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 There’s a good chance you’ve already heard about HowAboutWe, the latest startup featured in our TechCrunch TV series Built in Brooklyn — not just if you use the service yourself, but also because it was acquired by IAC a few months ago. To be clear, this episode won’t tell you what the company has been up to post-acquisition, because we actually recorded it back in April. Read More

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 Editing code isn’t that hard. A terminal, a little Vim, a little PHP, some beer, and maybe a few Google searches and you’re off and running. But what if you want to work on a project without compromising your personal server or don’t really have an environment for coding? SourceLair is one answer. The freemium service lets you build projects right in your browser. It… Read More

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 When consumers are home shopping these days, they tend to be drawn to consumer-friendly portals like Zillow, Trulia, Redfin and others, which offer simple, user-friendly tools to take on what’s otherwise a complex and confusing process. But these services can also sideline real estate agents, who are often still stuck using dated technology while their customers are being lured away… Read More

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 While Venmo, Google Wallet, and more try to take a business approach to peer-to-peer payments, Snapchat today swooped from the consumer side by adding a “Snapcash” payments option to its app through a deal with Square Cash. Now you can add a debit card, type a dollar amount into Snapchat’s text-chat feature, and hit the green pay button to instantly send a friend money.… Read More

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 Remember when Tony Hawk (and a heap of other celebs) broke our hearts with that super phony hoverboard video? Eight months later, Tony is back with a video of him riding an actual hoverboard — or, at least, the closest thing we’ve got to date. The board in the video above is the Hendo — a project that set out to raise $250,000 on Kickstarter, and has since raised nearly 2x… Read More

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 A new site called Spaces is now launching as a place where mobile app designers can showcase interactive prototypes of their work, or browse one of many common user experiences from other popular apps – like the navigation in Facebook Paper, or how Dropbox’s Carousel app appears to first-time users, for example. The service is akin to a “Dribbble for UX.” Or, in… Read More

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 A collective of large tech companies has urged the Senate to pass the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill that it could vote on this week. Reform Government Surveillance, which counts Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Twitter as members, released a letter to the Senate, calling the week’s vote an “opportunity” to pass the “bipartisan” law. The Act will, according to the… Read More

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 Twitter co-founder Biz Stone’s Q&A app Jelly didn’t quite blow up, so today he’s launching a much weirder app called Super where you can share colorful statements about opinions and recommendations. It’s a lot like the private beta version of Super I stumbled into and profiled in September, but now everyone on iOS and Android can start yelling in all caps about… Read More

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 BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file distribution network that has been repositioning itself as a legit friend and home to the creative industries, is today embarking on the latest phase of its strategy to build a bigger business model for itself, and the musicians, filmmakers and others whose content gets distributed on its network. It is opening its paygate-based business model to all artists… Read More

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 Cisco announced a new communications and collaboration platform today, they have dubbed Project Squared, which has been built from the ground up as a cloud-mobile tool designed to work smoothly across platforms regardless of the device. The tool lets you view audio and video, have multi-party meetings and share content in a single view. And it offers a modern replacement for the aging… Read More

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 About a year ago, Aileen Lee from Cowboy Ventures wrote her seminal piece on billion-dollar startups, now widely called “unicorns.” At the time, she found 39 U.S.-based software companies fewer than 10 years old in that category. As early-stage investors and hopeful hardware unicorn breeders, we looked into the situation of hardware unicorns and up-and-coming “ponies.” Read More

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 NYC is rolling out a free, super-fast Wi-fi offering gigabit speed connectivity over an encrypted network and set to go online in 2015. Read More

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 The U.S. Marshals Service said today that it will auction off another 50,000 bitcoins that were seized last fall from a computer belonging to Ross Ulbricht, the alleged owner of the online black-market bazaar, Silk Road. This is the second auction of bitcoins related to that arrest – in July, an auction of 30,000 bitcoins had a single winner, Tim Draper, founder and managing director… Read More

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 Groupon just announced that it has acquired Swarm Mobile, a startup that helps businesses connect with and track their customers while in stores. This continues Groupon’s pattern of expanding its offerings for local businesses beyond daily deals. Earlier this year, for example, it launched individual business pages and announced an iPad-based point-of-sale service. Read More

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 CryptoLabs, a new bitcoin technology development startup, is launching with their first device, a bitcoin hardware wallet that allows users to store buy, send, sell and receive the digital currency. Co-founded by Melanie and Steve Shapiro, serial entrepreneurs whose last company — Digbsy — was sold for a tidy sum, financed CryptoLabs and the development of its bitcoin… Read More

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 Google continues to build out its cloud computing platform and today the company announced that its autoscaling service for Compute Engine, its infrastructure-as-a-service platform, is now available in beta. Using this new feature, developers can now have Compute Engine automatically spin up new machines based on demand. If your CPU utilization goes above a certain value or your HTTP load… Read More

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 Target has teamed up with an indoor mapping technology company called Point Inside to debut in-store maps in its mobile app that show where items are located as a pin on the map – similar to the navigation maps consumers are using today to route their way around town. The feature, which is live now in the Target app, will also help customers during the upcoming Black Friday sales, as… Read More

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 InVision, the platform for building beautiful, interactive prototypes, has just announced integration with Sketch, a design application that is growing in traction as an alternative to Photoshop. InVision has been around since 2011 trying to change the way that companies think about the prototyping process. Usually, to see a concept at a realistic level, designers and engineers had to work… Read More

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 This housing crisis isn’t going to solve itself. While I do keep hammering the head on the nail, everyone from Y Combinator’s Sam Altman to Peter Thiel to anti-eviction activists and non-profits working with low-income communities and the homeless are putting housing issues as a top concern for Silicon Valley and San Francisco. More than half of the country’s 30 most… Read More

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 Gaming laptops are a hard needle to thread. On the one hand, you need something that’s portable enough to be considered an actual laptop. On the other, you need it to have enough power to handle some of the latest and greatest games available for PCs, and not at minimum graphics settings (which doesn’t count). Plus, it’s always nice if the computer also doesn’t look… Read More

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 Today Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek formally confirmed a partnership that will let passengers activate and listen to their Spotify music when they get into Uber cars, but it turns out that this is just part one of two car-related announcements Spotify has planned for this week. Tomorrow, it’s announcing an integration in BMW’s connected car platform. We broke… Read More

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 GrooveBook, a photo-printing app and subscription service that creates personalized photo books featuring up to 100 of your photos, shipped monthly, has been acquired by photo printing giant Shutterfly for $14.5 million. The smaller startup is probably best known for as the photo book app from TV’s “Shark Tank,” where founders Julie and Brian Whiteman pitched… Read More

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 Meet Antidate: another new kid on the dating app block. It’s aiming to stand out by putting a gender-skewed, asymmetric twist on the in-app experience. Read More

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 Spotify’s upcoming integration with Uber — getting announced formally today — is not the only development the music streaming service has planned to grow its business. The company has plans for a podcasting service as well as an as-yet undetermined feature that is currently set up under the name “Magic.” The features, uncovered in a developer build of the app,… Read More

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 Music video streaming service Vevo today announced that Rio Caraeff is stepping down from his role as the CEO of the company — formally confirming news that was reported twice this past weekend, first based on a leak, then based on a leaked memo from Caraeff to staff. This is a massive change to the company’s leadership: Caraeff has been running Vevo since 2009 — the year… Read More

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