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 The open-source OSVR virtual reality headset is getting one of its first peripherals in the form of an optional faceplate that brings hand tracking to virtual reality projects via an embedded camera. Read More

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 What is it with tech jobs in London (and, lately, the rest of the UK)? Well, ask a silly question, right? Because the city and the country is going through a tech boom right now and when that happens tech startups in the recruitment space scramble to join the fray, especially in the UK capital. There’s even a “Silicon Milkround” to compete with the usual ‘milk… Read More

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 Sony’s upcoming “Yukimura” update for PlayStation 4 brings the console one magic power that many players have been eager to get their hands on: The ability to suspend game play and resume  play right where you left off after putting the console into Rest Mode  and then waking it up again. The Suspend/Resume function means you won’t have to save to stop the action,… Read More

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 GrabTaxi, the Uber rival backed by SoftBank, is trialling a next-day delivery service as it experiments with logistics-related offerings beyond its core taxi-hailing business in Southeast Asia. Read More

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 WP Engine, one of the leading managed WordPress platforms on the market, today announced that it has raised a $20 million follow-on funding round led by North Bridge Venture Partners. This brings the company’s total funding to date to $38.2 million. Read More

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 Leading Facebook ad company Nanigans is announcing that it has raised $24 million in Series B funding. In this case, it’s is taking money from a big Asian investor — Chinese Internet company Cheetah Mobile. (Cheetah led the round, while Avalon Ventures and Wellington Management Company also participated.) Naturally, one of the goals is to accelerate Nanigans’ growth in… Read More

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 The launch of a new storage platform, even a distributed one, may not get your heart racing, but Hedvig, which is launching out of stealth today and announcing a new funding round, has the kind of pedigree that makes it worth a closer look. Hedvig was founded by Avinash Lakshman, who previously co-invented Cassandra at Facebook and then later worked on Amazon’s Dynamo NoSQL database.… Read More

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 Mozilla last November made waves when it swapped out Google as the default search engine in its Firefox browser in the U.S., replacing it with Yahoo, and put Yandex in for Google in Russia at the same time. Today Mozilla announced an expansion of that strategy: Yandex will now also be the default search option in Turkey, once again replacing Google. Relatively speaking, Turkey is not… Read More

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 Car-hailing apps Uber and Ola have received a new warning from the New Delhi transport authorities, ordering both to stop operations until their applications for taxi licenses have finished processing. Read More

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 Ahead of closing its deal to buy EE for £12.5 billion, BT is laying the groundwork for its new mobile business, and quad-play strategy, today: the company has now officially launched BT Mobile — a 4G service that will run on EE’s network, for now by way of an MVNO deal, with pricing starting at a competition-busting £5 per month. “Offering BT customers the UK’s… Read More

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 A notification just sent out by the official app for Facebook’s F8 conference later today reads “The Garage and Demo areas are now open! Just revealed: Parse for IoT, Messenger as a Platform, and the Teleportation Station.” The alert seems to indicate that Facebook will reveal a version of its mobile app building suite Parse for “Internet Of Things” devices. It… Read More

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 As part of its ongoing efforts to transform itself from a reviews site into an e-commerce platform, Yelp announced today that it has partnered with startup Vimbly to offer activities bookings on its site and apps. Other startups it will work with include GolfNow for golf outings; online florist BloomNation; Vagaro, which books spa treatments; and TableList, which Yelp says is its first… Read More

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 Teabox, an India-based company that sells tea online to a global audience, has brewed up a fresh $6 million funding round to grow its business in key overseas markets. Read More

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 Y Combinator got so big, it had to split its Demo Day in two. During today’s second wave we saw a variety of promising biotech, marketplace, enterprise, and financial tech startups. Yesterday we chronicled 50 consumer, B2B, developer, and hardware companies. With bigger and bigger batches, the on-stage pitches are getting more bombastic as YC’s startups compete for attention. Yet… Read More

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 I’ve heard people wonder if we’re in a bubble with regard to startups. Is it as bad as the 2000 dot-com bubble? Might it actually be worse? I thought it would be worthwhile to look at the available data to see if we can figure this out with more than just a personal opinion. After all, I’m responsible for running Google Ventures, and data are important to us, as is the answer. Read More

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 Apple has acquired FoundationDB, a company that specializes in speedy, durable NoSQL databases, TechCrunch has learned. A notice on the FoundationDB site notes that it’s no longer offering downloads of its database software. Financial terms of the deal were not available. CEO David Rosenthal was previously VP of Engineering at Omniture and co-founded the company with COO Nick Lavezzo… Read More

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 Assume, for sanity’s sake, that this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. If we begin our exploration of the Ant Watch on that basis we are able to suspend, for a moment, our disbelief and consider deeply and truly the madness of wearing a watch full of ants on your wrist. Read More

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 How does a new secure messaging app stand out in such a crowded space? By making something that’s super easy to use. And also by using a type of encryption that technically cannot be cracked. Yet which has been overlooked by cryptographers for decades… Read More

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 If you’re excited about the forthcoming cinematic universe Disney appears to be planning around Star Wars, then this amazing seven-and-a-half-minute short created by a fan over four years should do a lot to help tide you over. The animated film was created by Paul Michael Johnson, and animated in the style of epic 80s anime series’ like Mobile Suit Gundam, Patlabor and many… Read More

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 That’s right. You read correctly. Tickets are now available for the Disrupt NY 2015 Hackathon. The event takes place May 2nd and 3rd at the Manhattan Center in good old New York, New York. Get them now! The weekend long hackathon kicks off on Saturday, May 2nd at 12:30pm. On Sunday, just over 20 hours of building, teams will have 60 seconds to present their projects to our panel of… Read More

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 Facebook’s experimented with ways to surface old Memories since 2010. But after seeing Timehop hit 6 million daily users on mobile, Facebook is officially launching a competing nostalgia feature called “On This Day”. It shows users their Facebook posts from the current date in past years, like photos from exactly one year ago, or status updates from 4 years ago. Rolling… Read More

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 What kinds of apps do cities need? This is a key question that cities have been asking themselves and answering in a range of ways in recent years. Before we even can truly answer that question though, it’s key to understand the important role of cities in everyday life. We wake up in our home in a city, walk in a city, bike in a city, commute to work or school in a city, frequent… Read More

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 President Obama announced this morning that Jason Goldman, a longtime tech industry executive best known for his work alongside Ev Williams during the formative years of products such as Blogger, Twitter, and Medium, has been named the White House’s first-ever “Chief Digital Officer.” The news was first reported by Politico. Goldman will be overseeing the White… Read More

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 LogMeIn, the makers of a variety of remote access solutions for business and personal use, is today launching a new service that will allow any company to provide video-assisted customer support, using only the camera on a customer’s iOS or Android mobile device. The idea is that a customer support representative would be able to tap into a live feed in order to remotely help with… Read More

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 Ever since he was a teenager, Frederick Hutson has had a knack for business. When he was 19, he built a window-tinting business that he then turned around and sold for $50,000. At 21, he saw his friends struggling with an illegal marijuana business and figured out how to efficiently traffic the drug across borders. They used shipping containers and vacuum-sealed everything. Read More

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