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 In my years as a programmer and network manager (I still kind of do that stuff when I handle my own servers) I’ve discovered that the tools used have been far from intuitive. While powerful, command-line and web-based systems tend to be confusing, apocryphal, or messy. That’s why Packetsled piqued my interest. This startup has produced a network monitoring tool that uses an… Read More

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 Roughly 50 million Americans are estimated to move at some point this year, and 75 percent of them are do-it-yourselfers, by U-Haul measures. Aside from pestering all your friends and family to come help you load all your stuff or spending thousands on a moving company the next time you need help in the heavy lifting, there haven’t been a lot of options. College students tend to be the… Read More

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 IO, one of our European Disrupt Battlefield companies from this year, is today expanding across the pond to open up the beta to New Yorkers. The company developed a product that lets you ask about restaurants in a chat conversation that easily recognizes and speaks in natural language. When IO first presented at TC Disrupt, it was hard to believe that it was a program and not a human chatting… Read More

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 By now you’ve seen the headlines. The researchers at Lacoon Mobile Security identified the malicious software Xsser, capable of stealing text messages, photos, call logs, passwords and other data from iPhones and iPads. Read More

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 Earlier this week, news that Google was implementing an Apple-like app review process began to spread. According to a report from Android Police, the company was now screening and approving apps for Android TV before they were allowed into the Play Store. Of course, any sort of review process like this, at first glance, seems like a big strategy shift for the company, which famously –… Read More

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 The final traces of the old foursquare are being wiped from existence, as the new Foursquare is currently going out as an update to Windows Phone users. This summer, Foursquare made an announcement, to the shock of many, that it would be splitting its long-surviving check-in app into two separate applications: Swarm and Foursquare. Swarm, which launched shortly thereafter, would take over… Read More

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 There are tons of products and services out there that make an office more efficient, from specialized industry software to something as simple as an Amazon Prime membership. But there’s no service that comprehensively handles the maintenance and everyday care of the actual space. That’s where Managed By Q comes in. The startup just raised $1.65 million in seed funding from… Read More

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 Canada-based startup Kik, which has largely flown under the radar, is making a big move to win the race in the West after announcing a $38.3 million Series C funding round and its first acquisition. Read More

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 Dull, dirty, and dangerous. Those are the tasks robots are best for, but it also describes jobs with General Electric’s Field Services division, inspecting wind turbines and oil pipelines. So today GE Ventures made its first major investment in robotics with a strategic partnership with drone hardware, software, and cloud services platform startup Airware. GE will provide an undisclosed… Read More

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 Kiip bills itself as “mobile advertising people like,” but now it’s trying to apply that model outside of advertising itself. The startup is also announcing that it has raised an undisclosed amount of strategic funding from Verizon Ventures and Michael Lazerow, co-founder of Buddy Media. (As part of Salesforce, which acquired Buddy, Lazerow had an announcement of his own today.) Read More

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 There’s a new service in New York that’s angling to let litigants in certain types of cases crowdfund their lawsuits against bigger, better-funded competitors. Private equity financing of lawsuits in certain corporate cases has existed for several years, although the idea of funding a legal campaign for a return on investment is still in its infancy. The founders of LexShares… Read More

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 CipherCloud landed a bushel of cash today as it announced $50M in Series B funding to continue building its cloud security business. The round was led by Transamerica Ventures along with Delta Partner and existing investors Andreessen Horowitz and T-Ventures, the venture capital arm of Deutsche Telekom also pitching in. When I asked CipherCloud executives why they thought they were… Read More

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 By pulling in data from user’s email, contacts, social and professional feeds and interlacing that data with info from their social graph, Accompani hopes to save users time while also providing them with insights they could use to improve relationships with others. Read More

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 Today, on-demand shipping startup Shyp is officially launching in Miami, making it the second best thing in the state of Florida after the Disney theme parks. As promised, the service has arrived in time for Art Basel, the annual art show that draws 70,000 visitors to Miami and Miami Beach each year. Read More

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 Salesforce.com is unveiling a new version of the Social Studio, its set of social media tools for marketers. When the company first announced the Social Studio earlier this year, it seemed like a way to bring its various social media acquisitions under one (metaphorical) roof. (The full name of the product was the Radian6 + Buddy Media Social Studio.) Read More

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 Prezi, the cloud presentation platform that has been gradually eating away at Microsoft’s Powerpoint market share for the last few years, is poised to become a far more mainstream product than some might have previously thought. It’s making two major announcements today. The first — announced today on stage at Slush in Helsinki — is that it has secured a $57 million… Read More

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 E-commerce platform Bigcommerce announced today that it has raised $50 million in Series D funding, led by SoftBank Capital, with participation from Telstra Ventures, American Express, and returning investors General Catalyst and Revolution Growth. The capital will be used to develop the technology behind Bigcommerce’s cloud-based platform, further sales and marketing initiatives, and… Read More

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 Another day, another Uber Mess. The latest news is that Uber is investigating one of its general managers for privacy violations after he accessed customer data from a company-wide platform. Read More

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 Xiaomi, which announced earlier this month that it plans to invest $1 billion in online video content, has been very busy spending that money. The hardware maker confirmed today that it and Shunwei Capital have together made a $300 million strategic investment in iQiyi, the video platform that is majority-owned by Baidu, China’s largest search company. Baidu also said that it had… Read More

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 One year after exploding on the scene, it looks like Coin, the YC-backed startup that wants to replace all your bank cards with a universal card, is finally shipping product to its backers after a long, long wait. Read More

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 Zomato, the restaurant search and discovery service, has closed a further $60 million in funding, giving the company a post-money valuation of $660 million. Read More

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 Have you been concerned about your waste? Is it full of enough protein? Full of too much weird stuff like metal shavings or cat hair? Now there’s Smart Pipe. The system connects to your plumbing and allows you to sense all of the good stuff leaving your body. It socializes feces. The product seems to be ready to ship and is about to Disrupt! your waste stream. Amazing stuff from an… Read More

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 While much of the fallout from BuzzFeed’s recent Uber expose has focused on vice president Emil Michael’s suggestion that the company could dig up dirt on critical journalists, the story included something that could be equally concerning — the fact that Uber’s New York City manager accessed the profile of a BuzzFeed reporter without their permission. On some level,… Read More

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 Well shit. A vote to proceed with the USA FREEDOM Act failed in the Senate after it did not collect the 60 votes that it needed. It failed 58 to 42. Before the vote, I noticed a slight change in the tone of people that I had on the phone: There was optimism that it could make it. It didn’t. You can stick a fork in NSA reform for this year, and this Congress. And, as I’ve said… Read More

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 This is the year you and yours should take up 3D printing. Why? Because it’s cool, because 3D printing is the future, and machines have fallen in price and risen in quality. In short, 2015 will be the year of 3D printing. Here are some amazing printers to help you ring it in in style. Zortrax An inexpensive, European-made 3D printer? Yes, please. I reviewed this model this year and found… Read More

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