• Looksery Launches A Video Chatting App That Makes You Look More Attractive

    Looksery Launches A Video Chatting App That Makes You Look More Attractive

    Want to look more attractive on video? Or just different? Earlier this year, a company called Looksery popped up on Kickstarter to raise crowdfunding for a new kind of mobile video chat application that allows users to look more attractive on video using special effects that can remove blemishes, let you change your eye color, slim your face, and more. The app, which is live as of today on… Read More

  • Blloon App Encourages Ebook Reading By Letting Readers Earn Free Pages

    Blloon App Encourages Ebook Reading By Letting Readers Earn Free Pages

    Berlin-based startup Blloon has launched an app that aims to get more young people reading ebooks by applying a freemium model to the medium — gifting a certain number of pages (1,000) when a user signs up, so they can get started reading straight away. Read More

  • Deezer Buys Stitcher, Adds 35K Talk Radio Shows And Podcasts To Its Music Platform

    Deezer Buys Stitcher, Adds 35K Talk Radio Shows And Podcasts To Its Music Platform

    Deezer, the Paris-based music streaming service that competes against the likes of Spotify and Rdio, is switching up its game in the battle for more differentiation, more users and a higher profile in the U.S. It has acquired Stitcher, the San Francisco-based aggregator of podcasts and talk radio programming. Stitcher has amassed a catalog of 35,000 radio shows and podcasts, including eight… Read More

  • College Messaging App DormChat Takes On Yik Yak With Backing From ff Venture Capital

    College Messaging App DormChat Takes On Yik Yak With Backing From ff Venture Capital

    DormChat aims to give people a new way to message each other that’s location-based and anonymity-optional — and it’s starting with college students. The iOS app was released earlier this year and is already available on more than 200 college campuses, including founder Adam Michalski’s alma mater Penn State. Michalski said that following that initial rollout, DormChat… Read More

  • Amazon Rewards Visa Cards Now Compatible With Apple Pay

    Amazon Rewards Visa Cards Now Compatible With Apple Pay

    Amazon said it would be making its Rewards Visa from Chase compatible with the new Apple Pay system earlier this week, and the integration is already out the door. Amazon had said it would support it sometime, though they didn’t specify an exact timeline, so seeing it roll out this quickly is likely a pleasant surprise for card owners. We’ve received direct reports of customers… Read More

  • Yelp Buys Restaurant-Kritik To Expand Its Presence In Germany

    Yelp Buys Restaurant-Kritik To Expand Its Presence In Germany

    Yelp has boosted its presence in Europe after announcing the acquisition of Restaurant-Kritik, a restaurant review service in Germany. Restaurant-Kritik claims to have over 330,000 reviews of more than 94,000 restaurants across Germany. Read More

  • Sprung From The Ashes Of Formspring, Spring.me Raises $5M To Create The “Friendliest Social Network”

    Sprung From The Ashes Of Formspring, Spring.me Raises $5M To Create The “Friendliest Social Network”

    Spring.me, the new social network that was previously Formspring, has raised a total of $5 million in debt and equity seed funding from investors including Right Click Capital, Tank Stream Ventures, Nextec Strategic Capital, and Rubicon Project Founder Craig Roah. The company plans to use the funding to expand Spring.me in the U.S., where it just launched. Read More

  • Bitcasa Ends Unlimited Storage

    Bitcasa Ends Unlimited Storage

    Bitcasa, a cloud storage service that initially made waves with a low cost unlimited storage offer is scrapping this option entirely — claiming it’s not being used enough to justify the high costs of dealing with a small group of what it dubs Terms of Service abusers. Read More

  • Here’s A Sneak Peak At MotionSavvy’s UNI Sign Language Interpretation Device

    Here’s A Sneak Peak At MotionSavvy’s UNI Sign Language Interpretation Device

    MotionSavvy, the San Francisco startup working on tech to help the deaf communicate, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to commercialize its first product, UNI. The UNI app works with Leap Motion technology to translate each hand sign from American sign language and translates it into audible words on a tablet. We first wrote about the tech behind MotionSavvy when it launched out of the… Read More

  • Amazon Fire Phone Flops

    Amazon Fire Phone Flops

    Given that Amazon was tanking the price of the Fire Phone down to 99 cents two months after launch (leading to many a “Fire sale!” joke), this probably won’t come as much of a surprise: the Fire Phone isn’t a success. On the Amazon earnings call today, Amazon noted that the company was taking a $170 million dollar writedown “primarily related” to… Read More

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