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 VideoBlocks, a provider of affordable stock video footage for digital creatives and professional video production companies, is today launching a complimentary service called AudioBlocks for those looking to add music and sound effects to their projects. Read More

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 Much-buzzed-about startup Product Hunt has another trick up its sleeve — it turns out the startup is in the current Y Combinator batch. As a reminder, Product Hunt is a community-powered news website for tech product launches. It’s a website where you can submit, upvote and comment on today’s new tech products. And it has quickly become the center of the conversations for… Read More

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 Nearly a year after the launch of Glow, the fertility tracking company that helps or hinders pregnancy, is launching a new app on iOS today. Glow Nurture is the company’s second offering, this time to help women who are already with child. I was able to sit down with Glow CEO Mike Huang to get a first peek of the app. You can see that interview in our TechCrunch TV studio in the video… Read More

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 The rapid growth in the world of apps — Google Play and Apple’s App Store have over one million apps each – has given rise to a vast number of ways that developers are trying to get their own apps to stand apart from the crowd. Now a new startup wants to help developers manage and analyse the success of those disparate marketing channels. Singular, a cross-channel… Read More

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 Google has launched an official Google Analytics app for iPhone, providing the same data you’re used to from your web dashboard on your mobile device, including visits, sources, page views and user behavior insights. The app also offers Real Time reports, which provides monitoring of site activity as it unfolds. The Real Time analytics may be a killer feature for this mobile app, as it… Read More

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 In the wake of Microsoft’s announcement that it will lay off up to 18,000 employees over the next year, and that the Nokia X Android handset will eventually run Windows Phone, Microsoft’s hardware head Stephen Elop announced a number of operational changes in a public memo. The alterations include changes in manufacturing and design efforts, and, of course, job cuts. Noting… Read More

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 Popular image-sharing service Imgur is some new features — collectively, they should make it easier to sort through the 1.5 million images that are uploaded to the site every day. Founder and CEO Alan Schaaf said that after testing the new features with several thousand users, Imgur is making them available to everyone today. The big addition is the ability of users to tag individual… Read More

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 Microsoft has announced major layoffs today as predicted, following a company email published by CEO Satya Nadella last week that signalled changes on the way. In a note published by the company from Nadella today, the CEO outlines how the changes will happen, with a total of 18,000 employees getting the axe over the course of the next year, with 12,500 of those coming out of the streamlining… Read More

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 As our connected world becomes more focused around mobile devices, we are increasingly app-centric, eschewing the wider mobile Internet in favor of individual, native programs that fulfil specific purposes. The trend, however, poses a problem: these small walled gardens make it hard for us to find information unless we know specifically where to look. A new startup called Relcy is now… Read More

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 Apple has a new way to load up your iTunes account with funds, and it makes use of Passbook – just hit the “Redeem” button in the iTunes Store and when you’re in an Apple Retail location, you can call up your iTunes Pass in Passbook and an Apple sales associate can scan it, take a payment via card or cash, and your iTunes balance will be updated right away. The… Read More

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 Well Helsinki, we’ve decided that you can’t have all Angry Birds fun to yourself. We’re continuing our European roadshow to promote TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London (October 20-21) by holding a Meetup in this fair city, home of the famous Rovio, among many other great startups. Please sign up for free here. Run in partnership with the awesome startups organisation… Read More

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 Microsoft has followed Google’s lead and launched an online webform where European users of its Bing search engine (all few of them) can make a request for information displayed in search results triggered by a search for their name to be de-indexed — if that information is outdated or irrelevant. Read More

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 Soundwave, the mobile app that tracks the listening habits of you, your friends and other users you follow, to help you discover more and better music, is rolling out a significant update today that sees it manoeuvre to try to become the ‘water cooler’ of what people are listening to right now. Read More

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 Aiming to do for Machine Learning what MySQL did for database servers, U.S. and UK-based PredictionIO has raised $2.5 million in seed funding from a raft of investors. Read More

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 SherpaVentures, the venture firm founded by former Menlo Ventures partner Shervin Pishevar and former Goldman Sachs banker Scott Stanford, is finally ready to be less vague about what it’s doing. After a year of raising money and simultaneously making investments, the firm is announcing that it has closed $150 million in financing from limited partners. Read More

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 Maria Zhang, a prominent Yahoo executive, filed a defamation complaint Wednesday against a former female employee who sued her for sexual harassment and subsequent wrongful termination. In her filing, Zhang called Nan Shi’s allegations that she forced her to have oral and digital sex “outrageously false” and based in attempts to “extort” Yahoo. Read More

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 Snappay? Snapchat may try to monetize by processing peer-to-peer payments, money transfers, or online payments, according to two trademarks it filed earlier this week. Owned by Snapchat and filed on July 11th by an attorney at Cooley, which is known to be Snapchat’s law firm, the trademarks could keep anyone else from entering the same space under the Snapchat name. After being tipped… Read More

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 Priya Haji, a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur known for her focus on socially-minded ventures in both the for-profit and non-profit spaces, most recently as CEO and co-founder of personal financial savings app SaveUp, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on July 14th at the age of 44. SaveUp co-founder and CFO Sammy Shreibati confirmed the news to TechCrunch today. Prior to… Read More

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 Funding Circle, an online marketplace that connects small businesses looking for loans with individuals and institutions willing to lend money, has picked up a significant round of funding of its own. The startup, founded in 2009 in London and more recently active in the U.S., has raised $65 million — money that co-founder and CEO Samir Desai tells me it will use to continue to… Read More

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 Balderton Capital is leading an investment into investment crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. Yes, things really have got that meta in the startup investment world. Read More

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 Online retailer ModCloth laid off around 70 employees yesterday, a little under 15 percent of its 500-person-plus workforce. We first heard about the cuts through a couple of emailed tips and a comment on Twitter. A ModCloth spokesperson confirmed the news. Read More

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 We’re apparently in the pre-Post PC market. The PC market has almost stabilized, and its re-found salubrity is helping players in the space. Intel and Microsoft both notched big gains today in the wake of Intel’s positive earnings report that came after the bell yesterday. Intel rose 9.27 percent during regular trading, pushing its market capitalization to $172.28 billion.… Read More

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 Visa wants to make shopping on your phone or iPad as easy as swiping your plastic card. The stalwart credit card provider is adapting to Internet retail with Tuesday’s launch of Visa Checkout, a new payment option that will allow users to speed through the online checkout process in just a few steps. Read More

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 Ginko Bioworks sounds kind of like a mad science lab of the future. The Boston-based biotech company is currently working on a project with DARPA to treat antibiotic-resistant germs, using designer microbes to convert CO2 emissions into fuel and is somehow making yeast smell like roses. Bioworks co-founder Jason Kelly considers these projects, and many others, the future of the… Read More

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 In a real life scene that could be in HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley,’ Airbnb unveiled a very sexually connotative logo today: Bélo. Apparently no one in on the design process asked themselves, in this guy’s parlance, “Does this logo look like a boobs and a butt and a hooha?” Per Armin Vit’s post, “The answer has to be a resounding “No”. If… Read More

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