $450. Microsoft says the lower prices will be… Read More

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 More funding activity in the so-called peer-to-peer money transfer space. WeSwap, the London-based startup that helps travellers get a better exchange rate when changing currency in advance of a trip, has closed a decent-sized $7.5 million series A round, adding to the $2 million previously raised. Read More

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 I don’t like to bring up these little lapses of judgement (or, in this case, horrendous lapses of reason) but it’s an interesting story and deserves at least a brief mention. An entrepreneur, who shall remain nameless, wanted Jason Calacanis and Tim Ferris to invest in his startup. Instead of emailing the two, the founder spoofed a phone call from Ferris to Calacanis, assuming… Read More

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 Wysada, an online home furnishings store based in Amman, Jordan, announced today that it has raised a $5 million Series A led by Badia Impact Fund, a venture capital fund owned by Silicon Badia. Strategic investors from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and existing investors also participated. Read More

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 In part 500 of our continuing series featuring some of the most amazing startups on Earth, we present my endless walk through Startup Alley at Disrupt London. Given the terror associated with a large, inebriated man approaching you from all directions with a microphone, I’m pleased to note that everyone at the event was able to pitch with a professionalism that’s rare even in… Read More

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 With mobile having relatively stabilized the question is what the next generation of games for the platform will look like, and how the industry needs a patron class of publisher to facilitate more creative games. Otherwise mobile may well stall. Read More

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