• Next-Gen Email Platform Nilas (Previously Inbox) Grabs $8 Million, Preps Its Own Email Client

    Next-Gen Email Platform Nilas (Previously Inbox) Grabs $8 Million, Preps Its Own Email Client

    Nilas, the startup founded by Dropbox and MIT alums, previously known as Inbox and focused on offering developers a better API for building email client applications, has raised $8 million in Series A funding, the company announced this morning. The round was led by Formation 8, and included participation from prior investors Fuel Capital, SV Angel, Data Collective, Great Oaks and… Read More

  • New Loan Refinancing Tool And $17M Round Shows The Importance Of Earnest

    New Loan Refinancing Tool And $17M Round Shows The Importance Of Earnest

    Startup lender Earnest has launched a student loan refinancing service offering loans with annual payment rates as low as 1.9%. The flexible loans, with options to change the rates of repayment at automatically reduced rates can save college students roughly $12,500 on average. The technology has attracted attention from investors, with a new $17 million series A round of funding. Read More

  • HotelTonight Adds New Features For Deeper, Location-Specific Discounts

    HotelTonight Adds New Features For Deeper, Location-Specific Discounts

    HotelTonight‘s big selling point is the idea that you can get last-minute hotel rooms at reasonable prices, but now hotels can offer even bigger discounts for customers in certain locations. Specifically, HotelTonight is rolling out two new types of rate options. There’s the Rate Drop, where prices can drop starting at 3pm for same-day reservations. And there’s the Bonus… Read More

  • TC GameCast Episode 5: Oculus Rift And Picking A Game Console

    TC GameCast Episode 5: Oculus Rift And Picking A Game Console

    This week Darrell Etherington, Ed Zitron, and I spent most of the podcast talking about the Oculus Rift, with a slight detour into the world of consoles in the latter half. Read More

  • Facebook Continues To Dominate Social Logins, Expands Lead To 61% Market Share

    Facebook Continues To Dominate Social Logins, Expands Lead To 61% Market Share

    Facebook has long been the dominant player in social logins and it continues to expand its lead, according to the latest data from identity management platform Gigya. For the first time since 2011, Facebook surpassed the 60 percent mark and powered 61 percent of all social logins on Gigya’s network in the last quarter of 2014 (up from 58 percent in the previous quarter and up 10 percent… Read More

  • Atlassian Launches HipChat Server, Doubles Down On Team Collaboration

    Atlassian Launches HipChat Server, Doubles Down On Team Collaboration

    It’s been almost three years since Atlassian acquired HipChat and the product is now at the center of the company’s strategy as it doubles down on team collaboration. Today, it’s launching a new version of HipChat for enterprise users who want (or need) to run the service on their private networks. Enterprises can now install a virtual machine that runs HipChat. This… Read More

  • Snapchat Launches Discover

    Snapchat Launches Discover

    Snapchat now has a Discover feature, which will let you see content from brands like ESPN, CNN, Vice and Warner Music. According to the blog post and video (embedded below), users will be able to watch daily stories compiled by artists, publishers, and even Snapchat’s own editorial staff. These stories will feature “full screen photos and videos, awesome long form layouts, and… Read More

  • Apple Tops Smartphone Shipments In China For The First Time, Says Canalys

    Apple Tops Smartphone Shipments In China For The First Time, Says Canalys

    Apple has topped smartphone shipment numbers in China in Q4 2014, according to analyst firm Canalys. The popularity of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus helped push the California gadget-maker ahead of its homegrown competitors, seeing it ship more than Xiaomi and Huawei, and putting it out in front of Samsung, which placed third overall. Canalys credits the large screen of the newest smartphone… Read More

  • Lockitron Announces The $99 Bolt, A Deadbolt You Can Unlock With Your Phone

    Lockitron Announces The $99 Bolt, A Deadbolt You Can Unlock With Your Phone

    Y Combinator alum Lockitron is today launching the Bolt, a $99 follow-up to its original crowdfunded keyless-entry gadget. Read More

  • Fuse Raises $2.8M For Design-Centric App Development Platform

    Fuse Raises $2.8M For Design-Centric App Development Platform

    Fuse, an Oslo and now Palo Alto-based startup offering a iOS and Android app development platform, emerged from stealth today while also announcing $2.8 million in new funding as it heads to launch. The funding was led by investor Northzone, a Nordic firm and Spotify backer. The company is also backed by Alliance Venture and other private investors. The Fuse platform has been in private… Read More

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