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 Voting in The Europas, the European Tech Startups Awards, has gone live. This is the final shortlist from which the winners will be chosen by a combination of industry votes and judges. You can vote here. The awards are supported by TechCrunch, the official media partner. Held annually, The Europas are the main European Awards for technology startups. The whole thing comes together on a… Read More

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 Electroloom is a prototype 3D printer that uses an electrospinning technique to turn a liquid (currently a custom polyster/cotton blend) into a seamless fabric — spraying the solution onto a shaped mold to create a garment without the need for assembling via stitching. Read More

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 If you’ve ever received a gift voucher for a store you rarely or never shop in, then Zeek could prove useful. The marketplace and mobile app lets you buy and sell unwanted store credit, including gift vouchers, credit notes, gift cards and e-vouchers. Read More

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 Uber appears to be on the cusp of a deal with a rival ride-sharing app in China that could boost its presence in the country. Read More

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 Alibaba is once again facing legal issues in Taiwan. The company has been ordered to shut down the local branch of Taobao, its business-to-consumer marketplace, within six months and pay a fine of NTD$240,000 (about US$7,888). Read More

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 Many in the West are still dumbfounded that QR codes are a thing. Well, heads-up, the humble QR code as you know it is being disrupted. At least that’s according to Visualead, an Israel-based startup backed by Alibaba that announced a new ‘dotless’ format today. Read More

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 The companies declined to name the exact amount of the deal, but said that it is in the “multi-millions.” Taboola serves up the links in the “Around The Web” and “Recommended For You” sections you see at the bottom of articles on sites such as The Atlantic, Business Insider, and Mail Online. Baidu’s stake is a follow-on to the $117 million Series E… Read More

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 Mobile is the big tech focus for India — with initiatives like Facebook’s Internet.org and Google’s Android One, to name but two — but that isn’t stopping Google from introducing new budget Chromebook laptops in the South Asian country. Read More

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 LG revealed the G4, its newest flagship device, in April, and now the 5.5-inch screen device is rolling out for sale across the world. Read More

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 With the number of mobile phone subscriptions shortly expected to exceed the total global population, what is the next great connected device going to look like? Hint: It’ll have four wheels. Gartner predicts that there will be 250 million connected cars on the road by 2020. That means one in every three cars on the road will be connected. Read More

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 Aaron Sorkin has been talking about his screenplay about Steve Jobs’ life for several years now, and it’s had a bumpy path to production — but now we’ve finally got some official footage, with Universal Studios has releasing the first trailer. Read More

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 Apple’s Maps navigation technology still lags behind Google Maps. Nearly twice as many iPhone owners prefer to get directions and look up addresses on the Google version, compared to Apple’s native Maps app, according to recent ComScore numbers. But it seems Apple is making moves to improve those usage numbers. The global tech giant confirmed earlier today that it bought the… Read More

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 Amid a talent and investor drought and growing challenges with fraud and ad-blockers, ad tech is in an unusual place. People aren’t putting money in ad tech, and the players are playing a bloody game. Yet ad tech revenue is projected to reach $100 billion in five years. Read More

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 The tenth annual Maker Faire is in full swing this weekend in San Mateo, California, bringing out steampunks, robot enthusiasts, and little engineers in training from all over Silicon Valley. Here we present to you some of the inventions, in no particular order, that piqued our interest this year. Read More

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 Universities are supposed to be dead. These bastions of higher learning have been on Silicon Valley’s hit list for much of the past decade, and disruption phasers targeting the industry have certainly been set to kill in the years since the global financial crisis. And yet after years of efforts, we have arrived in 2015 and almost nothing seems to have changed about the way we get our… Read More

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 The ascendance of mobile devices, cloud computing and big data is having a profound impact on the lives of workers. Yet many of the business applications that run on their smartphones and tablets still fail miserably to take full advantage of this revolutionary shift. Even services that tout themselves as “mobile first” often fall short of delivering novel functionality that… Read More

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 Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen weighed in on the prospects of an equity bubble at a meeting with International Monetary Fund Director Christine Ladarde earlier this month. The danger warnings beat to the drums of Mark Cuban’s worse than 2000 prediction because the tech sector was singled out as the asset class with overinflated valuation. Read More

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too many students, especially those from underserved backgrounds, don’t have access to technology at home. And few schools, even ones in affluent communities, teach kids the skills they’ll need to get jobs in the technology sector. Fewer than 5 percent of all U.S. high schools, for example, offer AP computer science classes. Read More

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 Workflow, an app originally built to let you automate frequent tasks on your iPhone or iPad, is one of the few apps available on the Apple Watch that seems like it’s only a few iterations from the form it will have when the Watch is an established platform. Read More

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 The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Frank Radice, John Taschek, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, May 15, 2015. I read the news today, oh boy… on Facebook. And if you believe that, I’ve got an AOL to sell you. Plus, the latest G3 (below) with Mary Hodder, Kristie Wells, Francine Hardaway, and Tina Gillmor. @stevegillmor, @scobleizer, @jtaschek, @kteare… Read More

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 Changing the world. You do it every time you walk on a sidewalk kicking dirt (entropy!) and every time you join a startup in San Francisco. Many of the Valley’s top companies have had such broad cri de coeurs. Google’s mission is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Facebook’s is to “make the world more… Read More

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 Many highflying companies are pushing logistics, services, and payment options to our new “sharing economy.” We see these firms and sectors as largely driven by macroeconomic trends. The American middle class is in steep decline. This has been true for 3-4 decades but accelerated rapidly after 2008. Read More

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 It gets notifications right. I’ve worn multiple Android Wear devices as well as a Pebble. I’ve also seen other devices like Martian and Geak come and go and none of them did exactly what smartwatches are supposed to do: send me notifications that I can either act on or ignore. Pebble came closest to that goal (and I did pre-order the color Pebble because I love the company) but… Read More

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 Another investment for Chinese Internet giant Tencent: it’s led a $750,000 seed funding round in Baltimore-based Tissue Analytics, alongside existing investor DreamIt Health — the Philadelphia-based accelerator program for medtech startups which Tissue Analytics went through last July. Read More

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 What he means by that is thinking beyond the boundaries of the defined process to look for something new — to think more like a startup. Sikka says his first nine months have been amazing, but very different from his experience working at SAP for 11 years. The company handles many different tasks, and one thing that bothered him was that people only seemed to work to the specifications… Read More

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