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 The quadccopters at the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab are truly trained to follow the golden robot rule: fly with others as you’d fly with yourself. Thanks to researchers Yash Mulgaonkar, Gareth Cross and Vijay Kumar, we can see how close these little flying robots are to their noble goal. The team has created a number of failsafe systems that allow the robots to recover from… Read More

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 Editor’s note: Rob Leclerc is the CEO of AgFunder, an online investment marketplace for agriculture and agtech opportunities. The first rule of raising capital is: you do not talk about raising capital. That was the de facto credo of nascent startup companies looking to secure investors before the fall 2013. Then on September 23, 2013, the SEC promulgated the new Title II rules of the… Read More

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 E-commerce retailer ModCloth has laid off additional staff across engineering, creative, product, producer, social teams and more, in a second wave of layoffs, following earlier cuts confirmed back in July which, at the time, affected around 70 employees, or a little under 15% of its then 500-person-plus workforce. ModCloth confirmed the new layoffs to TechCrunch, explaining that the company… Read More

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 On the heels of the release of Apple’s new Mac OS, OS X Yosemite, blogging platform Tumblr has just rolled out its first official desktop application with the launch of a Tumblr app for the Mac App Store. The app allows users to post to their personal Tumblr blogs from anywhere on the Mac, whether that’s content like links, images or videos you stumble across online, or files you… Read More

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 Music is a special kind of content, and people discover it on Twitter. That’s why building a music experience outside the main Twitter app was a boondoggle, and treating music like any other piece of media within Twitter sells it short. These insights have led Twitter to a better strategy since killing off the Twitter Music app, according to a source at the company: Just improve the… Read More

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 Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare,and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session today at 9:00am Pacific. Gillmor Gang on Facebook Live FriendFeed chat during the show broadcast Our “Sister Show” G3 on Facebook Read More

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 Jolla, the Finnish smartphone startup that expanded the MeeGo open source project into its own Sailfish OS, has released its first Android launcher — to give users of Google’s mobile platform a taster of what its alternative OS has to offer. Read More

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 Amazon announced this morning it’s bringing its grocery delivery service AmazonFresh to Brooklyn, confirming earlier reports of a New York area expansion. Initially, the service will be available to Prime members in Park Slope, but the company says it will soon expand the service to additional zip codes in Brooklyn. There’s no word yet on when AmazonFresh will arrive elsewhere in… Read More

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 Update: Microsoft pulled it off, and at the time of writing (2:45 pm London, 9:45 am New York), Microsoft is worth more than Google. We’ll check back in at the end of the day: – Google and Microsoft are currently locked in a dogfight to be the second-most valuable technology company in the world. Following Google’s less-than-awesome earnings report, combined with a… Read More

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 With more viewers than ever tuning into digital video services, premium publishers are looking for more ways to get in front of those audiences. With a syndication network built specifically for video, a startup called AirMedia hopes to find new distribution for premium publishers. Read More

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 Increasingly, companies that compete directly with another have been announcing major partnerships, and we saw a couple of good examples this week with Microsoft and Salesforce and IBM and SAP. Not coincidentally in my view, they both involved the cloud. That’s because companies may want to compete, but customers want their technology vendors to just get along. They need products to… Read More

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 So I’m currently hanging out in the AOL offices here in London, prepping for Disrupt. To their credit, the AOL and Huffington Post crew have been great. I have a nice desk, a coffee machine nearby, and even a can of cold Coke to drink. Sitting a this fine desk, however, I ran into a bit of sticker shock. Observe: You can’t make that up. It’s literally stuck to your monitor.… Read More

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 Today’s a big day for Apple in Asia. Fresh from launching new iPads and Macs in the US on Thursday, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus finally went on sale in China and India today, opening the new phones up to a combined population of more than 2.5 billion people. (They are also now retailing in Monaco, with a more modest population of less than 40,000 people, for what it’s… Read More

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 Octopus Ventures (CrunchBase listing) has become one of the most active early stage investors in the UK, backing many early individuals and businesses which went on to greater heights. These include backing Alex Chesterman all the way from Screen Select to LoveFilm and then from the early stages of Zoopla through to IPO. Another example is William Reeve, also from Screen Select and the… Read More

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 “To be brutally honest, I’m not enamored with the UK VC scene and don’t rate it very much if at all from a technology business success perspective,” says Tom Adeyoola, co-founder and CEO of Metail. “The big UK tech business successes weren’t founded on VC money.” His company, which offers virtual fitting room tech to major clothes retailers so that… Read More

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 Twitter hit a bum note with its Twitter Music service, but everyone’s favorite 140-character social network is keen as ever to light up users’ timelines with the sound of music after it launched a spiffy new update to its music card. The company already has a card that lets you play tracks in-tweet when you post a link to Soundcloud, but it now supports mobile play — via… Read More

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 A week after a video of an argument between a handful of local teenagers and Dropbox and Airbnb employees went viral, hundreds of demonstrators protested at San Francisco City Hall, asking for the city’s parks to be freely open to the public. The city’s parks and recreation general manager acquiesced, dropping the reservation requirement at night for that specific park in the… Read More

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 Social networking site Tagged is no longer going for an IPO. Instead it’s renamed itself if(we), acquired little known startup messaging app startup Tinode for an undisclosed amount and has completely changed direction to become a social app incubator instead. If(we) is essentially a brand new company, now acting as a parent brand to Tagged and social gaming site Hi5. Tagged was on a… Read More

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 Microsoft is working to repair its public image and change course by addressing the damage that CEO Satya Nadella caused last week by saying that women should, perhaps, not ask for raises. His comments immediately became an international high water mark for tone-deafness — and being flat wrong — and he continues to apologize and promise change. Read More

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 The topic of digital security often brings to mind the image of bleak and dark future, where computers, mobile devices and other systems are riddled with malware and cyber criminals lurk, ready to steal our data and crash our systems. We have good reason to be nervous. We’ve seen plenty of cyber-security breaches in the past few years, like credit card thefts at Target and password issues… Read More

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 Welcome back to a new episode of Cribs! This time around, we headed over to Eventbrite, the company behind the very popular ticketing and live events platform. If an Eventbrite Cribs tour sounds familiar, it may be because we have done one before. But that was almost three years ago, way back in 2011, and a lot has changed since then! Eventbrite has moved from its old ground floor office… Read More

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 Apple’s new OS X Yosemite operating system is now available, as a free download from the Mac App Store, and you can grab it right here. The new version of OS X should work on any Mac that was running OS X Mavericks, and provides a host of new features, like Continuity, which lets you start activities on your iOS 8 devices and pick them up on your Mac, or vice versa. The new update was… Read More

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 Apple’s new iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display were all unveiled today at a special event in Cupertino, and we had the chance to spend some time with them, albeit just a little for now. The new hardware impressed, and we’ve got all the details on their specs and availability. Check out the new iPads above, and the new iMac below. We’ve also… Read More

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 In early July we reported exclusively that Spotify community and playlist sharing site Playlists.net was in acquisition talks, with one suitor — a prominent music industry company — in the lead. Well, today comes official confirmation that the UK startup has indeed been acquired by WEA, the artist and label services company owned by major record label Warner Music Group. Terms of… Read More

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 Today following the bell, Google reported its third-quarter earnings: The company had gross revenue of $16.52 billion, revenue net of traffic acquisition costs (ex-TAC) of $13.17 billion, GAAP earnings per share of $4.09, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $6.35. Analysts had expected Google to earn $6.53 per share on a non-GAAP basis, on net ex-TAC revenue of $13.22 billion. In the… Read More

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