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 Energy Excelerator, an accelerator program for cleantech startups based in Hawaii, has picked its 2015 class of 17 companies, which will receive a total of $5 million in funding. Read More

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 App Annie, a company selling pick axes during the app store gold rush, is expanding its mobile app analytics platform today with the introduction of ad analytics for Facebook Ads. The change will improve the company’s Advertising Analytics service, launched earlier this spring, by allowing app publishers to better determine how well their Facebook-based app install ads are performing,… Read More

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 Some M&A activity afoot in the world of hardware design: GrabCAD, an online community that has been described as the ‘Github for mechanical engineers’, is getting acquired by 3D printing giant Stratasys, a source tells us. The companies plan to announce the deal a little later today. We have heard that the deal is in the region of nine figures, and around $100 million… Read More

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 Apple had an interesting patent granted to it today by the USPTO (via AppleInsider), which describes a graphic user interface on the iPad that more closely resembles a desktop arrangement of files and folders than the current app-based iOS UX. The most interesting part of the patent might be that it uses physics-based animations and interactions to manipulate those files and folders, however,… Read More

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 How hot is Docker? It’s so hot it’s getting money from VCs it doesn’t even really need right now. The company announced $40M in funding today, but CEO Ben Golub says they won’t actually start spending the new funds until at least late next year. In fact, the company runs so lean, it is only just now dipping into the $15M it got at the beginning of this year, but when… Read More

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 Tel Aviv-based Pounce, a mobile shopping app that surfaces deals from retailers, as well as a way to shop print ads and catalogs from your smartphone, has been acquired by visual search company Slyce for $5 million in shares, cash and earn-out incentives. The deal wasn’t entirely a talent grab either, says Slyce, as the company was already on track to roll out a consumer-facing app of… Read More

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 Fastly, a fast-growing content delivery network, snagged $40M in Series C funding today. The round was led by August Capital with previous investors Battery Ventures, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and Amplify Partners also participating along with new investor IDG Ventures. The investment brings the total raised to date to $54M. Company CEO and founder Artur Bergman says they set out… Read More

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 Some big shareholder shifts at Vkontake, the social network with 92 million monthly active users that’s often described as Russia’s Facebook and has been embroiled in political controversies that resulted in the ousting of its founder, Pavel Durov. Mail.ru, the publicly-traded Internet giant, has now taken full ownership of the company, by buying the 48% it did not already own… Read More

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 Semmle, a b2b startup with a business analytics platform that aims to optimize other companies’ IT projects by analyzing the quality of code their developers are writing and also by looking at factors such as how much money the business is spending on particular software development projects, has closed a new funding round — raising an $8 million Series A, led by Accel Partners. Read More

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 The hypothesis is so absurd it seems as though it popped right off the pages of a science-fiction novel. Some scientists in Palo Alto are offering a $1 million prize to anyone who can end aging. “Based on the rapid rate of biomedical breakthroughs, we believe the question is not if we can crack the aging code, but when will it happen,” says director of the Palo Alto Longevity… Read More

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 bellabox, Australia’s largest beauty subscription site, announced today that it has received $2.7 million in funding from Allure Media, a digital publishing company owned by Fairfax Media. The capital will be used to expand bellabox’s service offerings and improve its market research, as well hire more staff and expand the the startup to new international markets in the Asia Pacific. Read More

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 As Apple continues to come under some attack for how it handles iCloud security, the company’s CEO Tim Cook is holding firm on the company’s priorities when it comes to data protection. In part 2 of an interview with Charlie Rose, airing on PBS tonight, Cook is adamant that Apple is not in the business of collecting data, but selling hardware, and as such, it puts data privacy as… Read More

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 BranchOut’s story is a brutal lesson about building on someone else’s platform. After raising $49 million and growing to 33 million users, Facebook changed its viral channels leading BranchOut to starve. Now the “Linkedin Within Facebook” wants to throw in the towel. Sources confirm that BranchOut is in discussions with several acquirers in the recruiting space for its… Read More

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 Toronto’s 500px photo portfolio site and marketplace is undergoing some major changes, as co-founder Oleg Gutsol is out from the company he started. The executive shared the information on Facebook on Monday, saying that he was “ousted from the company that [he] created by the people [he] trusted most.” It’s impossible to see this as a move that was reached equitably… Read More

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 Groot seems like he’d be a pretty good friend to have. He’ll always have your back in a fight, he can inexplicably summon fireflies out of thin air when your movie needs more 3D effects, and he’s one helluva dancer to boot. He’s also a pretty good texter, it turns out. At the very least, he’s consistent. Want to see for yourself? Here’s Groot’s… Read More

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 Microsoft today confirmed its correctly-rumored Windows event that will take place this September 30th, in San Francisco. The event is widely expected to include a release of the technical preview of Windows 9, the successor to the controversial Windows 8.x operating system that was released in 2012, along with the Surface line of tablets. Microsoft is not expected to release its a preview of… Read More

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 The FCC has received more than 3 million comments concerning the current net neutrality notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). That figure is dramatically higher than the previously reported 1.5 million figure that was released last week. The massive jump comes from the FCC chewing through a deluge of comments that were filed last week as part of a public campaign that saw large websites ask… Read More

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 Trannyshack founder and drag queen Heklina woke up this morning to discover her Facebook profile page had been completely erased from existence. She’d heard of this happening to other queens in her community last week. Then Facebook sent her a personal message last Thursday that asked her to revert to her birth name, as well. Read More

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 Nexmo, a telecom API-focused firm that provides both voice and SMS services, saw its revenue rise 177 percent in the first half of 2014 when compared to the first half of 2013, it told TechCrunch. The company had top line of $29.4 million in the period, up from $10.6 million in the preceding half year. Read More

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 Phhhoto is a new app that launched in late July that lets users capture moving images and share them across social networks. But the app you see today, with over one million photos shared, started as something very different. The creators, Omar Elsayed, Champ Bennett, and Russell Armand, come from a digital agency called HyperHyper.com, which they still run (working on projects like the… Read More

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 Apple listens to user feedback, as evident by the introduction of a new tool that lets users remove the U2 album Songs of Innocence from their iTunes library entirely (via 9to5Mac). The album was given away to all of the over 500 million iTunes registered users as part of Apple’s new iPhone 6 launch last week, but some users (like our own Matt Burns) weren’t thrilled to find that… Read More

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 JibJab Bros. Studios, which is the parent company to JibJab.com and the StoryBots apps, has made its first major purchase in its 15-year history, with the announcement that it’s acquiring a startup called Make Believe Labs, whose product “Hello Santa” we reviewed last year. The company’s three founders will now join JibJab and continue to run their service from… Read More

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 French readers, Netflix is here! But don’t get too excited; it’s an imperfect launch. After an astute media campaign to put Netflix under the spotlight, the unlimited movie and TV show streaming service is available for everyone to see. And with a limited catalog, a limited availability on set-top boxes and a limited set of features compared to its competitors, it’s going to be… Read More

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 San Francisco-headquartered ridesharing startup Sidecar, which competes with on-demand car services like Uber and Lyft, announced this morning it has raised an additional $15 million in funding. The new round comes from existing investors Avalon Ventures and Union Square Ventures, and includes participation from new investor and Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson. Previously, Sidecar had… Read More

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 RJMetrics, a company saying it provides sophisticated data tools to businesses of all sizes, is announcing that it has raised $16.5 million in Series B funding. The round was led by August Capital (which, in addition to being a big-deal venture capital firm, also hosts TechCrunch’s annual summer party), with August partner Eric Carlborg joining the RJMetrics board of directors.… Read More

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