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 ROLI, which makes the innovative Seaboard Grand, a completely new type of keyboard musical instrument, has acquired JUCE, a long-time C++ framework which has, over the last few years, come to be used by most of the leading audio companies such as Korg, Pioneer, Arturia, Akai Professional, and M-Audio. Terms were not disclosed. The significance of this move may be lost on the average tech… Read More

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Finexkap, a web platform offering working capital to small businesses in France, has now raised $22.5 million, comprising of a $7.5m Series A equity round and a further $15m, which will be used to finance the platform’s first flurry of deals. Finexkap is the first French working capital financing platform to purchase SMEs’ receivables on the web through refinancing The company… Read More

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 Payments startups Square wants to provide more ways for sellers to make more money, by diversifying its products and making it easier to add value to customers. With the holidays right around the corner, it’s enabling Square Register users to sell physical gift cards for the first time. Read More

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 At the inception of the commercial web, it was arguably a mistake that the industry went down an advertising-based route for supporting content. Some have speculated that had payments been built into the browser and the web itself, we would have substantially different online properties from search to social networking to online media. Perhaps that reality can be corrected with Bitcoin.… Read More

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 Nvidia’s Shield Tablet is among the first non-Nexus devices to get Android 5.0 Lollipop, and it starts rolling out today. I had a chance to spend some time with both the update and with Grid, Nvidia’s streaming Netflix for games that also launches in North America toad, and both of these offer considerable improvements for Shield Tablet owners. The changes are so dramatic, in… Read More

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 It would appear that Intel isn’t the only company interested in adding a touch of technological flair to the fashion industry. Bloomingdale’s is now selling a ring by a designer called KhaiKhai that costs about $800. That’s right: $800 for an 18K yellow gold ring set with diamonds. I’ve left the URL out because I don’t want you guys to be tempted. Does this point… Read More

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 Danish startup AllUnite, which uses the lure of free Wi-Fi to drive local adverts to people logging on within retail locations such as shopping centers, has closed a €3 million Series A funding round. Read More

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Sure, there have been plenty of attempts at re-thinking e-mail on mobile devices. But that’s no reason not to try, try again. A pretty experienced team of founders who have sold companies to or been acqui-hired by both Amazon and Zynga are tackling e-mail with a new mobile app called WeMail. Having been part of one of Y Combinator’s earliest classes, the pair, Philip and Gerald… Read More

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 Veradocs, a new data security company that purports to protect data and documents across services wherever they go, announced $14M in Series A funding today. The round is led by Battery Ventures with additional funding from Amplify Partners and angel investors, including Nick Mehta, CEO of Gainsight. The company also announced that Robin Daniels, who was formerly the head of enterprise… Read More

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 Because there is no service that handles the mindless work of your daily life, it’s almost impossible to imagine what life would be like without any household chores. But the folks at Alfred have imagined such an existence, and are now offering the opportunity to purchase this charmed lifestyle in the great city of New York. Alfred, our latest Disrupt Battlefield winner in San… Read More

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Breezeworks, a company working to bring a modern, mobile set of tools to vendors who largely work outside a traditional office environment – like locksmiths, plumbers, electricians, contractors, dog walkers and more – has raised $5 million in Series A funding led by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams’ Obvious Ventures. Other investors in the round included Marc Benioff of… Read More

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Nokia unveiled a new tablet at Slush today in Helsinki. The part of Nokia that did not get sold off to Microsoft launched the N1, a iPad-Mini-sized tablet, with a 7.9-inch screen, running Android Lollipop OS. As you can see from the video Nokia is really pushing its Android homescreen, the Z Launcher which allows you to scribble a letter on the screen to call up a specific app, and has… Read More

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 Given that there are 14,000 people at the Slush startup conference in Helsinki, making meeting with people is tough, so if you want to grab 2 minutes with a TechCrunch Editor (me) at the event, you can come and meet me at the Entrance to the venue, just inside. I will just sit in one place and not move. I’ll be there 3pm to 4pm (maybe 5pm) today, so come and say hi and pitch your… Read More

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 Nokia MixRadio, the Pandora-esque music streaming service that Microsoft acquired as part of its takeover of Nokia’s Devices and Services business, could be in the early stages of being spun-out as a separate entity. Read More

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 China’s internet censors have been busy of late, after it emerged that the country’s Great Firewall began restricting access to thousands of websites this past week — including Drupal.org, The Atlantic and Firefox browser extensions — after it blocked a major content delivery platform. Read More

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 Today at the Slush conference in Helsinki, home-town hero Nokia — the part of the business that did not get sold off to Microsoft — has revealed its first device: a new tablet, the N1, a iPad-like small tablet with an aluminum shell, a 7.9-inch screen and an Android Lollipop OS. Selling for $249, it will be sold first in China and initially at least will be WiFi-only.… Read More

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 Ericsson today released its latest Mobility Report, which tracks key figures that help us get a better understanding of the state of the mobile industry worldwide and what’s on the rise. As it turns out, the answer to the latter question is “everything.” Globally we will tip the 7 billion mark for the total number of mobile phone subscriptions, with 7.1 billion active users… Read More

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 The next chapter of Campaign Monitor has become all the more apparent today after it acquired U.S. online survey startup GetFeedback in an undisclosed deal. Read More

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 Born from the ashes of Nokia’s ‘Wellness’ initiative — part of Nokia Research Center, which, by some estimates, helped make the once mobile giant the third largest R&D spender in Europe as recently as 2011 — is Wellmo, another Finnish startup operating in the health and fitness space. Founded by ex-Nokians, Jaakko Olkkonen (who headed up Nokia’s… Read More

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 Aiming to provide the ‘picks and shovels’ behind the online marketplace gold rush, Sharetribe — which appears to pivoted at least once — makes it easy for anyone to create and manage their own peer-to-peer marketplace, and take a cut of any transactions along the way. Read More

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 Earlier today, Ant Financial, the Alibaba Group affiliate that operates Alipay, China’s largest online payment platform, said that it had taken a minority stake in mobile security technology startup V-Key to beef up the safety of its products as it prepares to expand overseas. Just a few hours later, Alipay announced that it has opened an office in Sydney, Australia to help promote… Read More

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 Path, the messaging/social networking company, made a major move towards commerce when it launched its new Talk app this summer. One important component of that app, ‘Places’, lets business and customer connect and communicate — and that service has now expanded outside of the U.S., hitting the UK, Ireland, Australia And New Zealand today, the company announ Read More

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 At San Francisco International Airport this evening, a large group of Bay Area taxi drivers has decided to make picking passengers up nearly impossible in an effort to protest the airport’s recent decision to allow ride-sharing companies to operate on its premises. Read More

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 Uber today said that it hasn’t and won’t investigate journalists in an effort to dig up dirt that could be used against them. That’s great, except that the company’s stand against vicious, unethical, and dubious smear tactics comes just a few days after one of its top execs was heard suggesting it take part in that behavior. Read More

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 Paktor, a Singapore-based company, believes it has the answer for Tinder in Southeast Asia, and it has just announced a $4 million-plus funding round to build out its vision for mobile dating. Read More

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