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 Freshdesk, a cloud-based customer service tool, caught a bushel of money today, announcing a $50M investment led by Tiger Global with Accel Partners and Google Capital also participating. The funding comes on the heels of a $31M round last June and brings the total investment to just over $95M. The reason Freshdesk went back for more so soon, was that it has continued its phenomenal growth,… Read More

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 If that headline doesn’t make much sense welcome to the 21st century when a program designed to buy random items from illegal marketplaces automatically can be arrested by Swiss police. As you’ll recall, Swiss police seized a program called Darknet Shopper, a bot that visited darknet markets and bought random items with bitcoin. Most of the items were mundane – counterfeit… Read More

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 Last Thursday we held our first TechCrunch meetup in Seoul, Korea, in association with Campus Seoul from Google. Read More

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 Facebook’s Internet.org program has expanded into Indonesia, a country with a 250 million population, marking its second largest launch in Asia to date. Read More

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 Alibaba’s power doesn’t just stem from being the largest player in the world’s fastest-growing e-commerce market. The company also sits on hoards of data, gathered from its shopping sites, as well as its financial and cloud computing businesses. Now Aliyun, Alibaba’s cloud computing subsidiary, has entered a deal to build what it calls the first “cloud… Read More

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 Sony has revealed the Xperia Z4, its latest smartphone, today. The device was made public in an announcement in Japanese, and, at this point, there is neither an international launch date nor an accompanying ‘Compact’ version. Read More

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 “Authority” is an interesting word to contemplate. On the one hand it invokes images of dictators and repression. But it also breaks down as author-ity. A seal of approval, of unspecified acceptance, of authorship as opposed to creatorship. Read More

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 Samsung is dialing back the visibility of its corporate brand in Japan after ditching its name from its newest smartphones in Japan, according to The Korea Herald. Read More

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 Astrobotic Technology, a leading Google Lunar XPRIZE competitor, is setting up to become the first delivery service to the Moon. With a low-cost launch, they now have a lander with the potential for precision landings driven by new system on a chip (SOC) technologies developed by Nvidia with help from General Electric. Read More

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 In a video from Greylock Partners (from their new greymatter series), Fanbase co-founders Nirav Tolia and Sarah Leary discuss their decision to close their site and launch Nextdoor. Read More

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 Now that we are a decade-and-a-half into the software-as-a-service (SaaS) revolution, many of us in Silicon Valley are thinking hard about the next big wave in B2B software. We’re excited about many themes—mobile enterprise, vertical SaaS, predictive analytics—but one less-obvious trend involves people power as much as computing power. Read More

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 These days you can take yourself to the doctor or teleport the doctor to you from a mobile device Now Heal, a startup out of Los Angeles, wants to take us back to an era of old-fashioned house calls by ‘ubering’ a doctor to your door. We’ve written about marijuana delivery services that will ‘uber’ over a doctor to you for “insomnia” and other… Read More

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 On the surface, the extension (which is currently reading as malware according to most virus scanners and is effectively dead) brings up pop-ups as you browse. However, if you’re an affiliate marketer – essentially a website creator who makes money by sending customers to pages like booking.com or brazzers.com – you would find lots to hate about WeLikeTheWeb’s… Read More

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 Make way for one more company that wants to carve out a business in local and home services. Following in the footsteps of Amazon and Google in their race after the likes of Angie’s List, TaskRabbit, Thumbtack and Handy, Freelancer.com is launching a marketplace for local plumbers, cleaners, cooks, couriers and others to offer their services on demand in their vicinity, starting… Read More

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The HTC One M9 isn’t all that different from its predecessor the M8 — it still has a premium though relatively thick design, but it upgrades in the camera department as well as in general processing speed. But does it stand out? Biggs feels that the One M9 isn’t suited for the current competitive landscape, given the recent release of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge —… Read More

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 Innovation, growth, technology, user experience, revenue and gross margin have become synonymous with how you define success for a tech startup. What is missing from this list is local, state, and federal regulation; terms that startups in the financial technology sector understand far too well as either barriers to or catalysts for growth and early success. Read More

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 Nowadays, it seems that everything is connected to the Internet. There are connected socks, shoes, shirts, hats, glasses, appliances, beds, homes, drones, cars, and even diapers. Yet, for the Internet of Things (IoT) to play a key role in shaping our future, we need to get a few thingsright. The statement, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” has never… Read More

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 Ask most people what the state of mobile payments is today, and they’ll tell you it’s just kicking off. With Facebook announcing the option to ‘send money to friends’ via messenger and the release of Apple Pay last year, 2015 has excitedly been dubbed “The Year of Mobile Payments.” Yet what most people don’t realise is that these services are… Read More

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 Editor’s note: Joe McCann is a co-founder and CEO of NodeSource. He is a hacker, tinkerer, builder and breaker with more than 13 years of web, mobile and software development experience. We’ve been living in a bundled world. ESPN packaged with Nickelodeon, healthcare tied to employers, learning wrapped up in colleges and degree programs. We’ve grown up surrounded by so… Read More

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 A lot has been written on how algorithms are manipulating this and that in today’s Internet. However, there hasn’t been so many concrete proposals on how could we create more human-centered algorithmic solutions. For example, do we need algorithms that are on our side? Read More

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 What is the Apple Watch? The simple answer is Apple’s first smartwatch. In fact Apple calls it its “most personal device ever”. But early reviewers have wrestled with the raison d’être of the Apple Watch. Read More

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 Conventional wisdom is that startups are bought, not sold. The logic follows that no matter how much an entrepreneur wants to sell a company, there needs to be an eager buyer and no amount of seller desire can manufacture one. Some people interpret this wisdom to mean that they should spend no time getting to know buyers and when a large company is ready to buy their startup, they’ll… Read More

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 You may have never heard of it, but if you are a Chrome users, chances are you’ve used Google’s QUIC protocol already. As Google disclosed this week, about half of all requests from Chrome to Google’s servers are now served over QUIC. So what’s the big deal here? QUIC is Google’s experimental, low-latency Internet transportation protocol over UDP, a protocol… Read More

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 I’m old enough to remember when the smartest folks on Sand Hill Road thought cleantech was going to be the next big thing. When venture dollars into the “sector” (really, a loose collection of very different markets and technologies, bundled together under a convenient label) were growing by leaps and bounds year over year. When the New York Times declared “Capitalism… Read More

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 Wanderlust in San Francisco used to mean going anywhere west of Mount Sutro to exotic locales like the Outer Sunset. But a new generation of creative worker, backed by the cloud and increasingly ubiquitous worldwide internet connectivity, is seeking to travel outside of the 7×7 to the wider world of the seven continents. Two startups, RemoteYear and Hacker Paradise, are taking… Read More

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