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 The team at New Relic is excited to send 10 of our TechCrunch readers to the 2014 Future Stack Conference, taking place on October 8th-9th at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Enter our giveaway below, and you could join 1,000+ of your fellow data lovers next month for this 2 day event. FutureStack14 is a conference to share the inspirational and the practical sides to modern software. Read More

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 I’ve seen attempts before to make online shopping “social.” There have been Chrome plugins, Firefox plugins, browser overlays…I’m not sure it ever worked out. A startup called Zurf that presented from the floor at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2014 thinks differently though. I find their concept somewhat interesting and it solves a few problems. Read More

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 “If you made photos tiny and kept them tiny so they can’t be enlarged, would it reduce the anxiety around taking a photo and get people to take more photos?” Kevin Rose asks me. He’s not quite sure, but he’s going to find out with Tiiny, the new iOS app from his mobile laboratory North that launches this morning. It lets you take a thumbnail-sized photo or GIF… Read More

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 In its last Demo Day, Y Combinator showcased startups that are seeking to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. As in, nuclear energy, health, and quantum computing–all things that are (arguably) more important than how to get food delivered to your piehole using the most direct route possible. And Y Combinator isn’t done looking for companies that can have a wide… Read More

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 Andy Kleinman, who was chief business officer at Los Angeles-based gaming company Scopely and a general manager at Zynga, left the company to start a mobile products-focused studio called MobLabs. Kleinman previously co-founded Vostu, a Latin American social gaming company, and later joined Three Melons, a studio that was acquired by Playdom (which was later acquired by Disney). Then he… Read More

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 Web and mobile gifting service Sesame, which lets you browse and order themed gift sets online or from your iPhone, has now rolled out to iPad. The updated application lets you get a better feel for the gifts you’re ordering, by including “unboxing” videos that show how the gifts were packaged and what they look like in real life. In addition, “hot spots” now… Read More

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 TechCrunch Radio is a thing, in case you didn’t know. And in usual TechCrunch fashion, a part of our show is dedicated exclusively to a call-in Pitch Off. Which means we need your help. If you’re an early stage startup looking to get a few more users or share your wares with the world, we’d love to have you join us. Similar to what we do with our regional meetups, a few… Read More

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 Last month Eucalyptus CEO Mårten Mickos, a long-time critic of OpenStack, had a sudden change of heart. Yesterday his company was purchased by HP, a company that itself embraced OpenStack this year in a big way. Hard to imagine the timing of Mickos’ OpenStack epiphany was a coincidence. He wrote a blog post on his company website last month, explaining his change in thinking. He… Read More

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 Google is teaming up with a dozen college campuses across the U.S. to provide access to free Chromebook notebooks to any student who wants one, in a system that lets them temporarily check out the laptops for late-night cram sessions or just finding the best animal GIFs on Imgur. The Google program features fun-colored café-style installations like the one pictured above, which will tour the… Read More

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 One of the more interesting startups spotted in this year’s Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 was CStorePro. The company, which likens its product to a “Google Analytics” for convenience stores, was a runner-up for the Audience’s Choice award – that is, the startup picked from the crowded tables filling the Alley, voted up as a favorite by the public. Read More

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 As soon as Apple announced the new, larger iPhones, cries went up, prompted by the sheer size of the new devices. Will it fit in the pocket of my skinny jeans? How will it sit in my small hands? Can it double as a cheeseboard? These valid questions are hard to answer without a tangible representation with which to test. Read More

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Salesforce.com, one of the most visibly involved tech companies in San Francisco local politics and community, said it’s gifting $5 million to the city’s public schools and $1 million to Code.org for computer science education. “We’re really doubling down on what we learned in our first year of creating digital classrooms and we’re really focusing on computer… Read More

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 If you are an early stage startup, Google wants to give you $100,000 in Cloud Platform credits for one year so you can host your applications on its servers (and not on AWS or Azure). This offer is part of Google’s Cloud Platform for Startups initiative, a new program the company’s senior vice president for its technical infrastructure Urs Hölzle announced at the Google for… Read More

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 Tink, a personal finance mobile app that is popular in Sweden, has closed a $4 million Series A round led by Sunstone Capital, with participation from financial entrepreneur Sven Hagströmer and existing investors. Read More

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 Brendan Iribe dropped out of University Of Maryland his freshman year to launch a startup before going on to start Oculus. But now both inspired by Mark Zuckerberg’s philanthropy and made rich by Zuck’s company buying Oculus for $2 billion, Iribe is donating $31 million to build the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation at University Of Maryland (UMD), plus set up… Read More

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 Meeting with VCs can be stressful and we took that to the extreme with our new show. One Lap with Rob Coneybeer takes willing entrepreneurs onto the racetrack and out of their comfort zones. Read More

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 Earlier this year, I wrote about ArtCorgi, a startup that makes it easy to commission custom artwork. Now the company is launching a new site called ArtCling, which takes a different approach to actually getting that art up on your walls. ArtCorgi co-founders Malcolm (CEO) and Simone (COO) Collins (yes, they’re a couple — Malcolm actually proposed to Simone using commissioned… Read More

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 It probably seems early for a startup like Handybook to add a CFO with such extensive experience. After all, the company is just two years old and is nowhere near going public. But Handybook was scaling quickly and CEO Oisin Hanrahan said the company could benefit from having someone to handle its finances. Read More

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 Three years ago this week, Sebastian Thrun recorded his Stanford class on Artificial Intelligence, released it online to a staggering 180,000 students, and started a “revolution in higher education.” Soon after, Coursera, Udacity and others promised free access to valuable content, supposedly delivering a disruptive solution that would solve massive student debt and a struggling… Read More

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 Digg, Milk, and Revision3 founder Kevin Rose recently left Google Ventures to start a new mobile development house called North, and now we have some details on the firm’s first app, Tiiny, which will launch soon. The basic idea is that Tiiny lets you share thumbnail-sized photos and animated GIFs to a grid of pics on your friends’ phones, and they disappear 24 hours later. Rather… Read More

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 6Sensor Labs is building an affordable device that will allow them to quickly and easily check foods for allergens. The company is also hoping to build a mobile app that will help its users share the results of their tests with others and educate them about which restaurant items are safe for those with food allergies or food sensitivity. Read More

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 Data is more varied and fast-moving than ever, and analyzing it effectively now requires highly sophisticated software and machinery. But where does big data analytics leave the good old-fashioned hunch? What if the data tells a business manager to ‘jump’ but her intuition says ‘stay’? Read More

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 This morning, Dropbox released new information detailing government requests for its user data, and information about certain user accounts. The company also called for the passage of the Senate’s version of the USA FREEDOM Act. In the first half of 2014, Dropbox received “268 requests for user information from law enforcement agencies and 0-249 national security requests.” In… Read More

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 Facebook needs to know if you just thought an ad was annoying, or if it was actually inappropriate and no one should see it, so it’s now asking people why after they hide ads they see on the service. Ads marked as offensive or inappropriate will be pulled from Facebook’s site and apps, while the individual user will simply see less ads like those they mark as annoying. Facebook… Read More

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 Google today announced that it has acquired Polar, the highly graphical opinion poll service, for an undisclosed sum. Polar’s service includes both a mobile app that allows users to create and participate in polls, as well as services for web publishers (we’ve occasionally run Polar polls here on TechCrunch, for example). The company says it has served over one billion polls over… Read More

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