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 Mythmakers have no place for modesty and nuance. They like firebrands. Mavericks. Lone wolves. It’s why Thomas Edison, who claimed to have invented practically everything, is a towering figure in American history while Matti Makkonen, who denied inventing anything, remains unknown to the general public. Read More

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 Amazon Home Services, Amazon’s own Angie’s List competitor of sorts, which connects consumers with service professionals in their area, is expanding to more markets. According to a company announcement this morning, Amazon Home Services is today available in 15 metro regions across the U.S. The site also now features over 15 million service listings, which cover 900 different… Read More

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 DataFox, a 2.5-year-old subscription-based deal intelligence platform, has just raised $5 million in funding co-led by Goldman Sachs and earlier investor Green Visor Capital, with participation from previous backers Google Ventures, Sherpalo Ventures, Stanford’s StartX fund and others. The funding follows an earlier, $1.78 million seed round completed via convertible note. It also follows… Read More

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 Altimeter Group, which is known for its research in areas like social media, the Internet of Things and data privacy, has been acquired by Prophet. Altimeter was founded in 2008 by CEO Charlene Li, previously an analyst at Forrester. (She recruited some other big names from Forrester to join her, though they’ve since departed.) Prophet, meanwhile, is a consulting firm focused on… Read More

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 Granular, a farm management software and analytics provider, has raised $18.7 million in new funding to streamline operations on large, professionally managed farms. Tao Capital Partners, the late stage fund that counts Tesla, Uber and SolarCity among its portfolio companies, led the Series B round. Existing backers Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures and Khosla Ventures participated, with… Read More

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 Beacon, a subscription flight service founded by former Surf Air CEO Wade Eyerly (and two other Surf Air Co-founders), announced that the company has raised $7.5 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Romulus Capital with participation from MiVentures, Western Technologies Investment, and other early stage investors. Officially launching in early September, Beacon is… Read More

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 Personalised shopping app and U.K. startup Mallzee has raised new funding. The so-called ‘Tinder of fashion’ — in reference to its Tinder-esque UI that invites you to swipe right if you like and swipe left if you don’t as you shop for clothes through its mobile app — has swiped £2.5 million in additional investment. Read More

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 Sysomos, the social analytics company that recently split from its former acquirer Marketwire, today announced that it has acquired Expion, an enterprise social marketing platform that counts the likes of CocaCola, Heineken, Volvo and other major brands among its customers. Sysomos CEO Lindsay Sparks, who took the job after the company’s split from Marketwire, told me that the company… Read More

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 Who says France can’t produce startups? Online marketplace startup Mirakl has just closed a $20m Series B round of funding led by 83North with participation from new fund Felix Capital, and Dave Strohm, Partner at Greylock and a founding investor and advisor to 83North. The cash will be used to take its platform to more B2C and B2B retailers globally. Why? Well, Mirakl claims it… Read More

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 File this under notable PSA: Apple just implemented a change that prevents users with devices running its latest iOS beta (that’s iOS 9 right now) from leaving reviews in the App Store. Read More

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 Sony is stepping into the drone business after the Japanese electronics giant announced a new business that captures images and other data for business purposes using unmanned crafts. Read More

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 GRANA wants to fill closets all over the world with affordable, high-quality wardrobe staples in a rainbow of colors. The e-commerce startup just raised $1 million from investors including Golden Gate Ventures. Read More

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 Plenty in Silicon Valley have set their sites on ending death, or at least extending it a bit – including those within the walls of Google. Now AncestryDNA, one part of the largest online family research organization Ancestry.com, has buddied up with Google’s cloistered longevity research company Calico to figure out why some people’s genes help them live longer.… Read More

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 Flipboard’s 75% jump in the last 6 months has it clocking in at over 70 million monthly active users. And it looks like that is not the only recent bump for the startup: It appears to have quietly raised another $50 million in funding. We were first tipped off earlier this month that Flipboard had raised a new round. Now documents that the company filed in Delaware — dug up… Read More

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 Biotech startup Ixchel Scientific hopes to bring higher success rates to trialed cancer drugs using an environment that better represents the human body. The YC-backed startup does this by taking cancer cells that would normally be tested in a cold, hard plastic dish and puts them in the proteins of human organs instead. “Our composition of our cultures mimics what is in those… Read More

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 Social apps like Foursquare / Swarm are more about places you’re at or where you’re going. Today, the Google Maps team launched a feature called “Your Timeline” that is about where you’ve already been. It’s not a social feature, as you’re the only one who sees the information… But… …It’s a reminder of how much freaking data… Read More

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 Digital health startup CareLedger launched out of Y Combinator today to provide the workers of the world with free, quality medical care. That’s no small feat. The U.S. has one of the most expensive and least functional medical systems in the world, toppling every other country by thousands of dollars. The U.S. also ranks lower on health outcomes and quality, according to a survey… Read More

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 With global investment in fintech having tripled in the last five years, the financial sector is without a doubt in the midst of a revolution. The leading cities in the global fintech race are relatively unsurprising: Silicon Valley, New York, London and Hong Kong are the epicentres of the investment blast. But it’s the newcomers that are diversifying the market. Read More

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 TechCrunch is launching a new show tomorrow called Bullish, hosted by your humble servant. The show will air on this website every Wednesday at 10 am Eastern, 7 am Pacific. Bullish isn’t quite like our usual video fare at TechCrunch, so expect a different tone than the one you enjoy on Cribs and CrunchWeek. Read More

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 College has failed, or so many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs believe. Not only are tuition costs spiraling out of control, but students are leaving college without the ability to produce … anything. We are living in the era of code, and yet, college students are graduating barely able to read or write an essay – let alone make an app. Make School hopes to change this sordid state of… Read More

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 Today Apple released strong earnings, with the iPhone leading the charge. Many analysts have been speculating on Apple Watch sales numbers. The company already announced that it wouldn’t break out specific numbers for the Apple Watch, but Tim Cook meticulously explained how Apple feels about Apple Watch sales during the earnings call. Read More

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 Besomebody announced yesterday that it has raised another $1 million, doubling its total funding. As founder and CEO Kash Shaikh explained a year ago, he’s trying to build a company around his previous “#besomebody” social media efforts. The idea is to help people tap into their passions, creating an app where they can find content related to their interests and either book… Read More

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 GoPro president Tony Bates today revealed the company is on the verge of launching a new mobile  app. This app will allow users to trim and share content right from their phone. According to Bates, this app is in the final phase of testing and the company expects to launch the app by the end of the summer. GoPro cameras have long needed an improved software solution to enable… Read More

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 Less than a month after the launch of streaming service Apple Music, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook announced that “Millions and millions of customers are already experiencing Apple Music and the number is growing substantially every day” as part of today’s poorly-received Q3 earnings report. The question will be how many users continue to pay once their free trials expire and… Read More

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 In its earnings release today, Apple revealed that it now has $202.8 billion cash on hand in the form of cash, cash equivalents, short-term marketable securities, and long-term marketable securities. While only about 7.5 percent of this hoard is actually cash, the above terms are used in the corporate world to describe cash-like liquid assets. Notably, total company assets (including… Read More

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