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 After Brendan Eich's short tenure as Mozilla's CEO, the organization today announced that it has appointed Chris Beard as its new interim CEO while it looks for a long-term replacement. Beard is also joining Mozilla's Board of Directors. Read More

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 Get ready for a 15-second news segments on MSNBC. Following an announcement in January that NBCUniversal had made a strategic investment in mobile news startup NowThis News, the companies are announcing their first collaboration on regular programming, with a show called "15 Seconds to Truth." As you can probably guess, each segment will be 15 seconds long (a format that NowThis News pretty… Read More

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 The new Microsoft loves everyone equally, and supports all platforms – to the extreme in some cases, as with embedded support for Apple’s Passbook passes in Windows Phone 8.1, something noted by The Verge’s Tom Warren and explained in greater detail by Rene Ritchie at iMore. The gist of it is that Microsoft has reverse-engineered how to read Passbook files (.pkpass) and can turn… Read More

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 After graduating from college, your brain is stressed to the max. You need to find a place to live, find a job, and most terrifyingly, figure out how to be a self-sufficient adult. The last thing on your mind is all the new clothes you'll have to buy for your inevitable full dance card of job interviews, but NextSuit aims to change all that. The site, which is going to launch soon, lets you… Read More

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Now that the entire virtual reality space has gotten a big boost from Facebook’s $2 billion deal to buy Oculus, who’s next? Maybe it’s Survios, a company that was came out of the very same University of Southern California Mixed Reality Lab that Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey came from. Right now, virtual reality is pretty stationary: you sit there, put on a headset and… Read More

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 Health and fitness app Lifesum (formerly known as ShapeUp Club) which lets users track the food they eat and count calories, has closed a $6.7 million Series A funding round led by German multinational media company Bauer Media Group and SparkLabs Global Ventures. It's the Swedish startup's first external funding -- with the 21-strong startup bootstrapping its way to profitability, prior to… Read More

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 The FT is reporting that Facebook is looking at e-money services -- including the ability for people to make peer-to-peer money transfers using money that is stored on Facebook itself -- and has applied for an e-money license in Ireland as part of that. Facebook has declined to comment on the report, but we have confirmed with sources some of the details of what is going on. Facebook made the… Read More

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 Square has announced a new engineering lead for the company--Amazon engineer Alyssa Henry. Henry will head up engineering operations for Square’s infrastructure and payments platform. She was most recently the Vice President of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Storage Services. Read More

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 On the heels of announcing a new $40 million round of funding, relationship manager RelateIQ is debuting a brand new version of its iPhone app which provides a deep integration with your inbox. Read More

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 Slangy marketing and a singular vision of weekend wear has netted Chubbies, a manufacturer and online retailer of men's shorts, a $4 million round of funding from some of the biggest names in fashion and retail investing. Read More

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 Startup Curalate has been described as a Pinterest marketing platform, but its ambitions are broader than that, as indicated by today's announcement that it supports Tumblr, too. That means Curalate now offers analytics and marketing tools across Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook. CEO Apu Gupta said there's "a common set of insights that we provide across networks," using image… Read More

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 Yahoo and music video streaming service Vevo are expanding their partnership, the companies are announcing today, through a deal that will bring Vevo’s videos, live concert events, and other original programming to Yahoo’s own video streaming service, Yahoo Screen. Following this tie-up, viewers will initially be able to watch this music content on Yahoo Screen in the U.S. and… Read More

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 Twin brothers, Henry and Harry, both have Tinder. Henry downloaded the app to find the future Mrs. Henry, while Harry is just looking for a one-night stand. But as a girl swiping through Tinder, you'd have no way of knowing the difference between the two guys' intentions. That's what HeavenlySinful is for. Read More

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 Stealthy, unlaunched startup Brigade Media has raised $9.3 million from Sean Parker of Facebook fame, along with unknown sums from Ron Conway and Marc Benioff, TechCrunch has learned. Parker’s investment is personal, and not from Founders Fund, a group that he has stepped back from. In fact, Parker will be taking over the Chairman and CEO role, at least on an interim basis. John Thrall,… Read More

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 On-demand household services startup Handybook wants to enable consumers to hire a cleaner or a handy man with the push of a button on their mobile phones. And it's aggressively expanding to make that service available in a dozen more cities starting today. Read More

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 Twitter this morning signaled to investors that its founders and board still believe in the long-term value of the company, with news that CEO Dick Costolo, plus co-founders and board members Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams, as well as Benchmark Capital, have no intention of selling their shares of Twitter common stock. The news was revealed via a filing with the Securities and Exchange… Read More

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 As startup app developer Triage moves from the Bay Area to New York, the company is preparing to close on roughly $1.1 million in a seed round of financing. Read More

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 IBM has seen the technology world changing as much as any other vendor and that’s part of the reason it bought SoftLayer last year –to broaden its cloud offerings. Today, the company has built upon that, announcing new security and disaster recovery services that could make the cloud more attractive to companies that remain skeptical. One area the cloud excels in is disaster… Read More

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 Zoute, a transit application that combines real-time departure info and fixed route schedules, is now available for iPhone users in eight major markets across the U.S. Originally launched on Android for those in the Bay Area, the company has since expanded to New York, Boston, Chicago, L.A., D.C., Philadelphia and Portland. The app, for those unfamiliar, comes from mobile developers Hai… Read More

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 T-Mobile CEO and President John Legere unveiled the last in a trio of announcements today with a healthy heaping of Twitter build-up, and this one might be worth the hype – the so-called ‘Uncarrier’ is dropping all domestic overage chargers on its plans, which means just what it says. The change applies to all users on T-Mobile consumer plans, and not just the Simple Starter plan… Read More

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 Giant Pixel is launching a new startup studio to create mobile-focused application companies. Read More

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 SeedInvest, the equity crowdfunding platform based in New York that helps other startups (like Vengo Labs) raise rounds, is today launching a campaign on its own plaform to complete an intended $3 million Series A round. The startup has already had $2 million committed from VCs Scout Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Avenue A Ventures, Archer Gray and Krillion Ventures. Read More

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 Sportsetter is an iPhone app launched in New York and Helsinki today that lets you subscribe to and discover new fitness experiences matched to your personal preference, fitness goals and locality. Read More

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 Microsoft announced a slew of updates to the Windows Phone platform at its recent Build developer conference. Apart from the new features, Microsoft also decided to sell Windows Phone to mobile OEMs for the firm cost of nil, and the devices and services company also brought Windows and Windows Phone app together with its new “universal” application framework. The developer and… Read More

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 Founded in early 2012, NatureBox set out to become synonymous with providing healthy snacks direct to consumers. It's made great strides toward that goal, and will continue to push forward with $18 million in new funding led by Canaan Partners. Read More

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