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 Giphy has launched its own app called Giphy + Messenger that integrates directly with Facebook Messenger. With the expansion of Facebook Messenger into its own developer platform, as announced today at f8, Giphy joins a few exclusive apps that will debut on the new platform. In other words, Facebook Messenger just got very Giphy. Giphy is a betaworks-backed GIF search engine that has raised… Read More

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 During the opening keynote at Facebook’s F8 conference, Mark Zuckerberg just announced that you’ll soon be able to reach out to businesses from within the standalone Facebook Messenger app. Read More

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 General Assembly and 500 Startups are putting their collective heads together to provide an accelerator prep program designed for alumnae of the GA’s curriculum. The month long program is taking applications now and will give capital and training to companies that include at least one graduate of a General Assembly immersive or part-time course or online circuit. Read More

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 Today at its F8 conference, Facebook announced its new Messenger Platform that will allow its 600 million users to create and share content with third-party tools, and communicate directly with businesses rather than calling or emailing them. Initial content tool partners include ESPN, JibJab, Legend, Ultratest, Ditty, Giphy, FlipLip, ClipDis, Memes, PicCollage, Kanvas, and more. Facebook… Read More

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 Facebook is going to support spherical video in News Feed, and in the Oculus hardware it creates through Oculus VR. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the new feature today at F8, the company’s annual developer conference. The immersive video experience will also eventually support live broadcasts, Zuckerberg said. This is what the company was referring to when it teased… Read More

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 The Beastgrip Pro is a rig system for your phone that lets you take better photos and video by adding stability, mics, lights, and lenses. Read More

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 Product Hunt, the popular and growing community focused on finding the best new products, has today rolled out a significantly improved version of its Chrome extension, which allows you to hunt, interact and search for new products right from your web browser. The update offers a different way to interact with Product Hunt’s service, allowing you to both passively keep track of… Read More

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 Kickstarter has a new project page layout called Spotlight that acts as a showcase that outlasts each project’s actual crowdfunding campaign. The new Spotlight landing pages put much more focus on the results of the projects themselves, with pages that can be changed by the companies and individuals who ceated the campaign to reflect updates to the story. The new landing pages can also… Read More

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 Apple’s iPad Air 2 is getting its own ‘Oprah moment’ in the UK today, as all 650 Members of Parliament in the UK House of Commons members are getting the devices following the general election coming up in May. Already, about 209 of the governing body’s members have an iPad, but the Apple tablet will be standard issue once this new initiative goes live. The standard… Read More

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 Just four months after raising a $17 million Series A, Helpling has mopped up further investment. Read More

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 Fantastical, one of the more popular calendaring applications designed for Apple users on iOS and Mac, has this morning rolled out its long-anticipated upgrade to its Mac app with the release of Fantastical 2. The upgraded app has been designed exclusively for OS X Yosemite, and supports a number of Yosemite features, including a Today Widget, Action and Share extensions, and Handoff support,… Read More

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 I’ve been into the concept behind Switchmate from the instant I heard about it. A little box that snaps right onto my existing lightswitches and lets me control said switch from my phone? Excellent. No rewiring required? Even better! But how well does it actually work? Switchmate co-founder Rob Romano stopped by our office to give us a bit of hands-on time. Turns out: at least in… Read More

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 Disrupt NY 2015 is the place to be if you want your startup to get noticed. According to CrunchBase, of the 126 companies on display in Startup Alley at Disrupt NY 2014, 24 have since been funded, raising $90.9 million in Seed and Series A funding as of January 2015. And 11 of the 24 raised over $78 million within three months of Startup Alley. Read More

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 American cyber policy makers may well rue not paying heed to Burnham. The legal interpretations they currently espouse may soon turn around to bite them in the proverbial hypocritical posterior. The issue is put in stark relief by the recent announcement from Alibaba, the Chinese technology company that plans to open up a new data center in Silicon Valley. From a business perspective, the… Read More

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 Atlassian, the company behind popular products like JIRA, Confluence and HipChat, today launched a new version of JIRA Service Desk with a couple of interesting new features, as well as a new annual licence for companies with more than 100 agents on the system. JIRA Service Desk, the more mainstream version of Atlassian’s flagship JIRA issue and project tracking service for IT… Read More

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 As a cord cutter, one of the ongoing challenges is figuring out which shows and movies are available for streaming on services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Hulu and others, and which are only available as paid downloads. A company called Fan TV is today introducing a new mobile application that will go a long way to help address this problem, by allowing you to search and save… Read More

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 What is integrity? How do you find a missing gas valve in a system? How do you find instantaneous rate of change? Don’t ask me, ask Socratic. The e-learning company just raised a $6 million Series A from Shasta Ventures, Spark Capital, and the Omidyar Network and they are asking “What is the meaning of all this money?” Founded two years ago by tech veterans Chris Pedregal… Read More

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 Smart Lock purveyor August has raised another $38 million in funding, bringing the company’s tally up to $50 million, the company’s co-founder Jason Johnson told TechCrunch. August’s Smart Lock attempts to reinvent the front door and rid the world of physical keys by relegating that duty to a smartphone. As Johnson noted, “Hardware is expensive,” however the new… Read More

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 A new startup movement brewing in the booze biz has VCs backing liquor delivery services, robotic bartenders, and smartphone breathalyzers — and they’re showing no sign of turning off the tap. Read More

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 ShopKeep — the NYC-based mobile payments startup founded by a Brooklyn wine shop owner to help other merchants improve their services with iPad-based payment apps and analytics — is growing. The company has acquired another startup, Payment Revolution, and will now offer payment processing as part of its point-of-sale platform, under a new name, ShopKeep Payments. This is an… Read More

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 Good morrow, good citizens of New Orleans, I bid thee attend an impromptu meet and greet in your fair city tonight at 7:30pm at sublime Barcadia, a strange land full of libation of merriment. I’m in town for NOEW and I’ll be speaking tomorrow morning but I’d like to get to know some of the startups in the area and I can think of no better place than in a location that… Read More

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 Canary, the all-in-one smart home monitoring system that launched on Indiegogo in summer of 2013, is today available in retail locations for the first time. This is a relatively big deal considering just how few crowd-funded hardware products ever make it out of the lab and into a retail location. It took Canary, complete with Indiegogo and venture funding, more than 18 months to get in front… Read More

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 Dollar Shave Club started out as a subscription razor service (in fact, it’s how I get my razors), but over the past couple of years the startup’s been expanding its lineup with products like butt wipes and “post shave balm.” Today it’s moving into hairstyling with a range of products — gel, cream, paste, fiber, and even clay. (Seriously, I didn’t… Read More

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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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